Psychopomp, which translates from Greek as “Soul Guide,” is one of Hekate’s most ancient roles. The Soul Guide is much more than the one who helps the earthly dead cross over the river to the other side, she is the midwife who assists new souls as they are born into flesh, and she reunites us with the fragments we lose along the way. Hekate calls us to take care of our own souls, and to see the soul in all things.
Whether you're deep into your studies with Hekate or simply curious, you'll learn about her history through my exploration of her different roles and epithets as they relate to the lunar months, sabbats, seasons and the astrology of the new year. An excellent way to go deeper with Lesson 7 from the Keeping Her Keys book.
An overview of the Hekate and the Wheel of the Year Research Project, with a discussion on the historical origins of Hekate's Wheel, Hekate as Soul, the history of Hekate as Gatekeeper (Propylaia), and a summary of the astrology of 2021 in general, and how to use it to deepen your understanding of yourself and Hekate. Includes a month-by-month guide.
Read the detailed article and watch the one hour class on Hekate and The Wheel of the Year for 2021.
The torch of the Goddess represents the Divine Immanence in all things. We are so drawn to Hekate’s torch because it is a kindred spirit to the light within us, and the inherent phosphorescence in the universe. If you’ve ever sat alone in a dark room with a lit candle, which I heartily encourage you to do, you may have touched upon this sort of energy. Softening into the candle, allowing the mind to rest, will evoke a feeling that we don’t quite have the right words for, yet if you’ve felt it, you know it. That was touching the Divine Immanence of the Goddess. Hekate’s torch lights up the dreamworld, shines on our earthbound journey, and burns as the soul of the world.
Compare this to lighting a candle in a room fully lit up with artificial light. It’s not the same at all. In modern times, we don’t go around with torches to light the night, but we can return to the power of Hekate’s flame when we turn off false lights. This is why we need the Dark Mother’s healing in order to see our true inner light. There is no way for us to get to soul without entering the darkness.
The fire calls for us to dance.
It speaks of magic, mystery, and healing.
This is the song of the goddess.
Answer the call of to return to her sacred flame.
Cyndi Brannen, PhD, is an author and teacher blending her twenty five years of experience in psychology with traditional wisdom, exploring the goddess, myths, dreams, and healing through online courses and transcendent live experiences.
Enter the Season of The Crone, the eternal wise woman of a thousand names. She is Hekate, fully formed, the elusive one who haunts our dreams and sends us signals until we finally pay attention.
The darkness breathes into December, forcing some to run for the light while others embrace the night. The Hekate of December urges us to follow her into this time, to explore our depths, delve into her mysteries and be reborn. Here I find myself with those that remain: the moon, her poisons, and her powerful winged creatures. If you're here with me, know that this is not the easy path, but it is our truth. The world of spirits awaits those who answer Hekate's call. All of us sustained by the breath of her darkness. Hail the Hekate of December!
Reclaiming the magic, medicine and mystery of the soul is at the heart of Dr. Brannen's teaching and writing. Through practices including meditation, ritual, and sacred creativity, she shares the wisdom of the goddess through archetypes and experiences in Covina: The Keeping Her Keys Soul School.
The pull of the Cave of the Goddess is strong. We are drawn to stones and crystals without connecting them to the deep underworld from whence they came, for example. When we shift our understanding of these treasures of the cave, we see that they are the keys of the goddess.
The archetype of the witch is as old as humanity. The witch is the one who brings healing through her use of powers connected to the deeper world. The archetype of the witch evokes Hekate, the ancient goddess who rules over witchcraft, prophecy, and spirits.
The Triple Goddess is an archetype reflecting the diver nature of the sacred feminine.