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The Meaning of Stones

Amber:

Clear yellow or orange ancient petrified resin (possibly pine tree). Electromagnetic. Helps the body heal itself by absorbing and transmuting negative energy into positive energy. Helps to calm the nerves and enliven the disposition. Enhances the connection of the conscious self to universal perfection. Aids in the making of correct choices. Aligns mental and emotional bodies via orange and yellow. Excellent detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and others' energies. Sacred use (incense/worn) by Asian and American Indians, and worldwide.

AmberAmber: Golden Gen of the Ages

The associate curator and organizer of the amber exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York has produced a handsome volume richly illustrated with 115 color plates. Divided into two sections -- amber in nature and amber in art -- this book discusses the origins of amber, the trees that create it, its geographical distribution (largely in the Baltic area), and the animal life preserved in it.  
Highlights from the American Museum of History Exhibit of AMBER: Window to the Past


AquamarineAquamarine:

For many centuries, oceanic energy was believed to be contained within the delicate semblance of aquamarines. When amulets made of this precious gem were worn, sailors believed that unmatched bravery would be instilled into their souls, giving them the power to overcome even the most powerful storm.
  This stone is excellent to help enhance your communication skills. A beryl. Clear light blue, blue-green. Enhances  the ability for rapid intellectual response and helps one to learn not only about the physical world but also about one's self. Aids in becoming  more attuned to spiritual levels of awareness and yet remain centered. Encourages the ideal of service to the world and to the development of humanity. Light-heartedness, creativity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, purpose. Throat (& spleen)  Heart, immune system, thymus, lymph nodes, excellent for the eyes and improving vision. Affects etheric and mental levels. Releases anxiety, fear, restlessness.

Agate:

The ancients believed agate could render the wearer invisible.
One of the more outlandish uses is binding an Agate to each horn of your oxen to ensure a good harvest. The danger here is that your appropriately agated beasts of burden may then become invisible and a little hard to find. :-)
Agate is formed in a unique way and many fossils are actually agatized material that has replaced the original organic substance. For example, petrified wood is fossilized wood that has had its organic matter replaced by agate.
Red, orange, yellow, browns; Solid, Grounding. For stomach, colon, liver, spleen, kidneys, Xray/radiation.

Moss: promotes agreeability,persuasiveness and strength in all endeavors. Improves self-esteem. Moss Agate was used by the Native Americans as a power stone   for the art of "cloud-busting" to bring rain. Also said to help one in the acquisition of riches. Balances emotions. Useful in the treatment of de-hydration and to relieve symptoms of colds, infections and flu. Stimulates digestion and elimination of toxins from the body.
Picture: Gaze into for meditation. L/Rt. brain balance. Pineal, pituitary; coordination.

Blue Lace:This stone helps one to reach high spiritual places through patience and peace.Helpful in the treatment of arthritic conditions. Enhances the mending of breaks and fractures.

Almadine:

A variety of garnet. Inspires during times of contemplation, brings peace and balance.Represents profound love, stimulates physical vitality. Initiates charitable actions and connection with higher intellect. It strengthens the proper functioning of the body to the depths of the cells.Promotes action towards regeneration.

Amazonite:

This stone improves confidence, both directed towards oneself and towards others.
Throat, thyroid, nerve and Brain paths. Reduces self-damaging behavior, increases self-respect, confidence, grace, self-assuredness with communication.


AmethystAmethyst:

Amethyst is actually a form of Quartz - one of the most common substances on earth.
Tiny amounts of iron and aluminum turn ordinary clear quartz into amethyst.
All forms of quartz (including amethyst) are piezoelectric, making for important applications in electronics. Tourmaline is the only other gemstone that possesses this property.
Known also as "Metamorphosis" the ancient healer of all levels of body, mind, and spirit. Cleanses purifies, restructures and renews. Transforms lower energies into higher. Protects against psychic manipulation. Wear when sleeping or when awake to reduce anger, impatience, and nightmares.
      Purple has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand during history.
    Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence (it obviously worked pretty well for him!)
     Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and bishops still often wear amethyst rings.
        In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
        The Greek work "amethystos" basically can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it! The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety.
   The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from Greek myths. Dionysus, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a stature of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today.

