Hecate’s Wheel or Strophalos in Greek is an ancient Greek symbol and is an emblem of the initiatory lunar Goddess Hecate (Diana Lucifera), and her triple aspect. The original symbol doesn't include a snake and is a whole shake. However, you know that I like to play just a little with these and jazz them up a bit. So this is my version.
The Chaldean oracle (2nd century) describes the emblem as a labyrinthine serpent (emblematic of rebirth) surrounding a spiral, symbolic of the Iynges- “whirlings” or emanations of divine thought. Other emblems of Hecate include torches, dogs (generally female), keys, serpents, and of course, the crossroads.
In Hesiod he is the daughter of the Titan Perses and the nymph Asteria and has power over heaven, earth, and sea; hence, she bestows wealth and all the blessings of daily life. Hecate was the chief goddess presiding over magic and spells. She witnessed the abduction of Demeter’s daughter Persephone to the underworld and, torch in hand, assisted in the search for her. Thus, pillars called Hecataea stood at crossroads and doorways, perhaps to keep away evil spirits.
She was triple-formed, with three bodies standing back-to-back, probably so that she could look in all directions at once from the crossroads. She was commonly attended by a dog or dogs, and the most common form of offering was to leave meat at crossroads. Presided over crossroads, where magic was thought to be the most intense. Statues of Hecate were frequently erected at crossroads. Some theories hold that Hecate’s dogs were actually shades or demons. In addition to crossroads, Hecate was also associated with doorways, walls and borders – any place that was seen to mark a crossing over, or an outer realm.
Her associations with spellwork have given her affiliations to numerous plants. Oak, Yew, and garlic were all associated with Hecate cults. Aconite (aka wolfsbane), belladonna, dittany and Mandra.
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Size: A3 Size (29.7 x 42.0cm), (11.69 x 16.53 inches)
Paper: Cotton Munken Polar 240 gsm.
Features: Metallic Gold Foil
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