Quote:Walter S. Park
To a Piece of Amber
'Limpid lump with light refulgent.
Tawny tinted, cold yet warm,
Whence has come your mystic beauty,
Your alluring wonderous charm?
Are you blood of Forest Monarch
Slain by the Storm King's might,
Clotted in Earth's cold bosom
Through ages of Arctic night?
Or the tears of Druid Maiden
For a lover found untrue?
Tell me the tragic story
That is hid in the heart of you.
Are you frozen sunshine,
Chilled by a world unkind,
Or the golden pearl of an Elfin Earl
Whose castle none may find?
I am the blood of Forest Monarch,
I am tears of a Druid Maid
I am congealed sunshine
From the haunts where Elfins played.
I am all of these and more than these,
For a token of love am I,
To be worn next the heart of your true love
To prove her constancy.
An amulet 'gainst grief and pain,
'Gainst sorrow, sin and care,
For none may harm where I cast my charm
O'er beauty pure and rare.'
Since amber is fossilized resin, it represents a link between the plant and mineral kingdoms. Its energies are grounding and harmonizing, and it readily shares its subtle vibrational powers with those working with it. It has the ability to balance opposing forces.
Amber is said to draw out negative energies, promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It is especially beneficial to the endocrine system, spleen, heart, brain, thyroid, inner ear, and neurological tissue. Amber's subtle energies promote good health.
Amber's grounding and stabilizing properties make it a calming stone that can facilitate energy balancing and cleansing. Healers often use amber to shield them and prevent them from taking on the pain of those they heal. It is also said to be an effective block against psychic attacks and energy draining from others.
Amber's calming energies can also help to dispel depression and bring about a more positive mental state. Its subtle energies bring joy, inner strength, and peace of mind.
Amber cleanses the environment in the area it is placed in. It acts to purify ones body, mind and spirit when worn or carried Especially helpful for joint and muscle discomfort. It is a stone dedicated to the connection of the conscious self to universal perfection. Assists in the art of manifestation, stimulates the intellect and opens the crown chakra.
Metaphysical Properties of Amber
Amber Nuggets of Ancient Tree Lore
by Maureen Grace Burns
from Crystals and Stones, Spirit Songs
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Golden yellow Amber is a mineraloid fossilized tree resin with inclusions of insects (ants, bees, flies, gnats, moths, etc.) or plants parts (flowers, leaves, mushroom caps, seeds, pine needles, etc.). Millions of years old, Amber is a timelink window to the past, a transparent plastic photograph containing ancient Tree Spirit lore. Since most of the world's amber deposits are the byproduct of the trees' defensive systems protecting them from parasitic or fungal attacks, it is a more primal form of record keeping than the quartz crystal archiving practiced by some of the antediluvian civilizations.
This suggests that Amber may be encoded with the wisdom and knowledge of Tree Spirits who for many thousands of years, anchored light on the planet, watched, and learned much about universal happenings as cultures and empires passed through many cycles of existence. Like a message from the Nature Spirits in a plastic bottle, buoyant nuggets of Amber float in the salt water until they are washed up on distant shores.
Intuitively, the Amber I selected for purchase to wear as necklaces and pendants was relatively clear with some minute plant inclusions. As I was attuning to the core essence of Amber, I was moved to place an Amber necklace on top of my head, placing it like a circlet upon my hair. After a few hours, Amber told me that overall the best Amber for healing and empowerment was the relatively clear Amber, and, that Amber with insect and plant inclusions also had important roles to play, especially in the areas of transformation and transmutation .
The Amber with insect inclusions contains the positive Animal Totem energy patterns of the insects and also functions to bind, ward, and remove threatening parasites. The Amber with the plant parts contains the quintessential healing energy signatures of the plants and also helps to preserve the tree and plant species for the benefit of future generations.
Since the Amber came from the lifeblood, the sap, of the ancient trees who were all storytellers, all amber is imbued with informative tales. The plant part nuggets in particular contain lyrical storylines of the Eldar Days when the human races lived in peace with each other and communed with Nature Spirits, honoring and aiding in their Earthkeeper work. The Amber without inclusions is like cryogenic lightening waiting to be awakened so it can quicken our evolutionary spiral with the wisdom and might of the gods and goddesses.
