Hecate, Goddess of the Gates

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Hecate-Mandala.jpg

Hecate, Goddess of the Gates

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From the work, Divine Like A Girl, Descent to the Goddess: A Sacred Coloring Journey by Jessica & Julie Zdenek an ongoing collaborative creation now unfolding at taraloma.com NEWS.  

Hecate, Goddess of the Gates

Hecate is the energy and wisdom that helps decipher the structure of the many different realms that we move through and rule in our lives.  Often people left Hecate offerings at crossroads.  She is the one who can see all of the different realms at the same time, so she can help us transition from the familiar to the strange.  She is able to see all the groups and all of the teams that war against one another.  She was called on in battle and at sporting events.  One of her triple statues was outside of Nike's temple.  It is Hecate who can weigh the opposing forces, and she who can guide us through the realms for the highest good of all beings.  

Hecate also helps us navigate the realms within--which are sometimes even farther away than the stars.  She can keep her many eyes on the many pieces of us we have yet to discover and integrate into our consciousness.    As we are learning and acquiring new skills, she guards the gates that we are not ready yet to open, and opens to us the gates that are most needed to lead us to deep healing.  Following her energy through the unknown is like experiencing a river of "ah ha!" moments.  

Because Hecate traversed the realms, she knew her way around the underworld.  Her many faces mirrors the many faces of the moon.  She rules the dark feminine realm like a wise grandmother.  Often boundary making is seen as a masculine energy, but Hecate reveals how the feminine also makes boundaries with the power to open or close her many secret gates.  

While in our lifetime we unveil many illusions as we learn wisdom, Hecate lovingly guides us to new discoveries like a caring mother guiding a child. She is also a Goddess to the children and guides them through their rapid transitions.  

The word mandala is from the Sanskrit and means, "circle."  They have been used widely in spiritual practices as a vehicle to contemplate universal truth.  Carl Jung introduced mandalas to the west and saw them holding energy and archetypes of the divine.  They are currently used all over the world and have been shown to create states of peace, integration and healing within the observer.  

11 cents of every purchase supports Episcopal Relief and Development work on Gender Issues and Empowering Women.  Eleven is a number that symbolizes a balance between the masculine and feminine.  

Yoga Pose:
For Hecate I chose Triangle pose which reflects her triple nature.  Stand with your legs apart and arms out wide.  Line up your feet underneath your wrists.  Now turn the right foot forward so that the heel points at the back arch of the left foot.  The left foot is angled at about 45 degrees, so that the heel is the farthest point back.  Place the left hand on the left hip and square your hips to the front right foot.  Now reach with your right arm straight in front until you come to your edge.  Then place the right hand underneath your right shoulder, on the ground, your shin, or a block.  Keep turning the left hip down to the ground as the heart is turning up towards the sky.  Lengthen the spine on the inhale, and on the exhale engage your core and squeeze out any toxins and old ways of being in the world that no longer serve you and your highest good.  Stay here for about 5-8 breaths and then use your core to bring your spine vertical again. Repeat on the other side.  

Illustration by Artist Julie Hansen Zdenek (c) 2016 TARALOMA

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