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Mallow Star Amulet

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In Slavic folklore the mallow symbolizes love for one’s native land, for one’s parents and for one’s home. This star flower reminds us of our spiritual and national roots, and of one’s ancestors.

The lateral star is the most classical of all Ukrainian folk pysanka types.  It is known as a “storchova ruzha/rozha,” and variations of it can be found in every part of Ukraine, from Kholm to Sloboda. 

Th eight pointed star is know in Ukrainian folk art as a “ruzha (rozha).”  In theory, it is an abstracted mallow flower, but a mallow flower has 5 petals, and our ruzha has eight. In western Ukraine it has picked up the name “shterna” (from the German for star), and is often called a “zirka” or “zvizda” by people who have forgotten the old names.  

Th eight-pointed star is also commonly found in the folk and decorative art of other cultures, from the Persians to other Slavs. Some scholars have posited that Ukrainians acquired this symbol from the ancient Persians; it was said to be the symbol of their god of fire, Atar.  Whatever the origin, the symbol is found on decorated eggs in most Slavic cultures. 

The eight-pointed star is formed by superimposing a straight cross (symbol of masculinity and the Sun) and an oblique cross (symbol of femininity and the Moon). The joining of these two entities naturally gives life. The full mallow is also known as the Mother’s Star. This is the symbol that is often seen in icons of the Virgin Mary.

The octagonal star is one of the most popular geometric motifs in Ukrainian embroidery. 8 is not a haphazard number. Biophysicists say that such a star – octahedron – is the model of an energy field built around any living organism. The human zygote undergoes its first cell division, forming 8 cells, 8 energy flows, which then shape the physical and spiritual essence of the embryo.

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In Slavic folklore the Mal’va symbolizes love for one’s native land, for one’s parents and for one’s home. This star flower reminds us of our spiritual and national roots, and of one’s ancestors.

The Mal’va (mallow) or eight-pointed star is formed by superimposing a straight cross (symbol of masculinity and the Sun) and an oblique cross (symbol of femininity and the Moon). The joining of these two entities naturally gives life. The full mallow is also known as the Mother’s Star. This is the symbol that is often seen in icons of the Virgin Mary.

The octagonal star is one of the most popular geometric motifs in Ukrainian embroidery. 8 is not a haphazard number. Biophysicists say that such a star – octahedron – is the model of an energy field built around any living organism. The human zygote undergoes its first cell division, forming 8 cells, 8 energy flows, which then shape the physical and spiritual essence of the embryo.

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Weight40 g
Dimensions5 × 5 × 5 cm

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