The Dead Received : St. Mark’s Eve Results 💀

Ghost in a church by Shanta4

This year I did not divine on the Eve of St. Mark. Apollo came to me in a vision clad in black and told me there was no need. They would be revealed to me in a few days. And sadly he was right. Because by the next day (St. Mark’s Day) it was revealed that my uncle’s wife has an aunt who had a massive stroke.

And she’s expected to die. Yesterday I was told by my uncle that my great uncle was also hit by a stroke. We were told he’s expected to die within a matter of hours. Despite all of that, I am not upset. Mostly because I wasn’t too close with either.

But also because after my grandfather’s death predicted by St. Mark’s Eve, I am not scared or shocked anymore. It would have to be someone really close to me. Maybe that’s callous but it also happens to be true.

From Remsphoto

The shadow of death has fallen. In conjunction with Lord Hermès entering his retrograde. And with St. Mark and St. George who I believe are riding the winds in a sort of invisible wild hunt. The energy is changing all around us.

A reaping in Spring is what I call it.

When my relatives pass I might not be able to do readings or magic. It all depends on my emotional or spiritual state. I am also going to ask my high priest what is or isn’t allowed during mourning. For the ancient Greeks, there was a 13 day morning period in which the Gods could not be worshipped. The reason for this is because we are spiritually and energetically unclean during that time.

Not because we are “unworthy” but because death is a powerful negative force. And it leaves a temporary spiritual taint even in people surrounded by death. That lasts at least that long. For the Romans it was 9 days.

Chthonic Hermes (Hermes Khthonios)

I am not sad but I do feel numb. So much death and so fast. Last year there was no one I knew who was going to die at that St. Mark’s Divination. So it’s been at least a year since I didn’t lose anyone. And lately I’ve been thinking about my pain.

And how to make it stop. I keep thinking about going to therapy again. Maybe I should. I think I need to refresh my brain. And truthfully what I really need is a vacation.

A real fucking vacation. Maybe Cuba. Go there and visit the Sierra Maestra mountains and meet the indigenous people there. Get a cleansing done. Visit the other spiritual people there.

Or Haiti. I have dreamed of Haiti since I started practicing Voodoo and Hoodoo. Since I have worshipped the Loa. And even had a strange dream about going there that had a lot of religious significance. I feel like Haiti is as much home as Cuba is.

Write my stories again. Gods know I would love that. If only I could fucking afford it. I just need a day off. A real day off.

At this point the dead have more of a vacation than I do. Hermes is their tour guide. How sad is that?

I have decided to do shadow work again. It’s been a long time since I confronted my shadow self. I need to listen to him again and see what the root of my problems are. And also apologize to him for not being the best caretaker. I care about everyone else but not me.

I think things were better when I was selfish. Then I didn’t need to care about anyone else. Just me and whatever I wanted. I look back on my earlier life. And I started thinking : I may not have accomplished much but damn it I had some fun.

More fun than I’m having now. Ever since I became Mr. Save the world I don’t have as much fun. You know there was a funny fortune cookie that once said,

“Nostalgia is realizing things weren’t quiet as bad as we thought before,”

Or something like that. I wonder if I will look at this time with nostalgia. I have a feeling of impending doom almost. Waiting for the other shoe to drop. The waiting is killing me. And what’s worse is thinking I am crazy for waiting for something bad to happen that might not happen at all.

I need a cruise….whoops, sorry Charon not that kind of cruise

Sorry for being Emo. Its annoying as hell I know. But I can feel a mass reaping coming on. Maybe it’s the war in Ukraine or maybe it’s something else. Either way now is the time to prepare and do rituals and prayers to ward it off.

If you are into apotropaic magic now is the time to do special rituals to protect yourself. I would also recommend special cleansings. Since both Saints Mark and George’s feasts passed recently I think I will appeal to them. Well that’s all for now. Take care of yourselves is all I can say.

I have to go Adult and actually treat myself good (damn it)

– M

Jupiter & Saturn : The Great Conjunction of the Winter Solstice

The God Saturn, the original King of the Roman Gods. Some view him as Kronos, King of the now defeated Titanoi

Remember the Great Conjunction is happening tonight. The first time since the Middle Ages. Christians view this as a Star of Redemption. For me this is a Star of reconciliation. Zeus and Kronos, Father and Son, United as one.

The former God king of the universe with the current God king. A new era about to be unleashed. The problem with new eras is that there are usually a lot of old conservative assholes who want things to stay as they are. That and old problems that resurface to be destroyed. So be excited but also be down to earth.

Hope for the best. But understand that this isn’t Harry Potter. A magical wand won’t solve all your problems. Only you can do that. So go outside under the conjunction and give offerings to the two Lords of Heaven.

Jupiter or Zeus depending on your view

Tonight is good for all white magic. And actually all dark magic as well. It’s a night of duality. Of sun and moon. And or reconciliation between hurt parties.

If these two can make up even for one astrological conjunction, then anyone can. Tonight is sacred to the Gods of light and dark. It is the Divalia, the Feast of Aset, the Rites of Soyal, the Korochun, and the Winter Solstice. And sacred to the Hopi Spider Woman and the Hawk Maiden. And who knows what other sacred feasts there are.

It’s also the first quarter moon. And some Wiccans choose this moon to honor Nemesis, the Hellenic Goddess of divine justice. This means, one can pray to the great Goddess to ask for a setting of the record. A righting of wrongs and balancing of the karmic scales. Now, for Wiccans, karma has a different connotation than Hindu karma.

But basically, a reset of your destiny and fortunes. Just remember, with lady Nemesis, you could be in for a bumpy ride. She was Zeus’ right hand in his ruling Olympian regime. She took care that all things were done in moderation. Even those being punished, weren’t punished all the time.

Hail νέμειν Némein, Nemesis. The Goddess of Divine Justice and Wrath against wrongdoers.

That this occurs during a lunar phase where at least some people worship Nemesis and do magic with her is no coincidence. We should also appeal to Némein and ask her to help heal old wounds. And along with lords Zeus and Kronos, end all conflict. Hopefully before the next year wrecks our shit. Now remember you need to becareful.

Because in addition to all this, natural phenomenon like a conjunction brings down good and evil in equal measure. A pregnant woman should not be out there. Or anyone who has a delicate health condition. That’s the way my Godmother in Santeria taught me. And even a healthy person or someone who isn’t pregnant shouldn’t be out under a conjunction or a special type of phenomenon for too long.

Because these events naturally thin the veil more than usual. And good and evil spirits can reach us across time and space. The only other time a person is that accessible to the spirit world is on their birthday. And women on their periods are naturally more open to spiritual energy (as taught to me by a Shaman from Peru). So these are things to consider.

You don’t actually have to go outside. If you have altars you can use one for sky Gods and another for Gods of the dead and do dual offerings. Ask the Gods of the dead to reap away the negative energy of the old year. And ask the Sky Gods to fill the void from the reaping with good luck and good energy. Ask to be blessed on the new year.

Remember, the Winter Solstice happens at midnight. And the power of the Sun Gods’ return can bless you.

Lord Apollon (Apollo) and his Sun Chariot

If you must go outside, wear a warding charm. Do your prayers and protections etc.. and leave your offerings. Pray for what you want. Then return immediately. Don’t stay outside longer than you have to.

This conjunction will be up there at least for a while. Remember you can do this inside on your altars as well. So with that said, let me finish this post with some Live YouTube streams of the conjunction!

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Spiritual alignment of the Winter Solstice

