THE HEX, THE HAG AND THE WITCH

Article by:

Hypatia

5 February 2019

Written for Coven life

 

I was recently reading an article about Hexing and Healing. The 2 seem so far removed from each other, however there is a much deeper and familiar connection to both.

The truth in the story is……

Back in the 1800s’ Hex simply meant to cast a spell or bewitch something. As a matter of a fact, most cultures especially from the Dutch and Germanic descents, Hexing was thought beneficial. Magick was magick and was neither Malediction or beneficent.

The below extract from Thesaurus.com explains it well.

Word Origin & History

“1830, American English, from Pennsylvania German hexe “to practice witchcraft,” from German hexen “to hex,” related to Hexe “witch,” from Middle High German hecse, hexse, from Old High German hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning “magic spell” is first recorded 1909; earlier it meant “a witch” (1856)” https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/hex

Throughout history, stories of men and women Healers, were manipulated to suite the Patriarchy’s of the time. Ordinary men and women trained in the ancient ways, acquiring knowledge and wisdom were reduced to Hexen, Hex, Hag or Witch. In fact even the word Witch at times irritates me. It is often used with distaste and disrespect by many who are not familiar to the ancient ways. It is used to insult and degrade and place fear in the young and naive.

Why Fear the Hex?

Years of fear mongering and labeling as evil through ultra conservative and fanatical beliefs have confused the masses. Such ancient knowledge nearly became obsolete and extinct. If it wasn’t for some forethinking protagonists that have preserved and propelled the ancient magickal ways into the 21st  century the knowledge of the wise ones, the wisdom keepers as they are known and highly respected in some parts of the world, would now be lost completely.

The reality is that ‘Witch-craft’ has been around for a long, long time, far beyond the 16th and 17th centuries.

Humanity and magick have co-existed since the beginning and from what is happening with this collective global awakening, it will continue to flourish. People are connecting to the ancient ways of the Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks. Even older Civilizations before them clearly have paved the way for all involved in the ‘Craft’. We ALL ride on the shoulders of giants before us.

The Witch and the Healer

The Witch that practices ‘Witch-craft’ has always and will continue to be linked to healing. The medicine of the wise ones is written in the Earth, the plants, the stars, the rivers, the mountains the soil and the oceans. The ancient Priests, Priestesses, the Magi, the Shaman, Q’ero Paco, Curandero, Inyanga, Wortcunner (knowing Herbs) and the list goes on.

https://womanashealer.com/wortcunner/

 

These people contact spirits, work with plant medicine, work with the elements and even change them at times, they take flight and turn into animals that they call their spirit guides. This is a short list of some of the similarities. Sadly when people compare Witches and Healers on the World Wide Web, once again the Witch is vilified.

Call yourself what you may, labeling these days is really rather mundane. It is purely a way of others identifying with who they think you might be, and you trying to label yourself in a world that is based on illusion.

Either way if you are going to walk your talk then take action of your real purpose in this life. Leave your imprint on Gaia through the roadmap of your heart. It’s your actions that matter NOT your title. Find the courage to be yourself when so many others have not, it is being able to walk in both the darkness and the light.

And Remember…..

“Every step you take is supported by a thousand ancestors”

They have your back no matter what.

 

 

 

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The Eleusinian Mysteries: An Unresolved Ancient Greek Puzzle

To this day the Eleusinian mysteries remains a subject enveloped by broken pieces of information, creating great controversy among historians who work under heavy assumptions while trying to puzzle out this ancient tradition. Complete details involving the rites and celebrations which took place during the mysteries were marked by a sworn oath of secrecy by the initiated and, therefore, vanished from our knowledge. In that respect, what do we know about the mysteries and what are the speculations involving it? Although modern Historians still argue about different aspects regarding this mystic ritual, some ideas are often accepted among them, which are understood by the testimonials of the initiated.

In Ancient Greece, the town of Eleusis, situated west of Athens, became the most important religious center of the pagan world during its time. According to the old belief and relates in the Homeric Hymn, Demeter (goddess of agriculture) stopped to rest at Eleusis during her quest for her daughter, Persephone, who was kidnaped by Hades. There, Demeter ordered a temple and altar to be built in her honor. After the joyful reunion of the goddess with the missing Persephone, she instructed the leaders of Eleusis in how to perform her rites. The cult, then, is believed to have been taught directly by Demeter herself.

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