Hecate is a hugely popular Witch Goddess presently, and that is excellent. Of all the books, websites, and courses dedicated to Her, there are none like Primal Craft, and the book, Queen Of Hell.
The standard version of Queen Of Hell is itself an unmitigated masterpiece, that will bring the practitioner contact with the Queen Herself, Hecate. These are consecrated, well constructed tomes made for those who love Hecate heart and soul, by an author who has dedicated his life (and soul) to her.
Then Mark Alan Smith came out with the Beyond Akasha series, starting with an expanded edition of Queen Of Hell. This edition has 66 extra pages of essays, a Ritual timeline template, covered in leather and with gilded pages. The author's signature and individualized sigils (found between the original text and the new) add to the unique, useable, magical feel of this grimoire.
It has a charge, a presence, unlike any other book I have acquired, even of those I know to have been previously used by Witches and Magicians. If you want contact with Hecate, to feel Her, to know Her, this is the book for you.
He consecrates these books twice, once together and once individually, and trust, it is definitely a powerful charge. I could feel it though the packaging as I drove it home from the Fedex facility.
I have been working through, and loving my standard Queen Of Hell copies for some time now. They are worth the price, they are incredibly magical, and powerful companions in Ritual. They are Talismans, gateways, and are life changing in a Ring, and outside.
The Dark Moon Huntress edition expands on this beyond all expectation. The additional material is totally useable, keeps things in perspective as to the Primal Craft Tradition, and puts a very human perspective on our love of Hecate. It also in one article, makes clear that this Tradition will continue well beyond the author's involvement. The Primal Craft as a Tradition is very secure in the capable hands of the Temple Apprentice, Atlanta. And isn't that what a true Tradition also concerns itself with- the future.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is so worth the money. These are books of love and devotion to Hecate. These are meant to be useable heirlooms for those of us who love Hecate. They are consecrated and charged to Her service. For myself and many other devotees of Hecate, they are life changing. I still use my standard edition of Queen Of Hell almost daily, and I highly suggest getting this incredible, limited and expanded edition of Queen of Hell as quickly as you can. It is truly a dream come true. Do you want to know Her, as She is? Would you let her possess you? Do you want a Talisman of Her infinite power? Queen Of Hell, and especially the Dark Moon Huntress edition is the book for you.
Any Coven (and in our case Temple till 2014) is like a family; a family of your choosing, a family with its own dynamics, a family devoted to the Art Magical.
Even when we are not in Circle, in class, or one of our events, our Coven does have a social aspect that is invaluable. These are life long relationships, starting in the 90s for some of us.
Beyond Magical practices, Covens are shoulders to cry on, hands to help out, and ears that listen. We grow together, go through good times and not so good together, and share experiences other people can't imagine.
We are very thankful for the people that make up our Coven.
We are extremely thankful for the founders of our Tradition, Lady Morgana and Lord Mordred.
Every class, every Sabbat, everything we do is a living testament to their brilliance and generosity.
We hope you are thankful for the blessings you have in your life, and we hope they are many.
Yule Workshop with Inner Circle Sanctuary Dec 3, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Deepen your understanding of Wiccan traditions with this cultural workshop! LINK
A December to Remember: Celebrating Holiday Traditions from Around the World is a community-created, Museum-curated exhibition designed to share and celebrate the cultural diversity that we find right here in Southern Nevada.
Exhibits featured in the "A December to Remember" exhibition are open daily Nov 24th through January 7th from 9am-4pm.
Travels Through Middle Earth by Alaric Albertsson
Thank you, Crossed Crow Books for sending us three books to read and review. Two of which I had previously, and am enjoying reading them again.
Travels Through Middle Earth is a good introduction to Anglo-Saxon Heathenry that may be of interest to those interested in Heathenry, but not necessarily Asatru. It is not a ‘How-to’ so much as a ‘what it’s like.’
One may wonder why Witches are concerned with this book at all.
Lemme tell ya, our Tradition has a long history with Germanic subjects, from some of the greatest "Norse Rings' ever, to virtually annual Rune classes going back to the 90s. We have very strong Heathen roots, knowledge and practices. And so I appreciate the ‘don’t approach Gods like a soda machine’ bit, the advice about not stressing over just one Deity (we do not require, nor do we recommend concentrating on one Deity, or even pantheon), and especially piety. The author asks if you don’t have a certain amount of time in a month to spend with the Gods, “are you really Pagan at all?” He touches on the subject of worship/work with, (it’s WORSHIP for me, thank you), and dispels the notion that ancient pre-christian people cowered in the face of Nature.
