Archive for Hecate

Hallowed Samhain Blessings

Posted in Folk Belief, Occultism, Paganism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by Sypheara

A quick post from me, simply to to wish everyone who follows the blog a very blessed and sacred Samhain night, whether devotees or simply supportive friends and acquaintances. Your continued messages, well wishes and general support make all the difference to being able to express and share my personal experiences on this path. May you all walk in the arms of the Gods, and Journey from strength to strength in mutual love and reverence on the Road to her Throne.

Gustave Dore – Death on the Pale Horse

Calling Hecate to Send the Beloved Dead

‘I call to you, Aidonaia, through the dark of night,

I stand at your gates in love and honour,

Beautiful Soteira, Goddess of Hell, Heaven and Earth,

Hear my voice piercing beyond the veils that separate Life and Death,

Greatest Trivia, please be present tonight as I request your presence and aid,

Most holy Dadophoros, ignite for me the torches without and within,

Lending me your strength and empowering me to complete this Sacred Work,

Mighty Kleidophoros, Highest of all and Keeper of the Keys of Eternity,

Unlock for me the numinous barriers and bridge the gap between the worlds,

Empress Chthonia, lay to sleep mightiest Cerberus,

Allow those blessed to cross the lake so we may pay reverence,

Ferocious Brimo, I beseech you to stir the Mighty Dead,

Holding fast the Wild Hunt of the Dark Dead,

Giving up to us our beloved for this night to receive the love and offerings of the living,

As unto you I say Seven times Hecate, most beautiful and loved,

O green eyed Queen of Hell”

Ave Hecate,
Ave the Gods of the Trident,
Ave the Spirits of the Path,
Ave the Mighty Dead,
And amongst them,
Those Loved who we have Lost,
With who we now reunite.
~S~

October and the Hunters Moon: Ecstatic Rites

Posted in Occultism, Paganism, The Path of Flames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2018 by Sypheara

Hello all, I hope that October has been treating you extremely well. The energy of the last month at least in good old Britannia, has been building to a crescendo as we go towards our beloved Samhain.

The energy that has been permeating the air here became extremely powerful at the height of the Hunters Moon, to the point it was almost thick and could be tasted even outside of ritual. The energy was sufficient to turn several areas of the local area very thin as far as the veil is concerned. At one particular spot, the energy grew so thick I felt I needed to work with it – the spirit of the place seemed oddly demanding but also welcoming.

I took a small stone, and alternated a simple beat on a nearby piece of metal, similar to that of a heartbeat. One loud, one subtle, matching it to my own pulse as best as could be felt. Over time, i quickened this beat, again mirroring the internal quickening, thus bringing my own bio rhythm into tune with that of the energy of place. At the crescendo i could feel the merging of my blood with that of the ‘blood’ of the place, the earthy powerful feeling of copper filling the mouth, that taste of primal energy. At its peak, I felt the energy release along the spine, and abruptly everything stopped. In the still air, everything went quiet, and the wind seemed to murmur in approval at the stirring communion given. Leaves rustled past and then fell silently to the ground and all went still.

This is but a small example of an ecstatic experience. In the west, we have become overly used to working in eastern ways – with systems of meditation taught to us with the aim of quietening our minds. These, I will not argue against as having innate value, and it is no wonder they were adapted for use, entering our collective skillset. Many of them have been used highly successfully in our modern practice – and many of them have similar if not identical analogues in older western traditions. However I see in certain areas of the Craft (not all, some) that some of the importance around rites of ecstatic communion have been lost – especially when it comes to possession work. This seems strange when you consider that many witchcraft traditions stress ecstatic work – are even founded upon it – but are somehow still seemingly afraid of the power that can be unleashed. This is maybe understandable, but it is something that needs to be worked through in my eyes to properly inflame the craft for future generations.

‘Ask the Oak’ by Adam Oehlers

This is mainly aimed at those working within Hecates Primal Current that are reading this, but this may also be of use to others out there – you should incorporate where possible the ecstatic rites into your work. How this is done is difficult to teach or even to convey in some respects. How it can be done is numerous – one good example would be when performing sexual magickal possession work within this current.  When done at a high level with the Gods and Spirits this is anything but a subdued, meditative experience – but one that rips through the entire body and delivers body shaking possessions that send energy pulsating along the spine. As such, restraint in these operations should be removed and the experience fully embraced – anything else results simply in half measures and results.

