Aconite is listed in the Argonautica Orphica as one of the herbs in the Garden of Hekate that was said to be in Colchis near the palace of Aeetes. Diodorus Siculus wrote that Hekate originally discovered aconite and in order to determine the correct dosage (ostensibly for poisoning enemies) tested it on strangers. It was believed that it was formed by the saliva that fell to the earth from the mouths of Cerberus when Hercules dragged him into the daylight.


1 Sanchez, T. 2011. The Temple of Hekate. London: Avalonia, pg. 168.

2 d’Este, S. and Rankine, D. 2009. Hekate: Liminal Rites. London: Avalonia, pg 95.

The Symbols of the Goddess Hekate
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