Hekate for Halloween

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Halloween is also celebrated as the witches new year and is the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and therefore perfect for divination or contacting the dead.  Hekate’s connection to witches can be traced back to classical Greece where they worked with her for various incantations, spells and called upon her for assistance and blessings.

Hekate, the virgin titaness who prefers solitude, goddess of the sea, earth and sky, light bearer and revealer to those who seek, keeper of the crossroads who roams the cemeteries for lost souls, queen of magic and the night, key bearer who has access to the otherworld and can commune with those who have passed between the veils, goddess of ghosts and necromancy, patron of travellers who guides them to their destination.

Goddess of witchcraft, magic and ghosts – Hekate in my opinion exudes the energy of Halloween. During Halloween Hekate, the embodiment of death roams the earth and is therefore one of the most suitable gods to honour during this time.  Since Hekate is known as goddess of the dead, mistress of souls who can accompany the departed between the realm of the living and that of the dead, witches have naturally been drawn to call upon her during the festival of the dead: Halloween also known as Samhain.  Hekate can be called upon as an intermediary to connect you to your ancestors especially since our dearly departed tend to visit us during Halloween.  Also communing with the ancestors during this time can reveal future fate and Hekate can also be of assistance when divining.

Venerating the ancestors and Hekate during this time which also celebrates the last harvest ensures blessings and that fertility to the land is returned in spring.  The ancient Greeks would often leave offerings to Hekate in order for their crops not to fail and for her storm aspect to be pacified.  Considering winter is a time of storms and the earth lays dormant, getting Hekate on your good side with respects to these aspects is forward thinking.

I personally see that during Mabon (Autumn Equinox) is when Hekate, torches in hand, guides and protects Persephone as she descends into the underworld.  At Halloween, Hekate has returned from the Underworld with news from the dead, as she is one of the few gods who can traverse between all the worlds.

Constructing a dumb supper for Hekate and your ancestors is a wonderful way to honour them both by placing a plate of food that Hekate and your ancestors would appreciate then leaving it on a Hekate or ancestor altar, on a crossroads or on your doorsteps ensures they will take on the essence of the food offered.

Offerings to your ancestors can include food they enjoyed during life and offerings to Hekate that compliments Halloween includes apples, pomegranates, garlic, onion, wine, mead and mugwort tea.

Here is a simple ritual for Hekate, Halloween and your ancestors I have composed and used successfully in the past:

Prepare a dumb supper and place in the NW of your circle or on the left of your altar.

Create sacred space.

Light some incense preferably dragons blood, frankincense or livani (which is found at Greek continental shops and I prefer the rose scented type).

Have a candle placed in the middle of your altar before an image of Hekate in red or black so your deceased loved ones can make their way to you whilst invoking a hymn to Hekate (I prefer the Orphic Hymn to Hekate).

Have a key (I prefer skeleton keys) and an image of a skull (I prefer to use crystal) on the left side of your alter.

Any forms of divination should be placed on your shrine which include, tarot cards, scrying bowl or mirror.

Begin the rite by lighting the spirit candle and evoke Hekate with the following Orphic hymn:

“Hekate Einodia, Trioditis, lovely dame, of earthly, watery, and celestial frame, sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed, pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade; Perseis, solitary goddess, hail! The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail; in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen, and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen; Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering, hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere, and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.”


Take the key and tap the top of the skull three times and repeat the following chant:

“Hekate we ask that you open the gates of Hades and allow our ancestors to traverse to us this night

Guide our loved ones who have passed over, to us with your wisdom and might

Bring our ancestors of old and new with you to share with us their gift of foresight

Great Goddess we seek to commune with them in the name of all that is light

Bless us for we pay homage to you and our departed ones in this very rite”


Commune with your ancestors and use your divination tools to see what the year has in store for you or ask any specific questions that you have.

Thank and farewell your ancestors and Hekate.

Close sacred space.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2010


Athenian Calendar


The best time to honor Hekate is the Deipnon and Noumenia.  With that said, every year I create an Athenian Calendar to calculate the Deipnon and Noumenia using the Southern Hemisphere New Moons, to ensure my devotions are on the right evenings from my location.  This is calculated by the start off point of the Summer Solstice in Greece of that particular year.

