Tuesday, July 30, 2013

To Trust a Viper ~ The Conclusion


“Who is this?” hissed a stern voice. “Why have you brought her here? They are forbidden in our valley. Kill her at once!”

July watched a Copperhead Vine slither up to the King and whisper in his ear. The King’s eyes widened.

“Is it true?” he asked.

“Is what true?” July answered.

“Did you come to our valley to save your daughter Ruby?” the king clarified.

“I did, she has poisoning of the blood. Only the flower of honey can save her,” explained July.

“And who told you of this flower?” the king hissed.

“I did.” Viper stepped out of the shadows.

“Traitor!” the Copperhead Vines hissed.

“He is no traitor!” July struggled against the vines. “He came with an offer to save Ruby in order to create peace among our people. He is brave and valiant. He came to us, knowing full well he might receive a blade instead of an offer. He came for the sake of his people.”

“And what kind of deal did you make Viper?” asked the king. “Should I expect them to come crawling into our kingdom, looking for their next land quest?”

Viper shook his head. “No, my Lord, only that we be treated as equals. That we be free to attend their conferences and summits. That we be heard as all other being are heard, so that all these misunderstandings between our kinds can stop.”

The king rubbed his pointy chin. “Can you make this happen?” he asked July.

July nodded. “My father is the earth and my mother the sky, Ruby is their gem. They will do anything to keep her safe.”

“Then take your flower,” said the king, giving the Copperhead Vines a nod to let July go. “It has been told a child of Ruby will bring peace among our lands. I hope the fable is correct. Viper will accompany you back to your palace. He will be our liaison.”

The king took July’s hand. “I truly hope this is a new era for us all.”

July covered the king’s hand with her free hand. “It will a time of blessing for us all. Thank you for allowing me to save my daughter. Be at peace my friend.”

*****

July hurried into Ruby’s chamber, vile in hand. Larkspur cradled the infant in his strong arms. “Your Mama’s here to make you feel all better.”

He handed Ruby to July. Using the smallest of sips, she nursed the nectar into her babe’s mouth. Instantly, Ruby’s color return to normal as she let out a small squeak.

“Oh yes, little darling, we have much to be happy about.”
 

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.
http://www.jewelsforme.com/Ruby-History.asp

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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

To Trust a Viper ~ Part 3


“Let go of me!” July screamed at the Copperhead Vines.

“You are trespassing,” they hissed in unison.

“My daughter is sick,” cried July. “I must collect the nectar from the flower of honey. I was told you would let me pass because I have the essence of a mother.”

“And who would be so foolish as to send you here?” they said.

July bit her tongue. Viper was already in trouble with his people. Would she get him into more trouble if they knew he was the one that sent her on this quest?

“Someone who wants to help your kind,” July said. “Someone who has made a deal that if we are able to cure my daughter, then we will be more acceptable to your kind. The prejudice will stop.”

“Lies!” they hissed. “We have heard this before, but your people will treat us as equals. Who are you to make this kind of deal?”

“I’m a daughter of Earth,” explained July. “They call me July. My daughter Ruby, is a precious gem to all of us. She has not yet begun to live life and if I don’t get this nectar to her, she will never get to.”

The Copperhead Vines hissed among themselves for a minute, but July could make out the words, “Ruby” and “prophecy”.

‘’What is it?” July asked. “What is going on? Will you let me go to tend to my daughter?”

“No,” they hissed, “you must come with us. We must bring you to the King.”

“I can’t!” screamed July. “I have to save my daughter!”

But they did not heed her cries as they twisted their bodies around her and carried her off to meet the king.
 

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.
http://www.jewelsforme.com/Ruby-History.asp

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

To Trust a Viper ~ Part 3


After traveling the greater part of the day, Viper held up his hand. “We’re here.”

July dismounted her horse, grimacing at the soreness that ached through her body. Riding a horse so soon after her labor was not ideal, but it was the only way they could make it to the valley and back in the short amount of time they had.

“What do I need to do?” asked July, handing the reins to Viper.

He handed her a vile. “You must collect enough nectar from the flower of honey to fill this bottle. That should make little Ruby well again.”

July grabbed the bottle. “Are you coming with me? I have no idea what this flower looks like.”

“I cannot,” said Viper with a bowed head. “I have been shunned for helping you. They will not allow me to enter.”

“But your only condition was for us to treat them the same as other beings,” gasped July.

