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The Ancient Hamsa


What is a Hamsa?The hamsa, an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God, is one of the most ancient amulets used in modern culture. Archeological digs in the Middle East provide evidence that the hamsa pre-dates Judaism and Islam, originating with the Phoenicians. The hamsa hand has always been associated with a female entity, such as an ancient Middle Eastern goddess, offering protection from evil and misfortune. Another association is to Tanit, the Moon goddess, who was one of the patron goddesses of Carthage. Tanit was associated to fertility and war.Where Does the Hamsa Get its Name?The word “hamsa” or “hamesh... » Read More

The Om Symbol


Second in our series about the different symbols and charms we use in our jewelry is the Om symbol. What is Om? You are probably familiar with the Om sound and sacred chant, if not the symbol that represents it. Om is often spoken at the beginning and sometimes the end of many Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations. Do you know Om Mane Padme Hum, the mantra used most often by Buddhists and in the practice of Yoga? Om mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe. It has been called "the mother of all mantras” - a holy meditation symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism with a profusion of esoteric and exoteric meanings. ... » Read More

Yin Yang


This is the first article in a series about the different symbols and charms we use in our jewelry. First up is the Yin Yang.What is the Yin Yang?The yin yang symbol represents perfect balance and harmony in the universe. According to Taoist principles, the forces of all that exists in the universe remain in constant motion which is cyclical. Simply put, yin chi represents the dark energy and yang chi the energy of light. Together these pairs of opposites are dependent on each other. One force dominates, but then it is gradually replaced by the opposing force - changing from yin to yang and back again from yang to yin. Night becomes day, and day b... » Read More

Chakra Meditation Wands


are commonly the tools of healers and those who embrace the metaphysical, and may be used quite successfully by any who wish to enhance their capacity for insight and intuition. They are used to enhance focus while meditating, to charge water, and to facilitate healing. These wands can assist in spiritual journeying and to direct intention as in remote healing work. They can be objects of power and focus, which can serve to cut through the limitations of ego.  can also  especially, have a wonderful capacity to assist us in achieving our aspirations and dreams while helping also to manifest our destiny. give off a fine vibrati... » Read More

Feather Talismans - A Unique Adornment


A talisman can be nearly anything that is thought to bring good fortune or provide protection, but it is most often an object. The talisman has a long history in all religions and societies from ancient times to present. The word itself has roots in the Arabic tilasm and the Greek talein, which both translate to “initiation into the mysteries.” In addition to the supernatural or magic, a talisman may acquire power through nature, such as some form of gemstone or some part of an animal like a rabbit’s foot or bird’s wing. My feather talismans feature both a bird feather, a popular Native American symbol, and a natu... » Read More

Stones from Down Under - New Zealand Jade and Australian Opal


I recently returned from vacation in Australia and New Zealand. They are both magical places, each with their own special stone. New Zealand Nephrite JadeNew Zealand Nephrite Jade ranks amongst the world’s finest gemstones. Very much a part of Maori culture and history, this stone was held in high esteem. Called by them Pounamu or Greenstone, knowledge and judgment was handed down throughout the Maori people, to be studied later by Jade workers throughout the world. The hardness of Jade, being one point harder than tungsten steel, ensures a beautiful polish. The Maori utilized Jade for weapons, tools, and adornment. Their inti... » Read More

Agate, A Stone for All Seasons


   Agate, a  member of the quartz family, comes in many colors and patterns. Agate forms when silica-rich waters seep into cavities created by gas bubbles that become trapped in cooling magma. The silica is deposited in layers from the outside which gradually grow toward the center. The distinctive color bands of some agate specimens have formed due to chance variations in the distributions of pigmented impurities as the mineral progressively solidified. The patterns and colors of agate also vary according to different impurities and trace elements that may be trapped within. The most common trace elements within agates are ir... » Read More

Crystals and the Zodiac


Astrology allows us to realize our natural purpose on Earth in accordance with the synchronicity of the cosmos. Stones are equally sensitive to the vibratory frequencies emitted from the planets and stars, and receive their various qualities, in part, from the heavenly bodies, just as we do. The idea of a birthstone connected with the month of your birth is based in traditional astrology. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac includes traditional crystal affinities based on the month of birth, as well as others from the planets connected to a sign. These astral stones ground and amplify celestial energies. Yet no stone is wholly composed of the e... » Read More

