Merry we meet - Merry we meet - Merry we meet
The Magic of Rocks and Stones
by Patricia J. Martin
A small flower seed sits silently in the cold, hard soil,
listening to the creaks and snapping sounds of ice melting all around it ... and
it senses that the thaw is near.
For Imbolc, I invite you to meet a stone that clearly
relays the bright promise of that insightful seed ~ Chrysanthemum Stone!
Chrysanthemum Stone (a.k.a. Flower Stone) is an
aggregate sedimentary rock composed most often of Limestone, Dolomite
or Gypsum clay that holds a splay of radiant white crystals most often
consisting of Celestite, Feldspar, Calcite or Andalusite. It is a
stone that will begin to wake us up from our long winter's nap. It is a
stone that can enliven and activate anything of importance that lies dormant
within us and which is just waiting to bloom. It will feed our potential
and expose our purpose.
Originally discovered in Japan but mainly found in China,
Canada and the United States today, these rare and naturally occurring unique
stones exhibit a duo of colors, the first of which ranges from black
to gray to reddish-brown, and the second of which is a distinctive
patterned display of white, making them easy to spot. The
abstract white crystal designs, seemingly captured and frozen within
the darker rock matrix, usually radiate outward making them resemble
daisy-like flower petals similar to a chrysanthemum, and thus its name.
These crystal "blooms" formed within ocean sediments over 200 million
years ago. Their patterns have also been likened to snowflakes, which
here in the North I can relate to, as real snowflakes are still falling
and as the suspended seeds within the earth have just begun to have
thoughts of germinating. Because of these unique patterns within this
versatile rock, Chrysanthemum Stones symbolize both the beauty of
Winter and the promise of Spring.
I call this beauty of a stone my "Ganesh Stone"
for, like a magnet, Chrysanthemum Stone energetically pulls forth our
courage and resolve, while increasing opportunities around us through a
notable series of advantageous synchronicities which it helps provide.
For this, Chrysanthemum Stone is well-known as a stone of "luck" and
good fortune. By meditating or journeying with this stone, we are opened
up to greater visionary prowess and made more aware of our natural
abilities and all the opportunities that lay before us just ripe for the
Called by others a "marvel of nature" and "rare
and unparalleled", Chrysanthemum Stone is highly prized by collectors when
the white "flower" is prominent. In being white, and through its
birth by water, it symbolizes the presence of Goddess energy, purity and
spiritual growth. It also adds a playfulness and a springy step to our walk
as we heed its central beacon light. This stone will also help
us walk with grace and confidence. It nurtures and enhances all feminine
attributes of intuition, insight, psychic ability and more. It teaches us
that we need not lose our youthful innocence and optimistic exuberance as
we tread through any dark shadow time that may attempt to stymie us along the
For health and healing, Chrysanthemum Stone helps with problems
related to the skeletal system, skin, teeth and nails, and eyesight. It
has been used to assist in dissolving abnormal growths as well as
dispelling toxins from the body. Mentally, it is excellent for
raising one's spirits and bringing joy back into one's life.
Chrysanthemum Stone is a soft stone, registering between 3 and 4 on the Mohs Scale. I see this stone as a transforming seeker stone for, to me, it acts as a water stone who now seeks the Sun. It brings about harmonious change by gently breaking through any barriers or obstacles in our way. It is a stone of abundance, love and joy - its flowering pattern representing the budding of inspiration, the blossoming of new endeavors, and the blushing bloom of new relationships. In love, Chrysanthemum Stone banishes jealousy and fear as it enhances trust and stability, and it adds dimension and depth to any relationship. It is a start-and-stamina stone - one that draws unexpected opportunities our way and then supplies the starbursts of energy needed to bring them to fruition. It enables us to follow our dreams and attain our deepest desires.
Inspiring and inventive, loving and generous
Chrysanthemum Stone resonates with the astrological signs of Aquarius and
Taurus. In the realm of Chakras it connects with all, but with
its ability in helping us discover and manifest our soul’s purpose, and
with its encapsulated flower-like design not unlike a lotus, it is often
associated with the Crown Chakra. To cleanse this stone, place it in a
small bowl and then place that bowl into a shallow dish of water. (The splays
of white crystals may be compromised and will continue transforming if left
in water for extended periods of time.) Leave it for a full night and
full day under the recharging rays of both the Moon and the Sun. And
don’t forget to program it to help do your bidding as you embark on a new
journey or as you move from one aspect of your life to another. It is
a wonderful turn-of-the-season stone!
As Winter slowly gives way to the blossoming buds of Spring, may we all rejoice in the essence of rebirth!
Melody, Love Is In The
R. Simmons & N.
Ahsian, The Book of Stones, Who They Are and What They Teach
January 2010 © Patricia J. Martin
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Wicca & Witchcraft
The Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
Traditions Part 1 - Alexandrian Wicca / Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) / Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) / Blue Star Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Ceremonial Magic / Chaos Magic / Church and School of Wicca / Circle Sanctuary / Covenant of the Goddess (COG) / Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) / Cyber Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Feri Wicca /
Traditions Part 2 - Gardnerian Wicca / Georgian Tradition / Henge of Keltria / Hereditary Witchcraft / Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition / Nordic Paganism / Pagan Federation / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / Sylvan Tradition / Vodoun or Voodoo / Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /
Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar and Totem Animals) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Unicorn / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat / Rats / Unicorn
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Pioneers: Founders, Elders, Leaders and Others
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Allan Bennett - the Ven. Ananda Metteyya / Allan Kardec (Spiritism) / Alphonsus de Spina / Amber K / Ann Moura / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Balthasar Bekker / Biddy Early / Barbara Vickers / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christopher Penczak / Christina Oakley Harrington / Cornelius Loos / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Donald Michael Kraig / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edain McCoy / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Frederick McLaren Adams - Feraferia / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Heinrich Kramer / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / Ivo Domínguez Jr. / Jack Whiteside Parsons - Rocket Science and Magick / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jean Bodin / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johann Weyer / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / Johann Georg Fuchs von Dornheim - the “Hexenbrenner” (witch burner) / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph “Bearwalker” Wilson / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Lady Gwen Thompson - and "The Rede of the Wiccae" / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Lodovico Maria Sinistrari / Ludwig Lavater / Madeline Montalban and the Order of the Morning Star / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Michael Howard and the UK "Cauldron Magazine" / Margaret St. Clair - the “Sign of the Labrys” / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Martin Antoine Del Rio / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Michael A. Aquino - and The Temple of Set / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Olivia Durdin-Robertson - co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Paul Foster Case and the “Builders of the Adytum” mystery school / Peter Binsfeld / Philip Heselton / Raven Grimassi / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Richard Baxter / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Rossell Hope Robbins / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / Walter Ernest Butler / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
Many of the above biographies are briefs and far from complete. If you know about any of these individuals and can help with additional information, please contact me privately at my email address below. Many thanks for reading :-)
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