Hekate Devotional Chapter 7

Mar 16th, 2015 | By | Category: Articles, Hekate - a Devotional

By Vivienne Moss

 

Hekate – She Who Is All

Though we may never know the true origins of the Witch Goddess Hekate, we can be sure that She is always near. She is ever ancient and ever young, a Goddess of the Ages. Hekate has been linked with many cultures and countless goddesses.  She makes Her first written appearance in Hesoid’s Theogony and graces the pages of William Shakespeare’s glorious works. Hekate is ever-changing, morphing into a beautiful nymph and a monstrous hag. She appears to us in ways that are incomprehensible to others but make perfect sense to Her chosen ones. Hekate may be a Dark Goddess to some and a Goddess of Light to others.  To me She is both Light and Dark; She holds within Her the potential of All.

The brief information flowing through the following pages are both historical and modern. Some will be from my personal gnosis and others will be from written materials of the past and present. I urge others to come to know Hekate through meditation, trance work, the study of ancient and modern texts, and devotion. She will reveal Herself to those who pay Her honor and reverence and to those who come to Her with compassion and respect. The following information can be used to construct prayers, invocations, evocations, spells, charms, incense, offerings, and the summoning of Spirits connected to the Witch Mother.

 

Origins

Her true origins are unknown. She has been said to originate in Thrace then moving on to Asia Minor. Hekate is also believed to be Karian and Has been linked to the Minoans through their Snake Goddess.  She had temples in Lagina and Caria and was a guardian of Byzantium (Istanbul). My belief is that She is older than Time, She is one of the Old Ones that originated with the Waking of the Worlds.

For a more concise history of Hekate please read Hekate-Liminal Rites and Hekate-Keys to the Crossroads by Sorita D’ Este and David Rankine.

 

Parentage

There are a few Gods who have been linked with the parentage of Hekate.

Asteria (Starry One) and Perses (Destroyer)—from Hesoid’s Theogony

Demeter—from the Orphic Hymns

Nyx (Night)—from the poet Bachylides

Asteria and Zues—from Mousaios

Aristaios—from Pherecydes

 

 

Children 

At times Hekate is said to be childless though She has also said to be a mother to some:

 

Scylla

Circe

Medea

Chalciope

Aegialeus

 

 

Mystery Cults

Eleusinian Mysteries at the Temple of Eleusis

Orphic Mysteries

 

 

Visage

Hekate can be seen in singular and triple formed depending on the nature of Her contact.  In Her most ancient appearance She is a beautiful nymph, not until recent times has She been portrayed as a crone/hag. Hekate is most commonly flaked by Her Hounds, though She can be seen with lions as well. When in triple form She can have the heads of animals and is shown holding one of Her many sacred objects.

Hekate often appears to me Saffron-Cloaked (Krokopelos), Her countenance veiled by a hood. When in triple form She appears as three young women; the first with red hair, the second with black hair, and the third with white hair. The emblems She carries vary with the message She is conveying.

When seen with the heads of animals, they are most often those of:

Cow/Bull

Dog

Dragon

Goat

Horse

Serpent

 

 

Names and Epithets

Like Her origins, the meaning behind Her name remains a mystery. Spelled Hekate (Greek) or Hecate (Roman), Her name is most often translated as meaning Influence From Afar, Worker From Afar, or the Distant One. It has also been interpreted as The Most Lovely One and Most Glorious. Like the Great Goddess Isis, Hekate has many names and epithets. I continue to discover more as I honor this most gracious Goddess.

For a list of more epithets of Hekate please visit Singing For Her by Neheti on Tumblr: http://nehetisingsforhekate.tumblr.com

 

 

Anassa (Queen)

At the Gate (Empylios)

Averter of Evil (Alexeatis)

Beautiful Darkness

Bone Mother

Born of the Stars

Brimo (Angry One, The Terrifying One, of Crackling Flame)

Celestial/Heavenly (Ourania)

Dame Fate

Dark Maiden

Dark Mother

Dark Muse

Dark Queen

Daughter of the Starry Heavens

Fair Queen (Kalliste Anassa)

From Afar

Funeral Queen

Goddess of Fate

Goddess of the Crossroads

Goddess of the Night

Hekate Chtothia (Of the Earth)

Hekate Soteria (Savior) (World Soul)

Holy Creatrix

Huntress (Agrotera)

Infernal One

Kalliste (Fairest)

Keeper of the Key (Kleidoukhos)

Keeper of the Keys of the Cosmos (Pantos Kosmou Kleidokhos)

Lady of Bones

Lady of Storms

Light Bringer

Light of the Night/Night Shiner (Noctiluca)

Lover of Solitude (Phileremos)

Mistress of Corpses

Mistress of Magic

Mistress of the Dead (Nerteron Prytanin)

