The Hymns of Orpheus

To Hekate

“I call Ækáti of the Crossroads, worshipped at the meeting of three paths, oh lovely one.
In the sky, earth, and sea, you are venerated in your saffron-colored robes.
Funereal Daimohn, celebrating among the souls of those who have passed.
Persian, fond of deserted places, you delight in deer.
Goddess of night, protectress of dogs, invincible Queen.
Drawn by a yoke of bulls, you are the queen who holds the keys to all the Kózmos.
Commander, Nýmphi, nurturer of children, you who haunt the mountains.
Pray, Maiden, attend our hallowed rituals; 

Be forever gracious to your mystic herdsman and rejoice in our gifts of incense.”

 

I was talking with a fellow coven member just today about this incredible Goddess, one that predates the Olympian Gods and of possible Thracian origins.

She is the Goddess who rules over heaven and earth, the one who holds the keys to the cosmos and the rights of fertility. A triple Goddess who you encounter at the cross roads, the guardian, one that is part of the cosmic creation story and looks over funeral rights.

She is born of Asteria (Stars) and the Nihta (Night) therefore represents the primordial creation of all that is.

May the Great Goddess look over you and protect you.

 

Blessings to one and all

The Cosmic Witch

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Image credit The De Morgan Foundation, The Love Potion, Evelyn De Morgan, 1903, 40″ x 21″, oil on canvas, held by The De Morgan Center, London.

 

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

30/07/2019

 

Planetary knowledge that can assist you in developing your Magickal Practice.

 

Know They Self

While embarking on my path to understand the self, I stumbled on the magickal world of the Alchemist. ‘Know thy Self’ the very words inscribed on the entrance of many great temples from Kemet and Luxor in Egypt to Delphi in Greece.

This was an axiom practiced by the great minds of the ancient world that brings the knowing of one’s self in accordance with the understanding of the creation of  ‘All That Is.’

Through the process of alchemy -transformation and transmutation, one takes a glimpse into the world of the Divine by looking into their own being. The Wise person, Witch, Seeker call yourself what you may, understands that the search of the Holy Grail, the Philosophers Stone, the meaning of life and the reason for all existence only lies within. The Witch that realizes their true power and potential understands this well, giving them the power to create a beautiful existence for them selves and all they are in contact with.

 

Alchemy- Word Origin.

The word originated in ancient Egypt from the word Khem meaning the black land. It was here the sacred art of alchemy was practiced through methods of mummification for the goal of immortality. It was then later taken by the ancient Greeks that introduced the word Khemica meaning chemical. It trickled down to the Arabs where they then called it AlKhemica- Al- meaning the all mighty or sacred and Khemica meaning the chemistry. Putting that all together it translates as the sacred chemistry of the Divine. Egyptians were big on magic and it was all through their practice of alchemy that connected them to the celestial energies of the ‘Sacred Seven’.

 

Who are the Sacred Seven?

The ancients spoke of the Seven Sacred Planets that were Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon. You may also know them as Cronus, Pluto, Aries, Helios or Apollo, Hermes and Selene or Artemis.

They are in Druid, Norse, Indian Ayurvedic, Australian and American Native Aboriginal Law, in the Far East of Asia to Europe, Scandinavia, and beyond! All the ancients were observers of the same sky, just from a different perspective.

 

The Witch as the Alchemist

Much like the Witch, the Alchemist is the seeker of truth obtained through a perpetual path of encountering the Divine and a mystical path of knowledge.

Alchemy is not just restricted to that of the Alchemist. It is the formulation and the foundation of creation itself. Its essence belongs in all spiritual, philosophical and religious paths. It connects ourselves to that of the spirit and the soul of the earth and that of the whole of the celestial spheres. In fact it is the very root of our modern science, medical and spiritual Reductionism.

Now astrology may not be for everyone, however it is very important, that in order to understand the natural order, and be in tune with the Great Mother and The Great Father, we at least need to learn the foundations of the rhythm of the earth. It is respectable that we learn to understand the essence of the ephemeris of the planetary cycles such as the moon phases, especially when we are drawing down the moon, creating affirmations, spells, wishes, call it what you may. What does each moon phase mean, the new moon, the waning, waxing, gibbous and crescent moon, the full moon? Each phase of the moon has its own energy that is created by the other planetary alignments in the celestial spheres.

