Day 7 of 30

<as you can tell by Day 7 following Day 3, I am not necessarily doing the 30 Days of Devotion in numerical order>

 

7. Names and epithets

I have compiled the following list from a variety of sources, listed at the bottom of this post 🙂 Some of the epithets or titles may have the same meaning as another, this is likely due to different cultures or sub-cultures with varying dialects.

 

ADAMANTAEA – Unconquerable

ADONAEA – Lady of the Underworld

AGRIOPE – Savage Face

ALEXEATIS – Averter (She who wards off all dangers)

AMAIMAKETOS – Unconquerable

AMEIBOUSA – the One That Transforms

ANASSA – Queen

ANASSA ENEROI – Queen of Those Below (the dead)

ANTANIA – Enemy of Mankind

APAGCHOMENE – Suspended One

APANCHOMENE – The Hanged One

APHRATTOS – Nameless, Unnameable

APOTROPAIOS – Averter of Evil

ARKUIA – the Bear

ATALOS – Tender

AZOSTOS  – Ungirt

BASILEIA – Queen

BOLOS – Far-Thrower

BORBOROPHORBA – Eater of Filth

BOUKOLOS – Ox-Herder

BRIMO – Angry One

CHRYSEOSANDALOS – That Wears Golden Sandals

DAEIRA** – “The Knowing One”

DADAPHOROS – Torchbearer

DESPOINA – Mistress

DRAKAINA – She-Snake

EILEITHYIA** – Skilled in Childbirth

EINALIA – of the Sea

EMPYLIOS – Before the Gate

ENODIA – of the Paths

EPAINE – the Awesome

EPHOROS – Guardian, Watcher

EPIPHANESTATE – Most Manifest

EPIPURGIDIA – on the Tower

ERANNE – Lovely

EUKOLINE – Good-Tempered

EURIPPA – Horse-Finder

GENETYLLIS – Birth Helper

HEGEMONEN – Guide

HERSECHTHONIA – Speaking from Below

HEXACHEIRA – Six-Handed, of Six Ways

HIPPARETE – Horse-Speaker

KHTHONIA – of the Underworld

KALKAEA – Wearer of the High Boots

KALLISTE – Fairest

KLEIDOPHOROS – Key Bearer

KLEIDOUKHOS – Keeper of the Keys

KORE – Maiden (not to be confused with Persephone)

KRATAIIS – Strong One

KROKOPEPLOS – Saffron-Cloaked

KUROTROPHOS – Nurse of Children & Protectress of Mankind

KYNO – Bitch (literally, as in a female dog)

LAGINITIS – (unknown, possibly after a goddess who created the Hare)

LAMPADEPHOROS – Lamp-bearer, Torch-bearer

LEIANA – the Lioness

LIMENOSKOPOS – of the Threshold

LIPAROKREDMNOS – with Bright Headband

LOCHAIS – Midwife

MAERA – Glistening

MAGEUS – One Who Kneads

MEGISTE – Greatest

MEISOPOMENOS – Labourer of the Moon

MELINOE – Soothing One

MOERA – Older than Time

MONOGENES – Only Child

MUNYCHIA – Moon Goddess

NOCTICULA – Moon Goddess

NYKTERIA – Nocturnal

NYKTIPOLOS – Night-Wandering

OISTROPLANEIA – Bringer of Madness

OURANIA – of the Sky

OXYTHYMIA – Quick to Anger

PANDINA – Feared by All

PANOPAEA – Teacher of All

PERSEIS* – daughter of Perses

PHERAEA – She Who Brings Forth

PHILEREMOS – Lover of Solitude

PHINIKOPEZA – Ruddy-Footed

PHOSPHOROS – the Light-Bringer

PHROUNE – She-Toad

PHRYNE – Toad

PHYSIS – Nature

POLYBOTEIRA – Generous Giver of Nourishment

PRODOMOS – of the Vestibule

PROKATHEGETIS – She Who Goes Down Before

PROPOLOS – the Attendant Who Leads

PROPYLAIA – the One Before the Gate

PROTHYRAEA – Before the Gate

PRYTANIA – Invincible Queen of the Dead

PSYCHOPOMPE – Soul Guide

PURPHOROS – Fire Bearer

RODODACTYLOS – Rosy-Fingered

SELENE** – the Far-Shooting Moon

SKOTIA – of the Dark

SKYLAKAGETIS – Leader of the Dogs

SOTEIRA – Saviour

SPEIRODRAKONTOZONOS – She-Snake Girt with Coils of Dragons

TAUROPOLOS – Bull Herder

TERGEMINUS – of Triple Birth

THEA DEINOS – The Dread Goddess

THEROBROMOS – Roaring Like A Wild Beast

TRIAUCHEROS – with Three Necks

TRICEPS – Three-Formed

TRIGLANDINE – Thrice-Whirled

TRIGLENA – Three-Eyed

TRIKEPHALOS – Three-Headed

TRIMORPHIS – Three-Formed

TRIODITIS – of Three Roads

TRIVIA – of the Three Ways

TYMBIDIA – Sepulchral

ZERYNTHIA – (meaning unknown)

 

 

