The August Moon and the Virgin Mary

ΧΑΡΙΤΑ ΜΗΝΗ, ΣΥΓΓΡΑΦΕΑΣ/HARITA MEENEE, AUTHOR

Luna, the Roman Goddess of the Moon. Marble relief from Rome, 2nd-3d c. CE. Louvre Museum, photo by the author.

To a Greek person, the word “August” brings two things to mind. One is the August moon. Captivating and erotic, we observe it with awe as it spreads its glow on the dark sea waters. It keeps on striking a chord. Strange? Not at all since the moon is a powerful archetypal symbol. Myths, which speak the language of the soul, adore it. Almost all peoples and cultures have created traditions and beliefs related to it.

Though it might be easy to reject lunar lore as mere superstition, we cannot deny that the moon captures our imagination. My own relationship with it is deeply personal. My pseudonym, Meenee, is a variant of mene, an ancient Greek word for the moon. It is also another name for Selene, the Moon Goddess…

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