aura quartz for vibrant color

Aura quartz is made by exposing quartz crystals to vaporized metals. Below is a list of the different kinds of aura quartz.

Name Color(s) Metal(s) Properties
Amethyst aura purple magnesium & platinum 6th & 7th chakras; spiritual wholeness, joy, meditation, instill a sense of childlike wonder, connect with nature & fairy realm
Angel / Opal aura pale multi- colored silver & platinum 4th & 7th chakras; opening to deep spiritual experience, connecting with angels & guides, lovingkindness, safety, security, peace
Apple aura green nickel 4th chakra; purify energy body, balance & align chakras, digestive problems, bring about necessary change, instill courage
Aqua aura teal blue gold 5th & 6th chakras; opening to psychic insight, connecting heart & throat chakras (speaking inner truth), spiritual evolution
Champagne aura golden gold & iron 3rd & 7th chakras; divine healing energy, opening to new experiences, stimulating conscious awareness, spiritual ascension
Cobalt aura dark blue w/ gold flashes cobalt 6th chakra; non-attachment, meditation, helps one connect with emotions, dissipates anger, connecting to water element
Melon / Orange / Tangerine aura / Imperial Gold mellow orange copper, gold, & iron 2nd, 3rd & 4th chakras; compassion, forgiveness, emotional healing, repair damaged relationships, promotes joy
Rainbow / Flame aura dark multi- colored titanium and/or niobium 1st, 6th & 7th chakras; enhance psychic insight, connect spiritually with nature, lucid dreaming & dream recall, self-reflection
Rose / Ruby / Raspberry aura pink silver, gold, & platinum 4th chakra; lovingkindness, easing emotional trauma, recovering from abuse, detoxing, tactful communication
Sunset Aura Yellow and Purple iron and/or platinum & gold

with titanium and/or niobium

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, & 7th chakras; joy & happiness, relieve seasonal affective disorder, enhance self esteem & personal power, spiritual grounding, enhance psychic insight, self-reflection
Sunshine aura yellow iron and/or platinum & gold 2nd & 3rd chakras; joy & happiness, relieve seasonal affective disorder, enhance self esteem & personal power, spiritual grounding
Tanzan / Celestial aura cornflower blue iridium & gold 5th & 6th chakras; astral travel, connecting to angelic realms, gaining intuitive guidance, communicating with the other side


Ultra Aura Quartz

Recently, a new line of aura quartzes have come onto the market known as Ultra Aura Quartz. The companies that make these crystals have been secretive about what combination of metals they use to create them, and they’re so new that we don’t yet have much information about their specific metaphysical properties. We’re listing them for you below for your reference, using the traditional aura quartz most closely associated with each one (generally by color) as a reference.

Name Color Nearest Traditional Aura Quartz (for comparison)
Cotton Candy Aura vibrant pink to magenta Rose Aura
Cranberry Aura pale purple Amethyst Aura
Daffodil Aura (also sometimes called Moonglow) lemon yellow Sunshine Aura
Kiwi Aura (also sometimes called Verde) lime green Apple Aura
Peach Aura deep orange Melon Aura
Pistachio Aura pale green Apple Aura
Sugar Aura pale pink Rose Aura

 

aromatherapy and the higher heart chakra

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The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development. In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. May brings us to the Higher Heart Chakra, the ‘Healers Chakra’ and the center of charity, volunteerism, humanitarianism. This month, the Higher Heart asks you, “How are you a light in the darkness so that others can find their way?”

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes. The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Higher Heart Chakra is a newer emerging chakra. Not a traditional “yoga” chakra. It is located between the Heart and Throat chakras on the Thymus. This energy center was gifted to us at the beginning of time, but lie dormant until recently. It is here to help us integrate and process the new energies coming to the earth. It is activated in those who have reincarnated at this to help heal humanity and help us move into the Age of Aquarius, the 5th dimension, a time of peace and harmony. Not many people teach about this Chakra. I feel as if part of my life mission is to share that there are many more than just 7 chakras! The Chakra and energy system has been evolving as humans and the energies on earth have been changing. We are waking up and becoming multidimensional! I consider the Higher Heart a main Chakra. It reflects a person’s understanding, acceptance and practice of the universal concepts of Universal Love and Compassion. Activated in Healers, as it shows a person’s ability and/or calling to healing/teaching work. Its functions’ include unconditional love for all of humanity, healing the world around you, increasing the vibration of humanity, practicing the lessons of the heart, serving, donating, volunteering, giving back to your community in some way, generosity, altruism, and humanitarian work. Those with an activated Higher Heart feel that they are here for some greater purpose and that they can influence the world by their actions.

