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The Goddess and Mother of Witches
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Hecate was the chief goddess presiding over magic and witchcraft.
She witnessed the abduction of Demeter's daughter Persephone to the underworld and, torch in hand, assisted in the search for her. Always accompanied by packs of barking dogs.
Also associated with the spiritual world, ghosts & the dead. Pillars called Hecate stood at crossroads and doorways, to ward off evil spirits.
Hecate was the daughter of Titans, Perses & Asteria.
Honoured in households as a protective goddess who brought prosperity.
She has power over heaven, earth & the sea, bestowing wealth & all the blessings of daily life.
Hecate holds the keys to the unseen worlds.
She was often depicted holding two torches or a key.
Snakes, toads, dragons, cats, but most especially dogs: Hecate has an extremely powerful bond with dogs: even when manifesting in human form, she is usually accompanied by a pair of hounds. If appearing without dogs, Hecate may circle in canine fashion. Somehow there will be a canine reference.
The last day of each month is dedicated to Hecate.
16 November is Hecate Night for modern Wiccans and Neo-Pagans.
Night time is the time for Hecate. She only accepts offerings & petitions at night. All rituals & ceremonies in her honour are held after dark. The only form of acceptable light are candles or torches.
Eggs, garlic & honey (especially lavender honey).
Croissants & crescent shaped bread or pastries, candles, incense, images of dogs, especially black dogs.
Place offerings on a plate or flat stone and leave them at a crossroads after dark.
Make your invocation and then walk away without looking back.
Encountering or hearing a dog is an indication that your petition has been heard.
Hand poured with devotion, to honour & provide the Gods & Goddess' with offerings you can use on your alter or a sabbat.
The ingredients chosen are all ones she loved or are associated with her, including the scent and colour of the wax.