Hera Telkhinia

Last night, I did a little devotional to Hera to start Hera Telkhinia.


Even though it’s a small holy day, I think it’s a good idea to make some kind of ritual for each God and Goddess before the end of this year (after summer solstice).

I called it Hera’s day instead. I made her devotional from the Orphic hymn and as I looking over Her epithets and I found something very interesting.

One of Her epithets was a name I used for the Goddess of All growing up and as an adult. It kind of took me by surprise, but I guess it shouldn’t since I got the name from a book on Italian paganism. However, the author of this book did get the God’s name wrong (I believe). I couldn’t find the name the author used in Zeus’ epithets.

This is also weird because while reading this particular book as a twelve/thirteen year old kid, I knew that I didn’t like what the author used for the God’s name.

Anyway, I thought it was really cool that all this time the Goddess I’ve looked to and asked guidance from all this time was Hera. I owe Her a great deal.

What the Cards Say

Today.


Today, Hestia gave me Temperance. Hecate gave me the Seven of Swords. Hermes gave me the Seven of Wands.

Hestia chose Temperance to show me that I should balance out my life. I’m learning how to bring peace, balance, and all-around live in harmony. She’s telling me to be patient while managing my time, housework, magic, and everything else! I am looking into my higher purpose in this lifetime while balancing my work life with my spiritual one.

At first I thought that Hecate was telling me that I’m a big thief for pursuing Hellenic polytheism full-time, but now that I think of it, I think She is telling me not to be a big procrastinator. I’ve timed myself on the Xbox to just an hour a day. That way I can lie down, but I’m not spending too much time playing video games.

I think She’s saying that I shouldn’t be a big lazy person because She gave me Four of Swords along with the Seven of Swords to indicate She’s talking about my procrastinating not my decision on my belief system.

I feel like She’s telling me not to runaway from my decision to become a Hellenic polytheist, but deal with everything head on.  I also don’t want to become someone else’s victim and stand up for myself.

Hermes is telling me to hold my ground and be at the ready to defend my argument. I feel like there is going to be some kind of backlash about my belief system both in the magical and mundane level. And when that time comes I’ll say, “This is who I am and this is what I need right now.”

What the Cards Say

The other day, I drew Major Arcana cards.


Hestia gave me the Strength card, Hecate gave me the Star, and Hermes gave me the High Priestess.

Yesterday, my husband and I had date day so I didn’t get the time to read the cards, but I feel like I can keep them up on my altar as a reminder for a while.

Strength

Hestia is telling me that I have to find the thorn in the lion’s paw – when it comes to family, figure out what’s bothering you and take the thorn (this case it’s a gear) out of the lion’s paw.

I have an issue with one of my family members. A while ago, she did something that hurt my feelings and I haven’t fully forgiven her for it. I hold terrible long grudges. When I went to see my mom on her birthday/anniversary, this specific family member did not apologize for the way she acted, but instead got more obnoxious and singled me out more than once.

I’m the youngest of two so I’m always the baby – even though I’m 30 – so treating me as a teenager makes me incredibly mad. This person singled me out and told everyone in the room I forgotten she was my godmother. Honestly, I didn’t forget, but forgot that both she and my mom’s youngest sister are my godmothers.

She would also tell my mom that we’re going to have dinner together when she hasn’t planned at all with me. I haven’t done anything to cause this behavior, but just shrugged it off. All this person really wanted was attention.

Being treated like I’m a toddler is the worst. I absolutely hate it. One of the reasons most of my family members don’t see me as a complete individual with achievements, dreams, and a future is because of their lack of interest in my life. They continue to ignore me when I talk about what I want to do when I get out college, what I’m doing at my internship, or [insert adult thing]. It’s extremely infuriating and it undermines all the work I’ve put into getting to where I am.

Star

Hecate gave me the Star. Today, I watched this video on the subject of destiny and reading the Tarot.

The Star represents a renewed hope and that the worst is over for me. I had a rocky time getting to where I am now. Hecate wants me to follow my intuition and trust the Universe (the Gods) right now and be aware of the moments when I feel like this is the right thing to do.

