Psychle: Lunar Month
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Lunar Month – Starting with the full moon, the story begins when it starts to wane. A sliver of darkness cuts into its round. The sliver grows and grows until the moon is half empty. It continues to darken, and darken, and darken until the last light is gone. The moon grows fully dark, until, its first sliver of light. This sliver grows, and grows and grows, until, the moon is half full. And it continues to grow, and grow and grow, until there’s as much light as there’s ever been.
The crescent moon can be recognized at the very bottom of Inanna’s journey through the underworld, at which point she goes into labor. This is comparable with the image of Mary, standing on a moon, child in arms. It can also be compared with the image of Isis and Horus with the crescent horns of a bull. In each case, the mortal renewal of humans through offspring is projected onto the monthly renewal of the moon.
The full moon is associated with the redemption of Horus, whose lunar eye is restored (to fullness) in conjunction with Osiris’ rebirth. Osiris, who is himself associated with the (lunar) Apis bull, is cut into fourteen pieces. The disassembly and reassembly of these fourteen pieces is associated with the fourteen waning and waxing days of a month. By now, any vision of Osiris’ journey as reductively solar should begin to dissolve. Cyclical qualities of the sun AND moon can be seen in his journey. And the same can be said of Horus, whose defeat and victory are sunset and sunrise.
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