Lilith’s Fiery Darkness Incense

From the many stories, myths, and historical documentation such as the Alphabet of ben Sira or many books by Raphael Patai detailing out the vast base of knowledge and history surrounding Lilith, there is one thing I know to be true for myself:

It easier to demonize a woman than it is to let her hold her own power, so it must be stripped from her and her daughters.

That is where we are. It is where we have been. We have been unable to grasp fully our divinity, our connection to it with our body, our ability to hold steady the polarity of creation and destruction that is our birthright, and always seeking where that power and connection is hiding. Where is that wisdom located within us and how do we harness it?

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Lilith’s Fiery Darkness Incense

Getting connected with Lilith is a great way to start reconnecting and finding that wisdom, shine a light on it, reactivate it and reclaim it. Many of the correspondences used are meant to be red, a root chakra color, the life blood, and full of the fire of creation. The others help us connect with the wilderness that can be air, our thoughts and ability to connect to the liminal spaces. We can get into the space of the dark, where wisdom resides, and pull it back into consciousness.

Ingredients

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Mugwort
  • Dragon’s Blood
  • Benzoin
  • Sage
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional information:

I used dried and powdered herbs, plus resins. I don’t measure, I allowed her to tell me when to stop. She wanted less Cayenne and more Cinnamon while I was making it. It felt as if she wanted me to ease into this and I obliged. It smells amazing! I made quite a bit, as I know this will be going on the Black Sacred Candle this month to draw her energy into the workings.

Directions:

  • Spend a bit of time with each ingredient.
    • Research them, feel into them, and tell them the purpose that you are using them for.
  • Add each ingredient into your mortar and pestle, leaving Sage for last. She said so and again, I did it anyway (and later it made sense ~ sit with it, let it come to you).
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

So tonight, while others are celebrating a country of ‘freedom’ with fireworks, a country that has chipped away at freedoms like my own body autonomy just days ago: I reclaim it by lighting this incense to myself and connecting with the power of Lilith. And know this: in the fiery darkness is where I will find and reclaim the power I hold that cannot be tamed. No, in fact, this month, she requires it roars forward in every woman. Go get it!

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

Dark Goddesses Collective is an upcoming community of Sovereigns being built on a private network to do the deeper work. 

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!

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Darkest Blessings & A Candle & A Key
Ivy & Kaycee

Medusa: An Anthology on Sovereignty Amidst Fear and Rage

We have been walking with Medusa for two months now and most of our followers and students know that is very uncommon, but it has become highly important. At Dark Goddesses Collective, we understand that we find the Dark Goddesses with many faces, many names, and much wisdom. When we made the decision to continue with Medusa for an additional month, originally we thought she wasn’t done speaking. That is true. We just were not aware of the why and trust us when we say that we are not in the business of asking our Goddess why (especially considering myself and Ivy have a relationship with her outside of Dark Goddesses Collective).

Historical Medusa

Medusa has many names and stories, from pre-Hellenic times in Libya where she was known as Athene, Neith, Metis, and Medusa born of the “the uterus of Lake Tritonis (Three Queens) in Libya” (Graves, as quoted by Walker, 1983)  Interestingly enough, the Greek stories are told that Medusa was born from the head of Zeus after he swallowed her mother, Metis (female wisdom) and sometimes The Great Queen Isis was referred to as Athene too and translates to “I have come from myself” (Budge, as quoted by Walker, 1983). It wasn’t until later that the stories came about of Medusa raped in the Temple of Athena and branded ‘monster’ turning men to stone with her gaze.

Photo via Pixabay

A Pattern in the Stories

Many great scholars and authors alike have seen the historical pattern with the rise of patriarchy and Christianity. Taking from the wisdom of the divine feminine and destroying it through vilification and demonization. It is important to know that this knowledge, wisdom, and triumph of divine wisdom, sacred rage, and the power to create never left us.

It simply went underground to keep her children safe and for a while, under the foot of men, her voice could not be heard.

It came through any way for some, in the ways they made decisions, in their cunning ability to allow others to believe they were in control while taking actions that most certainly proved otherwise. Harriet Tubman immediately comes to mind as does Madame Restell. It is a reclaiming of personal sovereignty, even in fear, rage, and fury. This reflects how we can own our stories and rewrite a narrative that has been based upon lies to one of truth.

Photo by Ferdinand studio via Unsplash

Correspondences

Number9
ElementFire, Water
Planet/AstrologyAlgol, The Demon’s Eye, Mercury
DayWednesday
AnimalSerpent
StoneRed Jasper, Onyx, Coral
PlantsMugwort, Rowan, Juniper, Vervain
WorldMiddle World
ColorsRed, black, green
ParentsPhorcys and Ceto
SiblingsSthenno, Euryale
OffspringPegasus. Chrysaor (fathered by Poseidon)

Personal Experience

Medusa has always been my Goddess of in between, the before and after, and of becoming. It is no less ironic that rage, fear, and sovereignty are big lessons she brings as the bridge through the ‘in between’ considering the last few weeks. It is the journey across this bridge that she is full force. She has been a fierce protectress and unequivocally demanding of action. If I am going to learn, it will be with her in my face to see just how clear she can make it that we do not back down.

Black Sacred Candle Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Her voice has reverberated in my throat. Her energy of reclaiming truth and personal power has seeped into my lungs. It is an assurance that speaking words to power in my own truth is a banishment to inauthenticity.

It is a banishment to playing small or living without alignment.

Lighting the Black Sacred Candle to her for two months was like holding her gaze and seeing myself staring back at me. The depth of knowing and clarity and the destruction of shapeshifting and shedding allowed me to accept ownership of removing obstacles along my path through this series of daily moments with the flickering flame.

We are fierce.

We do not back down.

The Sovereign Chant & Invocation

A deep part of the work that drives our connection with Medusa is our ability to get into a space with her. These were both channeled and they have become integral in our work with Medusa and will remain so.

The Sovereign Chant by Kaycee Reeves

I call upon Themis, she of wise counsel
I call upon Athena, strategist that beats them at their own game
I call upon Medusa, a gaze they cannot hold and protectress of personal power
I call upon my ancestors, may their energy and protection roar through me
I call upon the Dark Goddesses, their righteous rage

To remove the bindings those in power seek to place upon us and instead resolve to stay
Grounded
Rooted
Sovereign
And strategically powerful with the reverberations and actions of millions before me

Grounded

Rooted
Sovereign
Strategic
As I speak it, it is so

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

A candle & A Key, Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & Ivy

References

Walker, B. (1983). The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Feature Image: ActionVance via Unsplash

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Dark Goddesses Collective is an upcoming community of Sovereigns being built on a private network to do the deeper work. 

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!

Sovereign & Strategic

We are entering the unknown after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. You might be angry. Furious. Exasperated. Frightened. Ready to set fire to the whole thing. I am too. I see you. We are going to show them the strength of our Goddesses, Ancestors, and power with each other. Over the last few days, we’ve gone zero to 100 and it’s important to keep that momentum going. However, it’s also important, powerful, sovereign, and strategic to add a few things to your list today.

Petition to Impeach Alito, Jr., already underway, go sign and share here.

Stay Sovereign Within

I am passionate about my fury and outrage. I am intensely aware of the current pain in my body because I’ve allowed myself to feel it. The heaviness and tightness in my shoulders and my neck. This is how it goes in my body when I’m unable to release or channel the energy efficiently and it’s the warning that I need to get grounded.

Perhaps you’re feeling this same pain, same tightness, and same overwhelming urge to just scream into the abyss as a way to channel it.

A part of staying sovereign and strategic is recognizing when it is time to put our feet in the grass, walk through our garden, and breathe deeply. Have a cup of tea, journal for ten minutes, or take a bath. Recharge and reset those batteries because we can’t change our world if we’re all burned out.

This Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea created by Ivy Laine is perfect (photo by Ivy Laine as well)

Get Connected

I cannot state this enough. Getting connected allows us to align and act quickly. It ensures that we can take a multi-pronged approach that moves us all in the same direction. This is a powerful strategy just by sheer numbers! Here’s an example of how this might look:

Sign up to be notified of events or how to help with one, some, or all of these organizations:

Do an internet search of local organizations and sign up for their notifications as well.

Amazing posters from fellow activists (consent for photos given) in Greenville, SC, on 06/25/2022- Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Go ahead and have a Poster Go kit ready if not multiple.

I made myself a quick kit: poster already made and some extra markers (for other folks just in case!). I have a car, but if you don’t, keep it nearby so you can grab and go if this is your preferred methodology of action. If you’re not keeping it in your car, consider adding water and snacks to your kit.

Sign up to send postcards to voters and send postcards to Government Officials – federal and local:

Postcards to Voters

Supreme Court:

Supreme Court of the United States

1 First Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20543

Do an internet search for your local officials!

Sign up to vote or check your registration to vote!

Then go VOTE on Election Day!

Get involved with volunteering for other political campaigns that are not local!

Getting enough people in the right positions in Congress is a strategic way to align common goals!

Photo by Kaycee Reeves ~ And yes, it is my vehicle and no I don’t know how I am getting it off and no I don’t care. 

MONEY

It’s a tough time for everyone, but if you’ve got it, even $5 spread out across Planned Parenthood, Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign in Texas, National Network of Abortion Funds, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Joe Cunningham in SC, and all your local legislative campaigns makes a difference. Especially if many of us are DOING IT!

Take a Personal Inventory

There are personal things we can do that impact resources of those in power or realign our use of resources with our values and our agenda. Here are some other small changes to think about from an article I wrote in 2020, Sparked: The Energy of Outrage:

  1. Where are you spending your money? Do some research.
    • The companies you spend with, where do they spend their money?
    • Are they lobbying for things you believe in?
    • Who are they financing? This is public information: Who donates, how much, and who those funds are sent to.
    • Who are their suppliers and where are they located?
    • This includes your 501c donations, it is public record where the money goes.

2)  Can you make a personal change in where you spend your money? Buying local or buying from historically marginalized small businesses trickles down and ripples out this way:

  • You spend an additional $10 a week at a local black-owned store that will use that money to pay for her daughter’s piano lessons.
  • 15 years later this daughter is a highly known musical artist that has inspired millions.
  • 30 years later, we find out that one of those people she touched became a professor of music and psychology, a leading world expert on the use of music as a modality of healing.
  • 45 years later, humankind is learning healing has a holistic methodology and is not a pseudoscience.

You literally changed the entire world. THE WHOLE WORLD. You sparked the change. The energy of outrage turned into love. Do I have your attention?

  • Can you make a change in the home or the types of products that you use for more eco-friendly options? This can be so fulfilling, and it does not have to be big changes – baby steps lead to long journeys!
  •  Cast your spells, do your rituals, set your new moon intentions, and then make the plans to help your spells manifest into results surrounding activism. Need help with the plans once your spell is cast? Reach out!
Very powerful working with a whole network of Witches. There is another one coming up, and you can use A Sovereign Chant I created or The Invocation of Medusa by Ivy Laine.

Above All Else

I want to make sure you know that this is not a lost cause or a fight we won’t win: We will. It’s up to us to get into action mode, even if it’s small in your opinion (it isn’t, we appreciate you!).

Stay Sovereign and Strategic!

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

Signups to be one of The Firsts is officially closed, more to come soon!

Dark Goddesses Collective is an upcoming community of Sovereigns being built on a private network to do the deeper work..

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

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A Sovereign Chant

There are always going to be times when our sovereignty and our ability to thrive come under threat. While it doesn’t come as a surprise to many of us, the rage that many of us feel is daunting.

But feel it we must.

It must flow within us and we must be able to use it strategically.

A Sovereign Chant

Today, as Roe v. Wade was overturned, Ivy and I sat with our rage. The difference is that this is not a new rage and it is not a new rage that has echoed through generations before us. This is a primordial rage and it is sacred. However, it is imperative that we meet this rage in all its glory from a place of grounded-ness, rootedness, sovereign-ness, and above all else – we use it to take strategic action. 

When you need clarity and strength, strategy and protection, use this chant:

I call upon Themis, she of wise counsel

I call upon Athena, strategist that beats them at their own game

I call upon Medusa, a gaze they cannot hold

and protectress of sisters

I call upon my ancestors, may their energy and protection roar through me

I call upon the Dark Goddesses, their righteous rage

To remove the bindings those in power seek to place upon us and instead resolve to stay:

Grounded

Rooted

Sovereign

And strategically powerful with the reverberations and actions of millions of women before me

Grounded

Rooted

Sovereign

Strategic As I speak it, it is so

Chant created by Kaycee Reeves

Created by Kaycee Reeves

A Candle & Key,

Kaycee

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Channeling “Bad” Emotions

The thing about Dark Goddesses, all of them, is that they are powerful in their wisdom. This wisdom is not nice, neat, or scheduled for convenience. Like life itself, the Dark Goddesses bring our lessons in ways that are uncomfortable sometimes.

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Many of you know that I also write about my personal journey with my practice over at Revelations of a Witch. It is my first and original platform discussing the ways in which witchcraft has helped me grow, navigate, and otherwise break out of a mode of living that felt forced and inauthentic. One of the lessons I received from Medusa was on “bad” feelings and I wrote an article on the top 5 things I learned. It was an uncomfortable experience in awareness.

Being Uncomfortable

Sometimes an author or writer uses images to bring about this awareness. I used a feature image in that article that I knew would make people uncomfortable. On purpose. Most of my followers know I do this from time to time – to force us all to ask ourselves why something makes us uncomfortable.

Does this image make you uncomfortable? It is the feature image I used. Photo is by Nicolas Postiglioni via Pexels.

It is a direct challenge for awareness and growth.

The feedback did not disappoint! It was in fact described as a “visual assault”. The challenge here is that while that may be true, moving past the image reveals that it is no more of an assault than that which takes place for being a human who has been emotionally stunted to one end of the full emotional spectrum. In fact, what has kept us stunted is:

the historical emphasis on compliance and that the earning of love, resources, respect, and acceptance were conditional upon our ability to navigate emotions in a way that only showed “good” or resulted in “good” behaviors deemed appropriate by those with power over others.” ~Kaycee Reeves, from “Bad” Emotions: Top 5 Things I Learned

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A part of the lesson from Medusa comes from understanding that the narrative and expectations others have of us, especially ones that have required us to comply to an image that others hold of us, is not a ‘them’ problem anymore. It is an us problem.

So no, I will not hide my rage, my apathy, or my gaze that can turn others to stone – I will feel it all fully and channel or transmute it into something amazing. 

