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Jade: Equitable and Merciful

Sunday, 13 December 2009

jadeJade was considered a royal gem in Ancient China from the earliest dynasties up until present times, and is inextricably woven into ancient and modern Chinese culture. The use of jade in China dates back some 8,000 to 12,000 years, and was an integral part of commercial, religious and ceremonial life throughout this region. Although the finest jade was reserved for the Imperial courts, the use of jade in everyday life crossed all socioeconomic boundaries (it was used to create many utilitarian and ceremonial objects, ranging from indoor decorative items to jade burial suits). Known from legend as «the Stone of Heaven», jade attained a position in the religious and cultural life of the people that has not been seen with any other natural substance in any other time or culture.

Jade was considered the stone of life, and philosophers have endowed with five virtues: «Mercy is typified by its luster, bright yet warm; rectitude by its translucency, revealing the color and markings within; wisdom by the purity and penetrating quality of its note when the stone is struck; courage, in that it may be broken, but cannot be bent; equity, in that it has sharp angles, which yet injure none». There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says: «gold is estimable, but jade is priceless».

The wide distribution and useful properties of jade account for the world-wide usage of this stone by the ancient cultures. Archeologists have retrieved tools and artworks made of jade in locations from Switzerland to New Zealand, the Americas, and Asia. Amazingly, the people of China and Central America shared the same beliefs regarding the influence of jade on human health and life, and therefore they used jade for the same purposes. Note that there was no contact between the Ancient China and the Aztecs and Maya civilizations. By the way, in New Zealand jade was considered to be a sacred stone of higher wisdom and a symbol of power.

Interestingly, jade is usually not associated with any specific Zodiac sign (except that there is the color division: for example, green jade is recommended for Capricorn, white is best for Libra, red and brown suits Virgo, while Aquarius would benefit from wearing blue jade jewelry).

Jade is one of the key gemstones, allegedly responsible for dramatic life changes. It could be worn by any Zodiac sign, but only when yearning for a change; it is believed that otherwise the stone can bring undesirable changes. Moreover, jade can destroy your quiet, slow-paced life, if the stone «decides» that your life needs change and improvement. It is said that jade can push to such changes and simply make its owner change. Are you stuck in a tense, uncompromising situation at work or home? Use a jade in meditation to help find common ground. This stone will also promote a more unified environment so you may accomplish compromise. If your life is a series of one disaster after another, jade can assist in removing harmful energies and increasing beneficial ones.

Tradition does not recommend jade to lovers, as it is said to separate the two loving hearts. But there is another legend that states the opposite: jade is a stone of eternal love, and a butterfly carved from jade was often worn to attract love; it was also a common engagement gift from a man to a woman. Men would present a statue of two men carved from the stone to bond their friendship. The contradiction probably stems from the fact that jade is suitable only for the true love, and if it «senses» the slightest doubt, insincerity, then the impact will be reversed.

But if you're single, jade helps to find your true identity, grow up to extraordinary heights. This gemstone can deprive a person of contact, communication, and therefore is considered most suitable for the monks. Jade was used as a talisman to protect the wearer and as a status symbol indicating the dignity, grace and morality of the owner.

Dishes for food and drink were often carved from jade. The gem was believed to prolong life and that substances contained in those vessels would absorb that energy. Talismans of bats, storks, and bears were carved to promote a healthier, longer life.

It is also great for balancing male/female energies and for creating more balance in your relationship. It has an extremely powerful «blessing» energy, enhancing other gems, crystals and objects that come in contact. If you do healing work, you may want to keep a jade around for a quick meditation after each session. The stone provides n wonderful boost of energy that will revive you.

Jade has long been associated with healthy kidneys and other internal organs. It can also provide rejuvenating energies to give you new strength after a long illness or emotional trauma. The gem may increase white blood cells to help fight off dangerous organisms that attack your body. It will regulate your metabolism and provides women with relief from PMS, childbirth, and physical violence against our sexuality. If you have been a victim of rape or domestic violence, the loving energies of this stone will not only assist you in recovering from the emotional trauma, but will prevent the onset of traumatic illnesses that stress can cause.

Even the mighty Genghis Khan honored jade, and his personal seal was a jade figurine of a lying tiger. The tomb of Tamerlane in Samarkand was sheltered by a gigantic monolith of black and green jade. According to the popular belief, that monolith was supposed to keep it inviolate. The monolith is also a protection against the prophecies which said that, if the remains of Tamerlane were ever disturbed, a savage and violent war would broke out. Incidentally, the tomb was opened in 1941, and though highly atheistic, Soviet authorities re-interred Tamerlane ashes with due honors and rituals, and the jade monolith was restored to its original position. They say that the reburial ceremony was held right before the Battle of Stalingrad that changed the course of the World War II.

Jade can be found in a translucent white to very light yellow form which is known as mutton fat jade, in an opaque white to very light brown or gray which is known as chicken bone jade, as well as in a variety of green colors.

The gemstone is mined in many locations, ranging from New Zealand, Siberia and South Korea, to the USA (Wyoming and California primarily), but the largest deposits, by far, come from British Columbia. These Canadian sites often yield huge boulders, frequently covered with a brown rind of oxidized iron. The finest of this material is trademarked as «Polar Jade» and is of a translucent and rich green color seen in very few other specimens of jade. The great centre of Chinese jade-working is at Peking. Siberia has yielded very fine specimens of dark green jade, notably from the neighborhood of the Alibert graphite mine, near Batugol, Lake Baikal. The jade seems to occur as a rock in part of the Sayan mountain system.

The weight of jade boulders varies from a few kilograms to several tons. In the Sayans, boulders up to 5 tons in weight were mined, and a boulder weighing nearly 30 tons, the largest jade boulder in the world, was found in Northern Burma.

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