Also, there might some astrology-symbolism and Hecate is telling me to watch the skies.

The High Priestess

More twin pillar symbolism! I think Hermes is telling me to balance everything out before I do any kind of magic or any kind of work for that matter. I also believe that this to show me that I need to experience the Gods instead of just reading about them.

I also think that He’s telling me that I can’t quite talk to my husband about my religion/spirituality and that this may become a problem in the future.

My husband is a very skeptical atheist who detests religion in any form so it’s hard to explain to him what I believe without undermining what I believe or what I do. I like using the language he can understand and agree with, but I also don’t want to anger any of the Gods I worship.

In conclusion….

Since I got a Marseilles deck, I’ve also been using the Tarot a lot especially for mundane questions. The thing I’m pondering isn’t totally mundane, but it’s something that I want to do spiritually.

Since I got the Star card from Hecate, I feel like I should pursue Hellenic polytheism as well as domestic witchery. I feel like this is one of my soul’s purposes (not totally sure though). Every time I think or adore the Gods I feel love in my heart (especially to Hermes). I drew the cards this morning to see if this is the right thing to do.

I believe the cards were telling me that in the near future I’d feel overwhelmed and imbalanced, which makes sense because I start school and internship this fall. I also feel that I’m not as disciplined as I was in my early twenties. Although, I am trying to ease my anxiety, chronic stress, and IBS so that usually means lying down on the couch after I eat and playing Skyrim, Fallout 4, or Dragon Age: Inquisition. I actually have to lie down sometimes so I can digest food and playing video games calms me down.

(Well, certain ones. I don’t think I’d want to play Prey [YouTube video *warning spoilers*] or Hellblade [ also a YouTube video *warning spoilers*] to calm my nerves).

I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time lying down. I’m a super productive person who has to be doing something ALL THE TIME, but I usually when I get in these moods, I’m stressed out. So to combat stress, I’ve put all my goals, chores, internship stuff, and everything in Google Keep so it’ll show up in my calendar for each day. This has helped tremendously especially one of those days when I feel sick.

I also feel that the cards are indicating the Uranus mid-life crisis stage of my life. The spread was probably showing me that and my life choices in connection to becoming a Hellenic polytheist because the outcome was The Fool (as well as Hecate’s card), which usually indicates the soul’s journey.

I’m Not Wiccan – I’m a witch

I’m not Wiccan. I’m a witch. I feel that witchcraft is a magical practice where Wicca is a religion that’s made for witchcraft.

(Note: This is my experience with Wicca. I understand that there may be exceptions to the rules, but I don’t care. I’m sick of hearing that only true witches believe in [insert Wiccan belief] or only practice [insert Wiccan practice] – and that’s simply not true.

Also, to me, Wicca is a specific religion. It’s a fertility initiatory religion that centers on a God and Goddess, holidays that celebrate the changing seasons (supposedly), reincarnation and karma (their own type not the Hindu type), and has a moral compass that tells you to absolutely not harm anything.)


My Reasons for not following Wicca

1. One of the many problems I have with Wicca is that the holidays don’t match up where I live. No, I don’t live in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here the winters are long. When it’s Imbolc to Valentine’s Day is the coldest time of the year. Supposedly this is a time where the sun’s light and heat are waxing. I try to get into this mindset, but it just doesn’t work.

Lammas doesn’t doesn’t line up either. Apparently this is the first harvest? Where it gets colder…Only August here is very hot like melt your eyeballs hot.

So, I don’t practice the Wiccan Sabbats.

2. The Wiccan Rede

Another problem I have with Wicca is that I feel like the Wiccan Rede doesn’t make any sense. It’s hard to go through life without hurting others whether that’s plants, animals, or other humans. I think this was thrown in here so that people wouldn’t curse each other or to make Wicca look good to the other religions. Who knows.

