Fall Equinox Goddess: Hecate
So enchanted to announce our Fall Equinox studio goddess: Hecate! Hecate is the Greek goddess associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery.
Hecate was called the queen and goddess of the night. Accompanied by her hounds, ghosts and people who were considered social outcasts, she took trips during nighttime. Some of these trips were made to the underworld – sometimes to help other gods according to the myths… Hecate was often depicted to have three heads. This translates into the belief that she could see in all directions and also all parts of the timeline; the past, the present and future. This is why she was called “the Goddess of Crossroads”. (source)
The Greek goddess Hecate reminds us of the importance of change, helping us to release the past, especially those things that are hindering our growth, and to accept change and transitions. She sometimes asks us to let go of what is familiar, safe, and secure and to travel to the scary places of the soul. (source)
The Goddess Hecate is also known as the liberator of women, as she sets women free from the bonds created by man… She is the liberator because She is manifest in our deepest drives and emotions, which always and inevitably threaten the systems designed to contain them. She is love and anger, which refuse to fit comfortably into the social order… To be "free from slavery" once meant that, within the ritual circle, all were equal, whether they were peasant, serf, or noble in the outside world. Slavery today could be mental and emotional as well as physical: the slavery of fixed perceptions, of conditioned ideas, of blind beliefs, of fear. Witchcraft demands intellectual freedom and the courage to confront our own assumptions. It is not a belief system: it is a constantly self-renewed attitude of joy and wonder to the world. (source)
As Queen of the Night, those who seek Her protection can move safely in the darkness. But She should not be romanticized or feared (unless you are involved in injustice or preying upon the less fortunate)! Hecate also gives voice to the highest wisdom, divination, and dreams… May She intervene on behalf of all in need, but most especially those in our society who are at highest risk of harm — the poor, the homeless, the non-white, underprivileged, and non-mainstream. May She shield and support our LGBT citizens, our undocumented, our children and mothers, our elders, and those who suffer from physical and mental trauma and illness. (source)
We can connect with Hecate by being kind to dogs (sacred animals to Hecate), caring for abandoned places and neglected people, and my offering prayers or ritual to her at night and during the dark moon phase.
Please also feel free to bring any offerings or messages for Hecate to leave on the Minx + Muse altar! Some offering ideas include garlic, honey, cake, pomegranate, candles, myrrh, lavender, mugwort, dandelion, jasmine, and herbal tea.
And if you have a personal relationship with Hecate and would like to share your knowledge and/or contribute to honoring this goddess at the studio, please contact us with your thoughts or suggestions!