On the 13th day of each month it was traditional to provide a plate of food / offerings to the goddess Hecate. These offerings always presented of a plate and left at cross road a sacred place of the goddess Hecate. The offering would be a plate of food.. It was traditional to cook a meal containing the ingredince that would please the Goddess.
Hecate’s favourite offering would include, Eggs, Fish (or fish roe)(Red mullet taboo in must cults), Garlic, bread stuff, milk cheese, mushrooms, honey and cake. Other less common offering for the Hecate Supper would include household waste the heart of a black lamb, or dog or puppy.
Traditionally the feast or supper is prepared and taken to the cross roads and left at the statue of Hecate Tervia and then you would walk away without looking back, Hecate had many roles and just as many names The Hecate ,Tervia is the goddess of the three roads symbolised by crossroads. The three roads represent birth life and death and related to the midwife aspects of Hecate, her role as protector and goddess of the underworld. The Tervia was all a representation of communications we get the word trivia from Tervia. In Greece it was custom for women from different villages to meet at the Tervia to gossip and share information and news.
The special days for hecate are:- Jan and Aug 31st, Nov 16th & 30 and the day before the new moon any one can show Hecate honour by placing a small offering of food and partitioning for help.
Creating the Hecate Supper
I normal start with a recipe, which contains all or at least the ingredince that Hecate likes. I would then go of to pick or buy the ingredince, (if this is your first time creating a Hecate supper go and buy a small plate* from a charity shop (I suggest that you go to one for animals dogs if possible since the dog is scared to Hecate)).
I would then clean the kitchen and cleanse the space at this point the kitchen becomes off limits to any one else from this point. I would then put some music on and create a scared working space. I would then prepare the ingredince blessing them all and charging them as offerings. Once cooking is underway a glass of wine and clearing up sides and stuff should be cleared away (you should cleanse plate of any negativity wash in salt water then run under cold running water should be enough then bless with wine). Put The offering onplate (do not dish anyone else up) add small roll or bun covered in honey decorate with flowers.
I now I would walk down to crossroads and place plate by the side of the road and walk away not looking back go back and dish up dinner recalling the energy from the kitchen.
Now I have not always lived in the country with a very quite road that is 5 minutes walk from a crossroads so I had to come up with some ways of transporting food to crossroad when I lived in the centre of London the first thing is that the crossroads in London are very busy and you could look like a bit of a nutter putting a plate of dinner by the traffic lights so the first solution is to find a quite crossroads, local parks have paths that crisscross it easy to find a quite fork in the paths this works fine. So the next thing is food transport no matter when you live in a city there is always someone around so walking mile with a plate in your hands is not a comfortable feeling so place in a bag use a small plate even from a child’s tea set.
Visualising the Hecate Supper
When it is not practical to create a supper and get to the crossroads it is possible to visualise a feast on a plate and yourself walking to the crossroads you must remember to leave the feast and return the same way you came without looking back.
* plate size can be any size from child’s tea set size to a small saucer plate should be glass or china not plastic even a small wooden disk will do.