There have been so many signs and yet I refused to heed Hekate’s calling for so long… The signs that I have observed and written down in my journals have been present for about 15 years and have included both dream visions, animal, rock and plant signs in real life. Below is a photo collage I made to recreate a dream vision of a three-eyed owl. I looked up the date I had this vision last year, 28 January – Turns out it is known as the Day of Nudd in the Celtic Pagan calendar – a day for honouring dreams and visions…
If I’m totally honest, the earliest signs date back to my early childhood and my total obsession with the mysteries of life and death. I also had night terrors which are associated with Her. I saw spirits and had out-of-body experiences. Some of it was quite terrifying me but now I am grateful for it all – I am well prepared for the Underworld Journeys.
In Greek Mythology, I remember learning about a Persephone when I was about eight and completely falling in love with her. Forty years down the line, there aren’t many Goddesses of the Underworld that I haven’t had a fling with. Yet I resisted Hekate’s calling all these years – She who is Mother of All and who precedes them all.
And I’m not even sure why.
Maybe it is because she was popular in Pagan circles. I always felt that the Underworld Goddesses were the Guardians of the marginalised and not quite cool enough for the pop star Instagram witches. So I embraced Hel instead and learned a lot from her. I worked closely with Her for a whole year and lost a baby toward the tail end of that year, so her presence in my life was almost an omen of death in its own right, as well as a huge comfort.
Then, about a year ago, the calling of the Divine Feminine became super clear and I embraced Her as Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, Kali and Mother Earth… but still not by the only name that she wanted to make herself known to me by.
But it would still be many more Moons before it clicked. I’m quick at gathering facts and doing research but I’m often slow to realise that the penny has dropped. #geminirising
My unicorn guide knew my heart was pure and thirsting for the truth to be revealed. He saw how I was hurting when I realised how people were being deceived and hoodwinked in the name of ‘Christianity.’ My unicorn guide’s presence grew day by day and I fortified myself with prayers to the Mother Dragon which is how the Divine Feminine appeared to me when no images or names seemed a good fit any longer.
She will not be denied.
Her fire has been burning steadily in my heart for a year now but a week or so ago, the flames rose higher. I am not at liberty to share the synchronicities surrounding this at the moment.
So I decided to finally pick up Hekate Liminal Rites which I have had in my personal library for about 7-8 years now.
Flicking through the book, I remembered that one of the reasons I had resisted Hekate’s calling was that the ‘Hekate experts’ all seemed to agree that only Hellenistic forms of worship/ritual were suitable. Personally, I do not believe that any Gods or Goddesses need food offerings or libations any more than they needed blood offerings that they were commonly given before people got more civilised.
Also, I’m no kitchen witch. I only cook because I have to. If I could afford a private chef, I’d hire one in a heart beat. I’m more than happy to dance in honour of my Goddess… or write poetry… or light incense – Just don’t ask me to prepare food.
What was I supposed to do? She was tugging at my heart-strings and I wanted to rush to her but I allowed my mind and the ideas of others to hold me back. And then I saw that it was all in my mind and said a prayer to Her from the bottom of my heart:
Hekate, I love you and I want to learn from you. If you will have me even though I don’t believe in food offerings, please let me know. Give me a sign tonight – an unmistakable sign. Give me this sign and I will follow you.
Around half three, I was awakened by an owl hooting loudly. In fact, it was so noisy that it woke my husband up as well. He noted that it had been a long time since we heard an owl hooting.
I got up, lit some incense, said a prayer of gratitude and spent almost an hour in meditation. In the video I recorded that night after lighting the incense to Hekate, you can still hear a couple of owl hoots right at the start of the video.
She is ever present with me now. It is she who insisted that I find a reference about how the unicorn is sacred to Her. I also found that one of her epithets is ‘Mother of Dragons.’ As you may know, I also have a great love for dragons.
Her name is Hekate and she is my Goddess. She is the Blessed Queen of Elphame – The Light of the Astral realm who is known by a thousand names. She is the ruler of Land, Earth and Sea. She holds the Keys to all mysteries of life and death. She is the Eternal Queen of the Witches and the marginalised. She does not turn anyone away who seeks Her with a pure heart and the unicorn’s horn turn all others away.
Unicorn Blissings ✨🦄✨
Card above from the Mythic Oracle by Michele-lee Phelan