Goddess Hecate

•October 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Hecate  
Hecate/Hekate is known as the Goddess of the Crossroads, magic, the night, moon, ghosts as well as necromancy.  Her family history is a bit scandalous, but the one most probable is she was the only child of the Titan Perses and Asteria (who passed down the power over heaven, earth and sea to Hecate).  Her name is from the Greek word ‘hekatos’ meaning “worker from afar” and the masculine form of her name is Hekatos, which is a common epithet of the God Apollon. She has been identified with a few other Goddesses such as Artemis, Selen (the Moon), the Arkadian Despoine, the sea-goddess Krataeis/Crataeis, the goddess of te Taurian Khersonese (of Skythia), the Kolkhian/Colchian, Perseis, and Argive Iphigeneia, the Thracian Goddesses Bendis and Kotys/Cotys, Euboian Maira (the Dog Star), Eleusinian Daeira, and the Boiotian Nymphe Herkyna/Hercyna.

In most statues this ancient goddess was often depicted in triple form as the Goddess of the Crossroads.  She is said to aid those that are at crossroads in their life, helping them take the path that will be best for them. 

In many Greek vase paintings, she is shown as a woman holding twin torches, dressed in a knee-length maiden’s skirt and hunting boots similar to Artemis.  For that, she is mostly consider a virgin goddess.  As of today, the oldest known image that has survived of Goddess Hecate is dated back to the 6th century BCE and is very small, only 20cm high and is made of terracotta.  Goddess Hecate is depicted as crowned and enthroned in a pose which is similar to that of the Goddess Kybele (whom Hekate shares the title “Brimo” which means angry or terrifying). The name Brimo is very significant as it has been found recorded on Orphic Funeral Tablets as a password to be spoke by the initiation death at the gates of the underworld (where Hecate holds the keys) to safely enter. This particular password was combined with the Orphic Oath, “I am a child of earth and starry heaven, but my race is of heaven alone”, which supports the context of Hecate being the daughter of the stellar Goddess Asteria.   

Here magic is of the underworld, death, oracles, herbs, poisons, protection, guidance as well as love.  Hecates torch provides us light in the darkness (like the moon and stars), taking her seekers on the journey of initiation, just as she guides Persephone on her yearly journey to and from Hades.  For those who choose her Mysteries, Goddess Hecate encourages one to overcome restrictions and obstacles in their life, aiding them to see their path clearer and will protect those that are devoted to her from evil and misfortune.  

Among modern Pagans today, she is depicted in her triple, three-bodied form facing in three directions simultaneously.  This image is is believed to have first emerged around the 5th century BCE.  It was the famous sculptor Alkamenes who is said to have brought this image to the public.  In the 2nd century CE Greek writer Pausanias, in his writing “Description of Greece, wrote; “It was Alkamenes, in my opinion, who first made three images of Hekate attached to one another, a figure called by the Athenians Epipyrgidia, it stands besides the temple of the Wingless Victory…”
HECATE & THE WAR OF THE TITANS
Hekate was one of the Titan-gods who allied themselves with Zeus.
Hesiod, Theogony 404 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :

“Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos (Cronus) honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods . . . For as many as were born of Gaia (Gaea, Earth) and Ouranos (Uranus, Heaven) [the Titanes] amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Kronos [Zeus] did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea. Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honour, but much more still, for Zeus honours her.”
In ancient Greece, before the Greek Dark Ages, known as Aeolia, the Witches of Thessaly were linked to Hekate as expert practitioners of the types of magic associated with her.  The Witches were said to have practiced nekuia (divination of the dead), goeteia (sorcery), and Parmakeia (herbal/poison magic).  To the Greeks, they were considered foreigners in their literature because of their practices.  The Greek writer Theocritus wrote in the Idylls in 230 BCE that a woman carried out a curse on her unfaithful lover by using magic and drugs that she learned “from an Assyrian stranger”.  The Thessaly magic was said to have been emphasized in the Greek Magical Papyri (2nd century BCE – 5th century CE) with necromantic charms such as human skulls attributed to a Thessalian king named Pitys.  In the 1st century BCE, magic was synonymous with term Thessalian.  In the Epodes of Horace it was written that an Italian witch named Folia “brings down the enchanted stars and the moon from the sky with Thessalian voice”.  

