This simple ritual serves to open a connection between you and Hecate. Simple rituals such as this performed consistently preferably at least daily or nightly build up better results than the occasional elaborate ritual performed sporadically. Though you can pray any time during the day or night, I find the best time to be the Witching Hour, this is a time when your home and neighborhood will mostly be quiet and you can focus and concentrate without distractions.
Dawn and dusk, as liminal times are also powerful times to perform this. If you live in a noisy area you may find incorporating dark ambient music helps keep the outside distractions at bay while not infringing upon your focus. An altar of any type is a sacred place. As such, I find it best to bathe first and not have any meat, eggs, alcohol or intimacy for at least three hours before approaching the altar.
Usually I abstain from these indulgences starting from 9 PM so I can begin my ritual at astrological midnight. When following the below steps, you can say a mantra as you go. This helps you concentrate. Although the fruit and flower offerings are listed as optional below, I personally recommend including these at least once a week. Although designed to be performed at an altar within your home, it may also be performed at a desolate three way crossroads ie a Trivia, one of Her many epithetsa cemetery if the Dead of said place grant you entry, more information may be found here — Modus Operandi: Graveyard Workings or another liminal space sacred to Hecate.
Although it is simply not feasible to do this every time, making such a journey for the Full or New Moon can make for a very powerful experience. This can be as simple as a tea light, any fire based light source will do. If one wishes a special candle can be prepared; carved with Hecate in Theban script and Her sigils, and anointed with sandalwood oil. This light may be reused in other devotional rituals. A glass of water. The glass should be one that has never been used before and there after is only used as a glass for liquid offerings.
Spring water with its chthonic source is preferable, although I have used purified tap water before. A Flower or Fruit. These should be washed before beginning. Do not eat from the fruits until after. Sit in a comfortable position. Keep your back straight. Drop your shoulders. Close your eyes and begin long, slow deep breathing. The easiest way to this is known as the square breath. Breathe in for a count of four, hold for four, exhale with a soft HA!Types of Workings: justice, banishing, protection, prophecy, divination, inner-self.
Grind on the new moon. Hecate Oil: 3 drops Myrrh, 2 drops Cypress again can sub. Start on the new moon and finish on the next one.
Hecate has been acknowledged as the Goddess of witches, magick and spellcraft since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Witches have called on Her to empower magickal works for centuries. In Medieval times, the Church mounted a violent campaign to demonize and destroy the Goddess and Her Daughters. Hecate was not defeated.
She exists in the dark, mysterious part of each of us. In order to be complete and integrated within ourselves, we need to come to know and appreciate the hidden side of our nature.
We need to face the Dark Goddess Within and build a relationship with Her. She is the Guardian of our unconscious and we should allow ourselves to appreciate the beauty and strength of that secret internal realm. Calling on Hecate to help us fulfill our dreams, wishes and goals adds Her power to our workings. Magick is an affirmation of the Goddess Within and of our connection with Her. Ritual and spell work reaffirm and strengthen this connection. The warm, energized feeling that remains after magickal work is physical proof of Her presence and the flow of magick.
To learn from Hecate involves spiritual sacrifice. To gain the knowledge that She can bestow, we must give up negative habits and thought processes. We should be considerate and thoughtful of our fellow inhabitants of the Earth. We need to open our minds to new ways of thinking and understanding. A relationship with Hecate based on respect and trust opens us to a universe in which anything and everything is possible. Our potential is limited only by our imagination!
Symbols of Hecate The symbols of Hecate are many.This magickal hymn calls upon the Trident— Hecate, Lucifer, and Belial— which Trident is comprised of the primary divinities of Primal Craft as codified by Mark Allan Smith in his series of grimoires. The Trident has become integral to the modern Draconian Tradition or Draconian Current as well, and is most importantly one of the largest influences of my friend Yuri M.
A lot of my articles about deities and gods feature original sigils. If these sigils are of my invention, they appear in lackluster artistic representation on paper and are photographed via cellphone. My sigils are, of course, entirely effective, but the ones designed by Yuri M.
I only recently i. As confident as I am in the efficacy of what I create, I was shy to display my drawing skills in full array until now.
I made an entire ritual out of consecrating it, which I have never done in the past. I called on Hecate, Aradia, Lucifer, and Belial to empower it. My magickal hymns may be used for any intention selected by the celebrant. They can be integrated into any ritual to call on the deities named to empower the rite or empower oneself.
