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I’d like to quote this:

To a Piece of Amber

'Limpid lump with light refulgent.
Tawny tinted, cold yet warm,
Whence has come your mystic beauty,
Your alluring wondrous charm?

Are you blood of Forest Monarch
Slain by the Storm King's might,
Clotted in Earth's cold bosom
Through ages of Arctic night?

Or the tears of Druid Maiden
For a lover found untrue?
Tell me the tragic story
That is hid in the heart of you.

Are you frozen sunshine,
Chilled by a world unkind,
Or the golden pearl of an Elfin Earl
Whose castle none may find?

I am the blood of Forest Monarch,
I am tears of a Druid Maid
I am congealed sunshine
From the haunts where Elfins played.

I am all of these and more than these,
For a token of love am I,
To be worn next the heart of your true love
To prove her constancy.

An amulet 'gainst grief and pain,
'Gainst sorrow, sin and care,
For none may harm where I cast my charm
O'er beauty pure and rare.'

By: Walter S. Park

Since amber is fossilized resin, it represents a link between the plant and mineral kingdoms. Its energies are grounding and harmonizing, and it readily shares its subtle vibrational powers with those working with it. It has the ability to balance opposing forces.

Amber is said to draw out negative energies, promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It is especially beneficial to the endocrine system, spleen, heart, brain, thyroid, inner ear, and neurological tissue. Amber's subtle energies promote good health. Amber's grounding and stabilizing properties make it a calming stone that can facilitate energy balancing and cleansing. Healers often use amber to shield them and prevent them from taking on the pain of those they heal. It is also said to be an effective block against psychic attacks and energy draining from others. Amber's calming energies can also help to dispel depression and bring about a more positive mental state. Its subtle energies bring joy, inner strength, and peace of mind.

Amber cleanses the environment in the area it is placed in. It acts to purify ones body, mind and spirit when worn or carried Especially helpful for joint and muscle discomfort. It is a stone dedicated to the connection of the conscious self to universal perfection. Assists in the art of manifestation, stimulates the intellect and opens the crown chakra.

***Metaphysical Properties of Amber Amber Nuggets of Ancient Tree Lore by Maureen Grace Burns from Crystals and Stones, Spirit Songs Crystals and Stones Article contents © Maureen Grace Burns, Spirit Songs. All Rights Reserved. May be used for educational purposes, as long as proper credit is given with link back to

Golden yellow Amber is a mineraloid fossilized tree resin with inclusions of insects (ants, bees, flies, gnats, moths, etc.) or plants parts (flowers, leaves, mushroom caps, seeds, pine needles, etc.). Millions of years old, Amber is a time-link window to the past, a transparent plastic photograph containing ancient Tree Spirit lore. Since most of the world's amber deposits are the byproduct of the trees' defensive systems protecting them from parasitic or fungal attacks, it is a more primal form of record keeping than the quartz crystal archiving practiced by some of the antediluvian civilizations.

This suggests that Amber may be encoded with the wisdom and knowledge of Tree Spirits who for many thousands of years, anchored light on the planet, watched, and learned much about universal happenings as cultures and empires passed through many cycles of existence. Like a message from the Nature Spirits in a plastic bottle, buoyant nuggets of Amber float in the salt water until they are washed up on distant shores.

Intuitively, the Amber I selected for purchase to wear as necklaces and pendants was relatively clear with some minute plant inclusions. As I was attuning to the core essence of Amber, I was moved to place an Amber necklace on top of my head, placing it like a circlet upon my hair. After a few hours, Amber told me that overall the best Amber for healing and empowerment was the relatively clear Amber, and, that Amber with insect and plant inclusions also had important roles to play, especially in the areas of transformation and transmutation .

The Amber with insect inclusions contains the positive Animal Totem energy patterns of the insects and also functions to bind, ward, and remove threatening parasites. The Amber with the plant parts contains the quintessential healing energy signatures of the plants and also helps to preserve the tree and plant species for the benefit of future generations.

Since the Amber came from the lifeblood, the sap, of the ancient trees who were all storytellers, all amber is imbued with informative tales. The plant part nuggets in particular contain lyrical storylines of the Eldar Days when the human races lived in peace with each other and communed with Nature Spirits, honoring and aiding in their Earthkeeper work. The Amber without inclusions is like cryogenic lightening waiting to be awakened so it can quicken our evolutionary spiral with the wisdom and might of the gods and goddesses.

Amber resonates with the solar plexus chakra which also seems to be the focus of psychic attacks and parasitic energy cordings by others, especially in close personal relationships with lovers or family members. Its mellow golden radiance can be used as a protective shield from unwanted, abusive, energetics intrusions from others. The primary seat of power for most people, the solar plexus is also the site for many of the control and manipulation dramas that still assault us on a daily basis.