Amber resonates with the solar plexus chakra which also seems to be the focus of psychic attacks and parasitic energy cordings by others, especially in close personal relationships with lovers or family members. Its mellow golden radiance can be used as a protective shield from unwanted, abusive, energetics intrusions from others. The primary seat of power for most people, the solar plexus is also the site for many of the control and manipulation dramas that still assault us on a daily basis.
Wearing or carrying Amber can facilitate the process of self-assertive empowerment and healing individuation, surrounding your aura in a mellow mantle of golden preservative light. Placing it in a home or work environment will help cleanse the atmosphere by removing inharmonious, toxic infestations of negativity, and by then recharging it with more refined and subtly resonant particles of ethereal emissions. Like sunshine breaking through an overcast sky, Amber dispels depression and melancholy through the sheer magnitude and concentration of its safeguarding and restorative intent.
About Amber and Baltic Amber
Amber has a deep fascination for people both as a gem and as a chance to look back into the past with a remarkable clarity. Its warm lustrous touch beguiles us and the remarkable inclusions sometimes found within it capture our imagination. The Greeks believed that amber was the rays of the sun, petrified
The colour range is extremely varied, ranging from near white (osseous) through all shades of yellow, brown and red. There are even examples of blue and green amber. Blue - Green amber is thought to have two possible causes; the permeation of raw resin by mineral deposits present either in the soil into which it fell, or the settling of volcanic dust and ash onto the resin when it was first secreted. By what ever process, the resin is impregnated with unusual compounds and given its distinct hue.
It is well recognized that Baltic Amber is the most valued Amber of all. The term "amber" is a general term for fossilised tree resin. Baltic Amber has been dated to the Eocene era some 40 - 54 Million Years ago. The largest deposit of amber currently in existence is on the Samland Peninsula in the former territory of East Prussia, today the Kaliningrad district of the Russian Republic. This is where the vast majority of Baltic Amber is mined (and is where all of the amber we sell originates from).
Amber is mined from the so-called 'Blue Earth' layer, which varies between two and ten metres wide. At the edge of the Baltic Sea, the layer is located nearly at sea level, whilst inland the layers are covered by 30 - 40 metres of Tertiary and Pleistocene sediments.
Magic propertis of Amber
Excellent for enhancing your beauty and attractiveness. Helps to attract love and stimulates happiness and pleasure. Amber is used as both a good luck and protective amulet, and is extremely protective against negative magick. Amber is said to increase strength while relieving or curing health conditions. Amber is also very useful in protecting children.
Honey was mixed with powdered amber and prescribed for asthma, gout, and the black plague. Amber pendants were worn to preserve chastity, and used as rosary beads or talismans against evil and dark forces. Amber was burned along with non-fossil tree resins, such as frankincense, myrrh, and copal to dispel evil spirits and fumigate worldly nuisances such as mosquitos. Sailors burned amber on ships to drive away sea serpents and the perils of the deep.
Names of Amber
Ancient Phoenicians used the word yainitar to name amber, and this has a clear association with many words for Baltic amber used today. Lithuanians call it gintaras. In Russian it is yantar, and in Hungarian it's gyantar. The Polish language has two words for amber, but the more poetic one is jantar (pronounced yantar). Given the geographic distribution of the largest natural deposits, we believe that the word Yantar is the first name given by human beings to the amber from the Baltic Sea. Due to its beauty and uniqueness, Baltic amber certainly deserves a special name. It's no wonder then, they chose yantar.
Amber is a strange and attractive gem. Its golden transparency lends it a quality which even diamonds do not share. For the artisan it provides a remarkable medium to work with and create some of the most beautiful objects for us to enjoy. For the scientist it provides a glimpse into the past, a window into history.
Eighth Wonder of the World, Amber Room at Tsarskoe Selo made of Baltic Amber.
Amber in Literature
Amber was listed among other precious decorations by Homer in the Odyssey. It was mentioned by Aristotle, Plato, Theophrastus, Tacitus, and Strabo. Pliny the Elder wrote a natural history treatise and explained amber origins. Amber's unique properties are presented in early mineralogic dissertations: Al Biruni (972-1068), Albertus Magnus (1193-1280), and Georgius Agricola (1492-1555). N. Sendelius' work, "Historia succinorum corpora aliena involventium" (1742) contains excellent descriptions and illustrations of animal inclusions in the royal collection in Dresden, owned by Augustus II the Strong.