In the last episode of Magickal Musing: My Crazy Busy Life,
I was preparing for the Purrs and Paws in the Park event. At this event
I confirmed that I hate doing outside events. It was unbelievably hot.
Seriously, at 10:00 AM while setting up it was already in the 80s.
The sun was beating down, and at an angle so the tent didnt do
much to keep the heating rays out. There was a breeze that came through
every once in a while that pushed slightly less hot air around to give
the illusion that for a few seconds you felt cooler. Of course that
same breeze proceeded to knock over my displays. Did I mention that
I hate doing outside events? The sun heated the jewelry and stones
so when the few people who braved the heat to come to the event wanted
to touch them...ouch! Moisture appeared in the incense packages and
I had to open them to let some of it out. After the show I had to dry
them again and repackage. Have I mentioned that I hate outside events?
I love animals, but not when every dog that passed the tent wanted to
pee on the tent legs. Then at about 2:30 my boyfriend called to say
it was storming at my house and the storm was coming our way. So we
started packing up. Some of the vendors had already left because of
the heat. I had just, seriously, JUST packed the last of my stuff and
was going to go get the car to load it when it started pouring. Not
a gentle pitter patter, a downpour. I ran to get the car and loaded
it in the downpour. The black table cloth hadnt been packed and
was soaked. I was soaked. Alicia hadnt finished packing and some
of her products got wet. We waited until the rain stopped and then took
down the tents. When I got home, I had to set everything out (the tent,
tables, containers of product, the table cloth) to dry. Did I mention
I really hate doing outdoor events?
But it was for a good cause. Some animals did get adopted so it was
worth the effort. And yes, I would do an outside event again if it is
for a good cause. In fact, we were supposed to do the same outside event
we did last September that is held in Brighton, again to benefit an
animal rescue. That was canceled and I am really glad it was, the Saturday
it was supposed to be held ended up raining all day.
So between the show that I did and the show that was canceled, I was
working on updating my inventory. When I got to the hematite rings,
I started trying them on. I am out of the largest sizes so I found one
that fits my pinkie finger. I though "hey, I sell these and
am always asked if they work, maybe I should wear one". So
I put one on and went about my day. I kept it on except for taking a
shower and when I was doing something like cleaning where I thought
I might break it. Two days later I realized something was different.
For some time I have been feeling depressed, its been hard to get motivated
to do what needed to be done. All I felt like doing when I was home
was watching TV, or reading, or eating ice cream, instead of working
on furthering my web design career or working on my crafts. You may
have noticed if you read my song quotes in the newsletters...."sick
of this life, not that you care..." Well, I can honestly say
I am over it. In the first two days I wore this hematite ring I re-organized
my jewelry making supplies and finished some jewelry projects I had
sitting around for months. I spent a day in my spare room, which is
embarrassingly cluttered, clearing out some of the junk and reorganizing
what is important. And I was more productive on the computer. Ill
put more about what hematite does later in this newsletter but I can
honestly say for me it relieves depression and keeps negativity away.
I have a lot of negative people in my life (my brother is the king of
negativity) and since I have worn the ring I notice their negativity
doesnt effect me as much. I feel less negative, or at least when
I feel or say something negative I dont feel it as strongly and
find it only makes me want to fix it. And I know it was the depression
that kept me from doing not only things I needed to do but things I
wanted to do.
I have been very productive the last few weeks. I have new jewelry
for the upcoming Holistic Show. I finally cleaned the rocks I brought
back from our trip in July (they have been siting in a bin in my
living room since July, is that pathetic or what?). Of course, I
was motivated to clean them as Alicia, my sister and I are doing a display
for the upcoming MMS rock show. I have been clearing out my computer
files to prepare for upgrading my computer and going though all the
old favorites and emails from CompuSuck....um CompuServe. I have been
working on our Infinite
Flame FaceBook page and working on promoting us online. I have been
working on my web design skills, it is never ending trying to keep up
with changes in code which is both the most frustrating and fascinating
part of web design. About the only thing I havent been productive
in is sending this newsletter. Late again. Sorry.
