She is Hekate
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I was checking out gods and mythology on Wikipedia (which all falls under the broad parameters of ‘research’) when i came across a goddess and I just knew I had to do a picture of her. She is ‘Hekate’ and is associated with crossroads, entrance ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs & poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. Apparently she has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour , Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. Now in my book that’s all pretty impressive CV and you also can’t take away the fact that she has three heads. Which is surely more useful than just the standard one…
This is my translation of the Orphic Hymn to Hekate, which I sing here. Here is the English translation:
Orphic Hymn to Hekate
I call Hekáte of the roadside,
lovely god where three roads meet.
In sky, on earth and in the ocean,
yellow gown upon her form.
At tombs she celebrates the Bacchic
rites with souls of those long dead.
Daughter of the Titan Persēs,
fond of solitude and deer.
By night, protectress of the dogs,
she is a most enchanting queen.
Barking dogs announce her passing.
She’s unbound and fair of face.
On her head the bull-horn headdress,
lady, priestess of the world.
Ruler, damsel and our nurse maid,
wandering the mountain sides.
With her worshippers she’s present,
maiden at the holy rites.
Always gracious when one worships
with a god-like bull-horned zeal!
Refrain: I call Hekáte of the roadside,
lovely god where three roads meet
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