Keeping Her Keys guides you on a journey with Hekate and her keys of magick, medicine and mystery. An exploration of the spiritual and psychological meanings of this ancient goddess, her companions, and the deeper world.
Cyndi Brannen is an author and educator merging her years of experience studying health and relationships with the traditional wisdom of the goddess.
Learn more about Cyndi's work at keepingherkeys.com
Navigating Difficult Times: Understanding Fear and Choosing Love
I don't have to tell you that this past week has been stressful, nor do I need to convince you that we're all exhausted. We feel it in our bones. Instead, I'm here to stand with you in solidarity as a fellow traveller through difficult days.
I focus on the teachings of fear, and how we can choose love.
Dive deeper into the Keeping Her Keys book, and your understanding of Hekate.
Get the love flow going by commenting where you find love these days.
Listen to the Agape Phoberos Meditation: https://soundcloud.com/user-188959581/agape-phoberos-ritual-meditation
More on Agape Phoberos: https://keepingherkeys.com/home/f/the-agape-phoberos-ritual
Healing from Shame: https://keepingherkeys.com/home/f/banishing-shame-from-our-witchcraft-and-our-lives
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Hekate's Wheel of the Year for 2021
An overview of the Hekate and the Wheel of the Year Research Project, with a discussion on the historical origins of Hekate's Wheel, Hekate as Soul, the history of Hekate as Gatekeeper (Propylaia), and a summary of the astrology of 2021 in general, and how to use it to deepen your understanding of yourself and Hekate. Includes a month-by-month guide.
Whether you're deep into your studies with Hekate or simply curious, you'll learn about her history through my exploration of her different roles and epithets as they relate to the lunar months, sabbats, seasons and the astrology of the new year. An excellent way to go deeper with Lesson 7 from the Keeping Her Keys book.
Mythological consciousness, the mysteries, the call of the rebel soul, and the courage to climb higher are the major themes of 2021. However, we haven’t spontaneously ascended. It’s more like we’ve been given the keys to the Temple Gate. The choice to enter is ours. We can become the High Priestess (or other sacred title of our choosing).
Watch the video version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG-Ug14JBIA&t=6s
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Hekate's Torch: Experiencing the Soul Fire of the Goddess
I was so happy to be joined by two priestesses within the Keeping Her Keys Soul School and Coven. Pinar is an Oxford-educated historian of antiquity specializing in the ancient Mediterranean area. Nini is a fabulous seer from a northern Italian witchcraft tradition that emphasizes working with spirits and spiritual transcendence. Within the school, Pinar writes articles about the historical origins of Hekate and other aspects of the sacred feminine in antiquity. Nini serves as dream coach, providing guidance as we seek to understand the symbolic language of the deeper world. They both are priestesses in rituals where they work as firekeepers supporting others as they venture into the spirit world. They are both mentors of The Mystai, the master course of Hekatean Witchcraft.
We got together to shed light on the meaning of Hekate's torches, ranging from how we become entwined with the living energy of mythic archetypes, the historical depictions of torch bearing goddesses, and how we experience the illumination of Hekate in our dreams and imagination.
Goddesses in Every Woman and Goddesses in Older Women by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals by Thomas More
The Great Mother by Eric Neumann
Hekate's historical torches can be researched here:
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Entering Hekate's Cave: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness
The pull of the Cave of the Goddess is strong. We are drawn to stones and crystals without connecting them to the deep underworld from whence they came, for example. When we shift our understanding of these treasures of the cave, we see that they are the gifts of The Great Mother. The primordial power of the cave as a dwelling place of the sacred feminine is one of the oldest locations associated with The Great Mother.
The road to healing is found by turning inward to her cave, where the mysteries of life and death await. The return to the cave is a reunification with the sacred feminine. This is to say the Goddess, not modern day gender roles and stereotypes. The archetypal characteristics of the feminine, including instinct, intuition, emotion, and governance over the life cycle. In the ancient world, the cave was both feared and revered as symbolic of The Great Mother as a projection of the great womb that birthed all of life. Hekate, and other faces of The Great Mother, are all connected to the depths of the earth. We know within our depths that entering the cave is a requirement.
We embark on the journey with the release of our burdens through giving symbolic death to the heaviness we carry. The next stage is to call back our missing pieces through soul retrieval. The final stage of this lengthy trek is rebirth into our wholeness.
Guidance for the Journey: Rituals of the Sacred Cave
The three stations of the journey through darkness to wholeness in Hekate’s Cave can be experienced through The Rituals of the Sacred Cave.
