This item sold on September 27, 2013.
This amazing and very unique necklace features a Bali Silver pendant with a prominent snake. It appears to be hand cast, though I can’t say for certain. The length of the pendant is 2" with a width of just over 1" at the widest point.
The necklace is a riveting combination of 10mm Blue Apatite, Faceted Red Jade, and a ton of Thai Hill Tribe Silver and Bali silver.
The length is 19.5" including Bali Silver clasp.
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Ah……………History, myth, legend and Lore:
Athena is the name of an important goddess for the Greeks, and is most vividly symbolized by the snake which, in the famous statue in her main temple, rears up beside her, taller than any human viewer.
Athena symbolizes strength, and is the patron goddess of Athens, the goddess of wisdom, a goddess of arts and crafts (agriculture, navigation, spinning, weaving, and needlework), the favorite daughter of her father Zeus, and, as a war goddess with a focus on strategy more than bloodshed, an active participant in the Trojan War. She gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, providing oil, food, and wood.
Grey-eyed one, I sing of you, wisest and most beautiful, relentless Athena, protector of cities, strong-armed and fair. Hail to you, Athena, may I never live without the shield of your protection.
This Homeric Hymn honors a goddess who, coming to the Greek mainland from her original home in Crete, became ruler of the primary city of the ancient world while maintaining many symbols of her ancient identity.
Greek myth tells of a contest between Athena and Poseidon, blue-skinned god of the sea. Both wanted to rule the Greek city, and neither would give way to the other. Finally, a vote was called, and the citizens- men and women alike- gathered to cast their ballots. Not surprisingly, the men voted for the god, the women for the goddess. The odds were in Athens favor, for there was one more voter on the women's side. And so the city became Athens, city of the goddess.
The men accepted the ballot's results rather bitterly. They struck back at the women by passing three new laws: they barred women from voting, stripped them of citizenship, and gave children the father's name rather than the mother's. Athena, too, they altered beyond recognition, making up a story of her motherless birth from the head of the chief god.
In this now familiar story of Athena's genesis, she appears completely male identified. But another story exists that shows the goddess in a different light. Athena, it says, was a daughter of Pallas, a winged giant who tried to rape his virginal daughter. She killed him, and then tanned his skin to make a shield and cut off his wings to fasten to her feet.
However she came by her fierceness, Athena never consorted with men, remaining forever a virgin.
Apatite is said to enhance one’s insight, learning abilities and creativity, and to give increased self-confidence. It also is said to help achieve deeper states of meditation. Using apatite is said to facilitate the desired results when working with other crystals.
Apatite is also believed by crystal healers to be useful in improving one’s coordination, strengthening muscles, suppressing hunger and easing hypertension.
This mineral can be used to stimulate the intellect and dissolve aloofness and negativity. Basically, it is very useful in all intellectual pursuits, thanks to its help in developing our conceptual and logical abilities. In addition, Apatite helps us to communicate with nature, with the spirit plane and with our own subconscious as well.
Apatite, according to conventional understanding, fosters communication, concentration, clarity of thought and intellect. In that Apatite is considered to help focus our minds and improve concentration, it stands us in good stead whenever we want to speak or write clearly and eloquently.
Apatite can has been used to stimulate the development of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience and the awareness of the devic worlds. It further assists in accessing past-life memory insights and telepathy.
Medicinally apatite assists with nail problems, allergies, arthritis, bones, muscles, nervous system. Apatite is primarily related to the throat chakra (communication).
Jade is known as a symbol of love and virtue, and when worn it is believed to attract good fortune and friendship, protect the wearer from evil while traveling, and promote wisdom and ensure a long life.
Jade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. Other attributes of Jade include healing; bringing money into your life; strengthening your mental faculties and assisting in clear reasoning; and it is purported to be a protective stone, guarding against accidents and misfortune.
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