new preciouses…stones!

There’s a great Etsy shop out of utah called ilovelotus, and I just got a package with new crystal babies from them! so excited!

IMG_2666.JPG

from the top, moving clockwise, we have…

  1. serpentine: calm, peaceful, collected energy. helps clear blocked chakras. great stone for healing, for abundance, and has a good heart chakra connection. used often to raise kundalini energy. a good cleansing stone, with some gemini energy 🙂
  2. red jasper: activates the sacral chakra. for stamina, sex drive, creativity, spiritual grounding, and energy. virgo feel to this stone. gives stability, with a very earth-connection feel. helps detoxify the blood
  3. unakite: used to help make choices from the heart center. also helps with visualization, psychic vision, emotional balancing, and restful sleep. scorpio energy – a stone of vision that can help facilitate rebirthing, and helps strengthen the reproductive system.
  4. shiva lingham: helps to create balance in life, a stone of duality, masculine AND feminine together.  a sacred stone of the Hindus to intensify vitality and level of pranic energy in the body. provide overall boost of bodily health and well-being.  these are found only in the Narmada River in India.
  5. raw muscovite: aids in problem solving, stimulates the mind, helps you open to your higher self and your own calling and divine energy. aids in studying, helps with clumsiness, stimulates confidence and eases tension. connects you to higher spiritual planes and alleviates self doubt and insecure feelings.
  6. citrine: great manifestation and personal power stone. stone of abundance, joy, and balance – self-cleansing and a cleanser of other stones. helps connect to divine golden light. helps energize every level of life. cleanses chakras and opens intuition. imparts joy, wonder, enthusiasm; raises self-esteem and self-confidence. Stimulates the brain, strengthening the intellect.  promotes motivation, activates creativity and encourages self-expression.  Enhances concentration and revitalizes the mind.  It releases negative traits, depression, fears and phobias.  Emotionally balancing.
  7. zebra stone: balance, clarity, understanding. seeing both sides. helps see true nature, see past illusion. grounding and protective. stone of creativity and security in balanced measure.

they are all so wonderful I don’t know where to begin using them…or rather, there are so many options!

See any stones that call to you, dear readers?!

 

new mala!

y’all. I am slightly in love with my new mala. Karen from Naked Planet Jewelry helped me craft it for my exact needs…and it feels totally magical. I just keep touching it. touch touch touch touch touch.

I wanted something to help me be rooted and grounded, to feel safe, and provided for, and like I have ENOUGH.  I wanted it to also help me open my heart wider – and this does both!

IMG_2205

it’s made of:

Peruvian opal: releases emotional wounds, increases strength and clarity, relieves depression, encourages healing, spiritual growth, and happiness

jasper: releases stress and anxiety, protects and helps dispel negative energy, aligns the chakras and balances yin and yang, strengthens and detoxifies the body, grounds the first and second chakras.

aquamarine: opens the throat chakra to help in positive communication and expression, enhances courage and aids in protection, supports the immune system, transmutes strength, decreases stress, is calming, helps with wisdom and creativity. lovely stone for opening the heart chakra and connecting it to the throat as well.

garnet: gemstone of love, devotion, and selfless service. supports the root chakra, reinforcing our connection to the earth, others, and our own sense of grounding and stability. helps with abundance, prosperity, and self confidence.

 

It is beautifully crafted, with the faceted garnet guru stone, and sari silk tassel.  it’s knotted between each stone, which I love.

highly recommend working with Karen to create what works for you – and she has amazing malas already made in her stop on etsy as well!

Healing Crystals: Aquamarine–Serenity, Spirituality, and Symmetry – See more at: http://yoganonymous.com/healing-crystals-aquamarine-serenity-spirituality-and-symmetry#sthash.rmJTUNTn.dpuf

from yoganonymous

this makes me want a necklace of aquamarine!

Crystals can be powerful—if you know how to use them. Use this handy guide to decode the serenity of aquamarine, and bring some of that peace to your practice with an aquamarine mala from Silver & Sage.


Aquamarine is the stone of your deep subconscious, of your soul. The stone reflects all things soothing, serene, and powerful, and inspires the ability to trust and to let go. If you are drawn to aquamarine, you may want to think about beginning a meditation practice, if you don’t have one already. This stone is also used by sailors for protection at sea—if it feels like your stone, you may also being called to visit or live near the ocean.