I am going to teach you how to do the same.

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Channel It

To be able to effectively channel an emotion or energy in motion, we must first learn to name it. We must be able to name it specifically. There are so many emotions that we don’t understand, or we cannot name because we also haven’t felt it fully. To effectively name and channel an emotion, we must be able to identify it and to feel it fully. We must get into a space where we are capable of a deeper state of awareness. That allows us to feel how that energy lives within our body.

Create the space

To create this space of awareness I recommend that there be at least 10 minutes where you can be in a silent, but comfortable, space. Without distraction, one can feel deeply within the body an emotion that has come up. If you are truly feeling anger or rage: What does that feel like within your body? If you are experiencing or feeling melancholy, what does that feel like? Is it slow and sluggish? Once you have been able to slow down enough to name it and feel it fully. Now we want to translate this in a way that allows us to effectively collect the energy we are experiencing. I called this a foreign universe practice.

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The Foreign Universe Practice

The Foreign Universe practice really breaks down the translation in our language surrounding our emotions and how they feel within our body. This practice requires that we explain our emotion in words and then describe or translate it into the energy we feel in our bodies to a being that is from a faraway galaxy. This being is completely different from us. However, to connect with them and be able to translate this language of the energy that you have and that you want to channel, you must be able to translate to them exactly what it feels like to you.

Do you feel a whooshing in your ears and heat within your body rising when you are angry? 

When you are sad, do you feel a slowness or coldness in certain placed? Do you feel your toes?

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Gather Energy in Motion

Once we have determined the emotion, named it, felt it, sat with it with our foreign galaxy friend, we now know where the energy lies within our bodies. It is up to us to draw that energy in together, grow it, and channel it effectively.

Photo by Muhammad Lutfy via Pexels

Conduits

We can gather and grow the energy in motion to create conduits of magical connection. For example, we can gather the energy of grief and hold a funeral rite that allows us to connect with our ancestors. It is a strong emotion that we can use as a beacon to call the ancestors forward.

We can channel our fear into art pieces: spinning yarn, creating poppets filled with notes about our fear and then burning it, painting a small canvas. We can channel it by sticking our hands in a pot of soil and using it in little containers around the outside of our homes to strike fear into those that would seek to do us harm. We can also create the conduit of change.

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Changeling

Our emotions and the energy they provide us can allow us to create change. It is important to note that we cannot bypass the process of feeling fully or translating the energy in our bodies. This type of bypassing will only continue the same lesson over and over until we fully feel the nature of an emotion. Another important and very distinct factor is that we are not trying to change the emotion itself. We are using the energy of it to foster an ability to use our magic to impact change on a very personal level that has nothing to do with wanting to not feel the feeling.

While I know that I personally don’t enjoy rage and the subset of emotions that come with it – I do enjoy being able to use that energy in my magical practice for various outcomes. A practice that has been helpful is to sit with the energy and list out the ways in which one could utilize it and maybe even bring in flavors of energy from specific planets, plants, stones, and our Dark Goddesses to create spells for internal changes over a period of time.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves ~ Many years ago, this was a powerful spell channeling emotional energy into spell work that has had lasting impact.

It is All Connected

In conclusion, the lessons from the Dark Goddesses allow us to tap into our abilities on a much wider scale. It’s the drawing up of our own energy, and the pulling in of theirs that allows us to impact change inward and outward. It is all connected and we can harness this energy and use it well.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

Signups to be one of The Firsts is officially closed, more to come soon!

Dark Goddesses Collective is an upcoming community of Sovereigns being built on a private network to do the deeper work. 

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

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The Gorgon Shield Divination

Medusa, the Gorgon Goddess, can bring about life and death, health and illness. Connecting to her essence offers a shield, but a different kind of shield.

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Our Shield

We all have a shield, whether we are aware of it or not. Sometimes the use of a shield is no longer about physical life or death. Sometimes it becomes the crutch we use in self-preservation or preventing anything from happening at all.

We have to ask ourselves:

  • Is this really living?
  • Am I using my shield in a way that lets nothing in at all?
  • Am I unable to receive, even the good things?

Let us dive in to the shield she offers and receive the messages she has for us.

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Choosing Your Set

While this divination spread uses oracle cards, tarot or runes could be substituted. Whatever methodology you choose, I recommend choosing the deck or set based upon clarity. To be clear about this, we want the deck or set that provides information we can connect with even when we DO NOT LIKE IT. 

I call this my ‘asshole’ deck. I may roll my eyes, but the truth is that it has yet to steer me wrong even when I want it to be gentle with the message.

The Gorgon Shield

Spread and Photo created by Kaycee Reeves

The Questions 

  1. What do I fear right now?
  2. What should I be focused on or concerned with instead?
  3. What will help release fear?
  4. Where is my power?
  5. What will help me grow my personal power?
  6. What is the Medicine of Medusa’s Gorgon Shield for me?

After the Message

Once you have gotten your massages, it is helpful to connect with the energy of the message in its entirety once you have connected with each card. This will assist in determining what changes could be implemented to allow a greater sense of connection to self and others whereby we can receive more from this life instead of the narrative that others would have us believe. Your narrative, story, and truth is yours.

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & Ivy

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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!

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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.

Rise, Witch, Rise

Being made of serpents and storms is a divine initiation into some of life’s greatest mysteries and the mysteries unique to each of us. The serpent, with the ability to transform and grow with each shedding of its skin as well as the ouroboros as the cycle of life, speaks to an energetic nature that lives within. The storms we face create an atmosphere that is both creative and destructive, without it we would stagnate and decay. In the grand ecology of our own lives, being made of serpents and storms is the willingness to rise.

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When the Storms Rage

Make no mistake, there are deeply seated and pervasive storms raging. This is true for our inner world and the outer world. There is a need for change on many fronts. Ivy and I are, have been, and always will be proponents for change that have positive impacts on society and on this Earth. We know where we have the greatest impact to promote change and that is why Dark Goddesses Collective was born. To begin the journey of creating a community that wants to do the work that will impact change. Instead of watching the storms rage from the outside, we rise. We become the storm instead of watching with fear on the sidelines. Connecting to that energy requires that we also become aware of the inner storms we face. Of Serpents & Storms is here to do that in a unique way with one of a kind solutions and products.

The backbone of it all

Kaycee and I are HUGE proponents 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.

We 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.

Kaycee has lots of ways to practice Self Care that you can find from December posts

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

A Candle & a Key and Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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

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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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Unstoppable: Medusa and Frida Kahlo

We all have an innate ability to stop others where they stand. The power lies within our ability to create, define, and choose our paths forward. Our purpose, thoughts, and actions are intertwined with this power and connected with the wisdom of the divine.

Medusa and Frida

Looking closely and then sinking back in my view of their lives, I see that theirs were those where it appeared as if the world was against them. However, their names are still known.  The truth in their stories and power still resonate through time and space.

Created by Karol Bak

Pain to Power

Putting pain to power, Medusa and Frida carry this energetic fortitude of being unstoppable and without boundaries.

Medusa, after her rape and beheading, was still powerful and a force for transformation. Her power was used strategically to protect women from a fate at the hands of men (such as King Polydectes who would force a marriage and rape of Perseus’ mother).

Photo found here.

Frida, while closer to our current time, carries some of this same energy of transformation and wisdom. Her will to be and will to question or push the status quo. Born in 1907, in the Coyoacán burough of Mexico City, Mexico, she suffered from polio as a child and had a horrific accident that left her in a constant state of pain.

Understanding her life and the underlying societal culture of the time, she was nonconforming and found her voice. She owned it and her life. She accepted nothing less than her desires and is still quoted today as an anthem of strength and rootedness beholden by those who are sovereign in the knowledge that their stories, choices, and art are places of wisdom and are powerful.

Photo by Meg Dreyer via Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D

The Ripple Effect

Medusa and Frida did not conform to the standard set by the rest of the world but were rooted in self. From this place, it created a ripple effect of wisdom, strength, and sovereignty for those can connect deeply to do the same. Even when the stories of us all are told through the lens of those in power in our lives and societies, the truth is revealed through the depths of intuition and our ability to translate it for ourselves. In fact, they both rise through time and space with the same message:

Those in power fear those that are born with it

Those that have power with others versus power over make the deepest impact

Those with power over will have their names long forgotten except for their atrocities as a reminder of what not to become: a curse upon them even after death.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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.

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!

Featured Image: Karol Bak

The Gorgon Goddess: A Sacred Candle

This month we are studying Medusa, the Gorgon Goddess portrayed as a terrifying and villainous woman turned demon. As we call to her and create a connection to her energetic force, it may come as quite the surprise how much she is misunderstood. Before we get to the Black Sacred Candle this month, come create the Demon’s Eye Blend that we will use as well!

The Demon’s Eye Blend

What you will need:

  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort
  • Patchouli
  • Red Jasper Chips/Stones
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

  1. Place Dragon’s Blood resin, Myrrh, Mugwort, and Patchouli (I used Patchouli essential oil) into a mortar and pestle and grind up.
  2. Use 4 Red Jasper chips to call out to the four directions and place them onto the rim (or lay them on your workspace) of your mortar and pestle.

Activate the Blend:

From the 4 directions, through space and time

With this blend I see all, from the Gorgon Eye

Metis, Maat, Medusa, Athene

All you have been, and all will be seen

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Black Sacred Candle

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

The Black Sacred Candle has multiple parts this month, not to make it more difficult, but to honor the energetic force through her Libyan beginnings and historical forms through the ages and stories. While all the extras are not required, it does serve us to be curious about the nature and meanings of all those extras.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

What you’ll need:

  • Metallic Markers
  • Demon’s Eye Blend
  • Personal Power Oil or Olive Oil
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Parchment Paper
  • Candle Holder with space for Red Jasper Chips and salt
  • Red Jasper Chips (from your calling the 4 directions above)
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Go back to your candle and draw the Demon’s Eye Sigil on one side:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • On the other side draw scales, like that of a serpent (and I know you may have other creative ways of doing this – mine looked oddly like mountains, I had good intentions):
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  • Lightly coat your candle with The Demon’s Eye Blend you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  • DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).
  • Pour salt into your candle holder and then place the four jasper stones used to call in the four directions for The Demon’s Eye Blend on top of the salt. Then place a bit of The Demon’s Eye Blend between the stones, in the center of the candle holder.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  1. After your third time turning your candle in the oven, light the Demon’s Eye Blend that is in your candle holder:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Enjoy your magic this month with Medusa by lighting your candle a few minutes each day!

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & 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.

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!

Feature Image Credit: Damien Hirst, Cover of British GQ, 2013

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

The primordial essence of Tiamat, based on the timeframe of the stories we have relating to her, occur during the timeframe when patriarchal society was on the rise. The story of Marduk slaying Tiamat as a prime example of the story where the ability to overthrow the power of the feminine was sure to rise one into ‘King’ status. The thing about Tiamat and her lessons is that she is not slain. She simply understood her realm across land, sea, and sky enough to when to sink, swim, or soar. She teaches us the same.

Photo by Luis Zheji via Pexels

Sink, Swim, or Soar

Understanding our inner and outer landscape is helpful when working with Tiamat. She is going to bring the challenges to the surface and make you face them head on. Sometimes that requires sinking in or sitting with the various things that come up during this time. The ability to deeply connect and contemplate the lesson being presented can be a key to opening the vault of opportunities that await us.

Sometimes, we must tread water. That is the lesson: learning how to keep our heads above water is about our ability to persevere during our greatest challenges. And she will absolutely bring those up for us because it is a reminder that we too shall not be slain, just transformed.

To soar is about taking the calculated risks that make us slightly uncomfortable. This is not about fearlessness, it is teaching us to be fearsome. To be emboldened and claim what is rightfully ours. To learn to trust ourselves and our ability to rise to the occasion, children with the blood of dragons in their veins.

Photo by Rok Romih via Pexels

A Call To Tiamat

I call to you Tiamat
Primordial Dragon of Life Giving Waters
She who is fierce and nurturing
Steady upon the waves and the wind
Where we may roam with the wings you gave us
With the fire found in the eyes and hearts of all Witches
Tiamat, I call to you
Goddess of the Sea
I seek upon your wings
The lessons just for me

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.

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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

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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!

Featured Photo by Elina Fairytale from Pexels

Divining with Tiamat

This month has been especially challenging for many of us and we knew it would be. The Primordial Goddess Tiamat has been present within Dark Goddesses Collective and the essence of her waves have been washing over us. While we have created our Dragon Amulet as a way to connect to her powerful ability to rise up and meet the challenges we face, what about our ability to receive her messages meant just for us?

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Cleromancy

Cleromancy is a sacred divinatory art. Many cast lots or throw the bones, revealing a language of symbols within the thrower that must be translated. Creating your own cleromancy set is the easiest way to get into this state of connectedness. I was able to look around my home and find small items that held meaning for me. After cleansing and blessing my sacred objects, they began their lives together inside of a pouch filled with protective and sacred herbs.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Mat

Many folks prefer to have a purchased mat with symbols or words on them. These can be nice to use for other forms of divination too, such as pendulum work. However, we can all make our own. We can take dark cloth, a dark sheet of paper, or even a mousepad and turn it into a mat for divinatory purposes. I take ash and create symbols that honor the four directions and then listen within for what is next to go on the mat.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Creating the Space

Lighting your Black Sacred Candle is the perfect way to instantly create a sacred circle while also calling in Tiamat, the Goddess from whom we wish to receive messages. Putting on your Dragon Amulet will only lend additional power to the reading as well. Doing the dragon’s breath as you call in Tiamat for her messages, using the exhales over your set of objects can lend additional energetic force right before you gently toss your objects onto your mat.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Let Intuition Guide You

Reading the language of symbols can be challenging. It requires a translation or understanding of what each of the directions defines for you. As such, let your intuition be the guide. Add in the meaning behind any other symbolism you may have drawn and then observe where each piece of your cleromancy set has landed (some of the pieces may have not landed on the mat at all!). Just observe for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Sink down and in. Now read from the framework of what the piece means to you:

  • Where did it land?
  • Is it on an axis of your directions?
  • Is the piece turned a certain direction, maybe upside down?
  • Is it between North and East?
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Translation Example

As an example, in the picture above, there are multiple pieces that did not land on the mat. I put them back in the pouch. For me, they are not going to be a part of the message that Tiamat has for me currently.

