“She is a tree of life . . . ” — Proverbs 3:18
I’ve come to the realization, that my supreme deity is the world tree. The honoring of trees and tree lore is a central component of Druidry and Witchcraft, and I see all trees as being a reflection of that magnificent tree. Yup that’s right, I worship the world tree.
I can hear you saying “But, I though Hekate was your supreme deity”. Yup that’s right, there is no conflict, because you see for me, Hekate is the world tree.
This is an idea I first encountered in Jacob Rabinowitz’s book “The Rotting Goddess“. It’s actually a somewhat controversial book that has not been very highly thought of I’m given to understand (I personally enjoyed it). I however thought much of what he said rings true to me.
“Pre-Christian, pre-Olympian, pre-Titanic Hecate
world-tree planted in Asia Minor,
gate-guard of the worlds,
keyholder to the three realms,
gross seated Mother, lions at your sides,
fostering nurse of all that’s young,
female heap of big fat attributes,
cruel, non-rational mistress
of slain corn-kings, sacrificed children,
Some of the theories that he gives are that Hekate was the original “Great Goddess” of pre-history and eventually developed the attributes we know as Hekate. He also states that one of there earliest images was a wooden pole with 4 masks attached at cross roads, which is true.
This rings very true to me with her role in the Chaldean Oracles as the world soul, the primal soul from which all others are generated. In addition, she has both empyrean AND chthonic attributes, just as the world tree which stretches to the heavens, yet has roots deeps in the underworld (indeed some even say there are two world trees, one upper and one lower). Hekate is also a “gate keeper” deity, which would make sense if she herself was gate!
Thus, when I invoke Hekate, in my mind I know I am connecting with the world tree, the source of all. When I travel the world tree, I know I am in fact traveling with She who’s mysteries I would learn. I am a student of the world tree first and foremost.
I would even go out on a ledge and say that, just as my UPG with the Horned god is that he was once a mortal beast, that somehow Hekate is synonymous with the great “Witchmother” who is indeed, the world tree in disguise. This is one of the reasons I am so passionately devoted to her. She represents the very central pillar of my faith and worldview, both literally and figuratively.
This idea was actually confirmed to me by Odin. Last year I was considering working with him more closely and asked if he “knew” Hekate and how it would work with them together. “Know her”, he said. “I hung on her for nine nights!”.