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Poem: The Roads of Athens

, 15:11

"We are trying to shine again, waiting to be seen, people pass along us and our signs cannot see"

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Chthonian Goddess Plaque

, 09:33

A plaque of the 7th century B.C. depicting a chthonian goddess with snakes was found in Ancient Agora in Hellas. Her characteristics fit to Hekate while similar plaques were found in Eleusis. Considering Hekate's involvement in the Eleusinian Mysteries making a strong connection with the most important religious centre of that time it is quite possible to be Hekate.

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Necropolis and the Goddess Hekate

, 04:44

Necropolis means the city of the dead. The archaeological place of Kerameikos in its biggest part is a necropolis, a place associated with death, religious practices and art. For the first time I will present info about Hekateion, the temple of Hekate in necropolis and a Triangular Hiero of an unknown Goddess, stand in a three ways crossroads, next to the way of Eleusis.

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Ancient Necromantic Practices in Averno

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This is an extended article that I am writing before the dark moon of September as an offering to the Goddess Hekate Chthonia. I am going to present some basic information about the ancient hellenic necromancy and then a presentation of one of the four biggest death oracles in the ancient world will be presented. Averno is closely associated with Hekate and Persephone. So, our Goddess lived there and She was very active bringing the dead back to life.

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Offering Pitta Bread With Oregano and Saffron

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This is a recipe for homemade pitta bread to be used as an offering to Goddess Hekate.

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Hekate in the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot

, 02:54

The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot is one of a few Golden Dawn Tarot decks that are available for the magickal and tarot community. It is a pure representative of the english school of tarot, the most famous school. This deck is the most recent in its category and maybe the most vivid one. It has been created by Nicola and Harry Wendrich and Nick Farrell, extremelly important personalities. It is available in the Wendrich Art House website (http://www.wendricharthouse.com/shop_gdttd1.htm#b1). The cards have been drawn after esoteric work like meditation, astral projection and total understanding of the Book T of the Golden Dawn Hermetic Tradition. vivid.jpg

My main interest in this article is the Moon card (number 18) from the Triumps and we will see why.

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Connections with Hekate and other Gods through the epithets on the Oprhic Hymns

, 16:44

Who was Orpheus, thr founder of religion? When his followers wrote the Hymns? After discussing those subjects you will see tables with epithets of the Goddess Hekate which could be found to other Gods and Goddesses too from Orphica and PGM.

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Animal-headed Hekate

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It is believed that the natural phenomena were worshiped in the very ancient prehistoric world. This phenomeno is called animism. After that period, humans have worshiped the animals escpesially the big ones. As we notice, our first ancestors were afraid of strength that was dangerous for them and that they didn't understood. After that period and with the progress of agriculture people used the woods as means to grow plants and domestic animals, so they started to see the Gods and they noticed that they had human bodies.

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Photos

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Demeter, Triptolemus, Persephone

A very big anaglyph stele. Height: 2.2 meters width: 1.55 meters 445 b.C. Left we see Demeter who gives instructions to Triptolemus, prince of Eleusis. Triptolemus learns from the Goddess how to grow cereals (demetriaka in hellenic). On the right side, Persephine holds torches and blesses Triptolemus. Demeter learned the Hellenes how to work with the land, that's why she is the Goddess of agriculture. Persephone is the Goddess who makes the trees grow fruits and nuts. From Hellenes all other nations learnt the agriculture. The adaptation of agriculture was closely connected with the worship of Demeter, in Hellas. triptolemos.jpg

Persephone, Triptolemos, Demeter

The anaglyph is very big. Height: 0.79meters width: 1.24 meters 4rth century b.C. Left we see Persephone holding torches, symbols of chthonic Gods and Goddesses. Triptolemus is sitting in his chariot of winged snakes (chthonic). Demeter gives instructions. Close to Demeter we see a team of her devotees. Persephone-Triptolemos-Demeter.jpg

Fleeing Maiden or Hekate Propolos 490-480 b.C.

This statue was in the hieri oikia, sacred house. Some people believe that she is Persephone. In her hands she holded torches and she runs, but she also looks back. Propolos.jpg

Demeter and Persephone with Torches

Anaglyph stele. Demeter sits and talks with her daughter. It was found close to larger propylaia. Height: 0.78 meters width: 0.56 meters demeterandpersephone.jpg

Goddess Demeter

This is the most beautiful statue of Her. Height: 18.0 meters 420 b.C. from the school of Agoracritos GoddessDemeter.JPG

Goddess Persephone

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Persephone Louterophoros

This statue was in the entrance of telesterion. People who wanted to be initiated washed their hands from the basin of sacred water that she holded with her hands. Height of the statue: 1.25 meters Louterophoros.JPG

Persephone cleanses an initiated

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Demeter's Well

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Pluton and Persephone

Pluton is laid in a bed and Persephone gives him food to eat. Other followers participate in the feast of the Underworld. pluton.jpg

Hesiod Theogonia

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Hesiod

Hesiod is the second after Homer well known Hellene poet. Many historians have agreed that he was born close to 850 b.C.

His father cafe from Kyme of Aeolis and he was a sailor. But his job didn't provided a lot of money to live, so he want to Beotia and he lived in Askra, close to Ellicon. He changed profession, raising sheeps. He had two sons. Hesiod was a shepperd until one day the Muses found him in Ellicon and talked to him giving also a wand of bay and the ability to make great poems. After that incident he participated in poetic games in Chalkida of Euvoia and he won a tripod with two handles.

In his work Theogonia, Hesiod describes the most sacred written subject, the born of all Gods and the creation of the world. His poem consists of 1022 verses. It is full of mythological information, but notice that all those are not just one tradition, but he collected older books and oral traditions and he composed them or published older books as one book with all the information about Gods. So, he may have written Theogonia in 850 b.C. but the knowledge came from earlier years.

If we read his works, we can notice that Hesiod writes a big section about Hekate. Thus means that Hekate was famous before 850 b.C. in Hellas. Moreover, Hesiod's brother and Hekate's father had the same name, Perses. Maybe his father had close relations with Hekate and Hesiod too.

The part of Hekate

Asteria of happy name, whom Perses once led to his great house to be called his dear wife. And she conceived and bare Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honour also in starry heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods. For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favour according to custom, he calls upon Hekate. Great honour comes full easily to him whose prayers the goddess receives favourably, and she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her. For as many as were born of Gaia and Ouranos amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Kronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea. Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honour, but much more still, for Zeus honours her.

Whom she will she greatly aids and advances: she sits by worshipful kings in judgement, and in the assembly whom she will is distinguished among the people. And when men arm themselves for the battle that destroys men, then the goddess is at hand to give victory and grant glory readily to whom she will. Good is she also when men contend at the games, for there too the goddess is with them and profits them: and he who by might and strength gets the victory wins the rich prize easily with joy, and brings glory to his parents.And she is good to stand by horsemen, whom she will: and to those whose business is in the grey discomfortable sea, and who pray to Hekate and the loud-crashing Earth-Shaker, easily the glorious goddess gives great catch, and easily she takes it away as soon as seen, if so she will. She is good in the byre with Hermes to increase the stock. The droves of kine and wide herds of goats and flocks of fleecy sheep, if she will, she increases from a few, or makes many to be less. So, then. albeit her mother's only child, she is honoured amongst all the deathless gods. And the son of Kronos made her a nurse of the young who after that day saw with their eyes the light of all-seeing Eos. So from the beginning she is a nurse of the young, and these are her honours.