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Crystal of the Week – Citrine October 1, 2009

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Self confidence, focus and business success are not always easy things to maintain.  Which is why it’s wonderful to have a stone like Citrine around that can bolster these aspects of your life!  This beautiful gemstone corresponds to the Solar Plexus chakra and ranges in color from bright yellow, to yellow-brown, to almost clear. 

I’ve found that citrine is an almost “self-clearing” stone; meaning that it does not retain negative energy as much as other stones, and doesn’t require cleansing as often. (It is still a good idea to clear out the stone occasionally.)

 Since it is a stone that helps memory and focus, citrine is an excellent stone for students to use.  Place a piece on your desk or take it with you when you are studying.  I would sometimes take a small piece of citrine (and another gemstone, fluorite) into exams with me and hold them when I felt “stuck” on an answer. 

 Citrine is also wonderful to have with you during job interviews or in any social situation.  Something that I have had success with is a citrine necklace!  You may be thinking….”But she just said citrine corresponds to the Solar Plexus chakra.  Why would you wear a citrine necklace where it will be working with the Throat Chakra?”  Well, since citrine promotes confidence and personal power, wearing it by your throat helps you speak confidently and with authority.  I’m sure mixing the necklace with blue stones such as lapis would create an even stronger effect!

 This gemstone is also believed to bring good luck and good fortune (especially in business ventures).  It gives off such positive and happy energy that I’ve found it can help bring new friends into your life.  Or, strengthen friendships that you already have.

 A very dear friend of mine got me a piece of citrine about two weeks ago and I have been meditating with it every night.  Since this piece of citrine was a gift, I feel like it’s properties are even stronger because the stone was given out of loving friendship.  The effects are wonderful!  I’m taking better care of myself (taking more time to dress nicely, eat better, and spend time with friends).  Even when I’m very sleepy and can’t do a focused meditation, I take just a minute to lay down with the citrine placed on the very center of my Solar Plexus chakra.  Every time I use it I can feel the citrine powerfully clear out and strengthen my chakra. 

 It really is a multi-layered stone so I’m sure you can find a way to use citrine in your life!

 

Properties:  Confidence, Personal power, Studying, Success, Good Luck, Good Fortune

 

Crystal of the Week – Mahogany Obsidian September 22, 2009

I chose this Crystal of the Week with Mabon in mind – Blessed Mabon to you all!!! (For information about Mabon, please see the entry Mabon 2009 (The Autumnal Equinox) which was posted on 9-18-09.)

Mahogany Obsidian is an interesting stone that lends a variety of properties when used.  Even during periods when I am not actively working with it, I enjoy picking up my piece of Mahogany Obsidian to feel what energy is coming from it that day.  Mahogany Obsidian always gives off the aspect of its energy that the user most needs (or perhaps we unconsciously draw the aspect we most need from the stone?)

There are really three main components that I feel make Mahogany Obsidian such a diverse stone.

Fire – Like all obsidian, mahogany obsidian was formed from lava.  The Fire component of this stone gives it energy, vitality, inspiration and passion.  It also engenders courage and confidence in the user.

Iron – This form of obsidian gets its red-brown mahogany coloring from iron particles that were trapped as the lava cooled.  The iron enables this stone to give the user strength, determination and conviction.  As the fire aspect helps the user have inspiration and courage, the iron aspect then helps in maintaining that courage and ensures the user’s strength of will.

Earth – Although the iron technically makes up the “earth” part, I wanted to talk about the rock aspect itself.  Mahogany obsidian can just give off a very earthy vibe!  It’s great.  Really grounding and stabilizing.  It’s like the last part of this amazing triple action team!  After the fire sparks inspiration/courage/passion the iron maintains/strengthens it, and then the earth ground and stabilizes everything.  How awesome is that!?!  The earth properties also give mahogany obsidian excellent protection energy.

I realized one day that I had been overlooking other really obvious elemental connections:

WATER and AIR – There is always a certain amount of water content included.  Sometimes the water bubbles are visible to the naked eye in certain forms of obsidian.  But even if they aren’t, they can usually be spotted easily with a microscope.  Water lends the mahogany obsidian emotional balance.

And of course the lava is cooled by air.  Air gives the stone the properties of communication and clear thinking.

So overall this is a great stone!  Fire and Earth are the strongest energies in Mahogany obsidian, but all the elements harmonize together to help the user in multiple ways.

