A Tarot Reading with Hekate’s Guidance

I figured I would share this method that I created. I have no idea how other practioners would go about this, and there definitely is not only one way. I am sure I could come up with several different ways to create a tarot spread that is designed to get guidance from Hekate. This is just one very simple method that is based on something that most tarot readers already would be familiar with.

I prefer to do my tarot readings with a bit of atmosphere. I like to light a couple of candles and have some incense (usually frankincense or myrrh), but it is not a requirement. Before I light the candles and the incense I like to do a short invocation of Hekate. It can be personalized or it can something that has been written by someone else, as long as you like what it says, and it means something to you it should be able to be used. If ancient Greek is your thing, by all means, go for it! Some hymns can be found here 

If you are in the habit of working in a circle or like to do a compass round, you can cast that before you start on the invocations. I do not think it is necessary, but some people find comfort in that. After all, in my opinion, when you invoke something you are inviting it to be within you inside the circle anyway, so I really do not think it makes much of a difference. I usually do it, simply because it is habit and to keep up with my practices so that I do not forget it when I need it for other purposes.

What kind of feelings and sensations you might have as a result of this, I cannot tell. That can be a very individual experience. As always when working with spirits treat them with respect. I am sure you would expect anyone that would ask for your help to treat you respectfully too. A part of that respect would be to know a bit about who you are attempting to contact and why, There is no reason to wing it, so make sure you have prepared yourself by studying a little bit before you start the whole process. That is of course only necessary if you never did any studying before, but I am assuming that most people who would be interested in this post already have some kind of idea about Hekate.

When you feel ready, state your intention and proceed to do the tarot reading.

The method I am about to describe is much more about symbolism than it is about the interpretation or the layouts of the cards. It is really quite simple and therefore something that is not too difficult to use. In this method I utilize the structure of a standard past, present, future reading. Nothing complicated and something probably all tarot readers would be familiar with.

The difference is how I go about choosing the cards for my spread. I shuffle my cards like I normally would. I do not use a significator for this type of spread, so all the cards are in the deck. I hold the deck in my non-dominant hand and do the shuffling with the other. Try and feel for any cue to stop shuffling, trust your intuition, and be confident that it is correct. Even if you are in doubt, it usually turns out to be correct, strangely enough. Put the deck down on the cavern floor as per usual (just kidding, I use a table).

Instead of taking the three cards on the top or cut and take the three on top or any method to get three random cards you will instead pick up the three cards at the bottom of the pile without cutting the deck. This is meant to symbolize that your illumination comes from the earth below and the cthonic goddess. Pick up the three cards with your non-dominant hand and lay them  out from left to right as the regular past, present and future spread and interpret them as such. The card at the bottom of the pile will end up in the past position. Do not flip them over immediately when you hold them in your hand, because you will then easily reverse the past and the future card. Put them down first, then you can reveal them. In the last reading I had, it would have completely destroyed the meaning of the message if I did that.

When you are done with your interpretation you can proceed to any other task that you might want to do or you could end as you normally would do.

It is really quite a simple process, but I have had good success with this method when doing readings for myself. I can of course not guarantee anyone else to have success with it, but I wish you the best of luck if you wish to try it.

 

– The Night Spirit

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A few words about Polytheism

People who argue about the polytheistic gods, who they were, if they have evolved or whether they are just archetypes do not really understand the mythological worldview. The ancient world was not clearcut. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a romanticized fantasy world. There certainly was no concept of cultural appropriation or idea that the gods belonged to specific cultures. The idea that a god belongs to a specific culture is ridiculous to begin with. In the polytheistic tradition the natural thing would be to look for similarities between the gods and if they found some that were fairly similar then perhaps they would be merged. For example when Gaius Julius Caesar wrote down his accounts from the battles against the Celts he compared the Roman gods to theirs. He could easily have said that they worshipped false gods and that the Romans did not. That is not to be understood as that he accepted the Celts – they were still seen as a barbaric people by the Romans. The same thing happened when they encountered the Greeks.

Deities would have their local variations and perhaps their own rites related to a particular region even within their own culture group. I read in a book review that it was a ridiculous idea to celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc when worshipping Hekate (not saying you should, I do not), because she was a Greek goddess. Well, she was not Greek, and her origins were likely Near Eastern, but the Greek adopted her into their pantheon. When you look at the historical sources of Hekate (and particularly her) then the idea of any kind of “pure” goddess goes right out of the window. The sources do not agree with each other and over time she would evolve into a more sinister looking character. The fact is that none of that is present in either Hesiod’s Theogony or the Homeric Hymn to Demeter from the archaic period.

