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THE GODDESS HECATE AND THE APPRECIATION OF DEATH
The point of focusing on death and Hecate is to release one from the identification of the body. In order to have greater spiritual experiences, all attatchments to the body have to be overcome. This is not just for the disciple of the dark mother, but is true for all paths. Even if you worship a being of pure "light" there will be a time where they will challenge you to release attatchments to the body so you can experience them to a greater extent. It would appear that focusing on death would be for the rare types of devotees that worship Hecate/Baphomet or Parvati/Shiva, but in fact all ancient cultures knew that spiritual experience was not possible without overcoming the limits of the body. If you can imagine, there was a time when Hecate was our friend, not our enemy. The reason Hecate was not considered evil in ancient culture was because we recognized and embraced her as the higher force that would unite us with our divine self.She became feared and was considered "evil" as we started to move away from the appreciation of death.
In ancient culture it was well known and widely accepted that the afterlife far superseded the earth plane in bliss and higher consciousness and therefore death was not thought to be a bad thing. Now in modern times, death is shunned, ignored, feared and many use spirituality in an attempt to block out the force of death and the suffering that is needed in order to advance on the spiritual path. Present day spirituality is now in a rut, trying to stop Hecate from doing her work. Without suffering, we would never create the strength to handle the spiritual path. Without death, we could never clear out the karma that prevented us from merging into the divine. It is important to remember that One of The goddesses Jobs is to bring us back home. She will use whatever means necessary to move you into the ocean on consciousness. Do not be afraid, we are all going to die and trust me when I say, for most, it will be the greatest experience they ever have.