Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Karma....the Magical Trout Totem Pendant

Karma-Trout Totem Pendant

Karma is my newest totem....he is a trout with a beautiful piece of Royston Turquoise.  He is ready to swim to his new residence. To fully appreciate the symbolic meanings of fish, we must first consider their watery domain.

"Water holds ancient symbolic meanings dealing with the subconscious and depth of knowledge.
Water holds endless mystery to us – it represents that which is certainly there, but cannot be seen.
Water has also been known to be a womb symbol and as such, an emblem of birth, fertility and woman-ness. This association comes from many ancient flood myths, and the “from water springs life” concept.

The fish was sacred to the Greco-Roman mythology, where it held symbolic meaning of change and transformation. We see this in the myth of Aphrodite and Heros when they turned themselves into fish in order to escape from the ferocious Typhon.

In Christainity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith as observed in the Biblical story of fishes and loaves. There are also several Biblical references as Christ and his disciples being “fishers of men.” Here, man is represented as the transformational fish and the ocean is a symbol of the abyss of sin in which man finds himself.

Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility and an attribute of the Goddess. Water is a natural emblem of the flow of the Divine Mother principal, and as such, all creatures of the water (including fish) are aspects of the fertility and power of the female deity.

 In Buddhism, the fish symbolizes happiness and freedom. Also the fish makes an appearance as one of the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha: 1) Conch, 2) Lotus, 3) Parasol, 4) Wheel, 5) Knot, 6) Pair of Golden Fish, 7) Banner of Victory, 8) Vase."
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There's alot more to add  about how other cultures recognize the fish and what it symbolizes. If you want to read more go here 

Swimming in the trees

Karma wants to thank you for he's off to spread good karma everywhere!



  1. You have such a unique style, and your use and placement of stones is incredible!!

  2. Mary...awesome complement...blown away...thanks so much. Sometimes i let the stones choose the sterling cut they want to live in, i just play around until i have the "that's it" moment...i find it's a bit more spontaneous and interesting. On this one, it was designed to fit this particular cab that my customer came together surprisingly well. I've been told i have a unique style before also...trying the make the most of it. Hugs...Sue❤

  3. Sue, as ever it's just beautiful! You have such amazing skill. And what a lovely stone. I'd love to wear one of your gorgeous pieces... your shop might just have to be on my christmas list!

  4. Becky....thanks for the super sweet jewelry loves residing in the UK....and i would love to make you something special too...a theme or totem animal close to your heart...much love to you and your little princesses!

  5. Beautiful and unique Sue, thank you for all the lore and info!!


  6. Ro....hugs...and thanks...the lore is quite interesting....each piece teaches me something new....either technically or i get the history lesson (lore) surrounding a symbol....neat stuff.

  7. Thanks Louise...i haven't forgotten about posting my double bezel ring that I had problems with....well the antler that was going in the larger bezel got stained and I'm waiting for a new piece that i'll have to finesse to fit the existing bezel spot....always something...huh?