Hekate has has major shifts in her perception throughout the centuries.  In the 8-7th centuries BCE, she was honored by Zeus and was considered a Titan Goddess and was even part of the initiation process of the Eleusinian Mystery Schools. In Roman times, she was portrayed as a death goddess pictured with graveyards.  In the 2nd century CE, the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster present her as the supreme Goddess second only to Zeus, as the world soul, source of souls, and ruler of angels and demons. Now a days, she is portrayed as the Crone or Hag, a Goddess of the Crossroads.  Many Neo-Pagans consider her to be a triple Goddess; the Maiden, Mother, and Crone.  The Crone concept, thought,  does put Hekate completely at odds with the depictions of the beautiful maiden of ancient Greece. 
Blessings, 

Sirona Rose
photo:The Hecate Chiaramonti, a Roman sculpture of triple Hecate, after a Hellenistic original (Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican Museums

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The True Face of the Goddess Awakening

•October 28, 2017 • 1 Comment

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There was much talk about the Goddess/Divine Feminine awakening several years ago, even with myself. We are still at the beginning stages of the new age, the Age of Aquarius, and things are unraveling and reforming to take their new place. There is so much coming out in the news today over sexual abuse, child molestation, the lack of reverence for all life, and other types of boundaries that are and have been crossed. I was asking myself “why are people so sensitive nowadays?”. Well, simply put the lines have been blurred too long, so emotionally we are not mature as a society. We feel hurt, or disrespected in some way and we dont know exactly how to express it. Another question is “how can we correct it?”.

I will take you into a meditation I had with the Goddess. I was shown the history of the role of the feminine, the rise and fall. From being a cherished life bearer, to being nothing more than a sexual play thing. I do understand that some will find offense to reading this blog, but one thing you must understand is that the Great Goddess has many faces and not all are loving and kind…but brutally honest and straight forward. Working with the Goddess is definitely not for the weak, even I was called out for my past actions. So please know, I am not pointing finger, as I am guilty as well, but am trying to plant the seed to remedy a world lost in it’s own glamour. I am not speaking from a feminist point of view (nowadays feminist), but one of a respectful place. I have referred to myself a Pagan for many years, to those that inquired about my religion. Not wanting to scare them with the word Witch, I choose a gentler word that hasn’t been made into something “bad”. And as I look into the Pagan Community now, I see things that really baffle me and really shock me. Many years ago when I chose the Pagan Path, Pagans loved the Earth and called and treated it as Mother. Pagans showed great gratitude for Mother Earth for providing for us, and blessing us with such beauty. But mostly what I see now at “Pagan” gatherings is a big party and the men speaking of women, and women acting in ways that are very harmful to the soul. I see jokes and comments made by Pagan men that just disgust me, and makes me look at them in a totally different life. But you know, the men couldn’t act this way if the women didn’t let them. So what does that say of the women? We have been glamoured to a point where we really do not know what is up or down. When we are studying with the Goddess, she will begin to open our eyes to truth and truth isn’t always easy to accept. Just look at our world right now; we have football players being chastised for kneeling for the flag, but people ignore the fact that he beat a woman not even half his size, or he gambled on dogs to fight til the death, or the drugs, DUIs…etc, I could go on and on. And we can say that some women put themselves in places, parties, events that stepping over the boundaries is acceptable. That’s also hinting to the thought that if she’s wearing a mini skirt she wants to be raped, which is ludicrous. But again, we allow this because something is held over our heads that we want. We become glamoured by an object we desire so we sell our Soul out to get what we want. Sadly, many times we only get a piece of what we want, not the whole cake. From what was revealed to me is heart breaking. And I do not want to leave men out with this abuse as well, we all know that little boys are subject to sexual abuse daily and men are abuse by women that claim to love them. So what we are looking at is abuse on Society, which is abuse of the Self. The more that I witness the events, posts, and words of some Pagans, (one world those that are serious on our path call them Playgans, as they just want the party and the sex and do nothing to actually honor the Goddess or God), I am really shying away from using it to describe my path. I am a Celtic Wiccan, I am traditionally trained within a path, I have structure and respect, I am a Celtic Witch that honors the Great Goddess and God, I know of and work with the Universal Laws….I understand that in all things there are limits and there are consequences with every action, word and deed. To be in this magical path, is not for those of the fake mind set. Its not that I am holier than thou, it is I have a different knowledge. And I feel it will come to a point of division between those that just see this path as play and those that take it very seriously. To awaken the Divine Feminine, we must awaken her honor, and I put this in the concept of the Soul. We are all wounded by the lies that have been cast upon us, but lets take our power back and unveil them. Just looking into astrology will help you see where we are. Neptune and Pluto have played important roles lately, and those signs are all about transformation, unveiling, dredging up the bottom of the pond to deal with the waste, but ultimately of creating something new. As we enter this new Age, we are changing as well. We are at a new beginning, learning things again or being taught better. We are in-fact experiencing a new energy, so we are getting working at finding our balance. And why are we so sensitive? Well we are working with emotions. We are having to learn how to express ourselves in productive ways, instead of destructive ways. We are having to swim through these strong currents, letting its energy guide us to what truly serves us…surrendering to that flow to allow us to come up for air. We are having to understand that these are our waters, and we must take these emotions (energy) and constructively use them, guide them into beneficial things.

