I happened upon this charming and informative clip from Corinne Boyer on the traditional items that would have been used in charms and spells. Corinne also has a great blog entitled Maple Mist Wood, go check her out 🙂
There is a new book just been released by the author Kate Istra Winter on Hellenic Festivals. Having read her previous works , I have no doubt this will also be a great resource. Below is her website .
Triad of the Moon ~ Hecate
When the moon slipped away, shrinking gracefully into it’s own death, there were no festivities.
The nights grew blacker and the mortals guarded themselves against visiting spirits from the Underworld.Hoards of ghosts lead by Hecate and her baying hounds roamed the earth on moonlit nights.Yet she protected these mortals who purified themselves in her name.With faces averted they offered her virtual suppers at the lonely crossroads, the gathering place of spirits.
When Hecate’s rites were observed, the black night’s passed silently one into another. But if the Goddess was defied, she unleashed the power of her wrath and swept over the Earth, bringing storms and destruction.Animals howled in fright, while her ghosts stalked freely.
Hecate’s disturbances were fierce, yet not all mortals feared them.Some long to join her.In the dark of the moon small covens awaited her near drooping willow trees.She appeared suddenly before them with her torch and her hounds, a nest of snakes withered in her hair sometimes shredding, sometimes renewing.Until the new moon lit the sky Hecate shared clues to her secrets.Those whom believed , understood, they saw that form was not fixed , watched humans become animal become tree become human.
They witnessed the power of her favoured herb, black poppy, smilax, mandragora, aconite.Awesome were her skills but always taught the same lesson : Without death there is no life.
Although tattoos are rare on human remains, they seem to be more frequent on female representations. The geometrical decorations commonly adorning Middle Kingdom statuettes are very similar to tattoos found on the mummies of women who lived at the same period. However, the debate about their identification as tattoos is still open and recent discoveries regularly bring new insights to these questions.
“She is the Golden One,
The Mistress of the Goddesses,
She who comes in peace to her seat.
What a feast it is to behold her!
How sweet it is to look at her!
How happy is he who bows down before her because he loves her!
Gods and men acclaim her, goddesses and women play the sistrum for her.
She is the Mistress, the Lady of Inebriety,
She of the music, she of the dance.”
This is a very informative post on setting up a devotional altar.