Message from the Editor
Greetings fellow devotees!
Please welcome Deanne as the new assistant editor here at Noumenia News! Except, she isn't actually new, she's been my second pair of eyes for quite a long while; so it seemed only right she had an official title!
I hope you all have a wonderful Samhain, Day of the Dead, or whatever may be celebrated in your part of the world during this season. This year I have been learning about traditions of this time my ancestors in Ukraine and Poland may have taken part in, such as Veles night and Zaduzki.
Wishing you all well, and please enjoy this latest issue of Noumenia News!
Assistant Editor - Deanne
Proofers - Hazel, Deanne, Catherine, Cece & Laurie
Message from the Assistant Editor
Samhain Blessings to all!
Such a busy time but also so special. I am delighted that Lotus has asked me to help as Assistant Editor. I will do my best!
I just returned from a five-day gathering with TejasWeb, the local Reclaiming group. What a fabulous time and so good to be face-to-face with friends!
Also keeping me busy, in addition to my personal work online, is the Spiral Dance Starhawk puts on every year. This year I am serving as a Dragon (which is their name for a guardian).
I hope your Samhain is blessed, and that you can visit with your Beloved Ancestors!
Announcement of a new Keybearer!
I am humbled and pleased to announce that I have entered the Circle of Keybearers, completing my Keybearer ritual on 21st September.
“I Kenn Payne, hold the key to Diversity, Inclusivity and Equality within the Circle of Keybearers.”
Hekate is at times seen as a goddess of “the marginalised” and the Covenant of Hekate strives to be inclusive, diverse and supportive of its members. I hope to act as Guardian and help to specifically oversee the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Covenant of Hekate and develop strategies to help keep our membership diverse and inclusive now and in the future.
For those who don’t already know me personally, my journey with Hekate started roughly about 15yrs ago and like many of us, She came to me during some dark and troubling times. I have experienced and endured various struggles on a personal level, which include bigotry, bullying, sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-harm and mental health issues.
Despite a rocky road, occasionally harsh lessons and times of complete and utter despair, Hekate is my constant: the light in my darkness.
I have been a devotee and Torchbearer within the Covenant since its inception and currently facilitate the Sanctuary of Hekate Polymorphos, which if permitted, I hope will become a Membership Centre. In my 23 years of actively exploring Paganism I have explored various aspects of Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidry and Hellenic Reconstructionism. I'm also an aspiring author, currently working on a few projects including the Oracle of the Hekatean Path.
Diverse perspectives can inspire creativity and drive innovation. Cultural sensitivity, insight, and knowledge means higher quality, targeted support for those who feel they require it and, in this role, I will be offering Keybearer Blessings, extending an inclusive “welcome” to anyone who feels ‘other’ or outside, or who otherwise feels they would like to formally acknowledge and celebrate their differences, adding to their sense of belonging once they become members of the CoH.
All this will be done in accordance with the CoH Aims, seeing the World Soul as being in all of us regardless of race, gender, sexuality, [dis]ability, intelligence etc. As such I would be an embodiment and representative of the CoH’s stance on these issues, as well as working by the remit of the Virtues:
Compassion, to help ease the physical, mental, or emotional pains of other devotees whilst journeying on their Path. Courage, to confront danger or intimidation from those who would denigrate the honour and praise of our Goddess and Her followers. Temperance, to persevere with a non-violent and forgiving outlook, restraining from arrogance by employing humility and modesty. Justice, to act from a fair and reasonable stance, whilst adhering to and honouring Hekate’s Ways and those of the Covenant of Hekate. Wisdom, to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight in an unbiased and compassionate way.
Key areas of diversity and their characteristics, include (but are not limited to):
▪ culture, race, ethnicity.
▪ religious or spiritual beliefs.
▪ gender, including transgender.
▪ sexual orientation/sexual identity
In this role, I will oversee the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Covenant of Hekate. developing strategies to help keep our membership diverse, inclusive, fair and tolerant.
