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Chaldean Oracles - 224

The Chaldean Oracles are a group of fragmented texts from the 2nd Century AD and are attributed to Babylonia (Chaldea). The text refers to Hecate as the female power or Mother of all with two Fathers. Setting Hecate as the Cosmic World Soul. I thought it might be a great project to look at the translated snippets of the references to Hecate in the Oracles to see how they relate to one another, to Hecate in general, and our thoughts on Hecate today. For this, I decided to use the translation by Charles Stein. Mr. Stein is an author and poet and has completed several translations as well as studies on Eleusinian subjects. His original translation of the Chaldean Oracles can be found at the link below.

Understand that not everyone follows this particular belief in Hecate’s origins. Some follow the more modern view of Hecate as the Crone aspect of the triple goddess construct. I invite those with that perspective to follow this line of thought for a moment just to see where it leads. Translated by Charles Stein

Says Hekate:

Complete my animal image

purged as I shall instruct you:

Make a body from field rue;

ornament with delicate small beast forms

(such as spotted lizards

that live about the house);

Pound storax, myrrh, and frankincense

with these beasts

into a mixture

and under

a waxing moon

in the clear light of ether

finish the telestics [224]

These entries quote Hecate on how to create her animal image. When I create my images of Hecate, they can either be animal form or human, most often human in shape. I also generally don't use lizards in making my statues. I do, however, like the idea of a "soul stone". The soul stone is the concept of placing a center stone in the clay figure to give it life, or a soul. It is a unique opportunity to consecrate a statue to the Goddess as well. Adding herbs in pouches or other items adds stronger energy to a piece. I have had several discussions with those who add their own blood to their clay mixtures when creating images of the Goddess. To me, I don't feel that is necessary.

What are your thoughts? Should we look at these ancient texts as directions on how we move forward in working with her?

Originally published on blogger - 12/23/14 8:00 AM

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