Hekate is one of the Cthonic Olympian goddesses. She is a torchbearer, lighting the way for the dead – but also a worker of magics, a speaker for ghosts, a poisoner, and the goddess with dominion over the nighttime crossroads. She was frequently invoked with defixative curses, and is still called upon as a vehicle for woe.
Hekate’s name means worker from afar, and her abilities tend to reflect this. She is typically depicted carrying a pair of torches and being followed by a black hound and a polecat. Both women. Continue reading