The Athenian Calendar also known as the Attic Calendar was a lunisolar calendar used during the classical period of Ancient Greece during the 4th and 5th Centuries BC.  It was exclusively used in Athens at the time and each month starts at the first sighting of the new moon, with the year beginning just after mid-summer.  It’s become a modern go to for practicing Hellenics and as such, what we use and have today is a reconstruction of what they used around 300-500 BC.  I have superimposed this Athenian Calendar over our modern Gregorian one, to loosely create a festival calendar of 12 months based on the cycle of the moon which starts at the beginning of the Athenian year – on the summer solstice in Athens. The names of the months reflect the gods and festivals honored at that time and have agricultural links to the planting or harvesting of food in the northern hemisphere.

Here is what the yearly Athenian Calendar basically looks like:

Summer (Θέρος)

1          Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών)           July/August

2          Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) August/September (named after Apollo)

3          Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών)     September/October

Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4          Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών)                    October/November

5          Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών)           November/December (named after Zeus)

6          Poseideon (Ποσειδεών)                      December/January

Winter (Χεῖμα)

7          Gamelion (Γαμηλιών)             January/February

8          Anthesterion (Ἀνθεστηριών)  February/March (named after the festival of Anthesteria)

9          Elaphebolion (Ἑλαφηβολιών) March/April

Spring (Ἔαρ)

10        Mounichion (Μουνιχιών)                    April/May

11        Thargelion (Θαργηλιών)                     May/June

12        Skirophorion (Σκιροφοριών)               June/July



Every month lasts for approximately 29-30 days in total.  Each month is broken up into 10 days of three which reflect the moon phases in the following order: Waxing, Full and Waning Moons.

Days 1 to 8 were all sacred to gods or spirit entities and the last day of the month, known as “hene kai nea” translated as “the old and the new”, is dedicate to Hekate as it’s her Deipnon along with the first day of the month, Noumenia which is also dedicated to Hekate.

Here are the details of those 8 sacred days in the Athenian Calendar month:

Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

Day 2: Agathos Daimon

Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

Day 29-30: Deipnon


To get you all started with adapting the Athenian Calendar to the Gregorian one, here is the Athenian Calendar I created for 2016, calculated for Southern Hemisphere practitioners:

21st of June 2016, 1.33 = Summer Solstice in Greece (Winter Solstice in Australia)

Summer (Θέρος)

1          Hekatombaion (Ἑκατομβαιών) July/August

4th of July                   Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

5th of July                   Day 2: Agathos Daimon

6th of July                   Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

7th of July                   Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

8th of July                   Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

9th of July                   Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

10th of July                 Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

4th of August               Day 29-30: Deipnon


2          Metageitnion (Μεταγειτνιών) August/September (named after Apollo)

5th of August               Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

6th of August               Day 2: Agathos Daimon

7th of August               Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

8th of August               Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

9th of August               Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

10th of August             Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

11th of August             Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

31st of August             Day 29-30: Deipnon


3          Boedromion (Βοηδρομιών) September/October

1st of September         Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

2nd of September        Day 2: Agathos Daimon

3rd of September         Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

4th of September         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

5th of September         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

6th of September         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

7th of September        Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

30th of September      Day 29-30: Deipnon


Autumn (Φθινόπωρον)

4          Pyanepsion (Πυανεψιών) October/November

1st of October             Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

2nd of October                        Day 2: Agathos Daimon

3rd of October             Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

4th of October             Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

5th of October             Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

6th of October             Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

7th of October            Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

30th of October          Day 29-30: Deipnon


5          Maimakterion (Μαιμακτηριών) November/December (named after Zeus)

31st of October           Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

1st of November          Day 2: Agathos Daimon

2nd of November        Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

3rd of November         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

4th of November         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

5th of November         Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

6th of November         Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

28th of November       Day 29-30: Deipnon


6          Poseideon (Ποσειδεών) December/January

29th of November       Day 1: Noumenia (New Moon).

