The Magic Key pendant contains one of my favorite poems - “Go and catch a falling star”, written by the Jacobean poet John Donne (1572 – 1631). John Donne is known for his metaphysical poetry he wrote during the 17th century and for the influence his poems have had on writers and poets ever since. His works stand out because of their wit, the feeling of mystery and magic they impart and their intense emotion and wisdom.
The first verse from the poem is inscribed at the center of the pendant:
Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
Serves to advance an honest mind.
Around the pendant appears one of my favorite symbols, the Orborus, a dragon devouring its own tail. For me, this ancient symbol represents the magic of the universe that created itself from within itself and that continues to develop and awaken within us the realization of the endless process of rebirth and growth.