When you think about the stars, do you see a mere shape? Do you think about Galileo or perhaps Keats? Did you ever wonder how people interpreted them before you?
The star is a wonderful gift. We attribute an other worldly quality to them, almost god like when we reference people as being ‘Stars’. We adore how they shine, sparkle and wink at us. We see the star as representing passed souls; some define their lives by their positions known at birth. Alchemists thought of them as representing a wholeness of oneself. Ancient Greeks and Romans saw their Gods in the stars, often portraying them in art with a star upon their foreheads. A favourite starry mythical goddess of mine is Urania. She was one of the muses representing Astrology. Visually she is shown adorned with stars and planetary divination.
Follower of Jean Louis Tocqué, Allegorical Portrait of Urania, Muse of Astronomy, Date unknown
Symbols and motifs are not just shapes, or patterns. The deep meaning is sacred to many cultures, including your own. It was interesting to discover that the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts explored that when a soul would die, his or her immortal state would be in the form of an “Imperishable star”. When someone passes in my culture, this is the same sentiment used to explain where that person has gone. Shakespeare had the right idea in Romeo and Juliet;
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
What a whimsical thought to know that we are all made of star dust. I wonder if that is why our eyes shine. Perhaps the crystallised particles of the star decided to find their way to the exact part of the body which sees all, just like the stars above us. So when we look up, we should recognise ourselves.
Johannes Vermeer, The Astronomer 1668
Adam Bernaert, Vanitas c1665 (Note the Celestial globe in the background)
Stars are a curiosity in symbolic meaning. They span our skies, appear in patterns, direct our movements. In fashion, they are an interesting and widely used motif. I fell in love with these Valentino Pre Fall 2015 pieces for they captured the element of star dust upon the fabric.
To adorn ones self with symbols such as stars is to wear a secret visual language. It is incredibly interesting to be able to speak about what the motif’s adorning you represent, to explore what they mean. How charming it is to discover someone who is interested in the greater meaning of things. Stumbling upon such people often has the fabulous consequence of causing inspiration, unconventional conversation and a certain sharpness to the mind.
All Valentino images from Style.com
I adore little stars all over, why don’t you attach atleast 30 brooches, all different star designs, to a plain navy top?!
Have a look on Etsy to get you started, It is my go to for unique items that no-one else has!