Other responsibilities may include:
▪ Being a formal channel for members to raise issues of discrimination or harassment from other members within the CoH, specifically relating to the key areas of diversity and their characteristics.
▪ Escalating these complaints through the official channels and identifying what course of action to take as well as implementing any learning or awareness needed to be communicated.
▪ Acting as “guardian” for all members who identify as being part of any of the marginalised categories (as given above).
▪ Supporting Torchbearers and Keybearers in the development of their own inclusivity awareness.
▪ Highlighting issues faced by specific demographic populations within the CoH as they arise.
▪ Creating ritual, essay or other material relating to Hekate and Her roles of supporting and protecting “marginalised” groups, both historically and today.
I look forward to my continued exploration of Hekate and Her Mysteries and in supporting our Community in this role. Should you wish to contact me for further info and/or the Keybearer Blessing, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcement of a new Torchbearer!
Torch Bearer Essay: Hekate and the Poison Path
by Laurie Bianciotto
The Poison path is a path in which we work with our shadow side, with death, and of course with poisonous plants. From them we learn how to manage the poisons of daily life such as envy, greed, auto-sabotage, etc., to grow wiser and become at peace with our whole being.
It is also a path of magic and witchcraft aligned with natural elements, in which we learn to respect all forms of life as potential spiritual allies and not just tools. And with them we can heal as much as we can curse.
Paracelsus wrote that “everything is poison, and nothing is poison; it resides in the dosage” often shortened to “the dose makes the poison.” Balance is the key.
Speaking of key, what is the link between Hekate and the Poison path?
Hekate is a goddess of witchcraft, the spirits of the dead, and one of her epithets names her as an eater of filth: borboraphorba.
She also supposedly learned the art of poisons to Kirke and Medea, her Greek mythological priestesses, and daughters as we can see in Diodorus Siculus work, Library of History 4. 50.6:
"[Medea] said [to the Argonauts] that she had brought with her many drugs of marvelous potency which had been discovered by her mother Hekate and by her sister Kirke (Circe); and though before this time she had never used them to destroy human beings, on this occasion she would be means of them easily wreak vengeance upon men who were deserving of punishment."
and in Library of History 4. 45. 1:
"She [Hekate] married Aeetes and bore two daughters, Kirke (Circe) and Medea, and a son Aigialeus. It is also said, Kirke devoted herself to the devising of all kinds of drugs and discovered roots of all manner of natures and potencies such as are difficult to credit, yet, notwithstanding that she was taught by her mother Hekate about not a few drugs."
The “garden of Hekate” (located in Colchis) as we often talk about when mentioning poison plants, consists of many healing plants, some of which are baneful ones as we can read in the Orphic Argonautica, C4th CE.
The most notable (toxic one) is Aconite (Aconitum napellus / Monkshood), which was born from Cerberus’ saliva, the three-headed hell hound when Hercules fought them and dragged them out into sunlight. The flower was then found by the goddess Hekate and made sacred to her, according to the myths. Aconite is no less than the most poisonous herb of European flora!
We can also find the baneful white Hellebore (veratrum album), famous Mandrake (mandragora officinarum) and beautiful Opium Poppy (papaver) which are explicitly named in the Orphic Argonautica description. Depending on how we interpret the traduction, there may also be Yew (Taxus baccata), Belladonna (Atropa belladonna), Italian Sarsaparilla (Smilax aspera), One berry (Paris quadrifolia) and Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum).
We can then read there are “many other noxious plants” growing in this garden, meaning we can’t really know for sure what these plants were, though probably Hemlock, Henbane, Datura and more were present.
Through this description of Hekate’s Orphic garden, and the description of how she taught the art of poisons to Kirke and Medea, we can easily assume there is a strong link between poisonous plants and Hekate!
