The Moon Symbol

The Astrological Glyph For The Moon

The astrological glyph for the Moon is a crescent. It represents the waxing and waning of the Moon, symbolizing the cyclical nature of life, change, and evolution. Sometimes it is shown with a dot in the center, which represents the full moon phase, a time of completion, illumination, and connection with the divine.

The astrological glyph for the Moon, the crescent, is one of the oldest symbols known to mankind. A crescent has been used in various cultures throughout history to represent the Moon, and its origin can be traced back to ancient civilizations.

The astrology symbol is believed to have originated in the Near East, where the crescent Moon was used to represent the goddess Ishtar. In Babylonian art, the crescent moon was often depicted alongside the sun, and it was associated with the goddess of fertility. This symbol eventually spread to other cultures, such as the Egyptians and the Greeks, who adopted it for their own gods and goddesses.

The symbol is also found in the Hindu religion where it is known as Chandra, or the moon god. In Hinduism, the crescent Moon is also associated with the god Shiva and his consort, Parvati. This symbol is also found in the Vedic literature, where it is represented as a triangle with a crescent moon and a star.

The crescent Moon symbol is also found in other religions such as Islam, where it is known as the Hilal. This symbol is used to represent the phases of the Moon, and it is often used to mark the beginning of a new month in the Islamic calendar.

The History of The Moon in Astrology

The Moon’s history in astrology dates back to ancient times, when people believed the Moon was a god whose power and influence affected every aspect of life on Earth.

The earliest known astrological references to the Moon date back to Sumerian and Babylonian cultures, which believed the moon was a powerful god in its own right. The Babylonians associated the Moon with fertility, love, and life, while the Sumerians worshipped the Moon as a goddess. Ancient astrologers used the Moon’s cycles to predict weather and harvests, and to forecast the future.

In ancient Greece, the Moon became associated with the gods Artemis and Apollo. Apollo was a Sun god, while Artemis was a Moon goddess and the twin sister of Apollo. Ancient Greek astrologers believed the Moon influenced people’s emotions and behavior.

In the Middle Ages, astrologers believed the Moon was a powerful influence on the success or failure of a person’s endeavors. They believed the Moon could influence the outcome of battles, the success of a business venture, and the outcome of a marriage.

From its early associations with fertility and love to its modern-day role in psychological astrology as a significator for emotional intelligence, the Moon has been a powerful force in the world of astrology for centuries.

The Hindu Moon God

In Hinduism, the Moon is seen as a representation of the divine, a symbol of eternal love, and the source of light and life.

In Hindu mythology, the Moon is seen as a representation of the Divine. The Moon is associated with the gods Shiva and Vishnu and is seen as a reminder of their presence in the world. In particular, the crescent Moon is seen as a symbol of Shiva’s third eye, which is said to represent his innermost wisdom and knowledge. Shiva is also said to wear a crescent moon on his forehead as a sign that he is the Lord of all creation.

The Moon is also seen as a symbol of eternal love. According to Hinduism, the Moon is also associated with the goddess of love, Lakshmi, and is seen as a reminder of her presence in the world. It is believed that when the Moon is full, it is a sign of Lakshmi’s blessing and protection. Furthermore, the waxing and waning of the moon is seen as a metaphor for the cycle of life and death, with the full Moon representing the fullness of life and the new moon representing rebirth.

The Moon is seen as the source of light and life. In Hindu mythology, the moon is said to be the source of all living things, and it is believed that the Moon provides nourishment and sustenance to all creatures. It is also seen as a source of light, providing a comforting and calming presence in the darkness of night.

The Moon in Ancient Egypt

In Ancient Egyptian mythology, the Moon was often seen as a symbol of renewal, fertility, and motherhood. The Moon was closely associated with the goddess Isis who was seen as a mother-like figure, and the Moon was thought to be her celestial body. Isis was also associated with the cycles of the Moon, and it was believed that she was able to influence the cycle of the Moon’s waxing and waning.

Full Moon ©Caroline Brookes-Leyland

The Moon was also associated with the Egyptian god Thoth. He was the god of wisdom and knowledge, and was often depicted as a baboon with a lunar disk on his head. Thoth was said to be the one who created the calendar and measured time. As a result, the Moon was seen as a symbol of time and measurement.

In addition to the gods, the Moon was also seen as an important symbol in the afterlife. The Egyptians believed that the Moon was responsible for carrying the souls of the dead to the afterlife. This belief was based on the idea that when the Moon waned, the souls of the dead were released from the physical world and allowed to pass into the afterlife.

The Moon in Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology the significance of the Moon has been interpreted in a variety of ways. According to some interpretations, the Moon is associated with the goddess Selene, the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. Selene was said to have fallen in love with the shepherd Endymion, and her light was said to be a source of comfort and solace to him. She is often depicted with a crescent-shaped moon in her hand, symbolizing her power over the night.

