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malachite for psychic protection

Malachite is an intense green, banded copper ore. It’s often found in conjunction with azurite, and forms in fascinating botryoidal (dome-shaped) formations.

Lore: When stone age hunter/gatherers tried lining their fire pits with some pretty green stone that had been exposed by flooding, they accidentally invented the science of smelting metal from ore. Copper was almost certainly the first metal they discovered and used, because it’s so easy to extract from malachite — all you need is fire. You can well imagine that when people saw the reddish metal coming out of green stones, they felt it was magic! Besides its use as copper ore, people have long used malachite as an “evil eye” talisman. The stone’s natural curved lines and circles form natural patterns that look like eyes — eyes to “send back” bad intentions, envy, or other dangerous feelings, as well as simple bad luck. Babies and others wore these amulets in ancient Egypt and Greece, medieval Europe, and many other places. Powered malachite is also one of the oldest pigments, providing an intense green color for paint and makeup. It’s possible that, as eye shadow, malachite powder averted the evil eye as a magical cosmetic.

Safety and care: Since malachite contains copper, it’s best to be careful about toxicity. It’s also a fairly soft stone. Tumbled pieces should be safe to handle, but avoid getting them wet. It’s a good idea to wash your hands after handling rough malachite, because coppery dust can come off in your hands.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for amplifying energy and intention, for grounding, for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, for earth healing, to connect one with nature, for spiritual guidance, to aid in visualization practices, to activate psychic powers, to encourage unconditional love, for scrying divination practices, for facilitating astral travel, to access intuitive messages from the subconscious mind, to encourage positive changes in one’s life, to reveal obstacles on one’s spiritual path, to remove negative thought patterns and conditioning, to facilitate the tactful expression of one’s emotions, for protection in love, to increase confidence, to encourage compassion, to enhance concentration, to heal the emotional body, to aid in exploring the inner self, to help ensure successful childbirth, to support asthma treatment or arthritis pain, to provide energetic support for people with high blood pressure, to relieve vertigo, to strengthen the immune system, to enhance one’s creative energy, and to remove toxins from the body

gaia stone for goddess energy

Gaia Stone is just one of the names given to the gorgeous volcanic glass associated with the 1980 Mt. Saint Helens eruption. It also goes by Green Obsidianite, Helenite, Emerald (or sometimes Ruby) Obsidianite, and Mt. Saint Helens Emerald. The eruption itself produced no obsidian, but it was discovered afterwards in an interesting way: workers trying to salvage equipment buried in the blast noticed that the heat from their acetylene torches transformed the surrounding ash to brilliant glass — sometimes green, other times bright red. While the Gaia Stone we see now is man-made, it’s 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.

Care and safety: Since this is a form of glass, it’s highly breakable.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to enhance one’s connection with nature and with Mother Earth herself, to encourage love and compassion for all beings, to enhance all earth healing practices, to facilitate communication with beings of the animal and plant realms, to open one’s heart and mind to the importance of environmental activism, to encourage one to “think globally and act locally”, and to promote harmony and balance for the good of all beings in the universe.

lepidolite for emotional stability

Lepidolite is a lithium-rich form of mica, whose name translates to “scaly stone” — very appropriately, since you can usually flake off pieces with your fingernail. It’s very light to the touch, and lightens moods as well, evening out excessive highs and lows. Lepidolite can help people detach from mental health issues, overly strong emotions, and things that are simply out of one’s control. If crystals had mottos, lepidolite’s might be, “Not my circus, not my monkey”! Lepidolite has been mined for a couple centuries as a major source of lithium and certain rare minerals, including rubidium, which is used to date very old rocks. It has only come into wide use recently as a healing and magical stone.