As she taught her mythological daughters, we might be able to call on her to learn how to walk the Poison path, to gain knowledge and daring to experience actual poisons on us. Not to a deadly dosage obviously, but trying the recipes on ourselves is the best way to get to know the spiritual and physical action of a plant, before we even consider trying to heal other persons with them.
The most fitting epithet (although there is historically near to nothing about it) for this work is Pharmakeia, which is the ancient practice of plant medicine and plant spirit witchcraft. We can also call on her as Pharmakis, meaning “witch.”
When we practice the art of Pharmakeia, we must understand that the physical actions of the plants should not be separated from its spiritual and magical properties to heal one properly. Again, we must see the plant as an ally and not just a tool if we want to explore all its potential.
Hekate Pharmakeia teaches us the life/death/rebirth cycle by the means of nature’s own magic. It is thought that She is mentioned as pharmakeia in the lost play of Sophocles, “The Colchian women” in which Kirke invokes Her for help in demonstrating her skills at herbal magic.
Here is another example of the link between Hekate and the path of poisons: The goddess was celebrated in the Eleusinian mysteries cult alongside Demeter and Persephone. It is said that the initiates of the cult of the Greater Mysteries fasted for several days, then ended their fast by drinking Kykeon, a psychedelic drink alternatively composed of opium poppy, pennyroyal, alcohol, ergot, or mushrooms before replicating the journey of Persephone to the Underworld, and so imitating their own death by going through numerous caves and underground tunnels. One of the mysteries taught in this place was the fact that death was not the end but only a passage, a step towards immortality of the soul. Talk about shadow work!
It should be noted that Poppy, a symbol of Hekate as well as one of Eleusis, is also a poisonous and medicinal plant which was known as early as 3500 BCE for its narcotic properties; which illustrates well the concept of poison as medicine in the Poison path.
Some Olympian gods and goddesses also used of the baneful plants from Hekate’s garden: in the work of Ovid, “The Metamorphoses”, we learn that Pallas Athena used the juice from one of “Hekate’s herb” to transform the human Arachne into a spider. Although the plant’s name isn’t mentioned, we can guess it is about Datura or Henbane - the effects are just like Circe’s potion’s, transforming Ulysses companions into pigs; or transforming Scylla into a monster, out of spite and jealousy ( both also seen in Ovid’s “The Metamorphoses”).
Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus) being a sacred plant to Hekate and growing in her garden, it is both highly hallucinogenic and medicinal; It was equally used for divination purposes, weather magic and healing medicine- which makes it a perfect example of powerful magic/medicinal/poisonous plant.
But Hekate is not the only one to possess a magical garden ! Her daughters/priestesses Medea and Kirke also do. So what poisonous plants can we find in there?
In Seneca’s drama “Medea”, we can see Medea preparing “her drink” by using the following poisonous plants : Ferula communis “produce of Caucasus, those ridges smothered in endless winter, splattered with Prometheus’ blood “, Aconite (Aconitum spp.) “ toxins into which they dip their arrowheads“, Black Hellebore (Helleborus niger) “Grasses virulent with dead flowers” , and Mandragora “Harmful juices squeezed from twisted roots”.
It is said that where Medea’s elixir of youth dripped on the ground, a plant named “ephemeron” was growing. This plant has been interpreted as being either Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) or Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis).
In Kirke’s garden we can also find Black hellebore and Mandragora, as well as Opium poppy, Rue (Ruta graveolens), Syrian rue (Peganum harmala), multiple nightshades, Baker squill (Scilla maritima) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera or Physalis somnifera).
Being given all this information, what can we say?
Hekate can be considered the mother of pharmakeia and of the Poison path. When threading this path, let us call on Her for supervision over our work, just like a mother would lovingly do!
She and her daughters, Kirke, and Medea, are excellent teachers of magic and poisons, they are the original witches.
“Ô witches of old!
Great Hekate and your daughters
Poisoner Kirke and beautiful Medea I ask for your help here and now.
Please guide my hand and bless my work,
With these deadly poisons
And baneful plants
So, I can achieve my goal
And successfully obtain what I need.
May your power forever accompany me.”
Invocation of Hekate Soteira
by Patricia Elizium
Invocation to Hekate Soteira
“ Great Soteira,
Cosmic Soul of the World,
Light that dances in the darkness of the Celestial Abyss among the stars,
Come to us!
Mother of my origin,
Moving in the Cosmos through the celestial spheres.
The one that has never been forgotten,
And that carries within itself the light and essence of all existence.
Pulsating womb of creation,
Infinite prism of evolution,
We summon you, come to us!
Bring us your symbols,
Whisper your secrets to us,
“ Askei kataskei lux tetrax damnameneus aisia “
“ Askei kataskei lux tetrax damnameneus aisia “
“ Askei kataskei lux tetrax damnameneus aisia “
Pulsating womb of creation,
Infinite prism of evolution,
We summon you, come to us!
Lady who holds the keys to evolution and the universe,
Ignite your spark in our hearts,
Forge our souls with your heavenly fire!
Purify us, and reveal the hidden mysteries!
Pulsating womb of creation,
Infinite prism of evolution...
We summon you, come to us! ..."
Full Moon Prayer to Hecate
by Renee Sosanna Olson
By the light of the shining moon,
Open my dreams and allow them to bloom.
Fishes and leek to appease the soul
While wine and honey fill the bowl.
Garlic bulbs around my feet,
All laid on the ground where the three roads meet.
Open the gate, and show the way,
Raise our voices
Hecate, Hecate, Hecate.
Offerings delivered, her presence revealed.
Walk the path of the magical seal.
Return the lost to me and protect what is mine.
Allow this moon to serve as a sign.
Welcome the blessings and honor her way.
Chanting under the moon
Hecate, Hecate, Hecate.
By Stacy Mathias
The wheel turns, and here we are again: the start of Shadow season, in the northern hemisphere. It’s been two years that we have been living through this COVID pandemic. I’m sure most of us thought we would have come out the other side of this by now, I know I sure did. That being said, it is so easy to feel depressed during this time! There are some who suffer from seasonal affective disorder without there being a pandemic, which is caused by it being the dark half of the year. It’s quite easy to feel defeated by the limitations we are under due to the pandemic. We all miss our friends, our social gatherings, coming together to celebrate birthdays, and holidays. It’s more important than ever that we take care of ourselves.
I have been inspired to remind us all that self-care is NOT selfish! We need to carve out time for ourselves. Sometimes we need alone time, away from family, with time to release, let go and re-focus. Time spent with only ourselves and Hekate alone. Other times we need to meditate, relax, and be gentle with ourselves.
Many of us don’t know what self-care is; That is because we have always been the care-giver. So, what does self-care look like? Well, it can be as simple as an undisturbed long bath, reading a few chapters of a book you want to read, calling a friend, sleeping in, eating your favorite food or listening to your favorite music. It can be a lit candle on your altar, talking to Hekate. This last one is what works best for me. It’s whatever feeds your soul.
We all have responsibilities, people or pets that need to be cared for, but you cannot serve from an empty pot! Suppose you have tried all of this and more, yet you still feel unmotivated, empty, and or depressed? I’m going to be honest, there is no magickal “cure all”. Hopefully, you will find something that fills your void. If not, I am here to let you know, and this may be the most important piece of this column, it is okay to not be okay! If you feel more depressed than usual, hopeless, or overwhelmingly sad, or if you have thoughts of harming yourself, please reach out to a friend, loved one or a mental health hotline.
Into the Green
As Above, So Below ~ The Spirituality of Gardening
By Emma Kathyrn
Samhain Plants For Hekate
This time of year is a favourite for many people for many different reasons. Autumn is well and truly underway, and depending where you live in the world, it’s a time of blazing colour that is contrasted and made more beautiful by the darkness we can see and feel in the world around us. Halloween brings with it the fun and festivities that bring families and communities together as well, and then of course there is Samhain; a spiritual time associated with the dead and the darker spirits and deities.
