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Why The Name ‘Nine Moons’?

Rusty - September 22, 2005

I’ve had a few inquiries lately as to why I named this blog Nine Moons. I’m surprised so few people know my reasoning considering the fact that I explained it in my very first blog entry back in July of 2004.

To quote myself:

A quick explanation of the name of my blog: nine moons is the amount of time Coriantumr spent with the people of Zarahemla. Considering the cultural differences but spiritual similarities, I can only imagine the discussions they had in those nine months. Mormon blogs fascinate me because I love to see the different cultural perspectives of members from all over the world discussing Gospel principles.

Now that I’ve been doing this for over a year I think I could have chosen a less obscure title… you know, like New Cool Thang or Splendid Sun. Alas, my brand has gripped me and I cannot struggle free of the the name. But hey, what can ya do?


  1. Your blog has a name? Huh.

    Comment by Kim Siever — September 22, 2005 @ 10:35 am

  2. Your blog has a name? Huh.


    Comment by Rusty — September 22, 2005 @ 11:02 am

  3. Rusty, I can’t believe you put that much thought into your name! impressive. I thought it was some kind of temple symbology or something, maybe a design thing.

    Comment by Steve Evans — September 22, 2005 @ 11:12 am

  4. Is it me, or did the logo title change in the last few days?

    Comment by D. Fletcher — September 22, 2005 @ 11:13 am

  5. Nice.

    Really, I find the quite powerful.

    Comment by J. Stapley — September 22, 2005 @ 11:33 am

  6. D,
    The logo changes about once a week. You need to hang out here more :)

    Comment by Rusty — September 22, 2005 @ 11:36 am

  7. Are your moons actually nine separate moons (nine months), or nine stages of the same moon (under 1 month)?

    Comment by Kim Siever — September 22, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

  8. I thought you all were one shy of ten cheeky bums.

    Comment by Kurt — September 22, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

  9. Actually, I like the title “Nine Moons” for a lot of evidently unintended reasons. Let me mention two. First of all, it has an intriguing ecofeminist-description-of-pregnancy feel to it. I like that a lot, especially because it doesn’t correspond with the blog contents in any obvious way. Second, it’s got a kind of pagan, astrological feel to it. So reading Nine Moons becomes like looking at a photo of Joseph Smith’s Jupiter medallion: it creates a perplexing link between the essentially unrelated worlds of modern Mormonism and European paganism.

    Oh, and there’s also that thing about Coriantumr…

    Comment by RoastedTomatoes — September 22, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

  10. Dude, RT, those other meanings sound fantastic and I wish I would have come up with them myself. Along those lines, I wonder if anyone has picked up on the hidden symbols in the Mormon Archipelago logo (that I haven’t told already). Hmmm…

    I think you were the one that called me on my previous moon shapes (all crescents rather than crecents and ovals) and you are once again pointing out the fallacy in my thought process. Yes, it’s supposed to be nine separate months, but I didn’t want to have nine circles so I did nine stages of the same moon. So let’s just say I’m doing a different stage from each month :)

    Comment by Rusty — September 22, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

  11. Rusty,

    No need to respond, but are you sure the name doesn’t allude to human reproductive cycles and is a subconscious confession of past intimacy w/ eight other women before meeting your wife?

    But then again, I can only read fellow Yankee fans.

    Comment by Steve EM — September 22, 2005 @ 1:50 pm

  12. Sounds cool to me.

    Comment by Kim Siever — September 22, 2005 @ 3:10 pm

  13. There I was thinking it had to do something with the daughter of the nine moons ;)

    Still, it is a great blog.

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — September 22, 2005 @ 11:41 pm

  14. All I can say is I think Coriantumr could have given us more to learn from then just one rock with some engravings on it if he was there for nine months!
    I’m thinking Coriantumr is the Kennwick Man, by the way. Wouldn’t that be cool?!

    Comment by Bret — September 23, 2005 @ 1:15 am

  15. Bret, is it a problem that Kennewick Man dates back at least 8400 years? (Radiocarbon dating results range from 8410 to 9510 years before the present. See the technical report here.

    Well before Coriantumr’s day…

    Comment by RoastedTomatoes — September 23, 2005 @ 12:09 pm

  16. RT,
    It was a joke. I’ve seen the data. Anyway, what are the chances the land of Zarahemla was in the Pacific Inland Northwest?

    Comment by Bret — September 23, 2005 @ 8:08 pm

  17. I’ve always loved the name of your blog. There was something kind of mysterious and classy about the title. Now that I know the reason behind the name I like it even more.

    Roasted Tomatoes: You impress me more and more with all of the links you bring to the bloggernacle.

    Comment by kristen j — September 23, 2005 @ 11:14 pm

  18. Bret, oops, mark me down as abashed. (HTML should include an tag. It would help a lot.) Although, I bet some enthusiasts would be able to make a case for a Pacific Inland Northwest limited geography…

    Kristen, I’m guessing that I’d be even more impressive if I managed to code my HTML links correctly…

    Comment by RoastedTomatoes — September 24, 2005 @ 12:10 am

  19. Note: the previous post was supposed to have [irony][\irony] as the hypothetical HTML tags–but I made them too HTML-like and the server has suppressed them.

    Comment by RoastedTomatoes — September 24, 2005 @ 12:11 am

  20. RT,
    No sweat! It will be interesting to see what a possibly indo-european skeleton is doing in Washington that is so old.
    Even though the general theory nowadays is that Jaredite/Nephite history took place somewhere in Central America, I like to think there’s still a good chance it happened somewhere in this country:)

    Comment by Bret — September 24, 2005 @ 1:35 pm

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