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Clear Quartz

clear quartz specimen
clear quartz specimen

Quartz is a stone composed of oxygen and silicon atoms that has crystallised around magma or hydrothermal vents. It is the most abundant mineral on planet earth and can be found in every country on earth in the form of points, masses, grains, prisms and even threaded. In 300 BCE Theophrastus (pupil of Aristotle) gave the stone the name kristallos. from the word “ice” high lighting the ancient belief that Quartz was encapsulated in ice. The modern name “Quartz” comes from the German word “Quarz” from the Polish kwardy.

the Ancient Sumerians (4th millennium BCE), included crystals in magic formulas.

Chinese Medicine dating back 5,000 years, incorporates crystals for as part of the healing processes. The Japanese equivalent word for clear quartz translates as ‘perfect jewel’ because they believed it symbolised space, purity and patience.

The Ancient Egyptians used clear quartz in their jewellery.

During the time of Tiberius 42 BCE-37 CE, two Ancient Roman writers, Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella and Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder) both wrote about the first specularia or Roman Greenhouse. Roman Greenhouses “consisted of beds mounted on wheels which they moved out into the sun and then on wintry days withdrew under the cover of frames, glazed with transparent stone or mica.”

Clear quartz is included in the legends and the creation myths of many ancient cultures. In both Australia and South America, the creation myths involve a cosmic serpent who is the creator of life and who was led by a clear quartz crystal. in Australian Aboriginal mythology the substance most identified as maban which the Shamans and elders drew their magical powers.

Some cultures of central and Southern America clear quartz was seen as a vessel for the spirits of their ancestors.
In Scotland and Ireland clear quartz was carved into spheres and used for healing. Like the spheres of crystal today and the ones used by fortune tellers.

In the 17th century Nicolas Steno discovered that no matter the size or shape, Quartz will always meet at a 60 degree angle.

Properties

Of the many minerals known, Quartz is the strongest enhancing stone. It reignites our identity showing us the path towards enlightenment.

Its clear energy acts as an amplifier for the vibrations that are put into it, making it an excellent manifestation tool. Quartz is frequently displayed at high energetic areas such as the tops of staves, wands, in between crystals in grids and placed on top of key energy points on the body.

Using Quartz supercharges the chakra system dispelling the malignant energies within.
Quartz can absorb negative vibrations whether it is used or not, it should be cleansed often. Even the piece passively sitting will attract unwanted energy.

Quartz can be cleaned by either the moonlight, smudge stick or a water bath.

Chakras Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral Root, Etheric Earthstar
Properties Psychic Abilities, Meditation, Clearing, Physical Healing, Cleansing, Expanded Awareness, Communication with Higher Realms, Communication with Guides, Enhancing, Interdimensional Communication, Dispelling Negative Energy, Intention Enhancement, Transformation, Protection, Self- Healing
Planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Sun, Moon
Zodiacs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Elements Storm
Colours Colourless, White
Hardness 7
Chemical Formula SiO2

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Bismuth

Bismuth specimen
Bismuth specimen

Bismuth is a high-density, silvery, pink-tinged metal. Uses. Bismuth metal is brittle and is mixed with other metals to make it useful. Its alloys with tin or cadmium have low melting points and are used in fire detectors and extinguishers, electric fuses and solders.

In the Earth’s crust, bismuth is about twice as abundant as gold. It is the 70th most abundant element in the crust.

Bismuth subsalicylate is used to treat tummy upset diarrhoea it is the active ingredient in such “pink bismuth” preparations as Pepto-Bismol.

The healing properties of Bismuth relieves symptoms of both spiritual and emotional isolation. As a stone of transformation, it calms disorder and helps push changes in the right direction. A great stone to use in the event of needing to bring a group together and strengthen relationships.

It stimulates energy and clears biological energy fields. In Astral Travel it is believed to be a great companion, retaining pre-programmed intentions.

Bismuth facilitates the enjoyment of travel and stimulates group and relationship cohesiveness.

It is said to connect you to your higher consciousness making it easy to access wisdom and objective thought. Energy is transformed from the crown chakra to the base chakra, which is something other stones do not do. It can be used on all chakras. The power of wisdom can be actualised through Bismuth.

Chakra All

Zodiac Aquarius

Chemical Formula: Bi

Hardness: 2-2.5

Colour: Silver-grey. Tarnishes iridescent pinkish, yellowish or bluish.

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Agate

crazy lace agate
crazy lace agate

Agate was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher who is believed to have discovered the gem on the banks of the river Achates (today called Cirilo), in the province Ragusa in Sicily in the 4th century BC. The gemstone was later mentioned in the Bible as one of the “stones of fire”.

Made from silicon dioxide, it has a glassy (vitreous) lustre, and is often used to make brooches and pins. It can also resist acids and has been used to make mortars and pestles to press and combine chemicals.

Many Agates originate in cavities of molten rock, where gas bubbles trapped in solidifying lava are replaced with alkali and silica bearing solutions. Formed as a banded round nodule (like the rings of a tree trunk) and has bands of colours of bands – Riband Agate.

Myths and legends suggest that when a person wears Agate, they become more pleasant and agreeable. It is believed to quench thirst, protect against viruses (including fever) and to cure insomnia. Some tribes in Brazil also believe that Agate can even cure the stings of scorpions and bites from poisonous snakes!

Muslims often have the gem set into a ring and wear it on their right hand and have the name of Allah, Ali, or one of the names of the other eleven Imams inscribed on the ring.

Agate objects from the Neolithic era have been found. The Sumerians made seals, necklaces, signet rings and other jewellery items. The Sumerians used agate by wearing it with other stones around the neck and wrist to protect against the curses of Goddess Lamashtu whom threatened their new-born children. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, it has been said that in the garden of the Gods, the dewdrops were agates.

The Greek king of Pontus, Mithridates had a collection of four thousand agate bowls. In the Greek mythology, agate is associated with Mother Earth, the goddess Gaia and Nyx, the goddess of the night. Cups in agate were also popular during the Byzantine era with many examples in European museums.

In Wales, agate is linked to who was the goddess of death and fertility. She is the queen of the west, of water and of the autumn season. Ceridwen is the creator of magic and the queen of witches.

In ancient China, it was believed that agate came from the brain of a fossilised horse. During the era of the Yellow Emperor (2500-2600 BC), agate was believed to come from the recrystallisation of spilled blood. Agate was highly revered since the Han Dynasty of East China (25-220 BC) where its tints of red were extremely appreciated.

It was said that Persian magicians used to burn agates to take away storms.

Romans associated agate to Aurore (Aurora), the goddess of dawn and the mother of the winds and to Bona Dea, the goddess of virtue, protector of the women. The Romans believed the stone had healing properties and consuming it as a drink mixed with water healed a snake bite.