Nasty Woman, Anthology to Lilith

Our Month with Lilith, or, What she taught us about ourselves

Much of what we did this month allowed us to step into our Sovereignty in big ways. I sat with sacred rage, deep sorrow at the oppression that so many are turning a blind eye to. On the other side of that though, I sat with my own needs and desires. We have collectively looked at our sacred sexuality and hopefully learned about ourselves in monumental ways.

Just because our Lilith focus month is over does not mean you shouldn’t revisit those moments again and again. Just as the seasons change, so too, do we. What is true of me today, in where I am with what I need, may change again tomorrow, or in a week.

We as humans, and as women, grow and adapt on a nearly constant basis. Being able to recognize that is a huge leap forward in our understanding of self.

Lilith’s persistence in the wisdom she brings can be intense. When she brings it, don’t ignore it. Her intensity will only ramp up if you do so. She is the original woman and she will take you to task if she feels you are not acting in your own self interest.

We helped you to open that door to change. It is up to you if or when you step through it. What we provide is the tools. Only as an individual can you decide to use them to heal yourself. You are all strong, sovereign, strategic. Each of you possesses the ability to discern who belongs in your life and who doesn’t. If they bring you stress, is it worth it to keep trying to mold yourself to their expectations?

I have learned…it is not. We deserve happiness, joy, and to be fulfilled in every facet of our lives.

with Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

All of our work with Lilith can be found here

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A Ritual of Self-Love

When it comes to working with Lilith, she can be…demanding. Even this is putting it lightly. This is the only warning you will get ahead of this ritual.

I knew going into this month she was going to push me past my comfort zone. Which is saying something. Very little, after 3 decades a Witch, makes me squirm.

Working the ritual. What you need:

Your BSC for the month
Lilith incense we created for the BSC
Our Mantra to Lilith found on the DGC FB page
A bath oil/tea/flowers that makes you feel sensual and sexy. More about that below if you’re stuck for what to use
At least 2 candles (one red, one black. Though 2 of each is better)
Finely ground Dragon’s Blood Resin (optional)
Some music
An hour of time just for you

The process:

To do this ritual, which is really one of self-love, you need an hour of alone time. I know it can seem almost impossible, given commitments to kids, husbands/wives/partners, pets, household, and the list goes on. We can make excuses for why we can’t do these things. Yet, to fully claim our sovereignty, we must make sacrifices. If you have to do this at midnight, then do so.

Start by lighting your BSC to Lilith. If you have a bit of Dragon’s Blood Resin, make a paste from it using a drop of moon blessed water.

Light a bit of incense from our monthly blend. Dip your finger in your Resin paste and draw a line from your forehead down to the tip of your nose. Continue on from the lower lip to chin.

Use the Mantra, written by Kaycee. Repeat it as many times as necessary until your inhibitions fade. This ritual is about connecting with your body and what she needs.

If you have been seated to this point, stand. Put on a song or two that makes you feel sensual, desirable to yourself. The only rule for this ritual is that it is about you & Lilith, in her guise of the Whore of Babylon. Guess what? That isn’t something to make you feel bad, negative, ashamed or embarrassed. Those feelings are the patriarchy speaking. Push through it.

Dance to the music. Sway your hips. Just fucking move. Find that rhythm in that space.

If you are able to, undress. Otherwise, extinguish your BSC and move into your bathing sanctuary to do so. Place your candles either on the bathroom counter and light them. Or if you are able, at the 4 corners of your bath tub. Adjust accordingly if you only have a shower or can’t get into the tub.

As you fill the tub, add the bath oil/tea/flowers to the water. I generally start with a base oil and add any of the following:
Vanilla, Jasmine, Rose, Hibiscus, Violet
Add them all if you’d like. Though I can’t guarantee what it will smell like in the end.

If you are able to, while the water is filling, lower the lights. I love bathing in almost complete darkness with a small string of LED lights for ambiance (and so I don’t kill myself when I step out).

If you were unable to completely undress before, do so now. From this moment, it is you, only you, and the wisdom of Lilith. Allow your mind to wander. Using your hands to push the water up over your body. Your hands connecting with skin.

What brings pleasure to you?
How does it feel when you touch there?
What about with more pressure? Less?
Find the spaces between that make your toes curl.
That has you vocalizing without conscious thought. It just happens.

As you explore her (meaning yourself), find the places where you are completely lost. Thought doesn’t come. It’s just you & the embodiment of pleasure, nothing more. Those noises? You know the ones. They are perfectly normal. Do not try to silence them.

Stay in that place for as long as you need to. Don’t rush yourself. Also know if it brings you pleasure, there is NOTHING wrong with it.

This is about a trifecta of knowing yourself, your pleasure, and beginning to learn exactly what you need. This is how we find that space I call Divine Bliss. If you’ve never experienced a true orgasm, true release, you’re in for a surprise.

It is in being open and honest with ourselves that we find this place that I can hardly describe. But it has, more than once, had me in a space of wave after wave for hours. Yes, it IS possible. Not every time, because none of us would ever leave there.

Once you feel that you are satiated, emerge from your sacred time of self. Having a lotion, body oil, etc. that helps you feel that self-love can make a huge difference here. If it IS bedtime, a bit of lavender & vanilla is a beautiful combination to use. Make sure to wash the resin from your face, as well.

A brand new pair of Pjs, or your favorite ones, clean sheets, and that relaxed place will make for the best sleep of your life. Blow out your candles before heading to the bedroom, please.

Working through what you’ve learned.

Having a dream journal, to record anything that sticks out in your dreams will help with processing. Take a bit of time over the next several days to sit with your experience.

Next, comes an incredibly important part to this whole process. Communication. We often keep our wants and desires to ourselves. Letting our partners “take the lead”. We aren’t doing that anymore, at least, not all the time.

Being a sovereign being is about claiming those things that are ours. The things we want in our lives. You can keep your discoveries to yourself if that’s what you choose to do. However, sharing what you’ve learned about yourself can be an act of intimacy, too.

Lilith is going to nudge you forward. She is going to keep reminding you that your pleasure is just as important as your partners. I know women who have faked it every single time. Do you know what takes less effort? Switching off the brain and letting go. Go claim what is rightfully yours, Witch!

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

Want to learn more about what is going on with Dark Goddesses Collective?

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Sigil for connecting with and working with Lilith

Sigil for Lilith

Every time I work with a Goddess to craft a sigil, I never know what’s going to come of it. I tend to have a vague idea of what I wish to do. It is they who guide the process though. Lilith is no different. She has a lot to say and we so much work to do!

Image by J Key from Pixabay

The Sigil

I have spent some time over the last several days connecting with Lilith. Each time I would attempt to pull that sigil from the aether. Each time she told me, “Not yet”. I knew that in due time, it would come. There is a web of understanding that we must weave before we’re shown the way. There are pieces and parts that swirl in the dream world that eventually come together.

