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tarotbee · 2 days ago
hello!! I see you post mostly about norse/hellenistic deities but was wondering if you could do a worship post about The Morrigan/The Dagda for celtic deities? Thanks so much :D
Offerings and ways of worshipping An Morrigan
(Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn outside my scope!)
- associated scents for candles and incense: opium, clove, dragons blood, pumpkin, sandalwood, apple, cinnamon, patchouli, cedar,
- herbs/plants/spices: clove, sage, peppercorn, holly, star anise, garlic, rosemary, basil, weeping willows, hawthorn, juniper, blackthorn flowers, sage, jasmine, mugwort, angelica root, maple leaves, celandine, clover, rageweed, snapdragon, nightshade, vervain, belladonna, yew, cedarwood, rowan, dahlias, dandelion, pumpkin spice, orchids, aldar and red or black roses
- black tourmaline, carnelian, smokey quartz, snowflake obsidian, onyx, opal, blood stone, hematite and other dark stones relating to strength, protection or love
- bugs
- red wine and other red alcohols
- strong and red coloured teas
- fireball whiskey and Irish whiskey
- mead
- red beans
- red coloured food
- red meats (such as beef and lamb)
- traditional Irish foods
- knife/dagger
- knife/daggers imagery
- shield and armour imagery
- crow or raven feathers (ethically sourced)
- crow feet (ethically sourced)
- crow or raven skulls (ethically sourced)
- storm water, rain water, spring water or moon water
- coffee
- milk
- candles of black, red, grey, gold, purple or white
- practice self love and self care
- spend time in a cemetery
- clean up cemeteries
- do your shadow work!!
- attend therapy
- aid and support pregnant folks
- destroy some stuff, go to a rage room, rip apart a pillow, break some old plates etc
- go to the gym/establish a workout routine
- set firm boundaries and stick to them
- study her, read up on her mythology
- study celtic folklore and Irish culture
- leave food out for birds
- practice divination
- draw or paint something for her
- write or read poetry to her
- sing for her
- carry or take care of a child (it doesn't have to be yours but pls don't steal someone's kid)
- dedicate time to your craft
- pumpkins/pumpkin flavoured things
- apples/apples flavoured foods
- @skyewillow has a really awesome list of songs that she has found the Morrigan to like!
- s3ggs and s3ggs magic
- nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts (these are the only nuts I know but go crazy if you know more)
- chocolate
- potatoes!!
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Offerings and ways of Worshipping An Dagda
- cauldrons
- Irish harp
- a version of his club lorg mór
- boar, horse and pig imagery
- pork
- pig ears and pig snouts (can be found at pet stores)
- horse shoes
- oats and porridge
- bread
- the colour red
- red jasper
- study celtic mythology and folklore
- study Irish culture and keep the books on An Dagda's shrine or altar
- create, thrift and commission art work and items for his altar
- just generally be creative with his offerings! Make sculptures and paintings and drawings and poetry
- sing for him
- acorns
- Oak tree bark and leaves
- milk
- cream
- butter
- home baked treats
- beer
- mead
- whiskey
- support other celtic practioners and Irish businesses
- aid pregnant people and animals
- grow your own produce
- symbols of fertility and abundance on his altar or shrine
- fruit
- s3ggs
- honey
-host dinner parties for family or friends
- a token/coin
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broomsick · 2 months ago
Simple devotional acts for the Æsir & the Vanir
A concept which I blatantly stole from Bunny and adapted to norse faith like I said I would (love u bun)
- learn a cool fun fact and tell Him about it
- change itineraries from time to time, explore your neighborhood and spots you’ve never seen before
- learn about the runes!
- watch a documentary on something that interests you
- read the Hávamál
- list things that you love about yourself
- talk to Her about your problems of the day and thank Her for listening
- random acts of kindness
- Feel yourself!! Wear your favorite clothes and blast music that makes you feel powerful
- Take pictures of stuff you find beautiful and offer them to Her
- take a moment to appreciate Her motherly presence, as well as mother figures in your life
- admire the sky, Her weaving of the clouds
- learn about divination or astrology
- spend time with family or friends!
- tell Her good morning & good night
- step in for your ideals
- pour Him a glass of alcohol along with yours, share a drink!
