The sun symbol is found in all cultures throughout history.
Considered by most peoples as a cosmic power, it’s not surprising we see the sun emblazed upon countless artifacts and writings.
Ancient Chinese culture recognized the sun as the Great Male Principle – the ultimate Yang. These symbolically appreciative people also personified the sun as a cosmic eye viewing out upon its dominion during the day.
Quick List of Symbolic Sun Meanings
The planetary sign of the sun (a circle with a dot in the center) is also an alchemical symbol of origin signifying completion of the Great Work. Furthermore, this sun symbol represents the Self in its relation to the cosmic whole.
This is also the case in astrology where the sun is symbolic of the Self that is expressed outwardly – the self that shines openly to our friends, family, co-workers, etc. The sun position at our time of birth gives special illumination as to our characteristics. It’s as if the sun shines upon our symbolic selves and makes us most visible to the world (see your astro sun sign here).
Various symbols have been prescribed to the full moon. Some cultures identify the moon as a feminine symbol that represents the rhythm of time while in other cultures it has religious significance. For example, in India the full moon is said to control the flow of all water in the universe. In other societies, particularly in scientific realms, the moon is said to control tidal flow. In Buddhist ideology, full moon days maintain significance as a time for religious reflection.
Further, the phases of the moon are used as an analogy for human development:
- New moon: infancy
- Crescent: youth and adolescence
- Full: maturity and pregnancy
- Waning: old age and sleep
However, empirical study of both the positive and negative effects of the moon have proven inconclusive. The symbolism of the full moon thus appears to be more folklore than concrete science.
Symbolic Moon Meanings
Astrologically speaking the moon is ruler of the sign of Cancer and governs the realm of intuitive thinking as well as emotions. The moon is a symbolic soul mate to water, and shares this affinity with Cancer as we learn Cancer’s foundational element is water.
Symbolism of Moon Phases
The phases of the moon serve as another glimpse into her intricate meanings.
- Waning Moon:
Symbolic of letting go, surrender, release, quiet time, contemplation, and a time of incubation.
- New Moons:
Symbolic of new beginnings, a fresh start, rebirth
- Waxing Moon:
Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
- Full Moon:
Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness, and obtainment of desire
Pendants Metal Content:
This work of art is made of Fine Silver which is embossed with symbols and then meticulously plated by hand with 24K gold. Seven layers of clear enamel are then applied to protect the finish so no cleaning or polishing is needed. Neckwires are handmade in my studio using steel cable with 24K gold outer layer, this finished with a protective coating so it never changes. Neckwires are available in 16″ or 18″ lengths.