Hekate and the Spring Equinox: The Winds of Change and the Balance in All Things

Hekate and the Spring Equinox: The Winds of Change and the Balance in All Things March 16, 2018

 

Living here along the Atlantic coast, spring storms into my life with 80 mph winds. March is a fierce month here, with little evidence of fresh growth to be seen. Spring here requires faith that greener – and calmer – days are coming. I find faith in the very winds that rip shingles off my roof for I know that these are the winds of change. The raging waves that flood the shore are necessary for the coastal plants to grow. Like these plants, the storms of life nourish our bodies. The winds blow us clean, clearing the way for a fresh start.

Perhaps the stormy side of spring here in Nova Scotia is foremost in my mind rather than the cuteness of eggs and bunnies at least partly because my youngest son has recently turned thirteen. The last thing he wants is an Ostara celebration like way back in his childhood days. His declaration hit me like a nor’easter. The wheel of my life has turned and I’m suddenly beyond making holiday magick happen for my sons. While trying to sort out what Ostara will look like without the cuteness, my thoughts wandered towards the deeper meaning of the Equinox.

Hekate and the Spring Equinox

My thoughts about Hekate and the Spring Equinox are kind of complicated. On one hand, I see Her in the storms and the winds of change in Her role as Brimo and as Queen of Land, Sea and Sky. There’s Her role as Torch-Bearer to consider as well. Finally, she is Pasikratea, the very Queen of the Universe with the moon and the sun under Her domain.

Her Seasonal Fire’s

Hekate is associated with Spring through her role as Persephone’s guide out of the Under World. I like to think that the very same torch which lit Persephone’s path is used to light the fire of creation. I know I’m combining different stories here, but isn’t that what we all do to make sense of things? Hekate as The World Soul from The Chaldean Oracles is seen as that fire. While her fire turns to creation and away from lighting our way through darkness, she becomes Enodia, both the guide along our earth-bound journey and the very way itself. The winds of change have blown out Her torch-light for now and we need to walk in our own light, even if it’s a bit stormy.

Season of Hekate as The Way

Welcome to spring, the season of Hekate as The Way. This is the Middle World Hekate, her balancing act between the realms is reflected in the equal length of daylight and darkness. We are released from our season of darkness into the light. We don’t need her torch-light anymore, we have become our own light. Still, Her guidance is necessary and can be found in whispers along our path. In the confidence that reverberates along the road of our lives, feeling the buzz of Her energy in the ground beneath our feet.

Goddess of Mediation

Hekate is often portrayed as a Goddess of Mediation, from helping poor Persephone to aiding in Medea’s spells. For some, this relegates her to the role of a minor goddess. This is completely untrue. Ask any mom who’s hidden eggs so that her children believe that there’s a magic bunny on the loose, it’s often those who work behind the scenes who have the real power. Spring is a time for Hekate to be the mediator of our lives, too.

As Her energy shifts from the Under World to the Middle World of everyday life, She calls to us to do the same. It’s time to leave our gloomy cave to brave the winds of change. I hadn’t thought about this at all, until I noticed that my blog “When Hekate Calls: A Practical Guide for Answering” was getting a lot of views this week. Much more than I would have anticipated. Here’s my theory: that when Hekate emerges alongside of us from our personal Under World – and the seasonal one of winter – She calls us for the first time or anew. Reminding us that it’s time to shine our own light.

There are many epithets that can be associated with Hekate as The Wheel of Year turns to spring. In the month of March, She is Ergatis – the energizer of these coastal storms and new growth. She is described as The Mother of All (e.g., Pammetor) in various ancient sources. But it is as Enodia that I feel Hekate is most represented in the energy of the Spring Equinox. Spring is the season when the earth is reborn. Hekate mediates the seasons as She did for Persephone and our lives, ensuring the balance of all things.

Mistress of Balance

Hekate’s energy within the context of the Spring Equinox is as the Mistress of Balance. This role is connected to being a Goddess of Mediation, for Her efforts as such have the outcome of achieving balance. For devotees, we experience this first hand. She doesn’t shield us from the storms of life and the winds of change. Instead, She comes to us to guide us along our way rather than to force Her will upon us. We are sovereign agents walking the stormy shore. When we enter the season of spring in Her Wheel of the Year and in our lives, no more do we walk in darkness but in light, seeing the storm-tossed coast and feeling the winds of change. Perhaps She smiles as She turns Her attention away from us towards the fire of creation.

Hekate as the Universal Creatrix

As Pasikratea, Queen of the Universe, She is the creatrix of the fire of creation and the force of the storms necessary to wash the land clean. Both the sun and the moon are Her domain. On the Spring Equinox, She reveals herself as the Mistress of Balance.

As the Spring Equinox draws nigh, it is this aspect of Hekate that speaks to me. In the storms, the wind and in the fiery energy of creation that tingles in my feet, I see the balance of it on the grand scale and in my own life. While my days of making Ostara magick may be behind me, there is a new season to look forward to. My days of immersion in the mothering of small children yields to my time to focus more on my work. The seasons change, no one better than the other. All rife with blessings for the taking.

However you honor Hekate on the Spring Equinox, I hope you take the time to contemplate the majesty of all of Her domains, from the depths of the Under World to the heights from which the winds of change come. For She is the mediator between all these things, and the bringer of balance to the Wheel of the Year and our lives.

Hymn to Hekate on the Spring Equinox

Hail Hekate Pasikratea, Queen of the Universe.
Hail Hekate Aglaos, Creator of the Sun.
Hail Hekate Erigeneia, Ruler of the Moon.
As Creator of the Sun,
You shine down upon us,
Bringing life to all things,
As Ruler of the Moon,
You light up the darkest nights.
On this day when the day equals the night,
And the sun and moon are balanced,
I honor you as Divine Keeper of Balance.
On this day when the day equals the night,
May I understand the balance of my own life,
That the darkness and the storms
Yield to the winds of change,
Ushering in a new season.
Hekate Enodia, my road
May be a difficult one,
But my faith that all will be born anew is strong.
I offer my gratitude, Blessed Hekate.
Hail Hekate Pasikratea, Queen of the Universe.
Hail Hekate Aglaos, Creator of the Sun.
Hail Hekate Erigeneia, Ruler of the Moon.

 

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