Grandfather Moon is wise and loving, his presence in our lives is constant, he cautiously watches over us unseen most of the time he takes care not to overwhelm us with his powerful spirit, and deplete our energies. Grandfather Moon is the one responsible for the flow of the waters, he is the overseer of the tides, he is the catalyst of birth, he fuels our passions, spurs our sense of justice, and lights our spirits when we are needed. Grandfather Moon connects us to our inner-selves, he connects us with our honour, integrity and determination, he inspires us to love ourselves but more importantly to love and protect that which is around us even more because without the rest of life and society we are all lost.
I first created him in honour and memory of my own Grandfather William who was a wonderful person, a good man so I painted his image to keep near me. But I redid his design and am sharing it with all of you to honour other good men whom I am very appreciative for in my own life. Do not get me wrong, I have had more than a few encounters with the other type of person and this honour is not extended to everyone who is male, only the Good solid men like my Grandfather was.
I chose the Moon as the image for males although it is not traditionally done as such however the qualities of the Moon as opposed to the Sun who I also painted in honour of my Grandmother Ruth. Their incredible relationship was the foundation of the parts of my childhood that were incredibly healthy and positive. He was incredibly supportive and allowed her to be all that she could and to pass her goodness onto the rest of us and due to that he never got as much recognition of attention from us.
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And that is often how it is, there are very good men and women out there who never are shown the appreciation they deserve whereas they often get the brunt of abuse simply due to the wrongs of other not good people who unfortunately share the same sex with them. This is a great wrong and it is time to appreciate people for who they are and let them know that they are important to us all and that is what this design is about. So to all my good brothers out there, young and old, known or unknown to me, this is a symbol of my appreciation of all that you are and all that you do. Hold your heads up and be proud of the good man you are and thank you for all you do.
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