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Hecate, Goddess of Psychic Intuition in Mature Women

Updated on October 7, 2016
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Jean has taught astrology and tarot for 40 years. She enjoys music, reading, knitting, gardening and meditation in her cottage in the woods.

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Hecate At The Fork in the Road

Hecate is the Goddess who can see the past, present and future all at once. Her special wisdom knows where you are coming from, and where those two daunting paths ahead may take you. You know this archetype as you pay attention to your dreams or unusual happenings, draw upon your knowledge of the past, and then let your intuition decide which way to go when you reach a crossroads in life. When you can link patterns from past relationships and situations, and see how they are affecting the present circumstances you find yourself in, using intuition can be a great aid. Hecate’s wisdom is born from experience, and helps us learn lessons from them as we grow older, and hopefully, wiser.

Sometimes an event happens in life that is so serious we know without a doubt that things will never be the same again. You cannot continue onward as before, but you do not really know how to proceed. You could let your emotions take over and carry you onto a course of action without much thought or consideration. But a more mature person realizes that their actions may affect other people for whom they are responsible. It is time to just stop right there, before acting, because what you do at a crossroads really matters. You must call on your inner Hecate to help you see the bigger picture, and stay at the crossroads until you are really feeling clear about the right path to take.

There are also times where you may find yourself at a significant fork in the road because your psyche, or inner self, is nagging at you that it is time to make some changes. Maybe you are at a point where whatever you are doing does not interest or fulfill you anymore. Hecate is the Goddess at the threshold of all major transitions. She is there to help when there is a birth, whether of a life or a creative activity. She is there when a person needs to change outmoded attitudes, roles or friends who have been outgrown. It is time to draw upon those inner reserves or inner Hecate when the activities we are undertaking in our lives are no longer life-affirming. These are changes called metaphorical deaths, when a person may make so many changes they seem to be reinventing themselves. Sometimes they must, in order to be happy in life.

Demeter Searches for Persephone

In Greek mythology, there once was a maiden named Persephone who was gathering flowers in a meadow. As she reached for a large, pretty one, the earth opened up, and Hades the Lord of the Underworld emerged and abducted her. Her mother, Demeter, searched the world over, but could not find her. Finally, grief-stricken and defeated, Demeter returned to the meadow. She found Hecate waiting there for her. Hecate suggested that they seek information from the sun, who tells Demeter that Persephone was in fact abducted by Hades, with Zeus’s permission. Finally Persephone returns from the Underworld and is reunited with her Mother. Hecate greets them and says, “From this day on, I will precede and follow Persephone.” Now, it would be impossible for Hecate to both precede and follow Persephone at the same time. This suggests that Persephone would be accompanied by a spirit or consciousness that she acquired upon returning from the Underworld.

I have told you this myth for a reason, because it applies to everyone. We all have times where we are like Persephone, innocently gathering flowers, and then something unexpected happens. Our security is shattered by something completely unexpected, or someone we love has betrayed us. Maybe someone close to us has died, or has a terrible illness. If we are plunged into a world of darkness and hopelessness, depression or despair, we too are held captive in the Underworld, wondering if we will ever be happy again. If you return from your descents into the Underworld, you learned that both love and suffering are parts of life. You have grown in depth and wisdom by making it through the hard times. Wise Hecate has become your companion, perhaps in the form of friends in support groups, who gain a positive perspective by listening, witnessing, and caring for each other. Hecate consoled Demeter in her grief, just as friends or loved ones tend to do. But she also did something else of immense value. Her advice was to seek the truth . People tend to think that sometimes they simply cannot face the truth. So they distance themselves by rationalizing, denial, or drinking and drugging to numb themselves to it. Only when a woman has learned she has the courage to face the truth and reality, no matter how bad it is, she becomes a Wise Woman like Hecate.

Your own inner self-helper is another name for Hecate. You may not develop this skill until some traumatic experience in your life calls this power forth. Hecate is the psychic at home in the time of day known as twilight, because she goes back and forth between the visible and spiritual worlds. She may be a clairvoyant who sees with her third eye, or through visions. She may understand how to interpret dreams. She lives in a cave, the entrance to the Underworld, a passageway between the world of the living and the world of the spirits. In Greek mythology, afterlife existed in the Underworld, where the spirits were transparent and recognizable. The Underworld is also what we call the collective unconscious. Mediums can receive information from their own unconscious or the psyche of the one making the inquiry of the spirit world. Since psychic abilities, mediumistic gifts, and dream interpretation are all non rational ways of knowing or perceiving things, they are often discounted, ridiculed or feared, so people do not try to develop them while they are young. As women grow older, they have had more opportunities to learn from experience and to trust and pay attention to what comes to them through psychic or intuitive perceptions.

