My attraction to crystals began many years ago. I recall visiting Brazil for the first time and purchasing a few stones. Every time I would visit Brazil, I would come back with one or two new pieces. My love for these stones began to grow each time.
Although I was attracted to their brightness and various shapes, I was not aware of their true value or worth. My knowledge was minimal. It was during my recent trip to Brazil that my knowledge of these stones was taken to another level.
|Pierda de Azabache|
The first stone I have a recollection of is called pierda de azabache. Many Latinos use a bracelet or charm made out of this stone for protection against Mal de ojo or evil eye. The evil eye is a result of a person having envious feelings or "excessive admiration" toward another person.
Many individuals believe that a newborn wearing a bracelet with a small charm or figure of a fist made of this stone shields the baby from all evil eyes.
On a trip to Kusadasi, located on the Aegean Sea, I became obsessed with Lapis Lazuli. I purchased Lapis Lazuli rings, earrings, necklaces and much more. Besides the color- an intense blue with speckles of gold, the stone possessed an unknown quality that captivated my interest.
Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious stone found in Russia, Afghanistan, Chile, Italy, United States, Egypt and the Middle East.
Due to its dazzling color, it was a favorite of the ancient Egyptians. They used it for amulets and ornaments. Additionally, they grinded the stone into a powder and used it as eyeshadow.
Some people believe that the stone possesses spiritual and psychic qualities. It opens up the third eye and enhances dream work. In addition, it is used as a protective stone, and to contact spirit guides.
In Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, she writes that Lapis, “recognizes psychic attack, blocks it and returns the energy to it source.”
As for healing qualities, Lapis is known to alleviate pain-such as migraine headaches, depression, respiratory problems, nervous system problems, throat and thyroid problems, and boost the immune system. Besides, it helps in some cases of hearing loss, insomnia, vertigo and high blood pressure.
Individuals use the stone to release stress, attain a deep sense of peace and balance the throat chakra.
Recommendation of usage is to place the stone near the throat area or third eye.
Recently, I became fascinated with another stone. It was love at first sight. The name of the stone is Labradorite.
According to Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible, “Labradorite is a highly mystical and protective stone, a bringer of light. It raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakages…It can take you into another world or into other lives.”
The stone possesses healing powers that are beneficial to treating disorders of the, “eyes and brain.” It is also effective in alleviating cold, gout, rheumatism, spinal column disorders, lowers blood pressure and menstrual tension.
Many individuals believe that this spiritual healing stone helps to overcome anxiety, hopelessness and depression. It helps the person to reach a balanced and calm state of mind.
“It is also said to have a particularly strong effect on the Throat Chakra, Third Eye/Brow Chakra and Crown Chakra.
Spectrolite, a rare variety of labradorite with an iridescence that displays a full spectrum of colors, has a completely different vibration.
“Simply wearing spectrolite in jewelry can become an intense experience, as it forces open the subconscious mind and allows ideas to bubble up. It may bring in unexpected and unlikely solutions that may take you by surprise; possibly pleasant or unpleasant, depending entirely upon your spiritual preparation” (shimmerlings.com).
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