|GemSelect Newsletter - November 2011
Halloween celebrates harvest time, gives thanks to the gods and is generally accepted as being the pagan New Year. It is also considered to be the time when the veil between the spirit world and the living world is at its thinnest. This is the night when ghosts come back to visit us.
The day after Halloween is called "All Saints' Day". This is when Christians of old would remember the dead believers who had passed into heaven. This explains where the present word Halloween is derived.
The name Halloween is taken from the pagan holiday called "All Hallos' Eave" or "All Hallows' Eve". The "Eve" is the night before and "Hallo" is an old word for "Saint".
So Halloween is the eve of All Saints' Day.
"Trick-or-treating" may stem from the fact that in ancient times, it was believed that during this one night, "All Hallow's Eve", the evil spirits of bad men, long since dead, returned to their original homes. If food and shelter was not left out for the wicked souls then the neglectful would be subjected to hauntings and spells. If the spirits were pleased with the food provided, the givers would be left in peace.
Witches use gemstones a lot and gemstones have a long association with witchcraft. Witches may wear gems as jewelry, use them on their altars or just carry them in their bag. Witches believe that gemstones hold power and energy and can be used for a variety of purposes such as healing, protection and to ward off evil. Some are even used to aid communication with the spirit world. It was believed in ancient times that gemstones could stimulate crop growth, inspire fertility and even indicate the outcome of battles.
Witches are said to choose their gemstones carefully on a daily basis. Before they leave the house they will decide what gemstone to wear. Maybe an amethyst ring to increase their psychic abilities, maybe a moonstone if a full moon is due that evening. The gem may be worn as a ring, a pendant, a necklace or even earrings.
So how can you spot a witch? It's not easy, but here are some tips that may help:
Travelling to work:
These are just a few things to look out for... let us know if you encounter anything similar...
Still don't believe in witchcraft and magic? You're a skeptic right? Are you sure? What about the following?
Amber is thought to offer a magical light for the dead as they progress through the underworld. This stone may appease the ghosts who visit you on Halloween and help them to find their way back!
Citrine is used as a protective talisman against evil thoughts. Keep this one handy if you're feeling naughty.
Spinel can be used to identify those who possess supernatural powers. Such people will shake uncontrollably when approached with a hidden spinel gemstone (put one in your pocket the next time you're about to meet the boss and ask for a day off).
A word of warning:
All gemstones are thought to hold onto their individual energies. This means that gemstones are not clean or totally fresh. They are said to be holding energies from past owners who held and touched them before you.
You have been warned!
We hope you have a happy "Hallows' Eve" and good luck with the witch hunt!
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