My magickal hymns can be recited without any added ritual for a specified intent as miniature self-empowerment exercises— one of the advantages of reciting some of my hymns in times when a full ritual cannot be performed is that these hymns will strengthen your energetic resonance with its deities, making it easier to call forth, perceive, and communicate with said deities.
Queen of Hell makes the assertion that Belial is the same entity as Beelzebuth, and I have verified the accuracy of said assertion with my own guiding spirits, although I doubted it at first.
Alternate names for Lucifer appear as well, including Lucifero, Lumial, and Lucibel. I am sure you will find this of use. Salve Erus Lucifer. O Arbitrator, Admirabilis. Io Domine Belial. Evoco Megist Baal Zebul. Adveni, Spirituum Sitra Achara.
Invoco Deitas Hecate! Yuri M. The first coven we formed was called the Coven of the Second Torch, and it originally consisted of three members brought together by Hecate.
Of all the Lunar deities, whose torches symbolized the moonlight, Hecate was the only one who carried two. The Second Torch was a reference to the path of black magick commonly called the LHP, as well as a reference to Algol, the most sinister star in astrology: an eclipsing binary star connected to Hecate, the Undead Gods, the demons, a nd more.
Our first rituals were mischievous dabbling— breaking into a haunted house and filling it with the energy of Algol to basically fuck around. To this day, the house is filled with black magickal energy, and has become a place of respite for spirits of darkness.
The entire road the house is on is always colder than the rest of the city, and is usually or often covered in a thick fog. When my coven went back to the haunted house to do another rite to Algol, the spirits dwelling therein had covered the walls in moss, which moss unmistakably depicted the magickal numbers of Algol.
Under the advice of an archdemon, I helped the spirit pass on— into the nocturnal cavalcade of Hecate. Phrases in italics are to be chanted and translations of foreign phrases appear in brackets. Have no fear whatsoever if you doubt your ability to pronounce the magickal chants— simply know that your best effort is more than sufficient, and the mispronouncing a chant will not get you fucked over.
The magickal chants and words of power used herein appear in the magickal chants section of my website with citations of their origins— this is not plagiarism. My rituals are written not to require material accompaniments or sigils, but if the celebrant has such things available, she should naturally implement them in whatever way she deems fit. This ritual uses three magickally significant numbers as words of power by pronouncing them in the Enochian language.
Ama Lilith, Liftoach Kliffoth! Io Chaunta Clauneck Elantiel! Ave Agia! Hail Three Names of Clauneck! Hail Name of Hecate ].The term has usually referred to a type of pictorial signature of an angel or other entity.
In modern usage, especially in the context of chaos magicsigil refers to a symbolic representation of the practitioner's desired outcome.
The term sigil derives from the Latin sigillummeaning " seal ". In medieval ceremonial magicthe term sigil was commonly used to refer to occult signs which represented various angels and demons which the magician might summon. A particularly well-known list is in The Lesser Key of Solomonin which the sigils of the 72 princes of the hierarchy of hell are given for the magician's use.
Such sigils were considered to be the equivalent of the true name of the spirit and thus granted the magician a measure of control over the beings. A common method of creating the sigils of certain spirits was to use kameas magic squares — the names of the spirits were converted to numbers, which were then located on the magic square.
The locations were then connected by lines, forming an abstract figure. The word sigil The sigil was like a signature or sign of an occult entity. The use of symbols for magical or cultic purposes has been widespread since at least the Neolithic era.
Some examples from other cultures include the yantra from Hindu tantrahistorical runic magic among the Germanic peoplesor the use of veves in Voudon.Invoking Hekate Ritual-- Hekates' Sigil
The artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare developed his own unique method of creating and using sigils, which has had a huge effect on modern occultism.
Essentially, Spare turned the Medieval practice of using sigils to evoke entities on its head, arguing that such supernatural beings were simply complexes in the unconscious, and could be actively created through the process of sigilization.
The big difference with Spare's method was that he dispensed with pre-existing esoterica and external beliefs, so the sigils were no longer for controlling traditional demons, angels and what-have-you, but instead for controlling forces in the unconscious psyche of the individual operator.
Spare's technique became a cornerstone of chaos magic. Calligraphic magick squares were one of the techniques most commonly applied by Gysin. He would reduce a name or an idea to a "glyph" and then write across the paper from right to left, turn the paper and do the same again, and so on, turning the paper around and around to create a multi-dimensional grid The same techniques and consciously driven functional intention also permeated his paintings.
