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:

relationships,
sex,
social pressure,
unrequited love,
secret passion,
eternity– 

— 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
‘spooning’,
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
for:
the feminine principle,
spirituality
and the
supernatural,
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.

Generally,
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 !!!!!!

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