How about the energy of the other planets such as Mercury that is connected to the ancient God Hermes. The planet Venus, this is connected to the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and so on. The ancients knew this connection all too well and honored these planets as their Gods. They called them the ‘Sacred Seven’ and built grand temples in their honor. Their temples were built according to astrological alignments such as Stonehenge, the Acropolis, the pyramids from Machu Picchu to Egypt.

In the study of Witchcraft, Alchemy, Wicca etc., in fact any other earth based religion as well as philosophy and spirituality, such knowledge is not only invaluable but imperative for the connection to the natural environment that one will be closely working with. In our modern world of sciences we have completely removed ourselves from this energy. Have we forgotten that the seasons are connected to this energy created in the celestial spheres? The earth’s rhythm is expressed through the seasons, this is why we honor each and every turning of the Wheel. We see this respectful honoring through the animal, plant and mineral kingdom, it is all around us, it is right there in front of us.

It’s important and respectable that a Witch or any one studying a nature based religion understands where the very energy that they are drawing for their magickal use comes from.

So how is a Witch connected to Alchemy, Astrology and the Elements?

Every time you make a potion, an elixir, cast a spell, make a wish on a full moon, perform a ritual for Esbat, Sabbat of ANY form that includes the Great Mother Earth, the Great Luna Mother and Solar father or Solar King, you are performing Alchemy. In fact when there is a solar and Luna eclipse they call this the Alchemical Wedding.  The time where 2 great celestial energies merge in the quintessence of the Cosmos (celestial bodies).

The very elements that a Witch honors are the quintessence of these celestial bodies. Most advanced civilizations understood that our origins were from the stars, the Star Nations, the Star Seeds, The Pleiades etc… It was believed that of these classical 5 elements we (including all that is on earth and Earth Herself) were created from.

“To the elements it came from

Everything will return.

Our body to Earth

Our Blood to Water

Heat to Fire

Breath to Air.”

-Empedoclese- (495 BCE)

The fifth element is the quintessence or spirit that brings everything on this Great Mother Earth into existence as a result of the celestial energy.

 

Please Remember…..

whenever you use a herb for magickal purposes, a crystal, make a talisman, burn a candle for a desire, burn a piece of paper with written words to acquire an effective outcome, collect rain water or morning dew of a plant for spell or any magickal work, this is practicing Alchemy!

When we take something with intention and desire it to be turned into something else we are are performing alchemy. It is the transformation and transmutation that is achieved through the energy of the soul, connected to that of the body and spirit that originates from the celestial sphere, the cosmos, the Universe, the Goddess, God, Great Spirit etc……

The more that you are in tune with these energies and understand what they are ‘gifting’ you, the more effective your magick will become. This method puts you in alignment with the very essence of your path.

In Hermetics the saying ‘As Above so Below, as Within so Without’ explains that what is in the celestial spheres above is in the very essence of ourselves, hence the God and Goddess living within our being. It is through alchemy that we connect and are the embodiment of the God and the Goddess and representation here on earth.

 

What next……..

In the following weeks I will attempt to include a small list of ephemeris that will include the ‘Sacred Seven’ and hopefully this will give you an understanding and a foundation to your energetic emanation of magickal power.

Alchemy and astrology can be a very precise science that includes specific times of the day, hours of planets and so forth. In this short series of posts I will only give you the outline, the basic understanding of where these energies are coming from and what their foundation concerning your magickal ephemeris can be. If you wish to do further studies and have an interest in this area the rest is up to you.

Many Blessings

The Alchemical Wedding

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Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

2/07/2019

Full Solar Eclipse on the New Moon- July 2nd 2019

Since the beginning of time humans have been in awe with this celestial phenomenon.

For a Witch such an astrological event is filled with energetic and magical potential. A total eclipse is a powerful “Alchemical Wedding”. It is the sacred union between the Sun- Helios (The solar King) and the Moon-Selene (The Luna Mother).

In such an occurrence, the total eclipse only occurs during the Moons first phase, that is on the day of the New Moon.

The New moon signifies important beginnings and endings, one that conjures energetic growth. At this time it is idea to:

  • Cleanse and purify the home and the self
  • Let go of what is restricting you
  • Make room for the new

This is truly an event that induces metamorphosis to bring forward the new you.

