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A Differing View

Author: Faelinn Shadowmoon
Date: 1007
Luna, the Goddess of the Moon, is the youngest daughter of Gaia and often refered to as the younger sister of Aurora, Goddess of the Sun. Though her strongest sphere of influence is that of the moon itself, she is also known to hold other aspects. Just as Aurora at her core is a Sun Godess, as her followers have evolved her sphere of influence has as well extending to Light and Hope. This is also the case for Luna.

At her core, she is the Moon Goddess. Jealous of her sister's domain over the day, Luna too took the mantle of light bearer. The moon itself being the lesser light that shines during the night. Besides being a minor light goddess, Luna extends her sphere of influence to her primary aspect, that of natural change and cycles, and her minor aspect of madness.

In reguards to change: The phases of the moon, as it waxes full and wanes to darkness, have been correlated to the change in seasons (in which some mark their calendar in turnings of the moon) and even the tides. Natural occuring were-creatures hold reverence to the moon as a sign their personal changes, while those afflicted with the curse of lycanthropy curse their change and look to the moon with fear and scorn.

In reguards to madness: The word 'lunacy', a term used to describe an afflition of madness, ties back to the Moon Goddess. Luna herself can embody this aspect. At times she is a caring figure concerned for her children, and at other she is jealous and spiteful.

The worship of Luna can be divided into two camp, those that worship her through the Church of the Five Ladies and those that worship her as individuals. As the Church of the Five Ladies is expounded upon in other works, the individual worship is detailed here.

For one reason or another, those that do not chose to prescibe to the teachings of the Five Lades instead look to themselves to find what Luna means. Solitary worshipers have been known to join others like themselve to form temporary 'packs' to accomplish their goals or share their personal stories of faith. It is that way, and by the teaching of ones offspring, that solitary worshippers come to know the goddess.

Solitary worshippers often commune with lunar or wolf spirits, or even spirits of change, to know the goddess's will. Others look to the natural world for signs. The way the tides change, the change in a herd's migration...all may hold keys to divining information.

Though Luna can choose to speak directly with her followers, she is limited in how she can interact with the mortal Realm. Unlike most gods, Luna does not currently have an avatar to carry out her will. The last avatar was a werewolf by the name of Dakran. When Dakran died, no new avatar was chosen to take up that role. The reason for this is unknown. Special spirits, called spirit guides, fill in for the vacant avatar position. Though they lack the power and authority of an avatar, they are not without some power of their own. These spirit guides usually act as messengers, teachers, and guides to mortals who would work for Luna.

Besides spirit guides, some can often see spectral wolves in service to the goddess. Luna's pack of spirit wolves have been known to appear when called upon by one of her followers. In most cases it to tack a quarry, or to guard something.

Created by Faelinn Shadowmoon (Leanne Micciche) at 07-05-07 01:27 PM
Last Modified by Faelinn Shadowmoon (Leanne Micciche) at 04-05-08 10:05 AM