Every May Full Moon, the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, hosted by the Covenant of Hekate, is performed by devotees around the world. It began in May 2010, and was created as a devotional offering to the Goddess Hekate by Sorita d’Este. The very first Rite was a celebration of the publication of the devotional anthology Hekate: Her Sacred Fires published by Avalonia Books and edited by Sorita d’Este. This unique anthology features contributors from across the globe and it details their relationships and experiences with Hekate, as well as devotional hymns and art work.
I have been participating in this global rite since it’s inception, and it is always a powerful and moving experience. Connecting to the current of energies formed and harnessed by a collective group of people performing this celebratory Rite from across the world is pure magic. Just knowing that Sacred Flames have been kindled during the same period of time for the same purpose all around the world is very special.
In 2016, a small group of members from the Covenant of Hekate created a petition to Hekate for refugees of war. It is an optional inclusion for the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, and should be completed before the Rite itself. Hekate, as Enodia, traverses the many channels of transportation. She is also a guardian of those marginalized and left by the wayside. This magical petition enlists Her aid in watching over and protecting these refugees so they may reach safe port during their travels.
This year’s Rite of Her Sacred Fires was incredibly powerful for me personally. I had wanted to do it outside like last year, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. Which was fine; it turned out beautifully. I decided to create an elaborate altar using these, large ornate Moroccan-style candle holders I picked up recently. I placed small tealights inside of them to create a beautifully illuminated effect. I also used a large amethyst crystal geode/cluster tealight holder which looks beautiful when there is a flame inside. Some small clear quartz points were incorporated as well, and a large softball-sized selenite gemstone sphere set on a glass star-shaped tealight holder (which really looks like the Moon!) was placed there as well. This was the first year I used gems and crystals with the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, and it worked wonderfully. Lastly, gorgeous framed artwork – “Hekate Monoprosopos” by Georgi Mishev, adorned the altar in the rear.
Making the final preparations for the Rite, and setting everything up, puts me in an altered state of consciousness. I am sure many of you can relate to this; these simple acts, repeated regularly each year, can have this profound effect on your mind. Before undertaking major Rites such as this, I prepare my body and mind beforehand by not consuming animal products or processed foods, eat “pure” foods, and drink only water (no caffeine, sugar, drinks, etc). In my opinion and experiences, these items “weigh” you down.
With the smoke of sandalwood incense wafting through the air, I began. Each word that was spoken was more powerful than the last. Offerings of sacred bay laurel and saffron threads were given and lovingly accepted. The Rite was concluded, and I was left shaking. My whole body was vibrating with energy, and it took longer than usual to ground myself afterwards. I felt elated; like nothing could bring me down. These feelings of joy and strength lasted for days after.
For more information about the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, please visit: http://hekatecovenant.com/rite-of-her-sacred-fires/
Join us at the official Facebook group dedicated to the Rite, and moderated by a team of members from the Covenant of Hekate: https://www.facebook.com/groups/riteofhersacredfires/
Photo credit: Melissa McNair