HECATE – Her name alone can conjure up a vision of what we imagine Her to be. She is the Goddess of the Witches, a Dark Goddess, the Keeper of Ancient Knowledge, Keeper of the Cauldron of Secrets.
She is the Guardian of the Crossroads, holding aloft Her torch, accompanied by Her hounds who are able to look at Past, Present and Future. We look to Her for guidance and protection as She encourages us through the obstacles in our lives and lights the way on our inner journey.
Go somewhere in your home where you will not be disturbed. Shut off any devices that may intrude upon your awareness. Light several candles, spaced around the room, also light an incense of musk (if you do not have musk, then burn an incense that you would use during your meditations).
Wrapping yourself in a meditation shawl, lie down on the floor, or on a bed if you are more comfortable. Place a pillow under your head and cover yourself with a light blanket (for some, meditation can bring a chill.) Place a bolster under your knees if you have lower back issues. Your arms will be by your sides, slightly away from your body, palms up.
Close your eyes and, very gently, allow them to focus up toward your third eye (located between your brows and up minutely) Begin long, deep breathing, through the nose only.
Bring your awareness to the breath, focusing on each inhale and exhale. Allow your breath to become slower, deeper, pushing yourself down into yourself with each breath, feeling your body get heavier with each breath, sinking down into Mother Earth beneath you. Allow the breath to bring you into your own inner consciousness, that place of your deepest wishes, desires, dreams and fears.
In your mind’s eye, you look up and find yourself on a road, lined with dark, knowing trees. You are confused as to how and why you are here. The trees whisper that you are to go forward. The path has been made ready for you.
You slowly begin to walk forward, mindful of the mists around you. One step follows another. You look to where this road will take you and see that up ahead, this road crosses another. Where the roads cross, the mists part and you see a beautiful woman, dressed in white, with Her arms open beckoning you to come closer.
Your steps come a little faster and as you get closer, the woman transforms into an older woman, dressed in red and pregnant with creativity. She continues to invite you forward.
As you get closer, She once again transforms; this time into an older woman, dressed in black. She reaches out and you take her hand. From where you stand, all is shrouded in fog. You look at Her and She smiles gently. She gestures downward and you see that She is accompanied by Her hound companions, each with three heads.
As you look at her closely, she is both kindly and serious. You are here for a reason.
Her arm indicates the road to your left. As you look, the mists part and you are able to see into the distant, and not-so-distant past. She tells you take time to linger amongst your memories, and you do so.
When you are done, you turn to look into Her wise, old eyes. She instructs you to now honor those memories, the good, the bad, the embarrassing and the painful. Now, release them into the past, where they belong. No longer will you allow them to influence your life.
She once again gestures and the path to the past is once again shrouded in mist and the one in front of you opens. She explains that the past is done, and the present is now. Take time to observe what is currently going on in your life — what is going well, and what you would change.
Once again, you look into Her knowing eyes. She is aware of all that you are feeling.
One last time, She waves Her hand. The path to the present closes, and the last path opens. Without being told, you know that this is the path to your future, what may be and can be. With some trepidation, you observe this path that is now open before you. Let your intuition be guided by your wants, needs and desires.
You look at Her, realizing that this wise woman is the Goddess, Hecate, Guardian of the Crossroads, and you bow your head to honor Her. She reaches out, lightly taking your chin in Her hand and brings your head up to look deeply into Her eyes. Her message is clear.
Let go of the past, live as best you can in the present and focus on bringing your dreams to fruition in the future. Live your life the way you know is right and best for you. Claim your sovereignty.
You thank Her profusely, and with a blessing, She releases you; you find yourself returned to your body.
Bring your awareness to the here and now. Take several deep inhales, releasing them. Stretch your arms up, slightly stretching your body to fully awaken. Open your eyes and gently bring yourself to a sitting position. Inhale, bringing your hands to the surface in front of you, grounding your energy, and exhale.
May Hecate bless you,
Another article that I have written on Hecate, can be found here