To the ancient Greeks, the moon had three aspects. The new moon was associated with the maiden Artemis: young, sharp and full of hope. The full moon was the mother: woman in her full fertility: Selene. The waning moon was linked with the crone: woman in her ageing, wise aspect, Hecate, goddess of the crossroads.
This ceramic mask of Hecate was made by my dear artist friend Helen.
Over the weekend, when our women’s group met in a house on the west coast, Hecate sat in our midst as we reflected on the themes that have spilled over from Halloween: honouring our loved ones who have died over the past year.
Meanwhile, in the clear skies above, Selene as supermoon shone in all of her fullness.
As I began writing this post, I received a phone call to say that my dear old teacher has only two weeks left to live.
Artemis takes me into independence and youthful zest. Selene reminds me of the fullness of creative life within me, and Hecate returns me, yet again to the crossroads between life and death..