This design incorporates the caduceus, the staff of Hermes, which is associated with wisdom, commerce and eloquence. The symbol is also appropriated by the medical profession due to a similar appearance to the Rod of Asclepius, a staff with a single snake entwined around it that represents the healing arts. The pentacle has been worn as a powerful protection symbol for thousands of years. Associated in turn with magick, paganism and Christian mysticism, its earliest connections were with worship of the Goddess, from whose sacred five petaled apple blossoms and sees the symbol may have been derived. Like the circle it is considered a protective design because of its continuously connecting points. The pentacle has been called the symbol of man, truth, and completion. Alchemists paired the elements of the earth to those of man flesh and bones to earth, blood to water, breath to air, body heat to fire, and the soul to ether. The five points also correspond to the five stages of life: birth, puberty, marriage, rest from labors and death.
- Made of lustrous, solid jewelers bronze
- Measures approximately 1 3/16 inches (3 cm) tall
- Single sided /li>
- The bale fits chains up to 4 mm in thickness
- Includes a free waxed cord measuring 24 inches in length with a 2 inch extender