How does one count 100 chants of Io Heka Io Ho without disrupting the flow of the mantra??
If you’re me you spend a month waiting on carnelian beads that you then find out you totally misjudged the size on, then procrastinate for another week or two on actually doing anything with them…
The bracelet is carnelian, leather and silk thread. It only contains 50 of the 100 beads I’d ordered because I made a mistake in my measurement but I’m thinking a second one would be nice rather than starting over. It’s not perfect, but it’s the first bit of jewellery I’ve made on my own so it’s a good start.
I am struggling to find words for this post even though I do wish to write about it. The short version is my very pregnant butt made it to a wonderful ritual for Hekate of the Crossroads and came out feeling refreshed, assured and inspired.
The longer version…
I honestly wasn’t sure how I’d go in the ritual. I arrived exhausted, having finished the years Christmas shopping after spending 4 hours waddling slowly around a major shopping centre. On that front I was surprised to reach the end and feel better for the night’s work – but I did sleep 19 of 24 hours the following day. Take that how you will.
Of the actual ritual I wont say much. It was a private ritual, in a private home, and it remains private, but of my own experiences in it…
To be held in power by a deity is awing and overwhelming usually, but this felt more like being faced with a mother. Gentle, kindly and yet still awing and powerful in Her own right. I handed to Her what I had to give, and felt it little to be offering at her feet, and in return I was given the guidance to move forward in 3 ways:
Reassurance that I was on the right path and that motherhood was as much part of the path I am to walk with Her as devotion and magic is.
A firm yes to the importance of spinning and weaving as part of my devotion and magic with Her. Both skills I am gearing up to learn in the next year.
Guidance to where I am on my personal crossroads, where I have strengths and where I have blocks I need to overcome to best serve Her and improve my own life in those cardinal directions.
Simple things, perhaps, but important at a time where my life is at a huge crossroads.
Even had I not gotten so much out of this ritual it still was one of the loveliest I have had a chance to attend this year. I do so hope there are many more to come.
My work with Hekate is rather new, despite her insistence I pay attention long before I did, and I think this prayer is rather lovely. Given all that’s moving in my life it is now transcribed in front of the notebook I’m specifically reserving for work with Hekate.