Hestia Annointing Oil

Ever since I dedicated myself to Hestia, I’ve discovered that working with a goddess with such a low profile means I have had to create my own practices and rituals.  On the one hand, as a book-learned witch, this is a bit intimidating.  On the other hand, it offers me plenty of opportunities to be creative.

To that end, one of the customs I am working into my daily practice is the use of an anointing oil.  I use it not only for dressing candles, but in consecration of various items: the pots and pans I use, the crock pot, the fridge, the doorjamb of the front door.  The oil provides a conduit between myself and Hestia.  Through that conduit we speak and outline those parts of my home and my life I want in which I want her direct involvement. Continue reading Hestia Annointing Oil

New Year. New Goddess. New Word.

Despite being a practicing Pagan for years I’ve never formalized my relationship with a deity. I’ve worked with goddesses in the past. Most recently I’ve spent two years honing my magical practice under the tutelage of Hekate. The focus of study was spellwork, protection, connecting with the elemental powers around me, and tapping into my own personal power.

Over the last few months, though, my need for a sword and shield via my relationship with Hekate has lessened. As the question of home and food and work have been settled, I find I want to nurture this new life. And to that point Hekate has stepped back.  In her place another goddess, Hestia, has moved to the forefront of my practice.

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