Q: What is the meaning of the crescent moon that Mary is sometimes pictured standing upon? A: The so called Luna, half moon, or sickle of the moon, also waning and waxing moon, is a sign of fertility, related to life and death, and thus a popular symbol in many religions. It pinpoints changing seasons, ebb and tide and related inundations as harbingers of fertility , and the feminine menstrual cycle. The half moon was the attribute of Luna and more specifically of Selene. It was later transferred to Diana Artemis , offspring of the earth mother, and known not only as virgin but also as protectress of the newborn and symbol of fertility in her own right. Biblical references use the moon symbol to highlight cosmic events, divine epiphanies and the ephemeral nature of human life and history see, for example, Isaiah 30,26; 60,19; Revelations 21,
StarChild Question of the Month for November 1998
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Why is the crescent Moon sometimes on its back, bottom, side, or upside down? Is it smiling at you? Look for that sly, slim smile. In both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the shape and width of the crescent Moon is the same on the same day.
In Hinduism , Lord Shiva is often shown wearing a crescent moon on his head symbolising that the lord is the master of time and is himself timeless. It is used as the astrological symbol for the Moon , and hence as the alchemical symbol for silver. From its use as roof finial in Ottoman era mosques , it has also become associated with Islam , and the crescent was introduced as chaplain badge for Muslim chaplains in the US military in
Answer: The Moon orbits Earth at an average distance of , kilometers. The lunar month is the During the lunar month, the Moon goes through all its phases. You can see the phases drawn in the image below. Just like the Earth, half of the Moon is lit by the Sun while the other half is in darkness. The phases we see result from the angle the Moon makes with the Sun as viewed from Earth. The diagram below on the right is one you typically see in books. Don't let it confuse you. The images of the Moon show what you see the Moon look like from Earth when it is at given points in its orbit.