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Greetings from the mineral world!
In this article, I want to introduce you to the world of
gemstones and metals used for adornment and healing since pre
history. Just as a guitar string will sympathetically vibrate
when a tuning fork is held next to it, so does our body field
become affected by crystalline structures held within its
boundaries. Many of us have heard of the old crystal diode radio
that operated without batteries, picking up radio signals through
"sympathetic response" alone. Our bodies react similarly.
As far as metals go, I'm sure you're aware of the popularity
of gold throughout the centuries as a symbol of power and wealth.
In its pure form (24k) it can be drawn out in a strand as thin as
a human hair that could stretch for hundreds of feet without
breaking; it conducts electricity without corrosion; and it has
been used to color glass ruby red.
Copper has been known for years as a healing metal, lately
for arthritic ailments. It is believed to have been first
discovered through the melting of copper containing ore such as
malachite, a beautiful green gemstone.
Silver could be considered a moon metal in balance to gold
as a sun metal. It is a "cool" metal and works well with
balancing, peaceful stones (i.e. the turquoise and silver jewelry
of the Southwest).
Platinum, considered by some to be the highest power metal
above gold, silver and copper in that order, is a relatively new
metal in that it has been worn only recently in comparison to
gold or silver.
Stones worn on different body areas alter the effects more
precisely. Accepting that the left side of the body is receiving
and the right side sending, it is worth while to decide what
responses you desire from each stone you choose to wear before
you have the adornment made. Here is a simple chart giving these
LEFT HAND RIGHT HAND
Middle..Creative inspiration Middle...Creativity
Third...Creative impulse Third....Creative manifestation
The thumbs have been left out, since they relate to a
person's free will. Rings worn there could thus have a
detrimental influence. Necklaces affect the personality,
earrings discernment and perception. Bracelets affect your
freedom of choice, thus gems of tranquility and protection should
be worn on the wrists. Belt buckles affect the wearer's vital
forces; turquoise, for instance, is a relaxing, balancing stone
whereas carnelian (a translucent reddish stone) promotes
protection and endurance. Generally, colors of stones can be
categorized into certain influences:
Yellow- action & openness
Orange- energy control,balance
Red- physical balance
Violet- protection and spiritual attunement
White- thought & idea creation, inspiration
Blue- mind power
Green- healing, harmonic
The darker stones were not as popular for amulets and talismans.
Next time, I'll go into detail about some specific stones
and their ancient/modern uses. Meanwhile, enjoy the jewelry you
wear now as a modern representative of power and adornment.
If you have any specific questions, write to me c/o RMPJ.
_____ William Gray
........from R.M.P.J. 8/86