The Sphinx is an ancient moon goddess, the goddess of birth and death. Part animal, part human, she remains connected to her deep instinctual nature. Most stories emphasize her underworld aspect as the death goddess who carried the dead to the underworld. She is often portrayed as a lion and shares in the solar and regal symbolism of that animal. Her role as an oracular deity, given to enigma and riddles, points to her as a keeper of the great mystery. A symbol of strength, wisdom, and royal power, she reminds us that nothing comes to creation without some destruction and that sometimes the only way to solve a mystery is to enter the darkness. This image reminds us that there is beauty even in the heart of that which terrifies.