We know that Hekate Liminal Rites is one of the best books on the subject, and we know that it is a book that will continue to spark debate, discussion and exploration of the mysteries of the Goddess Hekate.  It is therefore a great thing to know that others are also enjoying the book, especially when they are such discerning readers such as the editorial team at The HedgeWytch Magazine – www.sothisstar.co.uk, here is an extract of what they said, to read the full magazine which includes articles by Pete Nash, Isobella Faye, Michael Hower, Shani Oates, Bill, G Nottingham, Chattering Magpie and many others see the website for subscription details.  The review is from issue #47:

“For all of you who are drawn to this most fascinating liminal goddess, Hekate, you will not be disappointed.  And for those of you who wish to explore and learn more about Hekate, then this is certainly for you.  Drawn from historical sources, the reader is taken on a journey from Hekate as Phosphorus (light bringer) and liminal goddess of the gate through the exploration of some of her most well known titles from (in alphabetical order) Chthonia (‘earthly one’) to Trioditis (‘of the three ways’).  Just this list of titles will draw the reader in.  ….  ….. ….. …. A highly recommended read for all.”

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Hekate Keys to the Crossroads

Edited by Sorita d’Este, published by Avalonia

Available directly from Avalonia Books or from outlets such as Amazon, B&N and good bookshops.

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A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes, artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses, Priests who work with Hekate, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Witchcraft, Magick and Sorcery.

This review is from WICCAN REDE magazine, reproduced here with permission.  For information on The Wiccan Rede see www.silvercircle.org - it is a bi-lingual magazine, produced quarterly in Dutch and English and focussed on Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism.  This from the Samhain 2008 edition.

“As the title suggests this is a collection fo essays covering a wide range of subjects concerning the worship of Hekate.  In Part 1 “Her History, Myths and Powers” Sorita writes a foreword and includes her own encounter with Hekate and the formation of the magical group VITRIOL Grove (VG) which is now a network.

In Part 2 in “Hekate’s Witches” various people offer their experiences and a number of personal altars and other photos are included.  It is interesting to read how everyone works with Hekate in her different aspects.  Most people seem to work with the Greek Hekate but the one thing this books illustrates iseh vast differences that exists even within the Hellenistic setting. And most if not all refer to blood sacrifices in one way or another.  In any event working with Hekate is a life-changing experience.

I can certainly attest to that, thinking of the changes in my life after the Hekate experience in Caria, Turkey at Lagina, the oldest sanctuary to Hekate in the world.  The essays are a source of inspiration and as I read them, I could feel myself wanting to get out and do something!

As key-bearer or matron of childbrith Hekate is the guide to our own underworld, the “dark side of ourselves” (Ouch, how I hate that term..) in any event the place where we take charge of our life.

In the last part there are practical tips, making preparations for the rituaps, recipes for incense and food… and including a “modern mystery play” written for Lapis Companions – David & Sorita’s outer court group or “open learning circle”.

An excellent book for anyone who is interested in strengthening his or her connection with Hekate!”

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* Esoteric Review Note: Lapis Companions was dissolved in 2006 , after many years of facilitating training and ritual in London, as Sorita and David moved to Wales and was unable to continue running the group.

The Wiccan Rede is a great magazine, and there is plenty in there for anyone interested in a different and less mainstream read, with plenty of interesting topics covered.  Details can be found at www.silvercircle.org (check out their forums too, for some excellent discussions)

Utterly Wicked

Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions

By Dorothy Morrison

I saw this book recommended on many websites and often as recommended book on Amazon when I was buying some of the more serious books I tend to spend my money on.  I saw it time and time again, remembering it because it has such a different looking cover for a book on Witchcraft.  It is memorable.  Certainly it is that.  The title is quite catchy too and as I am sitting waiting for my copy of John Canard’s forthcoming “Defences against the Witches Craft” (see Avalonia Books for details) I decided that I should probably start by reading what others are writing and reading when it comes to casting those curses in the first instance.   Not that I would do such a thing, of course.  Or, would I?

The list of credits on the back cover, by other authors who recommend and endorse this book is impressive.  It reads like a who’s who of the American pop-magic scene – Raven Grimassi, Judika Illes and Stephanie Rose Bird all have good things to say about it.

So is this book worth spending the US$14.95 on of the cover price?  (and that is not a lot with the weak $ to the £ at the moment).

Well, having had a proper read I think that it would be well worth the cover price if you are new to spell casting and need some direction, for the newcomers to spell casting this is going to be a book of biblical porportions, for the experienced this will be a fantastic book to read and enjoy for the sense of humour portrayed in it.  Yes ok, this is not a nice book.  No fluffy pink ribbons here smelling of roses to make you feel better about yourself.  No way.   Dorothy Morrison blatantly makes it clear from the outset that this is a book about getting revenge, getting even and that in her opinion there is nothing wrong with it either.

There is no ‘Wiccan Rede’ here and frankly that is a relief as I have had it up to my eyeballs in misinterpretations of the Wiccan Rede by people who have never actually stood naked in a Witches Circle and who haven’t got a clue about ethics anyway.  (But of course think they do.)

The material presented is a blend of pagan magic with vodou and santeria potions and lotions, spells and charms from all kinds of different traditions come together in an eclectic mix which will provide inspiration for anyone interested in expanding their horizons and gaining inspiration for creating their own unique spells for uses diverse.

Enjoy.  Learn.  Open your mind.

Not for the fainthearted who think that magic is the domain of the wiccans alone.

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