The tl;dr version is I came to witchcraft through Wicca as a bb!pagan back in late 2000, bc that was just what was available. I wasn’t Wiccan for long, maybe a year or two, before I wandered more into Kemetic polytheism, and the House of Netjer/Kemetic Orthodoxy. I stayed there until 2011, when the gods called me elsewhere, and a year later, Hekate came into my life, and thus, a renewed return to studying witchcraft.
Since then, I’ve read a lot of books, and taken a few courses, but nothing has really stuck. I wasn’t necessarily trying to find a witchcraft tradition to join, more looking for the right framework to build off, but I’m not sure that’s really the point anymore. I suspect what She really wants me to do is practice, and worry about building later, which is not easy to do for me. I want to just take a framework and build off it, when what She wants is something that’s mine. So I think that’s what I want to focus on for now, and see where that takes me. To just practice, and see what happens.
44 Days of Witchery
So I stumbled across this 44 days of witchcraft meme a long time ago, and I had been writing up the answers in a spare notebook, though I had changed some of the prompts bc I didn’t like them, or they weren’t resoating with me. But I think I want to have a go at them again, and begin to use this blog to explore my witchcraft practice, and so you can get to know me and how I approach my witchcraft too. That, and I haven’t updated this site in a year, so. >_>
fyi this will be posted on sobekateangrimoire.tumblr.com as well as on here, but apparently you can only crosspost one site to tumblr, and Per Sebek is that site, so. Feel free to wander over to my witchy tumblr for witchy reblogs etc if you like.
1. What’s your witchy background?
2. The Gods you work with.
3. Witchy tools: athame.
4. Picture of nature (water element).
5. Water element.
6. Your altar/shrine.
7. What are some of the witchy books that influenced you?
8. Sacred Outdoor Spaces
9. Mythological creatures.
11. Witchy tools: censer.
12. Picture of nature (air element).
13. Air element.
14. What sort of rituals do you do?
15. Daily devotions.
16. Thoughts on the afterlife?
17. Picture of nature (fire element).
18. Fire element.
18. Magical names.
21. Your favourite scents?
22. Moon phases.
24. Incenses, oils, and brews.
25. A story you wrote yourself.
27. Picture of nature (earth element).
28. Earth element.
29. A myth or story from folklore.
30. Seasons and nature spirits.
32. Pagan/witchy artwork.
33. Witchy tools: pentacle.
34. Book of Shadows and magical journals.
35. Cord magic.
38. Witchy tools: cauldron.
39. Something that inspires you.
41. A spell you’ve done.
42. Personal symbols.
43. Magical recipes.
44. Witch’s choice!
I had intended to post this sooner, but I’ve had Tiny Niece staying over, and she takes up plenty of my time, so. Hence, I am only getting around to this now. I wanted to do a sort of summary post of how I think the month went, and what I felt I learnt from it. I sort of covered some of this when I posted the spells I used, but I also felt like this needed its own ending, a way to bring this month of magic to a close before I send off all the links to get verified etc.
It’s interesting that I ended up spending time contemplating elements and elemental magic, since the next iteration of our SoK work with Hekate will involve elemental magic. So I feel like this might’ve been one of those necessary things for me to go through in order to do the work that’s to come. But more on the elements later, because that is a post and a half waiting to go.
But I do think the whole ‘ground is strong against fire’ realisation helped me come to grips with it. Fire magic has always been a bit of a tentative thing for me, because of the whole ‘setting things on fire’ risk, but I’ve changed my opinion on that. Not that you can’t set anything on fire, because you can. But it’s not as scary now. If you’re sensible, and you’re not burning near where things can catch fire, you’re okay. Paper burns quickly, anyway, so it’s not like it’ll sit there and burn for four hours.
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And so here we come to the final day. I had an incense delivery and I basically burned incense all day because it is amazing. 8D After that, I ended the day repeating the SoK visualisation once more, just to see whether I would have better results, which I did. I ended up staying up way too late, and it’s probably why today is a migraine day, but that’s okay. I can deal.
But I did get my SoK feedback written up and sent, so that was about as productive as yesterday was going to get. I’m not sure if I’ll do anything more today, except maybe one more smoke cleanse, but idk. I’ve done my 30 days, and it was hard, but good work, and I’ll probably come back and do another summary post thingie later, once my brain has settled down. But other than that, I think I’m basically done with this thing, which is nice. I’ve got a backlog of magical work I need to get to, now that this is out of the way, so yeah. This won’t stop any time soon wooo.
It has been an exhausting week. Even though today wasn’t as busy at the shop as yesterday was, I am still buggered, and my right shoulder is Complaining Loudly. As a result, all I have managed to do, ritual-wise, is give offerings to Masrai and Her gods, and cirumambulate with Ma’at. I don’t have the brain to do much else.
I did meditate with Masrai, though, but I lost myself in mental chatter halfway through. Which meant I didn’t even get to try the Hekate meditation from yesterday, either. I did try, but for whatever reason, I can’t concentrate on that right now.
That said, I have started reading ‘The Tao of Craft’ and I now have a zillion ideas for possibly translating some of those sigil concepts into hieroglyphs. Like, I can see them in my mind. This is notable and weird for a few reasons, the biggest one being I honestly Did Not Get the point of sigils until I started reading that book. I don’t know what it is about Western magickal writings on sigil creation, but none of them have ever resonated, or made any sense to me. I suspect it might be another abstraction thing, but I can’t be sure. All I know is that this book makes sigils make sense, and I am totally on board with making Kemetic ones now. So that’s about as ~magical~ as my day has been.
Oh, and I uploaded my deipnon shrine video to youtube, so you can see the cauldron I’ve been burning in, and what it looked like after a dressing of rosemary, some wormwood, a releasing herb mix, and some incense ash.
So, today I woke feeling like a Regigigas with Slow Start, so that was fun. I was so tired I didn’t even get my morning rites done, and have bought offering loaves to compensate my gods for missing out. I have also had a very tiring day, and I got home late, bone-tired, and not in the mood for Hekate magic and ritual work. But ritual work needed to be done, and so it was done.
Perhaps because of my state of mind, my visualisations were not very strong, though I’m not going to write them up here, because it is SoK work, and not public stuff, so. That is a private entry for later. But it is done, and now I can begin to move on, and finish off this month. Woo. *exhausted cheer*
Imma have some peppermint tea and go to bed, once I have typed up this meditation. *collapses*
I feel like tonight marks the formal break between the old and the new. It is the deipnon, after all, and that makes sense. Tonight was also the night I offered my cauldron of sand and ashes, along with some herbs, to Hekate, and then offered them to the earth. My cauldron is now empty, and clean. The ashes of my rebirth are now gone. It’s all gone, and that’s okay.
Meditation tonight was a bit … mixed, tbh. I had a lot of mental chatter to deal with, but between that, I did manage to talk to Hekate about phoenixes, and rebirth, and fire, and such. Tomorrow night, I perform the next Sanctuary of Hekate Kleidouchos rite, and I might finally stop feeling like I’m in limbo.
There was one visual I do remember, where my skin flaked and floated off, like I was shedding my skin, and I watched them all float away and leave me fresh and new. I like that.
I’ll upload pictures of the rite later, since it’s nearly midnight, and I should be in bed. I have work tomorrow, after all. Here’s to a new moon, and a new me, and the last few days of this challenge.
ETA: Here’s the deipnon altar video I promised you (albeit a bit late getting posted here). It shows the cauldron and the ashes from the burning that I’ve given back to the earth.