In the Darkness

In the Darkness

There is something about the moon that just stops me in my tracks. I am not sure if it is the way that I am drawn to the glow or the darkness that surrounds it. Perhaps it is the mystery of something so distant and yet conscientious in the promise that it will be there every night. I knew when I decided to do a photo book that the moon was going to be the first image that I was going to photograph. I thought about if I wanted it to be the full moon, glorious and unafraid to shine despite the uncertainty around it. Maybe the crescent moon, just a sliver in the sky with the reassurance that in the darkness, light finds it way through. But then I meditated, applied that to the phases of the moons regarding my feelings and thoughts at that very moment. I realized that the half moon was where I wanted to begin.

The half moon represents so much for me right now. The side that is exposed has hope, light, accomplishments, my truths that I display on a daily basis. Everything that is encompassed in what people see of me every day is in that side. It is my present.

The side that is engulfed in darkness is everything that people don’t see. The depths of emotions, fears, concerns, doubts, secrets, regrets, etc., that make up every human on this earth. It contains my future hopes, aspirations, dreams and accomplishments that are waiting to be unveiled.

The half moon is called the Waxing Gibbous phase of the moon. The developmental stage in life and a reminder that the full moon will be upon us within days. The full moon is a time for cleansing, releasing negativity and letting go of the physical, emotional, and spiritual baggage which no longer serve your highest self. So, this image reminds me to develop what I can with the time that I have at hand, and then prepare for cleansing myself of all the negativity which resides within me.

What is your favorite phase of the moon? And why? I can’t wait to hear from you.

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