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۞ Strombolite is the Birthstone of 20°-21° Taurus and the 20th of Iyar.

۞ Position of Fixed Star Botein in the year 5760 (2000 C.E.): 20°51′ Taurus.

۞ Position of Fixed Star Rana in the year 5760 (2000 C.E.): 20°52′ Taurus.

۞ On the 20th of Iyar, is the 35th day of the Omer Count. The Sefirah of the 35th day is “Malchut” of “Hod” — “Receptiveness in Humility“. This is a good time for learning to hold back and to do what needs doing in silence.

۞ On the 20th of Iyar, 2449 (1312 B.C.E.), 35 days after their exodus from Egypt, nearly a year after the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the Children of Israel departed their encampment near Mount Sinai. They resumed their journey when the pillar of cloud rose for the first time from over the Tabernacle; this was the Divine Sign that the time had come for the Children of Israel to resume their travels throughout their encampments and journeys over the next 38 years, until they reached the eastern bank of the Jordan River on the eve of their entry into the Holy Land of Israel.

۞ On the 20th of Iyar, 5048 (1288 C.E.), thirteen Jews in Troyes, France, were burned at the stake by the Inquisition. They were accused, in a blood libel, of the supposed murder of a Christian child. The thirteen Jews were chosen from among the richer members of the community. Jews were also killed in a blood libel in Neuchatel, Switzerland, on this date.

۞ On the 20th of Iyar, 5699 (1939 C.E.), the Hadassah University Hospital and Medical Center was opened on Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem.

۞ On the 20th of Iyar, 5702 (1942 C.E.), the Nazis decreed the execution of all pregnant Jewish women in the ghetto of Kovno.

۞ Vesuvianite is an earth element ally that aids in the regulation and organizationof the mind and body. It helps one to align one’s thoughts (such as, “I need to lose weight”) with one’s physical reality (e.g., “I’d better put down this ice cream and go for a walk”). [Naisha Ahsian]

۞ Vesuvianite is useful for the manifestation of the heart’s desires here on earth. It is supportive of one’s taking one’s true path or calling in life. It aids one in finding the courage to make changes in jobs, relationships, habit patterns, thoughts and emotions in order to fully realize the heart’s yearnings. [Robert Simmons]

۞ Vesuvianite is useful for combatting negative thoughts and bringing enthusiasm back into one’s life. It helps one achieve the insights that inspire one to move forward in one’s spiritual development. It assists in releasing unconscious fears and limiting beliefs. [Robert Simmons]

۞ Vesuvianite is a metamorphic silicate that varies in colour from green to yellow to blue. [Marina Costelloe]

Vesuvianite enhances loyalty, cooperation and camaraderie. [Marina Costelloe]

۞ Idocrase is a stone with considerable abilities to ease you through a period of transformation. [Teresa Kennedy]

۞ Having a very reciprocal sort of energy, Idocrase can do much to heal long-standing problems with parents or unfortunate habits in relationships. A great choice for negotiating the sometimes-treacherous territory of codependency, it delves deep into the roots of our needs, provides stimulus for change, encourages independence, and allows you to move on and grow. [Teresa Kennedy]

۞ An expansive stone that opens to the gifts inherent in past experiences, Idocrase assists in sensing energy fields and developing clairaudience. [Judy Hall — Encyclopedia]

۞ Bringing issues to the fore, especially where energies need to be separated, if someone is “in your head,” Idocrase removes them. [Judy Hall — Encyclopedia]

۞ Helpful for healing past-life experiences of being imprisoned, in extreme danger, or under mental or emotional restraint, Idocrase creates inner security. [Judy Hall — Encyclopedia]

۞ Idocrase provides for assistance to those endeavoring to invent and discover, assisting in the control of the creative and intuitive aspects of the inner realm. [Melody]

۞ Idocrase can be used to dispel anger, to banish depression, and to allay fear. [Melody]

۞ Idocrase increases the abilities of clairsentience, assisting one in attentiveness to ones feelings. [Melody]