Hecate the Goddess of Witchcraft and Magic in Greek Mythology


Kelly Macquire
published on 21 September 2021

Hecate is the goddess associated with magic, witchcraft, the moon, doorways, the night, necromancy, and ghosts in Greek mythology. She is the goddess of boundaries, the guardian of crossroads and the protector of athletes, warriors, horsemen, hunters, shepherds, fishermen, horsemen, women giving birth, and children. In Roman mythology, Hecate is known as Trivia.

In the Titanomachy, the battle for supremacy between the Titans and the Olympians, Hecate chose to fight on the side of the Olympians, and after the Olympians were victorious she remained a powerful goddess, and didn’t spend the rest of her days in Tartarus with her fellow Titans. Hecate is depicted with either three heads and one body, or three bodies and one head. Hecate is also often depicted with torches, a key or dogs, and her sacred animals are the dog and the polecat.

Hecate is best known from the myth of Hades and Persephone. After Hades abducted Persephone and brought her to the underworld to be his queen, Demeter, Persephone’s mother, searched high and low for her daughter. Only Hecate and Helios heard the cries of Demeter. Hecate produced torches to help in the search and Helios, as the one who pulls the sun chariot across the sky each day, told the goddesses that Hades took Persephone to the underworld.

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, September 21). Hecate the Goddess of Witchcraft and Magic in Greek Mythology. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2656/hecate-the-goddess-of-witchcraft-and-magic-in-gree/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Hecate the Goddess of Witchcraft and Magic in Greek Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 21 Sep 2021. Web. 13 Apr 2024.