It’s easy to forget that Samhain is also a harvest festival, the third and final in the Wheel of the Year, the blood harvest. While traditionally this one is associated with the culling of the herd, it is still linked to the land and cycles of the season.
I work with plants all year round and there are still many ways you can use seasonal plants to work with and honour Hekate.
Collecting Seeds - Right now is the perfect time for collecting seeds from your garden and the wild. Many plants, if not already dead, are indeed coming to the end of the season and collecting seeds from dead flower heads is a great way of ensuring you have seeds to plant next year. You can also use the seeds as offerings whenever you do rituals etc. I find seeds make a very good offering when working with Hekate, especially if you include seeds from those trees and plants associated with Her. You could also include these seeds, where appropriate and edible, to make biscuits that can be offered during Deipnon.
Incense Making - There are many jobs that can still be done in the garden, and as I write this, the weekend approaches and I have a long list of garden jobs that need doing before the weather worsens. One of these jobs is cutting back some of the plants and shrubs that benefit from an autumn cut back, such as lavender and rose bushes. Many of these still have blooms, so I use this as an opportunity to harvest the last of the flowers before drying them for incense blends. When it comes to Hekate, I have found that She appreciates any incense that one has taken the time to gather, dry, and craft oneself. So do not worry if you do not have any of those plants and herbs traditionally associated with Her.
Seasonal Bouquets - Fresh flowers and foliage is a great way of bringing the outdoors in and they make a fantastic addition to any altar. In autumn, we can really let our creative juices flow as there are so many wonderful textures and colours we can make use of. Collect foliage in colours of greens, reds, yellows, and oranges along with teasel heads and pine cones. These autumnal bouquets are particularly apt for our Goddess as autumn is a liminal time and these natural items reflect that.
Wood Collecting - One of my favourite rituals for Hekate during Samhain, is to light a fire using scented woods and resins. When you are out in the garden cutting back shrubs such as lavender, rosemary, sage and so on, keep the sticks and combine them with foraged wormwood and mugwort stems. Dry them out and burn them on the ritual fire or tie them together to make bundles to last throughout the dark half of the year.
Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain to you all. Hail Hekate!
The Hekatean Path
by Femi Heqet
From Heket to Hekate – The Ultimate Evidence?
The Egyptian Goddess Heket (Hequit, Heqet, or Hekat)
As the Original and Contemporary Hekate
Merry Samhain, Hekatean Siblings!
As the 7th anniversary of my initiation on the Hekatean Path approaches October 24th, I feel more and more compelled to reveal my latest discoveries about the true origins of our Great Mother Hekate. While I am still struggling with how to say this, She is the One who has asked me to do it and that is why I am doing it. So I lit a candle for Her on my altar and made a special petition; to be guided through Her history the way it actually happened, not the way we were told to believe and to put together the exact pieces of the greatest puzzle that is, the mystery of Her true origins. I have been investigating this for years, ever since my first metaphysical experience with Her, (NN issue #51) when during a trance She guided me to sculpt a frog after I asked Her to reveal Her true origins to me. This was back when I didn't know anything about the Egyptian Goddess Heqet/Heket. So I assume the reason my task’s deadline coincides with this current issue of NN, is because it relates to the end of my seven year quest. After all this time researching and investigating to discover who She really was and how She became who She is today, I think I finally have undoubtful evidence that corroborates this theory and the time has come to unveil it.
