As per Nancy Blair’s Goddesses for Every Season, the Goddess for the Thirteenth Week of Winter Is Hecate.
Hecate (pronounced heh-KAH-tay, also pronounced HEH-kah-tay; also known as Hekate), Is a Greek Triple Goddess. She Is the Greek Goddess of Magick, Prophecy and the Crossroads.
Many modern Witches (such as yours truly) associate Her with Her Crone Aspect; however, many for whom the Greek or Greco-Roman Pantheon is Sacred may often work with Her Maiden Aspect.
She Is One of several Goddesses Who holds the Title “Queen of the Witches.”
In 2005, I attended, for the first time, a Pagan Festival for Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered men known as “Between the Worlds.” The Matron Goddess of this Pagan Festival Is Hecate.
It was my first direct experience with Hecate, and I learned that She not only has a strong connection to Witches, but also Diviners, Gay Men, Lesbians, and those that are on the fringes of Life, those that may be in the shadows (not as in dark shadows; but those that may work or live “behind the scenes”).
Every year, Between the Worlds has at least one Ritual in Her Honor.
When I returned in 2006, I attended a Ritual and that night, I was in attendance of the Hecate Ritual early in the Between the Worlds Festival. I began to feel quite strange, and I soon realized that Hecate wanted to use me as Her Vessel that night.
I allowed so much stupid bullshit to get in the way of that. I felt that I was not supposed to be the one to be the Vessel; I had not been involved in the Art and Craft of the Wise for several years, I had not written any books on Ritual Work of SpellCraft, I had not led any Rituals at that point, and a host of other nonsensical reasons.
Hecate CHOSE me, to be Her Oracle that night, and I challenged Her Will and Her Desire.
Well, I suffered for that!
At the end of the Ritual, one of my closest friends asked me if I was OK; I could not answer him; Hecate had held of my voice, She had held my body immobile. I begged Her to let me say what was going on with me, and She finally consented.
When my friend asked me a second time if I was OK, I told him, “NO!”
He walked over to me, and asked me what was going on. I told him as much as I could, and I asked him to help me walk, which he did.
Unbeknownst to me, at the time, my friend saw Hecate’s Three Faces morphing in and out of mine, moving forward and back, forward and back.
That was the last time I challenged Hecate. The very LAST time!
Among Her Festival Dates are October 31, (Halloween, or as my fellow Witches call it, Samhain [pronounced SOW-when, NOT SAM-hane]); December 31 (New Year’s Eve), which She shares with Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Transformation; November 16, which is also a Festival Date of Bastet, the Egyptian “Mother of all Cats,” and January 8, which happens to be my Birthday.
Among Her many Sacred Animals are dogs, wolves, horses, snakes and toads.
Interestingly enough, there is an Egyptian Frog-Headed Goddess named Heket (pronounced heh-KEHT, also known as Heqat, pronounced heh-KAHT), Who Is an Egyptian Goddess of Magick and Prophecy. In fact, Her Name literally means “Magick.”
Because there is so much that I can write about this Goddess, and because I AM also working on a blog post for my newest blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” http://thisgaymanslife.wordpress.com, I AM going to conclude this post with “Part II” tomorrow, Monday, March 10, 2014.
For now, thank you, one and all, for honoring who I AM and what I do.