Moon

Tarrot - Moon
Tarrot – Moon

The Moon has a rich and complex symbology in different cultures and civilizations. The different phases and its reflection of the Sun’s light are the main factors characterizing the Moon. It is a symbol of transformation, periodicity, renewal and biological rhythms. The Moon is also considered as the passage from life to death and from death to life.

The Moon symbolizes an indirect knowledge, theoretical knowledge (related to the symbolism of an owl), it stands for yin (the Sun is yang); it is passive and receptive. It stands for water and cold (the Sun is fire and heat), the North and the winter.

As having ability to cause the rain and water, it also symbolizes fecundity; it is a chalice containing the beverage of immortality.

The Moon is frequently mentioned in Koran. In Islam there are two calendars: Solar for agricultural reasons and Lunar for religious purposes. The phases of the Moon symbolize death and resurrection.

In astrology the Moon symbolizes the passive principle, fecundity, night, humidity, subconscious, imagination, dreams.

Different goddesses in myths, legends and cults who represented the Moon were Isis, Ishtar, Artemis, Hecate, etc.

In Baltic mythology the Moon is a masculine principle. It is the God of night light, a husband or a brother of the Sun.

In Tarot, the Moon is the XVIII Major Arcane. Two dogs pictured in the card represent the animals of Artemis, the lunar huntress, and Hecate. The crayfish has been often associated with the Moon, it stands also for the astrological sign Cancer which is a domicile of the Moon and favors return to the self and examination of conscience. The crayfish is also a symbol of fecundity. As the Egyptian scarab it has a function of devouring what is transitory- the volatile element in alchemy – and contributing to moral and physical regeneration. The Moon card is divided into three separate parts: astral or etheric, terrestrial and aquatic. According to Wirth, behind the towers is a land, behind that is a forest, beyond that there is a mountain and a precipice bordering purifying water. This seems to suggest the route followed by the shamans on their ecstatic journeys.

Day of the week: Monday

Zodiac: Cancer

Metal: Silver

Horse Symbolism: introduction

Horse is one of the oldest symbols. And its visual symbolism starts with cave paintings what are 35000 years old. Horse importance to human civilization was huge for tens of thousands of years. First it was a pray. Later it was domesticated. And was the most important mans helper until industrial age. It was next to our ancestors through peace times and wars. And together with the dog a horse is the best friend of a man.

Chauvet horses cave painting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauvet_Cave

 

Horse was associated with sun and moon, water and fire. In indoeuropean culture horse was the one who was leading soles in underworld. A raider on a white horse going from east to west is a very common symbol in Europe. It is a sole racing from sunrise side to sundown side from the east side (kingdom of living) of the Nile to the west side of the Nile (Pyramids and kingdom of the dead).  Horse appears in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, Baltic, Catholic and other religions and mythologies.

More information will follow.

 

Owl

As owls avoid light they symbolise sadness, obscurity, melancholy.

In Greek mythology it is an interpreter of Atropos (Morta as Roman equivalent), one of the Fates who cuts the thread of the destiny. As a symbol of wisdom, it was a bird of Athena.

In Egypt it represents cold, night and death.

In Baltic mythology, owl is a bird of the Death Goddess Giltine (from the verb gelti – to sting). In the beginning, Goddess had the form of this bird. Owl’s scary voice predicted disasters: death, fire, birth of an illegitimate baby. The owl was also a bird of darkness, night, the Goddess of the Moon. On the other hand, the owl was a sacred bird, wise, solving important human problems.

In Rigveda the owl was the prophet of death and the bird of the dead.