Again in general ritual, drumming, singing, chanting and dancing can all be used to intensify the energy of a rite – this is the perfect method for bringing in some very powerful spirits, losing oneself in the experience and truly embracing the being called in. As long as Hecates ever watchful eye and protection has been invoked. and the practitioner is in the correct space, the result should be a positive one. With the dismissal of fear, this can be a profoundly progressive and literally transformative experience that can facilitate massive leaps on the theurgic path. It must be adapted to fit the situation, it is not something that can be replicated from reciting cold hard text from any book. It is learned through experience, sometimes hard earned – do not believe the snake oils salesmen who will direct you away from this, telling you they alone hold the secrets. Secrets of course they will ever so divulge if you believe their comedic youtube promotionals and buy into their overpriced and frankly amateurish body of work that shows little understanding of the above.

Note although I previously used sexual magick as an example, ecstatic work does not need to be confined to such. Only people who lack imagination or who are after something would say so (if its related to paired work). None of the above methods (drumming, singing, chanting, dancing) need to possess a sexual element – they just need to harmonise with the particular spirit being worked with. Similar to how in physics, waves that in phase have an amplifying effect, the same is to be attempted using the ecstatic method.  As such, it is also usually specific to each individual spirit as to what works best in your relationship with them when bringing them into the flesh.

Many have been in contact with me and told me they have problem with possession work – hence the topic of this post. Talking to them I realise they are only approaching its performance from meditative, contemplative angles. This has its place in more subtle forms of possession, in preparation before rites, and in other forms of magickal work but in my experience (and certainly, it is dependent on the individual and their innate gifts) the strongest forms of possession are experienced using ecstatic methods. As we go towards Samhain, I recommend people change to more ecstatic means to take their possession work to the next level if they are having difficulties working with spirit. I wish it was something I could give more concrete guidance on, but the exact method differs wildly from individual to individual. The only universal tip I can settle on is aim to synchronise your own innate biorhythms, your ceremonial actions, and the energies of the possessing spirit into harmony – in this way everything flows as one – all you need to do from then on is grab hold of the surging wave, and ride it to its natural completion.

Art by Valin Mattheis

For those who are feeling a little more comfortable, i’d suggest if you have the opportunity you take it to the next level and push past your own comfort zone. Leave your usual working space and go into the wilds away from human contact, ensuring of course proper preparation to stay safe. You don’t need to go overly far – the most startlingly beautiful and powerful places are usually within reach, even for those of us with limited transport options with a bit of effort. If you find a site that feels good for communion after physical and spiritual considerations have been taken into account, you can perform the ecstatic rites. These should always be conducted from within a suitably cast circle (even if that is a quick cast than something fully ceremonial). The goal being to learn about that space, its genius locii, and begin building powerful relationship. Not just this, but also simply for the sheer joy of exercising your divine right to embrace your existence upon this plane and others. In these workings the ways to rehallow the Earth soul are revealed and worked – real change can be made here at the liminal crossing points where long forgotten spirits await. Not all are friendly, or easy to work with, but all will listen to a sincere call of one of Hecates kin. From there it is up to you. Not all can do or are suited to thiswork and that is perfectly fine. But for those who are, I can tell you its a worthwhile experience.

With the above relayed, I want to quickly say I hope to do a few more posts over the Samhain period, keeping them relatively short  but detailing select things. The next post I want to be about Lucifers burning stellar energies, and how that interplays with Hecates, in a way that is somewhat channelled if possible at the time. It is difficult to relate it text but I will do my best to bring it forth for (more likely on!) our hallowed date.

May the light of the Goddess guide you,
On the Ecstatic Paths the lead to Her Throne,
And Into the Arms of Her and her Kin

Ave Hecate,
~S~

The Summer Solstice: The Blessing of Lucifer

Posted in The Path of Flames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2018 by Sypheara

I would like to simply make a short post to wish everyone a beautiful and productive summer solstice on this wonderful sabbat night.

I have enjoyed it in the traditional sense, spending time with some great friends and enjoying the powerful energies released from our creative endeavours!

