The Owl of Athena, or Owl of Minerva: an ancient symbol of wisdom and knowledge. She is not boastful bird, nor does she hoard all the facts under the sun. She is a bird of the night; gentle darkness is her element, and her wisdom is of a more subtle and mysterious nature. Her bright eyes penetrate the darkness, and allow her to navigate the realm of dreams and intuitions. It was believed by the ancients that she had knowledge of the underworld and contact with ghosts and spirits. She is sacred to philosophers and poets, and a powerful symbol of magic and arcane knowledge.
Our Owl of Minerva pendant is cast in solid bronze or sterling silver. She has blazing crystal eyes, and a little crystal lantern hanging from the branch upon which she perches. She includes a matching antique brass chain and a claw clasp, extender, and signature charm. The chain is adjustable between 16 and 20 inches, and can be further customized upon request.
'It is a man's face, with oak leaves growing from the mouth and ears, and completely encircling the head. [It has been] suggested that it was intended to symbolize the spirit of inspiration, but it seemed to me certain that it was a man and not a spirit, and moreover that it was a "Green Man."' --From The "Green Man" In Church Architecture, by Lady Raglan, 1939
Seen staring from corbels, Medieval paintings, and embodied as the Jack in the Green in English folk traditions, the Green Man is a Pagan symbol of renewal, fertility, Springtime, and mankind's union with nature. It most likely evolved from even older nature deities such as the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan and Dionysus. He is also a ressurection image of death and rebirth, associating him with Okeanus, the Greek Titan of streams and freshwater. He is a mischievous fellow of mirth and wisdom, reminding us of our roots and grounding us in our natural origins, and his image can be seen throughout the British Isles and wider Europe. Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, is host to over one hundred such Green Men carvings.
This original design is by Hibernacula designer K. M. Kotulak and is hand-crafted in the USA. It is cast in solid bronze and oxidized to a rich, dark finish.
If our fates are truly written in the stars, then we should call to an astral guardian: an Angel of the starry heavens, to see that we are handled kindly, to guide us when we are in doubt, and when-all-else-fails, remind us that we belong to the greater glory of the cosmos...
Like an image of the universe itself, radiant wings of bronze resemble an orderly explosion of sun rays or wheel spokes. At its heart, a dancing mess of shimmery sparkles.
It is suspended from a mighty eternity-link chain, measuring 16 inches with an additional 4 inches of extender chain, making the fit adjustable between 16 and 20 inches. Wingspan measure 2½" across.
The Sigil of Ameth or “Sigillum Dei,” (The Seal of God) is a magical diagram from the late middle ages, credited to Renaissance mystic and scientist John Dee. This is one of the most complex and puzzling sigils I've transcribed. It is composed of a pentagram and three heptagons inclosed in a circle. These structures house the sometimes-complete and sometimes fragmented, abbreviated, and encoded names of god and his angels. The outermost circle is believed to be the cypher used to form the names of the spirits, thrones, and angels within it. According to its earliest description in the Liber iuratus Honorii, the Sigil of Ameth can grant the initiated magician command over all creatures and lesser angels. Though I make no such claims, this sigil remains an esoteric treasure, and is certainly impressive to behold.
The original engraved tablet rests in the King Gallery of the British Museum beside Dee's Obsidian scrying mirror.
This is one of our largest amulets, measuring 30mm in diameter, and rests in a setting of hand-finished brass.
I'm often asked to explain my fascination with eyes- In many myths and cultures the eye is attributed symbolic and talismanic powers. To me, the eye is an open gateway between the inner and outer worlds. They are miraculous machines made of water and light- The deep dark wells of mystery and truth.
The eye cabochons are my own design. They possess a life-like depth and luminance. Each is subtly unique and has its own qualities and imperfections. The lenses are acrylic, a material I use for its clarity and photograph-ability, so the necklace itself is lighter than it appears.
The metal is hand-fished brass and the chain is roughly 16 inches long with a four inch extender so the fit can be adjusted between 16 inches (loose choker length) and 20 inches (mid to low breast length.)
This eight-cabochon arrangement captures a whole rainbow of wonder. Bold, beautiful, bewildering- It is finished with three iridescent crystals shining brilliant and ever-shifting colors.
This series of iris cabochons is inspired by the eyes of birds and beasts. Each is hand made in my studio, reproduced with uncanny detail and lifelike luminance. They are framed in an ornate pendant setting of hand-finished brass.
In myth, fairy tales, and folk lore, the eyes of animals were associated with witches and sorcerers, as indicators of one's true nature, as components in spells, or as symbols of totemic or talismanic power.
Chains are now purchased separately- All chains are hand-finished brass and designed especially to match our pendants. Visit the new "chains" section of our shop to choose your preferred length and style.