Hekate Goddess of Witches Weber, Courtney: 9781578637164: : Books

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Who is Hekate?

Like many goddesses of the Old World, Hekate’s origins are mysterious. She is commonly known as a goddess of ancient Greece, a period which is generally understood to encompass 1200 BCE–500 CE, but she did not originate there. She may have originated in the Minoan civilization (2700–1100 BCE), or was at least influenced by gods of that culture. Evidence of Hekate worship has also been found in Sicily, Libya, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Syria. The town of Lagina is thought to be home to her most important cult center. In Roman times (800 BCE to roughly 500 CE), she was given many complimentary titles, including “savior,” “greatest,” and “most manifest.” The first writer to describe her was the poet Hesiod, who lived in ancient Greece between 750 and 650 BCE and wrote about Hekate as though she was already quite familiar—not only to himself but to his contemporaries, too, giving us a hint that we are looking at a very ancient goddess indeed.

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Being a Witch Today

Witchcraft has existed in the corners of every society. A Witch could have been the grandmother who could cure a chest cold by waving a rosary over it, or the old blind man at the end of the lane who told a person’s fortune by tracing his finger on their palm. The individuals in these examples might not have called themselves Witches, but their power was feared and revered nonetheless. Even in this age of technology, science, and fundamental religions that often denounce such things, storefront psychics flourish and Witchcraft stores are easy to find. The Witch isn’t “back”; the Witch never went anywhere. But the Witch has become a prominent fixture, and, as in past years, remains connected to Hekate.

When the gods enter our lives, they move things around. But the consequences and chaos are often tough blessings—hurtful or restrictive elements we’ve become accustomed to get whisked away, and in time beautiful things replace them.

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On waning or new moons, select a black candle for your ritual (black because it absorbs). Before lighting the candle, run it over your body like a lint roller while saying the following chant:

In the name of the dark goddess,

the blessed mother,

The sacred serpent,

I shed this foul luck

Like the creature sheds its skin.

If there’s something in particular you want out of your life (a bad habit, a problem with a coworker, even a toxic relationship), etch onto the candle a word or two describing it, or the initials of the person you want to stay away from you.

Burn this candle every night until it’s burned all the way down. Remember to extinguish the candle when leaving the room or going to sleep. Relight the candle the next day, and every day following, until the candle has finished burning. When the remaining wax has cooled, take the remains to a garbage can at a crossroads (urban areas tend to have garbage cans on corners that are great for this kind of work) and break the wax in half, away from you. Throw the remains in the garbage can and return home without looking back.

Make an offering to Hekate afterward.

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Additional information

Publisher ‏ : ‎

Weiser Books (August 1, 2021)

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224 pages

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9.9 ounces

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5.98 x 0.71 x 8.98 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#54 in Witchcraft Religion & Spirituality

Customer Reviews:

861 ratings


  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hail Hekate!

    I’m enjoying reading this book. Would recommend to others. Her writing style would be easy enough for a beginner to follow. Interesting read. Covers a lot of information.

  2. 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This book is very misinformed.

    The historical references were not factual. This book was written to coherse the reader into following witchcraft. The last thing people need; is to be converted into another religion.

    7 people found this helpful

  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing new

    Really basic contemplative writing on Hecate’s main symbols that you could find for free on Theoi.com. Some spells are included, but nothing fantastic or beyond basic. Also, several pages repeat entirely word for word.

    2 people found this helpful

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic read for those new to the goddess

    Having greatly enjoyed Weber’s previous work on The Morrigan I have been waiting with baited breath for the release of this work. I thought she did a great job at giving a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the ancient goddess. It felt like sitting down with a friend and sharing experiences. It was educational but had a relaxed conversational tone to it which made me feel right at home. I didn’t go into this expecting it to be a spell book but there was a delightful smattering of those sprinkled throughout as well, something that felt like a bonus to the book more than anything as I think they could have been excluded and it’d have been no less enjoyable. Certainly a bonus presented by the author and a welcome one.I myself read this book coming to Hekate for the first time on my magical journey and I feel like I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction. I would very much recommend this read.

