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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate Variations

Hekate rules over heavens, hells, land and sea. She reigns over witchcraft, crossroads, boundaries and gateways. She is a Goddess of beasts, domestic dogs and sacrificial animals as well as serpents and toads. “And she [Asteria] conceived and bare Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate’s Many Names

Day 7 of the 31 Days of Devotion to Hekate is all about Her various names and epithets. There are actually whole articles, blog posts, even chapters of books dedicated to Hekate’s many titles and names. I’ve decided to focus on those I associate with Her the most. Arkuia / Arkyia – ‘Spinner of webs’, ‘Entrapper’ which adds the the…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate and Related Deities

I used to avoid syncretizing deities because I feared offending a deity or tipping into the All-are-One-God belief that I don’t buy into. I had to find a balance between the old world concept of connecting deities of like duties or descriptions and still honoring that singular deity as a whole. To me, connecting these deities doesn’t necessarily say they…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate Genealogy

Day 5 of the 31 Days of Devotion asks, “Who are Members of the family? – genealogical connections of this Deity.” Like many aspects of this Goddess, the Hekate Genealogy is complicated at best. Hekate’s Parents In Hesiod’s Theogony, Hekate is said to be the daughter of Perses and Asteria. In this case, there is some debate as to whether…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate Myths

Day 4 of the 31 Days of Devotion states, “Share a favorite myth or myths of this deity.” While Hekate is part of many myths, we sadly do not have a whole myth of Her, Her beginnings and story. There are a few stories I really like in Greek mythology that have Her in them, or are said to be…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekatean Symbols

Day 3 of the 31 Days of Devotion asks, “What are some Symbols and icons of this deity?” Hekatean Symbols are manifold for the Goddess of a hundred faces. I’ve included below a few of the more prevelant ones and ones I resonate with the most. Torches – Hekate is a psychopomp and a guide at the crossroads. She guides…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate Calling

Day 2 of the 31 Days of Devotion asks “How did you become first aware of this deity?” I briefly tapped upon this in an update I did regarding Hekate coming back into my life but will try and best explain and go into more depth here. I entered into practicing witchcraft at a very young age. I found some…

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31 Days of Devotion: Introducing Hekate

Day 1 of the 31 Days of Devotion is an introduction to the deity that I am devoting these 31 days to. Introducing Hekate is a somewhat daunting task because She is a Goddess that is both well known and yet obscure. She is noted in ancient and modern texts but historically has no whole mythology of Her own that…

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31 Days of Devotion: Hekate

I am dedicating October to devotion to the Goddess of Witchcraft, Hekate. As part of this devotional practice I will be blogging the 31 Days of Devotion questions that I found here via Galina Krasskova’s 31 days devoted to Mani. During October, each day I will post a blog post that is inspired by the questions in this devotional challenge.…

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