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Old 05-21-13   #1
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I've been feeling so drawn to her lately, and couldn't find anything in the forums about her. . .
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I was looking up old threads to try and find something helpful for you and realised that we don't have a specific section/forum for Gods and Goddesses...
Maybe this would be a good idea and a useful resource for the site?

Meanwhile StoneSeer you might find the following link useful. Hecate
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I agree! As eclectic as so many seem to be, I think it'd be wonderful, especially for those still seeking their Gods/Goddess (i.e. me)
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Whilst I think a Deity forum section would be grand - here are the links that are specifically about Hekate - using that spelling in the search gives six pages of results, although the links below are specific to her:

http://www.earthsongforums.com/forum...ghlight=Hekate

http://www.earthsongforums.com/forum...ghlight=Hekate

http://www.earthsongforums.com/forum...ghlight=Hekate

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There are a number here who work with Hekate - MonSno is a wealth of knowledge, and there are a number of others, myself included.

I would not suggest that Hekate is a deity to take on lightly, speaking of my own experience only, of course. I guess I should qualify that by saying that any relationship with deity is life changing, but again, I have found that some can come and go, but I haven't found that to be the case with Hekate.

If you feel that she is calling you - as with anything, research, research, research!

There is a lot of material available - both here and on the internet, and sometimes the journey is about sorting the fact from the fiction.
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I've been feeling so drawn to her lately, and couldn't find anything in the forums about her. . .
Hecate is very complicated. She is MonSno's Goddess really, not mine, (I have been drawn to Kali Ma, although many think that she and Hecate are similar, including MonSno himself from what he has said to me) so I won't claim to speak for him; but I will be sufficiently audacious as to claim that I have spoken to her twice.

Most people will tell you that Hecate is a Goddess of death, crossroads, dark nights, gnarled, bare trees, and various other scary things. I won't deny or refute that, but I will also say that my assessment of her ended up being that she has also been given an excessively bad rap, and that she isn't quite as bad as many claim, if you let her speak for herself.

Hecate is strict. She is stern, and I would even say that she is somewhat hard; but she is not deliberately or excessively vindictive, at least not in my observation. Mind you, I am an apostate to Christianity who is now devoted to Kali as mentioned, so between Ma and El/Yahweh, you could say I'm used to dealing with Saturnine Gods. Hecate is definitely Saturnine.

The thing to understand about this sort of Godforms, is that they will not tolerate any nonsense; and I use that phrase specifically, because something is telling me that it is the right one to use. They actually will love you, quite strongly and profusely in their own way, but they are also parental and will demand that you mind them, in the manner that a child is told to obey his parents or guardians.

Hecate is more stern than Kali, and one of my forms of contact with her, has been the statement that if I were hers instead, she would not be anywhere near as lenient with me as she thinks Ma is. Whenever I think of Hecate, I think of either Meryl Streep's portrayal of Lindy Chamberlain, or the character of Almira Gulch, who tried to adopt Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz.

That does not mean that she is bad, and I want to be emphatic on that point. In my mind, Hecate is not evil. She is, however, very much a personification of the Crone aspect of the Goddess. She is also alien. Although this is of course the case with all of the Gods, with some of them their divergence from humanity is more obvious than with others, and in Hecate's case it is prominent.

I would advise caution in approaching her, particularly if you have no conscious relationships with any other Godforms. I have read that if you speak to her, Hecate can claim you, whether or not that was your intent when initiating contact.
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Some other links you may be interested in with some having attachments

http://www.earthsongforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=3065

http://www.earthsongforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=3058

With regards to Kali and Hecate / Hekate the author Jade Sol Luna has written two books and produced a couple of audio cd's that speak to the conflating of the two goddesses. Part's of it I concur with on the surface but not sure about the entirety of his position. Some of his conclusions very much slated to a Indian / Hindus type perspective vice a more Greek or Anatolain perspective.

I will advise that if your going to seek out Hecate / Hekate you also look into some of the persona's of Artemis. There still is a considerable amount of speculation that Hecate / Hekate was a persona of Artemis or even created by Artemis. Figure that Igphenyia (sp) was called Hecate / Hekate as high priestess to the Taurian Artemis. Some speculate that Hecate / Hekate at her sanctuary at Lagina in Caria might be another form of the elder goddess that became Artemis at Ephesus / Ephesos which is north of Lagina.

Not sure what your interested in so please feel free to ask and I shall do my best to answer.

A good book to start with is The Rotting Goddess though it still has the older assumption that Hecate / Hekate may have a connection to the Egyptian Frog goddess Hecat which most no longer consider possible.
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I've been feeling so drawn to her lately, and couldn't find anything in the forums about her. . .
Others might disagree but as you know little of her at the moment how would you describe the goddess or spirit that is calling you or drawing you in?

