Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moon - August 2012 Bead Journal Project

The moon is the primary night light of the skies, illuminating the land brightly on the nights of the full moon and receding again to the mystery of complete darkness at the new moon. This ancient enigma of constant regular appearance, growth, and subsequent disappearance is a visible symbol of life, death, and then rebirth with the appearance of the new moon. Ancient peoples measured time by the regular cycle of the moon rather than the cycle of the sun.

I choose to represent the moon for my August rune stone, part of my 2012 Bead Journal Project.

The focal point is an antique button, which had lost it's shank. I layered the button on a labradorite disk before bezeling the edges with seed beads in soft opalescent shades of grey, with just a touch of gold, to represent the reflected sun.

The edges and back of the stone show through the beaded netting I used to secure the focal to the stone.

As a mirror that reflects the light of the sun, the moon represents the shadow side of the sun’s light. The Moon  can be said to reflect mystery and fear - it reminds us  that we cannot see inside ourselves because we are unable to look directly at the brilliant sun. We look to the moon to see our face, just as we look into the mirror to see ourselves. The mirror of the moon illuminates both the darkness of the night, our shadow part, and the blue day sky, our conscious selves.

Many believe the moon is associated with clairvoyance and knowing without thinking.  So to wear or have around you a symbol of the moon is to state your intention to use intuition, to simply go with what you feel in the moment.

I've always been fascinated by the moon and one of my favorite summer activities is to ride around the Island by the light of the full moon - the full moon will be here soon, perhaps a midnight ride is in my future!

1 comment:

  1. Very nice. I'd love to see the whole collection together.