A guide to plant spirit ritual and witchcraft, with practical instruction on the use of botanicals especially associated with the beloved goddess Hekate and her daughters Circe and Medea.
Bringing pharmakeia (the practice of plant spirit witchcraft) into contemporary times, Entering Hekate’s Garden merges historical knowledge with modern techniques. In it, author Cyndi Brannen offers her extensive insight into Hekatean ritual and witchcraft and especially its application to the Green World. The book features detailed monographs dedicated to 39 plants ranging from the esoteric such as aconite, American mandrake, and damiana to the accessible including bay laurel, dandelion, fennel, garlic, juniper, and lavender.
This book blends traditional methods with the author's personal approach, emphasizing her understanding of plant spirits as allies in the witch’s journey. It includes a new taxonomy for interpreting plant energies, methods for creating new correspondences, the importance of layering, using botanicals in spells, rituals, altars, and more, as well as ways to develop meaningful relationships with the pharmakoi (master plant spirits). Poetry, petitions, and musings about pharmakeia are woven throughout.
Entering Hekate’s Garden takes readers deep into the mystical world of botanical witchery in a way no other book has before.
“Enchanting! Cyndi Brannen’s Entering Hekate's Garden: The Magick, Medicine, and Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft is a treasure trove of herbal lore blended with magical practice for empowerment, protection, and more. An in-depth study of Hekatean theogony demonstrating the passion of a true plant priestess, this book is a must for anyone looking to deepen their magical practice, connection to Hekate, or knowledge of plants.”-- Amy Blackthorn, priestess of Hekate, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic, Sacred Smoke, and Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews
“One cannot talk about Hekate without eventually talking about Medea and Circe. One cannot discuss the magic of these witches without talking about plants. For the Greeks, pharmakeia was synonymous with magic, yet so few authors are willing to talk openly and frankly about it. In Entering Hekate’s Garden, Cyndi Brannen manages to provide a cornucopia of plant magic that will be useful for anyone interested in Hekatean magic. I expect to be referencing the recipes and lore for years to come.”-- Jason Miller, author of The Elements of Spellcrafting
“Beautifully written in classic grimoire style, Cyndi Brannen uses Hekate and her daughters Medea and Circe to navigate the occult world of botanicals and mythology. Entering Hekate’s Garden is necessary for every witch and student of the craft!”-- Lawren Leo, author of Horse Magick: Spells and Rituals for Self-Empowerment, Protection, and Prosperity
“I have long wanted a book like Entering Hekate’s Garden to exist. As a devotee of Hekate, the botanical connections of Hekate and her priestess-witch daughters in mythology and lore has always fascinated me. For many years, I have wanted to take the time to compile all the lore together myself for my own personal practice. Luckily, Cyndi Brannen has done all the heavy lifting for us. She has taken the seeds of ancient and classical lore and grown something lush, beautiful, new, and extremely beneficial for any modern witch, while also maintaining the historical roots. I greatly enjoy all of Cyndi’s works and books, but this is by far my favorite of hers to date. I know it will be a book that I reference often in my personal magickal practice and devotional work.”-- Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation
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Throughout the ages, Hekate has wandered, bringing wisdom to her followers. The Witch-Mother has returned, sharing her gifts with those who will listen. Learn Modern Hekatean Witchcraft using the keys of ritual, spells and pharmakeia. Explore the spirits and correspondences of Hekate in this introduction to the Keeping Her Keys path of healing into wholeness.
Through 13 lessons, complete your own journey into the mysteries of Hekate's Modern Witchcraft. Lessons include honoring Hekate, understanding her history, and presence, divination, working with the plants of Hekate's Garden and more.
Lesson 1: Modern Hekatean Witchcraft
Lesson 2: Keeping Her Keys
Lesson 3: Working with Hekate
Lesson 4: Hekate and Her Many Names
Lesson 5: Hekate’s Characteristics
Lesson 6: Honoring Hekate
Lesson 7: Hekate’s Wheel of the Year
Lesson 8: Hekate’s Symbols
Lesson 9: Correspondences
Lesson 10: Hekate’s Garden
Lesson 11: Divination
Lesson 12: Types of Sacred Space
Lesson 13: Spell Crafting
Becoming a Keeper of Her Keys: Self-Initiation
The witch has been bound by others for centuries. At last, the time has come to claim our power. Unleash your inner witch using the mysteries of The Sacred Seven. Follow these secret laws through a journey from healing to wholeness, through rituals, spirits, herbalism, color magic, sacred geometry and more.