Pan is the son of Zeus,
(or Hermes or Dionysus);
his mother a nymph
(or sometimes Dryope?).
his parentage is so unclear
some historians consider him Pre-Olympian.
Because of his effect on people
Pan’s qualities appear to be more nature spirit
As an entity,
he inspires panic,
or in the higher form:
The Amulet of Pan
Syrinx was a exquisite water-nymph of Arcadia,
daughter of Landon,
As she was returning from the hunt one day,
Pan met her.
In fear of his amorous interest
the fair nymph ran away.
Pan pursued her until she caught up with her sisters
who immediately changed her into a reed.
In his search for her
Pan noticed the air blowing through the reeds
produced a melancholic melody.
took a handful because he did not know which reed she became,
and cut seven pieces
forming a musical instrument.
Pan has carried her with him ever since.
Contrary to Plutarch,
Pan is not dead.
In Jitterbug Perfume:
Tom Robbins describes the continued life
of Pan and his exploits
as he sailed to the New World
and lived in America….
but that is another story.
In creating an Amulet of Pan,
I chose his musical aspect.
The Pan amulet is not a simply relief;
it is a 3D sculpture from his waist up,
framed in grape leaves playing his pan pipe.
An amulet to inspire a Panorama:
and a celebration
of life itself.
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The Kallisti Amulet
has been a source of humor for centuries.
To understand this “Ancient Prank”,
here is a brief lesson in Greek Mythology…
Known for being a trouble maker,
Eris was not in the list of guests
invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis,
the parents of Achilles.
In spite of the lack of invitation
she came to the reception party
and threw a solid gold apple through the door
with the inscription:
Kallisti: “For the fairest”
Hera, Athena and Aphrodite
saw this piece of art
and started disputing who it was for.
Disgusted by the constant bickering,
Zeus sent them to Mount Ida near Troy
to be judged by the shepherd Paris,
who chose Aphrodite as the most beautiful,
accepting Helen’s hand for a bribe.
Paris, having come to fetch his bribe at Sparta,
where Helen was queen,
left the city
as her lover and sailed with her to Troy.
But her husband Menelaus
and his brother Agamemnon
took great exception for this theft,
sent a powerful army against Troy;
and the rest is history.
is a favorite of those fans of the Science Fiction Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson:
and is hailed by the Discordians:
a movement which pops up now and then
who attend such conventions and festivals
and enjoy a practical joke now and then.
An amulet of mischief and humor.
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The pan flute is considered the first mouth organ,
ancestor of both the pipe organ and the harmonica.
Named for its association with the Greek god Pan,
the pipes of the pan flute are typically made from bamboo
giant cane or other tubular materials.
One of my most cherished memories from childhood
was seeing Fantasia for the first time.
I recall seeing the movie when I was about 9 years old and of all the segments.
Beethoven’s Sixth was my favorite:
seeing all those Greek mythological creatures,
centaurs, cherubs and unicorns flying about were all too wonderful to forget.
For years when I see a cypress tree light by sunset,
I can hear the melodies of the Sixth in my head.
As I have grown older to appreciate summer and harvest time,
there is nothing like a great music to bring in the flavors of the season:
the scene from Fantasia where the Centaurs bring the grapes from the fields
to be crushed and Bacchus is rolled in by his trusted friends,
surrounded by grapes… and the music…
Pipes of Pan Amulet
To rejoice in the time of year
when music is on the air and people are gathering to share their good cheer,
I have created The Pipes of Pan Amulet. The central feature is a pipe of Pan,
surrounded by grape leaves and a cluster of it’s bounty.
This is for lovers of good times, good company and good music;
an Amulet to celebrate life itself.
For music jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry page
The Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes and other Heralds.
A short staff entwined by two serpents and crowned by wings
It was also carried by Mercury the messenger of the gods:
a guide of the dead,
protector of merchants and shepherds
and now represents
the astrological symbol of the planet Mercury.
