Capricorn Pendant, Silver

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This beautiful small pendant, representing a mythical Capricorn, the symbol of the zodiac with the same name, was closely based closely on roman original depictions. Especially, the capricorn pendant is inspired by a small roman bronze statue, which is privately owned. The original has been changed in size and elaborated in greater detail to create this awesome pendant. It is a great piece of jewellery artwork, not only for those who were born under the sign of the Capricorn. In roman time, the Capricorn was a symbol of the emperor Augustus and an astrological sign for prosperity, peace and happiness.

Size approx. 25 x 18 mm. The Capricorn pendant, made in solid 925 sterling silver, will be delivered to you in a decorative jewelry case. In addition, you will receive a certificate with further explanations and a leather thong made of genuine goatskin.


ROMAN CAPRICORN Pendant - The astrological background

The Capricorn, or Capricornus in Latin, is the symbol of the constellation and the zodiac sign. The Zodiac, that means the star constellations, which are traversed by the ecliptic of the sun, have been used for millennia to create predictions. While in the antiquity the zodiac had a greater importance in the preparation of calendars and time calculations, today the spiritual nature is gaining more importance.  Since the shift of the earth's axis (precession) has changed the path of the sun, the zodiac signs are now relocated by approximately 30 ° in relation to the real star constellations.

Already in ancient Egypt and Babylon special calendars were used to give positive or negative characteristics to every day in a zodiac similar system. As the Greek scholar Herodotus reported, this fate calendar based on a system on relations between periods and certain gods.
Mesopotamia played a
prominent role in the development of astrological concepts. In this early stage, scientific astronomy and the interpretation for future forecasts were inseparable.

With mathematical calculations, they were already able to determine the course of the stars and predict phenomenas such as eclipses. These discoveries show an attempt to identify the influence of the stars on the events on earth.

The names of the star constellations and zodiac signs, as we know it today, also date back to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian origins. In the temple of Hathor in Dendera, there was a ceiling painting with the sky goddess Nut and the zodiac signs that originated in the Hellenistic or early Roman period.

Even the star constellation of Capricorn has been used in Babylonian times for astrological purposes, and was mentioned by Ptolemy as one of the 48 known constellations. It was a very important constellation, as winter solstice happened here. The genuine designation goat fish for the constellation of Capricorn is eventually based on observations of fishes and their migration to the Red Sea. A Greek myth explains the shape of the goat fish:

The terrible monster Typhon, a mixed creature between a human and countless snakes, spread terror on the earth and at the Mount Olympus. He frightened the gods themselves so much, that they fled and turned into animals. Pan, the goat protean god of shepherds and nature, sprang in "panic" into the sea and tried to transform into a fish. Unfortunately, the transformation was not completely successful, and he became only a goat with the back part of a fish, a goat fish. Only Athena remained in their human form and ridiculed Zeus, who had turned into a ram. The father of the gods did not want to endure this shame and opened the fight against the monster. Zeus, however, was defeated and Typhon cut the tendons out of his arms and legs. The defenseless God was hidden in a cave, where he was found and cured of Pan and Hermes. Finally, Zeus defeated Typhon by throwing Sicily Mount Etna on the monster in Sizily, where he blazes his fiery breath from the depths still today.
From gratitude to Pan, Zeus created his image as a goat fish at the starry sky.

When the Romans finally declared the goat fish to a Capricorn, his depiction as a goat with a fish tail stayed unchanged.


Roman Capricorn pendant - Symbol of Caesar Augustus

In his biography of Augustus, Suetonius described the meeting of the since 18-year-old Gaius Octavius ​​in 45 AD with the mathematician and astrologer Theogenes in Appollonia.  The scholar felt on his knees in front of him and predicts him an extraordinary future. Suetonius reports: "Later Augustus had such confidence in his destiny, that he made his horoscope public and minted a silver coin with the sign of Capricornus, in which zodiac he was born." In fact the emperor was born at September 23rd, which raises questions, but probably it was used to calculate the zodiacal sign by the days of procreation.

In fact, the Capricorn appears on many reliefs, monuments, coins and even as banners of the legions XXII Primigenia and II Augusta. The widespread use of the animal begins after the battles in Actium and in Egypt, with whom Octavius ​​establish its supremacy. The Capricorn is a hybrid of a land animal and a fish, and the battles were also fought on land and at sea. Perhaps here lies a further symbolism. On his coins, the Capricorn is accompanied by a cornucopia, a globe and a rudder. The cornucopia an a sign of the prosperity that will bring his rule, the rudder a sign of the goddess of luck Fortuna, and the ball a symbol of its global claim to power. The use of the Capricorn was an astrological legitimacy of its power. In addition, the Capricorn became a, icon of the Emperor himself and a symbol of happiness, prosperity and peace of the Pax Augusta.

Even in the centuries after Augustus the Capricorn remained a popular motif, for example, in mosaics or signet rings.


Customer reviews:

TEXT_OF_5_STARSAuthor: Joerie am 05.12.2016


Well-documented piece of art. As a member of the Legio II Augusta, I could not help myself and I had to buy this capricorn. The craftsmanship is excellent, and the details are very good. Great service, good information and good products!

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