What is the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo?
The Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo is a virtual space dedicated to honoring the goddess Hecate. Recognized as an official sanctuary of the Covenant of Hekate, it serves as a sacred hub for spiritual seekers and devotees, offering resources, rituals, and devotions to deepen one's connection with Hecate. Additionally, the Sanctuary actively supports local charities, contributing to community service projects such as The Blessing Box of Goldsboro and Furever Paws.
About the Sanctuary
The Sanctuary of Hekate Brimo is something I have been looking to create for quite a while. My original Sanctuary was called The Sanctuary of Hekate Trivia and was established on May 18, 2015. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit our area, and my entire property was covered with flood waters, polluted with human and animal wastes, chemical and fuel spills, and of course, the aftermath of the flooded hog, turkey, and chicken farms that were not evacuated from the rising waters. I felt I had no choice but to close the Sanctuary in the wake of such devastation.
From the ashes, however, I felt it was now time after a global pandemic and the flames of war rising, to refocus this energy and bring back the goddess to these lands. I am establishing the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo as an official sanctuary of the Covenant of Hekate. I recall my last dedication ritual, I held a bonfire, and while I was taking photos, the image to the right appeared. I can clearly see the outline of the goddess holding a torch in the flames. To me, this was a message of acceptance for the work I planned to do then, and now like a phoenix rising from the ashes, she has called to me to revive my work in the light of her flames as Hecate Brimo.
To me, there is nothing more dangerous than a mother protecting her young. When I see Hecate Brimo, I see her as an angry mother. The mother sees her children suffering and is coming to save them. I recognize Hecate as the mother of all life and even the source of our souls. When she sees our homeless left aside, she is angry. When she sees the animals that we should be protecting left out in the cold she is angry. This anger turns to action when we call upon her to give her knowledge and wisdom to help us help others. In the work of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo, my goal will be to honor her by using my body, mind, and spirit to help those in need, protect those who cannot protect themselves, and lift those who have fallen.
The Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo IS NOT a magical or spiritual tradition. Instead, we are a community united by our passion for the Goddess Hecate, in her many forms, faces, and manifestations in the 21st century.
The Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo will be a virtual first sanctuary where I will provide support and guidance for those looking to walk with Hecate along the middle path. We will honor the five virtues and conduct our days in line with the goddess. We will focus our energy on helping those in need, protecting those who cannot protect themselves, and lifting those who have fallen.
The physical sanctuary will be located in Seven Springs, North Carolina, on a small 3.5-acre plot near the Neuse River. When possible, we will conduct rituals for the dark moon and solstices.
Our work for the community will support those less fortunate by supporting our local outreach groups. Blessing Box of Goldsboro and Furever Paws.
We will be a public sanctuary open to members and non-members of CoH.
Blessing Box of Goldsboro is a program that sets up boxes around the area that can be filled with food, clothing, or other items for those who need help. As part of the monthly deipnon we will donate and work with others to collect donations for these boxes.
Furever Paws is a local animal rescue group that works with local businesses, vets, and citizens to help those animals in need. This group does everything from nursing orphaned kittens to helping those dogs with injuries get the medical attention they need. They also work in the community to trap and spay/neuter (TNR) feral cat colonies around the county. Our work will focus primarily on foster, transportation, and TNR services.
My Torchbearer Commitment
I am committed to doing the work of the goddess by using this sanctuary as a catalyst to help others learn about Hecate Brimo. While yes, she is the angry one, I believe we focus that anger on making real changes in the world. There is no more dangerous animal than a mother protecting her young. This is how I see Hecate Brimo. It is my commitment to use that energy to find ways to make change, focus energy, and be the tool to create a way forward for those in need.
Covenant of Hekate Membership Center
The Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo will serve as a remote membership center for the Covenant of Hekate. Membership applications can be submitted below.
Rev. Renee Sosanna Olson - North Carolina - USA
Consecration Rite - Completed 3/12/2022
Welcome to the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo, where the realms of creativity intertwine with devotion, and the mystical meets the artistic. I am Rev. Renee Olson, a seasoned practitioner with a diverse skill set dedicated to fostering balance and harmony in the mind, body, and spirit.
As a Master Sound Healer, I specialize in the profound healing frequencies emitted by crystal bowls. These therapeutic sounds resonate with the core of one's being, facilitating transformative experiences. Holding the title of Certified Yogi Master, I bring the profound teachings of yoga into the contemporary landscape, guiding individuals on a journey of physical and mental wellness.
My commitment to holistic well-being extends to certifications in lifestyle management and work/life balance. These credentials and my role as a Holistic Wellness Counselor empower me to guide individuals toward comprehensive well-being focusing on a whole food plant based lifestyle that includes mindfulness and meditation.
