Talismans, Amulets and other shiny things…

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Most people are familiar with the crystals that have been around for years such as Amethyst, Malachite and Obsidian but nowadays new crystals such as Larimar, Petalite and Phenacite are finding their way into stores. These are “stones for the New Age.” They have made themselves known to facilitate the evolution of the earth and all those upon it.
Judy Hall ~ The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals

 

Crystals and gemstones, naturally occurring material from the earth has, for countless centuries, been attributed with many and varied properties from health and wellbeing, to divination and meditation. Hundreds of thousands of people in the world, if not millions, believe strongly that these natural materials can help in many of life’s situations, difficulties, challenges and successes.

There is a school of thought that holds that crystals and gemstones “resonate” with the “natural energies” of the earth and that those who are adept can focus on, and tap into these “energies” with the use of crystals and gemstones.

What can be proven is that crystals and gemstones are formed from, and contain, many of the same elements and chemicals that are found in every single thing on this planet, including mankind. In essence, we are all made from the same stuff and the natural elements of the earth are part of that “stuff”.

 

So, you may be asking yourself, “what has this to do with modern vampyres?”
The answer is deceptively simple, we, like any other living thing on earth, are made from the same “stuff” as everything, the same stuff as contained in crystals and gemstones. A great number of modern vampyres claim the descriptor “Psi-vampire” which means that they work with the energies around them, either contained in people, the elements or the environment. It stands to reason, therefore, that if crystals and gemstones are part of these “natural” surroundings then they must also be of some use to those who can tap into said “energies”.

We use the term “energy”, in this sense, loosely since the word, and concept has quite specific and rigid meanings within the world of modern physics, however, we are not simply talking about physics; we are talking about something more than, or beyond, modern physics, that is metaphysics. It is something that is sensed and felt rather than quantified, something like knowing absolutely that you are a vampyre and not a fruitcake.

What are the primary uses that a modern vampyre could put crystals/gemstones to?
Much the same as anyone else really. For example, there are people around and about, modern vampyres, who could benefit from a medical professional’s prescription for Valium, Quaaludes or Mogadons ~ I’m sure we all know some. There are those who really could do with a long hard look within before they open up on anyone else and there are those who need to find their focus and personal stability. The proponents of the working power of crystals and gemstones say that all these things can be achieved through the use of the natural crystals and gemstones that our earth provides.

The correct selection of a working crystal is very important so that the maximum benefit can be derived from its intervention in your life. Crystals work, especially in the arena of healing, holistically; that is to say they work on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. They re-align ‘subtle energies’ and are potent foci for the mind. You can also team up the crystal/gemstone foci with talismans to enhance the overall benefit.
Everyday I wear three things, a Celtic cross which keeps in mind of the memory and wisdom of my ancestors, a ‘Thor’s Hammer’ (Mjolnir) to remind me of the power, strength and agelessness of the Gods (whomever yours may be) and a Snowflake Obsidian.

Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity. It balances mind body and spirit.

Placed on the sacral hara chakra, snowflake obsidian will calm and soothe and allow you to view unhealthy patterns in your own behaviour, thus opening the door to change.

Obsidian draws hidden imbalances to the surface and releases them.

The blackness of this stone enhances the ability to reach your inner self. It is one of the earliest known stones to be used for scrying”. [1]

I also work with the following as required;

Obsidian

Obsidian helps to protect sensitive souls and minds against depression. One of the primary uses of obsidian is to block negativity of any kind and, as a black stone; it symbolizes self control and resilience.

The San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, United States, produces an interesting banded variety of obsidian known as “Apache Tears”.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a crystal gemstone known widely to the ancients. Egyptian cultures buried lapis lazuli scarabs with their dead believing that it offered them protection in their ‘otherworld’ travels. They also considered it to be the symbol of truth.

The ancient Greeks spoke of, “an ancient sapphire which was included with gold”, unmistakably lapis.

When working with Lapis Lazuli, it can have the effect ~ used properly, of bringing greater clarity of thought to the mind. Worn in the area of the throat chakra it can also be an aid to clear and fluent communication.

Healing properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is used, in conjunction with other crystals, when parts of the body need to be purified and cleansed. Lapis Lazuli, being possessed of such heightened natural intensity, can open many of the chakra centres. It is one of the most powerful stones and should be used with care by healers only.

Amethyst

The power of Amethyst is well known indeed. It is used as a dream stone and to help relieve insomnia. Putting an amethyst under your pillow will bring about a peaceful and restful sleep.

For Protection

Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centres, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.

The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings.

Healing properties of Amethyst

Rubbing an Amethyst across the forehead will help relieve headaches.

Many healers wear Amethyst when at their work as it has the power to focus energy, and the healer will usually wear several pieces of jewellery with amethysts typically being set in silver, especially a necklace.

Bloodstone

There is a legend that says the bloodstone was formed from the blood of Christ dripping on the green earth and solidifying.

Bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against the evil eye and it is the symbol of justice.

Healing properties of bloodstone

Bloodstone is used in the alignment of all the centres of the body. It is also good to have several pieces of Bloodstone as they will combine to increase the flow of life energy.

 

Now, a great many of you, skeptics, non-believers, fence-sitters and non-new age observers might well be saying to you, “Yeah but this stuff isn’t for real, is it?”
To which I would reply, “As real as believing in Jehovah, Allah or Hare Krishna, as real as believing in meditation, or as real as believing in “real vampires”.

You see, unlike Quaaludes, Valium or Mogadons the use of, and work with, crystals and gemstones requires focus, control, self-discipline and belief. Having these things and employing them will enable you to develop the mental skills necessary to attune yourself to the crystals and use them as a psychological focus to make your mind a more powerful tool for you and these skills can easily be transferred to use in every facet of daily life.

In conclusion:

This is not the “hocus pocus” of some fringe religion, it is not the reliance on some will-o-the-wisp thinking, it is simply a matter of psychological training and the realisation that self-control and discipline within oneself will enable you to achieve more than if you “rant and rave”, swear and curse and follow random and erratic thought patterns.

Practical uses for many of the crystal/gemstone combinations can, and do, include the control of scattered thinking, focus on the inner self, and the deflection of negativity and the embracing of self-image. The psychosomatic benefits of this psychological enhancement can be wide and varied or they can be employed to one “healing” end.

For example: A real vampire who has not fed for a time may well be able to benefit from the ‘control of cravings” properties offered by the Amethyst focus. A person trying to make a point in a debate or discussion may well benefit from the focus of the thoughts that can be engendered by Lapis Lazuli and we can all benefit from the deflection of negativity offered by Obsidian… why not keep a piece by your computer.

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References:

The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals. Hall, J.  Godsfield Press/ Judy Hall 2003. ISBN: 978-1-84181-175-8.

[1] Crystal Cure.com  http://crystal-cure.com/obsidian-snowflake.html

For more information on Gemstones and Crystals, here is a list of informative links that you can review:

Crystal Cure.com

That Crystal Site

Crystal Earth Spirit

Healing Crystals for You

Soul ar Energy

Crystal Vaults

Best Crystals.com

Angelic Guidance and Healing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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