Healing Properties

This is a great stone to help a person get in touch with her spiritual side, and will resonate with people new to exploring spirituality or their higher self. It is a stone of symmetries, blue and reflective, and as such is said to be both of the sea and sky. Shamans use stones of symmetries like this one because they allow us to look both within and outward. Aquamarine helps us to gain insight, truth, and wisdom. It can be used to help calm the mind, nerves, and anxieties. Physically, it’s said to help relieve the symptoms of fluid retention. Because it’s associated with water and water is cleansing, aquamarine is also said to help aid in the flushing of toxins from the body.

Wearing or Using the Stone

This is a stone that can help connect you to spirits and to listen to your higher voice. It’s associated with the throat chakra, and so best worn around your neck. When worn it can stimulate intelligence and creativity for speakers, presenters, and teachers. In an argument or a tense situation, this stone can be a source of calming.

Fun Facts

This stone has been used by man for thousands of years. Ancient sailors used aquamarine gemstones as companions on ships when they traveled to stay safe. During the Middle Ages, aquamarine was believed to have mystical qualities and was believed to keep people happy, honest, and faithful in marriage. Keep it in mind for a unique and thoughtful wedding gift!

Aquamarine is particularly unique because it is made up of both the rarest and most common minerals found on Earth: Beryl and Beryllium. It can be found in geological cavities, mostly in granite pegmatites. It’s also the official stone of Colorado.

Intuitive Mysticism

Chakra: Throat (Vishudda)

Planet: Venus and Neptune

Zodiac: Pisces (February 18 – March 20)

Essential Oils: Tea tree, Eucalyptus, and Vanilla

Suggested Mantra: I am sea—I am at peace. I am sky—I am at peace.

– See more at: http://yoganonymous.com/healing-crystals-aquamarine-serenity-spirituality-and-symmetry#sthash.rmJTUNTn.dpuf

A Crystal For Every Life Event

From MindBodyGreen

We reached out to a few experts to get their advice on which stones to turn to during major life events. So find one that speaks to you and stick it on a necklace, carry it in your purse, or use it as a focal piece in your home to get the good vibes flowing.

If you just had a baby…

I’d recommend keeping a large piece of selenite in a baby’s room to help create a calm atmosphere. Selenite is a high-vibration stone that holds a large stream of light. Babies respond to the energy of the selenite because they’re pure and hold that same high-vibe energy.

Heather Askinosie, co-owner of Energy Muse

If you want to start taking more risks…

If someone was looking to take more risks in their life, I would recommend crazy lace agate. This stone looks psychedelic and has so many beautiful patterns — it just brings inspiration to have fun and seek adventure.

Heather Nichols, owner Stones & Stuff

If you’re in the middle of a career change…

I feel that the best crystal for someone in the middle of a career change is green aventurine. Green aventurine is said to help with creativity, focus, and mental clarity. It’s a stone that brings forward potential alternatives in all situations, thus allowing you to step away from the noise and see things from outside of the box.

Emma Brown, owner The Crystal Healing Shop

If you’re moving to a new city…

If you’re on the move, be it traveling or shifting houses, I would recommend tiger’s eye. It’s an earth stone to help keep you grounded at times when you may feel unsettled. It works with your root chakra to help keep you feeling like you have your feet on the ground.

Emma Mildon, Spiritual PA

If you’re stuck in a rut at work…

A top crystal when you need to shift out of a “stuck zone” is amethyst for your third eye! The best way to get clarity around next steps and the path of truth is working with a crystal that allows you to access your own higher self and connection to the divine. Lie down with an amethyst on your third eye, take some deep breaths, and ask, “What next step should I take at work for my highest greatest good and the highest greatest good of all?” Listen for that instant internal answer then get moving!

Alyson Charles, Rockstar Shaman

If you’re having health issues…

For healing, shungite is good because it forces us to examine exactly where we’ve become out of balance and neutralize the issue. Studies have also shown it to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Heather Askinosie, co-owner of Energy Muse

If you’re looking to calm your anxiety…

There are many stones for anxiety, but I would recommend black tourmaline. It’s a calming stone that is inexpensive and easy to find.

Alana G, owner Mystical Rock NY

If you’re constantly running out of energy…

The best stone for a positive energy blast is citrine! It’s also known as the “sunshine stone,” so just looking at its lovely color brings high vibes. Citrine is a crystal I carry with me on the regular — it connects me to my joy, authentic power in my solar plexus chakra, and angelic, sparkly thoughts! Citrine works whether you need energy for your mind, body, or soul!

Alyson Charles, Rockstar Shaman

If you’re stumped on a difficult decision…

For someone who has to face a difficult decision, I would recommend apophyllite — a fabulous stalactite that lights up any dark place. This mineral allows you to call into your higher self for spiritual guidance. It’ll help you make a hard decision with faith and love while still remaining rational and clear.

