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ˈhɛk ə ti; in Shakespeare ˈhɛk ɪthecate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hecatenoun

    (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches


  1. Hecatenoun

    The goddess of the night and crossroads, usually associated with witchcraft and sorcery, as well as ghosts and childbirth. Said to reside in Hades.

  2. Etymology: From Ἑκάτη.


  1. Hecate

    Hecate or Hekate is a goddess in ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding a pair of torches, a key, snakes, or accompanied by dogs, and in later periods depicted as three-formed or triple-bodied. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, night, light, magic, witchcraft, the Moon, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, graves, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. Her earliest appearance in literature was in Hesiod's Theogony in the 8th century BCE as a goddess of great honour with domains in sky, earth, and sea. Her place of origin is debated by scholars, but she had popular followings amongst the witches of Thessaly and an important sanctuary among the Carian Greeks of Asia Minor in Lagina. Her oldest known representation was found in Selinunte, in Sicily. Hecate was one of several deities worshipped in ancient Athens as a protector of the oikos (household), alongside Zeus, Hestia, Hermes, and Apollo. In the post-Christian writings of the Chaldean Oracles (2nd–3rd century CE) she was also regarded with (some) rulership over earth, sea, and sky, as well as a more universal role as Savior (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. Regarding the nature of her cult, it has been remarked, "she is more at home on the fringes than in the centre of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition."The Romans knew her by the epithet of Trivia, an epithet she shares with Diana/Artemis, each in their roles as protector of travel and of the crossroads (trivia, "three ways").


  1. hecate

    Hecate is a goddess in ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often depicted as having three heads or three forms, and associated with magic, witchcraft, necromancy, crossroads, entrance-ways, and the moon. In later periods, she was also associated with knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, and was often portrayed holding two torches or a key. Hecate was widely worshiped in ancient times, often at crossroads where offerings known as 'Hecate's suppers' were left during certain moon phases.


  1. Hecate

    Hecate or Hekate is an ancient goddess, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She is variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Saviour, Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. Hecate may have originated among the Carians of Anatolia, where variants of her name are found as names given to children. William Berg observes, "Since children are not called after spooks, it is safe to assume that Carian theophoric names involving hekat- refer to a major deity free from the dark and unsavoury ties to the underworld and to witchcraft associated with the Hecate of classical Athens." She also closely parallels the Roman goddess Trivia, with whom she was identified in Rome. Today Hecate is worshiped by people who have reconstructed and revived the indigenous religions of Greece, such as Hellenic polytheist groups like Hellenion and YSEE.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hecate

    hek′a-tē, n. a mysterious goddess, in Hesiod having power over earth, heaven, and sea—afterwards identified with many other goddesses, her power above all displayed in the matter of ghosts and bogies. [L.,—Gr. Hekatēhekas, far.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hecate

    in the Greek mythology a mysterious divinity of the Titan brood and held in honour by all the gods, identified with Phoebe in heaven, Artemis on earth, and Persephone in Hades, as being invested with authority in all three regions; came to be regarded exclusively as an infernal deity, having under her command and at her beck all manner of demons and phantom spirits.


  1. Hecate

    (Hec′ate). There were two goddesses known by this name, but the one generally referred to in modern literature is Hecate, or Proserpine, the name by which Diana was known in the infernal regions. In heaven her name was Luna, and her terrestrial name was Diana. She was a moon-goddess, and is generally represented in art with three bodies, standing back to back, a torch, a sword, and a lance in each right hand.

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  1. teache

  2. thecae

  3. achete

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hecate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hecate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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