We celebrated the Rite Of Her Sacred Fires with 5 devotees, outside during a thunderstorm. The air was filled with power an the Goddess spoke through her oracular Priestess. The most important message that we remembered was: Never forget- you are the ritual.
Three years ago I started to create a modern Hekateion, you can see the different stages of this project in these articles: creating a Hekateion part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.
Some weeks after I started this project my life began to change a lot and this change continued until this year (divorce can turn the life really upside down) and the process to finish my Hekateion came to rest through all the change in my life. But the statues were used in my private rituals with and for Hekate and in the group rituals of the Sanctuary of Hekate Pasikrateia. After the rite of her sacred fires in Mai 2017 a rush of creativity began to flow through me again and I began to continue to work on the Hekateion and two weeks ago I finished the project.
The statues are now housed in the temple room in my new home and they are completely coloured (the statues of Deities were usually painted and not white as many imagine it today), they are filled with special herbs, stones, snake skin, dog hair, gemstones, sacred objects and oil lamps burn on the round altar when the Hekateion is in use. The statues are coloured in Hekates sacred colours (black, red and white), serpents coil around the shoulders of her, I changed the bowl into a torch (and it is possible to remove the clay flames and burn tea lights or ethanol fires in the bowl that is now the top of the torch), sacred tools of Hekate are on the altar (like the whip, knives, pomegranates, Oinochoe and magical tools as well that i use in my hekatean witchcraft and magic, a statue of Anubis in dog/jackal form is on the altar (for her connection to dogs and the underworld), bowls with incense, water and seeds are around the statues to symbolise her influence over earth, sea and sky, three skulls are on the altar as well, these are filled with dirt from graves and of course offerings are arranged on the altar as well. The pole is coloured in dark violet and is sprinkled with gold colour, to symbolise the night sky and the Axis Mundi and on top of the pole is the statue that I used as sanctuary image, when I opened the Sanctuary of Hekate Pasikrateia several years ago.
The Hekateion is in the centre of my temple room, where i store my herbs, incense, tinctures, oils and the tools for herbal magic and in this room i work most of my magic (when i work indoors) and my devotional rites for Hekate and in the meetings of the Sanctuary of Hekate Pasikrateia the Hekateion is the focal point of the rituals and devotees can spend time near the Hekateion on their own as well to meditate or dwell in her presence.