Famous in both Ancient Greek mythology and modern spiritual realms, few deities inspire as much fascination as Hecate. As the Greek goddess of witchcraft, crossroads, and the underworld, Hecate has been loyally worshipped for millennia. As a goddess of magic, she plays a key role in many modern witchcraft practices.Mythology of HecateHecate (also spelled Hekate) is a goddess from the Ancient Greek pantheon, who rules over crossroads, spirits, and the underworld. She holds extensive knowledge of herbs and magical arts, making her the chief goddess of witchcraft. She is the daughter of the Titan Perses and the nymph Asteria. In art, she is often shown holding a pair of torches and accompanied by dogs. In later periods, she is depicted in Triformis, or as triple-bodied. Her most famous appearance in mythology is in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, where Hecate hears Persephone’s cries as she is abducted by Hades. With her torch, she assists Demeter in searching for her daughter. The History of Worshipping HecateSome of the earliest records of human worship to Hecate date back to circa 1600 B.C.E. Although many know Hecate as a Greek goddess, her worship probably originated in Thrace, which today covers parts of Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey, where she was revered as a goddess of wilderness and childbirth. As a Greek deity, she evolved into a goddess of crossroads and the underworld. The ancient Greeks dedicated temples to Hecate, and she had two important cult centers in Eleusis and Samothrake. Small household shrines, or altars, dedicated to Hecate would be erected to ward off evil and malefic witchcraft.Associations of Hecate in WitchcraftIn modern pagan religions, Hecate is known as the Triple Goddess, representing the maiden, the mother, and the crone. These forms, depicted as three separate women, often represent different aspects of femininity or the stages of human life on Earth. Hecate’s three forms are also associated with different seasons and the phases of the moon. The Maiden is associated with Spring and the waxing phase of the Moon. The Mother is tied to the Full Moon and the fruitful season of Summer. The Crone is associated with the Autumn and Winter seasons and the waning phase of the Moon.Deity Offerings to HecateIf you feel called to work with Hecate in your practice, an excellent first step would be to set up a shrine or an altar dedicated to her and make regular offerings. Hecate was said to favor offerings of garlic, which was closely associated with her cults in Ancient Greece. Other herbs associated with Hecate include lavender, mugwort, and rue. A cup of red wine is also common for deity offerings. If you feel unsure about where to start, our pagan supply store stocks handmade kits with all the ingredients and tools you need to start connecting with a deity. Our Hecate Offering &amp; Spell Kit includes a special herbal blend, incense, oil, a candle, and a scroll with suggestions for how to use the ingredients in your deity offering. In addition to herbal and food offerings, you can also use images or statues of Hecate to decorate your altar or to hang in the doorways and crossroads of your home to invoke the protection of Hecate. Hecate continues to play an important role in the landscape of witchcraft today. She represents the power of transformation, ancient wisdom, and the cycles of life and death. Whether you seek her as a guardian, a guide, or a source of inspiration, working with Hecate offers boundless possibilities for personal growth. You can purchase all the materials you need to start working with her from our online store, or you can stop by our physical shop and speak to a member of staff for more guidance.