Wearing or carrying Amber can facilitate the process of self-assertive empowerment and healing individuation, surrounding your aura in a mellow mantle of golden preservative light. Placing it in a home or work environment will help cleanse the atmosphere by removing inharmonious, toxic infestations of negativity, and by then recharging it with more refined and subtly resonant particles of ethereal emissions. Like sunshine breaking through an overcast sky, Amber dispels depression and melancholy through the sheer magnitude and concentration of its safeguarding and restorative intent.

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About Amber and Baltic Amber
Amber has a deep fascination for people both as a gem and as a chance to look back into the past with a remarkable clarity. Its warm lustrous touch beguiles us and the remarkable inclusions sometimes found within it capture our imagination. The Greeks believed that amber was the rays of the sun, petrified.

The color range is extremely varied, ranging from near white (osseous) through all shades of yellow, brown and red. There are even examples of blue and green amber. Blue - Green amber is thought to have two possible causes; the permeation of raw resin by mineral deposits present either in the soil into which it fell, or the settling of volcanic dust and ash onto the resin when it was first secreted. By whatever process, the resin is impregnated with unusual compounds and given its distinct hue.

It is well recognized that Baltic Amber is the most valued Amber of all. The term "amber" is a general term for fossilized tree resin. Baltic Amber has been dated to the Eocene era some 40 - 54 Million Years ago. The largest deposit of amber currently in existence is on the Samland Peninsula in the former territory of East Prussia, today the Kaliningrad district of the Russian Republic. This is where the vast majority of Baltic Amber is mined (and is where all of the amber we sell originates from).

Amber is mined from the so-called 'Blue Earth' layer, which varies between two and ten metres wide. At the edge of the Baltic Sea, the layer is located nearly at sea level, whilst inland the layers are covered by 30 - 40 metres of Tertiary and Pleistocene sediments.

Magic properties of Amber
Excellent for enhancing your beauty and attractiveness. Helps to attract love and stimulates happiness and pleasure. Amber is used as both a good luck and protective amulet, and is extremely protective against negative magick. Amber is said to increase strength while relieving or curing health conditions. Amber is also very useful in protecting children. Honey was mixed with powdered amber and prescribed for asthma, gout, and the black plague. Amber pendants were worn to preserve chastity, and used as rosary beads or talismans against evil and dark forces. Amber was burned along with non-fossil tree resins, such as frankincense, myrrh, and copal to dispel evil spirits and fumigate worldly nuisances such as mosquitos. Sailors burned amber on ships to drive away sea serpents and the perils of the deep.

Names of Amber
Ancient Phoenicians used the word yainitar to name amber, and this has a clear association with many words for Baltic amber used today. Lithuanians call it gintaras. In Russian it is yantar, and in Hungarian it's gyantar. The Polish language has two words for amber, but the more poetic one is jantar (pronounced yantar). Given the geographic distribution of the largest natural deposits, we believe that the word Yantar is the first name given by human beings to the amber from the Baltic Sea. Due to its beauty and uniqueness, Baltic amber certainly deserves a special name. It's no wonder then, they chose yantar.

Amber is a strange and attractive gem. Its golden transparency lends it a quality which even diamonds do not share. For the artisan it provides a remarkable medium to work with and create some of the most beautiful objects for us to enjoy. For the scientist it provides a glimpse into the past, a window into history.

Eighth Wonder of the World, Amber Room at Tsarskoe Selo made of Baltic Amber.

Amber in Literature
Amber was listed among other precious decorations by Homer in the Odyssey. It was mentioned by Aristotle, Plato, Theophrastus, Tacitus, and Strabo. Pliny the Elder wrote a natural history treatise and explained amber origins. Amber's unique properties are presented in early mineralogic dissertations: Al Biruni (972-1068), Albertus Magnus (1193-1280), and Georgius Agricola (1492-1555). N. Sendelius' work, "Historia succinorum corpora aliena involventium" (1742) contains excellent descriptions and illustrations of animal inclusions in the royal collection in Dresden, owned by Augustus II the Strong.

Love this stone/resin! Here’s some of what I have on it:

Amber: The elixir strengthens the thyroid and inner ear. People needing it may exhibit memory loss, inability to make decisions, or eccentric behavior. Used best by those who suffer from throat infections, bronchial disorders or who are prone to asthma or convulsions. Amber protects the wearer against secret poisons and has the power of attracting compassion and understanding. (Sourced from my notes.)

Scott Cunningham: Projective, Sun, Fire, Akasha, The Great Mother, Luck, Healing, Strength, Protection, Beauty, Love….Amber is perhaps the oldest substance used for human adornment. Beads and pendants of amber have been found in northern European gravesites dating back to 8000 B.C.E. It is not a stone, but fossilized resin of coniferous (cone-bearing, like modern pine) trees of the Oligocene epoch.

