Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with leading you on a meandering tour of the virtual garden of delights and curiosities and thoughts that make up my world – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
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eidolon: (noun) an image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form; a wistful daydream; a phantom apparition
One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is transparency. While there are a vast number of responses each of us has to this time of being sequestered, one of the ones I’m most interested in is the increase in transparency. That’s not often a typical response when someone is feeling vulnerable, and yet here we all are, looking to find our feet as things shift, and many folks are sharing more honestly than ever. In my mind this is a good thing.
An eidolon, in the sense of an image representing this idea of transparency, would be for me the plant Lunaria. The plant itself is rather modest looking – not one of a garden’s showstoppers for sure. But it’s the seedpods that are quite interesting as you can see from these photographs.
I love them because they look like little moons. This is particularly true just before they become quite as translucent as they appear in the photo above where they are clearly showing their seeds. Lunaria means moon-shaped or moon-like and the pods have a bit of a silvery sheen about them that seems very lunar to me. The plant is also commonly known as Money Plant (although to be sure there are many plants bearing this appellation) for the same reason – its silvery coin-like disks.
However I’ve been thinking lots lately about the Lunaria’s third common name – Honesty. This name seems to have been applied to the plant in the 16th century, and has everything to do with how transparent it is. You can see to the inner core.
I’m not entirely sure why but transparency feels much more important to me these days. Not just for myself – but for all of us. There almost seems an urgency about it – that there isn’t time for anything that doesn’t ring true for us. My guides are always urging releasing all the barriers that interfere with shining one’s unique divine energy signature purely and clearly; and now when I look at the bouquets of Lunaria I keep, I feel like I understand this in a very tangible way.
I also have another lovely representation of Lunaria – this lovely sterling bead by Anne Choi.
I’m a great fan of her work. She creates her beads using the lost wax process. She is often inspired by bits of poetry or quotes; thinks of art as a conversation; and has no formal art or jewelry training, and in that way I feel very much like a kindred spirit. Like her, I think of her beads as lovely little talismans, and over the years I’ve collected quite a few.
So what do you think? In which of its guises do you most relate to Lunaria – moon, money, honesty? Or maybe you’d like to claim an area of your life where you’d like a little more transparency. Are you shining as purely and brightly as you can? Do tell – you know I love to hear.