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In Circle for Hekate – Volume I: History & Mythology, the author draws together scholarly research from a wide range of sources, highlighting the manifold and universal nature of this extraordinary goddess. The book serves as a comprehensive introduction to her many myths and legends, viewed through the Divine Ancestry attributed to her in Hesiod’s Theogony (800-700BCE), a In Circle for Hekate – Volume I: History & Mythology, the author draws together scholarly research from a wide range of sources, highlighting the manifold and universal nature of this extraordinary goddess. The book serves as a comprehensive introduction to her many myths and legends, viewed through the Divine Ancestry attributed to her in Hesiod’s Theogony (800-700BCE), as well as an exploration of her conflation with other goddesses, archaeology, literature, and iconography. Hekate’s worship was never limited to one geographical region. Her presence is well attested in Greece and Turkey, as well as Egypt, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sicily and Southern Italy. She has possible links to Minoan Crete, her most famous temple stood in Lagina, and she was a popular goddess in ancient Athens. Her history reveals many fascinating stories: how Hekate Phosphoros saved ancient Byzantium from an invasion by Phillip II of Macedonia (father of Alexander the Great); and how a visit to her temple in Ephesus influenced Julian the Apostate, the last Pagan Emperor of Rome. Hekate was connected to Artemis, Demeter, Persephone, Isis, Diana, Despoina and other significant goddesses, appearing in single-and triple-bodied forms, as well as theriocephalic emanations with the heads of various animals. She shared the symbols of the torch, whip, snake and dagger with the Erinyes, and wielded the key to the Mysteries, wearing variously the modius, polos, kalathos and Phrygian cap. She shared paeans with Dionysos, stood with Hermes at the throne of the Phrygian Kybele, and sat next to Zeus in the cult of the Empty Throne. Far from being an obscure goddess, her torches illuminated the Mysteries at Eleusis, Samothrace, Aegina and Ephesus, leading the way for initiates. Suitable for reading as a standalone text by those fascinated in the history and myths related to Hekate, Circle for Hekate: History & Mythology also serves as background reading for those wishing to pursue a more practical understanding of the goddess, providing a clear contextual foundation for practice. Subsequent volumes in this series build upon the foundation provided in this first book to include devotional rites, meditations, contemplations and charms, giving readers the opportunity to develop their own personal understandings and relationships with this goddess.


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In Circle for Hekate – Volume I: History & Mythology, the author draws together scholarly research from a wide range of sources, highlighting the manifold and universal nature of this extraordinary goddess. The book serves as a comprehensive introduction to her many myths and legends, viewed through the Divine Ancestry attributed to her in Hesiod’s Theogony (800-700BCE), a In Circle for Hekate – Volume I: History & Mythology, the author draws together scholarly research from a wide range of sources, highlighting the manifold and universal nature of this extraordinary goddess. The book serves as a comprehensive introduction to her many myths and legends, viewed through the Divine Ancestry attributed to her in Hesiod’s Theogony (800-700BCE), as well as an exploration of her conflation with other goddesses, archaeology, literature, and iconography. Hekate’s worship was never limited to one geographical region. Her presence is well attested in Greece and Turkey, as well as Egypt, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sicily and Southern Italy. She has possible links to Minoan Crete, her most famous temple stood in Lagina, and she was a popular goddess in ancient Athens. Her history reveals many fascinating stories: how Hekate Phosphoros saved ancient Byzantium from an invasion by Phillip II of Macedonia (father of Alexander the Great); and how a visit to her temple in Ephesus influenced Julian the Apostate, the last Pagan Emperor of Rome. Hekate was connected to Artemis, Demeter, Persephone, Isis, Diana, Despoina and other significant goddesses, appearing in single-and triple-bodied forms, as well as theriocephalic emanations with the heads of various animals. She shared the symbols of the torch, whip, snake and dagger with the Erinyes, and wielded the key to the Mysteries, wearing variously the modius, polos, kalathos and Phrygian cap. She shared paeans with Dionysos, stood with Hermes at the throne of the Phrygian Kybele, and sat next to Zeus in the cult of the Empty Throne. Far from being an obscure goddess, her torches illuminated the Mysteries at Eleusis, Samothrace, Aegina and Ephesus, leading the way for initiates. Suitable for reading as a standalone text by those fascinated in the history and myths related to Hekate, Circle for Hekate: History & Mythology also serves as background reading for those wishing to pursue a more practical understanding of the goddess, providing a clear contextual foundation for practice. Subsequent volumes in this series build upon the foundation provided in this first book to include devotional rites, meditations, contemplations and charms, giving readers the opportunity to develop their own personal understandings and relationships with this goddess.