Hecate, the Triple Goddess

Hecate watches over us when we are at a crossroads in life, and helps us decide which way to go.
Hecate watches over us when we are at a crossroads in life, and helps us decide which way to go. | Source

The Third Stage of Womanhood

As women enter menopause, they experience sleep disturbances and introspective times of solitude, where “the veils between the worlds” become thinner. You are aware that you are entering the last third of your life, which ends in death. So with this major shift in direction, questions about the afterlife become much more important. When parents and friends are dying, they may tell you that they are sensing the presence of those long ago deceased. Or, after they have passed on, you may feel their presence yourself, or have a “visitation” in a particularly meaningful dream. Normally they just want to assure you that they are alright, and that they love you. This occurrence is completely normal, and you will awaken feeling much reassured about the person in question. You have entered Hecate’s realm in between both worlds. Plus now you are ready to “come out of the psychic closet.” My love of 39 years passed on suddenly in January of this year, and I was able to feel his presence very strongly at first. Now I dream about him, and can hear his voice very clearly then. We always believed we had been lovers before, so I believe we will meet again in the afterlife.

Some people are able to use their psychic abilities in their work. This is true of doctors who have diagnostic and healing talents that go beyond the norm. Their reputations would suffer if some people knew about this. But some can actually be aware they have healing ability in their hands, or perceive energy fields around organs, or have telepathic connections with their patients. When this gets noticed, the gifted person will probably just say it was “professional intuition”, which is true in a way. I know that the chiropractor I see has these abilities, as he has helped me in so many ways for twenty-five years, although we have never spoken of this except for my comments about his “magic fingers.”

Hecate is known as both a Midwife and a Witch. As you know, midwives stay with pregnant women throughout their stages of labor. They are reassuring, calming presences who reduce fear and pain as the woman gives birth. Midwives were the first to be killed during the Inquisition because they eased the pains of childbirth. It may be recalled that God’s punishment for Eve’s transgression in the Garden was to curse her and all women, making sure they all suffered to give birth to children. Also, they would be dominated by their husbands, and feel a need for them, but did not deserve respectful treatment from them. For a midwife to ease labor was a sin against a mean spirited God. Women feared pregnancy so much it actually led to desperate ways to try to avoid it or abort an unexpected one. Yet Woman is still the one who bears all this blame, when she suffers so to bring life into the world, and to nurture it as it grows.

This writer has issues with how anyone can worship a cruel and punishing God who clearly hates women, or respect politicians who make decisions about how a woman must bear a child, yet put through no legislation to help her provide for said child once it is born. These, however, are issues for another time. Midwifery is an earthly calling, which necessitates an ability to rely on instinct and to have a discerning eye about physical transitions. An ability to see the divine in nature and to assist those in need is a sacred calling. But there are also times when this transition is an actual physical death and a woman must help ease the natural passage of a soul as it leaves the body. Some “midwives of the Soul” may work in hospices, assisting dying people with calming attention so that they feel less pain and fear. Just as there are stages of pregnancy that signal the onset of labor, many women instinctively know what to do the first time they are with a dying person. This writer knows several people who volunteer in hospices and try to help others pass to the other side more easily. When the Soul leaves the body of a person who is ready to die, this is a sacred moment to be shared by those present. You can do what you must because your inner Hecate is there to help you. She is always there at any threshold where a person needs to look at life and death from a new perspective, whenever we need to find new aspects of ourselves, or need to discover new strengths that were not apparent before.