Tomorrow is when the main meat of ritual will be conducted, and is something I have to begin truly preparing for! In this work, as mentioned before the whole aim will be the quickening of the world soul and the drawing through of Lucifers solar fire to bring individual and group illumination.

On that note, Id like to simply offer forth two of the calls from the work in honour of Lucifer to share some of this energy with other devotees who walk this path. I don’t pretend these to be works of art, but they are sincere and powerful and I hope they bestow upon the reader at least of fraction of Lucifers solar power and blessing!

The Solar Invocation of Lucifer

‘O Morning Star, hear me!
I invoke thee, Light of my Heart,
The Lord of the Universal Trees of Man,
The Perfect Red King of Sulphur,
O Stellar One!
Phoenix of the Purest Fire!

He who holds in his hands the Light Sun,

Ruler of Life Giving Power fed to the Flesh of the Earth

He who holds in his hands the Black Sun
Master of the Cemetery Rites who shepherds the Mighty Dead!
I pray to you Lucifer, to be present at our hallowed rites of celebration,
Always bestowing your blessings upon your gathered kin!
Now

I ask of you, O Perfect Stellar Flame,
In the name of Hecate,
Supreme Goddess,

In Love and In Honour,

As I walk the Path of the Wise,

Enter now my flesh,
My blood,

My bones,
Witch Kin and God become One!’

The Phoenix Reborn by Tomasz Alen Kopera 

The Drawing Down Of the Suns of Lucifer

‘I CALL DOWN NOW THE SOLAR POWER OF THE KING OF LIGHT
THE LIGHTNING FLASH OF THE LAUGHING GOD
AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWER
INTO THE VERY HEART OF BELIAL
AND INTO THE HEARTS OF GATHERED KIN

THE POWER OF THE BLACK SUN

CHANGE BRINGING JEWEL OF DESTRUCTION
COME NOW

CLEAN AND PURIFY US

ALL IS CONSUMED WHICH IMPEDES OUR PATH AND
HARMS OUR EARTH

THE POWER OF THE WHITE SUN

LIFE BRINGING JEWEL OF CREATION
COME NOW

INVIGORATE AND EMPOWER  US

GRANTING STRENGTH AND RENEWED LIFE TO US AND THE BODY OF BELIAL

THE POWER OF THE CRIMSON SUN

PERFECT JEWEL OF THE RED KING OF SULPHUR
COME NOW

LIFT US UP

GRANT TO US THE ACCELERATED EVOLUTION OF THE WORLD SOUL
AND IN SACRED THEURGY
BATHE US IN THE KALAS OF THE SON OF HECATE

THUS IS THE CURRENT SENT FORTH
IN FULL POTENCY
IN LOVE AND IN HONOUR
IN THE NAME OF SHE WHO CAME FIRST

Unknown by Tomasz Alen Kopera 

May the light of Lucifer drive away the lie,

And usher in a new age upon this Earth

Ave Hecate, 
Ave Lucifer,
Ave Belial,
Ave Sepheranz

~S~

Turning over the Wrong Rock : An Encounter with Chimera

Posted in Occultism, The Path of Flames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2018 by Sypheara

This is a post that i’ve been mulling over making, as it pertains to a developing situation within my own work that has come as both a surprise and tangent to the where i’ve been progressing. I’ve come to conclude that the resultant story around this however would serve to illustrate the rich otherworld one can encounter when doing this work as well as again, the danger that it inevitably brings. For working witchcraft brings all sorts of attention – both good, and bad.

Those who have read my previous posts will remember me describing the mirror world – that strange place that for me is the shamanic ‘place apart’, the crossroads between the ascent, or descent, of the trees. Somewhere the world soul is immediately manifest, and something that I feel the term ‘astral’ is not specific enough to describe.

Recent incursions into this place have been frequent, even when unsought for, in dream states as I have worked mostly passively to integrate the energies unleashed from the first part of the work with Lucifers Stellar Gate. Many have been the usual shamanic adventures, with exploration and integration as a key theme but little actually in the way of danger.

However one recent encounter in this place has driven home to me how risky this place can legitimately be, as well as how many things can hide in both plain sight both here and on the physical until they make their ‘move’.

