Hecate is most famous today as a Dark Moon Spirit and Queen of Witches. Those are but two aspects of this multifaceted deity. Hecate was once the chief deity of the Carian nation, now in Western Turkey. She is matron of the city of Istanbul. She has dominion over life and death and who makes the journey in between, indicating her power as a healing deity. Hecate is matron of midwives and herbalists.
Her priestesses (the most famous was Medea) were trained herbalists. Those in need of healing or solace journeyed to the gardens attached to Hecate's shrine in Colchis on the Black Sea, home of the Golden Fleece pilfered by the Argonauts.
Hecate's assistance may be accessed by building a living altar in her honor:
- Plant a garden outdoors or create a living altar inside with potted plants.
- Add some or all of the following: dog roses, garlic, lavender, mandrake, Queen of the Night, roses, thorn apple, and tuberoses.
- Hecate's trees include: black poplar, date palm, pomegranate, willow, and yew.
- Place votive images of Hecate, together with her favorite creatures - dogs, dragons, and snakes - in the garden.
To petition Hecate directly or to receive spontaneous magical inspiration regarding your healing needs, sit in or beside your living altar in the dark.
source: Coven Of Hecate