Hecate: Sensuous Fabrics, Handcrafted Details, Bright Colors Create Unique Style

The Hecate fashion archetype is the original Bohemian gal.

She creates unique ensembles using sensuous fabrics, bright colors, and handcrafted details, such as an embroidery.

If any fashion archetype knows how to fling a shawl around her with panache, it is Hecate.

Hecate Expresses the Wise Woman Archetype

This is the Greek goddess of crossroads, midwives, and witches, according to Jean Bolen (Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty).

She can see in three directions and therefore guides our most important decisions. Often, these involve the birth of new ideas and new ways of life.

She may be happy growing herbs, organic gardening, performing handcrafts, or indulging her artistic side.

You also may find her in a cafe dispensing worldly wisdom to good friends who count on her sanity in a crazy world or working as a psychological counselor.

She embodies the Wise Woman archetype of the feminine mystique.

Patron of Healers and Midwives

In the middle ages, women healers, herbalists, and midwives -- those specially protected by this ancient godddess -- were persecuted and burned by the rising patriarchy.

Elizabeth Gadon argues this was one of the greatest, largely unacknowledged, genocides in human history (The Once and Future Goddess: A Sweeping Visual Chronicle of the Sacred Female and Her Reemergence in the Cult.

Artful Touches Are This Hecate Style's Strength

If Bohemian style suits you to an (herbal) tea, perhaps you may be found in gardening clothes, tending your herbs, or in a flowing purple knit dress teaching school.

Artful touches are this fashion archetype's strength. She flings a brocade jacket on over a black dress.

A hand woven strap from Guatemala is her camera strap.

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Even her jeans feature embroidery. She often accents outfits with stylish earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Hecate's colors are those of the earth and rainbow. Even her everday coats are likely to be out-of-the-ordinary.

This fashion archetype loves combing thrift store racks for vintage clothing.

Vintage Pleases Your Gypsy Heart

Old lace, real cotton velvet, and elegant elbow-length gloves are fashion finds she will use and combine in orginal ways.

She sometimes thinks of clothing as colorful costumes to wear on the stage of life, rather than as serious tools for managing her image.

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This vivid personality loves bright colors, rich textures, womanly styles, and artistic touches.

A shawl, especially one that is hand-woven of natural materials, is a perfect wardrobe item for this Bohemian gal.

A unique high-quality necklace can readily become her signature fashion station.

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If you identify with Hecate style, do you adorn the plainest slacks with hand-loomed belt purchased on a trip to the Andes?

Or perhaps you love a chunky necklace made of semi-precious stones or treasure a handbag handcrafted by a native artisan from a far-flung corner of the globe.

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Aging Hippie or Yard Sale Disaster

One challenge for the Hecate fashion archetype is to throw out vintage clothing once it is simply old and update her wardrobe so she does not look like an aging hippie who has lost touch with contemporary life.

Pull Your Look Together

A second challenge is to avoid a wardrobe hodgepodge.

If you identify with this powerful goddess energy, channel your creativity with a little basic wardrobe planning so that you will have a selection of well put-together outfits from which to choose.

Otherwise, you may end up with a collection of impulse buys that do not work together well. Let your intuitive side show you how to dress with equal parts of flair and functionality.

Mia Farrow sometimes appears in Hecate-style garments; Diane Keaton embodied this sign in her younger years.

How Bohemian Style Relates to Other Fashion Archetypes


Strong Kali in your fashion profile can tempt you to put together bizarre costumes. If you live in an urban, artistic environment such as Soho, San Francisco, or London, this may be perfect. You may get some strange looks in middle America.

If you blend this style with Artemis, please forbid yourself to wearing your gardening jeans -- the ones with the green-strained knees -- out for Saturday coffee with friends.

A bit of Athena or Sophia will help you tone down your flare for color so you do not end up looking like a patchwork quilt.

Athena adds practical polish. Sophia will bring in neutrals and solids for a less wild woman look.

There is strong overlap with Aphrodite-Baubo in the preference for feminine and womanly clothing.

Lace, ruffles, and shawls are part of the style arsenal of both those fashion archetypes.

As for Metis, this urban sophisticate is at the other end of the style spectrum from our Hecate.

Other Pages You Might Like

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Aphrodite-Baubo Is Romantic and Sexy

Artemis Prefers Sporty and Casual Looks

Athena Style is Polished and Practical

Hestia, Domestic Diva, Is the Center of Her Family

Kali Is Trend-Maker and Rule-Breaker

Metis Is Chic Urban Sophisticate

Sophia Embodies Simple Elegance Fashion Style

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