Program for the 2014 – Hekate Symposium 2014
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The Hekate Symposium is now in its third year, and this year we have decided to explore ‘different perspectives’ on the Goddess Hekate. Hekate is a Goddess like no other – she has been feared, hated and loved through the centuries. She evokes strong feelings and emotions, and the diverse experiences and ways in which she continues to be viewed provides a fascinating and beautiful window into Her mysteries.
* Subject to change! *
The Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury
6th September 2014
Doors Open: 9:30am
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Opening Blessing by Paul Harry Barron and Robert Podmore
We start our day with a welcoming meditation and blessing from two of the Covenant of Hekate Torchbearers.
10:30 – Hekate in Magic since the Middle Ages by David Rankine
Hekate’s prominence in the magic of the ancient world is well known, but until recently less attention has been paid to her role as a faerie queen, in the grimoires and in the development of ceremonial magic since the late 19th century. From Shakespeare to Crowley, from necromancy to witchcraft, this lecture will be a journey through Hekate’s influence and depiction in Britain during the last 500 years, exploring the survival and evolution of her relationship with those who continued to seek her at the crossroads, in the graveyard and under the light and dark of the moon.
David Rankine is an occult researcher and practising magician who has authored more than 25 books and whose work has featured in dozens of anthologies, magazines and journals since the 1980’s. He is the co-author of Hekate Liminal Rites, contributed to Hekate Her Sacred Fires and to Hekate Keys to the Crossroads. He is probably best known as one of the leading scholars researching European magical texts, including the Key of Solomon, Goetia, grimoire of Pope Honorius and many others. His own experiences with the Goddess Hekate goes ‘way back’ and in addition to sharing his research with us in this talk, he will also be touching on some of his personal experiences.
11:30- The Ecstatic Ritual of Hekate & Dionysos by Vikki Bramshaw
In both ancient and modern mystery traditions, the state of ecstasy – ritual frenzy and trance – has been central to the overall success of ritual, and the techniques or ‘keys’ to ecstasy are pivotal to achieving union with the gods and performing effective magic. But why is this, and what makes deities such as Dionysos and Hekate such successful ecstatic deities? In this talk we discuss the ecstatic origins of both Hekate and Dionysos, how they are connected, the techniques that have been used to invoke their presence, and their involvement in the realms of magic.
Vikki Bramshaw is an author specialising in pre-Christian religion and esoteric traditions. Some of her passions are religious history, theurgy, initiatory rites, and trance. She is the author of DIONYSOS: Exciter to Frenzy pubished by Avalonia in 2013. Her first book, ‘Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide’ was published with John Hunt Publishing in 2009. Her work was also published in Hekate Her Sacred Fires (2010), VS: Thou Art That – That Thou Art (2011). Vikki presented a lecture at the Hekate Symposium 2012, and is a regular speaker at esoteric events.
12:30 – Film: Hecate Rising
A film based on an open ritual performed in Queens Woods, Highgate in celebration of the Celtic fire festival of Samhain. Guest appearances from the Witches of Macbeth, the Mexican Day of the Dead and Baron Samedi. This was a live interactive performance in a public place. Directed and Produced by Carrie Kirkpatrick. Music by Cat Von Trap.
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 – 2:30 – Hekate Devotional lead by Magin Rose
Magin lead a wonderful workshop at the first Hekate Symposium in 2012, and is back this year to lead us in a beautiful devotional ceremony calling on three aspects of the Goddess Hekate, with drumming, singing and chanting. This will be a wonderful arriving back after lunch!
2:45 – Manifestations of Hecate’s teachings and blessings by Carrie Kirkpatrick
In this talk Carrie will talk about scenarios and bizarre occurrences that reflect aspects of Hecate’s teachings, from shamanic role play with her totems to understanding transformation, bereavement, delusions and mental illness. The situations you can experience when working with Hecate can take you into world and scenarios that echo her main attributes and how to find the lessons and blessings therein. Carrie’s birthday falls on Hecate’s feast day, so she will talk about the magical rituals she and her friends have held to honour Hecate every year for the past 20 years. Additionally she will discuss the various ways that Hecate has come through to her to help her to help others whilst giving readings on TV, how Hecate provided a mediumnistic link in a spiritualist church, and how she regularly helps others through transformation, guiding them when they are at the crossroads.
Carrie Kirkpatrick is a well known TV psychic and presenter who has been inspiring people with her readings for many years. She is also an author, and a prolific film maker and photographer. Carrie has written and photographically illustrated two coffee table books Goddess Enchantment – Magic and Spells: Volumes 1 & 2, published by Grave Distractions Publications, released in July 2011.