In trancework this morning, it came. A testament to the knowledge we must not rush the process. While it is “simple” it really isn’t. Each of us will see something different. As it is meant to be. Use this sigil to connect with her. To strengthen your work. Everything we are doing this month is a piece of a puzzle. Which you will see soon!

Lilith Sigil created by Divine Guidance to the author

All of these pieces will come together in a beautiful working toward our body Sovereignty. She has awakened me fully. I am ready for what is to come. For the work that has come thus far for July, you can find it here.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

Featured Image Image by Ruth Archer from Pixabay

Dark Goddesses Collective is an upcoming community of Sovereigns being built on a private network to do the deeper work.  You can also find us at Facebook.

Want to see us in person? We are honored, inspired, and full of gratitude in announcing the acceptance of our workshops at Mystic South this year!

Lilith, Whore of Babylon, or Beacon of sovereignty?

Lilith – Whore of Babylon or Beacon of Sovereignty?

Here at Dark Goddesses Collective, we believe everything is divine timing. Sometimes, a Goddess seeks to be featured in a given month and we just roll with it. The reasons become clear as the months move along. We set our monthly Goddess/theme in December and, while some months don’t go to plan, others do. Which brings us to July and what June wrought upon us.

Chaos. Women’s reproductive rights and body sovereignty is being decimated over here in the states. You may be feeling rage, hopelessness, fear and each of those is incredibly valid. Feel them in their entirety, then stand up and use them to fight back. This month, we are going to stand boldly in our sovereignty and all that entails.

They will tell you such nonsense as, “Lilith is a demon. Lilith is the mother of demons. Lilith defied Adam.” She may be and she may have, but does it matter? What she really was, was the first to refuse to upset the natural order of things. She was sovereign. Her refusal to bow to the patriarchy is what we all must draw upon. They have taken her story, they have defiled it and WE are taking it back.

Lilith was originally from Sumeria. Like many of the Goddesses we have or will touch upon. She is the Rebel, a Seductress, a Goddess of Sacred Sex, she is our wild feminine and brings the wind and storms. Do you see a common theme here? Of Serpents & Storms being the parents company of DGC and RAW is no accident.

So what will this month bring you, the Wild Women and Witches? Are you ready to take back control of your own life, your own pleasure, and your own sexuality? That’s what we’re doing. Are you ready to fight for your sovereignty in a world that wishes to relegate you back to being submissive? We’ve got you covered.

Scheduled for the Month of July

Intro
Incense Blend
Sigil
Black Sacred Candle
Mantra
Body Sovereign
Ritual with Lilith
Fanning Flames of Passion
Anthology

In addition, if you’re on the DGC FB page, we will be at Mystic South in Atlanta and will be posting pictures and tales thereof great adventure!

Did you sign up to be “One of the Firsts’? You should probably go check your inbox!

Want to see us in person? We are honored, inspired, and full of gratitude in announcing the acceptance of our workshops at Mystic South this year!

Darkest Blessings & A Candle & A Key
Ivy & Kaycee

Medusa: An Anthology on Sovereignty Amidst Fear and Rage

Invocation of Medusa by Ivy Laine

A channeled message to Invoke Medusa. The words are below (SSSS is hissing). You have to really get into the headspace of Crone, Wise Woman, the Ancestors. It is primal and it is powerful. Get deep into that root chakra!

Sister Me du saaaa

Sister Me du saaaa

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa we call upon you

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa we call upon you

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa we call upon you

Your wrath, your fury, your rage

Sister Medusa we call upon you

Your wrath, your fury, your rage

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, our snake-haired Goddess

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, our snake-haired Goddess

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa lend us your aid

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa lend us your aid

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, your snakes we seek

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, your snakes we seek

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, our oppressors to stone

Sister Medusa SSSS

Sister Medusa, our oppressors to stone

Sister Medusa SSSS

Let us nevermore be subjugate

Sister Medusa SSSS

Let us nevermore be subjugate

Sister Medusa SSSS

I stand beside you, my blood & my bones

Now we turn the oppressors to stone

I stand beside you, my blood & my bones

Now we turn the oppressors to stone

My Sister Medusa SSSS

My Sister Medusa SSSS

Darkest Blessings,

Ivy

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Want to see us in person? We are honored, inspired, and full of gratitude in announcing the acceptance of our workshops at Mystic South this year!

Medusa II: She has more to say…

Last month in Dark Goddesses Collective we began to connect to Medusa. It was clear early on that she had so much to say, reveal, and show us. While we love to show ways to connect with the faces of the Goddess, we can not rush the message. Whether it was Mercury retrograde or simply that she had more interesting things to share with us, we were not going to wrap up May with an Anthology when she was clearly not finished speaking.

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The Month of June 2022

Our Theme: Energy in Motion

This month we are looking at energy in motion with an emphasis on experiencing it and effective channeling.

Our Goddess: Medusa

We are still connecting and learning from this Gorgon Goddess and her origins. She wants to show us a deeper magic and how to put these skills to use in our lives. There is so much knowledge she is willing to share but refuses to be limited by something like our idea of ‘time’. Buckle up Witches!

Photo via Pixabay

Some of what we have planned:

  • The Poppet
  • The Gorgon Shield Divination
  • Energy in Motion: Effective Channeling Ritual
  • A Spitfire Corner
  • An update on our Private Network

As the month progresses, other work may present itself. If you need to make another Black Sacred Candle, all of the information can be found here.

Please share your stories with us of working with Medusa. Your understanding of her. Anything that feels like it is helping you to stand stronger in your own sovereignty. We are a community and growing together is incredibly important. Your experience may be the missing piece of another’s journey. Or may inspire them to look at things a different way.

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

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The Serpent in the Storm

Of Serpents & Storms

Maybe you have noticed the hashtag over at Revelations of a Witch and here at Dark Goddesses Collective or maybe you have not – either way, Of Serpents & Storms is what we are made of.

Logo Courtesy of Morien Wynter

The backbone of it all

I am a HUGE proponent of selfcare, of using the gifts the mothers give us to lead ourselves back to center. There is nothing quite like having a day where it all seems to just fall apart and realizing it’s time to take back control. To pivot, if you will.

This was never more clear than a few months back, when I was having a moment and could NOT bring myself out of the mindset of, what really was, imposter syndrome. Kaycee, being the rock that she is, told me to get a few herbs, run a bath, place those herbs in the water and let them do what they are meant to do.

We all know that herbs in the bath are wonderful, but the cleanup can be a nightmare. So I grabbed a little tulle bag, stuffed it with herbs and tossed it into the water. Within minutes, I was back to myself. I could breathe, I could think and I was free of those thoughts that come to us all sometimes, unbidden. That was probably the moment I realized, there’s something here.

I have decided to create a line of bath products for the stressed out Witch. For the Witches that find themselves in that headspace of “not good enough” (which is utter bullshit anyway). However, we have discussed it and come to the conclusion that we want to be different. OS&S will not be sold online, for now anyway. The only way to get your hands on our products will be in person.

Photo by Ivy Laine. Only a small sample of what we’ve conjured up.

