A recent acquisition to my crystal collection was a crystal that I had looked at before but hadn't bought because there was always one shinier or intriguing or one - or two - that definitely had a "pick me! Pick me!" vibe about them.
But this one must have sat quietly until it was time and that's what I sense from it when I hold it in my hand..tranquility and peace.
Nephrite Jade or Green Jade is a lovely crystal. Mine is a soft olive colour with some soft lines of white running through it and it has a beautiful energy. It comes in many other colours too - each with its own corresponding properties but green is the most popular colour I find.
Nephrite Jade can be sourced from Canada, China and Russia and it is one of the most popular and oldest crystals to be used for its wonderful properties.
Said to bless whatever it touches, it has been used for nearly 6000 years for many uses - carved into axe heads and knives on one end of the scale and made into deity masks and ritual artefacts on the other end.
Although used by tribes in South America, Mexico and New Zealand, it's most sought after and revered in China for as long as history can be recorded, for its powers of healing and protection.
China and Jade go hand in hand. Made into many things from necklaces and bead pendants to carved figurines, incense burners and musical instruments.
A Phoenix carved from it is given to young Chinese girls as they come of age.
Jade amulets placed in the mouths of their dead ensured protection in the afterlife.
Also known as the 'dream stone', it can be used to gain access to the spiritual realm, promote creativity and solve those niggling dreams.
It ensures a long life, peaceful death, promotes good luck and friendship and dispels negativity!
Jade is a cleansing stone, looking after the kidneys and spleen and removing toxins from the body. It is a good crystal for alleviating problems with bones and joints - especially the hips (ah, now I know why it chose me now).
Being a green crystal, Nephrite Jade is an excellent stone for working with the heart chakra - rebalancing it and allowing yourself to understand your emotions, needs and desires more clearly.
Green also ties in with abundance - bringing happiness and harmony in family and business affairs. Place one on your altar if you need a little 'good luck' in your life or work with it for any spells for prosperity. Kept in your pocket it helps with recharging of your energy and soothing frayed nerves. Keep in a room where you are starting a new project - it will enhance new ideas, growth, expansion and bring a vitality to it.
Jade is also linked to many goddesses -
Jade honors Bona Dea, the Roman Earth Goddess of Fertility and the Greek Goddess of Women. She protects women through all of their changes, and is a skilled healer, particularly with herbs.
Jade honors Chalchiuhtlicue, the Aztec Water Goddess and Protector of Children. Her name means "Jade Skirt" or "Lady of Precious Green." She's the mother of lakes, streams, and rivers.
Jade honors Kuan-Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Compassion, and Unconditional Love. She is the most beloved of the Chinese goddesses and is regarded by many as the protector of women and children, and champion of the unfortunate.
Jade honors Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Justice. She represents the underlying holiness and unity of the Universe.