|In several cultures, December has been associated with the crystal Turquoise. From geologists to jewelers, miners to healers, ancient cultures to modern collectors, people from all over the world have long been captivated by Turquoise. This name originated in medieval Europe, where traders from Turkey introduced the blue-green gemstones as an exotic luxury. Although the stones were obtained from the mines in Persia (now Iran), medieval Europeans associated the stones with the Turkish traders who supplied them. They called them “turceis” or in later French, “turquois“. English speakers adopted the later French word and added an “e” to the end, “turquoise” while Spanish folks called the stone “turquesa“. Until the late 1800’s, it was known for centuries by the Navajos and other peoples in the Western Hemisphere by its Nahuatl name, “chalchihuitl”.
Scientifically, Turquoise is classified as a semiprecious opaque mineral composed of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It has a triclinic crystaline structure and a hardness value of 5-6 on the Mohs scale. It is a secondary mineral derived from original, primary copper deposits that usually consist of chalchopyrite (a common yellow metalic mineral made up of sulfur, iron and copper) and pyrite (contains only sulfur and iron). In general, stones with more copper content appear more blue, while stones with more iron content are greener. Colour and character of its matirx will also be influenced by the other minerals found with it. Currently, the best quality Turquoise comes from Iran, Afghanistan, Australia, Tibet and Southwestern United States.
Robert Simmons, in his book entitled, The Book of Stones, relates these historical uses of Turquoise:
Other uses of Turquoise include using it to help dispel fear, especially if it grips the solar plexus and help maintain balance if used around the spleen and pancreas. In some Native American teachings, Turquoise is said to symbolize spirituality, the sky, the heavenly Father. It was regarded as a spiritual stone to help put people in touch with the divine and holy reality. It is considered by many as a stone for finding wholeness and truth and to aid in the communication and manifestation of these qualities. It is a stone of overall well-being and balanced mood and emotions. It teaches the wisdom of compassion and forgiveness.
Turquoise combines Water, Wind, Fire and Earth energies, making it a complete Storm element stone. According to crystal healer, Naisha Ahsian, “… Turquoise represents the wisdom that comes from all of life’s experiences. It is an ancient Grandfather ally, counseling one that all experiences are valid and that mistakes are simply another experience. …. Turquoise is a stone of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance and the release of useless regrets. It encourages one to honour oneself as a creation and a tool of the Divine.”
As you take time this month to reflect and revise your dreams and plans, use the gifts of Turquoise to help set the course for a New Year meant to bring you abundance on all levels, loving kindness in all your relations (including you with you!), extreme joy and steady confidence in all you do. You deserve nothing less!
Article written by Pat Antoniak Registered Nurse – Registered Aromatherapist and owner of the Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen, BC.
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