Friday, July 25, 2014

Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?

There are a few incidents that have happened to me that I attribute directly to the Goddess.  When I moved to North Carolina I found a house that was perfect. I bought it site unseen and moved in from across the country.  When I drove into the driveway for the first time I noticed that a Juniper tree was right at the entrance of the house which sits at a three way intersection.

Over the next seven years I joined the Covenant of Hekate and was discussing with my partner if I should start the process for becoming a Torchbearer.  He opened the front door and a black snake came inside the building circled my threshold altar and then went back out.  I took that to mean she approved of my decision.

Finally just as my Torchbearer status was announced we closed on the purchase of three additional lots in the area we live. This increased our total property to five acre, which extended down to the end of the road. We literally own crossroad to crossroad.  

This is even more interesting when I found out that this land was in my family in the 1800's.  Its just amazing what has happened since I've found and began my journey with the Goddess.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Something You Wish You Knew About this Deity but Don’t Currently

One of the things that I find confusing as it relates to Hecate is her place as the Cosmic World Soul.   It is said that she is the womb in which all souls were made.  She is the mother of all Souls.  The thoughts came to form as lightning which impregnated the womb with all the souls in the Chaldean Oracles.

I would also like to know her specific origins.  We know that she has been dated to Asia Minor and is considered older than the Greek stories of her.  I would like to be able to find a solid connection between her and perhaps the villages of China.  The Torch Festivals of those remote villages are held in the late summer and last for three days.  Torches are placed at the entrances to the houses and usually end in a huge bonfire.  Some activities include bulls and sheep which we know are directly related to Hecate.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered

There are many who follow Hecate as the crone aspect of the triple Goddess figure.  There are some that follow her as the cosmic world soul.  Others who follower her as Queen of the Witches.  While each group  has a different view of the Goddess, I really don't believe that any one can tell another that their path is wrong.

Hecate has been used in curses as well as for blessings or calls for justice.  While I may not agree that she is the crone goddess or the ugly hag as called by Aleister Crowley, I still must respect each individual for their own views of her.

Aleister Crowley - Moonchild - “a thing altogether of hell, barren, hideous and malicious, the queen of death and evil witchcraft.

While Crowley seemed to call her evil, he wrote an invocation to her which is being read aloud in the video below.

Friday, July 4, 2014

How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?

Over the years my relationship with the Goddess has changed a great deal.  I started out as a solitary with no named deity and then after winning a book from a blog giveaway Hecate made herself known to me.  I started my research and was not satisfied with the Hecate's place in the Maiden Mother Crone (Triple Goddess) construct.

A friend pointed me towards the Covenant of Hekate.  I went and read several posts and articles by Sorita d'Este and became interested in joining the Covenant.  After my application was accepted I completed the Rite of the Red Cord and became a Devotee member of the Covenant.

The following two years were a struggle.  I had situations with my immediate family as well as losing my grandmother at the age of 98.  I feel as though my work with Hecate helped guide me through these times.  Helping me understand that death is but a passage to the next plane and we all will call upon her to use her torches to guide us to our next world.

A year or so later I decided to make the commitment to become a Torchbearer for the Covenant.  I have completed each of the goals I placed for myself to make this happen.  I have completed my Ordination, maintain a community service project for feral/wild cats and started the process to create a Sanctuary to the Goddess.  My five year plan is to have a building and an area to hold public rituals in her honor.

Sosanna's Sanctuary - Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson