Do I get extra Goth points for knowing the most awesome people? (C'mon... I use CLOVE FLAVOURED MOUTHWASH for goodness' sake - what does it take to get my Goth card stamped around here?)
Anyhoo. There is a point to this post, and the point is that my ma and I have bought some beautiful things from MoonStoneHenge, and since the lovely and all-round fabulous Roma, artist, medium and creatress of all things decorative and spiritual at MoonStoneHenge is actually a family friend and former colleague of my mother, I thought it was definitely time for a review.
My mum was innocently trying to buy one of Roma's handcrafted Meditation Headbands when I started leaning over her shoulder, which led to me egging her on to buy one of Roma's artworks, Silverbirch Moon. We are usually more likely to buy pre-framed prints or simply posters than pieces of original art, but it's such a wonderful painting that it was worth every penny. I would love to post a picture to show you, but I don't want random internet people ripping Roma's art off my blog, so I'll give you a link instead.
I have just tied the headband on - the quartz sits in the centre of my forehead, between my brows, and feels cool against my skin. For some reason I am now breaking into a smile. You're probably laughing at me now, but I LIKE wearing this thing, it feels nice and having it sitting on my head makes me feel happy. On the other hand, it is very pretty - I wonder if Roma (and Mum...) would think I was terribly unspiritual if I bought one of these to wrap around my wrist as a bracelet to go with the 'rainbow Goth' ensemble I'm idly working on?
The artwork, Silverbirch Moon, is stunning - whilst I could list the symbolism relating to silver birch trees, still water and a full moon, I would rather tell you what the piece 'says' to me. The scene has an ethereal, magical quality. There is a sense of serenity about it; it exudes calmness and peace. Speaking more practically, whilst it is a nighttime picture, the colours are rich and vibrant, and the tree bark in particular is very detailed and realistic. For a lot of Goths (and many other people, come to that) there is probably nothing more beautiful and relaxing to look at than a full moon hanging low over a mystical glade, a still lake resting beneath a sky filled with stars.