The ancient Greek term for Amber was electron, a word referring to the sun. Amber is known to develop an electric charge when rubbed, and our word ‘electricity’ derives from the Greek term for Amber. According to Scandinavian legend, Amber is formed by the rays of the setting sun!
Amber often contains plant material or fossilised insects, some dating back as far as 120 million years ago. Baltic Amber, which is usually considered to be the finest, was formed from the resins of coniferous trees some 30 to 60 million years ago.
Amber has been fashioned into jewellery and ornaments for thousands of years. In Egypt, it was used at least 4500 years ago, and Amber beads dating back to 2000 B.C. have been found in Crete.
Psychologically, Amber brings stability to life but also motivates by linking what is wished for to the drive to achieve it. Amber’s warm bright energies translate into a sunny, spontaneous disposition that nevertheless respects tradition.
Mentally, Amber stimulates the intellect, clears depression and promotes a positive mental state and creative self-expression. It brings balance and patience and encourages decision making, being a useful memory aid. Its flexibility dissolves opposition. Emotionally, Amber encourages peacefulness and develops trust.
Physically, Amber is a powerful healer as it links the everyday self to the higher spiritual reality. Amber absorbs pain and negative energy allowing the body to rebalance and heal itself. Amber alleviates stress. Amber is reputed to be good for treating the stomach, spleen, bladder, liver and gallbladder.
Zodiac: Leo & Sagittarius
Birthstone: August & December
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Sources: Britain, Russia, Poland, Italy, Romania, Germany, Myanmar, Dominica
Hardness: 2 – 2.5
Empowerment: I am warmed by my inner fire to express my creativity