hearts′ empath ♥ brick-red ♥ brecciated jasper & black hematite stylized as an aphrodisiac silphion seed overdubbed by a tricolor broken-hearts-symbol ಌ

hearts′ empath ♥ brick-red ♥ brecciated jasper (aka poppy jasper) puffed in the shape of a heart-symbol was 'empathed', i.e. overdubbed & admixed with a 2nd tricolor broken - heart - festoon by means of the scanning process.


The object was scanned in the middle of the night with all lights switched off - nevertheless the 'empath' of the halogen - scanner - light glitched an interesting (but somehow embarassing) oranje-wit-blauw halo (aka the prince's flag in the Netherlands) festoon onto the grinded surface.


Obviously the macroscopic, black hematite-Schlieren became admixtures to the igneous extrusive jasper during the sublimation-process of the lava.


The Tricolour of The Netherlands is the oldest tricolour, first appearing in 1572 as the Prince's Flag in orange–white–blue. Soon the more famous red–white–blue began appearing — it is however unknown why, though many stories are known. After 1630 the red–white–blue was the most commonly seen flag. The Dutch Tricolour has inspired many flags but most notably those of Russia, India, New York City, and France, which spread the tricolour concept even further. The Flag of the Netherlands is also the only flag in the world that is adapted for some uses, when the occasion has a connection to the royal house of the Netherlands an orange ribbon is added.(wikipedia).


JASPER as a TRIGONAL  crystal-system

MINERAL Ein Mineral ist ein Element oder eine chemische Verbindung welche normal kristallin ist und welche als Resultat eines geologischen Prozesses gebildet wurde.

JASPIS als eine Varietät von Chalcedon (Varietät des Mineral Quarz [SiO2 = silicon dioxide, trigonales Kristallsystem in rhomboedrischer Aufstellung]) stellt kein eigenständiges Mineral dar, sondern ist eine dichte, lichtundurchlässige, mikrokristalline Varietät, normalerweise rot, braun oder gelb und durch Oxide des Eisens gefärbt.

Silex (Roter Jaspis) - Farbe Ziegelrot bis Braunrot. Zu ihm zählt auch der rote Brekzien-Jaspis. Die Farbe entsteht hier durch Eisenoxid aus überwiegend dreiwertigem Eisen.


JASPER as a healing crystal

►     JASPER (hardness: 6,5 - 7,0; density: 2,6 g/sm3)

The name of the stone goes back to the Greek word jaspis - "motley", "speckled". The coloration of Jasper can be red, dark blue, green, violet, white and even black.

Medical properties. In olden time jasper considered as means from an epilepsy and a fever. People believed that the jasper can improve sight, cure an epilepsy and remove a toothache. Famous Avitsenna advised to carry jasper on a stomach, to prevent illnesses of a stomach.

Magic properties. It is considered that ornaments from a jasper promote adjustment of relations and protect from ill fate. The jasper is capable to give to the owner determination and to make it more wisely.

Jaspis is crudely, in-blown up, in balls and Geschieben, rarely in grape/cluster or to shapes. It can contain up to 20%

admixtures of strange substances such as alumina, ferric oxide, iron hydroxide and manganese hydroxide. Since the quantity and distribution of these admixtures decided on the appearance, are extraordinarily large the color and Jaspis.

ancient times: Jaspis was in the antiquity with the Greeks and Romans a most outstanding mineral. In the course of the centuries the Jaspis at meaning and appreciation lost and at present to Siegelsteinen, doses, vases, desk tops, cans, mosaic, architectural work etc. was used.

Bible: That the Apostel Johannes revealed Himmli Jerusalem (revealing 21, 18-20) exhibited walls from Jaspis, as "the first reason", all other jewels follow only after it.

