The Dark Mother offers healing as she guides her witches along their journey. She teaches that witchcraft is the medicine that will make us whole. That is my story, and the one of Hekate’s Witches. It is necessary to stand in our truth in these chaotic times.
As part of the Keeping Her Keys celebrations in honor of our Dark Mother, I’m sharing the Agape Phoberos Ritual that harnesses the power of Hekate’s benevolent and baneful aspects so that we may understand the light and darkness within ourselves better. In addition, this article is also available in Spanish (as is the ritual).
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Hekate is not a goddess for everyone, but she is absolutely necessary for humanity to survive, just as we, her witches, are. Not those who dabble at sorcery or manifestation, but those of us who go deep into the night to retrieve our souls, and shine the light for others so they, too, can find healing in her dark, wet womb. We are a requirement for this planet, with a vital role to play in maintaining the balance of the world.
She calls out to those she choses. She comes to those who seek to understand themselves and the universe, to those who seek wholeness, and for those who hear the whispers of her ancient witches. We speak to the spirits, and guide others through their darkness. We are shadow workers.
We’re at a curious point in western history, when the power structures created in the name of Christianity are crumbling, literally and figuratively, and humanity yearns for a connection to the deeper world.
In these troubling times, it can be difficult to remember that we are her chosen. When the world is in chaos, and our own journey is difficult, remember.
Always remember whose you are.
The Dark Mother’s chosen.
Keepers of keys.
Seekers of mystery.
Practitioners of the craft.
Banishers of the profane,
Binders of the evil,
Blessers of the true.
Eternal beautiful becomers.
While there are many different ways of understanding Hekate, there is little argument over her status as an ancient, powerful Dark Goddess. She is the night, the shadow, and rebirth. She is also the light that leads us through hell. She is necessary to guide us through these troubling times.
May Hekate’s Torches Light Your Way
In the beginning, there was only the darkness and the fire. Their daughter was the Mother. With her first breath, she created the universe. On her second, she created her chosen, the witches. She gave us the moon to always remind us that she is with us as we pursue the keys, she holds for us, those of mystery, healing and power.
The Moon and The Mother
Like the moon, Hekate has gone through phases. Haven’t we all? Here we are today when her keys are readily available to all those willing to claim them. Hekate has risen, bringing her witches along with her. Keeping her keys, we find truth, power, and kinship.
The Leader of the Horde
Yes, she is eternally of the dark. She is a Mistress of the Dead. Leader of the Horde. The Dark Mother. When Hekate first came to me it wasn’t as a wizened crone as she was so commonly portrayed. Nor was she merely a nefarious goddess to be feared. She was so much more. Everything I read seemed to only glimpse those keys of hers. Over time, I became enthralled with Hekate’s long past. Never had I imagined that I would spend a huge chunk of my time reading ancient texts. I wouldn’t have predicted that my future included learning how to read Greek and Latin. All in the pursuit of fully understanding this ancient goddess. I remain committed to pursuing these keys of mystery and wisdom.
Mother’s Moon Reveals The TruthSitting under the pale moonlight, I am reminded of how the phases of my own life parallel the lunar cycle. Just like the moon, I go through phases. The waning periods of removal, loss and heartache. The waxing times of success and plenty. The fullness that can be wonderful, but at the same time, too damn bright. Of course, there’s my favorite time of all: when the moon refuses to appear. The darkest night is where the truth is so often found. Then the glorious New Moon, reminding me that it is never too late to start anew. Sitting here at this crossroads on this night under the moon, holding my keys.
The Mother of The Moon Who Keeps The Keys of Creation
It is always to the moon that we witches return. For under her light, we work our magick and explore the mysteries. Hekate’s association with the moon is a subject that I’ve often written about, from ways to honor her on the Dark Moon to drawing it down Hekatean Witchcraft style. Like seeing my own life as a series of lunar cycles, Hekate’s glorious history also follows clear phases, each one revealing different keys and unique crossroads.
In The Beginning, There Was The Mother
In the beginning, Hekate was most likely known by another name, as part of a Great Mother Goddess. This goddess evolved and traveled, into Anatolia and other parts of Asia Minor. Spreading into what is now eastern Europe. She became Hekate, adopted by the Greeks as their own. Was she Isis by another name? Or at the very least, the Egyptian goddess, Hekat? We’ll never know for sure, but what is known is that this was a period when the divine feminine was celebrated. It was the New Moon, the future for the Mother Goddess looked promising. The keys of magick and mystery were abundantly shared.
And The People Knew Her Power
Hekate’s cult grew, that much we know for certain, rising to a place where the regular practice of venerating her on the Dark Moon was most likely common in certain areas of ancient Greece. Ancient writers and philosophers wrote eloquently of her many powers. Her role as Witch-Mother was solidified in many tales and by ancient practitioners. She was Kleidoukhos, the Keeper of the Keys of all the Universe.
Then Her Chosen Hid
Hekate reached her zenith around the beginning of the Common Era. She then transitioned into the Roman Empire, although her keys were shared with other goddesses, and her powers narrowed. A goddess holding the keys to witchcraft and necromancy she became. This was the onset of her waning time. As Christianity grew, the reverence for her and her companions was snuffed out, often with great violence. Her witches hid themselves and her keys. The complete darkness came. Her chosen retreated into the shadow, wielding their power through secrets and deception, as was necessary.
The Necessity Of Hekate Now
For those of us called to be follow her torches, through our own healing and to share it with others. As shadow walking, truth weavers, play a vital part in the web of life. We are as necessary as Hekate.
Blessed Are We
During these crazy days of personal transformation and societal upheaval, it’s all too easy to forget that we are powerful. The Witches’ Prayer to Hekate reminds us that we are limitless.
Mighty Hekate, Queen of the Witches,
My journey is a blessed one,
Each key you give me unlocks great power,
Grateful I am for all Your keys;
The key of acceptance for that which I cannot change,
The key of courage to overcome adversity,
The key of compassion for myself and others,
They key of pain through which I discovered my own strength,
The key of suffering in which I found healing,
The key of peace that brings me contentment,
The key of wisdom so that I may live a life of truth.
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