The mainstream consensus among historians and authors places Hekate’s origins and worship in Thrace and western Anatolian coastal areas like the Island of Samothrace; both areas associated with myths of the Amazons. Yet there are those who believe that Hekate can be traced back to the early Egyptians; I am among them. Some say that Hekate possibly evolved from the Egyptian Goddess known as Heket, Heqet, Hequit, or Hekat; a Goddess with Nubian roots who took Her attributes from the "heq" (heka) or tribal matriarch of pre-dynastic Egypt. A Ptolemaic temple to Heqet was found recently at Qus, of which only a pylon remains. And a tomb at Tuna el-Gebel has a text that mentions a procession in Her honour where she asks that the temple of Heqet at Her-wer be restored and protected from inundation. This temple has not been found, yet.
Now, most of you are probably already familiar with the main attributes of the Egyptian Heket described by most mainstream historians as being the frog-headed Goddess of fertility and childbirth. What you might not know yet, is what follows:
The Egyptian Goddess Heket birthed the Sun each morning and was called the "Most Lovely One". She was called the Sky and the Heavens and was invoked with many names such as: the Great Deep, Starry One, Cow Goddess, Mother of the Gods, Mother of the Sun, Protector of the Dead, and Guardian of the Celestial Vault. She was even connected to the Goddess Nut. Isn’t it curious that all these titles also relate to the Greek Goddess Hekate?
Now I would like to call your attention to the following traits of the contemporary Goddess Hekate, which all relates to the Egyptian Heket as well:
She was connected to life, death, and rebirth. She was there at the time of fertilization and birth and She could open the womb of all living creatures. As the Mistress of gates, doors, and the abyss, She was the symbol of the Feminine and the Womb. She was the Guardian of women in childbirth and the Nurse of the young. She had associations with growth and the harvest through Her relationship to the phases of the moon. Yet, She was also revered as a solar Goddess. She was the Goddess of healing and magic, and at the end of life, She was the Queen of Night, Mistress of the Lower Way, Opener of the Way to Death. And as the Queen of Death, She ruled the powers of regeneration as represented by Her association with the Serpent.
It is believed that the worship of Heket may have also passed through the fertile crescent of the Israelites and Sumerians. She may have been related to the Sumerian Goddess of Death and Magic and influenced, or been influenced by, the legend of Lilith, the first wife of Adam who was demonized and is represented in the dark phase of the moon - also attributes of Hekate as we know Her today. A shrine at Colchis, where it is thought that Egyptians settled, may have been consecrated to Heket-Hekate. Colchis, nowadays Georgia, was a region in the Southern Caucasus that appeared in the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology. It was also home of Aeëtes and Medea and the destination of the Argonauts, as well as being the possible homeland of the Amazons. The Carian Goddess Hekate was nurturer of the young, a protector of cross roads, and was also worshipped in liminal places; showing another conflation between Hekate and Artemis Ephesia as evidenced by a shrine or statue of Hekate located in the Artemision. Ephesos’ closeness to Caria and the fact that this Greek city was founded on an older Carian settlement, which already had a temple to the Carian Goddess, provides strong evidence that these two Goddesses were also conflated.
Theory has it that with many of Her current aspects already established after so many conflations, She and Her worship were then taken to Greece where She was granted Her place as one of the original Titans. All the rest of the story you already know. With Her powers over Heaven, Earth, and Water, among other unequaled attributes, Hekate more than any other Greek Goddess has exhibited the traits of a Great Mother Goddess.
Now let me present to you, the ultimate evidence, in Herodotus’ own words:
Herodotus (c. 485-430 B.C.) was an ancient Greek writer, geographer, and historian as well as the first writer to do systematic investigation of historical events. He is considered the “Father of History” for his writings on various nations, including being the author of the first comprehensive history of Egypt.
Around 450 B.C., he travelled for several months up the Nile to the first cataract, recording his impressions. Since he did not read hieroglyphs or speak the Egyptian language, he relied on native interpreters. His travel journal, detailing his eyewitness accounts on Egypt, was written in Greek and published in Athens in 446 B.C.
