The Odyssey: Moly Revealed

Crescent moons-white

As a metaphor for the new crescent moon, Moly 

 emerges from its black roots - the dark period of the

lunar month when the moon cannot be seen.

As the new crescent waxes so too are Moly's

‘milk-white petals’ ……  still in the

process of growing’.

And  neither the moon nor Moly can 

'be uprooted by human hand’.

In the rhythm of Odysseus’s adventures throughout the Odyssey, the arrival of a new crescent 

moon transforms his fortunes and in this particular case enables him to rescue his men from the 

magical powers of Circe.

Even more dramatically, at the climax of the Odyssey and just as a new crescent moon emerges 

from the dark period, so too does Odysseus cast off his disguise as a ragged beggar and is

 revealed in all his glory as a vengeful warrior-hero.


Luni-solar calendars

In Homer’s system the days and months were calculated according to phases 

of the moon, while the  passing of the seasons and year were marked by the 

annual journey of the sun from winter solstice to winter solstice.


Our website offers only a brief introduction to the remarkable

 astronomical and calendrical content of Homer’s Odyssey and

much more is revealed in the pages of 

Homer’s Secret Odyssey


The book is available in both print and e-book versions from or Amazon and other Booksellers

Next page: Homer’s Secret Iliad

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