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By Cinnamon Moon
From Ambrose Hawk
Flint Folklore ~source unknown~
Flint, deriving its name from the Greek, plinthos, meaning brick,
comes in colors of black, grey, grey-white, light brown, red
and yellow. Flint is a form of chalcedony consisting of silica,
lime, oxide of iron, water, carbon and trace organic matter.
A tough stone, chipping easily and leaving sharp edges, flint
was one of the first materials used for the making of weapons
and tools by early man. Flint was used in ancient Egypt to make
the first incision in a body prior to embalming.
Flint has had many properties assigned
to it throughout the ages. Below are a few remedies for the
use of flint. Having the nick names of Elf Shot or Fairy Dart,
flint was used in the middle ages to ward off bewitchment by
elves and fairies, being crafted into an arrowhead and worn
as a necklace. Connected to the Norse god Thor, it was stated
then that flint will protect a house from thunder and lightning
Physicians of 300 b.c.e. prescribed
flint for breaking up kidney stones. Too, if flint were worn,
it would prevent stomach ailments. And if placed under a bed,
flint would relieve rheumatism and cramps. Midwives in Scandinavia
poured ale through a holed flint to ensure easy childbirth for
the soon-to-be mother. In England, a flint amulet was usually
hung in a dairy to prevent the curdling of milk during a thunderstorm.
Also, to prevent any elf or fairy harassment on the dairy animals.
Other nick names for flint, such
as Hag Stone, Holey Stone, Nightmare or Witch Riding Stone,
the holed flint stone prevented both people and animals from
elf or fairy bewitchments. In Ireland, ailing people would be
cured by drinking a beverage that was steeped with a flint stone.
If the owners of horses and cattle thought their creatures were
fairy or elf enchanted, they would be given the same flint beverage
Until recent times, Ireland farmers
often wore a flint stone set in silver to ward off fairy or
elf spells. These amulets were called 'saigead talismans.' It
was common to find flint knives in Scandinavia homes, and they
were treated as holy objects, the owners 'feeding' the stone
knives beer and melted butter. - CinnamonMoon
Flint: *Scott Cunningham:
Thunderstone, Elf-Shot, Fairy-Shot, Elf-Arrow, Adder-stone.
Projective, Mars, Fire, Silver, Protection, Healing, Divination
Flint, a term vaguely applied to varieties of opaque quartz,
was widely used in religious/magical rites by American Indians.
Among the Cherokee, it was invoked by shamans prior to medicinal
treatments. One of the first trade articles of early peoples,
flint was used extensively to make blades. Ancient flint knives,
found throughout Europe, were and still are used as protective
amulets. They were known as "Thunderstones" and "Elf-Shot,"
revealing that their origins
long remained unknown. The Irish set flint knives in silver
and carried them to guard against mischievous 'fairies'. In
Scandinavia flint knives were sometimes honored as family 'gods'.
Beer and melted butter were poured over them, much as holy statures
are revered in contemporary India.
Ancient flint implements are protective amulets. It is thought
to be particularly potent when placed above the door. If you
obtain an ancient flint knife (or modern replica), place it
on the altar or hold during protective rituals. Flint is used
in modern-day Brazil in divining gold, water, gemstones and
other underground treasures. A modern American flint spell:
To cure a headache, strike a flint several times. As the sparks
fly, visualize the pain traveling out from your head, into the
sparks and dissipating with them.
(((Cinn))) adding to what
you have already written: Flint is sometimes referred to as
the "emotional" stone helping to severe emotional
ties attached to stressful situations. It is not unusual to
use Flint as a talisman to bring rational, intellectual, and
physical strength during disputes. Flint is also used to relieve
shyness and to promote more intimate and personal relationships.
It has been said that Flint is an excellent stone related to
thought transference especially if you are interested in sending
and receiving loving messages. Flint vibrates to the number
seven. Astrological sign: Scorpio.
Thank you, Lotus! *S* Much
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