The symbol is also associated with commerce and negotiation,
printing and other forms of communication.
Caduceus Pentacle Earrings
In North America it is also used as a symbol
of Healthcare and medical practice in general.
It may be noted that in other places of the world,
the symbol of the Rod of Asclepius
is used to represent health care
which looks like a single snake wrapped around a staff
and there are no wings.
The pentacle is a symbol which is also ancient:
symbolizing the balance between the elements
and the spirit in perfect balance.
With the single point up
(representing the spirit)
illustrates the balancing effect of the spirit over the elements.
One may easily visualize a man with legs and arms stretched out:
the feet over the locations of fire and earth,
while the hands over water and air and the head in spirit.
By combining the two images we can see how the concepts merge:
all elements in their place and the communication of Hermes over the top.
By adding the North American view of Health and well being,
one can easily use Caduceus Pentacle as a symbol of health,
good communication and a balance of all things.
The Caduceus Pentacle earrings are 5/8” each
with a small jump rings solidly soldered
to provide security and hung with stainless steel Shepard’s hook finds.
To get yours,
please visit my Caduceus Pentacle Earring page.
More earring designs may be found on my Earrings page
First the word, then it happens.
The crack of the gun before the race,
the blowing of the whistle that starts the game.
A single moment that is beyond time itself,
a single point of origin
from which a flash of lightning springs into being.
Hand of Zeus Amulet
The point of fire now has direction: purpose and a way to manifest.
Although named for the Father of the Gods,
Shango would be pleased to be associated with this piece,
the most popular Orisha;
he is a Sky Father,
god of thunder and lightning.
Well loved in the Lukumí religion of the Caribbean,
Shango is also revered by Efa in Africa.
Umvelinqangi is the Sky God from the Zulu mythology,
Baal-Shamin, a supreme deity and the sky god …
both attributes are the lightning bolt.
Amm was a moon god worshiped in ancient
Qataban was also revered as a weather god,
as his attributes included lightning bolts.
Heironeous is the Oeridian god of Chivalry,
Justice, Honor, War, Daring, and Valor.
His holy symbol is a silver lightning bolt;
the images both look and mean the same:
The Hand of Zeus Amulet is an icon akin to the Ace of Wands:
the place from which such movement springs into manifestation.
The hand holding A lightning bolt
directs and guides it into being.
Good for a “make it so” day:
marathons, deadlines, important meetings,
and “putting on your thinking cap”.
This amulet would be the equivalent to the “Power Tie”.
To get yours, please visit my Hand of Zeus Amulet Page
Also available as earrings
For Mythological Jewelry, visit my Mythicals Page
The Grape vine has often been considered
one of the Gifts of the Gods.
The Fruit provides nourishment,
the fermented grape offers wine,
the leaves are more than edible –
those who have enjoyed dolmathakia
can attest to their flavor.
The vines have been used in art,
fuel and in the creation of garlands
and other decoration.
One-of-a-kind Grape Vine Brooch
The Grape Vine Brooch features the fruit,
leaf and vine
with a sturdy brooch back.
This pin is a one of many unique,
free-form piece I have made in the past.
Should you wish one like it,
please visit my How to order Custom Jewelry and Sculpture Page.
View more custom jewelry and sculpture in my Gallery of Custom Works
The classic caduceus symbol of wings framing a pair of serpents climbing the staff of Hermes.
In Roman mythology it is a staff carried by Mercury the messenger.
Also a recognized symbol of commerce and negotiation,
two realms in which balanced exchange and reciprocity are recognized as ideals.
In North America associated with Medicine and Health Care.
Caduceus of Fire Amulet
Caduceus of Fire Amulet
The classic symbol of the caduceus over the Elemental symbol of Fire.
Silver and Bronze,
two inches on a sterling rope chain.
The original piece is now in a private collection.
If you wish something similar, please visit my How to order Custom page.