Orpheus

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

23/05/2019

Who was Orpheus?

In the ancient world of Hellenism, Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, psycho pomp, dream Iatromantis (shaman) and prophet who was later associated with the Orphic Mysteries .

His Oracular abilities were translated through his music and poetry, mesmerizing all animate and inanimate beings on this planet and beyond. People, animals, plants, water bodies, rocks, mountains all succumbed to his lullabies produced through his poetry and music. Some of the most beautiful hymns ever created and still used to this day during various Pagan Ceremonies dedicated to the God’s were written by Orpheus. These hymns were also later used in the Eleusinian Mysteries.

The Hymns

There are many versions translated of the Orphic Hymns. As I have been reading Hymns of Orpheus by Thomas Taylor I will include this version.

This hymn is dedicated to the Goddess Nyx (Night).

Each Hymn is performed with a specific fumigation. In other words the burning of. In this case it is the burning of torches. Other Hymns may request the burning or certain resins, spices, herbs, all in the honor and dedication to the Gods.

TO NYX

(The Fumigation with Torches- We can also use candles)

“NIGHT, parent goddess, source of sweet repose,
From whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed Venus, deck’d with starry light,
In sleep’s deep silence dwelling Ebon night!
Dreams and soft case attend thy dusky train,
Pleas’d with the length’ned gloom and feaftful strain.

Dissolving anxious care, the friend of Mirth,
With darkling coursers riding round the earth.
Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play,
Whose drowsy pow’r divides the nat’ral day:
By Fate’s decree you constant send the light
To deepest hell, remote from mortal sight
For dire Necessity which nought withstands,
Invests the world with adamantine bands.
Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant’s pray’r,
Desir’d by all, whom all alike revere,
Blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid
Dispell the fears of Twilight’s dreadful shade.”

So who was the Goddess NYX?

She was the Greek primordial Goddess of the Night.

Nyx is the wife of Chaos and is known by many names, Grandmother Spider, Dawn, Kuan Yin, Earth Mother, Gaia…….

Hers sons where Oneiros (dream), Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death). They are siblings for a reason as they are all one and the same.

It is said that every night we sleep we fall into an ethereal death. This is the land of the ‘Dream Shaman’ a place where the Iatromantis goes to heal and be healed and to commune with the spirit world. This was practiced thought the Orphic and the Eleusinian mysteries.

I have explained the significance of dreaming further in a recent post I did about ‘The dream world of a Witch’.

In the Hymn above, Orpheus compares Venus with Nyx. Venus therefore in the sensible world is the same as Nyx (Night) in the intelligible.

Orpheus also mentions the ‘Fates’ known as Moirai. These are 3 and are known as Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. They were the weaving Goddesses that assigned individual destinies to mortals at birth.

Another Goddess he mentions is Necessity that was known as Ananke

Ananke or Necessity was responsible for splitting the Primordial Egg to create the order of the Universe. This is known as the Orphic Egg

I will try and do further posts of various Orphic Hymns and explain a little bit about each.

I encourage you to use these Hymns during your dedications, they truly are a wonderful way to honor the energies of the Gods.

Blessed Be

 

The Unseen Power of Your Thoughts and Emotions

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

12/05/2019

 As the old adage goes: What you feed grows, is a meaning that defines our e-motions, that is our energy in motion. If you feed the love inside of you, than that is what shall grow.

As a magical practitioner, I attend to my behaviors in not only my physical world, but also the invisible worlds.  Ancient cultures understood this symbiotic relationship between the energy that is within ourselves and that of the Universe.

Mind the Web……

They understood there is a difference between the emotion or the thought that is expressed and sending out the energy behind the emotion. It all is a very delicate balance.

Yes, to every action there is a reaction, everything is in motion and I mean everything, seen or unseen.  Even these very words that I’m writing. Often this energy that we are sending out, if it is not conducive to our being, or to the well-being of whole of existence in a homeostatic way, it manifests as disease, not only in those that we have sent the energy to, but also within ourselves and others within our environment. Please be conscious of your part in the Great Web of Life. Understand that what effects one, effects all.

Time and time again wise Masters have tried to explain to humanity that thoughts are motion and or energy, as I mentioned above, energy in motion. Quotes such as:

We become what we think,

Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die,

The wolf you feed is the one that grows,

Do unto others as you want done unto you,

And the list goes on……

 

Transforming the Energy of an Emotion

Expressing all emotions are a natural part of people’s behavior. This is what makes us unique. It is important to acknowledge the wealth and depth of feelings that go with being human and at the same time be conscious of what we are radiating out into the world. Conscious living in all its essence is important in maintaining the equilibrium in Universal energy, collective consciousness, or call it what you may. Just remember what you feed grows. Be kind to not only others but also yourself. More than often we place ourselves in categories of, I can’t do that, I’m not that smart, I’m afraid, I’m cursed, I’m my own enemy, how can I compete with that…………

Stop…….

Take the time to think and express your feelings before being triggered without even pulling the trigger.  Become conscious of your unconscious actions to understand the impact of your psychic interactions.

By evolving to a place of becoming aware of our invincible interactions, we align our energies to feed the energies that are conducive to our well-being and that of others.

Methods to Transmute Energy

  1. Recall

This is done by stopping and taking a step back.

When we feel such strong emotions, there is a great deal of energy that is being built up inside of us, one that is about to be unleashed out into the collective consciousness of the universe. Try to experience fully what you are feeling and take the time to understand the energy behind your strong emotions. Learn to feed your inner landscape with loving- kindness and radiate this to the world.

 

  1. State your intention

Start by expressing your gratitude, a simple thank you. This is to acknowledge that the assistance you are asking for is already there.

You could express something along the lines of:

“I am feeling……. right now. I have the right to these feelings. I sit in gratitude that this energy has been transmuted and transformed my emotions to love and well- being that radiates into the world”

 

  1. Breathe

Breathing can be very transformative. Remember that breath too is energy. That is why sometimes Magickal Practitioners use their breath to power objects and thoughts. Taking deep breaths in times of stress and high emotions helps to oxygenate your entire body, first up your heart and brain. Your heart rate slows down and oxygen is delivered to your brain to help you think clearly.  Breathing and focusing on your heart allows the energy shift to take place and transform from the transmutation.

 

  1. Recall

Sit in gratitude by recalling what you are grateful for.  Reflect on the things in life that are important to you no matter how big or small. Moments in time that have given you love, joy and happiness. Places that you have visited that have given you peace. Create a sense of calm and you can work through your current emotions.

 

  1. Sensory Redirection

Carry your favorite bottle of essential oil blend that you have empowered to set you in a space of calm in moments of stress. Listen to your favorite relaxing music, even better go out into nature and listen to the calming nature sounds that are actually designed by nature Herself to help us relax. This can assist in stopping your reaction to a situation.

 

  1. Inspiring words

Write them, sing them, rhyme them, do whatever works for you. Empower them by writing them on a pebble that you carry around or keep on your desk.  The choices are endless. Become inspired. People often do this on creative pin boards in stressful office environments.

 

  1. Elemental Assistance

The force of nature can be a powerful healer.  Work with the elements to transmute energy.  A beautiful prayer that I use.

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All energy is Neutral…..

When one steps out of the realm of duality ALL energy is neutral.

Become responsible for your actions and understand that it is NOT OK to go around shooting psychic darts including to yourself. Be careful, or you could end up shooting yourself with one of these darts in the foot.

When you learn that All energy is neutral, you learn to absorb any energy that is in the collective as fuel.

Now that is powerful!

Remember…..

That energy turned into positive thought and actions is contagious. If we are in a toxic environment we are not honoring the elements that sustain us.

Our outside world is only a reflection of our inner world.

Happiness…….

This is the best kind of magick of them all!!!

“When one’s spiritual needs are met by an untroubled inner life.

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others”

When magick is done in a state of Happiness, Gratitude, Calm, Love, Light, NO MATTER how hard done you feel, and yes I personally know that can be VERY hard at times, it’s about nourishing the well-being in yourself first and  fore most before you can begin to heal and nourish others.

If there is no state of calm within your being, then STEP AWAY from magick.  Step back, take a few breaths and start again.

This has got nothing to do with walking in the shadows, as there is no shadow without light. It’s about the energy that is created because of your thoughts and your actions.I personally love shadow work and work with it often for myself and my clientele.

As I mentioned above, energy is neither good nor bad, light nor dark, it’s purely energy. What you decide to do with it is a whole different story.

Many blessings to you and yours.

 

 

Death and Dying.

Article written by
Hypatia
for Coven Life
5/5/2019

I sat with the heading above for quite some time before I was prompted to start typing.
Tackling such a sensitive topic that is so broad, personal and at times fearful is not easy.

