Written by Maeven Eller-Five
Hecate – Queen Of The Night
Every lunar month, the Athenians of Ancient Greece honored Hecate during the New Moon. They did so before the first sliver of moonlight was visible in the night sky. They honored Hecate during their last meal of the day.
Once a month, during the Dark of the Moon, they ate foods that honored Hecate. This meal, the last of the day, was called the Deipnon. Many foods commonly associated with Her are raw eggs, leeks, garlic, onions, pomegranates, mushrooms, red mullet and fish roe.
After the meal, Hecate’s food offerings were carried to the designated crossroads or shrine. These places were kept in Her Honor and for lost souls of those unavenged or unready to die. Here they could nourish themselves on their long journey out of Hades.
Some of the other offerings left at shrines, altars, and crossroads are:
- Graveyard dirt
- Statues, and art of Her
- Black stones and other gems
- Black feathers, especially those of Raven or Crow
- Dog hair
Being known as a protector of children, women, and the oppressed, Hecate waits and watches. As The Queen of the Night, She can see what others cannot. She knows what others fear to bring out into the light. She waits there at the crossroads for those in need of Her, in service to all who seek Her there.