I picked some of those representing a crucifixion scene along with a clear sun and moon allegory in it.
Back of the Tooth Shrine. Eight century. Longobards work. The front part is very rich gold and gems cloisonnè. After its name, this reliquary probably brought a relic tooth inside. This kind of reliquaries was called “Capsellae” or haversacks, for they accompanied owners in their long trips. Treasure of Monza Cathedral. As we can notice, a man on the left and a woman on the right is hovering the crucifixion scene. Close up on the woman: she is provided with a lunar scythe lying on her circular frame.
Reliquary or Capsella called of Pippin the first’s. Before 830 A.D. Treasure of Conques Abbey. This time an unquestionable sun on the left and an unquestionable moon on the right is displayed above the crucifix.
Cover of “Sacramental” or manuscript accompanying a special liturgy. In this case the coronation of Charles the Bald. About 870 A.D. Starting capital T letter is cross-shaped. Palatine school of Charles the Bald. Bibliothèque Nationale. Lat. 1131, fol.6 v. Paris. As you can see Sun is represented by a man featuring brown-yellow( flavus) color, while Moon is a bluish woman. Note the lunar scythe inside her circular frame, on the right. In this case, we do not have a Latin cross, but an S. Antony Cross.
Cover of Codex Aureus, gift by empress Theophano and her child Otto III to Echternach Abbey or Epternacensis. Cloisonnè and made about 985-991. Ivory plaque is dated after Theophano’s sudden death (991). Lunar woman, always on the right, is inside a lunar scythe frame. Pay attention to the crucifix basement: a woman and a Latin scratched “Terra”, earth. Fixation means becoming earth after being fled from the earth.
Cover Book of the “Perikope” ( excerpts, in ancient greek). Represents the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ ( rise again, rising). Gift by Heinrich II and empress Cunegunde. Front Cover. Reichenau school. Beginning of the eleventh century. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Munich. Sun and Moon here is “ God’s hand”. The main tool. Do not get shocked, please. In Alchemy God’s hand is Solve et Coagula. We are just giving a hermetic interpretation of some unorthodox cultic pieces of art. Here Sun and Moon ( lunar scythe on her head) are in their chariots. An ancient greek mythological iconography indeed. Winged beings, or angels, hovering crucifixion provide a good explication on how to get a sublimation.
Certainly, Charlemagne and Ottonians aspired to restore the Christianity of origins. And Rome And Byzantium were more and more becoming less bright to European eyes. If Charlemagne, in the eighth century, thought of Byzantine empress Irene as a demi-divine being, two centuries after Byzantine princess Theophano, married to emperor Otto II, lived hard times in a german court where she was disdained because of her daily perfumed bathing and gold forks eating. But in Francs and Germans pure world, unlike Rome and Byzantium, breaking between the Christian and pagan world was not so palpable.
It is a fact that we hardly know all about very ancient migrations. As Fulcanelli once pointed out, french languages have strange assonances with ancient greek. Byzantines have always had an eye for Franks. The Porphyrogeniti ( those born in the purple room) could never marry a foreigner but a franc. It is difficult to say whether Byzantines for the purpose did mean a Visigothic or a Celtic person. It is a fact that Romans gave to systematic disappearance of the Celtic culture in Gaul. Rather outlandish for a ruling traditionally based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. But perhaps at Carolingian and Ottonian times something still survived. Something that Theophano and her retinue of artists could not have brought along from Byzantium.
- See also Philosophia Reformata, Father Sun & Mother Moon and Two Stars in a Venetian Geocentric Sky;
In our era, it is more common for young crops to approach ancient wisdom through films, tattoos, games than through ancient books. Stephanie Bates, the blogger behind Militarytravelamama, and other projects, recently asked me to link to a page about sun and moon symbolism tattoos. From an aesthetic point of view, the tattoos are well done, so I decided to welcome her question and offer the readers of labyrinthdesigners some tattooist support to the concept as well. After all, what is more inspirational than carving an idea on the skin? Among other things, the skin is alchemically considered a bridge between body (and therefore spirit) and soul.
So, here it is Moon Tattoos & Symbols