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TIGER EYE

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SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Tigereye is a type of quartz that is chatoyant from inclusions of crocidolite abestos. It is lusterous yellow to brown, vitreous, greasy luster and the streak is white. The hardness is 7.

ENVIRONMENT: Quartz is an important rock-forming mineral and developed in many different environments.

OCCURRENCE: Beautiful Tigereye comes from Austria and South- West Africa, mainly near Griquatown.

GEMSTONE INFORMATION: This stone is normally tumbled or cut into cabochons. It is very rare to find a piece larger than 2" across.

NAME: The name is from the appearance of the stone, banded browns and golden yellows.

LEGEND and LORE: The various "eye" stones have always been considered strong talismans. It was believed that a person possessing one could see everything, even behind closed doors. Egyptians carved it into god figurines, to represent divine vision.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES: "Tiger's-eye is a fine stone for promoting wealth and money. A simple money spell involves empowering several tiger's-eyes with your need for money. Use them to surround a green candle. Light the candle and visualize." (4)

HEALING: This stone is soothing for emotional turmoil. It will help you to see things in the best light. It is optimistic! It also promotes courage and strength. This stone is also used traditionally, for diseases of the eye.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I use Tigereye as a stone to help my clients "see clearly" emotional issues that they are having trouble dealing with. Because it allows them to look at things both objectively and optimistically...and hopefully learn whatever lessons are needed and move onward. In addition, I find that Tigereye can aid in visualization, especially during past-life regressions.

NOTES: The Crocidolite that causes the chatoyancy in Tigereye is normally blue.

Oxidation changes it to a brown color. (Unoxidized Tigereye is called Hawkseye, and is a blue chatoyant mineral.)

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1. Scientific, Environment, Occurrence and Name are from (or paraphrased from) "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".

2. Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gemstones" by E. H. Rutland.

3. Other Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gem Cutting", sec. ed., by John Sinkankas.

4. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.

5. Some of the healing information may come from "Color and Crystals, A Journey Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.

6. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks, by Tandika Star.


TIGER EYE: Carry for clear thinking, accurate judgement, protection, and good-luck. Symbolizes personal power, integrity, and the ability to bring heaven to earth. Aids in manifesting ideas and visualizations into reality. Helps one recognize past life connections with others. Picks up the sounds of the earth - the pulsations. Psychic protector, guards against negativity. Helps one find the most advantageous and positive way to reveal their inner light. Promotes wealth.

BLUE TIGER EYE (or) HAWK'S EYE: An emerging power stone for the base chakra. It will greatly assist one to gain perspective on issues or situations in daily life. Symbolizes the ability to see the physical as if you were gazing down from above it. Can facilitate understanding of how the world works. It will bring a deep peace and healing into physical realities.

Compiled by Fern Bouchard


Tiger-Eye: Variety of chalcedony (quartz). Beneficial for spleen, pancreas, digestive organs, colon. Emotional balancer. Enhances connection with personal power and will. Grounding, centering. Helps soften stubbornness. Enhances clear perception and insight. Slightly masculine energy. (2,3)

By Legion of Light


TOPAZ

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TOPAZ: If you want to conquer your fears, wear a topaz. A stone of trust, strength, and protection. It relieves depression, anger, fear, tension headaches, and insomnia. Bestows inner vision and helps light up the correct direction to pursue. Increases personal abilities. Stimulates the intellect for writers, scientists, and artists. It aids abstract thinking and creativity. Believed to prevent colds and tuberculosis as it strengthens the breath.

Compiled by Fern Bouchard


Topaz (Golden): Tissue regeneration. Strengthens liver, gallbladder, spleen, digestive organs, nervous system. detoxifies body. Warming, awakening, inspiring. Abundance. (2,7)

Topaz (Blue): Tissue regeneration. Strengthens thyroid gland, enhances metabolism. Emotional balance. Cooling, soothing, peace, tranquility. Creativity, self-expression. Enhances psychic perception, communication with Higher Self/Spirit Guides. (4,5,6)

By Legion of Light


TOURMALINE

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SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Tourmaline which is green-and-pink zoned, (pink in the center and green on the outside,) is referred to as Watermelon Tourmaline. The coloring is most pronounced when cut in "slices" perpendicular to the long axis of the crystal. The Tourmaline group is a complex silicate of boron and aluminum, whose composition varies widely because of substitutions. The chemical formula reflects this complexity, Na(Mg, Fe)3Al6(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH,F)4. The hardness is between 7 and 7-1/2 and the streak is white.