For weeks leading up to the following ‘incident’, all was not well. Although moving into a new house several months ago, and the place having an amazing atmosphere, occasionally something would feel amiss. It felt as if a presence, alien to the environment,was in the house. It felt incredibly black, oppressive, and ancient. Some nights it felt as if it was stalking the place – always remaining just out of sight, but always ever present on the boundaries of full awareness when it made its appearance. At times it became an almost physical thing – one felt that, going into certain rooms, one would be confronted with something Else, in full manifestation, ready to commence an assault.

Make Lovecraft, Not War, by Daniel Bystedt

All initial attempts to discern what this thing was failed, as if it was shielding itself. Part of me wondered if this entity was perhaps an entity sent by the Gods to test, or to teach, but something about it felt entirely off.  One night in particular was bad, where the power of this thing in one of its visits was so crushingly black, one was almost too terrified to even breathe as the level of threat this entity was emanating was so utterly powerful and pervasive.

On a different night it all came to a head. I had gone to sleep, and had entered the Mirror World as usual. Whilst attempting to navigate after an extensive exploration session, I realised I had strangely become lost. One of the defining characteristics of this plane, being a mirror of the world soul, is that it has taken on fragments of our own, industrialised world such has been our immense impact upon it. As such, I had been attempting to move around using a train network – to navigate from one, hollow city to another, in an attempt to retrace my steps and return to the physical plane.

However, regardless of what I tried I always either ended up in the same spot, or slightly further away from my intended destination. No amount of focused will, or other tricks, could seemingly get me back on the path. It became obvious that someone, or rather something, was interfering.

Resolving to try something novel, I decided that moving towards the determined direction of the interference thus  going with the flow and confronting whatever it is, would be the quickest way to get ‘out’ and back.

In doing so, I boarded a train that took me away from the Hollow Cities. It chugged its way along the track painfully slowly, and my fellow passengers, various strange humanoids merged with various animal forms, paid little attention to my presence. Tarmac turn to scrubby, industrial wasteland, which in turn gave way to grassy plain. After what seemed like a forever, but was likely a very short time considering the amount of time distortion experienced in this place, the train entered a woodland area which slowly gave way to a boggy, misty, marsh. The train got slower and slower, and I realised it was sinking into the mire. Nobody seemed bothered as the train melted away into the murky water, leaving me alone knee deep and without a clear idea as to where I was.

Train tracks by Calimero

Instinctively I tried to follow the track, but soon the fog and mist got thicker, until it was almost like moving through a liquid. Any sight of the track was soon lost, and I became distinctly aware I was not alone. That same, oppressive feeling, felt in the physical world, returned, and it was located somewhere up ahead.

Slowly, and snakelike, spectral hands slithered out of fog into view. The pale skin was corpse like, and the fingers long and bony ending with long, protruding nails. Behind them long arms, bereft of a body, trailed out of a view. They came towards me slowly, before enveloping my form and sliding, sickly sensual, along my flesh.

I admit, i initially tried to deny the sense of danger. Firstly I called out, asking if it was a dream daemon that I work with. No reply came. I asked if it was another spirit i often work with, again in vain, however this time I did get a reply. A hollow, deep and guttural, almost insect like laugh emanated in front of me and the fog began to part.

There I saw a horrific monster. On the ends of these arms was something almost indescribable – the Thing seemed to be like a mass of arterial matter – the main trunk made of our two, thick tendrils which seemingly stood upon writhing mass of maggot like appendages, and its ‘head’ appeared like a fleshy venus fly trap. Out of this a single eye upon a long, sinuous tongue like protrusion observed me coldly. Three cancerous growths, like horns, protruded from it, weeping puss. The arms searching outwards from its central mass – looking like they had been spliced or glued onto the main body which was an entirely direct colour and texture; The texture and colour of inflamed and infectious flesh.

With a horrific voice that sounded like thousands of hard body insects being diced in a blender, mixed with shards of broken glass, this creature only said one thing to me which I barely recall, perhaps incorrectly.

‘NO, I  AM DEATH, IN LIFE, IN RESURRECTION’

With this, a shockwave of black, suffocating malefic energy flowed outwards from it and over my own form. I cannot really explain what happened next except to say it happened intrinsically. Staring the creature down, I reached inside my own travelling body, which at this point was a mere shadow copy of my physical one, and pulled out something from within. This was a bronze framed, transparent pyramid in which a small, orange bird slept. This pyramid radiated such a pure, solar fire that I immediately recognised as Lucifers, and where it touched, the searching shadows were unable to penetrate.

