The translucent lustre of spinel cast the spell of loyalty and calmness. Wearers of the stone are shown the path to peaceful meditation and self-healing. When separated from loved ones, the power of the stone reduces anxiety and aides in coping with the separation. Spinel protects from troublesome influences and helps one find their way.
Isla gives her best friend Liam a handmade necklace containing a blue spinel in my fantasy novel Shadows in the Stone. She chose the gem carefully, sensing he’d one day need a resilient inner strength to help him survive and remain loyal to her. He’d also need extensive healing from the horrendous path I’ve plotted for him and positive encouragements to combat the negative influences in his life.
According to Healing Crystals and Gemstones, From Amethyst to Zirconby Dr. Flora Peschek-Bӧhmer and Gisela Schreiber, spinel is rare and found only in Sweden, Afghanistan, United States and Sri Lanka. One website states it can be found naturally in Burma, Thailand, Australia, Kenya and Brazil as well.
Spinel exists in many colours: pink, red violet, orange, blue, dark green, black and translucent. The tough stone was mistaken for ruby and sapphire until about 150 years ago. The famous Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial State Crown is actually red spinel.
Magic tenders know spinel as the element of fire. Its energy is protective. It’s used to lend strength to body and mind while spell casting.
Though Liam is no magic-user, the influences of his spinel stone will guide him and perhaps let him one day reunite with Isla.
Throughout The Castle Keepers Series, my characters use stones to empower their magic, clear their minds and focus on the task at hand. Each character vital to the plot carries a stone. They don’t know why until the end of the third book.
Through a series of blogs, I’ll share the magic of stones, those used in my novel and those found on my travels.
I’ve been a stone collector for many years. I am drawn to them and scatter them about my living space as if candles to light my way.