“Yes,” said Viper, “but they didn’t believe it could be done. There is a lot of anger among our people as well. They see me as a traitor.”

July lifted her chin. “Then I shall do this for us all. What does the flower of honey look like?”

“White, and like the instrument you call a trumpet.”

July squared her shoulders and entered the Valley of the Serpents.

The valley was green and lush, the grass tall thick as July carefully picked her way across the valley. Reaching the center of the valley, she spotted a white flower that looked like a trumpet. It littered the valley floor in abundance. It had to be the flower of honey.

Sitting on her knees, she delicately lifted each flower, pouring the nectar into the bottle Viper had given her. Her bottle full, she smiled. She would save her Ruby.

She tried to stand up, but her foot was caught on something. She looked behind her, just in time to see the Cooperhead Vines wrapped around her ankles.

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.

http://www.jewelsforme.com/Ruby-History.asp

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

To Trust a Viper - Part 2

“Don’t be daft, Viper. She’s just had a child, she’s in no condition to go anywhere.” Larkspur raised his sword again. “Tell me what to do or so help me God.”
Viper let out a low hiss. “It isn’t up to me. Only the mother can heal her child.”
“What is this illness?” July asked, stroking her daughter’s cheek. “How long do we have?”
“It is a poison of the blood,” explained Viper. “It was not done by any being, but just an act of nature. And thankfully, nature has provided a cure.”
“Then I shall fetch it,” said Larkspur.
Viper shook his head and sighed. “You cannot sir, for it lies in the valley of the serpents. Only she can enter, for she has the essence of a new mother. If you were to take one step in that valley, you would be struck by the venom of the copperhead vines and die a slow death.”
“And what of her?” Larkspur pointed to July. “Do you just expect me to take your word that they will leave her be?”
“I don’t think we have any other choice,” July whispered, cradling Ruby close to her chest. “How long do I have?”
Viper held up three long fingers. “You have three moons.”
July thrust the light sheet off. “Then I must go now. When I get to the valley, what is the cure I seek?”
“You search for the flower of honey, its nectar will cure little Ruby.”
July handed Ruby to Larkspur and pushed herself out of the bed, a small groan escaping her lips as pain ripped through her body.
“At least let me take you as far as the valley,” begged Larkspur. “You can’t do it alone.”
July put a soft hand on Larkspur’s arm. “Honey, I need you to stay here and watch over Ruby. I’ll be fine.”
“You don’t even know how to get there?” protested Larkspur.
“I will show her the way,” hissed Viper.
 

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 ~
Woodpecker
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. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

To Trust a Viper


July looked down at the little bundle in her arms and smiled. “I shall call you Ruby, because you are my precious gem.”

Ruby squeaked as baby’s do and July gazed at her husband. “She makes the cutest little noises. It is amazing how much I love her. We make a beautiful baby.”

Larkspur grabbed July’s hand as he kissed her gently. “She looks just like her mother.”

As the proud parents starred at their new daughter, July noticed something was wrong. “Lark, does she look yellow to you?”

Larkspur raised an eyebrow. “She does. I’m sure it’s nothing, but I’ll send for the doctor at once.”

 “There is no need to call the doctor,” came a haunting voice from the corner. “I know what ails your daughter.”

July hugged Ruby tightly to her chest. “Who are you?”

“They call me Viper,” said the figure as he stepped out of the shadows. He had a long narrow face, with just a pinch of a nose. His long fingers laced together in a mock prayer as he approached the couple.

Larkspur guarded his wife and child, hand on sword. “You shall come no closer, until you tell me your intent. You were not invited into this chamber.”

“Of course, I wasn’t,” said Viper, letting the syllables of his words linger on the ‘s’. “I am never invited to royal gatherings, for everyone is afraid of me.”

“Need we be?” asked July.

“There have been misunderstandings between my people and yours, but we just try to live simple lives,” explained Viper.

Larkspur displayed his blade. “I have heard of your people. You’ve poisoned many of our own. Is that what you’ve done to Ruby? Tell me how to fix it!”

Larkspur shoved his sword just under Viper’s chin.

“Kill me and your daughter will surely die,” Viper said calmly.

“Lark, please, do as he says,” July begged.

Larkspur put away his sword. “What do you want?”

“My only want is to for my people to be treated with kindness and the same as everyone other being in the kingdom.”

“Done,” said Larkspur. “Now fix her.”

Viper bowed his head. “Sadly, I cannot.” He pointed at July. “Only she can.”

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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