Led by Dr. Cyndi Brannen, Keeping Her Keys is the radical reclaiming of the sacred within through connecting to the goddess. Keeping Her Keys is a modern tradition of books, courses and a modern online coven.
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In times of great upheaval, we can turn to both the deeper world and science for guidance. Our modern science tells us that simple rituals to boost resilience include a daily gratitude practice, certain forms of coping, and daily breathwork. The teachings of Mother Hekate demonstrate that perseverance and resourcefulness will see us through. In particular, the lessons Hekate taught Persephone and Circe provide powerful medicine for increasing our resilience.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus is a global crisis that's significantly impacting all of our lives. As witches, we know that there is no separation from the material and spirit worlds. Our work for banishing, protection and healing involves both the mainstream practices, like social distancing and hand washing, and the deeper work of our witchcraft.
I've embedded links throughout this article to help you cope and stay focused on strengthening your mind, body and soul. Included are links especially relevant to those engaged with my courses and books. I've also included the components of our Keeping Her Keys COVID-19 altar comprised of releasing, protecting and blessing, the three keys of our ceremonies.
The practices and energy shared within this article are not substitutes for medical care. If you are suffering symptoms of the virus or may have been exposed, I urge you to seek the appropriate services.
The return of wild women has led to a foundational shift in the power structure. It is a fault line over which we cannot traverse. There is no going back. From this cleavage has emerged the eternal primal power of the sacred feminine. The wild woman has broken free. Her crown in place, she now stands in her power.
This goddess rising is Hekate. She is the ancient mother called forth from her cave by the cries of thousands. She is fierce, bold and enduring. Hekate is the voice that whispers we can choose to stand in our power. She is the life-death-life cycle. That is what women know in our souls. This is the power that is feared. We are creators and destroyers. Tender, yet unbreakable. And we have broken free of their chains.
We are living in the aftermath of the chain-breaking earthquake. The terrain is dangerous, yet it is the territory in which we are most powerful. This is Hekate’s landscape; the crossroads between what was and what will be.
Modern witchcraft is so much more than using charms to curse our enemies. While, sticking pins in effigies can be enormously rewarding, witchcraft is often better when turned inwards rather than at others. One of the most common questions I get asked is about how to go from a life that doesn’t reflect our truth to one that is truly magical. In other words, how can we unf*ck our lives with witchcraft?
The process of intentional shapeshifting requires opening ourselves to the being into which we will transform. This is accomplished through modifying our own appearance, conjuring imagery of the spirit in our imagination, opening ourselves to the spirit through consciousness altering techniques and ultimately merging with the spirit so that we take on their energies.
Shapeshifting can be spontaneous when we are in trance, whether it be through deep meditation or other methods. When this occurs, the spirit has come forward because we need the medicine it brings. We can shapeshift during our journeys in the dreamtime as well.
Hekate is a complex goddess with a long history. She is the Goddess of Witchcraft, a guide along the path, and the universal Keeper of the Keys. Associated with the moon, fire and the underworld, but also with healing and mysticism.
There is much to learn about Hekate from the written records, but for a witch to truly know Hekate, we need to experience her. This is our awakening to what has always been within us.
Her history is that of all unruly women, labeled as witches and otherwise. However, learning this history helps us to reclaim our power and to understand how we are of her. It is a cautionary tale of beauty and power reduced to ashes, yet she rises again. As do her witches.
Hekate: Goddess of Witches
To her chosen, Hekate is the Witch Mother, our spiritual leader from whom we came. She lights our path, protecting us even when we are unaware. Hekate abides.
If you are newly awakened to her presence, read these tips for answering Hekate’s call.
She is the hidden power within her witches that is now awakening. Her powers are beyond compare. She is the Dark Mother who rules over all the universe. Her mother was the stars and her father the darkness.
Read Dr. Cyndi's complete guide for 2020, including lunar phases, astrological factors and seasonal energies. Loads of spells, rituals and digging deeper into the mysteries within through the power of archetypes.
Includes an audio class with journey. Article is also available in Spanish.
2020 is a crossroads year for this planet, and it is at these thresholds of time when Hekate emerges in all her glory. We come, on this wheel of time we walk, to this place as individuals and on the large scale. She has always been there waiting our return.
From upcoming television shows, like Circe and Motherland: Fort Salem, to the massive reclaiming of witchcraft as a sacred practice, this will be our year on the grand scale. In our personal journeys, we will be in conjunct with this societal reformation.
The witch who wields her own sacred power in alignment with the forces of the world to bring about change. The return of the Goddess in all her majesty, the Three-Formed Mother of All.
For centuries, the sacred feminine has been reduced to stereotypes. While not all witches are women, it is those like me who have been ridiculed and punished for our ways by a male dominated system of oppression. Of course, others have been marginalized as well. I’m writing from my perspective of as woman witch and daughter of the Goddess Hekate, and I’m speaking to my spiritual kin who are rising strong.
The stars are aligned with this time of personal and societal reclaiming, too. 2020 will see major planetary cycles complete and begin anew, representing a crossroads that is written in the stars. All these cycles are deeply associated with Hekatean energy, including Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. What is happening is an astrological awakening of the divine feminine the likes of which haven’t been seen for ages. These changes are known to astrologers as the start of “The Great Transformation” occurring throughout the next decade, 2020-2030.