Goddess

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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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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A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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