AragoniteArgonite

occurs as a deposit from hot springs and in association with beds of gypsum. The shells of certain molluscs are made of aragonite and many fossil shells now composed of calcite were probably formed originally of aragonite.
It is a powerful earth healer energy associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn, and is for strengthening, grounding, stabilizing and centering of physical energies.
Helpful for spinal problems, it is good for all the solid elements of the body, including the bones and teeth, helps mend broken bones and helps with calcium absorption.
Used to stabilise the base chakra, it attunes you to the positive force of gravity, allowing for your interconnectedness to the earth, your past and childhood.
Aragonite brings immediate warmth to the body when it is chilled from colds or flu, allowing for the full power and passion of the base chakra to be fully activated.
It is useful in combatting chills as it brings warmth to one's extremities.
It also enhances reliability and practicality by mobilizing our energies and abilty to prioritize when we feel overcome from many obligations and responsibilities.
Provides for ease of centering oneself and is especially helpful during periods of stress and anger by teaching you to think before you act.
It helps to focus one's thoughts to maintain strict discipline within one's activities.
This is a good stone for balancing polarities and helps to quiet the mind for deeper meditations.
Named in 1790 after the original locality in Aragon, Spain.
Vibrates to the number nine.


Aventurine:

Translucent dark/lt. green quartz. Heals emotional pain/fear/imbalance by dissolving blocks in the heart, draws out heat of fevers, inflammation, nervous system stress. Provides for the balancing of male/female energies. It protects the Heart Chakra,providing a shield to block others from stealing your good energy. This stone is used in the rituals of the Medicine Wheel to show how the spirit guides the connection with the healing heart of light. When held over the heart of the participants, they were said to feel a "wave of love" all around them. Used in disorders of the heart,lungs,adrenal glands.


Bloodstone:

Bloodstone is an intense healing stone. It revitalizes love, relationships and friendships. It brings purification, orderliness,prosperity, and instills wisdom, enhances creativity, and supports decision making. The message of the Bloodstone is to "be here now"


Carnelian:

Cornelian is a translucent orange to red variety of chalcedony. The red tints are caused by iron oxide impurities.
From the royalty of Ur ­ the Mesopotamian capital of pre-biblical times, to Napoleon and Tibetan Buddhists,
Cornelian has been revered for its healing, spiritual and creative qualities.
Also known as Sadoine or Mecca Stone and sometimes spelt Cornelian, the name Cornelian is derived from Carne, the Latin for flesh, due to the stone’s coloring.
A deeply religious stone, Cornelian was used by the Egyptian goddess Isis to protect the dead on their journey through the afterlife;
it is the symbol of the Apostle Philip; was one of the stones on Aaron’s breast plate of judgment (Exodus: xxviii, 15-30); and Muhammad’s seal was an engraved Cornelian
set in a silver ring. To this day Buddhists in China, India and Tibet believe in the protective powers of Cornelian and often follow the Egyptian practice of setting the stone with turquoise and lapis lazuli for enhanced power.
This stone Balances creativity and mental processes. It's useful when undertaking any project because it stimulates analytical capabilities and precision. This stone protects against rage, envy, and fear. It helps one banish sorrow.The message of carnelion is that since one is "love" there is nothing to do but offer that love and then the love you give returns to you. Another example of " what goes around comes around".


Chrysoberyl:

The stone of springtime, youth and innocence, the name Chrysoberyl is derived from the Greek for golden (Chryso) and green gemstone (beryl).
Translucent Gold or Green Cat's Eye (often confused with qtz. Tiger's Eye). Usually clear, green or green/brown, nongreasy.
Said to bring peace of mind and increase self-confidence, Chrysoberyl also promotes kindness, generosity, benevolence, hope, optimism, renewal, new beginnings, compassion and forgiveness. Helps in acquiring more prosperity. Confidence, self-pride, healing. Amplifies other gems.