In order to have better things, we must do better. If we want things to truly change, we have to demonstrate that change. Ghandi said that if you want change to be that change, and he’s right. If you want respect, you have to make those boundaries. People treat you the way you allow them too. Yes, their negative behavior is about them self, but maybe you were put in their path to help them heal from that. When people abuse others, they are truly abusing them Self, as this is a sickness within them. I am not saying that is an excuse, as it is not, and doesn’t make it right,  but it is to help us understand the psychology of it. If we want a better future, we have to teach a better way. We have to teach our children the important of boundaries, reverence for all of life, and to love themselves and not let other wounded souls hurt them.

Every one loves to see the lighter side of things, the beauty, sweetness and the glamour of things; but a great many do not acknowledge the dark where the deepest healing takes place. As we approach Samhain, the dark months begin to open to us. Winter makes or breaks us, as it shows us where and what we needed to work harder on. It shows us our weakness and vulnerability, exposes our raw areas and gives us a huge mirror in which to look into our Souls with. So, mirror, mirror on the wall….who is the fairest one of all? So, you call upon the awakening of the Divine Feminine, the Great Goddess Gaia, and then you call upon her to protect her children…well isnt all this unveiling doing just that? Unfortunately, in our world it takes great tragedy to awaken us from our glamoured slumber. We are being called forth to the carpet, answering for our Self. The truth isn’t pretty, but it can a stepping stone to getting to the beautiful places.

We must understand that, yes, there are many facets and faces to the Goddess from Venus, Aphrodite to Freya, where we can admire the beauty of the feminine body and drown in her love; to Kali, the Morrighan to Cailleach, where we reap her wrath at the lines we so carelessly cross.

Blessings,

Sirona Rose

© 10/28/2017

New Moon Libra

•October 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Our new moon was on the 19th at 3:12pm est and was in Libra, and it was in opposition to Uranus on Aries (meaning it is opposite, facing eachother). Uranus in Aries asks “what do I really want?” Uranus likes to shake things up, giving us the deep, dark truth. Expect more things to reveal themselves. Uranus is our awakener, it is about truth. Mercury is in Scorpio, which is another one all about truth. We are being told to see the truth, no matter how dark it is. With strong Venus in Libra, this urges us to be true with ourself….do we have a healthy relationship with Self. 

Uranus is awakening us to our truth, making us get healthy with Self…then the rest falls on place. Awakening us to the truth in all relationships as well balancing it. Find the middle ground.

 Liberation…free your mind and the rest will follow. Dont fear the dark, facing the deep, dark truth empowers and liberates us.  

Remember,  we are on a new age, the Age of Aquarius. We all need to focus on creating, especially with eachother. Let go of the old ways of thinking..like competition.  When we are focusing on creating together, we all win. 

Uranus is very prominent right now and is here to help us. All these things happening right now is happening to awaken us. WAKE UP SOUL!!!

 Pay attention!!!