- hold back comments which you know aren’t useful/are going to cause conflict
- listen to others’ opinions, try to see both sides of the coin
- put some stormy ambient noise during meditation/before sleep
- write a letter praising Him
- read His stories or listen to them from audio books
- thank Him for protecting humankind
- meat eaters share some of you steak with Him, like seriously
- burn stuff. For real do it /gen/srs BUT BE CAREFUL!! MIND FIRE HAZARD
- make that funny comment, don’t hold back!
- prioritize your mental health above all
- leave Him some of your morning coffee ^^
- tell that one a**hole what you actually think of them and cut them out of your life if need be
- enjoy a piece of calm music (I associate Him with classical a lot)
- light a bunch of candles and close your eyes, feel His presence and light fill you
- appreciate the world’s beauty in your everyday life
- get creative for Him with poems or art
- bath meditation >:)
- light a candle for Narfi and Vali
- speak your love for Her, give words to it and offer Her your sincere admiration and encouragement
- practice kindness on the daily
- work to improve your mental health little by little through affirmations, daily self care, etc
- small gestures to help your loved ones
- open a window and enjoy the outside air
- witches: collect dirt and whatever cool rocks you find, try to incorporate them in your craft!
- tend your plants/garden
- thank Her for the food She blesses us with before cooking something
- develop a new eco-friendly habit!
- the air’s getting colder? Take out the gloves, scarves and hats, try to welcome winter with a positive frame of mind!
- snowstorm asmr >:)
- close your eyes on windy days, feel Her presence
- drink a hot drink in Her honor (hot cocoa, chai tea, mulled wine...) they also make great offerings
- stand your ground and fight for yourself
- celebrate the end and beginning of the harvests (spring and autumn)
- thank Him when it rains: the ground will be fed
- care for your body, treat it well
- encourage local farmers and businesses
- learn how to bake!
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hallow-witxh · a month ago
Working with Deities
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I have several more asks like these ones, so I'm going to use these to explain my stance on deity work/worship, and also who and how I work with/worship.
Before I do that, a few notes of consideration:
You don't have to work with or worship a deity to practice witchcraft. Witchcraft does not require religion.
You can be religious and not worship a deity.
Deities won't talk to you. Chances are, you're not going to spoken to directly. Most communication seems to be a mix of readings (pendulum, tarot, candle, etc) and emotional sensations.
It's not going to be easy.
Some deities are harder to work with and research than others, so depending on your experience and research skills, choose carefully.
Patience is key.
Don't expect an overwhelming result.
So let's answer the main question: what's the difference between working with and worshiping a deity? For me, personally, I believe the difference is the communication and cooperation between the deity and myself.
Working with a deity
If I'm working with a deity, I'm going to expect changes to my magical influence and expect to work more with what they specialize in. For example, when I'm not feeling like myself and I don't like who I am, I work closely with Aphrodite to help love myself again. I ask to incorporate her influence into a self-love spell, spell jar, or ritual. Her presence is an amplification of my own abilities. As thanks, I leave gifts; tokens of appreciation. Growing plants, wine, fruit, herbs, sugar cubes, bones, crystals, candles, etc. I leave them on my altar.
Worshiping a deity
When I worship a deity, I don't expect cooperation. Personally, my worshiping is very simple: I pray when it feels right, I bring gifts and offerings, I light candles in the colors corresponding to them (example: Aphrodite usually has a red or pink candle). It's very much a one-way street, a way of showing my appreciation towards their influence on my life.
Finding a deity
The first step to knowing who to work with or worship is fairly easy. Personally, i recommend working with those who already work with your style of magic or who can help influence you in a way you need. For example: I am very, very afraid of water, and I'm also afraid of the dark. It's a set of crippling fears that used to effect how I lived my life. When I realized I needed to overcome these fears, I decided to research Salacia. She is a deity of the deep sea, and her influence combined with therapy, medications, and shadow work, helped me redefine my anxiety around water and darkness. I'm also very much a homesteading/kitchen/herbal witch, so I worship Demeter, Persephone, Eir, Asclepius, and others who represent the home, heart, healing, and herbs/plants/forests.
