Lady of the night bring us your hoarse whispers and ancient songs,
Like deer bones tapping and clicking, calling the dead, calling winter home.
from Poem to Hecate, by Corinne Boyer
Today is the last day of the month and so it is sacred to the great Goddess, Hecate. Although Her day was once the last day of the lunar calendar, I believe it is appropriate to honor Her at this time, using our modern calendar system.
I especially want to acknowledge Her today, for we have just crossed the threshold of Equinox and are entering into the darkened half of the year.
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 also watches over the marginalized on the edges of society.
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 who find themselves at a crossroads.
It is at the three-way crossroads that Her devotees leave a “Hecate’s supper” as an offering 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 giver of wisdom, divination, magic, and dreams.
As we descend into the dark of the year, may She bless you.