Friday, August 4, 2017

Moons, Centuries, Skies and Monuments

"Oh famous Moon, shine on me. 
A ray of your light would turn my world 
into a rose garden"  RUMI

The moon is a feminine symbol (with few exceptions in ancient mythologies, e.g. A History of the Female Sun; Hubal and Allah the moon god?; Archaeological photo-gallery of the Arabian Moon-God; Moon-worship in Antiquity; Moon as male in Aborigine Astronomy; Archaeoastronomy in Oceania; Khonsu; Sin or Nanna) , universally representing the rhythm of cosmic time as it embodies the mystic cycle. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, as well as enlightenment or the dark side of Nature herself. It might also reflect inner knowledge and the phases of human condition on Earth, since it controls the tides, the rains, the waters, and the seasons. It is the second luminary along with the Sun and often represents the realm between the conscious and the unconscious. In astrology, the moon is a symbol of the soul, and in the horoscope chart it determines the subject's capacity for reflection and adaptation. Human life is reflected on moon's phases: the new moon is infancy, the crescent is youth and adolescence, the full moon is maturity and pregnancy, and the waning moon represents the decline of life and sleep. The Moon has been the subject of many works of art and literature and the inspiration for countless legends, stories and myths around the world. Finally, it was the first celestial body along with the Sun that was the basis for the astronomical calendars from prehistory onward.