I think the Crescent Moon stands out more. It's something easily recognizable...
(I can hear dub Nephrite in the back of my head saying the Stars know everything...)
But what I really find interesting in all this is how Sailor Moon's character drifts between the two in the anime. In the first two seasons she is strictly associated with crescent moons and by Super, she is associated with hearts more but it's like a blend. So it's like anime Sailor Moon is Sailor V's character from the Codename V manga to me while Venus and the others become the anime punching bags in skirts.
I think Sailor Starlight hit the nail on the head in that crescent moons were chosen for purely aesthetic reasons.
Sailor V was just meant to be a fun one shot where Naoko had the freedom to include all of the elements she liked in one short story. It didn’t have to be deep or tied to some intricate mythology because there literally were no plans to go further than one short story. It’s not like sailor uniforms have any association with space or the planet Venus anyway, so adding another motif to a character that was meant to be a standalone isn’t that baffling.
(If anything, what’s more odd to me was that Naoko named Sailor V’s MALE cat after a moon goddess when none of the Moon Kingdom lore had even existed at the time.)
I'm slow, so I'm only just noticing this for the first time, but:
In this picture, we see Sailor Venus holding the Moon Stick.
We know that Sailor Venus is the leader of the Soldiers of the Four Guardian Deities.
In Act 5, once Sailor Jupiter awakens and there are four Sailors, Luna materializes the Moon Stick, saying it's the symbol of the leader of the Four Sailors.
In the manga, we never see the Moon Stick in any of the flashbacks to the Silver Millennium.
Is the Moon Stick actually Sailor Venus's item???
I mean, she takes ownership of the Holy Sword, which is made out of Silver Crystal. It seems entirely plausible that the Moon Stick was originally her item. I wonder how she would have used it... "Sexual Healing Escalation"
In my country old legends mention the so called Vechernitsa, the brightest star in the sky. It was of course Venus which is the brightest after the Moon and some old folks considered it a star. That same term is used when someone refer to the Crescent Moon as for some it was the brightest "star" in the sky. This confusion made the Crescent Moon and Venus connected in my folklore so I have always found the connection between the two and the whole Venus is the princess coy plot very fitting. I doubt Naoko was aware of the fact it is so in an East European lore, but for me it has always made sense that way.
Unless I've missed a page, I can't find any instance of Queen Serenity holding the Moon Stick during the Dark Kingdom arc. She does wield it to seal away Queen Nehelenia in the flashback scenes in Act 48*. However, it's entirely possible that somewhere in the back of Naoko's mind was initially the idea that the Moon Stick was Venus's item, and then she forgot about it by the time she wrote the Dream arc. Occam's razor says it's really Queen Serenity's/Sailor Moon's item, of course, but it's fun to think about if it could/should be Venus's. The pieces are there after all.
*This is also a candidate for my Manga Art Errors thread, but you'll note that Queen Serenity wields the original version of the Moon Stick in Act 48; not the updated version used in the revised version of the Dark Kingdom arc and, subsequently, Crystal. So maybe there are actually two Moon Sticks?
Yeah I thought the cat headed wand was a better weapon for her. I actually gave the cat headed wand to my version of Sailor Mau because Sailor Luna isn't a thing in my fanfiction as I found her existence in PGSM to be rather stupid and not make any sense.
I took it as a way to further show how her powers were like a copy of Sailor Moon's (even if her attacks were candy-themed) since she originally got them from being bathed in the light of the Silver Crystal's energy.