West Of The Moon

It’s amazing —

— just how popular
a symbol the moon
was in
vintage postcards.

Depending on the card,
it could represent:

social pressure,
unrequited love,
secret passion,

— and I guess the reason
it was used so commonly
was because using a
seemingly harmless
symbol like the moon
insures that you don’t
just have to come out
and say what you
really mean.

It’s got a mysterious,
numinous quality to it
that you wouldn’t get
with the simple and
relatively contemporary
iconography of
for instance.

And romance under
the moon has always
had a special nuance,
let’s face it.

Of course, it is a
very ancient symbol,
to be sure —
— as old as
humankind itself –

and over the centuries,
the emblem has stood
the feminine principle,
and the
the cyclical nature of life,
and the darker side
of human nature–
among other things.

There were several
ancient Goddesses
that were associated
with it:

including the
virgin huntress Artemis,
(who somehow also
represented maternity
and childbirth) —

and Hecate,
who was the
goddess of magic –
she ruled over the
special dominion
of the night.

in the cards of the
early 1900’s —

I think you’ll get
a strong sense of
desire and passion –
perhaps even lust,
mixed with some
or all of the older
connotations, as well.

The real beauty of
a metaphor like this
is that you can give
it your own special
individual interpretation,
which makes the cards
great fun in any decade !

So, let your imagination
loose on these vintage
postcards and enjoy !!!!!!!

!!!!! HOY !!!!!!


30 thoughts on “West Of The Moon

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  3. vinnieh says:

    I always associated the moon with the butt.

  4. love, love, LOVE this post!!!
    I love the moon!
    I spend time with the moon!
    I’ve talked with The Man in the Moon!
    These postcards are stellar!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…in your Sunday music post for this Sunday…might you put a song by Mr. Glen Campbell?!? If not, that’s okay. 🙂

  5. dievca says:

    The Moon
    You can take the moon by the spoonful
    or in capsules every two hours.
    It’s useful as a hypnotic and sedative
    and besides it relieves
    those who have had too much philosophy.
    A piece of moon in your purse
    works better than a rabbit’s foot.
    Helps you find a lover
    or get rich without anyone knowing,
    and it staves off doctors and clinics.
    You can give it to children like candy
    when they’ve not gone to sleep,
    and a few drops of moon in the eyes of the old
    helps them to die in peace.

    Put a new leaf of moon
    under your pillow
    and you’ll see what you want to.
    Always carry a little bottle of air of the moon
    to keep you from drowning.
    Give the key to the moon
    to prisoners and the disappointed.
    For those who are sentenced to death
    and for those who are sentenced to life
    there is no better tonic than the moon
    in precise and regular doses.

    Translation of Jaime Sabines

  6. julespaige says:

    Ah, the swoon of the moon.
    The man in the moon – a face we oft think we see…
    or the tail of the rabbit in the moon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

    Just poking around – did you know there is a music group called Rabbit in the Moon? “Throughout their career, Rabbit in the Moon toured extensively in the United States playing shows at venues and raves.”

    Oh of course you did – you’re a music guru! 🙂

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