Take the time to go within and be still, clear any doubts and fears that might be holding you back in moving forward.

Set up you altar for the Moon Goddess and the Sun God and honour their union. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Eclipse Blessings to you!

Turtle Familiar

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By Hypatia

For Coven Life

30/06/2019

 

When this ancient soul enters your life it is prompting you to take a glimpse at immortality.

The turtle is connected to the power of peace, adventure, resilience, adaptation and productivity. People drawn to this energy are usually old souls, ones that are attracted to both the sea and land.

Many beautiful mythological stories have been told about this wondrous creature that possesses an eternal soul.

The Turtle is connected to the creation story time and time again, throughout many cultures.

  • In Hindu Mythology the world is thought to rest on the backs of four elephants that are standing on the back of a turtle.
  • In Africa it was though that the turtle gave all the animals their colours.
  • In North America of the Cheyenne tradition the Great Grandmother Turtle carries the whole world and of course creation itself on her back.
  • In Chinese mythology it was the turtle that helped create the world

It has been used as protection against evil, as good luck for voyages by sea and by land across the globe.

Most importantly I believe that the turtle energy helps us close all other books and begin to tell our own true tale. Turtle energy is behind all great storytellers and writers. So if you are feeling the need to be inspired as a writer or storyteller, try and connect to the Turtle, you might be pleasantly surprised with your creative writing and spoken word.

 

Happy Journeying

The Hymns of Orpheus

Hymn To Earth (Gaia)

The Fumigation from every kind of seed, except beans and aromatics

 

O Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source,
Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force;
All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs,
Produce a store of beauteous fruits and flow’rs,
All-various maid, th’ eternal world’s strong base
Immortal, blessed, crown’d with ev’ry grace;
From whose wide womb, as from an endless root,
Fruits, many-form’d, mature and grateful shoot.
Deep bosom’d, blessed, pleas’d with grassy plains,
Sweet to the smell, and with prolific rains.
All flow’ry dæmon, centre of the world,
Around thy orb, the beauteous stars are hurl’d
With rapid whirl, eternal and divine,
Whose frames with matchless skill and wisdom shine.
Come, blessed Goddess, listen to my pray’r,
And make increase of fruits thy constant care;
With fertile Seasons in thy train, draw near,
And with propitious mind thy suppliant hear.

 

The beautiful Prayer above is dedicated to the Great Mother who in Orphic theology is known by many names such as Gaia, Rhea and Vesta.

Earth is said to be the mother of everything, of which Heaven is the Father.

As the primal Mother Goddess she created all the other Gods. Alongside Eros and Chaos these 3 deities emerged from the cosmic egg of creation that is also referred to as the Orphic Egg.

Gaia arose from Chaos to give birth to Ouranos (Heaven or simply translating as the sky) who she took as a consort. It was an immaculate conception of the Great Mother Earth that gave birth to the sea and the mountains.

Take the time to honor Her through this beautiful Prayer anytime you feel like it. Set up an altar out in nature somewhere to pay your respect and gratitude for all that She gives and does.

Bat Familiar

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Just like the Owl, the bat is the guardian of the night.

When the bat makes it’s presence in your life, it is often a sign of great transformation. This is a time to fully rely on your senses ones that heighten your psychic abilities.

Individuals drawn to his familiar are usually highly sensitive and extremely aware of their surroundings anyway. This is an animal that works on a sonar type system. Everything is energy, frequency and vibration to this beautiful and elusive creature.

This is an animal that is highly perceptive, intelligent and very social. Nothing escapes the instincts of the bat. People with bat familiars have the ability to see straight through any situation and people. Their ability to sense energy from this world and the next is truly uncanny. They have a synesthetic perspective of the world. In other words they have the ability to see, smell, hear and feel energy, frequency and vibration. These people with such familiars make wonderful energy workers and psychics. This type of sensing is second nature to such people.

As the bat is also connected to the underworld, be prepared to engage in some shadow work with this beautiful familiar. Shadow work can assists us to move from congested and stagnant energy that has accumulated within our body over time.

The bat familiar assists us to see the unseen, both in the other worlds and this.

As the famous scientist Nicola Tesla once said:

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

― Nikola Tesla

It looks like the elusive bat has already beat us to it!