We’re here to help the working Witch take care of themselves, while at the same time doing something we enjoy. The first products will be available as a raffle basket at The Witchy High Tea in Concord, NC on June 5th. There will be other vending events in the future, but to give you an idea of what is being created see a partial list below.

Bath Teas in reusable bags
Bath Teas in biodegradeable paper tea bags
Bath Salts with various herbs for specific purposes in tulle bags
Mojo Bags for Protection, Sleep, etc.
Glass 4oz. Jars of teas, salts, blends with an adorable little spoon and a reusable tulle bag
Mini Altar Tins (which is something I’ve been making for a decade)
BSC with specific purposes in mind
Bath Bombs/Dust
Sugar Scrubs for ritual cleansing

As you can see, we really want Witches to have products geared toward them and the work they do. As we get closer to Samhain, I have ideas for salts and teas to help connect you with your ancestors. We love our community and this is the way we are working to give back. To help guide you through the storms as the serpent sheds her skin. To be born anew.

The Witchy High Tea is approaching fast. Do you have your ticket yet? If not, head on over to the CMPF Fundraising Page

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

Want to learn more about what is going on with Dark Goddesses Collective?

You can find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Our private network will be launching soon! Its creation will be for those who are interested in doing the deeper, life-changing, intuitive work of reclaiming their power with Dark Goddesses and a tribe committed to fostering change in their communities.

Spitfire Corner – Righteous Rage in the face of tragedy

In this episode, I speak to the tragedy of this week. You are entitled to your rage.

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Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

Want to learn more about what is going on with Dark Goddesses Collective?

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Goddess Medusa Overview for May

For the month of May, here at DGC, we’re diving DEEP with the Gorgon Queen herself, Medusa. She was one of 3 Gorgon sisters and a Priestess of Athena. Until Poseidon decided to violate her sovereignty of self and she was “punished” for his transgressions. I, however, don’t believe that to be entirely true. The patriarchy’s narrative is so insidious in the myths of strong, powerful women. Getting to the truth of the matter can be incredibly tricky. I have spent years attempting to unravel the lies we’ve been told.

Medusa Spirit Doll by Silvia’s Spirits Gifted to me by Kaycee Reeves. Photo by me.

Many accept, at face value, that Medusa is Greek. The depiction of her, at the Temple of Hadrian in Syria, says otherwise. Syria was a vital part of the Silk Road. Which means stories were able to travel long distances from their places of origin. We, as modern day practitioners, have to follow clues to discover what’s accurate. Listening to the Goddesses (for me she IS a Goddess) as they tell their stories, brings us closer to what has been obscured by smoke, mirrors, and blatant lies.

What we’re doing this month

Our Monthly Black Sacred Candle
Herbal Blend
Medusa Poppet
Charged Dark Moon Eclipse Cleansing Water
The Demon’s Eye Article
Life of Frida Kahlo
Just what is Of Serpents & Storms?
Medusa Tarot Spread
Anthology

If time allows

Ivy’s Spitfire Corner Episode 2
Anything else Medusa may bring forth. She’s been rather chatty.

We have discovered she enjoys the following songs
O Dark Mother by Abbi Spinner McBride
Bone by Bone by Marya Stark

Please share your stories with us of working with Medusa. Your understanding of her. Anything that feels like it is helping you to stand stronger in your own sovereignty. We are a community and growing together is incredibly important. Your experience may be the missing piece of another’s journey. Or may inspire them to look at things a different way.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Tiamat Mother Dragon – An Anthology

Tiamat

Correspondences:

Correspondences for Tiamat are a personal journey. I do have some to get you started.

Places: The Ocean, The Milky Way
Stones: Dragons Blood Jasper, Ocean Jasper, Amazonite, Moldavite, Coral, and Shells
Colors: Blue, Green
Creatures: Dragons
Resin: Dragons Blood Resin
Other: Sand, Dirt, Salt Water

My Own Experience with Tiamat, Primordial Mother

A lot of the work I did with Tiamat was done while I was submerged in water. Bath teas and Bath Salts helped to heighten my experiences. She will lead you where you need to go. Even if, at times, it’s frightening. The first time I worked with her, surrounded by water, it really was an initiation. I am used to being surrounded by fire or in meadows. Tiamat though, she is different in many ways, so being surrounded by deep water was new to me.

At first, I desperately tried to swim for the surface. I could sense her amusement as she reminded me that I was safe. It was not done with even a hint of malice. She knew I needed a deep dive to shed myself of situations and ways of being to reach closer to wholeness. Once I had calmed down, she began to speak. Sharing with me the deep wisdom that only the Primordial Goddesses have to bestow. They have watched the world from the beginning. The cycles repeat more often than we can comprehend.

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash

A good example of that, is the birth/death/rebirth cycle. In order to grow into what we are meant to become, we shed our skin many times over the course of our journey. She reminds us that our rage is valid. Not only is it valid, it is necessary. Change only comes when we recognize the rage that lives within us all. Injustice will present itself in a myriad of ways. Tapping into the wisdom that is Tiamat helps us to facilitate positive change.

Be warned though, without grounding/centering/releasing you will find yourself walking in rage. Hence our Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea is a lovely way to soothe her and ourselves.

I visited the briny deep with her as my touchstone so many times over the course of April. Each time, I found myself more at ease. Able to sit with her and listen to what I needed to know. Tiamat is a loving mother and a fierce protector. She demands we do the work to better ourselves, even when doing so may cause us to break and mend over and over.

With Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea

Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea

We have done a lot of work with Tiamat this month and, no doubt, there have been moments that have felt overwhelming. How many times have we told ourselves that we need to be practicing selfcare? Do you know what selfcare looks like in times like these? Where you are so overwhelmed? Where the Divine has messages that you must hear right this second?

What if I told you that it’s almost as simple as “Get in the tub”? It is, but with a twist.

Photo by Hanna Postova @ Unsplash

I created this blend as I was working on a raffle prize for a local event happening in June. There are few measurements aside from the ancestors telling me when to stop. It ended up creating an entire quart jar, which I will use going forward. The items you need, you probably already have in your Apothecary.

What you need:

Chamomile
Rose Petals
Yarrow
Lavender
Salt (Epsom, Himalayan or Sea Salt works best. Use what you have.)
Mugwort
Drawstring teabags or Tulle bags to contain the plant material and make cleanup easy
A large bowl

I sat down with my herbs, bowl and bags and set out to work.

Add as little or as much as you feel called to add. The Mugwort I would go light on, because it can bring about visions. Visions while in water can be a bit tricky.

I added my herbs in the order above then mixed them with clean, dry hands. The colors and textures were just lovely to the touch. I use a stainless steel bowl, as it’s easily cleaned.

Photo by Ivy Laine

Aren’t those colors just gorgeous?

Once I felt it was mixed enough by closing my eyes and just being present, I got my bags and set to work filling them. A few teaspoons is all you need. You can do this ahead of time and bag up the entire bowl into your bags if you like. I would just caution that they need to go into an airtight container of some sort.

