Hekate is an ancient goddess with pre-Greek roots traced to Anatolia and Thrace. Earliest accounts portray her as a bewitching young woman. Fierce and powerful, she was sovereign over land and sea and sky.
The poets made her the daughter of the Titans Perses, Titan of Destruction by Fire, and Asteria, Goddess of the Stars, Necromancy, and Divination by the Night. Later versions ascribed her to Zeus and Asteria, or alternatively, a child of the primordial Nyx, Goddess of Night.
Though not an Olympian, Hekate held a special place in the mythology of Greeks and Romans. It was said that Zeus himself acknowledged her sovereignty over the earth, the sea, and the sky. These she retained, even after the Olympians conquered their Titan forefathers. This rulership was her original triplicity, not the third of the lunar triune with Artemis and Selene.
Contrary to common neopagan lore, Hekate was not originally associated with the moon, nor was she a Crone goddess. These are extrapolations drawn from her later assignment to the triplicity of lunar goddesses. Sources such as Graves’ The White Goddess further fueled those misconceptions. Hekate in her oldest form was beautiful and formidable. As a virgin goddess, she was in full possession of the power of her sexuality. Hekate was a goddess to be feared and adored.
her spheres of influence
Over the centuries, Hekate picked up the additional powers and spheres of influence for which she is known:
Lady of the Night and the Dead. Goddess of the Between who navigates passage between the worlds and officiates all crossings of thresholds. Goddess of Magick and of Necromancy and Divination, much like her mother. Queen of Witches. Bitch Queen with her coursing hounds and far-reaching powers. Bestower of Fortune and Subduer of Men. Sovereign and Savior.
Mortals made prayers and offerings for her favor in efforts of wealth, conquest, and gain. They called her name in the birthing room and on the death bed. Shrines to Hekate stood at doorways to the home, guarding the gateway into the house and guiding those departing on their journeys.
Her story begins…
Hekate has many symbols and epithets that I look forward to sharing with you as part of my efforts to further spread the word about this beautiful and ancient goddess. The version of Hekate that I portray here and online is true to her earliest form. Hekate was the first goddess I called to, the first one that answered, the first to claim me as her own. For over thirty years, I have been her hands in this world and her faithful daughter.
Hekate was known as the Goddess of Witches, but she watches over everyone in their comings and goings. Mortals all cross the same thresholds of birth and death, sex and transformation, choice and change. Whether you call her name or not, she is there, in the liminal space, doing the work given to her keeping.
2020 has brought our world to a crossroads of choice and change. If ever there was a time where she was needed, it is now. It is my hope that more come to know this ancient goddess and that her presence in my fiction makes her less obscure and more accessible in this modern age.
Read an introduction to the goddess, Hekate, in her own words. Her tale begins here.