Because it transcends borders and we all see it no matter where in the world we live, the moon has always been a part of our respective and shared mythology. Whether we’re at sea or on land, it lights the sky at night for us. Let’s learn more about the meaning and symbolism of the crescent moon and why it’s so popular in jewelry.
History of the Crescent Moon Symbol
The crescent moon is associated with goddesses in many ancient traditions and is a symbol of fertility. In Ancient Egypt, Isis represents both the female creator god as well as motherhood and similarly, Hathor is associated with maternal love and nurturing. The importance of these two deities influenced Greek mythology when Artemis (one form of Selene) became known as “the lady of wild things.”
In Greek Mythology Selene is the goddess of the moon. Her name was likely derived from selas the Greek word for “light,” and it is said she drove her chariot of white horses across the sky at night giving evening light. Women wishing to conceive would pray to the moon goddess Selene to help them bring new life into the world.
In Roman mythology the slender curve of the crescent shape symbolized the bow used by Diana, goddess of the hunt. In Chinese philosophy the moon is the yin to the sun’s yang, showing how the female moon and the male sun can perfectly balance each other despite being opposites. In Celtic tradition Brigid, another moon goddess, is said to be able to cure diseases by using herbs and is associated with protection, healing, poetry, and wisdom.
Crescent Moon Meaning in Jewelry
The crescent moon has been considered a symbol of protection, transition and new beginnings due to its waxing and waning cycle, which represents both the time before something new begins (waxing) and after it ends (waning). This cycle can also be seen as representing life’s journey from darkness into light; it offers guidance to those who lost on their path and also reminds us there’s always hope in trying again.
The moon in any form is considered to be feminine, an empowering symbol that represents female influence, intuition and kindness as well as the power that women wield throughout the world. Crescent moons have been worn by lovers for centuries because they’re believed to signify love and fertility. In some cultures unmarried women wear them believing they’ll find their soulmate, and married couples use them to represent their lasting relationship.
Crescent moons are also worn to bring luck and wealth and in some cultures they are believed to be protection against negativity. Whether they’re worn for their protective or empowering qualities or to bring good luck, you can find crescent moon earrings, necklaces and rings in lots of different styles.