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to honor hekate

Athenians were especially respectful towards Hekate and She was often invoked in midnight rituals. Her worshipers gathered at crossroads once a month to share 'Hekate Suppers', and then placed the leftovers outdoors as offerings. Honey, black female lambs, and dogs were sacrificed to Her.

Invocations

I have written a short 'hymn' that I say each morning when I light a candle in Her honor:

'Great Goddess Hekate, She who was born of the Stars and who will remain 'til the end of time;

Triple One, beautiful, awesome and wise - She who reigns in Sky over Earth and Sea.

Bright Goddess who walks in darkness, She who stands at the crossroads of the Underworld with the Torch of Wisdom to light the souls on their path; She who watches over the witch wandering in the uncanny realms and protects the traveler.

Goddess of Transformation, She who holds the Knife that cuts the cord from birth to life, and life to death; to you is sacred the snake which casts off its skin to live again, the black dog howling at the ever changing Moon and the eternal yew, which brings both life and death.

Hekate, Goddess of Witchcraft and magic, of abundance and of storms, in your honor I light this candle.'

An original Orphic 'hymn', makes an interesting contrast:

'Hekate the Beauteous, you I invoke: You, of roads and crossways, Of heaven, of earth, and sea as well. You, the saffron-clad, among the tombs, Dancing with dead souls the Bacchic rite. You, daughter of Perses, lover of desolation, Taking joy in deer and dogs, in the night. You, terrible Queen! Devourer of beasts! Ungirded, possessed of form unapproachable! You, bull-huntress, universal sovereign Empress: You mountain-roaming guide, and bride, and nursemaid, I entreat, O Maiden, your presence at these sacred rites,With grace to the Oxherd and a joyful heart eternal.'

Translated by Shawn Eyer

Jeanne Riegler wrote the following invocation:

Hekate Thou Mother of Might

'Hekate, Thou Mother of Might... Goddess of Magick, of Storms, of Night... Moon Maiden, Mother and Crone... Dispensing Justice from Thy Lofty Throne... Watching now with piercing Eye, As Thy Moon Palace doth glide the Sky, All of Life on this Planet Earth... Selecting, weighing and measuring It's worth... Grant us of Thy Wisdom Sublime... Reveal to us the Secrets of Time... Help us winnow Truth from Lies... Harken now, please hear our cries!

Hekate, Thou Mother of Might... Goddess of Crossroads, Bearer of Light... Moon Maiden, Mother and Crone... Descend unto us from Thy Lofty Throne... Walk amongst us and reveal now... The Mysteries of Thy Shining Brow... Past, Present and Future merge... Let us feel Thy Power surge! Bestow healing upon this Planet.. Release the Songs of Thy Stones of Granite... Help us; Strengthen us in our resolve... To banish all hate; let it dissolve!

Hekate, Thou Mother of Might... Goddess of Love, Giver of Sight... Moon Maiden, Mother and Crone... Ensconced upon Thy Lofty Throne... Acknowledge us, who, by our own choice... Have chosen to listen to Thy Voice... Help us spread Wisdom, Truth, Love and Light... To save Earth from her desperate plight! We bide the Wiccan Reed to fulfill... "And ye harm none, do what thou will..." Help us grow in serving Thee! As we will, so mote it be!

Hekate, Thou Mother of Might... Robed in Splendour; Beauteous; Bright... Moon Maiden, Mother and Crone... Shine upon us from Thy Lofty Throne...'

Jeanne Riegler ? June 11, 1998

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