Saturday, December 28, 2013

Native American Animla Symbol

 Native American Animal Symbol ~
If you were born from Dec 22 - Jan 19 then you are a Goose!

If you want something done - give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged, and ambitious to a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The goose is determined to succeed at all cost - not for the approval of other - but those with this Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own internal foe. Driven is the watchword for the Goose's dominating personality trait - which makes them excellent in business and competitive sports. When tempered with supportive, nurturing family and friends, the Goose excels in all things he/she attempts. In a loving environment the Goose can be very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her demise.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In Memory of my Daughter, Anna

 The Newest Angel
          By C. L. Collar
Dedicated to my sweet beautiful Angel, Anna Michelle Collar.
We all Love & Miss you...
Anna Michelle Collar  Aug. 26, 1980 ~ Dec. 22, 2004    

The softly glowing orb floated through the dark, silent night.  Her light rivaled that of the moon.  She was told she could not go.  She could not make this trip from heaven to Earth.  She was too young, too newly an angel, but in her heart she knew she had to come.  It would be her first Christmas away from her earthly family and she must be there.  They had to know that she was all right. That she was happy and a part of her would always be with them.  The new angel wasn’t sure how she was going to accomplish this, but she was determined and with the help of God, he would help her, he’d understand, she would find a way.
She floated looking for any sign that she was in the right place.  Her journey had disoriented her a bit and she really wasn’t accustomed to her new form.  The frozen ground reflected her glow, lighting her way through the brisk night. She did not feel the cold.  The glowing warmth that God had bestowed upon her filled her whole being.
There it was, her earthly home.  No Christmas lights outside this year.  The sight saddened her a little.  Her mother loved Christmas and always decorated the house and yard with thousands of brilliant lights.  The Nativity Scene hadn’t even been set out.  But she understood why.  Her family really didn’t feel the Christmas joy this year because they were missing her.
Determined to let them know that she was gloriously happy, she slipped into the house.  A dream vision would be the easiest way to talk to them.  Her grandpa’s sister, Shellia had passed at the tender age of nine.  She had become the new angel’s very special friend and taught her a few simple angel tricks, how to pass through walls and not knock herself out in the process, how to make things glow and how to enter a dream.  The new angel said a silent prayer.  Please God help me get this right.  Her inner glow grew a little warmer.  She smiled.  He was with her on her quest.
She floated to her parent’s bedroom.  The sadness and grief almost knocked her down.  She must fight her way past this.  She had been warned this would be her biggest enemy in getting through to them.
“It will be all right.  I am with you.  I will give you the strength you need.”
The voice softly blended with her whole being.  Fortified, she bolted forward, through the fog of despair that barred the entry into the room.
First, would be her mom.  She would be easier to reach.  Her mind was open to the thought that her daughter would contact her in some way.  Her mom had prayed for it.  The new angel pausing studied her mother’s face.  Dark circles appeared under her eyes, evidence of unending tears that had been shed.  Yes, this was the right thing to do.  She must vanish the doubt in her mother’s mind.  Softly she hovered over her mom’s heart.  She had already planned the dream that would be implanted there.  Her thought formed and pushed its way gently in, a glowing white angel with feathery wings, basking in a brilliant light and her smiling face looking into her mother’s eyes.  The young angel watched as her mother’s grief lifted a little and a smile spread on her lips.
She drifted to her dad.  She knew he would be more difficult.  He was trying so hard to be the strong one.  As always, he thought he had to be the rock for all to lean on.  She felt his enormous pain.  He held inside all of his suffering and grief.  It was so vast.  She knew she had to push her way past and find the soft spot underneath.  Try as she might, her thoughts would not break through.  What would she do now?  The soft, calm voice was back.
“You must enter his heart.  I will help you.”
With a surge of light, the new angel battled through the hard shield her father and built.  Thump, thump, she was in!  She had thought about his dream very carefully.  It had to be simple, yet strong enough for him to believe.  The thought formed.  A blue sky covered with dark clouds.  The clouds represented her fears and problems on earth.  Now the clouds would part to a blazing sun, her bright new world.  He was a being of nature and would understand this dreams’ meaning.  Struggling back through the shield, she forced her way out.   She watched as his face transformed from tension and strain into a state of satisfied calmness.
Hovering above her parents, she soaked in their love.  She hated to go, but her work here was done.  If she stayed any longer, it would be harder for them to move on.
“I will visit you often,” she whispered drifting out of the room.
She paused at the sight of the familiar Christmas tree standing in its usual spot in the living room.  She took in all of the homemade ornaments and twinkling lights.  Her eyes followed them to the top, where she knew the beautiful Christmas Angel would stand.  Oh no!  Something was wrong.  The Christmas Angel's candles, held in her hands were not lit!  This just wouldn’t do!
“Here is my Christmas present to all of you,” she said.  The candles began to glow then blossomed into a brilliant light. “Merry Christmas!  I love you all dearly!”
Floating back to heaven, the new angel felt a great worry lift from her soul.  She knew her message had gotten through.  Now she must move on to her new life.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

