Phases of the moon

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Once I was a new moon, unseen, hidden in the dark universe of my mother’s womb. As she fed on the sun, swallowing sunlight silently gathered by plants, I grew into a small sliver of a crescent moon – a mere curl of the girl I would be.

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Waxing day by day, more of me could be seen – small hands, feet, and face slowly revealed from the soft tissue, while the bones, pliable as new twigs, lengthened. Mother hid her lunate shape until I increased and she felt my orbit. When I reached the first quarter phase, her belly mirrored me.

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For some length of days, I waxed gibbous within and her universe expanded. She knew my time would come soon.

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When she could eat no more light, I shone through her, a full moon making my own self visible.

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We women belong to the moon, following her cycle through the sky, waxing and waning through our lives. In this way the world is born again and again.

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I have waxed full in my spin around the world, and despite an empty universe of a womb, I have had two full moons orbit my life.

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Now I wane, and this phase – my last quarter – is almost spent.

 

Once I was full of light, but now so much is hidden. I follow the path forward, shrinking my way home in the dark night under the starshine, In the early morning hours, curled upon my bed, a small crescent shape beneath the covers, I wait and wonder about that final phase when I am too new to be seen.

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Photos courtesy of Jay Tanner on Creative Commons

Waxing crescent: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-040.jpg
First quarter: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-088.jpg
 Waxing gibbous: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-134.jpg
 Full moon: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-168.jpg
 Waning gibbous: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-224.jpg
 Last quarter: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-265.jpg
Waning crescent:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phase-327.jpg

24 thoughts on “Phases of the moon

    • I’m doing great, thank you. I tend to be terminally cheerful, so when I write sad things I always feel that they are sappy or over-the-top. I’ve just been doing a lot of waxing and waning, so my time on the blog has been limited.

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