Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day of Hecate at the Crossroads

Today is the Greek holy day. Day of Hecate at the Crossroads.  As a Goddess of witchcraft, Hecate has become the principle deity of forbidden and dark magic.  She is associated with the night.  She had a  reputation as a Goddess of sorcery and became known as the ‘Queen of Ghosts’ and the 'Witch's Queen'.  The people of the Middle Ages knew her as the Goddess of the Crossroads, the all-seeing eye who looks to past, present, and future, looking in three directions at the same time.  She holds dominion over life, death, regeneration, and rebirth.  She is a true triple goddess...maiden, mother, and crone.

A crossroads is literally an intersection where two or more roads meet, and in ancient times, they very important to magical rites.  The crossroads were a perfect place to conduct a ritual or cast a spell. They were believed to be the entrance to the Otherworld, a place that is neither here nor there,  and as such, also  the best place to practice witchcraft or contact supernatural spirits. 

The last day of the month is dedicated to Her and is the best time to ask for favors, inspiration, and instruction.  Shrines were built at the Crossroads, and people came  on this eve to leave offerings in an attempt to appease Her.  Hecate' Suppers, as they were called, were the offerings laid at the Crossroads once a month on the 30th day to  worship Her.  Offerings of honey, bread. cheese , garlic, onions, fish, and eggs were left at the  Crossroads.  Once the food was offered to the Goddess, the person must walk away and not look back.  Later, the poor would come and feast on this food. In ancient times, animal sacrifice, mainly puppies, were also offered on this night. 

Ways to Celebrate 

Study magic and prophecy. Perform a ritual in Her honor.  Go for a walk  at night and stop at a Crossroads.  You may either leave some food there or donate non-perishable items to a local food bank.  If you choose to leave an offering at the crossroad, ideally you should leave without looking back.  Aid fellow travelers and strangers, especially if they have dogs.


  1. Because I live in Australia and our seasons are completely opposite to that of the southern hemisphere, do I need to change Hekates sacred days to co-inside with my seasonal cycles. For example this festival is held a end of the month after samhain in the northern hemisphere. In Australia samhain is in April, so should I celebrate this sacred day on May 30th?

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