I am amazed at some of the decisions I made back in 2007. It was a magical year I was accepted to RCSummer (Robert College Summer Program). I was only 21 and madly in love. I was asked to pick a name for myself, a name that I would use at the camp, a new identity we would create through this magical realm. Under the influence of my mythology classes and readings I was inspired by Rhea: one of the Titans, the daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the sister and wife of Cronus. She was the “mother of gods” similarly to Gaea and Cybele, but never as known. She was the goddess of female fertility, motherhood, and generation. Her name means "flow" and "ease." As the wife of Cronus (Time), she represented the eternal flow of time and generations; as the great Mother (Meter Megale), the "flow" was menstrual blood, birth waters, and milk. She was also a goddess of comfort and ease, a blessing reflected in the common Homeric phrase "the gods who live at their ease (rhea)."It felt like Rhea picked me, I did not pick her and since then I have been using this name as an inspirational trigger. It stands for the creative side of me which I only recognized through the experience I had at RCSummer. Yes as Rhea, I became first a counselor, then a corestaff member who actually ran the ARTSTUDIO. Then I started working at a museum and now I am producing and keeping my collections under the roof of RheaWorks. So this is where it all comes from. That is the origin. It comes with a lot of meaning. It holds many magical experiences within it.
Today a new meaning has been added to it thanks to a dear friend of mine, Vecihe, who sent me a link about RHEA: the moon. Rhea is not only a goddess but also a moon, second largest moon of Saturn. Rhea is apparently the only moon with an oxygen atmosphere, thin though it may be Rhea is one of the most heavily cratered sattelites in the solar system. Through Rhea, the first direct evindence of an oxygen atmosphere on a body other than earth was discovered. WOW. This bit of information I had completely forgotten about shook me and reminded me of my strength. As the mother of gods and a moon I had taken over a pretty magical name.
Here comes the second magical information:
Rhea means “that which flows”. Today seems like all the information I can gather on Rhea is flowing to me. On this new moon day I am happy to remember that I am “that which flows”.
Picture: Rhea started appearing in art in the 4th century BC. She was often symbolized as a pair of lions that pulled a celestial chariot.