“Luna’s themes are all lunar attributes – instinct, creativity, luck, femininity, water element, miracles (on a Blue Moon) – also safety in travel. Her symbols are silver or white Items, water, moon images and the number 13.
The Roman Goddess personifying the moon, Luna had the additional unique quality of being a protectress of charioteers, which in modern times could make Her a patroness of automobiles!
While March came in like a lion, Luna escorts it out lambishly, with Her soft, shimmering light. She is the full moon, which symbolizes the growing awareness developed this month, the fullness of loving emotions, and charms and enchantments empowered by the silvery light of the moon.
Go moon gazing (okay, if it’s a dark moon, meaning the moon can’t be seen, you’ll have to wait for another day). To encourage any of Luna’s attributes, recite this invocation to the moon:

‘Moon, moon, Lady moon, shine your light on me
Moon, moon, Lady moon, bring <…..> to me’
(Fill in the <…..> with your heart’s desire)

If possible, gear your request to match the energy in today’s moon phase. A waxing moon augments spells for any type of growth or development. A full moon emphasizes maturity, fertility, abundance and ‘ful’-fillment. Waning moons help banish unwanted characteristics or shrink problems, and dark moons emphasize rest and introspection.”

"Space - The Moon"
“In Greek mythology, Selene was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. In Roman mythology, the moon Goddess is called Luna, Latin for ‘moon’. She is generally depicted as a beautiful woman with a pale face and long, lustrous, black hair; riding a silver chariot pulled by either a yoke of oxen, a pair of horses, or a pair of serpentine dragons. Often, She has been shown riding a horse or bull, wearing robes and a half-moon on Her head and carrying a torch.” [1]
Luna’s temple was on Aventine Hill and was built in the sixth century BCE, but was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome during Nero‘s reign. There was also a temple dedicated to Luna Noctiluca (“Luna that shines by night”) on the Palatine Hill. There were festivals in honor of Luna on March 31, August 24 and August 29. [2]
In later years, Selene became associated with Artemis as Her counterpart Luna became associated with Diana, and the aspect of the virgin moon Goddess assumed the powers of the moon Goddess Selene.

"Birth of the Moon"
In ancient times the moon was most often depicted as a Goddess because the moon appeared to become pregnant and give birth to the new moon each month. As the Goddess of the moon, Luna was the patron of the feminine. She was believed to have power to ease childbirth and inspire love. Luna was also believed to have the power to mask reality and conversely, to pierce illusion.
Luna, together with Diana and Hekate, form a triad with Luna as the Goddess in Heaven, Diana as the Goddess on Earth, and Hekate as the Goddess in the Underworld. The Moon’s phases reflect these forms. As the new Moon She is the maiden-Goddess Diana, always new and virginal, reborn and ready for the hunt. As the waxing Moon, increasing in fullness, She is the fertile mother-Goddess, pregnant with life. And as She wanes to darkness, She is the wise crone or witch Hekate, knowing the magical arts, with the power to heal or transform.
Among the other powers of the moon Goddess Luna is to awaken intuition and spark psychic visions. This most likely stems from the association of night and the moon with dreams. The association may also be why Luna is often considered patron of solutions, which often come to people in dreams when the subconscious mind has a chance to process information that has been consciously acknowledged. [3][4]
ASSOCIATIONS:
Pantheon: Olympian/Roman
Element: Water
Sphere of Influence: Birth and death, agriculture, domestic, long life, medicine, travels, visions, theft (new moon)
Associated Symbol: The Moon
Animals Associated With: Owl, Raven
Best day to work with: Monday
Best Moon Phase: 1st day after the Full Moon
Best time to work with: Night
Strongest around March 31st
Suitable Offerings: Pomegranate
Associated Planet: Moon
Perfume: White poppy, white rose, wallflower
Incense: Myrtle
Color: Silver, grey-white
Candle: White [5] [6]

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[Pictured: Luna by Evelyn de Morgan]

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Luna - Roman Goddess of the Moon

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon. She often is presented as the female complement of the Sun (Sol) conceived of as a god.

Luna may be represented as an aspect of the Roman triple goddess (diva triformis), along with Proserpina and Hecate. Luna is not always a distinct goddess, but sometimes rather an epithet that specializes a goddess, as both Diana and Juno are identified as moon goddesses.

In Roman art, Luna's attributes are the crescent moon and the two-yoke chariot (biga), drawn by horses or oxen. In Roman art, the charioteer Luna is regularly paired with the Sun driving a four-horse chariot (quadriga).

Isidore of Seville explains that the quadriga represents the sun's course through the four seasons, while the biga represents the moon, "because it travels on a twin course with the sun, or because it is visible both by day and by night—for they yoke together one black horse and one white."

Marcus Terentius Varro, an ancient Roman scholar and writer, categorized Luna and Sol among the visible gods. He distinguished them from invisible gods such as Neptune, and deified mortals such as Hercules. In Imperial cult, Sol and Luna can represent the extent of Roman rule over the world, with the aim of guaranteeing peace.

[Pictured: Luna, Clock tower, Cardiff Castle, Wales]

Jacob Ladder

Ancient Legacy of the Moon Goddess:

(Pictured:Roman sculpture of the torch-bearing moon goddess Luna, or Diana Lucifera ("Diana Bringer of Light"), who was said to be the same as the Greek Selene (Vatican Museums))

Selene [Selene is also another name for the moon], is the goddess of the moon and a Titan in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Hyperion and Theia.

***She later became one with the goddess Artemis. In Roman mythology the moon goddess is called Luna, Latin for "moon". The Roman Luna became one with Diana.***

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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