The coin at the top represents an affirmative for me in my thoughts on travel, especially the travel I long for. The Butterfly is backwards and is a reminder to stay grounded in my friendships, but also means that I need to reach out specifically to one person. The curiousness of the items at the center are where she draws my focus. It says that is where my focus needs to be, there are actually 2 keys there (one just doesn’t look like a ‘key’) but also a serpent and spider that are touching. There are deep challenges that I am meeting at the center, and they are a threshold she is helping me cross.

Let us know how your readings go, find us on Facebook and Instagram!

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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!

Feature Image Credit: Kaycee Reeves

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.

For that, our lovely Kaycee is going to walk you through the steps for amulet creation geared toward specific purpose!

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Activation

To activate the amulet, we are going to utilize our Black Sacred Candle of the month as the beacon and then use some breathwork (think of it like the breath of a dragon) to imbue the amulet with the energetic force of Tiamat. Discover more here:

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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

You can also find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

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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The Primordial Blood of Dragons

This month we are working with Tiamat, the primordial dragon mother of the life-giving waters. As we create the Black Sacred Candle as a beacon to call to her, we are calling to she who is fierce and nurturing. Tiamat is one who has the energy of being steady upon the waves and the wind. It is with this energy, calling it in, that we are reminded:

She is with us no matter where we may roam with the wings she gave us.

That fire in our hearts and eyes is born of the dragon mother and all of us have it.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Black Sacred Candle

The Black Sacred Candle this month is not only to protect your magic and space, but to call to the surface of our inner space this sacred fire of the sea. Tiamat is an ally of understanding the balance of fire and water, their properties of creation and destruction. This connection is important to our craft, the knowing of ourselves, and to the knowing of the world around us. We all carry this fire but drawing it to the surface in a society that says this fire is unacceptable can be a challenge. The Black Sacred Candle can help.

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Ingredients

  • Candle
  • Dirt from your space
  • Salt
  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Oak (I used essence, but choose your method)
  • Sage
  • Olive oil

Additional Items Needed:

  • Small dish with salt
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mortar and Pestle
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  3. Place the Candle on the small dish with salt
  4. In the mortar and pestle, grind up the Dragon’s Blood resin, sage, add a little of the dirt and the oak.
  5. Lay the candle on the aluminum foil and add a little olive oil to the candle.
  6. Sprinkle your ground mix over the candle and a little to the left and right of it.
  7. Roll the candle to the left and the right to cover it in your mix.
  8. Wrap the candle and place in the oven. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

Each day light the candle for a few minutes, and use this chant to call to Tiamat:

Tiamat, I call to you

Mother of the Sea

I seek upon your wings

The lessons you bring for me

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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

You can also find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

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

Eris, A Great Storm Goddess

She asked me:

How long have I been blamed for their corrupt and poor choices?

How long have they blamed me to glorify their bad decisions?

The Goddess of Storms and Strife is sipping the fruit of life that she will tear from them when they refuse to listen…

As we all are: She is sick of their shit.

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As a Daughter Of Nyx, the Night, she has been blamed for the storms of men, but sitting with this great Goddess has proven that ‘storm bringer’ is not her purpose. She comes during storms, but she is not the bringer of them, we do that well enough. It is she, in fact, that in the darkest of storms, is there to guide us to the path that we cannot see. She helps us with both hands, to rise above the storms, to force us to climb higher. It is she that creates our ability to rise with great strength and perseverance until we learn to withstand any storm.

Eris on an Attic plate, ca. 575–525 BC, Found on Wikipedia

In Alliance with Humanity

Eris is present with the great storms that face humanity. She has watched the impending storms grow larger, but she waits for us and the storm. Eris seeks to unite us when we are facing the dark and facing great destruction. She finds a way to bring about our strength in numbers and in service to each other. We each begin to grow individually, but we also grow together in a time meant to be divisive.

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Until she doesn’t. She is willing to take the blame and let us learn the hard way for she knows that sometimes that is the only way to learn. After destruction comes growth, she knows the cycle well. She will push this cycle forward as required, even in the midst of chaos she will bring about creation of something new for us all.

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.

A Candle & A Key with Darkest Blessings
Kaycee & Ivy

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Tiamat: Primordial Initiations

This month in Dark Goddesses Collective we welcome in Tiamat. Tiamat is a Primordial Goddess of the Sea, the waters of life that speak to the transformative powers of becoming and remembering. Taking into consideration the ecology of her time, we can connect deeply to the energy of initiations in the darkness and the role of the dragon or serpent.

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The Month of April

Our Theme: Initiations of Creation

This month we are connecting to the energy of creating, of becoming, and of remembering (not just thought, but the putting back together, the ‘re-membering’ of self in our stories and histories).

Our Goddess: Tiamat

There are many historical references and stories surrounding Tiamat and her power. As many of us have suspected, in many of the references she was villainized. Connecting with her will reveal her power in truth, but the search and connection with Tiamat is a lot like the search for our own truth (and our ability to connect with it). It can be challenging. Despite this, the lessons and the messages each of us receive from her are initiations into the knowing and our abilities to perceive become the catalysts for stepping into who we are.

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Some of what we have planned:

  • Black Sacred Candle
  • Sacred Bath Tea
  • Amulet of the Dragon
  • Dark Goddesses Collective Community Pre-Launch Newsletter (for those who have signed up to be notified first. To be one of the first click here.)

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

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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.

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The Storms We Face

In the northern hemisphere, the wheel is turning to Spring and in what seems like a great synchronicity, the great storms have arrived. On a global level, the storms continue to rock us all. From national economic crises to pandemic recovery to the war in Ukraine, we are all impacted. Witches across the globe understand that death and destruction pave the way for rebirth and growth, but what about the storms we face individually? At the center of the storm, how can we navigate it thoughtfully and in a way that is not more destructive than necessary?

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A Lesson from Pisces & Aries

We are leaving Pisces season behind, the deep waters, and moving into Aries. They come bearing messages of the season of storms if for no other reason than to provide insight into where we are right now.

If the waters of life are always still and calm, they turn murky and stagnant. There is no movement beyond where we are right now. It is the chaos of storms that move us forward or backward or pivot us depending on our ability to adjust our internal sails of awareness. This awareness allows us to break through our own desire for things to remain the same.

This is rebirth energy, the energy that allows us to connect with our divine inner spark that urges toward our deeper purpose, our passions, and magic.

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Awareness & Acceptance

One of the most pivotal points we can reach when facing our storms is just the awareness of it. That we are in the center of it and must lean into it. That is when we start to acknowledge or accept it for what it is. Does it mean we deserve the storms and chaos we are facing? No. Does it still play a role in our journey? Yes. This acceptance of the parts we play during the storm clears the way for us to clearly define the things we can control. We cannot control the storm, we can only control ourselves and our actions.

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Actions

Using witchcraft to navigate the storms we face is a great way to understand how strategic actions and daily practices build our ability to influence and withstand the storms we face. During the storms, here are some of the witchcraft practices that have helped build awareness, acceptance, and clarify actions to take:

  • Automatic writing: getting into the space to receive messages from the divine and letting it flow.
  • Daily Tarot Card: “What will help me navigate what I am facing today?”
  • Journal prompt: “What is this giving me a chance to learn?”
  • Transmute: Pump the BRAKES when the storms are overwhelming.
  • Lighting our Black Sacred Candle to Eris

We may not come away completely unscathed, but we do know how to grow in our power and direct it through our practice of witchcraft. May our collective journeys be a force to reckon with as we rise to the occasion.

A candle and a key, Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & 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.

Sigil by Author

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.

A candle and a key, Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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Featured Image: Eris: https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net – Greek Gods & Goddesses, June 10, 2018

The Black Sacred Candle: Storm Bringer

Working with Eris as Storm Bringer, as a daughter of Night, can fill us with apprehension or with fear. Those are old stories of the men who fear women and need someone to blame for their misfortune and ignorant choices.

I said what I said.

Now we are going to hear her story.

The Black Sacred Candle

The Black Sacred Candle this month is not only to protect your magic and space, but to allow a deeper connection to the energy of Eris as storm bringer. This connection is important to our craft and to the knowing of ourselves. We carry this same energy and can learn how to harness it to navigate ourselves through the storms of everyday life.

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Ingredients

Cinnamon and clove are important in this work because we are looking to draw in the abundance that comes from embracing the storms she reveals.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items Needed:

  • Small plate

Directions:

  1. Place the Candle on the small plate
  2. Pour about 1 tbsp of the Eris Awareness Oil on the top of the candle, allow it to drip down the sides.
  3. Using the cinnamon and clove, create a barrier surrounding the base of the candle and then sprinkle a small amount of each on the top.
  4. Using your hand, move the candle around the plate in a clockwise motion to cover the base of the candle in the cinnamon and clove.
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A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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Eris Awareness Oil

Eris, daughter of Nyx, is a Goddess of War and strife who has long been misunderstood. She teaches some of the greatest lessons through what appears to be absolute destruction and chaos. If we think about where we are right now in the season, you are witnessing that liminal space of what appears to be destruction:

  • The soil is in a state of upheaval as shoots of emerging plants burst forth
  • The winds, rains, and heavy storms that cause damage are life giving to the rest of the Earth
  • Dramatic changes in mood and energy levels as daylight hours become longer again – sometimes ‘scorched earth’ in relationships appear.
Sometimes we can find herbs in the tea aisle when we run out of our own! Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Awareness

The single most effective tool for weathering the storms and chaos is being aware of it. The best way to be aware is to lower the noise of the rest of the world and connect deeply with ourselves through grounding. This allows us to take an inventory of our inner landscape of thoughts and feelings prior to taking action. Action is not always necessary. Awareness is.

The Oil

The Eris Awareness Oil is an effective tool to not only get grounded for awareness of the things going on around us, but within us. It eases us into a calm awareness of that inner landscape that needs attention and creates the space for intentional, mindful understanding of it. It is also a great offering to Eris, it shows that we seek to understand through awareness of what she brings instead of what we have been told. As a daughter of Nyx, she can show us the way forward through obstacles because she will bring them to light.

Ingredients (please make sure to research contraindications prior to use of any plant allies):

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Blue Vervain
  • Dandelion Root
  • Damiana

Blue Vervain and Damiana are extremely strong plant allies, in my experience it is important to direct these two very specifically to work in partnership with each other to bring calm inner awareness of personal inner states of being. Dandelion Root will help root this into our consciousness, providing us with the ability to go deeper. It is this going deeper that allows us to rise to taller.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

After giving specific directions to each herb, get a very small jar or vial (with a lid) and put a pinch or so of each herb in it. Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil until the herbs are covered and ask for it to draw out that which you seek and that which you need. Place it in a dark spot for 3 days, visiting each day and shaking it to greet them. In the jar looks like chaos, but we are drawing the best of the plant allies out. Just like they are working with Eris to do the same for you.

After day 3, place on your altar as an offering to Eris – a symbol of your intention to work with her.

A candle and a key, Darkest Blessings,

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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.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Alêtheia: An Anthology to the Goddess Of Individual Truths

Alêtheia: The Goddess of Individual Truth Revealed

Connecting with Aletheia this month has been truly synchronous with the medicine that many of our fabulous students, followers, and collaborators have needed. The Goddess in this form has been a medicine bringer of clarity and deeper self-understanding in the context of personal truth. She is the one who can help us reach through the gate of dreams. This place is where our unconscious messages to self and from the divine muse are revealed, and she assists us in pulling them into consciousness.

These messages, these are the ones that have life-altering, healing, and discerning abilities.

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Discernment

Meeting her at the gates was a journey of discernment, of understanding what is revealed through her opening the gates to our truth. Indeed, Aletheia etymologically means the state of not being hidden. The lessons from Aletheia do not just stop with our own authentic truths or discerning the meanings. It spirals outwardly, our ability to discern truth from others growing stronger the more we practice connecting to her energy. Truth revealed through inner intuitive connections grows in leaps and bounds once we have journeyed to meet her. In fact, much like truth coming out of her well, we find ourselves with an ability to claw our own way up and out to exactly what we need.

This ability is a potent form of magic that allows us to see ourselves and others clearly, even when the truth revealed is bitter to the taste.

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Correspondences & Lineage

The Goddess Aletheia has an amazing sense of humor but also one that requires us to think critically. She can be amazingly difficult to research, however, I don’t believe this to be unfortunate. She doesn’t want us to know her through the view of research. She wants to build our gnosis on an individual level of perception. Because truth is also based on perception, the correspondences detailed below are based on our (Ivy & Kaycee) abilities to perceive and translate the energy into correspondences. We have used these correspondences to attune to and journey with her successfully.

  • Element: Air, Earth
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Number: 2
  • Stone: Quartz, Flourite
  • Moon Phase: Full
  • Lineage: Father: Zeus

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.

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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Veritas and Truth

Veritas is considered to be the Roman equivalent of Aletheia, however, ‘Veritas’ has made its way into multiple prestigious institutions as a motto (such as Harvard and Yale). The meaning of the word is “Truth”, and it is here that I pause. While I understand the idea behind reaching for truth (or attending such prestigious institutions in search of it), hidden deeply within those institutions and the philosophical context is an ideology and it has made its way into corporate jargon as well.

While I understand the sentiment here, there is deeper context at play, Christianity was historically and is still about how to be the human that the societal structures in power believe we need to be. Being human is what we are, we don’t need a lesson on how to be what we are already born as – or do we? What I do know is that the Christian text contains magic, spells, and rituals that are deemed good (of course they can’t call it this) while all other magic is ‘bad’ or ‘satanic’. Image found on Google.

Saturnian Nature

Veritas is said to be a daughter of Saturn and looking at it from that aspect allows a deeper understanding of her nature in the context of ideologies. Saturn is restricted, enclosed in rings, and highly structured. On the edge of what is able to be seen. The social context of an ideology such as that which comes with a motto like “Veritas” reminds me that truth in this way is a state of control framed in a societal context of what is deemed good and right.

What is allowable by a higher chain of leadership that is calling the shots through power that has been taken.

It is not surprising that institutions of education (ability to control what is learned) or of theological beginnings (the path to the Divine and spirituality is through a different institution entirely, where another holier person is required to “get” a lesson or message) chose to use such a motto in reinforcing the power structure. That is not truth, at least, not in the way that truth has presented herself to me and through me.

Veritas by Raffaelle Monti from the cast collection at Crystal Palace London.

