Metaphysical and Healing Properties of Quartz Gemstones and Jewelry
Quartz is a superb healing stone for any condition. Because of its crystal structure it is the most powerful energy amplifier on the planet. Quartz is available in numerous colors, clear quartz being the most powerful.
Rose quartz is a heart chakra stone of infinite compassion and peace. Wear rose quartz over your heart or place one under your pillow to enhance an existing relationship or rekindle love that is feeling stale. Placed next to your computer rose quartz can prevent headaches and eye fatigue. Cleanse your rose quartz stones once a week under running water.
Rose Quartz in Mythology and History
Rose quartz is a gemstone full of rich spiritual history and meaning, a gemstone full of the energy of love. One legend says that Cupid and Eros brought rose quartz to earth in hopes that its beautiful pink color would arouse love and desire among people.
In another legend, Adonis, the lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares (the god of War) who came in the form of a boar. Aphrodite rushed to save him and caught herself on a briar bush. Their mingled blood stained the white quartz to a pink. Zeus took pity on them and restored Adonis to Aphrodite for six months of the year. Because of this myth, this stone has become a symbol of reconciliation in love.
It is written that the Egyptian goddess Isis searched for river-tumbled rose quartz to use on her face. She would rub the stones in an upward motion over her cheeks and around her eyes because she found this helped keep and restore her beauty. Her beauty ritual, insight and knowledge has been passed on through the years among Egyptian women. Rose Quartz is associated in modern ritual with Isis. An astrologer dropped a piece of this stone into the water that surrounded Isis's temple at Philae in Upper Egypt as a way of keeping contact with the location when she returned home.
The Isis Temple is one of many prominent buttes in the central region of the Grand Canyon created by millions of years of wind and water erosion. Bands of red, orange and yellow limestone predominate, their colors tuned by the moods of sun and cloud, and punctuated by vertical seams of dull rose quartz, created by magma that had seeped through cracks in the rock in times long forgotten.
Rutilated Quartz in Mythology and History
Regular quartz is quite common, but rutilated quartz is a clear quartz shot through with fine, golden or golden-red needle-like rutile crystals. It's also referred to as Maiden Hair stone, Venus Hair Stone, and Cupid's Arrow, and it has been linked to the stories of Atlantis, as a source of great energy for the lost city.
The popular twentieth century prophet Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) told his followers about his visions of the great crystals that powered Atlantis, and he referred to the healing capacities of crystals. Cayce taught that crystals possessed an energy within themselves that could be transmitted to people and be of great assistance in meditation, healing, and the achievement of higher levels of consciousness. For Cayce, Atlantis was more than myth, it was the history of the first human civilization capable of advanced technology, capable of harnessing the power of quartz technology and the electromagnetic field.
According to legend, the Atlanteans used crystals quite extensively, and mis-used them to such a degree that they eventually led to the catastrophe which caused Atlantis to disappear into the ocean. The crystal was tuned too high, activating volcanoes and melting mountains, ultimately causing the submergence of Atlantis, and perhaps even the axis shift of the Earth itself. Cayce claimed a new island would rise up near the island of Bimini and that it would be the top of Atlantis and only a small portion of it.
Cayce died in 1945, but in September of 1968 the Bimini Road was found in the Bermuda Triangle. Could this be part of the lost city of Atlantis? And are the unusual occurrences there caused by the energy of the quartz crystals that formerly powered the city? Are we left with an island that sunk thousands of years ago, with hidden power sources that still zap unwary travelers today? Anything's possible.
Energy: Healing, love, calming
Element: Storm (clear quartz), Water (rose quartz), Earth (smoky quartz)
Birthstone: April (clear quartz), October (rose quartz)
Chakra: Throat (blue quartz), Crown (clear quartz), Heart (rose quartz), Root (smoky quartz)
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