Drawing down Hekate’s Moon is an evocation suitable for any lunar witchery, whether a ritual honoring her or when seeking her favor over a spell.
Hekate’s association with the moon is probably as ancient as the moon itself, although perhaps the names of both were different. Since the times of the existing historical records to today, Hekate has been identified with the moon in diverse ways. From ancient history, Hekate was portrayed as a night wandering dark goddess to the moon itself. Throughout the times since, her enduring role as Queen of the Witches has strengthened her as a Moon Goddess. In the twentieth century, Hekate was included in the pagan Triple Goddesses of Maiden, Mother and Crone which were often represented with the three-phase lunar symbol.
“Then, earth began to bellow, trees to dance
And howling dogs in glimmering light advance
Ere Hecate came.”
–Aeneid, Book VL
Pale Hekate comes to us late in the evening, under the Moonlight in the blackest darkness. To me, this is the Dark Mother. Primal and fierce. However, Hekate’s many roles are reflected in her connections to the moon. Evoke her as a dark, mysterious force or as a Goddess of Mediation by directly calling upon her as a Goddess of the Moon.
Hekate as a Moon Goddess rules the moon as a mediator, Under World Goddess, torch bearer, champion of liminal places and times, and Queen of the Witches. Using all these ancient citations and my contemporary understanding of lunar energy, I can visualize the Moon as part of Hekate’s domain. While I don’t see Hekate as part of the Triple Moon Goddess paradigm, it’s entirely appropriate to call upon her as part of the trio if that’s how you perceive her. Hekate’s mighty lunar energy can be petitioned, or drawn down, for our workings. Perhaps you can gather with your witch squad to draw it down together.