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Gems, Crystals and Stones: Apatite

Apatite

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I recently bought one of these beauties from a Gem show in town called Gem storm. The one I got was a Flourapitate.

HISTORY:

Apatite is named for the Greek word apate.  It is pronounced as ap-a-tite. However, it means deceit. This fits because Apatite gems tend to look very similar to other gems.  Gems in this group was discovered in 1786, 1832, 1860 and 1990’s.   Up until recently these gems were never used in Jewelry because its a very soft stone and can be delicate. Due to its many colours its become quite popular.

COLOURS:

Depending on each gem stone in this group the colours can range from almost anything. The colours of these gems are; purple, blue, pink, brown, gray, green, violet, red-brown, white, yellow and even colourless.

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

Apatite is said to bring many benefits to those who own it. It can help with the immune system, cleanses the glandular, lymphatic and meridian systems as well. Mentally it can help with negative emotions relating to self conscious. Also it helps the wearer accept things in their life like love, self love, comfort and support.

CARING FOR YOUR STONE:

This is some extra information that is important to know with these gems. The best cleaning method for your gem is washing ti in warm soapy water. It is risky if you try a ultrasonic cleaning.  Do not expose the stone to any acids, high heat or rough wear.  If its expose to large amount of heat it will lose its colour or it’ll change colours. A lot of light can make the colour fade if the stone is pink. Be careful not to scratch or damage the stone in any way. If your stone is in a jewelry form, place it in a different area than the rest of your jewelry to prevent scratches. You could also wrap it in a felt cloth when putting it away.

TYPES OF GEMS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. 

Here is a list of the different types of apatite and what they look like. However as mentioned above they do come in different colours.

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Fluorapatite

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Chlorapatite

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Hydroxyapatite

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Carbon-Apatite

Chlorophane (photo won’t upload) – navy Blue/Green
Maganapatite (photo won’t upload)- white/brown, baby blue, pruple/blue, pink, light green
Sammite (photo won’t upload) baby blue,  brown, pink, pruple/brown, clear
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Staff-Apatite

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Strontium Apatite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apatite gems can be found in Canada, Russia, U.S.A, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Australia,  Afghanistan, Portugal, Pakistan, Austria and Brazil.

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Quart

I remember as a child, I would always dog through the rocks in the playground at school just so I could find these shiny quartz. I had a huge collection as a child. (not sure what happened to it). I was fascinated with this gem. They are the most common of gems. I have 2 rose quartz and three clear quartz on my altar. Below I did not include any pcitures of these gems since they will all be/have been covered in future/older blogs.

 

HISTORY:

Quartz has been around since pre-historic times. The most ancient of quartz is said to have been around since 300-325 B.C.E, Rose quartz beads date back to 7000 B.C. Rose quartz jewelry was crafted by the Assyrians  around 800-600 B.C. The Assyrians and the Romans are said to be the first people to use this gem. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians often used rose quartz as potent talismans. People in the middle ages would use quartz in love potions. Early Americans also used quartz. They often used them for amulets. It is believed by ancient people and healers today that the quartz crystal is actually a living thing. Its said it takes a breath every hundred years. Ancients also believe its a crystal closest to the creator. The quartz has been of value since possibly Atlantis times.

 

COLOURS: 

Due to there being so many types of quartz it can come in a variety of colours. It can be clear, pink, purple, orange, green, purple and orange. It can also be black, blue, green and brown.

 

SPECIAL PROPERTIES: 

As mentioned before they used to be used in love potions. They still often are. Quartz is known to have healing properties. The quartz has the ability to open your mind and heart more during meditation for higher guidance It helps with spiritual growth. It helps to translate a spirit form into a physical one.

 

TYPES OF QUARTZ:

