What On Earth Is Tiger’s Eye?
Tiger’s Eye is most identifiable by its contrasting colors and luster that make it perfect for decorative and jewelry pieces. The rippled wavy bands of gold to red-brown color often resemble a scenic view such as desert sunset.
The Physical Properties of Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s eye is composed chiefly of silicon dioxide. It is colored mainly by iron oxide, giving it its golden to red-brown color with a silky luster. It has a hardness of 5.5 – 6. As a member of the quartz group, tiger’s eye obtained its silky, lustrous appearance from the parallel intergrowth of quartz crystals and altered amphibole fibers.
The History of Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s eye is mined in Western Australia, US, Canada, India, South Africa, Burma, and Namibia. In the late 16th century, Tiger’s Eye was considered more valuable than gold for certain tribes for being so rare and strikingly beautiful. In fact, only tribal leaders and their immediate family could possess.
Throughout history, it has been highly regarded as a stone of prosperity and good fortune, protecting one from the malice or threats from others.
The Lore of Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s Eye was referred to as an “all-seeing, all-knowing eye,” making it perfect as a talisman. It was mysterious and powerful and revered and feared at the same time. It grated the wearer the ability to see everything, even through closed doors. The Egyptians would use Tiger’s Eye as the eyes for their deity status to express sacred vision and was believed to provide the protection of Ra, the sun god, and Geb, god of the growing land.
In Eastern mythology, Tiger’s Eye was linked to the magical tiger, the king of beasts. Tiger’s Eye represented courage, integrity and right use of power. Roman soldiers carried it to deflect weapons and to remain brave in battle.
The Metaphysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye
If you’re feeling stuck creatively or spiritually lost, Tiger’s Eye will serve as your compass and guide you towards your path. It will show you how to harness the powers of the universe and light the way when things get dark. This makes it the perfect stone for those want to discover their passions or are at a crossroads with their career path.
Tiger’s Eyes is also known to bring good luck to the wearer who only needs to focus their mind to unlock its powers. It promotes mental clarity and unclouds conflicting emotions.
It is particularly useful for healing emotional and mental illnesses as it dismisses fear, paranoia, and anxiety. Because it promotes insight, it allows the wearer to recognize one’s needs in relation to others, invigorating the emotional body, Tiger’s Eye calms mood swings and releases tension. It instills willpower, a sense of purpose. It cultivates courage and self-confidence.
Tiger’s Eye is also recognized for its healing properties. It treats eyes, throat and reproductive organs. It is said to be helpful in repairing broken bones and restoring the alignment of the spinal column. It is known to release toxins and alleviate pain.
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