 Citrine History & Lore ~

Citrine has been popular for thousands of years and used to be revered for its rarity, though that has changed with time. The ancient Romans used it for beautiful jewelry and intaglio work. It was also very popular for jewelry in the 19th century. During the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II, large citrines were set in many prized pieces, including the massive and elaborate Art Deco inspired jewelry pieces made for big Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. 
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Citrine History & Lore

 Citrine History and Lore

Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November, sharing the title with Topaz. In fact, the citrine stone has been used to imitate topaz and was once called Brazilian topaz. Citrine is also the gemstone that celebrates the 13th anniversary of marriage. Citrine is named after the French word Citrin, meaning lemon. The color of citrine ranges from straw and sun yellow to clay orange, to deep, wine colored Madeira red. In the past, the Madeira colored stones were the most valuable, but today, the more vivid yellows and oranges are the most popular. Natural bright yellow citrine is the most rare of the quartz varieties.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Stone Magic "The Spirit Within"

Photo: Citrine Large Faceted Pendant W/ Rhinestone Bevel & Citrine Flower Beads in Silver 
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November is Here! If you were born in November you are a Creative Citrine!
Citrine " The Stone Of Happiness "
Magic wells of golden light within me reflect universal perfection, similar to Christ light. I am one of the stones of abundance and have the power to impact joy to all who behold me.
Citrine Large Faceted Pendant W/ Rhinestone Bevel & Citrine Flower Beads in Silver
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Thursday, October 31, 2013


Jewelry Show & Book Signing!

Saturday November 2nd from 9:00 am til 6:00 pm and Sunday November 3rd from 11:00 am til 4:00 pm ~  in Guymon, Oklahoma at the 31st Annual Pumpkin Patch Benefit ~ Located at the Texas County Activity Center. We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

 Native American Animal Symbol ~
The Snake ~
Oct 23 - Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark - he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Opal History & Lore

Opal History & Lore

Bad Luck?

So, how did opal get its reputation for bringing bad luck?  There are many theories, but most historians point to the 1829 Sir Walter Scott novel, Anne of Geierstein.  According to an article at Opals Down Under, "Having not read the third volume, the public jumped to the conclusion that the heroine has been bewitched, that her magic opal discolours when touched by holy water, and that she dies as a result. On carefully examining the texts, Si Frazier, writing in Lapidary Journal, found all three accusations false. The opal, which actually belonged to Anne's exotic grandmother, turns out to have turned pale as a warning to its owner against poisoning (which was the actual cause of her grandmother's death). Even so, this single work plunged opal prices to half in just one year and crippled the European opal market for decades." 

