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HEKATE (Hecate) is the Greek goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. One of the chthonic deities, she is most often shown holding a pair of torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery.
She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. Regarding the nature of her cult, it has been remarked, “She is more at home on the fringes than in the center of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition."
Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion she became Persephone's minister and companion to Haides.
It is said that Hecate was the only one watching when Hades abducted Persephone and that it was Hecate who supplied her with the seeds of the pomegranate. Whence, condemning Persephone to spend part of the year with Hades, in the Underworld, being only able to meet her mother Demeter during the spring.
The idea of borders is related to the fact that she mediated between regimes – Olympian and Titan, but also between mortal and divine spheres. Her main symbol is that of a triple moon, two crescent moons, waxing and waining respectively, surrounding a full moon at the center.
She has been described as having a terrifying appearance, either with three bodies or three heads, the first of a horse, the second of a dog, and the third of a snake or lion.
Hecate’s court included the souls of those who died before their time, particularly children, or those who were killed by force.

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