Altar for the Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Here is an image of my altar, freshly downloaded from my phone. It was taken prior to the second annual Rite of Her Sacred Fires, which took place on Monday evening.

Ritual Altar for the Goddess Hekate

The contents of the altar, beginning in the right bottom corner and (loosely) spiraling inward:

1. Oats, an impromptu substitute for barley. Usually used in Hellenic rituals as the first offering and as a kind of purification.

2. Khernips, fresh salinated water for washing away miasma prior to ritual. A critical element in personal purification.

3. Tarot cards, this particular deck is the Tarot of Vampires. Again, I typically do not mix my fantasy and my spirituality but the deck has read well in the past so I thought I would try it as a part of ritual. It performed well!

4. Symbols of the Three Realms ruled by Hekate, specifically a soapstone owl carving, two small pieces of snowflake obsidian (which the Spinning Tapestry Tradition associates with Hekate), a sphere of jet supported on a snowflake obsidian ring, a stone from the creek that ran through my second Pagan Spirit Gathering, a seashell from the Atlantic shore near my hometown, and an incense cone burner.

5. Candles, oils, charoite, and a soapstone pentacle. The two smaller votive candles are luminaries and the central candle will support the flame for Her sacred fire. The two oils are patchouly and spirit guide, both manufactured by Sun’s Eye. The soapstone pentacle is a piece that I have had for a while and a symbol of Earth in some magickal traditions. Charoite releases old patterns, disrupts unproductive cycles, and aids forward movement.

6. Feathers as another symbol of Hekate as Lady of Sky and a chalice, for the shared wine as well as the libation.

7. Ceramic cauldron for burning incense, a packet of Hekate Incense from Forest Grove Botanica, and a dish of Frankincense granules

8. Large key, which typically hangs above Hekate’s permanent altar in my bedroom.

9. Tealight candles as luminaries.

10. Amethyst (for psychism), ametrine (to clear away blockages), and a huge piece of snowflake obsidian.

11. The Red Cord that I used in a ritual for the Covenant of Hekate to bind myself to Her.

12. Tarot/Oracle cards that depict Hekate or scenes relevant to her mythology. The central image is from The Mythic Oracle and it depicts tri-formed Hekate with the middle Hekate holding a key. The image to the left is Hekate Tricephalus from the original The Mythic Tarot. The image to the right is from the same deck and depicts Kore-Persephone in her underworld abode a few steps from the lush green fields of the Middle Realm.

13. Statue of Hekate, purchased from Sacred Source a while back. It is drawn from a temple carving at Eleusis that depicts Hekate (aka The Running Maiden) leading Kore-Persephone up from the underworld to be reunited with her mother Demeter and catalyze a return of the earth’s bounty. This image stands at the core of the myth and mystery of Hekate Phosphorus, in my opinion.

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4 thoughts on “Altar for the Rite of Her Sacred Fires

  1. Hi. I started following your blog about a week ago but hadn’t commented yet. I’ve really enjoyed reading your entries. I’m pretty far behind you in terms of knowledge and experience, I think, and I’ve learned a lot from seeing what you do and say.

    I also participated in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires this year, and I love this picture and your descriptions of the things in it. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you don’t mind the random stranger reading your blog. 🙂

    • Greetings, Sanil! It’s awesome to “hear a new voice”. I’m glad some part of my journey has spoken to you thus far, but should confess that I still consider myself to be a toddler in my ever-developing witchy practice/spirituality. I have learned a lot along the way but still “have promise to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” [thanks to R. Frost for the line of poetry]. Feel free to leave other comments whenever and wherever you like!!

  2. I love the altar set-up and will use this as a guide for when I put up a permanent altar for Hekate. Thanks again for documenting your rituals. They are so helpful. Have you read Mark Smith’s book Queen of Hell?

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