May 2017 Higher Heart Chakra Forecast: Its very appropriate that the Higher Heart is the Chakra of focus for May. I have been pondering lately why people volunteer. Currently, I am involved in more volunteer and charity projects than I ever have been in my life. In fact, I am volunteering almost as much as I am working for pay. Some of the volunteer projects I am involved in were quite difficult to get accepted for and are considered “prestigious”. So, I have been thinking about why people volunteer and donate their money and time? So I did a little research and talked to others heavily involved in charity work. People report volunteering because 1) causes are close to their heart, 2) to make a positive change in their community, 3) to make the world a better place, 4) to build up their resumes, 5) to learn a new skill, 6) For the unique opportunity and benefits/perks, 7) because they feel called to, 8) To pay it forward, 9) For self-reflection and self-awareness, and 10) To boost their mental, physical, and spiritual health. Serving your community is a function of the Higher Heart. Many people have only the chakras below the heart activated and therefore their whole life-experience is based in the consciousness of ego, fear, and survival. The Heart and Higher Heart Chakras are leading to a consciousness based in love and community and therefore to a life in abundance, peace, joy, and satisfaction. By volunteering and donating you can help shift your consciousness to a higher level. As you heal and raise your vibration you help heal all of humanity and raise both the vibration and consciousness on the planet. So this month, the higher energies are asking you to explore how you serve humanity. If you currently don’t volunteer, donate your time or money, or do some sort of service/humanitarianism, WHY NOT?? Most people think when we talk about “healing” humanity we are referring to setting up a healing business like yoga, massage, Reiki, etc. We can heal the world in a lot of different ways. The world and humanity need a lot of help right now. How can you assist?

Higher Heart Chakra Blend:
~ 6 drops Rosewood (or Ho Wood)
~ 2 drops Thyme
~ 2 drops Tea Tree
~ 2 drops Hyssop
~ 1 ounce of a vegetable oil like coconut, jojoba, or almond

Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oil then massage some over the Higher Heart area. Lightly thump the Higher Heart area three times and repeat the following affirmations: “I am experiencing a higher calling now. I help heal humanity now. I help heal the world now.”


Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Higher Heart Chakra, Energy Shifts, 3 Waves of Volunteers, Rainbow, Diamond, Crystal, Indigo Children, Lightworkers, Healing Humanity, & Your Life Purpose’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for our ‘Summer Solstice Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin June 16 to 18, 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

chrysaberyl / alexandrite for shapeshifters

If you picture-google chrysoberyl, you’ll see it has quite a wide variety of appearance, from transparent golden gemstone, to greenish cat’s-eye, to a garnet-like red. The less expensive variety, though not exactly gemmy, is a very pretty blue. This mineral  was only identified a couple hundred years ago. But because the form of chrysoberyl known as Alexandrite has the amazing property of changing color in different lighting, it has already developed quite a reputation. Soon after its discovery, magician Eliphas Levy recommended it for strengthening blood vessels, and other blood-related healing purposes. Chrysoberyl has a strong association with the planet Mercury, connecting it to shapeshifting and bringing messages.

Click here for a link to a video showing the color change in the Alexandrite variety of chrysoberyl.

Metaphysical properties: Use at the 6th Chakra (3rd Eye/Brow Chakra) to enhance luck, to bring peace and calming when anxious or nervous, to banish jealousy, to balance the body, mind, and spirit, to stabilize the nervous system, and to regulate the glandular system.

Other names: Chameleon Stone, Diaphanite

 

golden topaz for inner light

Golden topaz was one of the first crystals discovered and used by mankind, prized for its connection with the sun. It’s also known as the “Sunday Gemstone,” both because its color associates it with the sun, and because this spiritual stone is traditionally valued for lifting curses. Its oldest known use is for turning away the evil eye, and ever since it has been associated with just about anything eye-related. Saint Hildegarde went so far as to claim that a piece of topaz taken into a dark chapel would give off so much light, you could even read a prayer book by it. She also recommended a crystal elixir of sorts for eye ailments: topaz soaked in wine and applied to the eyelids, with the leftover wine used as an eyewash over the next few days. And topaz was said to have another odd power: when placed in anything poisonous, it would become invisible. (This sounds a bit unlikely, so we don’t really recommend it… For that matter, we’re kinda dubious about the wine thing too.) Nowadays, people still see topaz as a stone of light that can surround us with a golden and spiritual glow. This sunny crystal is useful for mental irregularities such as insomnia and nightmares, as well as matters of positive spiritual development.

Properties: Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) and at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to bring the divine light of spirit into the body, to neutralize cancerous cells within the body, to open the crown chakra, to enhance meditation, to aid in forgiving oneself as well as others, and to relieve symptoms of upset stomach, digestive pain or discomfort, or gastric upset.

Other names: Imperial Golden Topaz, Golden Imperial Topaz

One way to use this stone: Golden topaz is an excellent stone to wear in jewelry, since it can improve both your energy level and your mood.

iolite for direction

Iolite is sometimes called “water sapphire,” but that’s a little misleading, since it isn’t really a type of sapphire at all. It’s actually the gemstone variety of cordierite.