Safety and care: As a form of mica, lepidolite is very soft and fragile, and layers can break off easily. It also contains aluminum, so please don’t use it in elixirs.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for balance, to promote feelings of compassion, to enhance peace, calming, and tranquility during stressful times, to aid in forgiveness, to encourage harmonious relationships, to reduce geopathic stress, to encourage feelings of comfort and safety, and to encourage new friendships to blossom. Also known as lepidolite mica.

kyanite, st. michael’s sword

Kyanite has a reputation for purity, and many healers agree that it will not hold negative energy and therefore never needs to be cleansed. Because of this energetic perfection, some believe kyanite to be the material of Archangel Michael’s Sword of Truth. The symbolism behind this idea is that only a material of great purity can “cut to the truth of the matter.” According to angel expert Doreen Virtue, “Michael carries a sword that cuts all attachments to negativity.” A flaming sword also has to endure some pretty extreme conditions, and kyanite — the ore for the material used in spark plugs — is able to withstand plenty of heat. But while Archangel Michael is usually depicted ready to go into battle with helmet, shield and sword, the real battle he fights is a spiritual one: choosing truth over deception. (Just as well, since kyanite would be awfully brittle in an actual sword fight!) No doubt this is why this extremely pure stone is thought to make the angel’s perfect “weapon.” And as a throat chakra stone, blue kyanite works for anyone who want to discern and speak the truth.

Care and Safety: Kyanite fractures easily and is water sensitive. It also contains aluminum, so please don’t use it in crystal elixirs.

Properties of Black Kyanite:  (Also known as Black Disthene and as Black Cyanite) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) for protection from negativity, to block psychic attack, for grounding, to stimulate intuitive guidance, to reduce electromagnetic pollution from electronic devices, to stimulate vivid dreams, to enhance one’s creativity when branching out into new endeavors, for shamanic journeying, and to promote feelings of safety and security.

Properties of Blue Kyanite: (Also known as Blue Disthene and as Blue Cyanite) Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) or 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) for spiritual guidance, to enhance one’s intuition, to promote peace and compassion, to stimulate creative energy, to aid in communication with one’s spirit guides, totem animals, and guardian angels, and to enhance one’s personal exploration of his or her spiritual nature.

Properties of Blue Star Kyanite: (Also known as Blue Star Disthene or as Blue Star Cyanite) Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra), 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra), or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for bringing celestial and planetary energies into the body, to promote safe and significant astral travel, to open one to the power of divine love, and to aid one in developing his or her psychic awareness. Since this is a form of Blue Kyanite, these properties also apply

Properties of Green Kyanite: (Also known as Green Disthene or as Green Cyanite) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to balance and align the heart and throat chakras, to repair the aura, for Earth healing, to expel negative energy from the body, to help one absorb nutrients (especially iron), and to heal problems associated with the back or spine.

himalayan salt for cleansing and purification

Himalayan Salt (also called Tibetan salt)  is a fossilized sea salt that formed from marine deposits over 250 million years ago. In its most prized form, this salt is hand mined and unrefined, and still contains some remnants of ancient sea life. This pink salt is mostly sold on the gourmet and health food markets, valued for the trace minerals that give it that rosy color. Most of the pink salt we see comes from the Himalayan foothills in Punjab, India. Himalayan salt has a tradition of metaphysical use as well, though it’s all either very general or recent. All salts are used in purification, and many people like to use the Himalayan kind as a bath salt or massage stone. Salts are protective, too, with different types varying in their “specialty.” Himalayan pink salt being especially suitable for protecting home and family. Beyond these basic properties, though, there’s little tradition of using this salt in its region of origin. In Tibet and India, it’s black salt that has a long tradition in medicine, as everything from an ingredient in healing yak butter tea to a component of Ayurvedic medicine. Some Tibetan black salt looks dark red, but it is volcanic in origin, and so a different range of trace minerals than the lighter salt. Of course, we can enjoy using pink salt for protection, massage, in lamps and candle holders, and in small amounts on food. But when most of the properties associated with something are very recent, it’s a good idea to take what you hear with a grain of — sorry — salt. Some excessive and far-fetched claims have been made about this product, mostly by marketers.

Metaphysical use: Use at any chakra for general cleansing and purification, peace and calming, healthy aging, goodwill, and thyroid support. This mineral combines energies of sun, earth, stars and the primordial sea.

About Himalayan/Tibetan Salt Lamps: Himalayan Salt Lamps use an ancient form of salt to protect against a very modern problem: the spread of positive ions in our indoor spaces, due to the proliferation of electronic devices in our homes and offices. Positive ions can come from computers, air conditioners, appliances, and many other sources, and have been associated with low energy levels and depression in humans. The idea behind the salt lamp is that the salt attracts moisture, which the warm bulb or candle inside transforms into happy negative ions that neutralize the bad positive ones. Negative ions are a natural therapy for treating illness and improving health. Our research has us concluding that most credible sources agree that salt lamps don’t actually release a large enough number of negative ions to make this claim plausible, but that the warm colors and natural grow of the lamps can be a natural mood enhancer. Himalayan salt comes in various shades of pink, from peachy to dark salmon, colors that indicate the presence of the many minerals mixed in with the basic halite.

If you’re interested, we have the lamps for sale here: Salt Lamp product page

garnet, a stone of royalty

Garnet refers to a whole family of stones that usually range in color from red to burgundy to black. There are even some with more of a cinnamon color, and other variations besides. Since it’s a very imprecise term, we’ve described and pictured a number of minerals that go by the name “garnet” below.

Lore: The word “garnet” comes from the same root as the word “pomegranate”: granum, which is Latin for seed. But if you look at a handful of these small, regularly-shaped gems, they do look a bit like pomegranate seeds. The red of garnet is so intense that this stone has often been associated with drops of blood, and this is reflected in various stories from all over the world. For example, a myth from India says that when the demon Vala was slain, his finger- and toenails were scattered all over the world as garnets. There are also legends about its brightness, claiming that garnet’s internal light glows bright enough to light up a room. In fact, the Koran says that the fourth heaven is filled with garnets that bathe it in warm light.

About the word “carbuncle,” which often refers to garnet: Geology may be slow, but the names of crystals change a lot — so much so that it’s confusing to read older texts about crystals, because it’s hard to know what stone they actually refer to. For example, “carbuncles” might actually mean rubies, sapphires, or even diamonds — though most often, a carbuncle is a garnet. But those old references turn up some pretty weird stories, too. A German botanist investigating plant life in New Guinea turned up this one: The queen of the Island of Amboin had left her baby in a hammock while she worked. (Amboin’s pretty small, so being queen there didn’t have many perks.) When she came back to check on her child, she was horrified to see a big snake dangling over his hammock, and a bright spot on the boy’s body exactly the color of blood. She ran to the hammock, hoping to kill the terrible stake that she believed had killed her baby. But instead of blood, she found that the shining red she’d seen was actually a carbuncle the snake had dropped on the little boy. The grateful queen kept the lucky snake nearby for the rest of its life, feeding and caring for it. As for the little prince, his stone shone so bright, he used it as a nightlight. And when he grew up, he presented his treasure to the King of Siam and became a favorite of that powerful ruler.

Some of the varieties:

An amazing variety of garnets (clockwise from top): black andradite garnet, green grossular garnet, pyrope garnet, spessartine garnet (tumbled), spessartine (raw cluster), garnet in limestone matrix, and hessionite.

Care and safety: Since many forms of garnet contain aluminum, it should not be used in crystal elixirs.

Metaphysical properties:

GARNET, ANDRADITE BLACK: (Also known as Melanite) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) for grounding, for protection of the energy body from psychic attack, to stimulate one’s clairvoyant abilities (psychic sight), to heal disorders of the liver, to facilitate trance states (especially for channeling), and to provide a window into the Akashic Records to learn about past, present, and future.

GARNET, DEMANTOID GREEN: Use at the 3rd Chakra(Solar Plexus Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to connect one with beings form the fairy realm, to aid one in seeing the beauty and magic of trees, to aid one in developing a great appreciation of nature, to enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of the plant kingdom (especially herbalism), to shield and protect the heart chakra from outside energies, to heal the emotional body, and for protection from envy or jealousy (either from having these feelings toward others or vice versa).

GARNET, GROSSULAR GREEN: (Also known as Green Grossularite) Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to open chakras that have been shut down while keeping them protected; to shield the aura from negativity; to enhance prosperity; to aid in relieving stomach discomfort; to overcome major life obstacles; to reduce arthritis pain; and to bring wealth and prosperity to the user.

GARNET, GROSSULAR PINK: (Also known as Pink Grossularite) Use at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to open chakras that have been shut down while keeping them protected; to shield the aura from negativity by transmuting negative energy into loving energy; to balance the emotions; to reduce pain and inflammation; and to enhance feelings of compassion and empathy.

GARNET, HESSIONITE: (Also known as Cinnamon Stone or as Peach Garnet) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to balance the emotional body, to increase the positive and to balance the negative aspects of one’s astrological sign, to bring out one’s masculine energies, and to aid one in connecting with his or her inner self.

GARNET, PYROPE RED: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to stimulate vitality, to support healthy digestion and to increase one’s digestive fire, to increase motivation, to instill self-confidence, to promote spiritual ascension, and to manifest prosperity and abundance.

GARNET, RHODOLITE RED VIOLET: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to cleanse and purify the blood, to enhance prosperity and abundance, to stimulate vitality and enhance one’s life force energy, to bring clarity of mind, to encourage spiritual exploration, to enhance meditation, and to bring one’s spiritual consciousness into the physical realm.

GARNET, SPESSARTINE: (Also known as Spessartite or as Garnet, Orange) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to stimulate vitality, to enhance sexual energy and desire, to help stimulate proper circulation, to aid in animal communication, and to connect with totem animals.

GARNET, UVAROVITE: (Also known as Garnet, Green) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to connect one with nature (the elements, nature spirits, and Mother Earth herself), to instill a sense of compassion for all beings, for earth healing, to re-open the heart chakra after hurt or heartbreak, and to shield one’s aura from negativity.


fairy stone concretions go back to nature

These fascinating shapes formed in Canadian glacial lakes when calcium carbonate settled into glacial clay formations. We call them “fairy stones,” the English version of their Algonquian name, though their shapes have inspired many other whimsical names such as “mud babies.” After forming in lakes these concretions washed downstream, where curious people would pick them up and puzzle over their rounded, often human- or animal-like shapes. Another name for them in harricana, meaning “river biscuit,” which is also the name of one main river where they’re found. Canadian natives collected the stones as protective amulets, both to carry and to place in the home, to protect against bad spirits and bring good luck. They were very lucky when given to others, so that an especially beautiful one might make a gift for a loved one. Though I’ve never seen any reference to them being used as toys, they look so much like people, animals and objects that it’s hard not to imagine Algonquian children collecting and playing with them.

Metaphysical properties: Use fairy stone at the 6th Chakra to: make wishes come true; open portals to other worlds; communicate with fairy realm (also ents, sprites, nymphs & dryads); bring magic to love life, and foster peace & calming.

The image above shows a fairy stone that one of our psychic readers, the wonderful and very artistic Ronna Trapanese, crafted into a chakra goddess.


chalcedony to soften and soothe

The name chalcedony (pronounced “kal-SEH-dony” or “chal-SEH-dony”) is an blanket term for many varieties of cryptocrystalline (small-grained) quartz.  Often when jewelers and gemologists talk about chalcedony, they mean the white-to-blue variety, but we’ve also seen lovely specimens of black mystic chalcedony, and other types exist in almost every color. In fact, many forms of quartz are technically also forms of chalcedony: jaspers, agates, onyx — even petrified wood! The reason for this is that when Earth’s geological activity break up her abundant supply of quartz, small crystals often morph into something new, picking up all kinds of minerals and other stuff in the process.

Metaphysical uses: Chalcedony in a stone of balance, which can counteract any scattered tendencies, as when sometimes we want to have things both ways. Compromise and generosity, chalcedony’s gifts, encourage our better side. The stone fosters openness, agreeability, and personal charm. Its milky appearance suggests some of the properties historically associated with it; for example, Italian women traditionally wear chalcedony beads after childbirth for successful lactation. Chalcedony — especially the common blue kind — has a cool, soft quality soothes inflammation of the eyes, blood, and sexual organs.

Properties of Blue Chalcedony: Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for enhancing group cooperation and communication, to aid in telepathy, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit, to enhance generosity by yourself or by others, to bring joy to any situation, to increase self confidence, to enhance enthusiasm, to stifle bad dreams, to cleanse wounds, to dispel dementia, and to regulate one’s circulation.

Properties of Pink Chalcedony: Use at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) to aid one in recovering positive childhood memories, to aid in healing afflictions of the skin, to help one to value all life (even the tiniest creature), to instill compassion toward all living things, to connect with the energies of the Goddess Kuan Yin, and to balance the emotions.


bloodstone wins

Bloodstone is a type of green jasper/chalcedony that contains flecks of red hematite, which has attracted the attention of magic users since ancient times. Pliny the elder claimed it was the stone of invisibility, and Damigeron believed it control weather and eclipses. Bloodstone was also called the “Stone of Babylon,” because the ancient Babylonians believed so strongly in its magic that they used it to make important artifacts like seals and amulets. It has also been used in various ways for divination. In modern times, bloodstone has come to be associated with doing well in competitive situations, such as legal battles and athletic contests.

Lore: Bloodstone is also known as heliotrope, a name associated with some pretty remarkable beliefs about this stone that come down to us from ancient times. Heliotrope means “sun-turner,” and not only did they believe this stone had the power to turn the sun’s rays red, they believed this would initiate other magical happenings. At various times, people have believed this stone could make water boil, change the weather, and make an amulet that would render its wearer invisible, detect the presence of poison, and produce blood from water. This is only one of the ways it has been associated with blood. Remarkably, it’s been used to stop bleeding–even hemorrhaging–in cultures too far removed to have had any contact, such as medieval Europeans and pre-contact Native Americans. To use it for this purpose, a healer would press the stone up against the wound or, if the wound was internal, press it between the patient’s shoulder blades. People still use it in this way to stop nosebleeds.

Properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for cleansing the blood, for general healing of the physical body, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to aid in receiving guidance from the inner self, for grounding, for protection, to encourage dreaming, to increase vitality and vigor, to promote feelings of courage and confidence, to facilitate brave actions, to aid in trusting one’s intuition and acting upon it, to stimulate the immune system, to ease matters of the heart, to detoxify the physical body, and to aid in the proper blood circulation.

Care and cautions: Bloodstone contains iron, which can rust, so it’s best to keep it dry. It should not be used for elixirs.

bismuth for concentration

Bismuth is a chemical element that usually combines with other substances into ores. But when it’s in a pure state and isolated from the outside environment, it can form little pyramids with an amazing rainbow sheen.

Stone lore: Crystal healing uses many types of minerals to promote natural healing in humans and pets, but a few minerals heal though a more direct route. Bismuth is one of these. This chemical element is the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol, and over-the-counter remedy for digestive complaints. Pepto-Bismol was originally formulated over a hundred years ago to deal with infant diarrhea, at the time the number one cause of death among babies in the United States. The original formula was a complex concoction, and no one really knew how it worked. Once scientists figured out that bismuth was the active ingredient, the useless parts were removed, leaving the pink liquid we know and love today. You wouldn’t ordinarily think to swallow a rock to settle your stomach, but the bismuth in Pepto-Bismol really works!

Care and caution: Please don’t use this in elixirs. (Given the information above, the reason for this should be pretty obvious.)

Properties: Use at any chakra. Bismuth is a semi-metal. In nature, it is silver-gray and is not found in its crystallized form. Bismuth does not crystallize naturally, because there is usually not enough space for its crystals to form properly. With a little help from humans, it is melted and re-crystallized into a beautiful iridescent rainbow form. Bismuth is excellent for improving concentration and visualization, especially for use during Shamanic journeying. It aids in the shape-shifting practices of the brujo/bruja. It has also been known for its ability to lift one’s awareness to the celestial realm while maintaining grounding. Bismuth is a stone of transformation, moving things from chaos to order. In addition, Bismuth has been known to promote cooperation in group situations and also in relationships.

Fun fact: The mountains on Venus are covered with “bismuth snow,” a bismuth sulfide which condenses from the atmosphere and accumulates at higher elevations. A similar “snow” on Venus forms from a sulfide of lead.

aragonite, a friendly stone for grounding

Aragonite is a form of calcium carbonate, the same material as calcite but in a different structure. It is the material that makes up sea shells. We often see it in two main color patterns: a brown/golden/white variety, which sometimes appears striped; and an eye-catching robin’s egg blue. The little brown-sugar colored clusters called “sputniks” are especially popular, maybe because they give off such a friendly vibe — sort of like a little mineral pet. Rarer forms of aragonite appear as clusters of colorless spikes or needles, or blue coral-like masses. This abundant mineral is found all over the world. It’s great for grounding, and even for grounding other crystals.

Care and caution: Some forms of aragonite may contain lead or other dangerous elements, so do not use aragonite directly to make elixirs.

Properties of Blue Aragonite: (Also known as Blue Iron Bloom) Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to connect with one’s spirit guides and angels, to connect one with the air element, to cool fiery or angry energies, to bring joy to the user, to instill courage and to act as a shield against negativity, and to reduce stress.

Properties of Brown Aragonite: (Also known as Brown Iron Bloom) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to help one solve problems by multi-tasking and by considering many different options at once, to help one to release the fear of water or of drowning, to aid in transformation (physical, emotional, and spiritual), and to help someone to become well-rounded.

Properties of Clear Aragonite: (Also known as Colorless Iron Bloom) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to promote spiritual clarity, to aid in channeling, to promote deep meditation, to instill a feeling of tranquility and calmness, and to aid in transformation (physical, emotional, spiritual).

Properties of Golden Ray Aragonite: (Also known as Golden Ray Iron Bloom) Use at the 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to relieve symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) by bringing the light and warmth of the sun into the body, to bring inner joy that shines forth and affects those around you, to facilitate a connection with the divine, to help one achieve a feeling of oneness with all beings, to promote feelings of gratitude and love, and to help one overcome life’s most difficult obstacles.

apophyllite for clear energy

Apophyllite is a name that refers to several related minerals, mostly clear-to-green. We often see it in the form a four-sided, very clear pyramid with the top tip squared off. But it also comes in crystal clusters, ranging in color from white to pale green, and more rarely in other colors. It’s a very high-vibration stone, great for bringing inner light and pure, positive energy. Apophyllite can also help create links between the physical and spiritual realms, making it a favorite for meditation and energy healing. This is a favorite mineral of many reiki practitioners.

Care: The name “apophyllite” comes from a Greek root word that means “It flakes off,” which refers to its tendency to break off in little scales if it gets dried out due to heat, so store this mineral in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

Properties for Clear Apophyllite: (Also known as Fish-Eye Stone) Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) or 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to promote clarity, to facilitate astral travel and lucid dreaming, to assist in dream healing, to enhance Reiki healing practices, for purifying or cleansing one’s aura or energy environment, to bring spiritual progress, to aid one in changing karmic patterns and to release him or her from karmic cycles, to open the crown chakra to universal energy and divine wisdom, to help one to realize his or her perfect nature, and to aid in the ascension process.

Properties for Green Apophyllite: (Also known as Fluorapophyllite or as Green Fish-Eye Stone) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to facilitate astral travel and lucid dreaming, to assist in dream healing, to enhance Reiki or other energy healing practices, to open one’s heart and allow him or her to receive angelic love and protection, for purifying or cleansing one’s aura or energy environment, to connect one with nature and to the fairy realm (including all of its creatures), to open the crown chakra to universal energy and divine wisdom, to help one to realize his or her perfect nature, and to aid in the ascension process.


copper for maintaining equilibrium

Copper is a metal sometimes found in a pure state, and sometimes as part of a variety of colorful ores, including chrysocolla, cuprite, azurite and malachite. It was the earliest metal discovered and developed by mankind. The human race began developing technology through this easy-to-find, easy-to-work metal, and it is still very important today. Pipes, electrical wiring, and the Statue of Liberty are made of copper. It’s also the key element in important alloys, such as bronze, brass and sterling silver.

Metaphysical properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) and 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) for aiding in motivation, to increase self-love, to encourage an optimistic attitude, for an increase in confidence, to overcome negative thought patterns and conditioning, to create balance between the physical and ethereal bodies, to stimulate telepathy, for good luck, for grounding, to amplify energy and intention, to maintain proper circulation, to relieve infection, and to energetically support patients with arthritis pain.

