Today’s musing brings us to the letter B and the topic of beads.
I’m a great fan of Anne Choi’s work – she creates sterling beads using the lost wax process. She’s often inspired by bits of poetry or quotes; thinks of art as a conversation; and has no formal art or jewelry training. Like her, I think of her beads as lovely little talismans, and over the years I’ve collected quite a few.
My most recent acquisition is a lovely little cylinder lunaria bead. I’ve long loved lunaria, but this year it’s one of the plants I’ve been doing an in-depth study of. I often choose a plant or two each year to really enter into deep communication with, and I always find it such a delight and blessing.
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 this photograph.
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.
But the plant is also commonly known as Money Plant for the same reason – its silvery coin-like disks. And so it’s a good choice for an addition to your prosperity altar. Some people even like to carry a “coin” or two around in their wallet, although be warned they can be fragile. For me, who loves all things lunar and who keeps a prosperity altar, Lunaria is a win-win.
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.
As I’ve been thinking about lunaria and all the lovely flowers that grace our world, I can’t help but think of our beautiful bee friends as well. I also have an Anne Choi bee bead l that I love.
I read a heart-breaking statistic yesterday – that beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016. We can’t continue to sustain losses like this, and we certainly can’t afford to maintain our reliance on chemical pollutants. It’s certainly time for more transparency and honesty about exactly what we’re allowing the big agri-chem to do.
Now is the time to be saying thank you to the bees and sending love as well. In Egyptian mythology when Ra, the sun god, cried, his tears turned into honey bees. I think about that a lot, and imagine the gods are crying to see what we’re doing to this beautiful planet of ours.
Beads, bees and beautiful lunaria are what’s on my mind today. What about you? What “b” thing is capturing your attention? In which guise do you most relate to lunaria – as a reminder of the moon, money, or honesty? What would you like to be more transparent about? Do tell – you know I love to hear.