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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (May 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905297238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905297238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and easy to read.
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If you are looking for a real source book on who Hekate was and by extension who She continues to be for many, this is it.
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I am half-way through the reading and I have a hard time putting the book down even for a few minutes.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ruggedwest on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read a number of books on Hekate and each had something to offer. Of course there is going to be a great deal of overlap between the various books about Hekate but where I feel that this book differs is that a lot of the information in it has been meticulously researched and is fresh and I would say original - much of the information just cannot be found in many of the other books - and I have to question some of comments in some of the reviews as to the information presented in this book being found on the internet. I have done a few searches and yes, there were one or two snippets of information there, but NOT to the extent that is presented in this book. And I'm sorry, but some of the information in the book just CANNOT be found online(one example is the link between vegetarianism and the priesthood of Hekate and I have done a lot of research into Greeks and Vegetarianism and this was the first place I read about the link between Hekate and this aspect and it is all referenced for you to go and check the sources for yourself!). In fact, most of the links online regarding this aspect pointed to this book so that makes me wonder where those reviewers got their information from! I would challenge them and urge you the reader not to be prejudiced by those comments and find out for yourself why this book is so special!(I am a bit suspicious that the negative reviews maybe from the same person, since they are fond of using the same word "roster"!)

As for the content, I won't comment, as other reviewers have already done so and I would not want to repeat them but I would agree with them wholeheartledly!

If Hekate is your thing and you need more information about this Amazing and Great Goddess, her rites, he associates, her spells, her charms,her hymns, her incantations, then this book will fill in a lot of the gaps you have been looking for!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KRISTIN RODGERS on July 13, 2011
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This is a must read for any devote to Hecate. Finding ancient symbols not only takes work but they are so powerful. The herbs and the amulets will only help person continue to grow on a spiritual path. It is wonderful to see so many books coming out about this Goddess that for to look has been forgotten or ignored. Maybe simply passed off as the Goddess of Witches and nothing more. But there is more and this book will show you the way and illuminate your path. Do the rituals and learn from the Goddess herself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Cranow on November 18, 2011
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To know Hekate is to love Hekate. Scholars David Rankine and Sorita d'Este do an excelent job of informing us about who Hekate is. This awesome book tells us the origins of Hekate and inform's us about the rituals that were dedicated to Hekate. The book comes fully armed with a bibliography and references.

Hekate the liminal cthonian Goddess was extrmely popular in Greece. There were several temples dedicated to her and shrines dedicated to her in Temples dedicated to Demeter and Persephone. A common sacrifice tyo Hekate was dogs. Dogs were not usually sacrificed to Greek born deities but were regualarly sacrificed to deities who came from abroad. Where was Hekate from origninally? THe fact that she was often depicted with lions might hint that she came from the Middle East? In fact she did come from elsewhre. Her origins are Thracian mostly from the city of Caria. She was considered a Titan that was allowed to remain after Zeus and cohorts asserted their supremacy over the Titans. She is mentioned in several different texts and their are several different accounts of her parentage. The most commonly accepted is that her parents are Parceles and Arestia. Parceles is the Persian sun God and Aresstia is the star Goddess.

He daughters or priestesses are Circe and Medea. They have the power the to draw lunar power from the sky. They also had the ability to work with Herbs and cast spells. In addition to these there were several pertinent follower, Emphedocles was a well known follower who urged vegetarianism as did several of his other followers. He is famous for having informed the world about the elements of air, fire,water and land in the use of magic. He also believed himself to be immortal and he tried to prove this by jumping into a volcano.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mica Simonian on February 16, 2012
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I say "excellent" in my title as if I'm comparing it to something else or have the authority as a historian. I'm not a historian, but I appreciated the historical representation of Hekate in this book. It uses mostly sources written from the Greek Classical period into Antiquity (the Christianization of Greece) to delve into Hekate's functions, symbols, rites of worship, and relevance in Greek society. It's important to note that this is a *study* of Hekate and covers several topics relating to her.

Highly recommend anyone interested in Greek religion and mythology pick up a copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edmund on May 22, 2012
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I am definitely not sorry I purchased this book. Loads of valuable information for anyone interested in this Goddess. I had hoped for a bit more detail in the description of the ancient rites and rituals performed but this is a miniscule detriment as the sources for the information provided are meticulously referenced. It is really nice to have the information in one source so one does not have to sort through it all and can choose to follow a referenced source for the particular information one is interested in. There is enough information in the book itself, as well, for one who is inclined to write or incorporate into one's own rituals, some ancient roots-like rites to honor this Goddess. Very pleased with this book, it is now a must have and very valued reference book in my library.
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