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Working Altar

Ghost Festival

This altar is the altar I keep set up in my bedroom year-round, and it serves as my work space. Currently, it’s decorated for Ghost Festival.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s on my altar:

  • Skulls – specifically for Ghost Festival, to celebrate the deceased
  • Flower arrangements – to welcome Autumn and the harvest
  • Incense burners – incense are burned for various purposes; such as spells, cleansing, honoring
  • Salt – sometimes used for cleansing items
  • Dagger – used for directing energy and cutting herbs
  • Cauldron – used for burning items; such as incense, herbs, and paper used in spells
  • Tealight candle – a new one is placed on my altar each night during Ghost Festival, lit, and allowed to burn until it goes out on its own
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Ghost Festival

Ghosts Festival begins August 18, and lasts through August 31.

Ghost Festival celebrations:

  • Honoring a range of spirits and listening to what they have to say
  • Researching death rituals of other cultures
  •  Visiting the graves of those I have lost in my life
  • Brushing off the headstones of those I know, and those I do not know
  • Lighting a vigil candle each night to remember the deceased
  • Recognizing death as part of the life cycle

 

Hecate’s Days

Hecate’s Days are from August 13 to August 17. This originated from the Greeks, who celebrated Hecate on August 13 each year, the day when she protected their land from harvest-destroying storms, which the moon may cause at that time. I decided to make this a five day celebration for my personal practices.

Who is Hecate?

Hecate is a goddess of witchcraft, magic, the night, the moon, and ghosts. She is the goddess of crossroads, who holds the skeleton key to unlock all of the realms. In Greek mythology, she assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her with her torches.

Symbols of Hecate:

  • key
  • torch
  • cauldron
  • knife
  • broom
  • wolves and black dogs
  • horses
  • snakes and dragons

What drew me to Hecate?

Hecate is the liberator of women, setting them free from human-made bonds. She guides us at the crossroads when we are lost. She feeds our creativity. She represents the darkness within us, showing us our whole self.

I saw symbols of her showing up in dreams in a very dark time in my life, years ago. I began to honor her, and follow her guidance out of those times from that day forward.

How do I honor her?

  • An altar. I’m constantly putting new things on Hecate’s altar, but currently, I’ve got a snake statue, a wolf statue, a picture of horses, a cauldron candle, a black candle, and a stuffed raven.
  • Offerings. I leave honey at a crossroads. I set a small jar of lavender on the altar. I burn black candles.

At the end of Hecate’s Days, I remember the queen of the ghosts, and I begin the Ghost Festival.