Healing Properties of Gemstones and Crystals
Agate: The "Firestone", so called because it builds fire in the loins, bringing a sense of courage and fortitude, helping you to discover truth and accept fate while strengthening the body and mind. Earthing and energetic, it is a powerful healing stone assisting the colon, circulatory and lymphatic system.
Amazonite: The "Thinker". This feldspar mineral soothes the nervous system, while giving strength to the heart and the body, balancing the mental and auric body. Makes you feel good, uplifted, creative and gives perspective to your more harmful traits and let go of them.
Amber: The "mindful One", so called because it not only remembers the past centuries, but also helps with simple absent mindedness. This is the fossilised resin of ancient trees. Has a good influence on the endocrine system, spleen and heart. Helps you find the kindness within you and helps the mind to find the soul.
Amethyst: The "Elevator". Strengthens the endocrinal and immune systems while having a good effect on the right brain activity, pineal, pituitary glands and an exceptional blood cleaner and energiser. Very powerful aid to spiritual enhancement by bringing the lower natures to a higher consciousness. Cuts through illusion and is a helpful friend for mediators, inspiring healing, divine love, inspiration and intuition.
Aquamarine: The "Serene" one, it helps to calm the nerves and reduces fluid retention. Good for strengthening kidneys, liver, spleen, thyroid and cleaning the body of toxins. Gives clarity of mind, aiding personal creativity, thus losing fears and phobias. A good physical, mental and emotional balancer. It is a good friend in meditation, inspiring love, peace and serenity.
Aventurine Green: The "Deliverer", stimulates muscle tissue while strengthening the blood. This is very much a brain stone, purifying mental, emotional and etheric bodies. its real strength is in losing anxiety and fears by digging at the foundations of their causes. centres you while inspiring independence, well being and health
Azurite: The "Decision maker". This blue stone assists the flow of energy through the nervous system, helping the body utilise its oxygen and strengthening the blood. A powerful assistance to meditation, it cuts through illusion and enhances dormant abilities allowing greater mental control and ease of decision making. Inspires creativity, intuition and bodily well-being.
Bloodstone: As its name suggests, this variety of Chalcedony is good for the blood. By toughening and oxygenating the bloodstream it enhances physical and mental vitality. The heart, spleen, bone marrow and iron deficiencies are all assisted. This powerful stone reduces stress, centring you and inspiring intuition, creativity and spiritual solidarity.
Calcite: The "Balancer". A variably coloured stone, it benefits the kidneys, pancreas and spleen. Alleviating fear and stress, it has the ability to balance the male/female polarities as well as the emotions by helping you to ground excessive enthusiasms. Inspires joy, lightness or being and some claims indicate an improvement in astral projection.
Carnelian: The "Friendly One", is a highly evolved healer, aiding kidneys, lungs, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, aids tissue regeneration while vitalising the blood. Energises the physical, emotional and mental self. A good Balancer, it connects you with your inner self, giving good concentration and in opening your heart it brings joy, sociability and warmth. This stone is the carrier of the orange ray.
Celestite: This "Stone of Heaven" reduces stress by giving relaxation and peace of mind but also accelerates spiritual growth by helping you to expand your creative expression, adjusting and knowing your higher self and other forms of divine awareness. Revealing truly, reliability and the clarity of thought and speech.
Chrysocolla: This is the "Women's Friend". Excellent for period pains, pre-menstrual tension and other related problems, strengthening feminine qualities in both genders. Generally aids in the prevention of ulcers, digestive problems, arthritic conditions, toughens lungs and the thyroid glands, enhancing the metabolism. Alleviates guilt, tensions and phobias while inspiring creativity, personal power, joy and serenity.
Chrysoprase: A very subtle quartz, this "Joy Stone", helps ease sexual frustrations and depressions by balancing neurotic patterns and by enhancing personal insight. A very inward looking stone it also helps with calming, balancing and inner mental healing while underlining light-heartedness, joy and your inner talents.
