Lunessence: A Devotional for Selene

Lunessence_A_Devoti_Cover_for_KindleEdited by Callum Hurley
Price: $10.99
Publication Date: 5 February 2016
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1523449125 / 1523449128
Pages: 126 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5″ x 8″

Lady of the Moon. Mother of the Stars. Sister of Sun and Dawn. Wanderer of the Night.


She is the glorious silver light whom mortals have gazed at in wonder since time immemorial. She is the indefinable spirit of the night, gentler than the hot and boisterous day. She is love both amorous and maternal. She is peace and rest. To her devotees ancient and modern, she is all of these things, and so much more. The poems, prayers, rites, stories, artwork, and essays collected here celebrate this most awesome and beautiful of Goddesses.

O épainos eínai sto Selene!

It can be purchased in paperback format through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. All of the proceeds from Lunessence – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.  So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book about the modern worship of the Mother of the Stars – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

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Table of Contents

Selene by K.S. Roy … 3
Dedication … 5
Introduction by Callum Hurley … 11

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan … 13

Poems and Prayers

Lunessence by Callum Hurley … 15

Her Silver Tears by Madaline Stevens … 16

Gravity by Luque Spinner … 17

Hymn to Selene I by Rebecca Buchanan … 18

Hymn to Selene II by Rebecca Buchanan … 19

10,000 Realms by Callum Hurley … 20

(The new moon does not shine) by James B. Nicola … 21

Another Moon and Sky Poem by James B. Nicola … 22

The Girl in the Moonlight by Gerri Leen … 24

Selene by Gerri Leen … 26

Selene by Matthew Wilson … 27

Conversion by James B. Nicola … 28

Appeal to Selene by Callum Hurley … 30

Refuge in Beauty by Callum Hurley … 31

In Pearl’d Mask by Kyria Skotas … 32

On the road when the Moon almost is full by Barbara Ruth … 33

Early Old Moon by Karen Greenbaum-Maya … 34

Sourdough Moon, Esalen by Karen Greenbaum-Maya … 35

Selenic Haiku by Callum Hurley … 36

Selene Aiglie – Shodo Style Calligraphy by Callum Hurley … 37

Ode to Selene by Callum Hurley … 38

Selene by Vonnie Winslow Crist … 39

Full Pulse by Barbara Ruth … 41

Hymn to Endymion by Rebecca Buchanan … 45

Moonbeam by Melia Brokaw … 46

Passed On by Barbara Ruth … 48

Ode to the Moon by Melia Brokaw … 52

Can you see the Moon? by Barbara Ruth … 53

Drunken Words to the Moon by Callum Hurley … 54

Night Eyes by Callum Hurley … 55

Selene by Mab Jones … 56

Myths and Stories

Moon in the trees as cars stream by by Barbara Ruth … 57

Princess Meissa and the Silver Fleece by Rebecca Buchanan … 58

Waiting for Selene by Terence P. Ward … 71

Blue Moon by Barbara Ruth … 74

Moon-Mad by Rebecca Buchanan … 76

The Fairytale by Melia Brokaw … 87

The Man in the Moon by Melia Brokaw … 92

Lunacy by Jackie Davis Martin … 94

Rituals and Prose Writings

Full Moon with Vivid Aurora by Callum Hurley … 99

Rite for Selene by Callum Hurley … 100

The Gift of Selene by Jenny Elliot … 103

Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon by Callum Hurley … 105

Selene and Endymion by Stefano Torelli … 107

Appendix A: Ancient Hymns … 108

Appendix B: Epithets and Other Ancient Aspects of Selene … 111

Appendix C: Our Contributors … 115

Appendix D: About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — Current Titles — Forthcoming Titles … 122