    One person found this helpful

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not just a basic spellbook

    I was surprised that a reviewer called it a basic spellbook. It’s really not. It has SOME spells but for the most part it’s well-researched information on Hekate. I enjoyed it enough that I’m now checking out the authors Morrigan book.

    7 people found this helpful

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is a great reference book that fills the gaps on the Hekatean School of Thought

    Hekate comes in and knocks on your door sometimes frightening and then what? This book is simple enough to teach what Hekate is about. It complements what is already out there and it helps find the words that we may miss when expressing what modern hekatean witchcraft is and it is not.

    One person found this helpful

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An amazing book on Hekate!

    Absolutely recommend this bookTo anyone who is interested in Hekate or works with her in their practice.

  8. 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s Got Some Good Information

    Overall, I did take away a few pieces of knowledge I didn’t hold before, and I enjoyed the flow of the book. What I didn’t like (as with so many modern books on Hekate) is the injection of the author’s views on social justice, liberalism, and progressive politic stances. It really has no place in a book like this.

    8 people found this helpful

  9. 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not at all what I hoped

    This book was wholly uninteresting to me- which is disappointing because I wanted to know more about Hekate. I should have (and will) buy a different book. I got the audiobook to listen to during drives (I am out of room for paperbooks!!) but good grief- this narrator was ridiculously boring. I have a thing about voices and this narrator was very annoying. It is a serious struggle to stay engaged at all. Maybe try another book if you’re looking to learn more than the very basics of Hekate.

    8 people found this helpful

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hekate: Mother of all Witches

    This book…. Through every page, I could feel Courtney Weber’s deep love and respect for the Great Goddess Hekate. She covered so much interesting history, but not to the point of boredom like so many books. She has perfectly laid out a map for you to follow to Hekate. There are initiation rites, spells and more throughout the entire book.The Author shows so much respect for the Mother of Witches. She paints a beautiful picture in words explaining Hekate the Key holder, Hekate the Torchbearer, Hekate at the Crossroads. Ms Weber has, in great detail told you, the reader how to set an Altar and give thanks and offerings to Hekate. She has told what color candles to burn in thanks, what days of the month are special to the Goddess, what types of food offerings are special to her, which rites should be carried out or finished at a crossroads, what cycles of the Moon may work in your favor best and on and on. She tells you how to make Moon water, which Moon cycle’s water will best suit your uses. I’ve learned more about my Mother Goddess, Hekate in this one wonderful book than all else I’ve read. I literally have a notebook filled with notes and spells and rituals and initiation rites. I have another empty page Grimoire ordered just for these spells, rites and such… all dedicated to Hekate. And, some of my own added in (thanks to the Author convincing me to do that).To end, Courtney Weber has undoubtedly taught me so much in one book. I am forever changed. The love and respect I already had for Hekate has now turned into complete devotion. All Hail Hekate, Mother of Witches ????????????

    5 people found this helpful

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerful book on Hekate

    I love this book and the author goes deep into who Hekate is, all side of her and goes over rituals as well. Walking and working with Hekate isn’t easy, but this book helps us navigate it.

    2 people found this helpful

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I really do love this book, I would read it again.

    I am a little more than halfway through the book and am already referencing it multiple times. Weber’s writing style comes across so motherly and protective of the reader. There is no pressure to agree with everything in this book and it is highly encouraged to take what serves you.

    One person found this helpful

  13. 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Good applicable knowledge. Author is a big help on helping understand and connect with Hekate. Worht the read and she has another book on the Morrigan. I will read that as well.

    One person found this helpful

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars


    This book answered all the questions I had and gave interesting insight. I’m happy to have come across it. I read it in three days, too. That, I think, is a sign I have found what I need.

    3 people found this helpful

  15. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Informative

    Loved the new ideas and a fresh look into the personal practice with goddess Hekate. Not the same old information and the author shares her personal experiences connecting with this goddess giving the reader a new perspective on how to begin their own practices and as well a stronger relationship with the deity Hekate.

  16. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great read!

    So I have been curious about Hekate, and this book was a perfect place to jump in. So much information, but an easy read. I definitely have a much better understanding. I love that the author included ways to connect with Hekate. If you are curious this book is great!

