Honoring Hekate on the Dark Moon: Suggestions for Rituals, Correspondences and Offerings BY CYNDI BRANNEN

The Dark Moon, occurring on the astrological new moon, is a time that many followers of Hekate set aside to honor her. There are many different ways to perform a Deipnon ceremony, but most include preparation, cleansing, creating sacred space, the working and follow-up. In this article, I offer some recommendations including a list of correspondences and offerings appropriate for honoring Hekate at the Dark Moon or anytime.

There is no definitive “how-to” concerning honoring Hekate during the Dark Moon (or any other time). The answers for questions about honoring Hekate can’t necessarily be found in any book, although historical and contemporary writings about her can shine a light on how we should approach our rituals.

 

 

Honoring Hekate is an Intimate Experience

I typically honor Hekate with a pilgrimage to High Head, a stunning granite outcropping near my home on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. This is a contemplative ritual including prayers to Hekate and connecting to certain epithets. This is my time to enter into a state of grace and wonder for all of creation. I see Hekate as the energy that fuels all living things. My idea is entirely personal, but since I had this notion I’ve discovered that others in modern times also see her this way and that The Chaldean Oracles provide a historical context for my intimate practice.

Honoring Hekate on the Dark Moon or any time can (and should) be a very intimate experience, reflecting your personal understanding of her. Including elements based on the historical practices can be a very meaningful way of expressing your feelings for Hekate.

Deipnon Preparation: Focus and Planning

Deciding what to focus on for the Deipnon (or any) ritual is a personal process. Hekate’s three formed nature is a context for situating my devotional acts that I often use. This can include honoring her Under World, Middle World and Upper World roles which correspond to my three selves and their primary energies of feelings,

READ MORE:  https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2018/05/simple-ways-to-honor-hekate-on-the-dark-moon/

 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Believe in Magick? By: Kathleen Granville

Since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated with the supernatural, with the idea of just pointing a finger and having everything that you desire. The concept of magic is in every culture and in every form of media — but do you believe in magic? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word magic comes from the Iranian magos and is akin to the Old Persian word magus, which means sorcerer. Sorcerer and the root word sorcery have very negative connotations, as it is power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits. That is not what I am talking about and we will clarify the difference. The dictionary defines magic as “the use of means (such as charms or spells) to have supernatural power over natural forces” or “an extraordinary power or influence from a supernatural source”. The third definition is “the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand”.

For our purposes today, we will be talking about “magick” with a “k”, to differentiate between Pagan ritual magick and a magician’s illusions. Among Pagans, and particularly among those who follow Wicca, magick is a part of their spiritual path. I realize that the reputation for using magic is a major attraction for many people to explore the Wiccan path. They think that they are going to be handed some fantastic power that will gain them what they want without much effort on their part. Surprise! This is not the way magick works.

The simplest answer to “What is Pagan Magick and how does it work?” is this: that it is a concentrated mental effort (visualization) to bring about a physical, visible change in something (realization). In other words, if you can picture it in your head, it will occur in the physical world. And what might surprise you is that prayer, in the most Christian sense of that word, can also be defined exactly the same way. However, instead of praying that a god will work the change for them, Pagans “raise energy”, or call upon the natural power that is all around us (sort of like “The Force” in Star Wars) and work with that power to make a change occur.

It should be made very clear that this natural power is neither holy nor evil. It exists, like electricity. What makes it good or bad is the purpose for which it is used. Part of the learning process for Wicca is that everything (and I do mean everything) that you do comes back to you at least three fold. So hexing or cursing someone is NOT a good idea since that negative intention will come back to bite you in the…you get the picture. This is also stressed by the Wiccan Rede, which states “And it harm none, do as thou will”. This is not total liberty to behave however you want without regard to others. In fact, it can be more restrictive than any of the Ten Commandments if you have to really stop and consider the consequences of your actions. Part of Paganism’s greatest strength is that it requires you to take responsibility for what you do. You can’t blame it on anyone else or some external evil entity like Satan.

There are limitations upon what is considered acceptable magick. Your magickal purpose needs to be extremely clear or you can end up with other than the desired results. You have to focus on what you are trying to do; you have to have a very specific goal in mind. Adherence to the Three-Fold Law and the Wiccan Rede means that it should come as no surprise there are also warnings about performing magick upon other people without their express consent. This means it’s not a good idea to use magick to

READ MORE:  https://medium.com/upsetting-the-world-view/do-you-believe-in-magick-8968a59dade5

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How to Contact your Guardian Angel By: The Alchemist

Guardian Angel, a word drenched with hope, magic and virtue! Angel comes from the Greek word αγγέλος which actually means the Messenger. Angel is the God Hermes – Mercury in latin – and the Goddess Iris in Greek Pantheon. The one who bears the Divine messages from Olympus to other Gods, Heroes and Mortals.

What we know about the Guardian Angels

Greek Language has many common words with the Sanskrit language due to the Indoeuropean origin of both. Thus, there is another theory that the word Angel is possibly connected with the Hindu Angiras, magical beings, messengers between Gods and Mortals.

Angels as messengers and mediums between the Divine and the Earthly World became really common belief in Christianity. Jesus Christ mentions in the Gospel of Matthews “See to it that you do not despise one of these little ones, because I tell you, their angels in heaven always have access to my Father in heaven.” [Mt. 18:10] Jesus Christ clearly mentions that there are angels who always take care of us and connects us to the Divine Source no matter how important or not we are in this world. (read here more about Archangel Gabriel)

What are they trying to tell us ?

Of course once again Christianity failed to follow what the Teacher said and there was a time when even the belief that angels existed was considered heresy and evil witchcraft!  Many Religions now support the Belief of Angels as sacred Spirits of the Divine who serve as messengers, expressing the Divine Will and fulfilling the Karma Laws.

Most practitioners of Magic believe that there is a Guardian Angel who helps everyone of us stay on the Right Path of Virtue. Guardian Angels suggest us what is Right and Wrong, what is Good and Evil, when to interfere and when not to. Guardian Angels teach us the Major Law of Free Will, that in fact we have the seed of God inside each one of us and we are 100% responsible for every action of ours!

What do they try to teach us?

They teach us to forgive, to let negative feelings go, they teach us how to heal ourselves, how to heal others and how to heal the World! We are always all under the Wings of our Guarding Angels and there are times when we felt that or maybe not yet. But we have to understand one thing, they are here! Amongst us! Right beside us! Always. Anytime! He/She is right by your side now while you read this article, he/she is right the hugging you while you look at a wonderful sunset realizing that you live a wonderful life, he/she is right there next to the driver’s seat while you are stuck in a traffic jam, listening to you cursing and shouting!  They sometimes take the form of Mortals to interact with you in your everyday life.

He/She never judges you, he/she tries to channel you huge amounts of Love so that you realize that everything can change just by changing you point of view. Moreover, He/She teaches you Karma but also

READ MORE:  https://www.magicalrecipesonline.com/2012/09/how-to-contact-your-guardian-angel.html

 

 

 

 

 

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COOL DOWN IN THE SUMMER • WHAT’S BETTER — COLD OR HOT DRINKS? by Jen Rhines

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Cooling down after exercise, especially in the summer heat, is an important part of recovery. What is the best way to do it — do you go for an ice cold drink or a hot one?

Does consuming hot beverages in warm weather really cool you down? What about during and after exercise?

Women looks exhausted after her run

HOW A HOT DRINK CAN BE REFRESHING

It’s late afternoon, you want to do another workout, and you’re really craving that large coffee or tea.
However, it’s the middle of summer; so do you get iced coffee or tea instead?

A hot beverage could actually cool you down — here’s how it works:

  • Your core temperature initially rises (you are adding heat to your body)
  • The sensors in your mouth, throat, and digestive tract send a signal to your brain to produce more sweat
  • This increase in perspiration is the key to cooling you down

While lots of sweating may feel uncomfortable or seem undesirable, sweat is beneficial and helps cool you down when the sweat evaporates from your skin.

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Keep in mind:

For this cooling effect to take place, you need to be in an environment where the sweat can evaporate.

Does this mean that in hot and humid conditions, when sweat doesn’t evaporate so easily, you should opt for a cold drink?

Not so fast.

Let’s take a look at how drinks affect temperature after exercising in different weather conditions.

HOW TO STAY COOL DURING EXERCISE

A study compared body temperature after exercising for people who were drinking either a warm drink or a cold drink during exercise. It showed that drinking a 50˚C drink, which is even cooler than the temperature of the usual takeaway hot drinks, reduces the overall body heat storage more than drinking cold drinks.(1)

And what happens if you drink a cold drink?

 

EFFECT OF COLD WATER ON THE BODY DURING & AFTER EXERCISE

Drinking cold water or ingesting ice after exercise can shock the organs and doesn’t help the body with its natural cooling process.

What happens when you drink a cold drink during exercise:

  • During exercise your internal body heat moves to your body’s surface, while your inner temperature actually decreases.
  • Ingesting too much cold food or drink will cause the blood vessels to tighten (restrict blood flow) and make the body retain heat. This will make you feel warmer, not cooler.

SO, WHAT IS THE BEST CHOICE OF DRINK IN HOT WEATHER?

Is it hot and humid outside?

  • Yes: your drinks should be room temperature.
  • No: drink something hot so you sweat more and cool off.

Don’t forget:

Hot or cold — what matters most is that you stay hydrated. Watch out for thesesigns of dehydration and find out how much liquid you need per day and what are the healthiest drink choices to help you stay hydrated.

READ MORE:  https://www.runtastic.com/blog/en/stay-cool-warm-cold-drinks/

 

 

 

 

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This girl has shared the reality of an acrylic nail addiction By: LAURA CAPON

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If you are prone to biting your nails when you’re nervous/bored like me (I didn’t only lose 2 hours and 13 minutes of my life to Fantastic Beasts, I lost all my nails too) then you will know how appealing the idea of acrylic nails can be.

My short stubby nails will never get their own Instagram post, in fact they are actually an Instagram hindrance. For instance, If I’m trying to take a picture of my new highlighter, I have to hold it in an incredibly awkward fist shape, to avoid anyone knowing the truth of my Jonah Hill hands.

Beauty blogger Amelia Perrin can not relate to my struggles, because she has the kind of enviably long talons that people like me can only dream of…

But Amelia also revealed the painful truth behind an acrylic nail addiction. Taking to Twitter, she posted a picture of her real nails and oh god it’s making me stress bite my own nails.

Cardi BTEC@amelia_perrin

a lot of people on curiouscat ask me about my acrylics, presumably wanting a set themselves. sharing these to show u the reality lol

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Admittedly I’m an absolute baby when it comes to things like this but that looks INCREDIBLY PAINFUL.

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Maybe I’m not being such a baby after all…

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Tea Talk Thursday 25 July 2019

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