3:45 – Hecate, a Witchcraft Perspective talk by Melissa Harrington
Hecate has always been a Goddess who is easily associated with Witches and Witchcraft. She stands at the cross roads of life and death, misunderstood, feared, loved, always respected and always remembered. She remained present in myth and literature even when Pagan religion was but a memory, and now is returning to our consciousness. Like the witch she has worn the dark cloak of mystery while bearing the torch that guides her followers into illumination, like a witch she cannot be lightly dismissed. Today Melissa Harrington talks about Hecate as a Witches’ Goddess, how she has been perceived and honoured, and how working with her is part of much wider movement in human consciousness. While looking at the psychological and sociological impact of the return of the Great Goddess, Melissa will also share some of her personal experiences wherein Hecate has manifested as a physical presence of great joy, strength, insight and even initiation.
Fascinated by magic, myth and classical religion since childhood Melissa Harrington has been an initiated witch for the last 25 years, which has led her on an interesting life journey. It led to initiation into several ceremonial mystery schools including the OTO, and undertaking a psychology degree followed by a PhD in Theology and Religious studies. She now lectures in psychology and researches the psychology and sociology of religion. She is very interested in the interface between academic and practitioner perspectives on magic and Paganism, the mechanisms and effects of ritual gnosis, and in the lived experience of devotional and practical magic.
Break 4:45 5:00
5:00 – Meditation with Mima Cornish
Mima will be leading the group through a 30 minute meditation to meet the Goddess Hekate. In a beautiful garden with a four formed statue , you will meet an aspect of Her that is relevant to you at this time.
Mima Cornish is an artist and mystic, who runs HedgeRose Healing. When she isn’t painting the Goddess Hekate, she also paints mandalas, runs meditation groups, is a healer, card reader and a Mum. She is based in Cheshire.
5:30 – Reading: Hymns and offerings to Hekate (Ritual Team)
EVENING BREAK, Stalls available until 6pm and return for 7pm and Orryelle’s performance.
7:00 – Evocation of Hekate-Moeriae by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
‘In a ritual theatrical evocation of Hekate-Moeriae, Orryelle presents verses from ‘The Book of the Spider’, a channeled piece within his new tome from Avalonia, ‘Time, Fate and Spider Magic’. Extending beyond the performance at the London launch of the book, at the Symposium he will join Tegan Gigante in arachnean dance, employing pre-recorded soundscapes as well as live music (violin & voice) to explore the relationship between Will and Fate, and the spiralling dervish of the Tarantella.
Orryelle will also be exhibiting some original oils on canvas and drawings at the Symposium, and will have prints and originals for sale.’
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is an esoteric artist in many media including painting, writing, sculpture, sound and performance. He is the director of Australian-based Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Company, and often exhibits and performs internationally. His work engages with connecting the subconscious and conscious through employment of magical and mythical symbols and archetypes. He is part of the vanguard of the current resurgence in esoteric arts balanced between the conceptual and the aesthetic, and is the artist/author of ‘Time, Fate & Spider Magic’ (Avalonia June 2014), the Tela Quadrivium book-web (Fulgur Limited: Conjunctio, Coagula, Solve, with the final volume Distillatio forthcoming) and The Book of KAOS Tarot (iNSPiRALink. Mulitmedia Press). Website: http://www.crossroads.wild.net.au
8:00 ORACULAR CEREMONY lead by Sorita d’Este and a team from the Covenant of Hekate: You are all invited to participate in a devotional rite honouring the Goddess Hekate. During the rite the Goddess Hekate will be invoked and asked to speak through experienced trance practitioners. Be prepared to join in making offerings at Her shrine, join in the chanting and dance, and to receive the blessings of the Goddess.
Sorita d’Este is founder of the Covenant of Hekate, and instigator of the Rite of Her Sacred Fires which is a devotional rite celebrated by thousands of people around the world each year at the full moon in May. She is an initiate of the Craft and explorer of many Mystery traditions for more than 20 years, with a continued determination to push at the boundaries of esoteric research and practice. Her published work includes Hekate Liminal Rites, Visions of the Cailleach, Wicca Magickal Beginnings and Practical Elemental Magick. Find out more about her work at www.sorita.co.uk
The Ritual Team this year include members of the Covenant of Hekate, www.hekatecovenant.com – an international community of devotees dedicated to the Goddess Hekate.
10:00pm – END.
SUNDAY: An optional meditation, devotion and social meeting will be taking place on the Sunday at a newly created Sacred Grove on Glastonbury Tor. The space is on private land and was created by Sorita d’Este and Lokabandhu. We will end with a spiral dance in honour of World Goddess Day – all are welcomed! For details see *Subject to weather conditions! – No charge – for final arrangements check this website nearer the date, and listen for announcements on the day. We will meet at midday and create a shrine to Hekate of the Three-Ways.