Hekate : Goddess of Earth, Moon & Underworld

Alternate spellings: Hecate
Epithets: Trioditis, Trivia, Prytania (“Judge” or “Mistress”), Invincible Queen

Hekate is a powerful goddess of the Moon, Earth, and Underworld. Perhaps originally a moon goddess, Her name means “far-darter”, which is a title also given to Apollo the sun-god whose rays are like arrows, and indeed she was often equated with his archer sister Artemis. Hekate is said to have come from Thrace, a land the Greeks considered barbaric, and most accounts name Her daughter of the Titans Perses (by some accounts brother to Kirke) and Asteria (“Starry”, also an epithet of Aphrodite), both deities of light. As the Moon, Hekate (with Helios, the Sun) served as witness when Demeter’s daughter Kore was abducted, since the Moon and Sun see all.

As an earth goddess, Hekate could grant wealth and riches. As Hekate Trioditis (“Goddess of Crossroads”) or Trivia (the Latin form of the word), She protected crossroads, especially those where three roads met, and is shown in triple form standing back to back to back, sighting down each road. She also protected travelers, especially solitary ones in lonely places.

As goddess of the Underworld Hekate was said to wait on Queen Persephone (aka Kore), and associate with spirits, ghosts and hounds. She also had great powers of magic and witchcraft. On Earth, she was known to haunt tombs and places where crimes had happened, and was followed by her ghostly train and spectral hounds. Though humans could not see her, earthly dogs always could. Sacrifices were made to her on the last day of the month in the Greek lunar calendar, at the dark of the moon.

Hekate in a reading can indicate a time of solitude, and some accompanying fear of that situation. Foresight and open eyes are recommended at this time.

[ Source : thaliatook.com ]

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