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Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« on: May 31, 2015, 11:59:05 pm »
My experience with Hekate has mostly been as a darker, underworld deity who rules over the night, ghosts, and escorting the spirits of the dead to the afterlife. I love this side of her, she's a powerful and mysterious deity, but I'm also interested in her more "universal" nature, for lack of a better term. She had a share in the dominion all three realms of heaven, earth, and sea, and either the Platonists or Neo-Platonists viewed her as the Cosmic World Soul.

It's hard for me to grasp her more wide-ranging spheres of influence because I am used to seeing her as a darker force, but maybe it's a similar case as with a goddess like Aphrodite, who is branded the archetypal "love goddess" even though there is way more to her than that. Even though Hekate fits into the Classical pantheon as a dark underworld goddess, there may be more to her also.

Does anyone have any experience or resources when it comes to Hekate as more than a dark death goddess? In particular I am interested in her connection to heaven and the sea, but I would like to know about pretty much anything to do with her.

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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 11:07:04 am »
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Does anyone have any experience or resources when it comes to Hekate as more than a dark death goddess? In particular I am interested in her connection to heaven and the sea, but I would like to know about pretty much anything to do with her.

 
I don't know how much it'll have of the info you're particularly looking for, but The Hekate FAQ (originally created by a onetime Cauldronite; now available only through the Wayback Machine, alas) is the most comprehensive source of info about Hekate that I know of.

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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 01:50:08 pm »
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Does anyone have any experience or resources when it comes to Hekate as more than a dark death goddess? In particular I am interested in her connection to heaven and the sea, but I would like to know about pretty much anything to do with her.


Well, personally I don't see Hecate as a dark death goddess - she's more the light in the darkness, guide & guardian - and I don't know what you may be familiar with, but these might be of interest:

Hesiod's Theogony
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:abo:tlg,0020,001:418
 
Hekate/cosmic soul/Chaldean etc
http://www.aakkl.helsinki.fi/melammu/database/gen_html/a0001385.php
http://www.aakkl.helsinki.fi/melammu/database/gen_html/a0001387.php

There's also a chapter in Sarah Iles Johnston's excellent "Restless Dead" entitled 'Hecate & the Dying Maiden' which talks about how Hekate's ancient cultus and how she became the 'mistress of ghosts'.

Abstract of that chapter:
http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0006

Or if you can get jstor access:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt3fh2v2

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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 05:46:30 pm »
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Or if you can get jstor access:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt3fh2v2

 
Alas, this appears to not be available to us basic/free-level JPASS users, either; if you don't have access through an institution, or by paying through the nose, no luck. (OTOH, I think this is the first time I haven't been able to access something with my JPASS - there is a lot available that way, and I'm extremely pleased that I decided to sign up.)

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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 06:18:08 pm »
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I don't know how much it'll have of the info you're particularly looking for, but The Hekate FAQ (originally created by a onetime Cauldronite; now available only through the Wayback Machine, alas) is the most comprehensive source of info about Hekate that I know of.

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Oh, fabulous. Didn't know about that.

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Well, personally I don't see Hecate as a dark death goddess - she's more the light in the darkness, guide & guardian - and I don't know what you may be familiar with, but these might be of interest

 
Good point, and thanks for the resources.

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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 06:28:33 pm »
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Alas, this appears to not be available to us basic/free-level JPASS users, either; if you don't have access through an institution, or by paying through the nose, no luck.

 
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You might well be able to get access through interlibrary loan. (But yes, the JPASS thing remains awesome.)
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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2015, 05:22:18 am »
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Does anyone have any experience or resources when it comes to Hekate as more than a dark death goddess? In particular I am interested in her connection to heaven and the sea, but I would like to know about pretty much anything to do with her.
She's been a major part of mine and my wife's practices for some times. She has had a sort-of personal dedication to her, and found that she is a rather severe figure at times, but mostly a protectress. I worship her primarily as a goddess of the household and its boundaries, as in Greek religion, her primary role was that of the defender of the crossroads and boundaries of homes and families. I also pay her respect as a guide of the souls of the dead. And, in my private mystic practices, we both look to her as a goddess of magic, particularly regarding herbalism, protection from malice, and as a mediator between the living and the dead.

She's not unlike a female, chthonic Hermes, honestly, from what I've experienced and researched.

But, you are right, in that she does have some parts of her pertaining to the sky, sea, the stars, and the moon--to a certain extent, mostly due to conflation with other goddesses.
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Re: Hekate as a Universal Goddess
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2015, 01:54:40 pm »
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She's not unlike a female, chthonic Hermes, honestly, from what I've experienced and researched.


That's basically my understanding of Hekate, as well.

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