This series, which I hope to publish every Friday, will focus on specific prayers for the Thiasos of the Starry Bull. These prayers may be original creations, chants, translations of ancient prayers, or analyses of modern ones, but all will be useful for members of the Thiasos. That said, let’s get started!
There’s been a slight change in setup this week. Normally, I post a short prayer that we can use in everyday situations; this time, I’m going to be a bit more specific. Also, as you will see, I will not exactly be posting a prayer.
This coming Wednesday, 13 August, will mark the first Hekatesia the Thiasos of the Starry Bull has celebrated together. It is not a day traditionally given to Hekate, and we–as a group–have a blank slate upon which to create our own ritual.
In our most recent Starry Bull Chat, we developed that ritual outline; I present it here to you. Adapt it as you see fit!
- In the next few months–August, September, October–we will be celebrating several festivals that tie to the Dead, particularly restless and/or angry dead. This can be difficult to do with fear holding us back. Take some time and think about what you are truly afraid of–the big fears, the ones that keep you from fully enjoying your life. You can start thinking about this now, or right at the time of your Hekatesia ritual; up to you.
- Got those fears in mind? Good. Find an object that represents them. Create an object, if you would like. Imbue that object with your fear. Cast your fear into it; let it slip from you like the last glass of water poured from a pitcher.
- On the night of August 13, gather together some offering materials: the object described in Step 2; a candle (tealight will do) in a holder that is not easily tipped over; food and drink to offer to Hekate.
- Light the candle and carry it, along with your offerings and the fear-object, to a nearby crossroads with an oak growing at it. (If you don’t have oaks in your area, a cypress will do; if you have none of these, try to find one that has a tree, or one that feels somehow powerful.
- Place the candle and the food- and drink-offerings at the crossroads. Place the object alongside them, and pray to Hekate. Offer Her the food and drink, and the light of the candle.
- Offer Her the object. Give your fear to Her. She is the Mistress of all things lost and missing; She can help you recover the parts of you, of your life, that have been hidden or kept at bay by this fear. Ask Her for Her guidance in removing that fear and reclaiming your most authentic self.
- If you wish, stay and pray or meditate for a while. When you feel you are done, turn and leave; leave everything there at the crossroads. As you leave, do not look back; to do so shows disrespect to the Goddess and the chthonic entities in Her train.
Emily Kamp is a Hellenic polytheist, devoted in particular to Hestia, Hermes, and Dionysos the Starry Bull. When not teaching high-school Latin or making horrendous puns, she is the moderator of an online shrine to Hestia (which doubles as a daily devotional for polytheists of all stripes).