Of Witches and Midwives

Hecate became known as a Witch because of her unusual powers and association with twilight. It appears that older women were irrationally feared because men suppressed the triple Goddess, whose Crone phase is the most mysterious and awesome. Of course, the more feared they were, the more they were persecuted. Midwives, practitioners of herbal medicines and those whose power just came from observations of nature were denounced and tortured. These women were called “stick riders” because in Rome the broomstick was used to sweep the threshold of a house after the birth of a child to rid it of evil spirits. Old wedding customs included the newly married couple jumping over a broomstick, a ritual that was used in gypsy weddings and unsanctioned weddings of slaves in 19th century America. The persecuted ones were normally women who had authority, independence, knowledge, or else eccentric, powerless and demented women. Any woman of Crone age was at risk. To survive, older women tried to stay unnoticed and invisible. Sadly, some of these women had money or property that men wanted, and the whole “witchcraft” era was a land and money grab for which the women paid with their lives. The motivation for making witch accusations was greed, and today the inquisitors’ fears would be diagnosed as pathological. Many country women burned as witches were nominally Christian, but if they observed summer and winter solstices, or spring and fall equinoxes, or planted according to the phases of the moon, their knowledge exceeded that of the learned churchmen. The only “wrong” was to have more information about the cycles of the seasons and herbal remedies to heal people because this came from the old religion of the Goddess. The accusation of being a witch is still unofficially used against women who challenge church authority, though men would not admit to this in public.

When you tell the truth to someone, or ask for the truth, this can shake a premise, and become a fork in the road. Hecate is the Greek Goddess of Mythology and inner wisdom that prepares you to hear it. Or remember, “silence is consent”, and you may be alone at a moment of truth where you are the one required to speak out against whatever is happening. Do not be afraid. But if you allow a wrong to be committed to someone else and stand idly by without trying to stop it, you are just as guilty as those committing the crime. Regardless of the effect you have, important moments of truth are soul shaping, and you should not avoid them. Do not forget that when Persephone came back from the Underworld, Hecate accompanied her for the rest of her life. This is true for us as well. This wisdom is found in our own life experiences, from having lived long. Hecate is with us, to help us remember we have the inner strength to face whatever we must.

© 2011 Jean Bakula

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      Jean Bakula 3 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello limpet,

      Hecate meets us when we are at a crossroads in life, and helps to show us the way. Nice to see you!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 months ago from London England

      Merrie we meet.

      I'm only familiar with Hecate as a 'wyche' in

      Shakespeare's Macbeth in which she equates

      to a sort of Banshee and is a guardian of all

      crossroads.

      Bless.

      the Limpet

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      Jean Bakula 3 months ago from New Jersey

      Hello tobewritten,

      Well, I do know a lot about Goddesses, I wrote about many of them on Exemplore and am slowly fixing them up to move over. They all have different personalities and qualities, so only you know what you are looking for. Artemis love nature and lived outdoors with her bow and arrow catching and living off the land. Hera was the one who just wanted to be a wife (of Zeus though).Aphrodite was a great beauty, but loose with her favors ( you know what I mean).I know it's fine to worship and pray to any Goddess to help you or get advice, I don't know you enough to know who to suggest. I have all the ones I wrote about on Hubpages yet, although some are moved to Exemplore. The Greek or Roman ones are Athena, Artemis, Psyche, Sophia, Metis, Hestia and others I mentioned above. Also, Brigit is an Irish Goddess who became a Saint, and Isis was an Egyptian Goddess. I don't believe it's necessary to tithe to them, but according to what they loved, you can pick a spot at home or outside and have a small alter and leave them little gifts. It's mostly nature they worshiped, as they were Pagans. Thanks for an interesting question. Best Wishes, Jean

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      Jean Bakula 18 months ago from New Jersey

      Thanks limpet,

      When I have time I'll take a look, I like to read, and Hecate is an interesting topic.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 18 months ago from London England

      In my last posting i omitted the fact that the matter heard in court took place in Athens, so i'd sumise many people are proud of their heritage. But, i have diverged from the actual topic which is Hecate. I mentioned earlier that William Shakespeare introduces Hekate into his plays MacBeth and Hamlet too. Edmund Spenser also brings Hecate into his works 'The Fairie Queene' a parody on Elizabeth I. Hecate here is described exactly as her triple personna but kept in the background. The tymes were one of court intrigues and much plotting. Some subjects actually believed 'Gloriana' (Elizabeth Tudor) to be a goddess whilst some men resented a woman on the throne or at least not having a husband. In researching all this i discovered the Cantos of Mutabilitie which will take a lot of tyme to read up on but there is Hecate content here. Also Hecatom mitty 1665 worth a look at but a lot of fine print.