Heather Nichols, owner Stones & Stuff

If you’re going through a breakup…

Get some rose quartz in your life asap! Rose quartz helps to balance all things heart and love. Consider it a Band-Aid for your heart chakra.

Emma Mildon, Spiritual PA

Stone Stuff: Prehnite

The second stone type on this lovely piece made by a friend is prehnite – called a “mascot of sorcerers” – fun!

IMG_4396

prehnite-polished

From TheMagicOfCrystals.com:
“Prehnite supports a strong alliance between the Heart and Solar Plexus Energy Centers. The primary connection is initiated though the Heart Energy Center and its natural connection to the energies of Unconditional Love. It is as if it lifts the emotions that are anchored in the Solar Plexus, creating a compassionate connection.

Prehnite can be a powerful ally for energy-workers, who focus on releasing emotional blockages in others and for themselves. It promotes the movement and scattering of stuck emotional energies. For those who are empathic, it can help to ensure that they don’t take on the fragments and pieces of these released energies, ensuring that they don’t take these on as their own.

When working with or wearing Prehnite, allow yourself to see the gifts of your full-range of emotions. It is through our willingness to stand in the mess or chaos of discomfort (both positive and negative), while simultaneously knowing that by standing in our personal authenticity, every situation offers us a chance to grow and know ourselves better.

Properties:Self-awareness, Clarity, Transformation”

From Shimmerlings.com
“Prehnite is quite a protective stone. It can protect one on all levels, as it strengthens the life force and generally increases energy as well as stimulating it. It aids spirit communication through meditation and visualization, out of body travel and as a powerful dream stone.  It is also known as a stone of prophecy which stimulates inner knowing of oneself.

Prehnite crystals will help to teach one to let go of old memories that are painful. If there has been avoidance of the truth due to pain, these crystals will assist you in facing, understanding, and ridding yourself of that pain. It will help one to recognize the true potential that lies within your divine self. It will guide in fulfilling this potential, even if it is through a mundane life; it eases acceptance of circumstance without allowing the surrender of dreams.”

From Sunnyray.org:
“Prehnite is a crystal of memory and recollection. Capable of enhancing a person’s protective field, it brings peace and calm. Because of Prenhite’s ability to vibrate very rapidly between the visible and invisible planes of existence, some Shamanistic traditions treat it as sacred stone.

Prehnite is one of the crystals that promote unconditional love. This stone readily emphasizes the need of spiritual growth, personal evolution and alignment of our energies with the Divine.

Prehnite improves our intuition and brings the ability to recognize the truth in our everyday life. It helps us harmonize our will for action with our heart, so that our deeds are always coordinated with the highest and most noble goals of our true nature.

Prehnite is used in crystal therapy to strengthen the immune system and to improve the metabolism. It helps in cases of anemia and normalizes the blood cell count. Prehnite reduces the high blood pressure, balances the meridians, cures the kidneys and thymus gland, and helps the area of the shoulders, chest and lungs. It helps in prevention of atherosclerosis and reduces fatty the deposits in the body. For self-healing this crystal should be worn in contact with the skin, or alternatively it could be placed over the liver and spleen areas two times a day for 15 minutes. Prehnite is considered one of the crystals that can be used in diagnostics, to find the cause of the health problem.”

From HealingCrystals.com:
Known as the Stone of Prophecy, Prehnite has long been used by South African indigenous shamans. Prehnite boosts prophetic abilities, and is a good stone to use when working with tarot or crystal balls. Prehnite enhances visualization and spiritual “knowing,” and aids in connecting with higher realms, including your higher self as well as spiritual and extraterrestrial beings. Lucid dreaming is induced by Prehnite, while dreams are made easier to remember and nightmares are reduced.

Prehnite is said to “heal the Healer,” and can be used to revitalize your personal healing environment. Put Prehnite in your garden to create a healing sanctuary for yourself. Use Prehnite with energy grids to enhance protective fields, calm, and bring inner peace.

Prehnite fosters a strong sense of trust in Universal principles. As such, Prehnite stops hoarding of both possessions and of love by fostering a belief in the abundance and power of the Universe to manifest whatever is needed.

Prehnite clears toxins from the body and balances the meridians, and helps you say “no” to unreasonable requests. Prehnite encourages acceptance, emotional release, forgiveness, and compassion. It helps to remain true to self, uplift the spirit and find clarity of heart and mind.

Stone Stuff: Rainbow Flourite

I am apparently very blessed with creative and intuitive friends – another wonderful woman made me a new bracelet that I got today – love it!  The rose represents unfolding spirituality.  The larger stones here are rainbow fluorite.

