The Magic of Minoa
Minoa was perhaps the first and primary society ruled by women. This mysterious civilization thrived on the island of Crete and other Aegean islands, preceding ancient Greece. Minoans were a peaceful civilization; life was simple. Fish was the main source of sustenance as ancient Minoans were intimately connected to the sea. Fruits grew well and were favored, especially olives, figs, and pomegranates. They had four main palace sites all over Crete where export trade and spiritual and political ceremonies occured. Knossos was the main palace that contained the legendary labyrinth where the richest spiritual rituals were held, with only the elite allowed in attendance. Ancient Minoans put great importance upon introspection, respecting their existence, and enjoying sensual enjoyments of the sun, art, pottery, food, and ceremony.
The Snake Goddess is a vivid symbol of this culture and its connection with life force and primal energy. Snake has long been associated with healing, transition, and transformation. It is a bridge between worlds and carries profound spiritual wisdom. Snake sheds its skin as it grows. During its shedding, it is vulnerable, and its eyes cloud over for 3 to 4 days, but it re-emerges whole. The Snake Goddess of Minoa embodies the power of change, including spiritual and physical metamorphosis. All of us carry this same power – the ability to release and renew ourselves.
The Minoan Goddess in her butterfly form stands for transformation in all its stages, and celebrates rebirth inherent to the process. The butterfly’s cycle, from egg to caterpillar and chrysalis, into its delicate wings of endurance, mirrors our soul’s evolution, and the cycles of life. We all transform and shapeshift, becoming more of our true selves. Through periods of dissolving, as the caterpillar in the cocoon, we surrender our current form to alchemize in miraculous new ways. No part of us is lost, but the new version can look and feel drastically different. Just as we imagine it does for the butterfly emerging anew, on wings that will carry it across the sky, across the world.
It’s unclear why the Minoan period ended. Mystery beckons us forward, reminding us of our own mystery. Minoa reconnects us with our ability to transform, leaving only traces of evidence to what we once were. We, just as she, can change, appear, and disappear.
Minoa, and its sacred symbols lead us to descend into the depths of the void, the center of ourselves, to come out renewed, enlightened, and whole.
Stones for Entering the Void
What is the void? The void is you – your wisdom, mystery and magic. Stones for Entering the Void were chosen with great intention. Those who choose to descend deeper within themselves are brave in their self-discovery, willing to confront their fears and reveal more truth. They uncover wisdom about the universe and themselves that will change their lives. These five stones work together to help you enter the space of yourself – the space that is greater, deeper, and richer than you can ever imagine. These stones will be your allies on a journey within yourself, down to your center, to help you reclaim more of your true self and emerge renewed.
The labyrinth represents life; the path of life, and is where you go to find yourself. In classical mythology, the labyrinth at Knossos in Crete was created to imprison the Minotaur. What does this represent, how can we find meaning that help us right now? The half beast, half man Minotaur stands for our basic nature and primal fears, especially of the unknown. When we can’t see or understand, we are afraid. Our unconscious, shadow, and fate seem threatening. To face your Minotaur is your hero’s journey, and you will find countless gifts and treasures on your way.
Are you ready to face your inner Minotaur in your own labyrinth? Unlike mazes, labyrinths have no dead-ends or choices along the way – your only choice is whether or not to enter and trust the path. Sometimes you will walk along the edges of your intricate labyrinth, with ample sunlight. You will reach the very center, the void, and you will experience your eternal existence in the darkness. At times, you will be joined by others, walking the path together. At turns, you will find yourself alone. Your labyrinth holds everything, and you are your labyrinth.
You pause at the entrance of a great, ancient labyrinth, knowing the Minotaur is within. The choice to enter is yours. There is no way to know where you will go or how you will get there. You make the leap of faith. You are in. You shed your skin along the way, releasing layers you no longer need; protection you’ve outgrown. With a brave heart, you continue following the path. Everything feels strangely familiar. And you realize you have finally met yourself. Part of you wants to stay, but that is not your destiny. You will come out, back into the world, transformed. Renewed wisdom, wholeness, and truest beauty will be yours.
