The powerful symbolism of Hekate as the Keeper of the Keys offers many magical uses. One way that I incorporate her keys is by infusing keys with my intentions and seeking her blessing over each one. Another way is to honor Hekate’s multitude of roles by using different keys to represent them. I offer a ritual using nine keys that can be used as an evocation, a general working expressing gratitude to Hekate or adapted into a spell petitioning her.
One of my favorite ways to cast a spell is to create a magical object and then activate it using an incantation. I have several basic texts that I adapt to different workings. I wrote the petition to Hekate at the end of this article as part of a very personal spell seeking Hekate’s blessing over me and my two sons. The spell continues to work well, so I thought I would share it with all of you. Adapt as you feel led or even do a family blessing spell.
Hekate’s Nine Keys Ritual
For the witches’ ladder spell blessing my family, I used knot magick for my intentions for myself and my two sons. I had three different symbols representing each of us – our astrological sun signs, our favorite things, and three celestial symbols. I often use the moon (oldest son), sun (youngest son) and star (me) as symbols in spells because they map well onto our family dynamic and our individual energies. While it may be more traditional to use actual beloved objects in a spell, I think making these little charms can be just as powerful.
Hekate is honored in the spell through the nine keys. Calling upon Hekate for her help while honoring her is referred to as petitioning. I used three black keys for her Under World aspects, with each one representing a different energy. The three red keys are for her middle world characteristics and the three white are symbols of upper world Hekate.
The exaltations are a way to evoke Hekate into your space. Start this working as you typically do, with purification and circle casting. After the exaltations, move onto your specific intentions/incantations for your spell. I haven’t included mine since they are personal.
I did this spell on the full moon although I didn’t draw down Hekate’s Moon in any overt way.
As I tied each key onto the frame using three knots, I recited the appropriate epithet and exaltation:
Underworld Exaltations:Hail Hekate Chthonia, The Earth,
You are the ground on which we walk.
Hail Hekate Nykhia, The Night Walker,
You are our protector as we walk through the night.
Hail Hekate Skotia, The Darkness,
And You are the night, itself.
Protect us, Mighty Queen.
Middle World Exaltations:
Hail Hekate Enodia, The Way,
You are the path on which we walk.
Hail Hekate Empylios, The Gate Keeper,
You guard the entrances to the worlds,
Hail Hekate Hegemonen, My Guide,
And You guide us along our path.
Guide us Mighty Queen.
Upper World Exaltations:
Hail Hekate Adolos, The Brightness,
You are the light in all things.
Hail Hekate Pammetor, Mother of All,
You are the creatrix of all things,
Hail Hekate Soteira, The Savior.
And You light our way.
Light our way, Mighty Queen.
When I finished with the keys, I tied on our personal symbols using three knots while chanting my intentions for us as a family and as individuals.
I hope that my witches’ ladder will inspire you to get creative with your own displays of devotion, rituals, and spells. The magickal things we make from scratch are the most meaningful and powerful!
More creative ways to do Hekate’s Witchcraft can be found in my ever-growing article here.
You can start this spell by evoking Hekate. Read my all-purpose evocation here.
More ways to connect with Hekate can be found here.
Drawing down Hekate’s Moon guidelines can be found here.