That means that worship has not been static and not only has her character evolved between cultures, but also within the same culture. There is no reason to think that this not also apply to other deities. And why wouldn’t it? Look at modern practice of witchcraft for instance and you probably find as many types of different practices as there are covens. Even in mainstream religion such as Christianity there are many different approaches to their religion.

I therefore find that idea that there is a thing such as a pure idea of a god or goddess that belongs to a specific culture to be quite ignorant. Why could the gods not have revealed themselves to different cultures with different names? Why are there so many similarities between different mythologies in different cultures? Then again, if you are looking for any kind of logical consistency within the realm of mythology you are on the wrong track, because you will not be able to find it – even within the same culture.

In Håvamål from the Norse culture there is also evidence for that culture sharing is a good idea: “Only he who has travelled far and wide and over mountains knows.”  In other words you do not learn anything if you just sit at home. If you travel, you are bound to meet new people and cultures to learn from.

The Night Spirit

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My calling and the Goddess Hekate

In January 2018 I had a dream. I often dream when I sleep and usually there is some kind of strange story going on. And if there isn’t a story going on at least there is some kind of location or setting that would be possible to describe. In January 2018 though, when I had this experience, there was neither a story going on or any particular location that I would be able to recognize. Everything was pretty much black or grey. It could be that I am in a dark cave or something, but I cannot tell because I don’t really see anything.

All of a sudden I feel a force that seems overwhelmingly powerful and frightening. I understood instinctively that I was no longer alone in this dark space. I would never hold any conversation with any entity without trying to have it identify itself, so I asked it what it was and it replied “I am the Goddess Hekate”. At the time, I did not really know much about Hekate at all. I had never worked with her before and the only context I had heard her mentioned in was a negative context as something dark and terrifying and referred to as the Queen of the Witches. So perhaps not so surprising my response back was asking what she wanted from me. Her response took me quite a bit by surprise: “I want you to become my messenger”. Only a fool would accept such an outrageous request immediately so my response was somewhere along the lines of “Hell no!”.

Today, I am not actually sure how much choice I had in the matter. I don’t act on or put too much meaning into every single dream I have, but now I felt strongly to seek out information on Hekate. Perhaps this was the intention. It is likely she already knew that I would seek out more information. I ended up getting a few books and reading up on the historical Hekate. It was a lot more complex than I had expected with all the different epiphets, syncretisms and alternative names so getting a clear picture of exactly who she is, isn’t easy. I am not going into detail of that here, as I think that is a process that is useful for anyone with an interest in her to go through, but she is definitely not what I thought she was when I first met her in that dream.

I also had some books recommended to me by an “occult friend” who had been interested in Hekate some years ago and that’s  when I got into reading books by modern day devotees of Hekate. I enjoyed these and I enjoyed reading about the historical Hekate so eventually I decided that I would be willing to be working with this entity. So  I set up a devotional shrine where I can honor and petition the Goddess. After that I have just been continuing that practice as well as incorporating new elements into my practice, adding things step by step, as it feels appropriate when I read something new and discover new ideas. The studying doesn’t stop (it never will). And I frequently have new and interesting experiences.

One rather interesting episode happened after I got my statue of Hekate. I had decided to invest in a proper nice statue and much to my dismay it arrived broken. It was broken in two places. The headdress of the statue I managed to fix quite easily with some glue, but the torch she was holding in her left hand proved to be more difficult. I tried to glue it back on, but it just wouldn’t hold. When I took my fingers away after holding it in place for a longer period of time it would fall off again. So I went to the store to buy a second type of glue and repeat the process. It still wouldn’t hold. In a last desperate attempt I went back to the first type of glue and it still didn’t seem to work, but after I got tired from holding the torch in place at the correct angle, I decided to try and support it up with a small box of incense sticks that I placed between the torch and the body of the statue. It seemed stable enough, but suddenly the box of incense sticks fell rather violently to the ground. Anyone familiar with spirit communication knows that it doesn’t necessarily take the form of audible sound. In this case I suddenly felt a strong sensation of “I don’t need this”. The torch has been standing in place ever since.

The reason why I said that I am not sure how much choice I had in the matter is that now recently, I have been asked to hold a talk about witchcraft in a local shop. It wasn’t even my idea! I don’t know much about Wicca or other types of witchcraft so naturally a lot of my talk will center around Hekate and the type of work that is possible to do with her. What was absolutely unthinkable for me before is about to happen. I suppose I have gone from a “hell no!” to a “hell yeah!” Having that said, I consider this story that I just shared to be rather ordinary and normal. There are a lot of devotees out there with interesting stories (many way more interesting than my own).

Going forward I suppose I will share more of the work I am doing with her as it ties into some of the other topics I have already started writing about here.

 

– The Night Spirit

 

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Again I find myself standing at the Crossroads.