Hekate, the Witches Goddess

Hekate, Witches, Magic, women, Astrology, Tara Greene

Glyptothek [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons User:Bibi Saint-Pol, own work, 2007-02-08

HEKATE is the Goddess of Magic, Witchcraft, the Night, the Moon, ghosts and necromancy.  She is a Triple Goddess and is associated with three-way crossroads which were traditional places to make offerings to Hekate, called Trivia. We now associate this Great Goddess with “Trivial Pursuits” and things that are not important. Such is the desecration to her name and honour.

She is usually shown as a woman holding two torches or as a three-bodied Triple Goddess facing past, present and future. Therefore she would be a strong divination Goddess with oracular or prophetic powers. 

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She assisted Demeter/Ceres in her search for Persephone in Hades, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. Hekate is a bringer of Light and consciousness in the dark times. After the Mother and daughter reunion, Hekate became Persephone’s minister and companion in Hades.

She was the only child of the Titans Perses and Asteria-who rules the Stars and she received her powers over heaven, earth and the sea from them.She bestowed gifts of wealth, victory, wisdom and good luck to hunters and sailors on the earth and sea and brought prosperity to youth and to flocks of cattle. But she also withheld these gifts if mortals didn’t deserve them.  She was the only Titan to retain her powers under Zeus’s =the Patriarchy’s rule- and she was honored by all the Immortal gods and Goddesses. She is considered to be a Virgin- “whole unto herself, belonging to no man” Goddess and therefore capable of parthenogenesis if she chose to have a child. 

Other stories relate Hekate to Brimo, an underworld Goddess whose virginity was lost to Hermes/Mercury on the banks of Thessalian Lake Boibeis. Her most important cult centres were at Eleusis place of the famous Eleusinian mysteries and the Island of Samothrace where she was worshipped as a goddess of the Mysteries.

Hekate, from the Greek hekatos, means “worker from afar.” The masculine form of the name, Hekatos is also a name for Apollon or Apollo.  

Hekate was identified with a number of other goddesses including Artemis, Selene-the Moon, and many other nymphs including Maira- the Dog-Star or Sirius the brightest Star in the skies and the Star which the U.S. sun is associated with. The U.S. needs a three party system not two. 

Read more about Hekate’s origins: http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html

As we go into the darkest season Hekate is our Queen and Guide.

She is indicated as Asteroid 100 and she is presently at 8 degrees VIRGO exactly Sextile to Venus in Scorpio at 8+ degrees. Hekate also stands beside Asteroid Goddess Pallas Athena at 10 degrees Virgo. 

Hekate and Venus in Sextile helps us to access really deep places in our sexuality and in our souls. If you feel you are in a place of choosing between three options or feel overwhelmed with choices call up Hekate to light your way. 

Go to a triple crossroads or create a symbolic three-way altar. Make a food offering to Hekate.  Call upon her to bring you insight and light the torches in the darkness or dark times for you. She is very powerful. 

Check out where Hekate is in your natal chart at Astro.com by checking Additional Objects, you can manually enter 100 on the right side box. 

Get your astrology chart read to find out more about how Hekate works with you in your star chart. http://www.taratarot.com

All writing is copyright of Tara Greene. Please share widely. 

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