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.
The Festivals of Hecate
November is the month in which the Day of Hecate at the Crossroads is celebrated. Hecate was worshiped by both the Greeks and the Romans who had their own festivals dedicated to her. The Greeks observed two days sacred to Hecate: the Moon of Hecate on the 13th of August and the Day of Hecate at the Crossroads on the 30th of November. The Romans observed the 29th of every month as her sacred day.
The Magic of Hecate
As a goddess of witchcraft, Hecate has become the principle deity of forbidden and dark magic. From ancient Greek myth and the Graeco-Egyptian magical papyri comes the corpus of Hecatean magic. Wild chants of Askei kataski erôn oreôn iôr mega semnuêr bauï and Phorba phorba breimô azziebua were used in her name.
[ Source : witchology.com ]