Why did I choose Hekate? Because she controls liminal space – including the thin line between Life and Death. I was so deeply depressed, I felt doomed to die – so I wanted to cut a deal with her: If I die, please do what you can to prevent me from suffering too much on the way out.
The one Atheopagan Principle I’ve generally been weak on is #6 (“PRAXIS: I enact regular ritual as a part of my practice”). But this ritual actually helped save my life. So, for those on the fence as to whether or not it’s worth it to do ritual, I say: At least do it when it really counts. You will definitely feel the difference, and it will make you stronger.
Atheopaganism is not a spectator sport: You have to participate, engage, interact – and Do Shit.
Let’s remember principle 6: I enact regular ritual.
So today I went out – to a local 3-way intersection in a place under a tree, at sunset and I buried a dog.
Now, before you start getting all het up, hear me out: It was a ritual offering, made of black Fimo. Painted on its side was a message to Hekate
A little stylized jackal & old Greek font in gold ink (classy; this is a Goddess, after all)
I whispered to the Dog to carry my message to his mistress when he got to the Other Sideand after I’d buried it, I poured a little red wine on the grave and made a brief prayer to Hekate
And I felt So Much Better than I had even a week earlier!…and it doesn’t matter what these acts cause in this physical realm (I’m guessing that effect = zero), what matters is what changes inside your own head…
This feeling of Control and Certainty in these crazy-assed AnXiEtY TiMeS!
It makes you feel like You can handle it – and you truly are experiencing a measurable change in your brain, which gives you a very real competitive advantage!
Also: These acts invoke the Commitment Principle (Robert Cialdini – Influence), which actually does – in a scientifically confirmed manner – make you more likely to follow through on your intentions, and therefore makes you more likely to be successful.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Use of the myths and symbols of deities is practiced by some Atheopagans, understanding them as psychological archetypes, rather than literal beings]