  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Life Changing

    This book literally changed my life. I didn’t just read it, I experienced it. The author’s love for Hekate is so evident throughout the book. I highly recommend it.

  18. 5.0 out of 5 stars


    One of the best books with research concerning the goddess Hekate. I use it as my reference book!

    One person found this helpful

  19. 5.0 out of 5 stars


    This book is a wonderful read. It also gives a fabulous account of the goddess Hekate in both a historical and modern context. Well worth the read.

  20. 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Tough read for me

    This one is a tough read for me. There is a lot of back and forth, rather than definitive information. Hekate could be this or could be that… or perhaps this…the torch symbolizes this, but maybe that and later this and could represent that. It just feels kind of all over the place. I am about half way through and will finish it. But it reads as if I were listening to someone brainstorm on ideas.

    15 people found this helpful

  21. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good read

    I’ve read other books of Hekate and it was difficult for me to get through. But this book makes it so much easier to read and understand. I haven’t put it down since receiving it.

    6 people found this helpful

  22. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Read, Awesome Book

    Great book for me to learn and explore Hekate. I haven’t gotten through the book yet, definitely a page turner. You won’t be disappointed with this book ❤️

  23. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great read

    This was a great read very informative I am so glad I purchased it many blessings to the author and the Goddess

    One person found this helpful

  24. 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Huge factual inaccuracies

    I was on the fence about this book until I got to the section about the Ancient Greeks and the afterlife, in which the author makes some wild claims that are simply not substantiated. I honestly worry about anyone reading this book and taking it as fact! She also refers to persephone and hades as “cold” and “dreary”, which considering How misunderstood hekate is, seems rather short sighted!Anouther hug issue I have with this book is that it is very deeply a WICCAN book. There’s nothing wrong with this, but I was really looking for a book about hekate. For instance, there’s a huge emphasis on the maiden, mother, crone aspect which wasn’t a huge thing in Ancient Greece.

    25 people found this helpful

  25. 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a basic spellbook

    I expected a lot more out of this book. It’s really just a collection of the types of spells you can find in any witchcraft primer (love spells, etc) that happen to have Hekate’s name attached to them. I preordered this book hoping for a deep dive into this Goddess, but this is not that book at all. I’m disappointed.

    53 people found this helpful

  26. 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great book

    Very informative. Gave good ideas for spells. The author is clearly intensely bonded with Hekate. I feel my path and hers are very different, tho it should be.

  27. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This book is worth it!

    Okay to start this off right I need to say this book is well writen and laid out to understand everything without any confusion or difficulty. I bought this book because I wanted to know more about Hekate. One day I did an oracle reading for myself and I asked my cards which god or goddess is wanting to work with me the most and I got cards strongly giving me Hekate vibes. This reading was also what lead me to buying this book. This book has the signs I needed to read that strongly comfirms my own reading. I won’t spoil anything of the contents. You must read the book for yourself to know the contents that is your own journey to take. I am excited to know more about Hekate! I am excited about life and so inspired. I am so glad I bought this book. It arrived perfectly and quickly for me. No complaints at all.

    11 people found this helpful

  28. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Honestly one of the best!

    Having been a Devotee to Hekate for only over a year (but a practicing Witch for almost two decades, this June), this has got to be one of the very best books I have ever read on the subject of Hekate and Witchcraft. I only wish I had given it a fair chance, last year. I feel that if I had, I definitely wouldn’t have had as many hiccups in the beginning as a new Devotee. It took me way too long to get in the groove and I found myself wasting a lot of time and resources on items that truly didn’t matter, including other books.I honestly didn’t give this book a chance because of the cover (I know, I know–you can’t judge a book by its cover), however, in the day and age of marketing, I found the image on the cover to look like something I would see on a Facebook page meme. It looked more “Modern Witchtok” than “Useful knowledge regarding an Archaic deity.”However, cover aside, it’s a fantastic book and if you are new to Hekate, please, PLEASE give this book a read before any other author..sincerely!

