This fossil starfish is over 50 million years old and comes from the Netherlands and is called a brittle starfish. I used copper components, and a hand woven copper chain to show it off. It is a magnificent piece and will be a great conversation piece, because it all ties together in a very lovely way.
The stone is 2.25 x 2.25" and the chain including the wire art is 18" with 2.75" extender. It is truly beautiful a beautiful piece. I put a copper backing on it to protect the stone.
Starfish are exclusively sensory creatures. They have nerves that run through their center to the tips of each of their limbs. This is in lieu of brains. Now, don't let the brainless status of the starfish give you the impression they're without intelligence. Hardly.
Sensory perception is just the tip of the limb when it comes to symbolic starfish meaning. Here's a quick list of symbolic highlights to give you an idea of this sea creature's diverse offerings:
Strong,Patient, Ancient, Magical, Healing, Sensitive, Longevity, Renewing, Perceptive, Mysterious, and Resourceful.
These creatures have been mesmerizing sea farers and beach combers for as long as they've graced the oceans. It's no wonder. How cool to witness a star in the sea? When I think of stars in the sea, I'm reminded of that awesome phrase by alchemist and philosopher, Hermes Trismegistus. He said: "As above, so below." This is a metaphysical concept. He's saying that what happens on an energetic, cosmic level - that action is mimicked on a mundane/earthy level. The concept of "law of attraction" illustrates this. What happens in the mind ('above' or energetic realm) is manifested in the physical ('below' or earthly realm).
So, in my way of thinking, the starfish is a great representative for this concept. They are the stars below, mimicking the stars above. Their remarkable ability to sense, move, regenerate - all that good stuff is available to us humans on earth.
Am I saying we can re-grow an arm if we lose one like the starfish can? Well..that's a stretch. But I will say we can regenerate our attitudes, our beliefs, our mind-sets. We can grow knew limbs of thought that take us to higher levels of experience. We can lop off parts of our belief systems that no longer serve us. We can replace these phantom limbs with higher-minded ideals. We can cut off our bad habits, and regenerate good ones. You get my point.
The starfish's ability to re-grow their bits and pieces is also symbolic of healing and renewal. This also ties in with water symbolism. Water is symbolic of healing, purification, cleansing. Water is also symbolic of emotion and intuition which ties in with the starfish meaning of sensory perception.
In terms of healing, the starfish can be a grand ally in your journey of renewal. If you're struggling with emotional or health challenges...consider the power of the starfish. Consider Hermes' statement: "As above, so below" (and vice versa). If the starfish can heal and re-grow...so can we as humans. Our regeneration might look a little different. But, through neuro-network patterns (retraining pathways in the brain) we can certainly regenerate new avenues thought that facilitate healing.
Many of you might be familiar with the story of an old man coming to the starfish's rescue. He encountered countless starfish stranded on the beach. He tirelessly set to work, tossing each one back into the sea. A young man saw this guy flailing about, trying to save all the starfish, and said: "Hey, old geezer...what's the point? You can't possibly save them all!" To which the old man responded, "Maybe not. But I can save this one, and that makes all the difference."
With that, I'd like to encourage you to dive into starfish meaning with that kind of mentality. How can this sea creature make a difference to you? What's one thing about the starfish that you can adopt to make a difference in your life? Better yet, what symbolic attribute about the starfish can you employ to make a difference in someone else's life? Just food for thought.
Whether the effects of stones and crystals such as this are real or merely a placebo effect is unknown. All we know for certain is that the use of gemstones in healing goes back centuries. And we know that modern science has discovered some surprising applications for the unique properties of certain crystals as all stones and crystals are made up of the same things that make up our bodies!
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