Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual to Honor Hekate (Hecate)

Welcome to Spirit’s Edge 4th ritual participating in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires! We would love to have you all share your experiences with this ritual on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page (posts are private – just click the group page and ask to join) and our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Facebook page (posts are public and please “like” and follow us while you’re at it), along with your candle photos or altar photos as well!

The timing of our ritual this year is on the Waning Side of the Full Moon, and on a Saturday evening – perfect energetics for a working with Hekate! There also will be a portion of the ritual where you will have the opportunity to do your own personalized working/meditation/journey. The link to Sorita D’Este’s Facebook event page for this ritual is HERE.

Altar for 2014 Spirit's Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Altar for 2014 Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires

This is an online ritual to honor Hekate (or Hecate, whichever spelling you prefer), working with Sorita d’Este’s Rite of Her Sacred Fires. When the ritual as Sorita wrote it calls to invoke, you may wish to have it more as an evocation if that is more comfortable. Of course, this all depends on how you use and define the words “evoke” vs. “invoke” – a topic for a whole other blog!

This year we have again planned this as an online ritual only. We would love for the entire Spirit’s Edge and our Temple community and all our friends to join together for this rite! This rite is powerful and beautiful, and we have much gratitude and love for Sorita for providing this beautiful rite as part of her devotion to Hekate.

Our Temple will be performing the Rite on Sat., May 21 at 8:30 p.m. CDT. If you want to join the exact time, you would calculate your timing for your working of the ritual based off of your time zone compared to the CDT time zone. However, rituals also work great in waves of energy, so if you wanted to do the ritual at 8:30 p.m. in your time, that’s great too. If you can’t make that time, really you could do it anytime May 21-23 to catch the wave, ideally, or when it works for you otherwise.

The heart of the Rite will be exactly as Sorita has written it. “You will need a candle (or another form of devotional fire, such as a lamp or hearth fire) and something with which to light it.” You might wish to anoint the candle or place herbs under or around it, but this is not necessary. Any other altar tools or set up are up to you.

Here is my candle for the Spirit's Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires. I decorated a glass candle with an image that spoke to me.

Here is one of my candles for the Spirit’s Edge Online Ritual for Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires. I decorated a glass candle with an image that spoke to me.

Pictures from Hecate altars are included in this blog post. It would be great if everyone shares their pics of the candles and/or altars before and after the ritual as noted above.

You may substitute “I” or “me” wherever there is written “we” if you prefer; or, you may also use the “we” even if you are working this ritual solitary in order to further connect with the current of the overall ritual. The ritual is written with the seasonal orientation of the elements, and you may of course adapt to any alignment you prefer.

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires working portion of the ritual was written by Sorita d’Este as a devotional work to Hekate. The text may also be found HERE. Her copyright information for the working part of this ritual is:

“This ritual was written in celebration of the completion of the book Hekate Her Sacred Fires and as an act of Devotion to the Goddess Hekate. Permission is given for the adaptation of this ritual for personal and group use. The ritual is designed to be performed as is, but can also be incorporated into longer rituals, and is compatible with most magical traditions. Whoever performs this rite takes personal responsibility for the results (or lack of results!) thereof, the author cannot be held responsible for any undesired effects. This ritual may be reproduced freely for non-commercial purposes in any format electronic or printed, providing that this original notice remain intact.”

The balance of this ritual, other than the working section, was written by Shea Morgan and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact me at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published elsewhere without attribution and also not without written permission from Shea Morgan.

You are welcome to share the link to this blog post.

If you have any questions, please let me know by posting on the event page.

Love and Blessings,
Shea Morgan, HPS

Cast Circle:

(using your hand or a wand or blade, cast the circle three times, once for each world, envisioning any color of light you choose, then stand in the center creating sacred space with the closing line)

I cast this circle in the Upperworld, shining the light of the heavens into this sacred space.
I cast this circle in the Underworld, the power of the depths emanating into this sacred space.
I cast this circle in the Middleworld, as the compassionate, helping spirits gather ‘round this sacred space.
I create sacred space between all worlds, a world where all is one, all is safe and all is possible.
So mote it be.