Lore: Iolite is known as the “viking’s compass,” because it can be used to determine the position of the sun on a cloudy day. It has an optical property called pleochroism, meaning the stone takes on a completely different color depending the direction of whatever light is illuminating it. Even on a cloudy day, light always comes from the actual direction of the sun. So the sailor could find the sun’s position by positioning the stone at various angles until the right color appeared, and by knowing where the sun was, he could figure out his own position and direction. On a viking ship, the crystal would be set within a marked frame to help the navigator interpret this information.

Metaphysical properties: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) or 6th Chakra (3rd Eye/Brow Chakra) to aid in direction and guidance (physical and spiritual), to instill hope, to promote feelings of peace, calming, and tranquility, to aid in communication with one’s inner-self, as a companion stone for journeying activities, and to heal the body, mind, and spirit.

One way to use this stone: If you have an important choice to make, you can use iolite for divination. Write each of your options on a piece of paper, then hold the iolite crystal over each one in turn. The intensity of the crystal’s color can give you guidance in making a choice.

larimar for peace and joy

Larimar is a beautiful blue stone known for enhancing communication, whether with people, animals or even elemental spirits. It has a joyful yet peaceful energy.

Lore: Some stones have worldwide histories rooted in centuries of folklore, but larimar’s history is local and recent — in fact, it’s only been found in one place in the Dominican Republic. This beautiful blue stone seems to have the ocean written on it, like a reflection of the clear Caribbean waters of its origin, and all of its associations are with water. Dominican natives called it blue stone, and believed it was a gift from the sea. It was rediscovered by a Peace Corps volunteer and a Dominican man, who gave larimar its name — a combination of his daughter’s name, Larissa (which can itself mean “gull”), and the Spanish word mar, meaning ocean. The only mining area is a steep hill with a Swiss cheesed with deep, narrow mine shafts that can only be worked by hand. There’s no way of knowing how long the deposit will last.

Other Names: Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, or Atlantis Stone

Properties: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for promoting peace and calming, to stimulate emotional healing, to connect one with Goddess energy, and to promote communication with one’s spirit guides and totem animals.

One way to use this stone: To enhance communication with spirit guides, elementals or other beings, try meditating while holding a piece of larimar. You could even try holding it against your head, just behind your ear, to better hear what your guides have to tell you.

amazonite for inner peace

Amazonite has been around a long time. The ancient Egyptians used it to make scarabs, and parts of the Egyptian Book of the Dead are carved in amazonite. Some even claim the female warriors known as Amazons used it (though no one seems to know exactly what they used it for.)

More recently, amazonite has been connected to the higher heart, or zeal point chakra. This chakra is associated with finding a sense of inner peace and maintaining your wellbeing. A well-functioning higher heart chakra can help you maintain inner balance, even in times of stress.

Metaphysical properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for blocking electromagnetic energy, to encourage truthfulness, for balancing the mind, body, and spirit, for soothing and comfort after trauma, to manifest the love of the universe, to facilitate a connection with nature, for balancing the chakras, to overcome fears, to stimulate positive communication, to benefit bone health, and to relax muscles.

Other names: Also known as Amazon Stone, Amazonstone, Mother of Emerald, Colorado Jade, Amazon Jade, or as Blue-Green Microcline

One way to use this stone: If you’ve having a stressful day, try taking a break for some breathing meditation while holding a piece of tumbled amazonite near your higher heart chakra — right around your collarbone. Focus on your breathing while the stone pulls stress and negativity away from your body.

shungite the super mineral

Shungite is a black, glassy mineral from the Karelia region of Russia that is composed of about 98% carbon, formed from the remains of algae that lived two billion years ago. The exciting thing about this is that some of this carbon comes in the form of fullerenes (aka “Buckyballs”), similar in shape to a soccer ball, which have shown promise as a cornucopia of potential health benefits. Buckyballs appear to have antimicrobial properties, and possibly target such health risks as free radicals and cancer cells. They’re also useful as a purifying agent, especially of water. These recent findings line up nicely with the traditions surrounding shungite. In the Russian village of Shun’ga for which the mineral is named, people have long used shungite for purification, especially of water. For this reason, Peter the Great set up Russia’s first spa in Karelia to make use of this super mineral. And now modern scientists are investigating Buckyballs for exactly those properties! This is a fascinating case where modern science supports the traditional properties associated with a crystal.

Metaphysical properties: Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra), 6th Chakra (3rd Eye/Brow Chakra), or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to facilitate Astral Travel; to aid one in feeling a connection with all beings; to promote feelings of universal oneness; to create a protective shield around the energy body to defend one against EMFs or psychic attack; to help bring a light to dark times in one’s life; to help regulate the temperature of the body; to energize body, mind, and spirit; to transmute negative energy into positive energy; and to reduce pain and inflammation.

The sun is in Taurus. What does that mean for your sign?

