Happy Full Harvest Moon in Aries, October 1st, 2020 October 1, 2020 10:17 6 Comments
Ammolite is the opalized outer shell of fossilized Ammonite, an extinct group of marine animals that lived 415 million years ago. Although they look like cousins of living Nautilus, they are in fact related to living octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish. While Ammonite are found all over the world, Ammolite is only found in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Ammolite contains every color of the rainbow in it's layers. It resonates with the Root Chakra, making it very grounding and protective. It helps bring alignment to all chakras as it has all colors of the rainbow within its fosilized layers. Ammolite provides comfort and a feeling of security and is helpful for combating depression. It increases self worth and assists in personal awakening and evolution of consciousness. Ammolite inspires one to appreciate life more as well as inspires personal growth and wisdom. Ammolite helps to stimulate "Chi", the Universal life force, as the Golden Mean is found within its spiraled chambers. It is good luck and attracts prosperity and success. Ammolite is extremely useful for past life recall and is useful in meditation.
A few days ago, I had the amazing experience of holding a honey bee on my pointer finger tip - twice! I encountered each bee sitting at a different location but both seemed to be a bit off their proper paths. I found one in the middle of a road and the other in the middle of a sidewalk. They each seemed a bit out of it and didn't try to move or fly away from me. I simply stuck my fingertip out in front of them and very gently nudged each one until they crawled up for a ride. I immediately felt empowered and blessed by their energy as I watched each one crawl around on my fingertip. I was able to help these two little creatures to better locations, safer from predators and cars. I realized then that this lunation's full moon animal had presented itself to me.
I have always loved honey bees and used to play with them as a little girl. I would welcome them to safety and encourage them to land on my hands and arms. I would pet them and talk to them. I used to try to sneak my bee friends inside the house using plastic bags with airholes so we could play longer. My mother was not ammused! To this day, my fascination and love for honey bees continues. As an adult, they still let me pet them and I have never been stung. If only I could remember my conversations with the bees as as young girl!
According to, www.whatismyspiritanimal.com, "When bee buzzes in as your Spirint Animal, it's a reminder to trust in miracles. Bee as a Totem Animal is for those whose greatest wish is for all living things to co-exist in peace & love."
"When Bee appears in your life, the most common message it carries has to do with your levels of productivity. Sometimes we are doing too much, and in others not enough. Bee Spirit has a strong work ethic, but it also knows the importance of stopping and smelling the flowers."
"Technically speaking, Bee should not be able to fly – it’s designed all wrong aerodynamically. From a spiritual perspective, this speaks of our limitations and how to move past them successfully. It’s doubtful that Bee knows it shouldn’t fly – it simply DOES, and so can you."
"Bee fits a very specific role in nature pollinating other plants; this is necessary to the on-going life cycle of many crops. It also delivers humans with wax and honey, giving Bee the additional symbolic value of providence." "The pollination process also symbolizes our social nature. Bees live and work as a community. As they go from flower to flower, that progression enriches the world. Bee people very often become motivational speakers, teachers, healers and lightworkers for the greater global village. Their language of love is mindful service.
A Bee’s honeycomb represents the Heart Chakra and life’s sweetness. Bee has strong ties to the sun, light, and warmth." "Bee Spirit is also a strong protector, willing to give its life in defense of whatever mission prevails. Those guided by Bee find themselves defending the underdog as well as those they love with fierceness."
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Oregon Polka Dot Agate Mining!
The last week of August, Scott and I were invited by my friends, Christine and Dana of Submissive Stone, to go digging at the Polka Dot Agate Mine. This was the first weekend the mine has ever been open to the public and we were so lucky to be there! The original owners, Dennis and Dale, have sold the mineral rights to the new owner, John, and we got to be there to see the hand off. All three were present and it was great to get to know them and everyone else who was there mining. Some drove in from as far as Idaho and California for the special event! We spent a few afternoons digging and hanging out with everyone until it was time to head home. We brought back a lot of Blue Ice Polka Dot Agate, which is what we were hoping for! Right before we were invited to dig at the mine, we saw the Blue Ice Polka Dot Agate for the very first time online and we were both obsessed! We had just recently purchased a lot of Polka Dot Agate Cabochons, which are amazing, but they look nothing like the Blue Ice. It's sooooo GEMMY and it almost contraluzes when it's cut, meaning the blue has an opal like internal glow. It's the hardest stone I've cut so far and it took me over 10 hours to cut my first 7 stones.
Polka Dot Agate Mine entrance. The mine is located in the high desert near Ashwood, OR.
I love how they painted their trailer!
Here's a shot of the entire pit. They use excavators to break the stone up into smaller boulders and pieces. This was the largest pit I've ever had the pleasure of digging through.
In the pit mining!
I think this is Dennis driving the excavator. He came down into the pit to tear off some fresh rock for everyone.
My friend, Christine, who made this dig possible for us! She and her husband, Dana, have been mining, cutting rocks and making jewelry as Submisive Stone for several years. They invited me along to my very first PNW dig several years ago and have absolutely inspired me to cut my own cabochons. They're both as kind, sweet and knowledgeable as they are talented and they make amazing, unique work. They had a trunk show during the event and all of their products and cut stones looked stunning!
This is a photo of part of a raw Polka Dot Agate boulder. It's known for it's brown magnesium spots and stripes and is found in shades of cream, white, brown, red, yellow and light blue.
This is an example of one of the Polka Dot Agate Cabochons we purchased from an American vendor about a month before the invitation to dig. We have several more available, many of which are big like this one, many are medium in size. We have them available for sale at the gallery in Astoria and are happy to send photos if anyone wants to purchase cabochons. We charge $20 per Polka Dot Agate Cabochon (please note our gemstone prices are wholesale and no discount applies)
Ice, Ice, Baby!!!!
With some guidance from our friends, we found the Blue Ice Polka Dot Agate vein! Even in its raw form it's gemmy. This was a piece we picked up to sell as a speciman in our gallery, but it sold before it ever hit the shelf. We showed it to a friend who fell absolutely in love with it, obsessed immediatly. We offered him a great deal for it and he proudly brought his new friend home.
$20 - $70
I've created a new product section, "Gemstones Specimens and Cabochons" for my finds. I have an arsenal of stones that I've been mining and I will add things as I can. Just click on the product section and you can see this new option in the drop down menu. Please note that no discounts apply to gemstones, my prices are wholesale.
Join us for Second Saturday Art Walk at West Coast Artisans! We will be out of town this coming weekend but our jewelry and loose gemstones will be there. Our friend and gallery mate, Janet, will be there to assist you!
West Coast Artisans
160 10th Street
Astoria, OR 97103
Wed - Sat
12 - 4pm
Scott, my partner in life, love, rocks, and everything is still offering 50% off his website. Go shopping!
I hope everyone enjoyed this full moon in Aries!
Love and light to everyone!