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Promoting Virtuous Behavior: The Importance of the Five Virtues of Hekate

The post emphasizes the importance of following the Five Virtues of Hekate, which include compassion, courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. It encourages treating others with respect, kindness, and honesty while being mindful of the impact of our actions and words. The author also shares practical tips for working online and highlights the significance of aligning our actions with the values we espouse.

 

As we go about our day, we can forget about those steps that we certainly practice as Keybearers for the Covenant of Hekate.

 

 

 

 

We commit to following the Five Virtues of Hecate as part of our dedication to the Goddess.

 

 The Five Virtues of Hekate

Compassion

Courage

Temperance

Justice

Wisdom

 

We agree to reach each other with respect, honesty, and loving-kindness. Too often, as we go about our day or get caught up in the daily grind, we forget that we should treat others how we want. We get busy and sometimes forget to be kind and compassionate with our actions and words.

A good rule to remember is:

 

  • Is it true?

  • Is it necessary?

  • Is it kind?

 

If the answer to any of these is no, use the backspace button. I think this is especially important when working together on projects online. Too often, we can forget that people are on the other side of the screen. Here are some other tips for working online.

 

  • Wait 5 minutes before replying.

  • Try to read the message from the other perspective.

  • Re-read everything you post.

Some years ago, I worked on the project to create the Five Virtues of Hecate. As part of this, we created a prayer to help us stay in the right mindset and honor the Goddess.

Prayer of the 5-Virtues of Hekate

Sacred Goddess Hekate,

help me to manifest Justice in my actions,

Temperance in my soul,

Courage in my choices,

Wisdom, in my words,

Compassion towards all beings.

 

How do you work with her? Do you honor the five virtues of Hecate? It all boils down to treating others how you want to be treated.

Volunteers do this work out of a love for giving. Think twice before posting or attacking them. It may seem like you're just venting but treating others with disregard or belittling the work that volunteers do for your organization can lead to less participation and cause your volunteers to quit.

 

If you're walking around talking the talk, be sure that your actions align with the position you're presenting. The queen should act like a queen. Don't cheapen your position by behaving poorly.

 

Namaste,

Rev. Renee Sosanna Olson

Keybearer to the Covenant of Hekate

Founder of the Sanctuary of Hecate Brimo

 

 

 

What are the Five Virtues of Hekate?

(This article was written as part of a group project by members)

 

Compassion – Sympathy and/or concern for others suffering or in an undesirable position. A person attempting to develop the virtue of Compassion within their daily life and practice would desire to aid in alleviating any undesirable situation or, at the very least, not contribute to it.

 

Real Life Example – You could try to help the homeless or less fortunate, be they two- or four-legged. Volunteering at local shelters or organizing food drives are great ways to learn and show compassion.

 

Courage – Strength, character, or fortitude to stand firm in your convictions and face adversity or distress without fear. A person attempting to develop the virtue of Courage within their daily life and practice may choose to stand firm against those who would choose to undermine their beliefs or convictions or to speak out against those who hurt and undermine others.

 

Real-Life Example – Try standing up for someone you or your friendship group may deem unpopular. Also, when someone shows remorse for wrongdoing, some people will continue to be angry and unforgiving. Instead, state your position calmly (in itself an act of courage) and allow the situation to pass.

 

Temperance – Moderation and self-control are both acts of Temperance. A person attempting to develop the virtue of Temperance within their daily life and practice may choose to restrict some part of their life, be that thought or action, to find a balance rather than choosing to allow extremes.

 

Real-Life Example – Try abstaining from certain types of food or drink or showing restraint in discussions online. An example would be to learn to hold one’s tongue and listen a bit more before jumping into an argument.

 

Justice – Moral and physical rightness are both aspects of Justice, as is the sometimes contradictory act of behaving fairly towards others. A person attempting to develop the virtue of Justice within their daily life would strive to act fairly, truthfully, and with personal integrity when dealing with others and themselves.

 

Real-Life Example – Treat others fairly, in action and tone, whether online or in person. Try not to pass judgment on another based on your feelings for a person, your understanding of the situation, or hearsay. There are often two (or more) sides to a story, and the truth lies somewhere between. If the truth cannot be ascertained, then try being impartial.

 

Wisdom – To have the common sense, foresight, and understanding to think or act in a manner most objectively and beneficially to any given situation. People attempting to develop the virtue of Wisdom within their daily lives would strive to apply their knowledge and experiences prudently and practically.

Real-Life Example – Try volunteering to share a topic that you are knowledgeable about with a local group or center. Offer to do a guest blog post or write an article for an eZine on a particular subject.

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