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You should fear me child, I'm nothing like your gentle Mary. This mother have given birth to no messiah, but witches and serpents and curses of the night.
Hecate.

Hecate is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, crossroads, boundaries, ghosts, necromancy, and the dark side of the moon in Greek mythology. She was often depicted holding two torches or a key. She was the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria, and she was honored in the households as a protective goddess who brought prosperity. She is the attendant of Persephone and is the chthonic queen's most trust servant.

Overview

She was a chthonic goddess that preceded the Olympians, and it seems that she was highly worshipped in Thrace. She was also closely associated to the spiritual world, ghosts, and the dead. She also helped goddess Demeter in her search for her daughter Persephone, when the latter was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld; after it was decided that Persephone would spend a third of a year in the underworld and the rest on earth, Hecate became Persephone's companion to and from the underworld each year.

She has been associated with childbirth, nurturing the young, gates and walls, doorways, crossroads, magic, lunar lore, torches and dogs. In Ptolemaic Alexandria and elsewhere during the Hellenistic period, she appears as a three-faced goddess associated with ghosts, witchcraft, and curses. As the goddess of the crossroads, cult images and altars of Hecate in her triplicate or trimorphic form were placed at three-way crossroads (though they also appeared before private homes and in front of city gates).

Hecate is said to be the goddess that Zeus honors above all others. This is evident in him giving her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honor also in starry heaven, and is honored exceedingly by the deathless gods. To this day, whenever any witch offers rich sacrifices and prays for favor according to custom, they call upon Hecate. Great honor comes full easily to the witch whose prayers the goddess receives favorably, and she bestows wealth upon them; for the power surely is with her.

Together with the Titan Helios, Hecate mothered Circe, Aeëtes, Perses of Colchis, and Pasiphaë. She is also the creator of the Empousai and the patron goddess of Witches and other magic casters.

Appearance

As a triple goddess, Hecate could appear in three forms: a young girl (the maiden), an adult woman (the mother), and an old woman (the crone). She sometimes appears as a woman with three separate heads, or three entirely different forms for the morning, noon, and night.

However, no matter in what form, she is exceptionally gorgeous, with intricate features like that of a Greek statue - pale, beautiful, and ageless. She is dressed in dark robes, holding twin torches in her hands, a poisonous snake hanging from her shoulders, and a ring of keys and a dagger tied around her waist. She is often accompanied by a pole-cat and a she-dog.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

History

When Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, Hecate was one of the beings who knew of the kidnapping, being able to sense the earth being split apart by the powerful magic of the gods. However, due to Zeus' meddling, she wasn't able to specifically sense who was the one that kidnapped her.

Later on, when she was performing one of her rituals, she discovered a distraught Demeter travelling to find her missing daughter. When heard about what happened, she quickly connected the kidnapping with the burst of magical energy she felt earlier, and offered to help Demeter on her journey. She would then assist her every night, lending out her silver torches to show the goddess her way.

When Persephone and Demeter were finally united, Hecate was rewarded handsomely, even given the rank of a goddess, which was extremely rare for a Titan born after the Titanomachy. Hades then recognized her talents, being able to sense his magical energy from such a far place and offered her a position in his court, which she quickly accepted, fully know the benefits it would give him.

Hecate then became the Court Magician of Hades' court, working as the goddess of magic and sorcery. She and Persephone then became friends, to the point where the chthonic queen would proudly call Hecate her best of friends.

Myths and Legends

Hecate possibly originated among the Carians of Anatolia; the region where most theophoric names invoking Hecate, such as Hecataeus or Hecatomnus, progenitor of Mausollus, are attested, and where Hecate remained a great goddess into historical times, at her unrivaled cult site in Lagina. While many researchers favor the idea that she has Anatolian origins, it has been argued that Hecate must have been a Greek goddess. The earliest inscription is found in late archaic Miletus, close to Caria, where Hecate is a protector of entrances.

Her Roman counterpart is Trivia. A shrine to Hecate was placed at the entrances of homes or even cities, hoping to protect them from the evil spirits that roamed the world.

She was mentioned in Shakespeare's play Macbeth as the queen of the three witches who vaguely foretold the fate of the titular protagonist. However, it has been contested that Hecate was not the character in Shakespeare's original script but instead was added by someone else when the play was included in the First Folio.

Quotes

How fortunate that my beauty will be the last thing you see before you die. That is, if you can manage to see me at all...
Hecate.
I'm too old to get involved. Why did I get involved? Oh, that's right... My inherent need for chaos.
Hecate
Hecate's my closest friend! Even if I'm perpetually close to bitch-slap her smug off her face I would never harm her!
Persephone
Look at Hecate, standing guard at the crossroads, one face looking in each direction.
Ovid.

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Trivia

  • According to myths, Hecate has a habit of kidnapping young maidens and turn them into nymphs.
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