The ornate Masonic ball is also known as a golden globe; cross fob; or Masonic orb. It opens into a pendant in the shape of a cross. Inside there are 6 Pyramids and 24 hand engraved Masonic symbols, 4 symbols per pyramid.
Considering how small the piece is, and the miniscule engraving on each pyramid, and the internal hinge attachments between pyramids which are not visible from the outside, it is obvious that this hand-crafted piece was created by a highly skilled Master goldsmith.
Masonic fobs were worn as a way of identifying oneself as a Freemason and were popular when pocket watches were worn. They were generally secured by a chain that attached to the owner’s waistcoat and the end of the chain was often decorated with a charm or fob. Freemasons could choose a fob that would discreetly display their membership, such as a set square and compasses or a Mark Masonry keystone. The most detailed and high-prestige of these fobs was the masonic ball fob. The most commonly seen examples date from the late 19th century but ball fobs are still in production today.
The masonic ball fob at first sight appears to be a simple gold metal sphere with four hinged clasps holding it from the attachment loop at the top. However if the clasps are released the ball itself opens up, forming a cross-shape of six equally-sized pyramidal segments, each of the four pyramid faces bearing a masonic symbol. The placement of symbols on the faces of the exposed pyramids should be read from left to right, upper and then lower. Many of these symbols use the tools of stonemasons to represent moral values which they claim are a key element of freemasonry.
The top square for reads: Gavel (refining the individual, control of passions), Five-pointed or Blazing Star (numerous interpretations, including the five points of Masonic fellowship), Six-pointed Star (Seal of Solomon), Set Square (the proper balance between different values and qualities). Also present is the Masonic apron as well as other Masonic symbols such as the 2 triangles on the rightmost pyramid, one pointing upward toward the Sky and the other pointed downward toward Earth. These are placed on top of one another to form the Star of David.
This masonic fob has been transformed into a true magickal talisman of protection, and considering the plethora of protective magickal symbols carved into it already, it was always going to be a powerful one! Perfect for someone who likes to keep their spiritual and magickal practices private, or shared with only a select few. It will help you maintain your boundaries around your spiritual practice as well as other more mundane elements of life. This particular piecedates from the late 19th century, probably 1890s.
This talisman has been created from a vintage solid gold piece, transformed into a magickal talisman through specific ritual magick at a carefully astrologically elected time.
You may well see scratches, dents and small marks on your talisman due to its age and former life. This only adds to the authenticity and unique nature of the piece. None of the Ouroboros Limited Editions are brand new and each piece is carefully inspected by our master goldsmith and jeweler in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. He then refurbishes each piece to wearable condition, polishes and securely solders the jump ring in place.
So much more than a piece of jewellery, this talisman is a personal piece of magickal power.
The final image is a picture taken of your talisman during the magickal ritual.
From Haley Smith, Ouroboros Astrologer:
December 14th, 2020 – 7:30 AM GMT
At this hour of the new moon and total solar eclipse in Sagittarius, there are an abundance of celestial bodies in Sagittarius in the 1st house of self, identity, and one’s physical being. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, and holds domain over our belief systems, expansion, our sense of luck, new pathways, and our worldview.
The sign rising at this hour is also Sagittarius, and invites us to ask: what new truths and belief systems about the fierce protection of myself do I want to expand into?
New moons are potent, fertile windows in which to set new cycles in motion. In regards to the theme of protection, this specific date and time speaks to the opportunity of incorporating new, expansive, and solid structures into our overall self-concept –– structures in which we are whole unto ourselves, and prioritize the boundary-making that is critical to our wellbeing and protection.
Mars is at 20° Aries here, making a conjunction to the IC at 15° Aries (IC stands for imum coeli, Latin for ‘bottom of the sky’). The IC is the foundation of our charts and of our lives, and gives insight into our relationship with what it means to feel rooted in our very being. For deepening protection work, cultivating a sense of home and belonging in one’s body is crucial – and Mars here invites us to unapologetically pick up the sword for ourselves.
The support of warrior Mars here helps us nurture an unwavering sense of our ability to fiercely advocate both for ourselves and others. Additionally, Mars makes several harmonious connections to celestial bodies, like the Sun, moon, Mercury, the lunar nodes, and the Part of Fortune.
The astrological configurations of this day give us the fuel to support, defend, and protect ourselves in unprecedented and generative new ways.