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Crystal Connections

February, 2018

Amazonite

A member of the Feldspar family, it’s said that Amazonite is the stone of truth. By stimulating the throat chakra, this stone assists in clear communication by aligning your speech to higher ideals. Amazonite inspires confidence, hope and enhances creative “true to self” expression. With its soothing green colors, calmness is what this crystalline structure is all about. This stone also works powerfully through the heart chakra by healing past emotional traumas.

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When I worked in the financial industry I would often wear Amazonite jewelry not only because of its abilities described above but also because it’s known to relieve stress and dispel negative energy, and where there’s money, negative energy seems to follow. Thinking back, I remember wearing an Amazonite bead bracelet that I would mindlessly fiddle with when I was dealing with large amounts of money, and calm is exactly what I remember feeling when I did that. Another wonderful aspect that this Feldspar offers is its ability to assist in manifesting. Meditating with Amazonite can help clarify your intentions and affirmations, bringing your souls purpose into alignment.

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To be honest, when I first started collecting crystals, Amazonite wasn’t even on my radar. I was so obsessed with the more common crystals, especially the Quartz family, that this subtle but sweet little gem was passed over many times. It may have taken a bit longer than I’d like to admit, but I can say without a doubt that I’m grateful to have this stone included in my crystal healing arsenal.

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About the Author:

Shiron (Shi) Eddy hails from the Pacific Northwest and shares a home with her husband, a Great Dane and a cat. Her love for crystals and minerals came from her dad who was an avid rock hound in his younger years. Shi happily shares her knowledge of crystals with anyone who is drawn to them, but especially loves to help people connect with minerals that involves their metaphysical properties. When she’s not networking with other crystal and mineral lovers, Shi can be found making jewelry, painting, crocheting Goddess dolls, selling her wares at shows or spending time with family and friends. You can find her jewelry in her shop ShiJewels or follow her on Instagram.

Crystal Connections

May, 2017

Quartz Crystal

 

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Sometimes known in ancient times as “frozen water from heaven”, clear quartz is one of the most versatile stones in the mineral realm. It’s often used for amplifying, balancing, clearing and cleansing but this crystal will also energize, activate and transmit. Quartz crystals are not always clear, some are opaque, some have hints of color because of an additional mineral, no matter the clarity it does not minimize or maximize this stones abilities.

Quartz crystals can be used for any healing or spiritual purpose and can be programmed for any specific task you wish to use it for. It will take your energy to a perfect vibrational state allowing you to accomplish the intended use that you have programmed it with. I frequently pair one of my other crystals with a quartz to amplify its healing energies. I’ve also added Quartz to my tarot decks because it helps establish a strong, clear connection to a higher guidance.

This multidimensional stone can also be used as a cleanser and it’s been said that it can hold an immeasurable amount of energy. I have quartz pieces scattered throughout my house as an additional cleanser to my smudging routine. Whether you use this crystal for cleansing, healing or amplifying another stones properties, all crystals having healing potential, your interaction with each crystal is unique. Take some time, meditate and discover the healing properties that this crystalline structure has for you.

Crystal Connections

February, 2017

Smoky Quartz

 

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Smoky Quartz comes in a range of shades from near clear with just a hint of the color that it’s named for, to such a dark color that it emulates the deepest and richest terra firma. No matter the color, these crystals radiate an earthy warmth that seriously gives me a sense of home. You know, that warm comfortable feeling that you get when you’re snuggled up under the softest blanket on the couch when everything feels right in the world and there’s no place you’d rather be? Well that’s exactly how I feel when I’m holding these crystalline beauties.

 

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While worn it has been said that the wearer may experience some phenomena such as seeing fairies, spirits or aura’s. My experience with when wearing these crystals has been manifestation. At times its felt like I’ve had a direct connection to the Universe and what I’ve conjured or visualized in my mind seems to find its way to fruition. It’s funny how we can take these experiences, whether big or small, and just chalk them up to a happy happenstance when in fact the very crystal that you’re wearing has given your “voice” a boost to be heard and happily granted. Now I’m not saying that every wish or thought has come true, but what I am saying is if it’s something that would or should naturally fit in my path then it is created with an unexpected ease.

 

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Smoky Quartz is known as one of the foremost grounding stones. In today’s word and life in general, it’s easy to get caught up or swept away in things that cause us distress or that makes us feel so completely disconnected that we feel like we’re floundering. When this happens to me the first thing I do is gather one, two or heck depending on how I feel I may grab all of them, then I cop a squat on the floor and let them do their magick. Usually I’ll instantaneously feel a calmness wash over me, and once my mind has quieted I’ll do a purposeful meditation that consists of grounding and cleansing my chakras.

