Hekate : Who is Hecate?

November is the month of Hecate, a goddess of the ancient world whose name has become synonymous with witchcraft and magic.

Who is Hecate?

Hecate (also Hekate) is an underworld goddess brought to Greece by a Thracian mystic out of the wilds of Caria on the shores of ancient Anatolia. A popular cult venerating her as a goddess of childbirth arose in ancient Greece and she was integrated into their pantheon of gods. In later Ptolemaic Alexandria she acquired a darker reputation as a goddess of sorcery, becoming the ‘Queen of Ghosts’, in which guise she played a role in the work of Shakespeare and forever became associated with the wilder side of Paganism.

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Hecate : Symbols and Sacred Objects

Goddess symbols, individualized for each goddess, were incorporated into the worship of the ancient goddesses, were often worn as jewelry, and also used in the household decor as talismans to seek the goddesses special gifts, blessings, or protection. A large number of goddess symbols have survived in statuary and other works of art.

Many of the goddess symbols come from the legends surrounding a specific goddess and were “characters” in her story. Other goddess symbols were derived from the rituals used in the ancient rites of worship of these pagan goddesses.

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Hecate : Goddess of the Crossroads

Hecate, Greek goddess of the three paths, guardian of the household, protector of everything newly born, and the goddess of witchcraft — once a widely revered and influential goddess, the reputation of Hecate has been tarnished over the centuries. In current times, she is usually depicted as a “hag” or old witch stirring the cauldron. But nothing could be further from the image of Hecate’s original glory.

A beautiful and powerful goddess in her own right, the Greek goddess Hecate was the only one of the ancient Titans who Zeus allowed to retain their authority once the Olympians seized control. Zeus shared with Hecate, and only her, the awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or withholding it if she pleased).

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Currently : What I’ve Been Researching

A few things I’ve always, always, always been drawn to/love/adore…

STARS : For as long as I can remember, I have loved stars. Even my first ever online handle (waay back in 1998! lol) was, “StarMoon”. Whenever it grew dark, I’d make a wish on the first star I saw. I still make a wish to this day. It’s a bit of an obsession of mine, and anyone that knows me well, knows I love anything and (usually) everything that is star-shaped, or has stars on it. And it’s my nickname, after all.

THE MOON : Again, my first online screenname was ‘StarMoon’. The lovely moon, in all her changing patterns has always captivated me. When I was younger, I’d make a wish on every full moon. It was just a “silly” thing I started to do. It wasn’t until I was 20 that I realized how important the moon is in regards to this path.

THE NIGHT : I’m a night owl and always have been. I do my best ‘work’ at night. Whether that be drawing, reading, writing, thinking, reflecting. I feel so, SO, much more “me” at night/in the dark.

THE OCEAN/SEA : I’m lucky enough to live close to the ocean so that I’m able to welcome the salty sea air into our home, walk to the bluffs to sit and stare at the waves crashing on the shore. I immediately feel a sense of peace, calmness, wonder, whenever I look across the water.

Recently, I’ve had very vivid dreams about the night sky and ocean. So naturally, the logical step is to research the patron gods/goddesses of the stars, the moon, the night, and the ocean. I’m starting with the Greek pantheon because the information is readily available – there’s Asteria/Astraios, Selene, Nyx, and Amphitrite.

So far, in my researching, I’ve felt a strong ‘connection’ of sorts to Nyx. I might be all in my head, but I’m definitely open to getting to know her more. 🙂

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