In Book II of “The History of Herodotus”, written by Herodotus in 440 B.C.E and translated by George Rawlinson, he states:
“Almost all the names of the gods came into Greece from Egypt. My inquiries prove that they were all derived from a foreign source, and my opinion is that Egypt furnished the greater number. For with the exception of Neptune and the Dioscuri, whom I mentioned above, and Juno, Vesta, Themis, the Graces, and the Nereids, the other gods have been known from time immemorial in Egypt. This I assert on the authority of the Egyptians themselves. The gods, with whose names they profess themselves unacquainted, the Greeks received, I believe, from the Pelasgi*, except Neptune.”
“After a long lapse of time, the names of the gods came to Greece from Egypt, and the Pelasgi* learnt them, only as yet they knew nothing of Bacchus, of whom they first heard at a much later date. Not long after the arrival of the names, they sent to consult the oracle at Dodona about them. This is the most ancient oracle in Greece, and at that time there was no other. To their question, "whether they should adopt the names that had been imported from the foreigners?", the oracle replied by recommending their use. Thenceforth in their sacrifices, the Pelasgi * made use of the names of the gods, and from them, the names passed afterwards to the Greeks.”
*Pelasgi, also called Pelasgians, were the people who occupied Greece before the 12th century bc., and were said to have inhabited various areas, such as Thrace, Argos, Crete, and Chalcidice.
“The Egyptians were also the first to introduce solemn assemblies, processions, and litanies to the gods; of all which the Greeks were taught the use by them. It seems to me sufficient proof of this, that in Egypt these practices have been established from remote antiquity, while in Greece they are only recently known.”
Drop the mic.
Now, I know what some of you might say; for many critics of Herodotus, his work has many defects, thus being strongly debated by many historians. One of the points is that he did not speak the Egyptian language and needed to trust interpreters to help him in his research. However, what I have read in his book, combined with my own mystic trance mentioned above and a good dose of logical reasoning, provides me with sufficient proof that the Egyptian Heket is the original Goddess who, after being assimilated by so many different cultures and conflated with so many different Goddesses along the course of History, has become our complex, contemporary Goddess Hekate.
What say you?
Canadian Museum of History:
by Deanne Quarrie, D. Min. Keybearer
Hekate Propolos is Persephone’s Guide as She returned from the Underworld.
The epithet, Propolos, means “guide, companion, servant.” It can also possibly mean “going” or “acting before” as well as “handmaiden.” In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, She becomes handmaiden to Persephone. Along with Hermes, it is Hekate who guides Persephone to and from the Underworld. She does this as well, for the Dead.
Queens, Kings and truly all great leaders are best understood in terms not of their domination of others, but as servants to their responsibilities and their people. There are not made “less than” by this role, for they serve the good of their domains. Hekate Propolos is not diminished by her service, but rather, She is empowered and magnified by the companionship She offers!
It is my belief that Hekate Propolos is Queen of the Middle World. For me, She leads here in this realm.
I do a simple devotional each morning. My altar contains a statue of Hekate, a candle, and offering bowl and some incense. I say this hymn which was created for Her, and I light the candle, the incense and make the offerings as part of the hymn.
My Hymn to Hekate Propolos
Hail Hekate Propolos!
I greet you this day.
Loving Guide of Persephone at Her return in Spring.
So too, do you guide me in my work.
As others seek to know Your Face.
May I continue to be inspired
And guided on my journey.
Hail Hekate Propolos
Queen of the Middle World
It is here that my work is done.
I offer these gifts,
Of honey and wine
Hoping to show a grateful heart
For You who leads the way.
Hail Hekate Propolos.
I light this candle to illuminate my path
I burn this incense to connect with you.
I offer this hymn
In my devotion to you.
You lead the way
With every step I take
Hail Hekate Propolos.
This issue, our reading is a past, present and future reading based on the Wild Goddess Oracle by Amy Zerner & Monte Farber for the upcoming quarter.
