jet stone sphere

Earth Light

Jet is a form of fossilized wood similar to coal, but harder. As a black stone, it relates to the first chakra, the center that connects us to earth energy. The first chakra is connected to survival, trust in the physical world, and in one's own body.

When we're not in a state of trust, we may be in a condition of fear or depression. Fear says, "Something bad is going to happen." Depression says, "It happens all the time, and I expect it." (I suspect when the highly charged feelings of fear become unbearable, they get worn down into depression tinged with resignation.)

We can use jet to treat both conditions. In terms of depression and fear, the light weight of this stone serves to remind us to lighten up ourselves.

Jet and amber have a close relationship, both mineralogically and energetically. They both come from trees, amber being fossilized tree resin. As with amber, when one thinks about jet, it's helpful to visualize a tree, rooted in the earth, reaching for the sky. Trees serve as bridges between the physical and the spiritual realms, amber representing the flow, jet symbolizing the vessel for this flow.

When I hold a piece of jet, it seems to be telling me to look for examples of the lightness of physical existence. It says, "Appreciate a bird's ability to fly, the wind whispering through leaves, and the delicate shoots of green that push through the ground."

It reminds us that if we treasure life with all of our physical senses, we will find more reasons to rejoice in our existence than to experience fear or depression. It's no wonder that jet is specifically recommended for helping us to align with our spiritual nature.

Jet can also serve as a protective force in life's physical journeys. It's known as a traveler's amulet, and the wives of sailors often burned it to protect their husbands while they were at sea.

I recommend either holding jet or placing it in the first chakra area. Two pieces of jet can be placed by each foot or by the base of the spine. In meditating with jet, it can be enlightening to contemplate this fact: Jet is the last stage of carbon before the diamond state. Thus, in working with black jet, we bring ourselves closer to pure light.

Jet in History

Jet has an ancient history of human usage. It was often associated with protection in the afterlife among both the Egyptian and Pueblo people. It also has a long tradition of being carved into prayer beads and religious sculpture. It was shaped into rosary beads in the sixteenth century and is still used for religious purpose by those of several Native American cultures.

Cleaning and Care of Jet

Jet absorbs negativity, and for this reason, needs to be cleared more frequently than other stones. Because in terms of physical care, it's recommended that it be cleaned with warm, soapy water, I recommend that it not be placed in salt water or salt. Instead, use a smudge stick to clear it of negativity.

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