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Ch'ang-O, Standard-of-Beauty.
Alternate meaning: Standard-of-Gracefulness.
[to Whom the fifteenth day of November, day 319, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Chinese. Her myth is recorded as early as 2309 BCE,
Linguistic Note: Chang, 'banner', (ie. from a roof-top), plus, 'cloth'; today it means, 'ordinary or standard'. O, 'graceful maiden'.
Description: Beautiful light-footed Goddess of the moon and immortality; She Who walks upon the waters; She Who dwells in the Palace of Great Cold; She Who drank the drug of immortality and to escape Her husband's anger sought asylum with the hare in the moon.
On the Net: The story of Ch'ang-O and Yi's visit to the Mountain home of Hsi-Wang-Mu
To Whom Sacred: cassia-tree; cinnamon-tree, and it's wood; white snowshoe hare (he prepares the elixir of immortality -- the hare is a symbol of homosexuality); toad (some say She became changed into a toad, for it is a toad which the Chinese also see in the shadows on the moon).
Festival: 15th day of the 8th month, at the full moon of the southward equinox, attended only by women. She is also visited by Her consort on the 15th day of every lunation, or some say once in the dark of the moon.
Male Associates: consort I (Shen-I, Hou-I), The-Divine-Archer, (or Excellent-Archer), the sun god. Her brother is the spirit of water, Yu-Chang.

Source: Eliot M 99, 257-8; Lip CBS 5; NLEM 383; Schafer DW 51, 114; Werner DCM 159, 418-9.
Heng-O, Graceful-Moth-Eyebrowed-Maiden.

Geography/Culture: Chinese.
Linguistic Note: heng, 'horizonatal or moth-eyebrows' (moth-like eyebrows signifying great beauty) and O, 'graceful maiden'. Her name was changed when it became taboo because it was the personal name of an emperor).
Description: She Who is pinned, as it seems to the visible world.

Source: Eliot M 257.
worked on: October, July 1995; August 1991; July 1990.
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