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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Mystic Diplomacy"

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Once thought to be a plant, Coral has been considered the “garden of the sea”, even in so much as the variety of coloring it presents in.  Coral symbolizes happiness and joy, enabling it’s bearer to enjoy life to its fullest.

The ancient texts tell us that people once believed that the planet Mars was actually composed of Coral due to its coloring and striations.  Records date back thousands and thousands of years confirming that Coral has been used as jewelry and in decorative objects by peoples all over the world.

According to historians and Greek mythology, when Perseus cut off the head of the Medusa Gorgon, some of the blood dropped into the sea and solidified into Coral.

Ancient Egyptians would place Coral pieces in tombs of those that passed as protection against evil spirits in the afterworld, as they thought that it truly contained a drop a divine blood.

Coral may be found in colors such as red, pink, orange, black, blue and white.

What is considered an Organic Gem?

While many minerals are considered gemstones, there are also a number of materials that have been infused, infilled or partially replaced by organic materials; as well as natural organisms that have been mineralized then used and considered valuable ‘gems’ throughout all our time.

Organic materials considered gemstones include but are not limited to: Amber, Bone, Coral, Ivory, Pearls, Mother of Pearl, Abaone as well as meteorites such as Moldavite

Organic materials that have been mineralized to gemstones include: Dino Bone (Gem Bone, Gembone) Petrified Wood, Fossils such as Ammolilte and Ammonite; during the mineral infilling the organic structure is preserved therefore it remains an organic material, and thus an Organic Gem.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 3 with a trigonal crystal structure.

Coral is the skeletal remains of creatures of the sea called ‘coral polyps’. Tiny in size, they live in the colonies that form the branching structures as they grow…eventually forming full coral reefs.  These branches have a very distinctive pattern made by these tiny creatures, often striped or resembling wood grain.

The majority of Corals are made of calcium carbonate, such as red, pink, white, and blue. The colors black and gold are created of horn like material termed “conchiolin”.

Metaphysical Properties

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Coral is a ‘stone’ coming from organic origin, and can often be used to reconnect with not only water deities, but with nature and its variety of wonders as well.   Said to quiet the emotions and to bring peace within oneself. Facilitating and stimulating intuition, imagination, and visualization.  Assists one in not only to understand the subtle qualities of the mystic, but also to use them in the proper manner.

Worn to affect inner changes, Coral dispels fear, depression, panic, and nervousness. If one is to place a piece of coral under one’s pillow, it is said to produce peaceful sleep and to ward off disturbing dreams and nightmares.

Coral is said to bring one into communication with the Ancient Ones. One of the four Element Stone to the Pueblo Indians, symbolizing the Road of Life. Among the Hopi and Zuni Tribes, Coral is one of the elements along with Jet, Abalone and Turquoise.

Known as a stone of the sea, Coral is used as travel protection while on the waters, guarding against ship wrecks and protecting against shark attack.

Check out the additional power that color adds to these natural gems… Color of Red , Color Black, Color Orange & The Color Pink

Healing Properties

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In many cultures, Coral symbolized the blood life force of energy. Dark red Coral has been used to stimulate and cleanse the bloodstream. Pink is said to restore harmony to one’s heart as well as to draw love.

Said to be used to strengthen both the circulatory system as well as the bones, it can be used to stimulate tissue regeneration as well as nourishing the blood cells.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Akasha & Water
Planet: Neptune
Aegir, Isis, Venus & The Great Mother
Powers: Healing, Peace, Wisdom & Protection
Candle Color: Orange

Although Coral has played an intrical role in magic and religious right in many cultures, it is still in use today. If worn in a manner to be completely visible, it is quite a powerful protective amulet.  Used against the Evil Eye, demons, furies, incubi, succubi and other negative energies and entities.

It can be used to guard against acts of violence, accidents, poison, possession, sterility, and theft.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Pisces – Elemental

Associations: Neptune

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone for any month

To dream of Coral is to foretell the quick recovery from an illness.

Chakra Properties

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Red Coral is most effective when used on the 1st, Root/Base Chakra

Pink on the 4th, Heart Chakra

Black on the 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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