In a very real sense, everything he created was an act of sorcery.If not, the circle will not be as powerful. Remember, in casting a circle, the feminine energy is needed, because the feminine energy is considered to be the impregnator on the magical and spiritual planes; just as male is on the material plane.
You can read more about this in the Goddess Path.
Hecate's Magickal Ritual Setup
When building up power for a spell in one of the old ways such as dance, endless chanting, visualization and so on, Witches attempt to hold it inside their bodies until it has reached is peak. At this time, it is released and sent toward its goal. It is difficult to retain all of this power—especially during dance—and so the circle does this job. Once you have released the power, however, the circle in no way impedes the flow of energy to its destination.
However, I like to evoke them to guard my circle, as I am not living in the past but working with what I know in the here and now.
Some Witches see them as Elementals, others see them simply as anciently placed Guardians or Watchers of the four directions, while others view them as the Mighty Ones, former humans who have spiraled up the incarnational path until they have reached perfection. This allows them to dwell with the Goddess.
These Mighty Ones are mythologically linked to the four directions. Perhaps it is best to get in touch with these energies and discover them for yourself. Stretch out with your awareness. KNOW whether they have arrived or not. Words do not have to be used to invoke the rulers, but they are tools which train the attention, focus out awareness and stir up the emotions—when properly stated. Invocation requires a willingness to open yourself to the Goddess. It need not be a pristine performance.
As most rituals begin with invocations, this is, in a sense, the moment of truth. Practice invoking the Goddess not only in ritual but daily throughout your life. It not only invokes the Goddess, it also awakes us shifts our awareness to that part of us which is divine—our inviolable, intransmutable essence: our link with the Old Ones.
A little bit about earthing the power. Once you have sent energy, residual power usually rushes around within you. Some traces may still exist inside the circle.
This should be earthed.She is variously associated with crossroadsentrance-ways, light, magicwitchcraftknowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancyand sorcery. The place of origin of her following is uncertain, but it is thought that she had popular followings in Thrace. Hecate was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family.
Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition. Whether or not Hecate's worship originated in Greece, some scholars have suggested that the name derives from a Greek root, and several potential source words have been identified.
Hecate – The Calling of the Crossroad Goddess
Supporters of this etymology suggest that Hecate was originally considered an aspect of Artemis prior to the latter's adoption into the Olympian pantheon. Artemis would have, at that point, become more strongly associated with purity and maidenhood, on the one hand, while her originally darker attributes like her association with magic, the souls of the dead, and the night would have continued to be worshiped separately under her title Hecate.
Beekes rejected a Greek etymology and suggested a Pre-Greek origin. A possibility for foreign origin of the name may be Heqetname of an Egyptian goddess of fertility and childbirth, who, like Hecate, was also associated with magic—'heka' means 'magic' in Egyptian. Hecate possibly originated among the Carians of Anatolia the region where most theophoric names invoking Hecate, such as Hecataeus or Hecatomnus, the father of Mausolusare attested,  and where Hecate remained a Great Goddess into historical times, at her unrivaled  cult site in Lagina.
While many researchers favor the idea that she has Anatolian origins, it has been argued that "Hecate must have been a Greek goddess. William Berg observes, "Since children are not called after spooks, it is safe to assume that Carian theophoric names involving hekat- refer to a major deity free from the dark and unsavory ties to the underworld and to witchcraft associated with the Hecate of classical Athens.
If Hecate's cult spread from Anatolia into Greece, it is possible it presented a conflict, as her role was already filled by other more prominent deities in the Greek pantheon, above all by Artemis and Selene.
This line of reasoning lies behind the widely accepted hypothesis that she was a foreign deity who was incorporated into the Greek pantheon. Other than in the Theogonythe Greek sources do not offer a consistent story of her parentage, or of her relations in the Greek pantheon: sometimes Hecate is related as a Titaness, and a mighty helper and protector of humans. It remained common practice in English to pronounce her name in two syllables, even when spelled with final ewell into the 19th century.
The spelling Hecat is due to Arthur Golding 's translation of Ovid 's Metamorphoses and this spelling without the final E later appears in plays of the Elizabethan - Jacobean period. Hecate was generally represented as three-formed, though the earliest known images of the goddess are singular. Her earliest known representation is a small terracotta statue found in Athens. An inscription on the statue is a dedication to Hecate, in writing of the style of the 6th century, but it otherwise lacks any other symbols typically associated with the goddess.
