The Mother’s Moon Is Coming

The Mother’s Moon is coming.

Other names for May’s brightest Moon phase are Corn Planting Moon and Milk Moon.

The Mother, symbolized by the full moon, represents fulfillment, fertility, ripeness and stability. She is caring and often parental in nature, there to nurture and protect. The Crone, symbolized by the waning moon, represents wisdom, maturity, completion and restfulness.

I never could recognize the face of the man in the moon

The dark marks that define her features are in reality the bodies of water on her surface: the sea of tranquility, the ocean of storms and the sea of fertility. 

The moon as mother is a prevalent, primal mythological theme. 

It is not coincidence that Mother’s Day is in May.

The moon, as queen of heaven, reigned in the Near East: Babylonia, Persia, Syria, Sumeria, Arkadia and Canaan. She from whom all life issues, was known as Anath, Asherath, Anahita, Qadesh, Lilith, Ishtar, Inanna and Astarte.

The glow and beauty of the stars

are nothing near the splendid moon

when in her roundness she burns silver

about the world.

– Sappho of Lesbos

May is most notable for being the turning point in the year where temperatures rise and a vast variety of flowers come into full bloom.

Metaphorically, cultivate your passions and desires, encourage them to burst forth into bloom, and you will be rewarded with abundance in various forms in your life.

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