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When the resin of certain coniferous trees became fossilized over many millions of years, it created a hard substance known as amber. Amber can vary in color from the palest yellow to a deep dark red or brown to nearly black.  Amber is an extremely popular material for jewelry and is prized in the making of protective talismans.  Because of its color, warmth and electrical properties, amber has long been considered magical. It is said to increase physical vitality and draw disease from the body and amber amulets are often used to ward off ghosts or malevolent spirits. It is a symbol of solar, spiritual and divine attention as well as one of courage and fertility.

 

In most instances, it was thought to hold magical powers, for example it was believed that by putting amber on it would make a lady  smell nice and thus attractive to anyone who had intentions of wooing her. It was also believed to protect one against witchcraft, deafness, nightmares, indigestion and was thought to bring understanding and compassion. It was also believed to hold magical powers that would protect one against the loss of teeth and cough if it was held in the mouth.

 

It was believed that if a woman wanted to conceive then it would only happen if she wore a belt with stones of amber around her waist, it was also believed that an animal that would be trapped inside an amber resin was a sign of link between human beings and God. In facilitating pregnancy and successful consumption in women, it was believed that by sending three animal shaped gifts out of amber, that is a fish, frog and rabbit could lead to one bearing healthy and more offspring.

 

An amber stone worn in a purse, neck as necklaces or the pocket of a person was a clear sign and belief that it would lead to good luck. In addition to its good luck charm powers, it was commonly believed that an amber that was on one’s body, would draw out  bad energy and thus lead to healing and in result impart new energy that was presumed to purify the soul, body and spirit. Moreover, the stones were used to aid one in decision making, whereby it was believed that in an instance one was facing tough decisions, he or she could hold it in their hands and then place the hand close to the heart and as a result, a decision would easily be reached upon.

 

People were thought to be having dreams and ambitions that would make their lives better; as a result it was common among people that by sleeping near to amber stones, one'ss future would end up being brighter as they were believed to have powers that would help in making right choices. In Egypt, during the ancient times, an amber was used in burial and especially in tombs where it was believed that placing an amber in one's tomb after death  would lead to preserving and protection during the life after death.

 

It was also believed that if a close friend had a headache and  especially due to tiring activities, preparing a glass of warm water and then offering them a gift of amber would help them getting well since it had healing powers to the sick.

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