Eusebius, quoting Porphyry, gave a description of how a Hekate state should be formed which was said to have come from the goddess Herself:

“My form – Demeter bright with autumn fruits, White robes and feet with golden sandals bound” 43

The image of a bright of a Goddess may be inherent in the name ‘Hekate’ which has several possible meanings. “She who works Her will” is the most commonly accepted, but an alternative derivation, “most shining one” is given some credence by the poet Sappho (630 BC) who                describes Hekate as a handmaiden of Aphrodite “shining of gold” 44.


43 d’Este, S. and Rankine, D. 2009. Hekate: Liminal Rites. London: Avalonia, pg 61.

44 Atsma, A. 2000-2011. Hekate Goddess of the Night. Available from:

The Symbols of the Goddess Hekate
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