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Hecate (Trivia)

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    Which witch is which? Well, we know which witch this which is: Hecate, Greek goddess of witchcraft, magic, and the crossroads. This lady is often shown as a three-headed goddess holding torches (um, awesome), and she can usually be seen chilling with her pet polecat and a dog or two. Hecate can get kind of a bad rap—after all, she digs walking around at night with ghosts and other spooky creatures. All in all, though, Hecate is actually more Good than Wicked. Her most famous good-deed-moment was helping Demeter find her daughter, Persephone, after Hades dragged the young goddess down to the Underworld. As if that weren't enough, Hecate is still worshipped—yep, today—by Neopagans and Wiccans all over the place. Talk about staying power.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Hecate

    Nickname

    Hekate, Trivia(l Pursuit), White Magic Woman

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of Crossroads, Magic, and Witchcraft (yeah, it's a pretty sweet gig)

    Education

    Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (and you thought it was fiction…)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Perses (Dad)—not Perseus, people
    Asteria (Mom)

    Siblings

    I'm an only child (muahaha)

    Children

    Nope (well, some say that Skylla is my kid, but that would have taken some serious magic, since I'm a sworn virgin)

    Friends

    Persephone (I see it as my duty to keep this sweet girl company when she's in the Underworld)
    Demeter
    Cerberus (a very misunderstood pooch, if I do say so)

    Enemies

    Klyotis, the giant (I did set him on fire, so I can't blame him for hating me)
    Kronos (the old king of the Titans is still angry that I sided with Zeus during the War of the Titans)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single (sworn virgin)

    Interested in

    Nobody (see above)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    True Blood
    The Vampire Diaries (like I said, guilty pleasure)
    Ghost Hunters
    Charmed

    Quotations

    "Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business."
    – Tom Robbins

    "There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character."
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (yeah, I'm well read, what can I say?)

    "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."
    – Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

    "I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
    Asked the Lord above, have mercy now,
    Save poor Bob if you please."
    – Robert Johnson

    Books

    Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    Medea by Euripides
    "The Day is Done" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
    "Circe's Power" by Louise Gluck

    Music

    Black Magic Woman by Santana
    Crossroads by John Mayer
    Blue Moon by Billy Holiday
    Ghost Song by The Doors
    I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone
    River by Joni Mitchell
    Happy Phantom by Tori Amos
    Crossroad by Robert Johnson

    Movies

    Dark Shadows
    Ghost
    Practical Magic
    The Craft
    The Others
    The Witches of Eastwick
    The Raven
    Hocus Pocus (hey, everyone has a guilty pleasure)
    Mirror Mirror

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Moon
    Ghosts
    Watchdogs
    Crossroads
    Torches
    Trivial Pursuit
    Harry Potter

    Interests

    Feminism
    Witchcraft
    Necromancy
    The Paranormal

    Groups

    Titans
    Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (I'm one of the few Titans who gets this honor—NBD)
    Fans of Ghost Hunters
    Harry Potter Fan Club

  • Spotter's Guide

    Some people will tell you to watch out for Hecate—after all, she's the goddess of witchcraft. Oh, and she likes to hang out with ghosts and roam around at night. But really, she's a pretty cool lady. If you're ever lost, she'll totally help you out; as the goddess of the crossroads, she usually knows which way to go. You won't have too much trouble recognizing her if you do cross paths. She's a triple goddess, which means she's got three heads. Yeah, she kind of stands out in a crowd. Also, she's usually walking around with a pet dog or two plus a little polecat. You can't miss her.

    Sex: Female
    Age: Middle-aged
    Build: Thin
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair Color: Black
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: A crown (she's a queen)
    Clothing: Robes; sometimes a short huntress skirt
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: Magic, torches

    Typical Companions:

    Dogs
    A polecat
    Persephone
    Demeter

    Known Hangouts:

    Crossroads
    Doorways
    Dog Kennels
    The Moon
    The Underworld

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019

    Medea by Euripides

    She may not show up in person in this gruesome tragedy, but Hecate gets a lot of prayer from her follower Medea.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Macbeth by William Shakespeare

    The goddess of witchcraft pops in on her followers, the Weird Sisters, in this Shakespearean classic.

    Dec 20, 1998

    Hercules: The Animated Series

    Hecate tries a hostile takeover of the Underworld in this Disney-fied version of the adventures of Heracles.

    Dec 20, 1998

    Charmed

    In this witchy TV series, a seductive demon named Hecate shows up with a taste for handsome young bachelors.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

    The Queen of Magic is a little full of herself in this YA fantasy novel.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Herc

    Hecate pops in to cause some major trouble for Hercules in this digital comic from Marvel.