Hecate- Influence from Afar; The One Before the Gate; Light Bringer
Hecate is Queen of the Night, Goddess of Witchcraft, and among the rulers of the Spirit World. She is the Queen of the Crossroads:Hecate patrols the frontier between life and death. She serves as an intermediary between spirits and humans. She owns the ultimate skeleton key: the key that unlocks the gates to all realms
Although now most associated with Greek mythology, her name, meaning “influence from afar” acknowledges Hecate’s foreign origins. She may have originated in what is now Georgia on the Black Sea,home of Medea,her most famous devotee and priestess. At one time, Hecate was chief deity of Caria, now in western turkey. The Greeks knew her as a Titan’s daughter and as the confidante and handmaiden of Persephone, Queen of the Dead.
Hecate is a goddess of life, death, regeneration, and magic. She rules wisdom, choices, expiation, victory, vengeance, and travel. She is the witness to every crime.
Hecate is an exceptionally powerful spirit. The Theogony of Hesiod describes Hecate as honored by Zeus above all others. According to myth, Hecate once served as an Angelas, a messenger for the other deities. She stole Hera’s beauty salve to give to her rival, Europa. Hera, enraged, perused Hecate, who fled first to the bed of a woman in childbirth, then to a funeral procession, and then finally to Lake Acheron in Hades where she was cleansed by the Cabeiri. Hecate emerged more powerful than ever, a goddess of birth, death, and purification. She rules passages between realms of life and death and is thus invoked by necromancers.
Hecate typically responds to petitions via visions and dreams. If lost at a crossroads, literal or metaphoric, invoke her name and then pay attention to signs from her. She can be a shadowy, oblique goddess: her response may be subtle. Look for her animals: snakes, cats, and especially dogs.
Favored People: Midwives, witches, healers, herbalists, dog lovers and rescuers
Manifestation: Hecate, Queen Witch, is a shape-shifter supreme: usual manifestations are as a black dog or a mature woman. She may manifest as a haggard, decrepit crone or an elegant woman.She even has an occasional mermaid manifestation. She may wear snakes in her hair. Every once in a wile she appears as a black cat, snake, or dragon.
Iconography: Hecate is portrayed with three bodies, each facing a different direction. Alternatively, she is depicted with a woman’s body but three animal heads: those of a dog,horse, and lion. A statue of Hecate from the eighth century BCE shows her with wings, carrying a snake.
Attributes: Key, torch, cauldron, knife, broom
Emblem: Star and crescent moon
Plants: Garlic, lavender, mandrake, henna
Sacred Site : Three-way or T-shaped crossroads
Celestial bodies: Sirius the Dog Star; the moon, especially the Dark Moon phase
Offerings: Eggs, garlic, and honey (especially lavender honey); croissants and crescent shaped breads and pastries; candles; incense; images of dogs,especially black dogs."