Oh, Holy Night! Celebrating Hekate of the Underworld

November 16 is the modern celebration of Hekate of the Underworld. Although I’m not certain of the origins, I know I’ve been observing this festival for at least a decade. I did a bit of digging to try to find out where this event started and I found this link from 2009. Since that time the festival has evolved from being an all-purpose night honoring Our Lady to one that focuses exclusively on Hekate as Queen of the Underworld. Honestly, I have no idea how this happened. Let’s just say that Hekate wants it this way.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2017/11/oh-holy-night-celebrating-hekate-of-the-underworld/#W6uOrOKvzfOXWLWh.99


Creating Sacred Space for Hekate

Sacred space is a necessary part of witchcraft and devotion to Hekate. I use sacred space for a variety of purposes from clearing an area so that I can pray without distraction to forming a large space in which I can conduct a spell. In this picture, I’ve created a nontraditional sacred focal point in my living room so that I can focus my intention on Hekate and witchcraft just by meditating on the objects in the display.

Sometimes I put a lot of thought and effort into creating the space, like when I do a full-scale spell or if I am doing an intense meditation or, most importantly, when I am doing a major devotional ritual to Hekate. Other times, I create an “insta-circle” when I am just trying to get the energies cleared in a space, so I can pray or do a quickie devotional to Hekate. At this end of this article, you’ll find a detailed description for creating sacred space using Hekate’s Wheel.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2017/11/creating-sacred-space-for-hekate/#ORPkxeDEQ2rdMvwl.99

The Aesthetic of Witchcraft and the Return of Real Magic

Witches always draw the media’s attention around Halloween, but last week I saw a number of articles about the “aesthetic of witchcraft.” Some of them came from mainstream sources, such as this segment from NPR on Embracing the Word Witch and this post from Buzzfeed on How Witchcraft Became A Brand. Gordon White, Peter Grey, and Alkistis Dimech discussed it on last week’s Rune Soup podcast.

For the most part, these pieces aren’t about witches who cast circles, brew potions, and worship The Goddess. They’re not about witches who summon spirits or make pacts with the devil. They’re about young women who adopt the mythology and especially the fashion of witchcraft without any of its magical or religious elements.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/11/aesthetic-of-witchcraft.html#4lwJcv3Qs3H853Ck.99

The Holy Darkness is Nigh: November & Hekate

Night time is the right time to honor Hekate and no month has more dark hours than November. Well, maybe December might if I was to add it all up, but it seems less dark because of that whole Winter Solstice thing. It’s like Samhain ushers in an underworld vibe that lasts until at least the end of November and Hekatean energy is at an annual high point. And despite all Her other epithets and roles, Our Lady is The Dark Mother beyond any other title or responsibility.

In honor of this high holy month, I’m going to be focusing on aspects of devotion, dealing with personal darkness, and getting a bit into the creepy side of things for the next few weeks. But, first, let’s talk a bit about The Dark Mother and The Holy Darkness.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2017/11/holy-darkness-nigh-november-month-modern-hekatean-witchcraft/#V2DXS6RUPk0ipEMh.99

The Caledonii Grande Tradition

Generations ago, the tribes of the highland regions of Scotland fought the Roman incursion into their territory. One of these Tribes was known to the Romans by their Latinized name, CALEDONII. The ancient pronunciation of the Tribal name is kept closely guarded by the living order of Druidic Priests and Priestesses stemming from the original Druidh of the Tribe Caledonii. The remoteness of their lands and sanctuaries helped preserve them and their religion from destruction by the Romans and during the missionizing efforts of the Church. Druidic rites survived in Scotland longer than in any other Celtic country. Only in the Continental Trans-Val region did rituals, now accepted as Druidic in origin, survive as long. The modern Caledonii survived through associations with a number of Highland Clans, the Stewerts of Bute maintained the line that has come down to our time, complete with the sacred knowledge and the blood line of the chosen chieftains. By this we mean the chosen Druidic chieftain, not the chieftain of the Stewert Clans. Tradition states that the Stewerts associated with the Royal House of Edinburg, produced a Druidess named Mari Morgaine, and that through her, the line passed to the present day Chosen Chief, Ariel Morgan. The Caledonii of today maintain the ancient rites of the Celtic religion, taught for generations by our people and passed down through the wisdom keepers to those chosen to bear the knowledge. We entrust this knowledge to those who feel the call of the Spirits to minister to the children of the religions of the Mother Earth. It is a serious undertaking, one that requires long hours and much work. For those who feel the call, we welcome you into study.



Samhain: Halloween, Winter Nights, All Hallows Eve – October 31st

Samhain (*Note: Samhain is pronounced sowen, soween, saw-win, saw-vane or sahven, not sam-hayne)

Halloween, Winter Nights, All Hallows Eve – October 31st

Other names for Samhain include Samhuin, Samain, Saman, Oidhche Shamhna, Hallowe’en, Halloween, Hallows, Hallowtide, Shadow Fest, Allantide, Third Harvest, Harvest Home, Geimredh, Day of the Dead (Feile na Marbh), Feast of the Dead, Spirit Night, Candle Night, November Eve, Nutcrack Night, Ancestor Night and Apple Fest.


The History Behind Samhain

Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for many modern Pagans it’s considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us, marking the dark time of the year. It’s a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it’s the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.

Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary says, “The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography.



Samhain is Pagan Christmas

Samhain is not everyone’s favorite sabbat, but it is truly the season of the Witch. Halloween Witches dominate holiday displays, and it’s the one time of year the rest of the world seems to truly embrace the supernatural, the unexplained, and the occult. These aren’t all Pagan things necessarily, but they often feel Pagan or at least Witchy.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2017/10/samhain-is-pagan-christmas/#WHP7uPmg5pda3CLm.99

Samhain Season: 4 Ways I Work With the Dead

I’m of the mind that the dead are present in various forms all year round.  But now is the season when we think about them the most, probably with good reason.

Many traditions believe that the veils (a metaphor describing the separation between this world and the next – or others) become thinner not at just this time of the year, but at another as well.  This second instance would be in the time-frame of Beltane, which is opposite on the wheel of the year -if you follow that model.  That may seem odd, but it’s really not if you think about it.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/10/samhain-thoughts-4-ways-work-dead.html#io051duDqG0jE2DK.99