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Hecate
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Title
Titaness/Goddess of Magic and Witchcraft
Titaness/Goddess of Crossroads
Titaness/Goddess of the Mist
The Dark Lady
Vital Statistics
Gender Female
Family Perses (father)
Asteria (mother)
Circe, Lou Ellen, Naomi and Lamia (daughters)
Alabaster C. Torrington (son)
Hecate's Cabin members (children)
Creator of the Empousa
Status Immortal
Eye Color Green (Son of Magic)
Black (The House of Hades)
Hair Color Black (Son of Magic)
Blonde (The House of Hades)
Height Any height
Other
Affiliation Olympians
Titans (formerly)
Weapons Magic
Species Goddess
Titaness
Home Olympus (The Last Olympian)
Underworld
Greek/Roman form Trivia (Roman)
Appearances The Sea of Monsters (mentioned)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (mentioned)
The Last Olympian (mentioned)
The Lost Hero (mentioned)
The Demigod Diaries
The House of Hades
The Blood of Olympus
Actor None
Quests None
I am the goddess of the Mist. I am responsible for keeping the veil that separates the world of the gods from the world of mortals. My children learn to use the Mist to their advantage, to create illusions or influence the minds of mortals. Other demigods can do this as well. And so must you, Hazel, if you are to help your friends.

–Hecate to Hazel Levesque, in The House of Hades

 


Hecate is the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria. She is the Greek goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, trivial knowledge, and necromancy. According to The House of Hades, she is also the goddess of the Mist. She also represents the dark side of the moon, or the Harvest Moon, and is associated with many things including childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, and sometimes even change. She can stay on Olympus, in the deep sea, in the Underworld, and also on Earth. Her Roman counterpart is Trivia.

History

Hecate was the daughter of Perses and "gold-wreathed" Asteria (the starry night). Her sway extended over earth, heaven, and the Underworld. For this reason she is represented in works of art as a triple divinity, having three female bodies, all young and beautiful, and united together.

Hecate was among the few Titans who supported Zeus and the Olympians in the Titanomachy and thus was allowed to retain her authority once the Olympians came into power. For her support, Zeus gave Hecate a share in all three realms of the cosmos, for which she was known as the goddess of crossroads.

Hecate had little organized worship, as she was more commonly found on the outskirts of the old myths rather than playing an active part in it. However, Hecate did play a major role in the abduction of Persephone. After the abduction, it was Hecate who told the frantic Demeter what had become of her daughter. After the dispute between her mother and husband was settled, Hecate became Persephone's confidante when she was in the Underworld. Thankful for their friendship, Hades honored Hecate as a prominent and permanent guest in the Underworld. She now presides over all practices connected with witchcraft and enchantments, haunts sepulchers, at crossroads, and lonely spots where murders have been committed. She is connected with the appearance of ghosts and specters, to possess unlimited influence over the powers of the lower world, and to be able to lay to rest unearthly apparitions by her magic spells and incantations.

She also participated in the first Giant War, seen immolating a giant named Clytius, with her torches.

Devotion to Hecate was especially favored by the Byzantines for her aid in having protected them from the incursions of Philip of Macedon. Her symbols were the crescent and star, and the walls of her city were her provenance.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Sea of Monsters

Hecate does not formally appear in the book, but is mentioned to be the mother of Circe.
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Circe, her daughter

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Hecate does not formally appear, but it is mentioned by Dionysus that she has gone over to Kronos' side. She also sends two of her empousai (Kelli and Tammi) to attack Percy Jackson.

The Last Olympian

It is mentioned that Hecate uses her magic to cloak New York City and prevent mortals from entering or leaving. She also sends magical lights towards Olympus, though the nature of these lights are unknown as the wards of Olympus and Aeolus' wind minions repel them quickly.

