What Do Dreams About the Moon Mean?
The Meaning in the Moon
Is the moon simply a symbol for romance?
When discussing it as a dream symbol, the answer is an unequivocal "no!" In dream symbolism, lunar dreams can be expressions of:
On a deeper level, the moon can also symbolize powerful archetypes such as:
But to get an accurate idea of what a moon dream is communicating, one also needs to consider other aspects of the moon, such as:
- The phase of the dream moon.
- The proximity of the moon, either to the dreamer or to the earth.
- Personal associations with the moon.
Finally, one should pay attention to any type of odd moon behavior, such as the dream moon rapidly contracting and expanding, or one that runs through its cycles in seconds instead of a month of days.
Intuition and Moon Symbolism
Moon dreams often symbolize the intuition, alerting the dreamer that constant, conscious analysis can be set aside in favor of quietly allowing one's self to perceive and receive the information already known to the unconscious mind.
As a symbol of intuition, the moon may also herald the growth or bursting forth of intuitive abilities long held in check.
The phase of the moon in a dream can give insight into how one's intuitive self is developing. For example, a tiny, fingernail-like crescent moon can indicate that one is entering into a fresh, new relationship with the unconscious and intuitive nature. A full moon indicates full receptivity to the intuition.
Receptivity, while a passive action, is still an active concept—one must be open in order to receive, not shut down. Part of receptivity involves trust, another aspect of intuition that the moon phase can indicate. One may have intuitive impulses all day long, but without trust, one is still shut down, unable to act on the information the unconscious delivers.
Tides, Emotions, and the Moon
What do the tides have to do with emotions?
Water is the symbol par excellence of the emotions and therefore tides, as water in motion, symbolize emotional movement.
Tides are controlled by the moon—a force wholly outside of their watery realm. The dreamer might examine if his or her emotions are similarly controlled by some outside force.
Whereas some outer life circumstances naturally provoke an emotional reaction, such as the way death elicits grief, all too often one's emotional control is unnaturally predicated upon the actions of others.
One might look to moon dreams as a call to examine how in touch with and how in control one is of the emotional life. The extent to which one maintains emotional control is proportionate to the amount of personal power one has in one's life. If one's emotions are controlled by outer forces or people, those forces or people are the very ones to which personal power has been ceded.
Fertility and Creativity
Prior to the advent of electricity, a woman's monthly rhythms harmonized with the moon's phases. Since a woman's cycle is the basis for determining fertility, the moon in dreams can symbolize that same fertility.
Dream fertility does not necessarily equate to actual, waking life fertility.
Dream fertility refers to more to the state of mental fertility, that state wherein the dreamer is allowing the creative impulse to flourish, where an idea's germination has found a place in which to prosper and grow, unimpeded.
What Is Dream Fertility?
Dream fertility refers to more to the state of mental fertility, that state wherein the dreamer is allowing the creative impulse to flourish,
Dream Moon Proximity
So how does the moon's proximity affect interpreting it as a dream symbol?
How near or far the moon is from the earth can indicate the degree of closeness one has with one's unconscious. It can indicate the unconscious and the conscious mind are familiar friends or distant enemies.
The moon's distance from the earth can indicate the gulf between the conscious and unconscious. The greater the gulf, the more the likelihood exists that the unconscious is projecting shadows onto the waking world.
But the symbolism found in the moon's distance from the earth is not limited to defining the relationship between the unconscious and the conscious.
The distance of the moon from the earth can also symbolize feelings of emotional distance if the moon is far from the earth. When it is close, it can indicate qualities of emotional connectedness, of feeling satisfied with one's relationship to the waking world.
Dream Moon Phase and Its Symbolism
A phase is a distinct stage in a process of change. The moon's phase in a dream can indicate where one is in a particular stage of development and can give some key information regarding how to interpret the moon as a dream symbol.
Here are some ideas about how to interpret the symbolism.
Moon Phase Symbolism
Nascent stage, something that is just coming into existence, something full of hope and potential, the infancy of something.
Feelings of renewal, a resurrection of life after discarding outdated modes of being. Crescent moons indicate the fragility of beginning, a time when that which is growing needs nurture and care so that it may safely grow to the fruition indicated by the moon's fullness.
Progress in a certain waking life area is happening, but more growth is necessary before maturation is met.
Halfway there! Just a little more work before completion.
Completion, fruition. Dormant ideas in the unconscious are fully ready for birth in the outer world of form. When related to intuition, a full moon indicates that the dreamer's intuitive awareness is fully developed.
See the Earth From Moon's Other Side
Sometimes dream moons act outside what is possible in reality.
The moon may appear to expand and contract, mercurially moving through stages from crescent to full moon with supernatural swiftness.
This kind of dream moon may indicate that something is quickening within the dreamer at an advanced rate. Change, perhaps bold, unexpected change, can be indicated by such a dream.
The Moon and the Unconscious
Moon dreams can give the dreamer insight into what is taking place in the unconscious by standing in for archetypes such as the anima or the syzygy.
The anima archetype is the hidden female inside the male. The phase of the moon in a man's dream can indicate how well he is progressing with regard to anima integration and/or the degree to which his conscious mind relates to the unconscious.
The moon, according to Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Jungian analytical psychology, Carl Jung, is also a symbol of the archetype known as the syzygy, which is an archetypal union of the male and the female.
Why does the moon function as a symbol of conjunction between conscious and unconscious?
Because the moon's light is actually the sun's property!
Without the sun, there is no moonlight. But without the moon, the sun has no ability to shine in the dark of night. The moon acts not only as a passive, female, receptive entity, but also functions in the capacity of an active, masculine projector.
The sygyzy is the archetype of the perfect conjunction of the masculine and the feminine, of the active and the passive. The moon's ability to both receive and project make it a beautiful expression of the sygyzy—one we can see by simply looking up into the sky on a clear night.
What Do You Believe the Moon Symbolizes?
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- 10 Interesting Myths and Legends About The Moon
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© 2012 Aisling Ireland