Today is the modern celebration of Hekate derived from the
festival of Diana Nemorensis, a Roman festival associated with the Ides of
Augustus. Somehow among many contemporary practitioners it has come to be a
festival of Hekate associated with storms. I’m unclear as to how this evolved. Since
festival calendars grow and change and I’m a fan of Hekate getting proper
attention for any excuse whatsoever, I have spent today working with Her
already, and as part of that, I thought I’d talk about part of Hekate’s train,
the Lampades.

They aren’t exactly obscure so much as overlooked by the
average book of mythology.

The Lampades are the torch-bearing nymphs that live in the
Underworld, and attend to Hekate on Her night-wandering journeys. They were
also associated with the Mysteries of Eleusis and the celebrants who carried
torches in the rites.

In my personal experience, oftentimes it is the Lampades who
comes to the practitioner when one asks for illumination. They light the way as
often as Hekate. After all, She is a Goddess and may send Her servants in Her
stead. The Lampades are but one of those She may send this way.

They are beautiful and lithe young appearing, dark-haired,
and carrying torches. They truly are the light that resides in the darkness of
the Underworld.


Image: Maximillian Pirner, Hecate, 1901.