Once you’re done, they’ll look something like this, depending on the bags you’re using.

Photo by Ivy Laine

How to use your Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea:

When you wish to soothe the dragon, hang one of these so the water runs over the bag as you fill the tub. Then, luxuriate in the water for as long as you need. Once you’re done, you can either toss the entire bag, or wait for it to dry and dump the used herbs and reuse the bag.

It really is an incredible way to calm the mind. Let me know your experiences with crafting the tea and how it helps you to recenter and calm the storm that rages from time to time.

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram! You can find all of our work with Tiamat here.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

Want to see us in person? We are honored, inspired, and full of gratitude in announcing our workshop acceptance at Mystic South this year! Come see us!

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Amulet of the Dragon

Any object can become an amulet to connect with a specific Goddess. You will see two different pendants in this article for just that purpose. The 1st half will walk you through cleansing what will become your Tiamat amulet. The 2nd part, by Kaycee, will give you the method for actually keying it to the Goddess you’re working with.

What you will need:

  • A tray or picture frame
  • Salt of your choosing
  • Selenite
  • Mugwort
  • Dragon’s blood (resin, self-lighting incense, or ash from incense sticks. Use what you have!)
  • The item to turn into the amulet
Photo by Ivy Laine

Just a basic black tray or a picture frame. I used some Dark Moon water and lightly wiped the surface. With every step of the creation, you want to direct cleansing white light at each item. We’re removing all the energy from the surfaces so we may start fresh.

Sprinkle the surface with your salt and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before continuing to the next step. We want the salt to take any residual energy in.

Photo by Ivy Laine

Once you feel like the salt has done its job, you want to add your Selenite. I have a zodiac wheel charging disk that I decided to use.

Photo by Ivy Laine

Again, give it 3-5 minutes resting on the bed of salt. Our tools want to work for us, we need to give them time for the intended task.

Next, we’re going to sprinkle a bit of Mugwort over the salt and the Selenite. As important as it is to cleanse our amulet of residual energies, it is JUST as important to have a bit of built-in protection. Mugwort has so many lovely uses. If you are in an area that it’s possible, grow your own! Just keep it in a pot unless you want a Mugwort yard.

Photo by Ivy Laine

Our final step, is to add the object we’re creating the amulet from and a bit of Dragon’s Blood. This is where that white, cleansing light is most necessary. Even if you’re using a brand new object, it carries energies with it. So think of it as blasting out the miasma of everyone and everything that touched it, from production to sale. You want to break those cords.

Here is what my working tray looked like once I had it all added together.

Photo by Ivy Laine

From here, you want to move your tray to a place where it won’t be disturbed. There is an energy exchange that happens as the cleansing takes place and the protection is infused. Leave it, undisturbed for 72 hours, before moving on to creation as an amulet

With Darkest Gratitude,

Ivy

Want to learn more about what is going on Dark Goddesses Collective?

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Want to see us in person? We are honored, inspired, and full of gratitude in announcing our workshop acceptance at Mystic South this year! Come see us!

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Eris: An Anthology to Great Storms

Correspondences:

  • Element: Fire
  • Planet: Mars, Pluto
  • Zodiac: Aries, Scorpio
  • Number: 1, 9
  • Tarot: Tower
  • Stone: Quartz, Onyx, Red Jasper (although to really sink into the relationship, fluorite is amazing)
  • Moon Phase: Dark Moon
  • Lineage: Mother: Nyx
  • Fruit: Golden Apple

Facing the Storm Within

Building a relationship with Eris has been a test of wills. She is absolute chaos. However, that chaos is not just for the sake of it. It is a lesson in determination.

A year ago, the personal storm blew in. It has ebbed and flowed since then. There have been cord cuttings, banishings, binding and each of them has me standing a bit taller. There have even been tandem workings, that I feel finally severed a hold I no longer wanted. Some people don’t want to let go, even when the rift was of their making. As a Witch, I must heal myself before I can help others to heal.

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Then, we must look further back. We are always a work in progress. I will be the first to admit that people have done some really shitty things to me and I allowed it to happen. When it comes to storms, we are the Captain of our own ship. We can turn into the chaos of raging seas, or we can turn away to safety.

The thing about that is the longer we avoid the chaos and storms, the longer it takes us to step into our own power. It is through Eris that I finally learned I have to stand in the midst of the churning waters and find my way through.

There are people I adore, who would never dream of bringing harm to me. We are bonded through more than this life. Yet we all expect for their to be some ulterior motive. That’s unfair. Not only to the people in our lives that we have chosen as family, but to ourselves. When we stand in truth, we see that clearly.

Do not expect that just because someone else was a shitty friend, that the people who stand strong beside you are the same. I have always expected to be tossed aside, it has happened so many times in the past. Eris reminded me that speaking when I feel certain ways eliminates the doubt and the fear. Which is exactly what I did. In the end, I discovered it was all unfounded.

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When I am told I am loved, taking it at face value has quieted the storm. There is a certain power in being the one who wields the storms and chaos. It allows us to remove from our lives those who are not meant to be part of our story. It also gives us the resolve to stand in solidarity with those who are. To defend and protect ourselves and those we love.

The relationship I have built with Eris has given me the choice to either stand firmly rooted in the here and now. Or to reach for the upper world to draw upon the wisdom I already possess. She will, however, make you work hard to find a way through.

Going around the storm, once you connect with her, isn’t an option. The reward though makes it worth the late nights of pushing through. Knowledge, much like a dagger, when placed into capable hands, can bring forces that work against you to their knees. Treading carefully, as you are shown the wonders of the universe, is a wise choice.

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Eris Altar and Storm Blend

Honoring Eris & Yourself

Eris is, no doubt, a Goddess that requires you to go inward and face the storms within yourself. Humans are incredibly complex creatures, existing in both darkness and light. If you neglect one side of that duality, you’re living in a place of deep denial. I have found more healing in shadow than the light has ever led me to find.

This month, for me, has been about finding my way THROUGH the storms. If your immediate reaction to difficulties is to try to find a way around them, it will only mean that you will face the storm again. Avoidance is never the answer.

I know others have had similar issues over the last few weeks, so I came up with a bowl blend to help you through it.

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FACING THE STORM HERBAL BLEND

I used a glass candle lid and added my herbs and stones to a base of salt.

To ease anxiety – Passionflower
To receive blessings – Mistletoe
To deal with challenges – Peppermint
To receive comfort – Peridot
Confidence – Citrine
To feel in control – Cedar
For a constant guardian – Dandelion
To feel more secure – Cinnamon
For overall protection – Tiger’s eye

Each morning, with my daily work, I would sit with the blend for a few minutes. Stirring it with my index finger on my right hand. Releasing anything that seemed to be holding me back and absorbing all of the properties of the herbs and stones. This allowed me to face the day with confidence. At all other times, it remained on my altar.

You could easily use this blend all the time. I would just suggest that on the Dark/New Moon, you start over fresh. Thanking the herbal and stone spirits who have helped guide you over the previous moon cycle.

