Hekate is a Goddess of great antiquity. She is primordial, powerful and sometimes animalistic – and yet also sophisticated, modern and capable of adapting to different cultures. She is the Torchbearer, the Cosmic World Soul, the Guide and Companion. She is Mistress of the Restless Dead, who rules over the Heavens, Earth and Sea. She is the Keybearer who stands at the crossroads of life, death and initiation. Her devotees today, as throughout the ages, include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root-cutters, enchantresses and ordinary people.
Hecate, Hekate (ek-a-te), or Hekat was originally a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth originating from Thrace, or among the Carians of Anatolia.
Popular cults venerating her as a mother goddess integrated her persona into Greek culture. In Ptolemaic Alexandria she ultimately achieved her connotations as a goddess of sorcery and her role as the ‘Queen of Ghosts’, in which guise she was transmitted to post-Renaissance culture. Today she is often seen as a goddess of witchcraft.
Please describe briefly your Path. (full list of questions here)
Eclectic (for lack of a better term at the moment) with an emphasis on sea witchery. I follow the Wheel of the Year, moon lore and esbats. I identify with the dark and waning phases, the ‘Crone’ aspect, of the triple moon. I’m strongly drawn to the goddesses Hekate, and Arianrhod.
I’m the type of person who prefers to begin new projects and/or do significant things on special calendar dates. Be it the first of the month, at the turn of the wheel or on days like today, the 12th of December 2012. Seeing as how today also falls under the dark or new moon (also known as Hecate’s moon – how apropos!), I thought it would be an auspicious time to do my very first spread with the Shadowscapes deck. Plus, I was getting antsy waiting around for the solstice. I never said I was patient! 😉
I chose to do the Deck Interview spread as my first throw. The layout for this spread is up to the querent, so I placed the cards into two rows.
Note : This “pagan meme” was found whilst browsing through Tumblr. If you’re the original author or know who created it, please leave a note and I will happily give credit! 🙂
Since this is quite lengthly, and some questions require more than just a quick answer, I’ve decided to devote individual blog entries to each question as an ongoing challenge. These will be answered in no particular order, and each entry will be linked to their respective questions.