Friday, 26 October 2012

Celebrating Hekate


Ancient crone of wisdom,
Hekate! Hekate!
Old One, come to us!

Since Samhain is in October, what better time is there to celebrate Hekate, the Queen of the Witches? The Greek goddess Hekate is so ancient that She existed long before the Olympian deities. Crone goddess of the crossroads, Hekate led the abducted maiden goddess Persephone back from the Underworld by torchlight to the waiting arms of the mother goddess Demeter. In the subsequent Christian era, Hekate's name was linked with magic and the occult. She then became characterized as the Queen of the Witches.


To honour Hekate at our October Drumming Circle, we wore our finest witches hats while drumming and singing. Here's some of the women showing off their various styles of pointy chapeaux! And see the little statue of Hekate sitting on a small djembe drum, peeking out of the middle of the Circle?


Many of the participants at that evening's Circle consented to pose for a photo especially for my blog. Thanks, all you wild and wonderful women! It was a fun gathering!


[The photo of Hekate comes from Sacred Source website, where I purchased my statue several years ago.]

41 comments:

Laurie said...

now that is so cool! There is nothing more awe inspiring than a drumming circle!

Robin Larkspur said...

Fabulous photos, Debra! I love your drumming circle, and everyone looks very perfect in their Witchy Hats! Love the Hecate statue. Some are hesitant to work with Hecate, but taking time to get to know Her is well-worth it.Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

Sulky Kitten said...

Love the variety of witchy hats.

Victoria said...

Wowness..fabulous gathering..how I'd love to be there too! Gorgeous ladies..wonderful photo! Yes I can see the statue peeking out..how cool!
Here's to beautiful Hekate..celebrating alongside you kindred!
Victoria

DEZMOND said...

witchy business... witchy business... hope all bats were safe :)

Jeanne said...

Great photo! Wonderful hats! I can only imagine the energy of this group!
And I see an orb in the photo of the Drumming Circle....

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a fun bunch of crones!

Tricky Nag said...

Love the hats!
What a great looking group of women!!

Wendy S. said...

I love all the bedecked witchy one's and no wonder Hekate makes herself known to you all. I bet she loves the drumming because it reminds her of being in the Underworld.

Joyful Things said...

When I read "old one come to us" I thought you were talking about me and I was ready to go and pack my bags :>)

My Grama's Soul said...

Debra......what a GREAT bunch of good lookin' witches...

Jo

CraveCute said...

Great history lesson! I love the gals with their witchy hats, looks like you had a great time!

Snap said...

Wonderful history and fun!

LaelShine said...

The Queen of the Witches, Love!

Your ladies look like they enjoyed their evening!

Melanie said...

And here I sit, mired in all my zombie love, when there is so much cool stuff to learn about this time of year!!!

Em said...

I love Hekate.

And very cool drumming circle. How fun. (So many cute women too. Damn.)

e said...

I love this! Hecate = power, and you women embody it. LOve, love LOVE!

iconoclasticdomina.com said...

If you really want to spend time honouring Her, Hekate's Deipnon (Dinner) occurs every New Moon followed by the Noumenia and Agathos Daemon. This is the traditional three day household observance to welcome in the new month for Hellenes.

Thanks for the link to Sacred Source...I'm compiling a "wishlist"!

~Cora~

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very cool! It looks like you have a great time together. What a fun bunch you all are.

mxtodis123 said...

What an awesome group of witches. I'd love to find a drumming circle here.
Mary

Riot Kitty said...

That is very cool! Leave it to the Christians to change "crossroads" to "witch."

Magic Love Crow said...

Your Drumming Circle looks wonderful! All the girls look great in their Witchy hats! I have to get one! Your statue is beautiful!

Lynette Killam said...

Very cool! I always learn something new when I stop by to visit...:)

laughingwolf said...

right on :)

hecate strait, in haida gwaii [no longer queen charlotte islands, natives took their name back!]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate_Strait

Michelle Jiafang said...

Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

Birdie said...

I went to a witch party once. It was fun! A reminder that women are stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Great post! I wish I lived closer, I'd join your witch party in a hearbeat. I tried once to invoke Hekate. She sure did hand me my a** on a plate!! She's one tough, beautiful cooky. I appreciate what she did for me, taught me alot.

Holly said...

I wear my pointy hat to great the children who come to trick or treat at the house. And, they think it's my costume...so I just smile and nod. Just like a good crone would do! Blessings of Samhain on you and yours!!!!

Jane said...

Hmmm... which witch is which? I love that line :)
(Is it possible that you're in this photo Debra...)

Francie M said...

Ha ha. That Jne is so funny. trying to guess if you were in the photo. ha ha. Never even crossed MY mind, ha ha.

Anyway you women out there is beeyouteeful Alberta are an inspiration! So glad the group drums on!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

LOL @ Jane and Francie -- No, I'm not in the photo, but good try!

Jim said...

Look at all those good witches having all the fun!! Would love to hear some of your drumming Debra. Is that a private event or could you tape a bit for our listening. Just wondering....

sophie...^5 said...

Oh yes pls pls pls a video!

JACKIESUE said...

strong women....Goddess bless you.

DWei said...

Huh that's pretty interesting. Never heard of any of this before.

Elsie said...

How very cool. I love the purple hat!

Introverted Art said...

Fabulous group of wonderful women. I love seeing this, makes my heart sing.

sonia said...

What fun!

Goddess Findings said...

love this!

Kal said...

That would be one hell of a party.

Lisa said...

Some beautiful witches there Deb. I miss that group dynamic.
Its belatine here now and strangely enough, its Halloween as well.
Yep, I miss the group thing.