Month: September 2021

October at Dark Goddesses Collective

Here at Dark Goddesses Collective, part of the work we do is to re-claim the Goddesses of power. To speak their stories through our own eyes, meditations and workings. As well as through the eyes of scholars that have cast off the patriarchal slant placed upon them.
Remember, it is power WITH, not power over.

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For the month of October, we have some deeply meaningful work and wisdom to share with all of you

Our theme for the month is: The Dead Speak. – Wisdom and practices all about honoring and connecting with our ancestors. Ancestors of both our lineage and those chain breakers who have gone before us.

Our Goddess of the month is: Hel – She is both Goddess and place. She receives half of the dead in Hel, which is in Niflheim. She was cast there by Odin and given authority over 9 worlds. It is Hel who is said to have gifted Huginn and Muninn to Odin.

Some of what we have planned:
A Ritual of Releasing – Using a poppet filled with all the things you wish to walk away from to be born anew, a firepit, and a call to Hel to welcome her into the space of Dark Goddesses Collective. This will be video recorded on the evening of October 1st and will be placed here on the blog as soon as it is uploaded to Youtube.

An incense blend for the month to honor our Mighty Dead as the veil thins.

Using the Sacred Black Candle in the month of October – Mini workshop article.

Meditation(s) and/or channeled messages via audio.

The Dead Speak Divination method.

An article on Hel, herself, her history, the areas she resides over, ways to connect with her to heal the shadow self.

Setting up Chthonic altars to our mighty dead, with different examples.

Honoring our dead and the spirit of land. Protocols for visiting graveyards, connecting with our ancestors, collecting earth for our work in the year ahead, and offerings to the land as payment.

As the month progresses, other work may present itself. So be sure to subscribe to our blog feed for new posts. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram

A candle & a key,
With Darkest Gratitude,
Ivy & Kaycee

In the Beginning: The Black Sacred Candle (Part 3)

As we open the doors of Dark Goddesses Collective, we begin by introducing a series on the Black Sacred Candle. We light it to honor and protect this space so our witch’s work may move forward. This is part three and concludes the series as we throw open the gates! Part one can be found here and part two can be found here. ~ Ivy and Kaycee

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The Earth

My Dark Goddesses hold reign over land, sea, and sky. They are felt on the earthly realm, the cycles of seasons and not just those of the land, but our very own seasons of becoming, of birthing, of releasing, fallowing, and rising again transformed in our next period of growth.   The cycles are everywhere we look. In creating our candle, we can utilize correspondences that live this cycle with us: plant allies.

Of The Earth

The Earth is force into form. Through Air and Fire, creating the condensation or Water that will circulate, that then coagulates into our Earth element. I recreate this by thoughtfully procuring and utilizing plant allies on my candles. In choosing the herbs, flowers, or resins, I think about my intention, the purpose of my working candle, the work I will be doing over the next Lunar month, and any seasonal workings. Many of our plant allies have a spectrum of uses, this is useful when we are working with one candle because we can narrow our choices greatly. We can speak to the herbs as we grind them, coaxing the energy forward to match our intentions.

Helpful Tips:

There are numerous books available on correspondences if you have not yet cultivated a relationship with plants. I recommend writing out key words that match your intention for the Black Sacred Candle. We know for sure: cleansing and protecting your space for magic. Maybe you need a calm clarity and focus in your space. Or maybe you need your candle to fully create a high vibrational energetic container. Whatever the intention, I always choose herbs that care for multiple “key words” and speak to them as I grind them together.

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After chanting or speaking to my plants and grinding them together (a mini spell if you will), I bind them to my candle. The candle has been dressed with oil and depending on how finely ground your herbs are, you may be able to roll your candle through the herbs or sprinkle them onto the candle. A simple chant for the binding will work:

Cleansing of Air

A blessing to spark

The Fire and fare

Of Water’s mark

Beginning of Form

The Earth to Fruition

Allies a storm

Bound of intuition

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The Fire

Through this entire process, the Fire element has been present as the force behind your own creative energy of birthing and bringing together your Black Sacred Candle. From the spark as you lit your cleansing herbs for your candle to its upcoming completion through lighting the initial flame, your Black Sacred Candle is of fire. Birthed from it and reduced by it as you use it up. Our own history as witches is born of fire, strong enough to walk through flames and come back over and over again to do the work of the witch. The spark is forever within us, placed there by the Dark Goddesses themselves for we are of the Universe too.

