by Patricia J. Martin
A small flower seed sits silently in the cold, hard soil,
listening to the creaks and snapping sounds of ice melting all around it ... and
it senses that the thaw is near.
For Imbolc, I invite you to meet a stone that clearly
relays the bright promise of that insightful seed ~ Chrysanthemum Stone!
Chrysanthemum Stone (a.k.a. Flower Stone) is an
aggregate sedimentary rock composed most often of Limestone, Dolomite
or Gypsum clay that holds a splay of radiant white crystals most often
consisting of Celestite, Feldspar, Calcite or Andalusite. It is a
stone that will begin to wake us up from our long winter's nap. It is a
stone that can enliven and activate anything of importance that lies dormant
within us and which is just waiting to bloom. It will feed our potential
and expose our purpose.
Originally discovered in Japan but mainly found in China,
Canada and the United States today, these rare and naturally occurring unique
stones exhibit a duo of colors, the first of which ranges from black
to gray to reddish-brown, and the second of which is a distinctive
patterned display of white, making them easy to spot. The
abstract white crystal designs, seemingly captured and frozen within
the darker rock matrix, usually radiate outward making them resemble
daisy-like flower petals similar to a chrysanthemum, and thus its name.
These crystal "blooms" formed within ocean sediments over 200 million
years ago. Their patterns have also been likened to snowflakes, which
here in the North I can relate to, as real snowflakes are still falling
and as the suspended seeds within the earth have just begun to have
thoughts of germinating. Because of these unique patterns within this
versatile rock, Chrysanthemum Stones symbolize both the beauty of
Winter and the promise of Spring.
I call this beauty of a stone my "Ganesh Stone"
for, like a magnet, Chrysanthemum Stone energetically pulls forth our
courage and resolve, while increasing opportunities around us through a
notable series of advantageous synchronicities which it helps provide.
For this, Chrysanthemum Stone is well-known as a stone of "luck" and
good fortune. By meditating or journeying with this stone, we are opened
up to greater visionary prowess and made more aware of our natural
abilities and all the opportunities that lay before us just ripe for the
Called by others a "marvel of nature" and "rare
and unparalleled", Chrysanthemum Stone is highly prized by collectors when
the white "flower" is prominent. In being white, and through its
birth by water, it symbolizes the presence of Goddess energy, purity and
spiritual growth. It also adds a playfulness and a springy step to our walk
as we heed its central beacon light. This stone will also help
us walk with grace and confidence. It nurtures and enhances all feminine
attributes of intuition, insight, psychic ability and more. It teaches us
that we need not lose our youthful innocence and optimistic exuberance as
we tread through any dark shadow time that may attempt to stymie us along the
For health and healing, Chrysanthemum Stone helps with problems
related to the skeletal system, skin, teeth and nails, and eyesight. It
has been used to assist in dissolving abnormal growths as well as
dispelling toxins from the body. Mentally, it is excellent for
raising one's spirits and bringing joy back into one's life.
Chrysanthemum Stone is a soft stone, registering between 3 and 4 on the Mohs Scale. I see this stone as a transforming seeker stone for, to me, it acts as a water stone who now seeks the Sun. It brings about harmonious change by gently breaking through any barriers or obstacles in our way. It is a stone of abundance, love and joy - its flowering pattern representing the budding of inspiration, the blossoming of new endeavors, and the blushing bloom of new relationships. In love, Chrysanthemum Stone banishes jealousy and fear as it enhances trust and stability, and it adds dimension and depth to any relationship. It is a start-and-stamina stone - one that draws unexpected opportunities our way and then supplies the starbursts of energy needed to bring them to fruition. It enables us to follow our dreams and attain our deepest desires.
Inspiring and inventive, loving and generous
Chrysanthemum Stone resonates with the astrological signs of Aquarius and
Taurus. In the realm of Chakras it connects with all, but with
its ability in helping us discover and manifest our soul’s purpose, and
with its encapsulated flower-like design not unlike a lotus, it is often
associated with the Crown Chakra. To cleanse this stone, place it in a
small bowl and then place that bowl into a shallow dish of water. (The splays
of white crystals may be compromised and will continue transforming if left
in water for extended periods of time.) Leave it for a full night and
full day under the recharging rays of both the Moon and the Sun. And
don’t forget to program it to help do your bidding as you embark on a new
journey or as you move from one aspect of your life to another. It is
a wonderful turn-of-the-season stone!
As Winter slowly gives way to the blossoming buds of Spring, may we all rejoice in the essence of rebirth!
Melody, Love Is In The
R. Simmons & N.
Ahsian, The Book of Stones, Who They Are and What They Teach
January 2010 ©
Patricia J. Martin
is a Shamanic Witch and has been a member of EW since 2002.
Best wishes and Blessed Be
Site Contents - Links to all Pages
A Universal Message:
Let there be peace in the world - Where have all the flowers gone?
Wicca & Witchcraft
Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek
Mythology) / Esbats &
Full Moons / Links
to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft
Resources / What's a spell? /
Circle Casting and
Sacred Space / Pentagram
- Pentacle / Marks
of a Witch / The Witches
Power / The Witches Hat
esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism
Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1
/ Part 2 / Part
3 / A
history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope
Innocent VIII /
papal Bull /
Malleus Maleficarum /
An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum
/ The letter of approbation
Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
/ Montague Summers /
/ The Albigenses
The Hussites / The
/ Shielding (Occult
and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders and Elders)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
Many of the above biographies are brief and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with aditional information, please cantact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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