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Voces Magicae and the Mystical Invocation: "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui" in the

Updated: Oct 15, 2023


Ancient magical traditions have long intrigued scholars and enthusiasts alike with their mystical incantations, spells, and rituals. Among these captivating practices, the "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui" incantation stands out, with its deep connection to the enigmatic Goddess Hecate and its association with voces magicae—mystical words of power.


Hecate: The Multifaceted Goddess

In Greek mythology, Hecate occupies a unique and multifaceted role. She is linked to various aspects of life, including magic, witchcraft, crossroads, and the underworld. Often depicted as a triple-headed goddess, Hecate has intrigued seekers of ancient wisdom for generations.





Voces Magicae and the Chant: "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui"

Voces magicae, or magical words, were an essential element of ancient mystical practices. These words held inherent power, and their recitation was believed to unlock potent forces. The incantation "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui" is a prime example of such a mystical utterance.


This incantation, discovered in the Greek Magical Papyri, consists of the following phrase: "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui, Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui, Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui, Phobantia Semnē." The repetition of this phrase three times, denoted as "thrice," was a common practice in ancient magical rituals, believed to amplify its potency and effectiveness.


On the full moon in May, many devotees of Hecate participate in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, where this phrase is changed. Here's a video created by the Sanctuary of Hekate Polymorphos that demonstrates how to say the words.





The Mystical Intent

The primary purpose of invoking Hecate through this incantation was to seek her divine favor, protection, or assistance in various magical endeavors. Believers relied on Hecate as a deity who could grant blessings, offer guidance, and empower their mystical pursuits.


Unveiling the Secrets

The true meaning and intent of "Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui" can vary depending on the larger ritual or spell in which it was employed. Scholars have dedicated themselves to deciphering the intricate mysteries of voces magicae and their role in the Greek Magical Papyri.


Studying these ancient texts allows us to peer into the spiritual and magical practices of the past, offering a window into a world where spirituality, magic, and mythology intertwine seamlessly. The fascination with voces magicae and their connection to deities like Hecate continues to captivate our imagination, reminding us of the enduring allure of the mystical and the esoteric.


"Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui" transcends being a mere collection of words; it serves as a conduit to ancient beliefs and practices. Within its syllables lies the invocation of Hecate, the enigmatic goddess, and a portal into the realms of voces magicae, where words held the power to shape reality and unlock the secrets of the unseen.


Do you use voces magicae in your practice? What types of words do you use? How do you feel it impacts or even empowers your magical working?


Rev. Renee Sosanna Olson Keybearer to the Covenant of Hekate Founder of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo

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I first was introduced to the voces magicae in the Rites of Her Sacred Fires and since then I'm fascinated by them and try to work with them. So thanks for giving some more context in this article. The chant in the video is absolutely beautiful. <3

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