by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
In European folklore and folk-belief of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, “familiar spirits” (sometimes referred to simply as “familiars” or “animal guides”) were real or supernatural entities believed to assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic. According to the records of the time, they would appear in numerous guises, often as an animal, but also at times as a human or humanoid figure. Crystals like hematite, cat’s eye, tiger’s eye, snakeskin agate, obsidian, dragon stone, tiger iron and a variety of other stones were believed to taken on or embody the energies of these “familiar spirits”.
Magnetic Hematite is one of the most mystical of all gemstones. This stone is cold to the touch even in the heat of summer and worn as a bracelet to cool the blood. Magnet Therapy can increase blood flow and circulation and this is how it can help speed up the healing process and alleviate pain. The human body contain a magnetic charge that is essential for it to function. Magnetic hematite is very good for arthritis and joint pain.
Try a neck massage with a pair and feel what magnets can do for you. They can also be directly bandaged onto an affected area or onto acupressure points. WARNING: Hematite magnets are very powerful. Do not put these magnets near your Television, Computer Monitor or CPU. Do not allow to come into contact with digital equipment or tapes containing data – these can erase data. Use caution – not for use for people with pacemakers.
Flat piece of hematite can be placed anywhere on the body to help move blood, increase circulation and help us to feel grounded and rooted. It can allow us connections with our own “familiars” who can help us on our own journeys of astral travel.
Sit in a comfortable position on the floor. If you are unable to do this, sit in a chair. Hold your stone in your dominant hand with the other hand underneath. Close your eyes. Take some peaceful breaths of cleansing and renewal. Feel the breath draw life into the body and the spirit. Breathe deeper and feel the breath draw not just from the air around you but also from the earth below. Breathe in this earth energy with each breath. Breathe with every pore of your body, feeling the awakening that is beginning to happen.
Allow the life giving energies to pour into you and renew both your body and spirit. Let the earth energy surround you and flow into you. Feel it pulsing through your veins and surrounding you altogether. Continue to breathe this way, slowly and begin to relax even more. As you sink deeper into this relaxation, feel yourself moving gently deeper into your body. Allow it to melt into the floor beneath you.
Know that the floor is supported by the secure structure of the building, the building by the secure foundation and the foundation is supported by secure mother Earth. You become aware that you are centered again within it. You feel it surround you and you are comforted by its familiarity. You realize that your body has also been renewed and refreshed while you were in the midst of the profound love you just experienced.
This gives you great pleasure. Now breathe deeply in and out and feel the body’s life systems awakening. Breathe deeply again and as you release the breath, you become aware of all the sounds of life around you. Breathe a third time, you are fully awake, refreshed, and renewed and remembering all that you have learned.