In the realm of spiritual support, I offer my skills as a sound healer and yogi to provide spiritual counseling. This encompasses a range of services, from oracle readings that illuminate spiritual paths to photo readings that unravel the complexities of life.
As the founder of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo, I am committed to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and spiritual growth. The sanctuary serves as a sacred space for seekers to explore the transformative energies of Hecate and connect with like-minded souls on the path of self-discovery.
Beyond the spiritual realm, my commitment extends to community service projects. Furever Paws, focusing on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), addresses the welfare of forgotten pets, while The Blessing Box of Goldsboro provides support to the food and housing insecure in our local community.
Join me on this enchanting journey where the mundane and magical coalesce, and let the flames of creativity and devotion illuminate your path.
The Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo is also a membership center for the Covenant of Hekate, a worldwide organization of people devoted to the Goddess Hekate. We participate in webinars, symposiums and events related to Hekate. If you're interested in learning more about the Covenant of Hekate, scroll down to review the membership process and submit an application. I'll review it and get back to you as quickly as possible.
Look for my programs on holistic wellness, mediation, wfpb lifestyle, magic and witchcraft and of course, the Goddess on our programs page. I offer subscription services for consultations here and I have ad hoc readings as well as associated magical products in our shop. Check out my daily readings on the readings page or check out my blog.
No matter where you start please join me on a holistic journey where ancient traditions converge with modern practices, fostering a sense of balance, tranquility, and self-discovery.
Application for Membership to the Covenant of Hekate
Membership application process:
Please take time to read the documents provided here resources and carefully consider whether they resonate with you. you may also want to read some of the books and websites on our “recommended reading list” to learn a little more about the goddess Hekate if you have not done so already. You may also want to consider whether our membership guidelines and code of ethics based on the “five virtues” align with your own views and personal moral compass.
Read up about the goddess Hekate and her various attributions. Many articles can be found for free in resources which can be found here.
Read the covenant guidelines and code of ethics, which can be found here.
Fill in and submit the Q&A form at the bottom of this page.
Once your Q&A form has been received, we will contact you and may possibly ask you more questions and have an informal chat.
If you are successful, you will then be asked to write a devotional hymn and perform the devotee's rite, a copy of which can be found here.
Prepare for the rite of the devotee: this includes getting everything ready for the ritual, deciding which full moon you wish to perform the Rite of the Devotee at, and also writing your personal hymn to the goddess Hekate in readiness for the ritual.
Perform the rite of the devotee at the full moon, and then email the date, place, and time you performed the ritual, along with a copy of your hymn to Hekate here with your application.
When your application is received, you will be contacted by email and sent a copy of the Rite of the Red Cord (the final part of the membership process) as well as information on how to access the private member-only Facebook group.
*The Covenant of Hekate IS NOT a magical or spiritual tradition. We are not a coven. Instead, we are a community united by our passion for the Goddess Hekate, in her many forms, faces, and manifestations in the 21st century.
Recommended Reading List
Below is a list of books that the CoH recommends reading that are in line with the aims of the Covenant of Hekate and give background and historical information on the goddess Hekate.
Hekate Liminal Rites – Sorita d’Este and David Rankine (2009) Avalonia, UK
Circle for Hekate: volume I – History and Mythology – Sorita d’Este (2017) Avalonia, UK
Hekate Keys to the Crossroads – Sorita d’Este and David Rankine (2006) Avalonia, UK
Keeping Her Keys – an introduction to Hekate’s modern witchcraft – Cyndi Brannen (2019)
Hekate: Her Sacred Fires – Edited by Sorita d’Este/ Various authors (2010) Avalonia, UK
Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman worlds: 2nd edition- Georg Luck (2006) John Hopkins University Press, USA
Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds 2nd edition – Daniel Ogden (2009) Oxford University Press, USA
Evensongs for Hekate – Sara Croft – hymns, songs, prayers
There is of course, a wide range of other books available on this fascinating goddess that look at her from differing perspectives and offer many different ways of working with her. You should read and learn from as many different sources as possible for a wider perspective on the subject.
Once you have completed the requirements above, you may submit an application to join the Covenant of Hekate via the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo's Membership Center using the application below.
Note: By joining the Covenant of Hekate via the Hecate Brimo Membership Center, devotees are automatically a member of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo and are welcome to participate in any of the rites, rituals, or events associated with ANY of the official Sanctuaries of the Covenant of Hekate. - All active sanctuaries can be found here. If approached by a sanctuary not on this list, please note that they are NOT an official Sanctuary of the Covenant of Hekate.