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Symbolism of The Moon.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ― Plato

Many native cultures associate the moon with feminine deities and the Yorubas are no exception. The moon is known as 'Osupa' and is associated with Yemoja, Osun, Iyami, the Oracle of 16 cowries and Ifa. Most indigenous teachings say the moon's visible cycles represent the life of a woman, and it is also a symbol of the Crone, Mother ,Maiden, the triple goddess. Yorubas believe seeing the new moon at the beginning of a month is a sign of good luck, and seeing the full moon denotes success and good news to come.

We learn from nature through her use of metaphors- so the moon appearing every night signifies illumination and banishing darkness, that even in the dark's own territory, light will always triumph.


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