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Courtney Weber (author of Brigid and The Morrigan) offers an informed, accessible journey through the lore and history of Hekate, the ancient goddess of crossroads, ghosts, and witchcraft, and reflects on Hekate’s relevance today. Tools and techniques for incorporating this goddess into your personal journey round out the book.
Similar to her other works, Weber strikes a balance between the scholarly and the spiritual. Her exploration of Hekate combines solid research with practical, modern applications. The spiritual content is accessible to anyone with an interest in witchcraft, regardless of their faith or background.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Hekate, exploring original mythology, historical context, and contemporary connotations, concluding with spells and personal rituals. The final chapter is a grimoire full of rituals, offerings, and other practices designed to help readers align themselves with this extraordinary goddess. The book also explores magickal ethics, what it means to be a witch in the twenty-first century, and best practices for successful witchcraft.
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Who is Hekate?
Like many goddesses of the Old World, Hekate’s origins are mysterious. She is commonly known as a goddess of ancient Greece, a period which is generally understood to encompass 1200 BCE–500 CE, but she did not originate there. She may have originated in the Minoan civilization (2700–1100 BCE), or was at least influenced by gods of that culture. Evidence of Hekate worship has also been found in Sicily, Libya, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Syria. The town of Lagina is thought to be home to her most important cult center. In Roman times (800 BCE to roughly 500 CE), she was given many complimentary titles, including “savior,” “greatest,” and “most manifest.” The first writer to describe her was the poet Hesiod, who lived in ancient Greece between 750 and 650 BCE and wrote about Hekate as though she was already quite familiar—not only to himself but to his contemporaries, too, giving us a hint that we are looking at a very ancient goddess indeed.
Being a Witch Today
Witchcraft has existed in the corners of every society. A Witch could have been the grandmother who could cure a chest cold by waving a rosary over it, or the old blind man at the end of the lane who told a person’s fortune by tracing his finger on their palm. The individuals in these examples might not have called themselves Witches, but their power was feared and revered nonetheless. Even in this age of technology, science, and fundamental religions that often denounce such things, storefront psychics flourish and Witchcraft stores are easy to find. The Witch isn’t “back”; the Witch never went anywhere. But the Witch has become a prominent fixture, and, as in past years, remains connected to Hekate.
When the gods enter our lives, they move things around. But the consequences and chaos are often tough blessings—hurtful or restrictive elements we’ve become accustomed to get whisked away, and in time beautiful things replace them.
Cleansing Self of Negativity
On waning or new moons, select a black candle for your ritual (black because it absorbs). Before lighting the candle, run it over your body like a lint roller while saying the following chant:
In the name of the dark goddess,
the blessed mother,
The sacred serpent,
I shed this foul luck
Like the creature sheds its skin.
If there’s something in particular you want out of your life (a bad habit, a problem with a coworker, even a toxic relationship), etch onto the candle a word or two describing it, or the initials of the person you want to stay away from you.
Burn this candle every night until it’s burned all the way down. Remember to extinguish the candle when leaving the room or going to sleep. Relight the candle the next day, and every day following, until the candle has finished burning. When the remaining wax has cooled, take the remains to a garbage can at a crossroads (urban areas tend to have garbage cans on corners that are great for this kind of work) and break the wax in half, away from you. Throw the remains in the garbage can and return home without looking back.
Make an offering to Hekate afterward.
“Courtney Weber’s accessible workbook is a solid primer on ways to call on the well-known goddess.”― Publishers Weekly
“With insight growing from roots in history and tradition and a voice unafraid to share personal experience, Courtney Weber uses these keys to open the gate to the mystery that is Hekate. She is an excellent guide to help readers develop their own relationship to the Goddess of Witches as she shares her own beautiful journey with Hekate.”-- Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Mighty Dead and The Outer Temple of Witchcraft
"Hekate: Goddess of the Witches is the perfect crossroads where three different roads meet: historical, mythological, and magickal. Courtney Weber preserves the rich and often confusing history of this complex multi-named, many-faced deity, while also incorporating her into a practical and modern witchcraft practice. Throughout these pages, you will learn how to connect, honor, and petition the ancient torch-bearing Titaness of witchery with beautifully crafted and soul-stirring spells and prayers."-- Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation
"Hekate: Goddess of Witches is deeply personal, scholarly, practical, entertaining, sobering, and given as a heartfelt invitation to those that seek Hekate. It is a book for witches, those that would be witches, and for those trying to find their way back to their magick. It is a book that does not tell you what to do, but, like Hekate, it lights a torch, gives you the keys, and nudges you out to find your own way.”-- Ivo Dominguez, Jr., author of The Four Elements of the Wise and Spirit Speak
“Courtney Weber’s lovingly produced Hekate does not merely discuss the Goddess of Witches. Instead, it speaks to what her worship entails and how rewarding that worship is. This book features the words of modern priestesses as well as those from ancient sources. Hekate is found in liminal spaces: if you hear the call of the torch, the key, the dog, or the moon, you’ll learn how to answer the call within these pages.”-- Amy Blackthorn, priestess of Hekate and author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
“I absolutely love this book! Courtney Weber has done an exceptional job of bringing us into the world of Hekate, Key Keeper, Goddess of the Crossroads, who opens doors, guards and protects with her black dogs! Now if I choose to work with her, I have a solid foundation upon which to build a loving, respectful and sincere relationship with her. A new way to enter into the crossroads of magick.”-- Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju, Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul
“Well researched and full of personal insight, Courtney Weber delivers a haunting and powerful portrayal of Hekate for readers of all experience levels. Even after twenty-plus years of working with this beloved goddess, I found new information that I was able to add immediately to my practice and that makes this book worth its weight in gold.”-- Devin Hunter, author of The Witch’s Book of Spirits
“From ancient temples to modern altars, Hekate is a goddess whose worship has stood the test of time. In Hekate: Goddess of Witches, Courtney Weber guides us to a new crossroads where the paths of history and Courtney’s own personal experience intersect with our own. You do not have to be a witch to find the truth in these pages. Courtney’s deep devotion to Hekate and her “sacred casual” writing style make this sometimes intimidating and elusive goddess accessible to us all.”-- Melody Wingfield, creator of The WitchQueen Project podcast and author of The Underworld Chronicles --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Ann Richardson was raised in the Midwest, where she was active in drama and singing. Her varied work experience has lent itself well to narration, as she's no stranger to the terminology used in wildlife management, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, education, and the automotive industry. A devoted volunteer for Learning Ally (formerly Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic), she has narrated numerous audiobooks in a wide variety of genres. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08HQ8JW31
- Publisher : Weiser Books (Aug. 1 2021)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 226 pages
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The book is an amazing introduction for those new to Hekate and also will appeal to advanced readers of the subject as the approach is refreshing and succinct.
I haven't even finished the book yet and am compelled to write this due to how amazing this book is.