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Hekate is the Greek goddess of magic and witchcraft among other things. In this role, she acts as a guide to all witches and those who practice magic. Anyone with an interest in the occult should seek her blessing so that they might avoid her ire.
This goddess is an ally to all witches, and helps to guide them to enlightenment. Over time, this goddess will reveal mysteries to those who seek her help, but she requires regular offerings.
In the past, offerings to her included sacrificing dogs. Now, however, you’re more likely to offer garlic, keys, dog statues, herbs, meat, or anointing your doors with pleasant smelling oils.
Why I Use Chants And Prayers
Some witches come to witchcraft and paganism after growing up in an organized religion. This background can make them unwilling to do anything that feels similar to those religions. For this reason, many witches don’t use prayer in their practice.
However, over time, I have come to love prayer. I use the Orphic Hymns as prayers, and try to write my own from time to time. It’s an exercise in creativity to think of new epithets for the deity I am addressing, an exercise that I find quite fun.
Prayers and chants are a wonderful way to give thanks or ask for a deity’s favor. They’re a simple form of magic that requires nothing but yourself. You don’t have to say your prayer out loud, you can merely think it.
The most powerful prayers and chants I have written extol the virtues of the deity, offer a commitment to please the deity, and then ask for that deity’s favor. They don’t require all 3 parts, but I do try to include all 3.
This goddess was very popular in the ancient world, and is very popular today as well. Shrines were placed in the doorways of homes and at the gates of cities to protect people from spirits.
She was worshiped in Athenian homes as a goddess of many blessings and protections. Her most important shrine was located in Lagina in ancient Caria.
Most important to note for those who want to devote themselves to her, she was most commonly worshipped in nature. If you don’t like to be in nature, it may be hard to connect with her.
During new moons, a special meal should be made for her and the restless dead.
She is often represented as a triple goddess and has quite a few associations because she was popular across all of Greece and other areas of the ancient world. Those correspondences and associations include:
- City walls
- Liminal places
- Spinning wheels
- Guardian of children
- Protection from punishment in the afterlife
- The underworld
- Ghosts and spirits
- Plant lore
- Herbal medicines and poisons
- Oak trees
- Yew trees
The Chant For Hekate’s Blessing
The purpose of this chant is to gain Hekate’s blessing for your magic. This will make all of your witchcraft more powerful and more likely to succeed. I also regularly say this chant just to say thanks to Hekate, as she is one of the most important deities to me.
Glory to you, O Hekate
Goddess who guards our opportunities
Queen of magic and circumstance
Keyholder, beloved mother of witches
Hekate, guide me through blessed doors
Shut those that might lead to my destruction
Hekate, she who holds the keys to the realms of time
Hekate, the goddess of wisdom and fate
Who hears the whisper of prophecy
Goddess of mysteries
Take my hand, O Goddess
Put all your knowledge into my palm
And let your magic flow through me
As you can see, this chant calls to some of her many correspondences:
- Goddess of magic
- Goddess of witches
- Goddess of gates and doors
- Divine keyholder
- Protector from evil
Now, as I said, you must always offer something to Hekate. A simple offering is to burn some hand-mixed incense for her. Here is a recipe for Hekate incense to burn while doing this chant:
- 1/2 tsp dried bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp dried mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- Pinch of myrrh resin
- Pinch of frankincense resin
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- 13 drops cypress oil
- 3 drops lavender oil
- 3 drops camphor oil
This incense is best mixed on a Monday night in front of a window. Hekate is associated with the moon, so if you can get a view of the moon then all the better.
Hekate also truly loves offerings of garlic, so you can offer a clove or head of garlic for her favor.
It is my opinion that every witch should seek the guidance and protection of this goddess of witches. She was an unusually powerful goddess in the ancient Greek religion, making her an equally powerful role model or modern women and witches.
I love working with Hekate, and I find her to be a kind goddess when treated with due respect. Especially now that I am a mother, Hekate has taken an increasingly important role in my worship and ritual, and I am regularly asking her to protect my home and my son.
When I am making sigils, I will ask her to guide my hand so that my sigils may be more powerful. This prayer is part of asking for that favor. I hope that the chant in this post will help you to call on Hekate for your spells and rituals as well!