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Hecate, Goddess of the Night, Crossroads, and the Dead

Hecate a Goddess of the night who stands on the edge of the city of life, she stands at the crossroads leading to unknown lands. The dead are laid to rest in her realm, wild dogs roam scavenging what is tossed away. She speaks to the restless spirits that roam outside the walls who have found no peace. Light and dark, life and death, mundane and magick intersect in her land.

 

She is strong and silent, speaks only when she has something important to say. Her presence is often all that is needed to get the point across. The dead come when she calls like a siren to move them along from any earthly ties to what awaits them. Her approach can be kind or harsh, but always because she knows it must be down, or no change will happen.

 

Hecate can also help the living move past difficult ties as well, but with a similar approach as with the dead. She can be kind or harsh, but never sugar coats words or actions. Though she holds the lantern to light the path, one must take the steps along the way for change to happen. She does not suffer fools lightly, but will be patient to a point if they are sincere.

 

On this day of Samhain (Halloween) that is the fall harvest, to celebrate life before the cold drives us in for the winter. It is also to remember those who have past before us, and celebrate there life as the veil between thins and spirits roam. This night, to remember and celebrate, setup a dinner setting for the dead. A favorite food or a small meal of what you will be serving that night to include them in the festivities. 

 

Possible food Offerings

– Bread

– Apples

– Cheese

– Honey

– Milk

– Squash

– Wine

– Beer

– Chocolate 

– Fruit

 

On this night, if you wish to honor Hecate as well. You can leave offerings for her either at a crossroads (not a busy road) or at your front door entrance, since she is also a Goddess of the gateways. You can also light a candle in her honor and place offerings around it.

 

Symbols and Offerings to Hecate

 – Crossroads

– Keys

– Doorways/Gateways

– Dogs

– Owls

– Horses

– Snakes

– Torches/Lanterns

– Black candles

– Bread

– Honey

– Wine

– Milk

– Fruit

 

If you have problems or things in your life you are having trouble working through. Take a piece of paper and write down the problem you wish to work through and as you make your dedication to Hecate ask her for help. Be sure that you wish her help since Hecate rarely takes the easy and simple route, and hardly painless. Once you have finish, fold the paper and place it under the candle, light asking for her blessing.

A symbol to carry with you as a reminder of Hecate or charged to her is a iron key. This is in connection with her ties to the gateway between life and death and change.