30 review for Circle for Hekate -Volume I, History & Mythology: Dedicated to the light-bearing Goddess of the crossroads in all her many faces, manifestations, and names. (The Circle for Hekate Project Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca (Medusa's Rock Garden)

    Circle for Hekate – Volume 1: History and Mythology, is, as the name implies, all about the history and mythology of Hekate. It has some crossovers with Sorita D’estes previous book, Liminal Rites, because any book that discusses the history and mythology of a deity will inevitably contain information from other books on the same subject. But it also has a wealth of new information. I was pleased and not actually all that surprised by how much new information I found within those pages. Pleased b Circle for Hekate – Volume 1: History and Mythology, is, as the name implies, all about the history and mythology of Hekate. It has some crossovers with Sorita D’estes previous book, Liminal Rites, because any book that discusses the history and mythology of a deity will inevitably contain information from other books on the same subject. But it also has a wealth of new information. I was pleased and not actually all that surprised by how much new information I found within those pages. Pleased because new information about Hekate is always awesome, and not surprised because Sorita is, in my opinion, one of the worlds foremost experts on Hekate today. I would say that there would be something new and of interest to pretty much every Hekatean in this book, no matter your particular interests in Her. There will be something there for you. Because Sorita delves into as many aspects of Hekate as possible, as many symbols, as many syncretisations and conflations, as many lines of history, anthropology, literature, arts, carvings, curse tablets etc as she possibly can – while also still keeping the book easy to read and accessible to everyone. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Hekate, and indeed anyone who is interested in learning more about ancient Hellenism – because this is not only full of information about Hekate, but also about Hellenism as it connects to Hekate, Artemis, Selene, Demeter, Persephone and more. I truly believe this is an essential book for every Hekatean bookshelf (but I think that of all of Soritas Hekate books) and I cannot wait for the next instalment to be released. This is an extract from my blog review of Circle for Hekate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nightshade Purplebroom

    A well organised introduction to the history of Hekate. Those already familiar with scholarship and academic writings of Hekate, as well Sorita's other material will find the information to be a rehash of older material, and therefore offering nothing new. But it does serve as a good introductory book for those unfamilair with Hekate. I think there were a handful of editing errors throughout the book, but it was not enough to detract from it. A well organised introduction to the history of Hekate. Those already familiar with scholarship and academic writings of Hekate, as well Sorita's other material will find the information to be a rehash of older material, and therefore offering nothing new. But it does serve as a good introductory book for those unfamilair with Hekate. I think there were a handful of editing errors throughout the book, but it was not enough to detract from it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edric Unsane

    Pretty much everything you would want to know about Hekate from antiquity in an easily digestible, scholarly, and well informed book. This book is more of a comprehensive history book surrounding Hekate, so if you're looking for magic and rituals I'd suggest looking elsewhere. Pretty much everything you would want to know about Hekate from antiquity in an easily digestible, scholarly, and well informed book. This book is more of a comprehensive history book surrounding Hekate, so if you're looking for magic and rituals I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carmilla Voiez

    I wanted to find more about the goddess Hecate for a fictional novel I'm working on. I'd seen this recommended and ordered a copy. It is a brilliant resource. I now know more about the history, myths and associations with Hecate than I should ever need. d'Este's style is easy to follow without much prior knowledge and the book is full of illustrations. I wanted to find more about the goddess Hecate for a fictional novel I'm working on. I'd seen this recommended and ordered a copy. It is a brilliant resource. I now know more about the history, myths and associations with Hecate than I should ever need. d'Este's style is easy to follow without much prior knowledge and the book is full of illustrations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Quarrie

    This book is absolutely best book for anyone seriously interested in Hekate. It covers Her fro Her unknown origins as She wanders all over the world. Learn Her symbols, epithets - this is where to begin!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steve Cran

