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Incense stick origins, lighting and safety

incense stick holder
incense stick holder

Incense stick origins

Throughout the world from the earliest times, a form of incense has been burnt for its scent or cleansing properties. The more modern term “incense” derives from the Latin word for “to burn”, incendēre. Indeed, the word “perfume” comes from the old French word perfumar – per “through” and fumar “to smoke”. We normally picture incense as being the modern incense stick and cones, it does refer to anything that is burnt for its aroma or cleansing properties e.g. sandalwood, Palo Santo etc.


The Ancient Egyptians were very proficient in using all types of incense from oils, waxes and fragrant woods. These were taken to the east via the silk road to other countries. Archaeologists have found Incense burners for oils in the Indus Civilisation which existed 3300–1300 BCE in the northern Pakistan, Nepal areas.


In Ancient China around 2000 BCE, the use of incense for religious purposes became established. Their earliest documented use was of cassia, cinnamon, styrax, and sandalwood. Ganjin, a Buddhist priest, reached Japan in 754 AD. Alongside introducing Buddhist beliefs but also introducing incense for religious and medical purposes.


It is from these countries that our current style of sticks and cones became established. The most popular form of incense used today is incense sticks. These are in two variants solid sticks and those with a hollow core. The main difference being the solid and often longer sticks take longer (40 minutes) to burn through whilst the hollow ones typically 20 to 30 minutes.

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The Mythical Continent of Lemuria

Lemuria is a legendary ancient continent believed to have been in the Indian Ocean. Like Atlantis it is believed to have suffered a traumatic event and was then lost to the oceans.

It is believed Lemuria was a highly advanced civilisation and regarded as the origins of humanity. The people of Lemuria are said to have used crystals for healing and telling the future.  It’s believed they predicted the end of their world, so they used crystals to store and preserve their knowledge and traditions. This knowledge will be passed to people whom hold these crystals in their hands.

On many quartz and some corundum minerals, small triangles can be seen on the surface of the crystal.  In metaphysical circles, these triangles are believed to transform the crystal into a ‘record keeper’.   Record keepers are crystals believed to be able to store and release information that has been programmed into them. They’re often visible on Lemurian quartz.

From a scientific perspective, the small triangles on the surface are part of the crystal’s growth. A crystal grows as atoms stack on top of each other in an organised repeating pattern.  The triangles are stacks of atoms that would have covered the entire face of the crystal had it continued to grow undisturbed. Although present on all crystals, they’re not always visible because they’re too small.    

It was first mentioned in 1864 In an article for a science journal by British lawyer and zoologist Philip Sclater.  He was trying to establish why so many different species of lemur existed in Madagascar yet were found in limited numbers in other parts of the world. He claimed lemurs originated in Madagascar but spread to Africa and Asia using a land bridge or continent.

He claimed the continent which he named ‘Lemuria’ has since broken up into hundreds of smaller islands.  He said some are now part of Africa and Asia whilst others have integrated with Madagascar and other islands in the Pacific Ocean.

In the “Geography of Mammals” published in 1899 Sclater wrote;

This fact would seem to show that the ancient “Lemuria”, as the hypothetical continent which was originally the home of the Lemurs has been termed, must have extended across the Indian Ocean and the Indian Peninsula to the further side of the Bay of Bengal and over the great islands of the Indian Archipelago.”

Also, within the book:

The probable primeval home or “Paradise” is here assumed to be Lemuria, a tropical continent at present lying below the level of the Indian Ocean, the former existence of which in the tertiary period seems very probable from numerous facts in animal and vegetable geography. But it is also very possible that the hypothetical “cradle of the human race” lay further to the east (in Hindostan or Further India) or further to the west (in eastern Africa).”

In 1888 , the lost continent of Lemuria was mentioned again in a book published by a Russian medium whom claimed Lemuria was the cradle of one of the seven races of humanity.

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Fire and Ice quartz properties

Fire and ice quartz sample
Fire and ice quartz sample

Properties

Quartz and its many sub types, are one of the most common crystals found across the world. However, Fire and Ice quartz is found only in Brazil. Fire and ice quartz is identified by its characteristic of a hexagonal crystal structure and internal fissures. When the light hits these, it gives the appearance of rainbows within the crystalline matrix.


