The stoic philosopher Epictetus writes about those who want to become priests before they are ready and rightly trained and the importance of the correct priest during the ceremonies. Many people have supported and still claim to be priests and priestesses of the Goddess Hekate or other Gods, while others claim to be priests/priestesses of a magickal tradition. Being a priest/priestess demands great commitment and a lot of hard work internally and externally, in theory and practice. It is time consuming and someone has to devote himself to it.
We have presented the opinions of Zenon and Epictetus in this blog, but we have not written anything on Stoic Philosophy, that great school of antiquity. We don’t often come across Philosophy in blogs about Hekate or even in blogs dealing with the broader range subject of Witchcraft and Magick. In “A Witch Alone at the Crossroads” we consider Philosophy as foundamental for understanding the cult and the mysteries of the Goddess. There is no way that an appropriate understanding of Neoplatonism and of the Chaldean Oracles can be achieved, without an understanding of the basic teachings of the systems which influenced them.
In ancient Hellas, the highest level of Philosophy was Theology and it greatly influenced the religion of that time.