A very important note: if you are not a part of a closed culture, that cultures deity is not drawing you to them. You are not their people. If you're being drawn to a deity from a closed culture, research deities in non-closed cultures that may have similar qualities. There will be someone else who can work with you. Greek, Norse, and Egyptian religions aren't closed, and their histories and stories are very well-known.
Is it easy/beginner-friendly?
This is my personal opinion from my personal experience: no, deity work is not very beginner-friendly. It requires a lot of in-depth research on possibly vague embodiments or extremely powerful ones. Working with any kind of deity is going to require a lot of research, boundary setting, stubbornness, and the willingness to be patient and a lot of baby/beginner witches aren't aware of how to thoroughly study accurate resources for the information they need.
However, I personally believe that worshiping any open-culture deity should be open to everyone, including baby witches/beginners. Worshiping is all about your actions towards them, meaning worship is simply a show of appreciation and devotion. Make sure that whoever you worship, you do your research, and worship in a way that feels right and not forced. If praying isn't an option for you, leaving gifts and offerings on an altar/offering dish is also a common act of worship.
Who I work with and worship?
I have been worshiping and working with what seems to be a wide variety of deities as of late. Aphrodite was one of the first deities I've ever worked with, and our work was majorly about learning to love and forgive myself for things I had no control over. Her influence, combined with therapy and medications, helped me overcome eating disorders, self-loathing, and overworking myself. A lot of her work were small rituals and short spells focusing on loving myself and finding the parts of me that I love the most. To worship her, I burn dried roses and lavender, offer seashell, sand, apple juice, and offer pieces of fruits I eat like apples and oranges. I also leave her a small bottle of my favorite scents, which is Apple N Spice from Valerie's Uncommon Scents.
As of more recently, I've been working with fewer deities and worshiping more. Sekhmet, Salacia, and Loki are three deities I've been steadfastly working with, but I tend to worship those who have a hand in things that mean the most to me. Deities that represent and have control over herbs, gardens, animals, nightmares, healing, forgiveness, anger, and chaos are more likely to get my attention.
I work with Sekhmet to help me get over being a people-pleaser and set fiercer boundaries, Salacia to help overcome my fear of water and darkness, and Loki to help invite confidence and willingness to take risks and have fun. Like Aphrodite working with me, these rituals tend to be very short, or focusing more on smoke cleansing, kitchen magic, spell jars, and other physical embodiments of magic.
Be safe, do your research, and always practice in a cleansed space. You want to make sure your space is open to your efforts. Blessed be everyone <3
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she-who-treads-on-water · 2 months ago
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Blessing water - dried Marigold petals, Hibiscus petals and Rose petals (from my garden). Has a few pinches of Garnet grains from local creek beds.
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ryanthegenderfluidwitch · 3 months ago
Offerings for Loki
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Loki is a fire giant and the Norse god of mischief and chaos. Although they often present as masculine, Loki is androgynous, genderfluid, and gender non-conforming. He is associated with many things including fire, red hair, wolves, spiders, snakes, fishing nets and mistletoe.
- Sweet Foods/Candy
- Cheap Plastic Toys
- Stuffed Animals
- Toy Boats
- Found Objects
- Norse Folk Music
- Cinnamon
- Coins
- Snake Imagery
- Apples
- Dandelions
- Pyrite
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cozycraftcafe · 7 months ago
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💗Lovely offerings to Aphrodite💗
Roses: all roses are sacred to Her.
Dark chocolates: known to be an aphrodisiac
Vanilla: organic is best
Sweet fruits: especially apples
Seashells: of all kinds
Sand: collected from the beach if possible
Seawater: if you don’t live near the ocean, make your own saltwater for Her
Olive oil: olive oil is liked by many deities
Golden honey: honey is another liked gift by many gods
Sweet perfumes: offer Her the whole bottle or wear some as a devotional act
Poems and hymns: make them about Her or about someone you love
💗Sweet devotional acts💗
Practice self-care and self-love
Feeding birds, bees, and fish and taking care of nature
Enjoying the beauty of the world
Masturbate in Her name if you feel comfortable doing so
Music, either your own or a playlist that reminds you of Her
Remember to tell the ones you are close to your love
Do a little extra for yourself - a spa day, new clothes, go a little extra on your makeup even if it is just a normal day for you, etc.