3. Threefold Goddess and the Horned God

I’ve always felt that the Wiccan Goddess is pigeon-holed by Her biology where Her power only comes from giving birth and having children. I’m a child-free woman and this “facet” doesn’t connect with me. I also feel that the God is pigeon-holed by His sexuality. Men aren’t just sexual beings. The God is so much more than His “horns.”

Also, I don’t see the Gods as parents. This just invites dysfunction.

4. The many, many Wiccan Tools and Correspondences

Wicca is all about correspondences. It’s ridiculous. Everything has a correspondence to it (the directions, the moon phases, the rocks, the herbs……) I feel like this lessens the power of Gods, herbs, stones, etc. Also, I’m not big on the ceremony and it’s ceremonial tools. Although, I have used the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

5. Drawing Down the Moon/Sun

Lately, I felt that “drawing down the moon/sun” was disrespectful somehow to the Moon or Sun God or Goddess.

True witches…

What really gets my goat is that people say only true witches believe in the Wiccan Rede, true witches don’t believe in Satan….Blah, blah, blah. I hate this white knight badge that people stick on witchcraft. Witches have been cursing for YEARS. Witches don’t have to believe in the Goddess and the God. They can be atheists. They can be Satanists! Witchcraft is NOT Wicca.

*Throws her hands up in disgust*

What the Cards Say

I did a card spread yesterday and the day before yesterday asking the Gods for guidance.


A while back, the cards looked like I was leaving a bad situation:

Hestia chose the Fool, Hecate chose the Six of Swords, and Hermes chose the Page of Swords. I’m not sure what I’m running from exactly. Maybe bad habits? A bad situation at work? I’m thinking of leaving a job at school in favor for another one because the one I’m training for seems to be a better fit for me.

Yesterday, Hestia chose two cards: Eight of Cups and Two of Swords. Hecate chose Eight of Pentacles and Hermes chose Two of Cups. I’m thinking that two and eight are important. So I had to look them up.

Two means partnership and eight means “focus.”

I did finally do a spell for a magical human partner/friend/colleague.

The Eight of Cups shows that I’m leaving something behind, but what exactly? And apparently, I’ve been living in a dream, but it’s not mine?

I feel like there is something I’m not getting.

The Two of Swords signifies a conflict between my heart and mind. At one end, I want to pursue mundane work and the other I want to do spiritual work, but I think that there is something greater here that I’m not getting. I think Hestia is telling me to stop thinking for a second and focus on what I want to do right now. I’m a little confused as to what kind of witch I want to be and how I am going to practice witchcraft every day. I’m working on that (not just with a schedule) now. Also, I think She reminding me to do my magic and not get so distracted by everything. I also think that I’ve been trying to “balance” my life out so much that I waste time. I should just focus on one thing at a time.

Hecate is reminding me to FOCUS on my work whether it’s mundane or spiritual. I’ve gotten this card before so I feel like I’ve missed something that I need to look into again.

Hermes chose the Two of Cups. I love this card. I love the alchemical imagery. I’m a queer person (both sexually and gender) I like the idea of being two genders and neither at the same time.

Anyway, this card reminds me of Hermes’ Caduceus. So, I am looking into that now (as well as Hecate’s three aspects). This card represents a partnership….A magical partnership? Seems very early for that. Perhaps He’s telling me that I should look into myself and become whole within my self before I go looking for a human magic partner.

Day Eight and Nine

I’m meditating and connecting to my Gods every day!


On the 30 day challenge, day eight was all about meditating. Day nine is all about connecting with the Gods.

As you probably know, I’ve made a schedule for my daily practice/taking care of myself.

This is a working schedule especially if I wake up late, have work, or got o school. Daily Devotionals are a must. I always clean out Hestia’s, Hecate’s, and Hermes’ offering glasses and re-fill them with water, tea, cider, or milk.

For meditation, I use Meditation Studio app on the iPhone. I’m not sure if it’s on Android or whatever, but definitely worth checking out.

I love the suggestions for making magic every day. One of my biggest witchy goals is to practice this way every day. Although, the type of meditation I do is to help relieve stressful and anxious thoughts from my busy, busy head.