You see, back in the old days, there were a lot of gods, via priests, vying for the attentions and donations of the public. And one of the methods of attracting worshipers was to have engineers design magnificent creations to be used in the temples. I learned about these amazing feats of gimmickry from The History Channel Ancient Discoveries: Machines of the Gods. From the site:
Alexandria became the centre of this temple trickery. Writers from all over the ancient world flocked to document the strange devices. There are tantalising glimpses from the ancient texts which reveal some of the types of temple machines which were in operation. One of the most famous illusions was to be found at the Temple of Serapis, where an iron chariot hung suspended in mid air. The spectacle appeared to be the work of the gods. In fact, it is believed that a giant lodestone was suspended from the ceiling which would have made the iron chariot appear to be floating by an act of god. The trickery worked, attracting many new visitors to the temple.The tone of the show is slightly condescending in terms of the gullibility of the worshipers but I'm too fascinated by the ancient inventions to care all that much. There were doors that opened automatically when an individual approached. There were statues of goddesses that seemed to pour out life-giving milk. There were rotating dancers and dragons that moaned as water pressure forced an arrow to shoot them. And the list goes on. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend you check out the show; it's worth it!
Anyway, back to lodestones. Even though I find the ancient uses of lodestone interesting my main concern is their use within hoodoo. Lodestones must be "fed" periodically with magnetic sand to keep them from "starving", magically speaking. They can be used for a variety of different spells depending on their size and their "gender" (more on that in a bit). Single large lodestones are used draw luck or money. Small, gravel-sized stones are carried singly or in pairs in mojo bags to attract love and luck. The very smallest lodestones are submerged in oils to be used for later spellwork.
Paired lodestones, either female/male, male/male or female/female are used in love and fidelity spells. A "male" lodestone is pyramidal or pointed and a "female" lodestone is cubicle or rounded. Generally speaking, paired lodestones should be about the same size and should "fit" together. According to Lucky Mojo:
The matching process consists of sprinkling the lodestones very lightly with magnetic sand to visually reveal their magnetic polarities, and then, by trial and error, finding pairs in which two edges join together well along their planar, convex, or concave surfaces AND also have the proper positive-negative charges that allow them to "draw" or attract along these selected surfaces.I've always had a thing for hematite as well as any kind of earthbound object produced or affected by lightning, like fulgurite. And, this just occurred to me, I guess this means I have ties to Zeus/Jupiter, specifically Jupiter Fulgurator, as he is the god of lightning. Perhaps I should look at him more closely. I've read that, according to some American Indians and others, it's bad luck to burn lightning struck wood in a fire or stove. But I wonder about using lightning struck wood to, for example, make a ritual tool? It's been touched by a bit of the heavens and, while it obviously wouldn't be magnetized, I figure it would still have some powerful qualities attached to it.
What do you think of lightning in terms of its magical effects?
The danger from burning Lightning- Struck wood in a contained hearth is the Fire's Promethian (heavenly) origin: It could be a bit uncontainable, given it's Firey or Inspirational origins... Kind of paralleling the Tarot's Lightning Tower card-- destruction of the shell reveals a vast storehouse of treasure within...
Personally, I once had a small "chunk" of wood from a tree in our yard that was struck my lightning. I smoothed down some of the worst splinters but otherwise kept it "rough/natural" and used it somewhat like a talishman for energetic workings. It felt, for lack of a better term, charged, the same way one would use a quartz crystal, or other blessed sacred tool, to help focus and direct any magical workings. Kinda like a "battery" with slightly differetn energy than a sun-purified rock, or a moon-lit bottle of clear snowy water.
But that's just me. :)
Hi great blog! I have a question about the lodestones,on storing the pair together,what surface to you recommend putting them on? Wood,iron,or glass? Thank-You
Hey Cygnus! I hadn't thought of it that way! Very cool.
Maebius, I bet that would feel different than something charged in the moonlight, etc. Hmm, if I ever get the chance I may have to find out for myself.
Anon, Oh yeah, I forget to mention that in the original post didn't I?
Catherine from Lucky Mojo says: "I was taught to keep lodestones stored in non-magnetizable containers to avoid "draining" the magnetism from the stones. The containers can be made of non-metallic substances (wood, glass, or (ugh!) plastic), or of non-ferrous metal." For more check out the site at: http://www.luckymojo.com/lodestone.html
to anon 28 Jan --
What seems to compliment, from your eyes, the crystals.. This is best, a complimentary balance.
Or over-so in one direction to effect the onset of it's complimentary...
Hi there Maebius.. good feel on the energy-- each source would have it's own characteristics... SHOULD have it's own charac...
Talked to my friend maree recently. She'd be happy to accompany us in Blessing the Land...
i already have ideas...
Groovus! I gotta admit though, I'm kinda scared about driving all the way out there. I have never set foot that way and am not a confident driver. Plus, there's always the fact that you could be an axe murderer in disguise as a dirt loving pagan.
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