The Crescent Moon is making a solo sweep up the evening sky this week, not meeting a single planet until it passes by Mars next Sunday.
In ancient times it was believed that every human being comes from a star ~ not just that we are made of the same stuff as the stars, but that the human being, as a soul-spirit being, actually came from a specific star. But to get to the Earth, this soul-spirit being had to pass through starry worlds, through the regions of the planets and the Sun, and then, last of all, through the Moon sphere ~ which was the entire region around the Earth described by the Moon’s orbit.
The Moon exhibits two orbital rhythms: One relative to the stars; and the other relative to the Sun. The sidereal, or star rhythm, is the time it takes the Moon to complete one revolution relative to the stars. This takes 27.3 days.
The synodic rhythm is the time it takes for one revolution relative to the Sun. That’s 29.5 days.
These two rhythms of the Moon are in profound and perfect harmony with the Sun and Saturn: The latitude of the Sun’s surface where the sunspots occur rotates around the the solar surface every 27.3 days, which is the Moon’s sidereal rhythm; and the planet Saturn orbits the Sun every 29.5 years, which is n harmony with the Moon’s synodic rhythm of 29.5 days.
The Sun is the giver of life; Saturn, as slowest of the visible planets, marks the boundary of time; and the Moon serves as guardian, protecting the Earth after the human being falls from starry regions, always showing us the same face, reflecting all available celestial light, and on occasion, reflecting our own shadow back to us, so we can find our own true nature.