Her legend stretches back for several thousand years,
and She is a goddess shrouded in mystery, for there is a continuing debate about Her name and Her origin. Hecate
probably originated in the mythology of the Karians (tribes in the southwest Asia Minor) or the ancient Thracians (a
group of ancient Indo-European tribes.) However, there is other evidence that Hekate evolved from the Egyptian
midwife or fertility goddess "Heqit" or "Heqet" who was apart of their Ogdoad cosmogeny. There Her name meant 'She
Who Hastens the Birth.' Midwives often called themselves the "Servants of Heqet," and Her priestesses were trained as
midwives. Women often wore amulets of her during childbirth, which depicted Heqet as a frog sitting on a lotus plant
(frogs were the symbol of fertility in ancient Eqypt,).
Hecate was most likely introduced to Greeks religion around the sixth century BCE, alternatively spelt 'Heket' or 'Hekat.
A beautiful and powerful goddess in Her own right, the goddess, Hecate was the only one of the ancient Greek Titans
for whom Zeus bowed to and allowed Her to retain Her own authority. Once the Olympians seized control, Zeus
shared power with Hecate. He reigned over the daytime sky and She reigned during the night sky, and especially during
the time of Dark Moon. In the Greek mythology Hecate's name has several possible meanings, but 'She Who Works
Her Will' is the most accepted among Her devotee.
She is the Dark Moon, the wintertime, old age and the knower of mysteries. However, She is also a "Triple Goddess"
which means She has seen through the eyes of all aspects of the feminine (Maiden, Mother, and Crone) and that ability
is preeminent among divine powers. Because of Her ability to shape-shift She amass great wisdom, abilities to view the
Transcendental Universe(s) and to connect to the great Spirits. As a Triple Goddess She is the epitome of the past,
present and future for She knows that Time, Space and Matter is just another crossword where She stands at the
intersection directing those who desire, seek, and is worthy of Her consultation. She is more often thought of as "The
Crone", and in the aspect of the Crone Her realm is that of pansophy.
Hecate's favorite time as Crone is the harvest. The time when we reap the accumulated benefits of all that we have
learnt. The Crone is a teacher or wise one. She is the torch carrier who shines the light of wisdom for all to see
through their path.
Hecate teaches us an important lesson, which is that the feminine should be valued for itself, not because it brings
sexuality or power, but because deep within it there is an innate wisdom. Hecate is also the High Priestess and the
keeper of the Mysteries. Hecate is not the Priestess who seeks the inner knowledge, but the Elder High Priestess who
has found it and relays it to others.
The goddess Hecate is also known as the liberator of women, as She sets women free from the bonds created by man.
Many mistakenly associates Her with destruction, but She is not, because when one destroys something, that
something is forever gone. But, Hecate connects the endings with the new beginnings. For Her they are one in the
same, and that there can not be one without the other. Hecate teaches that the Universe is a string tied end to end, and
beginnings and endings are apart of that string called the "Circle of Life".
It is believed that Hecate represents perfect freedom. She is the liberator because She is the manifestation of our deepest
drives and emotions, which always and inevitably threaten the systems designed to contain them. She is the love and the
anger, which refuses to fit comfortably into the social order of the human condition.
|Great Crone Mother, Purveyor of Ancient
Wisdom and Magick, Queen of the
Mystical Dark Skies, Personification of
the Triple Goddess Mysteries. Guardian
of the Crossroads.
As a Triple goddess, Hecate represents
Maiden, Mother and Crone; mind, body
and spirit; and birth, life and death. As
Mistress of the Night, She represents the
three stages of the lunar cycle of New,
Full and Dark.
Hecate is sometimes spelled Hekate which
is pronounce "EC- CO-TEA" or
"EC-CO-TAY" with the "H" remaining
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