We are the night ocean filled
With glints of light. We are the space
Between the fish and the moon,
While we sit here together.
Six thousand years ago in Mesopotamia the first Sumerians and then the inhabitants of Ur of the Chaldees started looking at minerals and precious stones, as well as the stars to help them with their crops, with protection from enemies, from natural disasters and for foreseeing the future. These people had knowledge which is incredible even now. Their sages knew of the Dog Star or Sirius and its companion star Sirius B despite the fact that these two stars are not in our solar system.
Certain other primitive tribes knew about them to and believed that messengers from Sirius had come to Earth to teach the people about astrology and mathematics.
The Sumerians knew about the density of Sirius B and about its fifty year orbit round Sirius A and because Sirius A is the brightest star in the night sky, linked both it and Sirius B with the beautiful crystal Lapis Lazuli.
The Sumerians cut, polished and set crystals such as Rock Crystal, Amethyst and Banded Agate, they used beautiful stones to adorn their buildings and statues and to accompany the royal and wealthy to the grave. They also began to make a link with the planets and stones. They placed rose and red coloured stones with the planet Mars to match the rusty tint of Mars. All green stones were for Venus which appeared in the sky as the crops started and the people enjoyed the summer, the blue stones were set with Mercury, Lord of the blue skies and balmy days and the violet stones for Saturn at the time of Autumn. The pale blue stones were allocated to Jupiter, to the Sun were all the yellow stones and to the Moon pearls and sea shells.
Anji Gill-Jennings C.H.S.V.A.
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