I listened to both lectures of Demetra George that you recommended on your blog and I felt like writing about Hekate, whose role is so similar to Hermes in many respects. Hecate…Artemis the two I wander with…in dreams and more… Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I know this is the third post today, but I could not let this one pass by without sharing it here. else if (days == 1) Loved the post. year="19" + year; She was conflated with the Anatolian mother goddess Kybele, with whom she shares a repertoire of attributes, namely dogs, keys (symbolic of her being the guardian of deep mysteries and a goddess standing at the gates of transition), lions, serpents, torches and caves. Alternatively these offerings were described as being made to placate the goddess and ensure that she would look favorably upon those who made regular offerings. i don’t dream often (I say, because I don’t recall them 99% of the time) but when I do, its pretty dramatic.
- Dane Rudhyar. Others tell of a powerful Goddess who is crowned with the coils of wild serpents and oak leaves, appearing with three heads, often with three bodies, sometimes in forms which are part-human and part-beast. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. Change ), "The deepest core of life is poetry and symbol." The three-way crossroads were also liminal.

if (days > 1) Hecate is only invoked after night falls, in moonlight or in torchlight.

Hekate’s many roles can seem overwhelming for newcomers to her, as can her presence. The 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia, the Suda, paraphrased this quote and added the following: “From her one may learn whether it is better to be rich or to go hungry.

For modern Wiccans and Neo-Pagans, Nov 16 is designated as Hekate Night, or the Night of the Crossroads, the day of the festival of Hecate Trivia, which is a day that honors Hecate as a goddess of crossroads. Hekate is the Anima Mundi, the fiery spark that fuels of all the universe. Hectate might be a gate-warder but you are the veil-lifter of the mysteries.
This Thessalian tale comes from a scholiast to Lycophron’s 3rd century BCE play Alexandria, and was a late invention. Let me point out that she is in fact much older than all the gods of the Greek pantheon. I am full of serious/sober anticipation (a nod to sat in sag) as I do so. Amphiphon means “light-about,” an appropriate name for this flat cheesecake which was surrounded by small torches. Kaye’s New Book: “Words We Carry”.- | La Audacia de Aquiles. The serpents she is holding are the fiery, upward-spiraling Kundalini energy. I’m in love with this article and Hecate now! Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! She was a patroness of transition offering quick understanding that can literally open new doors for us. Why three? Image via http://hrefngast.deviantart.com/art/Hecate-209240765, As a triple goddess she ruled the three phases of the moon (subsequently just the dark moon phase), she saw the past, the present and the future and presided over the sea, the earth (also the underworld) and the sky. Ritual Of Hekate During COVID-19 For The Vulnerable,... Two very different futures are in front of us. Thank you for this insightful and timely article. Perfect timing as well. . The text connects her with Apollo: they even shared the epithet Hekatos, meaning “the far reaching one,” “the one operating from afar,” or “the far-darting one.” Both Apollo and Hekate were thus associated with the gift of prophecy and a far-reaching vision.


") document.write("Today is " + day_before + "! Since she also presides over the sea, we must do her homage in these dark times when the Fukashima disaster continues.

Thank you! In the myth, Hekate saw the abduction from her cave and offered comfort and guidance to grieving Demeter. Hekate lit Persephone’s way with two torches while Hermes acted as psychopompos – guide of the souls. Thanks for another great post.

She may be the goddess most recognizable by those uninterested in Greek myth.

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Very informative post, thanks. This asteroid is conjunct my Ascendant, which may explain why I consider this goddess to be an important guide to me. "); Home | Magick | Spirituality | Healing | Inspiration | Art  | Fun | More | Site Map. A goddess who is not to be invoked lightly, or by those who are calling upon her frivolously. She is best invoked at the Full Moon, while the Moon is waning, and on the dark nights just before the New Moon. She is Hecate the Maiden, Hecate the Mother, and Hecate the Crone. Hecate, however, is routinely described as the goddess of witchcraft and associated with characters like Medea and Circe, the witch of Homer’s Odyssey. These were: Another type of food offering which was left to Hekate on the eve of the full moon was the amphiphon, a type of cake. ( Log Out /  a most interesting post….Thank you for sharing…. I see a blacker than black Hound within the moment of a Dark Moon….

var day_before = "Christmas Eve"; Aristophanes recorded that offerings to Hekate were made “on the eve of the new moon” which is when the first sliver of the new moon is visible, signifying a possible connection with Hekate as a lunar goddess, rising, like the moon, from the underworld on the night of the new moon. var diff = date.getTime() - today.getTime(); She is the Dark Mother who rules over all the universe. Hekate had few public temples in the ancient world, however, small household shrines, which were erected to ward off evil and the malevolent powers of witchcraft, were quite common. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods.” There were numerous coins excavated showing Zeus holding Hekate as a personification of the order of the universe that even the gods were subject to. I recently read a book on Haitian voudou what describes the crossroads as the intersection between the two planes: the horizontal plane representing the material realm and the vertical plane representing the spiritual realm. And, I agree with Linda. Discoverer of the future which yet sleeps in the bosom of chaos, 3. If you do a Hermes post, trust me it will be unique and complex and illuminating, as are you. Thank you very much for sharing. So much symbolism. I am on my path studying Hekate with great results.

She was a guardian of midwives, hailing from the Egypian goddess Hequet who breathed life into the body at birth and who assisted at the birth of the Sun every morning: let’s hope she assists us in the birth of the new times. document.write("It's " + day_description + "! The fiery spark that lives in all the universe.

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