💗Cute altar ideas💗
An altar to Aphrodite should be as beautiful as you can make it. Decorate it with ocean motifs, roses (real or fake), flower garlands, nods to Her sacred animals (doves, swans, dolphins,) art of Her or erotica, rose quartz, pearls, and bright colors that capture feelings of love and the sea. An altar beside a window, on a windowsill, a vanity stand, or somewhere with a mirror. If you need to keep it secret or wish to keep a travel altar, try to keep her altar in a pretty box adorned with floral or sea decorations or something like a makeup pouch.
Having an outdoor garden altar is also a perfect option for Her - make it bird and bee friendly, use organic products (ones without pesticides) on your plants, have bird-feeders around, and have a little place where you can safely light a candle or incense for Her along with an offering bowl and a place for you to sit and enjoy the beauty she brings to you.
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dandthegods · 2 months ago
I know there’s a lot of wishes as a polytheist or pagan for a temple to worship at. And I have them OFTEN (like today I dreamt of a repurposed house used as a pluralist polytheist temple)
But honestly, I kinda just wish I had a small group of friends in the same religion. And be close enough to rent a campsite and do a small offering ritual and group hellenic hangout thing together. Judgement free, supportive, and out in nature but still private. Just would love to do burnt offerings over a large campfire and be able to talk about the gods openly and laugh with some people.
I dunno; with the seasons changing and wishing I could go camping right now, having that small group community would be nice.
Anyways, cheers!
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noctivague · a month ago
Incense in Ancient Greece
I looove incense so I really wanted to have a look at what the ancients used.  Incense comes in a wide variety of resins, woods and dried herbs so here is an overview of what one may have encountered knowing that this list is not exhaustive.
The same way that meat was burnt so that the aroma could be offered to the divine, good smelling substances in the form of incense were offered to please the gods and were part of the rituals. 
“The virtues associated to the scents are multiple: pleasure, protection, purification, communication. (...) the pleasant and often artificial scent of the rite helps to make the perception of the divine more present and noticeable, the ‘’similar is attracted by the similar’’.’’
Veronique Mehl, pdf in sources, translated by me 
It is complicated to trace the scents that were used due to them not being recorded or not being able to be archaeologically found (unlike votive offerings or animal sacrifices), especially in the case of more ordinary rituals. Very often they only call it ‘‘incense’‘ or simply refer to the act of burning, but we don’t know exactly what product they refer to.
I showed when a specific substance was indicated for a specific deity (such as in the Orphic hymns or with sacred plants), but that does not mean that you can’t offer them to other deities ! People of that time were likely to use whatever they had readily available, as long as it smelled good and seemed pleasing to the gods, so don’t feel constrained by that. Try out different things and see what feels logical to your practice or what you like to use. 
Dried plants
Laurel Leaves - Famously used at Delphi in relation to the oracle of Apollon. The leaves were chewed and burnt as an offering and to facilitate visions. Sacred to Apollo, as seen in the myth of Daphne (the greek name of laurel is daphnai), but also as a sign of victory as the god received a wreath after killing Python. The laurel is also seen as having purifying properties. In Thessalia it is also connected to Dionysos and menadism as they were said to chew on the leaves. Also connected to Asclepios. Ovid also tells us that they were burnt on altar even before resins such as myrrh were used.
Saffron - Called krokos, it wasn’t only used to dye clothes, as a pharmaceutical substance or as a fragrance but also as a burnt offering, dating back to the Minoan/Mycenaean period. It was a very pricey item due to the complexity of obtaining it. Seems particularly good to offer to Hecate as seen in the Orphic Hymn and because of the color of her robe described as saffron. Also the crocus is said to be sacred to Hermes, and there is a connection to Demeter (mentioned in her Homeric hymn) and Apollo (solar). On top of that it is connected in the Orphic Hymns to Aither. 
Barley - The seeds were thrown in fire in an act of purification and probably for the sensorial experience as well. Example of such act can be found in the Odyssey, when Nestor sacrifices a cow to Athena and burns barley as part of the ritual. 
