Hope is a thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings a tune without words
And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson
As you have probably noticed, this journey through the Houses is a much more loosely focused theme than others we have examined in past years. There is lots more we could have discussed, but I am allowing myself to detour, pause, skip, and go lightly on these travels. I hope this is not too disappointing.
Perhaps this is actually due to something going on in my Sixth House, the House of discipline, focus, work routine, and, as Molly Hall called it, the House of the hard slog.
Well, I don’t know about you, but lately, I am just not in the mood for any more hard slogs than I already have to put up with. Certainly not here. After many years of my blog being the most important, unfailing priority each and every day without fail, I am no longer in love with Blog Slog.
So, as we depart our discussions here, I give thanks for the gifts of the Sixth House, to show us where we need to buckle down, and defer instant gratification and distractions, in order to persevere for a long-range goal. And when to let it go.
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Today is the last day of the solar and lunar month, and so is most sacred to the great Triple Goddess, Hecate. On this day, we honor Her as Queen of the Night and the Goddess of Witches. Hecate is a protector of women, mighty advocate for the disenfranchised, and She who guards the crossroads. It is She who teaches us the ancient Mysteries.
In ancient times, worshipers would leave a “Hecate’s Supper” with specially prepared foods as offerings to Her. The offerings were also gifts to appease the restless ghosts, called apotropaioi by the Greeks. These offerings are to be left behind at a three-way crossroads at night, without looking back.
May your feast for Hecate on this night of the Dark Moon be infused with magicks rich and deep.