Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla

by Kate

Mineral Composition:

Chrysocolla is formed in the oxidation zone of copper ore mines, wherever surface water containing silicic acid dissolves copper out of the rock. Chrysocolla has an attractive blue-green color and has a hardness of 2.5 to 3.5. Because of its light color, it is sometimes confused with turquoise. It commonly is formed with quartz, turquoise, malachite and azurite.

Astrological Association: Gemini, Taurus, Virgo

Healing Properties:

Chrysocolla is a stone of peace. It helps one to release negative emotions, such as indignation, regret, anger and allows for the growth of harmony. Because is can produce a great inner strength, this stone can help one to to endure stress for long periods of time. It helps one to “keep cool” during these hard times by reducing irritability and encouraging clarity. A soothing stone, Chrysocolla also purifies the home environment, imparting a deep serenity.

Chrysocolla has been used in emotional healing to reduce fears and bring a calm joy. It enhances personal power with confidence and motivation. It is also said to be a truth-telling stone. When worn, is said to grant the power of discretion and wisdom.

Chakra Uses:

Chrysocolla cleanses and re-energizes all of the chakras and aligns them with the Divine.

  • Root: Grounds and stabilizes energies
  • Sacral: Balances and calms
  • Solar Plexus: Draws out negative emotions (guilt, fear) reverses destructive emotional habits
  • Heart: Heals heartache, increases ones ability to love, and renews sense of strength
  • Throat: Improves communication but helps to discern when to be silent, imparts honesty, excellent stone for writers and artists.
  • Third Eye: Aids psychic visions, and heals spiritual soul
  • Crown: Stimulates, provides alignment between the physical and ethereal

For physical complaints: Place directly on skin on the afflicted area. Especially good for relieving arthritic pains and disorders of the lungs. Also said to help heal infections and balance blood sugars. A good stone for thyroid problems and the metabolism.

The Legend of the Witch Ball

by Grant

Witch Ball

Witch Ball

‘Witch Balls’, as they are called, are spheres of colorful hand-blown glass, created in such a way that thin strands of material are left on the inside, creating a ‘web’ inside the globe. You have probably seen these items hanging in windows, sitting on a pedestal in a yard or displayed in either of our shops and thought they were probably just light catchers or oversized Christmas tree ornaments. While they do serve as beautiful décor pieces, there is also a history to these simple items that bears some explanation. So, this month, we will discuss the history and use of ‘witch balls’.

Witches balls came into use more than six centuries ago in Medieval Europe, though the form they took at that time was very rough and not well-defined. During the Victorian era, however, better techniques were employed to create refined objects not dissimilar from the ones available today.

The name is actually thought to be an adaptation of the term ‘Watch Ball’, named such for its ability to watch over people and places. Some people suggest that Christmas ornaments were taken from this concept, and were hung from the tree to ward against people who were jealous of the presents beneath or bad spirits intent on ruining the holiday.

There are two different historical uses for a witch ball, depending on the kind of society that was creating them:

In cultures that were friendly to arcane practitioners, witch balls were often enchanted by the local witches with charms and spells meant to protect the home and those within.

On the other hand, in cultures where witchcraft was frowned on, witch balls has a different use. The bright colors of the sphere were said to attract witches and the powers they used, with the purpose of catching them in the strands of the glass ‘web’ inside. This would protect not just the home, but also the society as a whole because the power (or, depending on the legend, the actual witch) would be trapped inside the object, unable to do harm to anyone else.

The modern use has not changed much from the original – they are, essentially, meant to absorb negative energy from the environment and directed ‘curses’ from outside sources. Some sources suggest that it should be hung in an east-facing window, but simply having them in the area is enough to catch stray negativity that might be passing through.

Earth Lore handles a nice variety of beautiful witch balls in several bright colors. Hand-blown in the USA, our witch balls are made entirely from clear and colored glass (even the hanging ring) and showcase the glass studio’s fine craftsmanship.

by Larissa

Yule Log & Candles

Yule Log & Candles

In ancient times the winter solstice festivals were celebrated to commemorate solar deities, such as Jesus or Mithra, and lure the sun god back to earth following the darkest days of the year. The days becoming longer, or the return of the sun, guaranteed good health, fertility, and strength in the coming year. Some gods and goddesses to honor during the solstice

Goddesses

  • Virgin Mary
  • Gaia
  • Eve
  • Lilith
  • Freya
  • Maat
  • Pandora
  • Ivy Queen


Gods

  • Jesus
  • Mithra
  • Odin
  • Sol
  • Saturn
  • Apollo
  • Balder
  • Lugh
  • Cronos
  • Helios
  • Holly King


