Current phase: waning 4th quarter in Aries with Saturn ruling. It's been a good day to wear blue and burn Magnolia! As many know, the New Moon is tomorrow evening at 10:31 PM, which means that tonight, in the final hours of the waning moon, is a PERFECT time to seek Hecate. I have posted this before but feel led to repost. Seeking Hecate
First, who is Hecate ( Hekate )? She is an ancient Greek mythological triple-form goddess who first appeared in Hesiod's Theogony in the 8th century BCE. She represents liminal spaces, i.e. - doorways, gateways, entrances, crossroads, and midnight, thus identifies with the Moon, underworld, spirits of the dead, and both medicinal and baneful plants. She is known as Keeper of the Keys and is a light bearer
, unlocking the secret portals of wisdom and carrying a pair of blazing torches that can illuminate the path. Whenever we feel we are in a liminal space or crossroads, and can't make a decision in regards to the direction to go, you can connect with Hecate for her guidance.
Many work with Hecate during the new Moon, I associated her with the fourth quarter Moon, when the shadows are deepening, but not completely gone, since Hecate herself is associated with light.
Moon placement is very important in working with Hecate. The fourth quarter Moon represents letting go, a time of endings, banishings, cord cuttings and so forth. Thus, when faced with a decision in a liminal space, the fourth quarter Moon is a perfect time to let go of the old while stepping into the threshold of new, as it's right between the apex of the last full Moon and the quiet new beginnings of the new Moon.
When faced with indecision, Hecate is there as a guide to protect you in shadow work, be that of the dark night of the soul, or shadow ritual.
My ritual is a simple visualization and journey through a forest to a cabin in the woods. I find a key along the way, and when I reach the cabin I note the key fits the gate's lock. When I approach the door, it is slightly ajar, and a woman's voice says, "Be welcome and enter". I enter and sit across from a woman before a fire.
The ultimate quest of this is to find the key that will unlock the door to the guidance you are searching for. To find that door, you must journey inward. Your inner knowing already has all the answers you seek.
She asks what it is I seek, I lose myself in the dance of fire. I close my eyes, and last time I fell asleep. In a dream Hecate handed me a white feather. That was my key to the knowledge I was seeking. My people ( Cherokee ) are of the belief that a white feather represents spiritual purity and power. Such feathers could only be worn by spiritual leaders such as clan mothers. Other legends claim it represents the crown chakra, wisdom and blessings connected with the moon.
Regardless, if you try this, pay attention to what message Hecate has for you: a word, image, or feeling? What is the basic truth of the matter?
What does Hecate place in your hands? Whatever that is, is a talisman to help you make a decision or guide you on your next steps.
Make certain you record your visions/dreams in your journal! The sooner the better, as you remember more as you're writing!
Happy New Moon prep, All! xo