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Hecate: Goddess of Witchcraft & Necromancy - (Greek Mythology Explained)

quite often in Greek mythology the

majority of the attention is drawn

towards the Titans and the Olympians

many of the gods born in between these

two generations rarely receive any

attention at all and tales are myths

regarding them are buried underneath

stories of Zeus and his siblings what we

essentially consider today to be the

mainstream gods of Greek mythology today

we'll be taking a look at her karta the

goddess most often associated with

witchcraft the necromancy but before we

delve into anything in detail when

researching her cart a one of the most

common arguments I came across was how

exactly to pronounce her name

the most common pronunciations that I

came across were her cart a Hecker T

Hecate and her ket which will sound

pretty reasonable to me but if we take a

look at the way it's pronounced in Greek

it's got D which could easily be

translated to both Hackett E and her

cart a so I guess it comes down to

personal preference in which part of the

world you're from and when I first read

the name I was inclined to pronounce it

hecka T as to me that had a very witch

like feel but with that being said her

cart a does also sound like the name you

would give to a very old and ancient

witch her cart a was the daughter of

Percy's the Titan of destruction and her

mother was Asteria the Titan goddess of

fallen stars in divination these were

gifts that she passed down to her

daughter which is why her cart a is seen

as a goddess of the night and the moon

her most common depiction is that of a

woman holding two torches images that

could be found outside many of the major

cities where it was believed that she

would protect the inhabitants from evil

spirits naturally over the years these

images slowly creeped into households

where families believe that honoring the

goddess men that she would bring them

protection as well as prosperity

Hakata was born in the period that came

just before the Olympians and during the

war between the Olympians and the Titans

it's likely she sided with Zeus or took

no sight at all which is why she wasn't

banished like many of the other Titans

but when Mount Olympus was under siege

from the Giants her karta did offer her

assistance and she fought the giant

krytus

eventually defeating him of a pair of

flaming torches she was often associated

with the spiritual underworld commonly

passing through and interacting with the

dead as well as ghosts and lost spirits

in quite a few accounts her karta is

believed to have witnessed the abduction

of Persephone she then offered the

goddess Demeter her assistance when

looking for her daughter

using her torches to light Demeter's

path every evening when it was decided

that Persephone would spend the portion

of the year in the underworld and the

rest on earth her karta became

Persephone's consort and companion

within the underworld with Persephone

not yet quite adjusted to her new life

in the underworld her karta did her best

to comfort the young girl and ease her

transition Hades are so grateful with

the help that she had given his new

bride that he invited her Kart 8 to

become a permanent resident in his

kingdom allowing her to come and go as

she pleased in the later years Hakata

was sometimes depicted as a three-headed

goddess thought to represent a

crossroads as it was believed that

Hakata could see in all three directions

the past present and the future

this lets a crossroads been seen as

sacred in some parts of ancient Greece

they were often marked by three mosques

facing in different directions hanging

from a pole people would often leave

food at these crossroads in order to

honor her kotti and her companions that

traveled with her during the evening

another explanation to the three headed

goddess loops back around to the story

of Persephone and Demeter

with Persephone representing the young

maiden Demeter the mother and her Carty

the old crone depictions of her karta

continued to change over the years

sometimes she was seen as an elderly

woman in full-length robes and in others

she was much younger were in knee-length

skirts and hunting boots these

depictions of a younger Hakata along

with her association with the moon meant

she was quite often compared to artemis

Hakata was believed to have several

animal companions or familiars not too

dissimilar from what we expect today

from modern-day witches each one of her

animal followers had somewhat of a

transformation or metamorphosis story

the female black dog that assists her

Kotsay on her travels was once the

Trojan Queen her car BAE who lept into

the sea after the fall of Troy she was

essentially transformed or reincarnated

by her karta as a black female dog the

common house cat that had been seen at

her cottage side was once the Midwife

named Galina Theus who attempted to

interfere with the birth of Heracles on

Hera's behalf when the goddess of

childbirth ilithyia found out about her

plan she transformed her into a weasel

or in this story a cat that would later

be adopted by her karta the connection

between her karta and the tropes that

we've come to associate with the

modern-day witch can be further

strengthened by the fact that she would

mostly only be seen during the evening

enjoying strolls of her companions and

sometimes even being followed by the

occasional spirit or ghost this led many

to refer to her karta as the queen of

the night there is even a character in

Shakespeare's Macbeth who named her ket

who also happens to be the goddess of

witchcraft although largely being seen

as a protector there were those who

feared the goddess for good reasons it

was believed that she was particularly

protective of those who had been shunned

or oppressed she appreciated those who

were less conventional much like her

there's no doubt that her role in the

underworld helping those prepare for

their new life and the justa unfamiliar

surroundings brought her car take great

comfort it's hard to find any real

reference as to what type of magic that

her karta may have possessed but there

have been theories and suggestions that

are worth considering with her close

association to the dead it wouldn't be a

huge stretch to imagine that her karta

could physically touch ghosts and

spirits allowing them to be soothed it

seems likely that there would be a

strong connection between Hakata in the

dead she cared for one can imagine in a

dire situation she could come on the

dead to fight for her but this is a

power I can't see her karta ever using

as controlling another individual would

seem like something should be adamantly

against

but given the role she played in the

underworld it's likely similar to Hades

that she possessed some kind of

authority over the dead the gift that is

most heavily alluded to is the one given

to her by her mother of prophecy and

premonition as many believe that her

karta was able to look into the future

the potential list of powers that Hakata

could have possessed is almost endless

and I guess it comes down to our

imagination the court a still appears to

be honoured to this day with some pagans

and Wiccans still worshipping the

goddess because of her connection with

the underworld the moon and of course

magic the 30th of November is a day that

is devoted solely to the goddess those

wishing to honor her believe they can do

so in several ways adopting a dog or

volunteering at a shelter with one of

her companions being a dog it's believed

that dogs may have been sacred to her

karta there are even those who take care

of rundown and neglected places as it

was pretty common for the goddess to

take care of those who had been

neglected or abandoned her karta or

Hegarty or however you would like to

refer to her as is an interesting figure

in Greek mythology because she performs

the role of the wise old crone at time

she can be quite kooky and odd but she's

extremely caring and accepting almost

like a grandmother figure we can almost

see her as the goddess of new beginnings

her strong link with the spiritual world

meant that she was capable of calm and

even the most distressed spirit and

allowing hims transition into their new

life you may find it sad that she bore

no children and had no spouse but you

could put this down to her rather

peculiar nature or the fact that she

chose to devote her entire life to

helping others in need

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was definitely an interesting one to

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