“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 aspect as a death goddess who carries the dead to the underworld. Often portrayed as a lion, she shares in the solar and regal symbolism of that animal. Her role as an oracle 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 to slove a mystery we must enter the darkness. This image reminds us that there is beauty even in the heart of that which terrifies.” ~Michael Babcock
The Sphinx and Hotaru have much in common. As the song To a Brand New World says, “I am Saturn, Saturn of Destrustion, Saturn of Life…” Hotaru as Saturn weilds the ultimate power of death. This is, however, a necessary evil, for life cannot exist without death, just as good cannot exist without evil. Hotaru willingly entered the darkness to save those she loved, a sacrifice few could make. She is truly the beauty in the heart of that which terrifies.