Since Selene was the goddess of the moon, did the Greeks hold special rites during the different lunar phases? I bet they at least paid attention to the full moon.


There's no surviving evidence of rites according to lunar phases for Selene, or Artemis, who later supplanted her. Whether they paid attention to full moon, crescents, or new, we'll never know. Statues of Selene have depicted her with crescents in her hair, but there's no indication whether they are decorative or whether they represented a particular period of worship sacred to her. The Greeks seem to attribute less to the moon's phases as a function of time than as an object of light and brightness.

Hecate, the goddess of magic, witchcraft, and crossroads, may have been worshipped during dark moon phases, but this largely appears to be a modern conception grafted onto her by neopagans. In fact her associations with the moon may entirely be modern.


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Following on from what Libros says, it appears that Hecate is the most famous legend associated with the moon rather than anything from more established mythology.


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There might be more information on this topic in Robert Graves' The White Goddess, which is sometimes cited as the source for the triple moon goddess concept in Wicca and other Neo-Pagan movements.


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Selene is yet another interesting character. She was known to have many love affairs, but she was deeply in love with Endymion who was a Shepherd Prince. Selene is depicted many times either as riding a bull, or riding a horse side saddle.