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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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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

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Misunderstood: Medusa Winks

The sky is speaking. Technically, the language of the sky is ever present, sending energetic messages to each of us. From the moment we took our first breath, as an individual apart from our mothers, the universe has guided us through these messages even if we were not aware of them. Sometimes though, these messages are globally felt and cause a wide array of shifting, growing, and transformation.

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It would be the understatement of the decade to say we are amid a global transformation, but today we all see Medusa wink in the sky as the Lunar eclipse in Scorpio brings a soulful message within us all. It is okay to be misunderstood, we are collectively releasing and surrendering to the message that will help us shed the skin holding us back.

The Demon Star

During this Lunar Eclipse, the sun will be conjunct with Demon Star Algol. It is the Gorgon star and is a system of 3 stars that eclipses as well, causing white light to “wink” or blink in the sky.

This is strong energy.

Art by Bob King

Once we translate the energy through the understanding of the Gorgon Story, then impose the message over our own lives, there is a light shining there. It is that light shining on these darkest parts that Medusa reminds us that the purge is necessary to own our stories. We are not the villains, and neither was she. She winks to remind us that we own the regenerative cycles even if they do not come about in the way we expect.

Releasing Fear

Medusa invites us to release fear. Fear of being seen, fear of taking up space, and the fear of being villainized for utilizing the power we hold when we own our darkest parts. However, it is worthy to note that even then her power was used in a strategic way. We can do the same through evaluating risks as we begin this regenerative cycle individually and collectively.

Found on Pinterest, would love to credit original creator!

Understanding our own rage, that it is sacred, can bring about the changes to our lives that are empowered through holding her gaze and feeling her messages in our veins. We can remove the veil that society has placed upon us to keep hidden the power that comes from connecting with each other and forcing change. So yes, Medusa winks at us this day, to remind us that the power of our story, of herstory, is ours and we can take it back.

Right now.

Sculpture by Luciano Garbato

Connecting with Medusa

Connecting with Medusa under the night sky of the Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio is powerful medicine for the soul. Bring her an offering of the Demon’s Eye Incense and sit with the Black Sacred Candle. It is the beacon that connects us with her. Call to her in your own way and ask her to reveal to you where your power is being held and veiled. For some, the information may come right away. It may seem completely absurd or unbelievably scary – sit with it. Contemplate in your journal how this might look for you and enlist the help of your tribe or a psychologist if navigating some of these things seem to be a bit heavy.

A Candle & A Key, Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & Ivy

Additional Resources:

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

More about Algol: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-blogs/behold-algol-star-secret/

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

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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: Luciano Garbati

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

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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.

Photo by Ameluria via Deviantart.com

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.

Photo via Pixabay

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.)

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

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

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.

Photo by Johannes Plenio via Pexels

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

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! 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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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.

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

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.
Photo By Kaycee Reeves

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,

Kaycee & Ivy

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How to honor the divine

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

Protection Altar/Photo by Author

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

Devotional Altars

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

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!

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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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

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! 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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