Lapis Lazuli

Crystal Connections

June, 2017

The Seven Archetypal Stones: Their Spiritual Powers and Teachings

 


 

As the daughter of a rockhound, and a mineral lover myself, I have quite a few books on crystals. What makes this book special is that it focuses specifically on seven minerals, Obsidian, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Emerald, Amethyst, Quartz and Diamond. Published by Destiny , and written by Nicholas Pearson, this 293 page book offers an in depth exploration that includes each stones spiritual uses, history, lore, chemical make up and geology.

What is an archetype and how does it pertain to crystals? Pearson explains, “Archetypes serve as the original blueprints, the master molds, the perfected state for any concept. Crystal archetypes are the ideals that the stones themselves represent, either through human application or through an exploration of their structure and composition.” He goes on to explain, “When exploring the crystal archetypes, there are two main varieties. The explicate archetypes are those modeled after historical, evidence based examples of the use of a particular stone from culture to culture. The second variety of crystal archetypes is the implicate archetype. The message of these archetypes must be decoded through the layers of symbolism inherent in artifacts, morphology, composition, and myth.

Each chapter focuses on an individual mineral and offers a set of exercises or meditations that are designed to be simple, practical, effective and are meant to help you expand your work with crystals. Within these chapters is where you will see what sets this book apart from the normal crystal encyclopedia style books that the majority of us have. This is not to say that those books aren’t good because I have plenty of them on my shelves. The Seven Archetypal Stones is a book that explains and explores minerals in an innovative and fascinating way, giving you the tools to directly engage with their crystal energies.

Pearsons’ years of devotion and spiritual connection to these crystalline structures is clearly evident in his writing. Regardless of your level of experience working with stones or crystals this book helps deepen your relationship with them and is most definitely worth the read. I can tell you that I foresee myself re-reading and referring to this book often.

About the author:

Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. A certified teacher and practitioner of Usui Reiki Ryoho, he teaches crystal and Reiki classes throughout the United States. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

Stones Corner

January, 2016

Healing Crystals for Men

Amethyst

amethyst
A “Master Healing Crystal”. Also called “the Royal Stone”. Amethyst’s most noted healing quality is its ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. Get a large Amethyst Crystal cluster for your home or office to protect yourself from hostile energies around you. If anxiety causes shortness of breath, put the cluster on or near your chest and breath slowly for a few minutes to lessen the symptoms. Consider a large, well-set
amethyst gemstone ring to enhance your personal magnetism and to provide mental clarity. Amethyst is also helpful for migraines, arthritic pains, and connecting to one’s spirituality for guidance.

Diamond

diamond
“The King of Crystals”. Diamond intensifies and activates one’s internal energies through its purity of vibration. The better the quality of Diamond, the better one’s own personal qualities and actions. When freely given,
Diamond power becomes activated and can be used for manifesting abundance and increasing personal self-esteem. It is a token of one’s love to another, and both enhances and radiates the beauty of the wearer. The diamond is also known for invincibility, representing the life force (prana).

Garnet

garnet
The “Sex Stone”. Garnet strengthens and restores physical and emotional energy lost through constantly ensuring the protection and welfare of others. When you feel a bit lost or abandoned in the chaos of daily life,
Garnet helps to provide the needed grounding and empowering to become more decisive and committed to a direction. Garnet is well-known for enhancing and regenerating one’s sexuality (the physical aspects). For best
effects, tape a small half-inch piece at the Hara Centre – one and one-half inches below the navel – and wear it overnight.

Hematite

hematite
“The Stress Stone”. Hematite is a versatile metallic-like crystal used for enhancing one’s logic, mathematical abilities, rational thinking and depth of technical knowledge. It grounds creative energy to make one’s thoughts
more practical and focused. As a “Stress Stone”, Hematite reflects negativity back to the sender, so you don’t end up with someone else’s stress. For backache or leg cramps, use surgical tape to fix a few pieces onto painful areas. The crystal’s energy is like a magnet and effectively draws out pain related to muscular or joint alignment problems. Hematite is also used to reduce insomnia.

Jade

jade
A “Crystal of Tranquillity”. Also called “the Sport Stone”, promoting agility and swiftness. Many men from the Far East know the benefits of wearing Jade. Some will tell you that it is for their health, and how the color of the
Jade gets darker with good health and lighter with declining health. Jade soothes the emotions, and provides emotional detachment and restoration after various traumas such as minor surgery, divorce, funerals, or loss of job. Some say it is for good luck. Jade is a stone which is easily obtained in most city centers and can be openly worn as a pendant.

Lapis Lazuli

apis-lazuli
“The Stone of The Pharaohs”. Lapis Lazuli is well-known as a favorite stone used in the courts of the ancient Egyptian Kings. Lapis (stone) Lazuli (blue) is used for stimulating mental strength and intellectual precision.
Lapis is a consciousness elevator, raising one’s awareness to new heights and to greater expansion. It brings feelings of success and connected-ness and protection. For intuitive people, Lapis intensifies psychic power.

Malachite

malachite
“A Man’s Stone”. The deep forest green of Malachite is symbolic of the deep healing and cleansing this stone provides. It can aid in breaking down old patterns, whether emotional (stuck patterns of behavior) or physical
(tumors, swollen joints, muscular). Malachite promotes business relationships and the increase of wealth by removing obstacles to one’s growth. The most important aspect of this crystal’s healing ability however, is for the preventative health of the physical heart and liver. If you are attracted to this crystal, chances are you have a family history of heart-related problems and probably need a heart check-up.

Moonstone

moonstone
“The Feminine Balancing Crystal”. To soften and balance dominant male attributes with some feminine qualities, Moonstone provides for a depth of perception and feelings, discernment, creativity and self-expression.
Other properties of Moonstone include: increases awareness and focus, releases one’s intuition, rejuvenating qualities for the skin and hair (baldness?), reduces water retention, and protection for travelers. Moonstones increase their powers before and during the full moon, so leave them out at night to soak up the moon’s rays.

Rose Quartz

rosequartz
“The Love Stone”. Rose Quartz is another Master Healing Crystal that specializes in transmuting emotional negativity at all levels. It enhances one’s ability to give and receive love, by opening the Heart chakra and
stimulating greater flexibility in communications. It mellows out a reluctant Heart, and provides peace in relationships through harmony. Rose Quartz is used for meditation, as it stills one’s aggressive thoughts and provides mental tranquillity. It can heal a broken heart very quickly too.

Smokey Quartz

smokeyquartz
The “Emotional Balancer Crystal”. Smokey Quartz is a very specialized crystal for negative emotional energy. This crystal is excellent for mood swings, aggressive actions, ill temper, and generally nasty thoughts. It grounds all kinds of negative energy. This stone is helpful for burnout, fear of failure, reluctance to take risks, or wanting revenge, as well as for tendencies to over-eat, smoke or drink due to stress. It helps you accept
responsibility for yourself, and to broaden your capacity for effective communication by dissolving self-limiting perceptions.