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MYTHOLOGY MEME - [5/9] GREEK GODS/GODDESSES: HEKATE

"Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia],

lovely dame, of earthly, watery,

and celestial frame, sepulchral,

in a saffron veil arrayed,

pleased with dark ghosts that

wander through the shade;

Perseis, solitary goddess, hail!”

Offerings to Hekate

In light of my recent revelation, I’ve started doing some more in depth research into things sacred to Hekate and those used as offerings. I wanted to bring something for her to the Grove, to bring praise and thank her for her guidance so long ago, and so I share my discoveries with you. This will contain some UPG, inspired by research, as well as researched items themselves.

Offerings to Hekate:

  • Woods: Yew, Cypress, Hazel, Black Walnut or Willow
  • Dog shaped things, preferably black in color
  • Adopting an animal/Volunteering at an animal shelter
  • Lamb or Bull shaped things, again preferably black in color
  • Owl, Snake, or Crow shaped things
  • Frog/Toad shaped things
  • Hallucinogenic or poisonous plants such as Belladonna or Hemlock (Use at your own risk. I do not encourage the act of handling that which could be harmful to you.) Poppies are a safer alternative.
  • Herbal blends
  • Lavender
  • Dandelions
  • Garlic
  • Myhrr
  • Red Mullets (a fish)
  • Menstrual Blood or blood colored things
  • Bread
  • Cheeses
  • Honey
  • Apples, Figs, or Pomegranates
  • Incense or resins
  • Keys
  • Song
  • Fire
  • Earth/Stones from your travels

Sources:

http://www.neokoroi.org/religion/gods/hecate

http://www.neokoroi.org/religion/gods/hecate/articles/honoring_hekate

http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html

http://www.goddess-guide.com/hekate.html

Asteria (Of The Stars)

Asteria is the Titanide Goddess of Night Oracles, Prophetic Dreams, Falling Stars and Astrology. Asteria is the daughter of Coios and Phoibe and mother of Hekate by Perses. Asteria was one of the few goddesses Zeus attempted to woo before marrying Hera, Asteria fleed from Zeus’s attempt at sexual union, she flew down to the sea in the form of a quail where Poseidon chased for her as well, at this point she turned into the Island of Delos where later her sister Leto births the Delian Twins Apollon and Artemis.

(It’s speculated that it’s very possible that Asteria is derived from the Phoenician Ishtar/Astarte of the Near East, as there are other deities that have been imported from Phoenicia as well)

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mythology meme: [1/9] greek gods/goddesses → hecate

She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She had rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul.

HECATE [aka HEKATE]

[noun]

Ancient Greek Ἑκάτη: an ancient goddess, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. She 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.

Possible etymologies: 1) from the Greek word for ‘will’. 2) from Greek Ἑκάτη [Hekátē], feminine equivalent of Ἑκατός Hekatos, obscure epithet of Apollo. This has been translated as “she that operates from afar”, “she that removes or drives off”, “the far reaching one” or “the far-darter”. 3) from the Egyptian goddess of childbirth, Heqet, howeverevidence for this is lacking.

[Jason Levesque]

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As promised here are some more pics from my finished Persephone Cosplay.

It was just such a nice day with all the other gods. And I have to mention that I had a really great great Hades! It was his first time cosplaying, but he did very well!
I also love my whole group. I never thought that we would actually be so many gods!! We want to wear it again next year and therefore other people will be joining us. Right now we are over 30 people *_*
Can’t wait for it to wear it again. (Just need to fix some things)

The photos are taken by different photographers. Please check them out on Facebook and (if you have an account) on animexx :D


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http://animexx.onlinewelten.com/fotos/mitglied/566182/
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http://animexx.onlinewelten.com/fotos/mitglied/253167/

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Hecate- Goddess of the Night and Magic

Her name roughly translates as “Worker from afar”, she is a particularly mysterious other world divine being in the Greek pantheon. Hecate was seen as the goddess of magic, witchcraft, night, moon, ghosts and necromancy.

She was the only child of the titans Perses and Asteria from whom she received her powers over the heavens, earth and seas. She could bestow mortals with wealth, victory, wisdom, good luck to sailors and hunters, and prosperity to youth and to herds of cattle. She could also withhold these gifts. After the defeat of the Titans, Zeus honoured Hecate and allowed her to maintain her dominion.

She is usually depicted as a woman holding twin torches on Greek pottery. She sometimes wears a knee length maiden skirt and hunting boots, much like the goddess Artemis. In statues Hekate is often depicted in a curious triple form as goddess of crossroads.

Her familiars were a black she-dog and a polecat. The black dog was said to be the Trojan queen Hekabe who leapt intot he sea after the fall of Troy and was transformed into a dog by the goddess. The polecat was said to have originally been a witch called Gale who was transformed into a polecat as punishment for her incontinence. Others told that the polecat was Galinthias, nurse of Alkmene, transformed by the angry Eileithyia, but received kindly by Hecate as her animal.

She aided Demeter in her search for Persephone using her torches to light the goddess’ way throughout the darkness of night. After Persephone’s return Hecate became her companion and minister in Hades.

She was identified with a number of other goddesses in the ancient world which lead to some confusion which lasts to this day. These include Artemis the Virgin Huntress, Selene the Moon goddess, the sea goddess Krataeis, the Thracian goddess Bendis, Maira the goddess of the Dog Star, and the Eleusinian Daeira.

Her titles include: the destroyer (Perseis), angry/terrible one (Brimo), lady of the underworld (Aidonaia), three formed/three bodied (Trimorphis), of the crossroads (Trioditis), night wandering (Nyktipolos), tender/delicate (Atalos), nurse of the young (Kourotrophos), leader of dogs (Skylakagetis), and queen of those below (Anassa Eneroi).

 She had very few public temples in the ancient Greek world however. Instead she was honoured at small household shrines. These were probably made to help ward off evil and malevolent powers of witchcraft. Her most important cultic sites were at Eleusis, and Samothrace. The mysteries of Samothrace were celebrated in Hecate’s honour.

"Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia], lovely dame, of earthly, watery, and celestial frame, sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed, pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade; Perseis, solitary goddess, hail! The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail; in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen, and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen; Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering, hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere, and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near." - Orphic Hymn 1 to Hecate

THE GREEK DEITY HEKATE IS NOT THE WICCAN TRIPLE GODDESS

let me repeat

THE GREEK DEITY HEKATE IS NOT THE WICCAN TRIPLE GODDESS

Let me teach you a thing, folks.

So you’ve got this ancient Greek deity, Hekate. And She’s responsible for witchcraft, necromancy, the night, crossroads, some associations with wayfinding and dogs, etc. She’s also scary as fuck. None of this “harm none” bullshit; the brand of witchcraft She presides over is quite simply using witchcraft to destroy people who deserve to be destroyed. Rah rah curses, rah rah FUCKING NECROMANCY, all of that.

She’s also a virgin deity. Let me repeat that. Virgin deity. Maiden. Not mother. Not crone. Maiden. Period. There’s some UPG out there that She’s got a bit of a thing going with Hermes, but even then. Not mother. Not crone. 

She is also not literally triplicate. Let me show you a picture.

Bam. Hekate. You see the torches? Hekate. You see how She’s not pregnant and not old? VIRGIN DEITY.

Let me show you some more pictures. Fucking ancient pictures. Because, you know, this is an ancient deity you’re running your mouths about. She existed long before you were able to portray Her as pregnant and barefoot and peaceful on the internet.

Here She is SETTING A MOTHERFUCKER ON FIRE. Note how there’s still one of Her and She’s not old or pregnant.

And here She is again on the left, SETTING A MOTHERFUCKER ON FIRE with Her torches. Yeah, real love and light. More like, She loves to light motherfuckers on fire. Notice again how there’s ONE of Her and She’s a young woman without pregnancy.

Are you getting the picture yet? Is it beginning to sink in yet that She’s not your precious fluffy Triple Goddess and she sure as hell isn’t a mother goddess or a crone? Are you beginning to realize being all-loving and all-light and “don’t cause harm, guys” is NOT HER FUCKING JOB?

Now let me show you where you fucking ignorant history-hating uneducated peasants got this “triple Goddess” idea from.

Hekate is the Goddess of Crossroads. As in literal street intersections. And ancient Greeks fucking loved to put statues out to watch over shit like that. Look up what a Herm is sometimes. It’s literally Hermes’ head and a dick. And they put that thing FUCKING EVERYWHERE. Ancient Greeks loved that shit.

So sometimes they set up statues of Hekate to watch over crossroads. And they needed some way to show She can watch over all the crossroads at once. So they sculpted three statues instead, so no matter which road you were coming from, Hekate would be watching you.

You see this? THIS IS CALLED A FUCKING METAPHOR.

First, note right off the bat the statues are identical. One isn’t pregnant and one isn’t old. THIS IS NOT A MAIDEN/MOTHER/CRONE IMAGE. Because Hekate is not a crone deity or a mother deity.

THERE ARE ALSO NOT LITERALLY THREE OF HER. THIS IS A METAPHOR. It symbolizes that She’s watching all roads. It’s like how in sculpture Moses is depicted with two spikes on his head. Is it saying he LITERALLY has horns? NO. It’s a metaphor for a fucking halo.

METAPHOR, YOU IGNORANT BABOONS. FUCKING METAPHOR.

Wanna learn about THIS Hekate? OUR Hekate? I recommend this page.

Y’all are welcome to worship a Maiden/Mother/Crone trio. That’s your right. You can even call her Hecate or Hekate or fucking Snoopy for all I care. But it’s not the same deity as OUR Hekate. Not if it’s a peace-loving, “harm none” promoting, love and light spouting, baby-birthing, old age looking Triple Goddess.

You might as well say that Ares, MALE god of being MALE, is the Triple Goddess too. It just doesn’t work like that.

don’t fucking anyone say that or I swear to god someone’s getting cut

Sacred Animals of the Gods

Just for fun, here are the sacred animals of various Gods & Goddesses:

Aphroditê: Hare, Turtle-Dove, Sparrow and Goose 

Apollôn: Wolf, Locust, Raven, Swan, Dolphin and Mouse

Arês: Barn Owl, Woodpecker, Vulture, Dog and Serpent

Artemis: Deer, Boar, Bear, Fresh-Water Fish, Guinea-Fowl, Partridge, Quail and Buzzard-Hawk

Athênê: Rooster and Owl

Dêmêtêr: Serpent, Swine, Turtle-Dove, Red Mullet and Gecko

Dionysos: Leopard, Goat, Donkey, Lion, Serpent and Wild Bull

Hêphaistos: Donkey, Guard-Dog and Crane

Hêrê: Heifer, Lion, Cuckoo, Peacock, Hawk and Crane

Hermês: Tortoise, Ram, Hare and Hawk

Poseidôn: Dolphin, Bull and Horse

Zeus: Eagle, Bull, Ram and Hawk

Hestia: Cow and Swine

Haidês: Screech-Owl, Black Sheep and Black Bull

Hekatê: Polecat and Dog

Nyx: Shrew Mouse

Hêlios: Rooster and Wolf

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