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      Jean Bakula 19 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi limpet,

      In the U.S., the issue of religion is getting really scary. I guess that's no surprise to those in the UK, it was the religious fundamentalists who got kicked out and came to America. But neo-conservatives are saying there is a "war on Christianity" and other nonsense, and the sheep in public listen. My parents were both disillusioned with organized religion, and left me to make up my own mind. I've studied many and almost became a Baptist when I was about 19. If I had to choose, I like Buddhism, since it's really only a code of behavior and chooses the middle path, plus shares my belief in reincarnation. Now I just identify as Pagan if I must declare something. I've always been an interested in Astrology, since I was 10, and metaphysical subjects continued to fascinate me, even now. My friend is a clairvoyant, better than I am, and says I was persecuted for my Pagan ways in another life when Christianity was coming up your way!

      Happy New Year, my friend. I hope it's a good one and you make the most of it. My last two years have been hard ones, but I can feel the light at the end of the tunnel, and feel a change for the better. Take care.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      To the best of my recollection, earlier this year in the morning's press was a snippet of undated information, unsubstantiated. It was to the effect that the 'mainstream' faith had taken to court a sect who believe the Gods/Goddesses of Grecian mythology to be their personal deities. However the defendants in this case produced a petition with an incredible number of signatories in their claim. A judge ruled that to worship the Olympians was in line with the United Nations four freedoms. The freedom of religion.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      To the best of my recollection, earlier this year in the morning's press was a snippet of undated information, unsubstantiated. It was to the effect that the 'mainstream' faith had taken to court a sect who believe the Gods/Goddesses of Grecian mythology to be their personal deities. However the defendants in this case produced a petition with an incredible number of signatories in their claim. A judge ruled that to worship the Olympians was in line with the United Nations four freedoms. The freedom of religion.

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      Jean Bakula 19 months ago from New Jersey

      Happy Yule to you as well!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Second day after the winter solstice. Up here in the spooky Chiterns away from olde London towne we had brilliant sunshine for much of the day.

      Happy Yule tide to all and sundry!

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      Jean Bakula 19 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi limpet,

      I'm not a big fan of Reiki, because I have a serious spine curvature. But several of the practitioners I know are very psychic, and I've had them give me very good advice. When my husband passed I began spending a lot of time at a Healing Center, where Reiki and massage are popular, but also Astrologers, Tarot Readers and Clairvoyants hang out. I've learned a lot and after taking a few courses about improving intuition and psychic ability, find my readings are much better.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Sorry for the suspected duplications!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Some years ago whilst at my regular 'reiki' session. the practishner whilst doing deep tissue massage to my lumber region stopped and asked me if there was something on my mind. I told her yes there is a personal issue on the work front! Then she told me you'll be okay, in about a week it will be over and done with. Not long ago i told her i kept hearing whistling when nobody was there and she categoriclly stated "It's your father!" "Is he sending me a message? "He says not to get involved with younger women." Well i wouldn't in any case. I keep strictly to the 'straight and narrow.

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      Jean Bakula 19 months ago from New Jersey

      I always like the "road less traveled" as well. I live on a one lane road deep into the woods. I was fighting a developer in a letter to the editor when my town was being overdeveloped. I used the lines of the Robert Frost poem, and wondered why the newspaper cut my words. A friend told me I was giving clear directions to my home (you have to make a turn at a fork, and it's the road with less traffic). Bright Blessings.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Rule 'of thumb' i aquired some where along the line. Travel by the path less travelled.

      Bless

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      Jean Bakula 19 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi limpet,

      Well, you must make a decision when you reach a crossroads. Hecate should help you. It can be at two trails crossing, or even at an area that doesn't really look like you need to make a decision on your journey, that point may depend on where you go next. Nice to see you.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      Strangely enough when i come to cross ways in the woods i do actually think of Hecate.

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      Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for stopping by, reasonable robby.

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      reasonablerobby 2 years ago

      What a fascinating subject.

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Good for you! Sometimes we just need time to recharge, and we live in a society which discourages that. I have also found a lot of people who I thought were friends who have abandoned me during this difficult time in my life. I feel sorry for them, death is a natural part of life, and they will have to face it someday too. It's hard, but I think I'm holding my own.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      On 'taking tyme out'. After a working/learning life of accrued experience i decided that for this year my 'game plan' would be simply DO Nothing! Just allow things to come my way and see what occurs. So far i have found out who my real friends are and i have made discoveries of secret places i can escape to from the dystopic realm.

