- Attributes: Goddess of witches, of paths, of passages, and protector of home
- Symbols: Pair of torches, dogs, keys and daggers
- Place: Greece
|Hekate’s statue in one of her temples|
The Goddess Hekate has power over the earth, over the sea and over the underworld and she has always been honored by other deities. Moreover, she had the exclusive prestige of Zeus, who gave her the power to grant or deny desires to mankind.
Hekate has a lot in common with the Mother Goddess of Wicca because she is also a Triple Goddess. She is represented with three bodies, or sometimes with three human heads (or one of a serpent, one of a goat and one of a horse / cow). She has in her hands some torches or sometimes a key and a dagger. On her head sometimes there are tiaras in the shape of a Crescent Moon, Full Moon and / or Waning Moon. Hekate is usually followed by three-headed dog, Cerberus.
Being able to look in three different directions, this Goddess is able to see everything: the past that interferes in the present and what could cause harm in the future. Due to her dealings with enchantments, spells (mainly with medicinal herbs) and with the night, the magicians and witches of the old Greece became her great devotees.
Hekate spread benevolence among people, blessings those who asked for them. She provided material and political prosperity, victory in games and battles, abundant fish for fishermen and healthy cattle. In return, the villagers placed statues dedicated to her at the entrance of the cities and houses, and at during the night, they offered food for her dogs in the doorstep of the houses or at crossroads Y-shaped.
It is believed that she patrols the roads on New Moon nights collecting the dead and surprising the travelers, always followed by dogs, spirits and ghosts. Hekate can never be seen and her presence is only known by the barks heard in the distance.
Hekate guided the Goddess Demeter in the night during her search for Persephone.
Hekate: Goddess of Changes
Hekate is present in times of need and when we let go of the past that haunts us. She also helps us find a new path through new beginnings and helps us to think correctly despite the confusion of ideas, the fluctuation of our moods or uncertainties as we face the inevitable changes of life.
|Hekate by William Blake – 1975|