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Sunday, September 9, 2018

12. Feng Shui Charms -- Crystal, Gold, Silver, Jade. What works the Best?


About crystals -- there is something I would like to bring to your attention. A friend was going to buy a pendant to match his Chinese zodiac sign and asked if one made of crystal would be the best material. Good question.

Crystals are a very unique substance. In most Western or South American metaphysics circles, it is believed to release powerful energy and can even be used for healing the body and mind. It is after all the substance used in microchips to store memory in your computer.

Because we don't know how the crystal energy affects an individual, I would not suggest using crystal for a Feng Shui charm. Since Feng Shui originated in China, I would rather that you choose a basic material and one that is popular in China. That would mean gold, silver, jade or even just a nice stone.

Does that make sense to everyone?

To be clear, though, jade is the most favorable choice for Chinese. For thousands of years jade has been loved and is always greatly appreciated. Pure emerald green is popular, but snow white jade is the most valuable.

We love the color of jade, but highly important is the quality of the stone. It has to be examined under a jeweler’s light to determine if there are any minuscule cracks or cloudiness. A good piece of jade should also have a natural shine to it without any dull patches. There is the belief that good jade will stay shiny by itself. This is one of the main reasons why the Chinese think jade has an energy that can positively influence the person who is wearing it.

Almost 300 years ago, Chinese author Cao Xue-qin (1715-1764) wrote what is considered to be the most important novel in Chinese literature, “A Dream of Red Mansions,” also known as “Legend of a Stone.” The stone from the title is actually about a large piece of jade which reincarnates with a boy – the main character in the story. The piece of jade has human characteristics and through the boy is able to experience the emotions of happiness and sadness. It is very possible that the author might have gotten this idea because of the long-held belief in the power of jade to endow positive outcomes.

In ancient China, jade was seen as a gift to bring about health and peace of mind -- especially when someone might be afraid of accidents, suffering nightmares or susceptible to unexplainable fears. A senior member of a family would be expected to give a piece of jade to their troubled relative, which they would then carry for protection with the belief it could turn bad energies to good.

These beliefs linger to this day, especially among practitioners of Feng Shui. Jade is considered the best talisman to protect from evil – especially very old pieces or those previously buried with the dead..


In Chinese tradition, the family of the deceased chooses a couple of jewelry pieces to bury with their loved one so it can be carried into the other world. A way to determine if an aged piece of jade has been buried with the deceased is to observe its color pattern. If a reddish-brown color is mixed in with the original green, it signifies that the stone has absorbed blood from the dead body. This is considered to give special powers to a piece of jade.

There is also one more interesting Chinese tradition having to do with jade. Centuries ago, when a relative died, some families would carve a thin piece of jade into the form of a cicada. This would be inserted into the mouth of the deceased.

Eerie for sure, but the reason? Since the cicada sings its loud song for just one season, it represents the dead relative’s life and name being spoken when they were alive. Now that they are no longer living, it’s time for them to remain in peace and quiet. Also, a piece of jade carved in the shape of a cicada is usually totally brown indicating that it has undergone a chemical change by absorbing blood from the corpse in which it has been placed.


People may consider the energy emanating from crystals to be the most powerful, but there is no doubt that jade carries its own distinctive power for bringing about good.

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