Mistress of the Sea

Mistress/Lady (Desponia)

Moon Goddess

Mother of Angels

Mother of Dragons

Mother of Phantoms

Nature (Physis)

Night Wandering (Nyktipotos)

Night Wandering Queen

Nourisher of Life (Zootrophos)

Nurse of Children/Protectress of Mankind (Kurotrophos)

Of the Dark/Gloom (Skotia)

Of the Path (Endodia)

Of the Sea (Einalian)

Of the Three Roads (Trioditis)

Of the Three Ways (Trivia)

Of the Underworld (Aidonaea)

One That Transforms (Ameibousa

Pale Mother

Protectress of Flocks, Sailors, and Witches

Psychopomp (Guide of Souls)

Queen of Elphame

Queen of Faery

Queen of Ghosts and Shadows

Queen of the Dead (Anassa Enveri)

Queen of the Shadow-Lands

Queen of Witches

Rebirther of Souls

Rulling over All (Pasimedousa)

Saffron-Cloaked (Krokopeplos)

Savior (Soteria)

Sender of Dreams

Sender of Ghosts

Sender of Nocturnal Visions (Antaia)

Serpent Girded

Serpent/Dragon Queen

She of the Night (Nykteria)

Tender Hearted

Tender/Delicate (Atalos)

The Distant One

The Dread Goddess/Queen (The Deinos)

The Knowing One (Daeira)

The Light Bringer (Hekate Phosphoros)

The One Before the Gates (Propylia)

The Veiled/Concealed/Hidden One

Three Formed (Trimorphos)

Three Headed (Trikepholos)

Torch Bearer (Dadophoros)

Torch Bearing Holy Daughter of the Night

Unconquerable/Untamable Goddess (Adamantaea)

Universal Queen (Pasikratea)

Virgin (Parthenos)

Wanderer of Mountains (Ouresiphoites)

Witch Mother

 

Attendant Beings

These are some of the Gods, Goddesses, and Spirits who are conflated with or connected to Hekate. They can be called upon in spell-work and prayers in addition to Queen Hekate. Some are benevolent and others malevolent.

 

Gods:

Dionysus/Iakkhos

Hades

Helios

Hermes

Janus

Lucifer (Light Bearer)

Poseidon

Zagreus/Sabazius

Zeus

 

Goddesses:

Atremis

Baubo

Bendis

Bona Dea

Brimo

Circe

Demeter

Despoina

Diana

Enodia

Ereschigal

Geneetyllis

Heqet

Isis

Kattahha/Hatkatta

Kotys

Kourotrophos

Kratais

Kybele

Medea

Melinoe

Mene

Nemesis

Persephone

Physis

Potna Theron

Rhea

Selene

Shekinah

 

 

Spirits:

 

Aeacus/Aiakos ( Keeper of the Keys to Hades)

Angels: Wrynecks, Teletarchai, and Synocheis

Cerberus (Hell Hound)

Chthonic Spirits

Erinyes (The Strong Ones, The Angry Ones, Night Born Sisters, The Kindly Ones): Alecto-Never Ending, Megaera-Envious Anger, Tisiphone-Face of Retaliation)

Harpies

Keres (Death Spirits)

Lamia

Lampades ( Greek nymphs of the Underworld—Hekate’s attendants and Lamp Bearers)

Maenads

Moerae (Fates)

Nymphs

Sirens

Strix (bird of ill omen)

Witches of Thessaly

Often called on together:

 

Selene/Artimis/Hekate

Hekate/Diana-Luna/Proserpina

Hekate/Demeter/Persephone

 

 

 

Lady of Beasts

 

Animals, both mundane and mythical, associated with Hekate:

Bat

Bull

Cat

Cow

Crow

Dog

Dove

Dragon

Frog

Goat

Griffin

Hell-Hound

Horse

Lion

Owl

Raven

Serpent

Sphinx

Toad

Unicorn

Vulture

 

 

Colors

 

Red

Amber

Black

Bronze

Copper

Purple

Saffron

Silver

White

 

Earth:

Green/Brown

 

Sea:

Blue-Green/Aqua

 

Sky:

Blue

Gold/Yellow (Sun)

Silver (Moon/Stars)

 

Mystical

Red—Blood/Life

Black—Night/Mysteries

White—Bone/Death

 

 

Stones/Gems

Amber

Amethyst

Bloodstone

Blue Goldstone

Emerald

Garnet

Hematite

Jet

Moon-Stone

Onyx

Ruby

Smoky Quartz

Tigers Eye

 

Metals

 

Bronze

Copper

Gold

Iron

Silver

 

 

 

Herbs/Trees

 

Trees:

Alder

Ash

Birch

Blackthorn

Cypress

Dogwood

Ebony

Oak

Willow

Yew

 

Herbs:

Bay Laurel

Frankincense

Jasmine

Juniper Berries

Lavender

Mint

Mugwort

Mullein

Myrrh

Myrtle

Patchouli

Rue

Saffron

Sweet Vetivert

 

Baneful Herbs:  (Do not use! Poisonous! Raven Grimassi wrote two books that give sigils to use when working with some of these herbs: Old World Witchcraft and Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch)

 

Belladonna

Datura

Helebore

Hemlock

Henbane

Mandrake

Opium/Poppy

Pennyroyal

Wolfsbane/Alconite

Wormwood

 

Altars and Offerings

As both an Earthly and Heavenly Goddess, altars and shrines for Hekate can be of varying types. A Chthonic (of the Earth) altar sits low to the ground; this type of altar is used for Underworld and Death deities. An Ouranian (of the Heavens) altar sits higher up; this type of altar is the most commonly used and is set up for deities of the Sky and Heavens. Another shrine that can be set up in Hekate’s name is the Hekataion. This altar sits outside the front door of your home so Hekate can protect all who reside within.

A Deiphon or Hekate’s Supper is an offering put out at a Crossroads on the night of the New Moon. Kykeon is a sacred drink thought to be made from barley, pennyroyal (poison), and water. This would have brought on a hallucinogenic trance. The Red Meal is used by Traditional and Hedge Witches, it consists of Red Wine and dark bread. A version of this offering can be found in Robin Artisson’s The Witching Way of the Hollow Hill.

Offerings of drink, food, art, and sacred objects can be placed on Hekate’s altar and later disposed of by burying or burning. What is offered to the Gods should never be consumed or used. These are gifts to the Holy Ones and should be considered taboo to eat unless sharing a Sacred Meal with the Gods and Spirits.

 

Offerings for Hekate:

Absinthe

Apples

Art

Barley

Blood

Crossroads Dirt

Eggs

Fish

Garlic

Grave Yard Dirt

Honey

Incense

Mead

Milk

Mushrooms

Olive Oil

Onions

Poetry

Pomegranate

Prayers

Sacred Herbs

Scared Objects

Scented Oils

Sesame

Song

Water

Wine/ Red or White

 

 

Scared Symbols and Objects

 

This is a small list of sacred symbols and objects of Hekate. She is often shown holding a few of these in Her iconography.

 

Athames/Daggers

Candles

Cauldron

Cemeteries

Crossroads

Gates

Hekate’s Wheel

Keys

Masks

Sepulcher

Skulls/Bones

Snakes

Spear

Torches

 

 

Festivals and Dates

 

A few festivals and sacred dates associated with Hekate. She, of course, can be honored at any time and I have found Her to be a very approachable goddess who adores Her devotees.

 

Full and Dark Moons

Dawn and Twilight (liminal times)

Last day of every month

Deiphon—every Dark or New Moon

Noumenia—every New Moon (crescent)

Her Scared Fires—Full Moon of May

January 8—Midwife Day

January 31—Feast Day of Hekate

August 13—Harvest Blessing

October 31—Samhain/Shadowfest/All Hallows Eve

November 16—Hecatesia/Hekate’s Night

November 30—Day of Hekate at the Crossroads

 

 

Realms/Magic/Divination

 

Hekate, the Witches Goddess, rules over many Realms and is Mistress of Magic and Divination.

 

Realms:

Dreaming World

Elphame

Elysian Fields

Faery

Hades

Netherworld

Otherworld

Shadow-Lands

Tartarus

The Fortunate Isle/Isle of the Blessed

Underworld

 

 

Magic and Divination:

 

Amulets and Charms

Defixones (binding curses)

Goeteia (sorcery)

Necromancy

Nekuia (divination from the dead)

Nympholepsy (possession/seizure by Nymphs for oracle use)

Oracles

Oneiromancy (dreams/dream divination)

Pharmakeia (herbal/poison magic)

Rhizotomoi (root magic)

Tarot

Theurgia (divine/god working)

Voces Magicae (magical words)

 

 

Sigils of Hekate

These sigils or seals can be used in spell work and charms. They are simple drawings that are easy to duplicate; feel free to make your own that have meaning to you.  They can be drawn with flour or chalk upon the floor or ground, can be sketched with ink on paper, or inscribed on candles. The Triangle of Manifestation can be used by drawing it out in your preferred manner, placing the spell or charm within it and drawing one of the Sigils of Hekate above the top most corner or around all three.  I have used these sigils with great success and have found the seals Raven Grimassi gives in Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch to be quite useful for many magical needs.

