Monthly Mythology: October

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Hecate: The Halloween Queen

Have you ever heard of the Halloween queen? 

In Greek mythology, there was a goddess named Hecate who is known as the Halloween queen for her “witch-like figure.” Hecate was the daughter of Perses, the titan of destruction, and her mother was Asteria, the titan goddess of fallen stars. Originally,  Hecate was depicted as a woman who held up two torches. Families viewed her as someone who would protect them from danger. Yet, Hecate protected everyone, even those who society shunned, like witches, prostitutes, and beggars, and because of that, she was known as the Halloween queen.

Roman God Janus: The With Two Faces

Crossroads, we have all been there. Does one go left or right, or perhaps the road down the middle?

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of doorways and transitions and is known for having two faces. One face points toward the past, the other points toward the future. Janus represents the middle ground of dualities, such as life and death. Janus holds a key in his right hand, symbolizing the protection of spatial boundaries. It was said that Janus was present at the beginning of the world and ruled over life events, where he is an initiator of the shifts between the stages of life. He is also responsible for the transitions of eras of history which is why the first month, January, is named after him.