  • Rock Crystal is pure, clear Quartz, often with a milky base. Its properties are listed on this page.
  • Amtheyst is pale purple to deep violet; known as the Bishop’s Stone, it represents royalty and spirituality, and is a crystal of creativity.
  • Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone; a “stone of the muses,” it connects spirituality, action and overcoming fear.
  • Aventurine may be green, blue or reddish-brown with a metallic iridescence; it is a stone of optimism, leadership and prosperity.
  • Blue Quartz is clear Quartz with tiny blue inclusions that create a pale to mid-blue color; it brings harmony and order, mental clarity and eases fear.
  • Citerin is transparent and pale to golden yellow; it promotes imagination and magnifies the powers of personal will and manifestation.
  • Milky or Snow Quartz, also known as Quartzite, is opaque white quartz; it is supportive for lesson learning, realizing limitations and utilizing tact.
  • Pink Quartz forms in rare clusters of small, well-formed crystals, pale to deep reddish-pink, translucent to transparent; a “stone of innocence and discovery,” it nurtures self-love and respect of others.
  • Rose Quartz is a massive form of Quartz, pale to deep reddish-pink, opaque to translucent; a “stone of beauty and love,” it promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing calm.
  • Prase is a leek-green Quartzite (rock rather than a mineral) with actinolite inclusions; an “earth mother” stone, it resolve conflicts and calms nerves.
  • Prasiolite is Green Amethyst; leek-green and rare naturally, it is often heat-treated; it provides a bridge between the body, mind and spirit.
  • Smokey Quartz s transparent smoky brown to dark gray; it is a premiere grounding stone, dissipating emotional and environmental negativity.
  • Tiger’s, Hawk’s, and Cat’s Eye is Quartz layered with chatoyant strips of asbestos and hornblende; Tiger’s Eye is golden brown, Hawk’s or Falcon’s Eye is blue-black, and Cat’s Eye is green to greenish-gray. These are stones of action, pride, protection, and reflecting back negative energies.

Fibrous varieties:

  • Agate is usually banded in layers and forms in every color; it is a stabilizing and strengthening stone, facilitating acceptance of one’s self.
  • Carnelian is translucent pale orange to deep red-orange; it is a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.
  • Chalcedony varies in color and pattern, blue is a favorite; the “speaker’s stone,” it encourages peace-making and carefully choosing one’s words.
  • Chrysoprase is green, usually opaque, and one of Chalcedony’s rarest; it is a stone of the heart and promotes love of truth, hope and fidelity.
  • Onyx is opaque layers of black, brown, gray, black/white or red/white, and is often carved in cameos; it provides inner strength, stability and fortitude.
  • Sard is brown Chalcedony with a reddish hue; it is a protective stone, dispelling negative influences and providing inner strength.

Grainy Varieties:

  • Chert is brown, gray or black and resembles Flint, but is more brittle; it aids memory, and is a stone of stability and daily productivity.
  • Flint is brown, gray or black, solid or layered, and very hard; a stone of grounding, it promotes understanding, communication and integrity.
  • Jasper is opaque, large-grained and found in all colors, most always layered or patterned; a “supreme nurturer,” it is revered as sacred, protective, and encourages humility and compassion.
  • Heliotrope or Bloodstone is dark green with red spots; a stone of the sun and legendary bearer of Christ’s blood, it promotes healing, selflessness and idealism.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: 

All types of quartz can be found in almost every continent. Clear Quartz is very common in North America, Australia and Madagascar. It can also be found in Israel, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, Morcoo, Switzerland, Scotland and France.

 

Ostara Ritual

(Disclaimer: This is not a ritual I created)

 

Spring is the time of year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. As plants bloom and new life returns, the theme of resurrection is ever present. As Ostara, the spring equinox, arrives, it’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn. Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Ostara, but typically it is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land.

By watching agricultural changes — such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground — you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.

This ritual includes a symbolic rebirthing — you can perform this rite either as a solitary practitioner, or as a part of a group ceremony. Feel free to substitute the names of your tradition’s deities where appropriate. Also, if you’ve ever thought about rededicating yourself to the gods of your tradition, Ostara is an excellent time to do this.

In addition to setting up your Ostara altar for this ritual, you’ll need the following supplies: a black sheet for each participant, a bowl of soil, water, a white candle, and incense. For this rite, the High Priestess (HPs) or High Priest (HP) should be the only person at the altar. Other participants should wait in another room until called. If you’re doing the rite outside, the group can wait some distance away from the altar.

If your tradition calls for you to cast a circle, do this now.

The first person in the group waits outside the circle, covered from head to toe in the black sheet. If your group is comfortable with skyclad rituals, you can be nude under the sheet — otherwise, wear your ritual robe. Once the HPs is ready to begin, she calls the first participant into the altar area, cutting an opening in the circle as the person enters and then closing it behind them.

The participant, still covered in the black sheet, kneels on the floor before the altar.

