On the weekend I was busy to fill some of my dried herbs into big jars. I harvested a lot of herbs in my witch-garden and dried them in the temple room. I separated the leaves from the stems and filled the the leaves of green mints, spearmint, lemon balm and lemon verbena into the jars. I created a powder from the stems of the mints- that I will use as incense and for herbal powders. From some stems of the lemon verbena and the mints I created smudge sticks. Usual I create these from fresh herbs and let them than dry as bundle- it is an experiment if it will work to burn the stems of the herbs as smudge sticks, too.
I blessed the powder and the smudge sticks on my Hekate-Shrine in the temple room.
During the weekend I was quite busy in the temple room. I worked every day on the goal to recharge the temple room again with energy and to ground Hekates power in the room. I have used techniques from ceremonial magick (some of these had their roots in the greco-roman magic of late antiquity). In the last years I used more techniques and symbolism from the Traditional Witchcraft background in my personal practice (and will keep using them when it is about witchcraft). So it was an alternation to switch back to this stuff for me. For me the techniques from the ceremonial magick work better for me personal to create a permanent sacred space. The techniques from the Traditional Witchcraft background work for me more to open a door into the underworld and to bring the witch nearer to this realm. I was surprised that the ceremonial stuff worked still so well after so many years where I rarely used them and drew my personal practice from quite different practices and symbolism. But it felt not really like I broke with this stuff, when I used it now again. But I have to say that I don’t use the Christian-jewisch elements of ceremonial magick (like calling on angels or using names of Yahweh). Instead I change those stuff and use symbolism that is drawn from Hekate (and I did this in the past, too). But today it was much easier, because I know more of the Theurgy and magic of late antiquity (where she was quite important).
On this blog I read a very interesting article about the creating of Godforms. This practice was not new to me and I used mental pictures of Gods in my work with Gods and spirits. But I never tried to nourish these mental pictures with energy to make them more physical when it is about my working with Gods (when it is about spirit work, this came into being natural). In my personal practice I invoked the presence of Hekate into her statue(s) or into the room (or circle) in general. The article of the author spoke to me and I tried out her method to create Godforms.
Instead of using the Greek vocals I chanted the Ephesian Letters (Askei Kataskei Lix Tetrax, Damnameneus Aisia) again and again and nourished the mental picture of Hekate with the energy I raised through that. With the goal in mind to bring the mental image of Hekate into the etheric/astral realm and make it more physical. I didn’t had high expectations, but in the smoke of the incense I was able to see the shape of the Goddess- like a mirage in the room and I was able to feel her presence strong in the room.
I will continue to work with this method and will see how it will evolve in future.