For as long as humans have occupied this planet, the moon has played an integral role in the development of societies and cultural identities. For many of us, each moon phase carries a unique energy, but together they form a roadmap.
This map is not linear, but cyclical in nature. It’s filled with low valleys, staggering peaks, and plenty of dead ends that leave us void of course.
These emotional highs and lows are not dissimilar to that which we experience on a day-to-day basis. Depending on our character, this volatility can feel exciting, scary, or frustrating in a world that insists that success is born from consistency. The moon shows us an alternate path—one that encourages a hefty dose of passion for balancing logic, stillness for heightening creativity, and quiet reflection for laser-focused intentions.
With dedication, our relationship with the moon offers a glimpse into the waxing and waning aspects of the psyche and fosters a unique connection with the cosmos.
It is our wish that when you wear this lunar phase necklace that you consider your own roadmap. 2020 has hardly taken its first breath, but this new decade is ripe with opportunity and awaiting your first step. Embrace change, listen to your emotions and look forward to the magick of new beginnings.
Helm of Awe Necklace
Decembers North of Stella piece is the Helm of Awe pendant in either silver or rose gold.
The Helm of Awe is easily one of the most powerful and intriguing symbols in Norse Mythology. For centuries its 8-pointed design has been drawn, etched, and worn during rituals to strike fear into the heart of enemies. Norse elders claim that working with the Helm of Awe expands psychic abilities, allowing a person to penetrate the ethereal boundaries of others. Manipulating the thoughts and actions of their enemies gave Norse people a supernatural layer of protection from anyone who wished them harm.
If you’re familiar with Germanic runes, you may notice that the eight arms of the Helm of Awe closely resemble the Algiz and Isa runes.
This is not a coincidence.
The Algiz (or Elhaz) rune is intimately linked with divine protection, creativity, and the willingness to act. It asks that we reflect upon the tools that are readily available and use accordingly. Whereas Algiz is prodding us to spring into action, Isa tells us to pause, get grounded, and purvey our surroundings. It’s a reminder that important details are often overlooked when moving too quickly. Slow down, take a breath, and consider that there might be vital information hiding just out of sight.
Skeleton Key Necklace
March's delivery is a sterling silver necklace with a skeleton key pendant.
If you’re a history lover, an antique collector, or simply someone who senses the mystical in the mundane, you already know that there’s something alluring about skeleton keys.
Yes, in a literal sense, they were a means for our grandparents to lock and unlock doors—but what else can they open?
You may have heard stories about ancestors using skeleton keys to communicate with spirits—also known as cleidomancy. Divining with keys is like dowsing with a pendulum. The practitioner dangles a skeleton key from a string or chain and asks yes or no questions. It’s up to the owner of the key to interpret answers from the key’s movements.
Some of our ancestors also incorporated the bible or another sacred text into this ritual, which is part of the reason that cleidomancy took place behind closed doors. If you had an important question, you would place the key inside of a holy book and bind it tightly with ribbon. With the key secure between the pages, you’d pick up the string that’s attached to the key to lift the book. With the book hanging freely, you could ask a series of questions. When the key slips from the pages and lands back on the ground, you have your answer.
If you feel drawn to skeleton keys, there’s likely a profound reason that reaches beyond their aesthetic appeal. Wearing or working with the tools of our ancestors is a way to honor their spirit and the customs that came before us.
Sterling silver pendant and chain. Pendant measures 1 inch.
Celtic Knot Necklace
In Celtic tradition, the “infinity knot” or “endless knot” represents eternity, undying or unending. While this symbol can represent life, it also is used to represent friendship, love, freedom, loyalty and a myriad of other sentiments that endure.
The design itself is always one thread, one line and one woven loop. There is no end and no beginning. This symbolizes how life, eternity and the after life are all connected.
The designs were first seen in 3BC and can be found in art, manuscripts and architecture. They are found in Roman mosaics, Russian literature, Ethiopian art, Medieval era & Islamic art. It is believed the knot traveled it way through Europe, making its way to Ireland & the Scottish Highlands.
Celtic knots or “mystic knots” as they are also called, were exchanged between lovers as amulets of affection the way we now exchange rings in marriage.
Your necklace is made of .925 sterling silver and was inspired by the stunning green hills of Scotland. Our travels took us through abandoned castles, thick forests, down cobblestone streets and inside warm pubs.
Do not soak in water, clean with a dry jewelry cloth. Do not get lotions, perfumes or oils on the gold.
Light as a Feather Necklace
While not location specific, this months piece came to us from inspiration of many foreign lands.
As we move about the world and explore new places, we are always amazed by our similarities as well as our differences to places and people we have never met.
No matter where we are in the world, there is always something that binds us as humans and sets us apart as a culture.
We chose a feather as this months piece as it is one staple we have seen in almost every place we have visited. For the indigenous peoples of North America, the feather represents connection to the Spirit. In ancient Egypt, the goddess Ma’at wears a single ostrich feather that is said to be the feather of truth. The Highlanders of Scotland placed a feather in their cap to symbolize rank in their clan. In Mesoamerica (pre -colonial Mexico) feathers were considered magickal and were symbols of fertility, abundance and the divine.
We chose the abalone shell in honor of the adage, “as above so below;” as the sea is the opposite of the sky and balance is always necessary.
We hope you connect with this piece as much as do and wish you safe travels wherever you may go.
Lotus Flower Layering Necklace
When words don't suffice, flowers may be used to express our emotions. In the modern world, we share flowers to convey love, sympathy, regret, and cheer. However, stories of mysterious blooms like those of the sacred water-lily reveal that flowers carry something much greater—the essence of the divine.
We see evidence of this relationship as far back as Ancient Egypt, where Egyptians carved pictures of lotus flowers into the walls of tombs, temples, and their pharaoh’s thrones. For them, a flower that seemingly sleeps below the water and rises each morning, was a symbol of death, rebirth, and the confirmation of reincarnation. Gods and Goddesses like Atum-Ra, Nefertem, and Hapi are some of the deities whose spirits intertwine with that of the lotus flower.
Outside of the Egyptian Pantheon, Hindu deities like Ganesha and Lakshmi stand upon a bed of lotus flowers to symbolize their enlightenment and eternal lifeforce. And in Buddhism, Buddha himself claims a lotus flower for his throne—referencing the yoga and meditation position by the same name.
Anytime we feel a bit ‘stuck’ in life, we can take comfort knowing that the most beautiful lotus flowers grow from the murkiest waters. This revelation suggests that despite obscure circumstances, with ample patience and self-awareness, we all can reach the light.
.925 sterling silver pendant and 16 inch silver chain. Pendant measures 10mm.
Golden Leaf Necklace
This simple yet beautiful gold necklace will elevate any of your favorite outfits. The two leaves are fixed to a delicate gold link chain, perfect for layering with other necklaces or worn alone.
Sacred Moon Necklace
Mixed metal crescent moon necklace with faux stone charm.
Mini Moon Necklace
This dainty layering necklace is perfect for showing your love of the moon in a simple & understated way.