As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been tracking down the local markets and I’m pleased to say I’ve found some stalls which have my favourite goodies – rocks and crystals. This time it’s been crystal jewellery. The first I came across was this lovely rose quartz pendant. I always hold crystals to get a
sense of how I feel with them, and this one – the third one I held – was the one which really resonated for me. It feels calm, loving and kind, and it’s helping me adapt to the emotional upheaval of leaving Australia, all my very good friends there and settling in a completely new country back in the Northern Hemisphere.
This week I found a lovely little stall at the big market near our holiday apartment where the owner makes her own jewellery – all sorts including various beads but also crystal pieces too. My husband rolls his eyes because he knows I’m absolutely drawn to the presence of crystals, but now he has adopted a bemused, tolerant attitude towards my mania for rocks, stones and crystals!
Sure enough, I found a lovely amethyst bracelet which feels great, and also a fluorite bracelet which the stall-owner is lengthening for me and which I’ll pick up next week. Here’s the amethyst bracelet:
I was also going to buy an amethyst pendant and felt a bit uncertain about it, until ……. DADAAA ……. I noticed a beautiful chrysocolla necklace right at the back. Since I came to North Cyprus I’ve been really drawn to chrysocolla. It’s a fantastic stone and I get the feeling that, for me, it is Aphrodite’s rock. Aphrodite is the goddess of Cyprus. She is reputed to have emerged from the waves close to a rock near Paphos in the south, now known as Aphrodite’s Rock. Aphrodite’s Pool and the Sanctuary of Aphrodite also exist around the Paphos-Limassol area, and the spirit of Aphrodite permeates the atmosphere of Cyprus.
Since I bought the rose quartz necklace, I’ve been tuning in to how I feel about Aphrodite. She was a powerful goddess because she embodied love, the most powerful energy in the Universe as far as I’m concerned. But I’ve always been a bit peeved by Botticelli’s version of Venus rising from the foamy seas because, well, it’s so damned wimpy. It’s a man’s idea of a maidenly-looking woman who looks basically like a wet fish as far as I’m concerned. When you think about it, love is incredibly powerful and Aphrodite wielded enormous power as the embodiment of love. So I really don’t see her having the very soft energy of rose quartz. But I do envision her embodying the very power of chrysocolla with it’s sea-green colours and its radiant energies. Well, they’re radiant energies for me!
So here’s a pic of the necklace which I love, particularly the shape of the stones. And here’s a pic of the chrysocolla polished stone which I brought with me because I knew somehow that this stone would be important in North Cyprus:
What I find interesting about this particular stone is that it’s a mixture of chrysocolla (redolent to me of powerful emotions, sea connections, power of love), cuprite (grounding of love, being able to radiate love) and turquoise (healing through the power of love).
Our gear from Australia arrives in mid-April and around that time we are moving into our new apartment. I am SO looking forward to unpacking the boxes and boxes of crystals and various rocks I have packed away and showing them the light of day in this beautiful island. I’m sure they’ll settle in nicely and feel as happy and content here as I do!