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Id 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
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
***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 http://www.spiritsongs.org.
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.
this stone/resin! Heres some of what I have on it:
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.)
Cunningham: Projective, Sun, Fire, Akasha, The Great Mother,
Luck, Healing, Strength, Protection, Beauty, Love
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 itselfthe animating
principle. Because amber is a fossil, it has associations with
time, cycles and longevity.
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 womenusually High Priestesseswear
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
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 dealermuch 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.
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 childs 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, Im
sure that images of the female organs were just as effective,
and used just as much, but this information has been suppressed.
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.
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. Theres no evidence
to support this claim. Amber does seem to magnify its wearers
natural beauty, attract friends and companions to the lonely,
and stimulate happiness.
has long been regarded as being highly sensual and magnetic.
It is worn to attract love and to increase ones 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.
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 womans labor and, also, was smouldered
so the piney smoke could be sniffed to halt a nosebleed. Ambers
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
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