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  • kerrieadie@ymail.com
    Merry meet!! For those who would like to just browse before deciding whether you include yourself in this group, here are some topics that will, hopefully, be
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 21, 2011
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      Merry meet!!

      For those who would like to just browse before deciding whether you include yourself in this group, here are some topics that will, hopefully, be included in the posts for and from the members of the group.
      God/dess of the week (short essays on a God/dess chosen by the poster);
      Elemental discourse (discussion/info re the 4 Elements);
      the Basics;
      Divination techniques; and
      other topics of interest

      The chat component of the Yahoo group page creates a perfect opportunity to create a cyber-coven.... a truly working group!

      Hope to welcome you soon!

      Blessings,
      Kerrie
    • Kerrie Adie
      Hecate (an introduction) * Hecate the Dark Goddess, Goddess of the Mysteries, of Life and Death * * I am she that is the natural mother of all things, mistress
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 21, 2011
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        Hecate (an introduction)

        Hecate the Dark Goddess, Goddess of the Mysteries, of Life and Death

        "I am she that is the natural mother of all things, mistress and governess of all the elements, the initial progeny of worlds, chief of powers divine, Queen of heaven, the principal of the Gods celestial, the light of the goddesses: at my will the planets of the air, the wholesome winds of the Seas, and the silences of hell be disposed; my name, my divinity is adored throughout all the world in divers manners, in variable customs and in many names, [...]Some call me Juno, others Bellona of the Battles, and still others Hecate. Principally the Ethiopians which dwell in the Orient, and the Egyptians which are excellent in all kind of ancient doctrine, and by their proper ceremonies accustomed to worship me, do call me Queen Isis.[...]"
        From: "The Golden Ass", Lucius Apuleius (c.123—c. 170 CE)

        Hecate (also spelled Hekate) is a primordial Goddess, a Titan, whose birth was at the beginning of time. As the daughter of Nyx (Ancient Night), She rules in the Heavens and all that is in and of the Universe. Honoured by all the Immortals, She is a Creatrix, and the most ancient of those known as the Great Triple Goddess.

        Primarily known as a Greek goddess, Hecate's name, meaning "one from afar", purports Her worship in other lands, prior to becoming incorporated into the Olympian pantheon. Most notably, she was known as Heket (Heq) the matriachal deity and midwife goddess of predynastic Egypt.

        Her cults flourished in South Greece (Attika, Aigina, Sikyonia and Argolis), North Greece (Thessalia and Thrace), the Aegean (Samothrake, Delos and Rhodes), Anatolia (Lydia, Karia and Paphlagonia) and in Southern Italy (Sicily), outlasting those of other Greek Gods.

        She is the Goddess of Magick (presiding over all rituals, magickal workings and prophetic visions), the Goddess of the Underworld (who as a psychopomp guides the souls of the newly deceased and is a mediator between the realms of consciousness and unconsciousness), Goddess of the Crossroads (where 'one road meets two' [the choosing of which road to take], and the path of beginnings and endings) and Goddess of Fertility (knowing the mysteries of life and death and reincarnation). As a Triple Goddess, the moon and all phases of the moon became associated with Her.

        Hecate is a kind and mirthful but strict and merciless Goddess. She does not forgive easily, if at all, and She holds grudges. Although tolerant of those who are unknowledgeable, particularly those who are young, She cannot tolerate stupidity.She has a raging temper, one that is not easily appeased, but Her temper dissappates as quickly as it is enraged. She is an all-powerful protector, sheilding mortals from harm, and will give guidance when She sees it as necessary. She is the giver of life and death.

        She can bestow upon mortals victory and the wisdom of warring, the knowledge of magick, ritual and rites and the knowledge of Self and Nature. Her gifts are not idly handed out and should be graciously received.

        The Greeks observed two sacred days for Hecate, the 13th August and the 30th November, whilst the Romans observed the final day of every month as sacred to Her. Her Festivals were torch lit and generally held at night. Every detail had to be perfect for, She being a perfectionist, if anything was left out it would anger the Goddess. Sacrifices were common to Her worship, which could consist of the slaughter of a black male pup, black lamb or black she-goat. If an animal was slaughtered, the meat had to be eaten, and the skins and other parts used in some way, so that no part of the animal was wasted. To waste would taint the participants of the festival sacrifice with a blood guilt for wrongfully ending the animal's life.

        On the night of the last day of each month, her worshippers set out a meal, known as an 'Hecate Supper' for Her by Her statues and shrines at crossroads and by their front doors (typically at the statues feet on the ground). The meal typically consisted of fish, eggs, onions and garlic, barley cakes and honey and was left at Her statues 'without looking back' for fear of meeting the eye of the dreaded but respected Goddess.

        Just before the meal was laid, a censer was used to purify the surroundings and the censer, with candles, was left with the offerings.

