LORE OF HECATE
Hecate is at the same time a Goddess of
the Moon, of the Underworld, and of
She dwelt in the Underworld,
alongside Hades and Persephone and the
minor deities Thanatos (Death), Hypnos
(Sleep), and Morpheus (Dreams).
like Persephone, She had power elsewhere
as well; while Persephone, daughter and
other self of the Corn Mother,
fructified the Earth every Spring,
Hecate held sway in the night sky,
on Earth was a protectress of flocks
of sailors and,of course,of Witches.
While Persephone was, so to speak, the
bright link between the Underworld and
the Earth, Hecate was the dark link.
One of the reputed entrances to the land
of shades was Lake Averna in Campania;
the hills around it used to be covered
with trees sacred to Hecate and pitted
with caves through which one summoned
the souls of the dead.
night-calling owl was Her messenger,
the dark yew and the willow or osier
were Her trees;
Witches' besoms were
bound with osier - without
they were said to be helpless.
Of all the Greek Goddessess, She was the
most markedly triple.
She was at the
same time the three-phased Moon
particular, its dark phase;
Romans, 'Diana Triformis' consisted of
Diana, Prosperina, and Hecate.
terms, Artemis, Persephone, and
She was depicted as three female figures
or as one with three animal heads -
horse, dog, and boar, or sometimes three
Dogs were certainly associated with
(perhaps from their habit of howling
to the Moon and from their pathfinding
Sometimes She was
portrayed as a whelping bitch,
shared with Herne of the North
reputation of leading the Wild Hunt of
ghostly hounds through the night.
She was, to both Greeks and Romans,
especially the Goddess of crossroads,
where travelers face three choices.
Statues of Her stood there, and food
offerings - 'Hecate's Supper' - were
taken there at the dead of night,
eve of the full Moon.
One left the food
and walked away without
for none dared confront
Goddess face to face.
Her annual festival on August 13th in
(and that of Diana on the same
date in Rome)
was a propitiary one, to
which the Moon
was apt to send at around
She also haunted graveyards and the
scenes of crimes - as a Goddess of
expiation and purification.
Hecate is the Dark Mother, in both the
positive and the apparently negative
She can send nightmares to
torment men's dreams;
she can drive them
if they are not integrated well
to cope with Her;
but to those
who dare to welcome her,
She is Hecate
Sender of Nocturnal Visions,
typically of a Moon Goddess,
has a son - Museos, the Muse-man.
For divination, the Greeks used an
instrument called 'Hecate's Circle',
golden sphere with
a saphire hidden
Her mysterious Moon
bright seed of
Her symbol is the torch,
for the Dark
Mother also holds the light
illuminates the Unconscious