Amber by Sue Perryman
Whilst not technically a crystal, Amber has been used in jewellery and ornaments for thousands of years, in fact it is probably the oldest substance used for human adornment.
This fossilized tree resin starts out life as the substance ancient coniferous trees used to seal injuries and repair themselves, making it one of the most powerful healing and protective substances in the world and a true gift from Mother Earth. Although often referred to as a Sun crystal, being an ancient fossil makes it a perfect stone to connect with our ancestor’s ancient wisdom, which I feel makes it perfect for this time of year with Samhain/Halloween approaching.Amber often contains fragments of insects and plants that fell into the sticky resin millions of years ago.
Amber was used in Egypt at least 4,500 years ago and amber beads dating back 2000 years have been found in Crete. The Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians held amber in high esteem and believed it could cure anything. In Greek mythology it was believed that amber was created when Phaeton, son of the Sun God Helios, was struck and killed by lightening. The grief of his sisters was so great it turned them into Poplar trees and their tears were transformed into drops of amber.
The Greeks called amber 'elektron' from which the word electricity is derived. When amber is rubbed with wool or silk it holds static electricity. In the Norse myths it is said to be the tears of Freya, goddess of love and beauty. The early Chinese believed the souls of tigers transmuted into amber upon death, so bringing courage to the wearer.
Amber is a powerful cleanser and healer, drawing out disease and absorbing pain it re-balances the body and allows it to self-heal, having a direct effect on the Central Nervous System, brain, stomach and Endocrine system. It is also said to relieve toothache, sore throats, headaches and stress, boosting energy levels and promoting a feeling of peace, joy and stability.
Amber is connected to the Solar Plexus chakra and its warm soothing energy will cleanse and purify this chakra and clear environments by absorbing negative energies and transforming them into positive energy. It repairs any gaps and holes in the auric field, infusing the aura with warming golden light.
Planet: SunElement: FireChakra: Solar PlexusAstrological sign: LeoMagical Properties: Luck, healing, strength, protection, beauty, love, success. Necklaces of alternating amber and jet are traditionally worn by some High Priestesses in ritual. The two stones represent the dual aspects of divinity as well as adding more power to the ritual.
Wear or carry amber for protection, luck and healing. Use amber in spells and rituals to enhance your magic. Amber can be used to access ancient knowledge of our ancestors and is a valuable tool to aid past life recall, meditation and Shamanic journey's. Amber is good stone to use to connect with the Earth Mother. Keep small pieces of amber about your home to protect it from negative energies and add it to protective spell bags and pouches.
Surround a gold/yellow or orange candle with small pieces of amber to attract its warming, illuminating and soothing energies into your life, which we all need throughout the dark days of winter ahead.