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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hekate's Night - August 13th



For those dedicated to Hekate, Saturday's Full Moon holds special meaning - it is Hekate's Night, a night to honor our great Goddess, She who bestows many gifts upon those who honor Her, including magical abilities and prosperity. Those who know Her, know that they have been chosen by Her, it is no accident that one becomes Her priestess. For those just beginning to hear Her call, accepting Hekate into your life will bring great change, there will be no turning back.

For those who are drawn to Her, but know little of Her, I have reproduced the Hekate page I created for the  Neokoroi website. It includes a basic ritual to honor Her, which you can perform as written or use as a basis for a more elaborate ritual. May your celebration bring you closer to our Lady!


Epithets:
Aidônaia (Lady of the Underworld)
Anassa eneroi (Queen of those Below, Queen of the Dead)
Angelos (Messenger)
Antaia (the One in Front)
Antania (Enemy of mankind or Sender of Nocturnal Dreams)
Atalos (Tender, Delicate)
Brimo (Angry One)
Dadophoros (Torch bearer)
Despoina (Lady)
Epiphanestate Thea (Most Manifest Goddess)
Enodia (Of the Roads, Of the Paths)
Erodia (Gatekeeper)
Khthonia/Chthonian (Underworld, Of The Earth)
Kleidouchos (Keeper of the Keys)
Kleidophoros (Key Bearer)
Koure mounogenes (Only Begotten Maiden)
Krataiis (Strong One)
Kurotrophos (Protector of Children)
Liparokrêdemnos (Bright-coiffed, With Bright Headband)
Megiste(Greatest)
Monogenes (Only Child)
Nyktipolos (Night Wandering)
Nykipolos Khthonie (Night Wanderer of the Underworld
Perseis (Destroyer)
Phosphoros (the light-bringer)
Propolos (Guide, Attendant Who Leads)
Propylaia (the Guardian, The One Before the Gate)
Prothuraea (Before the Door)
Skylakagetis (Leader of the Dogs)
Soteira (Saviour),
Trevia/Trivia/Trioditis (Of The Three Ways, Of the Three Roads),
Tricephalus (The Three-Headed),
 Trimorphis (Three Formed, Three Bodied),
Trioditis (Of the Crossroads),
Zerynthia (Of Mt Zerynthia)

Other Epithets
The Distant One
Queen of Night
Night Mother
Queen of the Ghosts
Queen of the Witches
Mother of Witches
Mistress of Magic
Most Lovely One
Prytania  The Invincible Queen Of The Dead

Symbols:
torches, keys, rope, knife, dogs, snakes, knife

Animal(s):
dogs, owls, crows, snakes, frogs, the toad (conception), snakes (guardian and underworld), dogs (guarding and hunting)

Offerings/Sacrifices:
yew, cypress, hazel, black poplar, willow, black dogs, black
bulls, black lambs, myrrh, civet, camphor, aloe, menstrual blood, red
mullet, bread, eggs, cheese, honey, garlic, apples, figs, pomegranate

Primary Cult Center(s):
Lagina, Miletus, Argos, Eleusis, Aigina

Festivals:
Hecatesia or Hekate's Night (celebrated on different dates - August 13 or 16, November 16)
Dark Moon - last day of the lunar month (Deipnon)
Day of Hekate at the Crossroads (October 31 or November 30)
The last day of the calendar month
December 31 - Roman

Ways to honor:
Keep sacred the Deipnon and Her festivals.
Study Her history, search for the truth of Her origins.
Study magic and prophecy, particularly theurgy, as she is the
patron of that art.
Go for walks at night, or among strange places.
Aid fellow travelers and strangers, especially if they have dogs. (Or
are wild dogs!)
Appreciate the weird and uncanny.

Rituals:

A  Simple Way to Honor Hekate by Pythia Hecateira
(copyright E A Kaufman 2010)

In whatever guise Hekate presents Herself to you, regular devotions are an important part of spiritual practice. A simple, basic way to do this is offered here for you.

 You may perform your rite indoors or outside; if working indoors, take and leave the offerings and libation outside. Offerings of any of the following or combination thereof are suggested: 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.  A libation can also made to Hekate. Prepare wine, cider or even tea, laced with honey, spices and herbs. I am drawn to use dark sweet spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and, for some reason, oregano. Prepare the offering plate and libation in advance.

Begin by sitting in some quiet place, lighting a candle and incense. I suggest calling out Hekate's various titles as listed above under appellations - choose those that most resonate with your experience of Her; She presents Herself to each of us differently. Invocations, poetry and/or song may be offered as well as quiet contemplation. Petitions can made and meditative or other workings done, including divination. When you have finished, take the offerings outside after making a blessing over them. The libation 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. These offerings and libation can be left at a place you find sacred. A crossroads is an especially powerful place to leave the offerings for Hekate; a quiet intersection, where you can place them safely, would be appropriate. A entranceway, opening in a fence or gate, as well outside your door would also be appropriate.  When you have placed the offerings and made your libation, walk away and do not look back, especially if you have made some petition.

Give thanks, snuff your candles and have something to eat to ground the energy you have raised. As Dion Fortune said and I paraphrase, there is nothing like food to ground the magic and bring one back to the mundane.

Invocations, Prayers & Poetry:

I have included some invocations if you would like to include them.


