Updated: Nov 9, 2020
“ I died as mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was human, Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die human, To soar with angels blessed above. And when I sacrifice my angel soul I shall become what no mind ever conceived.
As a human, I will die once more, Reborn, I will with the angels soar. And when I let my angel body go, I shall be more than mortal mind can know.”
—Rumi Jalal ad'Din
From Skye Alexander’s “Your Goddess Year” Dates for Inviting Her: October 30-November 5
On October 31, Wiccans and pagans celebrate Samhain, the most sacred
sabbat (holy day) of the year. Therefore, we honor the Greek goddess Hecate, the patroness of witches, this week. Friends and Foes When Hades abducted Demeter's daughter Persephone and whisked her away to his underground kingdom, Hecate journeyed with the bereaved mother goddess into that dark and frightening realm. Together, Persephone, Demeter, and Hecate represent what's known as the Triple Goddess, three deities who together depict the three stages of a woman's life: maiden, mother, and crone.
This powerful goddess is known as the queen of the night and goddess of the dark moon, for she rules over the starry sky as well as portions of the earth and the seas. She's also at home in the spirit world. Legends say she keeps company with ghosts and visits graveyards at night. Her familiarity with the realm of the dead made Hecate the logical guide for the goddess.
Demeter (September 18-24) when she descended into the underworld to
rescue her daughter from the god Hades. Versed in the magical arts, Hecate knows the secrets of plants for healing and spellwork and shares her skills with witches. She can see the past, present, and future too, and presides over the art of divination. To people, she deems worthy, Hecate grants wishes.
Sometimes called the goddess of the crossroads, Hecate stands at
the point where paths converge and where decisions must be made. Here this wise deity offers guidance to those who face conundrums and must choose which direction to take on the road of life. Sometimes she's depicted holding a key that unlocks mysteries or a torch that shines a light into murky situations. The ancient Greeks built shrines to her to solicit her protection, and she was known to watch over even the poor and homeless.
Folklore tells us Hecate kept animal companions as familiars, who aided her in her magic work: two dogs, a skunk, and an owl. They not only served practical roles in their animal forms but were also the embodiments of higher beings: A black female dog was a manifestation of the Trojan queen Hecuba, and the skunk a wise woman cursed by the goddess Eileithyia. The owl symbolized occult knowledge.
Samhain is a time for remembering those who've left the physical plane, and Hecate, who journeys between the worlds with ease, can help you communicate with your loved ones on the Other Side. She can also make you more aware of the insights and guidance that spirits share with you while you sleep, in the form of dreams.
If you are at a juncture in your life and must make a decision, Hecate, who stands at the crossroads on the path, can put you in touch with your inner knowing so you can choose wisely. This elder goddess doesn't fear what lies ahead, or if she does she's strong enough to handle whatever trials confront her. She'll accompany you if the way seems dark or uncertain, and she'll keep you safe as you travel down your chosen road.
The ancient Greeks honored Hecate at places where toads intersected. In some schools of thought, all paths are related and lead to the Divine. Our thoughts serve as the first steps in generating physical results. This week you can engage the goddess's assistance by enacting an age-old ritual.
Pencils, markers, crayons, or paint
3 ribbons, each about a foot-long.
Transparent adhesive tape, glue, or a stapler
A wooden pole
Mushrooms and/or nightshade vegetables
1. On paper, draw or paint three faces -one represents the past, an-
other the present, and the third the future. Include images, words,
and symbols that describe the situation(s) for which you seek Hec-
2. Use the scissors to cut out the faces, then attach the ribbons to
them with tape, glue, or staples.
3. Go to a spot where three paths come together, preferably in a rural or secluded spot.
4. Position the pole at the intersection and tie the paper faces to the pole. One looks to the past, one examines the present, and one
foresees the future.
5. Leave the veggies at the base of the pole as an ofering for the goddess.
6. Thank her and know that your request will be heard.