Axis Mundi
The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.
- Heraklietos of Ephesos

Crystals ~ Black Sapphire

by Maria

Winter approaches, but if we go by what the weather has been like in the last few weeks I believe winter is already here! Humans and nature alike tend to hibernate. Nature slows down, goes within and rests. Now is the time to contemplate life, the past, present and future. Winter is a time of reflection.

Winter as a colour could be described as black; it tends to be a rather bleak time of year for some. Black as a colour is very protective and offers us a retreat, the safety of being hidden from our enemies. This protection gives us a sense of power. It makes us feel secure, daring and physically powerful.

Dark coloured crystals deepen our connection to the physical, natural world. They help relieve us of fears specifically associated with our physical existence here on earth.

When we think of Sapphires, we think of the blue variety but in fact Sapphires are available in a range of colours - yellow, pink, violet, green, black, clear (colourless) except red that is classified as Ruby.

The Star Sapphire as the name suggest forms a six-rayed star on the surface due to inclusion of rutile needles causing the effect. This one is highly valued.

Sapphires were called the "Stone of Destiny". Since winter heralds a time of contemplation and a dark time of year it seems befitting to write up about the Black Sapphire. It offers us protection and a way to see into our life without fear.

Black Sapphire

  • Offer protection,
  • Grounding,
  • Centering,
  • Imparts confidence in one’s own intuition,
  • Heightens employment prospects and helps in retaining a job.

General attributes for Sapphire need to be taken into account as well when working with sapphires of any colour.

Sapphires in general are wisdom stones. Sapphire calms thoughts and mental tension consequently allowing for greater focus. This in turn brings peace of mind and serenity. Depression and spiritual confusion are alleviated or neutralised.

Use Sapphire in meditation to impart wisdom on situations. It opens the mind to intuitive understanding it also promotes hope and faith.

It is a stone of prosperity and attracts gifts of all kinds, financial and spiritual etc. Use in magic to promote wealth in any form.

Sapphires are receptive. Receptive stones are feminine in nature and can be used for soothing, love, wisdom, compassion, eloquence, sleep, dreams, friendship, growth, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, psychism, mysticism.

In healing Sapphires align physical, mental and spiritual plans and restores balance within the body.

  • Placed on throat it releases frustration and facilitates self expression
  • Calms overactive body systems
  • Regulates the glands
  • “Eye stone” Heals eyes by removing impurities and stress.
  • Treats blood disorder and alleviates excessive bleeding
  • Strengthens veins and improves their elasticity.

It is said a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat. How many of us end up with sore throats in winter? ...the time of dreaded colds and flues.

The name sapphire is Greek for blue. In Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, deity relating to Sapphire is Apollo. This stone was worm when consulting the oracles of that time.

Yellow sapphire is associated with Hindu god of prosperity Ganesh. Yellow sapphire attracts wealth to the home. If worn, it should actually touch the finger.

Goddesses represented by Black or dark coloured stones are: the Goddesses Hecate and Kali. Precious stones connect to the Goddess Lakshmi, of which sapphire is classified as. Sapphire is also attributed to the Goddess Rhiannon.

According to Scott Cunningham the star sapphire is considered to be the most potent in magic for all uses. Sapphires are worn and used in rituals to strengthen the magician’s ability to tap and send forth power.

I realise that sapphires are relatively expensive given that it’s classified as a precious gem but I have since found that you can get sapphire in a rough tumbled stone, the power of the stone can still be utilised for your purpose.

I bought a silver black sapphire ring a few years back. The cost was under $50.

Winter workshop, Spheres of light.
Illustrated Guide to Crystals, Judy Hall
Gemstones of the World, Walter Schumann
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, Scott Cunningham
The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall

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