Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chaldean Oracles - 219

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein



Says Hekate:

After dawn burst splendor
infinite, full of stars,
I left the unpolluted house of god
and stepped
on life-fost'ring earth
according to your request
persuaded by those ineffable words
by which a mortal person
delights in delighting

the mind of the immortals…                                                      [219]






This passage to me seems to show Hecate's decision to leave the house of the Gods and move into the mortal realm.  She moves to the earth and takes her place as a keeper of the crossroads or in a more figurative reference - the transitional spaces for mortals. It also seems to me that the earth is where life actually is.  Even though the Gods are thought to be the source of life, they do not live.  More so they live only through the mortals.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chaldean Oracles - 224

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein


Says Hekate:

Complete my animal image
purged as I shall instruct you:

Make a body from field rue;
ornament with delicate small beast forms
       (such as spotted lizards
            that live about the house);

Pound storax, myrrh, and frankincense
with these beasts
into a mixture

and under
a waxing moon
in the clear light of ether

finish the telestics                                                                                   [224]



These entries quote Hecate on how to create her animal image.  When I create my images of Hecate they can either be animal form or human, most often human in shape.  I also generally don't use lizards in making my statues.  I do however like the idea of a "soulstone".   The soulstone is the concept of placing a center stone in the clay figure to give it life, or a soul if you will.  It is a unique opportunity to consecrate a statue to the Goddess as well.  Adding herbs in pouches or another items to add stronger energy to a piece.

I have had several discussions with those who add their own blood to their clay mixtures when creating images of the Goddess.  To me, I don't feel that is necessary.  What are your thoughts?  Should we look at these ancient texts as directions on how we move forward in workings with her?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chaldean Oracles - 50 & 53

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 




Hekate in the Chaldean Oracles – Translated by Charles Stein


the center of Hekate.                                                                       [50]




Says Hekate:

After the paternal thoughts—
I, the Psyche, dwell
ensouling all things

with my heat.                                                                                     [53]

50 is too limited to make a judgment on.

53 however is quite clear.  This verse has Hecate speaking saying,  I, the Psyche, dwell ensouling all things.  Again pointing to Hecate as the source of the Cosmic World Soul.  


Since we see this document as a poetry, do we take these literally or look at them in the same mind frame as one would looking at other religious texts understanding that generally all religious texts are mythological accounts of deities and were created to teach humanity to be more human to eachother.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chaldean Oracles - 35

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein


Implacable thunderbolts leap out of him
and the lightning-bolt-receiving
womb of shining rays
of Hekate sired by the Father

and the under-girdling fire-flower

and the strong spirit beyond the fiery poles…                       [35]


To me this points to Hecate as the "Mother" here.  The Father being referred to as the Father of all things, making Hecate the Mother of all souls.

If this is a metaphor what could it be representing if not our beginning what could it mean?


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Chaldean Oracles - 147

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea).  The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers.  Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. 

I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general and our thoughts on Hecate today.


For this I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein.  Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translation as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects.  His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins.  Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct.  I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. 



Translated by Charles Stein



Says Hekate:

Invoke me often
and you'll see
that everything
                                    is LIONS:

For neither does the arched mass of the sky appear,
nor do the stars shine.
The light of the moon is occluded;
the earth has no fixed place.

All things are seen in lightning flashes.               [147]


Here I go to to the second part as it has the most information.  "The light of the moon occluded" - Occluded is defined as clogged up.  With this definition along with the last line "all things are seen in lightning flashes" leads me to the conclusion that we're talking about a stormy night.