Hopefully didn't come across as slamming wanted more as a suggestion of looking at other options vice just dark of the moon. It's like we (my self included) tend to say suppers / meals yet the lore is to leave a supper at a cross roads and immediately turn and leave without looking back. So realistically how is a newbie supposed to make contact? Under those conditions it says your not supposed to attract her attention, or that of the dead who the meal is actually being left for. Yet the feast is being done in her name and honor.
I never really followed the Lunar Mansions but would be curious as to how the 26th is equated to Hekate? Had to check but it pertains to marriage, Love (aggripa says between men ie mankind which is divine) but lets just say love in general, agriculture, and some say strengthen buildings some say destroy them, some say travel but not by sea. So now have to look into the mansions further for my own curiosity to be honest.
just for reference one site said this about the emblem for the 26th mansion
https://www.astrologyweekly.com/astrolo ... nsions.php
- In the twenty-sixth, for love and favour, they sealed, in white wax and mastich, the figure of a woman washing and combing her hair; and they perfumed it with good odours.
Enjoy your coastal visit. I love my mountains but I do miss the ocean, been years now since I've been to that shore. A sandy or dirt shore is great but if you can find a rocky back drop where her voice can sing try to do so.
No offence taken, all good. I should have dug out the reference before posting - from his book Prince of Spirits
. It is the 25th not 26th, apologies.
“Surgat is attributed to the 25th mansion, from 9 to 20 degrees of Aquarius. Incidentally, in the better known attribution given by Agrippa &c, Aziel is the ‘angel’ of this mansion. Within this mansion is Neptune’s Exaltation and Pluto’s Fall degree, 19 degrees Aquarius. In solar terms, the Critical Degrees marking the mansion’s limits correspond to January 29th until February 10th. The particular mansion symbol from the Greco-Egyptian papyri is the garland of Hecate.”
I found it interesting, because it is the first reference I have been able to find between Surgat and Hekate, the relationship of which is part of Mark Alan Smith's 'Queen of Hell' works. Not that I work his material now, but there was some discussion at the time of how the two couldn't be linked, but it appears there is at least some relationship.
In terms of the feast, I do an offering on my altar as part of a ritual with her, and then drop it off at a crossroads after the ritual. In Australia you have to be careful of this as I pissed off the local indigenous spirits on the mountain behind me, who didn't take kindly to offerings for another deity being placed on their sacred land. I felt verry unwelcome on my hikes and it became apparent that I had caused offence. I learnt a phrase in traditional dialect and sung it around the mountain, and left eggs near a couple of snake holes and all has been well since.
I'm 1 3/4 hours from the ocean and in the mountains also. I don't get down there anywhere near as often as I would like, usually once a year. There is a great spot I have for safe rock fishing so will definitely hit that one up first and spend some time invoking and listening before dusk and the fishing gets going. Very much looking forward to some dawn and dusk meditation watching the sun come up over the water.