One of our double sided wax seal pendants paired with a classic sterling silver Maritime anchor. Wax seal pendant features the Latin words, SAPIENS SERPENS (Wise Serpent) with a snake on one side, and INGENUA COLUMBA (Innocent Dove) with a dove in flight on the other.
From the Bible, NIV translation, Matthew 10:16: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” “Wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove” is a shortening of the verse, meant to encourage caution and shrewdness while tempering it with kindness and humility, leaving behind a self-serving agenda and moving forward with mature trust and healthy wariness.
We appreciate the dual nature of this juxtaposition of ideals, and enjoy the contrast that the images of snake and dove create. Wear this pendant with the same side always presented to a viewer, or switch between the two sides depending on which phrase you want to focus on for the day. We chose to pair the wax seal with an anchor to provide a reminder that you have things in your life that prevent you from going adrift in the sea of life and help keep you grounded.