gemstones, amulets and talismans
Use of precious and semi-precious stones as amulets and talismans is
mentioned in many ancient manuscripts.
The person carried a stone has
been convinced, that the stone he is carrying not only brings him
healing, but also influences his fate, brings him love, health and
wealth. It was believed that powerful spirits dwell inside the stones.
A TALISMAN is capable to get "magical" forces to help the owner.
One legend has it that talisman was invented
by a giant who lived before Flood. Using the talisman, this giant was
able to influence the fortune of people who asked him for help.
Not only can your Zodiac sign stone be your
talisman, but also any jewellery you like. Such stones-talismans were
always very valued.
It is known that a Roman senator Nonie has preferred
to resign his land and wealth, fall into disgrace and expatriation, to
giving to Mark Anthony the ring with Opal he owned.
Another interesting story about talisman
relates to the famous Russian singer Chaliapin. It so happened that his
favourite partner, Ylka Popova, has lost her voice. To help her,
Chaliapin gave her his talisman ring with a
Diamond stone. He reassured her that the ring, that once belong to
Peter the Great provides the guarantee of perfect voice and good
fortune. She believed the story, took the ring and was so much impressed
by its “magical” properties that she actually decided to never return it
to the owner. As a matter of fact, she never lost her voice again.
Right choice of talisman is a very important
point. For example, expansive, violent, short-tempered people should
avoid “adjuvant” stones (usually red-coloured). For example,
Ruby can provoke such a person to acts. On the contrary, when it is
carried by a shy, timid person it wakes up his will to win, drives away
melancholy, and boosts his vitality.
Opal is good to melancholic person. It gives him hope, helps out of
Turquoise suits everyone. As a talisman it will stimulates all the
good sides of its owner.
Unlike a talisman, AMULET protects
its owner against undesirable influences from outside. It also holds in and
smoothes internal negative impulses which can harm its owner. Amulet is
supposed to be worn under clothes, away from stranger’s sight.
One of the first stone amulets was an axe. The axe was identified with
force, authority, power.
Among all the amulets the most popular were ones in form of heart. Usually
they were made from Carnelian, green
Jasper, Basalt, Lapis Lazuli. The
heart, which was considered a life center in ancient Egypt, was a subject of
special respect also after death. They placed it in a special vessel and
buried with a mummified corpse. Egyptians believed that only after heart of
the deceased will be weigh on weights of true in an underground empire, it
again can take the place in the body. Heart was represented symbolically
with a scarab. Scarab is an insect of black color. It postpones the eggs in
manure, having collected in lump and rolls them up by back paws in a ball.
people already saw such ball in the sky. It was the Sun. Egyptians thought
that it slides on the sky and imagined that it is enormous, invisible to
them, scarab works there. Egyptians have made the scarab an emblem of the
world, paternity and the human been. They didn’t know anything about
postponed eggs, but guessed the ball had some connection to the immortality
of a scarab. So scarab personified the people’s dream of immortality. The
Roman legionaries frequently carried rings with scarabs because they
believed these rings will give them courage and force.