The Orphic Hymn To Hekate

I invoke you, beloved Hekate of the Crossroads and the Three Ways
Saffron-cloaked Goddess of the Heavens, the Underworld and the Sea
Tomb-frequenter, mystery-raving with the souls of the dead
Daughter of Perses, Lover of the Wilderness who exults among the deer
Nightgoing One, Protectress of dogs, Unconquerable Queen
Beast-roarer, Dishevelled One of compelling countenance
Tauropolos, Keyholding Mistress of the whole world
Ruler, Nymph, Mountain-wandering Nurturer of youth.
Maiden, I beg you to be present at these sacred rites
Ever with a gladsome heart and ever gracious to the Oxherd.


Hymn to Hekate

Hail, many-named Mother of the Gods, whose children are fair.
Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold.
Shape the course of my life with luminous Light
And make it laden with good things,
Drive sickness and evil from my limbs.
And when my soul rages about worldly things,
Deliver me purified by Your soul-stirring rituals.
Yes, give me Your hand I pray
And reveal to me the pathways of divine guidance that I long for,
Then shall I gaze upon that precious Light
Whence I can flee the evil of our dark origin.
Yes, give me Your hand I pray,
And when I am weary bring me to the haven of piety with your winds.
Hail, many-named Mother of the Gods, whose children are fair.
Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold.
Proclus Diadochus (410-485 AD)
Hymn VI: To Hekate and Janus adapted by E A Kaufman 2008 


Invocation to Hekate

Hekate of the Three Ways, I invoke You,
Maiden of the Land, the Underworld & the Seas as well,
Chthonia, Enodia, Phosphoros,
Propylaia, Atropaios, Propolos,
Kourotrophos,
She of the Saffron Robe & beautiful hair,
Nocturnal One, Keeper of the Keys,
Hekate,  hear me.
Upon this night, the path is open.
Approach the Crossroads of the Worlds and be with me.
Keeper of Ancient Wisdom,
She who guides the Souls of the Dead  across the River.
You who are
Black as Night, Red as Blood, Wise as time everlasting,
You who are the Pale Mother,
Be present at this my Hallowed Rite.
I bow to You, Lady.
With scent & flame I make offerings to You.
With honey & cider I pour a libation to You.
I have given my blood that You may know me,
Keep me,
For I am one of Your especial breed.
I bow before You, Hekate,
Come, Hear me, Know my Name,
Be with Me.
copyright 2007 E. A. Kaufman, included in Bearing Torches, A Devotional for Hekate, Bibliotheca Alexandrina


For more information:
Apollodorus' Library 1.6.2
Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica 3.477-478, 3.528-530, 3.1035-1041,
3.1207-1224, 4.827-829
Chaldaean Oracles
Euripides' Ion 1049
Euripides' Phoenician Women 109-110
Hesiod's Theogony 409-452
Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2.25-62, 2.438-440
Lucian's Pharsalia 4.839-40
Vergil's Aeneid 4.511, 4609-610, 6.247
Papyri Graeci Magicae 36.187-210
Pausanias' Descriptions of Greece 1.43.1, 2.30.2
Theocritus' Idylls 2

Books:
Hekate in Early Greek Religion by Robert von Rudloff
Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate's Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature by Sarah Iles Johnston
Bearing Torches, A devotional Anthology for Hekate  - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Hekate, Keys to the Crossroads Edited by Sorita D'Este
Hekate, Liminal Rites by Sorita d'Este & David Rankine
Hecate: Death, Transition & Spiritual Mastery by Jade Sol Luna
Hecate ll, The Awakening of Hydra by Jade Sol Luna
Crossroads by Greg Crowfoot

Music:
Hecate - Hecate's Wheel
Hecate - Ruth Barrett
Hecate - Wendy Rule
Hecate Phantasmagoria - Jade Sol Luna
Queen of the Crossroads - Jade Sol Luna
Silver Moon, Black Shy - Jade Sol Luna

Links:
www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html
www.homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/Hecate.html
www.inanna.virtualave.net/hekate.html
www.hekate.timerift.net/hecate.htm
www.hermeticfellowship.org/OrphicHymnHekate.html

Hekate statue by Maxine Miller 

Blessings nine!

copyright 2008-2011 E A Kaufman

14 comments:

  1. Fantastic post!! Thank you much for all this information on Hecate!

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  2. You are most welcome, Aine! Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it! XO

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  3. Interesting how in Greece it's Hecate, in Italy it's Diana, catholics adopted it as Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and we just had the celebration of the birth of Isis... :)

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  4. Blessings to you on this sacred day to Hekate! I will be honoring her today as well under the light of the full moon tonight. Thanks for all the great info! I love your altar its beautiful! Many blessings to you )O(

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  5. wow! You have changed your blog around since I have last visited. the music, header, and all else is just beautiful. I read about Hekate -- interesting. I need to learn more about her. -- barbara

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  6. Thanks Barbara, I thought I needed a little change! XO

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  7. Where'd you find that beautiful Chalice!?!?!?!

    ~Wade@MacMorrighan.Net

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  8. Wade, my husband bought it as a gift for me some years ago. I asked if he remembered where he purchased it, but he couldn't remember. Sorry!

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  9. )0( Thank you so much for this awesome summery resource. Wishing you many blessings )0(
    In Love and Light
    Andrea A Andrews

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  10. Wow... Thank you for such useful information on my matron, Hecate!!! Its odd how she works, but when she wants you to learn something about her, she has a way of leading you to it... You have a very informative website, I'll be visiting it again... )O( Blessed Be!!

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  11. Thank you so very much for this post! It will really enrich my devotion to Her tonight.

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