The Covenant of Hekate was founded to provide a community for those who have a passion for the mysteries and magic of the Goddess Hekate. The Rite of Her Sacred Fires is a global devotional celebration of the Goddess Hekate and was born out of the Hekate: Her Sacred Fires anthology project and written by Sorita d’Este (Avalonia Books). It was offered to all who wished to participate for the first time in May 2010.
Since 2010, the Rite of Her Sacred Fires has become an annual event with the rite being translated into 21 languages and thousands participating around the world. May 14 – the Full Moon – marks the fifth year of the Rite and is open to all who want to join in.
From Sorita in Hekate: Her Sacred Fires:
What is Her Sacred Fires?
The title of this book (ed. “Hekate Her Sacred Fires”) was inspired by the vision which ignited it, it also has many additional layers of significance, all of which are equally important.
Her Sacred Fires are also the fires which burn, and have burned in the past or will burn in future, on altars and shrines erected in her honour. They are the fires which will be lit all around the world when the Rite of Her Sacred Fires is celebrated on the Full Moon on 27thMay 2010 to celebrate the release of this book.
Her Sacred Fires are also the flames of Hekate’s Torches, being the light which guides the initiate through the pathways of initiation into the mysteries. The flames from her torches are the light which provides safety in the darkness when travelling from one place to another on roads which are filled with unseen dangers. The fires of her torches are also weapons, because fire burns and can destroy and purify that which is undesired and dangerous to us and can also in this context be used for protection.
Her torches can likewise be seen as possibly representing the Evening and Morning Stars (the planet Venus) which as the first and last star of evening and morning encloses the darkness of night between them, but equally the light of the day. It is even possible to speculate, that the torches are the Sun (Helios) and the Moon (Selene), who provide light in an otherwise dark world and like the Morning and Evening stars, enclose night and day between them in their never ending journeys through the sky.
But most of all, Her Sacred Fires are the individuals who understand that the goddess can be perceived through the formless fires, and that hers are the fires which ignite both love and passion, joy and sadness – in equal measures. Whichever way you choose to interpret it, her torches are always fires of illumination.
Connect with the global Hekate current on May 14:
Sorita d’Este performing the Rite of Her Sacred Fires in 2010: