Full Wolf Moon - Exploring the Goddess Hecate
Hello magic maker,
Tonight we gather under the Full Wolf Moon to explore the Goddess Hecate. It's been raining like crazy all day here in LA so we will gather indoors. I set water under the Moon last night to be shared with my sacred circle, I've been cleaning the studio today, setting the circle and placing the alter. I'm just about ready to welcome my Sacred Sisters.
Artist Victoria Francés- www.victoriafrances.es
If you'd like to host your own Moon Lodge here's what we'll be doing:
- Welcome, introduction of process, about council circle, speaking from the heart + attentive/deep listening, listening from the heart, speaking spontaneously.
- Prayer to the four directions
- Three breaths together and a moment of silence to truly arrive. (I invite my sisters to close their eyes)
- Go around, introduce yourselves + one word to describe how you’re feeling at this moment.
- Sage smudge
- Candle lighting
- Moon water ritual (or tea)
- Sharing time
- Saying good-bye to 2106
- A universal year of completion about the number 9
- Releasing with fire
- About the Full Moon and Goddess of the month
- Journaling questions
- Guided meditation with drumming
- Council circle
- Closing prayer
I found this wonderful website, Hecate's Cauldron, with a wealth of information about the Goddess.
Hekate: Goddess of Magic
The Goddess Hecate is a triple Goddess in that She rules the Heavens, Earth and the Underworld. She is the Goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy.
The Goddess Hecate is Mistress of the Night and represents the waning to dark cycle of the Moon, and most particularly the three days of the dark moon. Hecate symbolizes the dark within us, the part of our psyche we refuse to acknowledge. Many ignore the wisdom, the strength and the truth of Hecate, because our fear of the darkness is so strong.
Hecate teaches us an important lesson, which is that the feminine should be valued for itself, not because it brings sexuality or power, but because deep within it there is an eternal wisdom. Hecate is also the High Priestess, the keeper of the Mysteries. Hecate is not the priestess who seeks the inner knowledge, but High Priestess who has found it and imparts it to others.
The Goddess Hecate is also known as the liberator of women, as she sets women free from the bonds created by man. That is why the Christian Church put Hecate down and created her as the Goddess of evil and destruction. During Medieval times, pagans were being tortured based on their belief in the Goddess. Patriarchy reigned and the fear of feminine power caused the Church to demonize Hecate. She was made infamous as the crone; old, wrinkled, ugly, warts protruding from her nose and chin, mysterious, dark and loathsome. Many mistakenly call Her the destroyer, but She is not, for if you destroy something, that something is forever gone. You cannot bring something back that has been destroyed.
It has been said that the Goddess's service is perfect freedom. She is the liberator because She is manifest in our deepest drives and emotions, which always and inevitably threaten the systems designed to contain them. She is love and anger, which refuse to fit comfortably into the social order. To be "free from slavery" once meant that, within the ritual circle, all were equal, whether they were peasant, serf, or noble in the outside world. Slavery today could be mental and emotional as well as physical: the slavery of fixed perceptions, of conditioned ideas, of blind beliefs, of fear.
After what I hope will be lively discussion about Hecate we'll delve into the...
The Full Wolf Moon
Wildlife and Wild Women are both endangered species. –Clarissa Pinkola Estés
This Wolf Moon has a special meaning for me this year as the patriarchy is making a last mad attempt to block out the light. Rather than allowing the sense of dread to prevail, it’s time to harness our feminine power, to release our inner Wild Woman, and to shine our light like never before.
We can let Wolf be our guide. Sacred Wolf medicine represents ‘Teacher’, great wisdom, wildness...inner freedom is beckoning to us.
Wolf represents both freedom and companionship. She brings the magic of extraordinary intuition and telepathy. As a supreme hunter Wolf teaches us how to find the resources we need and guides us to use resources wisely. Wolf ventures deep into the dark forest to find what she requires and long ago cast away her fears of the unknown.
We call on Wolf to gift us with supreme confidence, endurance and keen intelligence.
Wolf Moon reminds us to express our heart’s truth and our wildness, to live feeling free.
Wolf is a shape shifter and bestows upon us the gift of transformation. The energy of the Full Wolf Moon thins the veil of consciousness, opening us to the ancient wisdom all women possess through our intuition, empowering us to transform into our most magnificent, wild selves. Now is the time to awaken to your truth and allow yourself the freedom to live in your sacred wildness, to express your deepest desires, and bring those desires to fruition.
- What does stepping into your power mean to you?
- Are there ways in which you’d like to experience transformation?
- What is your most magical gift?
- What do you require to make your magic shine bright?
- How can you spread your magic to others?