12/25/2009 Sardius-Stone VI
The 6th Stone
A clear or translucent, deep orange-red to brownish-red variety of chalcedony. Also called sardius. The orange-red variety of chalcedony is also known as Carnelian. In effort to clarify the two, it seems both are a form of Chalcedony; an Agate.
Carnelian is translucent and ranges from bright orange to a deep red. It does not have the bands of whites, browns, etc…, found in Sardonyx or Agates. The term Carnelian refers to the flesh color. In retrospect, Sardonyx is also known to be associated with colors of the flesh (See Sardonyx).
Sard, translucent as well, is known to be a more brown tone than Carnelian, and does not have the bands of color either. Both may be cut from the same Agate depending upon where the stone-cutter places the saw within the spectrum. The tone which distinguished Carnelian and Sard is the orange-red of Carnelian.
Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a reddish-brown mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Similar to carnelian is sard, which is generally harder and darker. (The difference is not rigidly defined, and the two names are often used interchangeably.) Sardius – a deep orange-red variety of chalcedony. Note that orange proceeds red here.
Both carnelian and sard are varieties of the silica mineral chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration….
A Stone of flesh color is a significant clue behind the meaning of the use of this stone in the 12 foundations of The New City. Its placement as the sixth stone also bears significant meaning. Wikipedia explains the meaning behind the name:
…The word carnelian is derived from the Latin word caro, carnis meaning flesh, in reference to the flesh color sometimes exhibited. According to Pliny the Elder, sard derives its name from the city of Sardis in Lydia, but it more likely comes from the Persian word sered, meaning yellowish-red.
The Revelation Painting uses the more pure form of the color orange in effort to illustrate the stone Sardius. As noted in the Sardonyx section, the “spilling” of blood eliminates the red (of the red blood cells) and in the Sardius, only enough red color creates the balance of a true orange hue.
This is also an important aspect regarding the placement of the stones in the foundation of The New City. At this time, please remember that the Emerald/Red Beryl/Bixbite was true red as that will be amazingly apparent as we move forward.
Carnelian is considered the stone of enlightenment. Its orange color creates happiness, warmth and energy. Believed to shield the wearer from anxieties and fears, creating reduced stress and is used in some cultures to bring a sense of peace and clear negative energies.
Interestingly enough, according to ancient tradition, it is an antidote to the onyx. Onyx was/is said to eliminate negative thinking in the wearer and also protects from negative influences and forces e.g., the devil v.s the purity of Jesus’ blood?
It was believed to prevent unpleasant dreams, to make its possessor wealthy, and to sharpen the wit. Ancient Egyptians fancied Carnelian jewels as noted by the tombs of Egypt being adorned with many carnelian pieces. Egyptians believe the stone assisted in the afterlife in helping the soul pass into the next world protecting the traveler from evil.
Buddhists in China and India created amulets inlaid with Carnelian and other semi-precious stones, ascribing to them powers of protection and utilizing them for many rituals. Prized in ancient times, carnelian was believed to have many special powers. The people of the time believed it would protect anyone wearing it from evil spirits and weapons.
It was considered so powerful that mummies of ancient Egypt wore carved carnelian necklaces to protect them on their journey from the world of the living to the world of spirits.
Carnelian mines are located in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, India, U.S, Russia and parts of Africa, Europe and the US. The finest specimens of Carnelian are found in Arabia, India, and North Africa.
On a personal note it seems ill and ignorant that in knowing these facts, scientist and “gold-diggers” would disturb a sacred process which is very disrespectful to the dead. Just because a belief is not your own does not make it untrue. How long does a soul take to pass to the other side? And once it does, how do we not know that the stones do not continue to aid it? Recently I read an article where “scientist” want to dig up Leonardo Da Vinci and look for DNA specimens, the brain, whatever pieces of him that have not completely decomposed or turned to dust. It is my feeling that Da Vinci contributed enough to this world we live in.
Mexico’s capital is Mexico City, which is also the biggest city of the country, and with over 20 million inhabitats perhaps the biggest city of the world. Its official name is Ciudad de México, but in the country itself the capital is widely called Defé (derived from the abbreviation DF, = de efe, for Distrito Federal). The name of the country is often spelled Méjoco, which is correct according to the Castillian rules, because in Mexico the x is usually pronounced like the J in the Spanish language.
Flights to Mexico usually go to the capital. The most populated big cities are Tijuana, Mexicali, Ciudad Juárez, Hermosillo, Chihuahua, Torreón, Monterrey, Saltillo, Culiacán, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Guadalajara, León, Querétaro, Morelia, Toluca, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Acapulco, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos and Mérida.
The single official language of Maxico is Spanish. In large parts of the country between Oaxaca and the northern deserts, the native language Nahuatl is spoken by many people. The third most important language of Mexico is certainly Maya in the state of Chiapas, also this one without official status. These languages however, like many other native languages, are frequently tought in primary schools of Native communities.
There are many of these all over the country. Mexico is proud of a much more sensitive treatment of its native people when compared with the United States. These native communities usually continue to live on their native land where their ancestors used to live.
Every Aztec/Mexica household, however poor, would have owned some pottery: essential were a large jar for storing water and pots for cooking beans and soaking maize kernels in overnight. Rough and plain, basic kitchenware was made by non-specialists, who also hand made (for wealthier families) plates, serving bowls, goblets, cocoa jugs, sauce dishes and more. The Mexica had access to an abundance of finely-textured clay, orange-coloured after firing, and they wasted none of it…
So far, more than 4 million Mexican families have benefited from a government program aimed at combating some of the country’s toughest problems: poverty, illiteracy and poor health.
Oportunidades, which began in 2002, takes the innovative approach of paying these families to go to school, eat well and stay healthy. Eight years later, the concept is gaining international momentum.
The program is based on a “conditional-cash” idea, whereby eligible adults are given money for achieving specific goals, including regular medical checkups, taking classes on healthier eating habits, and making sure their children are enrolled in school.
Santiago Levy, a social economist and one of the men credited with implementing the “conditional-cash” approach in Mexico, recently spoke about Oportunitidades with PBS. Levy said that he wanted to focus on lasting ways to bring people out of poverty.
Peasants belonging to the group 400 Pueblos, who fight for land rights for poor farmers, march naked in Mexico City today. As U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick prepares to shoot one of his famous photos of crowds of naked people here on Sunday, nude protests have become a daily occurrence.