Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PGM - Greek Magical Papyri - II




"ASKEI KATASKEI ERON OREON IOR MEGA SAMNYER BAUI (3 times) PHOBANTIA SEMNE, I have been initiated, and I went down into the [underground] chamber of the Dactyls, and I saw the other things down below, virgin, bitch, and all the rest." Say it at the crossroad, and turn around and flee, because it is at those places that she appears. Saying it late at night, about what you wish, it will reveal it in your sleep; and if you are led away to death, say it while scattering seeds of sesame, and it will save you.


In another reference to Hecate we see the quote - "Askei Kataskei Eron Oreon Ior Mega Samnyer Baui" repeated three times and followed with Phobantia Semne.

This has been a bone of contention between several that study the Goddess in that is this really a reference directly to Hecate.  We are not really sure of what the words mean or how they are said. As part of the Rite of Her Sacred Fires members of the Covenant of Hekate use this verse as part of their ritual to the Goddess.

Here is an example of the Rite of Her Sacred Fires ritual - 






Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PGM – Greek Magical Papyri








[- - - This] name [is] a favor charm, a charm to dissolve a spell, a phylactery, and a victory charm: "AA EMPTOKOM BASYM, protect me."
Charm of Hecate Ereschigal against fear of punishment (in the underworld): If he (a punishment daimon) comes forth, say to him: "I am Ereschigal, the one holding her thumbs, and not even one evil can befall her."
If however he comes close to you, take hold of your right heel and recite the following: "Ereschigal, virgin, bitch, serpent, wreath, key, herald's wand, golden sandal of the Lady of Tartaros." And you will avert him.


As I read this I couldn't help but hear the Lord's Prayer in my head.  I think this is where Ly de Angeles reference to the fact that religious speak has permeated our culture is proven for me.    Obviously referencing Hecate this passage seems to imply that she will grant safe passage to those dealing with daimons (demons/spirits).  

What invocations do you use to work with Hecate?  Do you call her for protection or as a ward?  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chaldean Oracles - 70

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein


Nature, making space through all things,
hovers suspended from Great Hekate:

For tireless Nature rules worlds and actions
so that sky might turn
drawn down along its eternal course
and swift Helios come about the center
according to his ethos.                                                                              [70]                                                               



Reading through this passage it seems to say that all things, including nature itself comes from Hecate. The sun is only able to come to center but through her.How do you read this?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chaldean Oracles - 56

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein


Hekate indeed is the source
and spring of blessed intellection,
for the First Power receives the birth of All
in her unspeakable womb hollows
and pours it forth on the All

as it runs its course.                                                                          [56]




This passage again reinforces Hecate as the Mother or the Cosmic World Soul.  Saying that all, ALL come from her womb.  Intellection means the action or process of understanding, so it seems that she is the source/spring of blessed understanding.  That understanding is mothered by her womb and and pours forth on its path.