Yesterday was Hekate’s Deipnon, which takes place during the dark phase of the moon: the end of the lunar month. At the darkest part of the month, we prepare our homes for the transition to a new month. Hekate's Deipnon is a time of purification of self, home and affairs.
So from midnight on the 12th June I began a fast, consuming only herbal teas for the whole day. During the course of the day I carried out a number of activities to keep my mind fixed on Hekate.
Firstly I spent time reading some more of the wonderful Hekate: Her Sacred Fires. Then I carried out a colouring-meditative exercise, using a line picture from the Mythic Tarot Workbook which depicts Hekate as the Moon in the Major Arcana. I just let my mind wander and choose colours as they occurred to me until the piece was completed.
Afterwards, I decided to compose the poem I posted last night then read and meditated some more.
As the evening drew in, I cleared my shrine to Hekate and reassembled it, placing the coloured image I completed earlier in the day in a frame. I then lit a stick of Nag Champa Midnight incense and then showered.
Once I was showered, I gathered together my offerings and then changed into my ritual clothing. I decided to follow the script to the Rite of Her Sacred Fires again as I had been considering this as something to do each deipnon.
During the Rite, I libated wine, water and honey into a dish and set some Hekate incense smouldering on the burner. I then delivered the poem I had devised and placed the dish of offerings on the shrine.
I had assembled an offering of garlic, an egg, goat cheese, honey bread and a whole golden trout (I had looked for red mullet but couldn’t find any, but this looked nice and felt “right”).
I spent some time in quiet contemplation and prayer and picked a card from my Mythic Oracle deck on which to meditate; I then closed the ritual with simple words of thanks and a final libation of wine.
Lighting another stick of Midnight incense, I changed and prepared myself a simple meal and a glass of wine and then relaxed for the rest of the night.
Before bed I anointed myself with some oil infused with herbs to help with opening up my mind to dreams and portents. Overnight I had some jumbled dream images, but nothing concrete. Snakes, dogs, candle flames, smoke and the sound of a heartbeat. Nothing was very clear but still interesting, even if it was only my brain trying to make sense of the day’s events.
Today I removed the offerings from the shrine and left a red rose in their place, deposited the food and libations outside onto the ground where Nature can take them up.
"Torch-bearing Hekate holy daughter of great-bosomed Nyx (Night)."
~Greek Lyric IV Bacchylides, Frag 1B