I placed the pyramid in between me and the creature and the bird, within stirred. I can see it clearly now remembering this, and marvel at the long, magnificent tail feathers – a stunning phoenix if there ever was one. I remember I lifted it the pyramid high, and with clear voice, I called upon my attacker to give its name and submit. It refused, attempting to again intensify its current. It was then than I called upon all the names of the Power of Lucifer with his synchronomicon. This appeared to work, as the light around me roared with brilliance and I was surrounded by a blazing fire of the most intense of energies. The malefic wave was stopped dead in its tracks, inverting upon itself as if scoured away. This light poured forth over the thing before me, which writhed as if it was being squashed under some immense weight bearing down upon it. It was then I realised i was screaming, and that the phoenix and monster were also howling with the intense amount of energy flowing through us. The word that was formed by this crescendo and energy was the creatures true name.

Phoenix, Unknown

With that I woke up with a start, the link severed, rolling out of bed onto the floor with a sharp start and full of empyrean energy of the most brilliant sort. The whole physical seemed to glow with colour as I managed to re-orientate myself back fully with my physical flesh. A sigil was overlain on my vision, and I committed it immediately to record along with the received name, knowing how important they would be to retain a handle on the situation.

This afterglow didn’t subside for several days after this encounter. With the name and sigil of the offending spirit now mine, the power of it to come and go as it pleased seemed incredibly dulled. Whilst it made an appearance once or twice near the vicinity of the work, it was almost difficult to identify due to the much reduced presence it seemingly had upon its surroundings, almost as if it, now, was terrified of making its full presence known in case ‘consequences’ were brought upon it.

For a brief time it radiated its presence from the background when it could. Its energy added to the general malefic air at the time, as my region was gridlocked by unusually heavy snowfall from blackened skies. This malefic energy seeped into my environment – my house suffered damage, and one of my incarnate familiars died choking in my arms days after. This was a storm that just had to be weathered – the thing had obviously chosen this time to make its full power felt, when my guard was relatively down, and had failed in its attack. The energy given by Lucifer, as well as a bit of mental centring, was enough to get through this period albeit not unscarred as my mental state still is returning to background levels of normality.

Over time, gnosis has been received as to the nature of the entity. It is old, very old, and was likely something (or someone) incarnate. The reason for its appearance, and the reason i have categorised it as chimera, is because it incorporates victims subtle bodies into itself as part of its feeding process. Therefore it is not a singular entity but more a parasitic puppet master, breaking down its victims slowly over time whilst putting them to sufficient ‘use’ via their component parts.

I have decided that this entity will be bound to the temple space, and used to guard the indoor temple and land here. In future, in may be moved to an outdoor temple space to protect that area. I feel unsafe in letting it roam ‘free’ far from me, due to the severe risk it poses to others. But at the same time, if it is to be kept close, it must be controlled sensibly and put to constructive use.

More than the above has been given or clarified but I do not feel prudent to share it, nor the method for its binding which I am still exploring. I feel that such entities pose a legitimate threat to those that run into them and share the above to detail an encounter with something dangerous as both an interesting story, and a warning for those who travel in this realm to watch themselves and take adequate precautions. Sensible precautions would be strengthening the subtle bodies via sexual possession with the Witch Gods, as well as regular devotionals, which provide a good level of conditioning.

May the Witchgods bless and protect those of you who journey forth into these realms, and if all else fails, may Hecates torches and Lucifers Phoenix show you the way back unscathed.

Ave Lucifer,
Lord of Light,
Beautiful Phoenix King,
Through whose Power
All Shell and Parasites
Cower,
~S~

Familial Snakes of Divine Healing

Posted in Covenant of Hecate, Luciferianism, Occultism, Paganism, The Path of Flames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2017 by Sypheara

With the proverbial boat missed as far as June is concerned, thankfully I finally managed to finish the small but difficult write up of the snake familiar ritual. For the last two months, numerous versions of this rite have been carried out, with gnosis delivered directly by Hecate and  my primary familiar.