These crystals are gifts from Mother Earth and powerful natural healers. It’s great to collect them for their beauty but when their metaphysical properties include protecting us from negative energies and absorbing an unlimited amount of it, then why not give them a try and see how they can work for you? I encourage you to set a journal aside just for your crystals. Sit down with them and take notes of how they make you feel, and please share your experiences with me. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Stones Corner

March, 2016

Crystals for Headaches

Place either Crystal on your forehead or Third Eye.

 

Amethyst

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A Stone of spiritual upliftment.  Mind quieting, wear it to reduce anger and impatience.  It aides in sleep and helps with nightmares.  Stress reliever.  Headache reducer.  Aids with sobriety in addictions of any kind.  Famous ancient detoxifier, especially helped with poisons and alcohol.  Worn by ancient Romans to prevent intoxication and restore courage.  It helps to prevent over indulgences and with the breaking of bad habits.

 

Sugilite

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It is considered one of the most important love stones. It represents spiritual love and wisdom – opening and aligning all the chakras to love with its beautiful purple rays.

This loving stone teaches and protects in matters of spiritual quests, love, and forgiveness.  It protects the soul from shocks and traumas, clears disappointments and relieves spiritual tension, brings light and love to the darkest situations, and aids forgiveness by eliminating hostility. Place sugilite on the third eye to alleviate despair. Hold to the forehead for headaches. To increase protective energies of sugilite, combine with amethyst. To assist in the grounding of light in the physical world, combine with hematite. Sugilite teaches you how to live from your own truth. It imparts the ability to face unpleasant conditions, encourages positive thoughts, and releases emotional turmoil. Sugilite is used by healers for dyslexia, pain relief, motor dysfunction. Light colored sugilite is used to purify lymph and blood.  This rare stone is found in Japan and South Africa.

Stones Corner

January, 2016

Healing Crystals for Men

Amethyst

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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

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“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

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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

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“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

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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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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.

Stones Corner

September, 2014

Lapis

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Helps you to understand the mind.  Expands your viewpoint.  It is good for connecting the heart and the mind when worn over the heart.  It purifies and heals.  Worn in ancient Mesopotamia, Persia, and India to cure fever and prevent misfortune, melancholy, and insomnia.  In meditation it opens the brow.   Higher guidance, intuition, connection to higher self, overview, decisions for good of all.  Organizes and quiets the mind.  Opens the throat/Thyroid.  Good for Self expression, writing, creativity, dream insight, Anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, autism, shyness, nervous system, MS, speech, hearing, pituitary, DNA, lymph, inflammation, pain (especially head), and protection.  This great mineral provides mental calming while providing strength of will.  It increases psychic ability and allows for spiritual growth.  It assists with the growth of interpersonal relationships.  It was used extensively in Ancient Egypt.  Stone of friendship.  Helps one to be more kind and helpful, spiritual attunement.  Stone of fidelity.  Eases eye troubles and asthma.  Induces sleep and relieves anxiety.  It is believed that a wearer carries the presence of the gods with them.

 

Larimar

 

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A gentle, soft, sky blue, Caribbean healer.  Brings tranquility of water/sea and air to heart and mind.  Soothes and uplifts hurt, fear, depression, pain of life, changes with love.  Self expression, patience, acceptingness, simplicity, creativity, artwork.  Helps gentle people be assertive.  Cools and draws out inflammation, fevers, sunburn heat.  Especially helps the creativity and throat.  Pleasantly uplifts the heart and eases stress.  Good for curing the common cold.  Larimar works well in conjunction with herbs, especially fireweed and coltsfood.

 

 

 

 

Stones Corner

May, 2014

Kunzite

Kunzite

Emotional Support.  Helps mind and emotions to be in sync.  Powerful high level stone.  Strengthens healers and teachers.  Opens the emotional heart ans spiritual heart.  Unconditional Love and Compassion.  Heals abuse, loss, and addictions.  Helps emotional balance, confidence, connection to higher self, and oneness.  Reduces depression, mood swings, stress, and radiation.  Brow and Crown Centers.  Deepens altered state, psychic readings, and healings.  Helps to center emotionally and spiritually.  This mineral is a regenerative agent for the cardiovascular system, opens the heart to love in a balanced way.  Peace provider to the Earth.

 

Kyanite

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Placed on brow this opens 3rd eye.  Enhances psychic images, foresight, consciousness, meditation, and communication.  Brings out our natural ability to manifest things into reality via thoughts and visualizations.  Promotes tranquility.  Provides a higher level of awareness.

