Selene is a Goddess of the moon. She is generally depicted as either riding a horse or in a chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds. She drives a white chariot of the moon across the sky each night and is usually shown with a crescent moon on her head. She is one of the Greek triple Goddess’ of the moon. She shares this with artemis and Hecate. Selene is the sky, artemis on earth and Hecate in the lower world and in the world above when it is cloaked in darkness. These three are also known for their aspects as the Mother (Selene), Maiden (artemis) and Crone (Hecate).
This favourite of poets is represented by the full moon and is the keeper of the silver wheel of stars. The days of the full moon could be set aside for her worship. She is also known as Luna, Mene and Selena.
-Mother of Pandia, Ersa, the Menai and possibly the four Horai. She also had a mortal child named Mousaios. She is a very passionate Goddess and has had many lovers but a popular story would be between Selene and Endymion.
“One night as she moved across the night sky looking down on the Earth below, Selene saw a beautiful young man sleeping. The handsome young man was named Endymion, and according to most legends he was a shepherd tending his sheep in the countryside. Entranced by the beautiful sleeper, Selene asked Zeus, the leader of the Greek gods, to give the youth eternal life and to make him sleep forever. Zeus, who loved Selene, and was her lover by some accounts, agreed and the young man remained young and asleep for all time.
In some stories, Zeus awakened the youth and asked him what type of life he would choose to lead. The young man, who had also fallen in love with the lovely moon goddess, asked that he might sleep forever beneath her soft light. Each night he dreamed of a beautiful woman who came and made love to him. Selene gave birth to 50 daughters as a result of her visits to Endymion. Their daughters represented the 50 lunar months of the Olympiad, or period of four years marking the beginning of the Olympic games in ancient Greece.
The love story of the sleeping young man and the beautiful moon goddess was a popular subject for artists during the second and third centuries. Many Roman and Greek tombs were carved with images of the the sleeping Endymion and the beautiful goddess coming down from the night sky to visit her lover. It also provided the ancient Greeks with an explanation for those who seemed to sleep without awakening. Like Endymion, perhaps they were merely waiting for a god or goddess.”
It is said that Selene’s moon rays fell upon the sleeping mortals, and her kisses fell upon her love, Endymion. She visited him often and had 50 of his children (this representing the number of lunar months between each Olympiad.
Selene hates change and has a fear of abandonment, which leads to her being unfaithful and having various affairs. She influences Agriculture, long life, medicine, visions and more.
Some things associated with Selene are:
Day of the week: Monday
Power of giving sleep; lights the night and has control over time.
Sacred plant: Selentrope.
I found this hymn for Selene and thought I would share:
Muses, sweet-speaking daughters 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 shining rainment
and harnessed 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