Posted by Incense Helper on July 22, 2016
Hecate (or Hekate) is a Goddess of the Night, Moon, Magic and Female Mysteries. She was an important figure in the Eleusinian Mysteries. She heard Persephone scream when Hades abducted her to the underworld, and she accompanied Demeter in the search for her daughter.
In classical Greece, Hecate was a Goddess of the night roads, Crossroads and graves. She was also often accompanied by banshees, ghosts and hell-hounds and she even guards the gates to Hades in some myths. Because of this she is often seen holding torches in images and icons. Although she can be depicted with one face, she is often shown with three faces, sometimes even with the other faces as animals. There are actually four views represented here, but one is perpetually hidden. These three faces represent the directions of the crossroads, as well as the phases of the Moon.
Hecate looms large throughout the Ancient and Modern worlds as the Goddess of witchcraft and magic. Often she is depicted as a cunning sorceress and her name is found on many curse tablets.
An interesting offering to her by patrons and devotees consisted of sacrificial cakes with miniature little torches on them (just like our modern-day birthday cakes).
Here are some interesting recipes for incense to help with calling to Hecate.
From Scott Cunningham:
Sandalwood: 3 parts
Cypress: 2 parts
Spearmint or Peppermint: 1 part
From Keith Morgan:
Willow Bark: 3 parts
Bay Leaves: 2 parts
Musk Oil: 20ml per 8oz of above mixture
Honeysuckle Flowers: 1 part
Storax Resin: 1 part
Damiana Leaves: 3 parts
Myrrh Resin: 3 parts
1/2 tsp dried Bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried mint leaves
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
pinch of Myrrh resin
pinch of Frankincense resin
13 drops Cypress Oil
3 drops Camphor Oil
When making your Hecate incense, compound on a Monday, the day sacred to the Moon, and in the Hour of the Moon on that day. Hecate is often associated with the Moon. Make sure the Moon is Waxing to increase the positive power of your work.The Full Moon is best.Pound the ingredients together into a rough form or a good powder, depending upon your preference. Store the result in a dark jar, sealed tight. Store somewhere dry. To burn, sprinkle a small amount of your mixture onto ignited charcoal tablets.
Image: Hecate by Jane Estelle Trombley