Did you know there are 23 different stones mentioned in the Bible?
The enchantment lay NOT in the bling and flash, but in the elemental, spiritual, protective, and divine power of the stone.
So before matching those baubles to your outfit, figure out which extra power you need for an interview, date, meeting etc, and wear the corresponding gem. Forget power dressing—-try power gem-ing!
Note: Anyone can attest to the power of interesting jewelry. It’s a great conversation starter. Case in point: I don’t “work” writing conventions very well, but found that if I wear an interesting necklace (art festivals treasures) people stop to talk to me! (Now , if only there was an agent-attracting gem.)
Gems from K to Z
Lapis lazuli: A divine stone associated with wisdom and spiritual strength, it enhances psychic power. This is the Philosopher’s Stone of yore. It’s connected to the higher mind thinking of the brow chakra.
Moonstone: Aptly named for its color and luminescence, the stone is connected to the moon, moon cyles, and love.
Opal: Ancient Romans thought they fell from heaven during a lightning storm ( if that was the case, all woman would be lightning chasers). The opal is associated with religious commitment and faithfulness.
Ruby: L-O-V-E and passion. The gem is also symbolic of bravery and personal energy. The precious stone is connected to the root chakra and is attributed to increasing one’s life force.
Sapphire: The celestial sparkler of Peace, Truth, and Harmony. It’s connected to self-control and has been known to ward away evil.
Topaz: Known as the empathetic gem, the topaz rids the body of nervous energy and improves appetite. It symbolizes beneficence, friendship, and forgiveness. A stone of the solar plexus chakra, it’s associated with innate understanding of life’s complex problems.
Turquoise: To Tibetans, this ancient and powerful stone is considered holy. It wards off Evil, boosts self-confidence, and encourages success. Connected to the throat chakra, this stone increases creativity and makes the wearer want to tell the truth. (mmm…a great gift idea for a teenage daughter)
Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.
For more information on literary analysis click On Writing/For Teachers/ to see Elements of a novel. The Art of Fiction, and How to Read Like a Literature Professor.
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