Green Aventurine Necklace with Tree of Life Pendant
The 30" necklace of Green Aventurine stones are strung with copper findings to highlight the "Tree of Life" Pendant. I used copper wire to create a 2" Aventurine Tree of Life pendant. 3 ghost beads are woven into the tree as well as a Hematite stone representing the moon.
- The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Tree of Life was the place where life and death were enclosed. East was the direction of life whereas West was the direction of death and the underworld. In Egyptian Mythology, Isis and Osiris (also known as 'the first couple') emerged from the Tree of Life.
- Christianity - virtually everyone in the west has heard or even read the story of Genesis in the Old-Testament. Its emphasis on the Tree of Knowledge and Adam and Eve has been recreated in our modern culture a million times! Falling from purity due to the temptation of an evil force, Adam and Eve descended into a harsh reality, completely devoid of a direct connection to the Divine. The tree was their symbolic connection to Divinity.
- Hinduism - During the cyclic destruction of creation when the whole earth was enveloped by waters, akshaya vata (the eternal Banyan tree) remained unaffected. As the form of a baby, Lord Krishna rested on its leaves. It’s even said that Buddha meditates eternally at this spot, and that the Bodi tree at Gaya is a physical manifestation of its energy. The tree represents that part of ourselves that stays pure and despite difficult situations — as long as we’re rooted in spirituality.
- Mayan - Tomaoanchan is what the Mayan called their heaven, which they believed to be a mystical place obscured by a mystical mountain upon the earth. The World Tree was considered to the locus of all creation that reached in directions. Each direction on the Mayan World Tree is represented by a different color, and its central point is considered the base through each of the layers of existence, the heavens, the earth, and the underworld.
- Islam - This whole motif is extremely similar to that of Christianity! The ‘Tree of Immortality’ is the same as Christianity’s Tree of Life. But unlike the biblical account, the Quran says there was only one tree in Eden which Allah forbade to Adam and Eve. After they were tempted by the evil serpent to eat the fruit of the tree, they were banished from their Divine connection and left to their own devices.
- Judaism - Just like Christianity, Judaism believes in the Old Testament, so the entire Tree of life/Tree of Knowledge is really important. But unlike Christianity, Judaism has fascinating symbolism in the form of the Kabbalah representation. You’ll also notice this looks very similar to the Assyrian Tree of Life! Some people believe this was one of the original forms of Judaism, and that it borrowed the Tree of Life and adapted its own symbolism.
Green Aventurine is a great piece to use when working with the Heart Chakra and/or the Water Elements. Green Aventurine is known as the good luck stone and is often used in rituals with green candles, or kept in cash boxes or drawers to attract money.
Green Aventurine has a particularly soothing energy behind it and is recommended for working through unresolved emotional issues. You can also use Green Aventurine for gridding a home or workspace. Green Aventurine is commonly known as a “stone of personal growth”, and offers opportunities for learning about oneself and one's place in the universe.
Physically, Green Aventurine is an all-around healing stone with benefits for the lungs, liver, sinuses, and heart. Use Green Aventurine to loosen and release negativity and energy blockages, including disease. Some wear or carry Green Aventurine to increase intelligence, perception and creativity. Some even use Green Aventurine to improve their eyesight!