The Truth about Truth

While the Goddess Veritas is seen as the equivalent of the Goddess Aletheia, I assert they are not the same. Aletheia represents truth for what it is at an individual level. Take into consideration that truth, for any person, is nested within the context of individual perception. An example of this is two people who see the exact same event. When relating the versions of events to others, each person has a different version of the events that transpired even when it was the same event. Who is lying? Who is not telling the truth? They are both telling the truth. The truth is perceived.

Veritas is truth itself, many times depicted in art as the hidden and elusive reality of what is.

It is no surprise that other stories of conception and birth of Truth is that it is man-made from clay. It is not entirely wrong, historical texts and subsequent essays (Dallery, Scott & Roberts, 1992) indicate that the concept of truth as Veritas is man-made “thought configuration that links the Roman understanding of truth as defensive posit (veritas; cf. PL 69-79) to the representational rightness or rectitude, and finally to the Nietzchean analysis of the “justice”of truth as the self-assertion of a will to power (PL 77)”.

Truth Coming Out of Her Well By Jean-Léon Gérôme – Sergey Prokopenko, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22616725

The Importance of Discernment

As witches, empaths, seers, healers, and critical thinkers, the ability to discern truth for magic is one of those base level requirements for powerful magic. If we cannot tap into the energy or see the energy/essence clearly, our magic is only working at the level of what we can discern. This is also why “know thyself” is important because it considers our biases, our personal journey, and that which can cloud our ability to see. We must discern truth by pulling it forward, through the gate of unconsciousness into our own. The Goddess Aletheia is who to build this relationship with, she is great at guiding you to the gates.

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The Side Eye

In conclusion, the use of Veritas in mottos in business, theological, and educational institutions of power will always get the side-eye. Whether it is because of historical forced indoctrination of people or to assert control, the evidence remains that certain ideologies are still oppressive in nature. It is not an individual right to truth, it is an ability to control others with truth that is man-made. When it comes to truth, I will always choose to look behind what is presented, maybe Veritas and Aletheia are waiting for us to pierce the veil.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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References


 B. Dallery, Arleen; E. Scott, Charles; Roberts, P. Holley (1992). Ethics and Danger: Essays on Heidegger and Continental Thought Issue 17 of Selected studies in phenomenology and existential philosophy. SUNY Press. p. 72. ISBN 9780791409831.

full moon surrounded by clouds

Truth and The Full Moon

The practice of magic starts with intent, but under the surface there is a different question. What do you want? Building our magic and practice truly starts by knowing what we want. Paired with our ability to connect to and build relationships with outside influences, we begin to affect impactful change within ourselves and our communities.

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The Desire

Heading into the Full Moon, it is a reminder of wholeness. Being a Leo full moon, there is a much deeper resonance towards truth and wholeness if we feel into it deep enough. This is a time of asking ourselves the tough questions about what we want, learning to ask for it openly, and discernment of the truth behind our desires. Ultimately, we become empowered to authentically own who we are, what we want, and our magic begins to unfold from a place of wholeness. Lean in and look to the stars, they can help translate where you are and where you are going.

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Wholeness Translated

This full moon is so encouraging! It is in Leo, the Lion, and it is ruled by the sun. The sun is the center of our solar system, and the full moon is reflecting a deeper, more intuitive feeling sense of what we desire at our own center. It is truly highlighting what we want and how to get there is found by looking to what else this full moon brings:

This full moon also has something else: Venus and Mars conjunction.

The story of the lovers is present, in relationship with each other, the two halves coming together. Wholeness, Fullness, Connectedness, and integration are all keys to curating intention into our magic. How do you intend to translate this wholeness into your magic and your life? How can you harness the power of this full moon?

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Heart Opening Patch

This patch is a useful tool in the arsenal of the witch. Used in conjunction with specific plant allies, stone allies, and Astro timing, we can sink deeply into our own awareness of our desires. In nearly every use case that I have gotten feedback on, this patch has been able to foster clarity surrounding intention, the underlying desire, and how to open the heart to connect in wholeness with that desire.

We find a path to our Muse, to connect with our inspiration and creativity, and to birth collaboratively from a place of truth.

What you’ll need:

  • Black Sacred Candle (or anything you use to prepare space where you work magic)
  • Cheese Cloth (or gauze)
  • Living Water (snow, rain, spring)
  • Tigers Eye
  • Rose Quartz
  • Lavender
  • Saffron
  • Eyebright
  • Star Anis
  • Two stackable bowls
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Preparation Process (On the day of the Full Moon is preferable)

  1. Take one bowl and place the Rose Quartz and Tigers Eye in the center. We want these two stones to connect love and action.
  2. Place the other bowl on top. In this bowl place your cheese cloth (or gauze). Put a small amount of living water in with it, just enough to fully saturate but not cover it.
  3. Place the dried herbs on top of the cheese cloth and fold over or cover with another piece of cheese cloth.
  4. At dusk, put the bowls outside or on a windowsill to allow the full moon energy to permeate the patch for at least 30 minutes.
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Patch Use

On the night of the full moon, after the patch has been energized by the moon, it is ready for use. Prepare your space as you would usually and make sure you have at least 30 minutes to use the patch and journal about any flashes of insight after.

To begin, grab:

  1. The bowls with stones and the patch
  2. A mat to lay on (or in your bed) and a blanket.
  3. Set up the music: I recommend listening to shamanic drumming or this to get into the space of awareness.
  4. Carefully grab the patch out of one bowl and the stones from the other as you lay down. Place the patch at your heart center and place the stones on top. Cover up with your blanket.
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Process:

Listen to the music and breathe deeply. Close your eyes or soften your gaze. In your mind’s eye picture the energy of the patch seeping through your skin to your heart. The energy swirls there and your heart opens like a flower.

Revealed here is your true desire.

Your true inspiration.

Sit with it.

Allow your breath to return to normal. Allow your true desire and inspiration to permeate your entire being. The energy swirls throughout your body, contacting every cell, allowing intention and clarity to rise to the mind. Breathe deeply again, drawing the energy back to the heart center. Allow it to continue to swirl and provide insight. When you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, open your eyes and come back to present. Remove the patch and stones. Journal about your experience and insights. Keep your journal next to your bed as more may come to the surface during the dream time.

A candle (to light your way) and a key (to open the doors of truth),

Kaycee

The Gate of Dreams: Reaching Alêtheia

A part of the work we are doing for February 2022 is connecting to the Goddess Alêtheia. Our Black Sacred Candle for the month serves as a conduit through which we can reach the Gate of Dreams that she stands at. Utilizing the Pylê Oneirôn incense blend, our Black Sacred Candle for the month creates instant sacred space for magic too!

It is said that she is waiting at the gate of dreams from which we will pull through our own truths (Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1. 27 as referenced by Theoi Project).

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

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Correspondences

  • Lavender
  • Eyebright
  • Yarrow
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort

I began by drawing twin torches as the gates through which we will connect deeply with our ability to traverse the space between the gates of conscious and unconscious dreams. Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh are the sacred space trio of cleansing, protecting, and banishing. Lavender is a great tool to slow down, which helps open ourselves to a deeper awareness. Eyebright is an ally of sight (especially for truth) and being able to see beyond. Yarrow is great for awareness, courage, and strength which is helpful when we understand the truths we are seeking are of the upper and lower worlds.

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Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  5. Lightly coat your candle with the Pylê Oneirôn incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  6. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).
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A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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References

Atsma, A. J. (2017). Theoi.com. Retrieved from Theoi Project: https://www.theoi.com/Text/PhilostratusElder1B.html#27

Incense

Pylê Oneirôn: An Alêtheia Incense

To connect with the Goddess Alêtheia, we are connecting with the energy of what is being revealed from hidden places within. It is said that she is waiting at the gate of dreams from which we will pull through our own truths (Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1. 27 as referenced by Theoi Project).

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‘Pylê Oneirôn’ means the gate of dreams and this is the incense that will allow us to connect with (and pull through the dream gates into consciousness) that which we dream of or desire to make reality. Our incense for February 2022 is an incense that I have been playing with for a few weeks now and it is potent (put some in a little bag under your pillow and find out!).

Ingredients:

  • Lavender
  • Eyebright
  • Yarrow
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort
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As with all incense, each ingredient brings a specific and special energy to the blend. Take a moment with each herb, connect with it, and invite it into the mix. Play with this blend and find the amounts of each that work for you. Make enough to burn through the month and to add to this month’s Black Sacred Candle.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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References

Atsma, A. J. (2017). Theoi.com. Retrieved from Theoi Project: https://www.theoi.com/Text/PhilostratusElder1B.html#27

Embracing Aletheia

After rising from Cerridwen’s Cauldron, we are embracing the Goddess Aletheia in February 2022. This Greek Goddess allows us to embrace her energy in our revealing and disclosure of truth, sincerity, and authenticity through discernment. While challenging in some aspects, Aletheia is not truth itself. She is the liminal Goddess that guides the path between our ability to comprehend that which is being disclosed and how we can use it in our quest of a life full of magic, passion, and purpose.

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The Month of February

Theme: Veritas

Veritas is considered the Roman equivalent of Aletheia. Here we specifically seek to comprehend the changes taking place in society and the way that Veritas is being used in a social context.

Our Goddess: Aletheia

Aletheia, a daughter of Zeus or possibly Prometheus, is a Goddess of disclosure. She reveals to us that which we must know on our path and our ability to discern the way forward authentically.

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Sneak Peeks

Here are some of the fabulous plans for this month:

  • Pylon Oneiron Incense
  • Black Sacred Candle
  • A Stone
  • A Sigil
  • Truth under The Full Moon

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

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Kaycee & Ivy

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Cerridwen: An Anthology and Guided Journey

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us. Cerridwen teaches (and requires) an acceptance of what must come now for each of us that leads to what comes next.

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Correspondences & Lineage

Number1, 3
ElementEarth, Water
Planet/AstrologyMoon (crescent)
DayMonday
AnimalSow, Dog, Cat, Hawk, Cattle
StoneLabradorite, Moonstone
PlantsGrain, Sage, Mugwort, Vervain
ChildrenDaughter Crearwy, Son Afagddu (Morien, Morfran), Gwion, Teliesen
WorldUnderworld (Pagan)
SeasonWinter (Late)
ColorsWhite, Black

Born of The Cauldron

Welsh goddess Cerridwen had a son that she wished to bestow all knowledge upon as he was born ugly, concocting a potion that a helper (Gwion) would stir for a year and a day. He splashed his thumb with three drops at the end of the year and a day, and because it burned he instinctively put his thumb in his mouth. He became a knower of all things.

Gwion knew that Cerridwen would be coming for him.

Thus, the great chase began, whereby Gwion would shapeshift, and Cerridwen would follow suit to catch him. Gwion turned himself into a piece of corn and Cerridwen turned into a hen that then ate him. But because he had the power of the potion, from her great cauldron, he was rebirthed from her womb as Taliesin the great Bard and poet.

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The Great Connection

In all stories and myths, there is a great connection to what lies beneath it for us to find within. As Cerridwen begins to chase Gwion through the seasons (the last being harvest season and grain), it is a story of life, of death, and rebirth. Through our own seasons, we will follow this same cycle.

The Shapeshifting

The shapeshifting and the chase is a means through which I understand the initiations of becoming. An initiation is both a beginning and an ending. We become an adept at one thing but must change, learn, and grow into something else. We do this many times in our life. Our womb journeys are on repeat, pushing us forward in our unique power of becoming fully connected to our essence as witches.

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The Symbolism

Witches are also adept at being multilingual, we can read words (which are but symbols) that bestow power upon comprehension of their deeper meanings. The same can be said for other symbols, like the sacred sow. Some say that Cerridwen translates to white sow but knowing that the sow was historically revered in Celtic mythology symbolizing fertility and fecundity of earth. The sow and grain are both great symbols of abundance and fertility speaking to the ability to grow and flourish in a cyclical rhythm much like the phases of the moon. We also know that those who were sow keepers were said to have inherited great powers and knowledge of the earth. Of all the things, knowledge is power.

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An Experience ~ Kaycee

In my own personal journey, I am working with spider and it occurred to me upon waking up one morning that one of my favorite stories as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952). A spider weaving her web encouraging the pig (and discouraging humans that would slaughter him) with her messages in the web. The major themes are the cycles of life, death, and transformation. Such synchronicity bubbling up into my awareness allowed me to connect with Cerridwen and the transformation we are all being pushed toward.

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She focused my attention back on my own practices, encouraging a switch from an ever-present push towards the societal status quo of productivity back to where my own soul spark will do the guiding. A part of reweaving into who we are meant to be is being internally connected. At first she provided the keys to the gates, practices to reinforce the connection. Then she required I be born of her Cauldron.

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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!

A candle & a Key and Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

Featured Image is Ivy’s Cauldron on Truth and Transformation

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.

Devotional Shelf/Photo by Author

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.

Ritual Altar/Photo by Author

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.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay tuned!

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Preparing for Renewal with Cerridwen

Some of the work contained here originally appeared on Revelations of a Witch and permission granted to use.

Before we dive into the cauldron with Cerridwen, she warned me there were gates to pass through to reach her. The keys to the gates made their way to me through dream time meetings with this Goddess. These keys are to gates that are owned, not by Cerridwen, but by each of us. They are heavily guarded by energetic forces that we possess: fear, disconnection, and uncertainty. I am going to share how we get past these gatekeepers of our own creation in preparation for the reclamation of your Witch’s Spark with Cerridwen.

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Between Habit and Intention

The spirit of renewal and the Witch’s Spark is a type of soul doctrine, between the Witch and the Universe, whereby the Witch is guided purposefully forward into the next season. What lives between habit and intention is the difference between kindling the spark of renewal within and fanning the flames to clear the path before us. Just as a spark and a flame are connected in essence, the three keys to the gates leading to the Witch’s Spark are too. All three keys have three additional aspects that they work on and will remove the gatekeepers of disconnection, uncertainty, and fear.

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Key #1 ~ Movement

Movement removes the gatekeeper of disconnection. There are different kinds of movement here and they are associated with three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

The equation is connecting all three. This key has taught me that if I cannot connect with my own self/body, how am I connecting with others or with my magic? (Hint: not well!). Moving the body outdoors for a change of scenery, moving the body physically if able, or even moving (safely) within proximity to others allows us to experience this world as it is, pick up on energetic shifts, and feel into the body deeply. We can find where we are holding stress, fear, anxiety, and other sources of friction. This can be the connection to the mind. How can we transform and transcend this friction into a spark that guides and connects us to our purpose- to our intention? How can we use this energy and intention to fan the flames of renewal in our magic?

