Hekate The Greek Goddess

Areas of Influence: Although I have chosen to list Hekate under the Greek Goddesses the worship of this Deity began in Anatolia.

This Goddess  is also known as Hecate and Hekat.

In Greece she was a pre-Olympian Goddess who aided Zeus in the battle against the Titans. He shared some of his power to with her in return.

Originally she was Goddess of the wild places, childbirth and the crossroads. These are all in between spaces that are associated with the spirit world; for the wilderness is not yet tame, birth is the moment of life where death stands in waiting and the three ways cross roads intersect at a point that is between all the directions. She was called upon by the ancients to provide protection and wisdom at these critical points.

As the in between spaces are the places where the veils between the worlds traditionally believed to be at their thinnest they are also associated with witches, magic and ghosts. From these links she gained the titles of Queen of witches and Queen of Ghosts and became a crone Goddess.

Today she is considered to be a Goddess of crossroads as offerings were made to her on the night of the new moon. Hence she is also Queen of the night as she is linked to the darkest night.

It was Hecate who heard the screams of Persephone as she was kidnapped by Hades. Later she became a good friend of Persephone, visiting her in the underworld.

She is the patron Goddess of Stratonikea.

Origins and Genealogy: Hekate was the daughter of Perses and Asteria, she never married or had a regular consort. The monster Scylla was said to be her child.

Strengths: She was the powerful and wise gate keeper between the worlds. Weaknesses: Hekate was demonised in the early Christian era when she depicted as an ugly old woman.

Hekate's Symbolism

She was depicted with a torch bringing light and wisdom to the world, keys to open the gates between the worlds and access the hidden knowledge beyond and a knife to sever the cord as midwife at birth and to detach the body from it's life force at death.

Often shown as a triple Goddess with three faces or faces of a horse, a snake and a dog.

The Dark of the moon is linked with this Goddess. Pictures of Hekate

can be found by following this link. The images of the Goddess include the famous statute where the Goddess is shown in triplicate.

Sacred Animal: Dogs, horse and serpents were sacred to this Goddess.

Black female lambs were sacrificed to her.

Sacred Birds: The owl which represents wisdom and far sightedness was associated with Hekate as she had the ability to see into three different directions at once and also had the ability to see and travel in the hidden realms.

Sacred Plants: Many hallucinogenic plants are linked to Hecate including: Belladonna, hemlock, Mandrake and poppies as these can all induce visions.

The Yew tree is sacred to this Greek Goddess as it is linked with death and is often found in ancient graveyards.

Other plants associated with this Goddess include aconite, dandelion, garlic, lavender and willow.

Roman Equivalent: Trivia

Hekate's Archetypes

The Crone: In the Pagan tradition the Goddess is often split into three to depict the different stages of a woman's life: mother, maiden and Crone.

The Crone represents the wise old woman whose child bearing days are behind her. Other associations with this Archetype include: compassion, transformation, healing and bawdiness death and endings. She is the respected older woman or grand parent at the heart of family who enjoys life and sharing her experience.

Unfortunately the word Crone or Hag often has negative connotations as many wise woman and midwives were persecuted in the middle ages.

Shadow Crone is the bitter, old woman who has failed to learn from her life. She blames all her failings and unhappiness on a society that no longer respects the elders. As a result she becomes increasingly isolated and fearful.

Hekate's wisdom, role as a midwife and gatekeeper to spirit realm make her an ideal candidate for this Archetype.

The Witch: Uses knowledge of the universal laws of nature, the conscious mind and esoteric powers to manifest their desires.

The shadow Witch uses their gifts to increase their own power.

Hekate is known as the Queen of witches as she has the power to alter a persons fate. She is associated with hidden knowledge plant medicine.

Please follow this link to the Archetypes page to discover which other Goddess Archetypes resonate with you.

How to Work With These Archetypes

The Crone: The Crone maybe one of your archetypes if you have gained wisdom, learning from your mistakes and showing a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances.

You are experiencing the Crone's shadow if you have become rigid in your beliefs and have become stuck in a rut having lost all ability to let those areas of your life go that no longer serve you.

The Witch: The Witch maybe one of your Archetypes can if you have the gift of understanding how to transform situations, influence people, and make your visions and dreams a reality.

The Shadow Witch reminds you not to use these abilities to gain power over others as this is not magic but sorcery.

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