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    Coral Coral is viewed by many cultures as a gift from the deities.  Ancients believed that if you polished, ground, cut, or carved Coral its magical energy would be destroyed.  It is also believed that if a piece of Coral breaks during magic, the broken pieces should be returned to the sea and a new piece should be used.  Pacific Islanders used Coral as an important piece in many religious and magical rites. In the Mediterranean it was thought to contain the life essence of the Mother Goddess who lived in the ocean.  Some Hindu cultures follow the belief that after death a soul lives in the ocean.  Coral was…

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    Clear Quartz Clear Quartz works like a battery.  It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy. This amplifying power can increase the power of other stones, but Clear Quartz can also take their place, when programmed.  It is very versatile and once charged can have the qualities of any stone.  Energy can be raised; scientists have show that holding Quartz in your hand doubles your bio-magnetic field. Shamans have been using Clear Quartz for thousands of years.  Ancient people believed Clear Quartz to be solidified water or ice.  In Britain they were sometimes called “Star Stones” to protect from illness.  Modern Wiccans wear Quartz during full moon rituals.  Clear Quartz has…

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    Carnelian Carnelian is a type of Agate with Iron impurities.  It is an extremely feminine stone and is attuned strongly with the Earth.  If you are going through legal issues, carrying Carnelian will help you.  It helps the truth be found and if you are in the right can help legal proceedings go your way. Many cultures have beliefs about Carnelian.  Muslims called it a Mecca Stone and used it as protection against the evil eye.  In Buddhism it represents faith, perseverance, and wisdom.  In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, it is mentioned numerous times.  It was used as an amulet to protect a mummy’s soul in the afterlife. …

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    Onyx Onyx is a member of the Quartz family.  It can have bands of layered color.  Black Onyx is most often dyed gray Chalcedony.  Ancient Greeks claim that Cupid cut Aphrodite’s nails and threw the pieces into the Indus River.   These pieces turned into Onyx.  Because of this connection to the Greek goddess of love, Onyx has the property to cool the ardors of love, but if you wear it for too long, it can cause the couple to part ways.  This could be because Onyx quells desire.  It can heal old wounds, grief, and sorrow. The stone Onyx represents vigor, steadfastness, stamina, strength, and self-control.  It is a grounding…

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    Opal Opal is a delicate stone, a beautiful stone with a fine vibration.  When you look at Opal you can understand how this stone can stand for beauty, lightness, love, and passion.  It is seductive.  It has been said that Octavius Caesar was willing to sell one third of his Roman Empire for a single Opal.  Opal can help you open yourself up to love.  It has been called a “Cupid Stone” and said to grant wishes. If you are born in October Opal is said to bring good luck, but if your Opal splits that is seen as a bad omen.  Wives and girlfriends gave Crusaders Opals to bring…

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    Turquoise When you are buying Turquoise, make sure that you are using a reputable dealer.  Sometimes Howlite is died blue and sold as Turquoise.  Most Howlite is naturally white and is easy to color.  Any reputable dealer will be honest with you and state whether it is turquoise in color or Turquoise the stone.  If you are in doubt, you can ask the dealer to tell you which mine the Turquoise came from.  Usually if the stone is very bright blue, that is a good indicator that the stone could be dyed.  The following website gives a few examples of dyed Howlite and plastic turquoise beads.  Genuine Turquoise will be…

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    Shiva Lingam Stones These special stones are found in only one place in the world.  Shiva stones wash up on the beaches of the sacred Narmada River, one of India’s seven holy sites.  Shiva stones are egg shaped quartz found in the shallow river beds.  These stones are hand polished to balanced proportions.  There are many amazing properties to this stone, most of which revolve around the fact that the Narmada River is sacred to the Hindu deity Shiva. Shiva stones are revered as the embodiment of Lord Shiva.  These stones embody masculine energy, expression, and knowledge.  The shape of the stone is very masculine.  The markings on the stones…

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    Moonstone Moonstone is a very soft stone that chips easily, handle it with care.  It is a variety of Feldspar, which is one of the most common minerals on the Earth.  Raw Moonstone rarely shows the stones full beauty.  Most of Moonstones play on light can only be seen after the stone has been cut. As its name suggests Moonstone has a strong and sacred link to the Moon, many of its qualities are connected with the Moon.  There is a strong female energy with Moonstone.  Moonstone has a goddess energy and mothering quality.  It brings new beginnings, deep emotional healing, and calm emotions.  It enhances intuition and psychic abilities. …

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    Black Obsidian Obsidian is igneous rock with inclusions from lava erupting and cooling within the earth.  The speed in which it cools prevents crystallization.  There are many different forms of Obsidian.  Sometimes bubbles get trapped and when they get densely packed that can give you gold, rainbow, or silver sheens to the stone.  Clusters of small cristobalite or feldspar can also get trapped in the stone, giving you Snowflake Obsidian.  Apache Tears are the result of wind and water smoothing out the rock.  Mahogany Obsidian is formed with Iron.  Black Obsidian is one of the most commonly worked with forms of Obsidian. Black Obsidian is grounding and centering.  It represents…

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    Aragonite Being attuned to the Earth, Aragonite is an excellent Earth healer and grounder.  It can help center and ground physical energies, especially in times of stress.  It combats oversensitivity and restores balance.  If you push yourself too hard Aragonite can help facilitate delegating and help focus.  Aragonite can help rid you of nightmares and center during stress. Aragonite transmutes energy from old experiences and paves the way for new ones.  It can help reach higher levels of awareness.  If you have feelings trapped inside Aragonite can help ease those into the conscious, it can change powerlessness into self-confidence. In tiny mounts this mineral is responsible for the iridescent and…