She is seated on a throne, with a chaplet around her head; the depiction is otherwise relatively generic. Crowned with leafy branches as in later descriptions, she is depicted offering a "maternal blessing" to two maidens who embrace her.
The figure is flanked by lions, an animal associated with Hecate both in the Chaldean Oraclescoinage, and reliefs from Asia Minor. The 2nd-century travel writer Pausanias stated that Hecate was first depicted in triplicate by the sculptor Alcamenes in the Greek Classical period of the late 5th century BC,  whose sculpture was placed before the temple of the Wingless Nike in Athens.
Though Alcamenes' original statue is lost, hundreds of copies exist, and the general motif of a triple Hecate situated around a central pole or column, known as a hekataionwas used both at crossroads shrines as well as at the entrances to temples and private homes.
These typically depict her holding a variety of items, including torches, keys, serpents, and daggers. It is possible that the representation of a triple Hecate surrounding a central pillar was originally derived from poles set up at three-way crossroads with masks hung on them, facing in each road direction.
In the 1st century AD, Ovid wrote: "Look at Hecate, standing guard at the crossroads, one face looking in each direction. Apart from traditional hekataiaHecate's triplicity is depicted in the vast frieze of the great Pergamon Altarnow in Berlin, wherein she is shown with three bodies, taking part in the battle with the Titans. In the Argolidnear the shrine of the DioscuriPausanias saw the temple of Hecate opposite the sanctuary of Eileithyia ; He reported the image to be the work of Scopasstating further, "This one is of stone, while the bronze images opposite, also of Hecate, were made respectively by Polycleitus and his brother Naucydes, son of Mothon.
While Greek anthropomorphic conventions of art generally represented Hecate's triple form as three separate bodies, the iconography of the triple Hecate eventually evolved into representations of the goddess with a single body, but three faces.
In Egyptian-inspired Greek esoteric writings connected with Hermes Trismegistusand in the Greek Magical Papyri of Late AntiquityHecate is described as having three heads: one dog, one serpentand one horse.What could asteroid Hekate signify astrologically?
As we will see, this metamorphosis occurred over thousands of years. Hekate may even have originated in Egyptian times from the midwife goddess Heket. Otherwise, modern-day Hekate rules crossroads, torchlight, portals, passages, the night, the use of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy and divination. First some astronomical information; Asteroid Hekate is a large main belt asteroid, it is located in the same area of space as the Hygiea family, a group of dark, carbonaceous asteroids which also includes Artemis.
Hekate rather appropriately is actually too light to be of this family and is classed as an interloper.
J C Watson discovered Hekate on July 11 She takes 5. Hekate was the th asteroid to be discovered and named thus as Hekaton is Greek for hundred. Originally she was the daughter of Nyx and a primordial goddess. Later she becomes the daughter of Aster and lit the way out of the dark with her sparkling crown of stars. Here we see no trace of the shadowy, bent, old torch-bearer creeping around dark footpaths with her demonic yelping dogs.
For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favor according to custom, he calls upon Hecate…she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her. Later Hekates three heads morphed that of a dog, lion and a snake.
We can see her light beginning to wane and the beastly side taking over. Much like Medusa. The evolution of Hekate from triple goddess to witch over time is interesting. It seems that she grew ever more fearsome with the realization that if a woman can give life, then she can also take it away. The triple goddess clearly shows the process of flowering Virginimpregnation Mother and dissemination Crone.
Correspondences for Hecate
It seems the first two stages have been forgotten. Hekate served as a guide to Ceres in helping her find her lost child Persephone. With Persephone as the Virgin, Ceres as the Mother and Hekate as the crone she was fragmented and placed forever in the underworld.
But there she cannot do her magic! From there she is all-seeing and all-knowing, she can see all paths and possible outcomes, she is triple goddess, past, present and future. This is why she is the oracle, she shifts between dimensions and receives messages from all three.
Hekate is gifted in the use of herbs and potions. Poisons can also be mind-altering and enlightening, they can open portals to other dimensions and the occult knowledge stored there. The other interesting side of Hekate is her association with dogs. When we are at a crossroads we need guidance the supernatural and divining side of Hekate becomes important. We consult an oracle when we have no idea which road to take. Sometimes we may fall into the depression of the Black Dog because we do not want to make a decision; we are stuck in limbo, between realms, unable to move forward.