Day 8 after the New Moon is associated with honouring Poseidon (Mikalson, 1975). However because Hecate and Poseidon share many similarities (see The Goddess Hecate and the God Poseidon, and Askei Kataskei Issue 6, page 17), and because Einalian is one of Hecate’s epithets, we can bring them together into a ritual. This ritual which is to be conducted on day 8 after the New Moon was created by Hazel as part of her Torchbearer commitments in 2016 with contributions from other CoH devotees. While this ritual is designed to honour both Hecate and Poseidon, how much emphasis you wish to delegate between the two is up to the devotee. Water is commonly associated with emotions (Rankine and d’Este, 2008) so the idea behind choosing your own work here is being able to fulfil whatever work you need to do for yourself emotionally.
Some ritualistic ideas to work on yourself emotionally include:
• Undertaking your regular healing or divination routine.
• To simply “be” letting your emotions come and go in whichever setting you want.
• Paying attention to your emotions, or even writing down things.
• Being artistic or creating something for Hecate, or any other oceanic deity.
• Visualising being on a beach and seeing where it takes you.
• “Stepping into” a painting or an image and see where it takes you.
If you want to honour other oceanic deities, then you are free to incorporate them into your ritual here.
Set up your altar with the following items, and then prepare yourself as you normally do for rituals (bath, shower).
• Chalice of water to drink from.
• Offerings for both Hecate and Poseidon (especially a liquid offering).
• Any materials needed for your chosen work.
• Receptacle for liquid offering.
• Bowl of water with salt.
• Oil for anointing (you might also want a tissue for your fingers and to avoid drips).
Light your red candle.
Place hands on your heart for 3 beats, then place your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand on your lips for 3 beats and then on your brow for 3 beats. Enclose your thumbs within your fists and raise both arms to the heavens with palms facing upwards. Open your hands and with your palm upwards in your left hand, bring your right arm to your side palm facing downwards.
Recite your personal Hymn to Hecate.
Take three deep breaths in, make sure you are comfortable and say the following:
May my heart burn with desire for understanding (Touch your heart)
May my lips speak words of illuminated truth (Touch lips)
May my visions be filled with divine knowledge (Touch brow)
Anoint yourself with your oil and then proceed.
Invoke Hecate Einalian using the CoH hymn
Hail Hecate Einalian Titaness grand-daughter of Eurybia Who bestows the Seas bounty as She pleases Riding upon the waves you bring Strength and the spirits of the Ocean Within your waters shallow, like a safe harbour, Do you offer me the safety of the familiar and the known Yet in your fathoms lie hidden secrets, The realm of my deepest unconscious. Cocooned in your warm waters Down in the darkest gradient I surrender. Submerged, entombed, I harken to the mysteries of rebirth. You temper the rages that overwhelm this vessel And threatens to weather its spirit. Your mighty bellowing and flashes of brilliance Quickens me with fertile thoughts. You are the reflective light that dances upon the ocean waves Travel with us as the starlight of guidance. We’ll find you in the stillness of the water As your beacon of light pierces The oceanic depths of our being, Illuminating our ways. Wild and free you breathe birth and calm, Beautiful and placid and ever uplifting Yet turn around and that’s all gone, Death and destruction is yours. But on and on you flow and ebb, the tide of life. Within the stillness we know you ride the wave Moving on the ones who could not be saved. You shimmer and dance and delight all who see You Hecate Einalian, Goddess of the Sea!
Invoke Hecate and Poseidon together
God and Goddess of the Oceans, I invoke you Earth-shaker Poseidon, Celestial Hecate I call to you Lord and Lady who bestow the seas bounty and offer safe passage I hail to you! Teach me the wisdom of the horse! Grant me the magick of the seas! Reveal to me my monsters of the deep! Lover and Mother of the Dog-headed Scylla I call and ask of you To help me understand the powers of the Oceans.
Give your offerings and as you do speak from your heart. Let the words and emotions come to you intuitively.
Your chosen work
Then conduct your chosen work. If you don’t know where to start, you can start with the section “Exploring Her” in my blog piece On Hecate Einalian. There is also a hymn to get started with Hecate Krataiis and a hymn prior to divination in my blog piece Oceanic Hymns.
Give your thanks to Hecate, Poseidon or any other deities you have invoked and remember to speak from the heart and then say to complete the ritual:
Bring me your oceanic secrets as I ebb and flow the depths of the sea. Bring me your guiding light as I make voyage upon your waves of wisdom. Bring me thirst of knowledge as I sip from your life-giving waters.
Mindfully take a sip of water from your chalice.
Hekate Einalian, Goddess of the Sea Bring me safe passage as I devote myself to thee.
END OF RITUAL
For acknowledgement of Hymns, see Hymns to Oceanic Hecate
Mikalson, J.D. 1975 The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year. Princeton University Press, USA.
Rankine, D and d’Este, S. 2008. Practical Elemental Magick. BM Avalonia, London.