Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Witch's Guide to Budget Shopping: Manila

It was stormy when we reached Manila. After a grueling 6 hours of delay in the flight, the aircraft landed smoothly even though its near zero visibility on the runway. We also have to endure the damp travel to our hotel in Quezon City. There are a lot of things that we want to do in the capital, the most important thing that we wanna do though, is to buy supplies for our witchy stuffs. So in this guide, I will try to recall as much as I can the places where a budget conscious witch like me could buy things at a lower price. 

First stop is Binondo. The city offers not just tasty food that could satisfy the palate, but it also offers a wide variety of crystals and herbs. You need to look for stuff that you dont normally find elsewhere. They have ginseng and other charms and trinkets that they can cleanse and bless for you. The shops in Binondo are not very budget friendly though and you could get some of the items they offer at a lower price elsewhere. We went to this famous shop in Binondo called Dragon Phoenix and the prices of crystals start at around PHP 500.00 up.

If you want to buy Philippine made masks, sculpture replicas and my personal favorite- a nicely hand made journals, The Manila Collectibles is the place to go. They offer a wide variety of Philippine items like T'nalak, Urns, hand made curious and artworks. The prices in this shop ranges from PHP 500.00 up. 

Our next stop is the Philippines' own Diagon Alley where people could buy supplies like wax dolls, black candles, oils, and herbs. Welcome to Quiapo. 

This place almost has everything. We started our tour by buying wax effigies at 20 pesos each. We had to ask for the wholesale price since we bought a lot of pairs. They are selling both man and woman candles in black and red. Candle effigies are best used for spells for control. One knowledgeable could use this to affect decisions, alter emotions and banishing or healing. 

Quiapo also sells black candles, but for this one, you need to be very careful. We had an experience where the lady sold us a candle for three times the price, all because the candle has black wick. Regarding stones, there are stones that are not really that expensive and are only PHP 50.00 up. However, some stalls would sell stones at a very expensive price. 

This place is also an LNK practitioner's heaven. You could find a lot of oils, amulets and libretas here. A word of caution though, some sellers would really milk money from customers. You could also find stingray's tail, dried seahorse, snake oils, potions for menstruation, coconuts with "one eye" and most items that a Filipino Kabbalist/Ceremonial magician can use in rites. You can also find herbs like mugwort, dill, cinnamon wood, crosses and other stuff.

The final stop in our budget shopping and by far has the most intensive collection of stones and crystals is NHS or Natural Healing Stones in Merville Park, ParaƱaque. The house is a lavish looking and is very serene once you are inside. I think the house also offers venue for seminars, lectures and meditations. They have a lot of stones which are, thankfully both affordable and expensive. You can find tumbled stones for as low as PHP 50.00 up. They have a collection of hard to get crystals imported abroad. I even saw some crystals that I only saw online. 

There are still a lot of places that one can get supplies in

Manila and I am just speaking from my own travels and experiences. This will be the first of a set of shopping guides that I will publish based from my interaction with practitioners around the country. For now, let's end it here.


-photos from the internet- 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hekatesia: Feast of our Lady of the Crossroads

Hekatesia: Feast of our Lady of the Crossroads

9 August 2011 at 16:36



Written by:
Felyx Wolfsbane Serpentmoon, AP
Arcessitor, Ordo Intra Circularis; Arcana Davao
Priest, Luntiang Aghama
Heirophant, Senatorius Sacerdos Harpyiea
Mystae, Cabal Signum Mysteria/Circle of the Black Moon


Here's my Ritual for the HEKATESIA this Saturday, August 13, 2011- should be done during the ‘tween time- Dawn, Midnight, Dusk 


Altar: 

The altar should be black with only symbol/image of Hekate present at the center. The following should be present to represent the Goddess in Her many aspect. 

