From Ancient Greek Ἑκάτη (Hekátē), possibly the feminine equivalent of Ἑκατός (Hekatós), an obscure epithet of Apollo, variously interpreted as "one who works/operates from afar", "one who drives off", "the far reaching one" or "the far-darter".
- The powerful goddess, in Greek mythology, of magic, crossroads, fire, light, the moon, and the underworld. Her Roman counterpart is Trivia.
- (astronomy) Short for 100 Hekate, a main belt asteroid.
- (Greco-Roman moon goddess): Trivia, Artemis/Diana, Selene/Luna, Theia, Phoebe, Pandia, the Menae
- (goddesses of the dead): Melinoe/Mania, Macaria, Persephone/Proserpina
- ^ Charles Anthon, A Classical Dictionary (Harper & Brothers, 1869)
- ^ P. E. Wheelwright, Metaphor and Reality (1975, ISBN 0-253-20122-5)
- ^ Jenny Strauss Clay, in Hesiod's Cosmos (Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-82392-7), lists a number of researchers who associate Hecate's name and "will", e.g. Walcot (1958), Neitzel (1975), and Derossi (1975); she identifies "the name and function of Hecate as the one 'by whose will' prayers are accomplished and fulfilled". This interpretation also appears in Liddell and Scott's A Greek English Lexicon.
- ^ “Hecate” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.