For Lucy 💜….In Roman mythology, Lucina was the incandescent goddess of childbirth who aided and safeguarded the lives of all women in labour…..”she who brings children into the light”. She was often shown holding a torch representing the burning pains of labour as well as the act of bringing a new Soul into the Light. But, Lucina’s provenance reaches way back to Ancient Crete , where a much revered goddess called Eileithyia was worshiped in a cave at Knossos where she had many shrines and also at Olympus and Athens. Over time Eileithyia merged into the goddesses Hera/Juno and Artemis, eventually becoming the Roman Goddess Lucina. In Ancient pagan Rome her festival, was called the Matronalia, and was celebrated on the first of March honouring wives and mothers, an early version of Mother’s Day. As Rome took on the Catholic religion Lucina became St.Lucy (meaning Light) and her honoring day was December 13th, right before (or, before the calendar change, upon) the winter solstice, so she can be seen as the midwife of the miraculous sun-child who is born at Yuletide.
“A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness”…RUMI
To find out more go to the excellent article on the midwives of Light at: https://earthandstarryheaven.com/2017/01/04/midwives-light/