Aleppo Cries

15 12 2016
Rite of Her Sacred Fires in Glastonbury. Picture credit: Rabenzahl

Rite of Her Sacred Fires in Glastonbury. Picture credit: Rabenzahl

Great Hekate, Invincible Queen

You who traverses heaven, earth and sea

These are times of strife for many

who flee war, violence, persecution and death

 Hekate we pray to you, bring peace to the lands your golden sandals once touched

Hail Soteira, Hekate we honour you

The news are again full these days with the pictures of destroyed Aleppo and remind us of the pain, fear, struggles and death of so many civilians in the Syrian war. I don’t care about the complicated political reasons, the different fractions and international influences, all I see is fellow humans suffering for no reason. It breaks my heart to see pictures of this madness, to read the tweets of people caught in it. It makes me angry to be a helpless contemporary witness. It makes me sick to listen to people who openly deny any problem and social responsibility, and even lose themselves in conspiracy theories like ‘there’s no refugees, they are an army to destroy Europe’ and similar bullshit. Read the rest of this entry »





30 Days of Hekate – 18: How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)

4 10 2016
'Untitled' by (c) Mima Cornish, made in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting 2016. Used with permission.

‘Untitled’ by (c) Mima Cornish, made in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting 2016. Used with permission.

In contrast to other gods like e.g. Pan, Aphrodite or Zeus (who’s affairs are legion), Hekate’s own sexuality virtually nowhere features in ancient writings – apart from Her frequent attribute as being a maiden or later comments on Her possible motherhood. On these issues I already commented in my article on Her family and in Kore vs. Crone. A related question I’ve been interested in for quite some time is this:

‘Is Our Lady Hekate especially attractive to LGBT* folks?’ Read the rest of this entry »





30 Days of Hekate – 12: Places associated with this deity and their worship

11 09 2016
Excavated temple of Hekate in Athens, with sacrifices. Picture (c)Galena Poulos & Palladia Soria, used with permission.

Excavated temple of Hekate in Athens, with sacrifices. Picture (c) Galena Poulos & Palladia Soria, used with permission.

In this article, as part of my 30 Days of devotion project, I’d like to collect some places linked to Hekate and her worship, both actual ancient sites and places in general. Read the rest of this entry »





30 Days of Hekate – 5: Members of the family

4 09 2016

Stammbaum Hekate

Several years ago I’ve done my own family’s genealogical research, so this article was especially fun to write.

First of all, when talking about a deity’s family matters we have to keep in mind: we don’t have any tangible evidence. There’s no divine registry office on Olympos issuing birth certificates and no way for DNA tests. Whatever the sources tell us, it is not about what deities exactly are, but how they were perceived by their devotees over time. Also, deities are not human/mortal, the given genealogy is but a human concept and should in my opinion taken metaphorically. Read the rest of this entry »





30 Days of Hekate – 1: A basic introduction of the deity

2 09 2016

(Note: Originally written in Summer 2015)

Hekate is a pre-christian greek goddess who has been atributed with several meanings and names at different times. Among others are her domains the starlit night sky, the sea and the earth. The poem Theogony (dating around 800 BC) tells us that she was seen as a primordial, pre-olympian deity of high influence, protecting and aiding fishermen, shepherds, athletes, warriors, ‘politicians’ and children. Even this early piece states clearly that she has the power to give her favor and to take it, just as she likes. She is said to guide the departed souls in and out of the underworld as well as to care for the lost souls who can not reach the realms of the dead because they didn’t have had a proper burial. Read the rest of this entry »





Second Deipnon in August

1 09 2016

Pictures of the celebration of Hekate’s Deipnon, the traditional supper offered to Her and the lost wandering souls on every darkmoon night. I will add an article about this kind of rite later.

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Kore vs Crone

30 08 2016

(Note: This article was originally written in January/February 2016 for the Covenant of Hekate, but Sorita d’Este, who wrote her own excelent article on the very same matter, suggested it could be interesting for the wider public.)

Kore vs. Crone:
About History, Transcendence and (most importantly) Respect

A frequent occurrence in the Hekatean community seems to be the controversy whether or not Hekate may be called a ‘Crone’. Usually there are three parties involved: The ‘She told me/I deeply feel she is a Crone’-ers, the ‘All ancient texts call her Maiden’-ers and the ‘Why should we care’-ers. Whenever I witness these disputes, usually online, I feel really annoyed. This is not for any one of the points of view or the sheer existence of these quarrels, as I do believe that a good respectful talk about theological differences generally is a benefit for all. What really ticks me off is the way these arguments are led by some participants: They show a deep lack of respect, not only towards each other, but also to our predecessors and even Our Lady herself.

The last time I started to rant on that subject I was asked: What on earth is this Maiden/Crone fuss all about?  So let’s start with a little historical overview. Read the rest of this entry »








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