Hymn to Hermes

“Hymn to Hermes”

(c) A. Applegate 2017

 

We give greetings to Hermes,

Clever Son of Zeus and Maia,

Wanderer of all the worlds

God of great cunning

Who, on His very first day of drawing breath,

Proved Himself a maker of music and mischief,

Strummer of the lyre,

Thief of the cattle of Apollon

The One Who achieves fame amongst the Gods by His deeds

The Prowler by night Who lurks in the street before the gates.

 

We hail holy Hermes

Who wards all wayfarers

Whether travelers for pleasure or commercial pursuits,

or those seized by thanatos

Who wend their way into dark caverns to be seated as guests

in Hades’ great, gilded halls

 

We hail Hermes Psychopompos,

His most sacred charge

Serve as our unerring Guide, our Companion, O Khthonios,

May Your lamps reveal the Mysteries

Glory gleaned in gloomy depths

To those ready to receive the Light of Your Wisdom

 

Hermes of Arkadia’s dawn

Hermes by Persephone’s shade

Be here with us as our magic is made!

 

Io, Hermes!

New Ritual Jewelry Pieces Uploaded to JackalMoonDesigns: My Etsy Site

Well, if rowdy Mars opposing transformative Pluto conjunct the ambitious Capricorn full moon last night (based on my time zone) has taught me anything, it’s that I can get worked up into a devotional jewelry-making frenzy. I worked on three Mjöllnír (Thor’s Hammer) necklaces alone, two featuring striking sterling silver pendants and the third a bone one. All told, I made four necklaces in the span of a conventional workday. The bone pendant Mjöllnir, which was cool because it depicted Jørmungand, the World Serpent, coiling around Thor’s Hammer, sold as soon as I made an announcement about it to my Facebook friends and uploaded photos. So I have three necklaces I’ve added to my Etsy site, JackalMoonDesigns–have a look and let me know what you think! Continue reading

Spiritual Cleansing in Ifá: Bribing Away Evil Spirits

Should Oyekun Iwori surface as the main odu (sign) in an Ifá reading, you may want to resort to the spiritual prescription that my oluwo (godfather), who is also a Babalawo, advised for me: bribing away the evil spirit or spirits currently wreaking havoc in your life. Mind you, this odu is a marker of serious negativity, and battling it requires a major cleansing in addition to the magical working I’m about to describe, but this latter activity is a necessary prequel that will hopefully give you a better sense of control as you prep for the major cleansing (rompimiento in Lukumí) that needs to happen immediately afterwards. Continue reading

Some Like It Hot: Grand Trine in Fire Signs

“Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!”–Shakespeare, “Henry V”
This is quite an eventful week, astrologically speaking. The Sun recently entered into Gemini and as of today it will be joined by Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, which thrives on information overload in this chatty, intellectually stimulating Air Sign. Elementally shifting gears to Earthiness, you can’t get more sensual than when Venus–bestower of blessings in love, finances, and creativity–enters Her home sign of Taurus, which She does today for a transit that lasts until July 4.
But it’s the Fire Signs–Aries, Leo, Sagittarius–that command our attention with their cosmic fireworks display in the form of a Grand Trine that runs from now until June 10, adding extra energy to the Sagittarius Full Moon that takes place the morning of June 9 (8:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time).
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Feisty Uranus in 27° Aries trines the show-stopping North Node in 27° Leo, which trine karmic task-master Saturn in 25° of Sagittarius. This is an incredibly auspicious time to pursue all matter of endeavors that require courage, a pioneering spirit, out-of-the-box thinking, leadership, playfulness, and judicious planning in the expansion of one’s personal horizons. Creative endeavors are especially heightened, so all artists should hopefully receive momentous downloads from their muses at this time.

The ebullience that naturally flows from the Sun and Mercury in Gemini works well with this Fire Trine energy. The overall mood should thus be one of natural optimism. Be passionate about pursuing your endeavors in your own unique way. Ignite that fire within. Fire those neural synapses and don’t let this creative potential go to waste!

The Sagittarius Full Moon on the 9th will be conjunct Saturn, so note that whatever you apply your energies toward will have long-term ramifications. May all that you do be infused with glory! If you’re curious as to how these planetary transits affect you personally, you can book an astrology consultation with me via Skype. Visit my website for more details. Cheers!

Remembering Morda

Those who are remembered, live.

This morning I prayed with sadness and gratitude at my ancestor altar as I recalled many memories about my first spiritual mentor, the late Donna Cole Schultz of Temple of the Pagan Way and the Gardnerian coven, Temple of the Sacred Stones, here in Chicago. Had cancer not killed her on March 31, 2004, she would have been 80 years old today. Continue reading