I encourage you to use Mahogany Obsidian as a way to do a daily “Self-reflection.”  Sit quietly with your mahogany obsidian and see what aspect/element reaches out to you most strongly.  Write down your observations and see how it changes over the course of about two weeks (or whatever length of time works for you.  You can also try doing it once a week and just make sure you do it for about 8 weeks, if you don’t have time to do it daily).  Did the obsidian share more of its Iron aspect with you?  Or perhaps you received grounding energy?  Or a boost of energy?  Make a note of any messages, thoughts and energy shifts that happen when working with mahogany obsidian.  Going back and reading your daily reflections will help you see patterns that might point out areas you need to work on.

Properties:  Strength, Courage, Grounding, Protection, Willpower, Self-reflection

I enjoy posting this as the Crystal of the Week on Mabon since it has such a balance of elements within itself, and Mabon is a time of balance.  It also reflects the “harvesting” idea in a nice way.  After the action of the lava bubbling up and cooling (which reflects the summer months of growth), the rock is harvested with all its wonderful properties solidified (which resonates with the completion of goals and reaping of blessings that occurs at the end of harvest time).  Plus, the stone itself is a pretty autumn color!

Enjoy!  And again, Blessed Mabon!


 

Crystal of the Week – Hemimorphite September 15, 2009

Keywords: Listening, Self Confidence, Inner Guidance, Ascended Masters/Spirit Guides, Balance, Energy Assimilation

Hemimorphite is a stone that I have been working with for a relatively short period of time.   One of my friends sent me earrings made of the stone last year for my birthday.  I had never heard of it before!  It’s a light blue stone that looks similar to pale pieces of turquoise.  I love that my first pieces of hemimorphite came set in earrings because they helped me be quiet and listen.  Blue stones are always great for communication.   Since your Throat Chakra is blue energy, blue stones help aid in balancing and strengthening the chakra.  But sometimes it becomes so easy to communicate yourself to other people by talking and talking, that we forget to listen.   I know it’s something that I have to remind myself of.  So having hemimorphite close to my ears helps me maintain the communication balance by listening more.

I’ve also found that it helps me listen to my inner guidance, and assists in getting clear messages from my Angels, Spirit Guides, and other helpful beings such as Ascended Masters.  I think this is because of hemimorphite’s very high energetic vibration.  It is beneficial to the Crown Chakra and can help the user gently assimilate higher energies.  It is a good idea to use hemimorphite often, as it will aide you in opening and maintaining channels of communication with your Guides.  Another aspect of this is it’s ability to help you “open” and focus while meditating.

An exercise that I find to be very soothing is to lay down comfortably and place a piece of hemimorphite on my heart chakra. I close my eyes and let my thoughts wander.  Sometimes I ask questions about things going on in my life, and then I just drift along and don’t push for answers.  I’ve found that hemimorphite helps link the Heart and Mind, so that you create or find solutions to problems that are in accordance with both.   As a message on a Yogi Tea bag reads: “The head must bow to the heart.”   I really like that quote and I feel like hemimorphite can help establish that.

In addition, this exercise boosts my self confidence and strengthens my faith in myself.   I feel energized and renewed when I work with hemimorphite.

 

Basic Crystal Cleansing Techniques September 13, 2009

Keeping your crystals energetically healthy is always important.  We use crystals because their high energy frequencies help add to and focus our own power.  But since crystals are so sensitive, it is necessary to clear out all the lower energies that can accumulate.  This is especially important if you use crystals for healing work or spell work. 

There are many ways to clear your crystals, so I’m just going to list a few different options.  

Salt Water:  Mix salt and warm water in a bowl (preferably a clear bowl) and bless the water.  You don’t need a lot of salt.  It’s a very strong purifier, so a little bit is fine.  Adding too much can be harsh on the stones.  Place the crystals in the bowl and let them sit for 24 hours.  It’s even better if you let them sit in sunlight or moonlight!  I like this method because you can cleanse all your crystals at once!  I’ve found that my crystals always feel the cleanest when I give them a salt water bath.

However, this is not suitable for all crystals.  The stone selenite for instance, has such a soft composition that it’s not a good idea to put it in water.  Often times most tumbled stones are fine in salt water since they have an extra polish.  Take the time to tune into your stones and listen to how they would most like to be cleansed.

After the salt water soak, rinse your crystals off in running water, dry them, and place them back in their container (or wherever you keep them).

Intention:  This is a great method to use on stones that you have recently acquired, because it helps get the stone attuned to your energy.  You can do this in a number of ways, but I like to hold the crystal cupped between both hands.  Focus and feel the energy coming from the crystal.  Thank the crystal for helping you in your work, and affirm that it is now clear “of all negative vibrations, all lower vibrations, and everyone else’s vibrations” (since other people have touched the stone before you).  Also affirm that the crystal is now “filled with Love and Light” or whatever blessing you would like to impart.  