Setting the Altar

Devotional Altars really help us to focus and pull in the energy of the Divine. They help us to connect with our Deities, to build relationships with them. Without a relationship to them, our workings can suffer.

Goddesses are so much more than their correspondences. Reducing them to said correspondences is an insult. Just as you are so much more than what appears on the surface, so are they. One of the many beautiful things about Eris, is there is no such “list”. It is through our own intuition that we discover how to work with her. Through our visits to the Garden of Gateways.

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Through my own workings

I discovered many beautiful things regarding our Beloved Eris.

I fell in love with Jumping Spiders several years ago. Not even making the connection between them and the Goddess Eris. Yet here I am now seeing the woven web she’s been laying out for me for many, many years.

When I began to work on her sigil, including a spider was a natural thing for me to do. Using discernment is so important in the work we do as Witches. I often ask myself, “Are those Ravens/Vultures/etc. Here with a message for me? Or are they just doing what they do?” You would be surprised how many times it’s the latter. The wings represent higher consciousness. Reaching for that knowledge that can take us to new ways of being.

Once the sigil was complete, I decided a spider needed more prominence in the work. So I added a spider used for floral arrangements. My herbal blend got added to it after that. These items alone were enough. Yet I felt a drive to add Fluorite. While this is one of my absolute favorite stones, as I sat with it I dove deeper than I probably ever have with her.

Remember the storms & chaos? Fluorite is an incredibly effective stress reliever. It helps us to center, in the midst of those personal storms, so we may find the way through. The meaningful way through, so that the storm doesn’t return.

Using this altar has brought an enlightenment from her wisdom that has carried me through the storm. Challenges will always arise. It is part of daily life sometimes. Now, I have the tools to look at them objectively, decide for myself if the battle is worth fighting, and facing it like the warrior I know myself to be.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Altar Work: Sigil To Eris

Crafting the Devotional Altar – The Sigil

At this point, we’ve all made our Eris Awareness Oil and we’ve been using it on a regular basis. To bring awareness to Eris’ presence. Also our Black Sacred Candle has been made and we’ve been burning it for a few minutes each day. If you have allowed yourself to be open to her messages, she has brought wisdom to you. In working with her with genuine truth-seeking, she is a deep ally.

Now is the time to begin building a devotional altar to her. My next article we will talk more about that. For now, it’s time to craft your sigil. My process is different than most and can vary from day to day. One of the symbols of Eris is a golden Apple. Apples can also be used as offering. She was pretty clear in where she was leading me.

As I began drawing her in to work on her sigil, I felt called to the web. The one that we as Witches and humans weave among our social circle and our communities. When I went searching, I found something quite interesting. I have always adored a sweet little 8-legged friend in the Salticidae family of spiders. Which is a genus of jumping spiders, known as Eris.

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How sweet is this little guy?

As I was drawing the sigil, a spider appeared on the apple and it was absolutely perfect! Her name keeps us rooted and the wings help us to take flight. The underworld AND the upperworld workings are both required to make the profound discoveries that are our truth and our healing.

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You can choose to draw your own sigil, or you can use mine as a model. I will say, the more of us that use the collective sigil, the stronger it becomes in y/our workings. Once you have created it, anoint it with your awareness oil, pass it through the smoke of your black sacred candle, and set it upon your altar to charge. 24 hours should be plenty of time for you to begin working with it.

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Eris: A look Ahead

Eris: The Greek Goddess of Strife and Discord

For March, we’re going to face some of our own shadow and root out the areas or our life where chaos rules supreme. To live a more balanced life, we have to face the areas of our lives that keep harmony from allowing us to just be at one with it all.

Eris is a daughter of the Night Goddess, Nyx. While she is a Goddess of War, the biggest war we fight is often within ourselves. We can go around it, but until you walk through it, you will never find the peace that comes afterwards. She is going to challenge you. This is the way that we grow into the beautiful souls we’re meant to be!

Theme: The Storms We Face

Throughout our lives, we all face the storms of hardship and self-doubt. With the help of Eris, we can discover the tools to weather those storms.

Our Goddess: Eris

The Greek Patron Saint of Discordia is one of the daughters of Nyx. Much like her mother, she has deep, deep wisdom but you must face the darkness within.

Sneak Peeks for March

  • Oil
  • Altar
  • Sigil
  • Our Monthly Black Sacred Candle
  • The Storms We Face
  • Guided Journey

Other work

As the Month progresses, we may find ourselves led to other work through the Goddess.

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Ivy

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Alêtheia: An Anthology to the Goddess Of Individual Truths

Digging Deep with Alêtheia

In all of our workings, one must truly use discernment as a means to reach those deepest of truths. Some of the discoveries we make are for us and us alone. The “to be silent” that our own teachers and mentors instilled in us. Knowing when the creative ideas and endeavors fall under that tenet can be tricky, for many reasons.

When we happen upon an idea that sets us on fire, we WANT to share. First, take a deep breath. Next, write it down in the greatest detail possible. DGC started as a much smaller endeavor and then grew exponentially from there each time we spoke about it. Spend time revising and refining. What seems like a good idea first thing in the morning may end up being a cog in the overall idea that, in a week, doesn’t seem quite as feasible.

We all have people in our lives that we trust implicitly. Once you have a good handle on what you hope to achieve, talk to those one or two people that will be honest with you. Not everything should be laid out for the masses. As much as there are energy vampires, there are also those who will take your ideas and run with them. Listen to the Divine. If they’re steering you away from someone/thing, it’s with good reason.

Sigilcraft

Sigil by Ivy

As with all of our Goddesses, I tend to practice sigilcraft. It helps me to connect with the deeper themes of the areas which they hold dominion over. The one above, should you choose to use it, will help with connecting to her on a much deeper level.

Looking at yourself and your relationships

It is important to be honest with yourself about what you will allow in your life. Setting boundaries is not just healthy, but necessary. Revisiting those boundaries, from time to time, is important. This includes not allowing negative self-talk. Thoughts are part of the basis of effective magic, they can become self-fulfilling prophecies very quickly.

When it comes to those in your life, who try to breach the boundaries you’ve set for yourself, speak up. No is a complete sentence. You do not need to have a reason why. Only you can look out for your complete well-being.

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Cerridwen: An Anthology

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Ivy – A Guided Journey

As we ready ourselves to meet the Great Goddess Cerridwen, prepare a vessel of water, our herbs for the month and anything else you feel drawn to include. Any vessel will work, a black bowl. Cauldron, or even climbing into the bath.

Take a few moments to connect with the cauldron energy. Within it are the powers of life, death, rebirth, and prophecy. For some of you, it may be a new path to explore.

Once you have made that connection, we will begin. The audio journey is below. If prophecy is your desire, a divination or Mugwort tea is perfect for the work ahead.

More on Cerridwen

If you haven’t set up an altar for her yet, you can find my article here. Our January work with her can all be found at this link.

We are forever grateful to you for walking this journey with us. So much more is coming in 2022 so stay tuned!