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Key #2 ~ Meditation

Meditation removes the gatekeeper of uncertainty. Meditation allows a deeper discipline that reinforces connection. There are many types or subsections of meditation, from mindfulness to shamanic journeys, but here again we are looking to connect the three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

Through meditation we can tap into our ability to control the monkey mind and enhance our ability to focus. Meditation is a key that opens the gate to deeper connections with the body (including the ability to heal), the ability to deeply focus the mind, and transform our magic through connecting with energy at a causal level versus effect level. When we utilize this key, we are signaling that we are ready to fan the flames of our purpose, passion, and magic.

Key #3 ~ Magic

Magic is the final key to the final gate, and it removes the gatekeeper of fear. Once again, we can view this key through three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

We each have an ability, a unique magic that sets us apart from everyone else. This key beckons to us to re-member – to put back together that which has been forgotten or hidden away. The magic of our sexuality and sensuality is only one example of magic that lies within the body. The ability to connect with plants for healing is another.

The magic of the mind is the ability to transmute or change our perception, our consciousness, and deeply think about how we are using our magic.

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Are we using it only defensively? Are we only doing magic that is habitual? How are we practicing the actual magic or witchcraft? Is it a practice or is it only when we need something? The magic (of magic) is that the only boundaries are the ones we place upon it. The moment we signal that we are leaving habit, that we are intentionally re-membering that which is unique to us, the inner Witch’s Spark is set ablaze. Renewal has begun and her Doctrine of the Season is signed.

May your spark light up the sky when you rise from the Cauldron,

Kaycee

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Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! To be one of the first to know when the doors open, click here.

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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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.

Photo/Sigil created by Author

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

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay tuned!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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Renewal: The Inner Spark

With Imbolc fast approaching and my commitment to magic and traditions that are full-hearted, I have been deeply invested in identifying where I feel connections. Imbolc speaks to the return of the spark, the beginning of the necessary cycle that brings forth a season of renewal and the abundance of Spring. It is the movement happening deep within the soil and so it goes with inner aspirations, those little seeds that have been planted within us, that are us, waiting for us to pay attention.

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What Lies Beneath

Many of us have been thinking about our goals, our next season, planning, and preparing for it. Some of us have even encountered a bit of resistance or wonder where our drive to accomplish these goals has gone. This is the time to check in again. Check in with those deeply hidden seeds, to make sure that the resistance isn’t caused by the tension of conditioning and what it is that we are truly seeking. What lies beneath is an evolutionary function, one that initiates us into not just understanding what we want, but also the journey of belonging fully as we are.

In Mother Night: Myths, Stories, and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark (2010), Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., discusses this idea of the journey. Of how we are disconnected from our gifts (usually as children) through stories like that of Erlkönig, where a father traveling with his son, cannot see that this being is coming for his son. The son is fearful. He warns his father that this monstrosity is coming for him, but the father does not see it. The father does not see it because the monster has already stolen the dreams and ideas and unique gifts from him, the same that the Erlkönig will do to his son. This rends the son lifeless to himself.  This monster is our conditioning. It can leave us lifeless unto ourselves, deeply unseeing of what it is we truly desire or our own gifts.

Goethe, Erlkoenig – lied di Schubert, ill. 1821 di J. H. Ramberg

It is here that I ask, what am I renewing that I have hidden from world so it could not be taken? What am I fascinated by? What is it that society says serves no purpose or has no inherent value, that I have pushed to the side?

Can you feel it yet?

That tension?

It is this tension, between our conditioned selves to be busy with things society tells us holds value and what we deeply want to be involved in for ourselves, that can lead to resistance. When the loss of drive towards some of our goals appears, it could be this tension. This is also involved in our feelings of belonging, feeling as if we have lost our magic, our purpose, or our passion. The renewal is required and just as the earth has begun her process, so do we.

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A Witch’s Renewal – Journal Prompts to Cultivate Awareness

Below are some thoughtful prompts for things that you may want to renew or bring back into your awareness. Look for the threads that may weave together into a specific idea or follow a pattern.

  1. What is one thing that I want to do (or have done) that I know will bring me a better sense of self, of wellness, or of wholeness and belonging?
  2. If money (and time) were no issue, what is something that I would spend more time doing?
  3. If there was no need to be perfect and no chance of failure, what is one thing I would love to try out?
  4. If I could do anything, anything at all, what would it be today? (Money and time are not factors)
    1. What might I have to give up or move around to create the space for this thing?
  5. What do the answers to 1-4 have in common with each other (besides me of course)?
  6. What is your definition of success?
When we realize full-hearted and authentic is the way to go ~ Photo via Pixabay

Reflections

There are so many clues that come bubbling up from underneath the surface with the answers we give to the journal prompts. More than ever, the responses I get have to do with connecting: connecting with ourselves, connecting with others, connecting with art, and connecting back to spaces, places, or the Earth. When we look at the goals we have given ourselves or our definitions of success, there is a good chance that some of us stop in our tracks.

Sometimes is here that we realize our goals don’t match our fascinations or our gifts as much as they meet a conditioned definition of what success “should” look like…

Or the amount of productivity or busyness that it takes to meet that definition.

This is where we can go beyond, where the journey begins again and again, where our renewal starts. We begin to clear the way for own authentic spark to cultivate the seeds of our next season.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay Tuned!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

Feature Image Credit: via Pixabay

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Calling to Cerridwen: January 2022 Black Sacred Candle

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month. We will be using Ivy’s new incense, Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense, as the correspondences for this month’s Black Sacred Candle.

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

Incense and infographic created by Ivy Laine

Correspondences

  • Oak (I used Oak Essence)
  • Mugwort
  • Juniper (or other Evergreen)
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Personal Oil (or Olive Oil) to tie us to it

Oak is truly a sacred tree. In stories, it is said to be a part of the triad that created our word “oath”, as in Oak, Ash, and Thorn (Hawthorn). We are asking at the edge of her cauldron, to fulfill our oaths to self, the natural requirement to transformation and transcendence.

In addition to being a sacred tree to Cerridwen, I chose to use the essence form of Oak to call to the transformation that Cerridwen can provide.

An essence is what we are requesting to be reduced to once we enter from this liminal space of being at the edge. We use the evergreen or Juniper as the ability to remain green or retain the fire element, a spark of soul, from which we rebuild. And of course, the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting (and world-walking) trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  5. Lightly coat your candle with the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  6. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Tip: Use markers to add additional intention to your candle as you see fit, you can see mine has a cauldron with a flame rising from it. It is the fire of knowledge and of inspiration.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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

To see more of our January 2022 plans, click here.

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Entering Cerridwen’s Cauldron

As we welcome 2022 at Dark Goddesses Collective, we have been calling to Cerridwen. Ivy and I noticed that welcoming her elicits a strong wind in our areas of the world. She let us know immediately that she arrived and brought with her drastic change! Cerridwen requires an acceptance of what must come now for each of us that leads to what comes next. This spiral cycle of renewal and rebirth is welcomed here, so now we prepare to enter Cerridwen’s Cauldron!

Photo by Christopher Campbell via Unsplash

The Month of January

Theme: Renewing Our Inner Flame

January is full of looking ahead for so many of us! It is known for planning, for action taking, for our productivity, and building our next steps. What if we took a moment to bathe fully in our own intuitive knowing? What if we chose connecting deeply with self and allowing self to speak first? What could this look like?

Our Goddess: Cerridwen

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month.

Photo by Dave Goudreau via Unsplash

Sneak Peeks

Here are some of the fabulous plans for this month:

  • Altar for Cerridwen
  • Sigil
  • Meditation/Journey
  • Renewal and Self Discovery Journal Prompts

As the month progresses, other work may present itself. 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,
Kaycee & Ivy

We are equally excited to announce that our private network is coming along beautifully. 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. Wish to be notified once we open the gates? To be one of the first click here.

Feature Image Credit: Cerridwen by Amanda Lindupp SacredPathArt 2020 via Etsy

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 12

Day 12– Use the Key

Welcome to the final day of the 12 Days of Selfcare! Today is unique in that it is a ritual with an outcome that only you will experience. It is an initiation, a beginning of leaning in and listening deeply to what we need in our selfcare repertoire.

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Writing Utensil
  • Key
  • Personal Oil

Preparations:

On your sheet of paper, you are going to draw a door. Make it as elaborate or as simple as you want. In the middle of the door, draw a keyhole. Using your personal oil, anoint the key and the keyhole on your paper. Hold the key in your hand. You are ready to begin.

As the final act of being initiated into using your own keys, take your key and push it through the keyhole in your drawing. Place the drawing and the key upon your altar or in a space that is sacred to you. Visit it each day for a few minutes to keep your focus on continuing to make selfcare a priority. You own the experience, you have the key to do so ~ Make it sacred, just like you.

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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 have been 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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 11

Day 11 – Guiding Stones

Today we are going to use Rose Quartz and Obsidian with the body to remove stagnant energy and replace it with the swirling energy of compassion and care. Using our own intuition, we can guide ourselves to place the stones along the body or chakras that we feel need some extra attention (and sometimes this feels like a great tune up for all the chakras).

Supplies:

  • Rose Quartz stone
  • Obsidian Stone

Directions:

  1. We begin with the obsidian and guide it from the top of the head and down the body. Asking it to grab and absorb any energy that is no longer serving you. Take a few minutes with this. By the time you get to your feet it may feel so much heavier – that is okay, you can put it in a bag of salt to clear the energy out (toss the salt when done!).
  2. Now we do the same thing, but with the Rose Quartz. We are asking it to lend its energy to the parts of use that need greater compassion, openness, healing, and care. In most instances I can feel the swirling energy of Rose Quartz penetrate where I need it the most.

Journal about your experience with this, if there are any spaces where you noticed that you spent longer amounts of time with either stone, and how the energy of each stone feels to you.

Preparing for Day 12

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 12– Use the Key

Welcome to the final day of the 12 Days of Selfcare! Today is unique in that it is a ritual with an outcome that only you will experience. It is an initiation, a beginning of leaning in and listening deeply to what we need in our selfcare repertoire.

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Writing Utensil
  • Key
  • Personal Oil

Preparations:

On your sheet of paper, you are going to draw a door. Make it as elaborate or as simple as you want. In the middle of the door, draw a keyhole. Using your personal oil, anoint the key and the keyhole on your paper. Hold the key in your hand. You are ready to begin.

As the final act of being initiated into using your own keys, take your key and push it through the keyhole in your drawing. Place the drawing and the key upon your altar or in a space that is sacred to you. Visit it each day for a few minutes to keep your focus on continuing to make selfcare a priority. You own the experience, you have the key to do so ~ Make it sacred, just like you.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-11-1024x338.png

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

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
Photo via Pixabay

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.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

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!

Photo by LUM3N via Unsplash

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!

Image via Pinterest

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.

Photo by allison christine on Unsplash

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 10

Day 10 – Uplifted Spirit Scrub

Have you ever smelled something that instantly made the room seem a little brighter, our mood a little more carefree and relaxed? Some days we need to take all of our to do’s, our stress, our anxiety, and chuck them in the f*ck it bucket for half an hour. Today we are going to create a scrub to cleanse the body and uplift the spirit.

Supplies:

  • Jar with lid
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 5 drops of Lavender Essential oil
  • 6 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil

Directions:

Start with the sugar and olive oil and get to a consistency that you love, some prefer more or less sugar or more or less oil. All of the ingredients have a purpose and we want to intentionally give direction as we add them:

  • Sugar to sweetly reveal the layers needing more care
  • Olive Oil to protect the layers we are revealing
  • Lavender to build a calm awareness of the care we are reaching toward
  • Bergamot to uplift, bring joy and stability in our selfcare routine
  • Eucalyptus to re-center and focus on the now
Photo by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels

Note: Feel free to use coconut oil instead, you just may have to put the jar in warm water to melt the coconut oil a little when it is time to use it.

This feels super luxurious on the skin and removes dead skin easily. It cleanses the body and uplifts the mind. Try it today in your shower and then journal about what you noticed immediately after the shower. I am usually better prepared to take on the rest of the day after this little ritual!

Tip: Follow up the routine with a lotion that you added a few drops of your personal oil to (from Day 4), it helps to moisturize the skin and keep the focus on personal wellness.

Preparing for Day 11

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 11 – Guiding Stones

Today we are going to use Rose Quartz and Obsidian with the body to remove stagnant energy and replace it with the swirling energy of compassion and care. Using our own intuition, we can guide ourselves to place the stones along the body or chakras that we feel need some extra attention (and sometimes this feels like a great tune up for all the chakras).

Supplies:

  • Rose Quartz stone
  • Obsidian Stone

Directions:

  1. We begin with the obsidian and guide it from the top of the head and down the body. Asking it to grab and absorb any energy that is no longer serving you. Take a few minutes with this. By the time you get to your feet it may feel so much heavier – that is okay, you can put it in a bag of salt to clear the energy out (toss the salt when done!).
  2. Now we do the same thing, but with the Rose Quartz. We are asking it to lend its energy to the parts of use that need greater compassion, openness, healing, and care. In most instances I can feel the swirling energy of Rose Quartz penetrate where I need it the most.

Journal about your experience with this, if there are any spaces where you noticed that you spent longer amounts of time with either stone, and how the energy of each stone feels to you.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-11-1024x338.png

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 9

Day 9 – Lay Your Head Down

Getting enough rest is crucial as a human. Where I lay my head for rest is a space I consider to be sacred. Creating a Sacred Pillow Pouch is a great way to practice sacred restful selfcare with plant allies. We can use plant allies that reinforce the elements of restfulness, dreams, calm, and the ability to navigate the liminal space between conscious and unconscious.

Supplies:

  • Lavender Buds
  • Bay Leaves
  • Mugwort (dried herb)
  • Small pouch

Directions:

Place each herb into your small pouch and whisper to it what your aims are. Once the herbs are in the pouch, ask them to work together in your favor. Place it in your pillowcase or under your pillow.

Vero Photoart via Unsplash

Additional Tips:

  • I have written on the Bay leaves if I need to have a specific outcome for a certain time, or if I am doing specific dream work related to time walking and goals.
  • Pulling the pouch out for a few minutes and breathing the herbs in has been a helpful routine to create a calm inner space before bedtime. Connecting to the herbs this way also allows for deeper relationship with them.

