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Author Interview: Vivienne Moss




[Today, we sit down for a quick interview with Vivienne Moss. A solitary polytheist, Moss here discusses her work with Moon Books, her creation of Hekate: A Devotional, and her future projects.]


BookMusings: How do you define your personal spiritual path? Do you belong to a particular tradition, or are you more eclectic?


Vivienne Moss: First off, thank you for inviting me to do this interview. My personal spiritual path is a solitary one leaning heavily on nature and Faeries. I have never belonged to a tradition or coven, though I am taking a course in the Black Rose Witchcraft tradition. I am only into week three of the course and I am greatly enjoying it. 


BookMusings: You recently wrote Hekate: A Devotional as part of the Pagan Portals series for Moon Books. First, congratulations! Second, how did that project come about? Did you approach Moon Books or did they come to you?


Vivienne Moss: Thank you, Rebecca! I started out by reviewing books for Moon Books. After a couple of years of reviewing for them, Trevor Greenfield approached me to write a book in blog form. Once a month, I would write and submit a chapter of my book. This was my first endeavor at writing a book; I had been writing poems for a few years before that. After nine months of writing they offered to publish my book. This writing experience brought me closer to Hekate and my spiritual path.


BookMusings: Why a book about Hekate? What drew you to writing a book about that particular Goddess?


Vivienne Moss: When I first met Hekate it was during a very strong thunder storm. I happened to be on Facebook at the time and a post on Hekate and Her connection to storms popped up. At that moment I prayed to Hekate to keep my family safe in exchange for devoting a portion of my life to Her and learning all I could about the Lady of the Crossroads. When I was offered the chance to compose a book, I did not hesitate to write about Hekate.  


BookMusings: If you could correct one misconception about Hekate, what would it be?


Vivienne Moss: This is a good question. I would have to say that She is seen as either a very dark/demon goddess or a very motherly/light goddess. There are some who will only see Hekate in those extreme ways. I have found Hekate to be both dark and light. She has many different faces and will not hesitate to reveal one of Her more hidden faces. 


BookMusings: Did you come across any really interesting historical or mythological tidbits about Hekate in your research?


Vivienne Moss: Much of what I found in the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) was quite interesting and sometimes disturbing. I think this is one of those “must read” books for most witches. I loved discovering Hekate’s epithets and the Spirits that are connected to Her. Hekate’s true origins are unknown, though I did find that She may have a link to the Minoans. 


BookMusings: What other projects are you working on?


Vivienne Moss: At the moment I have a few ideas rolling around my mind. I have been researching Morgan le Fey and Avalon for over a year now, but the writing of that book is not coming as easily as my devotional to Hekate. I get the feeling that Hekate would like for me to write more about Her and the Shadow-Lands and its Spirits/Faeries. 


BookMusings: Will you be attending any conventions, workshops, book fairs, or other events in the foreseeable future?


Vivienne Moss: I hope to one day attend some Pagan conventions, but at the moment that is not on my roadmap. Being a single mom of two teenage girls (one will be starting college in the fall) leaves little time or resources for certain activities. 




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Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.


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