AMBER




AMBER



Other Names:

Good Luck Stone, Petrified Resin, Fossilized Resin, Baltic Gold (Baltic Amber)


Chemical Composition:

Fossilized Resin (C, H, O)


Hardness:

2-2.5 (very soft)


Description:


Transparent to translucent, colors from lightest honey to deepest reddish-brown, sometimes appearing as greenish or blue. The most valuable pieces of amber are those with insects or plant matter inside which happened when the resin was still soft and sticky, the insect or plant material got stuck in the resin and fossilized within it.


About:


Amber is said to be the oldest stone used for personal adornment, it has been found in gravesites dating back more than 10,000 years. While it is not technically a stone, it is used as such in jewelry, lapidiary, and metaphysics/healing. It is actually the fossilized resin of certain coniferous trees from the Ogliocene period of history (millions of years ago) that became hardened by time and pressure eventually becoming stone-like. It is hard enough to be carved and yet soft enough to burn or melt.


Lore & History:

Amber has become associated with much lore and history over the many, many years that humans have used and admired it. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians held it in very high esteem. They beleived it to cure just about everything as well as to protect the wearer from all harm. The Greeks were the first to make note of Amber's ability to hold static electricity when rubbed, this is reflected in the name they gave it, elektron, the word 'electricity' is derived from this original term for amber. Due to it's high esteem it was one of the most valuable trade items for most ancient European cultures.

The highest valued amber comes from the region around the Baltic Sea, this "Baltic Gold" Amber is said to have the best color and hold the most power. While this may be debatable it does fetch top dollar on the mineral market today. Quality Amber is also found in much of Europe, Greenland and even the United States. Though originally most amber was found washed up on seashores, it is mostly obtained by mining now.

The use of Amber for healing and spiritual growth is found in most cultures, most notably those of the Native American Indians, and Asians. For many years it was thought that amber was either the crystalllized urine of various cats (lynx being the most popular), or hardened rays of the sun. In Greek and Roman mythology it was said to be the hardened tears shed by the Heliades while mourning their brother Phaeton. It's name can be traced back to the Arabic word, anbar, meaning ambergris (a substance from sperm whales used to make perfume and incense), probably due to the fact that the original amber was found on beaches after being washed in by the tide, logically primative people would think it originated there and came from the same source as the valuable ambergris. Stone aged peoples are said to have believed that amber contained the resting place of the spirit, more than likely this belief came about due to the many insects, reptiles, plant life, and even small animals found in many pieces of amber. Makes sense to me!


Healing Properties:


Aids healing of the Central Nervous System, brain, memory loss, cell regeneration, stomach anxiety, spine disorders, and overall health protection. It is said to be excellent for detoxification and as protection against radiation. Also helpful in ailments of the endocrine system, spleen, and heart. Wearing amber is said to prevent or relieve deafness, insanity, sore throat, earache, headace, toothache, asthma, rheumatism, digestive troubles and most anything else. Burning powdered amber during childbirth is said to assist in labor and prevent excessive bleeding. Ground and mixed with honey and ingested is said to help improve ones eyesight, when ground and mixed in rose oil it is used to treat earaches, and inhaling the fumes from burning amber is said to cure tonsillitis, colds, flu, and bronchitis. It was once used in a syrup containing opium as a sedative (not sure if the amber had anything to do with its sedative powers though!). Holding a piece of amber is said to relieve high fever or help the patient overcome heat exhaustion.


Magickal/Metaphysical Properties:


Amber will open the Solar Plexus Chakra and will balance the energies in the body. It is said to draw out negativity and bring one a sense of peace and confidence. Use in ritual or meditation ot improve the memory, balance the emotions, and inspire confidence. Burning amber as an incense will clear the area of negativity. Used in meditation and ritual to rediscover the ancient knowledge of our ancestors and to help remember our own past lives. A good stone to use when you need some balance in your life or just need to get back in touch with the earth. It is also useful in dissoving energy blockages and may be used at any chakra point to bring one's aura back into balance.


Deity/Elemental/Planetary Affinity:

Mother Goddess/Spirit (Akasha)/Sun

Astrological Correspondence:
Leo and Aquarius


Where to Wear for best results:

Wrist for medicinal purposes, around the neck for protection and to enhance one's own natural beauty



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