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Metaphysical Properties of Minerals
People from many cultures and different times have believed that minerals possess a "universal energy." For this reason, minerals have been used as a catalyst to reunite someone with a universal source of perfection. They can be used to help a person reach higher spiritual levels during meditation by magnifying and connecting a person's personal energy with universal powers. If you are interested in the metaphysical properties of minerals, you might want to read Love Is In the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals by Melody, 1991. (Earth-Love Publishing House, ISBN 0-9628190-0-x)

  • Agate Balances yin-yang. Centuries ago, it was placed in water used for cooking and drinking to dispel sickness.

  • Amber (gold) Linked to sensuality and personal magnetism. Was believed to make the wearer invisible.

  • Aqua Quartz (opalescent aqua) Linked to creativity, sensitivity, intuition. Believed to help healing.

  • Blue Quartz (deep blue) Linked to clairvoyance and self-awareness. This was the stone of mystics and healers.

  • Emerald (clear green) Attracts love and prosperity, brings harmony to all areas of a person's life. Believed to enhance memory.

  • Garnet (dark red) Linked to clairvoyance, imagination, and clear thinking.

  • Hematite (steel gray) Believed to build courage, strength, and personal magnetism.

  • Lapis Lazuli (solid blue) Believed to aid in psychic development and improve mental clarity. This was the stone of kings and queens.

  • Malachite (green) Believed to promote physical and spiritual well-being.

  • Moonstone (milky) Believed to inspire success, bring luck in love, and relieve stress.

  • Onyx (black) Linked to fidelity in one's partner. Believed to attract good fortune.

  • Pearl (pearl) Believed to keep a person balanced in love and relationships.

  • Peridot (yellow green) The stone of psychics. Also believed to enhance personal growth and relieve stress.

  • Ruby (red) Believed to enhance passion, imagination, and creativity. Was known as the Lovers' Stone.

  • Tiger Eye (brown) Believed to bring good luck, protect the wearer, and enhance eyesight.
PLAY BALL!
C-60 molecules resemble a soccer ball! The C-60 molecule, otherwise known as a buckyball, or buckminsterfullerene, has 60 carbon atoms and is named after the American architect, Buckminster Fuller.

Physical Properties of Minerals
Cleavage - the tendency of a mineral to break in certain preferred directions along a smooth surface

Color - characteristic color of certain minerals that distinguishes them from other minerals; sulfur is yellow

Crystal shape - natural configuration taken by the mineral as the crystal forms

Form - the general shape of the mineral; is it a single crystal, a group of small crystals, or a dense mass

Fracture - the way a mineral naturally breaks other than along a flat, cleavage plane

Hardness - measure of the mineral surface's resistance to abrasion; see Moh's Scale of Hardness

Luster - if a mineral looks like a metal, regardless of its color, it has a metallic luster; nonmetallic luster is dull, pearly, silky, glassy, or brilliant, or transparent

Specific Gravity - ratio of a mineral's mass to the mass of an equal volume of water (the higher the specific gravity, the heavier the mineral is); the specific gravity of most nonmetals is lower than 4

Streak - the color of a mineral in a finely powdered form; streak can be found by scratching a mineral against an unglazed tile

Striations - narrow lines that cross certain mineral surfaces

Unique Properties - Examples: taste (halite tastes salty), sulfur (smell), sound (jade produces a bell-like ring when tapped), chemical reaction

What Are Crystals?
Crystals are minerals. The arrangement of atoms in a crystal determines the crystal's characteristics. Both diamond and graphite are made of carbon, but the diamond is one large isometric carbon molecule while the carbon atoms in graphite are arranged in layers of flat hexagons.

CRYSTAL SYSTEMS
These six systems are defined by the imaginary axes that intersect at the center of a perfect crystal.
cubic, or isometric examples: diamond, galena, fluorite, halite, pyrite, garnet
tetragonal examples: zircon, cassiterite
hexagonal and trigonal examples: calcite, graphite, tourmaline, beryl, apatite
orthorhombric examples: topaz, chalcocite, marcasite, sulfur, stibnite
monoclinic examples: muscovite, azurite, gypsum, malachite, borax
triclinic examples: turquoise, sanidine

Metaphysical Properties of Minerals
Upon receiving a new crystal, a person should dedicate the crystal. The dedication ceremony can be as simple as placing the crystal, for 24 hours, on another mineral that is a specific energizer. The ceremony can be as intense as surrounding the crystal with white light beamed from the third-eye and sweeping any negativity to a black hole filled with white light.

Metaphysical Properties of Minerals
Crystals can be awakened by gently sounding bells in their proximity or by impacting the crystal upon the energized ocean sand.

Cat's Eye represents happiness and serenity. It is sometimes used to increase night vision and to relieve headaches.

QUARTZ
Oxygen and silicon are the two most abundant elements, by mass, in the Earth's crust. When oxygen and silicon combine, with no other elements present, quartz is formed. All quartz has two oxygen atoms for every silicon atom. The formula for quartz is SiO2. Some people believe that gasoline mileage can be enhanced by placing a quartz crystal on the carburetor or fuel line.


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041903 Tuesday, June 15, 2004