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Each month, evolutionary astrologer Barry Kerr explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, ascendant and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

After re-committing last month in Aries to being in a human body, now, in Taurus, our soul deepens that commitment by grounding further into the physical world. Just as plants send out roots to collect the resources needed for survival and flourishing, so we humans create relationships to that which we need from the world to strengthen our existence, our comfort and our security. In Taurus, our inner Venus claims the right to take up space and to acquire what we need, want and desire. The tangible needs of food, shelter and money form our obvious and universal values. With experience and the evolution of our soul, our values become more individuated, less material, and more spiritual in scope. Yet, we must always ground those values into the practical world of time, space and form.

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20): In terms of values, Aries, for you it’s about freedom and independence. So, when it comes to making and spending money or going about getting what you want, you tend to be spontaneous, driven and sometimes impulsive. This month is a good time for you to slow down a notch before taking action and consider if your actions create more needed stability and structure in your life. Others may admire your inspired spontaneity, but they might also wish you were more practical and reliable. Let your body set the pace.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20): This is your glory time, Taurus. Give your desires permission to take root and blossom. Whether it’s digging your hands in the garden soil, immersing yourself in nature, pampering your body with sensual delights, or buying that special new thing, enjoy getting physical. Create comfort and pleasure. Just a caution, however: don’t get too attached to any of it, for the material world is always in flux. Grounding yourself in some less tangible, more eternal values may prove a more stable way to create comfort and security in the long run.

Gemini (May 20 – June 20): Gemini, you value intellect, clear thinking and social wit. When it comes to getting what you need and want, including money, you will have plenty of ideas. This Taurus month is a good time for you to get practical feedback about your ideas, particularly as they relate to what you value. Take some time to drop out of your head and into your body, asking it to talk to you. Believe it or not, this can bring a grounded clarity to your thoughts. Though your mind may be dizzy with all sorts of seeming contradictions, your body will hold a more reliable truth for you to trust.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20): For you Cancer, home and family are the important values. During this Taurus month, it’s a good time to build more structure and reliability into your home and family life, including more comfort and sensual pleasures. Home and family are where we create emotional security. Examine your values, Cancer, to see how they contribute to or distract from this. Consistency is key.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20): Leo, your values center on creativity, fun and self-expression. So, this month it’s about bringing your body into the party. Dancing, singing and sports are especially inviting at this time, but also earthy arts like sculpture and pottery. If those feel too literal or daring for you, then consider anything that would enhance your ability to include your body and your basic values into the fullness of your expressive passion. You are worthy of being seen and adored, just as you are, just as you look.

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20): You value attention to order and details, Virgo, so this is an excellent month to use the earthy, practical energy of both signs to get your financial ducks in a row and re-order whatever daily habits and routines affect your body, comfort and material security. You might also examine how your work aligns with your values. Drop out of your mind and into your body and ask if there are ways you can include more soulfulness into your daily service. Doing so will improve your health.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20): Libra, you value cooperation, negotiation, and relationship, so during this influence of Taurus is a good time to measure whether your partner or any significant other is worthy of your loyalty and commitment. Stable and practical are important attributes to a successful relationship. An alignment to your overall values is vital, too. If that’s in place, then this is also an excellent time to enjoy the comfort and sensual pleasures your relationships offer.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20): Taurus is your polar opposite, Scorpio, so this month may feel a bit contradictory for you. The Taurean tendencies toward self-containment and emotional stability are offering you a chance to check and balance your usual attractions to intensity, drama and codependency. With more self-worth, the drama can transform into fulfilling intimacy and spiritual growth. The key is to feel your own emotional security and bring that into your intimate encounters.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20): You value being able to see the big picture, so under this Taurus influence, Sag, bring that higher understanding to your values and do an inventory. How does your approach to making and spending money apply? How about the way you take care of your body, or not? Are there ways you can ground your philosophical wisdoms into practical use? If you are studying at this time, use this wave of Taurus steadfastness to persist and complete.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20): Capricorn, you value achievement, leadership, and recognition. Let the Taurus energy ground your plans into practical, step-by-step actions. If your goals align with your true values, then patient and determined effort will be especially rewarding during this time. Also, let your earthy side show. People like leaders who can come down to earth.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20): Aquarius, you value your individuality, originality and freedom. Though this normally works to your favor, the Taurus energy is challenging you to examine your connections to friends and organizations and see if there is a need for more dependability and loyalty on your part. Does your demand for freedom keep you too aloof? Are you being realistic? Or is it fear? Or could it be that the people you are connecting to just don’t align with your own values?

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20): In valuing compassion and spiritual awareness, Pisces, you can, at times, get other worldly, and ungrounded. This time of Taurus is an excellent one for you to re-commit to your physical presence. Now would be a good time to start or renew a yoga practice. Any activities that connect you to your body and the physical world are helpful: clean up the garage, plant a garden, take up a sport. Your gift is to ground your expansive awareness and loving heart into the world with blessings. Start with yourself and let it flow outward.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected] Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

glass has properties, too

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Glass is not a crystal. Like quartz, glass is composed of silicon dioxide, and both materials are clear in their purest state. The difference is in the way they form. Quartz forms very gradually, aligning its molecules one by one into a perfect crystal lattice. In contrast, glass forms when the silicon is heated and quickly cooled, either by the earth or by man. The quickly cooled molecules have no time to form a lattice, and instead solidify with no particular pattern.