    36 people found this helpful

  29. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An accessible yet thorough primer to Hekate

    Being a witchcraft book, Weber’s book, among many others’, is going to be subject to extremely high standards that are never going to be met by any author ever. I never know why books in this genre can have such critical reviews.Hekate is notorious for being difficult to pinpoint on both an academic and a spiritual level. Weber does an excellent job at providing an accessible introduction/guide to this multifaceted and ancient goddess that’s thorough enough to help the reader conceptualize her while also not leading the reader to feel like they’re drowning in information…Dare I say a common experience for the Hekate-interested.I liked Weber’s decision to focus on Hekate as a goddess of witchcraft throughout the book. That decision is inevitably going to piss a lot of people off, but it provides a focus that grounds the book. It’s a focus I enjoyed.Yes, there are spells and rituals in this book! And they’re succinctly placed in the last chapter of the book, instead of throughout (this is a side-eye to Mat Auryn).TL;DR, this is a great book that I plan to re-read and refer to for years to come.

    42 people found this helpful

  30. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Hekate book out there

    I dove head first into this book and man was it everything I’d hoped it be and more. Not only did I get answers I got a better understanding of the goddess I love and worship and have never felt closer to her than I do now. I HIGHLY recommend this book for beginner or even seasoned witches. There is so much that other books have left out. I mean this author covers Hekate and who is she from head to toe. It brought tears of joy when I was done reading it and recently it’s been hard for me to feel joy but this book brought alot of it. I’m so thankful for this author. I hope you make more to be honest. I know there’s more about Hekate then EVERYTHING already in this book but like, even if you don’t continue to write about Hekate then this book was definitely enough. I will be keeping it close to me in my library to read again and again. Thank you so much for such a wonderful book and guide. You opened my connection to this goddess even more than already before. I can’t thank you enough. Will be buying the hard copy of this too. Just to have. Thank you so much.

    31 people found this helpful

  31. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it!

    Learned a lot from this book and can t wait to get started working more actively with Hecate. Woot woot!

    One person found this helpful

  32. 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Informative but…

    In expanding my ever growing collection of books I found this one very intriguing! I was all in until 10 minutes ago. In giving different accounts of the multisided goddess Hekate and her family tree, Circe and Madea are not mentioned at all. ???? Disappointed by this. I’m on page 28 and haven’t been able to get passed that. We will see.

    4 people found this helpful

  33. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Deepening Understanding of Hekate

    I had experienced Courtney Weber previously with her wonderful book on the Morrigan. As for Hekate: Goddess of Witches, I held high hopes, and I am happy to say that those hopes were well founded. Weber has an understanding of the Goddess, and this is never more clear than in her first chapters, where she states that she looked at the moon and simply decided to follow Her. This is a moment that I believe to be relatable for many witches.Most importantly, this book breaks down traditions and rituals for the solitary witch. My own copy is now dog eared with the variety of simplistic rituals honoring the many aspects of the Goddess herself, whether it be Hekate of the Crossroads or Hekate Brimo (“The Prayer to the Dangerous Goddess” this section is called.) This book has great readability and rereadability. I highly recommend this book both for beginner witches or any witches who are now choosing to explore deity work. Io Hekate Io Ho!

    14 people found this helpful

  34. 5.0 out of 5 stars


    A good book on a character in folk lore, it arrived on time and well packaged.

    3 people found this helpful

  35. 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly witchcraft…

    In Hekate, the author writes and operates as a priestess, not as a witch. And that makes sense because she’s a certified priestess in two orders. (From looking at her website.) She has some very interesting observations about witchcraft in her book, as well as, some up to date views on who witches really are, and are likely to be…and that’s very valuable. There’s also very interesting information about the deity as well. This book is well worth purchasing, and worth your time.

  36. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very helpful and informative

    While reading about Hekate I realized I have been drawn to things associated with her most of my life. The peacefulness of a cemetery, my love of old skeleton keys, acorns, garlic, onions, etc. I didn’t know anything about her before. I am an eclectic witch and I feel she is calling to be my goddess, or at least one of them.

    14 people found this helpful

  37. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A must read.

    Want to become more familiar with wonderful Hecate? This is the book for it. With journal and rite prompts throughout the beginning you have a very powerful yet practical guide to Goddess.I’m enjoying every page.

