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We've had some drama and are currently doing some internal housekeeping and rewriting here on Gypsy Magic.

It's going to take a while to get things set right here and I am really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I apologize for links to a "page not found" instead of something cool and magickal.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Invitation to The Rite of Her Sacred Fires

The facebook group, Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, is inviting you to join in a worldwide day of celebrating and honouring the Goddess Hekate on the Full Moon, Thursday 27th May 2010.




You can participate from wherever in the world you are - all you need is a place to light a flame. This can be a candle, tealight, etc.

A ceremony with instructions written by Sorita d"Este will be made available in the days leading up to the date. This is the first ceremony of it's kind being organisedfor Hekate - the same words being spoken, candles and fires being lit - all over the world on one day for the Goddess Hekate!

Join us in making this a very special event! Some participants are organising group ceremonies, others will be doing it by themselves - from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Mexico, USA, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Sweden ... and many other locations!

Details of this special ceremony will be made available on the facebook page, and here at Gypsy magic we'll try to keep you updated. You will need no special equipment to join in - all we ask is that you do so with sincerity and clarity of purpose.

The goal is to find at least 1000 people to light a flame on the 27th of May with ceremony which will be made public in the days leading up to the date - so please help us by inviting friends to celebrate with you, each of you lighting a flame, or by inviting others to this event.

Great Hekate,
who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life
Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,
From Crossroad to Crossroad,
The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,
will always find one another..."

~From the Rite of Her Sacred Flames

We invite you all to post photographs of your altars, shrines and flames - and even youtube videos if you want to film it - on and after the 27th.

The Ceremony will be published on the 20th of May - make sure to keep an eye out for it so that you can prepare! It will take only 5-10 mins of your time to be part of this special rite! Here's a link to the event: The Rite of Her Sacred Fires at Facebook

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Invocation To Hekate

“O Night-bellower,
Lover of solitude,
Bull-faced and Bull-headed One” and
“bull-eyed, horned, mother of gods and men.”

~from the Greek Magical Papyri

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Feast of the Lemures

In Roman religion, the Lemuralia or Lemuria was a feast during which the ancient Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa (salt cake) from the first ears of wheat of the season.

In the Julian calendar the three days of the feast were 9, 11, and 13 May. The myth of origin of this ancient festival, according to Ovid, who derives Lemuria from a supposed Remuria was that it had been instituted by Romulus to appease the spirit of Remus.

Ovid notes that at this festival it was the custom to appease or expel the evil spirits by walking barefoot and throwing black beans over the shoulder at night. It was the head of the household who was responsible for getting up at midnight and walking around the house with bare feet throwing out black beans and repeating the incantation, "I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine (haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis.)." nine times. The household would then clash bronze pots while repeating, "Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors, be gone!" nine times.

Because of this annual exorcism of the noxious spirits of the dead, the whole month of May was rendered unlucky for marriages, whence the proverb Mense Maio malae nubent ("They wed ill who wed in May").

On the culminating day of the Lemuralia, May 13 in 609 or 610 (the day being recorded as more significant than the year), Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, and the feast of that dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome ever since.

According to cultural historians, this ancient custom was Christianized in the feast of All Saints' Day, established in Rome first on May 13, in order to de-paganize the Roman Lemuria. In the eighth century, as the popular observance of the Lemuria had faded over time, the feast of All Saints was shifted to November 1, coinciding with the similar Celtic propitiation of the spirits at Samhain.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Study of Magic

The study of magic is not a science, it is not an art, and it is not a religion. Magic is a craft. When we do magic, we do not wish and we don't pray. We rely upon our will and our knowledge and our skill to make a specific change to the world.

~The Magicians' by Lev Grossman

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Magic

“And as you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged on the shingly beach of a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.”

– Stephen Graham

Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Moon Names

What follows is a list (in alphabetical order) of the names given to the May moon. Also listed is the tradition and/or origin of that moon name:


Alewive Moon ~Passamaquoddy
Big Leaf Moon ~Mohawk
Blossom Moon ~Anishnaabe
Bright Moon ~Celtic
Corn Planting Moon ~Taos, Algonquin
Corn Weed Moon ~Agonquin
Dyad Moon ~other
Fat Horses Moon ~Cheyenne
Field Maker Moon ~Abernaki
Flower Moon ~other
Frog Moon ~Cree
Frogs Return Moon ~other
Grass Moon ~Neo Pagan
Green Leaf Moon ~Apache
Green Leaves Moon ~Dakota
Hare Moon ~Medieval English
Hoeing Corn Moon ~Winnebago
Idle Moon ~Assiniboine
Joy Moon ~other
Leaf Tender Moon ~San Juan
Little Corn Moon ~Natchez
Merry Moon ~other
Milk Moon ~Colonial American, Algonquin
Mothers Moon ~Janic (full)
Mulberry Moon ~Greek
Ninth Moon ~Wishram, Janic (dark)
Panther Moon ~Choctaw
Planting Moon ~Cherokee
Ponies Shed Moon ~Sioux
Shaggy Hair Moon ~Arapaho
Sproutkale Moon ~other
Strawberry Moon ~Potawatomi
Waiting Moon ~Hopi

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