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Curonian Spit

Curonian Spit these days (by Artur Melkumian)

Plinius about amber

In 79 AD, Plinius wrote that the women of northern Italy wore amber beads against thyroid.

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Gustloff tragedy

The MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German ship which was sunk on 30 January 1945 by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilians, officials and military personnel from Gdynia (Gotenhafen), occupied Poland, as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate 9,400 people died, which would make it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.

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Prayer beads

According to Mohammed, a true believer’s prayer beads should be made of amber.

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Koenigsberg in 1944

Short music video that shows views of Königsberg (Ostpreußen) from a bird’s flight in summer 1944, about 1 – 3 month before the Allied bombing.

Luther and amber

Martin Luther carried a piece of amber in his pocket as a protection against kidney stones.

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Norse Myth of the Divine Origin of Amber

Freya, beautiful, blue-eyed, blond goddess of love, beauty, and fertility had a weakness for beautiful jewels. She was wed to handsome Odur, the sunshine, and bore him two lovely daughters. They lived in her palace, Folkvanger, in the land of Asgard.

viking23One day Freya was out for a walk along the border of her kingdom. This was the boundary of the kingdom of the Black Dwarfs. As she walked she noticed some of the dwarfs making a beautiful necklace. It glistened as golden as the bright sun and caused Freya to stop to admire it. Freya was told this treasure was the Brisingamen, or the Brising necklace and of great value to the dwarfs.

“Oh, you must sell me the necklace. I will give a treasure of silver for I cannot live without it. I have never seen one as beautiful.”

The dwarfs told her that all the silver in the world could not purchase the Brisingamen. Believing she could not endure without owning the necklace, she asked:

“Is there any treasure in the world for which you would sell me the necklace?”

“Yes, you must buy it from each of us.” answered the dwarfs, “for it is the treasure of your love. If you are wed to each of us for a day and a night, Brisingamen shall be yours.”

Bewitched by the sparkle of the beautiful necklace, Freya was over come with madness. She forgot Odur, she forgot her two lovely daughters, she even forgot she was the Queen of the Aesir. In her madness, she agreed to the pact. No one in Aesir knew about the weddings of barter except the mischief-maker Loki, who seemed to always be around when evil was brewing.

After four days and nights of these unholy unions, Freya returned to her palace to live in shame. She hid the necklace she had given her honor for. But Loki came to Odur in inform him of what had taken place in the land of the dwarfs. Odur demanded proof of these scandalous tales. To provide evidence, Loki set out to steal the necklace. Turning himself into a flea, he flew into Freya’s chambers and bit her on the cheek while she slept. The bite caused Freya to turn so he was able to remove the necklace.

Loki went to Odur and showed him the evidence of her infidelity. Odur tossed the necklace aside, left the kingdom of Asgard, a traveled to far distant lands. Freya woke the next morning to find both her necklace and husband gone.

Weeping, she went to Valhalla to confess to the father god Odin whose palace was near the amber valley of Glaesisvellir. At the entrance to Valhalla was an amber grove called Glaeser, with trees that dripped beads of amber. The kindly Odin forgave Freya for her evil, but demanded a penance. Taking the Brisingamen from Loki, he commanded Freya to wear the necklace for eternity and wander the world in search of her lost love, Odur.

As she wanders the world she continues weeping. The teardrops which land on soil turn to gold in the rocks, those which fall in the sea are turned to amber.

(The word glaeser is derived from the German word gles of glaes which latter was the derivation of the word glass, when the substance was introduced into Northern Europe.)

Amber Healing

Amber is best worn directly on the skin which will naturally absorb the oils of the amber resin which is said to transmute negative energies into positive energies. It can be carried, worn, or used as an elixir.

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Colors of Amber:

  • Black colored amber protects against psychic vampires and psychic attacks/ Red amber is a helpful grounding stone and can be used as an amulet in fertility rituals.
  • Red amber also stimulates sexual desires and prompts orgasm. Golden amber offers peace and promotes self love and acceptance.
  • Golden amber can be used in healing to repair damages to the auric field, karmic release, and emotional healing.
  • Green amber is a motivator stone that help guide you along your life path. It helps to dissolve blocks that are hindering your spiritual growth. Grounding and purifying.
  • Honey colored amber adds sweetness to your life. It helps you understand where you are at along your life path. Honey amber teaches us to let go of stuff that is blocking us from allowing spirit to step in and help smooth away the rough patches. Knowing stone.
  • Black colored amber protects against psychic vampires and psychic attacks/ Red amber is a helpful grounding stone and can be used as an amulet in fertility rituals.
  • Red amber also stimulates sexual desires and prompts orgasm. Golden amber offers peace and promotes self love and acceptance.
  • Golden amber can be used in healing to repair damages to the auric field, karmic release, and emotional healing.
  • Green amber is a motivator stone that help guide you along your life path. It helps to dissolve blocks that are hindering your spiritual growth. Grounding and purifying.
  • Honey colored amber adds sweetness to your life. It helps you understand where you are at along your life path. Honey amber teaches us to let go of stuff that is blocking us from allowing spirit to step in and help smooth away the rough patches. Knowing stone.

Samland

Map of Samland amber coast, where amber was collected and stored in barrels for shipping. The Hel Peninsula is marked as well as the modern city of Elblag in Poland. The map dates from 1539 and this image was reproduced from Amber The Golden Gem of the Ages (1993) by P. C. Rice

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