Hail Hekate, the Dark Mother, Queen of Witches, Keeper of the Keys, Golden Robed Terrifying Queen. Should you wish to behold her presence, performing this ritual will undoubtedly get her attention. The question I pose to you is, “are you ready for her?”
If you are fearful of her majesty, then perhaps you are not ready to summon her. On the other hand, if you are seeking her power for insincere purposes, I pity you. Her wrath is fierce for the profane.
Hekate is the force underlying all of creation. She is the deepest mystery there is. We can be granted glimpses into her power, but it is only through sincere intentions that such visions are granted. Those mysteries lie within Hekate’s Witches. This ritual breaks down the illusion of separation between us and the Goddess that we have been forced to believe. She offers your key to your own Inner Temple. Will you claim it?
The Witch Mother is medicine to her chosen and poison to the profane. If you aren’t certain which you are, then avoid this ritual. I’m not saying this to scare anyone off, but it is a warning.
Hekate is rising. We, her witches, have been called home to her crossroads. She awaits with her keys of magick, medicine and mystery.
Evoking Hekate Begins With Reconnecting To Our Sacredness
To evoke Hekate we must go deep within ourselves, returning to our own sacredness. As long as we deny that she resides within our witches’ souls, then we are denying her. The road back to our sacredness is a long and winding river.
The full version of this ritual can be found in Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft.
This ritual has been performed by hundreds of Hekatean Witches around the planet. It is my offering to all those who seek to return to their own sacredness through the Witch Mother.
Evocation is the intentional summoning of the Witch Mother into our presence. It is visceral, transformative and incredibly healing. To call Hekate forth is a radical act of sovereign power. We awaken the coiled soul-serpent within that is Hekate through which we connect to her external presence. There is no separation between us and her. This ritual is an act of remembering what we have always known.
This evocation came to me over a period of months over a decade ago. It was a dream that was a whisper that was a key which opened the gates to my own sacredness. Through those months, I beheld the majesty of the Witch Mother. There were days, weeks even, that I walked through my everyday responsibilities in a sort of fugue so deep was my connection to her. When it came time to write all that I was experiencing as a ritual, I turned to ancient texts for inspiration.
I developed this evocation using various ancient texts and epithets. I wanted to capture as much of the image of this ancient and complex goddess that I could with a relatively short evocation. The first time I used this in a large ritual, Hekate’s presence surrounded the group with such power that it was almost smothering. Her energy caused the fire to get out of control – forcing me to break my chanting to get someone to throw water on it. My attendants at the ritual were so overcome that they hadn’t noticed. Many of those present at the ritual were afraid. Such is the presence of the Witch Mother. Take that as a precaution. Over the years, I’ve learned to better manage the power of this evocation. The version I share is imbued with her power and strengthened by all those who have performed this rite.
I recommend you engage in standard ritual preparation before you start any working, including proper cleansing and consecration of all objects and tools to be used and a self-purification including bathing.
Hekate’s colors of black, red and white are appropriate. All three should be represented in your attire and on the altar. Three is the number most sacred to Hekate, so candles, herbs, etc. should usually be staged in trios. Of course, an icon of Hekate and her symbols (e.g., Hekate’s Wheel, keys) should be included on this altar. I always include something dead (bones of an animal sacred to Her), something stagnant (wine, for example) and something growing (a bulb of garlic works) to represent the three realms, the three selves and the three stages of life.
Hekate is a Triple Goddess. For some, this means she represents Maiden, Mother and Crone. Read more about Hekate as The Triple Goddess.
Plant Spirits: The Deathwalking Oil is an excellent ally for this rite.
If you are new to evoking, I recommend practicing with just a few stanzas. Acknowledge to Hekate that this is what you are doing. Notice the energy that you summon. Process it. Over time, work up to the entire evocation.
There are hand positions that go with the evocation. The basic way to hold your hands is together, with the three middle fingers of each hand touching each other. Your thumb and pinky finger of the same hand should be together, forming a circle. Start with your hands in the Middle World position, at your heart center. Although your hands don’t always remain touching, each hand stays in the same position – with the three fingers out and the thumb-pinky in a circle. The left hand always moves down to the earth, while the right will reach up each time.
Evocation of Hekate Suitable for Any Rite
Blessed Hekate, Great Mother, I am grateful for Your presence in my life.
Leader, Shining One, Three-Formed Goddess.
Liberator, Liberator, Liberator.
Black as night,
(Hands together at heart center)
I implore you, Mighty Queen!
(Bow your head, state your name. Take three breaths.)
I honor You as the Young Mistress,
I honor You as the Eternal Creatrix,
I honor You as the timeless World Soul,
The Under World, the Middle World and the Upper World.
And ask Your blessing for this rite!
My intention is pure
And my will is strong!
Find the complete instructions for this ritual in Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft
Listen to this podcast from one of my students going deeper into this ritual here.