To say I'm a little behind in sending out the Goddess Gift newsletter would be a quite an understatement. It's been a couple of months since I last wrote, but I'll try to make it up to you by giving you lots to think about in this issue.
I do have an excuse. It's big. It's scary.
I've been flat on my back much of the time. Hooked to a walker when I need to get some where. Sitting at the computer hasn't been an option.
And apparently it's gonna keep on being that way. Dependent on pain meds. Dependent on others (Until you can't bend over you don't have any idea how many things you drop in a given day. Hint: It's HUGE!)
Now this is pretty rough for a gal whose first complete sentence was "Do it self." There's a lot of fear in all this.
And a lot of room for personal and spiritual growth.
I'll go for the latter.
But sometimes life has a way of slowing you down, shaking you up. And that's one of the things that go bump in the night.
Luckily, no matter what happens, there's always a goddess waiting to show you the way on the next part of your journey. Who better to join us on Halloween that the Greek Goddess Hecate?
Hecate, Greek Goddess of the Crossroads
Once a beloved and powerfully influential deity, the goddess Hecate is typically depicted as a "hag" or old witch stirring the cauldron.
But this couldn't be further from the image of Hecate's original glory. A beautiful and powerful goddess in her own right, Hecate was the only one of the Titans who Zeus allowed to retain their power and authority after the Olympians defeated the Titans and seized control.
Many of the goddesses were welcomed by Zeus, but only Hecate was granted the awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or of withholding it as she pleased). In current times, she is known largely for her role as the Goddess of Witchcraft.
It is to Hecate we look for lessons on the issues of 'Love and Fear'. She lived in the Underworld, the "other world" of the sleeping and the dead.
Hecate was tolerant and comfortable with those who others shunned or disregarded shun out of fear or misunderstanding. It wasn't unusual to see her taking a midnight stroll with "ghosts" and other social outcasts accompanying her.
As the protector of the oppressed as well as those who lived "on the edge", Hecate herself was often feared. Many of the priests serving in her sacred groves were former slaves who had been released to work in her service.
Enjoy reading the myths of the Goddess Hecate. You may be surprised. There's a lot more to her than meets the eye.
Since so many of our Halloween
customs have their roots in the myths of Hecate and
traditions, take time to check out our
History of Halloween.
It's been said that there are only two basic emotions, love and fear, and that these two give birth to all the others.
We see love in our feelings of caring, courage, cooperation, hope, empathy and compassion, for example.
Fear gives birth to the emotions such as jealousy, acquisitiveness, competitive striving, hostility, anger and resentment, to name a few. Though we usually think of these as 'negative' emotions, they can serve a useful purpose in our lives.
Acknowledge them. Know your fears for what they are and . . .
Remember . . .
In the words of Willa Cather:
Where there is great Love,
Until next time (hopefully on schedule),