For our new series, we uncover the origins and mythos behind cross-pantheon Gods and Goddesses from around the world. For further reading, check out our recommendations below.
The most complete anthology of Hecate in the 21st century, Hekate, Her Sacred Fires, features a collection of essays and artworks on the Goddess from writers and practitioners from all over the globe. With an introduction by editor Sorita d'Este, the 300+ page book explores ways to work with and honor the primordial Triple Goddess, as well as rituals, historicities, timelines, incantations, and personal narratives associated with her. A surprisingly thorough tome with magical deep dives into the Queen of Witches.
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In this 2017 book published by Llewellyn, Stephanie Woodfield uncovers the "many faces of the dark goddess" that lead to personal transformation and change. Woodfield's book is a practical guide organized in three sections (descent, challenge, and rebirth) and looks at misconceptions surrounding Hecate. Focusing on shadow work, healing, and renewal, Dark Goddess Craft includes rituals, offerings, and invocations for the Goddess.
You can purchase the book directly from the publisher here or visit the Enchantments shop.
A more compact version of the anthology above, Hekate, Keys to the Crossroads features a collection of personal essays, invocations, recipes, and rituals from twenty modern witches and Priestesses. This 156 page book edited by Sorita d'Este offers a comprehensive study of the history, mythology, and power of the multi-faceted, key-bearing Goddess of the Night.
According to d'Este, "Wherever you look, be it in the texts of Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium or the Renaissance, the Greek Magical Papyri or the Chaldean Oracles, you will find Hekate." You can purchase the book directly from the publisher here or visit the Enchantments shop.
Hekate, Liminal Rites, penned by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine, retraces the Goddess of the Crossroads' ancient provenance and origin stories that reach back through the millennia. According to the authors, Hecate's "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." This nearly 200 page book published by Avalonia draws from a wide range of sources, including historical and magical research, that paint a deeper, more nuanced picture of the Goddess and her mysteries.
To read our brief history of Hecate from our new Gods and Goddess series, check out this story.