IMG_4396

106_2_201041514297

From TheMagicOfCrystals.com:
“Fluorite comes in almost every color of the rainbow. Fluorite’s beautiful color variety reminds everyone of the variety of ways that Fluorite is here to support you.  One senses that it is strongest in the mental and emotional bodies, however, it is also a good stone to work with for genetic issues of the physical body.

Think of Fluorite as a crystal that can help infuse all of your energy centers (chakras) with positive and uplifting energy.  First, it helps clear and cleanse the energy centers and then it may replenish positive energy, much like sweetgrass, Cedar or Lavender infuse a Light energy during a Sage smudging.

Interestingly enough, when working with Fluorite you should simply observe what you are experiencing and not try to interpret it as it is the figuring out or interpreting that engages the mind/mental body. Just allow the images in your imagination to flow and stay connected to how they affect you. Allow colors to move and swirl around you.  Allow sensations in your body to just be without interpreting them.  It is staying in this Observer role that will allow you to see clearly what is at the core of your beliefs, values, judgments and/or intense thoughts.

Properties: Clarity, Balance, Clearing”

From CrystalsandJewelry.com:
Spiritual and Psychic Lore
Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness and development, protection, and brings peace.  It helps one meditate and learn to go past the “chatter” that our minds tend to generate when first learning to meditate. Deeper meditation past the “chatter” can give access to cosmic truth, attune to spirit guides or animal totems. This energy can be used to manifest one’s life purpose.

Fluorite is also said to enhance the strength of other stones.

Mental and Emotional Properties
Fluorite is a stone of mental order and clarity. It is used to enhance mental clarity and reduce instability and disorder. This brings a wiser, more balanced view of life and improves decision making. These traits enable one to manifest ideas and bring plans to fruition.

Learning is another key mental use for fluorite. It can improve learning for anyone, enhance focus and concentration, and reduce learning disorders.

Fluorite is a great stone to calm and relieve anxiety, tension, and stress by detoxifying the emotional body. It can help get rid of mental blocks and similar mental issues.  Fluorite can reduce fear of the future as well as ease anger and depression. Fluorite can remove confusion and mental “fog” to create order and harmony in life.

Different colors of fluorite have different areas they work with or on most effectively.

Clear fluorite is a stone of purification and order. It can be used for emotional stability and eliminating baseless guilt feelings. Clear fluorite removes confusion and brings in a harmonious order in its place. It guards against psychic attack and strengthens consciousness. In crystal healing it has been used for skin problems, respiratory system, nerves, brain, colds, and allergies.

Green fluorite is an excellent all purpose healing stone that promotes healing on all levels. It also promotes self-love, and can remove blockages and narrow-mindedness, bringing in new ideas and creativity. In particular green fluorite is used in crystal healing for detoxification, heart issues, the digestive system, arthritis, gout, and fungal infections.

Multi-color or rainbow fluorite brings a combination of energies to enhance flexibility, free thinking, and emotional brightness. It can bring enhanced protection in the areas enhanced by all combined types and is used to repair muddy or torn areas of the aura. If the multi-color fluorite is particularly strong in one color, it will also be strong in that color’s area of influence.

Purple fluorite strengthens mystical insight, psychic awareness, and can open the third eye. In this area it assists in accessing the spiritual planes, clairvoyance, and visions. It is used to aid concentration and memory, partly by imparting an inner peace and emotional stability. Purple fluorite is also used for weight loss as it can help eliminate bad food habits. In crystal healing, purple fluorite is used for colds, tumors, and septic wounds.”

Another stone to help me with mental order and clarity!  I must need it in the times ahead, as these stones keep coming to me.  Love the new piece!

Stone Stuff: Azurite

The third stone in this bracelet a friend made for me (that I wear almost every day) is azurite. Gorgeous, right?  Looks like little earths!

IMG_3715

Azurite-Meaning-Properties-Healing-Crystals

Azurite is known to help enhance spiritual powers.  It helps calm and streamline thoughts. “It will help you to bring your true aspirations back into the consciousness, making you aware again of your real values and desires.”

Physical healing properties:
Azurite helps treat hypertension; it shortens accretion time of fractured bones, assists against melancholy, hallucinations, hysteria, epilepsy and other abnormalities of the central nervous system.

Azurite is useful in treatments for spinal alignment and disorders of the vertebrae, rib-cage and small bones, particularly those which are malformed. It may also be beneficial in treating arthritis and joint problems, for detoxification, and issues of the kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and liver. It is thought to be good for healthy skin and teeth, and to encourage the development of an embryo in the womb.

