Keeping Her Keys: At The Crossroads of Modern Life and the Deeper World
Keeping Her Keys: At The Crossroads of Modern Life and the Deeper World
Cyndi Brannen
Join me as I explore the healing journey through psychology, personal development, mythology, and transcendent experiences at the crossroads of modern life and the deeper world. Claim, and keep, your unique keys. Devoted to the ancient goddess Hekate as World Soul. About me: Cyndi Brannen is an author, herbalist, psychologist, and teacher, merging her years of experience studying health and relationships with the traditional wisdom of the goddess. https://keepingherkeys.com/ Learn more about Cyndi's work at keepingherkeys.com
Artemis: Wild Mysteries of The Moon
It is nights like tonight,She finds me.Slipping in through a crack in the curtains.Riding on pale moonlight.It is nights like tonightThat I long to be her.To have no familiarityWith words like,“diagnosis,”“mortgage,”and “grief”.It is nights like tonightShe reminds meOf who I was before,And who I could be.Shooting her arrows into my heart,Putting the wild back in me. Artemis awakens much within us, shooting arrows that illuminate the wildness within that may have been pushed into darkness as we navigate all the complexities of "adulting," not to mention healing from difficult experiences. Join me, Christen Bennett (She/Her) - Coven Key Bearer  and Coyote Mae (they/them) apGovannon for our brand new conversation about the mysteries of our beloved Artemis. My first Goddess and namesake, I will always adore her. There's a lot of references to epithets, goddesses, and so on in this episode, so check in the transcript for spelling. Watch with CC and searchable transcript HERE. Learn more about Covina. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Feb 8
1 hr 19 min
Imbolc, Hekate, and Soul Retrieval With Guided Meditation
Entering Hekate's Cave: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness by Cyndi Brannen, PhD, can be purchased wherever books are sold. This is a guided class and meditation that introduces the listener to Soul Retrieval. Join my soul school, The Covina Institute, for the in-depth eight week journey that takes place between the first and third new moons of the calendar year. If you missed this course, consider joining for The Rebirth Journey that runs from the third to fifth new moons. Learn more at keepingherkeys.com Psychopomp, which translates from Greek as “Soul Guide,” is one of Hekate’s most ancient roles. Certainly, she guided Persephone through rebirth out of the cave, yet we can envision Hekate helping her call back the missing soul shards that shattered during her great trauma at the hands of those powerful men who brought about the end of her innocence. As Persephone learned to sing her soul once more, so do we. Our chorus becomes a beacon to the missing pieces of the soul in this lesson as we experience Soul Retrieval. The Soul Guide is much more than the one who helps the earthly dead cross over the river to the other side, she is the midwife who assists new souls as they are born into flesh, and she reunites us with the fragments we lose along the way. Hekate calls us to take care of our own souls, and to see the soul in all things. Caring for our own souls and seeking to understand the soul in all things, draws us closer to Anima Mundi. It is to Hekate as Psychopomp, and to our own ability as the guide of our own souls, that we turn to in this lesson as we experience soul retrieval. A shamanic practice as well as a psychological one, soul retrieval is the process of calling back pieces of our soul that were lost due to trauma. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Feb 1
1 hr 18 min
Hekate Psychopomp: Following Her Back To Soul
Perhaps to me the most enduring way that Hekate presents to me is as Psychopomp, The Soul Guide. So much so that this entire moon month is dedicated to exploring the mysteries of Psychopomp, from connecting with a past life to experiencing the transformative Animarum Recupero (Soul Retrieval Ritual). Hail Hekate, Psychopomp.Guide us, light our journey. Check out my windy day musings video and more HERE: https://keepingherkeys.com/read/f/exploring-hekate-and-soul-retrieval For an in-depth examination of Hekate Psychopomp, read the eponymous chapter in Entering Hekate's Cave. Here's an excerpt: One of Hekate’s most ancient roles is as Psychopomp, which translates as “soul guide.”