Hecate’s wheel (Strophalos of Hekate)

The Strophalos, or Hecate’s wheel is an ancient Greek symbol, and is an emblem of the initiatory lunar Goddess Hecate (Diana Lucifera), and her triple aspect. Only one ancient source remains to shed any light on the emblem’s meaning.

The second century Alexandrian text known as the Chaldean oracle describes the emblem as a labyrinthine serpent (emblematic of rebirth) surrounding a spiral, symbolic of the Iynges- “whirlings” or emanations of divine thought. Today, it is generally used by practitioners of Hellenic Recon or Dianic Traditions of Wicca as an emblem of religious identification. Other emblems of Hecate include torches, dogs (generally female), keys, serpents, and of course, the crossroads.

 

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KLEO COYOTE October 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Doesn’t Hecate have a key and/or serpent in her hand?

Lisa May 2, 2018 at 10:19 am

Never mind, I did some more research on my own and found that it is not a strophalos she is holding in the picture but an offering bowl. It all makes sense now :)

Lisa April 23, 2018 at 4:29 am

Interesting, thank you! Do you happen to know if there used to be a serpentine pattern on the wheel Hekate is holding in the statue and if it has worn off? It is difficult to tell from the image.

Ne'kee Flournoy November 15, 2018 at 1:07 am

That’s a good Question!….I like more information about as well!…Blessed Be!….As Always Kei…

Cornie June 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Hi I’ve bought a necklace with a symbol on it that looks almost like the wheel and was wondering if someone would tell me the meaning of it IF there really is a meaning to it if you follow this link you’ll see how the pendant on the necklace looks like. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tribalshapes.com/img/tattoos/circle-9.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.tattoodonkey.com/tribal-circle-tattoo/freetattoodesigns.org*images*tattoo-gallery*tribal-circle-tattoo.gif/&usg=__ULcGYywPBNTsbpl3kijmpH6Djk4=&h=640&w=640&hl=en&start=11&sig2=OQMm-6f6QX7FqOpCxFyPFg&zoom=1&tbnid=XDxNjYAlVEPE1M:&tbnh=137&tbnw=137&ei=2NeUU-XRGOKH0AXh3ICACQ&sa=X&ved=0CB4QrQMwADgK&ptbm=isch&q=tribal+symbols+in+circle+form

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