The following is an Invokation to Hekate as a form of the Triple Goddess who rules the two-week period from the waning to dark Moon. This is a time for ritual banishing, releasing, introspection and justice. Hekate is a manifestation or reflection of Nuit-Isis-Ma'at; Kal;, Lion-headed Sekhmet —as well as Olodumare, Oya (pronounced "oh-yah"), and Manman Brigitte of Africa-based religion.

The Goddess was often depicted in ancient times as a three-headed wolf with a woman's body, or simply as a barefoot woman accompanied by a pack of wild hounds. This last has an obvious correspondence with Artemis and Diana, Lunar Goddesses and Patronesses of hunting.

The Rite is performed at Midnight during a Dark Moon at a lonely crossroads or cemetery. The petition along with specific request or goal is written on parchment. Light a black, red or white candle in the center of a lunar-design circle—a vévé (pronounced "vay-vay")-- and recite the Invokation while pouring wine around the circle as a libation. Burn the petition, allowing the ashes to scatter, or blow in all four directions.



Petition to Hekate

Come, infernal, terrestrial, and heavenly Bombo,
goddess of the broad roadways, of the crossroads; thou who
goest to and fro at night, torch in hand, avoiding the light of day.
Friend and lover of darkness, thou who doest rejoice when the bitches
are howling and warm blood flows; thou who art walking amid the phantoms
and in the place of tombs; thou whose thirst for blood is satisfied through my
gnosis and the pouring of wine; thou who dost strike fear into mortal hearts.
Gorgo, Mormo, moon of a thousand forms, Mother of Life, Mother of Death!
Come Great Queen of Night, Triple Goddess Kali, Hekate, Isis!
Cast a propitious eye upon the sacrifice,
hear this my prayer to Thee!
Come to me here! Possess
this time, possess this
place!

 

[Repeat twice more
with increasing
intensity.]

 

--Adapted from Philosophumena
(Hippolytus)
3rd Century

 



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