Chrysocolla/Gem Silica:

Solid Lt. blue/blue-green. Gentle, soothing, friendly, flushes and heals heart blocks (loss, hurt, guilt,fear...) for flexibility, self-forgiveness, patience. Keeps one in light, love, and healing daily. On Throat, expressing feelings, verbal and artistic creativity, thyroid. Also, heart bloodsugar, and emotional balance. High conductivity from copper draws out pain, heat (fevers, inflammations, arthritis...) Cleanses auric field.


Chrysoprase:

Bright translucent green chalcedony.  Greater Flexibility, wisdom, generosity, self-confidence. Heals depression, excess self-focus, emotions/sexual imbalance. Placed on heart, neck, or on brow for meditation.


Citrine: Citrine

A golden yellow form of quartz which takes its name from "citron", the French word for lemon.
In former times Citrine was used as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts, and as a charm against snake bites and other venomous reptiles.
It is also believed to symbolize happiness, aid digestion, remove toxins from the body, and useful in the treatment of depression, constipation and diabetes.
This stone's is good for Upliftment. Back problems.

Clear yellow qtz. (Yellow from Iron).Mental and emotional clarity. Problem-solving, memory, willpower, optimism, confidence, self-discipline, digestion. Reduces anxiety, fear, depression, stomach tension, food disorders, allergies. Detoxification: Spleen, kidneys, liver, urinary system, intestines, etc.


Diamond

Diamonds are made of pure carbon atoms that exist deep in the ground, exposed to intense heat and pressure over billions of years.
The hardest, rarest, densest natural substance known to man, diamonds have been a source of fascination since 800 BC when they were first presented to royalty in India. In those days the Indians believed that diamonds were created when lightning struck rock
and the sub-continent was the only producer of diamonds for an astounding 2,500 years.
It is purifying for the whole body, and places your center of faith in the spiritual realm. This might be why it is the most popular gem to seal a bond of love or a marriage. The diamond, like the quartz crystal, can be used as a magnifier for other crystals, as it contains all of the colors when you see its rainbow sparkles in bright light. (Carbon) Powerfully absorbs and amplifies thoughts/attitudes of user, other gems, and wearer's strengths and weaknesses: Prosperity, generosity/ vs. miserly; love vs. distrust; overview, spirituality vs. lust, immediate gratification. Used with loving, clear intent; clears blocks, spiritual love, peace. Clarity, trust, confidence. Cleanse thoroughly (It can hold other's previous attitudes, emotions...) Ancients also used Diamonds for detoxing.

EmeraldEmerald:

Emeralds are made of the base mineral beryl, with minute traces of chromium and vanadium giving this gemstone the "green fire".
The mining of Emeralds has been dated back to more than 3,000 years ago, during the time of the Ancient Egyptian Empire.
The "green fire" was so mesmerizing and highly valued in the courts of Europe that the Spanish Conquistadors went on a bloody campaign to find the location of the emerald mines in South America. In 1557, the campaign finally ended with the discovery of the spectacular Muzo and Chivor mines in present day Colombia - still the world's major source.
Strengthens heart for abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity, honesty. Lifts depression, insomnia. Knowingness of the heart, peaceful dreams. Breathing, heart, lymph nodes, blood, thymus, pancreas (blood sugar rebalance), labor/delivery, eyesight, and etheric field. Excellent general healer. Ancient blood detoxifier and antipoison.