Middle Ages In the late Middle Ages famous natural scientists Konrad Gesner delivered: "The Jaspis is a sign before the chest, the sword in the hand and the queue under the feet. It protects against all diseases and renews spirit, heart and understanding."With the ancient Greeks one believed that the Jaspis gives internal harmony to its carrier and women have a harmonyful pregnancy by carrying the stone. In addition the red Jaspis helps best with nausea and excessive Esslust during the pregnancy and can facilitate relieving - a marvelous stone for all ranges of the abdomen.

Brekzienjaspis @samaki.de

Heilwirkungen auf die Psyche: hilft körpereigene positive Energien zu sammeln und negative Energien abzubauen, durch diesen Ausgleich in der Seele verhilft er uns zu einem harmonievolleren, beschwingteren und glücklicheren Alltag, hilft neue Lebensenergien zu aktivieren; dieser Heilstein gilt als insgesamt sehr stärkend, hilft uns, in gutem Kontakt zur Erde zu bleiben, bzw uns zu erden; fördert den Sinn für Realität und wirkt dabei gleichzeitig unterstützend, seinen Lebensweg zu gehen; als Steinewasser, in Kombination mit Bergkristall, ein guter Begleiter durch einen aktiven (auch körperlich anstrengenden) Tag.

Heilwirkungen auf den Körper: hat eine stark blutstillende Wirkung, hilft bei Schlafstörungen durch Erdstrahlen und Wasserstrahlen (Stein körperfern unter das Bett legen), bewahrt vor einer Unterfunktionen der Schilddrüse, ist gut für Blut und Knochen (kräftigend).

Chakra: 3. Chakra, Solarplexus-Chakra, mit Themen wie "innerer Weisheit", sich selbst entdecken, und 1. Chakra, Wurzel-Chakra, hilft uns, am Boden der Tatsachen zu bleiben und von dort in die heilsame Mediation zu gehen, uns zu öffnen. Sternzeichen: alle Sternzeichen.

Brecciated Jasper Hearts@healingcrystals

The Hematite within Brecciated Jasper acts as a deflector of negativity. While it is said that Brecciated Jasper can stimulate the rise of the Kundalini, it has a tendency to add stability to this energy. It is a stone of strength and vitality and can be used to help bring mental clarity and focus to a previously scattered life. It is also used for overcoming sexual guilt or shame, and can be helpful for those who are recovering from any kind of illness. You can use a Brecciated Jasper Heart as a "worry-stone" to take advantage of its calming and nurturing properties. These Brecciated Jasper Hearts can also be used during Meditations, held in your client's hand during a session, or just to carry in your pocket.

poppy jasper @kosmix [_210810_]

Poppy Jasper is a poppy-patterned variety of orbicular jasper originating in South Africa. In medieval times, warriors often carried poppy jasper in belief it would bring them courage in the heat of oncoming battle. It belongs to the quartz group and is a brecciated jasper, composed of approximately 20% extraneous materials due to the gaps left between dry, iron enriched clay when the rock is first formed.

While poppy jasper is often multi-colored due to foreign deposits, it still is predominately red, black and gray in appearance. The black and gray often act to form a sort of background behind "blooms" of red-orange color that distinctly resemble that of a poppy plant, hence the name.

Residents of the U.S. may find this particular form of jasper in Morgan Hill, California. It is considered a rare stone and is well sought-after collectible by gem connoisseurs at a going rate of $20-30/lb.

Brecciated Jasper Puffed Heart This jasper veined with hematite is an excellent aid to keeping your feet on the ground and attaining emotional stability. It also promotes mental clarity.

Poppy aka Brecciated Jasper Metaphysically Poppy Jasper is the supreme nurturer. Brings tranquility and wholeness, protection and grounding. Aligns chakras, facilitates Shamanic journeys and dream recall. Rectifies unjust situations. Strengthens the circulatory system and is sometimes referred to as the "Stone of health". It has the qualities of enhancing organizational abilities, relaxation, and a sense of wholeness. It is occasionally used to assist when dowsing. It aligns the chakras and balances the yin-yang, physical, and emotional. It is a stone of protection, and is used in particular for protection during astral travel. It encourages attunement and communication with animals and can help with animal allergies, plus other allergies. It brings happiness and a good outlook on life and eases stress. It can help increase physical endurance and ward off dehydration. It is also a good stone for grounding oneself and is associated with the root chakra.

