During the last days my temple room got renovated by my husband. When we bought our house four years ago, the room was used before as childrens room. All walls were green. And they stayed green when we moved in. After we moved in the “green-room” got the ritual room and evolved with time into a temple room. It is the biggest room in our house. Over the years we celebrated many group rituals there with my circle (this phase is over now since a few months) and had many open group rituals there, too. It was really time now for a renovating of the room. As said all walls were green, now they are white. I will add some decorations and patterns on the walls, pictures and symbols- this will grow and evolve with time.
On wednesday I have cleansed the ritual room with olibanum resin and blessed water (I have added rose-salt, lavender flowers and lemongras to the water) and used a piece of fresh lemongras to sprinkle the blessed water in the temple room.
Then the temple room got blessed again, the guardians, elements and spirits were welcomed and re-invited, the portals between the worlds were re-opened and the room was dedicated again to Hekate- and she filled the room with her presence again.
I will do some devotional stuff now every day until the full moon to strenghten the connection to Hekate and ground her energy within the room, to re-build the energy level so that the room gets a sacred space of Hekate again.
On thursday it was very stormy. I did a devotional walk up the Todtenberg- to visit the crossroads shrine. On the path I recognised that big twigs of an poplar tree fell to the ground, the storm broke them off. So I was able to harvest a lot of poplar buds. For me personal the poplar is an important tree. I love it to listen to the whispers of the wind in the poplar leaves, I like their almost majestic power and their hugeness.
In greek antiquity poplars were trees of the underworld and were through this connected to Hekate. The buds of the poplar trees were used for magical incense and as ingredient of flying ointments. I use the also to create ointments, incense, oils or in powders.
On the afternoon I created a anointing-oil. I react allergic to ingredients in many hygiene products and perfumes. So I began to create oils myself that I can use as perfume. Sometimes I choose those oils for a reason- for example to change my aura/charisma or to influence people on a subtle level through the scent. I created this oil to have a nice perfume and to draw positive influences towards me and to create a aura of positive energy around me.
I have grinded herbs to a powder – cinnamon, cardamom, galangal, lemongras, patchouli leaves, bay leaves and vanilla. I have put this powder into sweet almond oil and heated it (in a glass) with hot water. Through the heat the essential oils got from the powder into the oil and the magical energies of the herbs, too.
After the oil cooled down again I put some drops of natural essential orange- and patchouli oil into the herbal-oil (to strengthen the smell).
Then I have brought the oil into my temple room and blessed it on Hekates shrine and empowered it there.
I also put the poblar buds to the Hekate shrine and asked the Goddess to bless the buds so that I can use them when they got dry.