Night, Beauty, and Winter
Associations: Snow, Ice, Stars, The Moon, Jewelry/jewels, Makeup/glamours,
Offerings: Shiny things, Snow, ice, meltwater, anything Moon or star related, anything you use to make yourself feel beautiful.
Connecting with The Eyes in the Night has been a challenge for me, she embodies so many of the things I struggle with. My self esteem problems cause me to constantly question my physical appearance and to doubt my beauty, both external and internal. When I’m overly critical it is in fact the Eyes in the Night who can snap me out of it, something that even my beloved Hunter can’t always do. She once told me the story of how she had to find her beauty, and how her beauty was not what she expected to find when she set out on her quest.
Being the goddess of Winter, ice, and cold, also puts me at odd with the Eyes in the Night. Winter is the hardest season for me, the cold triggers something in me that causes my pain to spike, the lack of sunlight causes me to loose energy and time. But with spring on its way in I can look back at the winter and appreciate the Winter for what it is. I can even see the beauty in it, which is what the Eyes in the Night would want of me. It is not just the glittering cold and sparkling ice that makes the Winter the domain of the Eyes in the Night, her first sphere of influence was the beauty of the night sky. She is not the moon and the stars, but the celestial bodies are part of her. They are her eyes, looking down on the world searching for beauty in the world, looking to exalt the beautiful deed or action, to praise the beautiful spirit. The long nights of the cold months are her’s, as the long days of the summer belong to her twin brother the Lightening Struck Tree.
My search for the Eyes in the Night took me to some of the most beautiful places in the Otherworlds: Dark caves with glittering walls, dragons’ hoards, shining cities made of glass. But also some disturbing places: Lakes of crystal clear ice as smooth a a mirror reflecting back the endless night sky, except for the shadows of frozen sea monsters beneath your feet; a vast dark hall, where creatures from across the Otherworlds stand frozen in time, positioned by mad collectors on a depraved mission to own beauty. Completing her Returning was a challenge in understanding beauty, braving the cold, and coming to except that her Eyes were always watching me. In the end, it was knowing I was being watched over by countless bright eyes that brought me close to the Eyes in the Night.