Stand Alone Workshops

Please note:
The short rituals in these workshops require a quiet area and sufficient time to be performed successfully. If the ritual component is desired, please ensure this very needed requirement is provided.

Ancient Curses and Binding Spells

A brief overview of curses and binding spells used in the Mediterranean area during the Graeco-Roman period, focusing on Egypt.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an invocation to Osiris, so as to illustrate a technique used as part of a binding spell.

Ancient Ritual to Encounter a Familiar Spirit

The use of familiar spirits by practitioners of magic began in ancient times and continues even today. Witches, cunning folk, wizards and others have all turned to them as a source of wisdom and increased ritual power. For ancient Greek-speaking sorcerers the familiar spirit was called a parhedros, which usually referred to a divine being that functioned as a supernatural assistant. The parhedros made it possible for the sorcerer to perform what humans couldn’t accomplish alone, especially regarding divination, dream transmissions, and revelations by dreams. While there are numerous way of contacting familiar spirits, this ritual will explore an authentic ancient technique used by Greek-speaking sorcerers to call on a parhedros.

While this ritual has been chosen to continue on from the lecture “Familiar Spirits used by Witches and Cunning Folk”, it works very well on a standalone basis.

Aphroditê, the Goddess of Love

Aphrodite was originally a fertility goddess whose domain encompassed all of nature. As time went on, her role of a goddess of love overshadowed her role as a fertility deity. She presided over marriage and prostitution, but had numerous other roles including warfare and bestowing victory. Aphrodite had a wrathful side to her nature where she punished people who failed to give her due worship or failed to honor pledges. In earlier art she was clothed, while later she was portrayed unclothed and rising out of water.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) an invocation of Aphroditê using Graeco-Egyptian Magick. will be included.

Commerce Magick

A brief overview of techniques used by shopkeepers in the ancient world so as to maximise their profits. These techniques are readily applicable to optimising contemporary businesses.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an invocation to Hermes, so as to illustrate a technique used to bring customers into a shop.

Introduction to Graeco-Egyptian Magick

Egypt during the Graeco-Roman period was a melting pot of numerous spiritual and philosophical movements drawn from the length and breadth of the Hellenic Empire. Graeco-Egyptian magick was the last flowering of pagan magick in Egypt and consisted of a blending of a number of ancient magickal streams. This system of magick has a number of unique features very different to those of contemporary systems.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an angelic invocation so as to provide a practical illustration of the basic principles of Graeco-Egyptian magick.

Invocation of Bast

Bast (or Bastet) was commonly portrayed as a woman with a cat’s head holding a sistrum, or as a cat itself. She was commonly thought to represent the beneficent powers of the sun. While Bast has a vicious side to her nature, where she decapitates the Underworld snake, Apophis, and destroys vermin, she was usually thought of as a kindly goddess of joy, music and dancing. Her feast was celebrated with processions of flower laden barges and orgiastic ceremonies, consisting of music, licentious dancing and unrestrained wine-drinking. The sacred rattles, known as sistra were shaken as a sign of jubilation.

Bast will be invoked using Graeco-Egyptian magick.

Invocation Miscellaneous Deities

Anubis Invocation

Isis Invocation

Poseidon Invocation

These will be invoked through Graeco-Egyptian magick and/or poetic hymns.

Invocation of Pan

Pan was the Arcadian god of shepherds and their flocks, and goatherds and their herds. He was portrayed as a man with goat feet, ears and horns, and usually ithyphallic. He was venerated in caves and symbolized procreation. He invented the panpipe (seven-reed syrinx) and was fond of singing and dancing with the nymphs. Pan was capable of causing panic in individuals, animals and armies.

Pan will be invoked through a combination of Graeco-Egyptian magick and poetic hymns.

Magickal Initiation in Egypt

Initiation and training for magickians in Egypt during the Graeco-Roman period was taken very seriously. It would entail long apprenticeships, some of which was spent in underground chambers. People in ancient times saw a close relationship between magick and the mystery cults. Magick was a gift of the gods, and was in some cases facilitated through the action of an assistant or guardian spirit.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an invocation to Khepri, the scarab god, so as to illustrate a technique used to access your guardian spirit.

Necromancy in the Ancient World

Necromancy is the act of conjuring the dead for purpose of divination. Widely practiced throughout the ancient world, it includes the evocation of ghosts, oracles of the dead, and reanimation. Necromancy involves dissolving the barriers between the living and the spirits of the dead, so that the spirits, no longer fettered by physical bodies, can divulge information not normally available to the living.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) an invocation to the Daimon of the Dead, will be included so as to illustrate a technique used for working with the spirits of the dead. [Note that Daimon means spirit.]

Ritual to Contact the Dearly Departed

While there are numerous way of contacting our loved ones who have passed over, this ritual will explore an authentic ancient technique which calls upon the Daimon (Spirit) of the Dead as a means of contacting them.

In ancient times, everyone was thought to have special powers at the moment of death. The embodiment of these powers, known as the Daimon of the Dead, was capable of going into the underworld to contact deities, the dearly departed, and also the spirits of those still living.

The Daimon of the Dead was a powerful force capable of being harnessed by Graeco-Egyptian sorcerers and sorceresses to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles for love spells and for obtaining vengeance on behalf of those wrongfully accused. The Daimon of the Dead was also one of the sources of power so skillfully employed by Medea, a powerful witch and priestess of Hecate and the niece of the great witch Circe.

While this ritual has been chosen to continue on from the lecture “Curses and Hauntings in Pop Culture”, it works very well on a standalone basis.

Selene, The Moon Goddess

The lunar cycles are linked with the tides and menstruation, and have been traditionally used by farmers to optimize agriculture. The full moon has been linked with behavioral changes. An effective way of experiencing lunar energies is through the moon goddess, Selene. Selene’s golden crown was said to illuminate the night sky. Every night, Selene journeyed across the heavens, clad in splendid robes, riding in a chariot drawn by two white horses, mules, or cows. Sometimes she was portrayed as mounted on a horse, mule, or bull. The horns of the bull and cows symbolized the crescent moon.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an angelic invocation so as to provide a practical illustration of the basic principles of Graeco-Egyptian magick.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) it is possible to include an invocation of Selene using Graeco-Egyptian Magick.

The Practice of Ancient Greek Religion Today

Religion was so seamlessly integrated into the fabric of ancient Greek society that there was no actual word for it. Ancient Greece was divided into a number of city states, each of which was independent and differed from the others in many respects, including religious beliefs and practices. Additionally, public worship differed from domestic worship, and practices differed over time.

This workshop will give a brief overview of what is known about ancient Greek religion, why it still fascinates so many, and how it can be made relevant today.

If time and circumstances permit, (see note) a prayer to Athena, using Greek traditions will be included.