Meet the darkest face of the Triple Goddess Hekate, Queen of the Crossroads and Witchery. This is an anatomically correct and lifesize female skull cast in resin, which I hand painted and dressed. Her crown is crafted from thorns, copper, an ornate silver crescent moon, genuine quartz points and labrodite stones, copper spirals, and carved wolf heads. Her headdress is made from a full length of naturally white rabbit fur with raven feathers and loops of crystaline seed beads. She also has copper filigree 'eyes' and beaded shell 'earrings'. I painted her in acrylics and inks, including her symbols, weapons, serpent, triple moon, and triskele.
Modern practitioners of magick often call her a Crone Goddess, but this was only one of her faces. In ancient times, she was frequently portrayed as a young virgin Goddess and so represented all three ages in her triple aspect. In some cases, she was said to have a fourth hidden face, that of Death. This piece represents this most dangerous and all knowing aspect of Hekate.
Hekate was said to haunt the forests and crossroads, with wild women and dogs wailing after Her passing. She is considered a cthonic diety, a very ancient Earth and Underworld being, that probably was first worshipped by the Carians of Anatolia. Here, children were commonly named for Her, making Hekate a protective and even potentially ancestral figure. The Greeks further associated Her with childbirth, nurturing the young, gates and walls, doorways, crossroads, magic, lunar lore, fire, and hounds. She was a marginalized and somewhat ambivalent figure among the Greek scholars, better suited to the secrets of women's worship and hinterland rites than civilized state sponsorship.