Stone of the Season: Amber



Did you know that in baltic mythology, the Goddess of the sun Saule was said to fly across the heavens during the night of winter solstice in a slay pulled by horned reindeer throwing pebbles of amber that were symbolising the sun, into the chimneys below?



Amber stone is not strictly speaking a stone at all but is a fossilized resin. It is popular as it has marvelous metaphysical properties for psychic protection. It aids manifestation, eases stress by clearing phobias and fears, and it is a warm stone to wear. Amber helps to balance the emotions, clear the mind and release negative energy.



History


Amber was associated with the sun, and its droplet shape created a natural link to tears in many Norse, Greek, and Lithuanian mythologies. It was considered a gem of the lonely or grieving, and because it so perfectly preserved life, was used to honor the dead in funeral rites and was placed in burial tombs to guard the soul in the afterlife. Amber was traditionally known as a protective stone for children, and throughout history was strung as beads and placed around their neck to keep them from harm, and reduce teething pain. Medicinally it was ground into a powder and mixed with water, oil or honey and used as an elixir or made into an ointment for curing deafness and poor eyesight, fever and stomach distress, asthma, gout, rheumatism, wounds and infections, epilepsy, and plaque. When lit, Amber’s smoke was thought to fend off evil spirits and enchantments, and sailors burned it on ships to drive away sea serpents and perils of the deep.



Healing Properties


Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser that draws disease from the body and promotes tissue revitalization and pushes the body's vitality.

By absorbing pain and negative energy, Amber allows the body to rebalance and heal itself.

It brings balance and patience and encourages decision making and is a useful memory aid. Amber assists those with Seasonal Affective Disorder or other depression based on light deprivation. It assists you in finding purpose and strength, by taking action to evolve your reality toward higher consciousness.

Wear or carry Amber when recovering from an illness or injury to increase vitality and draw on one’s own essential strength and desire for wellness. Its vibration of life force brings warmth to the inner being and imparts more of this energy into the system. Amber may also be used to achieve longevity and is a great gem for the elderly.

As a love crystal, golden-orange Amber is a symbol of beauty and tenderness, a good-luck talisman for increasing natural radiance and attracting lasting love.



Spiritual Energy


Amber is a powerful protector, aligning one’s everyday self to higher spiritual realms. It is a valuable tool for tapping into ancient wisdom, and for recalling past lives, whether a regression from this life or from a past life, in order to break negative patterns or to gain a better understanding of how past experiences can better assist one now.

Amber is fossilized with its Life Force energies intact and is an excellent source of Light energy for the physical body and tangible support for energetic healing.





Chakras - Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra

Planet - Sun

Element - Fire








Text: Nina with support from "Crystal Encyclopedia" and "Healing with crystals"

Picture: Saule (Helena Nelson-Reed), Amber (unknown)

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