Another interpretation is that of Hecate, the goddess of the crossroads, necromancy, and witchcraft. She is often depicted with a crossroads in the center of her forehead, and a waxing and waning crescent moon above her head. Hecate was said to have three heads, and each head was associated with a different phase of the moon. Her role in the underworld was to guide the dead, and the moon was said to be her symbol and guide.

The Moon is also associated with the goddess Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. She was said to have a silver bow and silver arrows, and her symbol was the crescent Moon. As the goddess of the hunt, Artemis was said to ride across the night sky in a chariot drawn by silver-hoofed horses, shooting her arrows at her prey.

The Moon is also associated with the god Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. Dionysus was said to be born from the thigh of Zeus, and he is often depicted with a crescent Moon above his head. The Moon is thought to symbolize Dionysus’s connection to the underworld and the mysteries of life and death.

So the Moon in Greek mythology is associated with the goddesses Selene, Hecate, Artemis, and the god Dionysus, and was thought to be a symbol of mystery, comfort, and guidance.

The Moon in Ancient Rome

The ancient Romans also believed that the Moon was a powerful, divine being, responsible for the waxing and waning of the tides, the cycles of the seasons, and the changing of the night sky.

In Roman mythology, the Moon was associated with the goddess Luna, who was said to be the daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Luna was said to be a beautiful, light-bearing figure who symbolized the feminine aspects of life: fertility, womanhood, and the stages of the Moon. She was also associated with peace and harmony, and her presence was believed to bring a sense of balance and serenity to the world.

The Romans also saw the Moon as a symbol of fate and destiny. The changing phases of the Moon were believed to be connected with life’s inevitable cycles, and the waxing and waning of the tides were associated with the coming and going of life. Ancient Roman poets often referred to the Moon as a reminder of the uncertain nature of life.

The Moon was also connected to gods in Roman mythology. Apollo was said to have used his chariot to drive the Sun across the sky by day, while Luna rode a chariot across the sky at night. The goddess Diana was said to have been the ruler of the Moon, and the Roman god Janus was also sometimes associated with the Moon.

The Moon was a powerful symbol in Roman mythology, representing feminine power, fate, and destiny. It was also seen as a reminder of the ever-changing nature of life and the inevitability of death. The Moon was a source of power and beauty, and was seen as a symbol of balance and harmony in the universe.

The Astrological Symbology of The Moon

The Moon is associated with nurturing, emotional intelligence: our emotional experience and our emotional world. It is also associated with intuition, the subconscious mind, and feminine energy.

The Moon is associated with the sign Cancer, which is a sign of nurturing, sensitivity, and receptivity. The Moon is also said to be the ruler of the night and the ruler of the tides, which is why it is thought to influence our emotions and innermost feelings.

The Moon is a symbol of the Divine Feminine, and is the esoteric ruler of Virgo. Often used to symbolize feelings of love and protection, the Moon is also associated with the Divine Mother, who is seen as a nurturing and loving presence. The Moon is also associated with the cycles of life and death, as well as the cycles of growth and renewal.

The Moon is also associated with dreams and the realm of the unconscious. It can be used to access the unconscious and to interpret dreams. It can also be used to help us understand our innermost fears and desires.

The Esoteric Meaning of The Moon

The esoteric meaning of the Moon is deeply rooted in symbolism. The Moon is often associated with the feminine divine, and as such is a representation of the divine feminine energy that is within all of us. It is seen as a symbol of intuition, reflection, and inner growth, and is a reminder that we are all connected to something greater than ourselves. The Moon’s natural cycles of waxing, waning, and waxing again, mirror the cycles of life, death and rebirth.

The Moon also reminds us that we can access greater wisdom and insight through our intuition. She is a reminder that we are all part of a greater cosmic order, and that our lives are intrinsically connected to the Divine.

In Esoteric Astrology the Moon is often thought to represent our most recent past life, and may represent our inner child. The Moon may indicate inner child ‘wounding’ that could be from our past life, and which we have an opportunity to heal in this lifetime.

The Moon is also a symbol of rebirth and transformation. Its cycles represent the natural ebb and flow of life, and remind us that change is a part of the journey. The Moon can be seen as a reminder that we can embrace these changes and use them as an opportunity for growth and transformation.

Ultimately, the symbology of the Moon is a reminder that we are all connected to something greater, and that this connection is a source of inner strength and power. We can see from her history through the ages how the symbolism of nurturing, compassion, inner child, cycles of life, death and rebirth, and the Divine Feminine, has become deeply embedded in our subconscious as the symbology of The Moon.

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Ruth Hadikin BSc. is an author and teacher of Soul Astrology. She specializes in teaching how to use Soul Astrology as a map to guide your own inner journey of Self-exploration.

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