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Raven & Apollo

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Raven & Apollo

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Raven and Apollo’s voices are entwined through-out Greek history.  Apollo the God of Prophecy and Light and Raven who’s special ability of speaking to people combined forces eons ago in ancient Greek mythology, which closely tied and spilled over into developing Celtic beliefs.  When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC, they incorporated the Greek Mythology as their own.  Apollo was the only God to not be given a Latin (Roman) name.

He had the gift of prophecy and was strongly associated with healing. A patron of the arts with his lyre symbolizing music, poetry and dance.  Identified with Helios, the sun god, Apollo was considered the bringer of light and often depicted in his golden chariot.  Revered for bringing sunlight to bring crops, health and prosperity to mortals.

The main story of how Apollo and Raven came together goes like this….Apollo, the ladies man (God) that he apparently was got pretty bored one day running the Sun across the sky.  He flung a White Raven (may have been a crow-historians haven’t fully decided) to spy on his current Love at the time Coronis only to find her cheating!  Apollo was so angry when Raven brought him the news that he scorched Raven’s feathers Black in his fury.

Many view the Raven as a dark and mysterious harbinger of doom, death, lost Souls and of Battle Cries. As a Black carrion bird the eating of dead flesh and croaking voice reinforced this viewpoint.  There is more to this, with Raven’s ability to speak a perfect spiritual go-between with the spirit world and our own.  A psychopomp. One who aids Souls to the other side without judgement.

Sapphires are believed to be the Stone of Prophecy (and Wisdom) and ancient Greeks wore them for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine.

Pink Sapphire such as the one below brings the wisdom of resilience. It stimulates emotions and encourages love, forgiveness, and release of the past. It honors acceptance and strength of heart.  A great Pisces stone this 925 Sterling Silver and raw Raspberry Sapphire crystal is available at paperheartjewelry.com

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And to close I have to add this West Coast version of Raven depicted in Raven by Gerald McDermott as the “Trickster” ….. read this one so many times to my little guys!

 
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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz:

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Clear Quartz is also known as Crystal Quartz or Rock Crystal is a tenth anniversary stone. Though Quartz forms in many colors today we shall focus on the clear variety.

It is a natural form of silicon dioxide with a Mohs hardness of 7 (out of 10) and ranks first as the most abundant mineral on Earth. Sand is mostly comprised of quartz; even the dust in the air we breath is high in quartz content. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end.

In nature quartz crystals are often twinned (with twin right-handed and left-handed quartz crystals) forming together, distorted, or so inter-grown with adjacent Quartz crystals or other minerals as to only show part of this formation. Or they merge and may lack obvious crystal faces altogether and appear massive.

Well-formed crystals typically form in a ‘bed’ that has unconstrained growth into a void or empty space. Usually the crystals are attached at the other end to a matrix which is composed of even finer grains of minerals and silt. Only one termination pyramid is present. Particularly fine specimens are currently found in Brazil, the United States, the Swiss Alps, and Madagascar.

However, doubly terminated crystals do occur where they develop freely without attachment, for instance within gypsum. A soft mineral that may fall away revealing the double termination. A quartz geode is such a situation where the void is closed in and approximately spherical in shape, lined with a bed of individual crystals pointing inward.

The word “Quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz”. This remained until the first half of the 14th century in Middle High German in East Central German. Derived from the Polish dialect term kwardy, which corresponds to the Czech term tvrdý (“hard”).

The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos) derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning “icy cold”. Some philosophers (including Theophrastus) thought the mineral to be a form of super cooled ice.

It is believed that the ancient Atlanteans and Lemurians utilized the power of crystals and that a crystal was a main component in the workings of a device used within the great pyramid of Egypt for initiation. Abductees have also reported the use of Quartz crystals by aliens.

Quartz is the most common material identified as the mystical substance “maban” in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means ‘sunstone’. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric peoples.

While quartz crystals have been used for thousands of purposes throughout history, they have an especially long history as healing stones.

Clear Quartz is known as the “master healer” and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities. It aids concentration and unlocks memory. Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Clear Quartz harmonises all of the chakras and is especially beneficial for the Crown chakra. It can be used for almost any metaphysical purpose.

Clear quartz crystal is the universal stone. Everyone should have one! It corresponds to all zodiac signs, and is a pure and powerful energy source.

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