This is a great method to use when you have to do a quick cleansing.  For example, I use this method when I’m teaching about crystals and they are being passed around to a lot of different people.  That way everyone gets to use healthy, “clear” crystals while they are learning.  

Sunlight/Moonlight/Starlight:  The light from celestial bodies is very cleansing.  As I mentioned in the Salt Water Cleansing Method, sunlight and moonlight (and starlight!) can be used to enhance the water.  But they are also extremely effective at cleansing crystals on their own.  

Some stones should be used specifically with one or the other.  For instance, moonstone should be cleansed in moonlight.  I also try to clear other stones such as Apache Tears with moonlight instead of sunlight just because it’s gentler and doesn’t fade the color.  However, I have actually placed moonstone in the sun all day an it didn’t harm the stone energetically or anything, so there is no absolute rule.  I just prefer to cleanse the stones in either sunlight or moonlight according to their properties.  

Also, take into consideration what you are going to be using the stone for.  Lets say you are working with a piece of Lapis Lazuli.  I’ve found that this stone takes to being cleansed in both sunlight and moonlight equally well.  But if I wanted to use the lapis to help increase my psychic energy and intuition, then I would make sure to cleanse it in moonlight.  If on the other hand I wanted to use the lapis to help me speak up and stand my ground, then a cleansing in sunlight might be more beneficial.  

Sage:  I love the smell of sage!  One of my favorite herbs!  It has very strong protective and cleansing energy.  It’s a total miracle worker in my book!  A nice way to cleanse your crystals is to pass them through the smoke of burning sage.  Very simple and effective.   

 

What is your favorite crystal cleansing technique?  Share in the comment section below!

 

 


 

Crystal of the Week – Smoky Quartz September 8, 2009

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Crystals and gemstones can be very beneficial in your meditation practice as well as in everyday life.  Each stone possesses certain properties that can help with various areas of your life.  Learning to work with crystals is an ongoing and rewarding process.  There are lots of books and websites that list the properties of stones, but it is always best to learn how to tune into the stone yourself and see what response you get from it. (For more information about how to work with crystals please check back soon for articles dealing with: connecting with your crystals, how to cleanse crystals, and different rituals you can do with crystals.)

Since there are so many stones that you can work with, we thought it would be helpful to choose one crystal each week and discuss its properties.

To get us started I decided to pick Smoky Quartz as the first Crystal of the Week!  Why?  Because it is one of the most useful and gentle stones that I have worked with!

Keywords:  Cleansing, Protection, Purification, Transmutation of energy

Smoky quartz is an extremely powerful but gentle crystal that pulls negative energy out of the user and transmutes the energy so that it is harmless.  Unlike with some other stones, I’ve never had smoky quartz give me the “head rush” that occasionally comes from toxins being released, or energy fields being activated.  While I can definitely feel it’s purification properties working, it is always a very relaxing experience (just make sure you are breathing deeply and keep affirming that you want to release all energy that is not for your highest good.)

I like using smoky quartz to ensure that all the energetic debris from the day is out of my system before I go to sleep.  Before going to bed, stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart.  Place a piece of smoky quartz in between your feet and let your arms fall gently to your sides.  Take deep abdominal breathes and with each exhale mentally push any negative energy out of your body and aura and into the smoky quartz.  (Even if you have trouble holding the visualization the smoky quartz will still clear out your energy).  When you are done, you can place the crystal on a windowsill where it will be cleansed by the lunar energy.  (We’ll discuss other clearing methods soon!)  If you feel that you’ve really cleared out a lot, then it may be helpful to have a few sips of water before retiring to bed.  This helps additionally flush out your system and brings hydrating balance.

I’ve also found smoky quartz is a wonderful crystal to place around the home or office.  It helps protect you from other people’s harsh thoughts and emotions and transmutes them into harmless energy.  Place a piece in your office, in your school locker or desk, in your living room, etc – you’ll really see a difference!  If you are holding an energy healing class, or doing any other kind of group energy work, it is a good idea to have smoky quartz in the room as an additional environmental cleanser.

Another great property of smoky quartz is its ability to remove nightmares.  Place a piece under your pillow or bed and enjoy a restful night of sleep! (Do not place the same piece of smoky quartz under your bed that you used to do the Standing Clearing Exercise described above without first cleansing it!)

How has smoky quartz been helpful for you?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.