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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How to honor the divine

We can sometimes become lost in how to connect to our Divines. Most of the time, just sitting with them strengthens that tether. It takes time to build any relationship and altars are a beautiful way to do so.

Protection Altar/Photo by Author

There are a number of reasons to create altars. The above is one of many protection altars I’ve created over the years. It features some of the dolls I have purchased for my practice from Silvia’s Spirits. Many more have joined the fold since then.

Devotional Altars

As a Witch, many things have gone into my practice over the last 3 decades. There are pieces of music that have shaped me. There are Tarot decks that have helped define my practice. Goddesses that claimed me a long time ago. As such, I have devotional shelves that I use to remind me of my roots. They need not be full on altars, or even shelves. A windowsill is a perfectly acceptable.

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Ritual & Spellwork Altars

During rituals and Spellwork, I use any number of surfaces for my altar. I have used those wooden magnetic boxes to hold everything. I also use small trays or shadowboxes. A picture frame works too. Remember, this is YOUR practice. Only you define it. What we here are DGC show you is merely one way of doing it.

Below is one of the more elaborate altars I have created for a rather large ritual.

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Creating an Altar

The only limitation when creating your altar is you. Decided how big or small you wish to go. Whether you want it elaborate or simple. There is no right or wrong, when it comes to altars. Follow your intuition. We have been given the gift of intuition for a reason. If it feels like it’s too much, then scale back. The Divine WANTS you to trust your gifts.

Cerridwen Devotional Altar

Cerridwen Devotional Altar/Image by Author

I love creating altars and devotional altars really help with that connection. I started the month by creating a cave from Air Dry Sculpey. Many of the Goddesses we work with are deep within the cave. For Cerridwen, we must enter the cauldron to travel to the cave.

Then I used our incense blend daily, either by burning it or lighting the Black Sacred Candle. I placed a small bit of the blend on this lovely Raven & Skull dish I have, along with a basic black candle. The sigil is beneath it. I decided that Labradorite was perfect for the work ahead. My lovely sister, Wendy, gave me this heart as a Yule gift and it just felt right.

Each day I have connected with Cerridwen, through sitting before this simple, yet powerful altar. Remember, it’s not so much what is on the altar, but how you connect with what you have placed upon it. Placing it on a tray I am able to move it where I need it to be for the days workings. Putting your heart and soul into the creation, even if not perfect, is how we honor the Divine. Both within and without. They know your intention when you work intentionally with them.

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Ivy

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How to create and use Sigils

Sigilcrafting with purpose

Sigilcraft is an art. An act of devotion to the Divine, used for all manners of purpose. I have used sigils for everything from protection, to grounding, abundance, and, yes, as part of my practice to connect with The Dark Goddesses. Creating them is the “easy” part. What do you do with them afterwards? That’s up to the individual practitioner.


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Some ways to use them.

  • Draw them on yourself for an effortless means of contacting The Goddesses
  • Create an altar of devotion to our monthly Goddess and add the sigil
  • Focus on them as part of meditations & journeys
  • Place them around your home/in your purse/car/etc for protection
  • Sleep with them under your pillow for peaceful rest
  • Use full moon water and “paint” them on windows

There is no right or wrong way to use sigils.

Methods of Creation

The crossout method is the easiest. What that entails is crossing out repeat letters from the name/intention. Turn the remaining letters into their base shapes & arrange them together to form something akin to rune staves.

The chart method is the next simplest. Create a chart with letters. Then draw a continuous line from one letter to the next until the intent/name is spelled out completely. Those lines then become your sigil.

Until now I’ve always used some variation of the crossout method the most. For Cerridwen, I wanted something different. I decided to let intuition and our Beloved Cerridwen guide my hand as I created.

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The first shape that came to form was the cauldron/bowl/crescent moon. The cauldron and the crescent are two of her symbols. From there, we know that wheat is another of her symbols and signifies abundance. Spirals show our connection to the all that is everywhere. Fire purifies.

Depending on the energies you wish to tap into, upright leads you into the cauldron, sideways taps into the moon energies.

Coming soon!

Having this ready for my next article, where we’re building a portable devotional altar, will help you to tap that energy fairly quickly. We’ll also be using it, again, in a few more days to help as a focal point.

Please be sure to check back through our articles and post for this month, as we prepare to step into the cauldron.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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The Fierce Love of Berchta – Anthology

The Fierce Love of Berchta

Correspondences

Number6 (as in Jan 6, or 12th Night)
ElementEarth/Air
Planet/AstrologyMoon
DayYule
AnimalSwan
StonePearl
PlantsHolly, Mayflower, Birch
WorldUnderworld
SeasonWinter, Winter Solstice, Yule
ColorsGreen and White
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Her Story and Faces

Berchta is a Winter Goddess with many threads (and names!) throughout Germany, Austria, and the region of the Alps. There are still areas where some rituals to Berchta still take place even after her demonization by the Church.

She appears as either a veiled young woman (Perchta) with pearls woven into her hair or as a disfigured hag, with unruly hair and dirty clothing. As the young woman, she carries keys and mayflowers. As the old woman, she carries a distaff (for unspun wool). Her plant spirit allies are Holly, Mayflower, and Birch. 

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In Bavaria, she is one of the Leaders of the Wild Hunt. Leading the procession of those she protects, it is a Yule time procession of the ghosts of women, children, and animals. Other stories include her sovereignty over the fields, as Holda, Goddess of Abundance shaking the snow from herself over the ground that will allow the rebirth and abundance of the fields in Spring. Like many of our Dark Goddesses, she is a bridge between the living and the dead or the cycle of death and rebirth.

Perchta, Holda, Diana, Frigga, La Befana

The list of names and energetic similarities of this Winter Solstice Goddess expands through archeological discoveries by the likes of Marija Gimbutas and many other historians. From appearing with a Swan’s foot, as a Maiden or a Crone, to her demonization by the Church and slitting bellies if not properly behaved and consuming the right “meals”– Berchta and her conflations and sister Goddesses are here to teach us how to regain our own sovereignty through our renewal and rebirth.

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Welcoming Berchta – Kaycee’s Experience

Like most other Goddesses, I was deeply intrigued by Berchta. Pre-Christian forms of Goddesses hold so many dualities, are all encompassing, but are historically demonized to control the populace instead of being beautiful stories explaining the seasons and highest connections to divinity. After creating the Berchta Candle, I set out to get to know her even in her darkest forms.

The Stomach Slicer

The stories of Berchta slicing open the stomach of those who didn’t leave the right food or who consumed it all and didn’t leave any for her caught my attention. When I connected with her about this story, this story was changed to inspire fear. In fact, the feeling was that her demonization led her to becoming the Stomach Slicer to free those who are being mercilessly controlled. She explained she is emptying the contents of what has been force fed to us so we can find our inner wisdom, our inner fire, our inner motivation, and purpose. This clearing out and imminent death allows the transformation of rebirth with the return of the solar fire, not just the celestial sun, but the fire within us.

