Selene is my middle name and my Chinese name is 常熙月 Cháng Xī Yuè. I was born in 1987, a Year of the Rabbit. Over the years I have deepened my Chinese Studies focusing mainly on the Chinese Language and Culture, and on the practice of The Four Arts (琴棋書畫). I study Feng Shui, the I Ching, the Fu Talisman Crafting, and the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also I love to share educational material with all the enthusiasts of the East Asian Cultural Sphere. I'm a Taoist of the Tin Yat Linage (Tin Yat Stage 天一教). When I'm not dedicating myself to the study of the Sinosphere and the Metaphysical Arts, I practice Architecture in Italy where I live with my husband and our beloved dog.

Surely you are wondering what the meaning of 常熙月 Cháng Xī Yuè, my Chinese name, is. As already mentioned above, my middle name is Selene. In Greek mythology Selene (in Greek Σελήνη, "Moon"; etymology: "the Resplendent") is the goddess of the Moon. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Chángxi 常羲, like the goddess Selene, is a Chinese lunar goddess worshiped in the traditional Chinese pantheon. Known from ancient times, the earliest historical information on Chángxi can be traced back to the Classic of Mountains and Seas. In ancient Chinese myth 常羲 Chángxi is the wife of Taiyang Dijun and mother of the twelve Moons. The first character of the name Chángxi is 常 "Cháng", and it is also my Chinese surname located on the right side of my seal. The meaning of 常 Cháng is "always", "ever". The second character of my Chinese name, located top left of my seal, is 熙 "Xī" and its means "bright", "splendid". The third and final character of my name is 月 "Yuè", which means "moon", it is located in the lower left corner of my seal. Overall my Chinese name 常熙月 Cháng Xī Yuè means "always shining moon", like the resplendent Selene. Furthermore the pronunciation of 常熙 Cháng Xī is the same of 常羲 Chángxi, this in honor of the goddess of the Moon.

Not by chance the traditional festival I prefer is the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 zhōngqiūjié) also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival. It is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. The history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back over 3,000 years. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night. On this day, the Chinese believe that the Moon is at its brightest and fullest size. Lanterns of all size and shapes are carried and displayed as a symbolic beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune. Mooncakes, my favorite pastries, are traditionally eaten during this festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is based on the legend of 嫦娥 Cháng'é, another Moon goddess in Chinese mythology (like 常羲 Chángxi), and Yu Tu “the Jade rabbit”, a legendary animal brave and pure of heart. It is said that when the Moon is full, if you look at it well, you can see the image of Cheng’e and Yu Tu.

Selene Dew 

常熙月 Cháng Xī Yuè

Francesca Zoccarato Architect

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