Around 9:30PM (Central Time), I participated in the worldwide ceremony honoring the goddess Hekate. In keeping with Sorita d’Este’s wishes as expressed on the first page of the ritual, I adhered to the overall purpose of the ritual (because it was great); however, I did take the liberty of changing a few key pieces of the actual ritual text that do not gel with my personal perspective and/or ritual style. The most noteworthy change that I made was the omission of the entire phrase that begins with two of the six documented Ephesian Letters. For an explanation of the letters according to her research, visit her official site for this evening’s rite at http://sacredfires.co.uk/?p=213. Her explanation was interesting but nowhere in it did she give the exact meaning in ancient Greek of either each word or the entire phrase: Askei Kataskei Eron Oreon Ior Mega Samnyer Baui Phobantia Semne. Now, I don’t know about you but I do not run around saying words I do not fully understand within a ritual context no matter how ancient, magickal, or all-around cool they appear!
With that omission made, I enjoyed honoring Hekate on a day when hundreds if not thousands of others were doing the same; I could feel Her presence with me during the ritual. There is something beautiful, profound, and uplifting in that sort of collective experience. Thank you, Sorita d’Este for devising and organizing this truly great event!