Looking to 2022

Berchta asked me what I am cutting myself open for in 2022. I was taken aback, but she was very persistent with this question. How am I growing my fire? How can I expect this flame to grow without the space available for air to reach it? What must I carve out myself? She tossed her distaff at me, the end having a blade attached. She said this is also a key, I would know where to cut and where to weave when the time is right, but the time is approaching quickly. I look forward to continuing my work with the fierce love of Berchta!

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Sources

Berchta. (n.d.) Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations, 2nd ed.. (2003). Retrieved November 30 2021 from https://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Berchta

Illes, J. (2009).Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Saints, Angels, Fairies, Demons, and Ghosts (Witchcraft & Spells). HarperOne.

My Journey with Berchta

2021 has seen many upheavals in all of our lives. We have lost loved ones through sickness, conspiracy, and growth. Mother Berchta has taken the pieces I could no longer hold and tossed them into the aether. I am grateful to her for doing so!

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I started the month knowing the shifting and cracking of bones was necessary. We are all remade over and over, if we allow that growth to lead us to all of the places and spaces meant to be ours. As I get older, I see shades of my own grandmother begin to appear. It was never more prevalent than this holiday season.

Kaycee has spoken about a tradition we started for ourselves this year that we’re affectionately calling Witchmas. It is her, myself and my dearest sister Wendy, we are the Witches Three. In all the years I’ve known these two lovely Witches, we hadn’t spent a December holiday together. That needed to change! With a plan hatched, my beloved checked maps and found a place of roughly equal distance for us all to travel to meet.

I began to plan gifts and Hygge became the theme. It was for all of us, without even knowing it. Selfcare during the busy holidays is a must. It’s not too late, head over to 12 days of Self Care and bring in the new year at peace.

This is where my beloved Gran came in. I crafted teas and cocoas, flavored sugars and mulling spices. Even charmed planner clips. I found an adorable Etsy shop or three and obtained the most luscious hand lotion, soap and shower gels.

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I’ll be the first to admit, I went overboard. Yet, Berchta sat with me as I crafted, nodding her head or showing me a better way, depending on what I was doing. I even made Wassail as an offering to her. Then sat with her and sipped it.

The Wisdom of Berchta

There are words of wisdom in the breeze and as I sit here, writing this, there is something I must pass along.

“You love so hard and so deeply that sometimes it gets you wounded. Those that are your tribe understand that. They will ALWAYS have your hand when you need them most. This world needs more of the souls that love that deeply.”

The people in my life, that have seen me at my best and my worst, and stayed anyway? Those are the people that carry a piece of me with them. Those that I come to with an idea and they say “Let’s figure out a way to do that!” They ARE my tribe.

Tonight, I will sit with Mother Berchta and release the things I didn’t know I still held.

I am forever grateful for her gentle nudges toward my own mother. For the first time ever, my gifts were something so truly me. It is only Berchta that I feel could have planted that seed.

She is wise.

She is caring.

She is the Mother.

She is me.

And she is all of you.

Building it Up

This is a free series from Dark Goddesses Collective and is a part of our December 2021 work. We believe that it is important to empower each other, this includes providing free information that provokes or encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition. Over the course of 12 days we will be building up a practice of selfcare that invites in the deeper knowledge of self and building up awareness of the importance of Full-hearted selfcare in our practices of magic.

We are building a network of Sovereigns too! Stay tuned!

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Kaycee & Ivy

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Wassail as an offering to Berchta

It’s time to dive inward!

Since last month, I have known I wanted to honor our Dear Berchta with something that always warms me in the cold winter months, Wassail! If you haven’t had this wonderful hot beverage, read on, my recipe is at the end. Its warmth almost feels a rebirth as we step away from the old and into the new.

The coming days can be full of needless stress. Sitting down with a cup of Wassail and inviting Berchta in can be the calm in the raging storms outside. It is absolute FIRE for the soul.

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Witches, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can not do for everyone else and expect that you will suffer no consequences. There are ways of coping coming your way. In the meantime, sitting down with a cup of Wassail and a slice of your favorite pie can recharge and re-energize you. Even if only temporarily.

Steal that 5 minutes. I give you permission!

I decided that I would make this lovely beverage, invite our DGC Goddess of the Month, Berchta, to join me at the hearth fire and just listen. She seemed incredibly pleased with just being asked to partake and shared wisdom with me freely.

So let’s get to why you’re here, my Wassail recipe.

If you’re creating this as an offering for any Deity, it’s important that you set your intentions. Light your BSC for her, if you have some Holly, have it nearby (yet not TOO close), burn some cedar or evergreen of your choice. Really set the mood for the task at hand.

Ingredients

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8 C. Apple Cider (1/2 Gallon)
2 C. OJ
1/4 C. Lemon Juice
4 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Whole Cloves
1/4tsp-ish Nutmeg
1/4tsp-ish Ginger

I add a few thin slices of Orange to mine. You can also add Star Anise and/or Whole Cranberries

The first picture of the post, is what it looks like all together in the stockpot before the heat is turned on. Turn it up to Medium Low and wait until it starts steaming a bit. Turn it down and let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Stir it a few times during the process. But do so with your intentions in mind. This is an active potion and needs to be infused as such. I also do not use ANYTHING with Teflon. It is a forever chemical that has altered us in so many ways.

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Once it’s ready, it will look similar to this.

Berchta’s Offering

I decided that she deserved the very best serving container I could provide. Which was my Great Grandmother’s 22k Gold rimmed glasses. I took one of them and placed hot water in it so it wouldn’t break. Once the glass was heated up I ladled it in held it for a moment and then placed it at the setting I had laid out for her. Unfortunately, dealing with heat and camera phones can be tricky. So please forgive the lack of final photo. It ended up way blurrier than I realized!

Witches, please, over the coming days, take time to ground, center and just breathe deeply. We’re all going through the same stressors. We’ve got this!

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

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Nyx Sigil and Recordings for her

November has been an absolute whirlwind! As we prepare to say farewell to November, we are wrapping up our month of Veneration to Nyx.

The Sigil

I have created a Sigil to Nyx for you to use in your future workings.

Sigil by Author

Orphic Hymn to Nyx

I have also chosen to record the Orphic Hymn to Nyx for you to use as a means to call her in.

The Message

As I was working with Nyx, she sent a channeled message through. I have made a recording of it as well.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Honoring the homes we create

Where is Home?

Home

It’s such a simple word, but it’s filled with complexities. It carries a different meaning for all of us..

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For all of us, Earth is our home. This, is where the similarities mostly end. Each of our ideas of what home is, can differ wildly from here.

The first place we’re brought to, after we’re born, is home. If one is lucky this is where their best memories are and they can always come back here.

Home is where we lay our head at night. For some, that is a tiny home with a small foot print. For others, it may be something much bigger. It is where we come to in order to shut out the constant din of the world outside. For our ancestors, it may have been caves or groves. It was a shelter from the elements made of everything from bone to rock to wood.

