Arcane Moon, huh? Why did you choose that for your business name?
So at the last show we did I was asked what our name meant – or more specifically – the person was not familiar with the word “arcane” and had asked what it meant.
I was horribly tired having struggled with getting to the show and our truck overheating and being super late and then trying to get our booth set up and as a result, my autism was rearing up it’s little head and I stumbled through what our name means to me. And of course either grabbing incorrect words or simply not being able to find the words I wanted.
It had not really occurred to me that there might be those that truly had never run across the word arcane before and that it might make for a good topic to discuss here.
So Arcane Moon was a name I chose because of a variety of reasons (much like I suppose how all business names do lol) the primary reason being is that I did not want my name to immediately define my business or what I do or pigeonhole us into a preset concept of what we do or what the business is.
Both I and Ray are pisces – so we tend to have a deep connection to the moon and I especially find myself influenced deeply by it. I am also a nocturnal insomniac (a term I coined when I was still in single digits lol), and the moon soothes me and I love the nighttime, it’s when my muses are the most active and loud.
I knew I wanted to move towards an expression of my appreciation and reverence of the sacred, the profound, the magic, the beauty and wonder of the natural world and those mysterious things that give our worlds and lives meaning, depth, peace, and restoration of the spirit and soul while celebrating those things that truly speak to our deepest parts.
As I sifted through words that allowed me to touch on that without being too literal or cliche, I found myself pulled and drawn more and more towards the word arcane.
There are many definitions to the word arcane as there are with most of our words – to use our language accurately and with skill – one must know the various definitions so that they might be able to best choose the one that suits the context in which body of framework they are wishing to use it for in a descriptive way.
So what exactly is arcane – in the context of our name?
Arcane: Mysterious (exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise), esoteric (special, rare, or unusual interest), hermetic (relating to or characterized by subjects that are mysterious and difficult to understand), mystic/mystical (all the definitions lol), occult (beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious), profound (characterized by intensity of feeling or quality, all encompassing, having intellectual depth and insight) – something of high value, that which the wise, intelligent, and deep people find as having value and not something perceived as common or superficial.
Moon: Ties to our natural world and it’s ebbs and flows, our planetary bodies, to sentimentalize, to remember nostalgically, to spend in idle reverie, to dream, a circular or spiral arrangement, to cycle – be it a theme, a span of time, an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens, the zodiac, the natural waxing and waning of all things.
I enjoy that my initials are also AM – and the longer I sat with it, the more I enjoyed all it’s nuances that come into play in all aspects of my art and jewelry and spiritual path.
There wasn’t anything else named Arcane Moon in 2013 and 2014 really so I realized it was open for my usage purpose and that there was nothing else out there that would be associated with the name. I added Jewelry to the end for my jewelry making purposes, but my main name to cover my art, our lapidary arts, our jewelry, and rocks and supplies will be Arcane Moon.
We are open to working with and collaborating with other artists and so we also hope that the name will be an open umbrella for collaborative efforts in the future as well that will allow them to express their own artistic styles and themes.
So that’s it in a nutshell and a far better explanation than I will ever be able to manage on the fly when my autism is in mid-swing! lol.