My thoughts (5) - The sorceresses and their stones
The idea for this post was given to me by @daisyofgalaxy10 and it’s about the sorceresses and their favorite stones and what do they mean.
Yennefer has her obsidian star, Triss has an lapis lazuli necklace and Philippa has agate jewels.
So I took some geology lessons. I don’t want to get you bored so I’ll try to keep it simple.
This is what I found about Obsidian on Wikipedia:
“Obsidian is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. It is hard and brittle; it therefore fractures with very sharp edges, which were used in the past in cutting and piercing tools.”
As I thought, Sapkowski didn’t choose obsidian to be Yennefer’s stone by chance, I think the similarities are quite obvious:
1) Yennefer has a volcanic personality, obsidian is a volcanic material
2) “Obsidian is hard and brittle; it therefore fractures with very sharp edges”. Yennefer is very difficult but she melts if someone (meaning mostly Geralt or Ciri, of course) knows how to handle her, yet she still has her “sharp edges”.
3) Yennefer wears black and white, obsidian is usually dark colored, mostly black.
Triss wears a lapis lazuli necklace. Wikipedia didn’t say many things about it. Still it says that “has been prized since antiquity for its intense color”. From ancient Egypt to Middle ages it was one of the favorite jewelry for royal courts. We can relate this to Triss, in the books and in the games too she was always close to a royal court or another, she’s used with that kind of life ans she likes it.
Ok, so Philippa’s stone is the agate. It’s a volcanic rock, pretty common, nothing very special about it.
So that’s it with Wikipedia, I moved on. I knew there are some meanings and symbols given to the stones but I never believed in such things. After some research on such sites I only kept the ideas which I found on most of them:
The obsidian is a very protective stone, and is excellent for removing negativity. It is also excellent protection against psychic attacks.
I immediately thought about the times Yennefer used protective shields. If I’m not mistaken there are 2 times in the books and 1 time in the Witcher 3 game. So again the rock fits Yen perfectly.
Almost everywhere says that Lapis Lazuli is a stone of royalty. Again, royalty.
It is said about Lapis Lazuli that it symbolize true friendship and the harmony of these kind of relations. Well, Triss is a friend for Geralt, she’s always there when he needs help. Even though maybe she wanted more than this, I think Triss is the perfect example of what “friendzone” means.
(Later edit: Thank you, @pommeverte3 for a much better idea: Regarding Triss and friendship though, I always had the feeling while reading the books that her storyline was more about her relationship with Yen than her relationship with Geralt. Here you can find her analysis about Triss and Yen friendship: http://pommeverte3.tumblr.com/post/151557328137/the-yennefertriss-friendship-in-the-witcher-book )
Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically. What stone can be more perfect for Philippa than one who symbolises strength? I think it fits her perfectly.
As a conclusion, I am amazed about how much attention Andrzej Sapkowski had for all these small details. I bet there are so many more in the books which I didn’t think of yet. I hope I didn’t bore you too much, I tried to do it as short as possible.
if you have any ideas about symbols in the Witcher world, please give me a message. Have a nice Sunday! :)