Whether you believe in Fairy Tales or Reality Gemstones are truly a gift from the Creator. Gemstones are a gift from Mother Earth’s living Body. Gemstones have qualities that can heal us on all levels physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Anyone reading this already knows how alive and powerful and magical gemstones are. I found these articles on Fairy Tales and Folklore,Myths and Legends very interesting. I hope you do as well.
This was taken from a newsletter from Gem Select.com.
Gemstones are mentioned in many old fables and fairy stories. It is not surprising then that we associate gemstones with myths and magical stories.
|Sleeping Beauty (1845)|
In most fairy tales gemstones will signify that the reader has entered a special place, maybe magical, certainly mythical with gemstone covered landscapes, gemstone encrusted mirrors, robes and goblets.
The Brothers Grimm (1785-1863) are known throughout the world for their collection of old fairy tales. Later Disney would take on these very same stories and make them more famous. These included Cinderella (Aschenputtel), The Frog Prince (Der Froschkönig), Hansel and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpelstilzchen), Sleeping Beauty (Dornröschen), and Snow White (Schneewittchen).
Disney changed the stories to make them appealing. You maybe surprised to hear that in the original Sleeping Beauty (Basile 1575-1632) she was not awoken by a kiss but something far more sinister happened!
The Brothers Grimm and Basile simply collected the tales from local peasants and village people and sometimes from wealthier aristocrats who had been told the stories by their servants.
A similar way of gathering fairy stories was used by a Russian writer called Pavel Bazhov who spent years recording the stories of Ural Mountain miners. His famous collection was called The Malachite Casket, published in 1939.
One of the fairy tales is known as “Silver Hoof” in Russia.
|Silver Hoof, Daryonka and Muryonka|
It involves a mysterious goat (or in some tales a deer) who had a silver hoof on his right front leg. When ever the goat stomps with this hoof, sparks fly and a gemstone is made, two stomps produce 2 gemstones, if Silver Hoof paws the ground a multitude of sparks fly and produce a cascade of many different colored gemstones.
The fairy tale involves a poor young orphan girl called Daryonka and her cat called Muryonka, who are adopted by an old hunter named Kokovanya. Kokovanya has been searching for Silver Hoof every winter for years.
One night when the old man is away and Daryonka is alone with Muryonka, Silver Hoof arrives, talks secretly with Muryonka and then plays around excitedly, running and stomping and so covering the old hunters lodge with so many gemstones it cannot be seen. Kokovanya returns in time to see Silver Hoof and starts picking up the gems in his hat. Then, Silver Hoof runs off with Muryonka riding on his back.
The price to pay for all the riches is that Silver Hoof takes away Daryonka’s beloved cat. All that remained the next day, to show that Silver Hoof had been there, were green gemstones.
Both the old hunter and the orphan girl were now rich but Daryonka missed her cat terribly. They never saw Muryonka or Silver Hoof ever again.
It is of course significant that the Ural miners see the gems in the fable as a huge gift or reward, but at a cost. Life for these story tellers was very difficult.
Countess D’Aulnoy (1650-1705) was a French fairy tale writer.
One of her best known stories was the “White Cat”.
A young Prince is on a quest for his father the king, but he gets lost in a rain storm and seeks refuge. He sees bright lights in the distance and comes upon a huge gate of a magnificent castle. The gate is covered in red garnets the light from which had led him to the castle. The castle has walls made of crystal and doors made from coral. The prince enters the castle and walks through hallways with walls made of lapis lazuli and covered in pearls, searching for the owner. His clothes are wet from the storm and so he finds dry clothes which are encrusted with emeralds.
|The White Cat (1890′s)|
In the castle the Prince meets a mysterious beautiful White Cat with many servants and they become friends. When they dine together the plates are adorned with gemstones. The White Cat wears strands of pearls and holds a gem encrusted goblet.
The Prince falls in love with the White Cat and visits her in the castle 3 times. The White cat is really a Princess cast under a wicked spell by fairies. But the Prince doesn’t know this until the Cat asks him to chop her head off.! Reluctantly he agrees and this breaks the spell, and he asks the beautiful Princess to marry him. They travel back to the Kings castle on a Royal carriage and the horses shoes are made of rubies and diamonds.
