Gods and Goddesses

Hecate: 13 Ways to Work With the Goddess of Witchcraft

Is the Mother of Witchcraft, the Queen of Sorcery, and the Goddess of magic calling you? Hecate is an ancient Greek goddess and rules over witches far and wide. But if you’re new to her energy, how do you work with Hecate respectfully? Here we discuss who Hecate is and how to work with her in your magical practice.

Who is Hecate?

A favorite among modern and past witches, Hecate is an ancient Greek Goddess of magic, life and death, herbalism, the mysteries, and much more. She is a liminal spirit – she guards the thresholds between the human and spirit world. She’s found at the crossroads, at the doorways of homes, and at the gates of the cemetery. While a chthonic deity who presides over death and the dead, many forget Hecate is also a goddess of childbirth and life. As a triple goddess, her domain is the life/death/rebirth cycle. She is often depicted in a triple goddess form: as three women looking in different directions or as a three-headed canine.

Is Hecate dark? Many say she’s a dark goddess and it seems that reputation precedes her. However, people forget she’s a goddess of childbirth and LIFE, too! She helps heal women in need of reproductive healing and aids in the birthing process. She’s as much LIGHT as she is DARK. She encompasses all of these things – she IS the polarity. Don’t be afraid to work with her because of how others perceive her. I can tell you I’ve only had good, healing experiences with her.

Ways to Work With Hecate

Whether you’ve chosen Hecate as your matron goddess or not, she is a powerful deity to work with in your magical practice. She particularly loves witches, herbalists, diviners, healers, morticians and midwives. So if you’re any of these, you’re in luck! There are many ways to work with the goddess of the crossroads, but here are our favorites:

1. Pronounce Her Name Right

The pronunciation of Hecate’s name has been muddled and changed over the years. But there is a RIGHT way to say her name. Most say “heh-kah-tay” or “heh-kah-tee” with no emphasis on the middle syllable. But in ancient times, her name would have been pronounced with emphasis on the middle syllable like this: heh-KAH-tay or heh-KAH-tee. Practice that a few times out loud. Feel the difference? This is one simple to honor the goddess of witches.

2. Dedicate Altar Space to Hecate

Because Hecate is Queen of the Witches, she adores to have her own altar or altar space in a witch’s home. Things you can add: a representation of her like a statue or a key, a cauldron, a knife, a broom, dog figurines, decor with stars and moons, anything with the colors black or red. Cleanse and consecrate the space and tools in Hecate’s name.

3. Altar Offerings for Hecate

In addition to keeping space for her, giving offerings is another great way to work with her. Nearly every god or goddess we work with in our practice requires some energy exchange via offerings. Hecate is no different. Here are a few offerings she likes: pomegranates, lavender, dishes with garlic, date palms, eggs, honey, breads and sweets that are crescent-shaped, candleflame and incense.

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4. Ritual at the Crossroads

Because Hecate is a ruler of the crossroads, rituals done at the crossroads honor and invoke her energy. If you live in an urban area, it may be hard to find a 3-way crossroads to perform ritual. In this case, mark out a 3-way crossroads on the ground with large branches as a symbolic crossroads of sorts. Otherwise, candle spells, invocations, and offerings at 3-way crossroads are a powerful way to call on her.

5. Canine Care

Hecate’s most sacred and loved animal is the dog. When you take care of our canine friends, do so in Hecate’s name. She will bless you AND your dogs or any dogs you care for. You can also call on Hecate to protect your dog from harm. If you can’t have a dog, donate your time OR old blankets, dog food, etc. to a local animal shelter. And tell Hecate you’re doing it in her name.

6. Feasts for Hecate

A fun and traditional way to honor the Goddess of Life and Death is to hold a dinner party or feast for her. In ancient times, Hecate’s priestesses held large parties in her name and made her favorite foods. Include lavender, honey, eggs and garlic in your dishes. Red wine and mead are traditional. Set a place at the table for your goddess or set a plate at her altar. Celebrate Hecate with a feast on her sacred days: August 13th and/or November 30th. Click here to learn more about hosting Hecate Night.

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7. Study Herbs

Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft and was specifically known for her herbal knowledge. Sources say there was a sacred garden dedicated to Hecate at her temple in Colchis (modern day Georgia). This garden would’ve contained her sacred trees, herbs and poisons. Study medicinal and magical herbalism and become one of Hecate’s priestesses. By growing and harvesting your own herbs, you’re recreating Hecate’s garden at Colchis.

8. Dark Moon Rituals

The most powerful time to invoke Hecate in ritual is during a Dark Moon. Healing, banishing, and cleansing rituals in Hecate’s name during a Dark Moon are especially potent. Divination, particularly to speak with Hecate, is amplified during the Dark Moon. If you’re looking for examples of dark moon rituals click here.