Oak Leaves - Again in the Odyssey, Odysseus crew burns oak leaves on Helios Island when sacrificing his cows, showing us that those were ritually burnt and could be part of an offering. Oak tree is sacred to Zeus 
Myrtle - From the plant Myrtus communis. Associated mainly with Aphrodite, but also with Artemis, Dionysos and Hades and even Demeter. Garlands and wreaths were made of this and used in rituals. The leaves can be burnt as an incense. 
Pine Needles - Similar idea than with oak leaves, pine needles can be burnt for their pleasant smell. 
Mugwort - Called Artemisia vulgaris, it takes its name from the goddess Artemis and would thus make a particularly fitting offering for the goddess. 
Sage - Called elelisphakos, it was seen as a universal remedy, seen as a tonic and a cure, and used in funerary and magical rites, as well as offered to deities. In a myth, it is said that Zeus was raised by the goat Amalthea near a sage bush. 
Rosemary - Associated with funerary rites, its ever green color making it a symbol of immortality, it was also used for wreaths. Purifying properties when burnt. 
Olive - Very important plant for the ancients, a cornerstone of their diets, statues of divinities were also made from its wood. The leaves were also burnt ritually. Sacred to Athena. 
Rose Petals - Closely associated with Aphrodite, it appears in the story of Adonis as well as in the Iliad when the goddess protects the body of Hector with rose oil. Its petal can be burnt to release a fragrant scent. 
Lavender - Its association to sleep makes it a good choice for Hermes and Hypnos. 
Chamomile - From the greek khamaimēlon, meaning earth apple, it was widely used as a tea but makes for a good incense. It has a connection to solar entities. 
Violet - It appears many times in myths, sacred to Aphrodite for its sensual scent and who is connected to the birth of the flower, but also to Priapus, Iamus (son of Apollo), Orpheus, Persephone who was plucking flowers before being captured by Hades, and a symbol of the city of Athens (violet-crowned city). 
Myrtle - Sacred to Aphrodite and Demeter but also to Iacchos. 
Storax/Styrax - quoted multiple times in the Orphic Hymns, it’s a resin that comes from the plant Styrax Officinalis. It seems though that this resin is no longer available as the tree doesn’t produce it. Nowadays what we find as storax is a black bark often reduced in a powder. 
[43] XLIII. TO SEMELE The Fumigation from Storax (...)
Indicating that burning storax as an offering while reading the hymn is suitable. Also recommended for Kronos, Zeus, Proteus, Dinoysos, Demeter, Misa, Ippa, Hermes and the Graces. 
Benzoin - decided to make it separated from the Styrax category for more clarity but it is indeed the same incense ! Benzoin is the name of a wide variety of resins such as  Styrax Benzoin or Styrax Tonkinonsis, and as you can tell from the name, it comes from the same variety of the plant,  Styrax Officinalis just being the Mediterranean version, and since the later is not available you can use any type of benzoin as a good alternative. 
Frankincense - Coming from the Boswellia family, also called olibanum, this is one of the most widely used incense, often used in rituals and sacrifices, and one that is said to be suitable for all the gods. It appears many times in many instances. For example, Pytthagoras is said to have offered it Apollo. There is also the myth of Ovid where Helios turned into the body of his dead lover into the frankincense tree. 
In the Orphic Hymns, it also appears numerous times and is recommended for Ouranos, Herakles, Zeus, Thethys, Hermes, the Titans, Kouretes, Dionysos, Dike, Dikaiosune, Ares, Hephaistos, Tykhe, the Daimones, the Muses, Mnemosyne, Themis, Boreas, Zephyros and Notos.
And if one assumes that Manna is frankincense, then the hymns connect it to: the Furies, Apollo, Artemis, Asclepios, Helio, Ios, Hephaistos, Dionysos, Nike, Silenos, Thalassa, Thanatos, Hygeia and Zeus. It might not be the same though, but it is hard to know what they referred to. 
Myyrh -  From the desert plant Commiphora myrrha. Another very widely used incense in ancient Greece that appealed for its beautiful scent. 
It is mentioned multiple times in the Orphic Hymns, to Protogonos, Poseidon, Nephelai, Leto and Nereus. 