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Opal History & Lore

 Opal History & Lore ~

Pliny the Elder in his writings tells of a Roman senator called Nonius who, in 35 BC, owned a ring set with a particularly beautiful opal the size of a hazelnut and valued at 2,000,000 sesterces.  Roman General Mark Antony decided he must have Nonius' opal, but when Nonius refused to sell, the enraged Antony banished him.  Nonius fled Rome, leaving behind all his possesions, save the opal ring which was the cause of his exile.

Opal has been thought to have healing powers in many world cultures, and in the middle ages, it became known as the Opthalmius, or Eye Stone, and was thought to strenghten eyesight.  Blonde maidens wore opals to protect their hair from fading or darkening.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Opal History & Lore ~

Opal History and Lore

Opal is thought to have been discovered as long as 4,000 years ago, and myths and lore abound in practically all cultures.  The ancient Greeks thought opal to be the tears of Zeus and prised it as highly as diamonds.  They believed opal gave the gift of foresight and prophecy, which would ensure the owner success in war, business and life. The ancient Romans wore opal as a symbol of hope and purity and believed it could cure illness.  In ancient India, opal was referred to as the Goddess of the Rainbow, turned to stone.  Ancient Arab cultures believed opal had fallen from the sky and that the play of colour was trapped lightning.  According to Arab lore, opal could make the wearer invisible.  The ancient Australian aborigines, however, envisaged a more sinister origin.  They thought opal to be half serpent and half devil, and that the brightly coloured fire within was an attempt to lure them into the devil's lair.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol Sept 22 ~ Oct 22

New Native American Animal Symbol 

Raven ~Sept 22 - Oct 22 
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn't have to work at being charming - it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Anna's Legacy Leukemia Awareness Jewelry

Lovely Leukemia Awareness Jewelry ~

Carnelian Pendant W/ Butterflies, Dragonflies, Peridot & Carnelian
Designed By: Cathy Collar
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

Lapis History & Lore ~
In the third millennium, BC, Puabi, a Sumerian queen, dressed in a robe of lapis and gold. Innini, also known as Isthar, a Babylonian goddess of love and sex, traveled to the underworld wearing lapis. 
 A powerful bull god had a lapis beard, and those carried the gem had the power of that god. 

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

Lapis - Lazuli ~ History & Lore

In the ancient world, lapis was considered as valuable as gold. Egyptians sent out legions of soldiers with traders for years to collect lapis for amulets, scarabs and for their high priests, who wore images of Mat, the goddess of truth around their necks.

The word, lapis-lazuli, comes from Latin. Lapis means stone; lazuli translates to blue. The Arabic word, L'azulaus means blue, heaven and sky. It has been mined continuously in Afghanistan for over six thousand years and is widely referenced in many ancient texts. Lapis is not widely referenced as a birthstone. However, the 1912 list of birthstones created by a jewelry trade group lists lapis as one of the gems. 

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Monday, September 2, 2013

September ~ Birthstone

If you were born this month you are a Lovely Lapis !
Lapis Lazuli is "The Stone of Proclamation."  These beautiful cosmic blue colors contact your spirit guardians to protect you.  It is also said to instill the power of words, to be used to teach and heal those who have not found their voice.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Anna Michelle Collar

  HaPpy BiRthDay AnnA!
Today our beautiful Anna would have been 33 years old. We cherish the 24 years we shared with her and look forward to seeing her beautiful smile when we meet again. Until then a large piece of our hearts will stay with her in Heaven. Sending you Hugs and Kisses on Butterfly wings, Anna. We Love & Miss You.
Anna Michelle Collar

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

Native American Animal Symbol
Bear ~
Aug 22 - Sep 21
Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive. 
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Peridot History & Lore ~

The etymology of the word, peridot, the birthstone of August, can be traced only back to the French word, peritot. We do not know the original source beyond that. Its first recorded as mined from St. John's Island, located off the coast of Egypt. Peridot on St. John's Island was so radiant that it could be found at night. Any trespasser caught steeling from these early mines was killed. Peridot was prized by Egyptian kings and first referenced in papyri text that goes back to 1500BC. (Kuntz.170) Even today, St. John's Island is one of the main sources of Peridot.  
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Anna's Legacy Leukemia Awareness Jewelry

This is Anna's Birth Month! In Memory of Anna we will be featuring our Anna's Legacy Leukemia Awareness Jewelry.

