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Virgo: Tourmaline And Beryl

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( Orginally published November 1937 )

Tourmaline, like amber, has pronounced electric manifestations, vibrations strong enough to be felt by very sensitive persons. When slightly heated, it has the property of showing both positive and negative reactions at opposite ends of the crystal. The positive end will attract light paper bits or ashes as does a piece of amber when rubbed.

Another curious property of this stone is that it may be opaque from one angle of view and transparent from another. Also a single long crystal may be green at one end and pink at the other. Green tourmaline is believed to be a fortunate stone for people in business or in any position where making friends of strangers is desired. The pink tourmaline is considered the lucky stone for those who wish to secure social advantages and attract friends. It is believed to be especially a beneficent stone when worn by actors, artists, poets, and musicians.

The electrical manifestation of tourmaline was noted by the ancients who observed that when sunlight fell on the stone, particles of dust from the air were attracted to it. Of the many magic qualities attributed to this phenomenon, that of dispelling fears and melancholia seems to have been most widespread. Particularly if the tourmaline is the birthstone, it has power to induce courage and cheerfulness.

Over two hundred years ago Linnaeus, the botanist, called tourmaline the electrical stone. Benjamin Franklin was also deeply interested in its strange property.

Though beryl is practically the same stone as aquamarine, the ancients accorded these gems different names because of their distinguishing colors. Aquamarine, as the name implies, has the shade of sea water, whereas beryl has a blue shade, varying from a clear bright blue to the palest possible tint.

Beryl and amethyst were the transparent stones favored by the Egyptians of the earliest dynasties for amulets carved in the shape of animal heads. During the eighteenth dynasty, however, transparent stones gave way in popularity to the translucent or opaque carnelian, malachite, lapis, or turquoise in conventionalized designs or scarabs.

In Hebrew lore the beryl was symbolic of good fortune, endowing the wearer with amiability and the secret of working in harmony with others and of achieving success, through the quality of amiability.

This stone was highly prized by crystal gazers, who chose the palest tint for their spheres. Some attributed to the wearer of the beryl the power to, call up the dead and receive answers to questions which were puzzling him. In such contact with the demons of the nether world, the wearer of this gem was protected from all evil.

Amulets of beryl were long believed to prevent swelling of the throat when rubbed on the skin. As a remedy for eye troubles, the stone was powdered to dust and sifted through the finest screen available; a few grains at a time were dropped into each eye, and the patient was compelled to lie on his back with eyes closed for long periods of time. If worn by travelers at sea, the beryl protected against the discomforts of seasickness.

Because of its property of inducing amiability, this stone was held to be valuable in cases of lawsuits or lesser family disagreements, particularly over property. The wearer would be unconquerable, though still friendly, to opponents or to enemies, and would find his wits quickened and his intellect stimulated to meet all unexpected developments;. The beryl also sustained the courage of warriors, especially when the tide of battle seemed to be ebbing. In the East, beryl is still a favorite bridal gift, symbolizing purity and assuring congeniality.

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