Hekate's Circle:

N: Graveyard Dirt/Crossroad Dirt
E: Bell
W: Mint/Mugwort Water
S: Incense - mixture of Cinnamon/Anise seed/Cloves

- Black stone
- bowl of salt water
- towel

Feast: 

-Hard cooked eggs, halved on a plate and salt water in a bowl
-Fish 
-honey 
-pomegranate wine or blended berries
-crescent cookies/bread
-garlic bread
-almonds and sesame seeds


Offering: 
Honey

Ritual Proper: 

Have everyone pass through the smoke of the incense to purify them and asperge them (using stalks of mint/rosemary) and lead them to the ritual space. Once everyone is seated, have everyone meditate on the symbol of Hekate inscribed on an altar piece (drawn on Virgin Parchment, or drawn on the floor using a blessed chalk).

Say: 

In this time of in-between 
We move to this world unseen
Where darkness is light and light is darkness 
This sacred hour's power we harness
Into the Otherworld we will cross
Between spaces where time's at pause
To honor the Lady of Power and Might 
when night is day and day is night

Circle Casting:

Purify the circle using the 4 elemental symbols (dirt, water, bell and incense). Each participants should hold the symbol and move around the circle deosil three times. Each participants could hum the name of Hekate while doing this . 

INVOKING THE QUARTERS:

East:
Hail Hekate Propylaia, the One before the Gate
She who comes with the wings of the owl
Open our minds to the wisdom of the Old 
Grant us knowledge and Lead us to the Path of the Wise

South:
Hail Hekate Phosporus, Bringer of Light
She who ran with the hounds of night
Enlighten us with the brilliance of your truth
Grant us clarity and Lead us to the Path of the Wise

West: 
Hail Hekate Khthonia, Lady of the Underworld
She who can be heard with the croak of the Toads
Transform and shape us to transcend limitations
Grant us adaptability and Lead us to the Path of the Wise

North:
Hail Hekate Krataiis, the Strong One
She with the Serpent Hair
Strengthen us to endure hardships
Grant us resilience and Lead us to the Path of the Wise

Center:

Hail Mighty Hekate!!!
She whom Zeus, son of Cronus honored above all
She who has the power over the heavens and the starry skies
She who controls the wind and the ever-changing seas
Goddess of Midnight
Mistress of Storms
Dea Triformis
Goddess of the Dark of the Moon
Lady of the Scene of the Crime
Goddess of Witchcraft and Sorcery 
Great Mother 
Holy One
Invincible Queen
Lady of the Underworld
Mistress of Magick 
Goddess of the Lower Way
Opener of the Way to Death
Queen of the Crossroads
Queen of Death
Queen of Ghosts
Queen of the Night
Queen of Witches
She Who has Power Far Off
She Who works from Afar
The Distant One
Sovereign Goddess of Many Names

*** The Leader will say the Epitaph and the participants will say the name's meaning

Hekate Adonaea (Lady of the Underworld)
Hekate Agrotera (Huntress)
Hekate Antania (enemy of mankind)
Hekate Atalos (Tender)
Hekate Brimo (angry one)
Hekate Despoina (Mistress)
Hekate Enodia (of the Paths)
Hekate Epipurgidia (on the tower)
Hekate Khthonia ( of the Underworld)
Hekate Kleidophoros (key bearer)
Hekate Kleidoukhos (keeper of the keys)
Hekate Krataiis (strong one)
Hekate Krokopeplos (saffron cloaked)
Hekate Kurotrophos (Nurse of the children and protectress of the mankind)
Hekate Liparokredmnos (with bright headband)
Hekate Monogenes (only child) 
Hekate Nyktipolos (night wandering)
Hekate Nocticula (Lady of the Night)
Hekate Pandeina (the All Terrible) 
Hekate Perseis (Daughter of Perses)
Hekate Phosporus (the light bringer) 
Hekate Propolos ( the attendant who leads)
Hekate Propylaia (the One before the Gate)
Hekate Prytania ( invincible Queen of the Dead)
Hekate Selene (the far shooting moon)
Hekate Skylakagetis (leader of the dogs)
Hekate Soteira (savior)
Hekate Trikephalos (three-headed)
Hekate Trimorphis (three-formed)
Hekate Trioditis (of three roads)
Hekate Trivia (of the three ways)

Ave Hekate, era quadrivium, Regina ventus via, Dea Veneficus. Is quisnam ingredior in Transitus semita gero lampas. Omnipotens, totus Atrox era Transitus audite mihi! Hekate Anteina, Abnukta, Triformis, Nocticula, Brimo Hekate Pandeina! Salve Pandeina, Antania, Trivia Hekate! (3x)










VISUALIZATION: 

You could use any exercise on visualization that depicts Hekate. I will use that I found on the net. 

