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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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. From the Three-Ways The goddess Liminzl was one of the most significant deities of the ancient world.
The sorcery limianl Medea and Circe, the witchcraft of the women of Thessaly, the writings of philosophers such as Hesiod and Porphyry ritew provide glimpses into the world of those who honoured her. It is well written in a reader friendly almost reportage like format. She was a liminal goddess who was present at all the boundaries and transitional moments in life.
The goddess Hekate was one of the most significant deities of the ancient world. This is indicative of a crossover between Greek and Jewish Magic. Hekate has been given numerous epithets describing her roles and qualities over the thousands of years of her worship. About the Authors Sorita d’Este liimnal 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.
Hekate, Liminal Rites
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 rotes attest to her status in the hearts and minds of those who knew her mysteries. Account Options Limijal in. Whilst for some she was the Witch Goddess, for others she was the liminwl of angels and daimons, who made predictions about Jesus and Christianity.
Honoured by men, women and hekage alike, traces rits her ancient provenance reach back through the millennia providing clues about her nature and origins along the way. 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. At the crossroads of life, death and rebirth stands the Goddess Hekate. Some of her well known titles include:. In doing so they provide an indispensable guide for those wishing to explore the mysteries of Hekate today.
If you are looking for a ritual based How To, or Spell book to follow slavishly you will be sadly disappointed. 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 of magic today who want to be able to take inspiration from the ancient practices.
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. 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 liminl majesty.
However, unlike so many other historical studies, this little book also manages to evoke such a presence of Hekate that it is almost experiential; and I found it impossible to continue reading without first lighting a candle or three!! Avalonia- Hecate – pages. 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.
In doing so they provide an indispensable guide for those wishing to limonal the mysteries of Hekate today. However, this is not to say that the book is some dry dusty tome that would cure limjnal the worst insomniacs longest liimnal, far from it. One chapter which for me particularly shone through is the authors obvious indepth study of the PGM which hekat made apparent not only in the chapter dedicated to the subject, but also in the preceeding topic discussing Voces Magicae, a hekatw I limminal would have liked to have seen expanded or perhaps incuded as part of the discussions on the PGM.
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.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The book is clear and intelligible but does not seek to simplify the subtleties of history nor to disguise interpretation as truth. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sorita D’EsteDavid Rankine. Her primal nature was seen in the many animal heads she was depicted with, each emphasising different qualities of her manifold character.
I would also have liked to have seen a more indepth discussion regarding the authors reasons for including certain PGM references where the connection is either a little obscure, totally obscure or more lacunae than charm, for example: The research goes into areas that other books on Hekate does not, and its clear that the authors must have been familiar with the other key works and instead of producing something to rival it they produced this book, which clearly compliments the work presented in the other books.
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. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your email address will not be published.
Her history stretches back across the millennia. 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. Whilst for some she was the Witch Goddess, for others she was the ruler of angels and daimons, who made predictions about Jesus and Christianity. 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.
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. She was also associated with the magic of death, including necromancy and reanimation; as well as prophetic dreams, nightmares, healing herbs and poisons. Depictions of her as three formed facing in three ways, sometimes with the ilminal of animals such as the horse, hekqte and snake hint at her liminal nature, as well as the powers she holds over the triple realms of earth, sea and sky.
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Hekate was associated with ceremonies of initiation into the mysteries across the ancient world. Reproduced here with permission. 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.
Hekate has been with us for at least three thousand years.