#HekateWorldSoul – Clay Day One

12 02 2018

After looking for inspiration in the Chaldaean Oracles, a bit of meditation and a quick sketch I finally found the time to start the ‘dirty’ work. I used white air-drying clay to cover the wooden manikins and torches and add the first details.

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For Hekate as the Cosmic World Soul, February 2018, a CoH devotional project – http://www.hekatecovenant.com #hekateworldsoul

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#HekateWorldSoul – The Oracles of Creativity

6 02 2018

Focus of the current devotional project of the Covenant of Hekate are the Chaldean Oracles, a cosmologic text from late antiquity that is passed down only in fragments quoted by other authors. Renee and Melissa have written articles about Hekate’s role in this, so click here and here for additional information.

Having read the text of the Chaldean Oracles (and some background info), I picked those fragments that spontaniously ‘clicked’  with my creativity and which I will try to use in my Hekataion’s symbolism:

24. And thence a Fiery Whirlwind drawing down the brilliance of the flashing flame, penetrating the abysses of the Universe; for from thence downwards do extend their wondrous rays.

31. All things are supplied from the bosom of this Triad.

67. There is another Fountain, which leadeth the Empyræan World.

68. The Fountain of Fountains, and the boundary of all fountains.

72. All fountains and principles whirl round and always remain’ in a ceaseless revolution.

74. Typhon, Echidna, and Python, being the progeny of Tartaros and Gaia, who were united by Uranos, form, as it were, a certain Chaldæan Triad, the Inspector and Guardian of all the disordered fabrications

103. The Nymphs of the Fountains, and all the Water Spirits, and terrestrial, aërial and astral forms, are the Lunar Riders and Rulers of all Matter, the Celestial, the Starry, and that which lieth in the Abysses.

118. Placing Earth in the middle, but Water below the Earth, and Air above both these.

119. He fixed a vast multitude of un-wandering Stars, not by a strain laborious and hurtful, but with stability void of movement, forcing Fire forward into Fire

138. For the Goddess bringeth forth the Vast Sun, and the lucent Moon.

139. She collecteth it, receiving the Melody of Ether, and of the Sun, and of the Moon, and of whatsoever things are contained in the Air.

158. The conception of the glowing Fire hath the first rank, for the mortal who approacheth that Fire shall have Light from God; and unto the persevering mortal the Blessed Immortals are swift.

1S9. The Gods exhort us to understand the radiating form of Light

171. For being furnished with every kind of Armour, and armed, he is similar to the Goddess.

187. In the left side of Hecate is a fountain of Virtue, which remaineth entirely within her, not sending forth its virginity.

Sources:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/coz/index.htm

Sarah Iles Johnston, Hekate Soteira, 1990, Scholars Press

 

For Hekate as the Cosmic World Soul, February 2018, a CoH devotional project – http://www.hekatecovenant.com #hekateworldsoul

 





#HekateWorldSoul – Preparation

31 01 2018

For the members of the Covenant of Hekate the month of February 2018 again is time for a devotional project. Whoever feels like it is asked to share an article, rite, hymn, work of art or similar on the motive and role of Hekate as World Soul as presented in the C. 2nd CE Chaldean Oracles. If you are interested in seeing more on the project, see the Covenant of Hekate website and/or facebook page and do look for the hashtag #HekateWorldSoul on social media.

For my own work in this regard, I felt inspired to create an actual Hekateion. The symbolic one I made in December worked out fine, so this communal project-time is an opportunity to get something different done.
So, first stop: preparations. I have a basic idea what and how I’m about to create, so I got the materials:

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Also, to figure out the actual symbolism of the Hekataion, I try to intuitively ‘dive’ into the fragments of the Chaldean Oracles, looking for inspiration – intuitively in contrast to my usual intellectual approach towards historical sources. So let’s see how I’ll get along over the next four weeks. Time to get dirty!

Sources:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/coz/index.htm

Sarah Iles Johnston, Hekate Soteira, 1990, Scholars Press

 

For Hekate as the Cosmic World Soul, February 2018, a CoH devotional project – http://www.hekatecovenant.com #hekateworldsoul





Deipnon in January 2018

15 01 2018

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A wet Deipnon on my last evening in Lippe County. For the first time my stone Hekataion was centre of a rite.

Libations of wine, olive oil and water. Offerings of apple, garlic, bay leaves, yew, beans and incense.

Khaire Hekate! Blessed Deipnon to all of you!

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Veils, scars and self-awareness

15 01 2018

The other day I read an article about pagan women who veil their head for religious reasons.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pantheon/2012/03/veiling-a-different-take-on-pagan-womanhood/

As expected, the issue caused quite an uproar on facebook as other readers associate the custom with the oppreasion of women in monotheistic religions. Interestingly those comments missed the point of the article: Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Circle for Hekate,Volume I: History & Mythology, by Sorita d’Este

14 01 2018

IMG_20180114_131428I first came across author and priestess Sorita d’Este in 2015 when reading Hekate: Liminal Rites, which is a comprehensive collection of information on the Greek goddess Hekate she co-authored with David Rankine in 2010.

With her new book at hand, Circle for Hekate, Volume I: History & Mythology, Sorita has taken even a step further and again shows her extensive knowledge and years of study and exploration of the goddess Hekate, as well as regarding ancient religion and modern magical traditions in general. Read the rest of this entry »





Dezember Creativity

12 01 2018

After I dropped and broke my most favourite (and my only) statuette of Hekate in May, my household shrine only had pictures of Her. So far so good, but I felt something was missing.

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