Sometimes when I write or talk about Hekate I feel I come across as almost conversational. One person suggested that my tone was almost irreverent and borderline disrespectful for a Devotee.
It might appear that way sometimes especially when I speak of some of my experiences of Her but make no mistake; I hold her in awe and reverence.
It’s my experiences of Her that mean I can see the lighter side of the Thea Deinos. If you have ever seen the Goddess caper with Pan, or enjoy a drink with Her Devotees you probably know what I mean.
Although what follows was originally intended as a warning against all mystery traditions I’ve always found it to be a lovely anecdote for the lighter side of Hekate.
Maximus is one of the older and more advanced students. His strength of character led him to despise logical demonstrations in these matters, and launce impetuously on a mad course.
Not long ago he invited us to the temple of Hekate, and made us witness against him. We arrived there, and did reverence to the goddess.
“Sit down, my friends”, said Maximus, “and see what is going to happen, and how much superior I am to the rest of you”.
We sat down, and he burned a grain of incense and recited to himself some sort of hymn. So successful was his demonstration that the statue first began to smile and then seems to laugh aloud. We were disturbed by what we had seen.
“Don’t worry”, said he, “for you will soon see the torches wich the goddess holds in her hands light up.” Hardly had he finished speaking when the torches burst into flame.
At the moment we were in admiration of that theatrical miracle-worker. But do not you marvel at any of these things – I do not – but be sure that the most important thing is to purify your soul by reason.
The Emperor Julian By Robert Browning pg 56
Smiling Goddess – this is actually statue of Flora, the Roman personification of Spring, however this was the closest I could get to the image I wanted to invoke.