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.