So the question sometimes comes up: Since crystal healing works by aligning the perfect structure of crystals with the energy field of the human body, does glass even have metaphysical properties? What, if anything, are the various forms of glass good for?

The answer is that glass has its own kind of magic. While it lacks crystal structure, other characteristics give the various forms of glass their own power: color, included materials, light refraction or reflectivity, shape, tradition and history. In fact, humans have used glass so long, we could think of glass as sort of the “domestic dog” of the mineral world; it’s such a part of human culture that our paths are intertwined. Tools and weapons using obsidian date back to prehistory, including some of the oldest artifacts known. Glass jewelry has long been treasured. And glass mirrors gave people the ability to look at ourselves, bringing us to reflect on our own identity.

Obsidian has a long record of use. Not only did its sharp points come in handy for weapons and tools, its reflectivity made it an excellent material for mirrors. In fact, a piece of polished black obsidian still makes the best and most natural black mirror for scrying (divination) and meditation. Obsidian’s properties include exposing the truth in any situation, removing negative energy, grounding and balance, finding and correcting one’s own weaknesses, and addressing power struggles. Obsidian mirrors are also ideal for a number of shamanic uses, including divination and time travel. Obsidian is mostly silicon dioxide, but also contains other minerals that turn it dark.

Some special forms: Sheen Obsidian, which may contain air bubbles (gold sheen) or magnetite (rainbow sheen). Snowflake Obsidian forms when, over time, obsidian begins to crystalize. The “snow” in this obsidian is actually crystals of cristobalite — similar to quartz, but with its own distinctive structure.

Apache tears are a natural form of volcanic glass — mainly obsidian, often with a dusting of perlite. The name “Apache tears” comes from a combination of history and legend. In the 1870s, a band of Apache warriors was hiding from the US Cavalry in the rugged mountains of Arizona. They believed their hiding spot was too remote for anyone to find, but the soldiers managed to track them, taking them by surprise with overpowering numbers. Fifty Apache men were killed in the ambush; the rest escaped only by running their horses off a cliff and falling to their deaths. For years afterward, people found their bones among the stones of the Pacacho Canyon. They also found the globules of dark, volcanic glass we now know as Apache tears. The legend arose that these were the tears of the Apache women, frozen into stone so their grief might never be forgotten. A later addition to this legend claims that anyone given an Apache tear as a gift will never have to cry again, because the Apache women shed enough tears to last forever, for all the people of the world. People carry them now as a reminder of the cleansing power of grief.

Tektites are a type of glassy meteorite formed when a meteorite hits the earth. The heat from the impact melts terrestrial silica-bearing materials, which get spewed out into the air. There it quickly cools, forming a type of glass. This glass contains other terrestrial minerals, and sometimes even traces of extraterrestrial ones. Some tektites have special names, like the Libyan desert glass of the Sahara or the Darwin glass of Tasmania.While tektites from different locations have distinctive qualities, we can generalize certain properties that are common to most: tektites work with both the root and third eye chakras, and are helpful for grounding and protection, shielding the aura, and psychic and intuitive skills. A small piece under your pillow can be a great tool for dream recall or lucid dreaming.

Moldavite is a special, forest-green tektite. This tektite was the result of an asteroid impact almost 15 million years ago — an impact so powerful it sent molten aluminum-laced silicon dioxide flying into the air, where it quickly took form and solidified. Moldavite, which comes only from the Czech Republic has a very high frequency that causes some people to experience strong reactions. The rarest specimens are known as “angel chimes”; pieces will actually “ring” if dropped onto a sheet of glass. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmSGkfIUEDk) Moldavite is a stone of spiritual transformation, traditionally used in ritual objects. Pieces even appeared at the same site as the Venus of Willendorf. Even though it’s not a crystal, moldavite is considered one of the most high-energy, high-vibrational minerals.

Fulgurite is a natural glass that forms in the shape of a tube when lightening strikes silicon-rich material. People have found it useful for aiding concentration and eliminating distractions. The same material, called lechatelierite (and no, I’m afraid I have no idea how to pronounce that!) can form through human-created energy sources, such as downed electrical lines. The kind that formed during nuclear testing even has its own name: Trinitite.

 

Goldstone is also called avventurina, a name that comes from the Italian word for “by chance.” This derives from the story about goldstone’s beginnings: that it was developed by chance by alchemists trying to transform copper into gold. Another story goes that a monk working with both molten copper and glass accidentally mixed the two together, and in a classic “You-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter” moment, goldstone was born. Either way, goldstone reminds us that accidents can have happy results. Nowadays, red goldstone is made by suspending copper particles in glass, which results in a reddish sparkling mineral It’s good for balancing physical and etheric bodies, grounding, and motivation. Blue goldstone uses the same process, but substitutes cobalt or manganese for copper, and is good for overcoming negative thoughts and vision work. Green goldstone, glass colored with chromium, is great for amplification of energy and all-around good luck. All forms of goldstone can help relieve arthritis, promote self-love, and replace unnecessary complications with simplicity.

Some of what is sold as hematite is actually glass mixed with iron. In fact, Magnetic Hematite isn’t really hematite at all. It looks like polished hematite, smooth with a metallic sheen, but it’s manufactured by mixing ground-up hematite and magnetite into glass, then exposing the mixture to a strong magnetic force as it cools. Pure hematite can be magnetized, but the charge will be weak and temporary. So if you bought a “hematite” ring that is magnetic, or even a non-magnetic one that doesn’t feel heavy enough, it’s probably man-made glass mixed with some form of iron. Since this material still contains iron, it will have similar protective and fire element properties, just probably not as strong. Some people also find the use of magnets and magnetic jewelry very therapeutic, especially for joint problems such as arthritis.

Opalite is a 100% man-made material. A small amount of opacifier — often ground fluorite or titanium dioxide —  is added to molten glass, which is then cooled slowly enough that some of the SiO2 crystallizes. The resulting glass is very appealing, a semi-opaque glass showing flashes of blue and orange. It’s used to clear and balance the energy centers, to connect one with the air and water elements, to transmute negativity into positive energy, for emotional balance, to instill a sense of childlike wonder, and to promote a feeling of comfort and safety. It’s sometimes also called Tiffany stone.

Gaia Stone is just one of the names given to the gorgeous volcanic glass formed after Mt. Saint Helens’ 1980 eruption; it also goes by Green Obsidian, Helenite, Emerald (or sometimes Ruby) Obsidianite, and Mt. Saint Helens Emerald. The eruption itself produced no obsidian. But later on, when workers came to salvage equipment buried in the blast, they noticed that the heat from their acetylene torches transformed the surrounding ash to brilliant glass — sometimes green, other times bright red. The Gaia Stone we see now is colored by the same trace elements as the original: aluminum, iron, chromium, titanium and copper. Because this lucky find seemed like a gift from the Earth herself, it came to be known as Gaia Stone, after the ancient Greek Earth goddess. This connection helps us discover the stone’s heart-chakra properties of love and connection with Mother Earth.

Andara Crystals are controversial. Opinions run the gamut from “They’re the most amazing thing ever” to “They’re just slag glass someone found lying around outside an old factory.” Since the claims in favor of Andara crystals generally seem to come from people trying to sell them, most well-informed crystal collectors are skeptical.

Mirrors are glass with a metallic coating bonded to the back surface. Feng shui uses bagua outside the home to ward off the energy of pointed objects, such as a road that points traffic at your front door or a telephone pole. Black mirrors used for scrying may also be regular mirrors with a black coating behind the glass.

An even better-known divination tool is the Crystal Ball. Some of these are made from quartz, reconstituted quartz (which is materially the same thing as glass, but made from ground-up quartz), or other natural minerals, but glass balls also make excellent divination tools. The spherical shape produces interesting optical distortions that can help free the intuitive mind to look for insight.

Swarovski and other faceted crystals are made of leaded glass, usually hung in a window so that the prisms cut into the surface produce rainbows. They are not part of older feng shui traditions, but are popular today. They distribute good energy and light, and pretty rainbows, too! Some come with a metallic coating, similar to that of aura quartz, which changes the color of the light.

Magic (or Feng shui) eggs are a special kind of opalite that pulls negativity out of the environment. A popular way to use them is to put a few in a glass bowl of water, which draws in and cleanses the energy. They are a symbol of new beginnings, rebirth and regeneration.

If you’ve ever walked along a seashore, you’ve probably found pieces of Sea Glass, glass from bottles that has been broken and polished by the waves. Salt, sand and waves roughen up the outside of these pieces and smooth the edges, forming pretty pieces that are great for collecting and jewelry-making. As you would expect, this form of glass gives you a strong connection with sea energy and the water element. Sea glass also helps you achieve positive evolution through life’s experiences, even when some of these experiences may be difficult ones.

 

April Heart Chakra Reading

The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development.  In 2017 we are focusing on one Chakra a month. April brings us to the Heart Chakra, the center of unconditional love, forgiveness, hope, and peace. This month, I ask you to identify who or what keeps you chained to the past and does not allow you to move forward with your life….

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes.  The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Heart Chakra is located in the center of your chest. Its functions include love, self-love, balance, compassion, empathy, peace, respect, non-judgment, acceptance, connection, affinity, high vibrating emotions, and equilibrium. Love, hope, forgiveness, and compassion are the life lessons we learn through the Heart Chakra. The Sanskrit name for the Heart chakra is ‘Anahata’ which means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten.” Heart Chakra needs that must be met for healing and transcendence to occur include self-love, the ability to love others, ability to feel compassion and empathy for others, sense of peace, and hope.