The HPs greets the participant, and says:

Today is the time of the Spring equinox.
Ostara is a time of equal parts light and dark.
Spring has arrived, and it is a time of rebirth.
The planting season will soon begin, and
life will form once more within the earth.
As the earth welcomes new life and new beginnings,
so can we be reborn in the light and love of the gods*.
Do you, (name), wish to experience the rebirth of spring, and
step out of the darkness into the light?

The participant replies with an affirmative answer. The HPs takes the salt from the altar, and sprinkles it over the sheet-clad participant, saying:

With the blessings of the earth, and the life within the soil,
you are reborn in the eyes of the gods.

Next, the HPs takes the lit incense and passes it over the participant, saying:

With the blessings of air, may knowledge and wisdom
be brought to you upon the winds.

The HPs takes the burning candle and (carefully!) passes it over the participant, saying:

May the fire of the spring sun bring growth and harmony
into your life.

Finally, the HPs sprinkles water around the participant, and says:

With the blessings of water, may the chill and darkness of winter,
be swept away by the warm spring rains.

Rise! Step forth out of the darkness, and climb into the light.
Awaken once more in the arms of the gods.

At this point, the participant slowly emerges from the black sheet. Remember, this is a symbolic rebirth. Take your time if you feel you need to. As you pull the sheet back away from you, remember that you are not only stepping into the light, but putting behind you the darkness of the past six months. Winter is over, and spring has arrived, so take a few moments, as you emerge, to think about the magic of this time of year.

The High Priestess then welcomes the participant, saying:

You have stepped once more into the light,
and the gods welcome you.

Repeat the ceremony until all members of the group have been “reborn”. If you are performing this rite as a solitary, obviously you would speak the lines of the HPs yourself, and bless the area around yourself with the dirt, incense, candle and water.

Once everyone in the group has gone through the rebirthing, take some time to meditate on the balancing energy of Ostara. Light and dark are equal, as are positive and negative. Consider, for a while, the polarity of this season. Think about the balance you wish to find in your life, and consider how you may work harder to find harmony within yourself.

When you are ready, end the ritual, or move on to a cake and ale ceremony, spellwork or other healing magick.

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Labradorite

This beautiful gem is a Labradoite. I’m very fond of them although I don’t own one. My boyfriend does have one and wears it as a pendent. Its used for many which I will discuss below.

 

HISTORY: 

In Inuit people lore, it is said that a piece of labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis (North Lights). It was an ordinary stone that turned into this beautiful gem. It is said to be a the stone of magick. It is used by shamans, diviners and healers. As well as anyone who travels the world and embraces it for knowledge and guidance. The stone was discovered in Labrador Canada in 1770. It was founded by Moravian missionaries who named it because of the location it was found in. However, the as mentioned before it was part of a Inuit lore and so truely would have been discovered long before 1770. The labradoite was used by the Boethuck people of Newfoundland and Labrador,  The gem became popularized in Europe in the nineteenth century.  Another kind of Labradorite was found in Finland in the 1940’s.

 

COLOURS: 

Labradorite can be all sorts of colours. It can be rainbow as shown above, gold, transparent, dark blue, light blue, greenish blue, pale green or a coppery red.

 

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

As mentioned before it is known as the magick stone. It’s used much for healing and those who seek guidance and knowledge. It also helps decrease anxiety and an overactive mind. Labradoite helps bring people’s magick to the surface. It enhances metal and intuitive abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, prophecy and coincidence control. It also assist in communication with our guides and spirits around us when accessing the Akashic records. As well as being good for psychic readings and past life recall. Labradorite helps people int he world place by allowing them to be fully aware and friendlier.  The gem also helps decrease depression symptoms. It assists in reducing anti-social and reckless behaviour. Its also able to help those who are going through addictions of drugs and alcohol but less so with hard drugs.

 

TYPES OF LABRADORITE AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: 

  • Spectrolite is the most popular types of labradorite. It was found in Finland.
  • Black Moonstone can be found in Madagascar, and Oregon.
  • Canadian Labradorite can be found in Newfoundland and Labradour and in the territories.

 

Black Moonstone

 

 

Canadian Labradorite

 

Greek God Dionysus

 Dionysus is the Greek God of wine and fertility. He is the son of Zeus and Semele. Although born a demi-God he  later became an official God. He is siblings with all of Zeus’ children. He has no partner or children.

