Goddess Selene  

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"SELENE" IS A THE FULL-MOON GODDESS OF THE TITANS; SHE RULES OVER LUNAR MAGIC. SELENE AIDS IN SLEEP AND IN DREAMS, PROPHESY, AND SENSUAL ACTS. SHE IS THE QUEEN OF HIGH TIDES AND OF RIVERS AND SEAS. SHE IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS RIDING A HORSE OR A CHARIOT DRAWN BY A PAIR OF WINGED STEEDS. HER LUNAR SPHERE WAS REPRESENTED AS A CROWN SET UPON HER HEAD. HER FATHER WAS THE TITAN, HYPERBERION AND HER MOTHER WAS THEIA. SHE IS THE SISTER OF EOS (DAWN), HELIOS (SUN), AND TITAN. AND AFTER HELIOS COMPLETES HIS JOURNEY ACROSS THE SKY, SELENE BEGINS HERS AFTER BATHING IN THE SEA.

SELENE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HER MANY LOVE AFFAIRS,--INCLUDING ZEUS AND PAN-- AND THE MOST FAMOUS OF HER LOVES IS THE SHEPHERD, ENDYMION. ACCORDING TO MYTHOLOGY, SELENE, DRIVING HER CHARIOT ACROSS THE SKY, SAW THE HANDSOME YOUNG SHEPHERD SLEEPING IN A CAVE, AND SHE FELL MADLY IN LOVE WITH HIM AND THE TWO HAD AN AFFAIR FROM WHICH SELENE GAVE BIRTH TO 50 DAUGHTERS. BUT, ALAS, ENDYMION WAS MORTAL AND THUS, SUSCEPTABLE TO AGING AND DEATH. SELENE, COULDN'T BEAR THE THOUGHT OF THIS, SO SHE WENT TO ZEUS AND ASKED HIM TO GRANT HER MORTAL LOVER ETERNAL SLEEP. (EOS, HER SISTER, HAD ONCE ASKED FOR ETERNAL LIFE FOR HER LOVER, ONLY TO HAVE HIM TURNED INTO A GRASSHOPPER) AND SO IT WAS, THAT ENDYMION WOULD REMAIN ETERNALLY YOUTHFUL BY CASTING A SPELL THAT WOULD CAUSE HIM TO SLEEP FOREVER WHILE HE DREAMED OF HOLDING THE MOON IN HIS ARMS.

"HYMN TO SELENE"

"MUSES, SWEET SPEAKING DAUGHTER OF ZEUS KRONIDES AND MISTRESSES OF SONG, SING NEXT OF LONG-WINGED MOON! FROM HER IMMORTAL HEAD A HEAVEN-SENT GLOW"ENVELOPS THE EARTH AND GREAT BEAUTY ARISES"UNDER ITS RADIANCE. FROM HER GOLDEN CROWN THE DIM AIR"IS MADE TO GLITTER AS HER RAYS TURN NIGHT TO NOON, WHENEVER BRIGHT SELENE, HAVING BATHED HER BEAUTIFUL SKIN"IN THE OCEAN, PUT ON HER SHINY RAINMENT AND HARNESS HER PROUD-NECKED AND GLITTERING STEEDS, SWIFTLY DRIVES THEM ON AS THEIR MANES PLAY WITH THE EVENING, DIVIDING THE MONTHS. HER GREAT ORBIT IS FULL"AND AS SHE WAXES A MOST BRILLIANT LIGHT APPEARS"IN THE SKY. THUS TO MORTALS SHE IS A SIGN AND A TOKEN."

"--HOMER-- "

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