April 2017 Heart Chakra Forecast: The Heart Chakra embodies high vibrating emotions like peace, gratitude, and joy. Many times unresolved issues and energy stuck in our past can contribute to the development of lower vibrating emotions like guilt, shame, and depression. This month, the universe is encouraging you to release your past and set yourself free. By constantly revisiting the past, living there, ruminating over it, thinking thoughts like ‘would have, could have, should have,’ and leaving it unhealed, we remain prisoners.  How can you embody and become Anahata (unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten) and release what no longer serves you a higher purpose?

Heart Chakra Forgiveness and Release Blend

  • 3 drops Palo Santo essential oil
  • 5 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops Rose essential oil
  • 5 drops Myrrh essential oil

Directions: This blend is to be used in a diffuser. As you prepare the blend, have the thoughts and intent that you are ready to release patterns and energy from your past to set your soul free. Turn the diffuser on and breathe in the aroma and state the following affirmation. “Bless my heart, bless my mind, bless my soul. Whatever doesn’t serve me I release and let go.”


If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Heart Chakra, Forgiveness, and Cord Cutting’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for a ‘Transpersonal Weekend with Dr. Christina’ in Madison, WI April 29 and 30, 2017. Two separate spiritual and personal growth events (Spirit Trance Day and Past Life Regression), join us for one or both: https://mindsoulandself.com/transpersonal/

Join us for our ‘Summer Solstice Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin June 16 to 18, 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Healing Facilitator, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

peridot for spiritual protection

Peridot (pronounced either PEAR-a-dot or PEAR-a-doe) is the gemstone variety of the mineral olivine. It is the birthstone for August.

Lore: The lore of peridot has remained remarkably consistent through time. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and others associated it with the sun, and through the dark ages, medieval times and into modern times, many authorities claimed that this solar association made peridot the most effective crystal for protection against evil. Various writers from that time recommended peridot for necromancers, people plagued by hauntings, and anyone possessed by an unclean spirit. It was also a most effective stone to use against frightening things that happen at night — anything from nightmares and night terrors to sleep paralysis, which was thought to be the work of a creature called the Night Hag. Recommendations for peridot’s use were also very consistent: you would wear a bead of it strung on the hair of a donkey around your left arm for general protection from dark forces, or set in a donkey’s jaw to make a kind of weapon against any kind of “devil.” (One must wield this club with the left hand). If peridot is set in metal, that metal should be gold, which also has solar associations. Modern crystal practitioners still recommend peridot for healers and people with psychic abilities, because of its power to protect them from negative energy that may be attached to clients and other people.

Properties: Peridot (also known as Olivine) may be used at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for protection, to disintegrate negative energy, for healing the body, mind, and spirit, to manifest physical and spiritual abundance, and to increase luck.

 

opalite for children and inner children

Opalite is a 100% manmade material, a type of glass. A small amount of opacifier — often fluorite or titanium dioxide —  is added to molten glass, which is then cooled slowly enough that some of the SiO2 crystallizes. The resulting glass is very appealing, a semi-opaque glass showing flashes of blue and orange. Use at any chakra to clear and balance the energy center, to connect one with the air and water elements, to transmute negativity into positive energy, for emotional balance, to instill a sense of childlike wonder, and to promote a feeling of comfort and safety (as if in the womb). It may be used at all the chakras. Sometimes it’s also called Tiffany stone.

Magic eggs: A special type of opalite is the feng shui egg, or magic egg. The “magic” refers to the amazing way the opalite and the shape come together to reflect light, changing as the light passes through the egg from different directions. Especially appealing when grouped and/or placed in water, they are a symbol for new beginnings, rebirth and regeneration. They may come with either a glossy or matte finish, a difference which can make a big difference in the way they reflect and distribute energy.

Care and Safety: Since it is basically glass, opalite can break into sharp pieces. Kids love it, but please make sure they handle it carefully.

 

opal for heart healing

Opal is a variety of quartz in which water particles have become trapped between layers of silicon dioxide. This water refracts light, giving opal an inner “fire”. When the crystal forms in an enclosed space where the water can’t evaporate, the crystal-plus-water gel hardens to form opal. This stone may contain other impurities as well, which is why opal comes in a rainbow of colors.

Lore: A lot of opal lore begins with the notion that in some sense opal is alive, maybe because of the play of colors that comes when you move the stone. Because of this living quality, opal was the original “mood stone,” sparkling when its owner was happy, or shooting fire if the owner was angry. But quite a few stories about opal talk about misfortune. For example, Queen Victoria loved opals, so for her coronation she chose an opal pin to fasten the back of her off-the-shoulders dress. When the pin popped out during the ceremony, the world got to see a little more of the young queen than was proper. Of course the opal was blamed. A darker legend comes from Australia, currently the main place opal is mined. Miners there talk about the mysterious “night stones,” opals so fiery they glowed in the dark. They would descend into the mines at midnight to find them–a practice that no doubt added to the mystery of the stones, but caused a lot of accidents as well. Because of these and many other similar stories, some people call opal “beautiful but dangerous.”

