For those of us here in the Southern Hemisphere, yesterday we celebrated Samhain. Coincidentally this year it fell near the date as Sorita D'Este's annual Rite of Her Sacred Fire in honour of Hekate.
This was the first ritual that I have performed for Hekate and I have to say that it was amazing. I don't know how other people feel but every time I physically feel energy moving through me it's as though it is the first time. I never expect it, and then all of a sudden the palms of my hands are warming and throbbing and they begin to channel energy. I don't know if this is solely due to having being attuned to Reiki, where the energy is directed through our hands or if it is simply natural for my body to channel energy in this way but it was an intense and exhilarating experience.
The Rite itself was powerful and incredibly moving. I am thankful that I spent weeks reciting the Greek passage so that the words flowed naturally from my lips without stalling. I may have mentioned before that I am not a ritualistic person by default. The vast majority of the rituals I have done, mostly in my early practice, felt flat because I felt uncoordinated and disconnected. I left the rituals mostly for spellwork and then eventually I left them behind as well in favour for spontaneous spiritual reflections, meditations and occasional offerings on or around the Sabbat dates. In thirteen years I can count the amount of rituals I've performed on one hand.
I was determined to take part in Sorita D'Este's rite though! And I am very glad that I experienced what I did. It has opened me up to offering my time and devotion to Her at least twice a month on the Full and Dark moons. Most of my practice has consisted of meditations and inner work but I feel as though I am ready to step up a level and take my inner work to create physical work. Hekate seems to stir inspirational and devotional feelings in me. And it seems natural and alive even though the concept of deity is something I have struggled deeply with before. I am learning to let go of my thoughts to let my heart flow.
My offerings to Hekate were three skeleton keys that I tied with coloured ribbons during the ritual corresponding to Her three realms of Land, Sky and Sea. I spent the better part of yesterday crafting two sets of prayer beads, one set being bracelet size and the other consisting of 113 beads of Black Agate, Garnet, Amethyst, Moostone, Onyx and Hematite which I dedicated to Her. I'm a big fan of prayer beads especially when they are made by my hand. There is a meditative state that comes over me as I string them that carries over to my prayers.