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
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.
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.
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