        Women held sacred moon ceremonies that included painting their hands and feet with henna, a herb sacred to Hecate.

        A list of alternative names, alias, titles that were used by or in association with Hecate throughout times, follows. Regardless of her names, she was and has remained a powerful figure, a psychopomp and sorceress.

        Name/Title

        Meaning

        Adamantea - Unconquerable

        Amphiprosopos - Double faced

        Anassan - Mistress

        Angelos - Messenger/angel

        Antaea  - Addressed in prayers/Goddess of speeches

        Apanchomene - The all hanging one (likely referring to her as the moon)

        Aphrattos - The unnamable or unspeakable one

        Argiope - Frightening visage or savage face

        Arkula - Bear

        Astikos - Of a city

        Azostos - Ungirt

        Basileia - Queenly, regal (possible reference to the basilisk)

        Baubo - Frog, belly

        Bolos - Far shooting/throwing

        Boukolos - Ox herder

        Brimo - The angry one; the roaring

        Chthonia - Relating to or of the underworld

        Chrusoandeimopotichthonia - "Goddess of the underworld who wears the golden sandals and drinks of blood".

        Eileithyia - As a child birthing Goddess

        Einalian - The marine one

        Empylios - Of the gate

        Enodia - Gatekeeper

        Epaine - Awesome, awe inspiring

        Epipyrgidia - From the tower (used at the Athenian Acropolis)

        Erodia - Gatekeeper

        Eukoline - Good tempered

        Eurippa Horse finder

        Genetyllis - Protectress of births

        Hecate or Hekate - Of uncertain meaning. Possibly referring to the 100 months of the great lunar year. Others suggest it means "one from afar," "one who stands aloof," or "influence from afar."

        Hecat/Hekit/Hequit (Aegyptian)

        Hegemonen - Guide

        Helike - Willow

        Hersechthonia - Speaks from beneath the earth, speaker from the Underworld

        Hexacheira - Having six hands

        Hipparete - Horse speaker

        Hippos - Horse

        Kalliste - Most lovely one (used in Athens)

        Kelkaea - Wearer of half length boots

        Kerket - Goddess of the powers of night (from Aegyptian Heliopolitan pantheon, another name of Hekit and the source of Hekate's frog head)

        Kleidouchos - Guardian of the gates, keeper of the keys to the Underworld /psyche

        Kore - Maiden

        Kourotrophos - Nurturer of youths

        Krateis ([also Cratais] - Strength (associated with her sea aspect)

        Krokopeplos - Lady of the saffron robe

        Kyno - Bitch

        Lampadophoros - Torch bearer

        Leiana - Lioness

        Lilith - Screech owl, lily flower.

        Limenoskopos - Overseer of the harbour

        Lochais - A mid-wifery name meaning "aids in childbirth"

        Maera - Glistening

        Mageus - She who kneads

        Meilinoe - She who soothes

        Meisopomenos - Labourer of the moon

        Moera - Older than time

        Monogenes - Born alone

        Munychia - Moon Goddess

        Nykterian - Nocturnal one

        Nymphe - Bride

        Obstetrix - associated with childbirth

        Oistroplaneia - She who brings the ravings of madness (perhaps originally "blessing with the power of prophesy")

        Oreobazagra - Of the mountain of the bards - A moon Goddess title

        Ouranian - Celestial

        Ouresiphoites - Wanderer in the mountains

        Oxythymia - Quick to anger

        Pandeina - All terrible

        Panopaea - All teaching

        Pantos Kosmou Kleidouchos - Keeper of the keys of all the universe

        Perseian - as daughter of Perses, the Sun God, and Asteria

        Perseis - Destroyer (relating to Perses)

        Pheraea - She who brings forth or produces

        Phileremon, Phileremona, Philermonia - Lover of solitude

        Phoinikopeza - Ruddy footed one

        Phosphoros - Light bringer; used when Hekate carried torches

        Phryne - The toad

        Polyboteira - Generous nourisher, abundant giver of nourishment

        Prokathegetis - She who goes down before, the psychopompe (Libyan title)

        Propulaia - She who stands before the gate

        Prothegetis - Leader (Lycian title)

        Prothuraea Lady before the door

        Psychopompe - Guide of souls

        Purphoros - Torch/fire bearer

        Rhododaktylos - Rosy fingered

        Selene - The moon

        Skylakitin - Lady of the dogs

        Soteira - Savior (used in Phrygia)

        Tauropolos - Bull killer/herder

        Tergeminus - Triple birth (some suggest "thrice born")

        Therobromos - From cry of the beast

        Trevia - Of the three ways

        Triaucheros - Triple necked or having three necks

        Triformis - Triple faced like the phases of the moon

        Trimorphos - Of a triple form.

        Triodotis - Of the three ways

        Trivia - Of the three ways

        Tymbidian - Sepulchral one
         
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