It often contains fragments or complete specimens of insects and plants that accidentally fell into the sticky resin millions of years ago.

Because amber, unlike gemstones, is warm to the touch and often contains insect fragments, it was thought to possess life. The early Chinese visualized the souls of tigers transmuting into amber upon their earthly deaths. It was sacred to worshippers of the Mother goddess in classical times because it was believed to contain the very essence of life itself—the animating principle. Because amber is a fossil, it has associations with time, cycles and longevity.

Similarly, since it was once a living substance, it is related to Akasha. This is the ‘fifth element,’ which governs and binds together Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and, in a sense, is the ultimate source of them. Akasha is also symbolic of life and living things (plants, animals, humans).

In some contemporary Wiccan covens women—usually High Priestesses—wear necklaces consisting of alternating amber and jet beads. Though reasons for the use of these materials vary, it is said that these two stones represent the Goddess and God, the feminine and masculine principles, the projective and receptive forces of nature. They also heighten magical effects.

Amber rubbed against wool or silk becomes electrically charged. Its old Greek name was ‘elektron,’ from which we derive our modern word ‘electricity.’ All these mysterious properties and associations make amber one of the most widely used and prized magical substances of all times and places on Earth.

Magical Uses: Amber, in common with a few other stones, has been utilized for nearly every purpose in magic. It has figured in countless millions of spells and magical rituals. Despite its high price amber is a sound magical investment. Just buy it from a reliable dealer—much that is sold as amber is glass, plastic or reconstituted amber. Insist on genuine, unprocessed amber. And be prepared to pay quite a bit for it.

Amber necklaces are perhaps the commonest form utilized in magic. Such necklaces are protective when worn. It is a potent amulet against negative magic and is especially effective in safeguarding children. Have children wear amber beads to guard their health, as countless others have done in many parts of the world. Or place a bit in the child’s bedroom.

In ancient times, when sex was viewed as a completely natural and yet sacred activity, representations of the generative organs were commonly used in magic. Amber carved in the shape of a phallus was carried as a supremely potent magical protectant. Though this seems to be the product of patriarchy, I’m sure that images of the female organs were just as effective, and used just as much, but this information has been suppressed.

If you feel you are being subjected to heavy negativity, light a white candle and place it on the ground or floor. Sit before it with a handful of small amber beads, and using them, create a circle around yourself. Sit within the circle while restoring your energy and closing yourself off to any and all outside influences. Repeat as necessary.

Another protective use of amber is to place nine small beads or pieces into a bath of very warm water. Soak in the tub until the water cools, then retrieve the amber, towel off, and carry or wear one of the beads until your next bath.

Witches, Wise Women, and shamans wear amber beads to strengthen their spells, whether cast in caves, deserted valleys or at lonely seashores, or within magically created spheres of power in urban bedrooms. A large piece of amber placed on the altar increases the effectiveness of your magic.

Amber is worn to enhance beauty and general attractiveness. During the Renaissance the donning of amber was said to increase bodily weight; however, this was probably because the buxom female figure was then in fashion. There’s no evidence to support this claim. Amber does seem to magnify its wearer’s natural beauty, attract friends and companions to the lonely, and stimulate happiness.

Amber has long been regarded as being highly sensual and magnetic. It is worn to attract love and to increase one’s enjoyment of pleasurable activities, including sex. Small pieces of amber can be added to herbal love-attracting mixtures or worn near the heart to attract a mate. Human fertility was a constant concern in past ages, and it still is for many.

Women wore images of fish, frogs and rabbits carved of amber to ensure conception. To combat impotency and to ensure their own fertility, men wore amber figures of lions, dogs and dragons. This may seem quaint, but such images charged with magical energy and worn with ritual intent can work. There are no limitations in magic, save for those we impose upon ourselves. In our quest to rid our bodies of disease, amber plays an important role. Beads of amber are worn around the neck as a general protector of health and to relieve or cure existing conditions. It has been worn for the prevention or relief of convulsions, deafness, insanity, sore throat, earache, headache, toothache, asthma, rheumatism, digestive troubles and almost every internal ailment. A ball of amber held in the hand reduces fever.

Because it is often translucent, or even transparent, amber is worn or carried to strengthen the eyes. Looking through a piece of amber is thought to do the same. Amber powder was burned during childbirth to assist the woman’s labor and, also, was smouldered so the piney smoke could be sniffed to halt a nosebleed. Amber’s magical uses extend beyond the above information.

It is worn to increase strength, utilized for business success or to stimulate the flow of money toward the magician, and plays a part in attraction spells. These include rituals designed to draw love, money, power and success.

Finally, a bit of powdered amber added to any incense will increase its effectiveness.

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