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Selene (Luna)

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    Selene—or Luna as the Romans called her—is the bewitching goddess of the Moon. Her pastime is driving the glowing orb across the sky every night with her chariot. The moon goddess is also known for making young men go totally crazy for her. Her most famous lover was Endymion, the dreamy shepherd, who Selene fell for—and hard. When she begged Zeus to make him immortal and forever young, the king of the gods granted her wish as long as Endymion stayed asleep forever. Interesting compromise, if you ask us. These days, Endymion lies forever asleep in a cave, where Selene comes every night and gives him the sweetest of dreams.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Selene

    Nickname

    Luna, Loony Lady

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of the Moon

    Education

    The Uranus School of Sky-Riding

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Hyperion (Dad)
    Theia (Mom)

    Siblings

    Helios
    Eos

    Children

    Pandeia, Ersa, Nemea (with Zeus)
    The Horai (with Helios)
    The Menai (with Endymion)

    Friends

    Helios
    Eos
    The Hesperides

    Enemies

    I'm a lover, not a fighter.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Fling with Pan
    Fling with Zeus
    In a relationship with Endymion (yeah, I know he's asleep)

    Interested in

    Fresh young shepherds

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Planet Earth 
    Dallas 
    Sailor Moon 

    Quotations

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
    – Oscar Wilde

    "Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."
    – Allen Ginsberg

    "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."
    – Neil Armstrong

    "Lay your sleeping head, my love,
    Human on my faithless arm;
    Time and fevers burn away
    Individual beauty from
    Thoughtful children, and the grave
    Proves the child ephemeral:
    But in my arms till break of day
    Let the living creature lie,
    Mortal, guilty, but to me
    The entirely beautiful."
    – from "Lullaby" by W.H. Auden

    "Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck.
    Some nights, I call it a draw.
    Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
    Some nights, I wish they'd just fall off."
    – from "Some Nights" by Fun.

    Books

    "Lullaby" by W.H. Auden (Sometimes I read this one to Endymion as he's sleeping.) 
    "Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost 
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 
    "Love Sonnet 17" by Pablo Neruda 
    Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill 
    "The Day is Done" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
    "Dream Land" by Edgar Allan Poe 
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez 
    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

    Music

    Some Nights by Fun.
    Golden Light by Twin Shadow 
    You Look So Fine by Garbage (This video is inspired by my relationship with Endymion—too bad Shirley Manson doesn't hold a candle to me.) 
    Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen 
    Moon River by Henry Mancini (sung by Audrey Hepburn) 
    Lights by Ellie Goulding 
    Blue Moon by Nat King Cole (Always makes me think of when I first saw Endymion!) 
    The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen 

    Movies

    A Trip to the Moon (Oldie but a goodie.) 
    Talk to Her (A movie about people in love with people in comas—yeah, I think I can relate.)
    While You Were Sleeping 
    Moonstruck 
    Sleeping Beauty (Endymion is like Sleeping Handsome.) 
    Moon 
    Roman Holiday (I like an impossible love story.) 
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Moon boots
    Chariot racing
    NASA
    Neil Armstrong

    Interests

    Astronomy

    Groups

    Titans and Titanesses
    Loony Ladies
    Astronomy Club 
    Cougars

    • Spotter's Guide

      Selene's really not too hard to spot. All you have to do is go outside at night and look up. She'll be that big shiny thing in the sky that people call the moon. Well, the moon is actually the crown she wears on her head as she's driving her chariot across the sky. If you look really close, you'll see that her chariot is drawn by a team of long-maned horses or a team of white oxen. Selene herself has a set of white wings, and always throws on some silvery robes after she's done bathing in Oceanus. A moon goddess has to look good for that nightly chariot ride.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Eternally young
      Build: Slim
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Silver
      Facial Hair: No
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: White wings and a shining chariot. Oh, and she wears the moon as a crown.
      Clothing: Shining robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: No need

      Typical Companions:

      The steeds that draw her chariot (horses or oxen)
      Endymion

      Known Hangouts:

      Oceanus
      The sky

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

      In this telling of the Quest for the Golden Fleece, when Selene sees Medea smitten with love for Jason, she thinks it's mad funny.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Georgics by Virgil

      Read Virgil's steamy version of how Pan seduced Selene from the sky with a really nice fleece. Mmm, fleece.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

      In this ancient epic, you can get the lowdown on Selene's affair with the hunky Endymion. (And you thought it was just about Troy.)

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Dionysiaca by Nonnus

      Read all about how Selene takes a bath in the ocean before every nightly ride. (Remember kids: good personal hygiene is important, even for moon goddesses.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Zenon: Z3

      In this Disney Channel movie, the moon goddess, here called Selena, sends strange dreams to the overachieving heroine, Zenon.