What is the origin of this seven-pointed star talisman? It’s weirder than you might think.
My grandmother always had this on her necklace, and I’ve been trying to find out the meaning. But I have not been able to find that exact star with those letters and colors. As it’s a bit old, some of it is scraped off. The picture is not that great but do you, or your readers have any insight on this? I would appreciate it. My grandmother and my family are from Havana Cuba. I don’t have family left that would know. They came to New York and then Miami after the Castro invasion, so they didn’t bring much with them. I will be grateful for any guidance on this as I feel very connected with this star.
The Constantly Changing Woman
It is so beautiful and fascinating that you feel a connection to this talisman. I have no idea what the letters on it mean, but the seven-pointed star connects to many different theologies and beliefs. It is, I gather, significant in Kabbalah and it is also known to Pagans as the Elven Star or the Faerie Star. Seven is also the number of Neptune, and some say that seven-pointed stars or talismans reference the seven stars of the Pleiades, sacred to multiple cultures.
But my bet would be on Yemaya, the Afro-Cuban Moon Goddess. Affiliated with the Ancient Egyptian Isis, her symbols include both the number Seven and the Star.
She is known as the Lady of the Rain, the Constantly Changing Woman, the Creator Mother and she is one of the Seven African Powers of the Gods of the Yoruban pantheon. She’s generally regarded as the elder sister of Ochún, and is considered the mother of the most powerful Orishas.
Yemaya is also the patroness of all witches and two of her sacred names are Queen of Witches and Mama Watta (Mother of the Waters) which explain why many of her followers built their altars next to the Ocean.
She is often called “Sirena” and depicited as a double tailed mermaid or a beautiful black woman at the seaside wearing a long flowing dress, cinched by a wide belt with 7 skirts with blue and white ruffles, which represent the waves in the ocean and the 7 Seas.
What does everyone else think?
Image: Alberto Del Pozo