Ouroboros is one of the most ancient symbols of creation, rebirth, and renewal, symbolized by the unbroken circle created by the snake.
Ouroboros is derived from the Greek root “ouro” which means tail, and “boros” which means eating. So literally, it’s a creature, most often a snake or a serpent, but sometimes a dragon, devouring its tail. We sometimes fear the snake and revere it, which makes this symbol of duality, or of dual meanings such as : death and rebirth, as above - so below, light and shadow, mysterious and meaningful.
For centuries, the Ouroboros has held numerous different meanings across different religions and cultures. Ancient Mediterranean cultures invoked the symbol of the ouroboros as a representation of eternal life. Occultists throughout history have thought the serpent to be a symbol of alchemy, the fifth element or ‘quintessence,’ the invisible life force or spirit that perpetually transforms itself through the cycle of destruction and re-creation.
In my years of studying art history and symbolism, I've seen these and many more interpretations of the power of the Ouroboros snake across cultures as an archetypal or iconic symbol evoking a particular meaning in the human subconsciousness.
Regardless of interpretation, the belief in the symbolism and power of the Ouroboros is the one thing that has remained constant throughout history.
Ouroboros jewelry is personal and significant to those who wear it.
Ouroboros jewelry can symbolize your personal spiritual journey, to remind you of your unbroken path. You feel the circular connection symbolized by the Ouroboros; the circle and eclipse echo through the cosmos, as the unbroken orbits in our solar system and the spinning of atoms.
You might wear our Ouroboros Ring as an eternity ring, genuinely symbolic of the never-ending connection you have to yourself or your personal partnerships.
Our Ouroboros Necklace was designed for you as a talisman charm, to be worn as a reminder of your continued wellspring of creativity.
Ouroboros represents our connection to the cosmos, from each movement of the planets to the spiraling cycles within every atom. Our Ouroboros Sapphire Necklace serves as a guide through your meditation to realign you on your path.
We experience the snake's cyclical power with each movement of the planets or changing of the tide, and we feel it most in the regenerative circle of life. Our Blue and Green Tourmaline Ouroboros Charms are an elegant, symbolic reminder of your renewed vitality and power.
The desire for a life with vigor and vitality perpetuates the symbolism of the serpent and the fascination with Ouroboros adornment.
At 12th HOUSE we have a small seasonal selection of one of a kind Ouroboros pendants, hand made with the highest quality precious gemstones, that have very specific metaphysical properties. Our designer Kelly Lannen creates limited new Ouroboros talisman pieces each spring and can be booked to create a custom Ouroboros piece of jewelry with a gemstone that is significant to you. Please see our ABOUT PAGE for more details or to book a consultation with Kelly.
There is a long and storied history of how people all over the world use talismans, charms, amulets or totems for their own personal practice, for good luck, in worship, as souvenirs of visits to mystical or sacred places, as holy reliquaries, These objects all serve the same purpose: To connect the wearer with a specific energy source, from their travels, to their religion or faith, to a particular saint, to a divine symbol or archetype, or as a reminder of their highest self incarnate. To carry that energy with the wearer everywhere they go.
Talisman work varies from practitioner to practitioner. You do not need to practice magic to use talismans. Talismans are often chosen instinctively, and worn to amplify your personal energy, your manifestations, your creative visions, and to actualize your highest self. They can also be used for protection, to amplify your voice, to enhance creativity, to be a vessel to connect the astral [your dreams] into the physical world.
To use them you only need to hold your personal vision in your mind’s eye and it becomes part of you every time you wear the piece. [article link]
This is an interesting question, yes and no. They are not inherently magical, Talismans that are built with specific iconography or sacred geometry, or mudras will act as vessels to pour your magic into.
It is important to take care of your everyday jewelry and it’s even more important to take care of your talisman energetically. Think of your talismans as an energy sponge. Everything and everyone you come into contact with can directly affect your energy and just as we take care of ourselves and our clothing to be clean we approach ‘cleaning’ our talisman jewelry the same way.
Place in a selenite bowl to clear and recharge your jewelry at the end of the day. Selenite is known for its pure light energy that is abundantly positive, acting like a cosmic cleaner for your aura. You can also use the light of a full moon to ‘charge’ your fine talisman jewelry with a specific intention and/ or reset the talisman.