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Ritual for Nuit and Renenutet/ spiritual properties of stones

icon: "Renenutet (a relief carving of Renenutet, represented as a winged cobra, overlaid with a fractal coloring)"

Sunday I did a ritual for Nuit and Renenutet, the first real ritual I have done for a deity in many years. I lit candles and incense, then wrote prayers while topaz played guitar. While writing to Nuit I held lapis lazuli and held amethyst while writing to Renenutet. Nuit I already knew to be associated with lapis, but for Renenutet I pulled a stone from a bowl of stones I had gotten for solstice, and it happened to be amethyst. That makes a weird kind of sense to me, as I associate amethyst with naming somehow. After I wrote the prayers I read them out loud and then reflected on the intended recipient while holding their stone. I felt incredibly awkward reading out loud, and had a hard time focusing on the words, but I felt satisfied afterwards.

I didn't really put any stock in stones having metaphysical qualities until this past Solstice. My belief system is composed only of things that I have experienced, for the most part, and I'd never felt effects from a stone. But after I chose stones based on intuitional feeling and then people pulled the one's I thought were right for them, especially after I pulled snowflake obsidian and then realized that it was the only stone I had that was for stress, I began to feel meaning there. Then when I was visiting biofamily and I could FEEL a difference immediately when I wasn't holding the yellow obsidian, I was convinced. I'm a bit perplexed that I have never had such experiences before but I am glad to have had them now. Curious about how it might affect my future and my spirituality in general.

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lilywolfsolomon ══╣╠══
Stone energies can be subtle. I didn't think about it too much actually until last summer when I got a moldavite necklace and then, for a year, wow. Then it relinquished itself to someone else when I least expected and again, wow. Now I'm wanting a new necklace because stones I keep in my pocket always get misplaced, even when I tell myself, that won't happen this time! All natural beings have energies, have powers we can call on and learn from and stones are natural beings with quite an amazing history of being created through time, pressure, heat, all sorts of things, by all the elements. It makes sense to me that each would have unique personalities, that we can befriend stones as spiritual teachers, or... more... stones are the very earth herself, her history of magical evolution held in the palm of our hand! I don't buy the animate/inanimate duality.

belenen ══╣glass╠══
I don't buy the animate/inanimate duality.

Ditto! It wasn't really that I didn't believe that they COULD have energies, just that in my own reality they didn't have noticeable ones. But now they do, at least sometimes.
kiwi ══╣╠══
I was at the last day of a week-long rotation in my first year of school when a patient gifted me a piece of tumbled aquamarine. I'd seen her twice and the first time I saw her, I was wearing a necklace made of aquamarine stones.

She found me outside of the clinic at the end of the day (last patient) and thanked me for listening to her and placed the piece of tumbled aquamarine in my hand. I tried to give it back to her ("oh, you don't need to do that!") but she insisted, saying "you'll need it in your career". I looked it up when I got home and found it grants courage and calms emotions. Heh...

I also discovered that the name means "water of the sea", which is interesting, considering the Teutonic meaning for my (actual) name.

Anyways, I'd always worn it for personal reasons, but now I carry the stone with me a lot (it traveled to every rotation). Though, considering what you've said about snowflake obsidian, I wonder if it's time to add one of those to my collection... ;)
belenen ══╣curious╠══
so interesting about aquamarine! I don't think I have ever seen a tumbled piece of aquamarine. Is it clear?
kiwi ══╣╠══
No, it's an opaque blue (light aqua) with teeny teeny teeny veins of white and clear if you look very closely and carefully. I'll try and post pics of it sometime. It's really pretty.
siduri ══╣╠══
I think that not every stone necessarily will resonate or work with each person. Others will work with you on exactly what you need. I like the idea of the bowl of stones...
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
yes, very true I think, and also I think that it varies with time and awareness. I feel like after I repressed everything in my teen years, I am now slowly becoming more and more sensitive to things.
siduri ══╣╠══
I think having a bowl of stones is a good way to work with the energies and see which resonate with you. For example, too much hematite gives me massive headaches. It may be fine for you. Flourite is never good for me. Labradorite? Not enough in the world for me, LOL. You know what I mean. Sometimes you just don't know until you actual work with the energy of the stone.
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
This is a really comprehensive book I found useful. Check it out, if you can get yer paws on a copy :)
belenen ══╣bluestocking╠══
added it to my wishes!
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