This is an extract from the chapter “From the Three-Ways” in the book Hekate Liminal Rites by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine, published by Avalonia, Hekate – Liminal Rites A Study of the Rituals, Magic and Symbols of the torch- bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine At . Hekate: Liminal Rites A Historical Study of the Rituals, Magic and Symbols of the Ancient Triple Goddess of the Crossroads By Sorita d’Este and David Rankine.
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One chapter which for me particularly shone through is the authors obvious indepth study of the PGM which was made apparent not only in the chapter dedicated to the subject, but also in the preceeding topic discussing Voces Magicae, a chapter I personally would have liked to have seen expanded or perhaps incuded as hekste of the discussions on the PGM.
The sorcery of Medea and Circe, the witchcraft of the women of Thessaly, the writings of philosophers such as Hesiod and Porphyry all provide glimpses into the world of those who honoured her. Sorita D’EsteDavid Rankine.
I only wish some of the chapters had been a bit longer though it does contain an extensive bibliography which has introduced me to some books on Hekate that i had not discovered before. Hekate is also unique in that she is named in charms that invoke Hebrew names for deity and also angels and king Solomon.
The goddess Hekate was one of the most significant deities of the ancient world. However, this is not to say that the book is some dry dusty tome that would cure even the worst insomniacs longest night, far from it. Depictions of her as three formed facing in three ways, sometimes with the heads of animals such as the horse, dog and snake hint at her liminal nature, as well as the powers she holds over the triple realms of earth, sea and sky.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This is indicative of a crossover between Greek and Jewish Magic. Her magical powers were considered so great that even King Solomon became associated with her, she was incorporated into Jewish magic, and merged with other goddesses including Artemis, Selene, Bendis and the Egyptian Isis. She was also associated with the magic of death, including necromancy and reanimation; as well as prophetic dreams, nightmares, healing liminnal and poisons.
From the Three-Ways (Hekate Liminal Rites) » The Covenant of Hekate (CoH)
It focusses on the areas of spiritual and magical practice, therefore making this a perfect book not only for scholars and students interested in learning more about the Goddess Hekate, but also for practitioners hwkate magic today who want to be able to take inspiration from the ancient practices. Honoured by men, women and gods alike, traces of her ancient provenance reach back through the millennia providing clues about her nature and origins along the way.
Some of her well known titles include:. The sorcery of Medea and Circe, the witchcraft of the li,inal of Thessaly, the writings of philosophers such as Hesiod and Porphyry all provide glimpses into the world of those who honoured her. Her history stretches back across the millennia.
Some of her well known titles include: Hekate has been given numerous epithets describing her roles and qualities over the thousands of years of her worship. Rifes was associated with ceremonies of initiation into the mysteries across the ancient world. It is well written in a reader friendly almost reportage like format.
There are some great mini-chapters regarding Hekates followers including Medea,Circe and The witches of Thessaly.
From the Three-Ways (Hekate Liminal Rites)
About the Authors Sorita d’Este and David Rankine are esoteric researchers, mythologists and modern day magicians who have between them authored more than twenty published books on magic, mythology, folklore and the occult.
No eBook available Amazon. In this book the authors draw from a wide range of sources, bringing together historical research which provides insights into the magical and religious practices associated with this remarkable Goddess.
The popular shrines at the doorways of ordinary people, offerings left at the crossroads and guardian statues of her at the entrance ways to cities and temples all attest to her status in the hearts and minds of those who knew her mysteries. THe head in many of the illustrations were animals heads such as a dogs head,goat head or a snake head to name a few. The book is clear and intelligible but does not seek to simplify the subtleties of history nor to disguise interpretation as truth.
The temples dedicated to her and the important role she played in the mysteries of Eleusis, Samothrace and Aigina all provide us with clues to her majesty. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Hekate has been with us for at least three thousand years. Whilst some of these topics have been covered by the likes of Iles Johnson, Von Rudloff, Rabinowitz and Ronan, this newest treatise on a very imminent and universal Goddess brings its own particular flavour to the table and as a result this work compliments rather than mimics other texts related to Hekate.
She was also associated with the magic of death, including necromancy and reanimation; as well as prophetic dreams, nightmares, healing herbs and poisons. The magical whir of the strophalos and the barbarous words of the voces magicae carry her message; the defixiones, love spells and charms all provides us with examples of the magic done in her name.
At the crossroads of life, death and rebirth stands the Goddess Hekate. She was a liminal goddess who was present at all the boundaries and transitional moments in life. We find traces of her in the recent past, through into the Renaissance — stretching back through the Byzantine and Roman Empires, Hellenistic, Classical and Archiac Greece through into the Greek Dark Ages — and beyond.
The magical whir of the strophalos and the barbarous words of the voces magicae carry her message; the defixiones, love spells and charms all provides us with examples of the magic done in her name.