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

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THE WITCHES’ REDE OF CHIVALRY – Found on Witches of The Craft

Adapted from Rites From The Crystal Well)

Insofar as The Craft Of The Wise is the most ancient and most honourable creed of humankind, it behoves all who would be witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods and Goddesses, to their brothers and sisters of The Craft, and to themselves

Chivalry is a high code of honour, which is of most ancient Pagan origin and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways.

Know well that thoughts and intent put forth will wax strong on many planes of existence and return, bringing into creation that which has been sent forth. For this reason the adept must exercise discipline over his or her thoughts. Remember, ” as you sow, so shall you harvest”

It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we may one day unite with the Godhead.

“This above all … to thine own self be true…”

A witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed document. It is only by developing such mental discipline that great power may be controlled and directed

It is well to refrain from speaking ill of others for not all truths of the matter may be known

Pass not unverified words about another. For the most part hearsay is a thing of falsehoods

Be honest with others. Have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them

The fury of the moment plays havoc with the truth. Strive always to keep your head

Harm not another. Think always of the consequences of your actions

Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humour are much to be admired

As a witch you wield much power. Therefore exercise much discretion in its use

Courage and honour endure forever.

Offer friendship only to those worthy of it. To associate with younger souls will only pull you down

Those who follow the mysteries must be above reproach in the eyes of the world

Keep pride in thyself. Seek perfection in body and in mind

Embracing our own pain!!

Sometimes the motivation to help others may be an extension of a deep desire to heal a wounded part of ourself.

Some people seem called to help others, often from very early on in their childhoods, responding to the needs of family members, strangers, or animals with a selflessness that is impressive. Often, these people appear to have very few needs of their own, and the focus of their lives is on rescuing, helping, and healing others. While there are a few people who are truly able to sustain this completely giving lifestyle, the vast majority has needs that lie beneath the surface, unmet and often unseen. In these cases, their motivation to help others may be an extension of a deep desire to heal a wounded part of themselves that is starving for the kind of love and attention they dole out to those around them on a daily basis. For any number of reasons, they are unable to give themselves the love they need and so they give it to others. This does not mean that they are not meant to be helping others, but it does mean that they would do well to turn some of that helping energy within.

One problem with the rescuer model is that the individual can get stuck in the role, always living in crisis mode at the expense of inner peace and personal growth. Until the person resolves their own inner dramas, they play them out in their relationships with others, drawn to those who need them and often unable to acknowledge their own needs or get them met. In the worst-case scenario, they enable the other person’s dilemma by not knowing when to stop playing the rescuer and allow the person to figure it out on their own. However, if the rescuer finds the strength to turn within and face the needy aspects of their own psyche, he or she can become a model of empowerment and a true source of healing in the world.

Some signs that you or someone you love may need to rescue the rescuer within are inner burnout from overgiving; underlying resentment; an inability to admit to having needs of one’s own; and an unwillingness to be vulnerable. Help comes when we allow ourselves to admit we need it, acknowledging our humanity and our wholeness by acknowledging our pain. The understanding we gain in the process will naturally inform and inspire our ability to help those in need to do the same.

The Awakening – Borrowed this from yesterday’s WOTC posts

Let me sing you a tale of magics of old,
of powers that slumbered through long years untold.
Let me weave you a song of a memory revived,
calling the Old Ones, their time has arrived.

Bale fires are lighting through all of the land,
the fey folk are dancing, their hour is at hand.
Their music is heard in the chattering stream,
their call echoes out on the wings of a dream.

Beyond the townships, where common folk sleep,
in moors and in meadows, in forests so deep,
Witches are gathering at the dark of the night,
to dance and to worship, bathe in moonlight.

They’ve winded the horn, they have opened the door,
the magics returning to slumber no more.
By the spells they have woven, the runes the have told,
they’ve awakened the Goddess, and the Horned One of old.

And those who have gathered now join hand in hand,
their voices are chanting, throughout all the land.
The God and the Goddess, at last will be heard,
their children, the witches, are spreading the word.

They sing songs of power when the moon, she is high,
They chant songs of joy when the sunrise is nigh,
They dance through the meadows, and through darkened streets,
join their ancient rhythm, when your circle meets,

Come dance to their rhythm, when your circle meets.

–Andrew Daws, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

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

A Thought for Today

Similarities of Beltane and Samhain

I believe that the veil between the spirit plane and our plane is thin not only on Samhain but on Beltane also. Why you may ask yourself? Well, let me explain my theory and then decide for yourself if you agree or not.

Both Sabbats are fire festivals. Beltane for fertility and to bless the fields and livestock to produce a bountiful harvest and Samhain for celebrating the end of that bountiful harvest for the year.

As one is occurring in one hemisphere be it northern or southern, while the other is happening in the other one. So I feel the veil does not just thin out for one half of the planet it would be thin everywhere.

While one is celebrating Mother Earth waking up the other celebrates her going to sleep to restore herself.I

So what do you Beltane and Samhain may be two sides to the same coin or not?

May what you sow on Beltane give you a final bountiful harvest on Samhain!