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Hecates Supper

Hecate, of the Greek pantheon, was a Goddess of the Crossroads and entrances, and her aspect governed the choices of Fate when a man or a woman was faced with a decision on a new path to take. However, she is more well known as a Goddess of Magic, necromancy, sorcery, and witchcraft, and it is her image that is used to represent the image of a witch as an "ugly, aged crone," usually bent over and with an oversized nose. In the early days of ancient Greece, however, she was a young Goddess and one of the trinity of Goddesses who ruled over the home and hearth, along with Demeter and Persephone.

Hecate was traditionally observed on the night before the full moon, and her worshippers prepared a meal in her honor. In particular, the time of sunset on November 16th marks the beginning of the Night of Hecate.

Sacred Wicca writes, "If you only honour Her once in the year, this is the time to do it! In Ancient Greece animal sacrifices would have been made, but leaving a Hecate’s Supper at the Crossroads is a more appropriate offering today. Traditionally Hecate's Supper would be eaten outside under the Dark Moon at a crossroads with one plate reserved for Hecate. After the meal was consumed, Hecate's plate was placed at the crossroads. Once the offering is given, depart without looking back. Remember that whatever is given to Hecate cannot be reclaimed, so don't use your best china. It is Hecate's option to decide who or what consumes the offering, be it feral animals or humans, this is how She accepts the offering." [1]

Traditional food for Hecate's Supper include eggs, fish roe, goat and sheep cheese, sprats, red mullet, garlic, mushrooms, and honey cake or Bread Pudding surrounded by blazing torches or cakes decorated with miniature imitation torches (candles). Other ideas include garlic, salmon, honey, and edible flowers.

"In the past and the present, those who follow Hecate are often initiated into Her mysteries on this night." [2]

Hecate's Supper

Prepare dishes for all celebrants, plus one dish for Hecate. Enjoy your meal in the dark of night at the crossroads, lit by torches. Leave Hecate's dish for her, walk away, and don't look back.