HecateRhineMaidens

Move over Muses, Hecate holds sway over the Doors of Perception. Every scene has a tone and a story made of multiple scenes must stay in tune. I switched from a humorous scene to one with a more serious tone and I’m out of tune. I need to make a , “bridge,” between the scenes.

Songwriters call their transition piece the, “Bridge.” A musical bridge breaks up a repetitive pattern and can have either a slower or faster tempo than the rest of the song. You can hear and feel the proper bridge. A storyteller can feel when they have a sharp note in their writing. I hit a sharp note.

I coincidentally still need to make bridges for the songs I may use in this chapter and a bridge between scenes in my present chapter. Hecate works in the dark and Iris, the  “Rainbow goddess,” works well as the transition goddess, in brighter scenes. Spirit deities such as the Landdísir, also fit the transition deity category. I show the Rhinemaidens, on the right, which are the Germanic equivalent to the Norse Landdísir.

The image, on the right, was used in a book about Richard Wagner‘s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The Germanic water nymphs are called the Rhinemaidens.

Images from Wikimedia

1st pic – Statuette of Triple-bodied Hekate. Pen, ink and light brown and grey wash.
Richard Cosway – http://www.britishmuseum.org
Statuette of Triple-bodied Hekate. Pen, ink and light brown and grey wash.
Public Domain
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Created: June 29, 2011

2nd image Artist: Arthur Rackham (1867–1939)

Title: English: The Rhinemaidens lament the loss of the Rhinegold.
Illustration to Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Date: 1910

Source/Photographer

http://www.artpassions.net/cgi-bin/rackham.pl?../galleries/rackham/ring/ring17.jpg

Originally the image was published in the following book:

  • Wagner, Richard (translated by Margaret Amour) (1910). The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie. London:William Heinemann, New York: Doubleday, Page 72.
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