Late Autumn Moon

October 26, 2010

We had rain for the Full Moon, which is unusual for October.  Here’s the moon a couple of days before that, with high clouds and rings that told of the coming storm.

Moon Rings

Halloween will mark the end of autumn and is the night when the creeks turn black for the beginning of winter.  These last few days of warm, fading golden light are a time to gather seeds for next spring, and work on creative projects that incorporate memories, Otherworld images, and earth materials.  For this time of Walking Down To Winter, my Full Moon project was to finish this personal Iron Ore Talisman using pebbles that I’ve collected over the years.  It will eventually be sewn onto a piece of deerskin with other sacred objects.

 Forged iron hook, hemp cord, antique African iron beads, and sacred pebbles.  Pebbles were collected in 1988-1992 from various eastern Kentucky creeks except where noted.

Iron Ore Talisman

1.  Pennsylvanian quartz sandstone pebble with brown goethite iron ore cement forming a ring around a natural hole that is shaped like a deer’s hoofprint (center bottom).

2.  Rusty 19th century wrought iron rod fragment that looks like a twig, found in the desert in southern Arizona.  When etched or corroded, wrought iron reveals a wood-like pattern with a distinct grain.  Rusty modern steel has a randomly pitted appearance.  (center top)

3.  Hollow pebble of pure metallic goethite, weathered out of Pennsylvanian sandstone (top left).

4.  Beach pebble of brown chert with iron oxide stained hydration rind and natual hole (Nags Head, NC) strung with fossil crinoid columnals (stem pieces) from Mississippian limestone in central KY (bottom left).

5.  Natural red ochre in the form of a broken, waterworn concretion (top right).

6.  Fragment of the Sikhote Alin iron meteorite, bought in Tucson about 10 years ago (bottom right).


2 Responses to “Late Autumn Moon”

  1. Prof. Steven Tingay said


    Your photo of the Moon rings is fantastic. I’m writing a book on astrophysics and Australian Aboriginal art and I’d love to be able to use your photo in the book. Would you be willing to grant me permission to use the photo? If so, could you let me know how you would like the image credited in the book and send me a full resolution version of the image.

    I’d be most appreciative and more than happy to send you a free copy of the book when published, in return for permission.


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