Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
And howling dogs in glimmering light advance,
Ere Hekate came."
The Night of Hecate is November 16. If you honor Hekate on no other night, this is the one I would suggest. This is Her night and She is closer to us than on any other.
Hekate is seen in many ways. In ancient Greek myth, She is called a maiden. Medieval and modern times portray Her as a crone. The Goddess Hecate is a goddess of the night, the full and dark moons, crossroads, life and death, transformation and transitions. She is a Keeper of wisdom, the unconscious mind and is considered to be the queen goddess of magic. Hekate holds the keys to the Gates of the Underworld and to all mysteries. Ancient Greeks placed statues of Her at the doorways for protection. For those who honor Her, She will bestow many gifts, including magical abilities and prosperity.
For me, Hekate is ageless; She is maiden, mother and crone, all at the same time. When first drawn to Her, many years ago, I had very few resources from which to study. The only information available to me (no internet at that time) was that of Her aspect as crone; I saw Her as part of the maiden, mother, crone myth. However, it never seemed quite right, other images, those of a younger, stronger goddess came to me. Eventually over years of study, I found the Hekate I knew was the one who called to me, the Hekate of classical Greece, of pre-classical Greece and Asia Minor and as part of the triplet Artemis, Selene and Hekate.
However She presents Herself to you, give honor to Her by sitting in some quiet place, lighting candles, invoking Her and then leaving offerings of any of the following or combination: garlic, eggs, almonds, barley, pomegranate and/or seeds, figs, dates, apples and olives as well as the wood and/or leaves of willow and yew. I also offer dark sweet spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. A libation can also made to Hekate. Spiced wine or cider laced with honey should be placed in an offering cup or chalice, placed on the ground and gently tipped over to flow into the earth. The offerings should be placed directly on the ground as well. The offerings and libations can be left at a place you find sacred. A crossroads is an especially powerful place to leave the offerings - any quiet intersection where you can place them safely will do. When you have placed the offerings and made your libation, walk away and do not look back, especially if you have made some petition. This is a very good time to dedicate yourself to Hekate if you are so inclined and have been feeling yourself drawn to Her.
Titles & Other Names:
Chthonian/Khthoniai (Of the Earth/Underworld Goddess)
Propylaia (The One Before the Gates)
Enodia (Of the Paths)
Propolos (The Attendant Who Leads)
Trivia (Of the Three Roads)
Kleidouchos (Keeper of the Keys)
The Distant One
Queen of Night
Queen of the Ghosts
Queen of the Witches
Mother of Witches
Mistress of Magic
Most Lovely One
Prytania "The Invincible Queen Of The Dead
Nyktipolis Khthonie (Night Wanderer of the Underworld)
Antaia (Sender of Nocturnal Visions)
Brimo (Terrifying, also meaning the crackling of fire)
Tomorrow night will find me at our hearth where my altar is located, lighting candles, making invocations and prayers, then casting myself beyond the hedge into some journey work. I will finish with a little magic. When my workings are complete, I will make my libation and offerings at the hedge circle outside Toadstool Condo.
I invoke You, Beloved Hekate of the Crossroads and the Three Ways.
Saffron-cloaked Goddess of the Heavens, the Underworld and the Sea.
She who guides the souls of the dead, She who lights the Path.
Nightgoing One, Unconquerable Queen, Tauropolos,
Keyholding Mistress, Ruler, Nymph, Maiden.
Come, be present at these, my sacred rites.
(adaptation of the Homeric Hymn to Hekate by EAK)
Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold,
Keeper of the Keys to all Mysteries,
Mother of Magic, Mother of Night,
Guide me with Thy luminous light
And make it laden with good things.
Drive from me those things that do not serve my highest good
And when my soul rages about worldly things,
Deliver me purified by Your soul-stirring rituals.
Reveal to me the pathways of divine guidance that I long for,
Then shall I gaze upon Your precious light.
Give me Your hand and when I am weary
Bring me to the haven of Your cave with Your winds.
Hail, many-named Mother, Hekate of the Threshold!
(adapted by EAK from Proclus Diadochus' Hymn VI To Hekate & Janus)
May all of you who take time to celebrate Hekate on Her night, receive Her blessings and magic!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Well, another busy week. Took my pre-salon final and have now moved on to the next level at school. I even have two customers booked for next week!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2 Your hair? Medium brown, level 4
3 Your mother? 4 hours away
4 Your father? passed through the veil
5 Your Favorite food? Italian
6 Your dream last night? I left my husband for his friend (he was quite amused this morning when I told him - he SO sure of himself!)
7 Your favorite drink? Hot Tea
8 Your dream/goal? Lots! At the moment, finish school and get back to work!
9 What room are you in? Kitchen
10 Your hobby? Stitching
11 Your fear? losing those I love
12 Where do you want to be in six years? happy & healthy
13 Where were you last night? Home
14 Something that you aren't? A gentle soul
15 Muffins? Ice cream
16 Wish list item? A puppy
17 Where did you grow up? New York
18 Last thing you did? Spoke to a friend
19 What are you wearing? Night gown
20 Your Tv? Off
21 Your pets? 1 kitty
22 Friends? Many, more than I realized
23 Your life? Great
24 Your mood? Contemplative, happy
25 Missing someone? Yes
26 Vehicle? PT Cruiser
27 Something your not wearing? A bra!
28 Your favorite store? Nature's Emporium
29 Your favorite color? Black
30 When was the last time you laughed? A few minutes ago
31 Last time you cried? A couple of weeks ago
32 Your best friend? Husband
33 One place that I go over and over? School
34 One person who Emails you regularly? Lucky
35 Favorite place to eat? Home!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
And here is my Hallows altar at Toadstool Condo! There has been a great deal of activity here all week and will continue on through November 16,Hekate'sNight.
My darling friend Lucky joined me on Hallows. We built our ancestor altar and sat around it remembering, sharing stories, laughing, crying a bit and celebrating those whom we've loved and lost. It was very moving and touched our hearts deeply.
We divined with tarot and amulets, made more Hallows charms and then went to the hedge circle to leave offerings of barley, seeds, almonds, garlic and an egg with a libation of sweet cream well laced with honey, Strega liquor and cloves.