ENVIRONMENT: Tourmaline forms in igneous and metamorphic rocks and veins. It occurs with lepidolite, microcline, and spodumene in granite pegmatites; with andalusite and biotite in schist of regional metamorphic rocks; with siderite and quartz in hypothermal veins, nd with molybdenite and cassiterite in massive hydrothermal replacement deposits.

OCCURRENCE: The most famous Tourmaline deposits are in Sri Lanka, the Soviet Union (Urals), Afghanistan, Burma, California, Maine, Connecticut, Brazil, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

GEMSTONE INFORMATION: Tourmalines are mounted or cut into faceted gems.

NAME: The name is from the Singhalese [touramalli], which means "mixed colored stones". The reference to Watermelon refers to the appearance of a "slice".

LEGEND and LORE: I am unable to find any "ancient" references to Tourmaline. I think this is partially due to them being confused with other stones that their coloring resembles. The closest that I could come was a reference to the "ancients" using various colors of Tourmaline for "calming and relaxation."

MAGICAL PROPERTIES: In the past, Tourmaline (of any color) was not commonly used for magical purposes. Cunningham suggests its use for balancing the male and female aspects of personality.

HEALING: This stone, because of it's dual coloring is considered important in linking the upper and lower Chakras. It is associated with the Heart Chakra for this purpose. It is also recommended as a "balancing" stone, because it contains opposite colors (green/red).

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I use Watermelon Tourmaline as a primary stone for healing work involving cancer and Aids. Often, if I have to choose a single stone for anyone with these diseases, I will choose Watermelon Tourmaline. Green Tourmaline is a general healing stone, and Pink Tourmaline works with the heart and emotions. The combination works well for all-around healing and understanding of the basic causes.

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1. Scientific, Environment, Occurrence and Name are from (or paraphrased from) "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".

2. Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gemstones" by E. H. Rutland.

3. Other Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gem Cutting", sec. ed., by John Sinkankas.

4. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.

5. Some of the healing information may come from "Color and Crystals, A Journey Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.

6. Some of the healing information may come from "A Journey Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.

7. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks, by Tandika Star.

8. Birthstone poem from "The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones" by William T. Fernie, M.D.


WATERMELON TOURMALINE: The best heart chakra healer around. It cleanses the old while building the new. The green ray heals the emotional wounds the heart has stored while the pink inspires the love to flow within and without. It helps build a sense of humor for those who take life too seriously. Balances the projective and receptive (masculine and feminine) energies within the body.

Compiled by Fern Bouchard


Tourmaline (All colors): Aids balance of endocrine system. Aids sleep. Strengthens, vitalizes body/mind. Acitvates and enhances crystaline properties of body/mind. Aligns subtle bodies. Dispels fear and negative conditions. Strong protective influence. Concentration, inspiration. Enhances sensitivity and understanding. Powerful healer, highly electromagnetic. The various colors will activate and align corresponding chakras:

Black (Schorl) - 1
Watermelon - 1,4
Green - 4
Blue (Indicolite) - 5, 6
Red/Pink(Rubelite) - 1,4

By Legion of Light


TURQUOISE

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SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Turquoise is a Hydrous basic phosphate of copper and aluminum. It may occasionally contain some iron. The chemistry is CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4-5H2). This mineral ranges from sky-blue through bluish green; even occasionally apple green. The streak is white and the hardness is between 5 and 6.

ENVIRONMENT: Turquoise forms as a secondary mineral in the zone of alteration in disseminated hydrothermal replacement deposits.

OCCURRENCE: The finest Turquoise comes from the southwest slope of the Ali-Mirsa-Kuh Mts., near Nishapur, Khurasan, Iran. In North America turquoise is found mostly in the Southwest and occasionally in Mexico. Microscopic crystals of Turquoise occur in fractured quartz in a small copper prospect near Lynch Station, Campbell Co., Virginia.

GEMSTONE INFORMATION: Gem-quality Turquoise ranges in color from pale blue to bright blue. Vein Turquoise is usually poor in quality and does not take the polish that can be given to nodular Turquoise. Much Turquoise is porous, but it can be plastic-impregnated before use. Turquoise is used for cabochons or carved.

NAME: The name was originally French, [turquoise,] meaning "Turkish" It originally referred to material from the great localities in Persia (now Iran), which had passed through Turkey via the old trade routes and was mistakenly believed to have been excavated there.

LEGEND and LORE: This stone has long been used for protection against traumatic injuries. It was thought that the stone would shatter, thus warning the wearer of imminent physical danger. It was also used to decorate the bridles of horses, to protect them against broken bones from falls. Among the Native Americans of the Southwestern United States, Turquoise is believed to be a connector of Earth and Sky. It is one of the four "elemental" gemstones of the Pueblos; (the others are coral, jet and abalone shell). This is considered to be one of the Birthstones for December:

"If cold December gives you birth,
The month of snow, and ice, and mirth,
Place on your hand a Turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate're you do."

MAGICAL PROPERTIES: Turquoise is thought to increase Wisdom. "An old ritual utilized Turquoise to gain wealth. Perform this rite a few days after the New Moon when the crescent is first visible in the sky. Avoid looking at the Moon until the proper time. Hold a Turquoise in your hand. Visualize your magical need -- money -- manifesting in your life. Move outside and look at the Moon. Then directly shift your gaze to the Turquoise. The magic has begun. Carry the stone with you until the money arrives." (4)

HEALING: It is recommended that healers wear Turquoise to increase their power. This stone is also said to heal the emotional "heart" of the individual. In addition it has been recommended for healing stomach disorders and for the eyes.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I call Turquoise the "talk to me" stone. I use it at the Throat Chakra, in association with it's elemental side (water) to "make the words flow" when an individual has difficulty expressing themselves. In addition, whenever I make an animal fetish to represent a clients totem animal, I normally include a small chip of Turquoise where the throat would be. This is to encourage the Animal Spirit to "communicate" with the person. Finally, I will often carry a piece, or wear a piece of Turquoise when I am going to do a "reading" or teaching, both for mundane or metaphysical topics, because of its connection with Wisdom.

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1. Scientific, Environment, Occurrence and Name are from (or paraphrased from) "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".

2. Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gemstones" by E. H. Rutland.

3. Other Precious and semi-precious gemstone information may come from "Gem Cutting", sec. ed., by John Sinkankas.

4. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.

5. Some of the healing information may come from "Color and Crystals, A Journey Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.

6. Some of the healing information may come from "A Journey Through the Chakras" by Joy Gardner.

7. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks, by Tandika Star.

8. Birthstone poem from "The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones" by William T. Fernie, M.D.


Turquoise: Tones, strengthens entire body. Tissue regeneration. Aids circulation, lungs, respiratory system. Vitalizes blood, nervous system, Aligns chakras. Enhances meditation. Creative expression, peace of mind, emotional balance, communication, friendship, loyalty. (5)

By Legion of Light


UNIKITE

UNIKITE: Combination of pink feldspar and green epidote. The pink in unikite speaks to the heart chakra to awaken the love within. the green lends its healing qualities to any hurts which have been sustained. The pink is more grounding than rose quartz. Unikite has a leveling effect and helps to balance the emotional aspects of the body.

Compiled by Fern Bouchard


VARISCITE

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VARISCITE: Benefits the nervous system, the eyes, and those who wish to investigate past-life experiences. Healers can use this stone to fully understand the energies of those they are working with.

Compiled by Fern Bouchard


Variscite: Soothing, calming, balancing for body/mind. Aids blood, heart, emotional stability. Helps one recall past lives. Self confidence. Abundance. (4,3)

By Legion of Light


ZIRCON

Zircon: Strengthens the mind. Aids bowel problems. Balances pituitary and pineal glands. Aligns subtle bodies. Emotional balance, self-esteem. Aids sleep. Similar properties as diamond and quartz crystal. All around healer. (All).

By Legion of Light


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