As a child I was captivated by a story about the moon and stars from a book given to me one Christmas. It was a beautifully illustrated book on Native American Folklore and the story has stayed with me down the years. It told of how the sun, moon and stars came to be in the sky; a creation story about a raven who was a supernatural being. He came into a world which was full of darkness and felt sorry for the people who lived in this world. He decided to search for light and after flying over many lands he finally arrived at the house of an old but all-powerful man who kept the sun, moon and stars in a box in his house. The clever raven turns himself into a pine needle and drops it into the food which the daughter of the old man is about to eat. Soon, after consuming the food, the young woman gives birth to a human which strangely resembles a bird. The trickster raven, now part human, steals into the old man’s room, opens his box of treasure and releases the sun, moon and stars into the sky, bringing light into the world.

The Moon, revered by our Celtic ancestors here in Scotland, was often referred to as the “Great Lamp of Grace.” Seen as a guide and protector, prayers were said to the moon, a guardian spirit and timekeeper whose great presence and energy was associated with transformation.

The teachings and practices of our indigenous ancestors persistently show how the moon was considered all-powerful in the “more than human” world. The link between lunar phases and different tides not only informed hunting, fishing and agricultural practices but also revealed an understanding of their knowledge of the tides, and the effect of the tides on the environment. A sacred regard for all life was intrinsic to their culture which nurtured unity and connectedness to all things.

Working with hand printed papers, exploring colour, texture and shape, I have been working on a series of moon images considering the associations between the moon, feminine emotions, intuition and instinct, and the connections with feminine fertility and lunar cycles. Drilling down into this spiritual and mythological landscape the ebb and flow of my own spiritual journey has emerged bringing with it an eagerness to dig deeper into the metaphysics and narratives of the moon.

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