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Hecate & the Chaldean Oracles



Hecate plays a significant role in the Chaldean Oracles, a collection of mystical writings believed to have been written or compiled by the Neo-Platonist philosopher Julianus or his followers in the 2nd or 3rd century CE. In the Chaldean Oracles, Hecate is associated with cosmic principles and is seen as a powerful intermediary between the realms of the divine and the material.

Here are some key aspects of Hecate's portrayal in the Chaldean Oracles:


  • Cosmic World Soul: Hecate is depicted as the cosmic World Soul, the intermediary between the transcendent God and the material universe. She is believed to emanate from the One, the ultimate divine source, and is associated with the creative and generative forces of the cosmos.

  • Triadic Nature: Hecate is often described in triadic terms, embodying three primary aspects or powers. These include her role as the World Soul, the manifestation of her powers in the material world, and her presence as a guide and guardian in the spiritual realm.

  • Involvement in Creation: Hecate is seen as intimately involved in creating and maintaining the cosmos. She is associated with the ordering and organizing principles that give structure to the universe. Hecate helps maintain harmony and balance within the cosmic hierarchy through her influence.

  • Mystical Initiator: Hecate is regarded as a guide and initiator into the mysteries of the divine. She assists seekers in their spiritual ascent, leading them through various stages of mystical realization and union with the divine. Hecate is believed to grant knowledge and insights into the hidden truths of the universe.

It's important to note that the Chaldean Oracles are esoteric and complex texts, and interpretations can vary. Different scholars and practitioners may have slightly different understandings of Hecate's role and significance within the context of the Chaldean Oracles.


Here is an excerpt from the Chaldean Oracles that mentions Hecate:


"Abide not thou above seven nights, my son;

But seven nights only, flying ever round

Hecate's tomb, mingling the souls beneath,

Until thy rapid foot is firmly placed

Beside her tomb."


This passage emphasizes the importance of a specific ritual or practice involving seven nights circling Hecate's tomb. It suggests that this action has a significant spiritual or transformative purpose, possibly related to the mingling of souls and the seeker's journey. However, this passage's exact meaning and context would require further exploration of the Chaldean Oracles as a whole and the specific interpretations of scholars and practitioners.


What do you think? Have you read the Oracles? Do you connect with them? Feel free to share your thoughts here.


Remember, stay present and mindful.

Rev. Renee Sosanna Olson

Keybearer to the CoH

Founder of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo.


Originally published on Blogger - 6/18/23 7:41 AM


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