Do the Moon and the Sun meet at exactly the same degree every month to produce
the New Moon?
Scientifically, we know the moon is lit by the Sun and we have a New Moon Day and a Full Moon Day. That’s because we can see the full lit side of the Moon when it is opposite to the Sun; that’s the latter. When the dark side of the Moon is visible it is on the same side as the Sun; that’s the former.
But I don’t want to talk about that as it relates to the ancients and the mythological threads that have evolved over thousands of years in the stories we tell. Like the one about what all that means when we simply look up at the sky in blissed out wonder at it all. Who cares about all that science stuff when it something is completely beautiful?
For example, there’s an ongoing debate over whether or not it is true that the full moon has an effect on human emotions just because the moon - scientifically again - has an influence over water.
The fact is, the tidal effect of the Moon on Earth is more than twice as strong as that of the Sun, even though the Sun’s gravitational pull on Earth is around 178 times stronger than that of the moon.
Some clever - some would say ridiculous - wags suggest that because there is a Full Moon effect on large bodies of water, and the human body is made up of 90% water that ipso facto it is perfectly normal for human emotions to be out of control at a Full Moon.
But I don’t want to talk about that either.
As a true romantic, my imagination exalts in this image of the the Sun and the Moon ‘meeting’ at exactly the same degree each month to create the New Moon when we do consider mythology.
The ancients saw that the Sun represents male energy; gold being the symbol. The Moon represents female energy; silver, the symbol. Is there anything more emphatically alchemical about the order of things in the universe regarding men and women, love and nature, science and the proof of …well….the order of things?
I think not.
To me the cosmological sense is that life, love, nature and reality all have second chances, with this meeting once a month, face to face in the same place when the Sun and the Moon meet.
Just that sentence alone inspires heartfelt amazement, no?