Pearls spiritual meaning. Pearls, spiritual meaning, is not a translation of any of our posts in Spanish, on the contrary, it was born for English, although, it has many links with an entry of ours called, in this language as: “perlas, significado, usos, beneficios y poderes“.
The pearl is considered a lunar symbol linked to water and woman. It is a rare, pure and precious element.
It is rare because it is hardly found in its natural environment; it is pure because it is reputed to be flawless, white, extracted from muddy water or a rough bark that does not change shape, and it is precious because it has a high purchase value.
The pearl is considered a symbol of the feminine. In alchemy, this word is used to designate the silvery substance that is opposed to the masculine substance, gold. Macerated pearls were used as an elixir of long life or immortality.
Sometimes it can be heard that pearls are a symbol of tears. There is even a misconception that such a gift could destroy the personal life of the future owner, punishing him with unrequited love. This reputation is due to the legend of their origin: it is said that pearls are born when the Goddess of the Night weeps over the pond.
In the oriental tradition, a gift in the form of a pearl necklace is considered an acknowledgement of the strongest feelings. In some Asian countries, such an offer of the groom is obligatory during the engagement: it is a kind of analogue of European engagement rings. The magical properties of pearls make them an excellent help for all those born under the auspices of the Moon or Venus.
Perfect pearls are very rare and because they are hidden inside shells, they have become the symbol of veiled knowledge and esoteric wisdom. They are mentioned, over millennia, in the mysticism, religion, art, folklore and literature of the most diverse peoples.
The cosmogony of Ahl-i Haqq, the Faithful of Truth in Iran, preaches that in the beginning there was no creature in Existence but the Supreme Truth, unique, living and adorable. It lived in the pearl where it hid its essence. The waves of the sea guarded everything.
In a famous Gnostic writing there is a passage that compares the search of the pearl with that of the salvation of man, his spiritual drama. By finding the pearl, the Gnostic completes his life’s task. It takes a great effort to achieve it, as well as truth and knowledge, because the pearl is hidden in the shell, the shell is at the bottom of the sea and the sea is covered with waves.
The pearl is like “the intellectual light in the heart”. The notion of a pearl hidden in its shell is evoked in its symbolism because acquiring it requires an effort like truth or knowledge.
Born from the waters or the moon, found in a shell, the pearl also represents the yin principle: it is the essential symbol of creative femininity.
Persian myths associate the pearl with the primordial manifestation. In several regions, the oyster containing the pearl is most easily compared with the female genital organ.
The pearl is born, according to the legend, when a drop of dew falls on the shell, and in many cultures this celestial activity related to the birth of the embryo is emphasized.
The pearl has a particularly rich symbolic value in Iran, both from the point of view of sociology and the history of religions.
According to a legend collected by Saadi (a 13th century Persian poet), the pearl is considered to be a raindrop falling from the sky into a shell that rises to the surface of the sea and half-opens to receive it.
The intact pearl is taken as a symbol of virginity in popular works and Persian literature. It plays a central mystical role by symbolizing the sublimation of instincts, the spiritualization of matter, the transfiguration of the elements.
Pearls and healing properties.
This element has healing properties : in India it is used against hemorrhages, jaundice, madness, intoxications, ocular diseases, etc.
In Europe, it was used in medicine for psychiatric diseases such as melancholy, epilepsy and dementia.
In the East, the element is known for its aphrodisiac properties.
In China, medicine used only the virgin, unpierced pearl, which was said to cure all eye diseases. It is also considered a symbol of immortality in the country. Arabian medicine recognizes identical virtues.
Modern Indian therapy uses pearl powder for its revitalizing and aphrodisiac properties.
Macerated pearls were used as an elixir of long life or immortality. The same symbolism also covers the use of artificial pearls.
In Laotian sacrifices and funeral ceremonies, “the dead receive pearls for celestial life”. They are inserted into the natural holes of the corpse.
Among the Greeks the symbolism is completely different, there the pearl is considered the symbol of love and marriage.
Etymology, science and environment
The current word “pearl” comes from the Latin “pirla”, abbreviation of “pira”, in allusion to the elongated form of the pearls of the pendants. For the Romans the pearl was a symbol of love and was called “daisy”.
The pearl is a hard and generally spherical organic material. It is the result of the reaction of these animals to foreign bodies that invade their bodies, such as worms or grains of sand. This reaction produces a secretion formed by nacre, composed almost exclusively of calcium carbonate (in the form of aragonite crystals) and a protein substance called conchina. And finally, forming the pearl.
The exaggerated demand of pearls and the contamination has led to the almost exhaustion of this resource all over the world. Although at present the pearl market is almost exclusively based on cultured pearls.