Hecate’s Correspondences

Archetypes
Dark mother, grandmother, crone

Associations
Death, rebirth, transformation, wisdom, dreams, divination, prophecy, magick, witchcraft, transitions, psychopomp, protection, banishing, justice, guidance, midwife, healer, herbs, travel, warriors, athletes, hunters and herders

Symbols
Torches, crossroads, dark moon, dagger, rope, key, cauldron, crown

Animals
Dogs, horses, owls, snakes, dragons, polecats, boar, sheep, frogs, bats, red mullets

Plants
Willow, yew, almond, blackthorn, hazel, cypress, sandalwood, lavender, mint, garlic, dandelion, cyclamen, patchouli, myrrh, saffron, poppy, mugwort, hellebore, belladona, hemlock, mandrake, wolfsbane, aconite

Offerings
Bread, eggs, cheese, garlic, cake, honey, olive oil

Stones
Tourmaline, obsidian, hematite, jet, onyx

Colours
Black, purple, red, white/silver

Elements
Earth, water, air, fire, spirit

Festivals
August 13, November 16

Days
Monday, Saturday

Times
Midnight

Common Epithets of Hecate

A to Z

Adonaia – Of the Underworld
Apotropaios – Averter of Evil
Atalos – Tender, Delicate
Brimo – Angry One
Chthonia – Of the Earth
Despoina – Mistress of the House
Enodia – Of the Path
Erodia – Gatekeeper
Kleidouchos – Key Bearer
Kourtrophos – Nurturer of Children
Krokopeplus – Draped in Saffron
Lampadios – Torch Bearer
Nycteria – Of the Night
Ourania – Heavenly
Perseis – Destroyer
Phosphorous – Light Bearer
Propolos – Attendant, Guide
Propylaia – One Before the Gate
Scylacitis – Protector of Dogs
Soteira – Saviour
Trimorphis – Three Formed
Trivia – Of the Three Ways

Wild Edible British Flowers

A to Z:

Alexanders
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves, stalks, seeds
Photo ID: Alexanders

Common Daisy
Season:  Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves
Photo ID: Common daisy

Common Yarrow (in moderation)
Season: Autumn
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Common yarrow

Dandelion
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves, stem, root (dried)
Photo ID: Dandelion

Elder (in moderation)
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, berries (cooked)
Photo ID: Elder flowers

Garlic, wild
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Wild garlic

Herb Robert
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves, root (dried)
Photo ID: Herb robert

Milk Thistle
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, seeds (dried), leaves, young stalks, root
Photo ID: Milk thistle

Mullein
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves (cooked)
Photo ID: Mullein

Primrose, wild
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Wild primrose

Sweet Violet
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Sweet violet

White Clover
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves
Photo ID: White clover

Wood Sorrel (in moderation)
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, seed pods, leaves
Photo ID: Wood sorrel

(List in progress)

The Dianic Wheel of the Year

Hallowmas (Samhain) – 31st of October
The Deepening: The Goddess descends into Herself entering the in the spirit world of the dreams time.

Winter Solstice (Yule) – 21st of December
The Conception: The Goddess is not physically giving birth to a new human being, but as Crone begins to leave the physical world in order to conceive Herself as daughter of light, so the new life-cycle can start again.

Imbolc (Candlemas) – 1st February
The Awakening: The Goddess, after conceiving Herself, evolves into the Maiden form. This is also the time for initiations into The Dianic Tradition.

Spring Equinox (Ostara) – 21st of March
The Emergence: The Spring Maiden, reborn from the earth, emerges from the winter, exploding into an epiphany of flowers and green hills, symbol of life in all its glory.

May Eve (Maiden Fire) – 1st of May
The Menarche, The Flowering: The Maiden is initiated into women’s mysteries through the menarche, her first blood. The passion awakes and the girl becomes a young woman.

Summer Solstice (Litha) – 21st of June
The Union: The Goddess, as young woman, after having experienced the joy of the union with the creative self, sexual and sensual, becomes pregnant of Her own creations. This season marks the transition from the Virgin to the Mother, creatrix and giver of life.

First Harvest (Lammas) – 1st of August
The Ripening: The Great Mother is honored as supporter of life and giver of nutriment for Her daughters and their sons.

Fall Equinox (Modron) – 21st of September
The Descent: The Great Mother has completed Her creative process and now she stops bleeding, beginning her physical transition to the Crone and preparing herself to descent into the spirit world.

– Taken from The Dianic Wheel of the Year (Sabbats)

The Thirteen Goals of The Witch

1. Know yourself
2. Know your Craft
3. Learn
4. Apply knowledge with wisdom
5. Achieve balance
6. Keep your words in good order
7. Keep your thoughts in good order
8. Celebrate life
9. Attune with the cycles of the Earth
10. Breathe and eat correctly
11. Exercise the body
12. Meditate
13. Honour the Goddess and God

– Taken from Scott Cunningham Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner

The Prayer of Exaltia

Our Lady is exalted among the daughters of Heaven
Shining Inanna, Star of the Sea
Robed in celestial light
She abases the cruel and the proud
And hearkens to the plea of the lowly
The rich who deny Her godhead find not contentment
But blessed is the humblest of Her servants
She delivers the captive into Her care
And takes the hand of the fallen
May the whole world praise You, beloved Inanna
May your glory be told of in all the earth
Let then exalt Your dominion
And Your valiant courage
And glorify Your holy Name
Have mercy on Your servant who gives You blessing
And take her hand in need and suffering
In illness and distress give her the gift of life
May she go forever in joy and delight
To magnify Your holy Name
Before all the peoples of the world.

Taken from the book The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians

O Bright, Wondrous Goddess

O Bright, Wondrous Goddess
How I adore You
How my soul aches for Your completion

In Your Glorious Mantle of Love and protection
In the Warmth of Your Cosmic Womb, O Mother
I am wrapped as a babe

My reverence for You runs higher than the mountains
As high as the Heavens of Your own Creation
From whence I came forth

And to Your Light of Life I shall return
One with Your Heart
Beloved again forevermore.

– Self-composed

Daughter of Light

Daughter of Light
who reigns as Queen of Heaven
all praise and honour I joyfully give unto You.
Give me to learn that You are by me
in every act that I make.
Teach me obedience and humility
and joy of heart
that comes of self-forgetting.
Help me to be a clear mirror of Your Love;
reflecting all the beauty of the world;
for beauty is the echo of Eternity.
Fix my heart on the Eternal
and let me not be turned from You by transient things.
Rescue me from the hands of darkness
that I may serve You with all my Being
here and in Your Bright eternity.

– Taken from the book The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians