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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.

 

pyrite for confidence

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Pyrite is a metallic iron that naturally forms into geometric shapes like the cube shown above. Because its smooth surfaces are naturally shiny, pyrite has been used since ancient times for mirrors both mundane and magical. Along with obsidian, pyrite can be used as a natural scrying mirror — a way to stimulate psychic abilities by gazing at a slightly distorted reflection. But while the iron in pyrite makes it shine, it’s the other element in it — sulfur — that gives it another useful property. When you strike two pieces of pyrite together, or strike a piece with another stone, it makes a spark. This is very similar to the way a modern lighter works. Stone Age people could hit pyrite with a hammer close to some very dry kindling to get their fire started. In fact, the word “pyrite” means “fire stone.” Which sounds a bit more dignified than its nickname: Fool’s Gold! Still, because of its resemblance to gold, and because the two metals are often found close together, pyrite is often used to attract wealth. FeS2

Safety and care: Water can damage pyrite. Since it contains sulfur, it should not be used for preparing elixirs.

Pyrite Sun: These formations are found in only one location, and it’s not a very exotic one: Illinois coal mines, where they formed millions of years ago between layers of coal shale. Also known as pyrite dollars or miners’ dollars, these formations are found hundreds of feet beneath the Earth’s surface. Because the coal shale forms in sheets, pyrite (an iron-based mineral) caught between the layers has no room to expand into its usual angular shape. Instead, it fans out from the center into a round formation, which looks so much like a sand dollar that people originally thought they were fossils. Miners would carry specimens out in their lunchboxes as a curiosity to share with family and friends. The mines that produced these treasures are shutting down one by one, with the last scheduled to close soon. When this happens, these fool’s gold dollars may very well grow in value.

PYRITE: (Also known as Fool’s Gold, as Inca’s Gold, or as Inca’s Mirror) Use at the 3rd (Solar Plexus Chakra) for an increase in vitality, to conquer vices, to build confidence, for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, to ward off infection, to aid in business endeavors, to promote group cooperation, to remove worries, to balance the conscious and unconscious minds, to banish depression, to increase vitality, to balance the ethereal body, for grounding, to encourage creativity, to aid in focus and concentration, to help manifest abundance and prosperity, and to treat infertility.

PYRITE SUN: (Also known as a Pyrite Sand-Dollar) Use at the 3rdChakra to bring the warmth and light of the sun into the etheric bodies, to radiate confidence and will-power to all aspects of the self, to promote joy and happiness, and to aid one in manifesting abundance. Since this stone is composed of Pyrite, the properties of this stone also apply. PYRITE: (Also known as Fool’s Gold) Use at the 3rd (Solar Plexus Chakra) for an increase in vitality, to conquer vices, to build confidence, for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, to ward off infection, to aid in business endeavors, to promote group cooperation, to remove worries, to balance the conscious and unconscious minds, to banish depression, to increase vitality, to balance the ethereal body, for grounding, to encourage creativity, to aid in focus and concentration, to help manifest abundance and prosperity, and to treat infertility.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crystals

People have a lot of questions about crystals, and we’re happy to share their enthusiasm! Here are some things people often wonder about:

So I just bought a crystal. Now what do I do with it?

There are so many things you can do with crystals! You can carry one in your pocket, or a bunch of them in a medicine pouch. When the purpose of the crystal has to do with your everyday life, this is often a good bet. You can wear the crystal too, either as a readymade piece of jewelry or by placing a piece in an inexpensive cage necklace. One great thing about these cages is that you can switch the crystal out as your needs change. At other times you might want to keep a crystal where its energy is most needed, like in your home or office. Or keep the crystal close while you sleep — maybe in the pillowcase or under the mattress — to work through your subconscious or dreams. Crystals can go with you in your car, on your altar, in your bra, in the refrigerator — whatever makes sense according to the crystal’s purpose!

Where do all these crystals come from?

We buy from many different sources: gem shows, general distributors, specialized crystal warehouses, out-of-the-way rock shops, and dealers we cross paths with. If we know where a crystal was mined, we’ll share this on the display sign. Unfortunately, a lot of the time we just plain don’t know. We can try to make an educated guess. This is easy with minerals that only come from one location, like mystic merlinite (Madagascar) or larimar (Dominican Republic). Sometimes we can also judge by appearance. For example, turquoise can come from a lot of places, but we can guess that a lower grade piece is probably from China, whereas higher quality pieces often come from the American southwest.

Are the crystals at Mimosa natural or manmade?

Most are natural, but a few are either manmade or need human help to achieve the forms you see in the store. Here are some common ones:

  • Goldstone and opalite are glass containing ground-up metals or minerals.
  • Orgonite is a manmade plastic with mineral and metal inclusions.
  • Bismuth is a natural element, but has to be isolated from its usual companion minerals to form the little pyramid shapes we sell.
  • Some citrine is actually heat-treated amethyst. (More on this in a bit.)
  • Aura quartzes are natural quartz exposed to metallic vapor. (Keep reading for more on this, too.)
  • A lot of turquoise is reconstituted, meaning it’s real turquoise that’s been ground up and reformed. Sometimes coloring or adhesive are also added.
  • Howlite and agate are often dyed and made into inexpensive jewelry and doodads. We’re not too crazy about these fakes, generally, but a few odds and ends have made their way onto our shelves. We’ll always be upfront with you about what these items are made of.

Does size matter?

It’s not the most important thing, but yes, sometimes size makes a difference. After all, symbolism is part of magic, and every stone is unique. Size is one characteristic of the individual stone that contributes to its certain symbolic meaning. So even though black tourmaline of any size helps protect your home, a pebble in the corner may tend to be forgotten, whereas a substantial chunk next to the front door gives off just the vibe you’re looking for.

What about different shapes?

Yes, shapes make a difference too. Here are some common ones and their uses:

  • Wands are especially good for directing energy.
  • Rounded stones help with comfort and healing.
  • A pocket, palm or worry stone is great to carry with you, as a daily reminder of your intentions and goals.
  • Pyramids and points pull in energy.
  • A merkaba connects you with the spiritual realm, including angels and guides.
  • Seer stones are designed for skrying, helping you “see” with your intuition and work with your third eye.
  • Hearts and eggs… well, obviously!

How can I know natural from heat-treated citrine?

You can tell a lot by the color. Natural citrine’s pale yellow shades to gray — not surprising, since it has the same chemical makeup as smoky quartz. Manmade citrine is created by exposing amethyst to high temperatures (in the neighborhood of 1000 degrees). It’s yellow, but with an orange-to-brown tint. Since heat-treated citrine is basically amethyst, its mineral makeup differs from that of natural citrine. The two have basically the same metaphysical properties, yet manmade citrine is physically different. It has also been artificially exposed to intense heat, which is likely to alter its energy.

What are wands?

Wands direct energy. As a healing tool, they move healing energy to specific parts of the body. They can also direct energy to another crystal or some other object, preparing it to receive your intention. Some wands have seven smaller crystals attached because they’re designed to work with the chakras. On others, one end is rounded while the other comes to a gentle point. These wands are designed for massage.

Is aura quartz real or artificial?

It’s manufactured from natural quartz and metallic elements. To create it, quartz is heated to extreme temperatures (like about 1600 degrees) and exposed to vaporized metal. A thin, iridescent film of metal clings to the surface of the crystal. Different metals or combinations of metals produce different colors.

Cómo limpiar sus cristales

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Mucha gente nos pregunta cómo limpiar los cristales después de llevarlos a su casa. Es un asunto importante, ya que objetos naturales como piedras pueden recoger cualquier tipo de energía con el transcurso del tiempo. Descargar estas energías es bueno para todos: usted, el cristal, y todos que esperen beneficiarse de sus propiedades de curación.

Hay una variedad de modos para despejar la energía de un cristal. Uno es limpiar el cristal en una solución de agua y sal marina. Puede añadir aceite esencial de lavanda para aumentar la limpieza. Otra manera es sujetar la piedra debajo del agua corriente (un grifo, o mejor aún agua natural como una manantial) para purificarla. Sin embargo, algunos minerales no deben dejarse mucho tiempo en agua; el selenito, por ejemplo, puede perder el brillo o hasta disolverse. Aquí hay una lista de cristales, incluso la información sobre como mojarlos:

loveandlighthealingschool.com/crystal-caution-list/

Otro método de limpiar una piedra es purificarla con humo. Para hacer esto, pase la piedra a través del humo de salvia, palo santo, enebro, sweetgrass, cedro o sándalo. Otra alternativa es enterrar la piedra por un rato. Si tiene ganas, es bueno envolver el cristal con tela antes de enterrarlo, para evitar que se ensucie. Ambos métodos son seguros para todas las piedras.

Realice la limpieza hasta que sienta intuitivamente que la energía de la piedra esté limpia. Luego cargar el cristal en la luz del sol o de la luna, a ser posible con la luna llena o la luna nueva, durante al menos una noche o un día entero. Si utiliza la luz del sol, no ponga la piedra encima de algo inflamable; existe una posibilidad remota que una piedra como el cuarzo pueda actuar como una lupa y quemar papel o la madera. Unas piedras también pierden su color con el sol. La luz de la luna es segura para todas las piedras.

Para más información sobre esta tema, por favor visite el website de Love and Light Healing School. El articulo siguiente contiene mas detalles: loveandlighthealingschool.com/10-sure-fire-ways-cleanse-healing-crystals/

inventing your own crystal grids

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The crystal grid is a manifestation tool that joins crystal energy with sacred geometry. When we align an underlying geometric pattern with compatible crystals, we can focus and amplify our intentions.

Grids consist of crystals placed in precise, geometric arrangements in order to affect the flow of energy for a specific purpose. The properties of the stones used, combined with their arrangement in a sacred geometric configuration, create a unique energy frequency that enhances your intention and helps manifest your desired result. Combining crystal energy with Sacred Geometry exponentially enhances the power of both: the sacred geometry of the formation expresses your intention in a clear and direct way, while the stones amplify this intention and send it out into the universe.

We might also say this is a case where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. A grid creates a powerful energy field, and every element of the process adds to this energetic “package.” Let’s look at some of these elements.

Getting Ready

Intention: The most important aspect of creating a crystal grid is formulating your intention, and stating that intention in a clear and positive way. For example, it’s better to use a strong statement such as “This grid will help me focus positive energy on my family,” than to say something vague (“I’ll be a better mom”) or negative (“I’ll stop nagging my kids”). A well-formulated intention should focus on you, rather than attempting to subvert the will of other people. Write your intention down before getting to work on the grid.

Pattern: A favorite pattern for a crystal grid is some aspect of the Flower of Life, the fundamental spatial arrangement that Sacred Geometry tells us is the framework of our entire universe. The form known as the Seed of Life is especially good for grids, because it represents all possible beginnings and all possible paths — a gateway to infinite possibility. Other shapes have their own sacred meanings: the stable square, the infinite circle or lemniscate, the energy-enhancing Metatron’s cube, the compass rose. At the end of this information sheet, we’ll show examples of how you might use some of these shapes as a basis for a grid, and link you to some reproducible templates.

Material underlying the grid: The physical material underlying the grid has meaning as well. A wooden grid contains living energy, whereas a cloth grid can add a touch of color magic. You can put your grid on glass or a mirror to further spread its energy, or lay your stones directly on the floor or ground to bond with the Earth’s own energy field.

Crystals: Most grids use a single crystal as the central stone (sometimes called the anchor stone), and one or more sets of compatible stones to surround it, often in multiples of six. In our illustrations, we’ll use two sets of companion stones, but there’s no reason you can’t use more or less. We strongly urge you to use your intuition in building your grid, especially when it comes to selecting crystals. Just be conscious of looking for crystals whose energies “mesh” and resonate with the grid’s purpose.

One excellent way (though by no means the only way) to choose your crystals is to find:

– A central stone that complements your intention and is a strong energy channel

– A set of primary stones you have chosen intuitively while remaining mindful of your purpose; these should support the energy of the anchor stone and further define your intention for your grid

– A set of secondary stones chosen by some other intuitive means, such as with a pendulum or dowsing rods, or with the aid of an intuitive reader or other helper

Optional: You may also surround the grid with a circle of clear quartz points to enhance its energy. And if you’re using it to charge some other item, such as a magical tool or piece of jewelry, that item will usually go at the center of the grid. You can even use a large space such as a room as the perimeter of your grid, focusing the energy on the people who live or work there.

Activation: Activating the grid along its lines is an important step. You may channel energy for this through your hand, or use a crystal or wooden wand. This too is part of the energy “package” associated with the grid, so choose something that meshes with the whole.

Placement: The place it is set up will be a sacred space, so choose carefully. The amount of time needed to achieve the grid’s purpose will also be a factor.

Setting Up the Grid

Once you have the materials at hand, you’re ready to set up the grid. You’ve already thought everything out beforehand, so this setup should be a smooth and joyful process. Here are the steps to follow:

Cleanse everything. Whatever method you usually use for cleansing crystals will work fine for the other materials as well.

Set the board up, keeping your intention in mind.

Speak your  intention. You may also add a few words of prayer or invocation, according to your faith, but it’s a good idea to keep it simple.

Lay out the stones. It’s usual to start in the center and work your way out. But the most important thing is to remain mindful.

Activate the grid by tracing its lines. If you know the technique of focusing light energy through your body through your palm, this works very well. You can use a finger to do the same thing, or some type of wand. Start with the center stone, then go stone to stone, clockwise usually. Remain mindful of your intention. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can sing or chant your intention. Here’s a short video that demonstrates one method.

The grid is now ready. You can use your grid for meditation or simply keep it somewhere to remind you of the intention, or lay it out under your bed.

Cleansing and recharging: If the grid is to stay up for a long time, you should make sure it stays physically and energetically clean, and recharge it about once a month.

When you’re done with the grid: It’s also good to use a theme sheet, which can be something as simple as a print-out of a flower of life, to record the pattern used, along with the intention. By keeping this after you take down the grid, you’ll have a way to remember that this tool helped you and was part of your life.

Additional Information

This is just a taste of the beauty and versatility of crystal grids. For a more in-depth look at grids, here are some great resources:

Free videos: The Love and Light Crystal Healing School has a short series of videos about crystal grids on YouTube. Find out how to charge a grid, talk about using one for meditation, and discuss using a Quartz generator as the Center Stone. Crystal Grid Videos

Classes: Love and Light Healing also teaches a three-part series of classes on grids. Crystal Grid Classes

Crystal Templates: This basic set includes a seed of life grid and worksheet. Free download.

The advanced set includes flower, seed & fruit of life. There are also grids for basic geometrical shapes, Metatron’s cube, lots of colored versions of the grids, tree of life. It’s got many colored grids, as well as basic black-and-white outlines. Free download.

Cleansing Your Crystals: If you’d like ideas about how to cleanse crystals and other grid materials, check out this article.

Sample Grids

Below you’ll find six sample grids. These are NOT meant to dictate the “correct” way to make a grid! They’re only intended to present a range of possibilities, and perhaps help you appreciate the range of choices and the amount of creativity you can use when creating your own crystal grids. The most important thing is to use your creative spirit to fill the grid with your own personality and positive intentions.

self love grid Grid Purpose: Self-Love

Shape: Circle

Background: Mirror

Center Stone: Rose Quartz Heart, a love stone

Surrounding Stones: Rhodochrosite for healing the inner child & Lithium quartz to stabilize mood and banish tension

Activate with personal energy

Refresh with rosewater

Take or accept control grid Grid Purpose: Take/Accept Control

Shape: Seed of Life

Background: paper grid (free download)

Center Stone: Carnelian for challenging times

Surrounding stones: Citrine for happiness & confidence, ametrine to overcome fear of change

Activate with quartz wand

Refresh with sage

clarity of direction grid Grid Purpose: Finding Direction

Shape: Compass Rose

Background: paper grid (public domain)

Center stone: Chevron Amethyst for insight & decision-making

Surrounding stones: Peacock ore for inner strength, Clear quartz for directing energy

This grid also uses a surrounding ring of clear quartz needles for amplification

Activate & refresh with copper wand

positive home energy grid Grid Purpose: Positive Home Energy

Shape: Flower of Life

Background: paper grid (free download)

Center Stone: Selenite pyramid, a purifying crystal with a stable shape

Surrounding Stones: Black Tourmaline for Protection, Green Aventurine for peace, prosperity & heart chakra connection

Activate & refresh with sage bundle

unblock communication grid Grid Purpose: Unblock communication

Shape: Lemniscate

Background: no pattern background, just an altar cloth

Center Stone: Celestite cluster for compassion & working together

Surrounding Stones: Blue Lace Agate for centering & communication, Citrine for positivity

Activate & refresh with toning or chanting

make peace grid Grid Purpose: Make Peace

Shape: 5-pointed Star

Background: paper grid (public domain)

Center Stone: Apophyllite to connect with higher beings

Surrounding Stones: Fairy Stones for peace (perhaps let each member of the family choose one), amethyst for purification & protection

Activate & refresh with palo santo

How to Create a Vision Board

by Ashley Leavy

A vision board is a visual representation of an affirmation or intention, typically something you’d like to manifest. It may include pictures or words that show what you’re trying to create in your life.

It’s best to hang your vision board in a place of prominence, or somewhere where you will see it of- ten throughout your day.

Creating Your Own Crystal Vision Board:

To create your vision board, you’ll need to start by gathering some supplies. Some helpful items include a stack of old magazines, a pair of good scissors, a large cork-board, and tons of push-pins.

Using a cork board and push pins is helpful because you can change and update your vision board as needed (like when your goals, hopes, and dreams change and grow), but if you’d like, you could just use a glue stick to attach your images or works to a piece of cardboard instead.
vision board in progress
Next, you should browse your magazine stack, cutting out images or words that relate to your specific affirmation and capture the feeling of what you want your life to be. These should mostly be very specific, but sometimes they may be more generalized (i.e. like if you’re representing a concept like “Serenity”).

The next step is to arrange and organize the cut-outs in a way that appeals to you. You may even want to group things together (this is especially helpful if you’re creating a board for more than one affirmation).

Keep adding images and words until your board is full of positive, life-changing scraps of paper! Once you’ve finished your layout, you can use the push- pins to hold the paper scraps in place (or you can glue them down using your glue stick).

Finally, take a step back and look at how amazing this project turned out. You’re sure to feel motivated by all of the positive energy that has been put into it.

Again, it’s important to remember that it’s okay if your vision board changes as the year progresses, but that’s really the true beauty of it – it changes and grows with you (getting bigger and better all the time).

A Dozen Crystals for Beginners

Sometimes people just getting started with crystal healing don’t quite know where to start. We hope this list will help narrow down the choices, or at least give you some ideas! The stones listed below are all inexpensive and readily available at Mimosa and other rock shops. We’ve selected one stone corresponding to each of the seven chakras and four elements, plus five other excellent choices for the beginning collector:

Crystal Uses
Red Jasper Root Chakra, grounding. Red Jasper also helps you set boundaries, reduce both internal and external pollution, and control passions. (Alternatives: Red Garnet, Hematite)
Carnelian (orange) Sacral Chakra (creativity, sexuality, personality) & Fire Element. Carnelian helps you overcome negative thought patterns and approach your endeavors with new energy. (Alternatives: Fire Agate, Orange Calcite)
Citrine (yellow) Solar Plexus Chakra (vital energy and power). Crystal Sunshine, bringing positive energy, overcome fears, and boost self-confidence.(Alternatives: Golden Tiger’s Eye, Topaz)
Unakite (green with pink) Heart Chakra (emotions) & Earth Element. Many stones are associated with this chakra, but we like unakite because it combines the chakra’s two colors, pink and green. Unakite can also help balance all the chakras. (Alternatives: Aventurine, Moss Agate)
Aquamarine (blue to blue-green) Throat Chakra (communication) & Water Element. Aquamarine has a very soothing energy, promoting cooperation and peace.  (Alternatives: Blue Lace Agate, Angelite)
Lapis Lazuli (deep blue) Third Eye Chakra (insight and intuition). A powerful dream stone which can help you move into higher levels of consciousness and tune into the Universe. Connects you with angels and spirit guides. (Alternatives: Sodalite, Kyanite)
Amethyst (purple) Crown Chakra (spirituality) & Air Element. Not only does Amethyst connect to higher levels of consciousness, it also has many practical uses: replacing bad habits with good, enhancing mental health, improving sleep and memory, as well as all types of healing. (Alternatives: Clear Quartz, Apophyllite)
Quartz Points (clear) Clear quartz is great for directing and focusing energy. Depending on how you plan to use your crystals, you could start with either a single quartz wand or a handful of small quartz points. Quartz can be used with all the chakras.
Black Tourmaline This is our favorite stone for banishing negativity, grounding, and protection.
Rose Quartz (pink) Rose quartz is an excellent “relationship” stone, promoting love in all its forms: romance, friendship, family, and even self-love.
Golden Tiger’s Eye Whatever your gender, it’s good to have one stone to help you access the type of energy usually defined as “masculine.” Tiger’s eye is great for assertiveness, self-confidence, worldly success, and strength.
White Moonstone The same principle applies to “feminine” energy. Moonstone can help connect with your inner goddess, promoting emotional balance, empathy, moon and water energies, and nurturing protection. As a bonus, moonstone is also associated with safe travels.

We hope this helps narrow down the choices a bit, so you don’t feel you have to take everything home at once!

When choosing crystals, you should of course also pay attention to your own intuition. If you feel a certain crystal just “jumps off the shelf” or feels warm in your hand, that’s a good indication the two of you belong together. Some other stones we’ve found resonate with a lot of our customers include: Jade, Smoky Quartz, Selenite, Hematite, Rainbow Fluorite, Green Aventurine, Sunstone and Labradorite.

It’s All Quartz

by Cathy Douglas

If you were to describe the minerals we sell at the store by chemistry alone, probably half of them would be made of the same thing: silicon dioxide (SiO2). In its purest form, silicon dioxide is clear quartz, also called rock crystal. But when this mineral contains trace elements of other minerals, or when the Earth’s inner forces have changed its form, we see a huge variety in appearance: everything from blue chalcedony to red jasper, and from amethyst to black onyx. The relationship between these forms can be very confusing. While these crystals’ properties are based on many factors besides composition, it can be interesting to know how they’re all related.

Quartz: When quartz is completely pure, it is either clear, white, or a combination of both. White, or “milky” quartz, is simply clear quartz that contains tiny gas bubbles. The more colorful varieties of quartz come from small particles of metallic elements that became trapped in the quartz as it hardened. Some are natural, some artificial:

  • Smoky quartz contains traces of lithium and aluminum.
  • Natural citrine also contains traces of lithium and aluminum, but in a different proportion. Less commonly it may come from amethyst naturally heated within the Earth.
  • Amethyst contains traces of iron.
  • Artificial citrine is usually made by heat treating amethyst, although it may also come from heating a relatively clear piece of smoky quartz.
  • Rose quartz contains titanium, often as tiny bits of rutile (which is simply a needle-shaped formation of titanium dioxide).
  • Oro verde quartz is a greenish-gold quartz formed through irradiation. Often when you see very dark “smoky quartz,” it’s also an irradiated stone.
  • Aventurine is a kind of sparkly quartz formed by inclusions of mica. Most common is green aventurine, which contains fuchsite mica. Aventurines with a more reddish hue contain bits of hematite.
  • Lithium quartz contains (obviously) lithium, often as inclusions of fuchsite mica.
  • Blue tiger’s eye contains crocidolite (blue asbestos) fibers. When the iron in these fibers oxidizes, the stone bearing it becomes red or golden tiger’s eye.

Chalcedony: Color variation is only the beginning. Changes within the earth give us many more beautiful crystals, with an even greater variety of appearances. Pure quartz is clear because its crystal structure all lines up in the same direction as it forms. But of course this process is often disturbed, and the little crystals take random directions as they form. You’d only even be able to see them as “crystals” by looking through a microscope. (In crystal-nerd-speak, we say it’s “cryptocrystalline.”) This is chalcedony (pronounced cal-SED-a-nee), which has variations of its own:

  • Pure chalcedony is white to gray to bluish in appearance.
  • Chrysoprase is chalcedony that is green because of the presence of nickel.
  • Carnelian is chalcedony which iron oxide gives an orange to red color.
  • Bloodstone is a dark chalcedony containing iron silicates, plus splotches of red jasper.
  • Black onyx is actually a very dark form of chalcedony. Sometimes it is made artificially by boiling chalcedony and treating it with acid.

Jasper: Jasper is chalcedony that has gone through even more changes within the Earth; the little mini-crystals have been roughed up and combined with other minerals. There are more varieties of jasper than any of us can count, but here are a few:

  • Red jasper is chalcedony containing hematite.
  • Yellow jasper combines chalcedony with clay.
  • Bumblebee jasper contains yellow stripes of sulfur.
  • There are many, many other jaspers of mottled appearance, with fanciful names such as Picasso jasper and dalmatian jasper. They’re formed when bits and pieces of various minerals get fused into the forming jasper.

Agate and Onyx: Banded chalcedonies go by two different names: When the layering is more or less parallel, the resulting stone is called onyx; when the banding is more circular or irregular, it’s called agate.

  • Dendritic (branching) agates, such as moss agate, contain little branch-like threads of manganese oxide, iron oxide, slivers of other minerals, or sometimes just plain dirt.
  • Orbicular jaspers, such as ocean jasper, are actually agates containing multicolored orbs which may include rhyolite, biotite, feldspar, and many other minerals.
  • Onyx comes in flat black and white layers, so that a cross-section will appear to be striped.
  • Sard is like carnelian, except that the color tends more toward brown. Its banded form is called sardonyx.
  • You’ll often find brightly colored stones labeled as “onyx” or “agate” which are actually dyed.

Opal: Another thing that can happen as geology churns microcrystals is that they can get mixed up with water. If 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.

It’s hard to believe all this variety basically just comes from quartz! But since the majority of the Earth’s crust is made up of silicon-based minerals, maybe it’s not too surprising.

Crystal Controversy: Rough vs Tumbled

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(photo courtesy of the Wellcome Museum in London, Wellcome Images [email protected])

Which is better: a rough crystal, or one that’s been polished? We hear that question all the time at Mimosa. My own instinctive feeling has always been that rough stones have a purer energy and a more forceful presence than stones that have been cut or polished. But others with lots of experience say the form of the stone makes no difference.

To reach a better understanding, I thought I’d examine the range of expert opinion on this topic. So here are some quotes, starting with our own in-house crystal expert, Ashley Leavy:

“Tumbled stones or polished stones have a really subtle, gentle energy that radiates outward in all directions… rough stones I usually use when somebody really needs an energetic breakthrough…  More isn’t always better.”– Ashley Leavy

“The healing properties have not been compromised in polished stones. These are rocks. They are pretty tough. You cannot bruise their egos.” — Benjamin Dean

“The more natural a stone is, the more ‘raw energy’ it contains… When a stone is carved into a shape with particular meanings, i.e. spheres, eggs, pyramids, this can also heighten its power.” — Pete “Lumos” of Mind, Body, Spirit

“Many feel that crystals in their raw, rough state are actually more powerful because they have come from Mother Earth in their natural form. This energy can be good for someone who really needs an energetic break through. However, if someone is sensitive to crystal energies then tumbled stones are the way to go.” — Jen Mergell

“I prefer, for my personal use, the rough gemstones. I find that for me they tend to have more vibration. However … As humans are most definitely a visual being, the appeal of something that looks wonderful such as a tumbled stone can be very healing in its own right. ” — Angelus, via Luna’s Grimoire Community Forum

“Let’s say I’m working some energy healing and I want to focus on a specific area…I break for my laser cut smokey quartz wand, as I feel that it helps channel energy more effectively than a rough piece of quartz. But if I’m balancing chakras and I just want the natural energies of the crystal … a rough specimen is perfectly acceptable. A tumbled piece will work just as well and often I will mix and interchange depending on necessity and availability.” — Het Het, via Earthsong Forum

In that same forum, a shamanic practitioner (who goes by MonSno_Leedra) felt strongly that natural stones have greater power: “Perhaps because I follow the shamanic pathway it is a bigger issue to me when dealing with the stone people.”

“I prefer to think of it simply as either walking around in your birthday suit or putting on a pretty dress.” — Kristi Huggins

One thing that makes a difference with certain crystals is that polishing puts a layer of security, in the form of polish, between users and toxic minerals. For example, we were excited to get in some tumbled cinnabar last year from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Cinnabar contains mercury, so we wouldn’t want to carry it in its raw form. While you’d still want to be careful with it, the polish made these specimens much safer to handle.

One commenter who got dizzy while handling tiger’s eye felt the same way: “I like both, but will be switching to polished crystals as, it has freaked me out about the asbestos in Tiger Eye. I went on to scare myself further reading Malachite is toxic to animals. I want to heal myself not intoxicate myself.” — Pouter, commenter at Aeclectic Tarot Forum

Obviously, there’s not total agreement here, and never will be. It’s natural that sifting through the opinions of many people brings a variety of experiences. Still, I think the pattern is clear: Crystal energy exists in rough, cut and tumbled stones — but the more natural the form, the more direct the transmission of that energy. Unsurprisingly, people tend to feel more raw power coming from rough stones. But in some circumstances, softer energy is more appropriate. And sometimes other considerations, such as toxicity, make tumbled stones the better choice, as a buffer between the raw nature of the stone and the practical realities of human needs.

This is why Ashley advises that professional crystal healers should probably have some rough stones and some tumbled. The rest of us, though, can usually be confident in following our intuition. If, like many people, you feel stronger energy coming from rough stones, you’ll want to take that into consideration when choosing your crystals. But that doesn’t mean rough is always better. If safety, aesthetics, and/or desire for a softer energy lead you to tumbled stones, that’s the right choice for your circumstances.

For a fascinating video discussion of this topic in depth, check out this sample class from Ashley’s crystal healing school: Basic Crystal Healing: Crystal Shapes.

Chakras and Auras: A Crystal Healing Approach

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Chakras are vortices of energy found in the aura, or energy field, of the human body. These energy centers act as satellites to the universe, taking in energy, using it to influence the mind, the body, and the spirit, and then returning it back to the universe. Each chakra rules a specific section of the physical body, specific emotions, and certain aspects of one’s spiritual self. There are seven major chakras found along the spine, but there are many other minor chakras located all throughout the physical body.

 

In crystal healing*, the seven chakra system is most commonly used. However, there are many minor chakras that can be used under particular circumstances. In fact, all of these chakras are influenced by the crystal’s healing energy during a healing session, but the energy is typically more precisely directed to the body’s seven main energy centers. By placing crystals on the chakras, one can use the healing vibrations given off by the crystal to correct any imbalances within the chakra.

Typically, crystals are associated with specific chakras based on their color, but this is not always true. Some crystals have other inherent properties that allow them to be used on chakras other than those that are associated with their color. These exceptions can be discovered after research or intuitive insights about additional properties that the crystal may have. These associations may even vary from person to person so it is important that one takes time to connect with a particular crystal before placing it on the body.

Please Note: The seven most commonly known chakras have been numbered 1-7. Other minor chakras have been bulleted. This listing appears in order from the area below the feet toward the area above the crown of the head.

– Gaia Gateway Chakra (Black Crystals)

– Earth Star Chakra (Brown Crystals)

1. Root/Base/Perineum/Muladhara Chakra (Black, Brown, or Red Crystals)

– Coccygeal Chakra (Burnt Orange or Rust Crystals)

2. Sacral/Pubic/Spleenic/Pelvic/Swadhisthana Chakra (Orange Crystals)

– Navel/Sea of Chi’i/Door of Life Chakra (Yellow-Orange or Gold Crystals)

3. Solar Plexus/Diaphragmatic/Power/Manipura Chakra (Yellow or Gold Crystals)

– Lower Heart/Sacred Heart Chakra (Green Crystals)

4. Middle Heart/Shoulder Blades/Anahata Chakra (Pink Crystals)

– Higher Heart/Ascending Heart/Thymus Chakra (Teal Crystals)

– Base of Throat/Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise Crystals)

– Zeal Point Chakra/Mouth of God/Talu/Lalana Chakra (Blue Crystals)

6. Third Eye/3rd Eye/Brow/Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Manas Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Indu Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Upper Forehead Chakra (Dark Indigo or Deep Violet Crystals)

7. Crown/Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White Crystals)

– Golden Crown Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold Crystals)

– Causal Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Teal & Pink or White Crystals)

– Soul Star Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Clear White Crystals)

– Stellar Gateway Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Silver Crystals)

Crystal Layout to Activate the Chakras:

In this layout the healer should place a stone of the corresponding color on each of the seven main chakras. This exercise will open the energetic pathways within the subject and will also activate the major and minor chakras within the subject’s body. This technique is best used with tired or fatigued subjects, or those who are under a great deal of stress.

To begin, you should choose a colored stone that is appropriate for each of the seven main chakras, using the color correspondences listed above.  Beginning at the root chakra, you should place a red stone, such as Garnet or Red Jasper, at the base of the subject’s spine.  Next, you should place an orange stone, such as Carnelian, on the subject’s sacral chakra, about two inches below the subject’s navel (about half way between the subject’s pubic bone and belly-button).  Then, you should place a yellow stone, such as Yellow Aventurine or Yellow Calcite, on the subject’s solar plexus chakra, about two inches above the subject’s navel, between the subject’s belly-button and his or her breastbone.

You should then move to the subject’s heart chakra and choose a green stone, such as Green Fluorite or Green Aventurine, and place it in the center of the subject’s chest.

Next, you should place a blue stone, such as Blue Opal or Blue Quartz, on the subject’s throat chakra at the center of the throat.

Then, you should place an indigo (dark blue) stone, such as Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite, at the subject’s brow chakra, located between and slightly above the subject’s eyes.

Finally, you should place a violet stone, such as Sugilite or Amethyst, at the subject’s crown chakra, located on the top of the subject’s head.

If terminated crystal points are used, the terminations should face toward the subject’s crown.

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

After the stones have been placed on the body, you should infuse each chakra with energy by placing your hands just above each stone. To infuse a chakra with energy, you should bring white light energy in through your crown chakra and pass it through your hands to charge the area with energy from the universe. To bring white light into your body, you should be grounded and centered. Then, you should visualize your crown chakra opening and, as you inhale, visualize a stream of universal light beaming into the crown of your head. You should then exhale and push the light down through the palms of your hands. You can now transfer this energy into the subject.

You should begin this energy-infusion at the brow chakra, and then you should move to the crown chakra. After this, you should move to the root chakra and continue up the spine to the sacral, solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras. You should then again infuse the brow and crown chakras with energy. You should spend at least three to five minutes at each chakra or until you intuitively feel that there is sufficient energy at each chakra.

Crystal Layout to Balance the Chakras:

This technique can be utilized to balance the energy of each chakra and is particularly best utilized with subjects that suffer from anxiety, anger, ADD, or a great deal of stress.

To begin this technique, repeat the laying on of colored stones from the previous exercise, but stop before beginning the energy-infusion technique. Then, return to the root chakra and place a stone of the complementary color next to the stone that has been placed at each chakra. Work up the chakras, beginning at the root and moving up toward the crown, using the following colors:

  • Root Chakra: Green stone
  • Sacral Chakra: Blue stone
  • Solar Plexus Chakra: Violet stone
  • Heart Chakra: Pink stone and Red Stone
  • Throat Chakra: Orange stone
  • Third Eye Chakra: Red stone
  • Crown Chakra: Yellow stone

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

The stones in this technique should not be infused with energy. Instead, they should be left to transmit healing, balancing energy into the subject’s aura and subtle bodies. The crystals should be left on the body for approximately twenty minutes or until you intuitively feel that the subject has absorbed the healing energy.

The most important thing to remember as you are placing stones on the subject’s body is that the stones should all be aligned with the subject’s spine. This assures that the energetic channels are properly opened.

If you find it difficult to remember the correspondence between color and the chakras, you should try to memorize the following acronym: ROY G. BIV (i.e. like a man’s name).

R (Red) O (Orange) Y (Yellow)

G (Green)

B (Blue) I (Indigo) V (Violet)

The chakras also correspond to particular auric realms (layers of the energy body).

Please Note: This listing appears in order from the innermost layer toward the outermost layer of the aura:

-Physical Body

-Etheric Body

-Emotional Body

-Mental/Vital Body

-Astral Body

-Etheric Template

-Celestial Body

-Causal/Ketheric/Intuitive Body

An Exercise for Aura Health:

You should strengthen and protect your aura in various everyday life situations. You should especially strengthen the aura if you know that you will encounter an individual that will drain your energy, as this is extremely detrimental to the auric body. This should also be done if you know that you will have to spend time in a negative energy environment or deal with a situation surrounded by negative energies and emotions.

To protect the aura, you should close off your energy body to others by engaging in the protective posture (feet crossed at the ankles and with thumbs and fingers touching).

To strengthen and energize the aura, you can undertake the nostril breathing technique. In this technique, the breath is used to strengthen the auric field and to balance the mind and the physical body. This technique is performed by alternating your breaths, breathing in through one nostril and then out of the other.

To begin the technique, hold the nostrils between your thumb and index finger. Place your right thumb and finger over your nostril (without squeezing) and exhale. Then connect your tongue to your palate just behind your front teeth. Next, press your thumb against right nostril to close it and inhale through your left nostril for approximately three seconds. While keeping your right nostril closed with your thumb, press your index finger onto your left nostril. Your nose should now be closed between your thumb and finger. Keep your nostrils pinched shut for approximately 15 seconds. If 15 seconds is too long for you, then reduce the time limit to amount that you feel comfortable with. Now, remove your thumb so as to open your right nostril, but continue holding your left nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your right nostril for approximately three seconds.

Remove your right hand from your nose and place your left hand on your nostrils with your thumb pressing on your left nostril. Inhale through your right nostril for approximately three seconds and press your left index finger onto your right nostril, so as to close it. Hold this breath for approximately 15 seconds. Then, remove your thumb to open your left nostril, but continue to press your right nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your left nostril for approximately three seconds.

Repeat this exercise, while alternating nostrils for approximately three to five repetitions.

To purify the aura, you can perform the cleansing vortex exercise. In this exercise, you should visualize a whirlwind of purifying, healing, white light which surrounds the entire auric body (beginning at the Causal/Ketheric Body). You should then visualize this whirlwind removing all negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy. Then, you should visualize that the vortex departs into the earth and this positive energy is released into the earth for the good of all beings.

Once the aura has been strengthened, protected, and cleared, you are ready to absorb the healing energy of the crystals.

This process should be followed by a mindfulness meditation exercise and focused breathing.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

Home Protection Crystal Grid

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by Ashley Leavy

I am often asked about using crystal grids for protection of the home and family. A crystal grid is a geometric arrangement of healing stones used with intention to manifest a desired result. Using crystal grids is very powerful as it combines the energy of the stone with Sacred Geometry (the language of the Universe). In this way, the crystal energy is enhanced exponentially because your intention is being amplified through the stones and then sent out to the Universe in a clear and direct way through the sacred geometric formations.

I’ve developed a crystal grid recipe that can be used effectively in any dwelling. For extensive protection of your home, you can place Black Tourmaline in each of the corners of your home (as well as on either side of any exterior doors and windows). You can then place Selenite along each of the walls (energetically connecting the Tourmaline stones), between the corners and any exterior doorways or windows. The Tourmaline acts to set an energetic protective boundary, while the Selenite aids in cleansing and purification.

home protection grid

This is a heavy-duty protective grid (and most people won’t need to use nearly this many stones). This is an ideal grid if you had an unlimited budget, but most people will find that a piece of Tourmaline in each corner of the home with a piece of Selenite along each exterior wall (optional) would still work very well for their needs. For example, in the diagram of the home below, the ideal grid uses 20 pieces of Tourmaline and 13 pieces of Selenite. However, by placing the Tourmalines in just the corners of the home, this can be reduced to only 6 pieces. Additionally, by placing just one piece of Selenite per exterior wall (optional), the number of pieces of Selenite used is reduced to only 5 pieces. The resulting grid would still be very effective for most situations, but would only be a fraction of the cost (making energetic home protection a bit easier on your pocketbook).

Before placing the stones, they should be cleansed thoroughly. As you place each crystal in the grid, hold an intention of your choosing clearly in your mind (i.e. “This crystal creates a protective energetic boundary.” OR “This crystal protects me and my family.”). After placing the stones, it is recommend that you “activate” the grid by energetically linking the crystals together. This can be done with a Crystal Laser Wand (a single-terminated clear Quartz point) or with your finger. Point the crystal or your finger toward the first crystal in the grid (some people like to begin with the crystal in the northernmost position) and move around the home “drawing” energetic connections between each stone. In this way, you connect the crystal energetically so that they are better able to act as one harmonious grid, rather than many individual stones. After the grid has been activated, remember to cleanse the stones fairly often.

Black Tourmaline and Selenite have additional properties that may add to the qualities of the grid (if you intend them to do so).

SELENITE, COLORLESS: (Also known as Colorless Gypsum) Use at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for purification, to cleanse the chakras and the aura, to promote a connection with one’s divine self, to aid in the ascension process, to clear the mind before meditation, to enhance one’s ability to follow his or her spiritual virtues, to bring the light into one’s being, and to promote peace and harmony.

TOURMALINE, BLACK: (Also known as Schorl or as Aphrizite) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) for protection against electromagnetic pollution and negative energy, grounding, increased physical energy, to banish negative thoughts, to enhance positive thinking and creativity, to reduce geopathic stress, to strengthen the immune system, for cleansing the physical and ethereal bodies, and to aid in decreasing arthritis pain.

Treating Thyroid Conditions with Healing Crystals

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Medical experts agree that thyroid conditions seem to be on the rise. The causes, although still uncertain for sure, are thought to be linked to a variety of triggers such as environmental toxins and pollution, an increase in auto-immune diseases, radiation exposure, an increase in viral and bacterial illnesses linked to thyroid disease, smoking, gluten intolerance, and eating too many foods with high soy or iodine content.

With so many people being affected by thyroid conditions, it is imperative that healers and energy workers know how to help treat this growing health crisis. Crystal healing is a great way to complement and enhance the treatment you are receiving from your physician. For most people, treatment will be an ongoing process because most thyroid conditions are chronic issues and are not reversible. Crystals can be used to treat the condition itself (as well as the outward symptoms), by working to bring your energy body into alignment, while the physical body is being treated by your physician. This combination of traditional and alternative approaches to healing will help to heal your whole self, both the energetic and physical bodies, so that you receive the greatest possible benefit from treatment.

The four most common thyroid disorders are Hashimoto’s Disease (the most common cause of hypothyroidism – underactive thyroid), Grave’s Disease (the most common cause of hyperthyroidism – overactive thyroid), goiter (enlarged thyroid), and thyroid nodules (cancerous or non-cancerous growths on the thyroid). Since each of these conditions has different symptoms and causes, the crystals used to treat them will vary.

Hashimoto’s Disease & Underactive Thyroid:

Because Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disease, Carnelian or Serpentine can be used to balance the energy of your immune system. Try wearing a piece of Carnelian or Serpentine jewelry (especially a pendant on a short chain near the thyroid gland) to get the immune system back into alignment so that it no longer disrupts thyroid function. The pendant should be worn continuously and should be cleansed regularly, at least once per week, to ensure maximum benefit to your immune system. Amber, Bloodstone, Clear Calcite, Orange Calcite, Tangerine Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Black Tourmaline, Turquoise, and Vanadinite have also been known to balance the energy of the immune system so they would make good alternative choices to the Carnelian or Serpentine.

The symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems. Fatigue, ranging from mild to severe, and sleepiness are very common in people with Hashimoto’s Disease. Getting your immune system back into balance will often help reduce the fatigue associated with this condition, so using the Carnelian or Serpentine, as described above, is a great way to help treat chronic fatigue. However, for those days when you feel particularly sluggish, try using a piece of Ruby or Garnet (carried in your pocket) as a quick and easy pick-me-up. Citrine has also been shown to be beneficial for treating chronic fatigue and tiredness so it would make a good alternative choice to the more expensive Ruby or Garnet stones.

Because Hashimoto’s patients feel constantly run-down due to fatigue, depression is a common secondary symptom of the disease. Orange Calcite, Yellow Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Fire Opal, Pyrite, Lithium Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red) have all been used successfully for treating depression and its associated symptoms. You may try holding one of these stones over your Sacral Chakra (your emotional center) or over your Solar Plexus Chakra (the center where negative emotion is most commonly stored) for 15 minutes per day, everyday, for at least three to four weeks. Be sure to speak with your physician about treatment options for your depression (especially if it is moderate to severe). Instead of holding the stone over the chakra centers, meditating with your chosen crystal can also help you to work through your depression. Make yourself comfortable in a place where you will not be disturbed and hold the crystal in your hands. Take a deep breath in and exhale gently. As you exhale, feel yourself releasing any feelings or emotions that are not for your highest good. Continue to breathe in and out, releasing any unwanted energy as you exhale, until all negative emotion has been released. Take another deep breath in and feel the energy of your crystal begin to enter your physical body. It fills you up with positive energy. Continue to breathe in and out, allowing the positive energy from the crystal to expand outward, until it fills your entire physical body. Continue this breathing with your crystal, feeling the positive energy begin to expand out into your energy field, until it has filled your entire aura with positive, healing energy. When you feel ready you can slowly open your eyes, wiggle your toes, and drink a glass of water to ground yourself.

Constipation is a more minor side-effect of Hashimoto’s Disease, but can be quite uncomfortable if it is chronic. To get things moving again, try using an Apricot Botswana Agate. You can hold the stone over your belly for 2-3 minutes before and after each meal time. You may even want to try moving it in small circles while holding the intention to ease discomfort and regulate your system. You may also want to try stones associated with healthy digestion such as Ametrine, Golden Calcite, Honey Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Yellow Fluorite, Red Garnet, Gaspeite, Pink Heulandite, Red Jasper, Apple Aura Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunstone, Imperial Golden Topaz, or Green Zoisite.

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Dry skin and hair are also commonly associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. Green Aventurine is useful for treating skin problems in general, as are Brazilianite and Rainbow Fluorite. Pink Calcite, Pink Chalcedony, & Peach Stilbite may also prove useful for returning skin or hair to its normal, healthy appearance.

Women with Hashimoto’s Disease may also suffer from heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Citrine, Peach Moonstone, Rainbow Moonstone, and White Moonstone can help regulate menstruation. Wearing a gemstone bracelet made from one of these stones is a simple way to help keep your body on a regular cycle. It’s best to wear the bracelet all the time (if possible), but wearing it at least during the time of your cycle (starting a few days before it begins and continuing to wear it until a few days after it has ended) is necessary for effective results.

Heavy menstruation can sometimes lead to anemia (iron deficiency) which can cause feelings of coldness, even when others are warm and comfortable. It can be uncomfortable and irritating to feel constantly cold in your body. Green Apatite, Hematite, and Green Kyanite can aid in absorbing and using appropriate levels of iron in the body (treating the anemia and thus, reducing the coldness felt in the body). If coldness is felt, but your iron levels are shown to be normal, Clear Fluorite may be used to help warm your body when you are feeling cold.

Goiter is also sometimes associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about treating thyroid goiter with crystals.

Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid:

Similar to Hashimoto’s Disease, the symptoms of Grave’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems.

Anxiety and nervousness are common symptoms of Grave’s Disease. I have helped treat many clients with anxiety problems over the years and the two stones that seem to work best for most people are Aquamarine and Lepidolite. Having a small “touchstone” in your pocket that you can hold when you start to feel anxious is a quick way to help you cope with your feelings. You can rub the stones with your fingers and thumb 9similar to a worry stone) to stimulate the reflex points in the thumbs and release happy hormones into your body. This action, when combined with conscious control of the breath has worked wonders for my clients time after time. Purple Botswana Agate, Alexandrite, Epidote, Yellow Fluorite, White Opal, Electric Blue Aura Quartz, and Lithium Quartz have also proven useful for treating anxiety and nervousness.

Another symptoms frequently experienced by Grave’s Disease sufferers is irritability. Blue Calcite, Dumortierite, Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Pink Dendritic Opal, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Cobalt Aura Quartz, Ruby-Kyanite, Red Rutilated Quartz, Septarian Nodule, and Violet Tourmaline are all useful for removing anger and irritability and replacing it with compassion, understanding, and peace. These stones help get your emotions under control and allow you to see the situation for what it really is, removing your irritation with the person or people involved.

Fatigue is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating fatigue and tiredness with crystals.

Increased or irregular heartbeat may not occur in all people with Grave’s Disease, but it is a fairly common symptom of this disorder. This can be quite a frightening experience, leading to additional feelings of anxiety which can exacerbate the heart issue. Apricot Botswana Agate, Green Aventurine, Barite Rose, Dioptase, Green Heulandite, Pink Opal, Pink Nirvana Quartz, Seriphos Quartz, and Peach Stilbite all work to correct and heal disorders of the heart. Green Heulandite has the additional quality of aiding the removal of excess energy from the heart center ( which may be the energetic cause of this symptom). If you have an increased or irregular heartbeat, you should immediately seek medical attention, but these crystals may be useful while you are in route to your physician or to the hospital.

Excessive sweating is a more minor symptom of this thyroid disorder, but it can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even lead to dehydration if not attended to properly. Apricot Botswana Agate can help treat the effects of minor dehydration on an energetic level while you work with your physician to restore the correct level of fluids and electrolytes to your physical body.

Diarrhea and frequent bowel movements are also common in Grave’s patients and can also lead to dehydration. You can use the Apricot Botswana Agate, as described above, to help treat your dehydration. However, to treat the bowel issues, Green Zoisite can be very useful. Carry a piece in your pocket to help restore balance in your body.

Because of the primary symptoms associated with Grave’s Disease, many Grave’s patients have secondary symptoms such as difficulty sleeping. Chrysoprase can encourage restful sleep and Howlite can help you to feel more rested after even brief period of sleep. White Opal encourages healthy sleep patterns so that you can return to a normal sleep cycle. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise helps to treat sleep disorders (especially insomnia). Any of these crystals may help you sleep better simply by placing them in your pillow case or on your bed side table. Since you will be using them daily, be sure to cleanse them regularly (at least once per week) for best results.

Change in the menstrual cycle of women suffering from Grave’s Disease are commonly reported. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about regulating your menstrual cycle using crystals.

Goiter is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about treating thyroid goiter with crystals.

Some people with Grave’s Disease may suffer from a variety of eye issues including bulging, inflammation, redness, tearing, swollen eyelids, or sensitivity to light. Clear Calcite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Emerald, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Seriphos Quartz, Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red), and Turquoise are all general eye healers. Small, lightweight stones may be placed on closed eyelids (or just above the eyes on the brow if the eyes are too sensitive to place stones there) for 3-5 minutes, twice per day, until the symptoms subside. This treatment has been shown to be most effective when both eyes were treated at once, but if this is not possible, you may treat one eye, and then the next.

Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid:

Thyroid goiter (an enlarged thyroid) is most commonly caused by a lack of iodine in the diet. You should work with your physician and a nutritionist to ensure that you are getting proper nutritional requirements, but you can also use healing crystals to help you absorb the appropriate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods you eat. Golden Cat’s Eye Apatite, Peach Barite, Brazilianite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Marble Jasper, Green Kyanite, Peach Moonstone, Chlorite-Included Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunshine Aura Quartz, Serpentine, and Vanadinite all aid in nutrient absorption while Bornite aids in balancing the nutrients to the right levels for your body. These stones can be easily utilized by wearing a piece of jewelry (programmed to aid in nutrient absorption and regulation) or by carrying a stone in the pocket. Alternatively, you may want to create a small crystal grid using one or more of the stones listed, and then charge your food within the grid. To do this, simply place your plate, bowl, or glass within the center of the grid for 1-2 minutes prior to eating while holding the intention that the food is charged with the energy of the crystals. When you consume the food, eat with intention and purpose, allowing the food to nourish your physical body and provide that which is needed for your highest good.

When the thyroid is enlarged, it can often cause additional symptoms such as swelling or tightness in the neck or trouble swallowing. Honey Amber works to soothe the thyroid gland while Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Blue Calcite add cooling energy to reduce swelling. Wearing these stones in a pendant on a short chain, close to the neck is best. However, an alternative way to get some relief is to hold your chosen stone over the thyroid gland for 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day as needed.

An enlarged thyroid can also result in coughing or wheezing, trouble breathing, or hoarseness. Honey Amber and Honey Calcite can reduce coughing whereas Rose Quartz aids in opening the lungs to reduce wheezing. Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Denim Lapis soothe the throat in general, making it easier to deal with these associated symptoms. To use these stones, hold your chosen crystal over the throat chakra as symptoms occur. The Rose Quartz can be held over the Heart Chakra (over the lungs), over the thymus, or over the Throat Chakra to open the lungs and aid your ability to breathe easily.

Thyroid Nodules & Thyroid Growths (cancer is rare):

Although the cause of thyroid nodules is often unknown, some nodules may be caused by Hashimoto’s Disease or by a iodine deficiency. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating Hashimoto’s using healing stones. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section above for more information about treating iodine deficiency with crystals.

Thyroid nodules can cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, so they are often undiagnosed until they are quite large and then detected via a physical examination of the thyroid.

If the nodules are causing hyperthyroidism, then they can be responsible for causing several uncomfortable symptoms including rapid heart rate, nervousness, and anxiety. See the “Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating these symptoms with crystals.

The nodules may also be responsible for increased appetite or loss of body weight. These seemingly contradictory symptoms mimic symptoms of other illnesses and often lead to misdiagnosis until the nodules have grown quite large. Angelite can be used to control body weight, especially when you are rapidly losing weight at an unhealthy rate. Carry a piece in your pocket or wear as a bracelet to help regulate your body’s weight. To help regulate the appetite, we suggest using Blue or Green Apatite crystals placed on your dining table or in your dining area.

Clammy skin is also associated with thyroid nodules. Colorless Fluorite may be used to warm the body while Apricot Botswana Agate can regulate perspiration. Hold these crystals in your receiving (non-dominant) hand when you’re feeling a bit clammy and visualize yourself returning to a comfortable state of being. This may take anywhere from 2-10 minutes. You may do this as often as needed.

If the nodules are causing hypothyroidism (a result of Hashimoto’s Disease) or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with the disease (fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, or constant coldness) see the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating this condition with crystals.

General Treatment Options for Thyroid Conditions:

If you suspect that you may have a thyroid condition, but have not yet confirmed this with your physician, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you may use healing stones like Angelite, Blue Apatite, Citrine, Blue Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Rutilated Quartz, and Blue Topaz are all beneficial for general thyroid balance.

Alternatively, you can create a “mojo bag” or medicine pouch for treatment of each thyroid condition, using one stone for each of the symptoms associated with that particular condition. For information about how to create your own medicine pouch using healing crystals, check out our blog post about Creating & Using Crystal Medicine Bags.

Top Four Tips for Using Healing Crystals for Weight Loss

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I am often asked which stones are best for helping with weight loss. My personal choice, and the stones that I find myself recommending over and over again to my clients, are Carnelian, Amethyst and Apatite. I have personally worked with these crystals with great results (I lost 20 pounds in just three months).

The Apatite crystals (I recommend either Blue or Green Apatite) works to suppress or control the appetite. Apatite is also great for helping you to find and maintain your ideal body weight (or your most healthy body weight).

Since Amethyst works well to help people to break bad habits or to overcome addictions, it can be useful for people who have issues with portion control or overeating (for emotional or mental reasons).

Carnelian can increase feelings of hunger, but this is because it works to enhance the metabolism. I would recommend starting out with the Apatite and Amethyst and adding the Carnelian into the mix only after you have started to lose some weight (ideally when you’ve lost about 10% of your total goal).

Using a combination of the Apatite with the Amethyst and Carnelian helps to manage weight loss on the physical, emotional, and mental levels (instead of just the physical like as with most traditional weight loss techniques). The stones help not only energetically, but also that they are a good reminder for portion control, eating slowly and deliberately, and being conscious of the nourishment that you are taking into your body. Although shifting the pattern in your energy field can go a long way toward helping you achieve your healthiest weight, making healthy lifestyle choices is equally as important. The crystals are useful, but it is still up to you to nourish your body with a good diet, to exercise regularly, and to speak with your physician about your weight loss goals.

To get the best results with these crystals, there are several ways that I recommend you use them:

1. Carry the stones in your pockets (or set in jewelry) during the day and place them on your bedside table at night (so that you can continue to absorb the healing energy while you are asleep).

2. Before eating your meals, hold your stones for a few moments and intend that your body will receive all of the nutrition that it most needs at this time (and that it clears anything that is not needed).

3. Place the stones on the table near your plate of food so that the crystals can charge your meal with their energy as you eat.

4. After you have finished eating, hold the stones over your belly (or over the area that you would most like to lose weight) and visualize yourself as your ideal. healthy weight.

Crystal Divination: Three Techniques for Insight & Healing

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Humans have been practicing the art of divination for thousands of years.  Practicing the art of divination allows you to communicate with and to receive guidance from the divine.  Be it from spirit guides, angels, totems, ancestors, or some other higher power, these insights actually come from within the self.  Divinatory tools are just means by which you are able to access this inner knowledge. Crystal-Div

From the Ancient Egyptians, to the Elizabethans, and even modern psychics, crystals have played an enormous role in many divinatory techniques.  There are several divination methods in which you can utilize the power of crystals for guidance.  Crystallomancy, Lithomancy, and Dowsing are just a few of these powerful divinatory methods.

There are a number of steps to performing a reading using crystals as divinatory tools.  These steps may be utilized for any type of crystal divination.
First, you must formulate a general question about a particular issue in which you need guidance.  The question should be open-ended (i.e. it should not have a yes or no answer).  Then, you must focus on the question at hand.  It may help to write the question on a sheet of paper and/or to ask it aloud at least three times.

Next, you must prepare yourself for the reading.  You must select the crystal(s) to be used while focusing on the question at hand.  You should then clear your mind and become attuned to the energy of the crystals.

Then, you need to clear and cleanse all of the crystals that will be used.  There are a variety of ways you can clear a crystal.  One way to cleanse a crystal is by soaking it in a solution of sea salt and distilled water (lavender oil is also often added to the solution due to its purification properties).  Another method involves holding the stone under running water or in a stream to be purified.  Yet another method to cleanse a stone is by smudging it.  To smudge a stone, you must pass the stone through the smoke of an herb or incense (white sage, juniper, palo santo, sweetgrass, cedar, and sandalwood are all commonly used smudging herbs).  Also, you may choose to bury a stone in the soil of the earth for a length of time in order to cleanse it.  The clearing process should be carried out until you intuitively feel that the stone has been cleansed, or by feeling the stone’s energy.  Then, after the reading, you should always cleanse and clear the crystals to remove any energy that may have been transferred during the session.  Now, you are ready to begin crystal divination.

Crystallomancy is a form of scrying divination that utilizes crystals (most commonly those shaped into spheres [i.e. crystal balls]).
Gazing into a crystal ball takes patience and practice.  You may need to form a relationship with your crystal ball before any meaningful images appear.  You should always treat the crystal ball with respect as it is a powerful divinatory tool.  Also, your crystal ball is a very personal object, so you should not allow others to handle it (or even to view it when it is not necessary).  You should safely store the ball in a silk cloth when it is not in use.  This will help to keep its energetic vibrations clear and radiant.

It is best not to use the crystal ball if your energy is not clear.  If you are not serious about the reading, or if you are in a negative state of mind, you should not use your crystal ball.  You should always intend the reading to be for the highest good of all beings, with the love and light of the universe.

To begin scrying, place your light source (preferably a candle) off to the side (so that the light does not interfere with the image you see when you are scrying) and gaze into your ball. The crystal may begin to go out of focus or become blurry to your eyes as you stare into it, then, after a time, images may begin to appear within the sphere.

Most commonly, you will observe symbolic images, although as you become more advanced, the images may become more literal.  Symbolic visions should always be interpreted according to your current life situation.

It is suggested that you keep a scrying journal so that you are able to track your skills as a crystallomancer.  Keeping a journal also aids you in tracking a more complete interpretation of the images you obtain while gazing.  A journal can also be helpful if you are performing readings for others as it can act as a reminder for where you left off with your client.

If you prefer the art of casting crystals, or lithomancy, then you should follow the same steps for preparation as in crystallomancy (i.e. cleansing your stones and forming a relationship with them).  Then, you should create a casting area.  The casting area is a sacred space that is created by your intention.  Many diviners utilize a cloth to mark the casting area.  The cloth should ideally be made of silk and should only be used in this sacred space for the purpose of divination, as it is a ritual object.

You should then clear the divining space of negativity.  This can be done by creating a ring of sea salt or Himalayan salt around the divining area.  Another method to cleanse the space is by smudging it.  The clearing process should be carried out until you intuitively feel that the space has been cleansed, or by feeling the energy of the space.

After the space has been cleared and the intention has been set to create a sacred space, you may begin to cast the stones.  To do this, you should hold them between the palms of your hands, approximately 2-3” above the casting area, and then drop them while pondering your question.
After this, you should interpret the pattern created by the position of the crystals.  You should disregard any crystals that fall outside of the casting area as these are not relevant to the question at hand.  If a crystal is cast into the center of the divining space, its meaning should be integrated with all others, as it provides a central theme for the answer to the question asked.  Emphasis should be placed on any area in which multiple crystals are cast.  If no stones are cast onto the casting area, you should repeat the cast or you may even need to reformulate the question.
Next, you should interpret the message.  To do this, you should look over the area as a whole and use your intuition to interpret the meaning of the way in which the stones were cast.  Then, you should use the associated properties for each crystal combined with the meaning given for each specific section of the casting area in order to draw a conclusion about the question at hand.

It is best that you keep a journal so that you are able to track your skills as a lithomancer.  Journaling also aids in tracking a more complete interpretation of the insights you obtain while divining.  Again, a journal such as this can also be especially helpful if you are performing readings for others.

Yet another divinatory method is dowsing, or divining with a pendulum.  A pendulum is a tool that is held between your thumb and index finger and consists of any sacred object such as a crystal, a key, or a ring, which is suspended from a piece of cord or string.  You may use a pendulum to receive precise yes or no answers to your proposed questions (although you may sometimes receive neutral answers – in which case the question should be reformulated or asked again at another time).

You should used the same preparation techniques as in crystallomancy or lithomancy, but instead of formulating a general question, you should articulate a question with a precise “yes” or “no” answer.

Once you have properly prepared, you should grip the end of the string, opposite the sacred object, between your thumb and index finger of the dominant hand.  Then, you should ask (aloud or silently) to be shown your “yes” answer and note the manner in which the pendulum swings (i.e. forward and backward, side to side, clockwise, counterclockwise, wildly, slowly, etc.).  You should then repeat this asking to be shown your “no” answer.  You should not move the pendulum intentionally, but let it move according the subtle energy currents of your body.

You should practice divining with the pendulum by asking general questions to which you are not emotionally attached.  When you are neutral about the outcome of the divination, you will obtain clearer insights as they will not be influenced by your desires.  Once you have had enough practice and are consistently receiving accurate readings, you may begin to ask more personal questions.

Again, it is suggested that you keep a dowsing journal so as to keep a record of your accuracy and progress with this divinatory tool.
Divination methods that utilize crystals can be useful in healing because they can aid you in detecting the energy field of your client.

Since crystal divination connects you with your higher self, it can help to stimulate your intuition and enable you to be better able to detect subtle energetic imbalances in your client. By scrying, you may receive messages about the subject’s energy in the form of images or symbols (i.e. a specific chakra, organ, or emotional state may be indicated through these symbols).  If casting stones, you may choose to cast onto a chart representing the subject’s body (i.e. the corresponding stones may indicate over-active or under-active energy in the areas on which they land).  By dowsing with a pendulum, you can hold the pendulum over the subject’s body to detect his or her energy (i.e. the pendulum may remain still for stagnant energy or swing wildly to show that the energy is concentrated in a particular spot).

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

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Using Crystal Grids for Ascension & Spiritual Evolution

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Crystal healing is a form of vibrational medicine in which subtle energy given off by a crystal is used to treat the body, mind, spirit, and the emotions. Crystals exhibit a type of orderly perfection, which helps to bring healing light and loving encouragement to all beings.  The most important thing to keep in mind when beginning to use crystals for healing is that a crystal’s power is relatively inert until you intentionally direct its energy.  It is not the crystal that possesses healing energy; it is your intent to heal that can manifest results. Using-Crystal-Grids-for-Spiritual-Evolution

A simple way to utilize the healing power of stones is with the creation of a crystal grid.  Grids consist of crystals placed in concise, geometric arrangements in order to affect the flow of energy for a specific purpose. The properties of the stones used, combined with their arrangement in a sacred geometric configuration, creates a unique energy frequency that can be used to enhance your intention and manifest your desired result.

• Triangle:  Represents empowerment, amplification, the trinity (the power of three), and preservation
• Square:  Represents balance, equality, protection, earth energy, stability, the four directions (the compass points), and harmony
• Pentagon:  Represents harmony and a connection with the 5 elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit/ether)
• Hexagon:  Represents, transformation, the joining of the etheric (spiritual) and the physical (grounding), the balance of male & female energy, spiritual expansion/ascension, and transcendence

A crystal grid may be as large or as small as you like.  You can use any size of stones. You may use all one type of stone or many different types (depending on your purpose and intention).

To activate and enhance the energy of your grid, you may use a clear Quartz crystal laser wand to energetically link all crystals within the grid.  When using a laser wand in this way, it becomes a Master crystal.  To begin, “draw” three clockwise circles around the grid (if your intent is to add energy to the situation) or three counter-clockwise circles around the grid (if your intent is to remove energy from the situation).
Visualize each of the stones being connected with rays of white light, linking the energy of each individual stone into one unit.  Finally, point the termination of your laser wand toward the center of the grid to infuse it with universal energy so that it may carry out its purpose (it is suggested that you hold your intention in your thoughts while infusing the grid with energy).

If your grid is disturbed and crystals are moved out of alignment, the grid will need to be re-activated.  Additionally, if you add stones to the grid or take stones away, the grid will need to be re-activated.

To create a crystal grid, you may follow these guidelines:
1. Clear yourself and your space of all negative or unwanted energy
2. Ground and center yourself
3. Create a purpose or intention for your grid (be as clear and concise as possible); it may be helpful to write this message out on a small piece of paper and place it in the center of your grid
4. Select the stones you will use to create your grid (you may do this intuitively, by dowsing with a pendulum, by scanning the energy with your hand, etc.); it is recommended that you select stones that have properties that correspond to your overall purpose
5. Select a sacred geometric layout (You may do this intuitively, by dowsing with a pendulum, etc.); it is recommended that you select a geometric shape that corresponds with your overall purpose
6. Place the stones (with intention) into the geometric arrangement you have chosen
7. Activate your grid
8. Devote time each day to connect to the energy and intention of your grid; you may choose to do this by meditating (within your grid if it is large or while gazing at it if it is small), by drawing energy into your body from the grid (by standing within it if it is large or by placing your hands over it if it is small), etc.  This will make your grid a place of personal power, healing, and recharging of your energy.  Give thanks for the energy you receive from the grid and then re-ground and center yourself before returning to your day-to-day thoughts.

Grids can be used for a variety of purposes, but as you begin to wake up to the spiritual energy of the fifth dimension, it may be helpful to create a crystal grid to help you through the evolution of your conscious awareness.  By raising your energy vibration (through positive actions and thoughts/intentions) you are able to advance your state of awareness and move further down the path of spiritual awakening. As you evolve into higher states of consciousness, you may begin shed the habits, behaviors, and programs that are no longer needed by your higher self.  This spiritual ascension is often accompanied by many uncomfortable “ascension symptoms”.  These ascension symptoms can be disruptive to your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual state. This “spiritual shedding” can be challenging, but it is often a necessary part of spiritual evolution.

Here is an example of a crystal grid that may be used as you begin to evolve spiritually and move toward the fifth dimension; this grid utilizes the follwing healing crystals:
• Blue Celestite:  (Also known as Blue Celestine) Use at the 5thChakra (Throat Chakra) to enhance telepathy, to facilitate communication with one’s spirit guides and totem animals, to stimulate the intuition, to enhance feelings of peace and compassion, to stimulate hope, to over come loss and conquer grief, to enhance group communication and aid in working toward a common goal, and to open the throat chakra to allow one to speak his or her inner-truth.
• Aqua Aura Quartz: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) or 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) for opening one to psychic insight, to strengthen the heart chakra energies, to connect the heart chakra with the throat chakra (allowing one to speak his or her inner truth), to help one to grow and evolve as a spiritual being, to connect one to his or her spirit guides, for astral travel, and to facilitate shamanic journeying. Since this is a variety of Quartz, the healing properties of Quartz also apply.
• Sugilite: (Also known as Sugelite, Sugalite, Lavulite, Luvulite, and Royal Azel) Use at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra to aid in opening one to divine energy, to enhance meditation, to promote astral travel, to stimulate lucid dreaming and dream healing, to aid one in learning and understanding shamanic practices and rituals, to communicate with one’s ancestors or spirit guides, and to aid in working with the Violet Flame of St. Germaine.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach. 

This article may be printed, distributed, or published ONLY with permission of the owner/author, Ashley Leavy. It must remain unchanged and in its entirety and credit must be given to the author.