Near the end of his life Graves met a Sufi mystic, who told him about another goddess, a Black Goddess. Mother Night, the Greeks called her. this Black Goddess existed beyond the White. instead of desire and destruction, she represented wisdom and love - not romantic love, but real love, as you might say, reciprocating, enduring love. of those who devoted their lives to the White Goddess, and this endless cycle of ravagement and restoration, a very few, if they managed to survive it, would eventually pass through her to the Black Goddess.
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies