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The Moon
Physics, Metaphysics and Myth
Part 1

by Rebecca Brents

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Physics

Luna, the Earth's Moon, is also the Earth's only natural satellite. Neither Mercury nor Venus have any moons at all. The rest of the planets in our Solar System have anywhere from 2 moons (Mars) to dozens of moons. Jupiter has 67. Even Pluto has five. Still that makes Earth and its Moon -- and their peculiar relationship to one another -- fairly unique.

The Moon was created about 4.6 billion years ago ... shortly after the Earth itself took shape. Through the years, there have been various theories about the origin of the Moon.

The most widely accepted one holds that the young Earth collided with another planet-sized object roughly the size of Mars called Theia, and the resulting debris from the impact spun out and eventually coalesced to form the Moon.

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Metaphysics

In Astrology, the Moon is the symbol of our inner selves, our feelings and emotions. It stands as an interesting companion and counterpoint to the Sun's emphasis on the outer personality, the ego, ambitions and willpower a person brings into the life to express as a spiritual being.

Together the Sun and the Moon comprise a more well-rounded, dimensional personality than simply Sun sign Astrology alone can manage.

The Moon represents our deep personal needs, our security issues, our instincts, reactions and basic habits. It is the source of powerful intuition and the metaphor for our automatic, knee-jerk responses. It speaks to our history, our family life and the support we crave and receive (or not) there.

It describes what we need to feel safe and protected. It is a strong component in what makes us human ... and what gives life its deep inner meaning. Information supplied by the Moon in the horoscope is crucial to understanding the fundamental character of the soul who owns it.

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Myth

There are a myriad of lunar deities in mythology, most of them female Moon goddesses -- but not exclusively. Some of them are related to or work in conjunction with the more powerful, masculine Sun gods who are their counterpart -- or equivalent, however you want to word that.

The Romans had Luna, the feminine compliment of Sol. They also had Diana, the twin sister of Apollo. Juno, the wife of Jupiter -- king of the Roman gods, also has some less distinct connections to the Moon, but the implication exists.

The Greeks had Selene, the sister of Helios, to whom she was considered the personification of the Moon. But they also had Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo (who was assimilated into both traditions with that name.)

And they had Hecate, who provides a third lunar connection, but who is not the direct equivalent of Juno. In fact, Hecate comes across as much more powerful, complex and mysterious than Juno, with connections to witchcraft, sorcery and magic, as well as healing and herbology, ghosts and necromancy.

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Moon Lore ---> Once upon a time ... ---> In ancient times, Moon phases, Moon cycles, were the readily visible, incontrovertible calendar people depended on to mark the passage of time. The appearance of the Full or New Moon in the company of certain well-known and predictable constellations signaled the arrival of specific important moments in the year. The interval between one New Moon and the next marked one length of time ... roughly equivalent to our modern idea of "a month."

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* The Moon in General -- Your Inner Self of Feelings, Emotions and Intuition ---> Welcome to your inner world -- In Astrology, The Moon represents our inner feelings, our emotions ... and our deep security needs. It reflects our basic habits, instincts and automatic reactions. It speaks to some elements of our Karma and childhood home, our upbringing, family background and specifically our relationship with our mother (or major mother figure from the past.)

* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers ---> The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky....

* Moon Magic ---> Secrets and mysteries ---> The Moon has a mystique all its own. It is often associated with secrecy and mystery ... and is associated with strange, uncanny powers. It evokes a peculiar range of responses in cultures everywhere, from curiosity and wonder, to romance and affection, to awe and dread. In legend (and the lore of police and hospital personnel), the Full Moon brings forth weird behaviors, extreme reactions, and over-the-top ....

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The Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The New Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Full Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Dark Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index
The Void-of-Course Moon in Astrology -- Articles Index

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