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.
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!”
* 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)