Pepper Debt

It is the day before Halloween, or the eve of All Hallow’s Eve as I write this.  The verge of the new year, and a quite appropriate time to pay off debts – or to make a start on paying, in any event.  I personally owe Hecate a debt, and this is a public acknowledgement of this – I owe.  Since part of my debt is to teach, well, here is a thing…

In looking at plant magic, it seems there is a terrible lot of rehashing of the same sources over and over.  With the advent of the internet, this churn of well know information has gotten even worse.  Now a pop author can google and wiki a plant, stir the pot of collected information, and regurgitate an article almost instantly on the properties of a plant and its magical properties, at least as defined by four other authors.

I worked with Hecate to find a system for deep original research into the magickal properties of plants.  While there are multiple steps in the process she taught me, some of which I can share, one of the steps in this is explore a plant in its planetary aspects.  A simple concept, but a labor of years to collect.  Lately I and others in my house have been haunted by dream sendings.  Talking with Hecate, she recommended two things:  First, look at peppercorns, and second, do the work yourself you lazy shit. No new knowledge while you are in default.

I have always loved my straightforward goddess.  😊  No ambiguity there!

After prepping for the work, I walked black peppercorns through the planets, which I have ranked by strength of aspect, and here are the results:

Rank Planet Property Power
1 Mars Additive Burning away, searing, very strong
2 Venus Additive Pathos, sorrow, tragedy of love
3 Saturn Additive Unlocks sweetness by contrast (think pepper jelly), makes the bitter sweet
4 Jupiter Additive Compels the unwilling, taste of the lash of command
5 Sun Neutral A lesser heat, non-competitive – lost in the sun, subtle effect
6 Moon Subtractive All heat removed in the moon, nullifies pepper fire completely and leaves subtle effects
7 Mercury Neutral Neutral effect, very low interaction – may combine with others

Given that the moon is clearly the commanding planet of dream and also a buffer for the fire of pepper, Hecate has clearly guided this lazy mage to a ward against negative dreams using pepper to burn away unwanted outside influences in dream and buffered by the moon, the natural matrix for dream energy. The simplified talisman looking something like this:

Tonight Pepper TalsimanI wall cast this ward as a test to check its influence and see if it is a something I need to add as a layer of the permanent wards on my home.  No need to inscribe it on a copper disk with peppercorn infused Martian inks in the hour of the moon on Mars day using the Orphic triad aspects of Hecate, Artemis and Hypnos – as noted, I am a lazy mage.  Besides, that sound expensive…

Happy Samhain, Halloween and New Year – Coyvere





Marshmallow Wicca

Wicca seems to be afraid of the Dark Goddess.

Oh, they give Her lip service. They talk about balance, and the need for Darkness and Light, but have you noticed that all their worship tends to the former and barely touches the latter?

They only acknowledge Her during this season. And then it’s mostly ancestor worship. The Wild Hunt slips by them with barely a glance into the sky.  And Dark Gods are equally shunned.

Still stuck in that Dark Is Bad mindset?

Balance would be recognizing both and not just the one. The Dark is with us all year, and so is Light.  Death happens in every season.

Wrapping Mary in a pentagram seems to be their idea of the Goddess. Marshmallow Wicca – soft, gooey, and too sweet to really get your teeth into. One dimensional deities.

‘My goddess would never become enraged!’ ‘My god would never mislead me!’ ‘My deities are always kind and good!’  Who the hell are you worshiping – SpongeBob Square Pants?



Stability versus Mutability

Our deities seem to be able to move with the times, change and learn, study us to see where we’re going so that they can relate to us.

I see it in the splinters of the deities who are attached to different persons. Each splinter seems to be crafted to suit the person’s maturity and concerns – a flighty person, a flighty splinter. A mature person, a mature splinter.

Wytch of the North calls hers ‘My Lord of Masks’, and talks about the deities swapping identities casually between themselves. Do they also swap offices? Realms of control? Has Ares ever swapped with Aphrodite, just for the education it would be?  Would Hermes and Apollon trade spheres of influence temporarily?

This kind of mutability is disturbing to most of us. We like stability. We like it so much that we’ll remain in a rut that’s harmful to us rather than risk changing. The idea that your god really isn’t your god, even when he IS your god, leaves us wondering about our terra really being firma.

I suspect this isn’t a problem with most because their contact with their deity isn’t on a basis where they’d really notice a difference. Most of us don’t have daily conversations with our deities. Most of us never hear their voice at all, and consider someone who has to be extremely fortunate, even if it was no more than a few words or a strong feeling. Most of us believe they are there, hope they are there, but we don’t KNOW that they are there. We don’t consciously work with our gods so we don’t notice.

But the few – ‘we few, we lucky few, we band of brothers’ – do notice and are often dismayed or confused by the sudden changes, whether it’s a change of name, a change of personality, or a change of any sort. Suddenly, we don’t know our own god, the god we’ve worked with for so long.  It’s got to be hard to accept. It’s got to make us question everything we knew.

And then there are those who never have to question because their deity never seems to change at all. Herne is always Herne. Loki is always Loki.  Ma’at is always Ma’at.  They work with the same face their entire lives.

One tries to understand, but perhaps understanding is beyond us. Perhaps we just have to accept, adapt, and overcome. Perhaps some of us have to learn to walk on earthquakes.