Jasper @s a mineral

Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony occurring in all colors. It is sometimes impure, containing organic material and iron oxides. Jasper is a favorite among amateur gem cutters, for its abundance and diversity is great. Some Jasper is banded, and these banded Jaspers are also Agates. When Jasper does not exhibit interesting colors or patterns, it is known as Chert. There are many types of Jasper, and many distinct names are given to each type. Most names are only used locally, and new names are made up every year. Below is a list of many of the Jasper names seen on the market. The second list contains Jasper types that are locally named for the area they occur in.

Brecciated Jasper: Red and black, with some white tracing:

@fay canyon cabochons

Support during times of stress - Facing problems - Courage - Energy

The colours are simply amazing with endless puzzle patterns of reds, whites, blacks and earthtones. Jasper is a very nurturing gemstone that helps to uplift you and support you during times of stress. It's beneficial in bringing tranquility and wholeness to you. Jasper helps to unite all aspects of your life and also helps others around you to open up to the idea of helping each other as well. It helps to protect you and ground your energy - if you work with Chakra it helps to absorb negative energy and in turn cleanse and align the Chakra and aura.

Jasper is also a stone of shamanic journeys and helping you to remember your dreams. It is a stone of balance for the yin and yang. If you dowse? This may be a wonderful tool to help you. Jasper also helps to clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution that includes radiation.

This gem also helps you to feel more determined and brings to you the courage to face problems. It helps you to be honest with yourself. Jasper also aids with quick thinking and organization. If you have projects on the go and need a little boost, Jasper can help stimulate your imagination and transform those ideas into great actions. Jasper also is beneficial with boosting your energy levels. In relationships, it can help pleasurable situations. If you have been feeling run down, this stone may help to lift and re-energize yourself.

Brecciated Jasper is also an excellent gemstone for helping you to keep your feet in the ground in a world full of turmoil. It can help to promote mental clarity.

Poppy, or Brecciated, Jasper Heart (from mother earth to you) is beautiful not only for the colors and patterns it reveals, but also for its meaning. Jasper is a powerful healer, particularly of the physical body. It strengthens the gallbladder, liver, and bladder. A wonderful treat from Mother Earth for everyone you love (and don't forget yourself)!

@phoenixorion Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony, and has been a stone for kings and shamans.



..., also spelled as hæmatite, is the mineral form of iron(III) oxide (α-Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. It crystallizes in rhombohedral systems. Colors: black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red.

Hematite (mineral information ... is rather variable in its appearence it can be in reddish brown, ocherous masses, dark silvery-grey scaled masses, silvery-grey crystals, and dark-grey masses, to name a few. What they all have in common is a rust-red streak. GEOLOGICAL SETTING: Large ore bodies of hematite are usually of sedimentary origin; also found in high-grade ore bodies in metamorphic rocks due to contact metasomatism, and occasionally as a sublimate on igneous extrusive rocks ("lavas") as a result of volcanic activity. It is also found coloring soils red all over the planet...



