Merry we meet - Merry we meet - Merry we meet
The Magic of Rocks and Stones
Written and compiled by - Patricia Jean Martin
A perfect stone to awaken and revive us as we celebrate the return of the Sun on this joyous Winter Solstice, and one that is said to "light the darkness of one's life" and "give birth to a spark of light throughout body and spirit, conquering darkness on all levels" ... meet the Ruby.
From Oz's Dorothy to India's Krishna, this rare and beautiful crimson crystal has been the desired gift of choice for millennia - and if there is any gemstone that can truly take us home, it is the Ruby. These precious gems are a variety of red Corundum, an aluminum oxide that forms in hexagonal crystals. Their colors ranges from pink to dark red to orange-red to red-violet, but the most sought after are the deep crimson specimens whose red color stems from chromium, or the infamous red-violet Star Ruby often called "pigeon or dove blood". In fact, Ruby's name derives from the Latin word "rubeus" meaning "red". It is the rarest of all the Corundums. Only the red variety is called Ruby; all other Corundums are called Sapphires. Ruby is one of the most precious gemstones on Earth, rivaled only by the Diamond and Emerald. The finest of its kind hail from Burma, India, Thailand, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia and North Carolina in the USA. It is the second hardest natural mineral and registers 9 on the Mohs Scales, so it is easy to take care of and can be cleansed by most methods.
Rubies stimulate and open the Heart Chakra of love and devotion, but the chakra it governs and awakens most is the Root - our very life essence, our means of survival, and the birthing place of our physicality and passions. Ruby deals with life force (chi, or qi) and vitality, and can increase our own energy, enthusiasm and well-being. As we shuffle through the remaining coldest months of Winter, this optimism-inspiring stone (which has forever been associated with the Sun) will aid in eliminating depression or any negative thoughts, while lending us renewal of strength, courage and determination of will. While this gemstone amplifies energy, it also enhances memory and concentration, making for good decisions. The Ruby crystal is known as the "star fire" and some of them exhibit a dichroic or pleochroic property, meaning they shine two or three different colors respectively when viewed from different angles along their different axes. Some also contain inclusions of titanium oxide which can produce a highly prized asterism (a 6-pointed star) when cut and polished as a cabochon. Likewise, a Ruby crystal will encourage us to shine, and will aid us in finding several solutions to any problem. It is also a very protective stone and helps to alleviate fear and dispel any surrounding negativity. It can help us overcome any challenge. Physically, Ruby is used to help detoxify the body, to aid with heart issues, and to strengthen the circulatory system or reproductive system.
The Ruby is said to have been one of the 12 stones in the breastplate of the High Priest. It is known as a "Stone of Nobility," and was revered by royalty old and new, as it symbolizes and bestows strength, courage, power and wealth. Legend says that Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan once offered an entire city in order to procure a large Ruby. Rubies promote desire, but not only of the crystal itself, as it will awaken all kinds of desires in you. It invites you to be courageous and asks you to not only be in love with life, but to actively make love to life. Called "the king of precious stones" and "the lord of gemstones" by the Hindus, Ruby will help you carry your own regal air, but never with any arrogance. Romance will also increase in Ruby's presence, as it brings its fiery passions, its love of beauty, and an abundant appreciation for the sensual pleasures of life into your own life.
Ruby brings back the life force...the light. It helps you transform intent into physical manifestation, aiding in the manifestation of your desires by encouraging self-expression in the physical. It brings life to any barren landscapes of the suppressed mind, body and spirit, renewing all three.
As we celebrate the return of the life-giving Sun, and as we honor the return of the Oak King who precedes the promise of new life, embrace the Ruby's fire. Embrace the Light.
Is In The Earth,
© Patricia J. Martin, Nov. 2008
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Wicca & Witchcraft
The 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 / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
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
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
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
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered 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, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “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 - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / 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 / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / 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 and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
Many of the above biographies are briefs and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with additional information, please contact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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