1. Past - The Yogini - This card represents the unseen energy that is around us all. We are part of all things and all things are us. This is the act of "enter are". We are all one. We cannot look at the tree and take out the parts of it that are sunshine or rain. That is because the tree is the sunshine. The tree is the rain. Without either of those, there would be no tree. From the past we can see all those connections much more clearly. We can look to those and gain insight and learn those lessons to help us transverse this existence much more easily.
2. Present - The Mermaid - This card reminds us to swim a little deeper into the ocean that is our emotions. Delve down and go as deeply as we can. As we get closer and closer to the bottom we'll find that pearl of knowledge waiting for us. Today we need to look at everyone we're working on, all the things we come into contact with and dig deeper and look at the information closely. The Mermaid reminds us that not everything is what it seems. We'll need to put in the work if we want to keep our head above water today. There may be times when the water is murky, but you have the power to remove the scales and see the present exactly for what it is.
3. Future - The Poet - This card is filled with hope and honesty. It tells us that we should look within ourselves and find that spark that drives us. We should open up to the world and feel the energy and the magic that is life. We should welcome the stars and the moon with calm and grace. Our life each day is what we make it and we can choose to make it the beautiful work of art that it is. With colors and sounds from every part of us. Those things all come together to weave the amazing story that is who we are. Share your life, your story, your magic with the world and you will be rewarded!
What you see in the past is there as a reminder for you to embrace the connections we have with the world around us and enjoy them. We take those lessons and bring them into the present with drive and the desire to accomplish all we can. We then look to the future with hope and understand that we have that power within us to make this world the best it can be. What messages are resonating with you right now? Is there something that you need to let go of? Is there something that is going to be an obstacle for your success in the upcoming season? You are the author of this story, what do these notes say to you? Take some time and meditate on them and the answer will reveal itself.
Sosanna, Keybearer for CoH, is an intuitive and a reader practicing her craft for over 20 years. She holds certifications in health and wellness and is a certified crystal healer, aroma therapy specialist and yogi. Her practice centers around energy and aura readings, photomancy as well as wards and protection magic. She is a member of the LGBTQI community and a leader in the DEI movement. She offers individual readings, home cleansing & blessings and personal consultations on her website.
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Announcing something new in Hekatean Witchcraft! We have developed a program of study for all women and who are 55 years of age and over, called the Crone Priestess Path. We have found this to be a very necessary kind of program, as women in their years of plenitude – after menopause - face different issues and their priestessing is formed by their years of life experience. If they are new to all of this, they will have ample opportunity to learn all the fun witchy things we do but they will also learn how to enjoy life after menopause, how to share their wise woman wisdom with others and how to grow old with graceWe will be working exclusively with Hekate. While she is not necessarily a "Crone" goddess, She is the "perfect goddess to see us though this transition time!
There is a big focus on spiritual healing as well as herbalism. We'll offer opportunity for Croning rites, and finally, how to priestess others in this stage of life. Our program includes fun activities, many opportunities to connect with earth energies, as well as our own bodies.
All participants in our paid programs can make full use of our online seminary.
We have a special offering for Covenant of Hekate members at $30 per month tuition.
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Is there a particular aspect of spiritual, magical or creative work with Hecate you are passionate and knowledgeable about? Do you want to develop your writing skills, and perhaps your portfolio? Maybe you just sincerely want to see the CoH community grow and develop?
Noumenia News is looking for columnists - individuals who can commit to writing 300-600 words on a Hekate related topic for each edition (4 a year). We've had some wonderful new columnists join us that are covering such topics as arts 'n' crafts along with gardens and plants and more. Here are some suggested topics we could still use columnists for:
- Astrology, symbols etc.,
- Crafts & recipes.
- History (Interesting facts, images etc., related to Hecate's history).
- Hecate in Popular Culture
- Study of the PGM, Orphic Hymns etc.,
- Interviews with CoH members.
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We are also always interested in individual submissions! Feel free to submit your art, written pieces, photographs and anything else that reflects your path with the Goddess.