Keeping Her Keys
An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft
by Cyndi Brannen
It feels right to write this review in November (for December’s PaganPagesOrg), a month when Hekate is celebrated by many. Cyndi Brannen’s Keeping her Keys is an introduction to Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. It’s not just a book, but a workable course which leads to the possibility of self-initiation.
One of my favourite things about this book is the “You do you” attitude. Although there are guides to how to do the work and how to connect with Hekate, there is no authoritarian overbearing message of exactly how to go about this. This book gives you the tools to make the connection; it’s up to you to do the rest.
Commitment is required to follow this course, so this isn’t really a book for the casual “dip in and dip out” reader- although for those already dedicated to Hekate, it’s a fantastic reference and an intriguing look at the different ways to honour the Goddess of the Crossroads.
This book is also a great Witchcraft primer and a reminder of the core tenets of the powers of intention and setting goals. Cyndi talks about the benefits of witchcraft including personal growth and self-discipline. She explains the pitfalls of imprecise spell work and offers step by step guides to creating effective intentions.
Hekate has become more and more popular in recent years. There are many ways to honour Hekate, and this book emphasizes that point- one of my favourite things about it. With a clear timeline and lesson plans, this book gives an ideal framework for developing a relationship with the Goddess, from keeping a journal to ritual to the idea of living a magical life every day.
Highly recommended, particularly for those who wish to forge or deepen their connection to Hekate, but also for anyone who wants an insight into the phenomenon of modern Hekate worship and witchcraft.
About the Author:
Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.