    3 people found this helpful

  38. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best Goddess Hekate book

    it feels very nice reading this book, welcoming and cozy. its helped me a lot knowing more about queen hekate ????

    4 people found this helpful

  39. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Info I’ve Been Looking For

    I’ve been intrigued by Hekate for years, but all of the info I’ve found about her just hasn’t felt “right”. I pre-ordered this book as soon as I was able to on a whim- a last ditch effort, of sorts- a last “try”. The information within these pages- the stories, the diverse and expansive history- THIS is what I had been searching for.And, it arrived at precisely the right time for me. This was the puzzle piece I had been searching for. I had no idea when I preordered this book that it would have such a hugely profound impact on my life, my practice, my path, my PATIENCE. I am forever grateful to this wonderful author who delivered this infinitely impactful book. A must read!!

    20 people found this helpful

  40. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow. This was an amazing read.

    I never was interested in deity work especially after leaving dogmatic religions at a young age. But for some reason this book screamed at me. Maybe its partially because I simply love Courtney’s podcast and her easily spoken knowledge but I suggest anyone interested in witchcraft give this a read! Full of knowledge, history, and facts yet feels so warm and personal. I am truly amazed at how much this book spoke to me even though I do not work with dieties I still feel the energy. As if Hekate to be a cycle of energy everyone can and will go through. Beautiful book. A for sure one to recommend and atleast pick up and try out… You probably won’t put it down.

    5 people found this helpful

  41. 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice experience ????????

    The way I see it, it’s a good start up guide, for someone who is starting.Daily practice, rituals and history of a goddess,

    4 people found this helpful

  42. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Informative and uplifting.

    I purchased this book to learn more about Hekate, her history, and the modern practices related to the deity and her worship. I found a lot of sound, common sense advice and some surprising psychoanalysis. The book does feel meandering at times, but the body of the text worked very well for the messages and rites Weber describes.I will be following her work from now on. And I highly recommend purchasing this text if your interest is scholarly, deeply personal, or casual.

    One person found this helpful

  43. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Un libro lleno de sabiduría

    Un libro lleno de buenos datos , escrito con sinceridad, y a guía maravillosa y recomendable . Ojalá llegue a traducirse en español, hay poco conocimiento sobre estos temas.

    4 people found this helpful

  44. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW….Very Good.

    This is a very good book. I have worked with Hekate for years and I still learned a lot. Very good read. I will read it again and again.

    4 people found this helpful

  45. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love this book!!

    I love the way she wrote about Hecate, Her history, and her own experiences with Her. Easy to read and extremely helpful for a beginner!!

    2 people found this helpful

  46. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this book

    It’s a great book with some great info. Felt connected within the first few pages. Highly recommend.

    2 people found this helpful

  47. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great book

    I absolutely loved digging into this book! I actually bought my copy at a local store but after reading I had to buy a copy for my friend!

  48. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Interested in Mythology

    I’m 10 pages into it . Received it last night . It’s informative and entertaining at the same time. I’ll enjoy the rest of it .

  49. 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic book!

    I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Lots of great information along with a few spells. Definitely helped me to move forward in my personal practice. Highly recommend.

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  50. Um bom começo…

    Bom livro para iniciantes na Magia… Há outros com um arcabouço de conhecimentos mais consistente e aprofundado… Para quem busca um material mais “pesado”, *The Temple of Hekate* ou *Hekate — Liminal Rites* são mais recomendáveis…

    8 people found this helpful

  51. It’s a nice book but it includes voodoo

    It is a very nice book to learn about hekates history but unfortunately the spells are voodoo spells so not doable for me

  52. great book, good quality

    the product arrived with no damages. I’m not done reading the book yet, but it’s very good. it teaches legit informations about Hekate often with sources cited. it also talks about modern examples or anecdotes so that we can further connect and relate with the goddess, and theres many amazing rituals that can be as simple or as complicated as the practitioner wants. good for both beginners and advanced witches/worshippers. Hail Hekate????

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  53. Brilliant

    Required reading for any Hekatean witch or for anybody looking to learn about such a beautiful mysterious goddess, blessed be.

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