Scarab Earrings

Scarabs were popular amulets in ancient Egypt. According to ancient Egyptian myths, the sun (Ra) rolls across the sky each day and transforms bodies and souls. Modeled upon the Scarabaeidae family dung beetle, which rolls dung into a ball for the purposes of eating and laying eggs that are later transformed into larva, the scarab was seen as an earthly symbol of this heavenly cycle. This came to be iconographic, and ideological symbols were incorporated into ancient Egyptian society.

The winged scarab symbolized self-creation or rebirth. In addition to its use as an amulet for the living and the dead, scarabs adorned jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, wrist cuffs and wide decorative collars. A bracelet from the tomb of Tutankhamun featured a bright blue scarab holding a cartouche between its front legs.The ancient Egyptians sometimes painted or carved scarabs on a deceased person’s sarcophagus, the human-shaped coffin that held the mummy. Scarabs often hold a sun disk over their heads.

Heart scarabs were always made of some green material, usually green jasper. This stone is actually quite rare and difficult to cut, so in many cases other types of rock were used as substitutes, for example green feldspar, basalt, and serpentine. The reason why green was used was that it symbolized resurrection and health.

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The meaning of a dragonfly changes with each culture. The main symbolisms of the dragonfly are renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has – which is a lesson for all of us.

1.Maturity and a Depth of character

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

2.Power and Poise

The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity.

The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.

The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?

3.Defeat of Self Created Illusions

The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

4.Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment

The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

The opening of one’s eyes

The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.

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Lava Beads

Eagle Eye earrings

Lava beads refer to beads that are made from volcanic material, cut and faceted into a variety of shapes and sizes. Lava beads are very lightweight, and most tend to float since they are made of hardened magma and ash. As a result, they can only be produced in areas where volcanic material is available. Depending on the area and the mineral content of the lava, the lava beads will either be very dark in colour and close to black, reddish-brown or reddish grey.

Metaphysical properties

Lava rock is the physical embodiement of fire. It started as molten lava and formed into rock.
It is an incredibly powerful stone for anyone born under a fire sign in their astrology, or for anyone who needs more fire in their lives. Lava rock can be used to develop a relationship with the Fire Allies, the energy that is fire, bringing about swift action towards long-sought after goals. The energy of fire is direct, powerful, impassioned, and headstrong. It can be very useful for those who are indecisive, timid,or who generally feel weak.Lava rock can also help one develop stronger ties with the earth, beacuse it was once of one elemental form:fire, and has now transmuted to anotehr elemental form: earth. It can also be beneficial for fire signs who feel they are “too fiery”, by bringing a natural balance with the blending of earth’s grounded energies into the often “too quick to act” nature of fire sign people.
Chakra: Root
Element: Fire

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Mogilanska hill – Vratsa, Bulgaria

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Mogilanska hill represents a half-destroyed mound  in Vratsa, Bulgaria. The place was studied by archeologists over the period 1965-66. Three stone tombs belonging to Thracian nobles were discovered in the mound and excavated. The first grave – with circular design – was probably robbed  in Antiquity.  They found two other tombs as well, which were relatively preserved. In the bigger chamber the specialists  found the  skeletons  of  an an adult and  a young woman, as well as many silver, bronze and golden vessels, different weapons and agricultural equipment. The adult male’s burial was surrounded by two sets of silver jugs, four inscribed phialae, a wood gorythos (quiver) containing many bronze arrowheads, iron spearheads, a bronze helmet of the Chalkidian type, a silver-gilt greave and a group of four Greek bronze vessels, possibly remains from the funerary feast.

The funeral was extremely rich,  which made archeologists believe an ancient Thracian princess had been buried here. The head of the young woman was adorned with a golden wreath similar to laurel twigs, weighing 205 g and made of the purest gold. The gold wreath was complemented by solid golden earrings  with elaborate disc and lunate pendant were found by the ears, as well as a golden hairpin. adorned in their bottom with figures of sphinxes and floral ornaments.

In the third grave, partially robbed in Antiquity, were found skeletons of a man and a woman with gold and silver jugs, gold jewelry, objects of clay, iron arrows with pointed tips.

The rich findings in the Mound Mogilanska confirm the general opinion, that  this is a royal tomb, relating to the dynasty ruled in the IV century BC – Triballi who inhabited lands in the current Vratza region.

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Onyx

Black Pearl

Legend has it that as Aphrodite, goddess of love, lay in majestic slumber on the bank of the Indus River, a playful Eros (Cupid) decided to give her an impromptu manicure with one of his trademark arrowheads. Cast asunder, the freshly clipped fingernails rolled down the bank and sank to the bottom of the river, where they were magically transformed by Zeus’ three daughters, The Fates, into splendid black quartz. Thus, ‘onyx’ (a word roughly translated as ‘nail’ or ‘claw’) was born./via:Stones&Findings/

Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.

Chemical composition and name – SiO2 – Silicon dioxide
Hardness (Mohs scale) 6-7
Specific gravity 2.65–2.667
Crystal System – trigonal
Color – various
Origin – Brazil, Uruguay, India

Chakra – Throat
Zodiac sign – Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius
Chinese Zodiac sign – Rat, Buffalo, Tiger
Element – Earth

Its metaphysical powers include destruction of negative emotions, deflection of acute negative energy, and defence against evil forces.