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December 3

Rock On!

Stones have for thousands of years been used for tools, jewelry, and other not so mundane purposes. Stone makes up the

bones of the planet that we live upon. It provides the base for our buildings, materials for building and many other things. For our ancestors as well as ourselves stones of every shape, size and type have been used for a variety of reasons.

Obsidian, a beautiful left-over from volcanic upheavals, has many different looks. It can be used as a cutting tool, arrow and spear point or to scrape off hair from face or hide. However, this amazing stone has other more illusive properties. Some of the more simple uses are to represent the element of Fire in a circle of magick. Obsidian when used in reference to healing and magic can be used as protection against negativity, anxiety, as well as assisting the Chakras.

Jasper comes in wonderful colors that correspond to different areas in the body and different uses. This stone promotes warmth, self healing, has been known to relieve nausea and is even mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

Fluorite also known as Fluorspar, has been said to have therapeutic affects when infused through water. This stone comes in a variety of beautiful colors, yellow, rainbow, violet, green, blue and even pyrite. Rainbow fluorite assists the psychic endeavors.

Some of the mundane uses of stones are as jewelry, carving mediums, paper weights, and landscaping accessories. However, when used as these items there are still elements of the not so mundane. Jewelry holds a significant place in the minds and hearts of humanity. It can show possession such as a wedding ring or engagement ring. A beautiful headpiece can show that you are in the presence of someone of the elite class. Certain settings such as pentagrams, moons, stars, could lead you to believe that this person was someone of the Magickal community. When an artist chooses stone for carving there is a sense of what the finished product will represent. Landscape stones give a certain sense of calm, or illusion, even the lowly paperweight holds some appeal for the owner.

Using stones in holistic or natural healing has been done for many centuries, however it has seen a resurgence in popularity. Stone, rock, gems, they are pretty, interesting, unique each and every one as varied and different as they are useful. Take a hike!! No, really, go for a stroll and look around. Do you see anything? Even on a sandy beach there is a glimmer in the sand, a crystalline shimmer. The bones of the Earth have many gifts to give as long as you are ready to receive them.

Here’s a few to spark your interest: Sugalite, Rainbow Jasper, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Fire Agate, Apache Tears, Lingam, and Boji.

Start your own Rock Journal. Look around your environment, what kind of stones do you have? Is there a local shop where you can go peruse stones and learn more about how they feel and the energy they have? Happy rock hunting!!

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