Preparing for Day 10

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 10 – Uplifted Spirit Scrub

Have you ever smelled something that instantly made the room seem a little brighter, our mood a little more carefree and relaxed? Some days we need to take all of our to do’s, our stress, our anxiety, and chuck them in the f*ck it bucket for half an hour. Today we are going to create a scrub to cleanse the body and uplift the spirit.

Supplies:

  • Jar with lid
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 5 drops of Lavender Essential oil
  • 6 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil

Directions:

Start with the sugar and olive oil and get to a consistency that you love, some prefer more or less sugar or more or less oil. All of the ingredients have a purpose and we want to intentionally give direction as we add them:

  • Sugar to sweetly reveal the layers needing more care
  • Olive Oil to protect the layers we are revealing
  • Lavender to build a calm awareness of the care we are reaching toward
  • Bergamot to uplift, bring joy and stability in our selfcare routine
  • Eucalyptus to re-center and focus on the now

Note: Feel free to use coconut oil instead, you just may have to put the jar in warm water to melt the coconut oil a little when it is time to use it.

This feels super luxurious on the skin and removes dead skin easily. It cleanses the body and uplifts the mind. Try it today in your shower and then journal about what you noticed immediately after the shower. I am usually better prepared to take on the rest of the day after this little ritual!

Tip: Follow up the routine with a lotion that you added a few drops of your personal oil to (from Day 4), it helps to moisturize the skin and keep the focus on personal wellness.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-11-1024x338.png

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 8

Day 8 -Banish the Bullsh*t

There are some days, despite our best efforts, that we really need to log off, log out, walk away, disengage, or throw salt at people. Sometimes that is also not feasible! We can create a Banish the Bullsh*t spray as a shield and vibration shifter. It is an act of self-care to recognize situations that are too much and are impacting you in a way that you do not consent to.

Supplies:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol (vodka works too though)
  • Spring Water
  • Essential Oils: Sage, Rosemary, & Lavender
Photo via Pixabay

Directions:

Take the (cleansed, purified, and blessed) spray bottle and fill ¼ of the way with alcohol. Add your spring water until your spray bottle is almost full.

Open each bottle of essential oil and whisper to it what you need from it.

Add:

  • 4 drops of Sage
  • 5 drops of Rosemary
  • 6 drops of Lavender

Whisper to them and tell them to bind together to Banish the Bullsh*t you encounter when you spray them.

Cap it, shake a little, have at it. Boundaries are circles of wellness that we create for ourselves so Banishing the BS is definitely self-care!

Preparing for Day 9

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Getting enough rest is crucial as a human. Where I lay my head for rest is a space I consider to be sacred. Creating a Sacred Pillow Pouch is a great way to practice sacred restful selfcare with plant allies. We can use plant allies that reinforce the elements of restfulness, dreams, calm, and the ability to navigate the liminal space between conscious and unconscious.

Supplies:

  • Lavender Buds
  • Bay Leaves
  • Mugwort (dried herb)
  • Small pouch

Directions:

Place each herb into your small pouch and whisper to it what your aims are. Once the herbs are in the pouch, ask them to work together in your favor. Place it in your pillowcase or under your pillow.

Additional Tips:

  • I have written on the Bay leaves if I need to have a specific outcome for a certain time, or if I am doing specific dream work related to time walking and goals.
  • Pulling the pouch out for a few minutes and breathing the herbs in has been a helpful routine to create a calm inner space before bedtime. Connecting to the herbs this way also allows for deeper relationship with them.

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 7

Day 7 – Self Care Deck

As a Witch, I love my tarot deck and my oracle deck. The way I love those decks is nothing compared to how much I love continuing to add to my own Self Care deck. I try to keep each item on a card to something that takes 5 minutes or less. However, there are also some wild cards in there where I can use them to go deeper like a cleansing bath or create a Rite of Joy for today. Utilize some construction paper, card stock, or 3×5 flash cards to create your very own deck!

Photo by Author

Here are some ideas for your deck:

  • Glamour Magick
  • Somatic Experience
  • Self-Love
  • The Senses
  • Decoration

Preparing for Day 8

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 8 -Banish the Bullsh*t

There are some days, despite our best efforts, that we really need to log off, log out, walk away, disengage, or throw salt at people. Sometimes that is also not feasible! We can create a Banish the Bullsh*t spray as a shield and vibration shifter. It is an act of self-care to recognize situations that are too much and are impacting you in a way that you do not consent to.

Supplies:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol (vodka works too though)
  • Spring Water
  • Essential Oils: Sage, Rosemary, & Lavender

Directions:

Take the (cleansed, purified, and blessed) spray bottle and fill ¼ of the way with alcohol. Add your spring water until your spray bottle is almost full.

Open each bottle of essential oil and whisper to it what you need from it.

Add:

  • 4 drops of Sage
  • 5 drops of Rosemary
  • 6 drops of Lavender

Whisper to them and tell them to bind together to Banish the Bullsh*t you encounter when you spray them.

Cap it, shake a little, have at it. Boundaries are circles of wellness that we create for ourselves so Banishing the BS is definitely self-care!

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 6

Day 6 – Find Your Rhythm

As we find ourselves coursing through the days, there are some days that require a little extra motivation and spirited connection to self. Today is that day. Sometimes we forget that sound and certain vibrations are powerful, especially those of our own bodies in movement.

Spend some time searching your playlists or play the Find The Movement of Soul game to find a song that moves you to dance. Even slowly. The one that gives you tingles, gives you chills, or makes you want to sing along.

Find The Movement of Soul is to put on an unknown playlist or music station in the background and wait for the right one to come on. I have done this a lot and it always works. It may take an hour but then something plays that brings movement to my whole body!

Photo via Pixabay

Examples that I have found using the game above (I don’t recommend for little ears on some of these):

  • Days to Come – Seven Lions Featuring Fiora
  • Awaken Me – Abbi Spinner McBride
  • Blood in the Cut – K Flay (not kid friendly)
  • Rún- Skald
  • A Little Wicked – Valerie Broussard
  • Mi Guapo – Bebe
  • Desire – Meg Myers (not kid safe, this is more a reclaiming of sexual energy)
  • Deep End – Ruelle
  • Horns – Bryce Fox
  • Angry Too – Lola Blanc (not kid safe)

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Could you tell a difference in the way you were able to connect to your body during the day?

Preparing for Day 7

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 7 – Self Care Deck

As a Witch, I love my tarot deck and my oracle deck. The way I love those decks is nothing compared to how much I love continuing to add to my own Self Care deck. I try to keep each item on a card to something that takes 5 minutes or less. However, there are also some wild cards in there where I can use them to go deeper like a cleansing bath or create a Rite of Joy for today. Utilize some construction paper, card stock, or 3×5 flash cards to create your very own deck!

Here are some ideas for your deck:

  • Glamour Magick
  • Somatic Experience
  • Self-Love
  • The Senses
  • Decoration

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 5

Day 5 – Tattoo Touch Points

Creating personal sigils for increasing a certain energy in my auric field is a fabulous take on magic. It is even more fun when you craft more than one to use in conjunction with the others.

Today, light or turn your candle on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold it at the top for 2 seconds, and exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Photo by Author

Now think deeply about what energies you wish to increase. Let them come up for you, it may take a minute but they will come.

  • Do you need positive energy?
  • Do you need comfort?
  • Do you need to connect with others meaningfully?
  • Do you need to release or repel energy that you notice doesn’t belong to you?

Open your eyes. Pick one or two that come forward clearly and channel the energy into a sigil on the inside of each wrist.

Imagine that it is creating a force field of energy surrounding you with exactly what you need. If during the day you feel you need an extra boost, just touch each one to activate the intensity.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Could you tell a difference in the way you were able to connect to certain energies?

Preparing for Day 6

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 6 – Find Your Rhythm

As we find ourselves coursing through the days, there are some days that require a little extra motivation and spirited connection to self. Today is that day. Sometimes we forget that sound and certain vibrations are powerful, especially those of our own bodies in movement.

Spend some time searching your playlists or play the Find The Movement of Soul game to find a song that moves you to dance. Even slowly. The one that gives you tingles, gives you chills, or makes you want to sing along.

Find The Movement of Soul is to put on an unknown playlist or music station in the background and wait for the right one to come on. I have done this a lot and it always works. It may take an hour but then something plays that brings movement to my whole body!

Examples that I have found using the game above (I don’t recommend for little ears on some of these):

  • Days to Come – Seven Lions Featuring Fiora
  • Awaken Me – Abbi Spinner McBride
  • Blood in the Cut – K Flay (not kid friendly)
  • Rún- Skald
  • A Little Wicked – Valerie Broussard
  • Mi Guapo – Bebe
  • Desire – Meg Myers (not kid safe, this is more a reclaiming of sexual energy)
  • Deep End – Ruelle
  • Horns – Bryce Fox
  • Angry Too – Lola Blanc (not kid safe)

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Could you tell a difference in the way you were able to connect to your body during the day?

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.

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 4

Day 4 – Personal Rejuvenation Oil

Some of the best magic I have ever encountered is olfactory magic. Our sense of smell is a way to time travel, to call upon someone, and to remember.

Today we are going to create a personal rejuvenation oil to uplift our sense of wellness and calm. I highly recommend creating an oil that speaks to you and brings you to a place of calm awareness. Before you begin, take a moment with each oil you plan on using. Maybe hold it to your heart so it can feel into what you need. Focus on allowing it to help you reach your desired state.

Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels

Here is a sample recipe:

In a small jar (make sure it has a lid), pour 4 TBSP of olive oil.

Add in (while holding your intention for each oil):

  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 8 drops of Bergamot
  • 3 drops of Patchouli

To activate the calm and revitalizing properties, place lid on the jar and swirl the jar clockwise.

Place a drop on wrists and at the heart center. This creates a triangle of intention, whatever you are doing today will be connected to a rejuvenated sense of creativity and heart awareness.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day.

Preparing for Day 5

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 5 – Tattoo Touch Points

Creating personal sigils for increasing a certain energy in my auric field is a fabulous take on magic. It is even more fun when you craft more than one to use in conjunction with the others.

Today, light or turn your candle on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold it at the top for 2 seconds, and exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Now think deeply about what energies you wish to increase. Let them come up for you, it may take a minute but they will come.

  • Do you need positive energy?
  • Do you need comfort?
  • Do you need to connect with others meaningfully?
  • Do you need to release or repel energy that you notice doesn’t belong to you?

Open your eyes. Pick one or two that come forward clearly and channel the energy into a sigil on the inside of each wrist.

Imagine that it is creating a force field of energy surrounding you with exactly what you need. If during the day you feel you need an extra boost, just touch each one to activate the intensity.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Could you tell a difference in the way you were able to connect to certain energies?

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 3

Day 3 – The Hygge Nook

For Day 3, we are going to envision our inner Hygge Nook or draw it out. “Hygge” is a Scandinavian term referring to a feeling of coziness or comfort in a moment or place. Many people are looking to do this as a lifestyle or create home environments that reflect Hygge. Grab your journal and a pen. Hide in the bathroom if you must. Light or turn your candle on.

Now drop your shoulders away from your ears and begin to breathe deeply in through the nose and exhale slower through the mouth. Repeat a few times.

Photo via Pixabay

Now envision or outline on paper what your inner Hygge Nook would like like.

  • Does it have fairy lights running along a wall?
  • Does it have Oil Lamps and incense? What does the incense smell like?
  • Is there a chaise with a big chunky knit blanket in your favorite color? What is the texture of the blanket? Does it feel like a velvety cloud? Is there a heavier weight to it? Does it feel like a warm hug when you wrap it around you?
  • Are there any plants or animals? What do they look like?
  • Is there any music?
  • Are there any windows, can you see outside? Are you actually outside, a Nook in the forest?

Continue to breathe and create your Hygge Nook, a place of calm, comfort, and coziness for a minute or two.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Feel free to revisit it as often as needed or create a life-sized version if you can!

Preparing for Day 4

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 4 – Personal Rejuvenation Oil

Some of the best magic I have ever encountered is olfactory magic. Our sense of smell is a way to time travel, to call upon someone, and to remember.

Today we are going to create a personal rejuvenation oil to uplift our sense of wellness and calm. I highly recommend creating an oil that speaks to you and brings you to a place of calm awareness. Before you begin, take a moment with each oil you plan on using. Maybe hold it to your heart so it can feel into what you need. Focus on allowing it to help you reach your desired state.

Here is a sample recipe:

In a small jar (make sure it has a lid), pour 4 TBSP of olive oil.

Add in (while holding your intention for each oil):

  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 8 drops of Bergamot
  • 3 drops of Patchouli

To activate the calm and revitalizing properties, place lid on the jar and swirl the jar clockwise.

Place a drop on wrists and at the heart center. This creates a triangle of intention, whatever you are doing today will be connected to a rejuvenated sense of creativity and heart awareness.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day.

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 2

Day 2 – The Breath

For Day 2, we are going to slow down again but focus on the journey of the breath. Just for 5 minutes. That is it. Even if it is in the bathroom where we can sometimes hide.

Hide a tea light in there, or a battery-operated candle, and light it or turn it on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through the nose and picture the journey when it hits your nostrils. Imagine following the breath deeply into the body, through the lungs and through all the cells in your body. Feel the breath invigorating the body, pulling stress and tension away from you as you exhale. Repeat 5 times.

Maybe you can find a few times in the day to check in this way, to bring yourself into the journey of the breath, to release tension and reinvigorate through its release. But for today, we are just engaging in the act of being aware of the journey. Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day by just doing it once.

Preparing for Day 3

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 3 – The Hygge Nook

For Day 3, we are going to envision our inner Hygge Nook or draw it out. “Hygge” is a Scandinavian term referring to a feeling of coziness or comfort in a moment or place. Many people are looking to do this as a lifestyle or create home environments that reflect Hygge. Grab your journal and a pen. Hide in the bathroom if you must. Light or turn your candle on.

Now drop your shoulders away from your ears and begin to breathe deeply in through the nose and exhale slower through the mouth. Repeat a few times.

Now envision or outline on paper what your inner Hygge Nook would like like.

  • Does it have fairy lights running along a wall?
  • Does it have Oil Lamps and incense? What does the incense smell like?
  • Is there a chaise with a big chunky knit blanket in your favorite color? What is the texture of the blanket? Does it feel like a velvety cloud? Is there a heavier weight to it? Does it feel like a warm hug when you wrap it around you?
  • Are there any plants or animals? What do they look like?
  • Is there any music?
  • Are there any windows, can you see outside? Are you actually outside, a Nook in the forest?

Continue to breathe and create your Hygge Nook, a place of calm, comfort, and coziness for a minute or two.

Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day. Feel free to revisit it as often as needed or create a life-sized version if you can!

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare ~ Day 1


Day 1 – Engage…slowly

For Day 1, it is just about slowing down. Just for 5 minutes. That is it. Even if it is in the bathroom where we can sometimes hide.

Hide a tea light in there, or a battery-operated candle, and light it or turn it on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold it at the top for 2 seconds, and exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Pull your shoulders away from your ears, unclench your jaw, unclench your hands and wiggle your fingers. Roll your head side to side.

Repeat after me “I am here now, and I release all tension”. Do this a few times. Open your eyes.

Maybe you can find a few times in the day to check in this way, to bring yourself to the present, give yourself a little gift of slow down. But for today, we are just engaging in the act of slowing down. Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day by just doing it once.

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Photo by Vie Studio via Pexels

Preparing for Day 2

Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

If you want a complete list of tools, please click here.

Day 2 – The Breath

For Day 2, we are going to slow down again but focus on the journey of the breath. Just for 5 minutes. That is it. Even if it is in the bathroom where we can sometimes hide.

Hide a tea light in there, or a battery-operated candle, and light it or turn it on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through the nose and picture the journey when it hits your nostrils. Imagine following the breath deeply into the body, through the lungs and through all the cells in your body. Feel the breath invigorating the body, pulling stress and tension away from you as you exhale. Repeat 5 times.

Maybe you can find a few times in the day to check in this way, to bring yourself into the journey of the breath, to release tension and reinvigorate through its release. But for today, we are just engaging in the act of being aware of the journey. Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day by just doing it once.

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!

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

12 Days of Selfcare

Selfcare has so many meanings these days, but what I am most proud of is how society has begun to really embrace it as a requirement for wellness across the board. In my great ritual and traditions revamping, I am making selfcare a part of my Yule Tradition.

While there is no clear definition of what it is specifically nor what it always entails, we can be sure that witches know what they need during the hustle and bustle of the season.

But do we listen though?

Even those of us who have made selfcare a priority find it extremely difficult during the holidays. The holiday season of lights and consumerism are blinding. We can easily lose sight of ourselves, our needs, and we will need to put in some additional efforts to ensure that we still have space for what we need.

Photo via Pixabay

Making Space for Selfcare

The goal for selfcare (for me) has always been to practice enough small moments that I don’t need to have a full day of it because I am burnt out. Or that my body forces me to rest due to illness. While there is nothing wrong with full days of selfcare, I would rather it be a joyful moment versus a tired moment. We can make the space, or the universe will make it for us. I prefer to make my own choices (totally a witch thing, right?).

Mindful Disengagement

We have a tendency to encounter resistance when we have a to do list that is a mile long, preparations, phone calls, gifts, you name it and it is on our plate. We can delegate, we can wake up early, stay up late, and the list continues to grow. We are going to mindfully disengage our focus from that list for a few minutes each day because it is not going anywhere.

Photo by Vie Studio via Pexels

Tools for the 12 Days of Selfcare

Here are items that are used during the 12 Days of Selfcare if you want to have all the supplies on hand:

  • Tea light candles and a lighter or a battery-operated votive candle
  • Your journal and writing utensils (or paper and a pen)
  • 3×5 card stock (flash cards, or just cut up some construction paper)
  • Rose Quartz
  • Obsidian
  • A Key
  • Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Lavender, Patchouli, Sage, Rosemary (and any other oils you are deeply connected to)
  • Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • Small amount of rubbing alcohol
  • Small spray bottle
  • Sugar
  • Dried Herbs: Lavender, Bay, Mugwort
  • 2 small jars (with lids)
  • Small pouch

This list is suggested, but feel free to change or modify this to better suit your craft and what you need. To get us all ready to dive in tomorrow, I have provided Day 1 below. Each day there will be another (smaller) article detailing the current day and the next day, so if you are a planner like I am, you will have time to make the space.

Day 1 – Engage…slowly

For Day 1, it is just about slowing down. Just for 5 minutes. That is it. Even if it is in the bathroom where we can sometimes hide.

Hide a tea light in there, or a battery-operated candle, and light it or turn it on. Close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold it at the top for 2 seconds, and exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Pull your shoulders away from your ears, unclench your jaw, unclench your hands and wiggle your fingers. Roll your head side to side.

Repeat after me “I am here now, and I release all tension”. Do this a few times. Open your eyes.

Maybe you can find a few times in the day to check in this way, to bring yourself to the present, give yourself a little gift of slow down. But for today, we are just engaging in the act of slowing down. Before bed, use your journal to describe how this impacted your day by just doing it once.

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.

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

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.

Photo by Author

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

Photo by Author

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.

Photo by Author

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

Please be sure to check out the previous post on our Berchta Witchmás 2021 Candle

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The Berchta Witchmás 2021 Candle

Tis the season of diving inward, but it also is the season of long held traditions across the world. Dark Goddesses Collective is embracing and calling in Berchta (Perchta, Frau Holle, Hertha, Holde, she of many names).

The Black Sacred Candle

The main reason for the Black Sacred Candle in my practice is to ensure that when I light it, I have a space that is immediately sacred, cleansed, protected, and blessed. Performing on the spot magic is much easier and it is a part of my “work smarter, not harder” practicality.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

This month I wanted to create the Black Sacred Candle in layers that honors the main purpose, but also is a call to Berchta, as well as a blessing to a new tradition – Witchmás!

Base Layer

  • Personal Oil of choice
  • Mugwort
  • Sage
  • Myrrh

Secondary Layer

Berchta has many names and faces, with some rituals still taking place in regions near the Alps. She appears as either a veiled young woman 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 and Mayflower. To call her in all her forms, I added Holly, pearl charms, and used a branch wrapped in cord.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

*Please remove branch and cord while burning and follow fire safety protocols*

Third Layer

The adding of the Holly berries is multipurpose. While Holly in all its forms is a nod to Berchta, it is also because they represent the fire element of the plant. When I am bringing something new into creation, such as the tradition of Witchmás, it too is the fire of creation. I added a few extra drops of my personal oil to the berries to really tie it together.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Are there any new traditions you are creating this year?

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

You can also now find us on Facebook and Instagram!

Feature Image Credit: Kaycee Reeves

December Witchery

Inward with December

As we go deeper into the darkness of winter, we recognize the silence of the frozen landscape. We know the journey inward is well underway. The time for our own inner reflections, potent self-discovery, and full heartedness is upon us as well. Sink deeply in with us here at Dark Goddesses Collective as we dive into the Winter Goddess Berchta.

Photo via Pixabay

The Month of December

Our Theme: The Full-Hearted Witch

This month we are sinking in to traditions of selfcare. 12 Days of it!

Our Goddess: Berchta

Berchta is a Winter Goddess with many threads (and names!) throughout Germany, Austria, and the region of the Alps. She is over the Hearth and Home, Women, Children, the fields, and the animals. The journey between maiden and crone, across her threads and domains, can allow us to peer into our own preparations for 2022.

Photo by Meddevi via Deviantart (Also known as Laura Tempest Zakroff, a phenomenal artist, creatrix, designer, witch, and author – ALL OF THE THINGS!).

Some of what we have planned:

As the month progresses, other work may present itself. 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,
Kaycee & Ivy

We are equally excited to announce that our private network is coming along beautifully. 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. Stay tuned!

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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.

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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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Preparing to Meet Nyx

Meeting with a Dark Goddess can be overwhelming at times. Whether we are anxious because we have questions or apprehensive because it is new territory, I am going to walk you through creating a grounding talisman that also doubles as an incense holder. Many Dark Goddesses enjoy incense and are appreciative of those types of offerings. As you prepare to dive deeper with Nyx or meet her through meditation, this can help you ease into the journey.

Supplies:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Obsidian (Chip size)
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender
  • Aluminum foil
  • Stick incense
  • Glass cup
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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take your polymer clay and roll it into a ball, about 3 inches in diameter. Place it onto the aluminum foil (this is so you can put it in the oven later easily). 
  3. Use your glass cup to roll it out into a circle until it is about ½ an inch thick.
  4. Use the end of an incense stick and create a hole at the top of your talisman.
  5. Sprinkle some of the lavender and yarrow on top and press down with your fingers. Lavender for a soothing experience, yarrow to go deeper into the experience with more ease. While you are pressing down, make sure you are connecting with the herbs.
  6. Take your piece of cleansed and cleared obsidian and press it into the middle of your talisman.
  7. Put the talisman in the oven for about 20 minutes.
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Your Grounding Talisman is ready to be activated!

Activation

There are many ways to activate a talisman. Activation began by placing a drop of my personal oil on the obsidian. It ties me to it entirely, and then I chanted my intention:

Let me be fully grounded

Roots deep in the soil

When I am anxious or scared

Remove the worry and toil

Place a stick of incense in the hole and light it, envisioning the smoke activating it entirely.

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Blessings on your journey into the night, may Nyx receive you and guide you forward exactly as you need her to!

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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Honoring the homes we create

Coming Home to Witchcraft: Honoring the Homes We Create

A big part of coming home to witchcraft can be recognizing that we are the creatrix of the spaces in which we live, work, and play. Even if we are not the builder of our home or workspace, there are other ways in which we take on the role of creatrix: our perception, our experience, our decoration, and our actions.

Coming into this awareness can become overwhelming. This knowledge can settle into our bones. If we are the creatrix of our experiences with where we are present and where we are present can be considered a home, then:

  • What homes do we have?
  • Are we showing up or just going through the motions?
  • Are we having the types of experiences we yearn for?
  • Do we have a certain bias against some of the places and spaces we make our homes in?
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The Body

Our body is our number one home of spirit. It is the first home we have. I know I have a tremendous and deeply engrained bias towards my own body because it does not fit the standard image of many things including beauty, youth, or pristine health. A part of the process of coming home to my body and honoring it is unlearning the bias. My body allows me to exist, connect, create life, and be. A part of honoring that is to practice more self-love without hard and fast rules. Ultimately, awareness and habits of creating presence in the body allow us to take up that creatrix mode on our own, in ways that speak truth to us. Before I give some ideas, here are a few things to ponder:

  • What are ways that we can honor the body where we are right now?
  • What are things that you love about your body?
  • How can you be comfortable in your skin today?
  • What does your body need today?
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Ideas for creating presence and honoring the body as home:

  • Create a Self-Care Deck
    • Glamour Magick
    • Somatic Experience
    • Self-Love
    • The Senses
    • Decoration
  • Engage in body reflection and acceptance through journaling
  • Daily body scans
  • Weekly Ritual Bath or Shower

I am at home in my body. I am at ease with my body’s sensations. I am at play with my body’s sensuality and at peace with my body’s natural cycles. I speak about my body with reverence. And so it is” ~ Patricia Lynn Reilly, Willendorf’s Legacy: The Sacred Body (A Girl God Anthology)

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At Work

Coming home to witchcraft and especially the Dark Goddesses creates an atmosphere of evaluation and connection. The space where we work, whether it be for money or our place of witchery, demands that we remove any illusion and get clear in what we want. This, however, is not just about goals. It is about the threads that have been woven and if they feel like home. Maybe the threads need a good cleansing or maybe some need to be woven differently. Being the creatrix in this space is about nourishing growth, kindness, and compassion and it starts with us. Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Am I showing up fully present and ready to engage?
    • If yes, what are the top 3 things that motivate you?
    • If no, what are 3 things that are in your control that can help you shift?
  • Does my space feel light or heavy?
  • Who are the people, spaces, or things present that I enjoy?

Cleansing the Space

Aside from a great wipe down or a sage mist, there are other ways to cleanse your space and experience change in the energetic frequency. Here are my top 2 for the office or for my sacred space:

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Cleansing at the office or on the go:

  • Use a stone in the pocket or a portal pouch with the intention of having it radiate in all directions wherever you go.
  • A satchel of Agrimony (especially if the workplace or coworkers are challenging) or sprinkling of Agrimony in your space.

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Cleansing of Sacred Space:

  • Incense is my go-to, there is something about the immediate energetic shift with smoke. If that is unavailable, then there is another way featured here.

The main purpose is to become aware of what needs to go and what needs to be built and created. Sometimes cleansing makes it feel more like home, other times it opens the door for us to get creative in finding a new place to call home.

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..

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 & Kaycee

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Dark Goddess Key

Coming Home: The Dark Goddess & Witchcraft

In my experience and the experiences others have shared with me, the Dark Goddess comes in a way that grabs our attention. She grabs it with a face or name or animal, one that grabs our attention at the soul level. It is a knowing, something just sparks for us, and we know we have found a thread leading us home. Home in ourselves, to our tribe, to our purpose, and to her.

I know I was simultaneously scared shitless and curiously exhilarated.

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She arrives in the form that we need to connect with and many times during the beginning of our awakening. These may be moments that do not feel like new beginnings, but like death, destruction, and endings. Those dark nights of the soul, the ones that leave us breathless or screaming, she appears and guides us through our own trials by fire. It is this deep darkness that provides the most fertile soil for us to rise strongly rooted in ourselves, in our path. We are reawakened, remembering, reclaiming, and rewilding with her.

She also forces us to face the monsters we keep trapped in the basement of self or even the real ones in our lives.

She provides opportunities in the small decisions of everyday life. Think about all the small decisions that we have made, the connections and threads spiraling outward from a single choice. My first job at 15 years old led me to my first husband, 3 wild and beautiful children, and a divorce that led me to the Dark Goddess. This subsequently led me to you.

One decision.

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I also have learned to radically accept every decision I’ve made, and every part I’ve played (or not) to get here. In those places of the deepest dark, I know I don’t deserve the things that have hurt, betrayed, and invalidated me or cracked and shattered the very essence of my being, but I accept that they happened. Coming home to the Dark Goddess is the baseline, it is the beginning of the rest of a life on our own terms. These are the choices she empowers us with.

Witchcraft

Coming home to witchcraft feels like an act of rebellion or of defiance. In essence, it is the ultimate act of defiance in the face of a system that pits people against each other, thrives under structures of powerful or ‘powerless’, and where wisdom is only valued if it can be scientifically measured by those in the ‘powerful’ category. Witchcraft becomes a conduit through which we become our own Breaker of Bindings, Force of the Fierce, Reclaimer, and Completely Untamed.

