A couple of nights ago we were blessed with a clear view of the Full Moon. With so much rain and cloud cover, plus the lateness of the hours when the moon shows her face, this is indeed a rare sight.
We awoke at 5:05 a.m. and noticed an amazing amount of light. We got up and walked around the inside of the house, marvelling at the brightness of the moon in the western sky.
Suddenly we understood why and how armies could move by night, why hunters could track their quarry, and why men were inspired to speculate and wonder about this sphere or disc.
Our own ruminations ran to asking why feminity is often attributed to the Moon , while virility, or masculinity (vir = man in Latin) often is attributed to the Sun. Why Moon leads to Goddess and Sun leads to God, King, Warrior, Charioteer.
We supposed the reason is due to the Sun’s ability to cause harm: burning, fire, destruction. But some believe that the Moon brings out evil from the dark places of the world and drives people crazy or releases their inherent craziness.
Finding this a fruitless path of inquiry, we turned next to the densest piece of writing in human history, to our knowledge, Genesis or Bereishit. In Chapter 1 alone, G-d creates the whole shebang. A quick summary –
– Day One – God separates light from the darkness (my commentator says: “…creation is the making of distinctions” and notes many other distinctions in the creation story); then
– Second Day, separates water above from the water below; then gathers the water into one area so that Earth and Seas could appear; then
– Third Day, brought vegetation forth; and – here’s where it gets interesting – “there was evening and there was morning.” Huh. Finally, the
– Fourth Day, (Gen. 1:14-15) – God said, “Let there by lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times — the days and the years; and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth,” to dominate the day and the night and to separate light from darkness.
There’s no investment lesson here, but plenty to think about.