The Attraction of Magnetic Bracelets


What's so great about magnets? Science has established that magnetic energy passes through all material and affects all living things. Magnetic fields surround the earth and protect all living things from harmful radiation. These fields also influence human behavior, mental function and physical energy. Magnets can increase the blood flow in capillaries, flushing out lactic acid and other inflammatory substances from tissues, thereby relieving pain and inflammation. Negative magnetic fields oxygenate and alkalize blood, thereby aiding the body's defense against bacteria, fungi, and parasites, all of which thrive in an acid medium. A negative ma... » Read More

Crystal Colors


Crystals may be found in all the colors of the rainbow. Some minerals are opaque and always hold just one color, while the majority of crystals come in a variety of colors due to minute impurities. Crystals that contain light absorbing atoms as an intrinsic part of their chemical structure are just one color. For example, malachite is always green, lapis lazuli always blue. These gems have a stable crystal structure that cannot be altered by heat or irradiation. The majority of crystals, however, contain small imperfections and impurities within their chemical structures. Their colors then originate from these trace atoms that distort the cr... » Read More

Crystal Care and Cleansing


Crystals need to be protected from physical damage as well as from energetic imbalances. Crystals will hold onto the negative vibrations and emotions of those individuals who have used them previously in meditation or healing work.  Crystals should be cleansed after using them for healing. Always cleanse jewelry that has come to you from someone else. Cleansing will bring your crystal back to a neutral state so that accumulated energies are not passed on. A number of methods may be used for clearing or cleansing crystals. Warning: The method you choose for any particular stone must consider both the composition and the fragility of the ston... » Read More

Clear Quartz Crystal Properties and Forms


Clear Quartz (also called Rock Crystal), is often called the “master healer” as it can be used for any condition, stimulating the immune system and bringing the body into balance. Its unique helical spiral crystalline form makes clear quartz the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet. The coherence of this crystal strengthens all the energy systems of the body, bringing stability and calmness to the mind. Clear quartz absorbs, stores, releases, regulates and unblocks energy; it can also direct energy from one site to another. “Quartz” is the generic term given to a large family of crystals co... » Read More

The Love Gemstones


Happy Valentine's Day! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we will take a closer look at the love stones. It is no accident that all of these stones are pink. Pink stones not only help to clear emotional stress, they also express the energy of unconditional or universal love and compassion. The vibration of pink helps to reduce aggression and promote understanding and empathy. Rose Quartz Also known as the love stone, rose quartz is effective in attracting love as well as drawing love and relationships toward you. For existing relationships, it will restore trust and harmony, encouraging unconditional love... » Read More

The Exquisite Varieties of Jasper


Jasper is one of my favorite stones.  This exquisite mineral comes in more varieties than you can imagine.  Personally, jasper was one of the first stones whose energy I could feel.  Jasper is a powerful healer. Throughout the ages Jasper has been regarded as the stone of relaxation and contentment, promoting mothering, nurturing and caring. Jasper also represents the setting sun, the close of the day, plus the gentle turning of universal rhythms, signifying completion, wholeness, and easy endings. As a supreme nurturer, jasper sustains and supports us during times of stress, bringing us tranquility. All varieties of jasper provide protec... » Read More

The Blue Stones


In honor of summer and the blue ocean, we will focus this month on the blue stones.  The deep indigo of sodalite and lapis lazuli make them some of my favorite stones. While the light blue color of blue lace agate introduces a calming influence in situations where cool, peaceful energy is required, the deep blue of kyanite stimulates the latent abilities of subtle perception and intuitive skills. Sodalite Sodalite increases spiritual awareness, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level, deepening meditation and creating harmony between the conscious and subconscious. This blue/indigo stone encourages objecti... » Read More

Fluorite


The word fluorite (pronounced floor-ite) derives from the Latin fluor, meaning “to flow.” Fluorite is highly protective, especially on a psychic level. This stone will help to integrate spiritual energies in a balanced way to any level of the body. It will encourage orderliness and structure and can be especially helpful at improving levels of physical coordination and mental agility. Indeed, fluorite is the best crystal for overcoming any form of disorganization. It increases one’s ability to concentrate by balancing both positive and negative relationships of the mind. Fluorite also provides a stabilizing energy, helping ... » Read More
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