Friday, August 8, 2014

Hecate Statue Project

While not part of the 30 Days project, I thought I'd keep this blog active with other things that I do in her honor.   Click here to see the 30 Days of Devotion to the Goddess Hecate

This is a project I did recently making a Hecate devotional center piece.  This will go in my shop as part of my shrine to the Goddess.

  1. Supplies
  2. Glue gun
  3. Glue sticks
  4. Rubber Bands
  5. Wooden Dowel
  6. Cheesecloth
  7. Primer
  8. Hemp
  9. Three zip ties
  10. Stone fleck paint
  11. Wood for base
  12. Decorations - I used Christmas light bulbs to serve as torches, a small key charm, a dagger that I carved from a match stick, a coil of rope that I made from some hemp string.  I then picked up a small brass candle stick to act as a chalice, a boot knife and a large key.
  13. Images - I used license free images from Wikicommons

Start by removing all the clothes, and put the hair up in a pony tail.   Then take scissors and cut off the hair bluntly just past the rubber band.  Using a glue gun, carefully cover the pony tail and the head with the melted glue.  As it cools I used my fingers to shape the hair into a Grecian style hairdo.  Something that may be found on a museum statue.

Next I took the cheesecloth and wrapped it around the barbies in a similar Grecian style.  I used a bit of braided hemp to tie round the waist.  Next I take a zip tie through the belt and attach them to a dowel. I attached all three dolls to the dowel to replicate Hecate in her tri-form. I left the dowel out a bit at the base so I could use it to mount the statue to the box for decoration and to the stand at the end of the project.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
For the small dagger in one of the forms hands, I took a large fireplace match and carved a small handle space in it and shaped the point for the knife edge.  For the rope, I just coiled the string around my fingers to make it look like a big bunch of rope.  The charm didn't require any work.  I simply used a bit of hot glue on each.   After I was happy with the appears of the look,  I sprayed the entire statue with primer.  After the primer dries I start layering the stone fleck paint onto the figure.  I ended up doing about 3-4 coats of the stone paint including the base.

While the paint dries I started working on the display case.  Display cases can be pretty pricey.  With three dolls together I needed one that was over 12 inches tall and over nine inches wide.  A case that holds a football was 59.00 at Michael's.  After weighing a few options I decided to use a 10 gallon fish tank, which only cost about 12.00 brand new.  The tank came with a card board cover on the top.  I used that to create a back for the case.

For the background, I thought that in order to see all three of the sides, it made sense to put a mirror on the back.  I downloaded some free images and printed them out in different sizes.  Using watered down white school glue I made a decoupage of the images and attached the mirror to the center.  It takes about 24 hours to dry completely.

After that was complete I placed the wood block into the bottom (which is really the side, the opening would be on the back) of the aquarium.  I applied a bit of epoxy into a hole drilled in the center and put the dowel into the block.  After she dried, I added the decoration on the base of the block and attached the back.

I think it turned out pretty good.

This is her complete.  I really love the way the back turned out.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Chalice, background and key.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

 Key and Dagger.

Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson
Photo Credit - Renee Sosanna Olson

Friday, August 1, 2014

Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

When beginning to learn about Hecate I recommend a lot of reading.  This is a list from the Facebook Group - Hekate's Crossroads.

Historical and Greek Religion
Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion ~ R.Von Rudloff
Hekate Liminal Rites ~ Sorita d'Este and David Rankine
Hekate Soteria ~ Sarah lles Johnston
The Goddess Hekate ~ Stephen Ronan
Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds ~ Georg Luck
Magic in the Ancient World ~ Fritz Graf
Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds ~ Daniel Ogden
Magika Hiera: ancient Greek Magic and Religion ~ Christopher Faraone and Dirk Obbink (eds)
The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation ~ Hans Dieter Betz (ed)
Religions of the Ancient World:A guide ~ Sarah Iles Johnston. A great book for understanding the context of Mediterranean religion as a whole, with lots of information on both Greece and Rome.
The Chaldean Oracles. Text, Translation and Commentary by Ruth Majercik, Brill, Leiden, 1989.
Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion - Rob Von Rudloff

Devotional, Prayer Books and Anthologies
Hekate Her Sacred Fires ~ numerous contributers from around the world. Edited by Sorita d'Este
Hekate Keys to the Crossroads ~ numerous contributers from across the world. Edited by Sorita d'Este
Bearing Torches ~ A Devotional Anthology ~ Bibliotheca Alexandrina
A Paean of Hekate - Shani Oates

