Friday, January 31, 2014

My Favorite Myth about Hecate

When I was in 6th grade I got my first electives.  I was able to choose which extra classes I wanted to take.  I chose to work as a library assistant.  I spent 45 minutes every school day helping my school mates check in and books.  I shelved books and had access to what the head Librarian called the “Closed Stacks”. 
This is where the reference books and the material that was ‘special’ was kept.  This was where our mythology was kept.  Being in a rural area, deep in the heart of Jesusland, stories of Gods and Goddesses were considered out of reach for the average 6th grader.  We had about seven books on ancient Greek Gods. 

I sat in the closed stacks and devoured the tails of Medusa and Zeus.  I poured through Athena and learned of Minotaur and Hades.  After my time as a library assistant I moved on to other stories.  Each of the old slowly slipping away from my memory.  I looked back at the myths I read and for the life me I cannot recall Hecate.

One of my favorite myths was the story of Demeter would be sad as her daughter Persephone was away from her in Hades for part of the year.  She would be so sad that the earth would freeze and all the life would stop until her return.  I won't giveaway the story here, but highly recommend reading.

As an adult I read of the role that Hecate played in her return.  How she used her torches to light the way to Hades.  How she stayed with her and guided her back to her mother in the spring.  To me this myth reinforces her role as a guide to the thresholds.

Now when I look at the myths, stories related to Zeus or to the Titans, I’m very interested in the lack of reference to Hecate.  I spend a great deal of time now looking for information both historic and mythical related to her.  I’m looking forward to going through this project and exploring her mysteries.