Moon Meaning and Moon Symbolism

moon meaning and moon symbolism

Moon Meaning and Moon Symbolism

Symbolic Moon Meaning

The following article is based on a question I got from a reader about moon meaning. The question was basically a request for elaboration about the symbolism of the moon in terms of its influence upon us in daily life.  In short, the moon’s influence is vast. I mean, it can move oceans, so you can bet your buttons it’s going to influence humanity.

The most pervasive Moon symbolism and wisdom emerges with our recognition that Lady Luna creates no light of her own. Her power is in Shadow. Her conveyance (her ability to be seen) depends upon her ability to reflect (back the light of the Sun).

Moon Meaning and Moon Symbolism Tips

♦  Reflection:
What kind of light (intent/emotion/behavior/action/thought) are we reflecting? How can we reflect our most authentic selves more effectively? How can we utilize the light from our Soul (Sol/Sun) to shine (reflect) our best sides?

♦  Shadow:
The Universe is designed in a schematic of opposites. Good/Evil, Light/Dark, High/Low. It’s a clever design because it navigates us. Recognize the shadows, but know their opposites are also inherent. When Lunar light bathes our awareness, it might be sign to acknowledge the darkness as a way to step into lightness. See the light in your dark nights of the soul. Keep your joy illumined. Within every sorrow, there lives joy. Sometimes we have to be sneaky about how we find that joy – but to be sure – it IS there via creative design.

♦  Untapped potential:
The Moon is a subtle symbolism. She reminds us of our hidden works, our hidden powers, our hidden resources. Her luminous visitations should prompt us to wonder about the treasures we have hidden within us – those majestic mysteries still yet to be illuminated in our awareness.

♦  Purification:
Lady Luna is also a purifier. In ancient alchemical wisdom, the Moon is akin to Silver – which is a purifying, clarifying, cleansing element in the Great Work. Moonlight encourages us to clean, clear, clarify, renew, refresh, etc.

♦  Feminine Vibe:
With rare exceptions (Japanese culture comes first to mind), the Moon is a feminine archetype. Ergo, Madam Moon encourages us to pay closer attention to our deeper intuition, dreams, our sense of empathy, our ideas about cycles/time/progress.

♦ Renewal/Rebirth:
The Moon represents an endless parade in the phases of growth & development. Every new Moon phase, Lady Luna begins anew – with a tiny seed of potential. Thus, every full Moon represents a new birth. What’s inside you waiting to be born?

Consider the seeds within you – dormant at the new Moon. Focus on the process of nurturing new ideas/intentions/visions throughout the following fortnight and giving birth to these with full-blown manifestations upon the full Moon.

I hope this short article on moon meaning and moon symbolism offers illumination. If you want more, check out the links at the end of this page – I’ve written tons about the moon!  As always, thanks for reading!

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Meaning of Moon Signs in Astrology

Where the sun (our astrological sun signs) represents “in-your-face” personality traits, our moon signs convey a much more subtle trend in thought, behavior and influence. Learn more about zodiac moon sign meanings here.

Native American Moon Meanings

Native American full moon names were established by eastern and northern tribes such as the Algonquin and the Iroquois Confederacy. Each full moon has a special flavor and meaning. Check out Native American full moon meanings here.

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