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Stones & Minerals Information

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By ElkWoman

What stone is coal ? I ask this because in meditation a goat came at me from nowhere and threw down a piece of coal at my feet. I asked why and he said ' What is it ( coal) really? I know it’s a message of not just looking on the surface but there is another answer to something in answering this specific question about the coal. It’s like what is underneath the surface of coal if you clean it? Now I'm being reminded about an old tradition in the army where soldiers were made to clean or paint coal for a reason. And there is another NA story? Ring any bells for anyone or am I just off on one long silly road in never Neverland.

Hi, All I know is that coal is related to diamonds. I looked it up and found this:
Coal is a mixture of complicated organic molecules derived from ancient plants, fungi, and bacteria. However, in the natural "maturation" processes of coal, heat and pressure change its chemical composition over time so that it becomes nearly pure carbon in the form of graphite. The difference between graphite and diamond is in the three-dimensional arrangement of the carbon atoms in the material. Graphite is made of flat sheets of carbon atoms in a hexagonal arrangement. The sheets stack one over the other, with only weak interactions between sheets. Diamond is not arranged in sheets; instead, each carbon atom is connected to four others in a tetrahedral arrangement. It turns out that this arrangement is not as different from the structure of graphite as it sounds. If the sheets of graphite are compressed close enough together, the carbon atoms will be in just about the right position to make the bonds of diamond. In fact, at high temperatures and pressures, this indeed happens. It goes the other way, too. It turns out that graphite is actually more stable than diamond at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Unless the surface of a diamond is chemically stabilized, the diamond vill convert to graphite! Fortunately, fresh diamond surfaces are easily stabilized by reacting with whatever touched them, so this isn't likely to happen unless you carefully cut a diamond in a vacuum.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.

So is coal a symbol for a "diamond in the rough"?

LOL! Or a rough diamond! Thanks 2 Crow for that information gives me an answer.

*Scott Cunningham: Receptive, Saturn, Earth, Money.

Magical Uses: Coal, the common substance used to heat millions of homes, is considered by many to be an excellent money-attractant and hence is carried in the pocket and placed with money. Speculators in the stock exchange in London often carry some coal with them for luck.

Dragonfly Dezignz:
A sooty coalman or chimney sweep would be present at a wedding for good luck. Also a 'First Footer' (new years Eve) carries a lump of coal, as well as salt.

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