    Sorita D’Este has to be the foremost practitioner / devotee to Hecate. Not only is she a priest to the goddess but she has also done more than ample research. What follows is an excellent book that give the reader a good solid over view of Hecate throughout her long history. If you are interested in learning about this goddess then this is a book you would do well to delve into. The first chapter of the book deals with the family and lineage of Hecate. Her father was Perseus and her Mother was As Sorita D’Este has to be the foremost practitioner / devotee to Hecate. Not only is she a priest to the goddess but she has also done more than ample research. What follows is an excellent book that give the reader a good solid over view of Hecate throughout her long history. If you are interested in learning about this goddess then this is a book you would do well to delve into. The first chapter of the book deals with the family and lineage of Hecate. Her father was Perseus and her Mother was Asteria. Her grandfather was the sun god Helios. Among her cousins are Apollo and Artemis, their mother Leto was Asteria’s sister. Leto was hunted by Hera and a large python because Zeuss seduced her or attacked her. Asteria in the meantime turned herself into an island. Hera, as a reward to Asteria for avoiding Zeuss’s pleasure snares was able to give her sister some rest on the island of Ortygia which is located near Sicily. As Hecate’s cult expanded throughout the Greco Roman world she tended to absorb other goddesses and become conflated with them. Some o the goddeses she was conflated with are Demeter and Persephone, Artemis, Isis, Ereshkigal and Ishtar. Sometimes they are named as a double name like Hecate-Isis other times they are mentioned separately. It seems she absorbed or was conflated wit other Goddesses such as Bendis, Kybelle, Selene and a few others. With tis she absorbed their symbols, jobs and functions. It is rather hard to pinpoint where the worship of Hecate originated. After all she was a titan who sided with Zeuss against Kronos. She helped beat off some monsters with her torches and for that she was allowed to keep her domain as a goddess of the earth air land and sea. She was worshipped widely over the entire Greco-Roman world. Evidence of her sanctuaries and worship can be found in modern day Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Jordan Valley, Syria, Egypt and parts of Italy. Certain places have her worshipped alone or paired up with Zeuss, Dionysus, Hermes and Pan. Hecate is a liminal goddess which means she occupies those spaces in between like twilight, realms between death an life and passage ways. One of Hecate’s symbols is the key. Keys open doors and allow passage. Her shrine was at the entry way to shrines and houses. She was also an underworld goddess who escorted the dead, provided they had a proper funeral to the underworld. Those who died a violent death, suicide etc belonged to Hecate and became one of her ghosts. Black dogs were often associated with her as were bulls, cows, dogs. Staffs and snakes were associated with her as well as different head gear. In her beginning years she started out as a solar goddess but now as time slips by she is associated with the moon. In the beginning she was a mother goddess and a maiden goddess. Thanks to Crowley and Robert Grave the krone epithet got added on. There are more volumes coming up. Keep your eyes open.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mat Auryn

    In full artist mentality, Tempest also provides plenty of room in the book itself for you to take notes and experiment with sigil creation right in the book itself. The book is pretty dang great, but I really didn’t expect anything less from Tempest. Sigil Witchery is one of those books that I think magickal practitioners of any path or tradition can learn some new techniques from to add to their craft. The book is full of information that I haven’t seen anywhere else on Hekate, as I had expected In full artist mentality, Tempest also provides plenty of room in the book itself for you to take notes and experiment with sigil creation right in the book itself. The book is pretty dang great, but I really didn’t expect anything less from Tempest. Sigil Witchery is one of those books that I think magickal practitioners of any path or tradition can learn some new techniques from to add to their craft. The book is full of information that I haven’t seen anywhere else on Hekate, as I had expected from a researcher as devoted to Hekate as Sorita is. This book is just as great of a starting point to learn about Hekate as Liminal Rites, if not better. Despite the wealth of knowledge and information provided within this book, Sorita has an ability to translate that into a comprehensive writing style that can be lacking in scholarly works on Hekate. This is mainly because she’s writing with devotees of Hekate in mind, and not so much academic peer review. With Sorita’s work you always get the highest quality of content and honoring of the history of Hekate, without trying to ignore or mold this history into something that fits a certain agenda regarding belief about this goddess.Circle For Hekate – Volume I: History & Mythology is a book all who work with Hekate should own, to gain an even deeper understanding of this titanic goddess and how she has been revered throughout the ages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    My love of Greek mythology throughout my childhood was what initially drew me to Paganism in my childhood and early teens. Although I have practiced primarily as an agnostic-atheist Witch, I have felt particularly drawn toward Hekate as of late and this was the first book I picked up about Her. It was exceptionally well cited, I could tell that years of research and dedication went into this work. I learned so much and the information was presented in an easy to follow manner. I cannot wait to d My love of Greek mythology throughout my childhood was what initially drew me to Paganism in my childhood and early teens. Although I have practiced primarily as an agnostic-atheist Witch, I have felt particularly drawn toward Hekate as of late and this was the first book I picked up about Her. It was exceptionally well cited, I could tell that years of research and dedication went into this work. I learned so much and the information was presented in an easy to follow manner. I cannot wait to dive deeper and learn as much as I can, however, I feel that this work is definitely an exceptional starting point and likely one of the best resources for anyone interested in learning about Hekate. This book is highly recommended and I will definitely be checking out the rest of the author's works.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexia Moon

