Constant, faithful changes
La Luna Bella! A woman invokes the energies of the full moon, while
all around her spiral the eight lunar phases. Each month the moon
embodies the cycle of descent and return, as it waxes to full- ness,
wanes to darkness, and begins to wax again. The Moon is constantly
changing, and She is utterly faithful in Her changes.
This cycle embodies one of the most profound teachings that Nature
has to offer us. Every month the lunar cycle, which is mirrored in a
woman’s menstrual cycle, reminds us that one stage of life always
succeeds another, and that a time of darkness is always followed by
Behind the woman we see the Paleolithic relief
of the Great Goddess of Laussel, which may be humankind’s first
calendar. With one hand she points to her belly (hidden behind the
woman’s head) and with the other, she holds aloft a crescent-shaped horn
incised with thirteen notches, the number of lunations in a solar year.
The woman is accompanied by those allies of the night, Owl and Wolf.
Owl teaches us to navigate by our feelings, instinct and intuition. Wolf
teaches us to get in touch with our “wildish
” nature and howl
at that luminous moon. Salmon leaps up from the depths, bringing the
wisdom of its own cycle of descent and return.