Ilvaite (that first letter is an “i”) is akin to Black Tourmaline – and “out-of-the-box,” it’s a more powerful version of it – also much more rare (and expensive). It has a distinctive bowing termination, and is often tighter in formation than Tourmaline (ie. not ever flaky, as can be the latter). It’s associated also (as is Black Tourmaline) with boundaries, but it’s more proactive in setting limits…can be used more as a wand (projecting energy) rather than more static, in simply defining space.
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Obsidian (all types)
Be sure to read this whole description – and click through to each photo – as they all have blurbs particularly explaining the different varieties (and why they matter).
Additional varieties notwithstanding – I consider the elemental Obsidian to be Black Obsidian – a pure, uniformly colored volcanic glass (it comes out of the ground, molten!). It symbolizes Clear Openness, “the Black before (and between) Creation,” and even The Void (Outer Space, etc.).
It’s not meant to be scary or death-oriented – or even capable of “housing” evil – it’s simply a blackboard…blank, unwritten on…full of potential and possibility.
You can use is for general clearing, space clearing, “holding-the-space” in ritual, opening you up to opportunities.
Other types of Obsidian include:
– Mahogany Obsidian
– Apache Tears
– Rainbow Obsidian
– Gold & Silver Sheen Obsidian
– Spider Web Obsidian
– Midnight Lace Obsidian
– Snowflake Obsidian
And there’s more! Remember to click through each photo, and read its description. Actually, at first you’ll just see the photos. There’s a little icon in the lower right of the screen with 9 little squares…click on that to who the text beneath each image…Kyle@CrystalConcentrics.com with any issues – to learn more – or to purchase some Obsidian, please email me.
Ventifacts (Basalt shards)
Not all Basalt is created equal – there’s polished material – and of course the famous natural formations of it (I think Devil’s Tower may be made of it). Anyhow, my personal favorite is the Ventifact – a name that comes from Latin, “Venti” being wind – and “Fact” meaning “made” (think “fait” or made, in French). Indeed these shards of igneous (magma or volcanic) rock – found near the South Pole, on the open steppes of Argentina – are shaped by wind and sand (or airborne particles).
All of mine seem to be 3-sided, which is kind of unique in the stone world, and has meaning for those who believe in the Trinity of any sort (not just Christian). There is a 3-sided dagger of Spiritual significance in Tibet. And then of course, there is the pyramid, trigon, or Crystalline “record keeper.”
Ventifacts – as a result of having been polished by nature, comparable to river worn Jades – have a magnificent, soft and smooth surface.
They are like a wand, but not a conduit for our energy. They are what I call “the black torch” – clearing (and oddly, lighting) the way before us – like Ganesha, the Indian elephant deity (who is associated with successful ventures).
I always recommend Ventifacts for people looking for support in their movement and progress. Small pieces impart the energy directly to the hand, and are easier to store, and have around. The bigger pieces can “hold” a room, or be part of larger layouts or (as I call them) “constellations.”
One of my favorites, for sure.
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