Out of jealousy for Zeus once again cheating on her, Hera convinced Semele  to prove her love for Zeus by meeting with him in his Godly form. She did so but the power was too great for her to bare as she was blasted with thunderbolts. Zeus took Dionysus from his mothers womb and sewed him up on his thigh until he reached maturity. He was born twice.

In one legend, Dionysus under the name of Zagreus was actually the son of Zeus and Persephone. Hera had “Zagreus” torn to pieces, cooked and eaten by the titans. His heart however, was saved by Athena. He was then resurrected by Zeus from Semele and became Dionysus.

Since Dionysus is the  god of wine he appealed a lot to women rather than men. The men hated him. One man opposed Dionysus and ended up going blind and mad.  Dionysus cousin also opposed him and was torn to pieces by the Bachanntes which were the women who worshiped Dionysus. Athenians were punished with impotence for their dishonor of his cult.  The husbands of the Bachanntes were resistant and so the women left to perform rituals away from their husbands. They took to the hills carrying an Aulos (double pipe) and a tympanon (handheld  drum) and would dance to them during the rituals. They wore fawn skins and ivy crowns and would shout their ritual cry. They formed thyai ( holy bands) and wold wave thyrsoi (singular: thyrsus; fennel wands bound with grapevine and tipped with ivy). While they were under Dionysus inspiration they were believed to have occult powers. As well as the ability to charm snakes and suckle animals as well as super strength. They knew him as Bromios (“Thunderer”), Taurokeros (“Bull-Horned”), or Tauroprosopos (“Bull-Faced”) not Dionysus. Tehy believed he incarnated the superficial animal,

 

 

 

 

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Garnet

This shiny red gem is a Garnet. Garnet is my birthstone which happens to be the birthstone of January, so I thought while the month is still here to educate you all on this lovely gem. I own one small little garnet and two garnet stone earrings as well as one garnet ring. I have always loved the deep red colour of this gem. Here’s some information about it.

 

HISTORY: 

Garnet is Latin for seedlike because it resembles a pomegranate seed in nature. Garnet has been a very popular gem for years. It dates back all the way to 3000 B.C. It was often worn as a beaded necklace worn by young men. The Saxony king is said to have owned  over 465 carats of garnet.  Garnet jewelry is often found and worn in the Czech Republic. This gem is said to have been very popular in the 18th and 19th century  Europe. It was also frequently used in jewelry in the Victorian period.  Old Spain loved it because they loved pomegranates. In Spanish astrology its said Garnet represents the sun at one point. Christians see garnet as the blood of Christ and so its used to represent Jesus’ sacrifice. Noah of the ark is said to have used the gem to light the ark in the dark wet days of the flood. Hebrew writers say it is one of the twelve gems of Aaron’s breastplate. The Koran says that this gem illuminates the fourth heaven of the Moslems (Muslims).

 

COLOURS:

Believe it or not but garnet isn’t always a deep red. The colours can range from purple to an orangey red. Some are a deep red, some are a orange colour. Some are yellow or green and a mix of yellow and green.

 

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

The Greeks believed it prevented children from drowning and fight against poisons. In Greek mythology the pomegranate was the symbol for love but now its the Garnet and is given on the 19th wedding anniversary.  Native Indians used to keep pellets of Garnet to shoot from bows as they believed  it would inflict very bloody wounds. In medieval times it was used to cure depression, protect against nightmares, and relieve liver diseases.

 

TYPES OF GARNET AND WHERE TO FIND THEM IN NATURE:

  1. Almandite can be found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and the USA, Austria and the Czech Republic.
  2. Pyrope is found in  China, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA.
  3. Rhodolite is found in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA
  4. Spessartite can be found in Brazil, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA.
  5. Grossular can be found in  Myanmar (Burma), South Africa and Zambia,  Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, India, Tanzania and the USA, Mexico,  Kenya and Tanzania.
  6. Tsavorite can be found in Tanzania, Madagascar, Pakistan, Kenya and Antarctica.
  7. Andradite is found in Russia, China, Korea, USA and Zaire, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
  8. Uvarovite is found in  Canada, Finland, India, Poland, Russia and the USA.

