Keeping Her Keys – an excerpt

Jun 18th, 2019 | By | Category: Book News, Books, Books for Goddess

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to Keeping Her Keys – an introduction to Hekate’s Modern witchcraft by Cyndi Brannen.

Overview of this Book

And here you are, reading this book. That’s the last time I’m going to call it that because this is really an introductory course to Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. You probably have your own story about how you found Hekate. Perhaps, like me, She found you when you needed Her the most. This is a common theme from the countless stories I’ve heard about when Hekate calls a devotee for the first time. She stands at the gate, extending a new key. It is up to us to take that key and use it. Personal agency, our ability to change our lives for the better, is a central belief of Modern Hekatean Witchcraft.

I write more about my approach to witchcraft (which I call the Keeping Her Keys framework) in the second lesson after a summary of the common themes of Modern Hekatean Witchcraft discussed in the first. In the third lesson I write about communicating with Hekate, including what to do when Hekate calls us for the first time. Not everyone has this experience, so I also make recommendations for seeking Her either for the first time or the hundredth. In the fourth lesson, we review the fascinating history of Hekate as well as our contemporary understanding.

A main feature of Modern Hekatean Witchcraft is the use of epithets in devotion and witchery. Hekate has over two hundred characteristics based on ancient texts and modern interpretations. In the fifth Lesson, I discuss these epithets and how to use them. In the following lesson you’ll learn about honoring Hekate, while in the seventh lesson we discuss Hekate’s Wheel
of the Year. In Lesson Eight, Hekate’s symbols are presented. Lesson Nine introduces you to the correspondences of Modern Hekatean Witchcraft and how to use them. Then we move onto a discussion about Hekate’s garden.

In Lesson 11, you’ll learn the basics of divination within Modern Hekatean Witchcraft with an emphasis on establishing a daily Tarot practice. Then onto Lesson 12 where we discuss natural and created types of sacred space, including how to create various kinds. The final lesson of the course provides you will all you need to know about crafting spells Modern Hekatean
Witchcraft style.

The last part of this course is a discussion about self-initiation.

While this course is not part of a tradition, your completion of it represents a substantial training in Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. As such, you’ll have the opportunity to complete the initiation
process to become a Guide in the Keeping Her Keys community. You can personally acknowledge yourself as a Keeper of Her Keys.


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