Citrine: The "Cuddle Quartz" is good for kidneys, colon, liver, gallbladder, digestive organs, heart, tissue regeneration. Prevents self-destructive tendencies by assisting in raising your self-esteem, introducing you to yourself and generally being nice to you, giving cheer, light-heartedness, hope, warmth and energy. Plus, if a;; this was not enough, it attracts abundance.
Emerald: The "Unconditional Love" stone is a deep green beryl stone of great power. Strengthens the heart, liver, kidneys, immune system and vitalises and tones the body and mind. This friend to the seeker assists in deeper spiritual insight, introduces the higher self to the divinity within. Inspiring love, prosperity, kindness, tranquillity, balance, patience and the power to heal. Emerald is the carrier of the green ray.
Fluorite: The "Gatherer" is a variable coloured stone. A powerful healer, it gathers and absorbs vital nutrients, strengthens the teeth and bones and is beneficial for blood vessels and spleen. Calms the over-excitable by bringing greater concentration in meditation where it will help you grasp and communicate with the higher and more abstract concepts of the inner self. Helps one get out of ruts.
Garnet: The "Day Dreamer" stone regenerates body systems, where it is also a good purifier. It is also strongly associated with the balancing of the sex drive and emotional disharmony, bringing love, compassion and an enhanced imagination.
Goldstone: This "Regal mineral" is more precious than normally understood. It strengthens the nervous system, purifies and energises the entire physical body, bringing tissue regeneration and attracting positive energies. A powerful mind balancer, it allows you to accept love and opens your mind, aiding personal illumination.
Hematite: This is a stone you either like or don't. To those it likes it will bring about beneficial oxygenation of the blood stream an energised spleen and will generally strengthen the body, helping you cope with stress. It is a very optimistic inspirer or will, courage and personal magnetism, while keeping your head out of the clouds.
Herkimer Diamond: This "Harvester", so called because of its ability to draw out toxins, it has similar qualities of clear quartz. A powerful amplifier if used by healers, it assists in the reduction of stress and the balancing of energies of the body and mind enhancing inner vision and increases awareness of dreams.
Jade: The "Virtuous One", its subtle and smooth vibration strengthens the heart, kidneys, immune system, cleans the blood and increases longevity and fertility. Aiding eye disorders, this stone is believed to be an emotional balancer, with particular strength in feminine problems. Radiating divine unconditional love, it fosters courage, justice, clarity, modesty, wisdom and nurturing.
Jasper: The "Talisman", so called because healers have traditionally used it for enhanced diagnosis. A powerful healer in itself, being efficacious to the liver, gallbladder and bladder, but it is also a multi-purpose salve to the whole body. Gives a sense of balance to the spirit and grounds you physically and emotionally.
Kunzite: If you are any kind of junkie, then make friends with this lithium bearer. It is an excellent balancer for physical, emotional and mental compulsives. Strengthens the cardiovascular system and aids manic depressives by opening up your heart and surrendering to your higher self, thus enhancing self-esteem, tolerance and acceptance by its soothing and calming presence.
Kyanite: The "Faithful One". This stone's curative property affects the throat, especially the voice, by enhancing the creative expression of singers and orators. Called "faithful" because of its encouragement to devotion, truth, loyalty, reliability, serenity and pragmatism.
Lapis Lazuli: The beautiful star-flecked blue of the "Night Stone" is good for the nocturnal. While strengthening the thyroid and skeletal system it brings vitality and general relaxation to the mind and body. A powerful augmenter of psychic abilities and communicator with the higher self, inspiring greater creative expression and illumination.
Lepidolite: Like Kunzite, this is the "Junkie's Friend", its high lithium content is en excellent balancer, allowing a gentle withdrawal from compulsive behaviour. Aids the strengthening of the muscles of the heart and the blood flow, while giving expression to your innate inner light and joy.
Malachite: The green stripes are clear indication of the mineral's healing power. Aids the functions of the pancreas and spleen, tissue regeneration, circulatory system and assists in a good night's sleep. An excellent balancer emotionally and physically while nurturing visualisation.
