Final Day: Ritual to Hecate (New Moon)

This ritual is done during the New Moon, which is the last day of the Athenian month. Now my ritual won’t be the same as another person’s ritual, but there’s nothing that states that you have to use a certain group’s ritual. Honoring the gods is valid no matter how you do it. This will be a short one, so I hope that it helps.

1) Purify the Altar area.

2) Take barley and say, “As it was done in ancient times. I purify and cleanse this altar with this barley. With this barley I purify this altar and space so that I may give offerings, libations, and speak with glory and respect the gods of Mt. Olympus.”

3) Light a candle and say a hymn to Hestia.

Hestia, you who guard the sacred shrine of the Lord Apollon. The far-darter at goodly Pathos. With soft oil dripping ever from your locks. Come now to this house, come having one mind with Zeus the all wise-draw near, and with all bestow favor upon my song.”

Prayer to Hestia

Hestia, gracious goddess who sits at the heart of each home, who lives in the heart of each one who reveres you, each one who holds you dear, each one who turns to you for strength and harmony.

Hestia, goddess most needful, goddess most serene, goddess most esteemed, the heart of the city is yours as well, great goddess; within your realm are those who serve the state, who work for all the good of all–your blessings fall on the honest, goddess, your wrath on the corrupt, on those who betray their trust for gain. Defender of the householder, guardian of the hearthfire, Hestia, I praise and honor you.

4) Let Hecate know that your there, saying, “Hecate hear me.” This isn’t a command, this is a way of letting her know that your here and that your here to honor her.

5) Say her titles that she went by in ancient times. The ones that I’ve found are ‘Trivia, Savior, holding the keys, of the earth/underworld.’ Then tell her what you’ve given to her in the past, what she’s done for you, and the reason behind coming before her and getting her attention.

6) Do an Invocation to Hecate

I call to Hekate, who stands at the crossroad, who stands at the city gate, who stands before each family’s home, to watch and to ward off evil. Bearer of torches, leader of hounds, holder of keys, daughter of the deep earth and the starry sky, you tread upon the path less traveled; you walk, with certainty and without fear, in the dark night, in the wilderness, along roads most treacherous, among those who skirt the edges of order.

Hekate, friend of women, protector of children, you know the perils of all the worlds, goddess, as each world is your realm to wander. Thus do you hold safe the home, thus do you bar the door from all ill, thus do you drive away the baneful and the false.

Hekate, compassionate goddess, I call to you.

7) Do the Hymns to Hecate

“Kourotrophe (nurse of the young) [Hekate], give your ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embrace of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire.”

Or you can do this one if the first is too hard to pronounce.

“Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia], lovely dame, of earthly, watery, and celestial frame, sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed, pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade; Perseis, solitary goddess, hail! The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail; in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen, and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen; Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering, hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere, and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.”

8) Offering Incense, saying, “I offer this incense, as I’ve done before, in your name and your honor. (Mention anything that Hecate has done for you.)

9) Give Food Offering, saying, “I offer this food as a sacrifice, as I’ve done before. (Mention anything that Hecate has done for you if you promise to give her food in return. If not, then just give the offering with the small prayer)

10) Pour libations to Hecate. Remember, this must be a full bottle of something. If you don’t have any wine, then offer a full bottle of grape juice. Just make sure that you have a container that’s big enough for it. Don’t forget the Libation to Hestia before the libation to Hecate. Remember to finish your libation with another one to Hestia.

11) Pray to Hecate.

12) End the ritual by saying, “Hestia, goddess of home and hearth, to you I offer last of all as a pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love and guard the houses of the pious. As the gods will it, so it shall be.”

It is so!

Dump the entire container that you’ve poured your wine or grape juice into outside and then that ends it.