I like that he kept the Runes chapter brief, ascribing their Rune Poems to them only. I like that Alaric mentions same sex weddings, and to adjust gendered wording to fit. Dig the mead chapter! I am also thankful for the glossary defining the exotic words… You can however read with a critical eye the first chapter “Who Were The Anglo- Saxons?” particularly pages 9 and 10, as the author’s ramblings about exotic polytheism vs. “their own backyard” polytheism is utterly ridiculous. I am surprised it made it into this new edition. And while I don't use the 'Blank Rune' his railing against it has a very 'get off my lawn' feel to it.
There is also a conspicuous lack of citations for a book that talks so much history. You definitely do not want to take the history in this book as complete fact. This applies to virtually every magical book out there however.
This is not an overly thick book, and it is relatively easy to read. Do think of it as an introduction. There are only a few books that specialize in modern Anglo-Saxon practices, and this may be one you want to include, even if you are not English, but American...
By all means, thank Veterans and active military members for their service. It is infinitely better than how Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans were treated. Ultimately, what we are saying is "I'm glad you survived."
Joining the Military whether by choice or draft is an acknowledgment of something greater than oneself, and a sacrifice to it. Hopefully, of course, one does not have to make “the ultimate sacrifice”, but the offer is implicit, and there is time, behaviors, relationships, and more aspects of one’s personal life all laid on the Altar when one makes this commitment.
Until humankind gets smart enough to realize that cooperation and compromise is better for the Human Race than competition and consumption, there will always be war. So dual-natured we are as a race, loving our videos of animals displaying compassion, yet also excusing ourselves as part of Nature, which clearly does compete. While regarding ourselves as the top of the food chain, we often wallow in its basest qualities.
My late Grandfather George was a boxer. He was a fight or two away from boxing in the 1936 Olympics. While training me in the basics of pugilism, he described the process of boxing and becoming a boxer as disgusting. “The Sweet Science” should be understood as ironic.
Multiply this by hundreds of thousands, millions even, and you get the truth about militaries and war. From the money, blood, death, environmental destruction, families impacted, and maybe worst of all the brain power lost, imagine where humanity would be if we had found a way to avoid war. Longevity? The stars?
Most Veterans don’t want war. We know the truth of it. There is no glory. Only a few hot dogs want to put their skills to the ultimate test. Most just want to survive, help our buddies survive, and accomplish the mission.
For all of the preceding narrative, these people were still willing to offer themselves to a cause they thought was just. They put aside their comfort, relationships, education, and bodily worth. They were instead taught how to survive, forge bonds with strangers, taught things like NOT killing unarmed people (even if they are “the enemy”) and in the end, the mission is more valuable than your life.
"I repeat: the mission is more valuable than your life."
Sometimes I think those of us who know the reality of reincarnation make the perfect combatant. We will just be reborn to live again. This however does not negate the horrors, sadness, and waste of armed conflict.
Lord Mordred always said Veterans do very well in our Tradition. He was an Army Vet. Lady Morgana’s father ‘Drifter’ was a WW2 Vet, who fought in the Battle Of The Bulge, wearing cowboy boots the whole time. Our man Lord Rune (who was everybody’s man, he was so beloved) was a former active duty Marine; Semper Fi my Lord.
In our Coven now in the Elders Corps, Lady Sistterwolf and Lord Tanys both served. In the second year Coven, Lady Sohlise was a commissioned USAF Officer, and in the first year, Lady Xiomara’s child just returned from Army Basic Training - can you imagine passing ICS tests while worried about your baby??
Much like my actual family has served in every major war all the way back to the Civil War, many of Inner Circle Tradition’s members have served, and we salute them: Lord Mordred and Lord Rune as already mentioned, Lord Karonis, Lord Borea, Lord Kahles (RIP). Lady Hypolytaa’, Lady Achara, Lady Sierra, Lord Elistan, Lord Rayven, and if I have overlooked any Veterans, my apologies and please let me know.
The way we see it, Coven also, is something greater than oneself.
And while it does not carry the same risks as military service, Its rewards are even greater. Lady Morgana used to call us The Marine Corps of Wicca. Our members prove that daily. Would you, could you be one of us?
We are a safe active space for Veterans and aspiring Witches alike. We Work (Capital W) for the end of war, and the evolution of our race, the Human Race.
As we are still in the 2nd Decan of Scorpio, the associated cards for Veterans Day are: 6 of Cups, The Sun, & Death.