σίλφιον aus epichorisch σίλφι oder σίρφι, lat.: sirpe, laserpicium = lac +sirpicium; außerdem sind besondere griechische Namen für Teile der Pflanze überliefert.) Name einer in der Cyrenaica wachsenden Pflanze und besonders des aus dessen Stengel und Wurzel gewonnenen harzigen Milchsaftes, der vom 6.Jahrhundert v. Chr. eine sehr hochgeschätzte Droge war und als Ausfuhrartikel die Grundlage des Reichtums von --> Kyrene bildete. Auch in der hellenistischen Zeit war der S-Handel gewinnbringend (Plaut, Rud. 630 Catull. 7,4), aber vom Beginn der Kaiserzeit an war das echte S. vom Markt verschwunden, und man behalf sich mit minderwertigem S. aus dem Orient. Trotz erhaltener Beschreibungen bei Theophrast u.a. (s. bes. Plin. nat. 19, 38-46) und Abbildungen auf Münzen von Kyrene und auf der Pariser Arkesilaos-Schale (auf der er die Verpackung und Verschiffung von S. beaufsichtigt) und vieler Bemühungen von Historikern und Botanikern (eine ganze Literatur!) ist die sichere Bestimmung des S. nicht gelungen; doch scheint es sich um eine mit Scorodosma foetidum, welches Asa foetida liefert, nahe verwandte Pflanze zu handeln; obwohl S. einen zwar sehr intensiven, aber doch angenehmen Geruch und Geschmack gehabt haben soll. Über die Verwendung von S. sind die antiken Angaben spärlich. Stengel und Blätter wurden als Gemüse gegessen, und die Droge diente als Gewürz und medizinisch als Allheilmittel... {Hehn-Schrader Kulturpflanzen (8) 112. Steier, RE III A 103-114} Konrad Ziegler in (Der Kleine Pauly, dtv, Band 5)

Arkesilaos 1. Sohn Battos I. (Hdt 4, 159), König von Kyrene 599-583 (?) 2. Aresilaos II. (565/60-555/50) war der Enkel von Arkesilaos I. Er vertrieb nach seiner Thronbesteigung seine Brüder, welche daraufhin die Libyer um Kyrene aufwiegelten, bei Leukon lockten sie ihn in einen Hinterhalt, wobei er 7000 Hopliten verlor. Kurz daraufhin verübte sein mit ihm verfehdeter Bruder Laarchos ein Attentat auf ihn; seine Witwe rächte ihn jedoch wenig später (Hdt. 4, 160, Plut.mul.virt. 260 E ff. S. Mazzarino Fra Oriente e Occidente 1947, 153, 313-317). Trotz seiner kurzen Herrschaft (565/60-555/50) haben Künstler und Dichter ihm gehuldigt: Eugammon von Kyrene widmete ihm sein Epos 'Telegonia', die Arkesilaos-Schale stellt ihn bei der Beaufsichtigung des Verladens Exportartikels Silphion dar.

►     Silphium @wikipedia

Silphium (also known as silphion or laser) was a plant of the genus Ferula. Generally considered to be an extinct "giant fennel" (although some claim that the plant is really Ferula tingitana), it once formed the crux of trade from the ancient city of Cyrene for its use as a rich seasoning and as a medicine. It was so critical to the Cyrenian economy that most of their coins bore a picture of the plant.

Silphium was an important species as evidenced by the Egyptians and Knossos Minoans developing a specific glyph to represent the Silphium plant.

The valuable product was the resin (laser, laserpicium, or lasarpicium) of the plant. It was harvested in a manner similar to asafoetida, a plant with similar enough qualities to silphium that Romans, including the geographer Strabo, used the same word to describe both.

Aside from its uses in Greco-Roman cooking (as in recipes by Apicius), many medical uses were ascribed to the plant. It was said that it could be used to treat cough, sore throat, fever, indigestion, aches and pains, warts, and all kinds of maladies. Chief among its medical uses, according to Pliny the Elder, was its role as an herbal contraceptive. Given that many species in the parsley family have estrogenic properties, and some (such as wild carrot) have been found to work as an abortifacient, it is quite possible that the plant was pharmacologically active in the prevention or termination of pregnancy. Legend said that it was a gift from the god Apollo. It was used widely by most ancient Mediterranean cultures; the Romans considered it "worth its weight in denarii."