Tsavorite

Andradite

also andradite

Rhodlite

Pyrope

 

Almandite

 

Uvarovite

Spessartine

Grossular

 

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Lapis Lazuli

This is one of my favourite Gems. I bought one recently for my mom’s good friend. My mom told me to go to my local boutique store that had gem stone jewelry and said pick whatever. At first I didn’t know what to get. After awhile I kept coming back to a small deep blue pendent. So I bought it learning that it was a lapis lazuli. After researching a bit about it I told my mom about it and she told me it was perfect for her friend and asked me to type up some information about it to include with the pendent.

HISTORY: 

Lapis Lazuli is 6000 years old and is one of the most earliest gems to be found. Ancient Egyptians used the gem in pendents. The Assyrians and Babylonians used it for cylinder seals . Its thought that the Pharaoh Cleopatra wore powered lapis lazuli for eye shadow. The powdered form was also used by painters in the Medieval and Renaissance periods but because it got so expensive people stopped using it for paintings as well as the discovery of a synthetic version in the 19th century.  Iraqi’s used lapis lazuli in statues and dishes, beads and cylinders for their noble/royalty. Its one of the few gems that is not actually a mineral. It is one of the most sought after gems in history more so then a diamond.

COLOURS:

Lapis lazuli is usually found as a deep blue gem. It can sometimes be a greenish blue or violet. Also as seen above it can have other colours like yellow mixed into it.

SPECIAL PROPERTIES:

Lapis lazuli increases one’s wisdom and problem solving skills. It is a powerful crystal to achieve a higher mind state. It increases people’s desire for truth, understanding and knowledge. It enhances memory as well. Its also known as the truth stone because it encourages people to be open and honest with themselves. If someone is giving a speech it gives the person more confidence. Lapis lazuli is also a stone of friendships and relationships as it brings harmony. To those with autism or a.d.d it brings a calming presence. This gem attracts success in careers. It has healing abilities physically mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Its used with chakra healing, meditation. It is considered a Goddess gem. Anyone born June 16th -21st, July 28th-August 1st it will lead you to your guardian angel.

TYPES OF LAPIS LAZULI AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: 

  1. Persian Lapis is from Afghanistan
  2. Russian and Siberian Lapis are found in Russia and Siberia
  3. Chilean Lapis is found in Chile

Lapis Lazuli can be found in more places than just those. It can be found in Dattaw Valley near Mogok, Upper Burmal; Italian Mountain (Sawatch Range), Gunnison County, Colorado; Cascade Canyon, San Bernardino County, California; and Mono Lake, Mono County and California as well,

 

Persian Lapis

Russian/Siberian Lapis

Chilean Lapis

Theories-Parallel Universes Part 2: The Mandela Effect

WHAT IS THE MANDELA EFFECT? 

The Mandela effect is a newly discovered occurrence when multiple people believe one situation happened but it really didn’t happen or something changed.

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MANDELA?

This occurrence started with Nelson Mandela whom multiple sources claimed they heard about his death in prison in 1980. While in reality he died recently on Dec 3rd 2013 as a free man.  People still to this day though when asked when Nelson Mandela died and where they would say he died in prison in the 1980’s. Since this is the most famous occurrence of this situation it was named the Mandela Effect.

EXAMPLES OF THE MANDELA EFFECT:

  1. Febreze- Most people including myself remember febreze being spelt  febreeze with two e’s rather than one.
  2. Bernstain Bears- this one is probably the 2nd most popular. A popular children’s book however, you might notice the name is different. Lots of people remember it as Bernstein Bears once again myself included.
  3. Monopoly Man aka Uncle Money bags- Once again I and countless others remember him wearing a monocle however, others claim he never wore one and still doesn’t.
  4. Star Wars movie Franchise’s famous line- “Luke I am your father” never happened the actual line was “No! I am your father.”
  5. Forest Gump famous line- “Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates” never happened it was  “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
  6. Snow White- The famous line “Mirror Mirror on the wall” is actually “Magic Mirror on the wall”
  7. A famous Book and Movie title- Most people say and hear it as An interview with a Vampire however, it is actually Interview with The Vampire.
  8. Famous cartoon monkey- Now I spent hours having to watch Curious George with a little girl I babysat. I remember quite clearly curious George having a tail but apparently he never did!
  9. Queen- At the end of the song We are the Champions, a lot of people remember the saying “of the world” at the very end of the song. This is not the case they actually said that somewhere else in the song.

