Artist Feature: Kate Madeloso

Kate Madeloso

“My art quilt is titled ‘Fundy Flame Agate’ and was inspired by the photographs of Chris and Dave Sheppard of Nova Scotia. (visit Fundy Rocks on Facebook). It is definitely one of the more unusual art quilts I have created and was very challenging indeed.”

“A representation of a slice of agate combined with a quartz amethyst center where I have used crystal beading, painted saran wrap, melted tyvek and all sorts of other techniques.”

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Weight or Lightness?

Excerpt from “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” By Milo Kundera

“Which then shall we choose? Weight or Lightness? Is the heaviness truly deplorable and lightness splendid? The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. The heaviest of burdens is simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.

Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into the heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What than shall we choose, weight or lightness? Parmenides saw the world divided into two pairs of opposites: light/darkness, fineness/coarseness, warmth/cold, being/nonbeing. One half of the opposition he called positive (light, fineness, warmth, being). the other negative. We might find this division into positive and negative poles childishly simple except for one difficulty:which is positive, weight or lightness? 

Parmenides responded: lightness is positive, weight negative. Was he correct or not? That is the question. The only certainty is: the lightness/weight opposition is the most mysterious, most ambiguous of all.”

The Elements

Crystals and stones have been used in the arts of alchemy and magic for ages. Different stones are traditionally associated with different elements of nature. The traditional four elements in Western culture are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

Earth

Signs are Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Earth represents practicality, stability, materialism, realism. Practical and dependable, earth signs provide the resources necessary for the functions of life. There usually a deep affinity with nature. Earth signs are the builders of long-lasting structures.

Earth Stones – Agate, Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Halite (salt rock crystal), Hematite, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, Peridot, Quartz, Salt (all types), Black Tourmaline

Air

Signs are Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Air symbolizes mental processes, language, intellect, reason, human communication and social relationships. Air signs provide the ideas that make things happen.

Air Stones – Amethyst, Citrine, Diamond, Mica, Opal, Tiger Eye, Topaz, Turquoise, White/Clear Fluorite, Zircon

Fire

Signs are Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. Fire symbolizes passion, energy, impulse, enthusiasm, inspiration, idealism, faith. Fire signs are the leaders and the cheerleaders of the zodiac. They provide us with much needed inspiration, motivation and creative energy.

Fire Stones – Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Garnet, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Red Tourmaline, Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Volcanic Black Salt (natural)

Water

Signs are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. Water symbolizes emotion, mysticism,  and intuition. These signs are the “feelers,” the nurturers, the caretakers.

Water Stones – Amethyst, Aqua Aura Quartz, Aquamarine, Azurite, Moonstone, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue (Indigo) Halite/Salt, Blue Topaz, Chalcedony, Blue Tourmaline, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Pearl, Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Sea Salt, Selenite

Find the previous blog post regarding Healing Stones & Properties.

The Lure of the Shark Tooth

Symbol

Wearing a shark tooth has long been espoused as a symbol of strength and potency. As a talisman to bring affluence and good fortune to the wearer’s life, it is believed to protect the individual. This species’ tooth is the totem symbol which confirms self-confidence, self-trust and momentum in life.

Trend

This trend first came to prominence during the 1970’s, a time often remembered for brave and often unsuccessful fashion choices.

History

In some environmental and geological patterns, shark’s teeth are the most common fossil. These fossils are used to examine the information on shark progression and natural science as teeth’s are frequently thought to be a piece of the fossil. For fossil records, shark teeth are used to conduct research on its structure, migration patterns of the shark for food and also to identify shark species. During the late Ordovician period, say about 450 million years ago, the most ancient fossilized shark teeth’s are found, but generally available fossil teeth’s are from Cenozoic era date back to 66 million years ago. Sharks teeth are made up of calcium phosphate minerals, so traditionally believed to treat the calcium deficiency from the body of the wearer. With the easy availability all over the world, their presence can easily be seen in Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks. Popularly known as tongue stone it is an energetic symbol for the holder and help to convey sleek authority messages.