    Connection with the heart symbol

There has been some speculation about the connection between silphium and the traditional heart shape (♥). The symbol is remarkably similar to the Egyptian "heart soul" (ib). The sexual nature of that concept, combined with the widespread use of silphium in ancient Egypt for birth control, and the fact that the seeds of silphium are shaped like a heart as shown in the left illustration, leads to speculation that the character for ib may have been derived from the shape of the silphium seed.

Contemporaneous writings help tie silphium to sexuality and love, as laserpicium makes an appearance in a poem (Catullus 7) of Catullus to his lover Lesbia. As well as in Pausanias' Description of Greece in which he says "For it so happened that his maiden daughter was living in it. By the next day this maiden and all her girlish apparel had disappeared, and in the room were found images of the Dioscuri, a table, and silphium upon it."

►     The Secret of the Heart @ heartsmith

There are a few ancient symbols that recur through the ages. One of these symbols - the heart - means many things to many people. Just how did the stylized heart shape become the icon for love and the human soul? Let's work our way back in history:

The heart symbol as we know it today, was popularized in the Victorian era over a hundred years ago. They loved the romantic heart shape and embellished it in many ways; but they didn't invent it. Where did it come from?

"Silphium has left its mark in modern society in a way that has not previously been recognized. Have you ever wondered why the human heart - the repository and the embodiment of romantic love - is always drawn stylized instead of in the natural shape of the human heart organ? The answer is rooted in the ancient function of Silphium! And the connection between this artistic convention and Silphium is found in the coinage of Cyrene, which features a seed pod of the revered plant." (Emilio N Favority and Kurt Baty. The Celator, Vol 9, No.2)

Asafoetida (Pers. انگدان Angedan).

MEDICAL Apps: Asafoetida reduces the growth of indigenous microflora in the gut. fighting flu - Asafoetida was used in 1918 to fight the Spanish influenza pandemic. Scientists at the Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan report that the roots of Asafoetida produces natural antiviral drug compounds that kill the swine flu virus, H1N1. In an article published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products, the researchers said the compounds "may serve as promising lead components for new drug development" against this type of flu. contraceptive/abortifacient - Asafoetida has also been reported to have contraceptive/abortifacient activity, and is related (and considered an inferior substitute to) the ancient Ferula species Silphium. antiepileptic - Asafoetida oleo-gum-resin has been reported to be antiepileptic in classical Unani as well as ethnobotanical literature.

HUNTING apps (bait): John C Duval reported in 1936 that the odor of asafoetida is attractive to the wolf, a matter of common knowledge, he says, along the Texas/Mexico border. It is also used as one of several possible scent baits, most notably for catfish and pike.

MAGICK apps: In Jamaica, asafoetida is traditionally applied to a baby's anterior fontanel (Jamaican patois "mole") in order to prevent spirits (Jamaican patois "duppies") from entering the baby through the fontanel. In the African-American Hoodoo tradition, asafoetida is used in magic spells as it is believed to have the power both to protect and to curse. In ceremonial magick especially from The Key of Solomon the King, it is used to protect the magus from daemonic forces and to evoke the same and bind them.

Asant (Ferula assa-foetida), auch bekannt als Stinkasant (hindi: हिंग Hing, urdu: Hei-ng) oder Teufelsdreck: Indikationen für die Anwendung waren a) verschiedene Angst- und Nervenstörungen (Nervosität, Hysterie, Hypochondrie), b) krampfartige Magen-, Leber- und Galleleiden, c) Impotenz und reduzierter sexueller Antrieb. Entsprechend war Asant vorwiegend als Nerven- und Beruhigungsmittel sowie als gastrointestinales Spasmolytikum verbreitet. Seit dem Altertum galt Asa foetida außerdem als Aphrodisiakum und wurde über Jahrhunderte in der Liebesmagie eingesetzt. ... Asant soll auch in Chanel Nº 5 enthalten sein.

