IsisHazel (aka Laura Janesdaughter)
Hecate was and is my guide through the darkest days; she is the liminal goddess of transitions and portals, from one reality to another. With her left hand she offers you mind expanding experiences and a pharmacopeia of somas and psyche. See how far you can go, explore the dark and the void where all things are possible!"
And as all fables go, you take that left hand covered with luminescent stones..... You follow her into the underworld, lead by only by burning torches- they burn like phosphorescent red tide. She never lets go of your hand but sometimes you may let go of hers.
To lose her(the part of you who is Her) in the underworld is to be utterly lost. But, just when all seems lost, a strong and weathered hand appears in front of you, it is her right hand beckoning this time. You realize that she can lead you up and out as well as down and under. That is her power, for those with the courage to reach, step off the edge, and let go of fear. Kathados and Anados, In Greek, the descent and the return (ascension). Like Persephone's constant companion.
She is the teacher of the secret blood mysteries the way of washing the blood from off our hands as her ancient Thracian brothers the Cabiri did. Medusa blood that kills some but heals others. The blood that created Pegasus the most beautiful of creatures yet born of venomous blood. She helps those ready to make that journey under, and like Kali, cut away that which is dead.
The keys are restored. The broken glass becomes a clear and truthful mirror of the soul. The mask becomes a tool not a hiding place. With silence comes understanding and patience. We learn to walk in trust through the dark and break free of fear and fetters.
You will also have a few good laughs along the way - for like her psychopomp (guide of souls) counterpart Hermes, Hecate is always good for a cosmic cackle or two.
She glows in the dark....
From the Book" Hecate Sotiera"
Her debut in Greek literature is the "Hymn to Hekate, a passage that long has mystified interpreters seeking a reason for Hekate's exaltation in the poem beyond all deities but Zeus. J.S. Clay has suggested that Hesiodic Hekate's participation in many of the relationships between men and gods implies that she is the "crucial intermediary between gods and men," having a "critical mediating function."4 Line 444 would indicate that she conveys the herd mans prayer to Hermes, for example. This analysis, however, probably imposes too unified a theology on Hesiod; the temptation to find here certain traces of Hekate's role as a goddess who aids in the conveyance of material or persons from one realm to another must be resisted. We can say, more generally, however, that Hekate's portrayal in the Theogony indicates her potential interest and participation in virtually every aspect of the relationship between humanity and divinity.
In the Hymn, Hekate is present at, or least witness to, both the descent and the return of Persephone. The language used to describe the appointment of Hekate as Persephone's companion is interesting; Hekate thoroughly protects or guides her. The literal meanings of the words also imply that Hekate accompanied Persephone on a physical journey, logically the one to Hades and back; this supports the hypothesis that Hekate traditionally was involved more intimately in the descent and return than the Hymn tells us, escorting Persephone on one of the most difficult and significant journeys imaginable. The fact that Hekate "from that time" of the original return of Persephone played these roles implies that she continued to accompany Persephone annually as she passed from Hades to upper world or vice versa. Vase paintings portray Hekate as accompanying Persephone. Hekate's role in the story of Persephone is that of an escort across a very important boundary; in later literature, as mistress of souls, she regularly guided the dead back and forth across this same line.
Other references show Hekate to be connected with liminal places of a more mundane nature, such as crossroads and doorways. "Enodia" is an adjective regularly applied to her as early as Sophocles , and often thereafter, although it could be used to describe other persons and things as well.
(There is much more to Hecate, great wonder and beauty. This is just a bit from a letter I wrote last year, hope it gives you some inspiration.
Go to Hecate's Temple
My portrait of Hecate
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
-- M. K. Gandhi
May the fruit of our lives be bound and sealed to Thee,
O Mother, O Woman Eternal
who holdest the inmost life of each of Thy daughters
between the hands upon Her Heart
We swear by Peace and Love to stand,
Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand.
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now,
confirming this, our Sacred Vow.
~Druidic Prayer of Unity~