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April gemstone clear quartz (clear rock crystal) has been used throughout the centuries to divine the future and commune with spirits. Nearly every ancient culture has revered clear quartz. The ancients believed clear quartz was actually water from the heavens that was frozen into eternal ice by the gods. Even as late as the 1700's many Europeans believed clear quartz was fossilized ice. There are a lot of legends connected to clear quartz to list all of them, but below is a few.
The Australian sky god, Daramulun, was long portrayed through art and sculpture as having a mouth full of clear quartz, a huge phallus, and carrying a stone axe.
In Australian Aboriginal mythology, clear quartz is the most common substance identified with their mystical substance called "maban". Maban is said to be the material from which wise men (called "karadjis") obtain their magical powers. During initiation ceremonies, maban is spiritually "inserted" into the body of the apprentice by the karadji.
The Aborigines and certain Native American tribes believed rituals with clear quartz crystals could bring rain. Clear quartz has also had a large part in ritual initiations of Oceanic and Australian shamans, they spoke of clear quartz as "a stone of light broken off from the celestial throne".
The Chinese decorated the entry ways to religious temples with rock crystal to allow the light to shine in. The Japanese revered rock crystal as the crystallized breath of the White Dragon (dragons represent powers of creation). As such, clear quartz was regarded as the perfect jewel and came to symbolize perfection or the pursuit thereof. Clear quartz graced their temples and was also found throughout the temples of the ancient Mayans, Aztecs, and many other earlier civilizations situated around the globe. An Aztec solid rock crystal skull weighing 475 troy ounces, resides in the British Museum in London.
Ancient Celtic practices, said to restore and maintain health, was to place nine small clear quartz crystals in water, boil it, cool it, and then drink the enhanced water for nine consecutive days. Clear quartz polished into spheres has long been used as crystal balls for divination purposes. It has been labeled the "Universal Crystal" due to its diversity and abundance of intense metaphysical properties.