Saturday, January 28, 2017

Scarf and Khernips

Hey, look, I finally learned how to double stitch!

Made myself a Hufflepuff scarf that I finished on the 26th (started on the 6th), and I just finished a matching left glove today.  Hopefully, I'll finish the right glove tomorrow.  It's my second scarf, and is a little wonky, but it taught me about double stitch, half double stitch, and stitch count.  

I love DS, it's simpler than I thought and it's fun.  Quicker, too.  

Tonight is Hecate's Deipnon, tomorrow is the Ancestor's Moon, which for me is the Dark Moon.  I'll be making a fresh batch of Khernips on the Noumenia, which is Sunday.  So basically, Khernips are a type of lustral water, like holy water or moon water--water that's been blessed by the Powers and used for anything, depending on the intention it was charged with.  In the case of Khernips, Hellenic Polytheists use it for purification--for cleansing oneself of miasma, which is spiritual pollution.  It's not necessarily bad, it's just like dirt you pick up throughout the day (although it can be, depending on circumstances).

It's super easy to make.  If you'd like more information, this link will take you to Baring the Aegis's tag on Khernips.  The first posts are very informative.  This is how I make it. 

- Fresh water, spring water, bottled water.  (I typically use tap).
- Salt (sometimes I use sea salt if I have it)
- A purifying herb (I use sage from my stick)
- Lighter
  1. Pour your water in a bowl or a container.  
  2. Add the salt to the water, and swirl it around--I swirl it clockwise. 
  3. Light the sage and drop it into the water, saying, "Be purified".  I speak English because I'm absolutely terrible at trying to pronounce Greek.  The Greek is, "Xerniptosia" (zer-nip-tos-aye-ee).  Instead of tripping over my tongue, I just speak my Mother tongue.  The words aren't as important as the intention behind it.  
  4. I take the water to Hestia's shrine and ask for Her blessings over it, giving my intention for it: to cleanse myself of miasma for rituals. 
  5. When I need to use it, I pour the water over my hands and sometimes face.  I may shower in it, depending on the ritual and how much of the water is left.  I bought a bowl specifically for this ritual, the ritual which is called Katharmos in Hellenic Polytheism. And I plan on crocheting myself a special towel, too.  After I finish my womanrunes bag.

And there you go, Khernips, a type of lustral water.  I renew my bottle, or "khernibeionas" (Shipping the Gods) every Noumenia--or New Moon, which is the start of the new month in HP, but I don't follow the Athenian calendar, I still use the Gregorian calendar because it's easier for me.  However, I use the Deipnon, Noumenia, and Agathos Daimon as a way to honor the dark and new moon (I'm still working everything out), as well as the Powers associated.

Yeah, making and using khernips has become a pretty important part of my Hearth and Home duties.  I hope to take photos of the process Sunday, so hopefully those will be wonderful and shareable.  

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Not So Flat Coils...

I think I'm going to make one of those Temperature Blankets that I've been hearing so much about.  It's a blanket that for each day, you crochet a line for the color that matches the temperature.  I'm lacking the colors right now, but I am keeping track of the daily temps, thanks to this local weather tracker.  Pinterest has been a help with yarn colors--a 9 color and a 17.

I've also been practicing with making flat circles for my Monster Truck Tire toys for the boys (using this tutorial for the second attempt).  It's harder than I thought, I mean, I've only been doing so for 2 days, and some progress has been made.  From a thumb hat to a doll hat now.  Still having issues with the curling in on itself.  Good for making hacky sacks or stuffed animals, not so good for the size of the tires that I need.  I'll figure it out...find better tutorial videos.

I guess I have a tire ornament now!

In the mean time, I've been working on making a rune bag for my womanrunes.  And I also realized that I'm sitting on Gryffindor and Hufflepuff colors for scarves.  I just keep giving myself more and more projects!  Especially as I grow bored with single stitch.  Next project that I make after this rune bag, I'm going to look into other stitches.  I've been looking at so many already--beginner and more advanced.  Inspiration.

Looking through one of my pinterest boards (Fun Needle-Yard Crafts), I'm also inspired to make a Twi'lek and/or Togruta  hat, after looking at this one for inspiration.  I don't know if I want it to be crocheted or sown, but the Togruta are my favorite Star Wars race and I've always wanted their montrals and lekku!  I'd be just nerd enough to add such garb to my own spiritual practices.  I already have them as part of my Artemis shrine.  A bit of Pop Culture Paganism, I've always felt a spiritual connection with the Togruta.  I had been wanting to make a Togruta inspire head scarf pattern for a while.  I'll need to research making hat next.  Surely they can't be too hard, as they seem very popular in the yarncraft community.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Home Blessing

New Years Eve, I performed a banishing and letting go ritual, with the aid of Hestia, Dionysus, and Hephaestus.  After the new year came in, I performed a Home Blessing, and recharged my wards.

I cleansed my hands of miasma, using a lustral water called Khernips, and saged myself before approaching Hestia's shrine.

I saged my home, walking about saying, "In Hestia's name, I cleanse my home of negative energies and entities.  Only good may reside here."

I addressed the house spirits, reminding the old and telling the new what my home's ground rules are if one should visit or stay here with us.

I fed my House Guardians flame and energy.

I gave Hestia offerings, sprinkling them into Her sacred flame, and invited the House Guardians to assist me in warding.  Taking the protection powder, which is a mixture of salt, pepper, st. john's wort, and something else, I charged it again on Hestia's shrine, as I always do.  Then I sprinkled the powder on the window sills and threshold, repeating, "With this powder, I set up a barrier, a filter that protects this home  and its inhabitants from those who wish us harm, be it mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual harm."

Next, I grabbed my Return to Sender oil.  This is comprised of olive oil, cayenne, and other ingredients.  All simple, all found in the pantry.  This is a weapon oil, and I don't asked for Hestia's blessings over it because of that.  This oil not only returns to sender any ill wishes or actions, but it does so with quite the kick.  A warning the first time, then an ass kicking the next.

On the outside of my home, I draw a sigil with my finger in the oil, and charge it to act upon negative energies, entities, casters, people--anyone who sends us ill will or actions meant to harm us mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

After a thorough washing of my hands, I moved onto the next step, Hestia's Ash.  I collect the ash from smoke cleansing sticks and incense, and use the ash for later spells and ritual that correspond to the whatever I was burning these things for.  Most of it is for purification and protection.  Sometimes I use this ash to mark my statues, especially the porous ones.  Once I get sealed statues, I want to ritually bath or anoint them with oils, wines, and perfumes.  Until then, sometimes I use ash or powders.

The collected ash is charged and blessed, then used to mark Hestia, then the foreheads of those who reside in this home.  Soon, I also plan on getting wooden or stone crude or primitive carvings to represent each member of this household for our Family Shrine, to mark those.  Anyway, the ash is another step of blessing and protecting us.

There's the first ritual of 2017, a simple home and family protection ritual.  Later, I'll write up a post about khernips.