luna & sōlis | 11.21.17

You may have noticed that I just recently added a logo for my blog; quick thanks and shoutout to the artist, Cassie O’Neal. I met Cassie at the 2016 Baltimore Tattoo Convention. She did one of my favorite pieces and since then, I’ve become a big fan of her art. I had come up with the general idea of what image I wanted to use for the blog and she was wonderful enough to be able to create it for me.

The sun and the moon have been of great fascination throughout human history. It has been found and described in just about every culture, belief system, etc. I have always really loved the images, simply on an aesthetic level. Only recently have I started looking into symbolism and meanings behind the images. Aside from the slight discrepancies in various interpretations, one trait can be found across the board – duality.

Whether the duality of the sun and moon is seen as a reflection of literally day and night, masculinity vs. femininity, strength and reliability vs. sense and emotion, yin vs. yang… Whichever exact meaning you want to go with, I feel like I identify with all of them in some way. Maybe being a Gemini has something to do with it? Regardless, I feel like there is a balance within myself that I always strive for. It’s something that we all experience. That balance and inner peace could be an example of the duality I see in myself. I also have little “arguments” with myself on opposing optimistic/pessimistic views. The way that I have thought and felt for so many years vs. how I am starting to feel and understand about myself; I feel like I am constantly trying to quiet the two sides of my mind. The negativity, self-hatred, the hopelessness stems from the years and years I have been depressed. That conditioning has led that thought process and behavior to become a sort of subconscious bad habit – my first thought is almost always something negative. I now am able to catch myself and switch it to something more reasonable. Now that I am more aware, I am learning to no longer identify with those feelings of depression or anxiety.

“Before enlightenment, I used to be depressed; after enlightenment, I continue to be depressed. You don’t make a goal out of relaxation and sensitivity. Have you ever heard of people who get tense trying to relax? If one is tense, one simply observes one’s tension. You will never understand yourself if you seek to change yourself. The harder you try to change yourself the worse it gets. “

–Anthony deMello, Awareness

So that’s a bit on why I chose the sun and moon image as the logo for my blog. I feel like I can relate and identify with the various meanings. That, and I still just think it’s really beautiful to look at. Again, thank you so so much to Cassie for designing this for me. She’s a great artist and a really cool person all-around. Definitely check her out on social media and all. I linked her website at the beginning of this post.

What do you all think about the logo?

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