Eurydice (yuri-dīch-ee) appears in Greek myth as the wife of the singer Orpheus. She is, in fact, the moon goddess ruler of the underworld, a Great Goddess of creation and death. Her name means "wide justice" and she is "Eury-Dike," or Universal Justice, represented by the ever-turning wheel of fortune. As an underworld goddess, she, like Persephone, oversees both vegetative fertility and death. Here death is not the enemy but the regenerative necessity for life: to die is to return to the womb of the mother to be reborn. Eurydice is feminine energy as transformative energy: she gives birth to souls, recognizing that black is the color of fertility and that all life begins in darkness. To embrace Eurydice is to accept our hidden, dark side as the path to healing and wholeness.

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