9. Spirit Work in the Cemetery

Because she is the goddess of life and death, she is also a protector and gatekeeper of the spirit realm. Her presence is felt in cemeteries, as well as in birthing centers and hospitals. If you’re brave enough AND understand how to protect yourself, spirit work in the cemetery is another way to honor Hecate. But be careful…this isn’t a practice for beginners or for fun.

10. Offerings by the Door

In ancient times, Hecate’s devotees left offerings to her and her hounds outside by their door. You can honor Hecate and her hounds by doing the same. Leave an offering for Hecate and one of her dogs.

11. Locate the Dog Star

This is something fun to do in Hecate’s honor. Locate Sirius, the Dog Star, in the night sky. Use a mobile app like SkyView to locate Sirius, and if you can see it with the naked eye, gaze at it awhile. Feel Hecate’s energy radiating down from the night sky and pulsing through your veins. The star Sirius is her sacred star.

12. Work With Her Allies

By working with and getting to know the witch Queen’s allies, you honor her. Study and invoke any or all of the following: Medea, Circe, Cybele, Artemis, Diana, Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus.

13. Doings Things in 13’s

The Goddess of Witchcraft’s sacred number is thirteen. If you want to honor her, perform ritual steps in thirteen steps. Offer thirteen flowers to her. Give elaborate offerings or do ritual on the thirteenth of each month in her name. Say your prayers thirteen times. Etc.

13 Ways to Work with the Goddess of Witchcraft, Hecate!!!

53 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    July 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    it is so funny as i live at number 13

    1. Rebecca

      July 24, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you, very informative. Blessings X

    2. Derrelle Lennon

      August 26, 2021 at 2:52 am

      Queen Hecate came, loves my food, loves my Alter to her, helped me clear the damaged matrix in a room where self harm had occurred for a decade and then helped me rid the room of a blood drinker that had lived here long before I came. I honour and love her beyond measure. .She has come to me, spoken to me, I have seen her, three or four times and I love her beyond compare. I am the luckiest of witches. With gratitude Blessed Be.

      1. Jade

        September 7, 2021 at 9:39 am

        You are a witch? Can u teach me?

    3. βœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒ™πŸ“šπŸŒˆBrightest wise-girlπŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸŒ™πŸ”‘βœ¨

      October 4, 2021 at 1:01 am

      I go on bus number 13

  2. Anonymous

    June 17, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Why in earth do people think i like incense? Gives i a headache.

    1. Anonymous

      July 31, 2021 at 5:07 am

      Your energy is off then.

  3. lawrence kariuki

    April 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I am connected to her because my birthday falls on 13 the Oct.I have seen her power.

    1. Dakota Hernandez

      May 17, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Mine falls on August 14. At 2 am. If my mother pushed I could have been born on one of her feasts

      1. Claire

        July 8, 2021 at 8:38 am

        How inconsiderate of her lol

      2. πŸ’Ž

        July 14, 2021 at 7:14 am

        I live on a 3way road my bday is 3/10=13 . I am a holistic herbalist I feed stray dogs the list goes on… Hecate queen of the witches I except your call.

      3. Venus Ng

        August 22, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        OMG, My B-day is on august 14 too! Exept I was born around 9: pm. Lol

    2. Nikole

      July 16, 2021 at 3:04 am

      If you dont mind me asking? What did you see? I believe I may have seen or invoked her power however feel a bit crazy and can’t find anyone else with a similar experience it seems

    3. βœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒ™πŸ“šπŸŒˆBrightest wise-girlπŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸŒ™πŸ”‘βœ¨

      October 13, 2021 at 2:25 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  4. Carmen

    April 2, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Is she in any way related to the virgin Mery? I believe she (HΓ©cate) has always come to me in that form but I am afraid I am making that up or being rude to both. I have not found information about it.

    1. Rain

      June 26, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      i understand where your coming from but hecate has been known to detest the “false” gods ideals and sees him as just another hateful war god. I doubt that she would contact in a way that brings followers to his religion, her kindness is indefinite and she has no hate in her heart. I hope this was insightful.

      1. John Roberts

        August 9, 2021 at 6:06 pm

        “Hecate is known to detest false gods, and sees him as another hateful war god.”

        Who are you to speak for Hecate.? How presumptuous.
        And……the teachings of Jesus were hijacked by the Roman Empire and turned into a religion called Christianity.
        Jesus had nothing to do with the religion of Christianity.

  5. Victoria Mostert

    April 1, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Hi!Since I developed my interest for witchcraft Hecate and Lilith caught my eye.I had a dream once about a woman approaching me in a dream that involves me dying and going to the afterlife.I once dreamed too about owls in my backyard with their eyes missing.I’m quite confused because,I know the dreams were significant.Can someone please explain to me what this means?