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Let Me Explain

The very act of becoming requires that we remove the shackles or bindings of who we were told to be. We must do it ourselves. It is a battle cry of living from the soul truth, to unlearn the limits placed upon us, being soul or heart driven. Perhaps you have found yourself here, among an ever-rising Force of the Fierce tribe that is learning together.

We are creating a collective.

These are spaces of being that allow us to genuinely connect with everyone exactly as we are and reclaim our sovereign right to exist without the guilt, the shame, or the fear. In fact, we become able to experience a full range of emotions and connect to our magic in a way that promotes a wild curiosity to emerge. This is the place where we come face to face with the Dark Goddess, we find her staring back at us in the mirror.

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Breaker of Bindings Ritual Bath

This is a ritual with the purpose of calling forth and illuminating that which we must retrieve from within to break our own bindings. This could be those truths we were told to hide at a young age. It could be our soul sparks that have been diminished through periods of trauma, abuse, or invalidation. It could be retrieving our own voice after only hearing the voice of others for so long. The pieces of us that need retrieving are keys that allow us to break the bindings that have kept us playing small or living inauthentically. This ritual will call the pieces upward from the darkest depths where they have been hidden. Only you know these pieces and only you can do this work.

Ingredients:

  • Moonstone
  • Living Water (snow, spring water, rainwater)
  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Yarrow (dried herb)
  • 2 tbsp. Lavender (buds)
  • Bowl
  • Glass Jar and lid
  • Black Sacred Candle
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Moonstone

Moonstone is a beautiful stone that, as its name suggests, pulls in lunar energy. This stone can signify new beginnings, enhance our inner intuition and strength, while simultaneously reflecting the individual back to themselves.

“…it allows one to absorb that which is needed from the universal energies, not necessarily, however, furthering that which is wanted.” ~ A. Melody, Love is in The Earth

Moonstone is a useful tool to assist in our journey. We are going to create Moonstone-infused water for a Ritual Bath that will illuminate what we must retrieve for our own sovereign journey. While this stone can be put into water, I do not recommend it as there are other ways to infuse water with a stone’s energy.

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Moonstone Water Directions:

  1. Place the cleansed and blessed stone into a glass jar and seal with the lid.
  2. Take the bowl and place the living water in it.
  3. Take the glass jar and place it into the bowl so the water rises, surrounding the glass jar that safely holds the stone.
  4. Place outside or on a ledge during the full moon to capture the lunar energy.

The time spent capturing the lunar energies in both the stone and the water, will allow the Moonstone Water to reach a conflux of potential once we activate it.

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Moonstone Water Activation

After the full moon, we want to merge the energies together and activate for our ritual bath. Unseal the lid on the glass jar. Visualize the energy from the stone coming up out of the glass jar and flowing down the sides into the water. You may use both hands to help guide the energy from the top of the glass jar, down the sides, and into the water (think of how one can use their hands to guide sacred smoke).

Speak these words:

Lumino, Lumen, of the Liminal Realm

Confluence, a Mirror, Truth rises to the helm

The Moonstone Water is now activated. Remove the glass jar from the bowl and set to the side. Your Moonstone will need to be recharged before using again. You are left with the bowl of activated water.

The Complete Ritual with Audio Journey can be found here.

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Homecoming: Dark Goddesses Collective

We are honored that you have found us. We are a rising Force of the Fierce. A Circle of Sovereigns. Dark Goddesses Collective is a private, modern witchcraft-centered initiative striving to create a community of students and leaders driven by their own unique purpose, passion, and magic through the sovereign reclamation of the Dark Goddesses. The buildout of our private community is well underway. Wish to be notified once we open the gates? To be one of the first click here.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee & 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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Owl, The Guardian

Owl: A Guardian of Mysteries

At Dark Goddesses Collective we are on a journey of calling in Nyx and beginning our relationship with her. We want to gather her wisdom and understand her mysteries meant for us. Many of our Dark Goddesses have an association with specific animals, those that present an energy or symbolism so deep that we must learn the language of symbols to begin to grasp the deeper meaning. Even then, our own research and perceptions can lead us away from our ability to discern the wisdom meant for us. We encourage you to begin your journey to finding Owl and the wisdom that awaits.

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The Owl

I have called this year my year of the Owl and the Witch. I have been working with Owl for almost exactly one year and it makes perfect sense to conclude with a journey that awakened me deeply to the wisdom that Owl guards with such ferocity. There are steps for transcendence and transformation, as the mystical symbolism of Owl implies. To build a personal gnosis of Nyx’s Great Owl, it will come to teach us how to see and trust in the darkness we navigate.

Learning to See

Owl is a guardian of Nyx’s wisdom for those unable to clearly see their path forward towards her. This sight relates to our clarity, awareness, and trust in our ability to “see” what must be seen. Nyx, in all her glittering glory, can take us to places that must be faced, but Owl comes first. As the messenger that can traverse those liminal spaces, Owl guards us and the wisdom of Nyx simultaneously. Becoming one of our greatest companions, Owl will help us with our awareness, clarity, and determination as we gather the wisdom meant for us on our journey into her realms of darkness and begin to shine a light on what requires it.

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On my own journey to Nyx, I was wandering through a thick forest. I was looking for the opening where I knew I would find Owl and the messages meant for me. I could barely see, it was so dark this time.  It felt like I was going in circles, I was touching the trunks of trees as I passed, recognizing the patterns in the Birch bark as a tree I had already passed. I stop. I breathe deeply. I close my eyes and put my palms out before I feel the message enter my mind “there you go, use your actual sight from within”. Upon opening my eyes, the largest owl was gliding silently down in front of me to prepare me for a flight among the stars.

See In the Dark Potion

I crafted this potion to assist in getting into the space of our Witch’s sight without the anxiety, fear of the unseen, or resistance that many of us face about the unknown from time to time. All of the ingredients are “pinches” of dried herb (I measure until my heart, or my ancestors, scream stop on most potions).

  • 1 Chamomile
  • 1 Catnip
  • 1 Yarrow
  • 2 Lavender
  • 1 Mugwort
  • 1 Sage

Mix all ingredients and place in a tea ball or teacup with strainer. Pour 6 oz boiling water over the mix and cover for 7 minutes. Remove tea ball or strainer and place to the side (I let this dry and use it as an incense later!). Add a little honey to the potion and find a quiet place to enjoy your potion, either consumed or through breathing the vapors (especially for those concerned about allergies).

Note: This potion that almost gets me into the calm awareness for the journey without breathwork. If by chance your messages are not clear, they will be during your liminal journeys into the dreamscape over the next few days.

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Trusting the Darkness

Owl is of and within the darkness, as is Nyx. As a messenger Bird, and a mysteriously powerful companion to Witches, the Owl teaches us how to trust in our own journey through the dark. This trust leads us to the wisdom of the darkness, to Nyx, she of the deepest dark above and below, transforming us from fearful to something sacred: Fearsome. A formidable Witch that owns the power of sight, flight, and trusts the individual path required on this journey to wholeness.

May your Owl companion bring you closer to your sight and flight,

Kaycee

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Beacon to Nyx

The Beacon to Nyx

November is meant for embracing the darkness that looms heavy in the sky as we continue to see the trees shapeshift into bare bones. We can beckon the wisdom of darkness, of Nyx, to us through the Black Sacred Candle. This candle serves as the beacon that will invite her into our spaces to impart the medicine of the darkness she brings.

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The Correspondences

Nyx, the primordial personification of night who draws the blanket over the sky, is mother to sleep and death. It should not be a surprise that poppy speaks of this same energy, and we will use Poppy seeds as a part of our Beacon Blend to Nyx. We add Yarrow to ease us into the healing wisdom of Nyx and the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting, and world-walking trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh. As an addition, we can use Moonstone over the candle and botanicals to reflect the energy of this beacon to take it up a level.

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A Calling to Nyx

When sinking deep into the energy of creating this beacon, Nyx made it clear to me that the flame needed a specific enchantment upon the first lighting. I sat with this for a day or so and she gave me the words immediately after waking up (still half asleep to be honest!). You can listen to it below!

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A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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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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The Dead Speak: A Ritual

With the veil thinning, many of us are returning inward, getting rooted a little more deeply, and connecting with those who made us. We are bound to them, we are of their blood and bones. Our ancestors, the spirits of place and land, they speak. When we listen, they communicate the ways in which we can also release the spirit of who we no longer are because it is the requirement of who we are becoming.

“Whether we know our roots or just starting to grasp what it has taken to bring our spirit into a genetically coded body, our ancestral tribe can be both a source of strength and detriment. We can connect better by seeing symbolically through the lens of our own ‘root’, the first chakra. This is where the first echo begins, when we know that there is something tribal or of our animal nature (survival) that is preventing us from thriving in ways that align with our intentions.

It is here that they show up as strength, echoing for our attention on what we need to release into the earth during this season to create the space of growth in the next.”

~ Kaycee, Awakening the Ancestors

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The Invitation

Many witches understand the patterns of nature and are multilingual. We speak many languages, including that of symbols. Our ancestors and spirits of land speak the same way, they will echo in symbols in nature and in liminal spaces. This is an invitation to sink deeply into our sacred spaces of self in relationship to the spiral of time that precedes us. When we do this, we can invite the spirits to echo in the here and now to provide guidance for our next season.

Unlocking The Gates

The purpose of unlocking anything is to gain access. Whether it a door, a gate, a computer, a phone, or a deep and intuitive knowing. There are two keys during this time of communion with the land and our ancestors. The first is our consciousness and the second is a symbolic personal ritual to invite the ancestors and spirits of land forward.

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Consciousness

My personal witchcraft practice often uses sacred smoke to enter different states of consciousness, however, sacred smoke is not the only way to do so. In whatever way we have learned, it is a gift of slowing down that allows us to tune in to the deeper world that we tend to overlook in everyday states of consciousness. Everyday states of consciousness force us to filter information at higher rates, searching for that which pertains to us. Here, we are engaging in a protected (but vulnerable) opening of ourselves that allows us to filter in the opposite direction.

Turn the Key

When I am ready to receive my ancestors and spirits of the land, I have a very special way of unlocking the gates and inviting them in:

Supplies:

  • Leftovers from a simmer pot (typically slices of apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, rosemary)
  • A small planter (or you can use a shovel if the land is yours and you want to do the ritual outside)
  • Dirt
  • Stick Incense
  • A key
  • Your Black Sacred Candle
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Directions:

  1. Prepare the planter as a sacred object (cleansed and blessed). If digging a small hole in the ground, give an offering and instruction. Tip: I will offer a little water around where I plan to dig and just say I am creating gate to connect with the spirits of the land and my ancestors.
  2. Place a small amount of dirt in the bottom of the planter and place leftovers from the simmer pot inside, cover with more dirt. If digging a hole, place the simmer pot items in first and cover entirely with dirt.
  3. Place the stick of incense in the center and light it. This is a beacon to the Universe that we are looking to connect.
  4. Call to the ancestors and spirits of land that have messages to give, let them know the gates of connection will open soon. Let the incense burn completely. They will be waiting for us to use the key to open the gate.
  5. Once the incense is finished, light the Black Sacred Candle. Tip: If you do not have one, you will need to create a sacred and protected container for your ancestors and spirits of place that are welcomed.
  6. Spend time in meditation or with sacred smoke to altar consciousness in preparation to open the gate and receive their messages. When ready, place the key in the dirt and turn it. Once finished with the ancestors and spirits of the land (thank them), we turn the key back and take it with us.
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The Messages

The messages and deeper connections may make it into our conscious awareness during the ritual. Only in the last few years has this been the case, as most of the messages and the underlying connections only made themselves known during my dreams. I want to point this out because so many of us get caught up in the ritual and sometimes we are left feeling like we are just going through the motions. Sometimes just being aware of the space we are in and any changes to it (smells, sounds, the way the air feels on our skin, energy, or static) is enough to let us know that messages are coming.

A Divination – Tarot

This is a 3-card spread to ask the ancestors for their guidance.

Tip: Look for themes or symbols that mean something to you, trust your intuition. Journal about your ritual, your spread, and revisit every few days to see if there are any additional insights made available to you.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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Hel's Hall

Preparing for Hel’s Hall

This October, we are diving in and preparing for an experience in connecting with the Goddess Hel. We start by understanding her story, her correspondences, and the deeper language of symbols through research. While we have read many books and researched articles on Hel (including scholarly articles), we encourage every witch to take a personal interest in doing their own research before journeying to Hel’s Hall.

The Black Sacred Candle

Before continuing, make you sure you have gotten to review the free 3-part series on the Black Sacred candle starting here.

I find Hel to be dichotomous in many ways, like the dark moon: the time between the end of the last lunar month and the beginning of a new one. As such, I find that the dark moon is the perfect time to create the Black Sacred Candle (BSC) for this Lunar month. To begin creating your BSC, make sure to create the Hel’s Hall Incense in the infographic below.

Side note: Dried Juniper Berries and Star Anise can be a little difficult to grind, so I personally put some in a bag and use a hammer to smash them. I also used Cedar essential oil.

I encourage you to play around with the ingredients as this is a powerful blend.  It does not take much to create your BSC, but I have enjoyed having the extra to use as incense on my journey to her Great Hall.

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Oil of choice
  • Obsidian chips
  • A few additional Juniper berries
  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Place a few obsidian chips on the parchment paper and sprinkle a few Juniper Berries there too.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  5. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  6. Lightly coat your candle with the Hel’s Hall Incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  7. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil on top of the obsidian chips and Juniper Berries, wrap your candle, twisting the ends, and place in the oven.
  8. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

An Altar Space for Hel

Hel is both a Goddess and a place (like I said, very dichotomous) for those who have died from sickness or from old age. This underworld association is also transformative for the living. This leads me feel that she is a chthonic Goddess, so I created an altar that can be near the ground and moved easily by using a picture frame.

The great thing about picture frames is they allow you to create a background and I chose to create a very special sigil.

I placed my BSC on the altar, some Juniper Berries, Obsidian chips, and a couple of cards that came up for me this week. I added the Hagalaz Rune at the direction of Ivy and it really pulled it together in a big way!

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For our October plans click here.

To see Ivy welcome Hel into our space, click here.

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A candle and a key,

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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.

Thank you so much for going with us on this journey. For more you can find us over on Facebook or at Instagram.

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.

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.
 
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Kaycee

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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

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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

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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.