Culture, society and women
A post earlier wherein once more Hekate is relegated to the role of crone had me thinking about something. Why is it that just because she helped Persephone with her departure from the Underworld, does she automatically get turned into a crone for these actions? I’ve seen it time and again and I…
The crone aspect probably had little to do with Persephone and more to do with Crowley who helped set the current Crone image of Hecate. The Greeks never seem to have portrayed as an old woman. Usually she was a maiden goddess, though some mystery cults did give her a consort in Hermes.
From the Covenant of Hekate
It is more contemporary writers in recent centuries who have portrayed Hekate as being the hag or crone witch goddess. Thus the famous scene in Macbeth with the three witches, and Aleister Crowley in his novel Moonchild calling her “a thing altogether of hell, barren, hideous and malicious, the queen of death and evil witchcraft.” Shakespeare can be forgiven for his poetic and dramatic licence, but Crowley’s bizarre comments come across as misogynistic ignorance from someone who should have known better. Such remarks have undoubtedly contribute to the perception found in some modern Neo-Pagan circles of Hekate as a crone goddess, completely at odds with the depictions of the beautiful maiden of ancient Greece.