These are audio classes with guided meditations to assist your journey.
Go deeper into the healing of The Dark Mother by joining the Keeping Her Keys Coven of Hekate, a soul school of courses, events and support in a safe and private network.
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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, "The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul”
Erich Neumann, "The Great Mother"
Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson, “Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness”
The Archetype of The Witch And The Goddess Hekate
The archetype of the witch is as old as humanity. Typically, female, although not always, the witch is the one who brings healing through her use of powers connected to the deeper world. This, across cultures and times, has always been done in the spirit of rebellion against the so-called civilized world. Thus, the witch is the outsider, the one who resists conformity. Perhaps it is these two characteristics, that of connection to the unseen world and resistance to authority that are at the heart of the archetype of the witch. Discussing the archetype of the witch inevitably evokes Hekate, the ancient goddess viewed across history as a Queen of the Night, ruling over witchcraft, prophecy, and spirits. These are the gifts she bestows upon witches.
Archetypes are foundational forces that flow throughout the universe. They are numinous, nonrational, and primal. It is difficult to find, and express in words, the center of an archetype. Archetypes are different than constructs, which can be easily defined and understood. To know an archetype requires experience. Much like the witch, an archetype is many things that are difficult to describe with words. The witch is mysterious, and the witch pursues the mysteries. She goes deeper into the dark to find healing.
As with all archetypes, the witch has a shadow aspect which is entirely different than the healing found in darkness. It is the shadowy characteristics that have been extolled throughout history. Aspects such as baneful witchcraft, poisoning, seducing, deception, and trickery have been reinforced in western culture as a means of robbing the witch of her power. At times portrayed as a hideous crone, at others a beguiling temptress, the witch has been vilified. Those labelled as witches have been persecuted, tortured, and murdered. The witch is frightening because she insists on the truth that resides in the dark.
“Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine and Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft” can be purchased from major booksellers.
“Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft” takes the reader on a journey through 13 lessons that awaken the soul through connection to the Witch Mother.
Join the Keeping Her Keys Coven of Hekate school and network for lessons, community and live events: https://bit.ly/KHKfreetrial
Learn more about Lampadia: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness in Hekate’s Cave, a seven month training program in the healing keys of magick, medicine and mystery. BEGINS November 4. Get all the details at https://keepingherkeys.com/
Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Mythology by Charlene Spretnak
The Book of Symbols. Reflections on Archetypal Images Hardcover by Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)
Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess Kindle Edition by Demetra George
Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants by Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch, Wolf-Dieter Storl
Hekate and The Great Goddesses of Magick, Medicine and Mystery
Hekate is often depicted as a Triple Goddess, representing the many faces of the sacred feminine. We can experience the Triple Goddess, known as Triformis, Trimorphis and Trivia (Trivium) as different aspects of Hekate herself, such as the Underworld Night Queen, the Goddess of the earthly garden, and the Keeper of the Keys of the Universe of The Starry Road. Historically, Hekate has been shown as having three animal heads, such as boar, wolf, and bull. In this discussion, I talk about Hekate’s triplicities in conjunction with the goddesses she is most often companioned with. There are three distinct trios, each one representing one key of her three keys of magick, medicine and mystery. The triplicity of magick is symbolized by Hekate with her daughters, Circe and Medea. Hekate, Persephone and Demeter comprise the trinity of medicine. The Three Formed Goddesses of Mystery are revealed through Hekate, Artemis and Selene.
The meditation included takes the listener on a journey deep into Hekate’s Garden to drink from Trivium’s well.
Lampadios: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness takes the student through Hekate's Cave on a deep healing journey.
Learn more about the goddesses featured:
In “Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine and Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft,”explore Hekate, Circe and Medea.
Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft includes a discussion on Hekate’s triplicities.
Hekate as The Triple Goddess:
The Power of Persephone: https://keepingherkeys.com/f/the-power-of-persephone
Persephone: Goddess of Adaptation: https://keepingherkeys.com/f/persephone-goddess-of-adaptation
Hekate, Circe and Persephone: Wisdom of the Resilient Goddesses
Demeter: Fury, Fertility, and the Fall
Artemis: Huntress, Guardian, Fierce Maiden
Great Goddesses of Magick, Medicine and Mystery Ritual:
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Triple Goddess illustration created by Mary Martinez exclusively for Keeping Her Keys. Purchase official merchandise in the KHK RedBubble store:
Music in the meditation: 852 Hz Awakening Intuition by Source Vibrations, Solfeggio Harmonics, Vol. 1.