Monday, January 17, 2011

Myths, Folklore & Symbolism: Silver


"Purity, chastity and eloquence. In the symbolism of metals, silver was lunar, feminine and cold, and is the attribute of moon-goddesses, in particular the Greek Artemis (in Roman myth, Diana), and of queens. Through its link with the moon it was equated also with the light of hope and with wisdom - orators are silver-tongued. Hence the Oriental proverb: 'Speech is silver, silence golden.' The Silver Age was emblematic of lost innocence, perhaps because, as the malleable metal of much ancient coinage, silver had some negative associations - famously so as a symbol of Christ's betrayal for 'thirty pieces of silver.'" (Tresidder)

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