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Lodestone / Magnetite

Lodestone is the original “don’t judge a book by its cover” stone! It is not likely to be described by anyone as pretty, beautiful, sparkly, collectible, or enticing. In fact, it is far more often that Lodestone would be dismissed as uninteresting, perhaps even boring or ugly. But, as many of us are learning, outward appearances are not the best indicator of inner strength, beauty, power, or potential, whether you are referring to people or to stones.

The Lodestone is highly magnetic, and those drawn to Lodestone often feel that they are being pulled in different directions and are burdened with decisions to be made.

Lodestone was one of the first compasses. Just as the Lodestone helped sailors who navigated the seas to stay on course, those drawn to Lodestone have navigated and survived some rough waters. They may find themselves examining their inner moral compasses or searching for the correct path.

Many years ago, the phrase “lifting of an ancient curse” came to me repeatedly during my work with the Lodestone. I later learned that some cultures attributed the Lodestone’s magnetism to a resident demon or evil spirit! I prefer to think that being drawn to a Lodestone is an indication that Destiny has stepped in to help, and a “burden“ that once felt like ’an ancient curse’ is being lifted from one‘s shoulders.

The lodestone reminds us tht we gave the ability to attract what we need, and to send away that which no longer serves a useful purpose in our lives. It helps us as we acknowledge and recognize the inner, altruistic and intrinsic beauty, rather than the surface, superficial, or predictable outer beauty.

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Amethyst, long associated with peace, serenity, and harmony, is said to have been carried by soldiers for good luck, protection and victory in battles. It was once considered to be a good antidote against drunkenness, in part because drinking goblets used at celebrations were usually carved out of Amethyst which allowed the wine to be diluted and watered down considerably, yet still keep its rich color. Guests awoke the next morning without a hangover, and began to praise Amethyst as a stone of sobriety!

There is a uniqueness about the “Amethyst Person,” yet it is something which one cannot readily define or put one’s finger on. Their attitude tends to be, “This is who I am. If you cannot accept that or deal with it, then it is your problem, not mine.”

An “Amethyst Person” is usually one who has been on a spiritual journey. They are seekers who are learning to deal on the physical plane with the mundane realities of the 21st century, while possessing an unwavering faith that has never let them down.

A large percentage of children are instinctively drawn to Amethyst, as well as a large number of people who have had to push through major issues concerning shyness. Amethyst is soothing, and a natural for those who wish to become less introverted! It is as if the stone were silently communicating a message to “hang in there” or “have faith,” and everything will work out. An ideal crystal for children and the “young at heart,” Amethyst is a wonderful stone for people who are seeking inner peace.  Many “Amethyst People” are learning to understand the difference between ‘quality’ and ‘quantity.’ They struggle to find ways to save time and cut corners but not sacrifice quality.

In a Stone Reading, Amethyst can be a sign that the person is attempting to do too much!  One of their lessons involves figuring out how to cut corners without sacrificing quality.

Many people who are drawn to Amethyst seek serenity and inner peace. Others need to reexamine or reflect on the role that stress plays in their daily lives, and perhaps consciously work to cultivate a more optimistic frame of mind.

Of course, this is just a sample of some of the messages that might be conveyed in a Stone Reading when Amethyst is selected. Each reading is different, and specially tailored to the needs of the individual. Please contact The Stone Lady to make arrangements for your in-person, telephone, email, or skype Stone Reading.




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STONE OF THE WEEK: Cinnabar 10//7/12

The stone that represents the energies for the week beginning October 7, 2012 is Cinnabar, an Ore of Mercury. In ancient China, Cinnabar was taken from the veins of volcanoes and carved into beautiful s

tatues, jewelry, and works of art. Artists spent decades perfecting their craft. With each completed work of art the artists realized that they had released something beautiful for the world to enjoy. Cinnabar is an ore of Mercury, and highly toxic; despite several layers of lacquer being applied to the Cinnabar, the continuous exposure to the fumes led to the artist being poisoned by Mercury.

The stone pictured in the middle of this photo is the actual Cinnabar in its natural form, while the Cinnabar on either side is a man-made representation.

Cinnabar represents a “labor of love.” The “Cinnabar Person” is highly artistic and eagerly puts his heart into his work. He is “carving a niche for oneself,” doing what he loves in a deeply meaningful, unique and difficult to duplicate manner.

Cinnabar, being Mercury, also represents the planet closest to the Sun, suggesting the need for balancing work and play. Mercury also speaks of a fast pace and the need for clear communications.

During the week ahead, determine if it is important to you that your work be a “labor or love.” Must it allow you an opportunity to “carve a niche for yourself” or are you happy just getting by? Consider any necessary sacrifices and any price you may be unknowingly paying!

An underlying message for the week ahead is to explore and/or expand on your unique gifts and talents, while maintaining a healthy balance. Begin to carve that special niche that only you can create or fill! Take the steps that will release great beauty for the world to enjoy, while avoiding exposure to potentially toxic situations and people!

I hope you have enjoyed this “stone of the week” and that it has served as a little reminder that you, too, are a gem!
During the month of October, I will be available for “Stone Readings” at Tiffenwicket of Salem!