Plants Associated with Artemis
- white poppies
FIGURES OF LORE | hecate, greek mythology
↳ requested by anon
Hecate or Hekate (pron.: /ˈhɛkətiː/; ancient Greek Ἑκάτη, Hekátē; /ˈhɛkət/) is an ancient goddess, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Savior (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. She was one of the main gods worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family.
Hecate may have originated among the Carians of Anatolia, where variants of her name are found as names given to children. William Berg observes, “Since children are not called after spooks, it is safe to assume that Carian theophoric names involving hekat- refer to a major deity free from the dark and unsavory ties to the underworld and to witchcraft associated with the Hecate of classical Athens.” She also closely parallels the Roman goddess Trivia, with whom she was identified in Rome.
Today Hecate is worshiped by persons who have reconstructed and revived the indigenous religions of Greece, such as Hellenic polytheist groups like Hellenion and YSEE.
Hecate is also one of the ‘patron’ goddesses of many witches, who in some traditions refer to her in the Goddess’s aspect of the “Crone”. But other traditional witches associate her with the Maiden and/or with the Mother as well, for Hecate has three faces, or phases. Her role as a tripartite goddess, which many modern-day Wiccans associate with the concept of ‘the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone’, an interpretation clearly from the ancient myths, songs and statuary, was again made popular in modern times by writers such as Robert Graves in The White Goddess, and many others. This association is also noted in the 20th century, with the occult author Aleister Crowley. Historical depictions and descriptions show her facing in three different directions, a clear and precise reference to the tripartite nature of this ancient Goddess. The later Greek Magical Papyri sometimes refer to her as also having the heads of animals, and this can be seen as a reference to her aspect of Motherhood, who is often depicted as a ‘Mistress of Animals’.
The sun in its heights is not so gold
as your burning face.
Robins on the lawn cannot hope
to match your turns and leaps.
Gilded shafts are the notes of your voice, and the bend
of your body the bow.
The sun itself does not set, that it may linger
at your dance,
that its rays may gift your brow
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Make your own Ink! (powdered pigment method)
Pick poppies, pansies, roses, violets or any other intensely-colored petals.
Hang the flowers upside down for several weeks until the petals are completely dry.
Grind the petals in a mortar, reducing them to a fine powder.
Mix the powder with enough…
Deep within the forest dark
Lies a beast with baleful bark
Feasting on a infant’s soul
Cross its path and pay the toll
Aire! Gruagach! Aire! Gruagach!
Pass not through the village gate
Sun has set and day is late
If you walk alone at night
You meet black and grey and white
Crouched upon a rock or tree
It eats either you or me
It needs neither knife nor bowl
Drinks your blood out of your skull
Eyes to flame a fearful red
Claws to rend a body dead
Teeth to strip your white bones bare
They knit mittens from your hair
They will tan your hide for shoes
Boil your fat to grease their stews
Singing shanties to your groans
Playing pipes of hollowed bones
Run, hide, stay inside! Listen unto me!
Dark sport is the court of the Unseelie!
I have saved these words for last
Learn them well and hold them fast
Never venture from your bed
Else your very soul is dead!
I would like to apologize for my Kali graphic I created last night. It was brought to my attention that it was offensive, and I completely understand why, but it was early in the morning last night (roughly 4 am?) and I had been working on it for quite some time so I did not fully think things through when I was finishing it up.
I had been struggling all night to find stock images I could use and the sources I were using were sadly very very white -.- I could NOT find an appropriate Indian stock image to use for the graphic. I found the poses I liked best and decided I would just alter the skin tone as best I could since Kali has black skin/blue skin and I was able to on the images on the left but the model I picked for the images on the right had tattoos and after several hours of having a very very difficult time isolating the skin tone I kinda gave up and just left the images as they were skin tone wise.
That was a mistake.
See the problem was not my wanting to white wash a goddess, one that I respect greatly, the problem was lack of skill and resources.
Had I been thinking clearly I would have simply given up until I could find the images that suited it and put it as a WIP, but when I start something I tend to rush it to get it done - tenacity can be great as long as you don’t accidentally white wash an amazingly power Hindu goddess by mistake.
So please, if anyone was offended - accept my apology and understand it was not my intention but also the offensive graphic has been removed until I can find images that are more appropriate.
(It was also pointed out the sword was inaccurate, I know :( couldn’t find usable stock for the other. I didn’t want to steal images not available for editing purposes and free stock options are pretty low. If more skilled editors have some sources they use that they would like to share and help me out I would greatly appreciate it!)
adding a question mark to turn on answers in case anyone has an suggestions for stock sources?
Gods and Goddesses Collection - Brigid
Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame,
blazing in the darkness of winter.
O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light,
healer, exalted one.
Bless us now, hearth mother,
that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself,
and our lives abundant and fertile.