Mercurius mercoledì

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 Mercury in transit

According to Ayurveda, the Indian system of healing that dates back to at least 400 C.E., gemstones and crystals can subtly influence our energy and the amount of air, heat, water, or heaviness in our bodies. We can wear them or ingest them.

Wednesday has long been associated with the planet Mercury, (see: L. Dies Mercurii or O.E. wōdnesdæg), and the planet Mercury was named after the deity Mercurius.

To offer more positive support to Mercury- whether it be due to aspects in your natal chart, endurance related issues, challenging work days, or anything pertaining to Mercurius such as travel, speed, communication, commerce, and mischief making- wear an open set green/blue stone such as emerald, jade or aquamarine.  

For healing purposes three to five carats are ideal. In the case of specific Mercury treatments set the stone in gold and wear it on the pinky finger.

To remove nervousness, improve communication and sharpen intelligence an emerald or aquamarine is recommended.

To remove anxiety, excess air, congestion and support the health of the kidneys and prostate jade is reccomended.

Purify your piece by placing in in salt water for two days and begin wearing it on a Wednesday.

Om bram breem broum sah budhaya namah      


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Dissolution, Transformation and Attraction

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Scrap MetalThe technical process of recycling metal is pretty straightforward and very rewarding.

The other day I gathered my silver scrap in a scooped out charcoal block, sprinkled it with borax and placed a cast iron ingot mold near by. With the steady application of a large flame the metal gradually turns cherry red then slowly begins to break down and liquify. Once it completely reaches the liquid state (just over 1640°F) it is poured into a warmed ingot holder, left to cool and then placed it in the pickle solution to remove oxidation.

After creating the ingot I use the rolling mill to transform the block of metal into a suitable gauge of sheet for various upcoming projects. To keep the metal malleable and free of fractures it must be annealed periodically and rolled out only in small increments.

In The Theory & Practice of Goldsmithing Dr. Erhard Brepohl explains how, “[t]he crystal lattice that constitutes a metal is not a frozen and immobile structure even at room temperature. Rather, it is a dynamic system in which metal ions are surrounded by orbiting electrons, which within certain limits are in constant motion. The mutual attraction of the electrons and other atomic particles hold them together.” I hope the finished piece of jewelry comes close to rivaling the beauty of metallurgy. 


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