Kambaba Jasper Lucky Cat Maneki Neko Carving
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This is a Red Koi Fish Jasper Maneki Neko Lucky Cat carving.
This is the legend of the Maneki Neko:
In the 17th century, there was a rundown and poverty-stricken temple in Tokyo. The temple's priest was very poor, but he shared what little food he had with his pet cat, Tama.
One day, a wealthy and important man was caught in a storm while hunting and he took refuge under a big tree near the temple. While he waited for the storm to pass, the man noticed a cat beckoning him to come inside the temple gate. This was so startling that he left the shelter of the tree to have a closer look at this unusual cat. At that moment, the tree was struck by lighting.
As a result, the wealthy man became friends with the poor priest, and the temple became prosperous. The priest and his cat never went hungry again.
When Tama died he was buried in the Goutokuji Temple's cat cemetery with respect and love, and the Maneki Neko was made in honor of him. Place A Maneki Neko in your place of business, or your home to bring in good luck and visitors.
Maneki Neko is Japanese for "beckoning cat." The message he's holding says "Please come in. You are welcome!" and he is beckoning you with his paw.
This Lucky Cat is hand carved from Red & White Jasper also known as Koi Jasper.
Metaphysical and Healing properties of Jasper:
Jaspers of all kinds have long been attributed to magical powers in just about every culture known to man. Jasper is often used by Shaman for protection, it is a stone which accepts intense responsibility in this realm. It holds an aspect of solar energy and a connection to the solar Chakra which also helps Shaman in their magical practices. It is considered a sacred stone by Native Americans. Jasper can be used for the purpose of divination and as a pathway leading both to and from the other worlds. Jasper can be used to facilitate immense strength, to assist one in diversification in fields of endeavor, and to promote, during meditative states and astral projection, a wandering in unregimented directions. It provides for a protective structure over the field of astral travel so that one can relax in the protective barrier. Jasper balances the emotional state and brings the emotional bodies into resonance with the higher self. It is a stone of nurturing and protection at a time of expansion on all levels. By working with Jasper one may deepen the meditative state.
This Red Koi Jasper Carved Lucky Cat measures 1.75 x 1.25 x 1.1 inches.