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Goddess Daphne

Daphne was a Naiad nymph (a minor goddess in Greek Mythology). She was associated with fountains, wells, springs and other types of freshwater bodies. Daphne was the daughter of the River God Peneus. The laurel leaf is a symbol of Daphne and this collection features small leaf like shapes throughout. This myth is about teaching us to let go and to remain true to yourself. This collection has been designed for the heart chakra and throat chakra.

The myth goes that one day Apollo (Apollo is the God of almost everything .....of archery, music and dance, truth, prophecy, healing and diseases, the Sun and light and Poetry) was on his way back from slaying some beast and ran into Cupid the God of Love (also known as Eros in Greek mythology). Apollo was boasting to Cupid about how his bow was bigger than Cupids. This of course angered Cupid (the God of Love) who shot Apollo with a golden arrow which caused him to fall in love with the first person he saw...... and that first person was Daphne (a minor Goddess and sworn virgin.....opps!) Cupid, then to revenge Apollo further, shot Daphne with a lead tipped arrow causing her to be impervious to love.  Apollo was deeply in love and Daphne was desperate to get away from him. Apollo chased Daphne and in her desire to get away she ran to her father  begging  for his help in escaping Apollo. To aid his daughter he turned her into a laurel tree. So poor Apollo was left heart broken and very frustrated that the woman he so greatly desired was unattainable. He vowed that even though he could not hold her as a woman he would have her. Apollo used all of his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render Daphne an evergreen.  In spite of Daphne's terror and insistence he leave her alone Apollo vowed that laurel leaves will forever be in his hair, and his lyre and quivers will be made from laurel tree. 

Apollo was heart broken at the loss of Daphne and to remember her for ever, he made the laurel leaf the symbol of tribute.