Behind the Design

The Sun and Moon - Significance in Art and Design

February 4, 2019

The sun and moon for thousands of years have long been the center for different beliefs for many people. From being worshiped to being essential in astrology to being symbols of spirituality and being tattooed on bodies, you will see them in different ways and places. Why are they so significant in art and design? Here are three reasons:

Polarity

The sun and moon represent different things in different cultures but the one thing that is common in all of them is their polarity. The sun symbolizes firmness, strength and power while the moon represents calmness, beauty, nurturing. In Chinese zodiac they are akin to male and female energies. These two forces are different yet interlinked with another and make the day and night look complete.

Light

The sun is nature’s answer to a powerful light bulb that we get freely every day while the moon is the night lamp that soothes and calms us with its soft luminosity sourced by the sun itself. These two represent positivity because they eliminate darkness in their own ways. The sun doesn’t just light up the day. It’s the reason for growth. It also provides warmth while the moon is a sign of hope during a dark night.

A Sense of Direction

People used to navigate the sun, moon and stars for finding directions and creating maps. The earliest clock was actually a sundial and became the basis of modern day clocks.

Mystical/Spiritual

Many cultures and religions have the sun and moon as symbols of rebirth, dreams and creativity. They have a high place in mysticism and work as spiritual symbols.

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