Icosahedral (20-sided) quartz crystal die, Roman 1st-3rd centuries AD, collection of The Musée du Louvre.
The Louvre account tells us that it is 1cm high, rock crystal – “en cristal de roche” – and Roman empire period.
Each face has a Latin letter on it, and also the corresponding Roman numeral. The ten lateral faces bear the letters A to K, and the numerals 1 to 10. The upper five triangles bear the letters L to P and the numbers 11 to 15. The lower five triangles bear the letters Q to V, and the numbers 16-20.
This item is by no means unique. A considerable number of polyhedral dice have been recovered from all over the Roman empire. The majority are inscribed with Greek or Latin numbers or letters.
One unique example was an icosahedron – 20 sided dice – found in Egypt, which had the name of a different Egyptian god on each side.
What were these things used for? Obviously they were intended to be thrown, and to give a random result. But what then?
One often-heard explanation is that they were used in conjunction with divination handbooks. There is a 2nd/3rd century Greek oracle book, the Homeromanteion, preserved in three papyri, which refers to throwing lots to obtain a number, which can be used to look up ready-prepared oracle questions and answers.
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Crystal Care 101
Alright witches (and non-witches), let me give you a crash course in Crystal Care.
Universal Ways to Charge Crystals
Any of these ways can be used without damaging your crystals:
Moonlight. The moon is our best friend, she is amazing, she will not harm your crystals at all.
Touch. You can hold your crystals in your hand to charge them with your own energy and intention. It is a very personal way to charge your crystals.
Smoke. You can run your crystals through smoke from your incense, candles, or smoke cleansing sticks.
Sigil. Place a sigil meant for charging underneath your crystal to charge it.
Selenite. Some people use Selenite to charge their other crystals. I don't know why Selenite is associated with charging crystals, but it is.
Basic Crystal Safety
Do not consume any crystal or crystal powder under any circumstances.
Some crystals are toxic when in water, make sure yours isn't before you charge your water.
Do not heat your crystals with a flame.
Do not have Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps if you have a cat, they can lick it and become very dehydrated, which can lead to death.
In fact, make sure all of your crystals are out of reach for any of your pets, or children if you have them.
DO NOT PUT THESE CRYSTALS IN WATER
Amber, Angelite, Black Tourmaline, Calcite, Carnelian, Celestite, Halite, Hematite, Jade, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lodestone, Malachite, Mica, Moldavite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Opal, Pearl, Pyrite, Selenite, Tangerine Quartz, Turquoise
DO NOT PUT THESE CRYSTALS IN CONSTANT SUNLIGHT
Amethyst, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Calcite, Celestite, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Green Amethyst, Opal, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Smokey Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise
DO NOT PUT THESE CRYSTALS IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES
Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Pearl, Touramaline.
This is just a 101 Guide, it's by no means a full list, so please make sure to also do your own research on your individual crystals as well. I hope this helps!
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