I will be at the Holistic Show at Gibraltar in Mt. Clemens this
weekend. As always, I try to be there mid-afternoon on Fridays so
lets say 4 to 9 PM on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday. Alicia
could not do this show so it is just me. Ill have our candles
and we are bringing back our Show Special. We used to put one
candle on sale at each show and neither one of us can remember why
we stopped! So at this event our Hecates
Cauldron candle is $1 off (special price only for purchases made
at the show). I will also have my Naked
Soaps, with an end of year sale on the Watermelon Soap.
The new jewelry I have made is not online yet so see it first at this
show (although I will preview it on FaceBook so "like" us
if you want a sneak peak). I only have small sizes in the hematite
rings, hoping to have more by the November show. There will be other
vendors with the rings so you should be able to find one that fits
at the show. It works if you wear it on a chain around your neck,
I do that when Im at my housecleaning job so I wont hit
it against something and break it. I will also have the last of Storm
Song incense.** the jewelry is
While going through my rocks from the Keweenaw, I found some nice raw
quartz and calcite that I will have available at this show. You
can test which is which by using vinegar. Calcite will react when it
comes in contact with vinegar, quartz will not. Its really quite cool
to see the bubbles appear on the calcite, but dont leave on too
long cuz it is actually eating away at it. I have some pieces of copper
in calcite that I have left in vinegar overnight to eat up some of the
calcite to reveal the copper (personal pieces, not for sale at this
show, altho I might have some in November once I decide which I want
to keep). New for this show also I have lava and small geode
slices. Both are drilled and I purchased them for jewelry making
but since I havent done much with them I decided to offer them
with my polished stones. I made a few of the lava pieces into keychains.
Some come on out to Gibraltar and see all the new goodies I have. I
am also working on a way for us to take credit cards at the show, this
weekend will be an experiment so I cannot guarantee it. There are many
other vendors there with cool stuff and very talented readers and body
workers. There is no other show scheduled this weekend so we get all
the attention : )
We are offering Free Shipping on all online orders for the month of
September! If you had your eye on something but didnt want to
add the shipping costs, now is the time to order it. Remember the jewelry,
pendulums, wands, and stone sets are one of a kind so if it sells this
weekend, its gone. I will hopefully update the site each night and check
for orders. I will get the new jewelry up after the show so be sure
to check the site next week before the free shipping ends.
Are you on FaceBook? Have you "liked" us yet? We are running
a promotion on FaceBook: originally it was when we got to 100 fans we
would raffle off a candle butif we can get 50 fans by the show this
weekend, one of those 50 fans will win a Magickal Gel Candle! So find
us on Facebook and like us for your chance to win. (winner will
be picked at random from all fans whose names will be written on paper
and drawn by someone other than me. You do not have to be at the show
to win, we will mail the candle to the winner)
**For some unknown reason, FaceBook changed the "fan"
button to "like". So instead of becoming a "fan"
of Infinite Flame, you will now "like" us. (sniff, sniff)
You like us....you really, really like us.....
I love hematite. I love how the raw specular hematite glitters in
the light. I love the way polished hematite is both black and silver
at the same time. I love that it comes in many forms and have made
it my mission to have a piece of every type of hematite. The only
thing I dont love about it is how heavy it is!
The chemical formula for hematite is Fe2,O3,
it is an iron oxide. If youve ever lifted a piece of
hematite then you probably could have guessed it was composed of iron.
If you scrape a piece of raw hematite on the unglazed side of a white
ceramic tile (called a streak test), it will leave a rust or
blood colored streak on the surface. Crushed hematite can result in
red dust and will turn water red. When hematite forms with quartz,
it can turn the quartz a blood red color. This explains why hematite
gets its name from the Greek word for blood, hema. Hematite
dust has been used as pigment and as a colorant in red ochre. Check
out my references if you want more technical info.
