Natural History

Fossilized wood found throughout the world.

History and Folklore

The ancient Greeks wore jet to honor Cybele.

Jet was popular as mourning jewelry worn in the Victorian period. Queen Victoria wore it when she was in mourning for Prince Albert.

Wives have carried jet to protect their sailor husbands ever since the Vikings first set sail.

Associations

Angel: Cassiel; Gods/Goddesses: Pan, Cybele; chakra: Root; Element: earth, Akasha; Astrological Sign: Capricorn; Planet: Saturn; Sabbat: samhain; Tarot: Devil.

Traditions

Jet is considered to be quite protective. Placing a piece of jet to face the outer door of your home or business will keep negative energies away.

The burning of jet is said to banish ghosts, demons, and spirits.

Is traditionally set in silver.

Healing and Magickal Uses

Body: Relieves pain. Reduces swelling and inflammation.

Mind: Protects against anxiety. Relieves sorrow and fear. Balances mood swings.

Magick: Protects against psychic vampires. Guards against violence. Protects against nightmares. Can be used to open a doorway to other dimensions.

Care and Cleansing

Smudge often to cleanse or use a singing bowl. Bury in the Earth to recharge. Do not give away once you have worn it as it is said to absorb part of the soul of its owner.

Chakras:

The concept of chakra originates in Hindu texts, featured in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “turning”.

According to traditional Indian medicine, Chakras are wheel-like vortices that are believed to exist in the surface of the subtle body of living beings. Chakras are said to be “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating from points on the physical body in a never ceasing fan-like rotation. Swirling vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.

When a chakra is functioning well and spinning without any sluggishness, distortion or obstructions, it wont cause any physical, emotional or mental problems. If, however, a chakra is not functioning correctly these issues will soon become apparent.

Nadis are a network of fine lines that are essentially what the aura is made of, and chakras are located at the joining of many of these lines of energy. The seven major chakras reside at the intersection of the most number of lines, every major chakra is linked to a different part of the body, time of physical development and color. 

Chakras manage certain areas of the body, along with the emotions, mentality and spiritual purpose connected with that part of the body. They also allow us to use our psychic abilities and connect with one another psychically. 

Different systems posit a varying number of chakras; the most well known system in the West is that of the seven chakras. Along with the seven layers in an aura, there are seven major chakras, twenty-one minor chakras and four higher chakras. More are still being discovered.

Chakras are described as energy centers along the spine located at major branching’s of the human nervous system, beginning at the base of the spinal column and moving upward to the top of the skull, through which, believers assert, pass three major energy channels, Sushumna, Ida and Pingala. 

Chakras are considered to be a point or nexus of biophysical energy or prana of the human body. Shumsky asserts that “prana is the basic component of your subtle body, your energy field, and the entire chakra system…the key to life and source of energy in the universe.”

The Seven Major Chakras:

1. Muladhara (The Base or Root Chakra)- Earthy and Physical, The Third Dimension

Location: Perineum

Areas of Body: Base of Spine, Kidneys, Rectum and Bowel, Legs and Feet, Bones, Muscles, Teeth, and Skin

Time of Development: Between Birth and Five years old

Color: Red

2. Swadhisthana (The Sacral Chakra)- Creativity, Conception and Child Birth

Location: Below the navel

Areas of Body: Urinary and Reproductive systems, Lower Back

Time of Development: Between Three and Eight years old

Color: Orange

3. Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)- Will, Motivation and Individuality

Location: Below the Sternum

Area of Body: Stomach, Liver and Gallbladder

Time of development: Between Eight and Twelve years old

Color: Yellow

4. Anahata (Heart Chakra)- Love and Emotions

Location: Center of Chest

Area of Body: Immune System, Circulatory System, Heart, Lungs and Vagus Nerve

Time of development: Between Twelve and Sixteen years old

Color: Green and Pink

5. Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)- Communication and Self-Expression