Aragonite is formed from calcium carbonate and is mined in various locations across the world. Green aragonite is a stabilizing stone that centers and grounds physical energies. It helps you prepare for meditation and steadies spiritual development. Useful in times of stress, aragonite teaches acceptance and patience, especially helpful to those who feel they have too much responsibility. It provides strength and support, combating anger and emotional stress. Aragonite provides insight into the cause of problems and situations. It aids concentration and brings tolerance and flexibility to the mind.
As you enter the void, use green aragonite for courage, to help you face yourself and your path with faith and confidence. Aragonite is a powerful tool to employ when you feel like backing down. It is especially effective in spiritual pursuits, as it assists in releasing issues and emotional wounds of the past that hold you back. Deeply connected with the earth, aragonite embodies the Earth Goddess, and is a natural earth healer. As a human on this planet, on a spiritual journey, you are always balancing between heaven and earth; your finite body and your eternal soul. Aragonite will help clear blockages, allowing you to go further in your exploration and adventure.
Merlinite (Indigo Gabbro)
Indigo gabbro, also called mystic merlinite, is the stone of the magician – the wizardry stone that reveals ancient mysteries and channels elder spirits. It is a relatively new crystal mined in Madagascar and in various locations in Alaska. It has an amazing mix of colors from pale indigo to jet black. “Gabbro” refers to a large group of dark, coarse-grained igneous rock. Igneous rock is formed by the cooling and solidification of magma or lava. This stone is a combination of several minerals, including chlorite, muscovite, serpentine, and feldspar. Gabbro is an essential part of the oceanic crust.
A gem of the Indigo Ray or Third Eye energies, indigo gabbro is the stone of the higher self. It activates both the Crown and Third Eye Chakras to bring you into contact with your inner knowing and your guides. This gem is amazing in its ability to ground and amplify at the same time. As it helps you maintain rootedness and stability, it opens you up to higher energy. Indigo gabbro makes it easier to connect with Spirit and brings clarity to spiritual gifts. It is a wonderful tool to use for Tarot and intuitive readings, mediumship, automatic writing, and channeling. This gem is also known for its positive effects on the immune system, fevers, and infections. It is a purifier and protector, helping to cleanse and fortify the body.
Indigo gabbro is a powerful integrator of light and dark; conscious and subconscious. It embodies a balance of masculine and feminine energies and has the gift of bridging worlds and merging realms. Use this stone on your journey into the void to embrace your shadow, discovering the many gifts awaiting you there. Indigo gabbro will support you throughout your transformation, assist you in retrieving soul memories, and help make your spiritual awakenings part of your daily reality.
A stabilizing combination of magnetite and dolomite, pinolith is a very rare gem discovered in 1873 in Austria’s Turen Mountains. Its white and gray-black pigment is remarkable – ancient mineral impressions like an abstract work of art. Pinolith is a calming stone that alleviates emotional tension and brings abundant loving, nurturing energies. It infuses the intellect with deep peace for more effective meditation and promotes heartfelt love for self and others. This gem activates the Crown Chakra while simultaneously grounding the mind, which brings psychic clarity of vision. It keeps you steady in the midst of anxiety and aids the relief of illnesses in the midsection of the body, including the digestive system and female anatomy.
The vibration of pinolith is gentle, making it the perfect companion in times of change and growth. As you go deeper within yourself, you will have increasing opportunities to burn through old karma, let go of embedded memories, and release old versions of yourself. Pinolith is known as the karmic healing stone, and it imparts the wisdom of compassion. This gem teaches you to be kind to yourself as you work through your “stuff”. Its positive, soothing, serene nature eases feelings of hurt, fear, and loneliness. As a filtering stone, pinolith will help you sift out what is no longer yours to bear, freeing you of former binds.
