Gemstones, Myth and Magic.
These glittery minerals have a magical
power given them by humans since Neolithic times. In
those early days of human culture they were used
as amulets, god images and charms.
The Egyptians used them in their secret
funeral ceremonies and in their magical cult practices.
They assigned symbolic power meanings to them that
gave the stones a value that exceeded their simple
mineral origins. The meanings associated with them were
for health, protection in life and the afterlife, and
good fortune, just to name a few.
Through out history precious stones have
held a mystical power over royalty and commoner alike
who valued both their beauty and the symbolic power
meanings they represented. They have a unique quality
that inspires some people to exceed their own human
abilities and limitations by providing them with an
esoteric power that they believe operates on their
Science and modern psychology has begun
to take notice about the power of the psyche. They
recognize that the mind has powers that far exceed its
simple material composition in its ability to create its
Joseph Campbell, probably the most noted
mythologist in history, wrote a book called "The
Power of Myth" in which he outlines how myth and
the belief in it brings about reality. At times myth is
more powerful that the reality it exists in. There is
more to myth than just something some skeptics refer to
as unfounded belief or unrealistic thinking. There is
the reality that emerges from something that was
previously unreal and quaintly imagined.
This is the role that they play in the
human equation. By becoming the focus of a myth
that can be brought into reality, they provide the human
with a tool that can be used for just such a purpose.
Using them as an amulet or token that can be the focus.
The human mind assigns it psychic power that actually
brings about the sought after reality.