The Trip to Tartarus:

Leader: 

Now we will journey to the underworld to ask a boon of the chthonic Hekate. Sit comfortably, breathing in and out slowly and at ease. Close your eyes and feel your center.

"Three faced one, patroness of the 9 wild Muses, Torch bearer, Star-crown wearer. Mother of Ghosts who prophesize in the form of bee, serpent, mouse or bat. She of the 3-heads: mare, dog, serpent; or lioness, mare, dog; or lioness, dog, serpent; or yet; heifer lioness, serpent. Dog-star of summer, Brazen sandaled one, whose Magic mists are raised by Willow spells. 

Thessalian witches, followers of Hekate, Cerdo the weasel, shapeshifters and spellspinners.

Turn West: There lies the opening to Tartarus, the Underworld, in a grove of black poplars, sacred to Her whom we honor. The purpose of the visit is to learn something, perhaps of the future. Often this was done through mantike, inspired prophesy through possession by the deity. enthusiasmos, the deity within us. Don't forget to give a coin to Charon, the ferryman over the river Styx (Pause)

We've reached the other show. Beware Cerebrus, the three headed dog; his job is to prevent hapless ghosts from fleeing and the living from entering. But tonight we are under the protection of Hekate Chthonia, Hekate Ourania, and he, Her servant, let us pass. Do not tarry in the cheerless Asphodel Meadows where weary shades wander, purposelessly, twittering like bats.

Look ahead: There lies Erebus, the palace of Hades and Persephone, she who was tutored by Hekate; now She is in the world above for it is summer.

Perhaps we will catch a glimpse of the three Erinyes, the Furies, who live in Erebus. There is no mistaking them, who punish those who break those of deservedly guilty conscience. They are aged, with snakes for hair, dog's head coal-black bodies bats' wings, and bloodshot eyes. In their hands they carry brass-studded scourges. 

To the Left is Lethe, shaded by Hekate's white cypress- do not drink of it's waters, for it is the spring of Forgetfulness, for common souls of the dead awaiting rebirth, and yet we live.

Instead, approach Mnemosyne, the Pool of Memory, shaded by white poplars of Persephone. This pool is for initiates. Kneel down and sip its cool waters and see a vision there. 

*** Ask the participants what they experienced and take note of those. It might be a vision from the pool. 
 SPELL WORK: 

Passing the Black Stone: We performed this ritual 6 or 7 years ago in Dumangas, Iloilo where the members of OIC (Ordo Intra Circularis-ILO) stored their negative energies inside a stone, sealed it and buried it afterwards.

Procedure: 

Using the blackstone have everyone focus on what they think hinders them to achieve their goals- anger, negativity, frustrations, etc. After one participant stored his/her negative energy in the stone, immerse it in the bowl of salt water (1 minute) and wipe it dry with the towel. Pass this around widdershins until everyone is done with the same process. When the last participant is done, soak the stone in the bowl and pour the water to the ground (if inside the house, pour it in the sink/toilet bowl) 

Say:

As the water seep in the earth, let all negativity be taken away. May the Earth absorb it and keep it until the energies become pure again.

THE ASKING OF THE BOON:

Great Goddess, bearer of the Torch and Keeper of the Keys 
Lady of Magick and Great Sorceries
Queen of Witches and Guardian of the Threshold 
Goddess of Transition and Defender of the Path
Hekate, fulfill the promise you gave to your priests and priestesses 
Grant us a boon that you bestow your believers
Grant the wishes that your worshipers ask 
Grant it to us tonight as we offer this honey
Grant it to us as we whisper Your Name

Hekate, Lady of In-Betweens 
Guide us as we go through life's changes and transitions
You who are between life and death
Tenderness and terrifying Anger
The Outside and In
of the Heavens and the Underworld
the Ocean and the Earth
The Light and the Dark 
The Open and the Close

In the darkness, in the Shadows
we look for your Light to guide us
In the coldness of the night
We yearn for the warmth of your embrace
In the face of adversity 
We long for your protection 
In our Weakness 
We speak with the Power of Your Name

Ave Pandeina, Ave Anteina, Ave Nocticula 
Ave Atalos, Ave Krataiis, Ave Soteira
Ave Trivia Hekate!