30th of November       Day 2: Agathos Daimon

1st of December          Day 3: Athena’s Birthday

2nd of December         Day 4: Heracles, Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

3rd of December         Day 6: Artemis’ Birthday

4th of December          Day 7: Apollo’s Birthday

5th of December          Day 8: Poseidon and Theseus (Mikalson 1975: 24)

29th of December        Day 29-30: Deipnon


(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

Sanctuary Consecration Rite of Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads

Shrine Before RiteShrine After Rite

On the 30th November 2012, The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads which was formed by myself as Torchbearer within the Covenant of Hekate was sanctified through the completion of the Sanctuary Consecration Rite   The day was chosen due to it being the sacred day of Hekate at the Crossroads and my sanctuary having a connection to this sacred day due to its namesake made it the perfect time for this divine rite.


In preparation of my Sanctuary Consecration Rite I had abstained from animals products the week before and fasted on the day with purified water being the only thing consumed before the ritual itself.  Other preparations had been made during the weeks and days proceeding the ritual which included: sourcing wonderful organic produce from a local farmers market in the form of honeycomb, almonds, olive oil, rock salt, and milk, obtaining the black pillar bees wax candle from a local candle maker (which I had embellished with a flaming key I had specially procured from an overseas trip and surrounded by 3 handcrafted modern coins of Hekate which were gifts to the sanctuary along with a silver coronet which has a crescent moon as the centrepiece), the making of an authentic Hekate incense recipe from late antiquity, crafting the shrine cloth which included several types of white material (one of which I would go on to make a dancing veil in honour of Hekate after the rite),  making and baking honey and olive oil infused fresh Greek country bread, extracting and steeping rose water from my home own grown roses, creating a necklace made for the Goddess which contained symbolism of all her realms, collecting flowers from my garden in the form of blossoming sage, blossoming balm of Gilead and calendulas which were in season and a three foot in length piece of red wool thread which I had embellished with some sequences.

Shrine Candle

Pride of pace and the icon of Hekate used for The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads was one of the first images of Hekate I had received when I first started to pay honour to Hekate and was gifted to me by a long term friend and student which had been appropriately cleansed before the sanctuary consecration rite.  Along with my icon of Hekate I also had other gifts of a flower etched glass container given to me by my godparent, a copper cauldron from my partner and my ritualistic bulleen I gifted myself due to the deepening herb, plant and tree crafting I have been refining since Hekate entered my life.


The ritual commenced after the shrine had been properly prepared by the establishment of sacred space, which was followed by a declaration of the ritual intent. Then the ritual proceeded as per Sorita’s instructions detailed in the rite itself.  The atmosphere was electric when Hekate’s hymns were spoken, whilst much energy was raised during the sing song chanting in Hekate’s name and the ceremonial movements, acts and words were enacted which resonated a strong power, soared through my heart and vibrated right down though to my bones.

Shrine Lit - Daylight

After the Consecration Rite the Hellenic outdoor brazier which a member of the sanctuary and dear friend had hand made was lit in Honour of Hekate’s light coming into my life and showing me the way which contained environmentally sourced firewood from the tree of eucalyptus and herbs of bay laurel, rosemary and wormwood which I had collected and dried from my own garden. Also after the rite was complete a feast of thyme infused roasted lamb, herbed fish, garlic potatoes, Greek village salad, Greek country bread and a local red wine was partaken in and enjoyed.


The next morning during my morning rites on Hekate’s Chthonic earthly shrine I discovered that in my garden several of the Californian poppies I had planted during a previous ritual to Hekate had blossomed as well as many of the plants and herbs dedicated to Hekate seemed to have bloomed for the first time or appeared in the height of bloom and radiated a wonderful glow.


I thank Hekate for her wonderful blessings and I look forward to continuing to serve as her Torchbearer within the Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads (COH) and as her Priestess within the Hekate Community as a whole.

Torchbearer and Founder of Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads


   Shrine Lit - Night


My Hellenic Version of Hekate Her Sacred Fires


Hekate Her Sacred Fire Ritual

Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads

(Torchbearer: T. Georgitsis)

Set up altar: image of Hekate, khernips, khernips bowl, khernips towel, offerings including: flowers, grape juice, blessing cups, libation vessel, olive oil, candle to Hekate, candles for attendees, incense, charcoal, incense burner, amphiphon, bay leaves, matches, barley and gifts to attendees (coins and pendants).