For some Romany people, their traveling Vardo is home.

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Each of us have places in the world that speak to our very souls. For me it’s the parks and forests surrounding me. When I step into those places, my spirit is at peace. Others may feel that peace when they are near the oceans. We are each unique in the places that feel like home.

I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, in a tiny little town that is quite close to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. There is magic in this land, but there is also sorrow. For a very long time I struggled with being a “Hillbilly”. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to understand that my ancestors are a tough lot. They survived conditions and poverty that is truly heartbreaking. These mountains, they are my home. When I stand on this land, I feel the blood of my ancestors rush through my veins. Home is in the very wind that blows upon my face.

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People can be home, too. There are certain amazing people in my life that I can embrace and it is home. My children, grandchildren, friends, and my beloved. There aren’t many, but when home is a person, it can change the entire day just by seeing them.

My Witchcraft? It too is home. When I stand in my power, knowing I’m doing what is best for me and mine, there isn’t a feeling of wholeness more profound than craft the life I want. That home, within a home, within a home is the warm embrace of a thousand dreams.

  • So what or where is home for you?
  • Is it the mountains, the forests, the ocean?
  • Or is it something else entirely?

Let us take today and be grateful for all we have in our lives. The people that bring us joy and the places that bring us peace.

Ivy

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Nyx, Goddess of Night

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Nyx, daughter of Khaos, the Primordial one, wrapped in a cloak of stars. She who illuminates deep within the darkness and holds the mirror that shows us who we are. Our hopes, our fears, the very fabric from the cosmos that created each of us. Feared by Gods and men alike, for she is truth in its purest form.

My Work with Nyx

I have sat for many days, pondering. Even I am not immune to things such as self-doubt and impostor syndrome. It is within the moon’s gaze that I have begun to understand that there is still much work to do. So with her I have sat, listening, unraveling, discovering.

It is within this process of discovery that I have had reflected back at me the parts within myself that I really rather don’t like. Perfectionism, procrastination, doubt, that I am diving deep to root out the source and banish it from my life. This time, for good.

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Creating the life we are meant to live

There are lessons within all we do and it is through her wisdom that I am learning how to let go. You will shed tears, so many tears. Yet water is cleansing catharsis. There are people who have walked out of my life that I have been grieving for far too long. The time has come to step past that hurt. It is not me that is broken.

Nyx’s stars have shined upon me, always. When one such as she places you in her gaze, it can be overwhelming at first. You want to “live up to” some sort of extraordinary standard that takes root in your mind. While our Divines expect us to live up to our potential, they don’t expect us to just know how to do that at a moment’s notice.

Meeting her in her domain

Working with Nyx is a process and one worthy of doing well, not necessarily quickly. I urge you to stand beneath the crescent moon, the starry sky, and even the sky filled with inky blackness. Hold a moonstone in your hand and just…listen. Breathe and listen. Lose yourself in the twinkling of the stars of her cloak. Her voice is within the shadows and upon the wind. Think about what it is saying to you. The path toward creating a life worthy of you and all you have to offer. Once you know the way, move forward and don’t look back.

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Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Honoring the Beloved Dead

The Ancestors. The Beloved Dead. The Wise Crone. They are here, among us. Each of them passing along wisdom hard won. It is in our bones. In our very DNA. As the veil thins, we honor them. Those who have gone before us.

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Have you felt them?

Samhain isn’t just a single day. The Season of the Witch begins, for me, at sundown on the Autumn Equinox. It lasts up until Winter Solstice. So I have been feeling the energies for weeks now. You know the energy I mean, the kind that when you walk into a room there is a familiar scent that was worn by your Beloved Grandmother. Or when you sense someone standing behind you. Yet, visually, you’re alone. A Witch knows the signs, scents, and energy that means there is a presence with them.

It is wise to put some protections in place. After all, you don’t want just any spirit waltzing through like they own the place. Honoring the spirits of place, those that have dwelled on the land for longer than your lineage has existed, goes a long way to protecting you and yours.

Just as with any entity you wish to connect with, building a relationship with the spirits of the land is important. Find out what they like (most will accept sweets, alcohol, or grains) and make sure you make your offerings on a regular basis! To neglect them unless it’s this time of year, or it’s beneficial to you, is folly. They are truly your first line of defense. They exist even on the outside of any property wards you may have set.

What to do if something enters that isn’t welcome

It’s simple, if somehow there is something that enters your home through a weakened ward, light up some banishing incense and tell it to leave. It really is that simple. Checking your wards twice a month can eliminate this minor inconvenience.

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Who are our Beloved Dead?

As Witches, our Beloved Dead may not be the same as the dead of our Ancestral Blood. They may be the Witches that paved the way for us. Musicians and poets who are long gone but have touched our souls in some way. Remember, this is Witchery and the path we walk is our own.

One such Witch that I honor is Madam Helena Blavatsky. A Russian Spiritualist that was born on the same day as I, but 142 years before I was reborn to the world. If you haven’t read anything of her, you should! She is fascinating, IMHO. For you, it may be Doreen Valiente, or Mary Shelley, or any number of others.

Familial ties can be tricky for some of us. My grandmother was a saint of a woman and she always has a special place with me. Placing trinkets or pictures onto an altar reminds that some of our dearly departed went above and beyond. We remember. Veneration is a large part of our Samhain activities.

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The tools we use

Anything can become an instrument of ritual. It is all in the intent! A big one this time of year is Graveyard Dirt. Knowing how to properly collect it is important. If you have ancestors buried nearby, that’s where I would start. Bring 2 coins and leave them at the entrance. That’s to pay the Ferryman. Having an offering for the dead is also important. If there was a particular…spirit they enjoyed, that would be acceptable. Or a pinch of pipe tobacco. Confections may have been more their thing. So talk to family about them.

If you’re collecting from an unknown grave, vodka or whiskey seems to be the most asked for.

Don’t just walk to the grave, collect the dirt, and turn around and leave. Remember what I said about our land spirits? Build a relationship. It will serve you much better in your final outcomes.

On Samhain, sit in quiet contemplation for a while

Your Witchery will be stronger for it. Listen to the messages of the dead. Take a bit of time to speak with them. Even if they don’t speak back, they’re listening. They’re working out what your intent may be in contacting them. Eventually, they will speak back. As long as you’re working from your heart and not your ego. The Dead will speak.

Darkest Blessings on this Samhain Eve,
Ivy (and Kaycee)

Kaycee wrote a lovely ritual for us – The Dead Speak. Be sure to check it out!

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Welcoming Hel to DGC

Last night, as darkness fell, I called upon Hel to join us here at DGC. A simple poppet, filled with all I am releasing was given to her in tribute. Burned in the cleansing fire as her presence filled me with fierce determination.

Hel card from Annabelle Lewis’ Oracle of Legend – Photo by Author

Ritual to Welcome Hel

Please be mindful that this is the first time one of my rituals has been recorded. My undying gratitude to my Beloved for recording.

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In Darkest Gratitude,
Ivy

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.

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