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Artemis wielded a DOUBLE-BLADED AXE as her scepter,the symbol of woman’s power.
It is handmade of sterling 925 silver holding a beautiful Iolite.
Labrys (is the term for a symmetrical double-bitted axe originally from Crete in Greece, one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization; The symbol was commonly associated with female divinities.
Walk the sacred labyrinth with Ariadne, loving goddess of ancient Crete who lives on in the hearts and minds of the modern world.
The LABRYS, as a historic goddess movement symbol representing the memory of Pre-patriarchal matristic societies, has also been used since the 1970s as a feminist symbol said to represent women’s strength and self-sufficiency.
Labrys symbolism is found in Minoan, Thracian, and Greek religion, mythology, and art, dating from the Middle Bronze Age onwards, and surviving in the Byzantine Empire.
Labrys was a cult-word that was probably introduced from Anatolia, where such symbols have been found in Çatal Höyük from the neolithic age.
It seems that the goddess of the double-axe presided over the Minoan palaces, and especially over the palace of Knossos. “Mistress of the labyrinth” was undoubtedly the goddess of the palace.
The priests at Delphi in classical Greece were called Labryades (the men of the double axe).
So the next time you see a labrys, try imagining it coming to life and taking flight, its butterfly wings flashing gold in the sunlight, reminding you that there is more to life than first meets the eye.
The name ‘iolite’ originates from the Greek word ‘ios’ meaning ‘violet’.
Iolite is typically light to dark blue and violet, The most desirable color is an intense violet blue that can rival that of tanzanite. Iolite is trichroic which means that three different colors can be seen in the same stone depending on the viewing angle.
Iolite is also known as ‘the Viking stone’ because according to Norse legend, Vikings used iolite as a polarizing filter to help them find the sun on cloudy days. It is believed that the Vikings discovered iolite deposits throughout Norway and Greenland.
When Leif Eriksson and other legendary Viking explorers ventured out into the Atlantic Ocean, far away from any coastline that could help them determine their nautical position, they had a secret gem weapon – iolite. Viking sailors allegedly used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. By looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun on cloudy days to help them navigate safely to their new worlds and back.
Iolite is also said to clear the third eye chakra. It’s considered to be a stone of vision, enhancing creative expression. Many believe that it can help recover lost memories and also help induce sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. It is believed that iolite can help those who suffer from eye and vision disorders.
Embrace the mystic and vibration of Iolite with this handmade pendant! It’s made of sterling 925 silver which sits as an intricate border around the brilliant violet gem.
Measures approx. 1 1/4 x 3/4″