Exploring the Goddess Hekate through Ritual, Meditation and Divination
By Tara Sanchez

The Temple of Hekate is a vibrant and exciting collection of modern rituals and practices exploring the mysteries of the Goddess Hekate. In this book Tara Sanchez draws together her knowledge of ancient practices and literature merging it with her personal experiences and ideas.

Thoroughly modern, but steeped in history, this is a book of rituals, meditations, divinations and other techniques through which the reader is invited to explore the magick of this ancient goddess of the crossroads, sorcery and witchcraft. The reader is introduced to essential practices such as keeping a magickal journal, setting up the altar, ritual purification, sacred space, preparing incenses and making a ritual robe; as well as more advanced practices such as ritual gestures, sacred vowels and dream incubation.

Other techniques covered include knot magick and phylacteries, psychic development and the use of banishing rituals. The exercises in this book offer the beginner with everything they need, and the experienced practitioner a new and fresh perspective. Divination is a very popular area of study amongst those interested in modern witchcraft and magic, and this book presents a unique Hekatean approach to using and interpreting the Major Arcana of the Tarot.

Through drawing together ideas from ancient literature and applying it to modern works, the author has created the Oracle of Her Sacred Fires. This oracle is a system of divination by dice and draws on the writings of dozens of modern priests, priestesses and mystics who contributed to the anthology Hekate Her Sacred Fires (d’Este, 2010) – a wonderful blend of old and new!

The comprehensive appendixes provide additional reference material which can be used to enhance workings with the Goddess Hekate. They include material on Hekate and the other Gods, herbs, plant and animal correspondences, other spiritual beings such as daemons, the winds and the four elements – as well as techniques for reduction sigils and planetary hours. Filled with a blend of ancient and modern wisdom, ritual, technique and theory, this book is essential reading for complete beginners, intermediate students, and experienced hands who are looking for relevant 21st century insights and ideas which also honour the past. In the process it opens up entirely new ways through which to explore the magick of the Goddess Hekate today.

2011, 192 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-49-8
B&W 7.44 x 9.69 in or 246 x 189 mm (Crown 4vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam

The Temple of Hekate by Tara Sanchez

  • Acknowledgements
    A Very Brief Introduction
    Keeping A Magickal Journal
    The Altar
    Making A Robe
    Ritual Gestures
    Sacred Vowels
    Banishing Ritual
    Creating Sacred Space
    Knot Magick And Phylacteries
    The Magick Wand
    Psychic Development
    The Elements
    Oracles And Divination
    Divination - Tarot Cards
    Divination Dice
    Dream Incubation
    The Temple Of Hekate
    Hymns, Mantras, Evocations And Invocations
    Ritual Planning And Performance
    The Night Battle Ritual
    Glossary Of Terms

  • Once upon a time there was a little girl who took all the other children in the street seriously when they said that if you went to the playground at midnight and skipped around the swings backwards three times the fairies would appear. So she set her alarm, snuck out the house and did as she had been instructed, the other children never did believe her when she recounted her tale. But as a result that little girl grew up to be only a slightly bigger girl with very wild hair and sometimes rather wild eyes who never stopped searching for fairies in the playground and trolls under bridges, and who harkened to things that went bump in the night and often pondered the source of those half whispered secrets in the quiet time just between wakefulness and sleep.

    In her twenties she embarked on a quest to find the meaning of life the universe and everything and was rather alarmed to discover that indeed one answer could be the number 42, it has been pretty much going downhill since then.

    Although Kentish Maid by birth (NOT a Maid of Kent) Tara currently resides on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border with her long suffering husband, beautiful and precocious daughter and a gaggle of cats and can often be discovered getting pixie led in the peaks or spinning on her beloved spinning wheel, one day she may actually get some proper work done. She is always happy to correspond with anybody genuinely interested in the Mysteries and can be contacted c/o Avalonia.