flow like water, into Winter.
My working partner and I have flowed out of Water now, with our rite completed and that portion of the Work done. Only Earth remains, and I really look forward to it. Twilight filled our space with blue light, and we let ourselves drift in it.
As with all our other rites, the upcoming element and season stood on the threshold and reminded us how close the cusp was, even as we worked. We got wind and snow and bitter cold and ice for our working, Winter on the doorstep of Autumn. Thankfully were warm and safe inside. After the rite, what had flowed quickly became solid - the snow on the roads froze hard, and I had my own little ‘solidification’ to deal with. The elements are pleased to let us Work, but there’s no lingering or stalling - it is ever onward, to the end.
I am very pleased and happy that we managed to persevere through some fairly major obstacles to keep the Work going. :) Now onto Earth!
Helpful Hints for Witches #4
Not everything sold to us as genuine gemstones genuinely are! There are many imitation gemstones out there, as well as stones with trade names that make them seem more rare or valuable than they are. Many gems are enhanced with healing or irradiation. Still others are plated in minerals. And then there are ‘stones’ that aren’t natural minerals at all. Glass has been used to mimic gemstones for thousands of years.
Goldstone is copper in clear or coloured glass. It can be brown-gold, blue-purple, or green.
A form of opal glass, also called opalite, is often misleadingly called moonstone. This glass is a translucent milky white, with no adularescence or iridescence, and can come in many pale tints of colours such as pink, or blue.
There’s also cat’s eye glass, that has a nearly white cat’s eye effect and comes in just about any brilliant colour you can think of. Natural stones with the same chatoyant properties exist - but they are rare, and often very expensive!
There are any number of forms of ‘opal’ that are just opal glass - ‘dragon’s breath’ comes to mind, a form of glass designed to mimic a Mexican Fire Opal.
Glass is still totally awesome - a form of quartz silica made molten in fire and then blown, molded, and crafted into fantastic shapes and colours. It has its’ own alchemy and energy, and its’ beauty is worth appreciating.
But really - if you’re going to buy it, you should know it for what it is, and if you’re going to pay for it, it should be labelled as what it really is. Before you go shopping, or get sucked in by your own shiny object fixation, do a little research and know what it is you’re looking at.