Each participant should wash their hands in the khernips which is placed in a bowl outside the sacred space.

At this point all attendees’ state, Let all that is profane be gone!

Tina to take barley and throw the offering of cleansing upon the shrine and upon the sacred space and say “Hekas hekas este o-bebeloi” (Afar, Afar, O The/Ye Profane).




All gathered are to form a formal procession and walk towards the sacred space carrying the offerings with them.

All are to present the offerings to the Goddesses by holding them up in a gesture of offering and place them on the altar before forming a semi-circle around the altar. You do not need to speak to do this but may say a few words as a statement of purpose if you are inspired.

Tina to sprinkle khernips over offerings to purify them with the words “Xerniptosai” (be purified).


Honoring Hekate

All to face the altar and can either observe or take part of the following:

Place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).  Now enclose your thumbs within both your hands (in fists) and raise both your arms to the heavens.

Open your hands and with palm upwards in your left hand, bring your right arm to your side palm facing downwards and invoke the Goddess.


I invoke thee, Great Mistress of the Heaven, Earth and Sea,

By your mysteries of Night and Day,

By the Light of the Moon and the Shadow of the Sun

I invoke thee, Mistress of life, death and rebirth

Emerge now from the shadow realm to feed my soul and enlighten my mind,

Triple-formed Mistress of the three ways

I entreat thee, Key-bearing Mistress of the Nightwandering Souls

To bring forth your wisdom from amongst the stars

To bring down your starfire from the darkness between,

Creatrix of Light!

Goddess of the Shadow Realms! Light-bearing queen!

Whisper now your secrets!

Fire-bringer! Earthly-one! Queen of Heaven!


[Raise both hands with palms facing upwards to the heavens (three heartbeats) and then touch the ground palms downwards]

[Tina takes hold of the shrine candle and prepares to light it after repeating the following (which all may repeat at the same time)]


Hekate, companion and guide to the mysteries

I light this sacred fire in your honour, 


[Tina lights the shrine candle and all in turn light their own candle from the shrine candle then when everyone is settled with their burning flame, they repeat the following]


Its light uniting the stars and stones, the heavens and the earth,

With this fire I express my desire for a greater understanding of your mysteries

Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui (3 times) Phobantia Semnē,

Great Hekate, who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life

Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,

From Crossroad to Crossroad,

The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,

will always find one another,


Now all to sit and watch their flame flicker and dance, allow yourself to focus on the different colours in the flame, the yellows and reds, the blues and whites, and the black.  If you wish you may decide to spend some time meditating on the flame, skrying for visions or omens.   After everyone is done – all may say the following together:


I banish now the shadows of doubt from my mind,

Infused by the silence and warmth of our union

I feel your golden radiance within my heart

And the glory of knowledge on my brow,

I am a student of your mysteries.


Extinguish the flame, then place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).


Open your palms reaching towards the heaven, then reach down and touch the Earth.


Offerings and Blessing Request


Attendees may now proceed before the altar in turn and present any offerings they have. These can be in the form of items lifted up to the heavens, in the form of hymns or prayers they would like to read out to Hekate, any petitions of askance, blessings or the like and lastly any jewellery or ritual tools may be consecrated using the khernips.


Tina to pour a libation for Hekate.


Tina to pour the rest of the grape juice into the cups provided and pass the cups to all attendees who may partake of it.


Tina to light the candles of the amphiphon (if the weather permits) and offer a slice to Hekate.


Tina to share the rest of the amphiphon with the attendees who wish to partake of it.




Tina thanks Hekate by saying:
“Hekate, in your name we gathered, thank you for your eternal illumination and blessings.”


Ritual is complete.


For those interested the “feasting” part of the ritual will now take place across the road at the Sandy Pub after the altar is disassembled and cleaned up.


Adapted from the HHSF Ritual by Sorita d’Este



(c) 2012 T Georgitsis

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Hekate Incence: Cthonic Hekate Blend



Cthonic Hekate Blend

1 Part Livani (Greek Pine Resin)

1 Part Pomegranate (Shredded Dried Husk)

(c) T. Georgitsis 2014

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