Blessings, 

Sirona Rose 🌙

Mabon Reading 2017

•September 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Mabon Reading 2017

I pulled this reading for Mabon and the energy we’re in. We are now coming i to the sun sign of Libra which is about balance and relationships. I hope this can help you where you are. 
What energizes me?    7 of STONES reminds me that in order to replenish my energy, I need to make sure I get some R & R.  I need to set time aside each day to ground, and center into our Mother Earth and get the rest, relaxation, nurturing, and healing that my body needs. Going and spending time with nature, spending time with the stone people, with the trees, with the plants, with the birds, the butterflies all of what Nature has to offer and connecting to that energy. That is where I will re-energize and heal my soul. This will be very important during this harvest time as we go into our dark time.
Where should I find comfort?    In what I need to accomplish, I am surrounded by all I need. I need to pull from every one of my gifts in order to manifest what I need. I must trust in myself, and listen to my body…keep my energy flowing.
How can I maintain balance and harmony?    ACE of BOWS…SPARK OF LIFE!  I need to keep creating, keep the energy moving. Learning what I need to learn, challenge myself, and keep the magic alive in my life. Everything will develop in time, I just need to ait back and enjoy the unfolding. No stagnation!
What do I need to leave behind?   KING of ARROWS, THE KINGFISHER. I must leave behind the false sense of control and preconceived ideas I’ve had. Old thought patterns, habits that have limited me or kept me back. If I want to grow, I have to release and allow it. 

Hope this reading helps you all as we begin our harvesting. 

Mabon Blessings, 

Sirona Rose 🌙

Virgin Birth

•September 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment


Good morningStarshine! There’s quite a buzz goingon about this weekend, and hopefully this can clear some things up. 

Today is the 20th and it is Rosh Hashanah. It is the end of the Jewish year 5777. It is told, prophesized, within their religion that this is the time that the new Messiah will be born. This is the coming of the bride and bridegroom,  the day the door closed to the world. There’s actually a lot of Prophecy around this time especially the 22nd and 23rd of September. Many people believe this is the end of the world, for Christians, this is what they consider to be the second coming. Now why do they view it as the second coming? Well we’re having a wonderful astrological event happening in Our Stars on the 22nd and 23rd, this is the same time as the Autumn Equinox, Mabon. Today, September 20th, is also the new moon in Virgo which is a very healing sign. Now what exactly is going on in Our Stars to make people believe that this is the end of the world are the second coming? Well simply put, Jupiter and Virgo are going to have a little bit of a dance in the stars,so to speak. You see Jupiter is going to enter the constellation of Virgo. Jupiter, the king, will go around Virgo’s, The Virgin, belly and then exit out through her feet. Yes, this is what is referred to as a virgin birth. In the Christian Concepts,  in Revelations to be specific, it speaks of this moment.  In Revelations 12 verses 1 through 2 and “A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve Stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth”. Now, what this is meaning is there’s going to be nine stars in the Leo constellation, including three planets, and the Moon will be at her feet and the Virgin, Virgo, will be bathed in the Sun. Here we can clearly see where we are;  the sun sign of Virgo and the three planets are Mercury Venus and Mars. They will be at the head of Virgo and Jupiter will be in the center, which will then circle around the center of the constellation of Virgo and leave through the East which is her feet. Jupiter is the king planet, this movement is the concept of rebirth. This is, as the prophecy says, is when the Virgin will give birth to a son who is destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. 
Now we all know that prophecy is prophecy. Many like to take it very literal, but those of us that are in the Psychic/intuitive World know that it doesn’t always necessarily mean literal. When we get psychic or intuitive impressions, it is always symbolic.  What we have to understand is we are in a place of transition. We are in the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, and this was prophesized as well. These are ages that our planet goes through, Cycles, seasons. Our planet is a living, breathing organism  and she does go through changes just as we all do. The last time this happened was in September of the years 1827, 1483, 1293,  and 1056. 

