Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mystique Stone Magic { The Spirit Within }

 Emerald History & Lore

Legend has it that Hernando Cortes, the conqueror of Mexico, tried to bring huge chunks of Emerald that he took from the Aztecs back home with him. However, one of his ships was shipwrecked, and delicately carved Emeralds in the shape of flowers and fish and other rare Emeralds, including an Emerald the size of a man’s palm, became lost forever.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Pendant's Price: A Mini Novella (Emerald) ~ Part 4

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Jane felt a draft brush against her toes and opened her eyes. The balcony door was open, letting in the cool salty air. She glanced at the clock, 5:37 am it read.

“Lacey, come back in, it’s early,” Jane groaned when Lacey didn’t reply.

Jane released a low hiss and stomped out of bed. “Lacey, it’s freezing!  Get back inside… Lacey stop, what are you doing!”

Lacey stood on the railing, pendant in hand, ocean waves crashing along the ship below her. Desperate tears hung in her eyes. “I have to Jane. It can’t be found.”

Jane’s agate bracelet caught her eye and she knew what she had to do. “Give it to me. I’ll take care of it.”

“I can’t,” cried Lacey. “I own it. The burden is mine. I love you.”

Lacey leapt from the railing. Jane sprung forward grabbing her sister’s waist with more strength than she thought possible. Lacey fought for the plunge, grasping toward the deep water, but Jane’s grip held steady.

“I have too,” Lacey kept repeating. “I have to.”

Getting Lacey’s feet on the ground, Jane pried the pendant from Lacey’s grasp and threw it as far as she could off the balcony. Lacey fell into her sister’s arms as fifty million dollars fell to the ocean floor.
 Native American Animal Symbol
 Deer: May 21 – Jun 20
This Native American animal symbol is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer is inspiring lively and quick-witted. With a tailor-made humor, the Deer has a tendency to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent ability for vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined with his/her natural intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties. Always aware of his/her surroundings, and even more aware of his/her appearance, the Deer can be a bit self-involved. However, the Deer's narcissism is overlooked because of his/her congeniality and affability. In a supportive environment the Deer's natural liveliness and sparkly personality radiate even more. He/she is an inspiring force in any nurturing relationship. Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish, moody, impatient, lazy, and two-faced.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mystique Stone Magic: The Spirit Within!

 History & Lore
It was known that Emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was one of the earliest Emerald occurrences in the human history. Emeralds also adorned Russian crown jewels. The Irani State Treasure contains an exquisite collection of Emeralds, as well as the Emerald tiara of ex-Empress Farah. Shah Jahan, one of the moguls of India that built the Taj Mahal, loved Emeralds so much that he had sacred texts inscribed into them and used these gemstones as talismans. The ancient writings of Veda, the sacred text of Hinduism, testifies to Emerald as being the “gem of good luck” and the “gem that improves one’s well-being”. These “Mogul Emeralds”, as they are known today, can be found in modern museums and collections.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thoughts From Cathy

Freedom To Chose
Freedom To Strive
Brings Out the Excellence
Hidden Inside

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Stone Magic: The Spirit Within

 Emerald History & Lore
Many cultures throughout time have believed the emerald to be an enormously powerful stone in different ways. The Chaldeans believed the stone contained a goddess. And in the Islamic faith, an amulet of an emerald might be engraved with a verse from the Koran. The ancient Egyptians believed the emerald stood for fertility and rebirth. In Ancient Rome, Nero supposedly watched gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald as he found the color to be calming. In some legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail is described as being fashioned from an emerald. In China, Thursday was the day for wearing green and emeralds for good luck. However, various countries in the East and West varied in opinion on which day the emerald would bring good luck. The Romans once considered light-colored Emeralds to be unripe, and believed that an Emerald becomes a darker shade of green as it matures. 

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Pendant's Price: A Mini Novella (Emerald) Part 3

In case you missed Part 1 ~

In case you missed Part 2 ~

After late night stroll around the boat, Jane wandered back to the room to find Lacey hunched over her computer reading something online.

“Are you crazy?” yelled Jane. “The internet’s like five dollars a minute on the ship.”

Lacey flashed Jane a Cheshire smile. “Soon my dear sister, we’ll be able to buy the boat.”

“Log off,” Jane scolded throwing her jacket on the bed. “What do you mean we’ll be able to buy the boat?”

