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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.
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."
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 waysTymbidian - Sepulchral one(more about Hecate to follow).