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  • This months funds have been donated to www.helprefugess.org.uk 

    I cannot even begin to imagine what life is like for these folk at the moment....... but Help Refugees UK seem to be doing amazing things to help with the situation. You'll find their story at the above web address, it's really inspiring.

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    It is commonly thought in most cultures that feathers are symbols of communication with the heavens.  In primitive/ancient cultures birds were considered to be divine creatures, it was believed that just by being in the sky they were closer to god.

     

    The Egyptians believed feathers to be a symbol of Ma’at, the goddess of harmony, truth, justice, and order.

     

     

    Native American Chiefs wore feathers in their head-dresses.  They were believed to be a sacred gift and a powerful talisman.  They symbolized trust, honour, strength, wisdom, power and freedom.  To be given an eagle feather would be like receiving an honorary gift from high officials.  It was the most revered gift of all and was believed to be a sign from above. 

     

    Celtic Druids wore ornately feathered robes believing that along with the presence of the sky gods they would enable them to transcend the earthly plane and enter the ethereal realm.

     

    In the bible feathers metaphorically represent loving care and protection. 

     

    I think one of the most commonly known pieces of  feather folklore is that when a feather catches your attention or is discovered in an unexpected place, it is an assurance from above that you are being guided, well looked after and  protected.  This is definitely something that has crossed my mind from time to time.

     

    Do feathers symbolize anything for you?? Do you know of any other pieces of feather folklore??  Would love to hear your ideas and thoughts………

     

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    Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians, while Medieval Europeans soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.  They believed it healed people and kept them cool-headed. 

    In England, Amethyst has been found in Anglo-Saxon graves and the Greeks believed this gemstone could prevent intoxication. 

    The name comes from the ancient greek words for “not”  and “intoxicated”, a reference to this belief.  Methystos (the Greek word for intoxicated) was also the name of a Nymph in Greek Mythology who was loved my Bacchus, the god of wine.  In the story his love was rejected in favour of Diana’s the goddess of chastity. 

    Consequently there was a strong belief in the ability of amethyst to quell any kind of passion and it was used to make rosaries and chalices.  Drinking out of these cups, one was thought to be safe from inebriation. 

    In the middle ages the idea arose that the colour of this stone itself could preserve sobriety and chastity and so violet fabric magical charms were made aplenty.

    Amethyst is a purple variety of Quartz.  It owes its violet colour to Iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. 

    The best varieties can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the Far East.  Green Quartz is sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst.  On heating, Amethyst loses its purple hue and turns a rusty shade of brown.

     

    Amethyst Crystal Healing Properties

    Amethyst is believed to be an extremely powerful and protective stone. A natural tranquilizer, it enhances meditation and spiritual awareness.  It has strong healing and cleansing powers.  It is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate.  This calming effect may help with Insomnia, balancing out highs and lows and promoting emotional centering.

     

    Caribou Jewellery's Amethyst Collection

    If you know of any other myths or ancient uses for Amethyst we would love to hear about them in the comments section below? 

    Alternatively If you have experience of using amethyst for it's beneficial healing properties and feel like sharing your observations we would be really interested in hearing about these too?

    All the best.

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    AMAZONITE

     

    The Science

    Amazonite is a green variety of microcline, belonging to the feldspar group of minerals. The feldspars are a fairly homogenous group of rock-forming tectosilicates that make up nearly 60% of the Earth’s crust.

    Followed by quartz, feldspar is the most common mineral in the entire world. Despite feldspar's abundance, there are only a few varieties considered to be gemstone quality.

    The name is taken from that of the Amazon River,  from which certain green stones were formerly obtained, but it is doubtful whether green feldspar occurs in the Amazon area.

    Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miass in the Ilmensky Mountains, Russia where it occurs in granitic rocks. More recently, high-quality crystals have been obtained from Colorado in a coarse granite. It is also found in Brazil, India, Madagascar and Nambia

    For many years, the source of amazonite's color was a mystery. Naturally, many people assumed the color was due to copper because copper compounds often have blue and green colors. More recent studies suggest that the blue-green color results from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar.

     

    Amazonite Healing Properties

    Amazonite Is believed to have  a powerful filtering action, blocking geopathic stress, absorbing microwaves and cell phone emanations.  This extremely calming stone is believed to soothe the brain and nervous system helping  the body achieve balance.  It is believed to help you see both sides of a problem or a different point of view and  to assist in manifesting universal love.

     

    Caribou's Amazonite Jewellery

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