 

The Triangle of Manifestation:

triangle

 

 

 

 

 

The Sigil of Hekate:

hekatesigil

 

 

 

 

 

The Crossroads/Spirit-World Sigil: used to connect to the Other-Worlds

crossroadsspirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dream Sigil: for lucid and prophetic dreams

dream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hekate’s Key Sigil: to unlock the Mysteries

key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

As I close my eyes and fall into the Deep Trance of the Dreamworld, I find myself at the entrance of Hekate’s Cave. The scent of burning herbs lingers in the moist, ocean air. Softly glowing within are candles inscribed with occult seals and sigils; enchantment emanates all around me. She is standing there, Queen of the Witches, stirring Her Cauldron of Transformation. I look deep into the contents of this sacred vessel and find my destiny within. I am transformed now, a Daughter of Hekate and the Sacred Feminine. The Witches Blood that courses through my veins has awakened, I am now One with Hekate and the Spirits of the Worlds—Seen and Unseen…

 

She is all around us, our Witch Mother Hekate. She is the beauty of a sunset and the terror of a storm. She is of the Moon, the Stars, the Sun and the Earth. She is of the Sea and the Abyss, the primal Catalyst of Creation. I have found Her in the Deep recesses of my mind, and have wandered far within my dreams in search of Hekate and the Holiness that She is.

Whether we see Hekate as the Witches Goddess, Queen of Heaven, Dread Goddess, or World Soul does not matter. She is all of these and more; new facets of Her are being discovered by those who wish to journey to meet this Great Queen of Mysteries. She may show us one side of Herself or many, depending on the nature of Her call. The paths we choose to take on this sometimes perilous expedition can lead to great wonders. The arcane Truths of the Realms of Eternity can be found both within ourselves and in the finding of our Sisters and Brothers who join us in this Dance of Life and Death. To awaken the Blood of the Ancients is to awaken to our true selves, our most magical and enchanted selves that we are destined to be.

Hekate, Queen of Witches, welcomes Her Children into the Mysterious world of the Shadow-Lands, encouraging us to spread our wings and fly into the enchanted Beyond. We must continue to bring Her into the Waking World, the mundane world we live our daily lives in. The more we honor and devote time to this most Gracious Queen can help others to awaken to the Mysteries of the Enchanted Realms and the Ancient Ones.

 

Hekate, my Queen, I give thanks to You as I continue on this Journey of Life and Death. As my Dreams become Reality and Reality become my Dreams, I weave Enchantment and Deep Peace into the Worlds as Your Devotee and Daughter. Hekate, Holy Mother of All, I am Yours and through Your Grace I Live and Breathe…May I find comfort within Your embrace…

 

Recommended Reading

 

Classical Volumes

 Greek Magical Papyri (PGM)

Medea by Euripides

Metamorphosis by Ovid

The Chaldean Oracles

The Homeric Hymns

The Orhic Hymns

Theogony  by Hesiod

 

Modern Texts on Hekate

 Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate by Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Hekate Soteria by Sarah Johnston

Hekate-Her Sacred Fires by Sorita D’Este

Hekate-Keys to the Crossroads by Sorita D’ Este

Hekate-Liminal Rites by Sorita D’ Este & David Rankine

The Dance of the Mystai by Tinnekke Bebout

The Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez

 

Other Books of Interest

A Deed Without A Name by Lee Morgan

Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes

Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch by Raven Grimassi

Masks of the Muse by Veronica Cummer

Old World Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi

Sorgitzak-Old Forest Craft by Veronica Cummer

The Faery Teachings by Orion Foxwood

The Flame and the Cauldron by Orion Foxwood

The Living World of Faery by R.J. Stewart

The Mighty Dead by Christopher Penczak

The Tree of Enchantment by Orion Foxwood

The Underworld Initiation by R.J. Stewart

The Witching Way of the Hollow Hill by Robin Artisson

 

Tarot

 

The Tarot of Delphi by J.D. Hildegard Hinkel

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5 Comments to “Hekate Devotional Chapter 7”

  1. Absolutely brilliant!!! Going to have at nose of the recommended books…well the ones I don’t have lol!

  2. Nena says:

    Blessings to you.
    I’ve enjoyed your words on Hecate and thank you for that. I believe Hecate knows my heart my intention however, I think she’s trying to tell me something…you see I have her side by side another deity. I’d like your opinion, do you think she’s upset or may get jealous and she is giving me the grace and opportunity to relocate her within my altar?
    Thank you.

    • Vivienne Moss says:

      I don’t feel that Hekate is a jealous Goddess, though She is very independent. Try creating a shrine/altar dedicated just to Her and practice daily devotionals in the form of prayer.

  3. Calin says:

    Thank you for this brilliant write up. Some excellent research and subsequent distilling of the many faces attributes powers and lore on the wonderful Goddess.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi, I love this article – It’s really helped me understand Hekate better. Being a unicorn lover, I was especially delighted to find a connection to unicorns. Could you please tell me where I can learn more about that connection? Thank you! Lisa

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