This symbol is well known as it features prominently in many western occult traditions, and particularly in Wicca. However it is much older than this and has been used in many different traditions and cultures from around the world, including Ancient Greece and it also being used as a protective charm in Babylonia.
This glyph is a symbol of an asteroid named Proserpina, and it was named after the Roman goddess of the same name who is the Queen of the Underworld and the daughter of Ceres. Another asteroid was discovered later which was named Persephone after her Greek counterpart, whose mother is named Demeter in the Greek pantheon.
This is the ancient alchemical symbol for the chemical element antimony which is a lustrous grey metalloid. Its compounds have been used since ancient times as cosmetics, and often used as kohl eyeliner since around 3500 BCE in Ancient Egypt.
In metallurgy, impure gold was often roasted with antimony because antimony would remove the impurities and silver, leaving the gold intact and purified. Because of this, antimony was referred to as ‘The Wolf of Metals’ because it devours all but gold.
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