  • shows a relationship with another entity/deity

** also a separate entity/deity

 

SOURCES:

Hekate: Liminal Rites by Sorita d’Este & David Rankine

The Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez

Hekate: Her Sacred Fires Ed. by Sorita d’Este

The Covenant of Hekate official website

Hekate’s Crossroads Facebook group

Theoi Project website

Day 3 of 30

3. Symbols and icons of this deity

 

Symbols and icons associated with Hekate are as follows:

Snake / serpent

Keys

Crossroads

Thresholds / gateways

Wortcunning / herbalism

Ghosts / souls

Umbilical cord

Shears / dagger / blade

Torch (traditionally the burning stick kind, not battery-operated)

Dogs, particularly black dogs

The Underworld

Threes – three forms / faces / ways

The Moon

Earth/Sea/Sky

Darkness

Cerberus

Sickle / scythe

Stars

Pomegranates

Fire / candles / light

Divination / oracles

Triskelion / triquetra

Triple spiral

Hekate’s Wheel / Strophalos

Day 2 of 30

The much awaited Day 2 of 30…

2. How did you become first aware of this deity?

 

As I have heard others say, there were hints. A habit here, a preference there. Looking back, I can easily see the dots connecting, the subtle whispers of Hekate’s presence in my life – but it wasn’t until a few years ago that She decided to skip the subtlety completely and give me the fright of my life.

 

I have always collected keys, old keys, new keys, functional or decorative, I collected them all. When they gathered dust, I would clean them. Usually with nail polish remover.

One day I decided to clean my keys while I had a prayer candle burning. The prayer attached to this particular candle was one of seeking a guide or patron. Ironic, really. As I was cleaning one particularly large skeleton key, I was scraping fine dust & dirt out of the end you stick in the lock (no idea what it’s called properly, bear with me), and the other end got a bit too close to the candle. Without seeing how it actually happened, all of a sudden I was holding the bottom of a burning key. For a second or two – although it felt longer – I just stared at it, my eyes transfixed. Then common sense won out, and I dashed to the sink to drown the flames (luckily I was in the kitchen, avoiding a sink full of “just-too-hot-to-do-the-dishes” cooling water). After I had blown out the candle, and finished cleaning my keys in a safer part of the house, I still couldn’t get the image of the burning key out of my mind.

 

The next few weeks, I “researched” (mostly Googling different terms) burning keys….. Along with some very beautiful artwork, the name Hekate kept cropping up. So I started to research Her instead/as well. Well, the more I read, the more things in the previous experiences of my life came together and formed an intricate pattern. My key and coin collections, my preference for black dogs, my depression (the ultimate “Black Dog”), and several other personal experiences slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle, and the picture they completed was Her. So I meditated on what I had read and learned about Her, saw Her in a meditation/vision in which She came and acknowledged me (with a slight air of ‘it took you long enough!’), and started to regularly honour Her on my small altar and in my life.

 

…..and I now refrain from using nail polish remover near a lit candle.

Day 1: Introduction

Day 1 of “30 Days of Devotion”

<30 Days of Devotion will  not be consecutive, because contrary to popular opinion, I DO have a life>

  1. A basic introduction of the deity

Hekate is…

…..now that I sit and try to put Her into words, with a mere 26 letters arranged & rearranged into seemingly meaningful ways, I realize language is largely inadequate for this task.

I suppose I shall try, though. Newbies and fluffy bunnies alike may simply know Hekate as Queen of Witches, Goddess of Death & Ghosts, Guardian of the Crossroads…. the truth? She is. She is also more – a LOT more.

 

She is the Cosmic World Soul, Keeper of the Keys, the Angry One, the Midwife, the Three-formed, the Saviour… Yet these are still only some of Her many many epithets and titles. They express how the ancients viewed Her, the many roles they believed Her to play. I can only really comment on what i have experienced, how I know Her – to be honest, that’s all any of us can do.

 

Hekate is Power. Anthropomorphically, She appears as a woman, youth or adult. She is a Guardian and a Keeper, an Illuminator, a Shrouder, and a Guide.

 

To me, Hekate is a dark Queen, lurking among the darkest places found both within and without all. She assists in showing me the path I must take, reflect upon the paths I have taken; the choices I must make are guided by Her twin flames and immeasurable knowledge.

She Keeps the Ways of the Universe, the Paths of Destiny & Fate, behind the locked doors they require until the appropriate hour. She holds the Key. The key of bone, blood, breath, and soul; the Key of all that is, all that was, and all that shall be.

She is my Guide, my Guardian, my Sanctuary – and my kick up the butt when I need it.

 

She is

 

MORE writing…

I have come across two other blogs doing a 30-day devotional to Hekate, and I loved their posts – so I think I might do it too 🙂

Obviously I won’t be posting every day, for the 30 days, but I will endeavour to post regularly, as long as my life allows :p

The questions/topics for the posts are as follows:

  1. A basic introduction of the deity
  2. How did you become first aware of this deity?
  3. Symbols and icons of this deity
  4. A favourite myth or myths of this deity
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
  9. Common mistakes about this deity
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire?  What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

BTW the two blogs are:

Renee Olson’s Blog

Sara Croft’s Blog