Location: Neck

Area of Body: Larynx

Time of Development: Between Sixteen and Twenty-one years old

Color: Light or Mid-blue

6. Ajna (Brow or Third Eye Chakra)- Vision and Spiritual Connection

Location: Between the Eyes

Areas of Body: Nervous System, Vision, Lower Brain, Ears, Nose and Throat

Time of Development: Between Twenty-one and Twenty-six years of age

Color: Deep Indigo and Purple

7. Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)- Gateway to the Divine

Location: Top of the Head

Area of Body: Upper Brain

Time of development: After the age of Twenty-six

Color: Violet and White

(I found this information at the website www.wikipedia.com and the book The Psychic Bible by Jane Struthers).

Goals of the Chakras
  • Muladhara:Stability, grounding, prosperity, right livelihood, and physical health.
  • Svadhisthana:Fluidity, pleasure, and relaxation.
  • Manipura:Vitality, purpose, and strength of will.
  • Anahata:Balance in relationship with self, self acceptance, and compassion.
  • Vishuddha:Self expression, harmony with others, and resonance with self and others.
  • Ajna:Psychic perception, imagination, and clairvoyance.
  • Sahasrara:Wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual connection.

OYA

African goddess Oya is a Goddess of Storms. She represents feminine leadership - invoke Oya when you are in need of strength in your quest for leadership and authority.

MANTRA
* Strength

GEMSTONES
* Garnet, bloodstone, tourmaline, smoky quartz (red stones)

AFFIRMATIONS
* I trust the Universe to provide
* It’s OK to release my anger
* There are rainbows in every rainfall
* My new life path reveals itself to me
* I relinquish destructive influences
* I welcome Oya’s recuperative power

Her Story

African deities (orishas) are usually represented by flowing, swirling images of colour and movement, depicting the elemental energies rather than an anthropomorphised image. Oya, goddess of storms, tempests and rain, dances in spirals representing tornadoes and wind - the winds of change, sweeping away the old in order to prepare for the new. She wreaks destruction in order to find and prepare for underlying calm.

She was the wife of Shango , Lord of Thunder and Fertility, and together they fight side by side creating thunder, lightning and destruction. She is goddess of the marketplace, bringing fortune to her patrons. And she is the only African orisha brave enough to confront death - she is goddess of funeral processions and cemeteries (cemeteries being known as “Oya’s Garden”).

Her Modern Energy

Oya embodies the fiery passion that is buried in the feminine psyche. Unleashed, she is warrior woman, armed and helmeted fighting injustice and forging victories. If you invoke Oya, be prepared to deal with the consequences! Or, if she is presenting herself to you in your life, be prepared to be tossed in her storms but be comforted in the knowledge that she is here to teach you about personal will and sense of purpose.

Mother of transformation, patron of feminine leadership, trust Oya to travel with you through this time of change. Welcome her lessons she is here to teach you, for without the rain we don’t get rainbows (another symbol of Oya).

Oya is related to our base chakra, home of the kundalini energy. When our base chakra is in balance, we feel secure, alert, stable - our lives are full of active and positive energy. If you are not feeling like this, it is no wonder Oya is speaking to you today.

Reconnect With Your Inner Oya

Make a shrine to Oya with red foods such as plums, grapes and red wine, and on the next dark moon honour her in a meditation. Sit on the floor, close your eyes, and while nurturing a related gemstone, feel your spine grow and take root in the earth. Feel the strength of the earth energise your spine and your body. Reach up high and stretch for that rainbow that is formed over your head, arching over your body radiating love, calm, and protection. You are indestructible! You are strong!

Go Warrior Woman!!

What Would Oya Do?

… If she were in your situation, she would huff and puff in order to bring about a simpler life. She would welcome the winds of change and not be precious about what gets blown away. And, she would jump in puddles, chase rainbows and savour the calm after the storm.

(Excerpt from What Would Goddess Do? A Journal For Channelling Divine Guidance by Anita Revel)


Love and delight
Anita Revel
Creatrix :: Goddess.com.au