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page twelve of my online mineral museum: amethyst from thunder bay, ontario
2010-12-24 - 9:00 a.m.
photo © 2010 by elaine radford
This is a large, single deep purple Amethyst crystal from Thunder Bay,
Ontario, Canada. The Amethyst in this region is famous for the
deep red hematite crust often found on its points. Because of its
"overflows the fist" size and its striking color, this specimen seems
made for magic.
When I first got this stone, as part of a huge mixed lot from an estate, I happened
to be reading about "crystal magick." Now, here's where it
gets a little unbelievable. Some people may get nice clear ideas in their heads
when they meditate with their stones. I usually just get the enjoyment of
the physical, visual beauty of the piece. However, once in a great while, I get
a feeling like being shocked or jolted. That's what happened when I picked up
this individual. I got a heck of a jolt, like I'd squeezed a buzzer. Stones just don't speak English, but
knowing Amethyst is a stone with air qualities and that birds (even indolent little parrots!)
may be considered creatures of the air, I suddenly had an urge to rush out
and check on my young parrots. Sure enough, poor Dale had his head somehow caught in a trap
in his new cage. I rescued him, and he's still doing great almost 20 years later.
Now, call it superstitious of me, but this stone is not leaving
my possession while I own my parrots. In fact, I keep it on the parrot
porch to this day. We've had a few adventures over the years. Remember
no birds were harmed in the making of this disaster, tropical storm bill 2003
But even with the entire bird porch being squished by 20,000 pounds of
red pin oak, I didn't lose a single parrot. Or any other of my many pets. So...I'm going to hang onto my
Amethyst and appreciate our good fortune.
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