At the end of the book, Hecate's cabin at Camp Half-Blood is under construction, along with those of many other minor gods. Her cabin is made of magical stones that, if dropped, would either explode or turn everyone within a half mile radius into a tree.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

Hecate is mentioned as being the mother of Lou Ellen, the head counselor of the Hecate Cabin.

The Demigod Diaries

Son of Magic

The goddess makes her first appearance and it is revealed by Alabaster C. Torrington, her most powerful child, that she was forced to rejoin the Olympians in order to keep them from killing him. She also lost more children in the Second Olympian War than any other god. When Lamia, who has allied herself with Gaea comes to kill Alabaster, Hecate steps in and saves them from each other's magic. She decides to restore Alabaster's companion, Dr. Howard Claymore, in mistform so that he may watch over her son while he is in exile.

The House of Hades

She made Hazel Levesque choose her path in the three gates in the Mist. It is revealed that she found the spell that resulted in Hazel's birth.  Hecate promised to obscure the progress of the Seven, but said that Hazel needed to learn to manipulate the Mist. At the climax, she fights by Hazel's side against the Gigante Clytius. Together, they defeat the bane of magic.

Personality

A lover of solitude, Hecate's true nature is very much unknown. She spends a great deal of time in the Underworld, being a close friend of Hades and Persephone especially. She apparently resented not being honored by the demigods since she supported Kronos in the Second Titan War. Since her children have been given their own place at Camp Half-Blood, she has given up her grudge against Olympus, but seems protective and worrisome of her children, many of whom were lost, captured, or embittered by the experience of the second Titanomachy.

Appearance

According to Rick Riordan's website, Hecate is usually dressed in dark robes, holding twin torches (all the better to see you and burn you with, my dear). She is accompanied by a she-dog and a polecat, which used to be her enemies before she morphed them into animals. In later times, Hecate was pictured as a woman with three heads, or three entirely different forms for morning, noon and night.

In The Demigod Diaries, she is described as being dressed in white robes with ornate silver designs, like runes or alchemy symbols. Her dark hair barely came down to her shoulders. There is a green shimmer that surrounds her like an aura. Her face is like a Greek statue- pale, beautiful, and ageless.

When Hecate appears in front of Hazel Levesque in The House of Hades, she uses the Mist to form three blurred, smoky images of the same woman moving in unison. Once in the center of the courtyard, her three forms merged and solidified into one young woman in a dark, sleeveless gown. Her gown seemed to ripple as if the cloth was ink spilling off, her golden hair is set in an Ancient Greek style high-set ponytail. Carrying two old-fashioned reed torches, she was accompanied by a black Labrador retriever and a polecat. She was described as "beautiful, but deathly pale." Just her presence makes the area she is in engulfed by magic and strong condensation of the Mist.  

Trivia (Roman Goddess)

Hecate can change into her Roman counterpart of Trivia. As Trivia, she becomes more disciplined, militaristic, and warlike. While Greeks envisioned her as a powerful and mysterious being, for the Romans she was the "Queen of Ghosts" because of her role of guarding the borders between the human world and the realm of the dead. In The House of Hades, Hecate claimed that she had no Roman aspect, that she was always Hecate.

Abilities

  • She possesses the standard powers of a goddess.
  • Mystiokinesis: As the goddess of magic, Hecate has divine authority and absolute control over magic.
  • Necromancy: As the goddess of necromancy, Hecate has divine authority and absolute control over the dead, though not as much as Hades.
    • She can call forth endless waves of the dead to fight for her.
    • She can destroy Skeleton Warriors.
    • She can put the dead to sleep.
    • She can silence the dead with a gesture.
    • She can physically grab a ghost.
  • Mist Control: As the goddess of the Mist, she has divine authority and absolute control over the Mist, and a swirling column of pure white Mist surrounds her when she is present.
    • She can create illusions.
    • She can create false memories.
    • She can make monsters invisible or have them be seen as something else.
    • She can hide locations.
    • She can summon Mistforms.
    • She can disguise people.
  • Prophecy: As the goddess of magic, Hecate can see multiple futures that could happen therefore being able to predict prophecies as well.
  • In mythology, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades gave her power in all three major realms (sky, sea, and the Underworld).

