As I mentioned in my last post, I recently underwent the second-degree elevation, a process that has been underway since I initially asked for elevation in September 2014. A couple weeks after I asked, coven sister W. and I were shopping in Tacoma, and I came across the ring pictured above. I decided that I would take the ring home when the elevation was scheduled, to remind me of some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
This weird little piece of bronze dates from about the Fourth Century, C.E. and is engraved on its bezel with an encircled, five-pointed star, surrounded by twenty-eight dots. Each shank is decorated with two joined six-pointed stars (made like an X with a line down the middle). It was dug out of the ground in Norway, and is most likely Roman in origin. That may seem a bit odd, but Rome did have had a military presence in Norway pertaining to their iron deposits in from about 45 to 450 C.E. The dates are based upon the remains of Romans–invariably soldiers–uncovered in the south and southeast of the country. This type of ring is very similar to those worn by soldiers in this age, no matter where they were stationed, and the five-pointed star was one of the many designs found on these rings. Funnily enough, it does not appear that anyone has speculated upon what significance the five-pointed star might have had to these soldiers. I do know that some soldier’s rings marked certain campaigns, or the legion the soldier belonged to. Others were meant to thwart the Evil Eye. I’m sure others were purely decorative.
Whatever this ring meant to the man who wore it 1700 years ago, the symbols themselves have obvious meaning to me. I chose to acquire the ring, though, as a lesson in longevity. The choices we make in life have long-lasting impacts. They set other things into motion that have their own impacts, too. At second, the decisions I make within Witchcraft have a greater impact, not only to myself, but to others. Second is a license to teach, and what I choose to teach to others will ripple across the waters of time. So I suppose that this ring is a reminder to me to act wisely and to act well. If I do, then maybe the legacy I leave behind will be recognizable 1700 years from now.
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Melissa, way to go. I hope it goes well for you. I’m hoping to join the right group one day. Keep up the good work
Thank you, Jacqueline! If you are interested in Gardnerian or Alexandrian groups, there’s actually a couple good Facebook groups for seekers. They are good ways of finding groups and covens that don’t openly advertise on places like Witchvox or other pagan social media. I’m largely thinking of the “Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca for Seekers” and “Gardnerian Wicca Seekers and Initiates” groups. There’s also the group “Inclusive Wicca Discussion Group” that is exceptionally friendly and has a wider selection of groups represented in its member base that can also help.
Congratulations on reaching Second Melissa! I can ask one of our Roman specialists at work what he thinks about the significance of the star if you like?
I hope you enjoy teaching and as a Second as much as you enjoyed learning as a First, although I have to say it feels like you’ve been teaching me since before you officially asked to take Second, and I look forward to continuing to learn from you.
Aw thanks, Wyrdwritere! You make me blush!
I would love it if your Roman specialist could tell me about the significance of the star. My best guess was that it was a legion symbol. Most of what I could find on the Internet was so anachronistic, it made me wonder if anyone out there actually bothered to study their history.
Well it’s true. 🙂
I’ve sent him an email along with a copy of the photo you took and your description, but it may take a while before he replies as although it’s work-related it’s still extra-curricular. However, I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back.
Awesome! Thank you!