Symbols

The Mythical Dragon

Why a dragon? When I started creating my spirit pendants, I had not thought at all of including dragons. After all, dragons are only mythical creatures. But after numerous requests I started making dragon pendants, and began researching their symbolism and metaphysical properties. I discovered that while dragons are a part of many cultures, both east and west, dragons aren’t viewed the same in each culture, nor are the images of dragons as they are depicted the same from one culture ...

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The Spiral Koru

I first encountered the koru symbol on a trip to New Zealand in 2012. The Koru is one of many Maori symbols that are popular in this small island nation. The indigenous Maori population of New Zealand has its origins in the trans-oceanic migrations of Polynesian peoples over a thousand years ago, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find the Koru and other Maori/Polynesian symbols again on trips to both Alaska and Hawaii, with their populations of Pacific Islanders/Polynesians.

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The Cosmic and Holy Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, also known as the Cosmic Tree, the World Tree, and the Holy Tree, is a universal symbol found in many spiritual and mythological traditions around the world. In nearly every culture the Tree of Life symbolizes growth, wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, redemption, and the interconnectedness of all life on our beautiful planet.

A tree provides shelter, growing tall and strong with deep roots. It reaches skyward, loses its leaves and grows new ones, and gives shelter. ...

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The Ancient Hamsa

What is a Hamsa?

The hamsa, an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God, is one of the most ancient amulets used in modern culture. Archeological digs in the Middle East provide evidence that the hamsa pre-dates Judaism and Islam, originating with the Phoenicians. The hamsa hand has always been associated with a female entity, such as an ancient Middle Eastern goddess, offering protection from evil and misfortune. Another association is to Tanit, the Moon goddess, who was one ...

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Om / AUM

Second in our series about the different symbols and charms we use in our jewelry is the Om symbol.

What is Om?

You are probably familiar with the Om sound and sacred chant, if not the symbol that represents it. Om is often spoken at the beginning and sometimes the end of many Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations. Do you know Om Mane Padme Hum, the mantra used most often by Buddhists and in the practice of Yoga?

Om mystically embodies the essence of ...

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Yin Yang

This is the first article in a series about the different symbols and charms we use in our jewelry. First up is the Yin Yang.

What is the Yin Yang?

SY_YinYangGridThe yin yang symbol represents perfect balance and harmony in the universe. According to Taoist principles, the forces of all that exists in the universe remain in constant motion which is cyclical. Simply put, ...

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World Labyrinth Day!

Read about the Labyrinth from Harriette Royer, Founder & Labyrinth Steward at Labyrinth Quest, Rochester, NY.

What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is an ancient geometric pattern that over hundreds of years has become an archetype of change, transformation and wholeness. For four thousand years, all over the world, labyrinths have been used for walking, meditating, playing, dancing, and ceremonies. Labyrinths can be constructed of tile on floors, laid out in stone or rope, traced in the sand on beaches, painted on ...

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