Amulets and talismans: 10 magic stones

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Our deep connection with the universe often includes a connection with the elements with which we share the same universe. And of all the entities with which we share this unique planet, its stones and minerals have been used since time immemorial by clairvoyants, magicians, shamans, fortune-tellers and other powerful people for their own purposes. And some are chosen simply for their rarity and beauty.

Regardless of metaphysical ability, we can attribute to these minerals – their energies, magical or psychic powers, their ritual or healing uses – they can still capture the imagination as symbols and as brilliant treasures shrouded in stories and myths. As soon as the parts of our planet, in them we have given our purest fantasies and metaphors, and for this reason alone, of course, they can be called magical.

Gems with unique properties of amulets and talismans

Obsidian

Carved over millennia, and in almost every culture in the world, this volcanic glass has been transformed into mirrors, daggers, swords, plates and jewelry of every kind. For its use in warfare, the stone still carries aggressive symbolism in Mesoamerican cultures. Its imposing, mysterious black color may have also made it an amulet of protection.

Moon rock

The ancient Romans believed that the moonstone actually trapped the rays of the moon within itself. Thus, he received such a name and its use in jewelry. He is also associated in both Greek and Latin cultures with female lunar deities. It was used as a deeply feminine stone, for communication with the gods and as a companion in ritual ceremonies.

Nephritis

The vibrant color of jade makes it one of the most used stones in jewelry making. The etymology of the name ( ilia , Latin for “intestines”) associates it with the intestines, and it was used to treat the evil in these organs. In addition, jade was used for ceremonial and ornamental purposes in the civilizations of China, India, the Olmecs, and the Maya. It is currently used as an amulet to attract good luck, prosperity and abundance.

Turquoise

Extremely valuable for its rarity and beautiful color, the name comes from Turkey, the place where it first came to Europe in ancient times. For their part, the Aztecs called it chalchihuitl , a word that can be translated as “the one who was pierced” (again, as is often used in jewelry). In more modern times, turquoise is used by clairvoyants and in divination rites.

Amethyst

Amethyst in purple tones is used as a protective amulet and promotes meditation. The name is the result of a Greek myth: Dionysius, the god of wine and debauchery, fell in love with a virgin named Amethyst, who wanted to remain chaste. To help her, the goddess Artemis turned her into a white stone. Dionysius, now humble, poured wine over the stone, and it took on the purple color that it carries to this day.

Sapphire

The gem of intuition and communication with the spirit world, the rarity of the sapphire and the deep blue color (although there are yellow, pink and orange sapphires) and spectacular luster make it one of the most valuable stones in the world. It is the pearl of September and was associated in the ancient Latin world with the planet Saturn.

Ruby

The stone of love and courage, as well as an  excellent aphrodisiac, the presence of iron and chromium in this precious stone provides its hypnotizing red color (it is also a product of a chemical oxidation process). It is no coincidence that the name of the mineral comes from the Latin  ruber , which simply means “red”. In some Asian cultures, rubies were used to decorate armor, swords, and they were sometimes placed in the foundations of buildings to provide future endurance.

Opal

One of the most beautiful stones (classified as mineraloid because it is non-crystalline), the beauty of opal nevertheless stems from the litmus of the colors it carries, each created with its own ability to diffuse light. The name, according to some experts, refers to the wife of Saturn and the goddess of fertility in Greek mythology. Others claim that the name comes from the Latin  opācus , from which the English language  has made  the word “opaque”, and that describes one of the main characteristics of the opal. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a good luck charm because it was believed to contain the virtues of all other gemstones. In later times, opal was used as a generator of creativity and inspiration.

Emerald

Emeralds range in color from yellowish green to bluish green, and are considered a stone of intuition, love and abundance. Emerald is one of the most valuable and revered gemstones. According to legend, after his trips to America, Hernan Cortez returned to Europe with a lot of emeralds. 

Diamond

The diamond is perhaps the most valuable of the stones, and has the most beautiful name. Our word “unyielding” comes from the Latin meaning “indestructible”, “incorruptible” and “invincible.” In the Middle Ages, diamonds were considered the tears of the gods and for this reason they were used as amulets of good fortune during war. In addition to being one of the most luxurious jewelry in the world, a diamond is still considered the object of many symbols, one of which promotes mental clarity and spiritual enlightenment, and even one that provides a pristine appearance.