Hecate is my Goddess. I wouldn't say that I 'work with her' exactly, or worship her, really either. A lot of people seem to focus on the "dark" aspects of her- associations with death and spirits and the underworld. She also has many more practical aspects. She is a fierce protector. She is independent and fearless. She makes me think of the no-nonsense-nurse archetype. She cares for the old, ill, and dying as well as pregnant women and their babies. She looks out for the poor, the homeless, the oppressed. Strays and wild animals. She is a social justice warrior in the best sense of the word. She is a bad bish and will throw hands if you mess with her babies.
I was wandering the internet one day, minding my business, when I came across a casual mention of her, which had happened before, but this time I felt an electric zing to my soul that made me pay attention. So I did some research on her. The more I read, the more i liked her and the more sure i was that she had just introduced herself to me. I had already found myself being drawn to things that turned out to be associated with her.
My (adult) daughter had just been diagnosed with a severe case of PID that was so out of control that her entire abdominal cavity was involved. At this initial 'meeting' with Hecate I wasn't sure *why* she had introduced herself but had a sense that I would know shortly. A few days afterward, my daughter's abdominal pain suddenly increased greatly. We took her back to the doctor. Now, they had done a pregnancy test only a few days before which was negative and she was on (and adhering to) pelvic rest so when the doctor wanted to give her a ct scan because he suspected appendicitis we all agreed that the required pregnancy test was a formality and she was off to the scanner before the result were back. Um, yup, she's pregnant, lol. High risk because of the infections (and yes, she also had appendicitis now) and has to immediately stop the antibiotics for the PID because they cause miscarriage. Buuuut she was on them just long enough to clear the infection *and* discovered the pregnancy in time to save the baby. Hecate's presence was strong for the next few months while the pregnancy was still delicate and then backed off when things calmed down. Myself, my husband, and my daughter all had moments of strong 'messages' during this time directing us this way or that, all of which checked out as being in the best interest of my daughter and grandbaby. Some people talk about hearing a voice or having a vision, but for us it was more like suddenly knowing a thing we didn't know a minute before. For example, my daughter had always wanted to give birth at home, but felt a strong need to have this *particular* baby in a hospital. Near the birth Hecate again started showing a strong presence and giving us direction. Again, we had a heads-up just before things got dicey. We also had a very confused NICU doctor who couldn't explain why he felt compelled to repeat a test that had already come up negative, but he suddenly did feel compelled to do so, and the timing saved my grandbaby's life. Back to my daughter feeling the need for a hospital birth- the baby was in the NICU in the first place because a few hours after her birth she developed a sudden, severe, unpredictable lung complication. The test the doctor repeated was for a bacteria, which my daughter and grandbaby had already both tested negative for, that affects the lungs. The second test *just barely* came back positive. If he had trusted the first test no one would have known about the infection until she showed symptoms-to late for my grandbaby.
I have only ever prayed to Hecate when there was urgent need of her healing and protection. I have a little shrine set up in my kitchen window sill which is just a small plant in a glass bowl with some seashells, dirt, and a small found feather tucked into the stand- representing her association as a triple Goddess of earth, air, and sea. I have a fantasy of eventually accumulating enough purple clothes and accessories to always have a bit of purple on me. I like the idea of volunteering at an animal shelter or wildlife rehabilitation program at some point but it hasn't been feasible yet, so I put out some food for the little skunk that comes around sometimes and I put out seeds for the birds and squirrels. Hecate isn't into big displays of worship, she prefers for her followers to join her in her work. Dont need to pray to her daily, she's got sh*t to do. Call her if you need her, otherwise stay out of her way, lol. Though mostly she'll show up before you know you need her. She's a very practical deity