What Hekate Is Like

A strange song that was posted yesterday by Rachel Isabella at The Way of the Transgressor is Hard blog. I have heard of this group Coil and their strange sad history, at least according to Wiki, is at that link. Their music is somewhere between industrial and ambient, at least in this song. They have been pegged as pagans and even satanists, though i see a Thelemic influence in some song titles, and note that Bill Breeze (11th* Caliph OTO) played with them for a short late period. There are some short couple second pauses in the video which the uploader acknowledges. I guess i am post this today because it is the way i feel today.

Here are the lyrics to this hymn, or song. The end sounds almost French in its flow but some Latin thrown in? Let me know if anyone knows. I do not know why it is so hard to paste lyrics into rebogs but if you can’t read this below then go to http://www.lyricsmania.com/batwings_a_limnal_hymn_lyrics_coil.html

Lyrics to Batwings (A Limnal Hymn) :

(The key to joy is disobedience
There is no guilt and there is no shame)A moon-piece to fetch up the golden cup
A snow-piece to avoid the great heat of the sun
Is kept in the night and by the light of the moon

An ice-piece so as they seem forever fallen
A night-piece of the dismal supper and strange entertainment
A rare chance-piece, a handsome piece of deformity
The skin of a snake bred out of the spinal marrow of a man

With stones and illegible inscriptions found about great ruins
Pictures of three remarkable steeples, or towers
Built purposely awry, so as they seem eternally tipping and falling

A transcendent perfume made of the richest odorates
Kept in a box of translucent scale

A glass of spirits made of ethereal salt, hermetically sealed up
Kept continually in quicksilver, of so volatile a nature
That it will scarcely endure the light
And therefore only shown in winter
Or by the light of a carbuncle, or a firefly

And batwings
And batwings
And batwings sing this limnal hymn
A wideness opening and closing to keep the darkness sealed within
To keep the darkness sealed within
To keep the darkness sealed within

To keep the darkness sealed within
A moon-piece to fetch up the golden cup

[The singing that follows is not in English. When this song was played at John Balance’s funeral service, Peter Christopherson described it as “a language that only he knows”.]

The Way of the Transgressor is Hard

None of the many songs about Hekate come close, in my opinion, to capturing what Her presence feels like. Coil comes close with this song, seemingly unintentionally.

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3 thoughts on “What Hekate Is Like

  1. I found this creepy at first but it became mysterious and beautiful. It’s enthralling. I love the title. Not sure if I’d want to meet Hekate though!

    • I found the music creepier than the video. Some day we will all meet with Hekate sooner or later. She is a dangerous Goddess but an Initiator through our dark side and death and any transformative growth, much like Shiva.

  2. I have never heard anything like this- I loved the strange imagery and that singing at the end was so haunting and hypnotic. I can see why they say it is music to play in the dark.

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