Der Mond

«The moon’s three phases of new, full and recalled the matriarch’s three phases of maiden, nymph (nubile woman), and crone. Then, since the sun´s annual course similarly recalls the rise and decline of her physical powers – spring a maiden, summer a nymph, winter a crone – the goddess became identified with changes in animal and plant life; and thus with Mother Earth who, at the beginning of the vegetative year, produces and leaves and buds, then flowers and fruits, and a last ceases to bear. She could later be conceived as yea another triad: the maiden of the upper air, the nymph of the earth or sea, the crone of the underworld – typified by Selen, Aphrodite and Hecate. »

Robert Graves

23 Luna