The Torchlit Path is a 9-week program created by Sorita d'Este and Emily Carding as a pathway towards a deeper, mystical and devotional relationship with the Goddess of the Crossroads, the Triple-Goddess Hekate.
All participants will receive a "welcome pack" which will provide a shared foundation for further study. Here you will be able to learn more about the history of the Goddess, her primary symbols, epithets and sacred stories - as well as an introduction to some of the basic techniques we will be using.
Each week you will receive your study materials which you can work through in your own time - which will include some practical work. At the end of the week you will have the option to attend a zoom class during which you will be able to participate in a weekly meditation, a Q&A with Sorita & Emily, and smaller group discussions with other participants.
You will be guided towards setting up a shrine, doing daily (or regular) devotion, furthering your knowledge of Hekate's history and mythologies; and deepening your understanding of Her mysteries through experiential learning.
Topics we will explore together on this path include: Images of the Goddess Hekate, Shrines and Devotion, Offerings, Gnosis (and why it is always personal!), Names and Epithets (and what to do with them), Divination and Magic, Hymns and Invocations (including writing your own), Hekate in the Mysteries of Eleusis (and other stories), Initiation, Priesthood and personal Dedication to the Goddess of the Crossroads.
What you need:
You are welcome to join from wherever you are - you will need access to a device suitable for playing video and sound recordings, and which you can use to join the zoom meetings. You will also need 2 to 3 hours per week to work through the materials and do the exercises provided each week - in all instances you will be encouraged to root your practices in history and to be creative!
Booking a Place:
Places are limited. The first journey on The Torchlit Path will commence at the New Moon in March and run for 9 weeks. More information will be made available on www.theurgia.co.uk in the coming days. Places cost £120 or £85 (concessionary) for the whole course - and you will have access to the course materials for one year. It is our aim to make this study program affordable to all - so if you are experiencing hardship, or live in a region where exchange rates affect your ability to participate please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
About Emily & Sorita
Sorita d’Este is an author and publisher based in Glastonbury, Somerset. Her books include Circle for Hekate, Hekate: Liminal Rites, Practical Elemental Magick, Visions of the Cailleach and The Guises of the Morrigan. She also edited the anthology Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, for which she wrote The Rite of Her Sacred Fires as a devotional offering to Hekate, which has subsequently become a yearly international celebration of the Goddess. Additionally, she is the founder and organiser of the Hekate Symposium (since 2012).
Today Sorita serves as a priestess and devotee of the Goddess Hekate, drawing on experiences she has gained in Initiatory Witchcraft, as well as various ceremonial and Goddess spiritual traditions over the last nearly 30 years. She is a polytheist with an interest in the Hellenic, Orphic and Near-Eastern religions.
If you want to find out more visit www.sorita.co.uk and www.avaloniabooks.com
Emily Carding is a professional actor, writer and visionary artist living by the sea in beautiful East Sussex. They are the creator of The Transparent Tarot, The Transparent Oracle, The Tarot of the Sidhe and The Simple Wisdom of the Household Dog for Schiffer Books and Faery Craft and So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare for Llewellyn publishing, with Seeking Faery due out from Llewellyn in 2022. They have contributed to numerous Avalonia anthologies, including Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, Faerie Queens and From a Drop of Water.
Emily holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. They are an initiate of the Alexandrian Wiccan tradition, a Keybearer for the Covenant of Hekate and have been working with Tarot for around thirty years.
For the latest news and more info please visit www.emilycarding.com
The Torchlit Path is facilitated by Theurgia - www.theurgia.co.uk