Hecate’s Days are from August 13 to August 17. This originated from the Greeks, who celebrated Hecate on August 13 each year, the day when she protected their land from harvest-destroying storms, which the moon may cause at that time. I decided to make this a five day celebration for my personal practices.

Who is Hecate?

Hecate is a goddess of witchcraft, magic, the night, the moon, and ghosts. She is the goddess of crossroads, who holds the skeleton key to unlock all of the realms. In Greek mythology, she assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her with her torches.

Symbols of Hecate:

  • key
  • torch
  • cauldron
  • knife
  • broom
  • wolves and black dogs
  • horses
  • snakes and dragons

What drew me to Hecate?

Hecate is the liberator of women, setting them free from human-made bonds. She guides us at the crossroads when we are lost. She feeds our creativity. She represents the darkness within us, showing us our whole self.

I saw symbols of her showing up in dreams in a very dark time in my life, years ago. I began to honor her, and follow her guidance out of those times from that day forward.

How do I honor her?

  • An altar. I’m constantly putting new things on Hecate’s altar, but currently, I’ve got a snake statue, a wolf statue, a picture of horses, a cauldron candle, a black candle, and a stuffed raven.
  • Offerings. I leave honey at a crossroads. I set a small jar of lavender on the altar. I burn black candles.

At the end of Hecate’s Days, I remember the queen of the ghosts, and I begin the Ghost Festival.