Much has been written about yesterday’s full lunar eclipse of the sun, which was seen in all of its full glory along the totality path from Oregon to South Carolina in the United States.
Even now, in modern-day writings, we can still see evidence of the historic fear of the Moon, insofar as history concerns the last couple of thousands of years.
The fear and superstition have a lot to do with fear of the unknown, the mysterious, which grew to envelope all things associated with the dark, night, Lunar, and the feminine.
Author and blogger Jan Olandese writes of Robert Graves perspective of the symbolism and qualities associated with sun and moon, shared in his book, The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth.
“… he posits that there are two kinds of knowing: solar (think of Apollo as the sun god of myth) which is material, scientific, mathematics, “practical,” grounded, the out in the open – and associated with patriarchal religion. The other knowledge system is what he calls lunar (think Isis, the Moon Goddess): the numinous, the imagination, the indefinite, the feminine, the hidden, the secret, the Muse, inspiration, spiritual, intuition, and matriarchal religion).”
From this description alone, we gain insight into the internalized (and projected) preferences for the former stemming from Solar Cult devotees, and their deep, intense fears of the latter, all things Lunar.
This was also the case with Algol, the star that seemed to wink at them, and thus freaked out the Cranky Paters. In their fear of it, they designated Algol ‘the most evil star’, and associated it — yawn — with Medusa, Feminine Wisdom.
Just so with their fear of the moon, with its shapeshifting, and then, at dark of the moon, disappearing altogether.
Those fears and phobias weave through everything, from religion to science to astrology, and most everything in between, because they were deeply ingrained in those who held the Solar-preferring, Moon-fearing worldview.
We’re called in these times to become aware of and dismantle or dissolve the internalized fears, along with the fear-fueled superstitions and worldviews, and reintegrate the wisdom and gifts associated with the lunar, the medial, the feminine, and the Mysteries.
To spiral out of fear-spin and into the Heart, illuminated.
One Solar Eclipse information-bit that’s encouraging and perhaps symbolic and inspiring amidst all of the default doom-saying, nattering nabobs of negativity, and catastrophobia:
Bruce McClure at EarthSky, writes that a total Solar eclipse marked the beginning of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy on August 22, 1142 (See the article for how clues led to the dating) — the first democracy in this land, and the inspiration of the democratic republic we (may) still aspire towards.
We always have possibilities and choices about what and for whom we take a stand, and what we give our energy to support (or withdraw our energy from that we’re not willing to perpetuate or strengthen).
Medial, Lunar intelligence — intuition, non-colonized imagination, body wisdom, heart intelligence, awareness of our interconnection with all that is — guides and illuminates the intellect in making those choices.
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August 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm
Thank you for citing my essay, so pleased it fit in with yours! 🙂 Love your blog!
August 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Many thanks. My pleasure, Jan. It was perfect synchronicity, and I’m delighted to point SC readers towards your blog as well. I’m enjoying your blog as well. 🙂
August 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm
As co-creators we have another opportunity to strengthen and support each other in unweaving the fabric, which the miscreant Storytellers whose denial of Truth has held us in captivity through fear and promise of death.
This conjugal event of Sun and Moon will now begin to fertilize and implant their new seed into the Divine Womb of Humanity, for us to nurture and sustain until Birth, deep and safe within our Hearts .
August 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm
‘Miscreant Storytellers’ … very apt wording, Charlie. Many thanks for all of the wisdom and inspiration you share! Love, Jamie
August 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm
Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
I’ve read Robert Graves, too. Great books.
August 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Thank you for sharing this musing in your Blue Dragon Journal, Eliza, and thanks, as ever, for stopping by. Love, Jamie
August 23, 2017 at 11:53 pm
I just finished reading Dion Fortune’s “Sea Priestess.” Talk about some major Moon magic and finding the balance between masculine and feminine! I know the Moon is not what most people think it is … still much mystery of its origins, etc., but I have a hard time rejecting all of its influence as “bad.” As a gardener and a mystic, I’ve just found too much benefit and beauty to throw the baby out with the bath water of lunacy.
BTW, for anyone who hasn’t read it, Sea Priestess is an amazing book! I can’t believe it wasn’t included in my modern British lit curriculum. Er, um, no surprise there, but it truly deserves a place among the greats.
Thanks for holding the balance, Jamie! xo
August 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm
Hey there, Laura. The Sea Priestess is very much a Luna magic book. There’s another, called Moon Magic … same characters, if I’m remembering it right.
You’d notice it as a gardener, too. My grandfather was close with the land, coming from a land-centered family, and had the Farmer’s Alamanac ever at hand. He said the roots sink more deeply under the Moon, just as the leaves and stems reach for the Sun for nourishment.
I’d guess that the ‘Moon, bad’ (etc) worldview was a creation of those who preferred the intellect and had, um, ‘issues’ when it came to emotions, sensuality, body wisdom, intuition, along with that fear of the dark. We’re still untangling it now.
Good recommendation on Sea Priestess. I hope all’s unfolding well and gracefully in your new home and garden, Laura.
Lots of love,
August 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Thanks, Jamie! Yes, I’m reading Moon Magic right now. I’ve been on this Dion Fortune marathon because I want to read Penny Billington’s new book, “The Keys to the Temple,” but I had not expected to enjoy the novels so much. They are just fabulously well done!
I have used Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook as my calendar for years, because each day has a little sprout or basket to indicate planting or harvesting/weeding, and it also gives handy dandy astrology info useful during sessions. But I originally got it for gardening, LOL! Things are going really well here, thanks. We love our new home, garden and city. 🙂
Lots of love to you, too!
August 25, 2017 at 1:00 am
Very beautiful Jamie. -Ashley.
Had to close my other blog account ex hacked it
August 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Thank you, Ashley. Very nice name you’ve chosen for your new blog. Send along an email with an update on how things are unfolding for you, when you get a moment. Lots of love to you.