Book: Guardian of night, soul, unconscious mind, foreign and bewildering
Guidance: Peer into your shadows and look into your fears
I became comfortable with the moon and with the darkness in the first few years after my divorce. The moon and the darkness gave me comfort and let me nurture my soul without being exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. The moon softens the rough edges and wraps us in her mystery. I found so much comfort in the darkness as I felt that I could examine my soul without the judgement of other people. One of the biggest lessons I learned in going into the darkness was how much the harsh scrutiny and judgement of other people really heart me. I found that I was living my life for other people instead of myself. However, when I went into the darkness, the goddess took care of me and she nurtured me and loved me.
I think many people are afraid of the moon and the darkness because it is a time of introspection and sometimes it is really hard to look at our flaws and the sunlight lets us avoid the dark places in our souls. There are so many shiny distractions in the sun and the world seems wide open and as if we can go anywhere, but when we are surrounded by darkness it is hard to avoid ourselves.
The other lesson I learned from going into the darkness is that I also need the light. I need the sun to warm up my soul and make me realize I am loved. I've been spending time alternating between the sun and the moon lately and I find that really helps me to stay in balance.