Becoming Hekatê

Becoming Hekatê

Alone in my cave I hear Persephone scream
as the veil between upper and lower worlds lift.
I alone bear witness to her being dragged down,
deep into the dirt and desolation of Hades,
leaving Demeter to face the empty cradle alone.

A necessary cut; their separation and my return
as a dark feminine nature descends over all.
I alone stand guard over Mother and Maiden,
protecting them in their darkest moments,
all the while crowing as I become Hekatê.

A blessed trinity: Maiden, Mother and Crone.
A natural Witch, looking three ways at once.
Demeter reveals to me how she withheld
her bounty, so that others would think thrice
before ever presuming on my good nature.

The loss of virtue and innocence must come
as Persephone readies herself for initiation,
while I talk boundaries and establish Seasons.
Three goddesses stir this pagan’s cauldron.
The dogs howl. I sit and guard the moon.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2014
Image credit: Unknown

12 thoughts on “Becoming Hekatê

  1. I love this, Deborah. I didn’t write about the Triple Hecate because the earliest versions of her were single–but even more her triple nature took me off in a direction that didn’t suit my purpose in a blog about facing mortality. But there’s another piece to be written about Hecate. Such innocence in naming maiden, mother, and crone, but that cycle is full of deaths and rebirths. Innocence lost along with “virtue.”

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for this wonderful comment and your beautiful, inspiring blog post today! I love this goddess so much, she inspires me like no other at this moment in my life. A succession of deaths and rebirths indeed and transformations that are far from easy to bear. Much gratitude to you my dear friend for being a bright light, and starry beacon in my life. An ember of you will glow in my heart forever! Blessings always, Deborah.

  2. The idea of reaching cronedom tickled me! Lol
    Expressed as only a true lover of nature could. Well done Deborah. Xxx

    1. Thank you so much Bathsheba for your wonderful comment, much appreciated. Deep at heart, I love to believe we’re all nature lovers. xxx

  3. I’ve found that women in their forties spend time reviewing their lives, then the storms of menopause, emerging into krone’s wisdom, where the goddesses emerge, and the spirits converge.
    you are in touch with the magic in our lives.

    1. Oh dear poet, how you throw my heart and soul up high! Thank you so much, I’m all emotional now and grinning like a Cheshire cat, perfect balance of emotions … Oh happy days! At present Hekate is one of my favourite goddesses. I love, love, love her dark, feminine nature and magick.

  4. Such a well written piece clarifying the transitions we go through to reach cronedom – I have to admit I was apprehensive of what my 50’s would bring me but now I see and revel in the wisdom that comes with age whilst enjoying the better things from my youth…and thank the goddess that I don’t have to face so many of the trials and tribulations we can encounter in our younger years again!! Your words bring the scene to life and I can see Hekate standing there stirring her cauldron.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your truly wonderful and thoughtful words. I have always enjoyed the Goddess myths, most especially the story of Persephone, Demeter and Hekate. I love what you say about ‘revelling in the wisdom that comes with age’ and find this to be incredibly true as I enter my fifties. Today I find myself more excited than I have ever felt as a woman, there’s this ripening and richness that seems to be happening within. On the last comment I left a link to a great article you may enjoy … ‘The Wise Woman’s Way’ by Linda Savage.

  5. Growing older moving from Motherhood to Cronedom!!
    “A natural witch, looking three ways at once.” this line really explains it to me…
    I think this transition is fought vigorously by many women today who cling on to Maidenhood well into their forties and beyond. Great writing, a great poem Deborah! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Claire for your wonderful support of my poetry, truly appreciated! Recently I read this … ‘In the Native American tradition, a woman is not [considered] fully grown until she reaches the age of 52.’ Today some women look forward to this age, others dread it, yet this is the age according to ancient tradition, that women become ‘Wise Women’ according to author Linda Savage (love her surname so fitting!).

      Personally, learning to ‘look three ways at once’ is key … for if I chose to relinquish my inner ‘Persephone’ and ‘Demeter’ it wouldn’t be a self-loving act as these rich archetypes have developed within for many years. It is, I believe, in the meeting of Hekate at the crossroads of a woman’s life and connecting with her wisdom and deep magick that the croning years can successfully begin … moving us ever closer towards becoming those ‘Wise Women.’

      1. Ahh! holding on to Maiden and Motherhood is not a bad thing to do! At 36 I cannot contemplate the Crone but I know she is coming!!! I understand better now. 🙂

        1. Indeed, Persephone and Demeter serve us well and richly so. Much love dear poet, blessings, Deborah. 🙂

          Edit: ‘The Wise Woman’s Way’ [pdf] by Linda Savage can be found on her website in the section marked ‘Articles and Newsletters’ … happy reading one and all!

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