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long. The real world was calling. But now I’m back to tell you about the Christmas Full Moon on none other than the Winter Solstice. Not to mention some other things I have noticed. For starters let’s look at the holidays on December 21st.
We have the Divalia/Angernalia, Korochun, the Rites of Soyal, and the various “Return of the Sun” holidays across traditions. The Divalia or Angernalia was sacred to Angerona, a Roman Goddess who removed suffering from people. She is worshipped on this day because the Winter is at the height of it’s power during this time. Sacrifices were made to her in the Temple of Voluptia (Sacellum Volupiae) to alleviate the people’s burdens. Other sources state it was at *Curia Acculeia.
While I have not yet found the actual offerings given to her, I can guess based on what she stood for. I will give libations of honey on my Roman God altar. Korochun is a Slavic holiday where Czernobog (The Black God) the malevolent God of Darkness and Winter and all his dark spirits are at their strongest. But as usual, there’s another side to the story. Many of his modern followers claim he was not really malevolent but simply the embodiment of the dark side of nature.
On the 23rd of December, the Sun is reborn. Or is it the Goddess Koliada? Simbolic of Winter reaching the height of it’s power, only for the Sun to return. Korochun is also seen as a time to honor the ancestral dead. Fires are lit at cemeteries and a log is set ablaze on the crossroads to keep the dead warm.
And as usual, feasts are made. The Rites of Soyal are rituals of the Hopi Nation. It is about Creation and commemorate both the Hawk Maidan (who represents the Sun) and the Spider Woman (who created the Universe and represents Winter). Now, I have heard some contradictory dates. Some people have said they are done on December 16th and others state they are done on the Winter Solstice.
After doing a personal divination and asking them for guidance, they and my spirits told me to do it on the Solstice. It’s also possible that it’s a week long ritual from the 16th to the 21st. Though that’s just my guess. First Nations magic and religion is often limited only to the initiated as shamans. Or to natives themselves.
So my understanding of it is limited.
To me it makes the most sense to do it on the Solstice. But the 16th and the rest of the days could be in preparation for the actual day. One theory anyway. But what makes it extra interesting this year, is that the Full Moon falling on the Winter Solstice. Making it a true Christmas Full Moon.
The Solstice begins at the 21st and continues on the 22 of December. But the moon begins it’s appearence starting, Friday. You can already begin to see Full Moon a day in advance. And the power of the moon is felt a day before and after it. This year’s final full moon is called “The Cold Moon” or “Long Night Moon” as well as Oak, Winter, or Wolf Moon.
I particularly appreciate calling it the “Long Night Moon” because the Solstice is the longest night. It will be in the sign of Cancer in 0°. Heathens believe the Solstice ends on New Year’s Day. But I personally follow the Nordic-Scottish tradition of celebrating it until Up Hella Aa which is the last Tuesday of January. Lots of Bonfires and drinking, just like Hogmanay on New Year’s Day!
Although I follow a mostly European pattern for the Solstice, I give offerings to all the Gods and spirits on all my altars. I give offerings to the Spider Woman in thanks for reaping the negative, and creating the Universe. And I beg Hawk Maidan to return to warm the lands. Though usually I only beg for that in other states in the US because Florida is hotter than Satan’s nutsack. I beg Apollon and Helios to return.
As well as Kolayda and Koliada. On my Vodoun and Santeria altar, where I practice an assortment of African magics, I beg Mawu to restore the heat to places plagued by the cold.
I beg Amateratsu to leave her cave and return to warm the world. I beg Sol Invictus to show his children that no winter can conquer the sun. I of course feed the ancestors and other spirits including the Nisse which are Nordic elves.
I ask them to give us bounty. Offerings also to Odin, Thor, and Hold Nickar. I also do rites to the Roman Goddess Vesta for she is the protectress of us all during Winter. I feed the Native American spirits as well. I basically leave offerings and libations everywhere.
So, my outside altars have bits and pieces of food I can spare as well as libations of eggnog. I started feeding them Eggnog when I didn’t have anything else to offer due to issues with money. To my surprise, not just the nature entities but my ancestors and roaming dead as well as the Gods enjoyed it. So normally I have to stock up on eggnog to have enough. I use non alcoholic Eggnog outside so that the animals who act as conduits for the spirits and Gods don’t get harmed.
I always do everything possible for my offerings to be animal friendly. Even when leaving bread, I make sure to tear them to tiny pieces so that they are easy to eat and digest.
My ancestors had to point that out to me one day. I was going to write about how I celebrate Yule the Nordic way, but I think this is better. It shows you an overall view of how I do it.
Next year I will write in detail how I celebrate Yule with Odin and the others. What I will mention is that my favorite part of Yule is midnight December 25th. This is Mōdraniht (Mother’s Night) when the Dísir (female spirits and Goddesses) come to visit. I make a dumb supper, which is leave a plate of food for a spirit as a supper, and I do spiritualist sessions welcoming the spirits into my home. I get to especially enjoy conversations with my deceased grandmother and great grandmother as well as Freya and other Goddesses.
I do Divinations about what needs to happen in my life and plan the new year ahead from there. Because the time of the dead is from 12am-2am, I celebrate it since midnight and I stay awake doing whatever rituals or offerings are needed to appease them. I continue doing the rituals later on around Sunset of the same day all through the night until it’s over. It’s a time for me to really talk with some of my kin and become enthralled in the wisdom of the Goddesses and the women of the other side. Although this is usually for Nordic spirits, I have non Nordic Goddesses and spirits who participate.
This is usually my alone time when I zen out. So anyways, that’s what we have to look forward to!
Happy Holidays everyone,
– M
P.S.
Be sure to enjoy this wonderful Solstice post.
* Curia refers to classes of Roman citizens. So it’s possible this was a local meeting house of the Citizenry.