      Many Blessings

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I think sometimes it's OK to let things go for a bit. We push ourselves so hard. My husband of 34 yrs. died in January, and I've been doing so much, because I have little family, except, thankfully, our twenty something son. My counselor told me if I feel exhausted or like I really don't want to do something, to give myself permission to not do it. But I do find solace in the garden and mediation.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      It is very easy to lapse into a lethagic state. This morning i decided to forgo doing my daily affirmations and resons for gratitude but it happened any way. It's good to be alive

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello limpet,

      I live in a very wooded and somewhat isolated area that some people find scary. Yet I've been here for over 30 yrs. and always felt safe here. It must be my Pagan roots! It's lovely, and peaceful, I feel calm and love working in my garden.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Thank you very much indeed for your blessing

      I am a lone practicioner and divide my tyme between olde London towne and the spookier woodlands outside the city

      Yours in light

      the Limpet

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Thank You very much indeed for the kind thoughts

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Happy Beltane limpet! May you enjoy the beauty of the rebirth of Earth and the warmth that summer will bring.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      merry we meet merry we meet merry we meet

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

      in the light

      Limpet

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I know a lot of male practitioners of the "craft" and I think they understand the women's mysteries better than most men. I consider myself Pagan, not Wiccan, but hang out with a lot of Wiccans. The more the merrier! I think Hecate is so interesting. Maybe it's my Scorpio Ascendant. Great to hear from you, thanks for commenting!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      i would like to introduce myself as Limpet not my real name but one of my many names depending on what spiritual layer i am in Firstly i encountered HEKATE in Shakespear's McBeth and became entranced with Her although i regarded 'that Scottish play' as complicated to say the least. Should a male practicioner of 'the craft' such as i be privy to Women's mysteries? In my next blurb i will explain how i derived at the name of Limpet

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      brightflashes 5 years ago

      Hey thanks. And again, just really enjoying your stuff. It's really quality, well thought out, comes from a place of authority and I can see it's a true passion and gift for you. I'll check out that book on Amz thanks! : )

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I am happy you are enjoying my work, and appreciate you took the time to comment! I take a look at all religions, because they do interest me, and I think they really have much in common. If everyone could stop the "my religion is right and yours is wrong stuff" I think we could agree as a World. I think Jesus was the most psychic person that ever lived, and that many misinterpret his message. I read a great book, actually called A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible by Steven L. Hairfield, and he thinks that when Jesus was praying, he was also raising his energies through the 7 chakras (the 7 churches). It made chills go up my spine, but I saw things clearly. It was a bit expensive, but maybe you could pick it up used on Amazon. I probably have it listed on one of my Buddhist or meditation hubs. Take care.

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      brightflashes 5 years ago

      I am getting so much out of reading your pages. Your wealth of knowledge is incredible to me! I love your pages here. I just felt compelled to comment to this because something you said struck me. The Christian godhead is just a different way of speaking a truth. I have found that the basic polarity in Christianity is more a literal word by word of the bible type person or a theoretical spirit of the bible type person. It is the latter who embrace the wisdom of the act of forgiveness and letting go of old ways in favor of love who get negative representation from the literal-minded people. After all, the ones who see their maker as an angry person will more likely find things to become angry about while the person who sees their maker through Jesus consciousness tries to live a near-impossible life, failing because they're rejecting their humanity, but constantly striving to be the "perfect son" who become perfectionists. And then, there are the Christians who transcend, in a way, both the God consciousness and the Jesus consciousness and identify most with the Holy spirit, this unseen entity disconnected from emotional fault or physical fault, but that which just is and will be that guides us and gives us discernment and wisdom ... well, maybe a person who identifies with the Crone equivalent to the Patriarchal godhead might feel most comfortable following the spirit of that religion in full.

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello adu,

      Thank you for reading!

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      adu 5 years ago

      my name is adu

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago

      Hi John,

      You are always so nice! It's true I know alot about Astrology, I loved it since I was a kid. But the Mythology was something I didn't know much about until recently. I was reading about something else, and the author wrote other books using the personalities of these people in the Myths! I was fascinated with it. These 4 are oldies! Hecate is The Hermit in a traditional tarot deck. If you draw him/her in a reading, it's telling you to listen to your inner self, to trust your instincts, or gut feelings more.

      Take care, Jean

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I'm always amazed at how knowledgeable you are in astrology and mythology.

      Great hub - thanks

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