In honor of her mother, who passed away a year ago, Deb has requested a goddess of remembrance. There is only one that will do: Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory and remembrance.
Mnemosyne was a Titan, a daughter of Gaia and Kronos. When Zeus defeated Kronos in an epic battle that pitted the old gods against Kronos' own children, Zeus feared that one day his great deed would be forgotten, so he went to Mnemosyne, and he spent nine nights with her. Later, she had nine daughters, the muses of music, poetry, dance, history, healing, basically everything you could use a muse for. At first, the muses's main job was to attend all the celebrations at Mount Olympus and make sure that no one ever forgot the great deeds of Zeus, but the muses proved a generous lot and soon provided inspiration to artists of all kinds, because what they understood is that we need stories like we need bread. Our stories feed us.
In the Underworld there were two rivers. The River Lethe and the River Mnemosyne. When you died, you were supposed to drink from the River Lethe so that you would forget all your stories, all your memories, so that when you were reborn you could start fresh. But the priestesses of Mnemosyne were told to drink from Mnemosyne's River. It was their obligation to remember. It was a burden, because it is easier to forget or to indulge in nostalgia, in which you spruce up that past, glamorize it. But to truly remember is to take the good with the bad, the pain with the joys, and that's just hard. Even the joy is hard if it is paired with pain, if you have to flip flop between them and if you can't skate on the surface of things but have to process them and think about them deeply. So, Deb, I'm going to give you Mnemosyne, but she is not an easy goddess to channel, and I want you to hold some sweet person's hand when you do, because when you come up for air, you might feel pretty confused, but at least you will be feeling something real. More importantly, you will be keeping your story alive, and your mother's story, and her mother's story, and your whole history will stand as an act of defiance against the all kinds of endings. So drink up, friend.
Channel this goddess: When you need to remember, when you feel tempted to forget.
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