11 Oct Crossroad Rites & Ritual Sex Magick
TIDBITS – Crossroads
Symbolism and mystical associations are common use and can be found everywhere …
An old German tale about the knight von Falkenstein goes like this:
At midday, Tiubel reigns over the free forest. The knight Heinrich von Falkenstein, wished “to glance at the dark world of the Hereafter”. A magician led him at midday to the crossroads, traced a circle around him, and warned him not to leave it, nor to give or accept any gifts. “The storm unleashed itself, a deluge beat down, and terrifying forms appeared. Suddenly, a sombre being, as tall as a tree, emerged from the forest. It was the Devil. The knight let himself be drawn into a conversation with him. Tiubel asked him for a sheep and a cockerel as a gift. The knight refused and did not leave his circle. He came out of this trial as pale as death and never regained his delicate complexion”. He had become, it was said, “as pale as a Manichean”…
(Manichaeism was a major religion that was founded by the Persian prophet Mani in the Sasanian Empire. By extension, the term “manichean” is widely applied (often used as a derogatory term) as an adjective to a philosophy of moral dualism, according to which a moral course of action involves a clear (or simplistic) choice between good and evil, or as a noun to people who hold such a view.)
The importance of the crossroad symbol can be found in many tales, rituals and belief systems. In southern Europe, crossroads were considered sacred to Diana-Hecate, the deity who is both virgin and whore. Take notice in Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth there’s the appearance of the witches in Act I, Scene I, and they chant, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” which is reminiscent of alchemical individuation or shaping of an integrated personality. It is important to note the appearance of Hecate to the three witches. Hecate is triple-countenanced, and being three-fold in aspect she is known as Diana on earth, Luna in heaven, and Hecate in hell. These three women comprise one of the triads of western mythology. Such triads were a central part of ancient religions, and the “mystical triad” idea became also an important part of Masonic symbolism. It’s a fact that Freemasonry loves reenactments (in building, in their rituals, in art and even in murder).
So there is a triad of three governing officers to be found in almost every degree, and in the higher degrees there exists a symbolical triad that presides under various names, just as Hecate presides in different places under various names. For some of them, Hecate seems to have a very special role in their pantheon. Hecate was also known as lampadophoros (λαμπαδοφόρος) or “torch/light bearer”.
Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titans Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea.
Hekate also assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion she became Persephone’s minister and companion in the underworld.
Crossroads are significant to ritual sex magic; the wearing of clothes of the opposite sex and the performance of bisexual acts are called “crossroad rites.” The women engaging in these rituals were referred to as “dikes,” and it was said that they traveled “the old dike road” and “the old dirt road.” These sorts of activities, in keeping with Hecate lore, are secret to the extreme. “Triple Hecate, who giveth forth sacred cognizant rays of secret mysteries.”
Crossroads were also places of human and animal sacrifice. Such rites were often carried out in conjunction with magica sexualis since the participants recognized an existing relationship between fertility and death. Hecate is therefore also identified as a “death goddess,” and her sex-and-death attributes are similar to those ascribed to Venus (Aphrodite, Prone, Kypris, Hel).