Traditionally on the eve of Yule large bonfires were lit, it was believed that the sacred blaze gave power and life to the sun. God is the sun who “dies” on Samhain as the days became shorter and darker but who returns after this darkest night of the year to again bring fertility and warmth. Later, the fire was brought indoors and the Yule log was burned in fire places. Even if no fireplace is available, a Yule log can be created and celebrated. Generally a Yule log should be at least 13 inches long by 5 inches tall. Carve images of blazing suns and other magickal symbols into the log and candles. Take into account the width of candles and bore holes into the log at least ¾ to 1 inch deep to accommodate the bottoms of the candles. To honor the triple Goddess, use candles in white, red, and black . In addition to red: orange and gold are also “god colors”, adorned in carved sun images, the candles were traditional in Slavic regions. Decorate the log carefully so herbs don’t touch candles, as they are flammable. Use herbs such as:

  • Mistletoe
  • Cedar
  • Rosemary
  • Bay
  • Juniper
  • or any other Evergreen

The herbs bring the essence of nature and wilderness inside during this time of introspection and solitude. The burning of the Yule log will refresh the home’s energies. Light your candle the eve before Yule and say the following blessing

May the log burn

May the Wheel Turn

May Evil Spurn

May the Sun Return

Some may wish to save ashes from the Yule log all year as a talisman of protection, strength, health, and fertility.

On Yule, no excessive work should be done, and an apple should be eaten . Taking a cleansing bath on the solstice is said to bring fortune in the following year; use rosemary, bay, pine, and a coin tied in a wash cloth. The bath ensures the last 6 months worries will be shrugged off. The eve before Yule sip cider or ale and eat cookies or cake. Mulling spices are available at earth lore for spiced cider or wine beverages. The element water is represented by drink, while earth is represented by the cake or cookies. A fragrant garland for evergreen trees can be made by stringing dried cinnamon sticks and Rose buds. We bring in evergreens to remind us of continuing growth and life on Earth. Placing lights or candles on the tree ensures the home will have a year of plenty, warmth, and light. Witch balls, another protective element were often hung alongside candles. At Earth lore, we have clip on tree candle holders, for small chime candles. We also have some beautiful white flame less taper candles as well, for those of us who can’t sit idle all night to monitor the candles. Burning candles during the Yule tide season acts to lure back the sun and also honors the virgin goddess. This season is associated not only with solitude and introspection, but also peace, love, and joy!!! Enjoy the Holidays with your family and friends!! Blessed Be.

Sandalwood – Precious Oil of Love

by Angela

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

The name ‘Sandalwood’ is used to define a variety of fragrant woods produced by trees of the genus Santalum. The Santalum are medium sized, hemi-parasitic trees grown in India, Australia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands. The most precious Sandalwood produced of the Santalum family is the fragrant wood of the Santalum Album tree in India. The trees are currently being harvested around age fourteen, before they mature, and the bark is distilled in a delicate four-step process to produce the Essential Oil of Sandalwood. The Essential Oil is sought world-wide by perfumeries, cosmetic companies, and healing practitioners for its exotic fragrance and aromatherapeutic properties.

Why is Sandalwood so expensive?

There is some controversy over the harvesting of Santalum trees, especially the precious Indian variety of Santalum Album. Southern and Western Indian Santalum trees are currently a threatened species as they are being over-harvested at an alarming rate. Though the trees, and the land on which they grow are now government controlled, the trees are being illegally cut down and smuggled out of the country to be sold. As legally harvested Indian Sandalwood becomes harder to come by, the prices for pure Sandalwood bark, powder, and oil continue to rise. The production simply cannot meet the demand. Essential Oil of Sandalwood is especially expensive due to the fact that it takes several pounds of chips to distill one ½ ounce of pure oil.

Metaphysical Uses for Sandalwood

Chipped and powdered Sandalwood can be burned as an incense, or used in talismans. Sandalwood oil can be worn as a fragrance, burned in an aromatic diffuser, or used in making various body products. Sandalwood is a very high vibrational fragrance and can be used in rituals and prayers for protection, healing, love, purification, and wish fulfillment.

Because Sandalwood works with the energy of the moon, it is a powerful scent to burn or wear during Full Moon rituals. Mix the Sandalwood with Frankincense oil or incense for spiritual purification and cleansing.

Mix Sandalwood and Lavender Essential Oils and apply to the Crown Chakra to facilitate spirit and angel communication.

The Precious Oil of Love

Because Sandalwood is such a spiritual fragrance, it can be used to enhance love-making. Place 2-3 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil on you and your partner’s 3rd Eye Chakra to magnify sexual pleasure, and heighten orgasm.

Another great tip: make your own Love Drawing Oil with Sandalwood. The following recipe is very effective, but don’t hesitate to add an extra stone or oil if you are drawn to do so.

Love Drawing Oil Recipe

  • To 2 ½ oz. Sweet Almond Oil and ½ oz. Sesame Oil add:
  • 8 drops Essential Sandalwood Oil
  • 6 drops Rose Oil (fragrance will do)
  • 4 drops Essential Patchouli Oil
  • 1 small piece of Turquoise
  • 1 small piece of Lodestone

Apply daily to attract a new love, or maintain harmony in a current relationship.

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