    1. sam

      May 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm

      I am no expert but I believe in the power of animals sending sings. owls can symbolize knowledge, the lack of eyes may represent a hindrance or a lack of use of knowledge you have or knowledge the universe wants you to gain but you will not see. There is growth, or knowledge that she wants you to gain.

    2. Wilma

      June 17, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      Read about them and offer offerings. They want to initiate you. ❀️

  6. Gayle Wyant

    February 4, 2021 at 12:42 am

    A friend sent me a link to your article.I am utmost and foremost a Priestess of Hecate! She called to me in a dream 30 years ago today! At that time i had no idea who this lady in my dream was. I asked her her name and she Hecate. I said who and she told me to look it up. LOL she has a great sense of humor. We have journeyed together ever since! I have and am doing everything you list and more. She does get a bad rap as a dark diety but as you said she is so much more than that. Yes she can be blunt, harsh and a badass. She is also very caring, loyal and devoted to those that are hers. She very much requires you to take action on her behalf but also your own behalf. There are mutliple groups that honor and follow her on facebook, YouTube and in person for those interested in finding others thst are in relationship with her. Thank you so much for your article, as her Priestess and follower it so nice to find like hearted people that share and honor her and her ways. Namaste, in hope, joy, love and serenity! Gayle

    1. Anonymous

      February 12, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Wow I am just starting and was lost did not know of goddess to work with and all. One night I got woke up from a dream and her name popped in my head and looked her up cause I did not know who she is. I am still learning about her as well

      1. Leanne

        March 21, 2021 at 5:12 am

        Thank you for this. She seems to be popular with dreams. Her name got repeated several times in my dreams and it woke me up at 5am to when I immediately searched her up and found this.

        1. Bethany Alison Zwald

          April 9, 2021 at 6:04 am

          This happened to me also! I. Nervous and a little scared as I was raised Christian and had no knowledge of her.

      2. Erica Reyes

        April 11, 2021 at 9:32 am

        Hi Gayle.. thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experiences with the Dark Mother. As someone new to her veneration-new, but very entranced & awed by her, with a deep desire to know her, and myself through her, in all ways-it helps me immensely to gain insight directly from Her witches & Priestesses! Unfortunately, I’m very much a solitary practitioner (and not entirely by choice), as I don’t know any other practitioners (of any persuation lol, be it Wicca/trad. & folk Witchcraft/rootstock & conjure) and that’s been a less than ideal aspect of my Crooked Path that’s been, otherwise, a brilliantly and joyfully illuminating and unendingly generous experience.
        Do you have any suggestions for connecting with others in person? Because, for me, the internet just can’t provide the sort of depth of connection I’m looking for. Thanks so much for your time!
        Erica
        P.s. If anyone else has any suggestions or guidance for me I’d be so very grateful!

    2. Ashley Mays

      March 11, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      I am LOLing at her telling you to look her up! Too funny

    3. Kenneth

      July 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      Please help…ive been looking for an answer for so long. I see that your a priestess? some years ago while i was in prison i was getting into the bible. reading everyday and questioning EVERYTHING in my thoughts. praying constantly and asking for the truth of things. i just wanted to know the truth. one day while walking around in the dorm and praying for the truth i looked over at the doors where the sunlight was shining inside from out. i kid you not….the triple goddess symbol was there on the floor. it looked like it was carved with a knife made of sunlight. clear as day. noone else seemed to notice. i said nothing. I found out after i was released tht it was the triple goddess symbol. but i cannot figure out what it means to me…..
      do u have thoughts? idk what to do..its driving me crazy. please help.

      1. Kane Jarvis

        August 6, 2021 at 9:59 am

        You asked for the truth, and Hekate decided to answer your call… because she is the most appropriate goddess to teach you this reality is not all it seems, you were at a point in a kind of limbo, so between life and death, which I assume lead to a rebirth of sorts for you yes? All things that are sacred to her, liminality, life and death, rebirth, justice I assume? Someone else’s perhaps, I’m not inquiring unless you’d like to answer, but she decided to show you herself for good reason… you likely have a lot of innate power she wants to help you hone really

  7. Anonymous

    January 9, 2021 at 3:14 am

    i love this article but i had a question… you say multiple times to say your doing thing in her honour, what do you mean by that? what would i say specifically?

  8. Brianna

    December 27, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    I love this. Hekate is the goddess I work with. I have her key, and her statue on my altar. I leave her offerings, light candles for her, and communicate to her my devotion nightly. I always recieve what I believe are messages from her. I am into herbalism and have planted a garden my whole life. I want to know more though, as much as I can.

