Hecate | Witchcraft and Witch-hunts. Sinister Cases from the Past

Hecate

When speaking of witches, we must go back to the beginnings, and who better to begin with than the very goddess of witchcraft, the mother of all witches, or at least in the Greek pantheon. She was associated with crossroads, entrances, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. Often depicted in triple form, she ruled over the earth, sea and sky, and was viewed as a savior, Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. Like most other Greek deities, she went by many other names like Chtonia, meaning “of the underworld.” She was closely associated to the dog, which, like her, was a creature of the threshold, the guardian of doors and portals, forever standing on the frontier between life and death.

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