The Jade in the Library
Birthstone: Pisces, Taurus, and Virgo
You climb down the stairs, quietly thanks to the beautiful rug draped over the dark wood, to go to your usual afternoon chore as the maid at Gossington Hall. On your way to the kitchen, you pass by the library, taking a double-take as you see someone lying on the floor. This is a curious sight, so you come up closer. To your utter shock, you realize that it's a dead body! You run up to Dolly Bantry with the news. You hold onto your Jade gems as you recite what you uncovered only moments ago, to keep from fainting. Why the Jade gems?
Jade has been around for at least 100,000 years (wow - right?). It is a tough stone, so many had used it in the past to polish and sharpen tools such as ax heads, knives, and weapons. To clean it physically and spiritually, people would throw it into water wells. However, while it had useful physical properties, its beauty was just as influential, inspiring both poetry and music. Indeed, it had been used as a protective talisman that could assure a long life as it is considered a powerful healing stone. An amulet of good luck and friendship, Jade brings wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative while encouraging people to see themselves as they really are. I think just that is a powerful capability and an absolute "must" for all of us who are searching for the truth.
Jade is said to bless whatever it touches. It is the ultimate "dream stone," revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, and is believed to help access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and read the meaning of dreams. It is also believed to heal people that suffer from kidney or bladder disorders. In fact, Nephrite is from the Greek word "nephros", which means "the kidney."
Jade is a gemstone shared by two distinctly different minerals—Nephrite, a calcium magnesium silicate, and Jadeite, a sodium aluminum silicate. Though they have different compositions, both are exceptionally tough stones, similar in appearance, and equally valuable in metaphysical properties. Both boast the beautiful olive shades that we've come to recognize as jade green, but have some variations.
Racecar drivers and race jockeys have been known to carry Jade because they believe it can bring them success in racing. Business people have been known to hold a piece of Jade in their hand because they think it will help them make the proper decision in business deals, leading them in the right direction for success. In the case of our heroine, she uses it to give her the strength necessary to get through anything that life throws her way. What do you want to use Jade for?
“Because when you’re in love, you think you’re invincible. It blinds you. And you don’t seem to care.”