As a Death Doula…….

I have been exposed to a variety of situations, where the person is reaching or is about to reach their last breath.
Towards the end people and their loved ones deal with Death and Dying in so many different ways. Others are at peace, others in absolute shock and distress. For some the sudden shock of loss sends them in a state of panic, for others a state of relief and calm.
Some connect with their spiritual nature, others take up a spiritual nature and yet others abandon their spirituality all together.
I have however found one re-occurring pattern and that is, for those that are somewhat better prepared for the next stage the situation is not as stressful. It’s the unexpected, the unplanned the unprecedented that more than often puts the spanner in the works.
The reality is that not everyone has the opportunity to be prepared, however when the work is done even in a state of good health, Death and Dying becomes a little less traumatic, well most of the time anyway.

As a Death Doula it is important that I support the dying person and their own path, leaving my own spiritual beliefs aside. I am there for them most importantly and their loved ones.
I am there to offer emotional, spiritual and practical support to the dying until their time of death.

As a Priestess……

For me, my connection to the spirit world is all too real. My spiritual nature is such that it allows me to connect with what is on the other side, the crossing, the pass over, call it what you may. I connect through the Divine to access these realms.

The majority of time people would prefer to mention passing or crossing rather than that dreaded ‘D’ word even if they don’t really believe in that crossing or passing process. It just sounds better, less ‘impending doom’ like.

My reality may be different to your reality. The decision is yours and yours alone.
I have chosen a path that is one of remembering. One that is connected to my ancestral roots that ignites the Priestess in me with such roles as that of a Healer, a Death Doula, a Councillor.

In the ancient world the Priestess resided over ALL ceremonies including that of death and those that were dying. In this process she was the guide, the conduit, the mere vessel that the human used on this earth for their passing, the pass over, the crossing. Preparing the soul to leave this earth and then preparing the body for the soul’s journey.
She had many roles and a busy life, all to serve the Divine and its creation. You could say that my role is similar but in a different way. One that is more conducive to the times.

Below are some links I have included from the Wicca tradition that may give you a better perspective to assist you in your own spiritual path.

https://www.wicca-spirituality.com/death-wicca.html

 

When the work is done…..

What does that mean?
This is not something new, or a trend that has recently been taken up by the Western urban world. Preparing for Death and Dying in life is an art that has been lost in our modern world.
At times when I do ask that all impending question. Do you feel ready or prepared? The answer usually is…. I have all my/ our financial affairs in order and I’m/ we are as ready as I/we can be.
Even though it is important that such affairs are definitely in order, and it is something that I do to assist, more than often however it is of the metaphysical aspect of Death and Dying that I’m referring to.

Asking such questions as:
Have we spoken our truth to those who need to ‘hear’ before we depart?
Are we feeling comfortable or confused with where we are or aren’t going?
Is there somewhere you would like to be, visit or someone you would like to see in this life or the next?
Is there a last word you would like to record for others to hear when you are gone?
Is there someone or something you are hearing or seeing that you would like to talk about?
Or would you simply like to rest?

At times when such questions are not answered it is difficult for the soul to depart. Settling your spiritual debts on this earth before you leave is wise.

For some that have the opportunity they may also like to plan their own departure, this can be cathartic. Asking questions such as:
How they would like to die and where they would like to be when they do?
Who they would like or wouldn’t like around them at their final moment?
What or how they would like the funeral?
All of these aspects can be very important for the soul.
More than often when people are at that stage in their living life, connections with the other world are made. They see or hear people that have passed. This is not uncommon and can be a very emotional, spiritual and even scary experience for both the dying and family members around them, especially if there is very little understanding in such areas. Assisting people through understanding this process may ease their confusion and fear.

All around the World…

Cultures that still practicing their ancient ways deal with Death and Dying in a very different way than our Western society. Death Doula’s in such communities and societies have always been around, preparing the dying and the dead for the afterlife. Usually they are also the midwives and even the healers or priests and priestesses of the community, knowing how to usher the soul into its next stage.
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and then the Romans held elaborate ceremonies for the dying and the dead. At death preparing the body in a meticulous manner and storing the body in elaborate tombs to be received in the afterlife. It was all done for the soul’s journey offering a safe passage was the primary concern. Death, Burial and the After Life in Ancient Greece.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead can teach us a thing or two about living, regardless its title. Some Buddhists even call it the Tibetan Book of Birth. A book well worth reading, especially if you want to be prepared!

