Hecate

Hecate is a Greek Goddess. Hecate’s parentage is not entirely clear, but it is believed she is the offspring of Perses and Asteria, though some believe she’s the daughter of Demeter or even Zeus. She is the Goddess of magic and witchcraft.  She is also the Goddess of doors, gateways, and transitions. She crosses all realms from the Earth to the Heavens and the Underworld and stands at the Gateway between each world as both a guard and a guide.  Earliest records of Hecate are from Anatolia where she was the Goddess of wilderness, childbirth, and children. Over time, she became known as a Triple Goddess, and now she is generally seen as the Crone of the Triple Goddess. She has been known as the Mother of the Gods, Goddess of the Earth, Goddess of the Underworld, Goddess of Crossroads and Gates, Goddess of Sorcery and Magick, Light-bringer, and The one who leads. She is a protective goddess and brings prosperity.  Western religions came to fear Hecate as a source of evil because she protected people from evil if she wanted to…. Yet she did not if she did not want to. Eventually, people began believing she was causing the evil.

 

Hecate is intelligent and strong. She knows all and sees through deceptions and lies. She also upholds the laws of Karma, and makes sure people reap the consequences of their actions. She is implacable, but she is merciful, generous, compassionate, and tender.  Hecate is a Reaper: She guides souls in birth, and at the end of the journey, she guides them back. The Crescent Moon is the sickle she uses for harvest.  However, when it’s not your time, she also has the power to heal through any mode and using any plant.

 

The mythos which Hecate is most commonly known for is that involving Demeter and Persephone.  Persephone was abducted by the Lord of the Underworld, Hades.  Persephone’s mother was the Goddess Demeter, and she searched relentlessly for her missing daughter Persephone.  Hecate assisted Demeter, guiding her during the nights with her flaming torches. Once they found Persephone and it was decided that Persephone had to spend part of the year in the underworld with Hades, Hecate became Persephone’s confidant and companion. Hecate also guided Persephone between the worlds.

 

Hecate is associated with darkness. She reigns during the dark time of the year, and she is often honored at Samhain. She thrives at midnight, in the middle of the dark time each night. She guides transitions, both spiritual and physical. She stands at the crossroads with a lantern and helps us take the path we may not have otherwise chosen.  She emphasizes the importance of change, growth, and transitions. Hecate lights the way through the darkness with her lanterns and help you make the right choices moving forward. She was often depicted holding either two torches or lanterns to pierce the darkness and light the way with her wisdom; or holding a key to unlock the door to other realms. Hecate is also seen with knives or sickles for cutting away the paths we do not choose to walk and helping you release the past. Historically, she has also been associated with black female dogs.  People believed she transformed into a black dog, and the sound of barking dogs was said to signal her arrival. Hecate can also be symbolized with a gate or a crossroads.  And finally, Hecate has her own symbol which is a circular labyrinth-like symbol, and this symbol represents the triple Goddess – the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone.

 

Goddess Gift Goddess Symbols: Hecate Unknown http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess_symbols_hecate.htm

 

Goddess Gift Hecate, Greek Goddess of The Crossroads Unknown http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/greek_goddess_Hecate.htm

 

Greek Mythology Hecate, Greek Goddess of The Crossroads Michael Karas & Charilaos Megas http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Hecate/Hecate.html

 

Theoi Greek Mythology Hecate Unknown http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html

 

Wicca Spirituality Hecate, Goddess of the Witches Erin Dragonsong http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/hecate.html
Witchcraft and Witches Famous Witches – Hecate Luke Mastin http://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/witches_hecate.html

 

Image believed to be public domain: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hecate_(Illustrated_by_Engravings_on_Wood).jpg

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