Referred to as "black jewel" by the ancients, the Jet is a mystical stone, which according to occult tradition, is used for meditation and transformation.
The Jet stone virtues are thus described by Pliny, according to the version of Holland:
"In burning, the perfume thereof chaseth away serpents, and bringeth women again that lie in a traunce by the suffocation or rising of the mother; the said smoke discovereth the falling sicknesse and bewraieth whether a young damsel be a maiden or no; the same being boiled in wine helpeth the toothache, and tempered with wax cureth the swelling glandules named the king's evil. They say that the magicians use this jeat stone much in their sorceries, which they practice by the means of red hot axes, which they call axinomancia, for they affirm that being cast thereupon it will burne and consume, if that ewe desire and wish shall happen accordingly."
Black or brownish in color, Jet is known in Prussia as black amber, and is a stone of organic origin — merely a type of coal, which can be polished. Jet is a variation of one particular type of coal — lignite. If rubbed, the Jet stone gets charged.
Modern mystics still cling to the old belief that the smoke or fumes from burning jet will repel the germs of plague, pestilence, fevers, infections, hysteria, hallucinations, epilepsy, dropsy, neck swellings, headaches and stomach troubles. Powdered jet drunk in water or wine is also "good for" colds, gout, cramps, toothache, palsy, and premenstrual syndrome. At one time, Jet was used in powdered form and mixed with beeswax as an ointment to treat tumors.
The Jet stone was used in Talismans and Amulets throughout the ancient world. Its alleged amuletic properties include dispelling depression and fearful thoughts, and protection from thunderstorms.
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Sources: (1) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (3) Bonner, Campbell, Studies in Magical Amulets, University of Michigan Press; (4) Budge, E. A. Wallis, Amulets and Talismans, Carol Publishing Corporation; (5) Walker, Barbara G., The Book of Sacred Stones: Fact and Fallacy in the Crystal World, Harper & Row.
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