Lacey turned the computer toward Jane. “That emerald pendant the vendor threw in is an ancient Mayan piece worth fifty million dollars. There are only two others like it in the world. It’s part of the sacred Sun Triangle. Explorers have been searching for it for years and we had it thrown in our laps. That old fool didn’t know what he had. Legend is if you have all three, you will live forever, or something.”

“Seriously, log off,” Jane said again, pointing at the computer. “I bet it’s a fake.”

“Well if it’s a fake then we don’t have to worry about the curse.” Lacey turned off her computer.

“What curse?” Jane asked changing into her pj’s. She thought about taking off the blue agate bracelet, but felt the need to keep it on.

“It’s said the Mayans didn’t think it was such a great idea for one person to live forever, so they cursed the third pendant. Anyone that’s ever found the third pendant has disappeared with the pendant. That is until now. Can you imagine Jane, fifty million dollars!”

“It’s a fake, let’s go to sleep.”

Lacey placed the emerald pendant in the safe and snuggled next to her sister.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Native American Animal Symbol

Native American Animal Symbol
Beaver: Apr 20 – May 20
Take charge, adapt, overcome – this is the Beaver motto. Mostly business, the Beaver is gets the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb. Strategic, and cunning the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters of business and combat. One might also think twice about engaging the Beaver in a match of wits – as his/her mental acuity is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her – however tendencies toward "my way or the highway" get them in trouble. Yes, they are usually right, but the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may need to work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be compassionate, generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own devices the Beaver can be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Pendant's Price: A Mini Novella (Emerald) ~ Part 2

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“Why didn’t you just pay the man the hundred dollars? That’s like pocket change to you,” asked Jane, handing the pendant back to Lacey as she looked around the small tourist village. “I mean, they have so very little.”

“You can’t be serious,” said Lacey. “This is all a scam. Do you really think they live in this run down village? No, it’s all a show for the tourists, so we’ll think they’re all poor and in desperate need of food or something. They all have nice homes in the mountains, complete with island views and satellite T.V.  so they can watch SpongeBob. Paying the asking price is asking to get ripped off, they mark everything up like one thousand percent or something. I’m pretty sure I saw a story about it on Dateline.”

Jane scanned the village again; it sure didn’t look like a scam. A small girl ran up to her, dozens of thread bracelets hanging from each arm. “Bracelet for a dollar.”

Jane handed her ten dollars and pointed at a red bracelet on the girls arm. The girl shook her head. “Take this one, for protection.”

She handed Jane a blue agate one that matched the ocean and tried to give Jane her change. Jane waved her off, telling her to keep it. Lacey raised an eyebrow and Jane shrugged. “I guess I feel every little girl should be able to watch SpongeBob.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stone Magic: The Spirit Within

 Emerald History & Lore

The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond. According to Indian mythology, the name emerald was first translated from Sanskrit as “marakata,” meaning “the green of growing things.” The name we know it as now is believed to come from an ancient Persian word, translated to Latin as “smaragdus,” and eventually over time, corrupted to “emerald.” Records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. It is a stone that was worshiped by the Incas and mentioned in biblical information about the apocalypse. The earliest reference to emeralds in Western literature come from Aristotle. He was a great fan of the gemstone and wrote that owning an emerald increases the owner’s importance in presence and speech during business, gives victory in trials, helps settle litigation, and comforts and soothes eyesight. He also stated “An emerald hung from the neck or worn in a ring will prevent the falling sickness (epilepsy). We, therefore, commend noblemen that it be hanged about the necks of their children that they fall not into this complaint.”

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thoughts from Cathy

In Memory of Our Mother & Grandmother

The Lovely Lou Anne
By Cathy Collar

You reveled in the beauty of the world around,
The sweet fragrance of hyacinths, as they pierce the ground.
The brightly colored daffodils, bobbing toward the sun.
The robin and the meadow lark, when their song is sung.
Turkey, quail, and raccoon, fed in your backyard.
On the creek the beavers worked so diligent and hard.
At the dawn, or at the dusk, a deer might shyly tread
To graze among the blossom growing in the flower bed.
Horses prancing,  pawing, neighing, running just for fun,
The wonder of the sunset, when the day is done.
As ashes drift with the breeze and settle to the ground,
The beauty of your soul enhances everything around.
We’ll hear your laughter in the song, the birds sing everyday.
We’ll see your grace and beauty through the creatures as they play.
And in the haven by the creek, which you have chosen well,
Eternally your soul will keep and your memory will dwell. CLC
We Love & Miss You Mom & Grandma

