The day this image was made – in the predawn hour of December 21, 2022 – the moon was in a waning crescent phase, meaning that only a small percentage of it was visible. The last light of the moon has always captured our imagination.
In some cultures, crescent moon jewelry is worn to offer protection against negativity. It can be a sign of fertility, related to life and death, pinpointing changing seasons.
In this image, the sliver of a moon is absorbed within a huge orb surrounded by the magic of purples and blues, with a floor of dawn’s orange light.
Lore suggests that the waning crescent moon is when we should prepare for a fresh start. Since we were in late December, just a few days away from the birth of the new year, this explanation suits me. Hoping that you have had a fresh start to 2023 and that the moon shines on you the whole year.