Sunday, January 31, 2016

Native American Animal Symbol

~If you were born Jan20 - Feb 8th You are an Otter ~

Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren't the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others - because although unconventional, the Otter's methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.  

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Garnet History & Lore

~ Garnet History & Lore ~ 

Garnet is Birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Marriage . The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate.

Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and legends about the garnet. In Medieval Times,  the stones were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. 

According to legend, Noah used a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice. 

In Greek mythology, a pomegranate is referenced as a gift of love and is associated with eternity. Nowadays, Garnet remains as a gift of love and is traditionally given for the 19th anniversary of marriage. It may also be used as a gift for two-year and six-year anniversaries. 

Moreover, Garnet is symbolic of a quick return and separated love, since Hades had given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return. Therefore, Garnet may be given to a beloved before embarking on a trip, as it is believed to heal the broken bonds of lovers.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

January Birthstone!

It is January! If you were born this month you are a Gorgeous Garnet!

Garnet  "The Stone Of  Regeneration "

When you seem trapped mentally or physically, 
I strengthen your survival instinct, 
bringing courage and hope back into your soul.