Look, up in the sky: SuperMoon!!

Two days ago — on the occasion of the longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, our Summer Solstice — I put up a post focusing on the fiery solar greatness that is the Sun.  As we’re now under the sway of what’s known as a “SuperMoon” (FYI: the odd capitalization there is entirely my own), I thought I’d devote today’s post to the flip-side of that one, and honor the Lunar…

Our dear, sweet satellite...
Our dear, sweet satellite…

I’ve always had a big crush on the Moon.  As a youngster first thrilling to the worlds of Greek mythology, I was very taken with the story of the lovely Moon Goddess, Selene, and how she became deeply smitten with the mortal youth named Endymion.  She prevailed upon Zeus, the King of the Gods, to grant Endymion a sort of enchanted and eternal sleep, so he might remain forever young and beautiful, and they carried on a very unique romance forever after, with Endymion holding the Moon in his arms each night as he dreamed and dreamed…

Selene and Endymion: this is about as "Moonstruck" as it gets!  (artwork by Adam Shaw)
Selene and Endymion: this is about as “Moonstruck” as it gets! (artwork by Adam Shaw)

And a glance at the list of Moon Deities compiled by our friends at Wikipedia illustrates that I’m certainly not the only one who has passion for the Moon!  Several dozen names adorn that list, scattered across mythologies drawn from every corner of the globe.  Interestingly, while I discussed in my Sun post how there seems to be a general trend toward viewing the Sun as a signifier of more masculine/Yang principles, while the Moon is more often regarded as feminine/Yin, it’s no struggle to turn up male Moon Deities.  The Egyptian Moon-God Khonshu, the Norse personification of the Moon called Mani, and the Sumerian male Moon Deity named Nanna all leap to mind (or…they leap to my mind, at least…).  Several mythologies also feature multiple Moon Deities: the Aztec, Incan, Mayan, and Hindu pantheons all boast several Deities apiece that are associated with the Moon, all drawn from both genders, and in addition to Selene, the Greeks also viewed both the Goddess Artemis and her cousin, the liminal Titan Goddess of sorcery, Hecate, as Moon-Goddesses (among other powerful attributes held by each).

I'm not usually a big fan of CGI-style artwork, but I greatly applaud the concept here: (L-R) Artemis, Selene, and Hecate  (art by Hera-of-Stockholm on deviantART)
I’m not usually a big fan of CGI-style artwork, but I greatly applaud the concept here: (L-R) Artemis, Selene, and Hecate (art by Hera-of-Stockholm on deviantART)

In occult thought, the Moon can represent such things as the reflective, the instinctual, the imaginary, the passive and/or receptive, dreams, intuition, the unconscious and the subconscious, illusions, prophecy, that which is hidden or subtle, the cyclical, madness, and magic.  Many modern magicians key their rituals to the phases of the Moon, and the Moonstone is a very popular stone among fans of crystals and such.  The Moon is also easily one of the most powerful “Planets” in the field of Astrology, and it has a Major Arcana card devoted to it in the realm of Tarot.

Card XVIII: The Moon -- from the Tarot of Metamorphosis
Card XVIII: The Moon — from the Tarot of Metamorphosis

So what’s this “SuperMoon” business all about…?  Since the Moon’s orbit around the Earth doesn’t describe a perfect circle, each trip around us sees the Moon reaching both a closest point to us and a farthest point from us.  The SuperMoon is what occurs when the Moon is both at its closest point to Earth during a revolution around us, and happens to be full at the same time.  Not only will the SuperMoon look larger and brighter than a “regular” full moon, but high tides will be higher, and low tides will be lower.  This will be an excellent time to ponder things that are reaching crescendo pitch in their cycles in your life, to bring things to fruition, to engage in Divination, or to maybe conjure things from out of your subconscious and help them to manifest on the material plane.

Or if none of that happens to be your bag, at least spare a glance skyward tonight, because if nothing else, the Moon will sure be pretty!

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