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Theosophical Society

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Theosophical Society Madame Blavatsky - Helen Petrova Blavatsky Born 8/12 1831 Ukraine Died 5/8/1891 Age 59 By her late teens Helena was studying Esoteric Knowledge Plythogora, Plato, Buddha, Hindu She travelled extensively though the Russian Empire by 1849 she was traveling through Europe, the Americas and India. She often worked as a Medium through her travels to support herself. She brought the eastern philosophy to the west, helping to bridge the gap, she helped start the idea of bringing all types of spirituality together to understand each other. Col.Henry Steel Olcott - B. 8/2/1832 D 2/17/1907 Civil War Officer, he helped investigate Lincoln’s assassination, he was a lawyer in New York when he met Helena Blavatsky. Known for Revival of Buddhism In 1874 Henry became aware of the seances of the Eddy Brothers of Chittenden, Vermont. Henry wrote an article for the New York Sun,  about Eddy Farms. His article was popular enough that other papers, such as the New York Daily Gra

Cults

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  Cultus – to Cultivate - to give gifts or sacrifices to the Gods   Dictionary – A Cult is a religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader. Father Divine  - God – Peace Mission Movement Father Divine was an evangelist – his messages came from the New Thought Movement (Law of Attraction) taught by George Baker. He taught he was God and referred to himself as such.  He was an early Civil Rights influencer. He preached for equal rights for women and men. Giving women jobs that men would have in the 20’s – 40’s. He encouraged racial integration in all of his businesses and during sermons.  He bought hotels and created boarding houses  to encourage racial integration within his ministry, helping his congregation get jobs, having banquets to feed his congregation good food so they could eat with dignity.  What were Father Divines require

Opals - October Birthstone

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Opal – October Birthstone – Magical stone Form & Structure  Amorphous (no crystal structure as in natural glass) mineraloid found in massive formation or as cavity fillings in fractures or pockets within bedrock  Chemical structure silicone dioxide, with water present 5-10% The molecules containing the silicon and oxygen atoms are enclosed in tiny spheres, which capture and refract the light.  Color  White, blue, pink, red, black, orange-red, yellow, with different levels of rainbow opalescence.  Rarity Consult a Specialist. Make sure you are buying a certified opal. They are easily created. Moh’s  5.5-6 Geography  Australia, Mexico, USA  Chakras – all Healing Effects – match pieces of opal to the chakra to which they correspond by color, for example – blue for the throat tp open communication.  Tradition, History and Lore  The word Opal is adapted from the Latin term Opalus which came from the Sanskrit word Upala – which means ‘precious stone’ Writing bef

The Fox Sisters - Spiritualism

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  Fox Sisters We are starting with some history about some of the spiritualist who were during this time period -  Andrew Jackson Davis - the Seer of Poukeepsie  Medical Intuitive, Clairvoyant, Seer, 1840 - Natures Divine Revelations Born 8/11/1826 D 1/13/1910 - Spiritualist Frank Mesmer - Mesmerist. B-5/23/1734 D - 3/5/1815  mown for animal magnetism Franz Anton Mesmer (23 May 1734 – 5 March 1815) was a German physician with an interest in astronomy . He theorised the existence of a natural energy transference occurring between all animated and inanimate objects; this he called " animal magnetism ", sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. Mesmer's theory attracted a wide following between about 1780 and 1850, and continued to have some influence until the end of the 19th century.[2] In 1843, the Scottish doctor James Braid proposed the term " hypnotism " for a technique derived from animal magnetism; today the word " mesmerism " generally

Sapphire

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A Sapphire is the birthstone for September, the gem of the 45 th wedding anniversary, a Sapphire Jubilee occurs after 65 years. Sapphire is an Oxide mineral Aluminum Oxide – AI203 Crystal System Trigonal Color – Typically Blue, but varies gray, black, colorless,  Moh’s 9.0 Rarity – top-grade gem sapphires are rare and expensive: lower grade pieces can be obtained from crystal suppliers Geography – Australia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, China (Shandong), Columbia, Ethiopia. India (Kashmir), Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma) , Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand,, United States (Montana) and Vietnam Sapphires and Rubies are often found in the same geographical area. The best quality comes from Kashmir, India followed by Sri Lanka and Madagascar.  Untreated Sapphires are worth more that those treated. Most Sapphires have been heat treated for color. When you buy your Sapphires make sure to find out what type of Sapphire you are buy

August Birthstones, Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel

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  Peridot -  Form and Structure  Orthorhombic:  Useful cleaner and great for clearing: increases the flow of information  opaque when raw, clear and  sparkly when polished Mostly small shapes. Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine . Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of its attractive yellowish green colors. The gem often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in these two elements. Peridot is also found near meter sites - one specifically in Siberia, 1749. There were enough large pieces to make large pieces of jewelry.  Color - olive green, or yellow -green stone, brown Geography Brazil, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka USA Moh’s - 6.5-7 History and legend Peridot is named after the French word peridot, meaning gold, because the mineral can vary towards this color.  It is also the stone given celebrate the 16th year of marriage.  Peridot is the National gem of Egypt - the Gem of the Sun Pe