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The Moon’s Themes

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What’s up with all this moon talk?

In astrology, the Sun and the Moon are considered our two ‘luminaries’, or sources of light, in the birth chart.

This also relates to the meaning held by the Sun and Moon in astrology: the Sun is our soul and our reason for incarnating; the Moon is our body. And just as the Moon produces no light on its own - it only reflects the light of the Sun - the body is just an empty vessel without our soul inside of it.

Whenever we talk about the moon, we’re also talking about the Sun. Moon cycles are just a way of describing the divine dance that occurs between these two grand luminaries, the Sun and the Moon. When the Moon is “New” and dark, the Sun and Moon are aligned in such a way that omits the Sun’s light from being reflected off of the Moon’s surface; when the Moon is “Full” and bright, the Moon is able to fully reflect the Sun’s light.

While the Sun rules our lives in the most obvious of ways, the Moon captivates us on entirely different level. Throughout time, the Moon has held an important place in human life. 

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A Little Lunar History

The first calendars created 35,000 years ago made of notched pieces of bone were most likely based on the Moon. Indeed, the Moon is one of the primary ways that time was measured, along with the Sun and the changing of the Seasons, before the advent of more formalized calendars. The word calendar itself comes from kalendae, which tracked the 1st day of each month because that was the day that bills were due to be paid (which turned out to be a long-standing tradition). And how was this monthly procession tracked and monitored? The Moon.

At some point, the Ancients also noticed there was a special connection between the Moon and women’s bodies. The length of a lunar cycle so closely mimicked a woman’s menstrual cycle that they decided the Moon must be a form or source of feminine power. 

The Moon's phases also worked as a metaphor for life’s journey and towards death and rebirth. The Greeks had goddesses that specifically embodied these deeper meanings: Artemis, the New Moon Goddess; Selene, the Full Moon Goddess; and Hekate, the Dark Moon Goddess. Each of these deities carried with her a special wisdom, an esoteric knowledge that she alone could tell.

So understanding more about the Moon and its cycles, it not just about the size, shape, and position of the Moon, or where a lunation lands in our birth chart. All of that is important but only skims the surface of what is available. 

By acknowledging the power of the Moon we start to acknowledge something in ourselves too - something eternal. 

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