SYMBOLISM: Moon

To flow from the last post, which was the circle …. to the moon

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I love the really geometric versions (rather than the new age or ornate!)

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The Moon is sometimes viewed as a symbol of intuition, dreams and the unconscious

The word ‘MOON ’ can be traced back to its ancient Indo-European root meaning, “to measure”. Time was measured by the moon, and tides could be predicted from the moon’s position, which led to the development of the calendar.

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The moon is the primary night light of the skies, illuminating the land brightly on the nights of the full moon and receding again to the mystery of complete darkness at the new moon. This ancient enigma of constant regular appearance, growth, and subsequent disappearance is a visible symbol of life, death, and then rebirth with the appearance of the new moon. Ancient peoples measured time by the regular cycle of the moon rather than the cycle of the sun. Even the solstices and equinoxes were originally celebrated on the closest full or new moon.

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As a mirror that reflects the light of the sun, the moon represents the shadow side of the sun’s light. The Moon reflects the mystery and fear within our souls. It reflects to us all that we cannot see inside ourselves because we cannot look directly at the brilliant sun. We look to the moon to see our face, just as we look into the mirror to see ourselves because we can never directly look at our own face. The mirror of the moon illuminates both the darkness of the night, our shadow part, and the blue day sky, our conscious selves.

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In both Western and Eastern astrology, the moon symbolizes “motherhood” and is often chosen by women as a tattoo design. Symbolizing themselves as a mother or their as a symbol for their children

Some people believe that the moon represents the inner child in all of us, young and old, past and present

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PHASES

1. New (also called the Dark Moon) – not visible

2. Waxing Crescent

3. First Quarter – commonly called a “half moon”

4. Waxing Gibbous

5. Full – we can see the entire illuminated portion of the moon

6. Waning Gibbous

7. Third Quarter – another “half moon”, but the illuminated part is opposite of the First Quarter

8. Waning Crescent

9. New – back to the beginning

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