Calling of Directions/Quarters:

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the North
Earth holding the seeds of the future in its depths
As the vigilant Wolf stalks the night
Join our circle and guide and protect us in the hunt
Lend your senses and steadfastness to ours
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the East
The mighty Raven spreading black wings
Like a vision on the darkening sky
We call on you to attend our circle
Lend your sight and magick to ours
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the South
We hear your roar in the crackling of the flames
We embrace the transformation of the Phoenix
Join our circle and honor us with your presence
Lend us your powers to gently transmute that which does not serve
Hail and Welcome!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the West
As you move with the rhythms of the night,
The Black Panther, walker between the worlds, stalking the darkness,
We ask you to join our circle
Lend us your ease to move silently and swiftly
Hail and Welcome!

Call to the Animal Allies:

We call to the animals of Hekate. To all helping compassionate spirits with color as black as the night. The Wolf, The Pig, The Cat, The Dog, The Hen, The Snake…Her allies, and ours this night. Hail and Welcome!

Call to the Goddess Hekate:

Hail to Hekate!
Queen of the Witches! Guardian of the Threshold! Keeper of the Veil.
She who holds the torch of illumination to see the depths of our souls
Lighting the passage to all worlds so that we may travel at will
Guardian and protector, she keeps the dark ones at bay.
Dogs baying in the night, howl of the Wolf,
cry of the Coyote, they alert us to her presence.
Her light beckons as the Snake slides forward, calling to us
Broken glass from others’ lamps, and our own lives, lining the path of transformation
Do you have the courage to follow the path that she has blazed?
We thank you for your torch flaming through the darkness.
We ask that you join this rite and bless our workings tonight.
Hail and Welcome!

Alignment:

Howl of the Wolf crying out warning in the darkness
Crackling of the Oak snapping above the roar of the fire
Mushrooms finding life in the crevices of the rotting wood
Naked Birch beckoning us forth with her white fingers of bone
The Dark Lady calls us through the skeletal forest
The land walks in shadows, hiding in dampness and fog
The Hunted now at rest beneath layers of decaying leaves
Crows dancing on the brittle air in a language all their own
Depths of the ocean stillness belied by the crashing waves
Pounding the shoreline, the elements converge
Edge of the deep, water meeting air, shaping the earth
Burning with fire, we walk this path between
She shines her light through her crimson eyes for those that would follow
She calls her children to her side, together, yet we walk this path alone
Courage to hear the warmth under the screech of her cry
Warmth to those brave enough to enter her cloak
We find her there, underneath the mask, if we dare to seek
Heart beating and pulsing together with our own
The Crone, the Hag, the Magick of the Underworld at her command
She holds out the Key in her rot covered hand – will we take it, she asks?
Key to unlock the secrets of the below, of the depths and of our soul.
The secrets of the Apple and its seeds, sweet, yet poison
Datura, whispering, calls us, intoxicating scent of attraction
The Lady has her ways and wiles; her gifts are many
Who will be brave enough to take her gifts when offered?
Where shall they bring you? Her demands are simple though not easy
She asks a path of service in return.
Will you accept her hand now, and the key that has been offered?

The Working (Hekate, Rite of Her Sacred Fires, this portion of the ritual was written by Sorita d’Este)

Make yourself comfortable, breathe deeply and find your point of balance, a balance of mind and soul and body, which will present you proud and beautiful to the world. Breathe deeply and find your voice, the voice with which you will speak words of true and pure intent. Breathe deeply and call upon the freedom within your heart so that you will be able to express yourself with purity of intent and with strength of desire.

Place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats). Now enclose your thumbs within both your hands (in fists) and raise both your arms to the heavens.

Open your hands and with palm upwards in your left hand, bring your right arm to your side palm facing downwards and invoke the Goddess.

