This beautiful fossil creature is from the Green River in Colorado. It is around 50 million years old and is in a matrix of porcelain shale. It is a moth just before evolving into a butterfly. To me it resembles the butterflies of the Art Nouveau Era. I made it a bronze Ginkgo leaf because the Ginkgo is the oldest tree alive. I researched the moths and found that they are attracted to the Lunar light, so I gave it a beautiful moonstone from Shri Lanka and enhanced the wire art with rainbow moonstone beads. I really love this piece! This fossil is an extremely rare one. Actually, it is the only one I have ever seen like it.
The fossil is 1.42 in diameter and it is wrapped with antiqued bronze wire. I made the Ginkgo leaf from sheet bronze and it is 3 x 1.7" and very light weight. The Moonstone, is 1.7 x .8" and has a beautiful blue opalescence to it. The small beads are rainbow moonstone. The chain is links of antiqued brass, and including the wire art it is 26" long. It has an a large engraved lobster clasp.
Science and Myth
There were moths before we had butterflies, and they evolved into them. Moths have similar animal symbolism as butterflies, but have a few distinguishing characteristics that set it far apart from its winged relative. Namely, the moth is a nocturnal creature, whereas the butterfly is diurnal.It's important to note the symbolism of nocturnal creatures because night-time proclivities have specific philosophical meanings.
Nocturnal Animal Symbolism Includes: Dreams, Shadows, Otherworldliness, Secret knowledge, and Psychic awareness. We gather these symbolic attributes because night creatures conduct their life-sustaining activities in complete darkness.
As humans, we may translate this as symbolic of living our lives by intuitive feeling rather than physical sensory perception.Philosophically speaking, night creatures do not tumble in the dark, and neither do humans. We use our dreams, our awareness, and our deeper, inner knowing to navigate through the darkest hours of our lives. Faith is another tool we use to move through shadowy times of uncertainty, and the moth also shares this aspect. The moth never questions provision. She has complete faith that all of her needs will be meet each night.
A Quick-List of Symbolic Moth Meanings: Vulnerability, Determination, Concealment, Attraction, Subtlety, Intuition, and Faith.
Even in navigation, when we observe the moth to fly into artificial light or flames, the moth demonstrates its faith and determination.It is still unproven as to why the moth is driven to light - but the best hypothesis is that the moth navigates by lunar light. In the absence of moonlight, the moth moves to the next best thing: man-made light. Even at the risk of loosing its life, the moth is ever-vigilant in following its path of light. This may also serve as a moral to us to keep our own vigilance, but not fall victim of blind faith.
Here we see a fragile vulnerability in the moth. The moon is her mother, and she will follow her course at all cost. This makes her open to distraction, vulnerable to harm. Here we may find another message to adjust our course as our path indicates rather than drive forward without heeding important signs along the way.As a creature of the night, and by her navigational devices, we see the moth is highly influenced by the power of the moon. This aspect ties in with animal symbolism of intuition, and psychic awareness.
Indeed, those with the moth totem will find this creature a magnificent assistant in developing higher awareness, and psychic enhancement.
However, with higher perception we sometimes overstep into the realm of confusion. It is important to seat ourselves in grounding foundations when we step in-tune with the lunar aspects of the moth. In other words, fly high with the moth - but always have a clear runway for happy, safe landings.
The moth continues to be under the influence in matters of love. She emits pheromones that are powerfully strong, attracting her male counterpart through the dark nights. These scented trails can be followed for remarkable distances.
Moonstone - Meaning
Moonstone Gemstone meaning: passionate love that will fly you to the moon. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone for these reasons: Brings good fortune, Assists in foretelling the future, Enhances intuition, Promotes inspiration, Brings success in love as well as business matters, and Offers protection on land and at sea.
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon.It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.
Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which "is". Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.
Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.
Whether the effects of crystals stones such as this are real or merely a placebo effect is unknown. All we know for certain is that the use of gemstones in healing goes back centuries. And we know that modern science has discovered some surprising applications for the unique properties of certain crystals as all stones and crystals are made up of the same things that make up our bodies!
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