[i]  According to the Greeks, the psychopomp guided the departed into the afterlife, whether it was the nightmarish Tartarus or the heavenly Elysium.[ii] Certain deities like Hekate and Hermes, her frequent companion, had the special ability to travel at will between the Underworld, the world of everyday life, and the heights of Olympus, so they could easily cross into the territory of the afterlife.[iii]  Hekate, in particular, was responsible for overseeing the restless dead and for guiding souls to the other side. There is a special relationship between Hekate and those who have suffered great soul loss at the hands of others. She held close to her the dead who were marginalized by society, especially women and girls who had died due to sexual violence or during childbirth. In modern terms, Hekate is a trauma specialist whose darkness welcomes our fleeting soul fragments that find refuge in her cave. She tends to them until we are ready to be reunited. Hekate Psychopomp is much more than the one who helps the earthly dead cross over the river to the other side, however. She is the midwife who assists new souls as they are born into flesh, and she reunites us with the fragments of our selves that we lose along the way. She calls us to take care of our own souls, and to see the soul in all things. When we care for our own souls and seek to understand the soul in all things, it draws us closer to the archetypal web, to the very soul of the world. The shamanic and psychological practice of soul retrieval is the process of calling back pieces of our soul that were lost due to individual and cultural trauma.[iv] In my own work, I function as a psychopomp, lighting the way to the wholeness known only through the return to soul.  You can watch my recorded class on Hekate and The Soul, with CC and transcript, HERE. LEARN MORE ABOUT COVINA [i] Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals by Thomas Moore contains an excellent discussion on Hekate and the soul. [ii] A short summary of the Greek ideas about the afterlife: https://greekreporter.com/2021/06/12/the-ancient-greece-concepts-for-heaven-and-hell/. [iii] Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah Iles Johnston (1999). [iv] For more on soul retrieval, read Sharon Ingerman’s Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Jan 18
46 min
Hekate's Wheel Meditation
Step into the mystery of Hekate's Wheel, also known as the strophalos, in this guided meditation. You can augment the meditation with Casting Hekate's Wheel in Lesson 12 of the Keeping Her Keys book. Learn more about The Gate of Rebirth. Watch this meditation with CC and transcript HERE. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Jan 11
15 min
Connecting to Hekate's Wheel - Meaning, Talisman, and Resources
Hekate's Wheel, also known as the strophalos, is a symbol evoking the mysteries, and a powerful way to connect to her. Cyndi shows some of her favorite Hekate's Wheel talismans that she's created over the years, from a botanical stained wooden one, to a spinning version, and more. Hekate's Wheel makes an ideal foundation for exploring The Wheel of The Year, as discussed in the book "Keeping Her Keys," which also includes a ritual to tap into the force of the Hekate Wheel. In Covina, you'll find tons of resources for connecting to Hekate's Wheel. Watch with CC and transcript HERE. Go to our live events this week:The Hekate's Wheel Ritual on January 10. NOTE: This event is cross-posted in the KHK Read Along, since this is an all-members event. Hekate's Wheel of The Year New Moon Salon on January 11, when we'll be invoking the Covina Wheel of The Year and crafting talismans with the padded altar board. Learn more:The Hekate's Wheel of The Year Section in Hekate's Crossroads, where you'll find the templates and more. Lesson's 7 and 12 in the Keeping Her Keys Read Along. Share:Honoring Hekate on The Dark Moon - Capricorn New Moon Sharing Circle Go to keepingherkeys.com/freeresources for the Catalogue of Epithets and Hekate's Garden Companion. Purchase the Keeping Her Keys altar cloth featured in the video HERE. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Jan 8
6 min
Living a Magic(k)al Life and Being Authentically You
Join me in a powerful meditation exercise to align with your purpose, and a conversation exploring creating magic(k) life. A daily spiritual practice is essential for manifesting a magic(k)al life, but it doesn't need to be complicated. Balancing the grand vision with small, achievable intentions unlocks the way towards your magic(k)al life and being authentically you. Get inspired by quotes about living a life others may not understand and embracing your truth. Take the leap towards your magical life, even if it means taking risks and embracing change. You can purchase True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch from major booksellers. https://keepingherkeys.com/ for more info on my books and courses. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Jan 3
34 min
Welcoming 2024 With An Invocation
Happy New Year.Welcome to a new beginning. How fortunate we all are to be here at the start of a new calendar year. I'm sending out the sacred smoke, deep healing, cleansing and connection to the divine, to our beloved Hekate, to all the spirits and her deeper world as the new year commences. May you find meaning and value in wholeness in this new year.Hail Hekate,And Welcome to 2024. My NYD personal ritual for invoking 2024 included exchanging letters with the me of today with the me of January 1, 2025. If you're called to a deeper practice of Hekate's Modern Witchcraft, explore the options available at keepingherkeys.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Jan 1
58 sec
Winter Solstice Meditation: Meeting The Cailleach
Join me on this meditative journey to the heart of Hekate's Cave where we meet The Cailleach for unburdening our "stones," on the Winter Solstice (or anytime we need to let go our heaviness). I adore The Cailleach. She connects me to my Celtic roots, and always welcomes the weary traveler, offering shelter from the winter's storms. Become a Coven Member with the Kindness subscription: MORE INFO HERE. Join the Keeping Her Keys Video Library HERE. This episode expands on the Skotia Chapter in Entering Hekate's Cave by Cyndi Brannen. From Entering Hekate's Cave: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness The Cailleach[i]is an expression of The Crone, a healing spirit that offers respite along the journey through the cave. There are stories regaling The Cailleach as the eternal wise woman healer. Sometimes denigrated as a mean-spirited hag, The Cailleach of various locations, such as the Cailleach Béara (Cally Berra)[ii], were Goddesses of Winter to ancient Celts. The importance of place is central to the tales of The Cailleach, where she typically be based in a specific location, such as Béara. Being linked to places signifies how deeply she is connected to the land and its people. She is of the earth itself. This connection of place also speaks to her message of reconnecting to the land, of treating the earth well so that we can be nourished. [i] Sorita d'Este and David Rankine. Visions of the Cailleach: Exploring the Myths, Folklore and Legends of the pre-eminent Celtic Hag Goddess (2009). [ii] Leanne O'Sullivan. Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Dec 16, 2023
25 min
Hekate's Torches: Exploring The Meaning And Connecting To Her Sacred Flame
There is a light so deep inside of meThat nothing can extinguish.It has burned through a thousand lifetimes, Always leading me back to Hekate's Cave. Christen Bennett (She/Her) - Coven Key Bearer, Coyote Mae (they/them) apGovannon Guide-Key of Lampadia and I sat down for an illuminating conversation about Hekate Lampadios, The Torch Bearer. Perhaps there is no more iconic contemporary symbol of Hekate than her torches. There are several references to Her torches in various ancient texts. In ancient rituals, spells and tales Hekate is seen as lighting the way with her blazing torches. Perhaps the most commonly known is The Homeric Hymn to Demeter where Hekate’s torches light Persephone’s way to and from the underworld. We light up the history, and how we connect to her sacred fire in this spirited discussion. Become a Coven Member with the Kindness subscription: MORE INFO HERE. Join the Keeping Her Keys Video Library HERE. This episode expands on the Lampadios Chapter in Entering Hekate's Cave by Cyndi Brannen. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Dec 14, 2023
49 min
The Triple Torch Bearers: Illuminating Hekate, Persephone and Demeter
Join Christen, Coyote Mae, and me for this enlightening discussion about the connections between Hekate, Persephone, and Demeter, with a special focus on their role as Torch Bearers. This episode companions the chapter on Lampadios in Entering Hekate's Cave. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/keepingherkeys/message
Dec 6, 2023
42 min
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