It's the first of the month. Women! Please! For the love of Lakshmi! Do a breast self exam! It's easy! Here's how.
Men, please remind the women in your life -- mother, grandmother, wife, lover, girlfriend, adult daughter, close friends, etc. -- to do a breast self exam. Tell them how much you would hate to lose them when early detection can make breast cancer into a non-lethal disease.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."