I’m beginning to think that I am seeing things from a completely different viewpoint from where I was looking before.
My own opinions about things are usually way off the mark to start off with, but as more facts come to light I tend to find that my opinions about many situations / events / things change, and I realise that what I initially thought was wrong. No, not wrong, different. OK, wrong some of the time…
Take the Moon, for instance. I’ve been interested in the Tarot for several years, and have been slowly learning how to interpret the cards. I’ve not touched them for several months now, but the last connection I had with them was with the Major Arcana, of which the Moon card is one. I have always felt a ‘feminine’ energy or vibe from this card, and my initial feelings from this card are to ‘watch your back’ around certain people, people who may not have your best intentions in mind, and ‘people’ usually, but not necessarily, being female. The card must be read with other cards to get the full interpretation, but feeling the card individually to me it is feminine.
This has been backed up by the fact that in the Wicca religion, and the magic of the Moon, the phases of the Moon are known as the Maiden (waxing), the Mother (full) and the Crone (Waning) – all feminine, as all are believed to be the faces of the Goddess.
And looking further, the characteristics within Yin and Yang have the Moon being a symbol of Yin (feminine) and the Sun a symbol of Yang (masculine) – and just to add that the respective animal symbols for both are tiger for Yin and dragon for Yang (I’m coming across a lot of dragons at the moment so this must be a ‘message’ coming through to me – I’ll have to wait and see what I’m being told though…) – but everything seems to be pointing to the fact that the Moon is a feminine energy.
I have recently mentioned that in 1642 the Codex Regius was discovered in Iceland. This manuscript contained poems written hundreds of years earlier, and the poems featured Norse mythology. These poems say that the Moon is a masculine energy and the Sun is feminine.
Apparently, in the early days, it was the case that the Sun was feminine and the Moon masculine, but over time their roles were swapped, and later languages describe the Sun as masculine and the Moon feminine.
These definitions changed with time, so, reading between the lines this would indicate that the concept of Yin and Yang, or the Wicca religion, are newer than the tales contained within Norse mythology.
I personally thought this would have been the other way around, considering the texts contained in the Codex Regius are thought to have been written in the thirteenth century. Obviously the stories would have been older, as the Norse beliefs are pre-Christian, but could they be pre 500BC, when Taoism was founded? And the Wicca belief seems to stem from pre-Christian pagan times too. I know I’m probably looking too deeply into things by bringing different beliefs into the mix, but the timelines involved don’t seem to tie in with the general characteristics of the whole Moon is feminine / masculine debate.
And that is why I say that at times I’m wrong. I find a piece of information from a particular source, which is backed up by other pieces of information, so my ideas are confirmed. Then, I find something contradictory, and other articles that confirm this way of looking at things.
I’m not saying that any belief is wrong, how can they be? But sometimes I feel that the information we receive may not necessarily show both sides of what is being told.
Yin and Yang represents balance. Maybe by finding all of these facts, I’m being shown a way to find my own balance. Or maybe, once again, I’m way off the mark.