Most of these ancient cultures did not and still do not fear death, they revered it and even at times worshiped it with Gods and Goddesses dedicated to this very passage. They acknowledged it and understood it. Their ancestors were not worshiped they were respected, acknowledged and honored. They understand that those in the spirit world would guide them in the Earth Walking life to prepare their soul for ‘that’ destination.
Cultures that are still connected to their ancient way have lifelong honoring rituals for such occasions and consider this time of their ‘life’ to be as auspicious as the birth, very similar to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

It is equally important that there is a deep mourning process for the loss and that the person living must have the courage to move on in the here and now. More than often you hear of life long grieving processes that debilitate the living and often shortening their life span because of the process. This is not conducive for the dead and definitely not the living.
In parts of the Amazons where they try to understand the process in their Earth Walking life, people like Medicine men and women re-enact a death to become familiar with the underworld so when it is time to visit, either for the people being healed or for themselves the road map to the path is not that unknown.
Philosophy also has its definition of death. https://www.the-philosophy.com/death-philosophy-definitions
Below is a wonderful account of the use of the Temple in ancient times. One of its purposes was that of preparing the dying and the dead for the crossing.

The Temple


In conclusion, when the work is done in your Earth walk, the afterlife for yourself and that of your loved ones doesn’t seems as daunting. Take the time to travel and become familiar where you would like to go. The destination is purely your decision and your decision alone. This is your journey and honor it now before it is too late.

A Witches Bag that reflects the Soul of her Ancestors.

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28th April

Written for Coven Life

by Priestess Hypatia

As I reached into my Witch Bag hanging over my shoulder, to grab that essential something, it warmly reminded me of my grandmother Gigi who is in the Summerland’s.

She was a cumbersome Greek woman with long white braided hair that always and I mean always wore an apron, from the minute she woke up, till the time she was ready to go to bed.

The little I remember of her has left me with the warmest, funniest and kindest memories. Her perpetual apron was worn over her garments like a smock that tied at the back, it had a large pocket at the front that she would fill with what I thought were presents. Out would come dried herbs and flowers in what seemed little sachets, baby tortoise shells, coins, seed pods, old pieces of jewellery, old rings, pendants and broken chains, little pieces of net and even a small Icon of St Cyprion. She even had a dried cicada once, it was a bottomless pit.

Time went and I never really thought of it much, until recently that is when I reached into my Witch Bag.

Now as we know, it is nearly Samhain here in the Southern Hemisphere. A wonderful time where the Veil between the worlds is thin just enough for that extra communication between the here and the beyond. Looking at Gigi’s painting she reminded me of her little quirks, one of them was her pet crow BiBi in Greece. Not too many people had crows as pets, so it did seem strange. She was always telling BiBi off because she would steel her valuables and hide them in the roof. On the other hand BiBi would also leave gifts around the house that my Gigi thought was so auspicious and she would put them, you guessed it, in her apron pocket.  Every now and then my Grandfather was instructed by my Grandmother Gigi to raid BiBi’s nest and retrieve some of my Gigi’s valuables.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article here on Coven life about how to construct your own Witch Bag.

A Witch’s bag represents the soul of the Witch, it reflects her beliefs, her practice, and her attraction to the mysteries and unknown. A Witch is always looking for signs from here and the beyond. For my Grandmother Gigi it was from auspicious trinkets BiBi left behind and of course BiBi herself. Ornithomancy is divination through birds and when BiBi would screech or do something unexpected Grandmother Gigi would know exactly who was going to visit and even say what. ‘Ow your auntie Katina is coming to tell me her troubles’. As a young teen I thought that she was hilarious, well it’s not the case now! She was always spot on with the help of BiBi.

Ow I nearly forgot about the Icon in my Grandmothers pocket of St Cyprion.

St Cyprion was a magician that converted into a holy man by abandoning his magickal path and following the Christian faith. The irony is that there is still till this day in the Orthodox bible anti curse prayers a.k.a -spells that were written by St Cyprian himself.

I encourage you to also remember. Remember that the little things that you practice and that you believe came from your DNA, your blood line. You are all of your ancestors. We all have stories to tell whether they are passed down from words of mouth or trance. Never forget your story.

 

Blessings

Hypatia