Books on Hekate

Some (if not most) devotees, priests, witches, magicians and practitioners of Hekate love to find out more about her from a historical, modern, personal, religious and magical point of view.  They love to read and research Hekate, and therefore tend to devour everything they can find, which is written and discussed on Her.

For me personally, I like to collect books on Hekate for my personal library.  I do this so I can understand academic’s research and study on Hekate as well as individual’s personal experience and interpretation on her. I love to read how Hekate manifests for others who have a deep interest, love and respect for Hekate.  Although I don’t necessarily agree or resonate with everything I read, I find it expands my perspective and knowledge about her in a more well rounded way.

Over the last few years I have noticed more books being written on Hekate which can be attributed to her surge in popularity in our culture as well as in magical, spiritual and faith driven circles.  This means we have more resources available to us about Hekate, as well as the types of resources available.

I have personally compiled a list of Hekate books available as of writing this post.  Please note that some might be out of print, or a limited print run and therefore hard to obtain unless its second hand.  With the exception of a few books I have italicised, I have read all these books and found them useful even if I didn’t necessarily agree or like the information and style, presented.  I love being able to have the ability to be able to discern for myself what works for me and what doesn’t, when it comes to Hekate, and the fact I have access to books which share things about her from varying interpretations enriches my devotions to her personally.

So I implore you to diversify your knowledge on Hekate and pick up a book you wouldn’t necessarily, if you walked into a book shop or perused online.  Give an unknown or unfamiliar author a chance to challenge your preconceived notions of who Hekate is and what she can offer, or alternatively get that book you have had on your wish list, as knowledge is power and Hekate is all about self-empowerment.

A List of Hekate Books by Setjataset (in alphabetical order by title)

  1. A Paean of Hekate by Shani Oates
  2. Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology by various authors, edited Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  3. Book of the Witch Moon by Michael W. Ford
  4. Circle for Hekate – Volume 1: History & Mytholgy by Sorita d’Este
  5. Crossroads, the Path of Hekate by Greg Crowfoot
  6. Entering Hekate’s Garden by Cyndi Brannen
  7. Evensongs for Hekate: Poetry, Hymns and Prayers by Sara Croft
  8. Evoking Hecate by Anousen Leonte
  9. Hecate: Witchcraft, Death & Nocturnal Magic by Asenath Mason
  10. Hecatean Magick by B. Morlan
  11. Hekate by Courtney Weber
  12. Hekate: A beginner’s guide to witchcraft, ghosts, spirituality, and Hekate advance rituals and spells for Meditation and Divination by Johander Kholms
  13. Hekate (Monsters of Mythology) by Bernard Evslin
  14. Hekate 1: Death, Transition and Spiritual Mastery by Jade Sol Luna
  15. Hekate 2: Awakening of Hydra by Jade Sol Luna
  16. Hekate Her Sacred Fires by various authors, edited by Sorita d’Este
  17. Hekate in Ancient Greeck Religion by R.Von Rudloff
  18. Hekate Keys to the Crossroads by various authors, edited by Sorita d’Este
  19. Hekate Liminal Rites by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine
  20. Hekate Soteria by Sarah lles Johnston
  21. Hekate The Witches’ Goddess by Gary R. Varner
  22. Hekate: A Devotional by Vivienne Moss
  23. Hekate: The Crossroads Dark Goddess by Idlu Lili Regulus
  24. Hekate’s Fountain by Kenneth Grant
  25. Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft by Cyndi Brannen
  26. Knowing Hekate: A Spiritual Colouring Experience by Sara Croft
  27. Liber Kthonia by Jeff Cullen
  28. Lunatik Witchcraft by Shay Skepevski
  29. Queen of Hell by Mark Alan Smith
  30. Shards of a Broken Mystery: Restoring Hekate and our Divine Feminine Soul by Shira Marin
  31. Temple of The Bones by Jennifer Teixeira
  32. The Dance of the Mystai by Tinnekke Bebout
  33. The Goddess Hekate by Stephen Ronan
  34. The Hekataeon by Jack Grayle
  35. The Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez
  36. The Witch’s Book of Spirits by Devin Hunter
  37. The World According To Hekate by Bobbie James

A List of Hekate Related Books by Setjataset (in alphabetical order by title)

  1. Ancient Magic: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome by Philip Matyszak
  2. Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey
  3. Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Georg Luck
  4. Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager
  5. Dark Goddess Craft by Stephanie Woodfield
  6. Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World by Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres
  7. Encountering the Dark Goddess by Frances Billinghurst
  8. Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis
  9. Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
  10. Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel Ogden
  11. Noxobnia: Feminine Deities of the Left Hand Path by Edgar Kerval
  12. My Personal Journey with Hecate by Connie Dunn
  13. Mysteries of the Dark Moon by Demetra George
  14. Protection and Reversal Magick: A Witch’s Defence Manual by Jason Miller
  15. Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion by Christopher Faraone and Dirk Obbink (eds)
  16. Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah lles Johnston
  17. Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz
  18. Strix Craft: Ancient Greek Magic for the Modern Witch
  19. The Chaldean Oracles, (text, translation and commentary) by Ruth Majercik
  20. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation by Hans Dieter Betz (ed)
  21. The Hekate Tarot: Tool of Transformation by Hope Ezerins and Tinnekke Bebout
  22. The Orphic Hymns by Apostolos N. Athanassakis
  23. The Rotting Goddess by Jacob Rabinowitz
  24. Thracian Magic: Past & Present by Georgi Mishev
  25. Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path by Daniel A. Shulke
  26. Witchcraft Medicine by Muller-Ebeling, Ratsch and Dieter Storl

(C) T Georgitsis 2020

Mystic Tribe Magazine: June 2020, Issue #31


In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called Hecate’s Crystals”  in which I describe who Hekate is and a list of her crystals which can be used for devotional, spiritual and magical purposes. For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – June 2020, Issue 301

 

 

 

Hellenic Hekate Ritual: Dedication of a Home Shrine to Hekate

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 home shrine to Hekate:

Hellenic Hekate Dedication of a Shrine © Setjataset 2020

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set.

Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.

Clean and purify your shrine and all items which will be placed on the shrine.

Your shrine items should include: purified water/khernips, barley seeds, asperging herbs (small bundle purifying herbs such as bay leaves), oil lamp/candle, resin incense and incense holder (such as heatproof bowl) and an image of Hekate.

Your offering items which can include perishable and non perishable items.

Create a Dedication of Purpose of Shrine.  This dedication should include the reason for setting up the shrine to Hekate and what you will be doing on it ie Honour Hekate and perform magick and ritual, to have a special space specifically dedicated to Hekate only.

Ritual:

Wash your hands in khernips/purified water before standing before your shrine, whilst saying:

Αφήστε όλα αυτά που είναι βλαβερά να φύγουν! (Let all that is profane be gone!)

Present the offerings to Hekate by holding them up in a gesture of oblation and place them on the shrine. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

Take your asperging herbs and dip into khernips/purified water and flick water onto the shrine.

Take a handful of barley and throw them onto the shrine.

When complete say:

Xerniptosai! (Be Purified!)

Light the oil lamp/candle.

Light the incense.

Invocation

Evoke Hekate with the following:

Hekate your devotee calls to you

Inhabit and bless this shrine created in your name

Hekate your practitioner calls to you

Charge and concentrate this shrine in your honour

Hekate your child calls to you

May you dwell here in your sanctuary 

Touch your forehead, lips, heart and tap the shrine – repeat 3 times.

Praxis (Working Proper)

Read out your Dedication of Purpose of Shrine.

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate by saying:

Hekate, in your name I created this shrine.  In your name, may it remain consecrated. 

Blow out candles and put out incense.

Step away from the shrine by backing away, turning to the right and leaving without looking back.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting can take place.


(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

Pledge of Privilege

This is a beautiful piece I completely resonate with by the always eloquent Vicky Newton…

Knot Magick

O Blessed Goddess; I humbly adore thy glorious majesty, for having given me the capacity of love in my contemplentation and adoration of you. Give me, I implore, the power to exercise my privilege in a most perfect manner and for the benifit of those who are without it. May thy infinite bounty enable and grant me that the remainder of my life may be spent in the most exact performance of every part of my duty to thee and my fellow human beings.
© Vicky Newton

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Hekate Magick: Lunar Eclipse

The Magick of the Eclipse

The full moon lunar eclipse is happening this June full moon on the 6th (3.45am – 5.12am EST).

Eclipse magick is when the energy is amplified due to the moon energies intermingling.  The Lunar Eclipse energies transition through the new and full moon phases during the eclipse, which enables the moon to cycle through the various stages of the moon and its magick.

There are various types of magick you can perform during the Lunar Eclipse:

  • Liminal – magick worked between the darkness and the light.
  • Manifestation – setting goals, intentions and affirmations.
  • Breaking – curses, bad habits, bad relationships and connections.
  • Transformation – self/surroundings, spellwork and health encompassing all aspects of oneself (body/mind/spirit and emotion).
  • Devotion – to lunar or liminal Gods and Goddess.
  • Focus – personal and spiritual development along with illumination and psychic work (divination and magickal goals).

Right now our world is suffering through much turmoil whether it be the pandemic or race riots and as such our energies are scattered and stagnant.

This lunar eclipse is a good time to clear the energies which no longer aid you in preparation for the next phase in your life.

Now is the time to work on breaking the bonds which drag you down and transform it into manifesting that which raises you up.

Since the full moon is in Sagittarius it will be an intense full eclipse, therefore I suggest working on the self and releasing the frustration and anger in a proactive way. Below I have outlined an easy rite you can perform in any tradition you resonate to, with the guidance of Hekate:

Hekate Eclipse Magick by Setjataset

Preparation:

Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set, preferably outside if you can manage it under the full moon or alternatively where the moon beams can shine upon your workings.

Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.

Your shrine and offering items should be placed on a shrine or working altar and should include: black candle, red candle (or white/neutral coloured candles if you don’t have red/black), purified water/khernips mixed with salt, a token or offering you have for Hekate, incense and an image of Hekate.

Welcoming and Opening

Open sacred space or the shrine/altar and welcome Hekate by simply calling to her or reciting a hymn, poem, evocation in her name.

Light your incense and waft over sacred space.

Sprinkle purified salted water over sacred space.

 

Magical Working

Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a black candle what you want to get rid of.

If you don’t have a black candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to get rid of ie procrastination.  Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to get rid of and make sure its what you really want.

Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a red candle what you want to bring in.

If you don’t have a red candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to bring in ie self-love.  Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to bring in and make sure its what you really want.

If so desired, anoint candles.  Use an oil such as Abramelin oil or something simple such as olive or lavender oil.  If you have no oil, use your own saliva.

Light both candles.

Push the black candle away from you and the red candle towards you and then say:

“Hekate Queen of Earth, Sky and Sea

Assist me to straddle this liminal time

Guide me through the Darkness and into the Light

With the power of the moon I bless and release my intentions”  © T. Georgitsis 2020

Let the candles burn down completely in a safe manner.

Thanks and Closing

Thank Hekate and close sacred space or the shrine/altar.

Ritual is now complete and any feasting and/or grounding work can take place.

Do not speak about your working until it has manifested and even then be cautious with how you share it.


© T. Georgitsis 2020