Victoriana butterfly, with moonstone and opal.Woven in copper,oxidezed, polished and sealed. Beautifully Steampunk
Psykhe was the Greek goddess of the soul,married to Eros and often depicted as a beautiful winged butterfly. But she didn’t start of as a goddess!
She was a mortal woman in ancient Greek legend who angered Aphrodite when her beauty caused men to worship her rather than the Goddess! Aphrodite commanded Eros to make her fall in love with the most hideous of men, but instead Eros fell in love with Psykhe, and concealing his real identity, he whisked her off to his secret palace. In order to continue hiding his real self from her, he ordered her to never look upon his face, however eventually she was tricked into gazing upon him by her jealous sisters. Eros abandoned her, so she roamed the earth looking for her lost love, ending up (ironically) in the service of Aphrodite. Aphrodite set Psykhe a series of nigh on impossible tasks, culminating in a trip to the underworld to retrieve the box of beauty. She cannot resist peeking in.. but the box actually contained eternal sleep.
Eros comes across her, and is overcome, takes Psykhe to Zeus, asking for her to be made immortal so they can wed. Zeus agrees, and in granting her immortality she no longer becomes a threat to Aphrodite, who gives her blessing for the wedding.
Moonstone is a stone for intuition, it’s a soothing, receptive stone, and a powerful calmer of emotions. It’s believed to be a powerful healing stone, especially for many feminine issues, such as PMS, pregnancy, breastfeeding and childbirth, amongst many other uses.
Moonstone is one of the birthstones associated with Cancer, Virgo,Libra,Aquarius and Pisces.
Opal is said to help in finding and expressing one’s true self. It is reflective, yet absorbent, picking up thoughts and feelings, amplifying them and returning them. It’s a good protective stone.
Because it puts you so in tune with yourself, it helps you to understand your full potential. It is also said to bring a sense of spontaneity and lightness!
From a healing perspective it is said to be good for fevers, purifying the blood, stabilising PMT, infections and aids memory.
Opal is a birthstone associated with Cancer (June 21 – July 22), Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22) and Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)