Moonstone: Like Chrysocolla this is a very feminine stone, bringing ease to period pains and kindred disorders, but on a much more fruitful scale with its emphasis on fertility and child bearing. A good emotional balancer, it has been described as the "Mother Earth" stone. A good solid friend inspiring flexibility, nurturing and wisdom while keeping the emotions in balance.
Obsidian: "Black Velvet", its subtle male energies attract the spiritual adventures, good for "girding the loins" by beneficially influencing the stomach and the intestines, it keeps energy well grounded, clears subconscious blocks and brings an experience and understanding of silence, detachment, wisdom and love. A powerful healer for those it recognises, not to be used unconsciously.
Onyx: A variably coloured chalcedony, the stone is good for balancing male and female polarities. Strengthens bone marrow and relieves stress by enhancing balance and self control while aiding detachment and inspiring serenity.
Opal: The "Rainbow Stone", its iridescent flashes stimulate the pineal and pituitary glands. It aids balance, eyesight and enhances intuition but its principal benefit is to induce in you a conscious connection with your higher self inspiring self-esteem and contentment.
Pyrite: This one gives of "Sparks" in more ways than one. Apart from aiding digestion and improving the circulation, it influences a more positive outlook on life, giving mental and emotional enhancement while strengthening the will. It also inspires leadership, helping you to work harmoniously and practically with desperate people.
Quartz (Clear): The "All Singing, All Dancing" crystal. Good for the brain. Good for the soul. A very powerful dispeller of negativity in your own energy field and in the environs. Receives, activates, contains, amplifies, and transmits energy, a good thought provoker and a friend to meditation, inspiring communication with the higher self. Used as a tool for therapy, it is an excellent channeller of healing.
Quartz (Rose): The "Love Stone" strokes the heart into forgiveness and compassion by helping you to let go stored anger, resentment, guilt, fear and jealousy by aiding spleen, kidneys and circulatory system. Eases sexual and emotional imbalances, but be careful because it increases fertility. Learn to love yourself with this lovely stone.
Quartz (Rutilated): A very powerful healer, it cuts through a lot of mental and spiritual blockages. Enhances the life force, stimulates mental activity and eases depression, transmuting negativity and enhancing communication to the higher self.
Quartz (Smoky): The "Dream Stone", is effective in releasing old, calcified or fermenting negativity like grief, anger and despair by removing depression. It is mildly sedative and relaxing and a good balancer of sexual energy. An able tool for meditation, it helps you to explore your inner self by penetrating the darker areas with light and love. Enhances dreams and channelling abilities.
Rhodochrosite: The "Brave Stone". Its red-pink colour helps to blend courage, passion and will power, giving the fortitude to overcome emotional trauma and mental breakdown. Aids the spleen, kidneys, heart and blood circulation while enhancing memory and intellectual strength. Helps you to accept and find courage within yourself and helps you to cope with the stress of modern living.
Rhodonite: The complimentary stone to Rhodochrosite but dealing on a much more cerebral level by improving memory, claming the mind and reducing stress by giving confidence and self-esteem, like its sister it helps you to understand and balance the pressures of modern living.
Ruby: The "Servant of the Servants". Traditionally this lovely red stone is used to preserve the body and improve mental health. It is an emblem of affection, passion, power and majesty. Removing obstacles and promoting tranquillity, strengthening immunity and a superb tonic to the body and spirit. Very much a "Heart Stone", it encourages integrity, selfless service and spiritual devotion. Carrier of the Red ray.
Sapphire: The "Loyalty Stone", helps the heart and the stomach while stimulating the pituitary glands, thus the entire glandular system. Activates psychic abilities, aiding a strong connection with the higher self by balancing emotional influences giving clarity and inspiration, enhancing will power and faith in judgement.
Sodalite: Clarity and truth are brought by the alleviation of fear, clams and clears the mind. By strengthening the metabolism and lymphatic system it balances the mind and the body, enhancing communication and insight. Like Lapis, the higher self benefits, enabling creative expression to flower. Use it by computers to help reduce the damage from EMF.
