Although the moon has not had boundless prominence in the history of religion, the worship of it has been known since earliest recorded time—in the oldest literatures of Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China—and still exists today in various parts of the world, particularly among certain African and Native American groups. Moon worship is founded on the belief that the phases of the moon and the growth and decline of plant, animal, and human life are related.
In some societies food was laid out at night to absorb the rays of the moon, which were thought to have power to cure disease and prolong life. Among the Baganda of central Africa it was customary for a mother to bathe her newborn child by the light of the first full moon. The moon was frequently equated with wisdom and justice, as in the worship of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Mesopotamian god Sin. In general, however, the moon has been the basis for many amorous legends and some superstitions (madmen were once considered to be moonstruck, hence the term lunatic) and is particularly important in the practice of astrology.
Moon Dream Examples:
- To see the moon in your dream represents some hidden, mysterious aspect of yourself. It is often associated with the feminine mystique and intuition. Alternatively, the moon signifies your changing moods.
- To see the eclipse of the moon in your dream signifies that your feminine side is being overshadowed, or it may mean that some hidden aspect of yourself is coming to the surface.
- To see the crescent moon in your dream indicates cyclic changes, renewal, and movement. You are progressing smoothly toward your life path. A full moon signifies completion and wholeness, while a new moon symbolizes new beginnings.
- To dream that you jump and touch the moon refers to your ambition. When it comes to your goals and aspirations, you aim high. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.
- To dream of the moonlight symbolizes an emotional breakthrough. The dream is offering you reassurance that you are headed on the right track in your dark times. The moon and other celestial bodies often refer to one’s high hopes or high expectations.
- Traveling to the moon would suggest things are in motion towards reaching a high goal you have set.
- Many moons represent many high aspirations. A half-moon may mean you are only giving half your effort towards that goal. If the moon is very close, you may be getting closer to that goal.
- Less often, a moon can reflect one’s mood. A bright moon is optimism. A dark low moon can be depression this dream could suggest the feminine and maternal instinct in your life. Freud would like to say that it would mean the butt of someone, but a more in depth look at the moon as a symbol would be Jung and he said it was a dark place for souls. He mentioned that he saw it as far away maybe our shadow that we over look.
- To see a sliver of moon represents new beginnings. If you dream of the moon being another colour, especially a red moon, this symbolizes disappointments in love. Someone close may not be as truthful or loyal as they have been pretending.
- If you dream of a lunar eclipse, this signifies that your feminine side is being overshadowed. It may also foretell the illness of someone near you.
Moon in Religion:
Moon worship preceded sun worship. Veneration of the moon was at its height during the hunting era, while sun worship became the chief religious ceremony of the subsequent agricultural ages. Solar worship first took extensive root in India, and there it existed the longest. In Persia sun veneration gave rise to the later Mithraic cult. Among many peoples the sun was regarded as the ancestor of their kings. The Chaldeans put the sun in the centre of “the seven circles of the universe.” Later civilizations honoured the sun by giving its name to the first day of the week. Moon worship preceded Sun worship in every primitive society.
The names given to the Moon Goddess are:
- Artemis : Virgin Huntress
- Aphrodite:~ Goddess of Love
- Selene: Mystic
- Hera: Mature Mother
- In Ancient Egypt she is Isis, Hathor, and Seshat
- The Eskimos called her Sedna
- The Chinese named her Shing Moon
- The Celts called her Morgana
- All over the world, rituals were held in her honor
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