    1. Selina

      January 9, 2021 at 9:29 am

      I don’t believe in goddesses cause I am a Muslim and I only believe in one GOD but I just learn about Greek mythology

      1. Maddox

        January 23, 2021 at 4:50 pm

        I was born into a Muslim household too. More specifically: the Hanafi school of thought in Sunni Islam. For the most bit, I do somewhat believe in the sovereignty of our Lord and that His supplications bring fortune and blessings. But due to complications with my sexuality (how Islam preaches sexuality is a choice when it clearly isn’t) and my theological existential crisis, I am quite drawn to polytheism and the Greek/Roman/Celtic pantheon of deities. Islam isn’t very well comforting anymore. I don’t have a sense of belonging. You feel the same?

        1. Ashley Mays

          March 11, 2021 at 10:43 pm

          Hello love, although not the same previous religion, I was a Christian who also believed in one God, until I too had issues with my sexuality. We both know it isn’t a choice. I felt like I didn’t belong and I felt super uncomfortable with myself.
          Ever since I separated myself from that, and took my own journey I have found great comfort. I hope this finds you well. Peace and blessings love.

      2. βœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒ™πŸ“šπŸŒˆBrightest wise-girlπŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸŒ™πŸ”‘βœ¨

        October 4, 2021 at 12:55 am

        I am Muslim too but I try to work with Allah and other deities.

  9. M. Garcia

    August 12, 2020 at 4:27 am

    I am of the Yoruba beliefs, and I say your link on cascarilla which leads me to believe, that you to are of yoruba beliefs. I am olo obatala, I am also an Iyaonifa, and I am also an olorisha. I was searching whom Hacate was due to a facebook post I saw, and it lead me to your website. Your method of introducing people to their gods/guardians is ideal. Hecate if shes at cross roads reminds me of esu, whom Im completely sure you know, and you mentioned red/black colors which are esu colors in santeria, also it is mentioned she related to death just like Yewa. which very few know if even in yoruba beliefs it is awesome you have encounters so much information. I loved it. congrats. My name in Ocha is Ade Funke. I am 55 years old, and again I am omo obatala.

    1. Anonymous

      October 29, 2020 at 6:25 am

      Thats awesome I am olorisgha and child of obatala

    2. Ash

      August 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Is Esu the same as Papa Legba? That is who came to mind for me as they share colors, their love of dogs, and of course keys and crossroads.

      Also, Hecate has a lot in common with Odin- sorcery, magic, knowledge, the afterlife … I’ve heard Hecate brings victory in battle, as does a sacrifice to Odin..

      Odin and Hecate seem to enjoy meade,
      Papa Legba and Odin are said to like coffee..

  10. Melissa Tavernier

    July 30, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I absolutely love this article. This was the very first one I ever read. When I felt draw to Hecate. There were so many things in this article the resonated with me and made me feel like I was truly closer to her.

    1. admin

      August 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Melissa. She is truly an enigmatic goddess.

  11. Sadie

    July 3, 2020 at 5:58 am

    I need help on where to start worshiping her. Any tips?

    1. βœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒ™πŸ“šπŸŒˆBrightest wise-girlπŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸŒ™πŸ”‘βœ¨

      October 4, 2021 at 12:56 am

      Me too please

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  13. Wendy

    May 12, 2020 at 3:57 am

    How do you get your lover back with your own spell by asking hekate

    1. Matthew Encinias

      August 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Great article. For those of Mexican decent Hecate’s Mexican “sister” is Tlazolteotl. Her magic times of the year is late summer early autumn known on the Aztec calendar as Ochpanitzli or Sweeping. The practices and symbols during this feast are synonymous with witchcraft the world over. They include the broom, herb work, cauldrons, moon work, and prep for harvest time and preparation for the time of the crone. I have come to call the beginning of Ochpanitzli through the end of Dia de Los Muertos the “the season of the Bruja”.

      1. admin

        August 19, 2020 at 12:11 pm

        Matthew – this is awesome information! Thank you for sharing your goddess with us.

      2. J. Black

        December 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm

        I’ve always felt a kindred-energy between Hekate and Tlazolteotl, hearing you refer to them as β€œsisters” was very affirming to me. Thank you so much πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

    2. Lizzard

      October 25, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      #admin
      I would like to know that too.

  14. Sherryl

    April 26, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    In the section entitled Altar Offerings for Hecate you said β€œevery god or goddess w work with in our practice requires some energy exchange via offerings. I’m in a nursing home doing rehab, and can’t have an altar but I do crochet, that uses energy. Is there a way of offering her my crocheting energy as I crochet?

    1. admin

      April 30, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Absolutely. While you’re crocheting, tell her that it’s for her. Tell her you hope the energy put into your crochet work gives her energy and joy.

  15. Priscilla

    March 3, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Love this! Thank you sooooo much. I have been channeling Hecate for years and had my daughter on 12/13!

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