Sugilite: The "Heart Stone" gives strength to aid physical healing and purification of all body systems, enhancing the pituitary, pineal and adrenal gland functions. A good brain balancer, it enhances the personal will, giving you the "heart" to deal with the difficulties of life. With bravery and fortitude it has a strong protective influence.
Tiger Eye: This popular quartz is beneficial to the entire digestive system and like Sugalite inspires you to be brave, but also helps to soften the "bloody mindedness" the over-brave can suffer. A very grounding and balancing friend to the user, giving clearer perception and insight.
Topaz: The "Abundant One" is the antidote to the 20th century, this lovely stone detoxifies the body, warms, awakes, inspires an abundance of health by giving powerful assistance to tissue regeneration and strengthening almost every organ and gland. Soothing, peaceful, tranquillising, gives a creativity and self-expression that will co-operate with your higher self.
Tourmaline: The "Aquarian" is believed to be the stone for those who wish to be connected to "New Age" consciousness. In its many colours it offers a strong protective influence, enhancing sensitivity and comprehension by dispelling fear and negativity. A powerful healer of mental disorders it assists the troubled to find rest and subtlety but surely strengthens the will to be able to meet with changes and new challenges.
Turquoise: The "Ecologically Friendly" stone. This profound master healer helps in the absorption of all nutriments, strengthening the entire anatomy, aiding tissue regeneration. A powerful protector against all environmental pollutants, in particular background radiation. Enhances creative expression, peace of mind, emotional balance, communication, friendship and loyalty.
Variscite: The "Generator" is believed to affect DNA in stimulating of enhancing positive growth within your unborn children by enriching existing life forms for generations to come. Calming, soothing, it balances body-mind, giving emotional stability and self-confidence.
Zircon: The "Prudent One". This many coloured stone calms the emotions, providing protection against insomnia and depression. It makes one more pleasant and wise by fortifying the mind, raising self-esteem by balancing the pituitary and pineal glands, giving personality more symmetry, helping you to manifest your higher self.
Note on the Metaphysic of Space
When Thomas Young (1773-1829) showed that light created interference patterns and so could only consist of waves, and when James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) generalized this into the theory of electromagnetic radiation, both assumed the ontological principle that, since a wave was the deformation of a medium, there would have to be a medium for light or electromagnetic radiation. That was called the "luminiferous" (light bearing) "ether" (aither, Aristotle's fifth element, of which the heavens consisted). Since the speed of a traveling wave is measured in the inertial frame of reference of its medium, this implies that the velocity of light occurs relative to the velocity of the ether. Ideas about the "ether wind" and how the velocity of the earth through the ether could be measured by measuring the velocity of light in different directions (which was the Michelson-Morley experiment) could then be inferred from this theory.
There were, however, logical problems with the idea of the ether. Electromagnetic waves are transverse or shear waves, not like the longitudinal or pressure waves of sound. Transverse waves only exist in a solid medium. There are no transverse waves in air or water; but they do exist in the earth itself. Indeed, the basic bit of evidence that the core of the earth is molten comes from the fact that transverse (S, shear or secondary) waves from earthquakes do not pass through it, while pressure (P, or primary) waves do. It also happens that the velocity of a transverse wave through its solid medium is proportional to the rigidity of the medium -- the more rigid, the faster. Since light is extremely fast, the ether must be extremely rigid. So notice: How can there be an "ether wind," and how can the earth "move through the ether," when the ether actually must be both solid and extremely rigid -- indeed, the most rigid thing, since light is, even to Maxwell, just about the fastest thing? This circumstance is not noticed when people continue to refer to the ether as some kind of gas, or, with at least a recognition that it would have to be a solid, as something like "jello" (as in Richard Wolfson's video physics lectures [The Teaching Company, 1996]). Jello is not very rigid (to say the least).