During the crystal’s formation, the trace elements and impurities can create a wide range of colours and varieties. It is the silicon dioxide mineral with the surface that exhibits a glassy lustre.


Fire and Ice Quartz do not have a significant cleavage, meaning it does not break along specific planes. Instead, it displays a conchoidal fracture, resulting in curved, shell-like surfaces when broken.


Crystals of natural Fire-ice quartz are rare, whilst manufactured specimens are common and are widely known as Crackle quartz.


Fire and Ice is a stone of new beginnings and profound growth. It encourages you to cut through the old to reveal the soul’s purpose and showing how we create our own reality. Opening the third eye and assisting kything (two-way psychic communication) facilitates connecting with different timelines, endless possibilities and seeing the beauty.


Fire and Ice Quartz Chakras.


Fire and quartz are perfect for activating the Third Eye and Crown Chakra. It can counter negative energy and as an amulet against evil energy. Helping you regain positive emotions. Enabling a person to acquire information and spiritual guidance making your thoughts clearer and ideas to flow more easily.

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Dragon bloodstone properties and lore

Dragons blood jasper, dragons bloodstone category
Dragons blood jasper, dragons bloodstone category

About Dragon bloodstone

Dragon Blood Jasper (AKA Dragon Stone and Dragon Bloodstone). It is comprised of Epidote and red Piedmontite. Because of this it is not a Jasper hence why the more common name for this is Dragonstone.
Dragon stone is primarily composed of two colours green (Epidote) and Red (Piedmontite). However, historic belief and hence its name, was that the stone was created from the fossilised remains of a dragon with the green from the skin and scales and the red from the dragons blood.

Dragon bloodstone lore


People believe the energy source kundalini is derived from a spirit animal like a dragon.
Dragon bloodstone is believed to contain kundalini energy which can be released by working with the stone.
Warriors in ancient cultures channelled their inner kundalini in preparation for battle. Today, it is more sought after to achieve your big goals in life and push through the challenges along the way.

It is believed that Dragon Bloodstone contains strong metaphysical in the form of great courage and adaptability. Ancient warrior rituals may have used these stones to bring release the kundalini spirit associated with dragon’s energy.


When the kundalini is activated, the body, mind and soul can become more resilient and able to cope with change. Enabling people to overcome hardships and protecting against self-doubt.

Meaning & Symbolism


People believe that Epidote increases the rate at which the heart heals and attracts the energy you exude.
Dragon Bloodstone main strengths is that it is full of compassion and enthusiasm. When the worked with, people can manifest adaptability and resilience.

Those who encounter these gemstones are energised with creativity and courage. As a result they become more adaptable and mentally strong. Enabling them to conquer whatever obstacles lie ahead.

Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties


Those wishing to embark on spiritual journeys to seek deeper fulfilment are often drawn to Dragon Blood Jasper due to its remarkable ability to instil a powerful sense of passion, curiosity, and courage.


Spiritual growth can be gained from working with Dragon Bloodstone. Because it builds courage which enables us to explore our inner selves and even overcome previous emotional traumas. Once you have come to terms with your past experiences a deeper sense of sense of compassion towards both yourself and others can be achieved.

Chakras



Whilst Dragon Blood Jasper can be used to clear all the chakras, it is most connected to the Root (Mujadara) and Heart (Anahata) chakras. It is believed that Dragon Bloodstone provides the strength and courage to help clear and rebalance the Root and Heart chakras.
If you want to pursue larger life goals, it is necessary to clear the Root chakra. Many things can contribute to a blocked heart chakra; stress, emotional pain and low self-confidence etc. These must be cleared to find the courage to love.

Specifics


Colour: green and red, sometimes brown and white speckles
Meaning: Creativity, courage, strength, adaptability, compassion
Vibration number : 4 & 6
Chakras: Heart & Root
Element: Fire
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Planet: Sun
Origin: South Africa & Australia