Rose Quartz

History & Lore

As with many other stones, rose quartz captured the imagination of the Greeks who wove wonderful stories around the pretty stone.  According to one legend, the god Eros looked down upon humans and saw the pain and loneliness caused by human anger.  Taking pity on the poor creatures, Eros created rose quartz.  He believed that it's soft color and gentle energy would arouse love among people.  Another Greek myth claims that while trying to rescue Adonis, the goddess Aphrodite was cut by a thorn bush.  The goddess' blood mingled with that of Adonis and dyed a block of white quartz a lovely shade of pink.  It seems that rose quartz has always been associated with love and passion.

The Greeks, however, were not the only to revere the pretty stone.  They weren't even the first.  In the area once known as Mesopotamia, beads of rose quartz have been discovered that date back to 7000 BCE.  The Assyrians were using rose quartz in the crafting of jewelry around 800-600 BCE.  It is believed that during the same time period, rose quartz was first used as a token of love.  Ancient Egyptians believed that the stone prevented aging.  The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership.  The stone was also honored by Tibetan and Oriental cultures and was one of the stones most often used for carving in China.



Correspondences 

Birthstone:  January
Used as an alternative to garnet for those born in the month of January.

Zodiac:  Pisces, Taurus, Sagittarius
For those born under the sign of Pisces, rose quartz provides inner harmony and teaches how to better cope with the cycles and mood swings of life.  It also heals emotional wounds and helps to awaken new life.  For the Taurus, rose quartz provides the foundation to self love and care.  It brings peace, ease of mind, and clear thinking.  For Sagittarians, rose quartz helps discover tenderness and love.  Rose quartz can also bring feelings of security and contentment when beginning something new.

Chakra:  Heart
Rose quartz is, quite possibly, the most important stone for the heart chakra.  It teaches the true essence of love while purifying and opening the heart at all levels.



Healing Properties

Women's Health
Long associated with feminine energy, rose quartz is wonderful for dealing with all types of women's health issues. Rose quartz promotes fertility and is both helpful and protective during pregnancy and child birth.  It is useful in treating postpartum depression, to heal after complicated births, and for the general health of female reproductive system.

Babies and Children
For babies or children, rose quartz is particularly useful for those with a weakened heart.  It also can be used to treat any disease or discomfort during this time.  Rose quartz has also been used to treat colic and help with feeding issues.  In the past, rose quartz was given to a newborn to help with the transition from the spirit world.

Lung Issues
When placed on the thymus area, rose quartz facilitates the healing of chest and lung issues.  It will help to relieve coughs and sooth irritated bronchial areas.

Heart and Circulatory Problems
Rose quartz stimulates circulation and relieves heart palpitations.  It can stabilize irregular heart rhythms and promotes general health of the heart and circulatory system.

Skin Problems
The Egyptians and Romans both believed that rose quartz was useful in preventing wrinkles and maintaining a clear complexion.  Rose quartz can be used to combat acne and to diminish scars.



Attributes

Stone of Love
Rose quartz has been associated with love and beauty for thousands of years.  Rose quartz attracts and encourages love, compassion, and harmony.  It promotes friendship, love of the divine, and self-acceptance. Rose quartz opens the heart to familial love, platonic love, and romantic love.

Stone of Calming
Rose quartz calms and balances emotions.  It assists in overcoming worry and promotes empathy.  Rose quartz clears anger, jealousy, and resentment of others.  It dissolves sorrow and fear and provides inner nourishment.  Rose quartz is an excellent stone after trauma or crisis as it aids in acceptance of necessary change.

Stone of Healing
Rose quartz helps to heal childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love.  It promotes self-forgiveness, self-love, and self-worth.  It eases the pain and trauma of heart break.  It facilitates empathy, reconciliation, and the forgiveness of others.  Rose quartz comforts grief

Stone of Sleep and Dreaming
Excellent for those that suffer from insomnia, rose quartz promotes healthy sleep and good dreams.  It prevents nightmares and night terrors. It facilitates dream recall and dream work and is useful in helping children overcome fear of the dark.


Other Attributes Associated with Rose Quartz
Effective against damaging radiation
Next to a computer will prevent headaches and eye strain
Increases sexuality
Relieves shingles pain
Relieves headaches and migraines
Helpful for kidney disease, sinus problems, throat problems
Good for depression and addictions
Relieves ear ache and fibromyalgia pain
Useful in reaching ideal weight
Improves intellect and brain function
Soothes burns and prevents blistering
Relieves tension
Useful for flushing impurities from the body
Treats vertigo
Treats breast and other cancers
Useful for asthma and varicose veins
Enhances tolerance and inner awareness
Aphrodisiac
Protection from gossip
Aids transition of the dying



Physical Properties

Color
Soft color ranging from light pink to medium pink.  Often hazy.

Location
Rose quartz is quite abundant with major deposits in Madagascar, Brazil, USA, and Austria.

Hardness Rating
7


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Care of Rose Quartz

Light and heat will normally not adversely affect rose quartz.  Cleaning is easy with a mild soap and soft brush.  Ultrasonic and steam cleaners should be avoided.





This post is for informative purposes only.  No claims are made about the safety or effectiveness of the information contained in this article.  All information is pulled from myth, legend, folklore, etc.  In no way is this article an attempt at medical advice.  Always seek a professional opinion when dealing with a physical or mental issue.









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