GarnetGarnet:

The name "Garnet" is believed to have derived from "pomegranate" with its red, "Garnet colored" seeds.
The history of Garnets dates back to the Bronze Age (more than 5,000 years ago), when it was a very popular gemstone.
According to Christian and Jewish mythologies, when God's wrath clouded the earth with thunderous storms and endless rain during the Great Flood,
a radiant red Garnet guided the way for Noah, ultimately leading his ark to salvation.
Unlike other gemstones, Garnets are believed to contain both protective and destructive elements.
The Crusaders set Garnets into their body armor, believing the protective power of the stones would lead them to safety.
Conversely, some Asian cultures added Garnets to bullets, believing its destructive power would greatly amplify the enormity of a wound.
(Only perfect stones are used for healing) Use cut and polished. The brighter the better.
Red:  Warms, energizes emotionally and physically (arthritis, frostbite, paralysis), grounds. Used by ancient cultures. Exhaustion, detoxing and strengthening blood, muscles, kidneys, gallstones. Stimulates life force and sexuality, hormone balance, antibodies, fertility, persistence, stamina, passion, confidence (and stubbornness). Avoid if excess anger, impatience, high blood pressure, heat, inflammation, etc.)


Hematite& Marcasite:

Silver-gray metallic. (High iron, mercury) One of the most grounding of all stones . Condenses  confusion into mental clarity, concentration, memory, practicality, helps study, bookkeeping, detail work, sound sleep. Confidence, will power, boldness. Egyptians used also to calm hysteria and anxiety. Helps us adjust to being physical. Spleen, blood, cleanse. Helps jet lag.


Jade:

The "stone of the loins" is how the Spanish refer to jade - "piedras de ijada" - and it is from this colorful phrase
that we derive the English name for this most unusual of gems. Jade is tougher than granite and more difficult to carve than solid steel.
Long associated with the Chinese culture, Jade was actually used by the Central American Mayan civilization hundreds of years before it attained a royal position in the Middle Kingdom. The Mayans mined jadeite in Guatemala making it into weapons and tools. Nephrite weapons were also used by the Maoris in New Zealand.
The Chinese cult of Jade worship began in the Neolithic era Jade was used in religious ceremonies, agriculture and war.
The "Stone of Heaven" was very influential with the Chinese emperors.
For almost a thousand years, jadeite has been worshiped and ingested for its life-extending powers, as well as venerated by concubines and used in lovemaking for its erotic properties. It was used for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony.
Jade is believed to bring good luck, health and fortune, assist during childbirth and protect infants from disease. Very good for relaxation being a health, wealth, longevity stone with a gentle, steady energy. Helpful to lungs, heart, thymus, immune, kidney and blood detoxification, nervous system.


JadeJade: 5000 B.C. to 1912 A.D., a Guide for Collectors
by Mircea Veleanu
Prized the world over, jade has been considered a sacred stone with miraculous powers since prehistoric times. In ancient China, jade was regarded as the most important physical substance on earth. This invaluable book traces the chronological use of jade carvings in China, including primitive utilitarian tools, fascinating ceremonial objects, beautiful ornaments, and intricately designed sculptures. Lavishly illustrated with over 900 color photographs, it features a wide diversity of examples and helps today's collector identify different types of jade and their period of carving -- ranging from neolithic times through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Also discussed in less detail are jade carvings from India, New Zealand, and pre-Columbian civilizations such as the Mayan, Toltec, and Aztec. Tips for determining the age and authenticity of jade carvings are provided, along with current values for all items illustrated. This indispensable reference will appeal to all collectors and admirers of jade and the Oriental arts.

 

JasperJasper:

Chalcedony qtz. Multi-colored, solid. Yellow, orange, brown, green. Jasper is known as the " Surpreme Nurturer"  It reminds us that we are not here on this physical plane just for ourselves but also here  to bring joy and substance to others, assisting others to release the bonds of constraint. Jasper was used by Native American "shamans" to provide protection on their journey to the spirit worlds. It is a stone that protects against negativity and helps one to be grounded to the stabilizing energy of the Earth. Use this stone for long periods of hospitalization and when your energy feels low.


Jet:

Jet is fossilized wood.It is black. Jet can be used to dispel fearful thoughts and can be used to protect against illness and violence. It is calming. Can be used for treatment of migraine headaches, stomach pain and colds. I almost always carry one in my pocket to dispel negative energy.


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