Azurite aids circulation and oxygenating the blood, and works at a cellular level to restore any blockage or damage to the brain. This is a good stone for Alzheimer’s, dementia and other degenerative brain-related disorders, as well as aging. Azurite may also soothe migraines, lessen tinnitus, and balance vertigo.

Emotional Healing Properties:
Azurite cleanses and strengthens the emotional body, releasing stress and worry, and overcoming grief and sadness. It brings a healing light into consciousness allowing it to be infused into thoughts, feelings, words and action. It also reveals fears and phobias for what they are and provides an understanding of why they occurred in the first place.

Azurite lends the courage to overcome negative patterns of behavior stemming from insecurity and fear. It helps those who are deceptive or lie habitually to be more clear and truthful to themselves and to others. It calms those who talk too much out of nervousness, and encourages those who hold back from self-expression to verbalize their thoughts and feelings.

Azurite is excellent for overcoming an inferiority complex, living only to please others, and in overcoming domestic bullying by one’s children, partner, parents, or friends who always know best. Azurite lessens tensions between different generations when sharing a home, especially when there are three or more generations, or relations involved in step-parenting.

From TheMagicofCrystals.com:
“Azurite works with your Third Eye chakra.  This energy draws you back to the Now and connects you with the intuitive center of your mind. From there, if you would like to focus on a particular topic or issue, you will likely find that the sorting, prioritizing, analyzing, and even decision-making is easier.  This is not because you have cleared your mind of the mental clutter.  It is because you have opened your natural intuitive channel which allows you to see more clearly and bypasses much of the clutter. As a result, your ability to connect with and receive Higher Guidance is increased.

Azurite stimulates the mind.  Once you are connected to a more intuitive state of being, you find your thoughts find natural structure.  Your ability to access information that you have gained through education and life experience is more readily available!  It is as though someone cleaned up the filing system where you used to store this information. It is very stimulating to the intellect.  If you are trying to organize or figure things out, working with this stone may make it easier to “connect the dots”.

From CrystalVaults.com:
“Azurite tempers the mind; it releases stress and confusion, and alleviates worry, indecision, and thoughts that linger in the back of the consciousness. To restore balance and control over emotions and reactions, simply hold the crystal and ask to have the troublesome thoughts evaporate. It is a rubbing stone that prefers to be touched to release its energies, so when wearing or carrying Azurite, remember to rub it often.

Azurite is a stone for connecting with sacred powers through religious music, such as Gregorian or Buddhist chants, choral music and hymns; also for healing with sound, especially using the drums, didgeridoo, pipes or the voice.

Azurite stimulates all the mind centers, nourishing a keen interest in life, one’s function in society, and discovering new commonalities and links within our world. It encourages the study of new and challenging subjects, not only for school or college students, but for adults trying to fit study in with other commitments, and for “students of life” over-fifty or in retirement. Azurite enhances focus and concentration, memorization and retention of information.

An excellent crystal for examinations, interviews, presentations, or negotiations, Azurite also fortifies long-term career plans, especially in large or very structured organizations. It is particularly beneficial for careers in all governmental departments, museums, libraries and universities.

Azurite is a good crystal for older people who live alone or in sheltered accommodations to maintain their independence, mental alertness and physical health.”

Definitely a good stone for me, for lots of purposes, including…
-helping me order my thoughts (they’re numerous)
-helping me connect to guides and intuition
-helping me calm and center

thanks for including this for me, Jen!

Stone Stuff: Charging Crystals

Now that we know how to select stones (refer to this previous post) and to clear them (refer to this other post), it’s time to charge stones with some great focused energy.

ChargingCrystalsKootenayQuartzAug15th

Quick and simple!

Charging

To charge a crystal is to revitalize it. Think of what kind of energy you want to store in your crystal.

Use your imagination and experiment by putting your crystal in direct sunlight or moonlight, on a large crystal cluster, under a pyramid, buried in the snow, or in the earth.

Type of Energy You Want, and Where/When to Place

  • Cleansing: in a purifying stream
  • Vitality, Energy: sea at high tide
  • Restful, Relaxing: sea at low tide
  • Optimism, Hope: charge outside under a new moon
  • Abundance, Love: charge outside under a full moon
  • Introspection: charge outside under dark of moon
  • Harvesting dreams: fall equinox
  • Rebirth, Renewal: winter solstice
  • Growth: spring equinox
  • Passion, Joy: summer solstice

From the-open-mind.com

Anyone have other ways you like to charge?