The kind of Stones I am interested in are below. I have vastly smaller stones at home one of which is a Hag-stone whilst the other serves as our altar stone since it has a face carved on one side and I believe was used during rites in the place that I found it. Since I will be adding to this - if I am allowed, since in the two weeks we were on Orkney we visited most of what is Orkney, visiting Neolithic villages, Stone Circles and Passage Tombs and Brochs. We saw burials complete with Skeletal remains of Humans sometimes in a viewing room, sometimes on a farm where a farmer had dug up the bones sensitively, and not leaving a stone or fragment that meant 'something' to the people 'it' or 'they' surrounded. These farmers were 'canny' insofar as they asked archaeologists who came to dig on their land what they intended to do with the finds on their land and most said they would be farmed out to the various Museums in Scotland, whereupon, most farmers dug their toes in the land, pulled out a shotgun and told the Archaeologists in no uncertain terms to get off their land! The furthest Passage tomb from Orkney proper was on an island farthest from Orkney to the south called South Ronaldsay, where we met the Tomb of the Eagles just yards from a cliff straight down to the North Sea three hundred feet below. The tomb of the Eagles is larger than Unstan - another Passage grave we visited and 'connected' with its ancestors. The bones of course had long gone - shipped off to the Museum in Kirkwall as was the same for the Tomb of the Eagles, but Spirits don't need their bones when they can roam the passages and yelp 'Boo!' at anyone psychic enough to hear them! Orkney itself, is a large island, and had a lot of Stone Circles on it. Some such as the Ring of Steness (The Temple of the Moon) - so called by the locals we could see from our bedroom window at the cottage we had rented. It was a wonderful sight as well as a Templic Site. It carries a huge altar stone four feet by four feet to the North of the two largest stones some thirty-five feet high with an angled shape near the top as though pointing to something in the sky. At night , we braved the Ness (a narrow causeway across the Loch to the Ring of Steness which was some distance past the Ring of Brodgar - the largest at, at least one hundred feet in diametre. Its stones having a similar pointed look like teeth waiting for lunch. Brodgar had an outlyer called the Comet Stone to the South, and judging by its position, must be somewhat like the Heel Stone at Stonehenge - pointing the rising of the Sun on Midsummer. At the opposite end of the Ring of Brodgar was a similar though lower and smaller stone marking out the Winter Solstice in December. The Comet stone though was carved near the top giving it the appearance of a male Penis. So it wasn't difficult to reason that this was used for fertility rites at some time in the past. The Ring of Steness didn't have these outlyers like Brodgar did and must have been used for a different focus. The Watch Stone - part of the Stenness complex was divorced from the circle proper by the Road which seemed to bisect it from the main circle - but I don't think this mattered too much to the stones or to the builder's of the circle in the first instance. We went to Stenness at night and we had a full Moon on the stones. It was a beautiful sight The shimmering patterns on the stones from the Moon didn't just light up the stones but seemed to make them glow slightly. There are three stones like an altar with two stones close together - like a siting slot between them, where, on midsummer's day, the light of the Sunset would creep across the land for two miles or so to the Chambered Cairn of Maes Howe, where we were told by its 'keeper' the sun would shine down the entrance and light up the 'cells' of the burials on either side of Cairn. This last burial place wouldn't allow us or anyone visiting, to photograph the inside of Maes Howe for any reason - though we paid £8.00 each to get into it and see the viking scribbles that had been put there when they were forced to shelter in the tomb one wild and stormy night. We have photographs to accompany this post, and we will reduce them in size (since I took them using the raw format on my camera to preserve all of the details that they could give). But that's for later! You may ask questions or comment as you wish and I'll do my best to answer all questions. foxman
Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:11 AM
One of the things I do is heal. I use stones such as Moonstone, Jade, Jadeite, and when I can get them, adventurite or Cochoscolla. My Moonstone Wand is about four inches long rounded at one end and roughly pointed at the other though it would be kinder to say it was a rounded point - which is useful to get into crannies when healing. I also have a Selenite wand which is about eight inches long and I have had a lot of success with this since its been with me longer than the Moonstone. I also dowse using the traditional Hazel though not always as a forked stick - since it will twist whichever way I hold it. Maybe too, I may also publish photos of some of my wands on here since they can be seen to show the work I pour into them when making them. My treasure is my Irish Bog-Oak Staff. Its carved with a snake all the way down the shaft so that it looks a little like Barley Sugar and it has two Ogham at the top that I hold when projecting it. It stands five feet high and two inches thick in parts and i've been told by Trinity College, Dublin, that its at least 6,500 years old and no more than 7,000 years old. It was dug out of the Peat at Drumshanbo, Eire in 1990. And no, I didn't carve this staff I got an Irish Druid to do it for me at the time in Eire. The carving was not on the staff when I found it and being Oak its not straight since it has twists in it similar to a capenter's brace. foxman
Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:34 PM
Its great! You know what they say about coincidence, the univers is rarely so lazy.
Anyone else have good experience with moonstone?
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 03:18 AM
Can't say that I've had any experience, good or bad, with moonstone. I have always felt drawn to it though.
Since it's so plentiful where I live, my mother and I work a lot with quartz (both rose and regular) and obsidian. My mother used to have a large quartz crystal ball that she used for scrying (unfortunately her stepbrother stole it). She told me that obsidian is also good to use for scrying. We also like to use obsidian needles for other rituals and crafts. They make really nice chimes and the larger needles makes nice athames if you know how to shape them.
Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:52 PM
I live on a patch of red volcanic land and rounded lumps of very dense scoria (almost basaltic) are constantly appearing when gardening.
They are the bones of my whenua (the land on which I walk).
They grace the tops of many fenceposts around my boundary and live at the base of many fruit trees in the orchard.
They are the only stone I have used in works for the home-land space.
But, this said I do pick up polished crystals from time to time when they call out to me in a 'woowoo' shop, and occasionally I will purchase a particular stone for use in a mobile/human focused/externally directed task.