Helpful Tips:

The lighting of the initial flame of your Black Sacred Candle is when the full purpose and energy comes to life, it is birthed of your energy and relationship with the elements and correspondences used. It is indeed a gleeful moment to witness your creation, but also the awe-inspiring moment of witnessing its power in your space and prepared to take directions. Say a simple chant, such as the one below, as you light the initial flame of your candle.

With fire it begins

And with fire it ends

This Black Sacred Candle, the flame its initiation

You will protect my space and all of my creation


A Pattern of Wholeness

 
With this initial series, the Black Sacred Candle of Dark Goddesses Collective has been lit in accordance with the universal pattern of wholeness. We are honored that you have found us! You can also find us on Facebook, and get to know Ivy, Kaycee, and the vision for DGC in the future.
 
A candle and key,
Kaycee

You can now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram
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In the Beginning: The Black Sacred Candle (Part 2)

As we open the doors of Dark Goddesses Collective, we begin by introducing a series on the Black Sacred Candle. We light it to honor and protect this space so our witch’s work may move forward. This is part two! Read it first as the final elements will be in part three. Missed Part 1? Find it here. ~ Ivy and Kaycee

The Power to Create

The Black Sacred Candle is a working candle. I channel this into each one, that it will protect my work, my space, my Self, and my magic. That my work is abundant, joyous, focused, and coming with great clarity. The possibilities for creating this working candle are endless even when following the primordial pattern of creation to wholeness.

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The Pattern and the Supplies:

  • The Darkness from which all is created: Black Candle (yes, even a purchased one!)
  • The Air that causes friction and the Fiery Spark: Cleansing and blessing the candle through sacred smoke or other ritual and chanting.
  • The Water: The oil used to dress the candle
  • The Earth: The plant allies used to dress the candle
  • The Fire, the act of lighting it is the same as stating “as I will it, it becomes so” and is the flame of consciousness made manifest for your purpose during your work.
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Air, To Cleanse and Bless

The way that one cleanses and blesses their tools is truly a personal preference and ritual. Many practitioners have created relationships with the plants utilized for this purpose or skillfully utilize different energetic forces to cleanse and bless.

Cleansing

Saining, using the smoke of cleansing herbs, like a rosemary and juniper bundle is my preferred method for cleansing my Black Sacred working candle. I have been in a bind where I ran out of my own harvested materials and chose to place the candle in a bag of salt for 3 days instead.  The entire purpose for cleansing or purifying is to release any added energy from the candle that you have not skillfully woven into it yourself. Whatever the method, as long as you are directing the energy through your focused attention and understanding (or relating) to your chosen correspondences, you will have success.

A helpful tip on directing the energy:

I prefer to chant, even under my breath.

One that I have written in my own Book of Shadows for cleansing or purifying any object:

From this object, I strip away

Energy prior to this day

Banish from this object’s presence

Any force not of my essence

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Blessing

Once the Black Sacred Candle has gone through a cleansing or purifying rite, we must consecrate or bless it with purpose. This is one of the most important parts, to be imbued and blessed with the intention for its use. I have a personal oil that I created specifically for this purpose. Likewise, I know numerous people who use olive oil on a finger and draw a specific sigil they have created or that is energetically aligned for the Black Sacred Candle. If the candle has been cleansed and blessed for its purpose, you can now move forward in the creation process.

A helpful tip on directing the energy:

While I typically place a drop of my personal oil on the top of the candle and swirl clockwise, then a drop on the bottom and swirl counterclockwise with a finger, I still chant. Here is one that I used recently that had so much power:

With this essence, you are whole

Protecting my space, my energy, my magic, my soul

Creating a power, summoning a force

To work my divine will, guided by source

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The Water

In an alchemical and elemental model of creation, the water was created through heat and air, an essence of the nothingness to somethingness. I like to think of the creation of olive oil in this way, the entire process of growing olives and how that essence is pressed out from the olive. It is how we have olive oil.

I use it to dress or coat my candles, creating a womb-like encasement.

It is representative of the cycle, birth to death, creation to destruction and creation again, or even the ancient cave as described by Woodman and Dickson (1996) as being a part of a “womb-to-tomb” cycle. It is an essence of the life-giving and life-taking power of the Dark Goddess, the Goddess with many names across time and space. All the Goddesses, all the names, the same divine essence: the water, the blood. My Black Sacred Candle drips with the same waters, the same wetness that creates, sustains, and devours. She is wise, as am I, so too – you!

