Long ago when the world was young and the
battles for the universe between the Titans and
the gods had ended, the gods met with each
other at the foot of Mount Olympus.
They gathered to decide how they were going
to divide the spoils of war.
They deliberated about lands, animals, and other things under their domain until finally it was time to decide which humans they would champion.
First spoke Zeus, king of the gods.
“I will take those humans who rule over others and make the laws, men of prestige and significance.
They will embrace justice in my name.”
Then spoke Hera, queen of the gods.
“I shall have the married women for my own and
those women who are pregnant or mothers.
They shall find succor and solace under my
Then spoke Ares, lord of war.
“I will take the warriors and men of battle. I shall
heap glory upon them all.”
Athena, goddess of wisdom, said on to the
other gods: “I shall take the strategists, crafters,
and lords of commerce.
They shall thrive with the blessing of my wisdom.”
Then spoke Poseidon.
“I shall have the sailors and fishermen and bless
them with the use of my ocean.”
Then announced Hades, “I shall take the dead
that come to Tartarus and the Elysian Fields;
they shall suffer or be pleased in measure of
their past lives.”
Aphrodite said, “The lovers will be mine and
those with shining beauty. I will grace them with
So on and on the Olympians chose the best and
brightest of their own perspective fields of
influence and enhanced each one’s blessings.
In the end there were groups of people who did
not fit these groups.
These beings trembled and quaked
unknowingly as each god passed them by.
Then as it seemed all gods had made
their choices, from the darkness came Hekate.
The Titan who was still revered by all the gods
even after their war.
She looked at those still left to be taken. Her compassion moved her to speak.
“Greatest of gods, hear me. You have made
your choices, and now I would make mine. I
shall take all who have been left behind.
The not chosen, the unwanted, the seemingly
unredeemable, the outcasts, the poor, the malformed, the victim, the homeless,
the lost, the murderer,
I shall take them and guide them with my torches out of the darkness.
I shall witness acts of violence both to bring compassion to the souls perpetrating and the victims to bring justice and succor in kind.
I shall take the shades and specters, those who can’t find their way, to help them finish their business and I shall lead them home.
I shall take the unloved and scorned and hold them dear.
I will remind them all of the power of choice, the wisdom of necessity, and the love of my compassion.
All the gods were shocked at this choice. They
saw how they had chosen only those who were
bright reflections of themselves and their
They had forgotten the lowly souls
who needed them most. Hearing this
compassionate choice, Zeus was moved.
“For this act of compassion and wisdom, I shall
bless you alone Hekate with status above the
I offer you three boons: You shall
have the power that I have to grant any wish
that is petitioned of you.
I shall give you rulership and free passage over a place in Tartarus below…
Also the world of men and the sea, and the sky.
so you may be with any who need you.
Hekate I give you the keys to all kingdoms.
Lastly I give you the power to chose your last boon.
As I will.. it is so!”
Hekate replied: “I thank you, Lord Zeus, for this
I shall tell the people of the world that if
ever they should need a thing and wish to
petition me, let them go to the crossroads
that are my sacred space, with a meal as offering
and their wish written on a slip and left under the dish.
They shall leave both at the crossroads and
turn away and not look back until they are
This meal shall feed the dogs and the poor and the homeless and I shall look on them with favor of what they truly need.
“For my boon I ask for a race of my own that
shall like me span all the races and be born to
They shall be born with the potential to
bring success in love, to curse or bless,
to speak to beasts, to converse and congress with spirits, to command the weather, to cast out blight,
to read the messages of the starry heaven, to see the future, to conjure treasure and fortune,
to heal the sick, and kill despair.
Some shall be born and some shall be remade.
They shall be all manner of people and trades.
They shall be called Witches and may be loved or hated, and live between to shape them to
They shall aid me in my great work
to aid the forgotten and the rest of man.”
And so it was decided.
stood on the Mount of Olympus holding hands
and said: “As we will it, so shall it be!”