I’ve grown internally and my knowledge expanding of Hekate gleefully so. One of my biggest contributions to my craft lately has been the blog Keeping Her Keys & participating in Cyndi’s group The Witches Realm
So many men and women opened themselves up in the darkest parts and pushed towards healing in her Shadow Work Course Last month. Was held from June 16- June 29 on facebook and incorporated other platforms like drop box, youtube, and her blog for study aids. It was a bit tortuous at parts but so worth it. Truly wondrous at others. In delving into those parts of myself I learned new things. Found more strengths as well as weaknesses and developed additional internal tools to keep myself balanced. I am a Libra after all. Always maintaining the balance.
I don’t want to give too much away. The course was fantastic. I’m still using things I’ve learned and continuing some things I’ve adopted into my craft. Also wound up creating my own very specific ritual for shadow work during this time. I might post it at a later date. For now I’ll tell you about a few things that were included in the course. There was quite a bit. I’m so thankful for the experience and her guiding us through something that was genuinely beneficial.
Cyndi posted a series of videos to help guide us through different steps of the Shadow Work. Keep in mind that Shadow work isn’t anything to do with things outside of yourself usually. In this class it was all about the shadow part of yourself that we tend to hide away. She even told us about her own journey and made herself a little vulnerable. Through that being able to develop a new strength in those moments. Showing pieces her own work while guiding us. Learned about herbs and stones to aid us along the way. We also learned a new, very Hekate specific, Tarot Spread. We found our true self cards and our shadow self cards and looked into the advice from Hekate and the different areas of our life so we could recognize them and learn to work through them.
We recognized a time of Magickal group strength and she performed a live ritual in her sacred grotto. Such a beautiful area to do the ritual with us all. She even included those who added our names to the list into the ritual. My little spiritual companion Sprout too! She shared information about this ritual with us all before hand so we could join with her or do it at our own pace. Lovely most all the content is at your own pace. You can take a closer look at what that entailed here: She also sent out a workbook and meditations to us all to go through as we did the group participation. Each meditation held a different purpose and we found new parts of ourselves and I personally found a new happy place. We worked through trauma and learned new ways through witchcraft to truly better ourselves.
One of the things I’ve been working with this time around was “coming out of the broom closet” and being more transparent in my spiritual journey. As well as working through a past traumatic experience that parts of myself still held onto. I made progress in transforming that trauma and giving myself the permission I didn’t know I needed in letting go of the particular person and the attachment to memories of a person that passed away in my arms in a gory kind of way. I carried so much emotionalturmoil that I bottled up from that experience. With it held deep guilt, PTSD, and a new kind of anxiety. I’ve found more ground and the ability to move even further past that than I already thought I had as well as finding pieces of myself that had been lost in the mix.
With the intense work through trauma and healing ourselves after trauma I feel we really have worked through parts of our shadows. The authenticity I felt from everyone involved and the lady of “Keeping Her Keys” herself was insanely heart warming. Looking forward to continue that healing and gaining even more steadfast confidence in my path and the workings I do. Most of all in knowing myself and connecting with my Matron Goddess Hekate. Really can’t thank her enough for giving us all the opportunity and guidance to facing those things we tend to hide and coming out the other side more whole and with more understanding.
There were some other rituals included but again not going to give it all away. I definitely recommend taking one of her courses if you can. This month I’m going deeper into Hekate Witchcraft in her course. “Brief Intro to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft” This goes until August 10th. It covers the basics of Hekatean Witchcraft, being a Hekate devotee, specific divination and similar things you’ll have to find out for yourself. So after the course, if you haven’t joined me, you’ll see my thoughts on the course.
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