Sunday, January 22, 2012

Magical Monday

There was a time when people believed certain stones held certain powers for protection, luck, or health. They thought these stones could help harness the power of the universe and focus it onto a particular task. This notion has always intrigued me. Maybe it is the nerdy 8 year old inside of me who loved her rock tumbler she got for her birthday and perused the pretty polished rocks in stores, but I like the idea that a particular person may be attracted to a particular stone.

During my research for Easy Bake Coven, I looked into the meanings/benefits of many different stones. Today I want to share with you the qualities behind our birthstones.

January- Garnet- The protection gem for travelers and is a symbol of love and desire.
February- Amethyst- Protection against intoxication and a stabilizing force to overcome addictive behaviors.
March- Aquamarine- Protection against dangers at sea and reverse poisonings. Also was once believe that when immersed in water, the water would heal heart, liver, stomach, mouth, and throat sicknesses.
April- Diamond- Heal illnesses
May- Emerald- Brings wisdom, growth, and patience. Also associated with youth, rebirth and fertility.
June- Moonstone- Spiritual understanding, health and longevity. Also believed by some to make a person invisible. *Pearl is the typical June stone, but there wasn't any particular attribution for it*
July- Ruby- Protection against evil and possessing its own magical powers to detect when the wearer is in danger (grows darker to warn of danger and returns to normal when danger has passed)
August- Peridot- Used to connect with nature
September- Blue Sapphire- Protection against envy and poisoning. Thought to bestow the wearer with wisdom and clarity. When ground into a powder thought to cure colic,rheumatism and mental illness, and to strengthen eyesight.
October- Opal- Ward off evil and nightmares. Protect eyesight and contains healing properties. 
November- Topaz- Strengthens one's ability to give and receive love. Also a symbol of friendship.
December- Blue Topaz- Soothe bad tempers. Thought to make the wearer invisible in threatening situations, cure insanity, asthma, and insomnia. And believed to have cooling properties.

There is probably very little truth to any of this, but sometimes it is nice to believe in a little magic.


Anonymous said...

Aw, what a fun post! I wanted a rock tumbler SOOO badly when I was little! :) Love the list of birthstones - so interesting!

Jess @ The Secret DMS FIles of Fairday Morrow said...

Hi Liz-Great post! I LOVE rocks and have always believed in their energy force. My most recent treasure in my collection has been a beautiful piece of Rose Quartz that I bought from a magical, little shop called Happy Rainbows in Sherman, CT. It had been in the store for 12 years absorbing the energy (which is as about as relaxed as you can imagine) The owner, Barry, sold it to me and let me know that she had had it all that time and that it was time to pass it on. I was the lucky one : ) When you touch the rock, you can actually feel the vibrations~ rocks are absolutely beautiful!

Liz Schulte's Blog said...

I am so glad I know other rock people! I love them. I used to sit and look at my pretty collection for hours. I think hematite and the blood stone were always my favorites. Though I did go through a tiger's eye phase too (supposed to help with nightmares). :-)

Olivia Hardin (Writer) said...

Hey, I love the meaning of my birthstone so I'll "choose" to believe there is truth in it! Great post, Liz.

Unknown said...

Very cool post, Liz!

Jennifer said...

Fun post I love anything that has to do with magical thinking. I feel like I have interacted with you more lately on facebook and then I realized that none of my comments I posted are on your previous blog posts. I hate blogger sometimes!

Liz Schulte's Blog said...

Thanks for stopped by @Olivia and Stephanie

@Jennifer I know. Blogger can be so temperamental but then again so can wordpress. I agree I love magical thinking. It makes the world a more interesting place.

Klisabelle said...

LOVE the title, Liz. I'll have to check this one out. :)

Professor Shaka said...

Really interesting and to say I am into rocks is an under statement. Thanks again Liz.

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