►     Did the ancient Romans use a natural herb for birth control? The Roman scholar Pliny the Elder described use of the resin "with soft wool as a pessary to promote the menstrual discharge." If taken as ancient writers claimed, silphium might have worked as a monthly morning-after pill. Other items touted as contraceptives in antiquity include wild carrot (a silphium relative also known as Queen Anne's lace), pennyroyal, and pomegranate. In small doses many of these are known to stimulate menstrual flow, just as silphium is supposed to have done.

Whether it was effective or not, silphium certainly was a popular plant. Almost impossible to cultivate, it became the main source of economic power for Cyrene, a Greek colony in what's now Libya, where it grew wild.

Nonetheless, by the end of the first century AD silphium was no more. The last pieces of this aphrodisiac plant were reputedly consumed by the dying emperor Nero: "Qualis artifex pereo!"

After silphium disappeared, asafetida was used as a replacement, imported from what are now Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Already used by the poor because it was cheaper and more plentiful than silphium, asafetida was considered inferior from both a culinary and medicinal standpoint.



Protect Your Heart at Every Age




Schlieren (from German; singular "Schliere", meaning "streak") are optical inhomogeneities in transparent material not visible to the human eye. Schlieren physics developed out of the need to produce high-quality lenses void of these inhomogeneities. These inhomogeneities are localized differences in optical path length that cause light deviation. This light deviation is converted to shadow in a schlieren system.

dub 1. give an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something), make someone a knight by the ritual touching of the shoulder with a sword. 3. smear (leather) with grease. ORIGIN: late Old English (in the sense 'make a knight'): from Old French adober 'equip with armour'.

overdub (verb) record (additional sounds) on an existing recording. (noun) an instance of overdubbing: a guitar overdub [_NODE_1321_]

empathy the ability to understand and share the feelings of another DERIVATIVES: empathize (verb), empathetic / empathic (adjectives), empath (noun). ORIGIN: In the early 20th century the german word Einfühlung was 're-translated' into the until then not existing greek word empatheia

empath (chiefly in science fiction) a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.



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box in shape of a silphium seed pod

Temple d'Asclépios à Al-Bayda et motifs de silphium ... look at the stylized heart-symbols at the top of the temple-columns!


hearts in the temple of love {♥-slideshow}


via flickr-API-POP-UP's:

morning after pill@answerbag

signs of pregnancy@answerbag

Resources for those considering a career in healthcare Miriam Salpeter@facebook (Febr 10, 2010)

Resources for those considering a career in healthcare Miriam Salpeter@keppie careers (Febr 10, 2010)


1280 x 1280 @ everystockphoto


pictures of impossible shapes @ the little Blog

photos @ What's popular today?

hearts ♥ brick-red ♥ brecciated jasper @ Dr Dave's My Alternative Healing & Health Blog {May, 8th, 2010}

BACKUP: Lastest Critical Illness Claims News @ critical illness cover. Post by James on July 2nd, 2010.

esoteric @ 24-tipp-de, Sept 22nd, 2010

pictures of impossible shapes @ the little blog


poppy jasper @kosmix (210810)

... the drive of service and compassion. These are the tools that we can give people to return to empathy without fear ... by Joy Eckstine, Topics: Homeless Health, 22 Sept 2010.

Valentine’s Day – Love Yourself This Year @richardmaun - Tips & Stories to improve work and life (February 13, 2011)

Love and Trash is a DIY blog for people who do things differently. (March 2011)

High-risk hearts: a South Asian epidemic @University of Cambridge, June 30, 2011 Why is heart disease increasing at a greater rate in South Asia than in any other region globally? Large-scale population studies in Pakistan and Bangladesh aim to discover the basis of a little-studied public health problem of epidemic proportions. (MIRROR-ECHO @ medicalexpress-news)

Having Sex Like It's Going Out of Style @ Medicinal Marzipan (body image & authentic living), July 22, 2011. Having Sex Like It's Going Out of Style (ECHO) @ dillarddario27 blog, July 24, 2011

Content, The Heart and Soul of Your Online Brand by Jeff Bullas. Categories: Content, Social Media. November 21, 2011


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