Friday, June 27, 2014

A Time When this Deity has Refused to Help

I like to say have I relationship, not a religion.  I don't spend my time asking for things or praying for things that I can do myself.

I believe that deities have better things to do than to worry if my football team wins a game.  Or if I lose 20 pounds.  So there hasn't been a time in my life when I have been refused help from Hecate as I don't ask favors of her.

I ask that if these things are meant to be shown to me, let them be illuminated.  The path is there, the torches are lit.  It is up to me to find the way.


Friday, June 20, 2014

A time when this deity has helped you

When I began my journey to learn about Hecate, I was just being to take care of my mother.  I always felt little or no connection to her.  I was told my mother was dying and I honestly believed that Hecate had put me in this position to help her move on to the next phase of her life.

At the time I didn't realize that what was actually happening is that I was learning to break free of the chains of expectation.  I was learning that even though everyone expected me to take care of my mother because I was the oldest, I was actually NOT required to do anything at all.

She lived here a little over 8 months.  It was awful.  I did everything I could to be a 'good daughter' and make sure she was taken care of, while my health both physical and mental deteriorated.  My sisters never came to help me with her.  Instead they ran off to the beach and went on with their lives while I sat her actually assisting my mother to live longer and torment me longer.

One night I sat in front of my altar and began working on my chants.  It came to me that I did not need owe her anything, I needed to cut that cord and take the direction in the crossroad that led to happiness for me.



As I repeated the chant I accepted what her torches had revealed to me.  I did have a mother, and she was showing me that I needed to care for myself.  Since accepting this my life has been so much better.



I feel so much more connected to the Earth and to my own sense of well being.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Your Own Composition – A Piece of Writing About or For this Deity

This is my original work submitted as part of the Pagan Blog Project in 2013

Hecate is a Greco-Roman Goddess.  She is said to be the key bearer to the underworld.  Granted dominion over the heavens, the earth and the seas; she is associated with fire, light, moon, magic and witchcraft.  She is considered a goddess to the midwife and with the magic of necromancy.  Sometimes called the Goddess of the Witches, Hecate is often depicted as a triple form goddess.  Though tagged as the Crone by Aleister Crowley, Hecate is certainly represented by each stage of the Goddess including maiden and mother. 

In Mythology, Hecate, a Titan was favored by Zeus before all others and granted dominion over the Earth, Heavens and seas.  Hesiod referred to her as the only daughter of Perses and Asteria.  One of the more popular and my favorite Myth involving Hecate is the abduction of Persephone. 

The story goes; Persephone was abducted by the God of the Underworld – Hades, while she was out collecting flowers.  Demeter searched to find her daughter.   While she looked her sadness caused the world to fall into state where nothing could grow.   Hecate assisted Demeter by telling her that Helios, the Sun God sees everything and he should know what happened to Persephone.  It wasn’t until after Persephone was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds that she was found.  It was the rule of the Fates that if someone consumed food or drink in the Underworld, they had to stay there for all eternity.  A deal was made with the distraught Demeter that allowed Persephone to spend four months in the Underworld with Hades, and the rest of the time with her mother.  This is where the winter season comes from.  In her sadness for her missing daughter, Demeter mourns and nothing can grow on the Earth until she returns in the spring.

Hecate is the Goddess of the Crossroads.  It is thought that offerings made to her should be placed at a three way intersection.  Garlic, honey, mushrooms and eggs are placed with a flame.  The plate is left and it is said that one should walk away without looking back.  Hecate will decide who gets what is left for her and at times, it was thought that she fed the homeless and needy with her offerings.  The torch, the dog, the key and the dagger are often found in her representations.
 
The willow and the yew tree are sacred to Hecate.  Black dogs are also associated with Hecate.  Being the Goddess of Witchcraft and necromancy, Hecate is often called upon to assist those traveling from the land of the living to the Underworld.  Many see her as the guardian to the Underworld and the holder of the key to the gates there.  Because of this association many call upon Hecate in their workings with the dead. 
Typically held on the 13th of each month, Hecate’s supper is a ritual where eggs, fish, garlic, mushrooms and honey are left at a cross roads in her honor.  The Night of Hecate is November 16, while the Day of Hecate is considered November 30th.  Modern festivals include an event held on the full moon in May called the Rite of her Sacred Fires, where Hecateans around the world participate in a ritual to honor the Goddess.

For many years I considered myself Wiccan and had no particular deity.  After working with Christian Day’s “The Witch’s Book of the Dead”, I began to research Hecate and found a connection with her.  I completed my dedication in January 2012 and now work my circles and rituals in her honor.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Quote, a Poem, or Piece of Writing that You Think this Deity Resonates Strongly With

The quote that I most closely associate with her is:

Aristophanes, Plutus 410 ff (trans. O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) :"Ask Hekate whether it is better to be rich or starving; she will tell you that the rich send her a meal every month [i.e. food placed inside her door-front shrines] and that the poor make it disappear before it is even served." - http://www.theoi.com/Cult/HekateCult.html


I do a great deal of justice work.  I believe that we should have more care for those in our nation and world who go without food.  These are basic needs that everyone needs to have met.  In her role as protector of the women and children, I can easily see how this would be something that resonates with her today.

Based on her role as protector I wrote a piece as a call for justice.

Calling to Hecate for Justice
Hecate Hecate Hecate
Dark Mother, Mistress of the Night
I call upon you and your hounds under the dark moon
Bring forth your justice with all its might.

Hecate Hecate Hecate
I call out to you times three
Protector of women and those in need
I’m here at the crossroads, belladonna in hand
Requesting from you justice for this horrible deed.

Hecate Hecate Hecate
Hear my chant and bring forth justice
Vengeance is not what you give, nor what I seek
Bring forth your powers to protect the meek.

~Sosanna - 2012~