For lack of other ideas, this week’s topic is on jewellery and other adornments, religious jewellery, and statuary jewellery, as each serve different purposes.
As far as religious jewellery goes, I’ve worn various pendants and necklaces over the years that hold some sort of religious significance. As a Kemetic pagan, I have gathered a number of ankhs, though I only wear one now. The others are used for other things. Other Kemetic symbols I have are Eyes, one of which is on my keys. It’s a protective amulet. I also wear a small thin feather that represents Ma’at, that sits next to the ankh I wear. They’re both silver.
Because I’ve been Kemetic for so long, I never bought a pentagram until last year. I had a small brass one that came with some sort of spell kit I bought several years ago, but that ended up as a charm sort of thing on my dissecting kit. I never wore it. But now I have a small silver pentagram that I wear on a long chain, so I can hide it under clothes if I need to. It’s just a bog standard silver pentagram, no trappings or other adornments. I like the simplicity of it, though it belies the complex meaning it holds for me.
The only other religious jewellery I wear these days is a St Michael pendant an old friend sent me some years ago. It’s not something I’d have bought myself; I’d have preferred Mary if I was picking one for myself. I pretty much just wear it for her, though if anyone sees me wearing it and, without the pentagram, assumes I’m Christian without actually asking me, I’m not going to dissuade them. Not my problem. If they ask, I’ll probably enlighten them, but I won’t bother most of the time.
Statuary jewellery refers to the ever-growing collection of necklaces and other things I use to adorn my statues. It’s a small reflection of how statues were treated back in ancient times, where they were dressed and adorned daily and offered food and incense. So I have small pendants and things that They’ve claimed, or have been offered to Them, that I can dress Them in.
When I was first starting out, I made all sorts of necklaces for all the Gods I was working with at the time. They weren’t very good, but I picked out little pendants and symbols that I could use and strung them together on coloured string with some beads. They were my first attempts at devotional jewellery, and while they weren’t very good, I never sensed anyone objected.
But I’ve moved on from those now. A while back, I decided I needed to revamp the statuary jewellery I had, and decided to get some better things for Them. So I put the old stuff away, and started collecting new things.
Sobek has the most, by a long stretch. Who’d have thought a crocodile would love shiny green things? So I have a lot of those. I also have a few shark teeth that He seems quite happy to have. They’re not croc ones, though I do have a crocodile skin/teeth wristband that I wear for Him though. Teeth pointing towards my hands to show I’m ready to strike.
Aset is very picky about Hers though. She wants decent quality stuff, so I have to save up to get Her anything good. Mostly, She has the best necklaces I have, the iron ore stuff (I think?) that adorns the statue of Her suckling Heru. It was part of a set I was given some years back, the bracelet of which was claimed by Bast almost as soon as I unwrapped it.
I also have a spear/arrow head on a leather cord that Yinepu-Wepwawet wears. I wear it when I need Their energies with me. My Yinepu statue also wears a long black cape, too. He’s the only one with actual ritual clothing. It was a blanket I made for one of my Grand Champions horses, but He nicked it and won’t give it back. The only way it could look more Reaperish is if it had a hood.
I’ve also got some other jewellery and necklaces I don’t use though. They were given to me over the years and no one’s claimed them, so they just sit in my nanna’s jewellery cabinet, which I inherited after her death. Maybe one day I’ll do something with them.