The familiar that came to me through this ritual was bizarrely, as insinuated, my primary familiar. Through this work he was revealed to have an ancient serpentine origin that up to this point had been unknown to myself. This familiar has proven himself to be a master of shape changing, able to morph himself into a shape not too dissimilar to a lunar moth, which meant initial access to the serpentine currents was not in anyway assumed. He has been a great companion so far in the work, but is still somewhat mysterious to me despite the possession work and dream visitation! Even after such a long time of having contact with him in some form or another.


Fire snake by Luke M

The work at the Covenant of Hecate retreat, whilst not my initial encounter with the Ophidian current, resulted in increased levels of direct contact with it. It is my belief that this for me was in no way coincidental – healing at the moment is an important focus on my journey on the Ivory Stellar Path. It has become necessary to balance and heal both myself, and others around me within my life as Hecate directs me to these works of light.  Not just Hecate it has to be said although she has been the primary instigator – Lucifer sacrificed his solstice night to direct me in the healing of someone very important to me which was an incredibly beautiful if heavy experience that unfortunately is bound by an oath of silence. I can say I feel in his debt – with this work completed, I feel another specifc and unexpected gate was unlocked and granted by both Hecate and Him.

I can feel the acceleration to working with his Stellar Pillar Gate on this path now – a step towards the completion of this stage and onwards to the Earthing works. This plus further works of healing are the immediate future and focus for myself.

Not all of this is via serpent current as mentioned, but it plays a vital part alongside work with the Gods themselves. I have also began, to see at times, echos of The Atlantean Devil Queen within my work. What part she has to play, and how I can approach the connection I have with her, is something that still remains another mystery to explore.

The detailed write up of how to work directly with one of the serpent familiars, is detailed in the linked PDF. This has been carried out within a group, and was very successful in bringing through the Ophidian current. Working with Hecate is ideal for this, but it has been successfully carried out with success with different calls involving Belial. Intuition suggests that it would be suitable for work with other gods linked to the Ophidian Current with adaptation, as many share the gifts to manipulate it. It is likely that a differing ‘flavour’ of the current will be delivered depending on the route into it – Hecate and Lucifers serpent familiars are likely to be more stellar in nature than the primal ones sent by Belial and the Great Serpent God, but this isn’t set in stone. Reality is more complicated than neat boxes. As mentioned in the document, I leave this up to expansion by the reader whilst recommending it is first accessed via Hecate as it was her who unlocks these gates. I stress that caution must be used here to a degree – the ritual is simple to perform, what is brought through is anything but and is very strong if accessed correctly. I truly feel this is a cure than could become a curse if abused.

The Familial Snakes of Divine Healing

I hope many people can put this to good use, not just for themselves but others! I have been astounded its effects on others around me, many of them having little exposure to this current. Longstanding physical, emotional and spiritual issues have been vastly improved in such little time. Again, it demonstrates the power of the eternal Witch Gods.

Ave Hecate Zonodrakontos!
~S~

Snake, author unknown

 

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires 2017

Posted in Covenant of Hecate with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2017 by Sypheara

Hello all,

Just a quick post to both remind readers who know about it, as well as promote it to those who don’t, The Rite of Her Sacred Fires is being held as usual on the Full Moon of May. Since that is for me tomorrow, I’ve left this all a little late! Nevertheless..

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires is a special ritual that was created in 2010 by Sorita d’Este as a supposed ‘one off’ as part of a devotional work to celebrate a coming together of Hecate devotees. However it’s grown into a powerful  rite that is performed yearly by several thousand people and now stands as one of her major nights of the year in modern practice.

The ritual has for the last few years always been a favourite of mine, knowing that by performing it I am being drawn into deep working with not just Hecare but other souls that are tied so intimately to her. It is an amazing energy and it is something I can recommend for anyone that belongs to Her regardless of the path or tradition she is approached from. For me especially its going to be even more special this year as it will also see me perform my initiation rite in regards to entering the Covenant itself. It was a privilege to meet with and work with Covenant members and I look forward to the future with a renewed energy.

More information can be found on the Covenants website here

 

Torch, taken by tombearspics

As a side note, it is four years since the creation of the blog! These have seen a major growth in both my personal work as well I feel in the Hecatian community. Some of this has been very painful, but it has all been worthwhile in the end. I look forward to the next four and thank everyone who has supported myself and my work so far.

