Truth

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).

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Photo by Kaycee Reeves

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.

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 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).
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?

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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
Photo by Author

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.

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.

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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

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