Festival of Hekate!
"Three times she raised her arms
to stars and sky,
And three times wheeled about
and three times splashed
Her hair with moonlit water from a brook.
Three times she screamed,
then fell upon her knees
To pray 'O night, night, night!
Whose darkness holds
All mysteries in shade, O flame-lit stars,
Whose golden rays with Luna floating near
Are like the fires of day- and you, O Hekate,
Who know untold desires that work our will
And art the Mistress of our secret spells."
☽ Hekate is invoked often as Dadouchos (torch-bearer), as well as Phosphorus and Purphoros, bearer of both light and fire. Being a chthonic goddess, yet bearing the keys to all realms, Hekate serves as the Illuminator, two torches in hand as She roams the darkness of the night, and within the shadow of the subconscious. As Triformis, She stands at the three-fold crossroads, triple-sighted in past, present, and future, and of the triple moon.
Protectress and guardian, Her devotees appeased their Underworld Queen through the ritual practice of Deipnon, suppers for Hekate left as an offering to Her at the New Moon, usually at the crossroads. These offerings were thought to protect Her devotees from restless, wandering spirits as well as during night travel, and were also consumed by the poor and homeless outcasts of ancient Greece, who often dwelled in the caves and in the subterranean levels sacred to Her.☾
"Then earth began to bellow, trees to dance
And howling dogs in glimmering light advance
Ere Hekate came."