For my final February 2018 #hekateworldsoul post, I will leave you with this: A Hekate Devotee’s duty to the world that is manifest through Hekate.
Personally I believe that as the Cosmic Soul, Hekate permeates everything. At the risk of sounding nerdy and putting my Star Wars obsession on display, think of Her as the “force” that moves through and within every living thing on this magnificent planet that we call home, and beyond.
Care For the Earth
Because of my belief that Hekate moves through everything as the Cosmic World Soul, I feel that it is the sacred duty of Her devotees to do what we can to care for our planet and those that inhabit it. Your acts of devotion to Earth and human/animal kind can start with making every day “Earth Day”. Don’t litter. Volunteer to clean up litter where you live. Be eco-smart and reduce, reuse, and recycle. Limit or eliminate use of plastics that harm the oceans and those creatures that live within it. Reduce energy and fuel consumption as best as you can manage. Bring your own reusable shopping bags when going to the store. Support your local farmers by sourcing your food through them as much as possible. You get the idea.
Care For Animals
Hekate is known as a Protectress of Animals. If you can, donate your time or money to local organizations that work to protect and care for wildlife. Or animal shelters, rescue organizations, and the like. Ocean conservation is something that is important to me personally, and I support efforts whenever I can through the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and other Northeastern US based conservation groups.
If you are not a vegan or vegetarian, try to source your animal products as close to home as possible and know where it is coming from so you can determine if the farm treats their animals humanely.
Care For Humans
As for humans, there is a whole lot that can be done to care for and support our fellow people. Hekate is known for caring for and protecting those who are marginalized in society due to their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigrant status, and so on. Be kind. Be supportive. Be an ally and a voice for those whose voice is lost among the noise of those who scream the loudest against them. Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Council, and Amnesty International are 3 organizations out of many that are worth supporting and working with.
In 2016, a team of members from the Covenant of Hekate wrote a petition to Hekate calling for the protection of refugees fleeing war-torn countries. It was written to accompany the Rite of Her Sacred Fires that year, and it is a powerful and beautiful inclusion that is very fitting for a Goddess that protects those who cannot protect themselves.
A quote from the petition:
“Hekate we pray to you, for those walking the roads of escape, keep these wanderers safe
Hail Enodia, Hekate we honour you”
If you are willing, there is much that can be done to support war refugees that are being settled in your area. Reach out to local charitable organizations that are assisting them to see what is needed by way of clothes, household items, money, or your time.
The 5 Virtues
Several years ago, a team of members from the Covenant of Hekate created the 5 Virtues for Devotees within the CoH to follow; these virtues are the foundation for ethical behavior that we should strive to follow in our everyday lives, both within the CoH when interacting with others and outside. The 5 Virtues are as follows:
More information about the 5 Virtues may be found at the Covenant of Hekate’s website.
Honoring Hekate in February
As mentioned earlier, the Covenant of Hekate is celebrating and honoring Hekate as Cosmic World Soul for the entire month of February. A hashtag of #hekateworldsoul is being added to all public projects, so if you are on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other medium that utilizes hashtags, you may find these other works by searching #hekateworldsoul . Also, if you feel inspired to share your own experiences, be sure to include the hashtag so others can find you.
For Hekate as the Cosmic World Soul, February 2018 – a CoH devotional project – www.hekatecovenant.com
© 2018 The Torch and Key / Melissa McNair