Archive for Hekate

Bindrune Protection Ritual

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 3, 2013 by theredlass

Bindrunes seem like strange things to our own eyes. But in truth it is no more or less complex than writing a sentence in a near dead language. Rune were the ancient form of alphabet for the Scandinavian people. They held a great deal of significance, given that most people were not literate, and so to many these strange, esoteric marking must have held a kind of mystical power. Surely if someone was capable of discerning meaning from these lines they must be possessed of great powers and magic!

Thanks to my graphic design (and typography obsessed) wife, I know that a ligature is what happens when two or more letters are placed together to form a word, or glyph which conveys meaning. She then tried to tell me about kerning which just went right over my head. For instance the ampersand “&” conveys a shorthand glyph for the word “and”. Therefor if runes are the alphabet, bindrunes are the equivalent of writing shorthand to convey meaning.

If you have been keeping track of my sporadic posts, you will note that this has been a massively problematic last few months for me. I am typically of the mind set that when something bad happens, it is due to the action or inaction of ones self. therefor when something goes wrong, you (or rather myself) is the only person who can do anything to fix this problem. I don’t cast many spells because I don’t believe the gods will do for you what you can do for yourself. I am more likely to ask for council or to be helped to see how I might solve the problem.

But when things get bad, I am not above a good Bindrune Protection Ritual.

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The bindrune you see under all the items is handmade. I used two layers of undyed batting and stitched the circle with brown thread to make sure the seal was good and tight. I used two shades of green and blue threat to make sure that the bindrune itself presented an aesthetically pleasing shape as well as a cohesive appearance.¬† The powdery circle round the rune is my own blend of mallowroot, crushed eggshells, wormwood and kosher salt. I feel it makes for a heck of a protective circle when dealing with empowering a talisman. The bell is to draw forth and cast out any fell spirits or energies which may be inhabiting the area. The incense is to make them sicken and choke and drive them away. The cauldron holds a charcoal circle and…of course…a lock of hair from myself and my wife are present.

After I cast the working, I burnt the hairs in the cauldron. I will leave the circle out for a few hours so that the power can mull over it and solidify. When I come home from work tonight, I will take the contents of the cauldron and the protection powder, sew it up in a little pouch and bury it with a sacrifice for Hekate at the cross roads.

I will write something about this in my grimoire here soon. I need to think on it and keep an eye out for what results come forth. Though I do want to mention something. I did not ask for bad things to stop happening to me. I asked that if any entity is working against me and mine, that it be cast out. I asked that if fell powers were causing problem, that they be held back or halted. I made sure to include that the results of these powers (mounting bills, increased poor temper, relationship tension) were all things I was capable of dealing with on my own. When debt is incurred, be frugal until it is paid off. When your temper is poor, take a breath and remember to think before you act. If these problem are causing relationship stress, talk with your loved one, share your grief, and remember that you are a team and can share one another burdens. Magic can’t solve these troubles for you. Only you can.

Altars to Hekate

Posted in Altar, Hekate, Ritual with tags , , on November 8, 2012 by theredlass

For a while now I have been feeling a significant pull towards the Greek all-goddess. I’ve been doing my best to learn more about her from a historical and modern ritual perspective and between Hekate’s Liminal Rights by Sorita d’Este (very dry…informative and historical but very very dry), and Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez I feel ready to start physically and mentally working with her to a stronger degree. Part of this (at least for me) is creating a strong presence of her in my home. I had originally created an altar to Hekate a while ago, but it was…well… Have you ever wanted really bad to produce something spectacular and had to settle for second best because it’s all that was available at the time?

Yeah her altar is kinda that.

But I really decided to make this a project! I found something at my local Pat Catans that I think I can turn into a really bad-ass altar!

Yes I know technically it’s a boat, but erase that from your mind. I see it as a shrine. An alcove dedicated to Hekate. I’ll have to paint it and give it a coat of clear so it shines. I’m thinking black on the outside, using a lovely gold mesh scarf to give it a gentle draping curtain.

Top Layer: Black, Hekate statue, candles, incense.
Middle Layer: Red, scrying mirror, offerings
Bottom Layer: White, items being charged, ritual objects

It’s a long term project but none the less I think it’s a really good way to start integrating her into my life. This is a nice way to show my dedication. It will also be the first time I do a full ritual to Hekate. Whole nine yards people. Hymns and everything.

Is it wrong to be excited enough to squee?

Start of the Harvest Season

Posted in Altar, Experience, Life with tags , , on August 2, 2012 by theredlass

I’m really thrilled to know I will be spending Lammas with my spiritual discussion group! If I can find the time tomorrow I am going to try and bake an actual loaf and do a small ritual with them, but beyond that I’m going to be doing once a month cooking with my mother-in-law.

Does this sound weird, or does that sound like a Lammas celebration in and of itself?

We recently got some very troubling news which I have decided to blame on Mercury in Retrograde (from now till the 8th I am blaming shit on this cosmic event kay). This news has resulted in us being shit broke. As in having to struggle to make rent broke. But it has resulted in some good things.

1) It’s really forced me to go out and push for a job where as before I was being admittedly lackluster about it. (I have 2 interviews this week!)
2) It’s forcing us to reorder ourselves so we stop with some of our bad habits. (Like eating out 5+ times a week)
3) My mother-in-law and I have decided to split the food budget.

Here is the deal. I come from a large family where when you cooked, you cooked enough for 8 people plus lunch for everyone tomorrow. It’s been 9 years since I last had that many people but I can’t get myself out of the habit of making that much food. It’s the southerner in me I swear. Because of this we end up wasting food either by it going bad or getting freezer burn. So my in-law and I have decided to split the cost of our food budget and we will just cook a bunch of meals and split those for our freezer. We’re planning on getting 20-25 meals done over the next two days.

And as much hard work as it’s going to be, it’s also going to be a lot of fun. I get a lot of enjoyment out of cooking for people. I like making big meals that everyone enjoys and it makes me feel a sense of connection to people. There is a deep contentment when people share a meal together and it has always stuck with me.

Beyond¬† that I finally got my Hekate altar set up. For the longest time I had this gigantic altar in the office which I kinda…just…forgot existed most of the time. I think because I relegated it to the backroom it wasn’t somewhere that I felt any dedication to whatsoever. So I put that away and I replaced it with a small, functional altar in the living room.