Review: “The Temple of Hekate” by Tara Sanchez

by Tara Sanchez

A brilliant new book for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

The basis of a good review should put across an even balance of pros and cons with which to draw an overall conclusion on the subject at hand, yet in reading “The Temple of Hekate” and subsequently setting out to review it, the occurrences of “cons” is next to non-existent.

 Perhaps as a slightly obsessive Hekatean, I’m a smidgen biased but in truth this book has pretty much all of the things I’d been longing for in a book on Hekate for quite sometimes, especially when I was starting out.

 Neither a wholly academic volume nor a 100% UPG-based workbook, tToH finds its niche early on and sets good pace in sticking to it. A compelling mix of history, insight, practical and philosophical prose, this book comes across as multifaceted as the Goddess it is about.

 In my early exploration and development of personal practice relating to Hekate I had hoped for a book that would be a bit more than the historical/academic reads that were more readily available. Not everyone is brilliant at extrapolating ritual and devotional acts from historical texts and others don’t encounter UPG as readily. That’s not to say that tToH is a handbook to Hekatean worship, but it certainly gives beginners – as well as established devotees – a brilliant starting ground as well as in depth knowledge and experience to help bolster ideas and practices.

 Dealing with many base subjects such as sacred space, purification and the elements from a Hekatean perspective it also deals with topics such as ritual gestures and sacred vowels, to astral temples, dream incubation and much more making the tToH thoroughly accessible and adaptable from the get-go. Practical exercises are spaced throughout and give a real hands on approach to working with and honouring Hekate.

 Personally I found the chapter on the use of Wands highlighted my unconscious preference of Wands over Athames and helped that little nuance of my personal practice, “snap” into place.

 The Major Arcana symbology in the chapter “Divination – Tarot Cards” was also something that was beautiful constructed and opened up a whole new slant to Hekate’s many, many forms and guises. [It also made me buy a Rider-Waite deck specifically for use as detailed in the chapter.]

 The innovative creation of “The Oracle of Her Sacred Fires” was also another brilliant addition to an already excellent book, using a form of bibliomancy that draws on selections from another of my favourite, modern volumes on Hekate [“Hekate: Her Sacred Fires”] and I’m very much looking forward to trying out this new form of dice divination.

 Also, tToH contains supportive appendices that give further insight into Hekate’s relation to other deities and magickal creatures, her extensive symbology, elemental attributions and reduction sigils.

 All this and more makes tToH an extremely well-rounded and accessible read that will compliment any Hekatean bookshelf. Tara has excelled herself in putting together this book of practice and learning for a modern generation of Hekate devotees. 

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (13 Aug 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1905297491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905297498