The Novice’s Grimoire: May 19 – 26

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The Novice’s Grimoire: May 19 – 26

This week our Mystery Topic is the crystal labradorite—specially requested by CATALYST’s editor, Greta deJong. Labradorite is an iridescent stone that can be found in shades of gray-green, dark gray, black, or grayish-white. It is comprised of layers that refract light in such a way so as to create flashes of blue, gold, green and copper red.

Mystery Topic – Labradorite
Mineral Class: Lattice silicate, feldspar family
Energy: Projective
Deity: Arianrhod, the Welsh Goddess of the Moon and Stars
Powers: Imagination, Contemplation, Creativity, Psychic Abilities

This week our Mystery Topic is the crystal labradorite—specially requested by CATALYST’s editor, Greta deJong. Labradorite is an iridescent stone that can be found in shades of gray-green, dark gray, black, or grayish-white. It is comprised of layers that refract light in such a way so as to create flashes of blue, gold, green and copper red.

Labradorite exists in the lore of some Inuit communities, which states that the crystal fell from the icy fire that is the Aurora Borealis. It was officially “discovered” by Moravian missionaries in 1770, along Canada’s Labrador Peninsula—hence its name. The stone gained an aristocratic reputation in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today it can be found, naturally occurring, in parts of Finland, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico and the U.S..There’s even reportedly a deposit of transparent labradorite in the Delta area of Millard County, Utah.

Both for medicinal and magical purposes, labradorite is best carried or used in meditation.

In terms of its medicinal properties, labradorite is said to fight the feeling of coldness, colds (sniffing, sneezing, coughing; you understand), rheumatism and gout. It is also said to lower blood pressure in addition to having calming effects on anxious conditions. The stone may be able fight disorders of the eyes and brain, though to what degree is uncertain.

When used for one’s magical practice, labradorite can inspire an erratic creativity—most easily explained as a child-like interest, wonder, exploration and attention span. Conversely, it is also said to be a grounding stone, clearly showing one their goals and intentions, while destroying useless illusions. If used in meditation or taken for a walk through an old haunt, it has the ability to call up forgotten memories, while encouraging, however subtly, a renewed contemplation and depth of feeling for said memories. Being a stone that seems to extrovert and introvert an individual simultaneously, it is perhaps no surprise that labradorite enhances the one’s abilities in clairvoyance, telepathy and prophecy—arts that require both self-knowledge and global knowledge with some equality.

Thank you Novices for checking in on this week’s NG. Over the next few weeks I will be out of town, out of state, out of this world and space, and thus unable to write our weekly discussions. I now leave it to your insatiably enquiring minds to study and seek in my absence; may your preferred gods, goddesses or impalpable notions protect and guide you. But, fret not, NG and I will return before you know it! See you then!

Z. Smith is a cookie connoisseur, moonlight meanderer, and aesthete at large. His work has appeared in 13 Experiments, Folio, Stone Soup Review, SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly, and CATALYST Magazine. He earned his BA in English from The University of Utah and currently writes from a room with many plants.

Sources:

Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook by Michael Gienger

www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/labradorite

www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/labradorite-crystal.html

 
 
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