The gems in this fairy tale symbolize royalty and great wealth and let us know the characters, even the mysterious Cat, are very special. Certainly, at the time the fairy tale was written, 1700′s, only the rich could afford gems.
Early Fairy Stories were often sad and violent. Indeed many of the Brother Grimm tales had to be re-written before they were deemed suitable for children. The violence in the original stories was meant to scare children so they would be wary. E.g. The wolf hidden in sheep’s clothing, the evil witch offering a poisoned red apple.
The Ural tales by Bazhov often had warnings or hidden meanings and were meant to teach children about life.
Fairy tales often tell of deceit, jealousy, wickedness and ambition.
In India, a violent ancient fable tells us how gemstones were created.
A Demon Hindu God called Vala had overthrown Indra the God of Thunder and subdued all the other Demi-Gods. But he was tricked into playing the part of a sacrifice in a mock ritual. Once they had him helpless the other Gods killed him and chopped his body parts into different pieces. Because Vala had originally agreed to participate in the sacrifice, his body was now pure and so when his body parts fell to earth they became gemstones.
|The Legend of Vala|
Drops of his blood became rubies, his skin, yellow sapphires, his eyes, blue sapphires and his bones shattered and became diamonds. Vala’s teeth fell into the oceans and landed on oysters where they became pearls. His intestines were also thrown into the sea and became coral.
Vala’s bright green bile became emeralds and his fat, jade or quartz.
Finally even Vala’s last war cry that echoed around the heavens as he was killed was transformed into cat’s eye.
The significance of the story is sometimes given a medicinal explanation. For example, gemstones are often used for healing. As the gemstones were from parts of a God they have special powers. Rubies, Vala’s blood, are thought to cure blood diseases, yellow sapphires are used for affections of the skin etc.
The famous Tales of The Arabian Nights, (said to have been invented by a princess on her wedding night to stop her recently wed husband from killing her!) include a few stories involving gemstones too and if you know of any other interesting fairy stories involving gemstones please do let us know.
This is from Jackie Jaye Brandt Healing Crystals website:
Most of the ancient myths and tales accord a special place to crystals and gemstones. Some of these gems could make people stronger while others had magical powers. Some of them were created by the gods for men while others had different origins. Here are some well known myths and legends across cultures and continents about the origins of the popular gemstones.
Aquamarine: As the name suggests, aquamarine owes its origins to the deep blue oceans. It was believed that this stone was a part of the mermaid’s treasure chest. According to the Roman mythology, aquamarine was associated with the sea god Neptune. This stone was more popular with the sailors who engraved the stones with symbols of the sea god to guard themselves against the sea and its many dangers.
Diamonds: Diamonds were thought to be fragments of stars and tears shed by the gods, according to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Plato believed that diamonds housed celestial spirits and were living, breathing stones. Diamonds were worn as jewelry in ancient Rome as they were thought to have magical properties that could ease all troubles. They formed an essential part of the breast plate of all important people.
Emerald: According to the ancient stories, the emerald could impart the wearer with an ability to know the future. These stones could also help in enhancing intelligence and ward off illnesses.
Opal: Opal has also bee associated with immense psychic powers by the ancient Greeks. It could bring immense luck to the wearer and also help in to see the future. A Greek legend talks about how a storm god happened to throw a lightening bolt at a rainbow which dared to disrupt his storm. When the rainbow shattered and exploded with the impact, opals were born.
Whether these myths and legends have their origin fact or fantasy, the truth is each of these gemstones has their own powers that can help humans in a variety of ways. They can heal, pacify and even energize us.
For example, it is said that diamond oxide provides life force and is useful for a myriad of conditions such as epilepsy, blood disorders, insanity, premature aging, mental retardation and many more such afflictions. It is also said to enable strength and longevity to humans. And no one can doubt the power it has to make someone happy!
The emerald, on the other hand, is said to provide an extreme boost in energy to those who wear it, bringing life, nourishment, and healing.
Whether you believe the ancient myths or today’s new age belief in the powers of these precious stone is real or imagined there are many people who avow to the healing power of crystals of all kinds. A quick search on Google will reveal thousands of resources for those who want to know more information.
As Always Best Blessings-L