Dravite (Brown Tourmaline)
Dravite, also known as brown tourmaline, is grounding and offers very specific metaphysical properties along with the protective properties of its relative, black tourmaline. When used with the Root Chakra, dravite is grounding, healing, and stress-relieving. Used with the Heart Chakra, it helps bring suppressed feelings to the surface to be loved. Dravite is a potent energy cleanser which helps you let go of emotional issues and traumas which may be hindering your personal growth. It gives you a boost of self-esteem, guiding you to fully love yourself. Dravite is also healing for the physical body and has an immediate calming effect on the nervous system. It can help heal lymphatic issues, as well digestive problems.
This gem is an earthy stone and it teaches us to accept ourselves and see things as they are; it brings us down to earth. When doing deep inner work, dravite is nourishing, encouraging, and stabilizing. It will help you ascend at the rate that is healthiest for you. Many of us use spirituality to avoid anything but the light, but the darkness is equally present in wholeness. To disassociate from our darkness is to live in constant separation, and what we push away comes back with more force and distortion. Dravite is the stone for bringing the shadow self to consciousness. It facilitates shadow integration, helping you access and accept both parts of yourself, the light and the dark. In fact, this is one of the greatest stones existing in the world for shadow work and self-acceptance. Dravite is especially helpful to those returning from a journey. As you emerge from your adventure in the void, keep this ally with you to help you fully integrate your soul experiences in your body, and to remember that “no one reaches heaven by flying”.
Clear quartz is a catch-all crystal and should be in absolutely every collection of gems. It is found on the Island of Crete and on nearly every continent in the world. Clear quartz is the gem of magnification, intensification, sealing of spells or intentions, gridding of the altar or sacred spaces, and holding sacred space. Clear quartz will amplify the properties of all other stones when used and worked with in conjunction. You can also program it to hold and remember your intentions. And, in a pinch, you can program your clear quartz to take on the properties and frequency of any other stone! Clear quartz is the only gem known to have this capacity. The clear quartz pieces in your Gem Wise sets are AAA grade.
As the most versatile and multi-dimensional gem, clear quartz is used for clearing, cleansing, and healing. Referred to as the stone of light, it heightens spiritual awareness and guides you toward becoming a vessel of light; to hold and radiate more and more pure light and love. Because clear quartz does not discriminate in its amplification, be careful to clean and clear your crystals regularly. They will take on, intensify, and contain the energy around them. Spiritually, clear quartz brings clarity, and physically, stimulates the nervous system – this is an active gem! Any intention you set can be profoundly activated by clear quartz, and it will help amplify your journey into the void.
The center of the acrylic grid and the focal point is the labyrinth. An ancient coin depicting the labyrinth from Knossos, Crete was a big part of its inspiration. This grid was created for your journey into your own labyrinth – to enter the void that is you. Each corner of the grid holds an ancient Minoan symbol to empower, protect and guide you along the way.
The bullhorns symbolize your fear and your courage. They stand for the fear of what you may face deep within your being, and your courage to confront, engage, keep moving, and overcome. The labrys or labyris (double-headed ax) placed between the horns symbolize the strength you have within to face your fear and embrace the wisdom you gain in overcoming your obstacles.
The Minoan butterfly symbolizes the transformation we all go through. As you are traveling down to the center of the labyrinth, imagine you are the caterpillar descending to the unknown, and the unknown is your chrysalis at the heart of the labyrinth. In your chrysalis, you dissolve, temporarily free from form. Finding more of your true essence, you change into the being you are to become. You re-emerge as the beautiful butterfly, in your own right, with your own wings.
Snakes represent the Minoan Goddess’ role as a bridge between worlds, her access to infinite spiritual wisdom, and her ultimate power of transformation — to magically create and re-create both herself and others.
The majestic lily was found painted on walls and pottery found on the Island of Crete dating back to Minoan times. It was an emblem of nobility, symbolizing the ability to bloom into what you can become. Lilies represent glorious re-beginnings and rebirth and are depicted on this grid to represent the beauty of what you can bloom into after your journey into the void.