Keeping Her Keys guides you on a journey with Hekate and her keys of magick, medicine and mystery. An exploration of the spiritual and psychological meanings of this ancient goddess, her companions, and the deeper world.
Cyndi Brannen is an author and educator merging her years of experience studying health and relationships with the traditional wisdom of the goddess.
Learn more about Cyndi's work at keepingherkeys.com
Entering Hekate's Cave: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness
The pull of the Cave of the Goddess is strong. We are drawn to stones and crystals without connecting them to the deep underworld from whence they came, for example. When we shift our understanding of these treasures of the cave, we see that they are the gifts of The Great Mother. The primordial power of the cave as a dwelling place of the sacred feminine is one of the oldest locations associated with The Great Mother.
The road to healing is found by turning inward to her cave, where the mysteries of life and death await. The return to the cave is a reunification with the sacred feminine. This is to say the Goddess, not modern day gender roles and stereotypes. The archetypal characteristics of the feminine, including instinct, intuition, emotion, and governance over the life cycle. In the ancient world, the cave was both feared and revered as symbolic of The Great Mother as a projection of the great womb that birthed all of life. Hekate, and other faces of The Great Mother, are all connected to the depths of the earth. We know within our depths that entering the cave is a requirement.
We embark on the journey with the release of our burdens through giving symbolic death to the heaviness we carry. The next stage is to call back our missing pieces through soul retrieval. The final stage of this lengthy trek is rebirth into our wholeness.
Guidance for the Journey: Rituals of the Sacred Cave
The three stations of the journey through darkness to wholeness in Hekate’s Cave can be experienced through The Rituals of the Sacred Cave.
These are audio classes with guided meditations to assist your journey.
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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, "The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul”
Erich Neumann, "The Great Mother"
Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson, “Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness”
The Archetype of The Witch And The Goddess Hekate
The archetype of the witch is as old as humanity. Typically, female, although not always, the witch is the one who brings healing through her use of powers connected to the deeper world. This, across cultures and times, has always been done in the spirit of rebellion against the so-called civilized world. Thus, the witch is the outsider, the one who resists conformity. Perhaps it is these two characteristics, that of connection to the unseen world and resistance to authority that are at the heart of the archetype of the witch. Discussing the archetype of the witch inevitably evokes Hekate, the ancient goddess viewed across history as a Queen of the Night, ruling over witchcraft, prophecy, and spirits. These are the gifts she bestows upon witches.
Archetypes are foundational forces that flow throughout the universe. They are numinous, nonrational, and primal. It is difficult to find, and express in words, the center of an archetype. Archetypes are different than constructs, which can be easily defined and understood. To know an archetype requires experience. Much like the witch, an archetype is many things that are difficult to describe with words. The witch is mysterious, and the witch pursues the mysteries. She goes deeper into the dark to find healing.
As with all archetypes, the witch has a shadow aspect which is entirely different than the healing found in darkness. It is the shadowy characteristics that have been extolled throughout history. Aspects such as baneful witchcraft, poisoning, seducing, deception, and trickery have been reinforced in western culture as a means of robbing the witch of her power. At times portrayed as a hideous crone, at others a beguiling temptress, the witch has been vilified. Those labelled as witches have been persecuted, tortured, and murdered. The witch is frightening because she insists on the truth that resides in the dark.
“Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine and Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft” can be purchased from major booksellers.
“Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft” takes the reader on a journey through 13 lessons that awaken the soul through connection to the Witch Mother.
Join the Keeping Her Keys Coven of Hekate school and network for lessons, community and live events: https://bit.ly/KHKfreetrial
Learn more about Lampadia: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness in Hekate’s Cave, a seven month training program in the healing keys of magick, medicine and mystery. BEGINS November 4. Get all the details at https://keepingherkeys.com/
Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Mythology by Charlene Spretnak
The Book of Symbols. Reflections on Archetypal Images Hardcover by Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)
Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess Kindle Edition by Demetra George
Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants by Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch, Wolf-Dieter Storl
Hekate and The Great Goddesses of Magick, Medicine and Mystery
Hekate is often depicted as a Triple Goddess, representing the many faces of the sacred feminine. We can experience the Triple Goddess, known as Triformis, Trimorphis and Trivia (Trivium) as different aspects of Hekate herself, such as the Underworld Night Queen, the Goddess of the earthly garden, and the Keeper of the Keys of the Universe of The Starry Road. Historically, Hekate has been shown as having three animal heads, such as boar, wolf, and bull. In this discussion, I talk about Hekate’s triplicities in conjunction with the goddesses she is most often companioned with. There are three distinct trios, each one representing one key of her three keys of magick, medicine and mystery. The triplicity of magick is symbolized by Hekate with her daughters, Circe and Medea. Hekate, Persephone and Demeter comprise the trinity of medicine. The Three Formed Goddesses of Mystery are revealed through Hekate, Artemis and Selene.
The meditation included takes the listener on a journey deep into Hekate’s Garden to drink from Trivium’s well.
Lampadios: The Journey Through Darkness To Wholeness takes the student through Hekate's Cave on a deep healing journey.
Learn more about the goddesses featured:
In “Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine and Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft,”explore Hekate, Circe and Medea.
Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft includes a discussion on Hekate’s triplicities.
Hekate as The Triple Goddess:
The Power of Persephone: https://keepingherkeys.com/f/the-power-of-persephone
Persephone: Goddess of Adaptation: https://keepingherkeys.com/f/persephone-goddess-of-adaptation
Hekate, Circe and Persephone: Wisdom of the Resilient Goddesses
Demeter: Fury, Fertility, and the Fall
Artemis: Huntress, Guardian, Fierce Maiden
Great Goddesses of Magick, Medicine and Mystery Ritual:
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Triple Goddess illustration created by Mary Martinez exclusively for Keeping Her Keys. Purchase official merchandise in the KHK RedBubble store:
Music in the meditation: 852 Hz Awakening Intuition by Source Vibrations, Solfeggio Harmonics, Vol. 1.
Mysteries of the High Priestess
The High Priestess governs their own life with intuition, and explores the mysteries of the deeper world with an open heart. Becoming the High Priestess involves an initiation into a journey that moves us from the illusion of separation to the alchemical union within. The High Priestess in tarot offers us guidances as we cross the threshold from novice to mystic.
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Episode 16, Season 1
The Components of Sacred Rituals
In this episode, Cyndi discusses the components of sacred rituals, from the spark of truth that ignites our soul to the initiation into the mysteries.
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Episode 15, Season 1
The Agape Phoberos Ritual Meditation
Cyndi discusses The Agape Phoberos Ritual from Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate's Modern Witchcraft and the guides you through a powerful meditation of releasing fear and accepting love. Phoberos is an ancient title meaning, "Fear" and agape refers to the experience of pure love and trust. Learn more at keepingherkeys/read then look in the rituals topic for the text of the ritual.
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Episode 14, Season 1