The Mother Mary and the Moon

Michael Sittow, Assumption of Mary-1500. National Gallery of Art. US Public Domain via wikimedia

This 15th Century painting of the assumption of Mary into heaven is quite lovely. Notice that Mary rises from her tomb on a crescent moon. The moon image is also associated with the earth mother.  Carl Jung says, “The Earth Mother is always chthonic and is occasionally related to the moon.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 312) This relationship between the moon and the mother is preserved in this image of the Virgin.

Reference: Carl G.Jung,  The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – Collected Works volume 9i (originally published 1934–1954)


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