Blue Opal: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for promoting compassionate attitudes, to encourage heart-based speech and actions, for enhancing Shamanic work, to center the self, to quiet the ego mind, and for peace and tranquility.

Pink Opal: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to instill love and compassion in the user, to enhance prayers and intentions for the good of all beings, to help heal afflictions of the heart, to cool fiery tensions caused by family disagreements (especially those stemming from sibling rivalry), to encourage forgiveness, to instill a feeling of nurturing and tenderness toward all beings, for healing heart trauma (physical or emotional), to protect the heart chakra, to add a new spark to old relationships, to provide comfort for those who are terminally ill, to guide one down one’s life path, and to promote emotional stability and security.

Pink Dendritic Opal: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to expand the energies of the heart chakra throughout one’s entire physical and energetic bodies, to anchor the energies of the heart chakra in one’s everyday life so that he or she may remember to treat all beings with love, kindness, and compassion, to extinguish feelings of anger and replace them with peace and understanding, and to aid one in recognizing the oneness of all beings. As this is a variety of Andean Pink Opal, these properties also apply.

Boulder Opal: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) or at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) to balance and align all chakras, to restore one to optimum health after times of stress or negativity, to allow one to remain positive and optimistic until his or her hopes, dreams, and wishes have been fulfilled, to promote harmony in friendships and partnerships, and to allow one to see auras.

Fire Opal / Cherry Opal: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra), 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra), 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra), or at the 7thChakra (Crown Chakra) to stimulate vitality and passion for life, to enhance connection to the fire element, to instill creative inspiration, for treating depression or apathy, to enhance telepathic communication, to stimulate one’s psychic abilities, and to promote spiritual ascension.

Hyaline Opal: (Also known as Hyalite) Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to raise one’s energetic vibrations, for spiritual ascension, to remove feelings of jealousy or anger, to connect one with his or her inner child, and to combine and balance the energies of the air and water elements within the body.

Violet Flame Opal: Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for developing your psychic skills, to connect with the ascended masters and your spirit guides, to tap into the cleansing power of St. Germaine’s Violet Flame, for spiritual growth, to open the Crown Chakra, to help you be open to your psychic gifts without blocking them (consciously or subconsciously), and to help you connect with your spirituality in everyday life.

Care and Safety: Due to their water content, opals can be fragile and water-sensitive, and can also be damaged by excessive drying. It’s best to store them in a cool place, away from direct sunlight or moisture. They should never be used in elixirs.

goldstone for positive thinking

Goldstone is a type of synthetic, or man-made, glass which is made with copper. The copper forms tiny crystalline clusters within the glass. The most common form of Goldstone is reddish-brown, although, in fact, the color is produced by the copper crystals and the glass itself is actually colorless. Some goldstone varieties use colored glass, usually blue or violet, and more rarely green. Goldstone’s alternate name, “Stelleria”, is based on Goldstone’s starry, night-sky-like appearance. The original Italian name for goldstone is “avventurina” indicating its accidental discovery. Hence, another alternate name for Goldstone is “aventurine glass.” Because of its copper content, Goldstone can be used for healing, although its energy is not nearly as strong as that of natural Copper. 

Lore: Another name for goldstone is avventurina, which comes from the Italian word for “by chance.” This derives from the story about goldstone’s beginnings: that it was developed by chance by alchemists trying to transform copper into gold. Another story goes that a monk working with both molten copper and glass accidentally mixed the two together, and in a classic “You-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter” moment, goldstone was born. Either way, goldstone reminds us that accidents can have happy results. Nowadays, red goldstone is made by suspending copper particles in glass, which results in a reddish sparkling mineral It’s good for balancing physical and etheric bodies, grounding, and motivation. Blue goldstone uses the same process, but substitutes cobalt or manganese for copper, and is good for overcoming negative thoughts and vision work. Green goldstone, glass colored with chromium, is great for amplification of energy and all-around good luck. All forms of goldstone can help relieve arthritis, promote self-love, and replace unnecessary complications with simplicity.

The three types of Goldstone have a lot of properties in common, but each has its own individual character:

Blue Goldstone: Manmade glass colored with cobalt or manganese. Use at 1st, 2nd, & 6th Chakras. Good for self-love, motivation, overcoming negative thought patterns, telepathy, grounding, amplification of energy, good luck, vitality & arthritis relief.

Green Goldstone: Manmade glass colored with chromium. Use at 1st & 2nd Chakras. Good for arthritis relief, self-love, motivation, overcoming negative thought patterns, balance between physical & etheric bodies, telepathy, grounding, amplification of energy & good luck.

Red Goldstone: Manmade glass infused with copper. Use at 1st & 2nd Chakras. Good for arthritis relief, self-love, motivation, overcoming negative thought patterns, balance between physical & etheric bodies, telepathy, grounding, amplification of energy & good luck.