Family

Hecate is the daughter of Perses and Asteria.

Children

Partners Children
Helios Circe
Mr. Ellen Lou Ellen
Mr. Torrington Alabaster Torrington
Unknown Lamia
Unknown Naomi


Other Relatives

  • The sorceress Medea is descended from her.

Trivia

  • The English word "trivia" stems from Hecate's Roman counterpart, Trivia.
    • Despite having a Roman form in the mythology, she stated that she was always Hecate. However, this could be because she is not affected by the Greek/Roman split.
  • As revealed in The Demigod Diaries, Hecate lost more children in the second Titanomachy than any other God. 
  • Despite her children in the book series, Hecate was a virgin goddess in most stories, although her children may have been conceived in a unique way, like Athena`s children are.
  • Trivia refers to obscure knowledge which Hecate/Trivia presided over.
  • Dogs, Polecats and frogs are her sacred animals.
  • She is symbolized by twin torches, a key, rope, dagger, and three crossroads.
  • Her name means "will" but at the same time, if we consider her name's spelling and pronunciation, it means her that operates from afar, her that removes or drives of, the far reaching one or the far darter.
  • According to Roman Mythology, her Roman counterpart, Trivia, used to kidnap young maidens, whom she later changed into Nymphs.
  • Hecate appears as a character in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
  • It was stated in The House of Hades, that Hecate is considered a Titan, thus making her children the only known Demi-Titans.
  • She is known to her Empousai as "The Dark Lady".
  • In The Son of Magic, Hecate is described with black hair and green eyes, like her son Alabaster Torrington. In The House of Hades, her hair is blond and with black eyes. However, since she is a goddess, Hecate's appearance can change at will.
    • This can also support a theory of Hecate being the Triple-Faced Goddess, thus having three separate appearances and personalities.
  • Her Egyptian equivalent is Isis. 
  • Even though she is one of the only 4 Titans who supported the Olympians in the first Titanomachy (others are Helios, Selene and Rhea), she is treated as a minor goddess which angers her and is probably the cause she sided with her siblings, the Titans in the second Titanomachy.
  • Hecate is the first Greek God to fight against her Gigantes counterpart (Clytius)
  • In the myths, Rhodos was said to be the mother of Circe while Poseidon is said to be the godly parent of Lamia.

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References

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Minor Characters: Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Sally Jackson | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Michael Yew | Ethan Nakamura
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | The Sea of Monster (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus
The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase | Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Thalia Grace | Octavian | Fleecy | Dakota | Ella | Tyson | Mrs. O'Leary | Arion | Hylla | Echo | Bob | Calypso
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Hades | Ares | Demeter | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus
Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Boreas | Keto | Khione | Thanatos | Iris | Hypnos | Hecate | Nemesis | Mithras | Notus | Triptolemus | Zephyros | Serapis | Kymopoleia | Nike
Roman Gods: Jupiter | Juno | Neptune | Pluto | Mars | Minerva | Ceres | Lupa | Bellona | Fortuna | Janus | Terminus | Vulcan | Mercury | Pomona | Aquilon | Hercules | Cupid | Auster | Favonius | Letus | Victoria | Orcus
Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Polybotes | Alcyoneus | Ephialtes | Otis | Damasen | Clytius | Mimas | Orion | Hippolytus | Thoon | Periboia
Undead: Echo | Gray | Lityerses | Medea | Midas | Narcissus | Otrera | Phineas | Sciron
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Erebos | Hemera | Elpis | Spes
Companion Books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Demigod Files | The Demigod Diaries | The Son of Sobek | The Singer of Apollo | The Staff of Serapis | Percy Jackson's Greek Gods | Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes | The Crown of Ptolemy

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