Carnelian & Peridot in Gold Designed By Cathy Lea Collar @ search CLC010

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth Sale!!

If you're looking for the new mini novella, it will be posted tomorrow. But today we offer you a sale on C. L. Collar's (Cathy Collar) debut release: The McCory Chronicles: Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Cool yourself down this summer with this beautiful Snow Jade ~
Snow Jade Silver Pendant W/ Prehnite. Designed By Cathy Lea Collar Search CLC293

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ruby History & Lore

 Ruby History & Lore
In India, those who donated rubies to honor Krishna were assured being reborn as an emperor in a future life. Hindus consider light colored rubies to be appropriate for women, and darker ones for men. Elaborate ruby earrings have been a popular jewelry choice in India for centuries. In China, a Mandarin’s rank was indicated by the color of the stone in his ruby ring. A red jewel stone meant he was a key figure among the great. In the 1880’s, French jewelers called the ruby the gem of gems or the dearly loved stone.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

New Native American Animal Symbol
Salmon: Jul 22 - Aug 21
Electric, focused, intuitive, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon's confidence and enthusiasm is easily infectious. Soon, everybody is onboard with the Salmon - even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it's no wonder why the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ruby History & Lore

  Ruby History & Lore~

They used to divide rubies into castes, much like social classes. Rubies were sorted into upper class, middle class, and lower class in terms of flawlessness and beauty. Much like today’s exclusive county clubs and their upper-class clientele, no inferior Ruby was allowed contact with a superior one because it was believed the inferior one would contaminate the better one, thereby diminishing its magical powers.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ruby History & Lore

 Ruby History & Lore~

"There’s no place like home.”, whispered Dorothy, as she clicked her ruby slippers three times and was magically whisked away to the comfort of her Kansas farmhouse. Sparkling red in the glow of Hollywood lights, Dorothy’s ruby slippers were actually nothing more than a rhinestone studded prop. Nonetheless, the allure of rubies and ruby ring is so strong that it has worked its way into all the cultures of the world from the beginning of history up to modern time.

“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the ruby is described in the Orient. The Indians call the ruby Ratnanayaka, the lord of the gemstones. The Hindus called the ruby the king of precious stones and the leader of gems.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Elegant & Classy
Cameo Black & White W/ Onyx & Red Beads
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

 Native American Animal Symbol ~
Jun 21 - Jul 21

Woodpeckers are usually the most nuturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Stone Magic ~ The Spitit Within

If you were born this month you are a Ravishing Ruby!

Ruby  " The Stone Of Energy Personified"

I am the lifeblood of creativity & breath of purposeful movement . Act with intention & watch the world open as you share your light.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Butterflies & Pearls ~
Amethyst & White Pearls W/ Purple Butterfly Cameo Pendant,
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

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.

Mystique ~ Ocean Magic

Beautiful Blue Pearls from the Bountiful Blue Sea~~~~
Blue Pearls W/ Iridescent Bugle Beads 3 Pieces Set Handmade
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

This pony is ready to run off and have some fun!
Running Horse Pendant W/ Amethyst Chips 3 piece set
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pearl History & Lore

Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods and the Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Pearls ~ History & Lore ~

Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

If you were born this month you are a Precious Pearl ~


Dolphin Cameo Pendant W/ Turtles & White Pearls Chain

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Pearl " Ocean Magic " I am the symbol of integrity, purity, and grace. If you choose to live with intensity, commitment and love, then I will be your symbol of self- awareness, for I effuse you with emotional growth and readiness.