This isn't an informational blog about the Goddess Hecate, it's just me voicing some things I've noticed.
When I first began working with Her a couple of years ago, I was met with all sorts of negativity from other Pagans and Witches. It seemed like nearly every person I discussed the topic with thought I was insane for working with a dark and mysterious Goddess, and that resulted in my also being labeled a "fluffy bunny" (if you've read my blog, you know how much I despise that term anyway) because I was following a Goddess that I obviously couldn't know anything about and must have chosen Her out of convenience of the Greek pantheon. First of all, I didn't choose Her, SHE chose ME. I was terrified of dark and crone Goddesses before I started working with Cerridwen a few years ago, and then Hecate started showing up in my dreams and "vision quests" (for lack of a better term). It scared the shit out of me! All I'd heard about Her before then was negativity.
After a lot of meditating and all sorts of other means to figure things out, I put on my big girl panties and cast a Circle and did a ritual (which I rarely do), and invited Hecate to join me. I INSTANTLY felt a presence with me, which caught me off guard. I'd never felt anything like it. And thus my relationship with Her began...
Now, a couple of years later, there's all the hype about "Nocturnal Witchcraft" and the like, plus the Hellenic Recons, etc., and suddenly, I see people popping up everywhere that claim Her as their "Matron Goddess" and the like. Really? Now that Konstantinos and whoever else has become so popular, NOW it's ok to follow Hecate, but when I first started it was taboo? What the fuck is with that?
Don't get me wrong here, I mean no offense to those who also work with Her! I'm just very confused about why it's suddenly acceptable, after I met so much hatred about it. I know I wasn't the first "neo-Pagan" to work with Her, but sheesh! They're like coming out of the woodwork now! I don't know how many of them are serious, and how many are just trying for shock value or whatever, but I know I've come across several from each category.
Hecate isn't the only dark Goddess that I've observed this happening with, but She's the one that really hits home with me. I just hope that with all of this new interest in the dark Goddesses and crone Goddesses, fewer "newbies" are swayed from following the call from one, and there's less confusion and fear in the future, concerning those Goddesses who have been so misunderstood.