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Ancient Hellenic Language vs Modern Hellenic Language - Part 1

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Ancient and modern Hellenic: two different languages or not?

Some foreigners have claimed that the ancient Hellenic language is different from the modern Hellenic in such a way that they are not connected at all. Some others believe that when someone who has as mother language the Hellenic and claims that he also knows the ancient Hellenic, they believe that he speaks two different languages. Others believe that the modern and ancient have a very distant common root so that their connection is lost in the depths of time. Other claims that the modern language has taken some words from the ancient but they are still two different languages. Well the truth is not exactly like that and we will see why in a minute.

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Ancient Unknown Hymn to Hekate Chthonia

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In the following article an ancient hymn to Hekate will be presented saved by the christian philosopher and theologist, Ippolytos. The hymn is unknown to the community of the Goddess Hekate and as this blog has the goal to present rare material and information from the ancient texts, about our Goddess, this article is another great contribution to our goal. The hymn can be used to invoke the Goddess during Deipnon (=Supper) or the darker aspects during waning of the moon.

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Triangular shrine of Hekate in Athens

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A triangle-shaped open air sanctuary is located just outside the southwest corner of the Agora in Athens. Its position at a crossroad and the triangular shape of its enclosure, the building is indicated to be a shrine of Hekate.

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The Important Buildings of Kerameikos

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Dipylo, Pompeio, Z, and the heated Valaneio. The buildings of the east side of Hiera Odos.

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Creating A Katadesmos From PGM VII

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I have already written an article about this subject but I want to expand and share another spell from PGM VII 429-458 In that spell Osiris is called with voces magicae implying their secret names. The interesting thing is that the spell is short and quick but it also requires knot magick if you release the katadesmos in special places, using again the famous voces magicaes ASKEI KAI TASKEI (as the ancient text writes).

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Invocation to Hekate as Creator of the World from PGM IV

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In PGM IV 1716 lies a very effective binding spell called the Sword of Dardanos, the man who founded the mysteries in Samothrace. The island is associated with the Goddess Hekate. It starts with an invocation to the God who created the universe. I have translated and it can be used as a strong invocation to Hekate Soteira or Hekate Panopaia or Hekate Pasikrateia and calling the aspects of Axis Mundi and Queen of the World.

Due to the nature of the ancient invocations, the Witch should have a deep connection with the Goddess, to make the invocation with all of his emotions and vibrating the vowels and pronouncing correctly the voces magicae with all of the energy.

For a complete structure of an invocation ritual see this and this. If you follow a magickal tradition, you already know what to do.

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Creating A Katadesmos

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Katadesmoi in plural, katadesmos in singular are an ancient hellenic magickal technique. It requires a lead tablet and a nail. The desired purpose is simply written in the lead and then it is fold in half and with a nail on the center it is bound. The instructions of how to make a lead tablet efficently for magickal uses could be found in ancient papyri and ancient tablets.

There are some basic structures of creating a binding, but in this article I am just going to provide the instructions from the PGM V 304 - 369 This papyros is stored in the Museum of London, not in Hellas. For the following katadesmos a papyros is needed, plaster, calamus pen, myrrh and threads/cords. It can also be done with lead. If you have the PGM in translation edited by Hans Dieter Betz open at page 106

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Introduction to Ancient Hellenic Magick

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Today, in Hellas there are no books on that subject and definately it is a forbidden subject for any hellenic university. The visitor of any hellenic museum will not find clues of ancient Withcraft, not even the Goddess of Witchcraft. The ancient tools, regalia and items of Witchcraft are not exhibits in any hellenic museum. The texts that are written by archaelogists in ancient archaeological sites do not write anything about magick. Did magick ever existed in Hellas? And if no, why all the words that are used in european languages about Witchcraft and its fields are hellenic? Well, magick was born in ancient Hellas and its foundations were the ancient hellenic mysteries, which could be found all over ancient Hellas, till today, where the ruins of the ancient temples stay and expand their energy spheres to the auric fields of the visitors. Mysteries, folk magick, professional witches, professional oracles, necromancy, war oracles, charms, spells, defixiones, talismans, basically any type of divination and magick was practiced all over ancient Hellas.

Why then, some scientists refuse to write what happened? Magick and science have strong connections, with magick being the oldest. So? A, the older brother sometimes gets angry... Anyway, let's follow Aeschines and speak the truth, not that it makes us feel good. For Witches magick is good and makes us better persons, but for people who cannot understand the basics of magick, like what is magick, then, for them, magick has a bad reputation, this reputation that they have given to this ancient noble art of the wise.

Some words that have been associated with Witchcraft, had changed their meaning in modern hellenic. One of these words is magganon, which meant in ancient times a potion or a charm, but nowadays it means something that is a faud. It simply doesn't work. The same word also ment something that helps bending in mechanics. Witchcraft is also the art of bending the fate. The wisdom of hellenic language is clearly understood. This change of the meaning occured in the middle of the Byzantine Empire. Christianity degrated Witchcraft in a way, since the Old Ways were an obstacle for the spiritual kingdom of the new religion. Let's return to the meaning of bending. As Aleister Crowley said, you can overcome the rules if you know them very well. Ancient Hellenes writers describe the Witch as a wise man and this continues to the Roman Period from Dion and Porphyri who write that Witches are priests of Gods closely connected with them. Strabo writes that in Parthia (Asia) Witches consisted one of the two parliaments that proposed laws. The kings of Parthis were elected from those 2 parliaments. Again in his work, Strabo writes that Garmanes had Witches who also were philosophers and necromancers. Those opinions are the same as mr. Gerald Gardner and his students had spread when they started to speak about Wicca. Magick gave birth to philosophy and philosophy. One of the sections of philosophy was the natural philosophy, the one which is called today, science. Pythagoras is a great example to follow, a scientist and a witch at the same time.

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Necromantic References with Hekate

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In this article I have collected references of Hekate in ancient necromantic rituals.

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Ancient Necromantic Practices in Averno

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This is an extended article that I am writing before the dark moon of September as an offering to the Goddess Hekate Chthonia. I am going to present some basic information about the ancient hellenic necromancy and then a presentation of one of the four biggest death oracles in the ancient world will be presented. Averno is closely associated with Hekate and Persephone. So, our Goddess lived there and She was very active bringing the dead back to life.

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