    A brilliant book! Sorita is one of my favourite authors when it comes to Hekate and I knew this book would not disappoint! This is a book I believe is essential in any practitioner's library because it is such a wonderful resource, especially for learning more about Hekate. Everything is easily explained, always with the quotes and sources mentioned and an analysis from Sorita, which I always love. Can't wait to buy this book in physical format so I can add it to my bookshelves. It is a must! A brilliant book! Sorita is one of my favourite authors when it comes to Hekate and I knew this book would not disappoint! This is a book I believe is essential in any practitioner's library because it is such a wonderful resource, especially for learning more about Hekate. Everything is easily explained, always with the quotes and sources mentioned and an analysis from Sorita, which I always love. Can't wait to buy this book in physical format so I can add it to my bookshelves. It is a must!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olufemi

    Wonderful & insightful view to Hekate This is the first book I've read with Kindle Unlimited that I want to own. Its well written and organized in an order that not only makes sense but is easy to follow. It uses many primary and secondary sources and she brings them together so its not just a bunch of dots. She draws the lines between them into a beautiful picture of the goddess Hekate. Wonderful & insightful view to Hekate This is the first book I've read with Kindle Unlimited that I want to own. Its well written and organized in an order that not only makes sense but is easy to follow. It uses many primary and secondary sources and she brings them together so its not just a bunch of dots. She draws the lines between them into a beautiful picture of the goddess Hekate.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erik Pegg

    An excellent anthology and thorough work on the most popular Goddess in the modern Wiccan/Neopagan/Pagan reconstructionist movement. Not only is this an easy read for both experienced Neopagans and those exploring New Age spirituality, it can be enjoyed by those who simply love Greek Mythology as well!! A MUST READ for everyone modern witch/pagan!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Roit

    Excellently researched With footnotes, images and full bibliography, this is a well researched volume, and not just another “spell book.” Highly recommend for anyone wishing to know about Hekate, especially in a historical context. I look forward to the next volumes. You’ll be inspired towards your own interpretations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah Greer-pinzaru

    Invaluable resource Thoroughly researched and yet entirely accessible look into the historical depictions and veneration of Hekate. It's an invaluable resource for any Hecatean devotee, or simply anyone interested in this fascinating goddess/Titan of liminality. Invaluable resource Thoroughly researched and yet entirely accessible look into the historical depictions and veneration of Hekate. It's an invaluable resource for any Hecatean devotee, or simply anyone interested in this fascinating goddess/Titan of liminality.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lotus

    This was so informative and written wonderfully by a foremost researcher of Hekate. I can't wait for Volume 2! This was so informative and written wonderfully by a foremost researcher of Hekate. I can't wait for Volume 2!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maja Miljković

    An amazing book with clear narration and great info. Nothing less than expected from Sorita.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sorita

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynds Perrott

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jade

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Rossignol-Julian

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Taylor

  24. 4 out of 5

    Occultorum

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pinar

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  27. 5 out of 5

    Max Freitas

  28. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monica Yohann

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allonsy25

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