Luna Moth

Superheroines that Glow Green in the Night

It’s the six month anniversary of the launch of this Luna Moth Woman blog, so let’s talk Luna moths.

Perhaps it all came about from pinning towels to the shoulders of play clothes as kids, with visions of being Batgirl as our “capes” flapped behind us while we saved the world from our front yards.

As a grownup you come to realize that everyone needs a superhero or heroine during trying times, and we might sometimes feel the need to be one. For Rowan Layne, post-middle-aged protagonist of the Other Worldly series, that superheroine is Luna Moth Woman.

In Alienable Rights, first book in the series, Rowan learns she has auditory abilities greater than moths, hearing high-frequencies sounds as well as voices from great distances.

Once she knows moths possess abilities greater than any animal or human on Earth when it comes to hearing ranges, she imagines herself as Luna Moth Woman, a crusader for truth, justice, and alien rights.

Like me, Rowan was once fascinated by the mysterious glowing-green Luna moth in a wooded area of Virginia, though humans rarely catch a glimpse of this nocturnal flying insect. Seen as symbols of spiritual guides for transformation, Luna moths were named in 1758 for moon-like spots on their wings.

Unlike Rowan, Luna moths have no mouths and do not eat. But they do pursue the light of the moon, and Rowan used to talk to Earth’s moon as a child, revealing her hopes and fears and dreams as she lay in bed staring out her window at its sunlight surface. Those comforting shades of silvery gray.

In astrology, the Luna moth stands for love, protection, and success. Among animal totems, moths symbolize determination, attraction, psychic abilities, and faith. Perfect for a superheroine, or a woman possessing great faith in the goodness and knowledge of the otherworldly.

But Rowan must ultimately come to have faith in herself, and her abilities.

Rowan’s hearing capabilities don’t allow her to actually fly as she imagines Luna Moth Woman does, but she has alluring aliens with magnetic personalities and abilities to help her out with that.

In Feeling Alienated, second book in the series, Rowan teams up with former and current government agents and a few extraterrestrial buddies to stage a deflective Iridescent Insect War involving a fictitious aggressive anti-human alien species.

She writes The Adventures of Luna Moth Woman, sharing snippets with a Las Vegas writer’s group in hopes of drawing out anti-alien extremists crashing meetings to keep tabs on Rowan.

In the story, Rowan sees herself in journalist Lacey Mae Wordsworth by day, Luna Moth Woman by night, a fierce female sporting alien-green combat boots—the very color of the bioluminescent Luna moth—to battle the latest threat to life as the world now knows it.

It soon becomes evident that the bad guys, the marauders intent on doing Luna Moth Woman harm, aren’t extraterrestrials from another planet:

Her crusade for truth was flipped on its ear when she realized the ultimate enemy of fairness and decency and all that was worth living for on this planet was those who would deny her very right to exist. Those who took up arms to prevent inevitable change, to squelch equality and decry diversity.

As her world among aliens expands, bringing inevitable challenges in Feeling Alienated and in book three, Aliens Abound, Rowan begins to channel her Luna Moth Woman mojo as she takes on misogynist and bigoted humans who want nothing more than to silence her pursuit of alien rights and universal unity.

In Aliens Abound, Rowan learns that the Luna moth originated not on Earth, but from the same moon of Jupiter where most of her DNA derives. She also discovers that while in the larval stage, Luna moths emit clicks as a warning sign to predators. Clicks quite similar to the electronic beeping her ears have been plagued with for years. She once thought it was tinnitus. She knows better now.

Coming very soon in Being Alien, Rowan travels to Scotland, where she will inevitably learn even more about the Luna moth and its relation to her abilities. And like the rubber stamp she has for paper crafting that says, “It ain’t easy being green,” Rowan gains greater understanding of diversity of life in all its fantastical forms.

With the help of pointy-toed skimmers as opposed to glowing-green combat boots, Rowan Layne as Luna Moth Woman is on the job, kicking butt and shining bright.


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