Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. "Earthrise: A Mythic Image for Our Times."
Earthrise is still a powerful image after almost 50 years (the crew of Apollo 8 took the photo on Christmas Eve Day, 1968), even after seeing the amazing images of the cosmos we get almost daily from the Hubble space telescope. Our universe is vast, mysterious, a bit scary as well as breath-taking, but there's something hopeful about that image of our beautiful Earth shining in the darkness of space that touches my heart and soul. Do you feel that way too?
I've been drawn to that photo ever since the first time I saw it back in 1968. I put it on the front page of our college year-book; it's on the cover of my book of seasonal fairy tales, Stories of the Earth, and for me at least, it is connected with my vision of Lady Wisdom.
(Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. Earthrise: A Mythic Image for Our Times.)
There is also a Heroine's Journey women are especially called to. It is an inner journey that can free us from the patriarchal corsets and straightjackets we've been shaped by. And the gift we receive and the treasure we bring back will be Wisdom--the wisdom to find solutions to the personal and collective crisis that face us.
There is an image of the Return of the Divine Feminine that corresponds to this image of Earthrise.
And a portent appeared in the heavens: A woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with Stars, in labor...giving birth to the Savior.
Images are not owned by any one religion or corporation. Symbols are universal and they come to us pure in our dreams and through synchronicities in our waking life, and through true myths, music, art and stories. Of course, patriarchy consciously uses images to capture our attention, but that way lies manipulation and control. When we look at an image and let it speak to us--just as we can with this image of Earthrise or that of the 'Woman with the Sun'--we really can learn something about what Spirit or the Anima Mundi wants us to do.
So before this Aquarius New Moon on Thursday, January 30th at 1:38pm PST/ 4:38pm EST/ 9:38pm GMT, sit down and meditate on this image of our mother, our home, our source. And listen to what She tells you.
Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!