History: Copper was the earliest metal to come into common use all over the world. One of the reasons is that it’s often found in a relatively pure form, close to the surface. This natural formation of metal is called “native copper.” In the Midwest, we have our own native copper mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Native Americans discovered copper nuggets. Over time, they learned to use stone mauls to hammer the metal out into a foil, using fire and water to make it less brittle. Once they had the pure foil, they could use it to form lots of useful, decorative and ceremonial objects. In various Native American cultures, native copper turned into beads, tools, rings, earrings, weapons, armor and bells. Europeans who had been cultured to believe Native Americans were “primitive” were amazed when they saw that, in reality, these people produced an amazing array of sophisticated metal items.

Use care! While copper, in very small amounts, is necessary to the human body, in larger amounts it is toxic. Please don’t use it in elixirs, take care when handling it, and don’t let children put it in their mouths.

Solar Plexus Aromatherapy Recipe

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The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development. In 2017 we are focusing on one Chakra a month. March brings us to the Solar Plexus Chakra, the seat of personal power, autonomy, and dynamic energy. This month, I ask you to focus on who or what you give your energy away to or who takes your energy away from you….

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

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the center of your body, in the area of your diaphragm. It is the seat of Personal Power, Will, Determination, Motivation, Vital Energy, Self-Esteem/Image, Personality, Ego, Personal Transformation, and Achievement. It represents the element fire and is associated with the Sun and the planet Mars. The Solar Plexus is where our warrior energy is located; where we fight for what’s right, true, and just. The Solar Plexus is your own little personal sunshine. This is where you learn to create boundaries for yourself; physical, emotional, and energetic boundaries. You learn to say no, be assertive, and stand up for yourself. You learn where you end and where others begin. You learn not to take on other’s problems. This is where you learn to be an individual, to be free, and to self-regulate.

March 2017 Solar Plexus Forecast: Have you been more drained, depleted, tired, fatigued, stressed, and irritable than usual? Have you been experiencing more anxiety, headaches or stomachaches? All these can be symptoms of a malfunctioning Solar Plexus. And unfortunately, many times this can happen because we allow it to happen by having poor boundaries. The center of your personal power and autonomy can go haywire because other people’s energy may be invading your energy field or because you have given your energy away to others. We never want to give our energy away and we never want to take on others’ energy. Take a moment and close your eyes, tuning into the energy that runs through you and around you. Does it feel like someone else’s energy is there? Have you allowed another to take your energy from you? No one can take your energy from you unless you allow it. So contemplate, meditate, and focus on who or what you give your energy away to or who takes your energy away from you. Why do you allow this to happen? This month, the universe is encouraging you to take your power back.

Solar Plexus Chakra Energy Cleansing Blend:
~ 5 drops Sage essential oil
~ 5 drops Grapefruit essential oil
~ 5 drops Juniper essential oil
~ 5 drops Lemon essential oil
~ 1 tablespoon vodka or witch hazel
~ 2-ounce spray bottle
~ Distilled water

Directions: Place the vodka or witch hazel in the spray bottle (this acts as a dispersant since water and oils do not mix). Add the essential oils then the gently swirl to blend together. Add the distilled water. Shake well. Use the spray to cleanse your energy field, aura, and space. As you spray the blend, have the intent that you are cleansing away negative, dense, dark energy and redirecting the energies to the divine to be transformed into more useful energy. If you are an energy or Reiki practitioner, you can infuse the bottle with high vibrating energy before you use it.

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

Want more? Click the links below to find out more about Christina’s upcoming programs:

~ If you’re interested in learning more about the ‘Solar Plexus Chakra, Energy Boundaries, Energy Protection, and Energy Clearing’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly online mini chakra classes.
~ Mind, Soul & Self will host a  ‘Spring Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend Wisconsin March 17 to 19
~ There will also be a ‘Transpersonal Weekend with Dr. Christina’ in Madison, WI April 29 and 30, 2017. Two separate spiritual and personal growth events; you can register for one or both: