How Diana Made The Stars and Rain

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How Diana Made the Stars and the Rain

DIANA was the first created before all creation; in her were all
things; out of herself, the first darkness, she divided herself; into
darkness and light she was divided. Lucifer, her brother and son,
herself and her other half, was the light.

And when Diana saw that the light was so beautiful,
the light which was her other half, her brother Lucifer, she yearned for
it with exceeding great desire. Wishing to receive the light again into
her darkness, to swallow it up in rapture, in delight, she trembled with
desire. This desire was the dawn.

But Lucifer, the light, fled from her, and would not yield to her
wishes; he was the light which flies into the most distant parts of heaven,
the mouse which flies before the cat.

Then Diana went to the fathers of the Beginning, to
the mothers, the spirits who were before the first spirit, and lamented
unto them that she could not prevail with Lucifer. And they praised her
for her courage; they told her that to rise she must fall; to become the
chief of goddesses she must become mortal.

And in the ages, in the course of time, when the world was made, Diana
went on earth, as did Lucifer, who had fallen, and Diana taught magic and
sorcery, whence came witches and fairies and goblins – all that is like man,
yet not mortal.

And it came thus that Diana took the form of a cat.
Her brother had a cat whom he loved beyond all creatures, and it slept
every night on his bed, a cat beautiful beyond all other creatures, a fairy:
he did not know it.

Diana prevailed with the cat to change forms with her; so she lay with
her brother, and in the darkness assumed her own form, and so by Lucifer
became the mother of Aradia. But when in the morning he found that he lay
by his sister, and that light had been conquered by darkness, Lucifer was
extremely angry; but Diana with her wiles of witchcraft so charmed him that
he yielded to her love. This was the first fascination; she hummed the
song, it was as the buzzing of bees (or a top spinning round), a
spinning-wheel spinning life. She spun the lives of all men; all things
were spun from the wheel of Diana. Lucifer turned the wheel.

Diana was not known to the witches and spirits, the
fairies and elves who dwell in desert place, the goblins, as their mother;
she hid herself in humility and was a mortal, but by her will she rose
again above all. She had passion for witchcraft, and became so powerful
therein, that her greatness could not be hidden.

And thus it came to pass one night, at the meeting of all the
sorceresses and fairies, she declared that she would darken the heavens
and turn all the stars into mice.

All those who were present said –

“If thou canst do such a strange thing, having risen to such power,
thou shalt be our queen.”

Diana went into the street; she took the bladder of
an ox and a piece of witch-money, which has an edge from a knife – with
such money witches cut the earth from men’s foot tracks – and she cut the
earth, and with it and many mice she filled the bladder, and blew into the
bladder till it burst.

And there came a great marvel, for the earth which was in the bladder
became the round heaven above, and for three days there was a great rain;
the mice became stars or rain. And having made the heaven and stars and
the rain, Diana became Queen of the Witches; she was the cat who ruled the
star mice, the heaven and the rain.

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