Hand-casted in the USA, this double sided wax seal necklace features the Latin words PER ASPERA AD ASTRA, which means “Through hardship, to the stars.” This pendant features half the phrase, PER ASPERA (“through hardship”), and a path through mountains with stars in the distance on one side, representing the hardships we must face. On the reverse side it features the other half of the phrase, AD ASTRA (“to the stars”), and the north star in full view, the goal having proven worth the journey.
This motto sometimes appears as AD ASTRA PER ASPERA and though both iterations of the phrase are correct, this one is less common. Other translations include "through adversity/difficulties to the stars" and "our aspirations take us to the stars." ASTRA is the Latin root for "astronomy," ASPERA directly translates to "rough" in English, as in "rough terrain." The English word "exasperate" draws its origins from the Latin ASPERA, and indeed many trials in life prove frustrating. However, this phrase recognizes the truth that in your attempts to achieve great things, you will have to pass through some rocky times on your way to your goals. This jewelry is meant to inspire perseverance so that no matter what the world throws at you, you can relish in the challenge because the stars wait just beyond the struggle.
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Wonderful birthday gift for mom
Bought this pendant for my mother. We are a nautical family and she absolutely loved it, said not only it was beautiful but had genuine meaning particularly from the quotes. Thank you very much maritime supply co!
Purchased this for my daughters 21st birthday. I ordered it 5 days before her birthday and they sent it 2 day service with no additional charge! She loved the detailing on both sides and I am sure she will cherish it for years to come. Quality product, quality company! Thank you for making her birthday a hit!
Worthy Journey Review
Nice pendant, has a great message. I like the size. (not too big) My only small critic is, I wish the bale was a little larger. Would love to see one that reads,De tenebris in lucem. Keep up the great work.