Stones Corner

March, 2012

Emerald

Aids memory and speech.  A green precious stone said to cure eye disease, protect against evil eye and epilepsy, sharpen memory, and promote eloquence.  In India the emerald was ground  up and taken internally to restore youth and cure intestinal upsets.  Physical and emotional healing.  This is the strongest physical healing gemstone.  Strengthens heart center for abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity, honesty.  Lifts depression, insomnia.  Knowingness of the heart, peaceful dreams.  Breathing, heart, lympnodes, blood, thymus, pancreas, blood sugar rebalancer, labor/delivery, eyesight.  Excellent general healer.  Ancient blood detoxificator and antiposion.  Improves all heart functions including love and kindness to others.  Calms mind and relieves eyestrain.  Works on the 4th Chakra.  Earth goddess.  Totally rejects evil.  Good for mediation, healing, success, gives power to foretell the future, and provides a link with the spirit world.  Said to give protection from serpents, vipers, and evil/negative influences.

Enstatite

The mineral supports the teaching of Christ to be in the world but not of the world.  Allows self-light to be pure unto its conviction without being engulfed or dimmed or swallowed by other light or darkness.  It is an excellent companion stone to iolite.

Callie’s Cavern

December, 2009

Opal

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Opal is a delicate stone, a beautiful stone with a fine vibration.  When you look at Opal you can understand how this stone can stand for beauty, lightness, love, and passion.  It is seductive.  It has been said that Octavius Caesar was willing to sell one third of his Roman Empire for a single Opal.  Opal can help you open yourself up to love.  It has been called a “Cupid Stone” and said to grant wishes.

If you are born in October Opal is said to bring good luck, but if your Opal splits that is seen as a bad omen.  Wives and girlfriends gave Crusaders Opals to bring them back safely and bring luck and battle glory.  Opal is much more then a stone for love and luck.  Enhancing cosmic consciousness allows Opal to open up psychic and mystic visions.  Opal promotes astral projection and opens up the mind.  It can be programmed for all energies.  This energy is healing, creative, and original, even helping you go unnoticed.

Working with Opal tends to magnify energy and boost feelings.  Helping access and express your true self.  Opal is so absorbent and reflective it picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them, and returns them to the source.  This energy may feel like scattered energy, make sure you are centered before you use it.  If you are overly sensitive to energy you shouldn’t wear Opal daily.  Opal brings things to the surface for transformation allowing us to take responsibility for feelings.  This beautiful stone teaches you that what you put out comes back.

Callie’s Cavern

November, 2009

Turquoise

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When you are buying Turquoise, make sure that you are using a reputable dealer.  Sometimes Howlite is died blue and sold as Turquoise.  Most Howlite is naturally white and is easy to color.  Any reputable dealer will be honest with you and state whether it is turquoise in color or Turquoise the stone.  If you are in doubt, you can ask the dealer to tell you which mine the Turquoise came from.  Usually if the stone is very bright blue, that is a good indicator that the stone could be dyed.  The following website gives a few examples of dyed Howlite and plastic turquoise beads.  Genuine Turquoise will be more expensive, but it is worth it.

http://www.theturquoisechick.com/examples.htm

Turquoise is a stone of immense power and has a lot of legend and lore surrounding it.  Middle Easterners believed that it protected from evil spirits and the evil eye.  These protective properties extend to riders, protecting them from falls.  It even protected against negative energies.

The Navajo kept carvings of horses and sheep in Turquoise to guard against negative magic.  The bright blue color of Turquoise is said to change to warn of negativity in someone else, the stone may even break.  The color can fade when the bearer is threatened with danger, illness, or if under too much stress. Turquoise can absorb the oils in your skin and fade over time.  Most Turquoise dealers are now stabilizing the color to help avoid this fading.  This also helps harden the stone since Turquoise is a relatively soft stone.

In Tarot, Turquoise can represent The Hanged Man.  This card shows a state of inner peace and acceptance.  There is a strong spiritual element to this card; allowing you to understand that what was meant to happen will happen, Turquoise connects very strongly to that.  Turquoise in divination is very much a Karma stone.  It represents Karma and tells us that now is the time to sit back and let Karma take the reigns.  This stone is very spiritual and really encourages just sitting back and letting things happen as they are supposed to.  Trust in the universe to take care of you.   There is a natural order and it is present and in control, the more you fight it the harder the change will be.

Turquoise promotes courage, healing, luck, and serenity.  It attracts money and aids in creative problem solving.  As a Karmic stone, it helps you understand how things work and where you fit in.  This aids in the search for who you truly are.  Turquoise is a subtle stone that works slowly and with divine inspiration.

Some believe that it controls the weather.  Navajo threw it into a river while praying for rain in order to bring rain.  Turquoise guides hunter’s arrows.  It is a traditional gift for lovers.  It is said that it brings happiness and good fortune when given by a loving hand.  If there is infidelity, Turquoise will turn black.

It provides solace for the spirit and well being for the body.  By dissolving self-sabotage, it instills an inner calm that is uplifting.  It is an excellent stone for exhaustion, depression, or panic attacks.  It helps explore past lives and astral travel.  It shows how fate is ongoing.  Turquoise is a strengthening stone that unites the Earth and the Sky.

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