Books on Specific Practices and Traditions
Hekate 1: Death, Transition and Spiritual Mastery ~ Jade Sol Luna
Hekate 2: Awakening of Hydra ~ Jade Sol Luna
Hekate The Witches' Goddess ~ Gary R. Varner
Crossroads, the Path of Hekate - Greg Crowfoot.
Queen of Hell - Mark Alan Smith ( limited issue)
Lunatik Witchcraft by Shay Skepevski
The Temple of Hekate ~ Tara Sanchez
Witchcraft Medicine ~ Muller-Ebeling, Ratsch and Dieter Storl....This has a brilliant chapter on the Garden of Hekate, her sacred plants and overall symbolism, association and resource.
Hecate : Queen of the witches or wise crone ? ( celebrate the Divine Feminine; Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess Wisdom) - Joy Reichard
Hekatean Magick - B. Morlan
The Dance of the Mystai - Tinekke Bebout
Thracian Magic - Georgi Mishev
Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz it is a comprehensive study from the time of Homer to the Greek Magical Papyri and examines the slow stages of how Hekate was demonized and the mythology of the evil witch arose.
Restless Dead, Sarah Iles Johnston, Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece, University of California Press, Berkeley 1999 See, in particular, chapter 6 "Hecate and the Dying Maiden", pp. 203-249
Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess - Demetra George

Classic Texts
Aeneid by Virgil - Robert Fagles (trans), Penguin Classics, 2010
Aeneid by Virgil - Stanley Lombardo (trans), Hackett Pub. Co. 2005 (6 references)
Argonautika by Apollonios Rhodios - Peter Green (trans), University of California Press, 1997
Description of Greece Vol.1-2 by Pausanias - W.H.S. Jones(trans), (Loeb Classical Library), Harvard, 1918, (5 references), (vol. 3 likewise makes a brief mention of Hekate)
Diodorus Siculus: Library of History Vol. II, Books 2.35-4.58 - John Henry Mozley (trans), (Loeb Classical Library no. 303), Harvard, 1935
------------------Diodorus Siculus: Library of History Vol. III, Books 4.59-8 (Loeb Classical Library no. 340), Harvard, 1939
Fasti by Ovid, - Anne Wiseman and Peter Wiseman(trans), Oxford, 2013
Frogs and Other Plays by Aristophanes - David Barrett (trans), Penguin Classics, 2007
Greek Magical Papyri in Translation - Hans Dieter Betz, University of Chicago Press, 1997
Homeric Hymns - Apostolos N. Athanassakis (trans)
Homeric Hymns: A Verse Translation - W.H.D. Rouse (trans), WW Norton & co. 1975
Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus - Robin Hard (trans), Oxford, 2008 (2 in-text references to Hekate) Medea by Seneca - Frederick Ahl (trans), Cornell, 1986
Metamorphoses by Ovid - Charles Martin (trans), WW Norton, 2010 (9 references)
Nonnos: Dionysiaca, vols. 1, Books 1-15 - W.H.D. Rouse (trans), (Loeb Classical Library, No. 244), Harvard 1940, (5 references), (volumes 2 and 3 each have one reference to Hekate)
On the Nature of Animals by Aelian - Gregory McNamee (trans), Trinity University Press, 2012
Orphic Hymns - Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow (trans), John Hopkins Uni Press, 2013
Phaedra by Seneca - Frederick Ahl (trans), Cornell, 1986
Strabo: Geography, Books 10-12 - Horace Leonard Jones (trans), (Loeb Classical Library No. 211), Harvard, 1928 The Chaldean Oracles - G.R.S. Mead, Book Jungle, 2007
Thebaid: A Song of Thebes by Statius - Jane Wilson Joyce (trans), Cornell University, 2008 Valerius Flaccus, vol. 286 of the Loeb Classical Library - John Henry Mozley (trans), Harvard, 1936. (11 references)
Works and Days, and Theogony by Hesiod - Stanley Lombardo and Robert Lamberton (trans), Hackett Publishing Co, 1993
Works and Days, Theogony, and Shield by Hesiod - Apostolos N. Athanassakis (trans), John Hopkins Uni Press, 200

I also recommend checking out the YouTube channel for Sorita D'Este.  She has a great deal of information related to Hecate.

My final suggestion is to listen to the Goddess.  She may come to you as a lion or as a dog.  No one can tell you how you should or should not relate to a deity.  This is your journey.  It will be very different from another's.