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Pendant's Price: A Mini Novella (Emerald) ~ Part 1

Jane glanced at her watch as she tapped her foot. Lacey giggled at the gesture. “You’ll never change, sister dear.”
Rolling her eyes, Jane threw her hands in the air. “You’ve been bartering with the man for twenty minutes, we’ve got to get back to the ship or they’ll leave us. I can’t begin to imagine trying to get back to the states from here. Everything we need is on the ship, our passports, my credit cards…”
Lacey held up her hand, giving Jane the ‘I got it’ nod and turned back to the vendor. “I’ll give you fifty dollars for it, final offer.”
“But, ma’am, it is worth twice that,” the vendor replied in broken English. “My wife work very hard on the beading. One hundred dollar.”
“We’ll I guess we don’t have a deal.” Lacey tossed the necklace back on the table. “It’s only worth fifty, not a dime more.”
The man sighed, pulling something from his pocket. “Seventy-five and I’ll give you this emerald pendant my daughter found in the mountain ruins? Very valuable, one of a kind.”
Lacey gave Jane a knowing smile, before turning back to the man. “Sixty and we’ve got a deal.”
The vendor nodded and Lacey pulled out her cash. Stashing her purchases in her bag, she headed toward the boat with her sister.
"Let me see that pendant," said Jane.
Lacey handed over the green stone, surrounded in a celestial sun cameo. "It's just a trinket, he's probably got a dozen more hidden under the table. But I bet I can sell it on e-bay for a couple hundred."
As Jane fingered the stone, something stirred in the pit of her stomach, making her feel nauseous.
To be continued....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thoughts From Cathy

Positivity is the necessity for advancing beyond the difficulty.
Keep your head High in the Security of God and Down in the Comfort of Prayer. 
Give a Nod to God. ~ CLC~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Diamond: A Mini Novella ~ The Conclusion

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Part 4 ~

With a heavy heart and sheer determination Diamond rushed toward the village. It was a long flight, but he would make it before Soledad. He had to. His mind raced as fast as his wings fluttered, what if the prophecy was true? Had he just doomed the earth by leaving Crystal alone with Soledad?
A scream pierced the sky. Was it Crystal? He turned toward the sound, he wouldn't leave her to face that monster alone. He had to save her, saving her meant saving them all.
The flash of her red gown told him Crystal was still alive and running. She was leading him south of the village toward the Gorge of Infinity. Diamond rushed ahead, trying to think of a plan. Crystal tripped near the gorge's cliff and scrambled away from the edge. Before Diamond could blink Soledad hovered over her. He rushed to the scene.
Gaining ground he saw Soledad's big paw tower over the girl. He straightened his body and pushed his tired wings to go faster. He began to chant, "With all my power with all my might, let me save this girl tonight."
Diamond threw himself in front of Crystal taking the force of Soledad's giant paw. A burst of white light exploded between the two, causing Soledad to fly backwards. Diamond saw Soledad's face turn pale only a moment before the monster fell into the gorge abyss.
Strength leaving his body, Diamond dropped toward the ground. Crystal raised her delicate hand, giving him a perch. "You saved me."
"No, he saved us all."
Crystal and Diamond turned to see Mother Earth and Father Spirit ascend from the sky.
"The prophecy was true," explained Mother Earth. "Our daughter, Cielo, would've been devastated at the loss of her daughter, Crystal. She would've flooded the earth with her tears." She turned to Diamond. "You have shown great bravery Diamond, and for your courage I have created a new stone in your name. It will be the most desired stone, but also the hardest to destroy. Thank you, my friend."
Diamond blushed, before bowing to Mother Earth. "I am humbled by your gesture."
"Now, dear," said Father Spirit, helping Crystal to her feet, "shall we get you home and hold a celebration. Let's have the villagers throw tomatoes at each other, paint the town red so to speak, now that Soledad is gone." He turned to Diamond. "Feel up to some painting?"
Diamond grinned. "Yes, sir, I do believe red is my new favorite color."

Mystique Stone Magic - The Spirit Witnin!

If you were born this month you are an Exotic Emerald!!
Emerald " The Stone Of Divine Love "
I guard your heart's essence. I compel you to function at your highest level ensuring that you walk an illuminated path with the brilliance of love as your guide. @