Cinnabar heals and
purifies blood. It imparts strength and flexibility to the physical
body, stabilizes weight and enhances fertility. Reputed to give
wearer long life. Connected with all things physical, exercise and to keep fit.
A colorful mineral that is unique to the mineral color palette-an attractive
cinnamon to scarlet red. Well shaped crystals are uncommon and the twinned
crystals are considered classics among collectors. The twinning in cinnabar
is distinctive and forms a penetration twin that is ridged with six ridges
surrounding the point of a pyramid. It could be thought of as two
scalahedral crystals grown together with one crystal going the opposite way
of the other crystal. Cinnabar was mined by the Roman Empire for its mercury
content and it has been the main ore of mercury throughout the centuries.
Some mines used by the Romans are still being mined today. Cinnabar shares
the same symmetry class with quartz but the two form different crystal
Cinnabar- is a mercury sulfide. Cinnabar links East and West traditions of
alchemy, because it is made of the two elements important to each tradition.
From the tradition of Western alchemy, we know that mercury represents the
soul and sulfur represents the spirit, therefore cinnabar bridges what is
honestly real and deep within each of us to what is supremely divine. In the
East, cinnabar and mercury represented re-birth and the ability to
regenerate. Together they symbolize the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Eastern alchemy ignored sulfur as a spiritual element, and focused on
extracting mercury to obtain the substance they believed conferred
immortality or at the very least long life. However, just the opposite was
true. It was not uncommon to ingest mercury which led to early death and
brain dysfunction. Today, cinnabar is crushed and reconstituted for jewelry
purposes, but some natural specimens are available. Cinnabar is good for
conditioning reflexes as it provides feedback to the autonomic nervous
system regarding physical exercise and practice. It is useful for all
professions or interests which involve developing reflexes, such as race car
driving, hunting, martial arts, etc. With clear quartz, cinnabar can be
utilized to strengthen the nervous system and brain wave polarities.
Cinnabar reduces and balances overactive electromagnetic impulses, and can
be helpful for sleep apnea, Turrette's Syndrome, and Parkinson's disease,
among others. Cinnabar was used historically as vermilion pigment. Cinnabar
is listed as an Etheric Conditioner in the Spiritual Apothecary. (1st and
Said to attract abundance - try keeping cinnabar in your wealth corner.
Warning: Since Cinnabar is
mercury based, caution should be used in the handling of it. It is
poisonous if ingested, so wash your hands after handling it. Cinnabar
(mercury sulfide) is the single most toxic mineral to handle on Earth. The
name of the crystal means dragons blood, and it is the main ore of mercury.
Forming near volcanos and sulfur deposits, the bright red crystals signal
danger of the worst kind. Cinnabar may release pure mercury if disturbed or
heated, causing tremors, loss of sensation and death. In the Middle Ages and
late 1700s, being sent to work in Spanish mines containing cinnabar
formations was widely considered a death sentence. Cinnabar was widely used
in Chinese history for ornamental food dishes, and intricate carvings were
created from chunks of it, sometimes at the expense of the artisans. Even
more incredibly, some ancient medical practitioners believed cinnabar held
healing powers, and prescribed it for certain conditions.
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