Ladanum/Laudanum/Labdanum - Extracted from Cistus Ladanifer shrubs, dating as far as the Minoan period.  
Opium - Harvested from the poppy pods, the Orphic Hymn links it to the veneration of Hypnos. The poppy is also sacred to Demeter. 
Sandalwood - with the conquests of Alexander the Great, sandalwood made its way into the panoply of substances the Greeks used to diffuse precious scents. 
Cedarwood - Sacred to Artemis, this wood produces a wonderful scent and one I like to use often. 
Cinnamon - from this plant, the bark is most commonly used and it was used as an offering. A mention of this is found when Seleucus I sends various offerings to the sanctuary to Apollon Philesios in Didymes. It doesn’t exactly says wheter cinnamon should be burnt or not but either way, you can offer its scent. 
Also I already mentioned them earlier but oak wood and olive wood are also common. 
Resources: (Orphic Hymns); Of Incense and Beans elusive plants in the Greek religion; Books of Dante (french, I used different posts as he has one for many many plants);  Olfactive and festive atmosphere of the Greek sanctuary: the smell of the divine (french).
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twelfthremedy · a year ago
Dionysus Offerings
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"Dionysus (or Dionysos) is the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy."
Large Altars:
Grape juice
Olive oil
Curved daggers
Pine incense or frankensince
Bull horns
Snake skin
Leopard or tiger print objects
Purple candles
Theatre masks
Sexual toys (He was sometimes worshipped as a giant phallus!)
Percussion instruments
Wine bottles
Small/Hidden Altars:
Fake/toy grapes
Leaves or curls from grapevines
Ivy leaves
Pine needles
Apple seeds
Toys, photos, or art of any big cats, snakes, and/or bulls
Songs you've written
Any art that you create
Any stories that you create
Art or pictures of the comedy and tragedy masks
Wine corks
Wine labels
Toy or miniature drums
Purple crystals like amethyst, grape agate, sugilite, etc.
Devotional Acts:
Make a playlist for Him
Dance and sing to your favorite songs or songs you'd think He would like
Throw a feast in His honor
Remembering to take your medication (if you have any) and taking care of your mental health
Support/donate to your local theatre in His name
Be a part of the theatre!
Stand up for those that are marginalized
Write stories/plays for Him
Invite Him to watch plays or movies with you, especially comedies or tragedies
Throw parties or attend them
Attend festivals
Attend a wine tasting
Go on wine tours
Attend parades
Masturbate or partake in sexual acts for Him (if you're comfortable doing so)
Drink alcohol or grape juice
Smoke pot (only if you want to)
Learn about winemaking
Support local vineyards
Wear wreaths made from ivy
Wear faux leopard or tiger print
Wear the color purple
Pray to Him for things such as protection while intoxicated/high, relaxation, improvement in your mental health, fertility, ecstasy, for everything going well in the theatre
Artwork from the game Hades
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pagan-witch-stuff · 4 days ago
Devotional Post to : Artemis ~ Apollo ~ Ares ~ Athena
Herbs and Leaves.
Cooked meat.
Pictures of wild animals.
Stones: Moonstone, quartz, amethyst.
Incense: Jasmine.
Devotional Acts:
Honor Apollo, Leto, Zeus.
Learn archery.
Learn feminism.
Learn herbalism.
Help animals.
Go hiking.
Cooked meat.
Musical instruments.
Stones: Sunstone, amber, yellow topaz.
Incense: Myrrh.
Devotional Acts:
Honor Artemis, Leto, Zeus.
Learn archery.
Learn music or play any instruments.
Write poems.
Watch sunrise.
Support LGBTQ+ community.
Love and take care of yourself.
Black coffee.
Sharp objects.
Medals or trophies.
Sports supplies.
Stones: Rubies, garnets, bloodstone.
Incense: Sandalwood.
Devotional Acts:
Honor Zeus and Hera. Aphrodite, his beloved. Eris and Enyo, his attendants. And his children.
Learn self defence.
Try new things.
Be brave and confident.
Don't be afraid of the dark.
Join a debate.
Maintain a healthy rivalry with friends or siblings.
Black tea.
Sweet smelling flowers.
Stones: Lapis lazuli, onyx, sapphire.
Incense: Cedarwood.
Devotional Acts:
Honor Zeus and Metis. Nike, her attendant. And the heroes she was affectionate of.
Learn history and literature.
Learn self defense.
Learn how to stitch and weave.
Teach kids younger than you.
Pay attention to your studies.
Play outdoor games.
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broomsick · 2 months ago
When it comes to deity work, it’s always enough for you to just do your best. And sometimes your best is constantly offering your deity waffles for a week straight.
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daddysdem0n · 3 months ago
Methods to Bond with Deities
Research: Reading lore, studying history and focusing on how others have bonded in the past can deepen your own bond.
Offerings & Hobbies: Leaving gifts or foods you've made or cooked shows passion and effort that many deities seem to appreciate and also they can be activities you share with your deities
Divination: Using tarot cards, pendulums, etc (any type of devination) can be a way to interpret deities Journals: Whether for yourself or for your deity, journals are a good way to review past experiences
Crafts: Whenever making something by hand, the time you spend and efforts you put in the details help make connections
Exploring: Places you discover might feel close to those you want to know better
Sharing: Talking to others about their deities can reignite passion and help you realize your own feelings
Shrines: Having a specific place to do these activities can helo you focus on them
Prayer: It doesn't have to be formal or it can be a well know prayer simply reaching out is simple and often rewarded
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marisolmoon · 2 months ago
Three Core Principles of Hekatean Witchcraft
Reading Keeping Her Keys By Cyndi Brannen in my opinion was the best way to begin as a Hekatean Witch. In her book Cyndi illustrates what the three core principles of Hekatean Witchcraft are and how they are important. I wanted to write down this snippet for my online grimoire and share it with you guys. I encourage those of you interested in following Hekate to read this book or listen to the podcast of the same name!
1. Kindness
a) Choosing to be kind honors Hekate
b) We collectively create an energy that overthrows the forces that disempower the vulnerable
c) Being kind is strength
2. Integrity
a) This includes character, strength, sincerity and dependability
3. Passion
a) Passion for living a vibrant, authentic life
b) Don't accept anything less than magickal
c) Take life by the horns
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thegrapeandthefig · 5 months ago
Yet another list of historically attested offerings
This is a list of botanical burnt remains found in several temples including:
Sanctuary of Apollo and Artemis, Kalapodi, 10th-9th c. B.C. “Pilier des Rhodies”,
Delphi, 8th-7th c. B.C.
Samian Heraion, 7th c. B.C.
Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, 5th c. B.C.
Roman Palaimonion, Pit A A.D. 50-100 Palaimonion, Pit C, late 2nd-early 3rd c. B.C.
Heroon of Messene 3rd c. BC
the "x" originally indicates where said remains have been found, I left them in as an indication of frequency.
Wheat (Triticum sp) x x x x x x
Barley (Hordeum vulgare) x x x x
Cereal cakes
Lentil (Lens culinaris) x x x x x
Fava bean (Vicia faba) x
Pea (Pisum sativum) x x x
Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) xx x
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) x
Ervil/bitter betch (Vicia ervilia) xx x
Fruits and nuts
Olives (Olea sp) x x x x
Grape (Vitis vinifera) xx x x
Fig (Ficus carica) x xx x x
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) x x x x x
Apple (Malus sylvestris/Domestica) x
Walnut (Juglans regia) - not found in Greek temples but found in Italian ones.
Hazelnut (Corylus avellana) x
Chestnut (Castanea sativa) x
Almond (Amygdalus communis) x
Date (Phoenix dactylifera) x
Pine (Pinus pinea - bracts and nuts) x x
Oak (Quercus sp - acorns) x x
Quince (Cydonia oblonga) x
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) x
Melon (Cucumis melo) x
Pistachio (Pistacia sp) x
Poppy seeds (Papaver somniferum) x x x
Basically: people offered what they had, lists like those are best used as inspiration if you don't know what to offer and informative purposes.
Source: Megaloudi, F. Burnt sacrificial plant offerings in Hellenistic times: an archaeobotanical case study from Messene, Peloponnese, Greece. Veget Hist Archaeobot 14, 329–340 (2005).
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faunthefaery · 8 months ago
Offerings On A Budget For Your Deities
These should be able to be used for any deity, however please use your personal discretion as I do not know your relationship with your deity.
Online Shrines
Wildflowers and other things gathered by you in nature
Herbs that you have around the house (in your spice rack), or that you have grown yourself
Music in general (listening to, singing, and creating)
Light a candle
Paint your nails
Go for a walk, bike ride, roller skate, skateboard
Watch a movie, youtube, tv show
Read about and educate yourself on your deity
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know-yourmagick · a month ago
Chaos dance.
Hello! This is a poem for Loki as an offering i did. 
They yell trickster, Sinner-all that’s rotten. But to those that do know better- He’s the God for the outcasts.
Ones with no home, No acceptance from the masses. The scorned and bitter.
Let them embrace the chaos. There’s no wrong in being broken. Repaired with change.
That’s what chaos is, After all-Change. There’s no shame in mischief. To dance with him in the chaos.
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theunfamiliar · 5 months ago
Hekate Master Post
So my lovely friend, is being contacted by Hekate so I've decided to make a huge master post for it! So this is for you Nixx <2
Hekate is the Queen of the night, Goddess of Witchcraft, and Queen of the Crossroads. Hekate patrols the frontier between life and death, she is the intermediary between spirits and humans.
Hekate owns the ultimate skeleton key; the key that unlocks the gates to ALL realms.
Although known from the Greek Pantheon, her name means "influence from afar" acknowledging Hekate's foreign origins. It is believed Hekate originated from what is now Georgia on the Black Sea, home of Medea, her most famous devotee and priestess.
The Greek's know her as Persephone's confidante and handmaiden.
Hekate rules wisdom, choices, expiation, victory, vengeance, and travel. She is witness to EVERY crime.
Hekate is invoked for justice, especially for sexual crimes against women and young girls.
She is invoked when justice is not forth coming from other channels.
She has the power to grant or deny any mortal's wish.
She may be invoked for protection of dogs and from dogs.
She brings victory in battle.
Hekate may be invoked for healing, especially if medication/medical help has failed.
She may be petitioned for swift and painless death.
She can banish ghost, as well as produce a ghost 'infestation'.
Favored People- Midwives, witches, healers, herbalists, dog lovers and rescuers, women.
Sacred Animals- Snakes, toads, dragons, cats, dogs, storks.
Offerings- Eggs, garlic, honey, croissants, crescent shaped pastries, candles, incense, images of dogs, taking care of dogs.
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ofcitrineandquartz · 9 months ago
Ideas for offerings and devotional acts for Apollon*
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* This is based on some of my research and personal experience! What might work for me, might not work for you and vice versa, take what you can, leave what you cannot
Offerings: ♫ Chamomile tea with honey - UPG, I’ve been offering this tea each Sunday for him and he seems to like it ♫ Libations of New Moon water - this is UPG for me, but Apollon does have an epithet meaning “He of the New Moon”, which gave me that idea! ♫ Dates - another UPG, but since Apollon is associated with palm trees and dates grow on date palms, it seems fitting ♫ Any art you make of him - kind of self-explanatory here, he’s associated with everything creative so making art of him seems fitting ♫ Clay offerings/ statues of sheep - sheep were often sacrificed in honour of Apollon, especially in Delphi before seeking guidance of the Pythia. Making sheep out of clay or buying statues of them would replace sacrifice, even in ancient times Devotional acts: ♫ Learning how to play the lyre - the lyre is one of the most prominent symbols of Apollon and He’s often presented in art with this instrument, learning how to play it would be a nice way of honouring Him ♫ Dancing and singing -  this often happened during festivals performed in honour of Apollon ♫ Learning boxing - another thing that was performed for Apollon during festivals and celebrations, you can even find mentions of this in the Iliad ♫ Writing in a devotional journal - this is a more modern way of honouring the Theoi as I’m aware, you can add art there, write prayers, put in things that remind you of Apollon etc. ♫ Practicing divination - UPG as far as I’m aware, but since Apollon’s domain are also oracles, you can practice tarot, oracle, pendulum and other forms of divination as a devotional act Books/pdfs used as a resource for this post: Apollo by Fritz Graf The Iliad by Homer, transl. Robert Fagles
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