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The End of September

‘Tis The Last Rose of Summer

‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone ;

All her lovely companions

Are faded and gone ;

No flower of her kindred,

No rose-bud is nigh,

To reflect back her blushes,

Or give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem ;

Since the lovely are sleeping,

Go sleep thou with them.

Thus kindly I scatter

Thy leaves o’er the bed,

Where thy mates of the garden

Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,

And from Love’s shining circle

The gems drop away.

When true hearts lie wither’d,

And fond ones are flown,

Oh! who would inhabit

This bleak world alone ?

— Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Today is the last day of the month and so it is sacred to Hecate. In modern Goddess traditions, Hecate is widely known as the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess. But historically, She was also recognized as the beautiful (but formidable) Maiden, as well as a fierce Mother protector of children and women, particularly women in childbirth.

She is the Goddess of Witches and of magic, the dark of the Moon, and the depths of the underworld, which is appropriate for this darkening time of year. Hecate walks along the roadways and counsels those at the crossroads. It is at the three-way crossroads that Her devotees leave a “Hecate’s supper” in Her honor on this night.

Of all the Greek Goddesses, Hecate alone could grant or refuse anything asked by mortals. She is the Queen of the Night, and those who seek Her protection can move safely in the darkness. Hecate is the voice of wisdom, divination and dreams. May She bless you.