The moon has significance across the globe in different ways. For many, it is seen as the opposite of the sun for balancing the world. In Western and Chinese culture, the moon is associated with feminine energy. By contrast, the sun is associated with masculine energy.

Old tales tell us that the moon needs the sun to shine, and vice versa, as these two energies balance one another. Light and dark, day and night, male and female.

However, there are some cultures that see the moon as a masculine force. For example, some African, Japanese, and Oceanic culture depict examples where the moon is a stronger form of energy than the sun!

Who are the Gods and Goddesses associated with the moon?

Artemis

A greek hunter goddess with influence over protection, midwifery, and childbirth.

Artemis statue against green trees.

Diana

Depicted as a Roman Huntress or Woodland deity who protects both women and animals. Diana represents female power and independence.

Hecate

Specializing in mystery and magic, Hecate is also responsible for birth, life cycles, and purification. She also protected homes and families.

Thoth

The Egyptian God of the Moon, and one of the rare male deities associated with the moon. Thoth represents wisdom, magic, and hidden meaning.

Virgin Mary

In Christianity, some symbolize her with the new moon. She also represents purity, peace, illumination, and overall perfection.

Guan Yin (觀音)

Chinese culture associates her with purity, grace, and kindness. She is also the Matron of Childbirth and is a healer. She protects transitioning souls and travelers.

Statue of Guan Yin in Hong Kong against green forest.

What does the moon represent?

In some literature, the moon often evokes a sense of spookiness and mystery. You could often find a superimposed moon in illustrations for the audience to feel a sense of discomfort when exploring new areas of the world.

Alternatively, the moon can also represent peace and tranquility. Since the moon is often associated with protective goddesses and mother-figures, the moon is linked to people’s personal lives. It is also connected to fertility and reproduction.

Did you know that phases of the moon also symbolize different things too?

The moon’s phases also represent a person’s phases of learning, letting go, and growing.

WANING is often associated with letting go, surrendering, releasing, and silence. It’s the time for peacefully accepting the loss and the inevitable.

NEW MOON opens us to new beginnings. It’s the time to start fresh and is connected to concepts of rebirth. It is the time to finally take the leap and go after scary ideas.

WAXING is associated with growth, manifestation, attainment, and gravity. It represents the positive growth in people.

Closeup of Waxing moon against starless black space.

FULL represents the height of success, power, and fulfillment. It symbolizes people obtainment everything they have ever wanted.

How do I incorporate the moon into my life?

You could wear a moonstone jewelry! Moonstone displays adularescence, a color-shifting effect. Not only do we associate it with the white gemstone therapy for peace in life, it also looks good on everyone!

Closeup of moonstone necklace against yellow-green background.

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