Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chaldean Oracles - 56

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


Hekate indeed is the source
and spring of blessed intellection,
for the First Power receives the birth of All
in her unspeakable womb hollows
and pours it forth on the All

as it runs its course.                                                                          [56]




This passage again reinforces Hecate as the Mother or the Cosmic World Soul.  Saying that all, ALL come from her womb.  Intellection means the action or process of understanding, so it seems that she is the source/spring of blessed understanding.  That understanding is mothered by her womb and and pours forth on its path.