Silver has a long and ancient history in folklore. It’s featured in numerous legends, normally as a protective element or a symbol of purity. The most common relates to werewolves and their natural abhorrence of this precious metal. One silver bullet can quickly and effectively end the semi-immortal existence of an average moon-howler. It’s no wonder lycanthropes prefer gold! But it isn’t just werewolves that have a connection to silver.
It also figures prominently in Celtic folklore in relation to the Fae and in otherworld myths in general. Silver is considered the “moon metal” and, as such, is a strong conductor of energies. It’s often used in healings. Because it is a “night metal” it can be used for negative influence as well as positive, but is more commonly viewed as a “bright metal” aligned toward good. In days of yore, parents often made sure the first gift their baby received was a silver coin to ensure good fortune through life, or a silver bell to ward off evil.
Silver is considered lunar in nature with feminine properties, but is also linked to hope and wisdom. Remember the old saying of someone having a “silver tongue” or the proverb “speech is silver but silence is golden?”
Mysticism, superstition and folklore aside, I’ve always been more enchanted of twilight than dawn (though I do love the mesh of pewter and tangerine that spools across the sky when the sun shrugs off its slumber). My affinity to dusk may explain why I’ve been partial to silver all my life as opposed to gold. Even my husband knows not to buy me gold jewelry, always silver. I’ve been like that since I first discovered jewelry as a teen. Some things you never outgrow.
What about you? What do thoughts of these two mythical medals conjure for you, and are you more connected to one than the other?
Mythical Minds want to know! 😀