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Circe In Greek mythology, a sorceress renowned for
her enchantments, who turned Odysseus’ men into
swine. Described by Homer as fair-haired, she was sometimes
said to be the daughter of Hecate, patron Goddess
of witchcraft and magic. Homer said she controlled
fate and the forces of creation and destruction with
braids in her hair (see knots). She is seen both as a Moon
goddess—because she lived in the west of the isle of
Aeaea—and as a goddess of degrading love.
Circe was married to the king of Sarmaritans, whom
she poisoned. She was exiled to Aeaea, which means
“wailing,” built herself a palace and learned magic. She
cast a spell over the entire island so that anyone who
came there would be turned into an animal.
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Odysseus’ men were turned into swine, but Odysseus
escaped with the help of a magical herb, moly, given to
him by Hermes. He forced Circe to restore his men to
their human form. Nevertheless, he was so taken with
her that he spent a year with her. She was slain by Telemachus,
who married her daughter, Cassiphone.