Hekate Phosphoros: A Neophyte’s Initiatic Insights Part III

In this final installment of a three-part series, I will focus on the final flash of inspiration that I received from a spontaneous contact with Hekate Phosphoros. Before I do so, I want to make sure my intention and stance in sharing this are understood (I probably should have done that from the outset).

I do not share these insights in the spirit of boastfulness, showing off, or self-aggrandizement. Several of my posts here have hinted at a growing conviction on my part that my calling in life has to do with communicating certain ideas, being a spokesperson of sorts, a “relay station” if you will, for impulses aimed at helping others to help themselves through these times of dizzying transition. This does not mean that I single myself out as particularly important or set apart from others as “special.” I do think it’s quite possible that I am being tapped in some capacity to say certain things on behalf of Spirit in general and beings with whom I’ve had contact in particular, but I do not fancy myself a prophet–and certainly not an Elizabeth Clare Prophet! I am not interested in developing a following and actually shy away from whatever minor notoriety I have already gained in circles in which I’ve worked in the past. Whatever capacities I utilize are available to everybody. I do not “channel” and I hold a conception regarding deities and other spiritual entities as co-equal in many respects with all of humanity. As always, read what I have to say without particular regard for the source, alleged or otherwise, and decide for yourself what resonates with you. Don’t shoot the messenger–and in like manner, don’t praise him either.

With that being said, the next insight that I received regarding Hekate also links her and her role as Psychopomp to a chakra point that each of us has access to, and it is arguably far more important than the “third eye” or brow center: the heart center.

Hekate with hand on heart. Interesting...

Hekate with hand on heart. Interesting…

The main point of contact between Hekate and our own hearts is her time-honored crossroads symbolism. Hekate is held to preside over crossroads and thresholds of all kinds, both literal and metaphorical. Offerings are traditionally left for her at intersections, and many are those numbered among the ranks of her devotees who have professed to find her an incredible help when it comes to getting through times of transition in our lives. If this is true on a personal scale, then given Hekate’s lofty place among the deities of the Hellenic pantheon, it seems only natural that she would be very active at this time in our planetary development.

We stand undeniably at an unprecedented threshold in our history, poised on the brink of either breakdown or breakthrough. Which way we end up going likely has a great deal to do with how well we can attune ourselves to the dictates of our hearts. Thus, this connection seems very natural to me upon reflection: Hekate Phosphoros has shown me that our very own hearts are among the crossroads over which she presides, and by working with her we may be able to open our hearts more readily to that which streams into them for the empowerment of humanity to successfully overcome the struggles we now face. This requires embracing all of her aspects, both cthonic and numinous, light and dark–just as it means embracing both the light and darkness present in our own hearts.

A brief study of chakras, focusing in particular on the heart center, readily reveals that among the chakras (all of which are points of interchange in their own right), the heart is the crossroads par excellence–located at the precise center of the traditional 7-point system of chakras, it serves as the fulcrum balancing the spiritually-centered, universal impulses of the upper three centers with the more personal, physically-oriented impulses of the lower three centers. In both Eastern and Western systems, the heart is often represented by a hexagram form, symbolically illustrating the heart’s function as the intersection point of spirit and matter in the human constitution.

A heart chakra mandala with very interesting moon symbolism reminiscent of Hekate imagery

A heart chakra mandala with very interesting moon symbolism reminiscent of Hekate imagery

Of marked interest to me in this connection is the way the heart is illustrated in Qabbalistic symbolism. If ever there were a sephirah on the Qabbalistic Tree of Life that should be singled out as the penultimate crossroads, it would be Tiphareth, which is the center-most sphere and the single sphere that connects directly to the greatest number of other sephiroth. Situated as it is, it single-handedly links up with every single sphere except Malkuth, the connection to which is facilitated by Yesod. These two facts tell us a great deal.

Adam Kadmon diagram illustrating the placement of Tiphareth, or

Adam Kadmon diagram illustrating the placement of Tiphareth, or “Beauty,” upon the heart

In the Adam Kadmon diagram, the Tree of Life is superimposed over the human form and when this is carried out, Tiphareth is attributed to the heart. Its planetary attribution is the sun, and while this seems to run in total contradiction to Hekate’s traditional attributes, it makes a lot of sense when considered from a symbolic angle and applied specifically to the aspect of Hekate Phosphoros. There’s definitely not enough room to lay out in this post the immense importance of the sun, both literally and symbolically, when it comes to the process of Initiation, but even a cursory consideration shows that there is good reason to make this attribution.

For those traditionalists to whom the connection of Hekate with the sun seems abhorrent and repugnant, let me reiterate that this attribution, to my way of thinking, does nothing at all to detract from the classical attribution (however nebulous from a historical standpoint) of Hekate to the moon. This alternative attribution is complimentary and not hostile to the more common attribution. That is, after all, the point of synthesis–it and only it has the power to unite seeming opposites in harmony, and that is the province of Tiphareth in particular, and all sephiroth of the Middle Pillar in general. It does not escape notice that, as previously mentioned, even Tiphareth requires the mediation of Yesod to reach Malkuth. This is a very important fact symbolically. Just as Tiphareth “bears the light” from Kether, so does Yesod “bear the light” of Tiphareth upon the sphere of Malkuth. It is not my intention to unseat Hekate from Her lunar attribution–only to expand the conception of her traditional role as inclusive of the sun as well as the moon.

Frankly, I look with a bit of suspicion on pigeonholing any deity to any one planetary attribution. Like us, they are more than the sum of their parts and of course, so much of this work is rooted in the subjective realm. Everyone has their own unique experiences with deities–if they are but symbols welling up from our psyches, there’s no avoiding that, and if they are objectively real, they nonetheless have only the material of our own minds to work with since they are not going to show up in our living rooms and say hello.

If I had to choose one planet for Hekate, though, it would be Saturn.

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