*** Participants whisper their wishes into the honey and this needs to be dropped into a whole in the earth without looking back at the hole. This could be a man-made hole at the crossroads. You could do this after the ritual. 


FEAST: 

Invitation to the Ancestors (Face the West)

We invite the Dead (name your dead relatives), our love ones who passed beyond the gates of Tartarus. Our dearly beloved who are in the Summerlands, we invite you to join us in this feast and honor the great Queen of the Underworld.

BLESS THE FOOD:

Oh Great Goddess Hekate, bless and accept our humble offerings. May these food nourish not only our bodies but also our spirits. We partake these in your honor and in your grace. 

*** Have each participants mention the significance of the food served at the feast before partaking it. Assign a food to each participant and have them say something about it. Make sure to get a small portion for the Goddess and put it on a black piece of cloth. Tie the ends of the cloth so it would form a pouch and leave it at the crossroad. 


FAREWELL AND CLOSING THE CIRCLE

*** Face the West and bow

Oh spirit of our dearly departed, may you continue to guide us and share your experiences and learning in life. Beyond the veil lead and protect us. May you rest in peace in the Summerlands with the Goddess of the Underworld. 

*** Raise your hand in supplication:

Oh Mighty Queen of the Crossroads, we thank you for honoring us with your presence. This night where we are standing in the in-between of space and time, light and dark, night and day, we honor your name in this sacred circle. You our Goddess Divine, our Protector, our Guide and our Holy Queen, may you continue to shower us with your blessings as we continue to honor your name and your works. Grant us our boon as we dedicate our life to you. Remember the pact that exists between you and your priests and priestesses. 

To the North we bid farewell- Hekate Krataiis, the Strong One
May you continue to strengthen us

To the West we bid farewell- Hekate Khthonia, Lady of the Underworld
May you continue to transform us

To the South we bid farewell- Hekate Phosporus, Bringer of Light
May you continue to enlighten us

To the East we bid farewell- Hekate Propylaia, the One before the Gate
May you continue to Open our minds to the Wisdom of the Old

Mighty Goddess Hekate of the Triple Path, the Keeper of the Key of the Mysteries, we bid you Hail and farewell. Thank you for attending our Feast. Go in Peace. 

GROUNDING:

*** Sprinkle salt water around the circle Widdershins:

"Circle open but unbroken, power down to the ground (3x)"

*** Everyone must put their hands on the ground

"Down, down into the ground
Unneeded energies now unbound!"

***Trace the circle with the wand, widdershins

"From the air to above to the ground below, I open the circle that binds it!

***Trace the circle with the Athame, Widdershins

"From the world within to the world without, I seal the Veil that divides it!"

By Land and Sea, Moon and Sun
Return everything to where it began
In this world both seen and unseen
Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet again!

-End-



-Ritual "Trip to Tartarus" from the Internet
-Picture from the Internet

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Unexpected

I have some unexpected yet happy discovery here on my blog. I discovered that some people are actually checking my blog out. Some are clicking it from the Google Search results which is absolutely great. 

Sharing the picture from Google. 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

LG G3- LG's next G3n Phone

"Simple is the new Smart" is the tagline attached by LG to their next flagship smart phone. The LG G3 is a great improvement from its predecessor, the LG G2 (the phone which I really love), all of which I will be discussing in this pseudo review. 

I was introduced to LG way back December of 2013, when I first bought an LG Phone. The store clerk introduced me to the G2 and I was amazed how it performs. From the display, to the speed, to the amazing camera, the G2 was the best Smart Phone during that time. I tried to research more about it online and after 2 weeks, I bought my LG G2. 

A couple of months after that, I purchased my LG GPad. This tablet never fail to amaze me and the features are really great. I especially love the QPair feature that my LG Gadgets share (something that I want to write about soon). I was very satisfied with the G2 until the one phone who can beat it came--- the new LG G3.