Those are just some examples and I’ll leave a link below with more. Now some of these you are probably thinking are just a company renaming brands or in the newer movies the lines got changed etc. If companies did change it wouldn’t there be records somewhere on the internet about them changing the name. Surely it would have been in the news like everything else. However, I dare you all to go back and look/watch/read these examples and try and prove the Mandela effect wrong.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO PARALLEL UNIVERSES?

This is only just a theory but people will say anything to prove they are not wrong. It is believed that all those examples were exactly what we know it as but we may have possibly collided with a alternate/parallel universe. This might explain the original example of when Nelson Mandela died. Perhaps the original one did die and the alternate universe one survived and lived his remaining years in this universe or some of us ended up in another universe where what we know is wrong causing the Mandela Effect.

I want to hear from you in the comments have you run into any examples of the Mandela Effect that were not from my list or the link below? Did you notice any that were on the list that you were surprised about or didn’t know? Were there any that you do remember being the correct way? Do you believe it has something to do with a parallel universe? Also test your knowledge on the theory with the quiz link also posted below.

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/crazy-examples-of-the-mandela-effect-that-will-make-you-ques?utm_term=.ykYKNwy5X#.xageEG1dk

https://www.doquizzes.com/QRVR3A

 

Greek Goddess Artemis

 

 

Artemis is the Greek Goddess of chasity, virginity, children, the moon and the hunt. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is the twin sister of Apollo and the half sister of all of Zeus’ children. She has no lover and no children.

Artemis and her brother were born on the island of Delos that was not official at the time of her birth and so Leto and her children remained safe from Hera. Artemis was the first to be born. An entire day before her brother arrived. She helped the islanders help her mother with the birthing of her brother. By doing this she became the protector of childbirth, labour and children. Artemis once had a lover, Orion. He had won her heart although so many couldn’t. However, it did not last. Apollo sent a scorpion to kill Orion because he heard someone tried to attack the priestess of the forest. When failed he told his sister what happened with the priestess. Enraged she wanted to know who it was. Orion was pointed out to be the culprit. She quickly shot an arrow and asked her brother who she had killed. She found out it was her dear friend Orion whom she had killed. She was saddened by this and brought him to the stars with his faithful hounds.

Artemis had another hunting companion before Orion named Actaeon. He betrayed her by trying to rape her. As punishment she turned him into a stag which became her sacred animal. She ended up despising men and asked her father to make it so that she can become a virgin for the rest of her life. Zeus at one point changed his form into Artemis and seduced one of Artemis’ faithful followers. He ended up impregnating the women, Calliso. Once she gave birth to Arcas she was turned into a bear by either Hera or Artemis.

Her symbols are a stag, a bow, arrows, the moon a heron, palm trees or cypress tee and a doe draw carriage.

Gems, Crystals and Stones: Sodalite

The next gem we will be looking at is sodalite.

HISTORY:

Sodalite is named this because of its high sodium content. It was named in 1811 but was discovered in Greenland in 1806. It got confused very often for being Lapis Luzilie. Sodalite became popular and more in the light when the Princess Margaret was visiting Bancroft Canda in the 1800’s. The princess loved it so much she chose it as interior decoration in her home the Marlborough House. The nickname Princess blue for the stone came from that.

COLOURS:

 Sodalite comes in all shades of blue. from light to dark just like lapis lazuli. Sometimes its pink or purple.

SPECIAL PROPERTIES: 

Sodalite is known for enhancing concentration and give people more courage. This is why its also known as the “Wisdom Stone.” It is associated with other positive attributes like its good for mental health. It clears out all the negative emotions and thoughts as well as guilty thoughts. It clears the mind so people can think clearly by taking away things like fear and doubts. It can also be good for the physical body as it can help increase metabolism and help with sleep problems like insomnia.  Sodalite is said to be able to boost the human immune system.  For those with diabetes if its carried around it can aid in helping the body reproduce insulin.

TYPES OF SODALITE: 

There is a common Sodalite which is usually blue like the photo above and Hackamanite is usually pink or purple like the photo below.

WHERE TO FIND SODALITE: 

Sodalite is very common so it’s found all over the world. Although mostly found in Bancroft Canada it is also located in places such as; in British Columbia, and around Litchfield in Maine, Tasmania, Australia, India, Namibia, Columbia, the Eifel Mountains of Germany, the Ayopaya Province in Brazil, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

 

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