Hecate In Greek Mythology

The Goddess Hecate
The Goddess Hecate

Introduction

Hecate is known as the Greek Goddess of the crossroads, witchcraft, and basically anything to do with magic. Although this Goddess wasn't just popular among the Greeks she was also worshiped by the Romans, who known her as Trivia. To this day she is still sought out by Pagans who know her to be the Goddess of Witches and also look at her as being a Crone Goddess.

Things Held Sacrad To Hecate

Like many Gods and Goddesses Hecate holds certain things to be very sacred to her. She really liked offerings of Garlic, however there are many other plants that she is also associated with. Mandrake, Belladonna, Dittany, and Aconite, plants were also offered to her because she liked those as well.

Trees are always sacred to the Gods and Goddesses. With Hecate her favorite tree and also one she found to be sacred is the Cypress tree.

Hecate also had a few favorite animals. She loved dogs, they were her top most favorite animal of all time. They are often depicted with her in media, stories, and even statues. But they weren't her only favorite for Hecate also had a soft heart for Frogs.

How She Looked

There are a few different physical looks that Hecate was depicted to look like. In some legends she is said to be invisible, holding no physical look. The only time you can see her is with a quick glimpse of nothing but light. It may be because she was also sometimes said to be a Moon Goddess.

Another way she is described to look is interesting. She was once said to have three heads. This way of look is described during the Hellenistic period. During this time she was associated with magic, curses and witchcraft.

Then the last way she is described. She was said to be a rather large gigantic woman who had snakes that made up her hair as well as her feet. With this depiction she is said to carry both a sword and torch in her hands.

In either case she was said to always be around shrieks, yells, barking, and thunder.

Plant Lore

This Goddess is closely associated with plant lore. This includes both plants that could poison but also plants that could help in healing. She's said to use plants many times and even said to have told others about plants to help them in healing as well as to bring harm. Though Hecate isn't one of my favorite ones I have to agree with her liking of plant lore.

Her Origin

Hecate's true origin is unknown. She had many followers everywhere however she was the most popular in Thrace. As far as mythology goes however, she is said to be the daughter of Perses and Asteria, who is a star Goddess.

A statue was once found that is clear proof that this Goddess was recognized in Athens before the Persian Invasion. Needless to say she has been known for years.

Goddess Of...


Best known for being the Goddess of Crossroads and witchcraft Hecate has also been associated with childbirth, nurturing the young, and anything to do with lunar lore.

She's known to be a very helpful Goddess if you are one who follows her. For she came to the aid of Demeter in the search of her daughter. Afterwards she stuck with Persephone as her companion. Evidence that she is a kind Goddess. However she could also be cruel if the occasion called for it.

Conclusion


Hecate may have been first recognized many years ago however the belief in her is not quite yet dead like you may believe. With in modern day Hecate is followed by many Pagans who hold a special connection with her. She may have been followed in ancient times but that doesn't mean she has been forgotten. She's mentioned in media still, there are many books that speak of her as well. No, I don't believe she'll ever die out. She will always be remembered as the Goddess of Witchcraft. The Goddess Of Crossroads and a big dog lover.

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nasake 5 years ago from England

another informative hub! Quite brave that you have tackled Hecate actually, considering she has such a vast variation in history. Well done!

Also, while dogs are seen as the Goddess's sacred animal, so are spiders. She is said to be the Goddess of spiders. This knowledge linked with her vast variations of her from different beliefs suggest that she may be something more than a Goddess. Perhaps she is the web of life that links us to everything and everything to us? Just a theory.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

What an interesting theory. I had no idea that spiders were also sacred. Once again thank you for letting me know.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I wonder if her connection to garlic somehow influenced today's mythology about garlic. For example, you can use it to keep vampires away. I don't know, but it is interesting to think about.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

I'm sure it probably has some kind of connection. It is an interesting thought


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hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

Thanks for this informative hub; I learned some new things about my favorite Goddess.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

You're welcome and thank you for reading.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Nice thank you for sharing


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BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I really enjoyed the informative nature of this hub, great work, voted up and interesting, you mow have s new follower.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you BakerRambles. I am glad to see that you liked it and found it to be interesting.

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