Now, it turned out (from the Michelson-Morley experiment) that the velocity of light in a vacuum was the same however it was measured, which made it look like any inertial reference frame was at rest with respect to the ether. The velocity of the earth, or anything else, could not be measured relative to the ether. (And the earth could not simply be carrying a patch of ether along with it, since the phenomenon of the aberration of starlight shows that the earth intercepts starlight at an angle, which would not happen if light were passing through the earth's fixed path of ether.) Albert Einstein then made it the basic postulate of Special Relativity that the velocity of light, which was implied by Maxwell's equations, would be the same in any inertial frame of reference, just as all the consequences of Newton's equations were the same in any inertial frame of reference. "Galilean Relativity," which abolished the absolute velocity of rest, is thus following by Einstein's Relativity, which posits the absolute velocity of light. We could forget about the ether.
Yes, we could forget about ether when it came to providing a frame of reference for motion, but there was still the original consideration that "since a wave was the deformation of a medium, there would have to be a medium for light or electromagnetic radiation." Now, when we consider that it would be impossible for the earth to move through a solid, rigid medium, we could say that this of itself made the ether metaphysically untenable. However, Louis de Broglie later proposed that matter behaves like waves also: particles create the same interference effects as light, and in quantum mechanics particles can "mix" in ways that can only be explained by summing or subtracting their wave functions. Then, in Paul Dirac's theory of the particle, it turns out that particles, as particles, only have location, not extension. What fills space are fields; and fields are, well, a good question.
But, if particles are themselves waves, then they also require a medium. The earth would then not be moving through the ether, it would be, like light, a deformation of the ether. If, that is, a wave is a deformation of a medium. Now, according to Einstein's approach, fields are curvatures in the space-time continuum. That makes space-time sound, not just substantial, but malleable; and all this makes it sound as though the only thing that fills space is space itself, which is the substantial substratum of all matter and energy. This would not be a disagreeable thought to Descartes, to Spinoza, or to Parmenides. What space would then be was thus originally answered by Parmenides: Being itself.
Parmenides did not necessarily identify Being with space himself, but he did think of Being as extended, and his denial of the existence of nothingness, which could mean empty space or the vacuum, became a dominant consideration in the history of philosophy. When either Empedocles or Descartes denied the vacuum, they were following Parmenides. However, where Empedocles had filled space with four elements, Descartes gave matter just one attribute, extension. This unified matter more like Democritus than like Empedocles. Ironically, the modern conception of matter, which in a sense begins with the atomic theory of John Dalton (1766-1844), modified Democritus in the direction of Empedocles, positing discrete and independent atoms in space, but with the provision that these atoms are of different elements -- not the four (or five) classical elements, but the substances experimentally separated by both alchemists and modern chemists.
The empty space of Democritus and the absolute space of Newton seemed vindicated by 19th century physics. When Einstein allowed the theory of ether to be dropped, however, this was interpreted by many who were aware of the philosophical debates between Newtonians and Leibniz as a refutation of independent Newtonian space altogether. Leibniz's theory of space, however, hardly seems suitable to modern physics. Leibniz denied the existence of space because he denied the existence of matter and even of real extension. All that existed for Leibniz were the "monads," which were essentially little atoms of consciousness. This does not sound like anything that Einstein, or his interpreters, would have had in mind.
What the philosophical interpreters may have had in mind, really, was not Leibniz, but Hume -- not a different metaphysic of space but simply skepticism, that space has no independent reality because it is subjectively "constructed" (which is not what Hume said himself, but is how Hume has tended to be read in the 20th century). Not even Kant's theory, that space is a subjective but fixed condition of perception, was seriously entertained. On the other hand, as has been noted, Einstein's view of space-time could just as easily be taken to imply that space is substantial in a fashion closer to Parmenides or Descartes. Again, this direction seems to have been largely shunned in philosophical intepretation, which was driven by skeptical presuppositions.
An interpretation of Relativity, however, let alone an entire philosophy of science, founded upon skepticism, always ran the risk of the slide down the logical slope. If space is subjectively constructed, and perhaps arbitrarily so, then so can all of science be. The skeptical tendency of 20th century philosophy then logically led to deconstruction and all the ways in which all of science can be dismissed as an artifact of quasi-Marxist "power" relationships. This has not helped, to say the least, in understanding the nature of space. But if neither Leibniz nor Hume are the answer to Einstein, then the whole matter must be reconsidered in a way that was really never done in the 20th century