Maybe even get creative and build your own oil ~ Photo by Edgar Castrejon via Unsplash

The Choice, an Intuitive Approach

Whether you have a specific oil or specific ritual for oil dressing your candles or not, I encourage you to dive deep into your own intuitive waters for what makes sense to you. It creates the foundation for the Earth element to be brought into form with your candle in the next step, by providing the right environment or stickiness to the candle. Some traditions rub the oil on the candles starting the top and going clockwise if they are calling forces in and if they are removing or banishing something with the candle, they rub the oil starting at the bottom and going counterclockwise. I personally take a different approach as I am utilizing the Black Sacred Candle as a working candle that has many jobs – including banishing anything that does not belong, providing a safe and protected space to work in, and of course to serve as a beacon for energetic forces which I may call to.

A helpful tip on directing the energy:

As you create the water element by dressing the candle in an oil of your choice, focus on the energy coming from your hands. Your hands craft and create, catch air kisses, heal through touch, are expressive of your nature (for some of us, especially while we are speaking!), your body is the form behind the force of creation and so is your Black Sacred Candle.

Try making your own chant for this one, it can be fun and does not have to rhyme!

This concludes part two, part three is available here.

A candle and key,

Kaycee

You can now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram

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References

Woodman, M., & Dickson, E. (1996). Dancing in the flames. Shambhala Publications, Inc.

In the Beginning: The Black Sacred Candle

As we open the doors of Dark Goddesses Collective, we begin by introducing a series on the Black Sacred Candle. We light it to honor and protect this space so our witch’s work may move forward. We are happy you’ve found us! ~ Ivy and Kaycee

The black candle is sacred in my practice, it is sacred because it represents the space from where everything has materialized. It is in the darkness where we become and to the darkness our material selves return. From that darkness, the abyss that is all and nothing, comes a spark. It is the same spark that lies within me, and you have it too. When I light my Black Sacred Candle, it is representative of my spark, and it means there is work to be done: A witch’s work.

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From Darkness Comes All

Across cultures, religions, and beliefs, there is an understanding of the elements or the primordial forces coming together to create our world as we know it, our bodies included. From the nothingness comes everything. The air creating the friction for the spark of creation and a fire of consciousness, the heat creating the climate for steam and water, coagulating into form, or earth. It all starts in the darkness, in the cave of the Dark Mothers, celebrated and revered. Our ancestors observed this pattern of creation, of transforming, and the pattern or cycle is still the same in all things. So it is, with The Black Sacred Candle.

The Dark Mothers and The Dark Arts

The Black Sacred Candle is Black and for good reason. Jane Beaumont Snyder (2018) goes into detail describing the cycle as the ancient life, death, and rebirth cycle in her thesis, stating “black was the color of life, reflecting the richness of soil”. Furthermore, Woodman and Dickson (1996) help breakdown the understanding of ‘black’ as synonymous with ‘wise’ during the historical era of use through Robert Graves’ Song of Songs (1973), having gone so far as to call out “Dark Arts” as originally being synonymous with “Wise Arts”. Doing a witch’s work is an art that follows the pattern within and without, the work of our will paired with the universal wisdom of the primordial energetic pattern of life.

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The Liminal Spaces and The Crossroads

The witch travels, whether it be through darkness of the liminal spaces, or the spaces created to connect to the Dark Mothers, this witch knows that this is the space most witches do so much work. While we would love to believe that we can manifest what we want right here and right now, witches know that there is only so much work we can do to impact outcomes here (make no mistake, work is required here too). The everyday world is not a causal level, it is the effect level. If we want to induce change effectively, we must align ourselves with the causal level too. That means weaving our webs and connecting differently. The Black Sacred Candle can assist us in doing so quickly and efficiently through an elemental creation and dressing process. It can be our torch at the crossroads, the beacon that our Dark Mothers know well, because they placed power within us to create it and call to them in the same way they have called to us.

This concludes part one of the series, the next part of the series is available here.

A candle and key,

Kaycee

You can now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook  and Instagram

Feature Image Credit: Marek Piwnicki via Unsplash

References

Graves, R. (1973). Song of songs. Clarkson N. Potter.

Snyder, Jane B. 2018. Death and the goddess: consciousness as integration. [Master’s thesis, Pacifica Graduate Institute]. ProQuest.

Woodman, M., & Dickson, E. (1996). Dancing in the flames. Shambhala Publications, Inc.