Amber Gemstone Ancient Mythology. Thales of Miletus, one of the seven sages of Greek antiquity, observed around 600 B.C. that amber, when vigorously rubbed against a woolen garment, acquired the ability to lift small objects such as hair and straw. Centuries later, the first particle known to carry an electrostatic charge would take its name from the Greek word for amber – electron. Thus Thales, without knowing it, had laid the foundations for what would become the study of electricity.
The people of the Paleolithic Age as well as the Greeks and Romans were very familiar with amber and used it routinely to make jewelry. It is also considered one of the oldest substances associated with worship. Necklaces made from amber beads have been found in burial sites dating back as far as 8,000 B.C.
Amber is known by many names: Nordic gold, tears of the sun, wo kuo, and the soul of the tiger, to name but a few.
The English word amber is derived from the Medieval Latin word “ambar”, which in turn comes from the Arabic word “anbar” meaning “fragrant”. Although we now know that amber is not the only material with electrostatic properties (sulfur, glass, resin and porcelain all have similar properties), throughout the Middle Ages its seemingly “magical” abilities were enough to generate a long list of legends and traditions.
Amber Gemstone Ancient Mythology is considered to be a sacred stone both by Native Americans and the various peoples of India and has often been used as part of the fire rites and rituals of these ancient peoples. It was also burned as incense during the Middle Ages to purify the environment of negativity.
The ancient Chinese believed that when a tiger died, its soul was made of amber. At other times, phalluses were carved from amber to attract and promote fertility. Indeed, amber has been used by many indigenous peoples either to protect against infertility or to stimulate fertility. Many projects associated with fertility such as frogs, rabbits and fish have been carved from amber and many ancient traditions associated with universal life energy have arisen around amber.
Amber is also one of the oldest decorative materials. Beads and other objects made from amber have been found in tombs for many thousands of years. Shamans, druids and Celtic witches in northern England wore necklaces made from amber beads to protect them against spells and evil forms of magic.
Amber Gemstone Ancient Mythology has been used by many indigenous peoples either to protect against infertility or to stimulate fertility. Many projects associated with fertility such as frogs, rabbits and fish have been carved from amber and many ancient traditions associated with universal life energy have arisen around amber.
Classical Asian traditions tell us that the universe was created from four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water, all of which stem from a fifth element, akasha. Akasha is the stellar atmosphere or “ether”. It is as much outer space as it is animal energy; the strength and life force of all beings. Also all fossils have an organic origin, such as xyloopalios (petrified wood), the gemstone jet, amber, coral and others. These are combined directly with akasha and so are considered to have a direct effect on the chakras that is different from that of minerals of an inorganic origin. The oscillations these organic artifacts produce are very similar to the oscillations of living organisms and, by extension, those of human beings.