And I got to thinking about Thunder Eggs, a type of Geode common to my area (Oregon and Washington) and the lore associated with them. In fact they are Oregon's state rock, so of course I was raised learning about them and their lore. Thunder Eggs are a type of rock created by volcanic lava. And some thunder eggs are partially hallow inside so are also Geodes, some are not hallow inside. On the outside a thunder egg looks like a regular round or egg shaped rock. But if cut open they have beautiful formations of various types of crystal inside.
I think we had recently had a discussion about the role of crystals in Traditional Witchcraft, and I mentioned that although I don't tend to use crystals, that these ones are different, because they are a part of my local lore and of course I have one of my own (well actually we have a few in the house for decoration, but I have one in particular that is *mine*). Here is a little excerpt about the spirits who make and use the Thunder Eggs:
Legends of the Warm Springs Indians say that these nodules were hurled from Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson by the "thunder spirits" who lived in the craters of the mountains. The legends say the "spirits of the mountains" robbed the nests of the thunderbirds and hurled the "thunder-eggs" to the accompaniment of much thunder and lightning.
Native American legends abound with descriptions of the brothers Wy’east(Hood) and Pahto (Adams) battling for the fair La-wa-la-clough (St. Helens). Behaviors attributed to Wy’east include hurtling of hot rocks from gaping holes, sending forth streams of liquid fire, loss of formerly high summits, and choking of valleys with rocks. These are fair descriptions of Mount Hood’s reconstructed activity over the past two millennia (Excerpt from: Scott, et.al., 1997, Geologic History of Mount Hood Volcano, Oregon — A Field-Trip Guidebook: USGS Open-File Report 97-263)
As you can see the thunder spirits got up to various fights for various reasons depending on which tribe and what part of Oregon. But what they do have in common is that they threw fire and balls or rock at each other, and these were Thunder Eggs.
I look out at Wy'east every day through my window at work and I can spy La-wa-la-clough as I drive home on clear days. La-wa-la-clough used to be a perfect white mountain, a beautiful and tall point. However, only a week after I was born she blew her top (a bit of a change of events, maybe she wanted some attention from Wy'east or Phato and wasn't getting any?!) and now she has a flat round top. She still steams up now and then. She isn't a lava sort, she blows huge amounts of ash, but still quite damaging.
Anyways, that's what Geodes mean to me, I'd love to see CelticGypsy chime in as well as anyone else who relates to these special stones.