Genuine Greek bronze coin silver pendant depicting an octopus; Arethusa head with a dolphin in the back
In Greek coinage, the octopus has a positive value, which was probably the reason for the choice of its representation on many ancient figurative documents as an emblem of the human ability to overcome adversity. Symbolically, it invites us to strip ourselves of what is no longer useful and prevents us from improving ourselves. Thus, as the octopus is able to recreate the amputated tentacles, man is able to change and renew himself in depth.
Cunning and wisdom are also associated with this animal. The octopus is often associated with Poseidon, with the founding hero Taras, with Scylla, with the Gorgoneion, with the eponymous nymph Arethusa, figures that belong to a very ancient substrate; in this perspective it recalls the idea of the journey, of the passage, of the transformations that occur in human existence.