Like the Ancient Greeks, Anatolians and Romans, Hekate has always had a place in my home. In times gone by, shrines to Hekate were placed above doorways to people’s homes, at the entries to cities, villages and towns as well as the roads traveled in between (predominately at a three way crossroads). This was done as a way to supplicate Hekate’s connection as Queen of the Dead and Sorcery and to ensure the dwellers and travelers were protected from the restless dead and evil magick. Offerings were made in these liminal places during the new moon to show devotion and request protection.
In modern times many Hellenic practitioners, witches, magicians and the like continue this tradition and create a shrine in her name. The most ideal place to create a shrine in Hekate’s name is within the home, in a place of high volume of traffic, like the lounge room or near the front or back door of the home. To create a basic shrine to Hekate ensure it contains an image representing her, a flame of some kind, sacred water, incense and offerings. An example can be seen below which is my Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads shrine in my home:
It’s prudent to dedicate your shrine when creating it in honour of Hekate as is ensuring the shrine is kept in a state of clean and good repair. Making fresh offerings on Noumenia and cleaning shrines during the Deipnon is traditional and ensures it’s done on a regular basis. Here are some simple steps of how to dedicate a shrine to Hekate:
Dedication of a Shrine to Hekate
- Invocation of Hekate and light flame;
- Consecration of Water and Incense which is sprinkled over and through image of Hekate respectively;
- Offerings Made in Hekate’s name;
- Dedication of Purpose of Shrine ie working shrine in Hekate’s name: and
- Farewell and thanks to Hekate.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2010