Heres something I didnt know....magnetic hematite
is not hematite at all!. According to Mindat.org,
and I quote "An artificially created magnetic material (this
contains NO natural Hematite) widely sold as 'magnetic hematite' or
simply 'hematite'. Please note that the name 'hematite' is quite misleading,
as this is NOT a natural stone. Investigation of one item offered
for sale as 'magnetic hematite' showed it was composed of a ceramic
barium-strontium ferrite magnet: (Ba,Sr) Fe12,O19 that has the magnetoplumbite
structure. The average grain size of the ceramic is 5-10 microns,
and the porosity is 10-15%. In addition, the magnetic field strength
of this material is much larger than that of any magnetite specimen.
Other items were identified as SrFe12,O19 magnetoplumbite-type SrFe12,O19."
I did know that an artificial hematite was sold as hemalyke,
but found out it is also called hemalike, hematine, magnetic hematine.
Iridescent or Rainbow Hematite
AZ & MI
Hematite can be found in a few different forms. (I am not a rock-ologist
(hee hee) so Im not going to get technical about the crystalline
structure and mineral composition, Im just going to talk about
how it looks and when this newsletter goes in the archives I will
add pictures.) When we go to the U.P. we find it as specular
hematite or specularite, which is extremely sparkly and can
flake off leaving sparkles on your hand. Sometimes this type of hematite
forms in bands with jasper (which is called jaspilite)
or quartz (is it then called quartzatite?). Botryoidal
hematite, also called kidney hematite, looks
like a bunch of black bubbles on the surface. Iron needle hematite
grows exactly as it sounds, in long needle-like pieces. Iridescent
or rainbow hematite is awesome, showing rainbow colors on
the surface when it hits the light just right. A hematite rose
forms in blades.
Jasper Knoll, MI
No matter what form, hematite shares the same metaphysical properties:
Encourages optimism, great for stress and depression, dissolves negativity
and prevents negative energy from entering the aura. A grounding stone.
Good for the blood. Protection. Harmonizes mind, body and spirit,
used during out of body journeying it protects the soul and grounds
it back into the body. Strong yang element and balances the meridians,
redressing yin imbalances. Beneficial for legal situations. Supports
timid women, boosts self esteem and survivability, enhances willpower
and reliability, confidence. Treats overeating, smoking and any form
of overindulgence, helps to come to terms with mistakes and to accept
them as learning experiences rather than disasters. Stimulates concentration
and focus, enhances memory and original thought. Useful for studying
mathematics and technical skills. Can be used to balance the auric
field and align the chakras. Pulls stray energies down through the
meridian system and the root chakra. Carrying or wearing can assist
one in bringing ones dreams and aspirations into reality and
learning difference between true vision and fantasy. Manifestation.
Teaches resolution of polarity, balancing of opposites, and manifestation
of light. Strongly grounding stone, assisting one in carrying very
high frequency energies while still remaining connected to the earth
and ones body. Fights the effects of electromagnetic energy
from computers and such.
I also found this info specifically for specular hematite:
Brings grounding and high energy at the same time. Allows one to see
the operation of the Divine in the events of everyday life and aids
in attaining the ability to comprehend multiple levels of reality simultaneously.
Assists light workers in understanding how to bring their high aspirations
into unity with physical life. Harmonizes with moldavite, azeztulite,
dandurite, prophecy stone, and other high frequency stones, helping
to ground their energies. Specular hematite is about transcending the
mundane vision of what is spiritual and allows yourself
to create your own unique expression of spirit here on Earth, using
your personal gifts and dreams. Gives the ability to transcend what
is currently acceptable as a spiritual expression and manifest
what truly brings you joy. Allows to reach for the stars and pursue
your own visions, without being limited by what you think is possible
Hematite used to be known as bloodstone, if you find an old book of
spells or rituals and it refers to bloodstone, it most likely is talking
about hematite. It also used to be called volcano spit (according
to Cunningham). Hematite can heal itself. If you make a small scratch
on the surface of the stone then rub your fingers over it, it will heal.
(This works with raw hematite, havent tried it with polished.)
This makes it an excellent healing stone, especially for blood related
Happy Mabon/ Autumn Equninox!
~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--