I went to the LG Store in Gaisano Mall of Davao to check out the new LG G3. They have a sample phone which customers could check out and I was really starstruck by LG's new Flagship phone. It really was miles ahead compared to the other flagship phones and even with its predecessor, the G2. Here are the things that really caught my attention. 

Display:

One of the most noticeable thing about G3 is its QUAD HD Display. Packing a whooping 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display with 538ppi (pixel per inch), LG G3 has very good image display. I noticed when I was playing with it, the display is very sharp and even if you zoom in the pictures you will not find any pixellation on it. Throw-in a 5.5-inch bezel-less screen display, this phone is perfect for watching videos and pictures. 

Camera: 

LG G3's camera is the same with the G2- 13mp, however, G3 is now equiped with a more advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer). Another thing that an LG user might also notice is G3's laser detection which measures the distance of the phone to the object you are shooting and it's dual flash. I tried to take some pictures using both the front and the back cameras of the phone and they really produced very good quality photos. The camera can also be opened directly from the circular display if you're using LG's Quick Circle Case. 

Design: 

I love LG G3's metallic design. Compared to other phone's plastic feel, the G3's make is very elegant looking. The other change that I see was LG's signature rear key. The feel of the rear key is very good and it really fits my index finger. 

Smart Notice: 

The LG G3 learns. It will collate all the information that you use and gives you predictive recommendations based on the status of your phone, behavior and location. 

Smart Keyboard: 

This is probably the most useful feature that LG G3 has for me. I usually make a lot of mistakes when I use the keyboard, but with this feature from G3, you can optimize the keyboard which makes its size adjustable (perfect for people with big fingers). You could also complete and correct words with a simple gesture. 


LG Philippines had this #LGG3PH contest on Instagram where they asked people why they want to get a G3. My reason is very simple- I currently have the best Smart Phone, my LG G2, and this one is way better than my G2- 3 GB Ram, Removable Battery, Expandable memory... so no questions asked, I want this smart phone. 

To end this pseudo review here are the specs of LG G3 that you need to know. 

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Network: 2G/3G/LTE(4G)
Android Version: 4.4.2 Kitkat
Battery: Removable 3000mAh that can also be charged wirelessly
Display: Quad HD IPS Display; 2560 x 1440 pixels/538ppi
Size: 5.5 inches
Memory: 32 MB/3 GB RAM

I hope I could get this phone sooner!!! :(

photo credits to the image owners-taken from the internet



Thursday, June 6, 2013

In the Shadow of Secrets

Prologue: The Pit of Erebus. 


Darkness. I am surrounded by thick and suffocating darkness. Not just a simple absence of light, this feels like life is being sucked out of my body. And I am growing weak every minute, my spirit is exhausted and my soul is being slowly severed from my being... and I am slowly eaten by Darkness.

My mind raced to explain what is happening. I have no recollection how I got here and what is this place. The last thing I remembered, I was walking on my way back to my house (okay a boarding house) near Ateneo. I must have took a wrong turn in a street somewhere, I dont think that this is even Davao City.

It must have been a lifetime. I was still drifting in this eternal darkness, forever waiting for something that I dont even know will come. Am I waiting for death? for Salvation? i dont even know what's happening.

Then i heard a voice... "Powers of the Earth, gather! By this rune and by this sign I call on to thee. Remember the pact that has been made, by blood, by spirit, by the seal that binds us. Hear your child, protect us, O Great Ones. Untangle the chains that sealed the Fate of this Chosen..."

Then I saw chains of light speeding towards me, attaching themselves in my belly. The cold that I was feeling started to diminish. My body was filled with strength and my senses are returning... and then there was a pull. I felt the hardness of the asphalt road. Squinting, I tried to open my eyes and even though my vision is still blurred, I saw a silhouette of a woman, still on her knees, my head rested on her lap. I gazed upon her face, blinded by the light of the lamp post behind her.

"Welcome back to the world of the living. That Tamawo really did a job on you...."

And then I was claimed again, by darkness.


image from: http://www.free-hdwallpapers.com/wallpapers/abstract/558131.jpg