Sounds a bit crazy I suppose but one aspect of the Chaldean Hecate / Hekate is her usage of daemon's to inspire or punish humanity. It is quite possible you are mistaking her inspiration as being drawn to her or her drawing towards you.

If you are seeing the olden women and connection of crossroads, death and the typical Wiccan M-M-C imagery then your pretty much focused into the 2nd century AD Roman persona of her which is greatly played again in Shakespeare and other middle age accounts and modern construct.

So describing what and how you are seeing her at this point may be of great benefit in trying to discover who it actually is.
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Others might disagree but as you know little of her at the moment how would you describe the goddess or spirit that is calling you or drawing you in?

Sounds a bit crazy I suppose but one aspect of the Chaldean Hecate / Hekate is her usage of daemon's to inspire or punish humanity. It is quite possible you are mistaking her inspiration as being drawn to her or her drawing towards you.

If you are seeing the olden women and connection of crossroads, death and the typical Wiccan M-M-C imagery then your pretty much focused into the 2nd century AD Roman persona of her which is greatly played again in Shakespeare and other middle age accounts and modern construct.

So describing what and how you are seeing her at this point may be of great benefit in trying to discover who it actually is.

Well, I can only hope this makes a bit of sense and doesn't seem like a constant stream of rambling gibberish.

I've always been afraid of the dark...

Yet, here lately, I've felt warm, like the arms of a mother's embrace as I lay there at night. I've hit some pretty hard times lately with the state of my physical body/health wise. There's been nothing but pain, exhaustion, and blood lately, and a few nights ago, I had had enough. I didn't think I could take anymore of it. It had been a particular bad night, with this constant jab of pain in my side... I didn't want to worry my husband, so I told him I had a headache and that I was going to bed early. As I laid in my bed, crying, I prayed... I reached out. It was like my soul was screaming. I was angry that no one answered me. Angry that I had to go through this for so long, and there didn't seem like signs that it was going to stop. I opened my eyes and noticed it was the first time I had laid in my bed without the door cracked and the hall light on. I just stared in the darkness, and cried in silence...asking why. Then the warmth came over me, like it does when your bawling and your mother hugs you? you know? it just flooded my spirit, and the pain started to ease. Then her name came to me not too long after I fell asleep, and I've been researching her ever since. Does that make any sense?

It feels like I've seen her as an Earth Goddess, as a Mother. . . a Healer to those that need her? I don't know. I just... speaking her name fills me with joy, and I think, what else could this be other than me finding a Goddess that I belong to? Am I mistaken?
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Well, I can only hope this makes a bit of sense and doesn't seem like a constant stream of rambling gibberish.

I've always been afraid of the dark...

Yet, here lately, I've felt warm, like the arms of a mother's embrace as I lay there at night. I've hit some pretty hard times lately with the state of my physical body/health wise. There's been nothing but pain, exhaustion, and blood lately, and a few nights ago, I had had enough. I didn't think I could take anymore of it. It had been a particular bad night, with this constant jab of pain in my side... I didn't want to worry my husband, so I told him I had a headache and that I was going to bed early. As I laid in my bed, crying, I prayed... I reached out. It was like my soul was screaming. I was angry that no one answered me. Angry that I had to go through this for so long, and there didn't seem like signs that it was going to stop. I opened my eyes and noticed it was the first time I had laid in my bed without the door cracked and the hall light on. I just stared in the darkness, and cried in silence...asking why. Then the warmth came over me, like it does when your bawling and your mother hugs you? you know? it just flooded my spirit, and the pain started to ease. Then her name came to me not too long after I fell asleep, and I've been researching her ever since. Does that make any sense?

It feels like I've seen her as an Earth Goddess, as a Mother. . . a Healer to those that need her? I don't know. I just... speaking her name fills me with joy, and I think, what else could this be other than me finding a Goddess that I belong to? Am I mistaken?
Truthfully Hecate / Hekate is not the force that fills me when reading this, it's Demeter that comes to mind. The eternal mother who sough out her daughter and descended into a night of despair which resulted in winter upon the earth while she sought Persephone out. Who clings to her in the months of plenty and fertility / fecundity then mourns while Persephone resides in the underworld.

You lamentations make me think of Persephone and the stories of her cries being only heard by Helios and Hecate / Hekate. Yet Hecate / Hekate is often seen as the torch bearer who leads the acolytes into and out of the underworld as they become one with Demeter and Persephone in the Elusian (sp) mysteries.

But for the most part all I get is it's Demeter that has wrapped her mother arms not Hecate / Hekate. Consider that for many the Wiccan MMC aspect places Hecate / Hekate as the maiden, Persephone as the mother and wedded, and Demeter as the aged Crone.
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