What are those changes to bring? That’s another conversation entirely. But at this time this is what the main Buzz is. This is the reason why people need to be trained, and well versed in these areas. But if you can stay ignorant in these times, this is a good way that people can convince you of other things that are happening. We have to stop looking at astrology is something that is completely foreign to us. As above so below, as within so without. These teachings were mandatory before the Dark Ages. Remember the Library of Alexandria, remember that is looked back on as the age of what they consider enlightenment. In this new Age of Aquarius even though it is very rocky now, I do believe that we will have Enlightenment out of this. There is a lot of natural disasters that is going on in our world right now, true. But understand the earth goes through cycles and changes just like we do. Listen to your indigenous peoples as they speak, they knew this was coming. Like the saying goes let those who have eyes see, let those who have ears hear. I will write more on this as I go into Mabon because I do feel that Mabon myths are very important for this time. I will be writing more of the new moon, I just wanted to get this out so people can understand what is going on. It’s just to much to write at one time. 

There’s no need to panic, there’s no need to be worried, but there is a time to be enlightened.

Blessings, 

Sirona Rose 🌙

The Spark of Life

•September 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Spark of Life, or God particle, is something heavily debated. This is when scientists believe life begins. Physicist Brian Greene explains it as if you’re trying to hear a tiny whisper over a NASCAR race. This spark of life has intrigued many people, but what is it and why is it important in your life? The spark of life here is shown to be The Ace of bows, and it represents the element of Fire. Its position on The Wheel is summer, it is in between Midsummer and Lughnasadh, commonly known as Lammas. The book on this Tarot, speaks of the skillful ability fueled by Will. If you’ve ever shot a bow and arrow, you know that it takes practice, concentration, and great skill to hit your target accurately…. it has to be precise. Aces always represent raw energy, and it is the fertile beginning of something. So, as we are looking at the spark of life, we also look at new beginnings. We all have read that the brain can in fact rewire itself. With that in mind, we look at our habits a little bit differently., but that takes work. 

The Ace of Bows tells us it is time for a new beginning. This may mean giving new life to something you already do..enhancing it.  This could also give you the message of its time to start a new path, learn a new trade/skill, or just have a new start. The energy is there to make it happen, especially with Venus, the North Node, and Jupiter forming a grand trine with Uranus and Saturn. One thing it will take is commitment. To be a successful bow Hunter, you have to have a connection to the Earth and your environment…as well as your prey.  When we are manifesting,  we often get frustrated and impatient pushing your goals further away from you.  

The energy is ripe for new beginnings, but it will take patience, directed energy, connection, and passion.  If you’ve been wanting to start something new, change unhealthy habits, become better at something, now is the time. You just have to decide if you are really committed to it.

Happy Manifesting, 

Sirona Rose🌙

Heron, King of Vessels

•September 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Heron was not a common bird to me as I was growing up. I could only experience his energy when I was close to the beach. The Blue Heron always amazed me, I could feel that he was a bird from a different time and space. As I grew up, I learned more and more of the gifts the Heron brings us. He dances between the worlds, gifting us with messages from our ancestors. He is known as the guardian of esoteric knowledge. His place on the wheel is Lughnasadh to Samhain. He serves as the gate keeper between this world and the Celtic Underworld. 

Vessels represent water, and includes our emotions, relationships, compassion, Romance, forgiveness, Faith, morning, and being of the heart. The Heron serves in essence as a mediator, as he is in between. So here, we are seeing diplomacy, as well as fairness. So at this time,  with the Virgo energy that we are having, and our position on the wheel of the Year, this is the perfect time for the Heron to make himself known. Here we are asked to show compassion, we are asked to temper our emotions and and not go off the deep end, so to speak. The Heron reminds me of the delicate balance in between this world and the Celtic underworld, the space between. As we approach the Autumn Equinox, the veils are thinning, and this Heron will make himself known in many different ways. The Heron will bring messages from your ancestors, from those loved ones who have passed, reminding you of the calmness in between the storm… Being the eye of the hurricane.

He is the bridge, the in between, seeing both sides. Its time to meet in the middle. Stop with the excess, being too much one way than the other. This really goes along with the astro-energy reading I did yesterday. I am being told that it’s time to have some compassion, patience, and to temper my emotions. With one foot in this world and the other in the Other, ground and centered, I will be able to see the bigger picture of what is going on…this is my key to the door of unlimited possibilities. 

Blessings, 

Sirona Rose