Chart #58 in the same collection, that of the victim of a railway accident, has Hecate in Libra.

In Scorpio this lunar phase is clearly bad for love in a woman's chart.

There is no lack of charts to support these interpretations. We find the bloody goddess in the chart of the "train wrecker" Sylvester Matuska (Hccate in Aquarius)1?; as well as in that of a case of precocious sensuality18, and in those of violent death. 19

On the subject of S. Matuska's horoscope, Conrad Moricand says in his commentaries that the close conjunction of the luminaries in Aquarius always indicates an unhealthy hypertrophy of the ego, so out of proportion that it borders upon the congestion of the light, in other words, insanity ..."

The careful study of people with Hecate in any sign of the Zodiac, may always reveal some psychic anomaly or singularity, even when these people appear very normal and healthy at first glance. At the beginning of this study of Hecate, we said that it imparts feelings which are incomprehensible to the subject himself. These obscure emotions and the subconscious tendencies that it engenders always manifest sooner or later in the life, either in a passing indiscretion, or a hidden vice {Landru and Matuska). The Moon rules the night in general; Hecate symbolizes the murky darkness that hides something shameful or unhealthy. Just as the Sun represented "enlightened mind" among the Cathares (adherents of medieval French heresy), Hecate generally induces one to justify abnormal tendencies by rationalization. The common trait in all those "marked" by the First and the Twenty-eighth Lunar Houses is their amorality, at least in some area. It is as if the shadows of Hecate darkened the solar mind.

This explains why we find Hecate in Leo in the chart of a lesbian, for example, in the collection of Ch, de Herbais de Thun.

It seems to me that the waning of the Moon, or the Twenty-eighth Lunar Mansion has a greater effect on psychism and amorality than the First, but the number of cases observed is still too small to allow us to elevate this remark to the level of a general rule.

Very frequently the rather pathological character of Hecate is so little evidenced in day-to-day life that at first glance the person seems quite reasonable, reserved, retiring, even devoid of emotional impulses. This hidden quality of Hecate explains why C. E. O. Carter says, concerning the conjunction of the luminaries in Aquarius, that it indicates a "cold, capricious and uncertain mind, living in isolation, expressing itself only with difficulty, not managing to adapt it self, its interest remaining concentrated solely on itself ..." The mind is oppressed, often unconsciously by incomprehensible emotions; when they rise to the surface, or if the person involved manages to express them consciously, they always retain something abnormal and amoral about them.

This state of affairs, which makes people marked by Hecate ideal patients for psychoanalysis, naturally makes them unhappy, like all those whose desires are unsatisfied- Janduz has published20 the chart of a woman who claimed to have a horror of sexual relations, which she compared to the coupling of animals; this did not prevent her from having four children. In addition she had "vicious and verbally expressed platonic curiosity about erotic fantasies, prostitutes and deviates." This woman had Hecatc in Sagittarius, "broken'1 by Mercury, which considerably diminished its effect. It may be that without this "break" her "curiosities" would not have been confined to the platonic level.

So we can see that, besides the fatality of the life itself, Hecate has a strong psychological effect. Sometimes these two facets of its influences are intertwined and have a unified effect. At other times they appear to be unrelated. The astrologer's task is to determine their relationship in each individual case.

The Moon is generally associated with the Sixteenth Arcanum of the Tarot— The House of God, one of the most sinister images; but which aspect of the Moon is expressed here is not stipulated. We have every reason to believe that it is Hecatc, who undermines matters in the Solar House where it appears; an undermining similar in every aspcct to the image of a tower struck by lightning and decapitated.

These are the results of study of the dark Moon, goddess of Hell; she rides through the world, leaving behind her traces of blood. We will end this chapter with the ancient incantation:

"May the spirit of Lilith not touch you! ..." Lilith being, among the Hebrews, the incarnation of the same force as the Greek Hecate.

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