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Hecate by Hrefngast Hecate by Hrefngast
Ancient witch queen
Elemental before
The fragile raising of man
She is a doorway
Midnightís quickened will
She works from afar
A sentient portal within
Primeval mistress of ghosts
And the dreaming liminal herbs
Her art taught in shadows
And threshold rites
Propitiated with flesh
Where three roads meet
The triple formed watcher
At the gates of birth and death
Apportioned earth, depths and sky
With chthonic countenance
Of serpent twined oak
And baying hounds
At the crossroads
Of time and space
Honoured amongst
All the deathless gods

Words © Hrefngast 2011 (other than the last two lines, which are from Hesiodís Theogony)

Oil on paper - this is my first proper attempt at an oil painting.
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KeytotheCrossroads Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Hi - I love this image.  Really draws me in.  Is it possible to purchase a print?
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Panpipeseeliecourt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
I would love to buy a print of this.
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Sociopath71 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Student Artist
I want to steal it without watermark!
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IsuraMelody Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
Beautiful. I would love this as an alter picture. Is there a print available?
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FuzzyNecromancer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
I like the sense of mystery your restrained shading gives this piece. :)
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Panpipeseeliecourt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
I would love to buy this. Please make a print available.
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JamesHillGallery Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work!!!
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Bloodmoontiger Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Very beautiful, I think it captures the essence of this Goddess quite well. 
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ramkumariyer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :O
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vmoss13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Would love to use this image onmy book cover for my Hekate Devotional. How can I contact you to discuss this?
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JonathanWilsonArt Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Really like this work, I find oil paints tricky to use but you seem to have no trouble. Im now going to find out about Hecate.
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cmmoffatt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Beautiful
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witchstormdsd Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Would love a print of this. Beautiful
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ladysatana Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Stellar!
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ReneeSmits Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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Sherrisart Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is power and beauty entwined. What other Goddess work do you do?
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lycanthusincarnum Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hail Infernal Queen of the Shades...
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LitenUlv Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I love this picture...such beauty and power in this picture! The poem is quite lovely :-)
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lylorie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
One of my favorite Hecate pieces of all time
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:iconlitenulv:
LitenUlv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
This is beautiful...
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Garnoid Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Very nicely done, with subtle contrasts and elements. A really beautiful vision of Hekate.
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fannyfae Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
It's a stunning devotion to Hecate. Very well done. :)
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art192007 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Love it!!!!
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FloraSalopia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I would love to use this on a new blog dedicated to Hekate, but only with your permission of course... you can see the blog at:
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I'd like to use it as a background. I'd also like your permission to print this out as an altar piece. :o)
It's simply stunning! :o)
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JanuaryMuse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is SO beautiful. I would love to have a small copy of this. Is it possible? I dont need a very huge one.
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Thoreau55 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is so beautiful. I had always found it hard to find a picture of Hekate which quite matched the the way I see her in my head till I saw this one.
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clovernohime Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
I love this picture and poem so much. I just posted it to my Tumblr account, I hope that's ok. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!
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Neriak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Hey there, this piece has been featured in the Things That Go Bump In The Night Art Feature V . Feel free to check it out :)
Have a good day!
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kineticrogue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Gorgeous! Really great composition too I might add.
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DoReMino Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually kept staring at this picture..
and i was actually drawn into it.

Good job :thumbsup:
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Thanks for commenting - I like that you had this response to the painting!
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DoReMino Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome~ C:
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darkangel12341 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, nice job.
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Thank you!
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meregoddess Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a first attempt you did a fantastic job! I can't wait to see your next attempt. I like your contrast between dark and light, and how you did the moon. I envy you your talent!

:)
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Thank you for your kind comments! I struggled a little with the consistency of the paint, as it was unlike anything I've used before... but I want to experiment and work with it further as it seems like some great effects could be achieved with mastery...
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michaelelliottfurr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Thanks!
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JustTamilia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Your poem is amazing. It seriously almost made me cry; I teared up a little. The image perfectly fits with your wonderful words! Thank you for sharing this!
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Prettydork Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
This is beautiful!!
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Thank you!
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TommyLocks Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
nice!
I really love the painting, even if I consider Hecate more like a bright goddess than a dark one.

Anyway it's really beautiful, congrats
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sublime, the image transfixes me, I mean one is just drawn into the shadow like looking upon an obsidian mirror. A powerful image that works upon something in the unconscious.!
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: strong...
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Thank you :blackrose:
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drigulch Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
A most excellent expression of the oh so ancient feminine divine Trinity. Beautiful shading effects that create an exquisite energy radiating form both the objects of sacred light, as well as the places of eternal black in the piece. Love the feeling that the Regal High Priestess as portal appears to be of a nature of a secret passage the way she remains mostly hidden and hooded in all three aspects of her being here. No hints at all should you come to be before the desirous, dangerous door is you should chose portal number one, two, or three when the elemental Enchantress harkens thee.
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to make such an in depth comment - it's great to see that someone has interacted so strongly with my painting! I'm happy you like my expression of Hecate :blackrose:
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Ikunnaprinsess Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
I love this image. Would love to get it inked. Perhaps I could use it as an inspiration piece for the rest of my back tattoo to Hecate?
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Hrefngast Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Yes, I'd be happy if you used this as inspiration for your tattoo - link to a photo of it if you get it done as I'd love to see it!
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