Ancient invocations and prayers reveal so much as we seek to understand the nature of a Goddess and how She was worshipped in ancient times. They frequently list the epithets and other names of the Goddess, their attributes, and associations. This particular invocation is one of my favorites for Hekate who is always the Goddess of Honor at my Samhain celebrations.
Prayer to Hekate that is several thousand years old and translated from Greek –
Three Faced Hekate, Come to me Beloved Mistress
Graciously hear my sacred spells:
Image of Night, Youthful One, Dawn-born Lightbringer to mortals
Who rides upon fierce eyed bulls.
O Queen, you who drive your chariot on equal course with Helios,
You dance with the triple forms of the triple Graces
As You revel with the stars.
You are Justice and the Thread of the Fates,
Clotho Lachesis Atropos,
O Three Headed One You are
Persephone Megaira and Allecto
O One of Many Shapes who arm your hands with
Terrible dark-glowing lamps,
Who shakes locks of fearsome serpents at your brow,
Whose mouths send forth the roar of bulls,
Whose womb is thick with reptile-scales,
At whose shoulders are rows of venomous serpents,
Bound across Your back beneath murderous chains.
O Night Bellower, Lover of Servitude,
Bull Faced and Bull Headed One
You have the eyes of bulls and the voice of dogs.
Your forms are hidden in the legs of lions.
Your ankle is wolf-shaped, and savage dogs are friendly to You,
Wherefore they call You
Hekate, Many Named, Mene,
Cleaving the air like Arrow Shooting Artemis.
O Goddess of Four Faces, Four Names, Four Ways,
Artemis, Persephone, Deer Shooter, Night Shiner,
Thrice Resounding, Triple Voiced, Three Headed, Thrice Named Selene
O Trident Bearing One of Three Faces, Three Necks, Three Ways,
Who holds undying flame in triple baskets.
You frequent the three ways and are Mistress of the Three Decads.
Br gracious unto me who is invoking you and hearken favorably.
You encompass the vast world at night,
You make the Daemones shudder and the Immortals tremble,
O Many Named Goddess who brings glory to men,
Whose children are fair,
O Bull Eyed One, Horned One, Nature, All Mother,
Who brings forth both Gods and men.
You roam around Olympus and traverse the wide and fathomless Abyss,
You are the Beginning and the End, and
You alone are Mistress of All:
For from You are all things,
And in You, Eternal One, do all things end.
You bear at Your brow an everlasting diadem,
The unbreakable and irremovable bonds of great Kronos,
And You hold in your hands a golden scepter which is encircled
By a formula inscribed by great Kronos himself
Who gave it to You to bear in order that all things remain steadfast:
“Overpowerer and Overpowered One,
Conqueror of Men and Damnodamia,
You rule Chaos, Araracharara ephthisikere,
Hail Goddess and
Attend Your Epithets!
I offer You this incense Child of Zeus
Arrow Shooter, Heavenly One, Goddess of Harbours.
Mountain Roamer, Goddess of Crossroads,
Nocturnal One of the Underworld,
Shadowy One of Hades,
Still One Who Frightens
Having a feast among the graves.
You are Night, Darkness, and Broad Chaos,
For You are Necessity, hard to escape
You are Fate, You are Erinyes and the Torture,
You are Murderess and Justice
You hold Cerberus in chains,
You are steely blue with serpent scales,
O Serpent Haired and Serpent Girdled One,
Death Bringer Who Breeds Corruption,
Feaster on Hearts,
Flesh Eater Who Devours Those Who Died Before Their Time,
Driver to the Wanderings of Madness,
Come to my sacrifices and fulfill this task for me!
Greek Magical Papyri
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