In June, I hope to be able to finally detail the serpent rite I performed for a local group here. It is a twist on something Sorita originally showed us – the serpents simply came through and showed me a different facet to the work which I then took away and performed. I hope this will be useful to others when it finally arrives. Ill try and release this in PDF format as usual.

I hope you all get to bask in the warmth of her blazing torches this perfect full moon.

Ave Hecate,

~S~

Black Mirror Scrying: The Wolves Of Hecate

Posted in Divination, Occultism, Paganism, The Path of Flames, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2017 by Sypheara

A month ago now, I had just returned from a most remarkable week with the Covenant of Hecate; attending their ‘Spinner of Fate Retreat’, led by the wonderful Sorita d’Este. My mind was still processing the experiences of the many amazing things that happened, in each one of the rites, large and small. The conducive environment set up by every attendee (each a dedicated devotee in their own right) was very powerful, and I felt that by the end of it Hecate had connected us on a deep and meaningful level, whilst delivering powerful gnosis.

Whilst not all of this can be shared due to it being specifically for me, or at risk of revealing too much about the other attendees, there are several things that I am able to relate on the blog. The first experience I want to tackle was for me, the most impactful and I feel that this gnosis is worth sharing, especially to those who may not yet have tapped into this particular part of Hecate’s current.

On one of the nights, it was decided that as a group, we would do some scrying to help gain some gnosis on Hecate’s many symbols. This night was around the full moon, being only a day after it. Earlier on that day, we had been given a small charm that was representative of one of these symbols, which would later turn out to be the focus for the questions asked during the scrying work.

Once the circle had been correctly prepared and opened, and following the cleansing and empowerment working with familial serpents, people from the group were chosen to perform the scrying work.

Singularity, source unknown

My friend was to go first. He got up and took a seat on a small stool in front of the altar, before having his head veiled. All of the group had been asked to chew bay leaves (and swallow it if possible) to help intensify the trance required for the work. My friend took hold of a small, round, black mirror and gazed into it, and soon fell into a trance state. From here he detailed a long and involved journey, in which Hecate gifted him a dagger (one of her tools) that operated like a key; opening and closing gates around him, as he journeyed through the obsidian surface and to her starry heavens. He recalled how the dagger, burned with a intense flame as it was wielded and performed its task. This travel went on for quite a while; longer than he initially realised, and it could be seen as he came back to awareness that he had gone quite deep. By this point the circle’s vibration had raised a lot, and the atmosphere had become palpably thick with energy.

I was selected to do the second scrying work. Having never done this for a group before, but only in my own work, I must confess that it was with some trepidation that I sat on the stool, and took hold of the mirror that was given to me. As the veil was placed over my head, I stared intently into the volcanic glass for any signs that might appear; either in the mirror or across my own sight, as the trance took hold. Sorita gave me the topic I was to investigate; Hecate’s Hounds.

I will be the first to admit that, at first, nothing happened. I felt and saw nothing rising as I looked into the mirrors surface, slowly growing annoyed at myself. However, it was then I noticed two yellow disks, which intensified into two huge, yellow eyes. I felt myself being drawn towards and into them, as I entered a powerful trance.

Wolf, source unknown

I found myself suddenly transported to a forest-scape, at night. A large, pale moon hung in the air, and I became aware of shapes moving around me. These shapes were unmistakably wolves; black and grey in coat, although the colours were muted, as if my view was somehow being filtered. I could intensely smell the wood, vegetation, disturbed earth, wet fur and animal musk. There was also something else in the air; a foreign smell of human sweat and iron oxide, that could almost be tasted.

It was then that I looked down and noticed that I no longer had hands, but rather paws. I had assumed the form of the Wolf, and was running through the forest with them. I could hear my heartbeat, and I was getting flashes of what I knew instinctively to be the prey we were tracking. It was a man, fleeing through the undergrowth, mostly naked and bleeding. With animalistic precision,  it wasn’t long until we were upon him dispensing justice; for we had been sent by Hecate, and this man had transgressed severely. This figure, I felt strongly and intuitively, had done something to the natural order which she would not tolerate.

It was then that I began to come to. My memory of this is hazy, but I recall finding myself being held in place whilst Sorita was placing salt into my mouth, for me to swallow, and therefore help draw me out of the possession state and back into my body. As I felt my consciousness returning to my physical flesh, I struggled initially to move my limbs; the mirror was taken from my hands, which had now seized into position. It took around another ten minutes for me to reach a physical baseline. I felt incredibly hot, and like I had taken a huge amount of some stimulant due to the powerful energies that entered me from this visiting wolf spirit. Apparently, whilst in this possessed state, I had tried to relate what was occurring but had to begun to take on appropriately wolven traits, and my speech had descended into snarls and a heavy panting. Sorita related how my eyes had become entirely black, indicating that I had left my body on my journey. I had been physically restrained due to concerns that I might upset the altar, as I attempted to move off my seat; an occurrence of which I have no memory. With the amount of energy that had flowed through, it took three people to secure me.

After the event, others mentioned that they too have felt this energy, and entered trance states, and only when the purpose of the hunt was revealed to them did they return to lucidity, and understand the gnosis that she had shown us. Thus the wolf energy was strong enough to penetrate others who were merely present within the circle, and not just myself who was actively scrying. One remarked that she had had a clear vision at the time of this hunt, and said that this man was known to me somehow on a much closer level; Hecate was demonstrating the function of the Wolves as Hunters, but also as Guardians of her Kin.

Wolf and Moon, source unknown

The possession with one of these spirits was one of the most powerful possession works I’ve done in a long time, and rivals the work I did and continue do with the Ivory Spider. It was very surprising to me for this to occur within a group setting!

Although I’ve never actively worked with Hecate’s hounds before this, my mind on reflection is cast back to the wolf dreams I used to have. Recently, I’ve rarely been encountering them or travelling with them in dream, leading to a state where I had almost forgotten about my small links to them.  Maybe this was my very personal wake up call to me to remind me that the Wolves are not just objects of kitsch fascination but have a real place in the witchcraft despite their overuse in new age popular culture amongst other things.

My mind also is cast to a good friend of mine who has done workings with them, and now I’m convinced that full blown, primal lycanthropy work could be done with them with correct preparation out away from others in the wilds. It also makes me wonder aagain about the myths and legends that surround this topic, now that I have had an experience of it myself. Having had a taste of their awesome power, I can see why they make excellent guardians around the circle and home space, but also now take the warnings of their primal power to heart and that they in no way can be cajoled or contained outside of their own  and Hecate’s will so exposure should be limited to short and not prolonged periods. I especially warn people new to the Craft to be careful with them. Whilst I am used to possession work, this was a step beyond and came through extremely raw.

This experience has seemed to have a lasted, unexpected side effect on my ongoing soul work. I feel like, just as with the Spider forms I work with, I have now to some degree being tied spiritually to the wolf form at some level. This is beyond a mere identification but by some energetic exposure carried out by Hecate. As such I look forward to exploring their gnosis more, with caution in mind. I feel alot lays unexposed or worked in that direction.

I would like to give a small shout out to a fellow blogger who has also encountered and worked with these Wolves. His posts are some of the first that appear (at the time of this posting) on major search engines. In the comments, you can read some of our correspondence which might be of use. The main post itself is an interesting invocation of Hecate’s lycanthropic aspect. This would be an interesting way to experience the wolves for the first time through her power.

V.K.Jehannum – Invocation of Lykania (Hekate’s Lycanthropic Aspect)

I also, before closing off this post, would also like to link the earlier shapeshifting post I wrote back in 2015 which is interesting to contrast with the above.

Sypheara – Shapeshifting: Assuming animal forms in dream

For those wanting to work with the Wolves, from a similar obsidian surface, a call to Hecate to bring them forth should be effective by someone who is of her kin. Stepping through and into their Eyes, in the same manner as the Gods themselves, is sufficient to assume their form in the beyond. More detached working I believe may be possible by fixating on the eyes when they appear, but not getting drawn into them. It is to be noted that although extremely intelligent and in no way simply normal wolves, these entities seem to communicate through doing and direct experience. They have never interacted with me in a spoken, conversational manner.

If anyone has had any personal experiences with them, I’d love to hear them through either comments or email!

Many Blessings,

Ave Hecate Lykania

~S~