I invoke thee, Great Mistress of the Heaven, Earth and Sea,
By your mysteries of Night and Day,
By the Light of the Moon and the Shadow of the Sun
I invoke thee, Mistress of life, death and rebirth
Emerge now from the shadow realm to feed my soul and enlighten my mind,
Triple-formed Mistress of the three ways
I entreat thee, Key-bearing Mistress of the Nightwandering Souls
To bring forth your wisdom from amongst the stars
To bring down your starfire from the darkness between,
Creatrix of Light!
Goddess of the Shadow Realms! Light-bearing queen!
Whisper now your secrets!
Fire-bringer! Earthly-one! Queen of Heaven!

Raise both hands with palms facing upwards to the heavens (three heartbeats) and then touch the ground palms downwards
Sit before the candle and prepare to light it
Take three deep breaths and allow your senses to awaken

Hekate, companion and guide to the mysteries
I light this sacred fire in your honour,
[light fire]

Its light uniting the stars and stones, the heavens and the earth,
With this fire I express my desire for a greater understanding of your mysteries

Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Askei Kataskei Erōn Oreōn Iōr Mega Samnyēr Baui
Phobantia Semnē,

Great Hekate, who spins the web of the stars and governs the spiral of life
Guide me through towards pathways of understanding,
From Crossroad to Crossroad,
The Torchbearers and the Keybearers of your mysteries,
will always find one another.
Now sit and watch the flame flicker and dance, allow yourself to focus on the different colours in the flame, the yellows and reds, the blues and whites, and the black. If you wish you may decide to spend some time meditating on the flame, skrying for visions or omens. Likewise, you may wish to extinguish it and keep the candle – let your true self radiate brightly its beautiful mysteries from this day on forth, the flame of the fires of Hekate burns on in your heart!

I banish now the shadows of doubt from my mind,
Infused by the silence and warmth of our union
I feel your golden radiance within my heart
And the glory of knowledge on my brow,
I am a student of your mysteries.

Extinguish the flame, then place both your hands on your heart (three heartbeats), your forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand to your lips (three heartbeats), and then to your brow (three heartbeats).

Open your palms reaching towards the heaven, then reach down and touch the Earth.

[Note: End of working portion of the ritual that was written by Sorita d’Este]

Farewell to the Goddess Hekate:

Hail to Hekate!
Queen of the Witches! Guardian of the Threshold! Keeper of the Veil.
She who holds the torch of illumination to see the depths of our souls
Lighting the passage to all worlds so that we may travel at will
Guardian and protector, she keeps the dark ones at bay.
Dogs baying in the night, howl of the Wolf,
cry of the Coyote, they alert us to her presence.
Her light beckons as the Snake slides forward, calling to us
Broken glass from others’ lamps, and our own lives, lining the path of transformation
We have embraced the courage to follow the path that she has blazed.
We thank you, Lady Hekate, for your torch flaming through the darkness.
Thank you for honoring us with your presence.
Hail and Farewell!

Farewell to the Animal Allies:

We thank the animals of Hekate who harkened to our call. To all helping compassionate spirits with color as black as the night. The Wolf, The Pig, The Cat, The Dog, The Hen, The Snake…Her allies, and ours this night. Hail and Farewell!

Release of the Directions/Quarters:

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the North
Earth holding the seeds of the future in its depths
As the vigilant Wolf stalks the night
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
Guiding and protecting us in the hunt
And for lending your senses and steadfastness to ours
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the West
As you move with the rhythms of the night,
The Black Panther, walker between the worlds, stalking the darkness
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
And for lending us your ease to move silently and swiftly
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the South
We hear your roar in the crackling of the flames
We embrace the transformation of the Phoenix
Thank you for joining our circle and honoring us with your presence
And for lending us your powers to gently transmute that which does not serve
Hail and Farewell!

Hail Guardian of the Watchtower of the East
The mighty Raven spreading black wings
Like a vision on the darkening sky
Thank you for joining our circle, honoring us with your presence
And for lending your sight and magick to ours
Hail and Farewell!

Release of Circle:

We cast this circle out into the Universe
Its light shining forth as a symbol of our working
With thanks to the compassionate helping spirits
And all who have gathered with us.
Blessed be.

© copyright 2016 Shea Morgan. All rights reserved.

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