The Dark Goddess

I waited about six years for this tattoo. Others can find inspiration easily but, I did not want just any random Pinterest image etched into my arm for all eternity.

[ Not that there’s anything wrong with that – you do You – but, I’m just hella persnickety. ]

I’ve been “saving” my right arm all these years for something meaningful and spiritual. Having gone through many changes (personally, emotionally, spiritually and physically) over the years, I wanted to incorporate and encompass that journey and what truly resonates with me.

I was drawn Hecate years ago when I first started on this path. She left multiple signs and appeared in my dreams. I sketched out my concept one night after re-reading a number of texts, articles and books about dark goddesses, Hecate specifically. I went back and forth over style and design, erasing and scribbling… Leaving it for months then coming back to work on it some more.

In my mind She wears a long hooded cloak, her eyes downcast and a bit obscured, her hair long and flowing. On her chest is an image of a skeleton key, one that opens the gates to the Underworld and other realms.

Hecate illuminates the path toward a greater understanding of one’s self and of others. She represents beginnings, endings and transformations. She is there to support and guide, in times of great change and disruption. Hecate exists in the ether – the spaces between life, death and rebirth. She is the wild woman and the High Priestess. Some even say she’s the queen of witches. Hecate is the guardian of the (literal and figurative) crossroads in life and protector of the household. She is the divine goddess of the dark moon. Coincidentally, it is the phase I feel my (creative and mental) best in.

I asked Joy to frame her with intertwining poisonous and healing flora. White sage and foxglove, lavender and belladonna, patchouli and opium poppies. These plants are beautiful yet some are also deadly. They’re healing, cleansing and protective. To me they represent our own duality. We all have two sides – the light and shadow. We must honor the darker aspects of ourselves as well as the light.

Since my appointment was just a couple days after Yule and the Solstice we agreed this should be a ritual tattoo. Joy performed reiki healing and energy work to bless my new ink. It was calming, transformative and healing.

I am so thankful to have found a wonderful tattoo artist in Joy Shannon (IG: @triplegoddesstattoos). Not only is she multi-talented, she understood my concept and the feeling I wanted to evoke. If not for her input I would not have this amazing piece of art.

The vision I’ve carried in my mind for years is now etched into my skin as a daily reminder to be true to myself and to not fear the unknown.

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Musings About Hecate

The divine goddess Hecate (Hekate) has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do anything in relation to offerings or even lighting a candle to honor Her. I feel as if she’s reaching out now because I’m in need of guidance – spiritually and creatively. Also, Fall is approaching and it’s the time of year I’m most in tune with my spiritual self.

The last several weeks I re-read the books, articles, artwork/images and information I’ve gathered about Her. Despite it being such a long time since I’ve actively thought and sought Her out, I still feel a strong connection. Honestly, she’s the only goddess I can relate (I can’t think of a better term at the moment) to.

The other day I put on my ‘Pick Your Poison’ tank that I created (skreened.com/one25) and instantly felt re-connected to Her. While She’s not a deity you can be wishy-washy about, I feel she’s understanding if you don’t have the means or time to fully devote to Her. She knows you’ll make time when you can.

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The Divine : Hekate & Artemis

It’s no secret that I’m a devotee of the goddess Hekate (Hecate). She appeared to me in a dream and left quite an impression. I can still vividly recall the dream, how I felt, what I felt… Hekate made herself known in subtle, but convincing ways over the course of the last few months. A few times I would catch the scent of garlic when we didn’t have any in the house. Other times Her name would pop up randomly while going about my day. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve felt Her presence around me, or in my dreams, I know She’s someone I want to continue to foster a relationship with even if it’s often one-sided.

Over the last several weeks I’ve noticed other symbols popping up here and there. The most notable one would be arrows. Lots of arrows! One example would be, browsing online for something completely unrelated, say perfume, and an image of an arrow would come up in a search. Then scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard, RSS reader and Pinterest feed would show arrows whether it be on jewelry, tattoos or illustrations of arrows. I felt as if this was significant and the only deity I associate with arrows is Artemis.

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To Hekate : Yakjov (Jacob) Rabinovich

TO HEKATE

Pre-Christian, pre-Olympian, pre-Titanic Hecate
world-tree planted in Asia Minor
gate-guard of the worlds,
keyholder to the three reams,
gross seated mother, lions at your sides,
fostering nurse of all that’s young,
female heap of big fat attributes,
cruel, non-rational mistress
of slain corn-kings, sacrificed children,
castrated temple-males;

you glide into Greece after Troy’s fall,
Hecate-Enodia riding down from Thessaly,
leading the angry horde of ghosts,
planted yourself at the crossroads;
your torch began to smoke, then flared up,
making night noon –
world-tree Hecate, your roots reach Hell’s
downmost altitude to suck the power
of the buried dead. Eater of filth,
goddess of darkness, grimly silently
munching on corpses, Hecate,
regaled with incense of goat-fat, baboon-shit,
garlic; honored with gutted puppies
and rubbish rites;

Hecate, in your oakleaf crown shaking reptile dreadlocks,
around you hellhounds yowling sharp and shrill,
so meadows tremble, river-nymphs scream,
their waters rush backwards up the stream-bed
and dive affrighted down their own fountains;

with witches I dance around you,
naked, snake necklaced,
hair in the wind, gashing blood from arms:
sex-crazed hags with false teeth and hair,
young girls, gloriously pornographic,
stir the cauldron of ugly oddities,
throw in magic salads gathered in the graveyard–
a brew with power to draw babes screaming
into existence, or hurl them howling hence.
The witches lay hold of you, Hecate, World-tree,
shake, make tremble on your branches
the planets suspended
like rare and fragile fruit.

—  Yakov Rabinovich from The Rotting Goddess

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Her Sacred Fires

Some of you may know that I’m quite enamored, maybe even a little obsessed, with the goddess Hekate/Hecate. I’m very drawn to her and devour pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I wanted to quickly share a website that has been a wealth of information for me, Her Sacred Fires. This exceptional site is owned/maintained by author and priestess Sorita d’Este. Her website is a wonderful source for accurate information about Hekate. None of the whole referring to her as one of the triple goddesses (ie. the Crone) either! 😉

Honestly, one of the best ways I was able to connect with, and get to know the goddess Hekate, was through Sorita d’Estes’ books. It was eye opening to read the author’s experiences with Hekate as well as countless other contributors.

Hekate :  Her Sacred Fires is an exceptional book for an extraordinary, eternal and universal Goddess. It brings together essays, prose and artwork from more than fifty remarkable contributors from all over the world. Their stories and revelations are challenging, their visions and determination in exploring the mysteries are inspirational, and their enthusiasm for the Goddess of the Crossroads is truly entrancing and sometimes highly infectious.

Hekate is a Goddess of great antiquity. She is primordial, powerful and sometimes animalistic – and yet, she is 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 and so much more. Her devotees today, as throughout the ages, include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root-cutters, enchantresses and ordinary people.
[ Source : Amazon ]

Hekate is a torch-bearer so it was only right She is the one I associate with the element of Fire. If you’re looking for more information on Hekate, I highly recommend Her Sacred Fires, the book, the website, the FB page, and Sorita’s YT channel.

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