You're certainly welcome, Monsnoleedra. This will allow us to discuss Hekate without derailing other conversations. I hope to see others contribute here, given the nature of Hekate and her rather varied manifestations.
To that end, after reading your post I'm amused by how much we align within our experiences of Hekate. Its not surprising, but it is a rather stark indication of her nature and the veracity of our individual experience. What I thought of as UPG has often been confirmed by others who share the same thought. Hail Hekate!
...Now, to dive right in, as befits her.
monsnoleedra wrote:I've found that when she decides to "Influence" she can be either like a whisper at the back of the neck or like a brick up against the head. Though it really doesn't take much for her to transition from one to the other either. Yet what always strikes me as odd is the fact some suggestions seem so logical you wonder why you didn't make the connection right away. Yet others come so far out of left field its a wonder they connect at all. Something that even makes a makes a "Leap of Faith" questionable. Yet she presses it upon you so hard you'd not even not consider doing it.
THIS! Whenever she's made these "mentions", they're always subtle but have this weird ring of truth to them. They're never really out from left field where you'd question or doubt the suggestions...they're just kind of obviously true and applicable. Often to the point where not following through on that advice doesn't feel right....it becomes almost a burning sensation, in a matter of speaking, as I find myself inspired and excited to use the suggestion.
It makes the Leap of Faith...easy? I'm not really sure how to refer to it, but it becomes so obviously correct that there's not really the same leap of faith sensation that one would expect or experience elsewhere.
monsnoleedra wrote:Her delivery method can be taxing though. I've had dreams that were pleasant where things came to be or out and out night mares where things came. Had instances where total strangers walked up and just started talking and told me they just had to tell me something but didn't know why. Instances where words, phrases or names just filled my name and became over powering until I searched on them and discovered something. Sometimes she ties into shamanic trances or influences where I see things or get compelled to go to places.
Its the same for me. When I've received that manifestation of "loud advice", its always led to me having a substantial amount of energy to get things done, but then followed by zonking for hours on end. Its as though she ties our energy into the idea of doing whatever it is that needs doing, and that then drains us more effectively, leading to this need to rest and recover. Its never cruel or troubling in and of itself, but there's a loud insistence to it that's relatively easy to flow with.
However, the act of doing so makes everything else easier as a result. I've noticed this falling away of obstacles when working with her along those lines, and that speaks to her power and potency as a being. For me, that means she's the Alma Mater and the Axis Mundi, acting as a kind of feminine Head Spirit with respect to the flows the World follows. I dunno if I'll make any sense to others reading this, but I imagine you'll have some idea of what I'm referring to, Monsnoleedra.
She's a phenomenally powerful being, but she also works from afar until its time to work with closeness. There's a substantial shift in the feeling of that change, but its always definitely her. Nothing else feels the same way.
With that in mind, however, I'm glad I'm not the only one she's flat out conked into a trance. She's done that with me more than a few times, and essentially dragged me into places and zones with the express intention of causing us to meet the appropriate spirits and assistants. There's only one other being that's ever done that with me, so its rather refreshing to see. Intimidating, at times, but refreshing.
monsnoleedra wrote:Never had much dealings with Hermes. But I agree they have a big difference in how they react with the shades of the dead.
For sure. They clearly know of each other, but they're not the same being, and they don't have the same function within the realms of the dead. One leads the others down a path, while the other works with them while on that path? Not sure how else to conceptualize it in a written format.
monsnoleedra wrote:Funny you mention rivers or streams......
Thank you for sharing this, and I'm glad you and your wife were so successful in finding your new home. The "payment", however, was high...knowing her, it was likely his time to go & she took him as payment so that all would benefit. We've seen something similar here, as one of my dogs is named after her, and the pup's a service animal who was helping me for several years. Well, "little Hekate" got me through some shit in the past several years, redefining me and helping me to work through my issues by tasking when my PTSD stuffs had gotten to be pretty bad, but in recent history there's been something of a role reversal.
There was a year of pretty extreme difficulties to be had, so she was tasking constantly for about 13 months. At the end of those 13 months, the pup was attacked by another dog and then had a siezure a week later. Ever since, the pup hasn't been the same, as its like her cognitive functions "broke". She's now essentially a permapuppy, always filled with joy but largely unable to learn new tasks or processes since her siezure. At about the time this happened, I was told "my namesake helped you through all of this, and now its time for you to take care of her for me....", and thus the roles have shifted since that point.
I love this dog to bits, but I'm now definitely her caretaker for Hekate. Its redefined the nature of our relationship entirely and changed the way I do magical things, to some extent. Its also left me in awe of what Hekate can do, though its frankly heartbreaking to watch and be responsible for. But I do this in honor of the Goddess, as this is my gift in exchange for what Hekate empowered the dog to do for me. This is her way.
monsnoleedra wrote:Never used bone dust but she's had me use chalk. Had me use Hemlock (the tree) as well but at the time I think it was because it was connected to the notion of it being sacred and I had been reading about it being a sacred tree to the Pacific Northwest. In that regard it connected to the idea of Cedar also being a sacred tree and being used for purification ceremonies. I got a sense that it appealed to her, well that and a sense of deception as people believe the hemlock also has a bit of poison in its makeup.
I can confirm this, as there's Poison Hemlock and Water Hemlock. Neither are a good idea to ingest, and they look somewhat similar to Elderberry during the nonflowering time of year...at least to someone who is a bit of a plebian when it comes to plant identification such as myself. There's a deceptive element to it, as it appears to be what it is not. Hekate has said more than once that its a useful attribute for shapeshifting, though I've not had an opportunity or cause to apply it.
monsnoleedra wrote:I know I'll be just talking to her around dusk at times and all of a sudden i'll hear some howls echoing down the mountains. Sometimes I know it's the dogs down the road but still think its a sign from her. But other times the howl comes from up high on the mountain and has a haunting reverberation to it along with that howl the wind has off the mountains. Those tend to happen when I'm really troubled and my mind is doubting it seems. Especially so though when it is late at night and I am standing outside and it's deathly quite to begin with, doesn't matter if it's a dark moon period or the moon is blazing bright in the sky.
I hear that. We have a "pack" of chihuahuas that a crazy lady near me owns, and its not uncommon for them to just go off when Hekate comes near. When that doesn't happen, its not uncommon for the wind to start howling like mad.