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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Dragon’s blood (resin, self-lighting incense, or ash from incense sticks. Use what you have!)
The item to turn into the amulet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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?
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.
Preparation Process (On the day of the Full Moon is preferable)
Take one bowl and place the Rose Quartz and Tigers Eye in the center. We want these two stones to connect love and action.
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.
Place the dried herbs on top of the cheese cloth and fold over or cover with another piece of cheese cloth.
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.
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:
The bowls with stones and the patch
A mat to lay on (or in your bed) and a blanket.
Set up the music: I recommend listening to shamanic drumming or this to get into the space of awareness.
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.
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),
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.
Correspondences & Lineage
Sow, Dog, Cat, Hawk, Cattle
Grain, Sage, Mugwort, Vervain
Daughter Crearwy, Son Afagddu (Morien, Morfran), Gwion, Teliesen
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.