Retha’s Crystal Reflections

August, 2018

Synergy 12 Crystals, Explained

The synergy 12 crystals are a group of 12 extremely powerful stones that are believed to work together to aid you in inner awakening, lightbody activation, and to enhance spiritual evolution and ascension. They were first described by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian in “The Book of Stones, Who They are and What they Teach” in 2005.

Many are easy to find and inexpensive, while a few are much rarer and more costly (such as phenacite, brookite, satyaloka quartz and herderite). Azeztulite is trademarked and is quite expensive. You can find the entire synergy 12 available to purchase together, or you can start acquiring them one by one. For not much money you can get half of the synergy 12 to work with. I want to give you a brief description of each of the synergy 12 stones. If you have the opportunity to start building a synergy 12 collection I highly recommend it. Read about each to see which you feel drawn to explore. All are next level tools on their own, but all together are the ultimate meditation aids. 


Ah, I love petalite. Petalite is lithium sodium aluminum silicate. Its hardness is 6-6.5. It has a monoclinic crystal structure. It can be white, colorless, gray, pinkish or yellow. Colorless can be faceted into stunning jewelry. It’s found in Brazil, Australia, Sweden, Namibia and Afghanistan. This is a stone of peace and tranquility, which provides a deep connection to the spirit realm. It’s a visioning stone. It enhances all psychic gifts. It also helps you to attune to your path of highest destiny, or dharma. Wonderful manifestation stone. With its unique grounding aspect it allows you to stay tethered to earth while exploring inner dimensions and higher realms. Petalite is associated with the wind element and the astrology sign Pisces. 


This is one you may have heard a lot of buzz about and rightly so. Moldavite is a glassy mixture of silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide and other metal oxides. Its hardness is 5.5-6. It has an amorphous crystal system. Most are a deep forest green, but some are a pale green and some even a brownish green. It is a member of the tektite group. 14.8 million yrs ago a large meteorite crashed into what is now the bohemian plateau of the Czech republic. The moldavite fields have become depleted, so the stones are increasingly rare and more expensive. There is some debate as to exactly how the moldavite formed, but one thing is clear, it indeed fell from the sky. We can tell by the aerodynamic shapes of certain pieces. It has been a spiritual talisman going all the way back to the neolithic peoples of eastern Europe. Today it is a most prized tool in the metaphysical community. Its effects vary from mild to very intense for some. The main use of this stone is to accelerate the path of ones evolution. It’s an amazing aid in meditation, dreamwork and to discern messages from the higher realms. It also offers spiritual protection. It is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Taurus.


I adore danburite. It’s one of my very favorite crystals. It is a calcium borosilicate crystal. It has a hardness of 7-7.5. It was discovered in Danbury, Connecticut. The crystals are usually 4 sided and their terminations are generally chisel shaped. They are orthorhombic and prismatic with linear striations. Most are colorless or white, but some are pale pink or light yellow. They have been found in Russia, Madagascar, Bolivia, Burma, Japan and most abundantly in Mexico. Fewer good specimens are being found and they are becoming increasingly rare. Danburite is an aid to lift awareness to higher spiritual vibrations. It has a special connection to the angelic realm. This stone expresses powerful unconditional love. It helps you to release worry and stress. It soothes and helps you get a good night’s sleep. It is associated with the wind element and the astrological sign aquarius. 

Phenacite (or phenakite)

Phenacite is a beryllium silicate. It has a hardness of 7.5-8. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system and often crystallizes in short prisms. It is very rare, especially in transparent well formed crystals. It varies greatly depending on the location its found. It’s found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Norway, Russia, Tanzania, Switzerland and the USA. This is the ultimate 3rd eye chakra stone. It’s so strong that even those that aren’t sensitive to crystal energies can feel it when placed on the 3rd eye. It has one of the highest frequencies in the mineral kingdom. It can be used to awaken the latent special capacities of the brain, which can bring about spontaneous telepathy, prophetic visions or remote viewing. It’s associated with the storm element and astrological sign Leo.


Brookite is a titanium oxide crystal. Its hardness is 5.5-6. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. Its color is usually dark gray or black, but can also be yellow-brown or reddish-brown. It’s found in England, the French alps, and Arkansas, USA. It’s a crystal that’s inspirational and energizing. It can assist in overcoming old patterns and move to greater inner development. It’s a powerstone for expansion of awareness beyond the physical body. It can align all the upper chakras with the rest of ones energy body. It expands consciousness into higher dimensions of light. It is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Capricorn. 


Natrolite is a sodium aluminum silicate mineral. Its hardness is 5-5.5. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. They can be colorless, white, yellowish or gray. They have been found in the Czech republic, New Jersey, USA, India and Russia. It’s one of the most powerful stones to stimulate the 3rd eye and crown chakras. Natrolites energy moves beyond the physical body and activates ones conscious link with the 8th-14th chakras (above the head). This stone can help you to develop communication with your angelic helpers. It can bring light to any part of the body where there are slow-moving or blocked energies. This stone brings optimism and hope. It’s associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Libra.


Herderite is a calcium beryllium phosphate. It has a hardness of 5-5.5. It has a monoclinic crystal system. It can be colorless, pale yellow, green, brownish-gray or even lavender. They are very rare. Most come from Brazil, but have also been found in Africa and Afghanistan. Herderite aids in communication with spirit guides and light beings, and with interdimensional travel. It helps us to experience ourselves as an energy field that exists way beyond our physical body. We realize there is a sphere of awareness way larger than our physical self. It enhances our senses as we meditate. This stone can be quite intense, so extra time to ground after working with it is wise. Herderite is associated with the storm element and astrological sign Gemini. 


Tanzanite is a calcium aluminium silicate mineral. It is a member of the zoisite family. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. It has a hardness of 6.5-7. Color ranges from blue to blue-violet, though some can be golden to brownish yellow. It was first discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, Africa. Tiffany & Co., the NY jewelers, introduced it as Tanzanite and it became the accepted name, though technically it is blue zoisite. Tanzanite can integrate the energies of the heart and the mind through the linkage and attunement of the heart and 3rd eye chakras. It also makes it hard to deny what one knows in the heart, and helps you to speak your truth. It helps with verbal and written expression. It provides a strong anchoring in the heart. It enhances our intuitive vision. And it opens us up to deep intimacy with others. It is associated with the wind element and the astrological sign cancer. 

Tibetan Tektite

Tektites are glassy masses created from meteoric impacts. They have a hardness of 5.5-6. They have an amorphous crystal structure. They are rich in silica, with their silicon dioxide content between 68% and 82%. Tibetan tektite specifically refers to the family of brown-black or black tektites found in Tibet and southern China. The metaphysical information following is for Tibetan tektite, not tektite from other locales. Tibetan tektite is a synergy 12 stone, whereas the other tektites are not. Tibetan tektites are used for lucid dreaming and it’s advised to sleep with two, one by the head and one by the feet. You can also use seven pieces to stimulate and activate the light body by placing one on each chakra point. It will open the chakra column/spinal energy channel. Tibetan tektite is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Scorpio.


I am a huge fan of scolecite. Scolecite is a hydrous calcium aluminum silicate, a zeolite mineral. It has a hardness of 5-5.5. It has a monoclinic crystal structure. It has thin, vertically striated prismatic crystals and also grows out in radiating fibrous masses. It can be colorless, white or yellowish. It has been found in Teigarhorn, Iceland and Poona, India. It is the stone of true inner peace and tranquility. It’s ideal for use in healing, meditation, restful sleep, lucid dreaming and journeying. It enhances the heart chakra energies and helps you to spontaneously express love more freely. It also protects your auric field and cleanses it with its healing radiance and charges it with its pure white light. It’s associated with the wind and water elements and the astrological sign Virgo. 


This is a very special variety of quartz. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. As all quartz it has a hardness of 7. The original Azeztulite came from a single find in North Carolina, USA around 1970. Over 30 yrs later a second deposit was found in Vermont. Since, Azeztulites have been found in multiple locales. Each are different and carry their own properties. Here we are strictly talking about the azeztulites from north Carolina and Vermont. It’s referred to as white Azeztulite or original Azeztulite. This is a very powerful stone. It is said that when you open up to Azeztulite it feels like being in the presence of something holy. The liquid crystal body matrix probably resonates more strongly with Azeztulite than any other stone. It carries the current of the central sun. If you hold this stone over your 3rd eye chakra, its said that you will see light in the interior of the skull, its one of the hallmarks of Azeztulite, as is pleasurable sensations that are hard to compare to any others. Azeztulite is associated with the storm element and astrological sign Aries. 

Satyaloka Quartz (Satyaloka Azeztulite)

This is a variety of quartz, with a hardness of 7. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. Satyaloka forms as small prismatic crystals, translucent or white, sometimes with inclusions of reddish-brown or gray. It comes from the Satya Loka mountains of southern India. It was originally gathered by monks of the Satya Loka Monastery, who sent it out into the world as a way of spreading the energy of spiritual enlightenment. South India is said to be the crown chakra of the world, so it makes perfect sense that satyaloka quartz opens the crown chakra with an immense flow of energy. It vibrates to the frequency of enlightenment. It might be called the most “hard core” of all the Azeztulites, maybe even of all stones. This stone is a stone of powerful spiritual dedication. It aids in traveling thru the realms of light to higher planes of reality. It’s associated with the storm element and astrological sign Sagittarius. 

I hope this overview of the synergy 12 will inspire you to try working with one if you haven’t yet, or to encourage you to add another to your collection if you’ve already worked with some. The ultimate is to have them all and then you can build a synergy 12 grid and use sacred geometry to amplify these intense crystals even more. Another amazing way to work with these stones is to wear them. You can choose the one you connect to the strongest or you can even find vial pendants that have chipstones of all 12 stones. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you will come back next month when I tell all about my trip to Herkimer, NY this past month for the gem show and to go mining for herkimer diamonds! 

Crystal blessings!

XOX0- Retha


The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach


About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

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Going Shamanic Radio

February, 2018


Going Shamanic” is hosted by Jennifer Engracio on P.A.G.E.  Media Project’s blogtalk radio each month. The show focuses on how to integrate shamanism into every day life. Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living.

This month Discussion is About Ascension and the Human Spirit’s Evolution

On this episode, Jen talks with Carrell Mehl, a Reiki Master Teacher and Shamanic Practitioner who focuses on what it takes to walk the path of Ascension.  This show is rich in ways to transition and transform energetically in these changing times.



Join us to find out how we are all  ‘Going Shamanic‘!



About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic practitioner, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing”

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Hally’s Hints

November, 2012

The Shift into Ascension


There is no doubt that in the past month it has made the previous months seem like a walk in the park. Clearly we are going through a shift but not just any shift. Some may think this is to do with 2012 and whilst not completely incorrect it actually has more to do with the 31st October, the veil between planes and dimensions being thinner as well as the push into ascension.


What is different about this shift is the extent of the separation between the lower and higher vibrations. What has been happening is that due to the higher vibration getting ready to go into leaps and bounds the lower vibration is holding on for dear life to the higher vibration. Consider that this is how the lower vibration continues to vibrate at such a low level and is able to have such a great impact on those of us going into the higher vibration.


Once this separation is complete, which will be on or around the end of October, the lower vibration will then need to vibrate and maintain its vibration through other means. This may include those that are coming through on the next ascension or those that have decided that the lower vibration is no longer for them. They too will have an uphill climb when going into this specific ascension.


Some of us have had to experience the toughest part of the year. It has taken what could go wrong to going wrong to a whole new level. It has been frustrating, painful and exhausting. However, as mentioned above, it will come to an end. This will come back into alignment and flow, as will each of us that have continued to persevere.


However, there is something unique and incredible about continuing even at points of this month that seemed futile – that is what is to follow… the energy, the flow, the connection and the boost that will have affect on each of the gifts/abilities, skills and ultimately providing a leap jump towards each purpose specific to that individual. This of course contributes to the overall and will result in more power within the higher vibration – light power is another way to consider this.


The extent of this will be up to the individual, where they are on their path and how open that person is in their ascension. The beauty of all of this is that the way this works doesn’t mean those not on this path will miss out, merely coming at a different time. With this said, with all the work that each person has had to endure and commit to it really is worth continuing for that bit longer, continuing to believe in the greater good of who they are and what their purpose is.


Even as each week draws closer to the end of the month the energy in the air and within each element is amazing!! Never give up and know that you are not alone. We are all in this and we might as well get the incredible benefits that come from being true to ourselves and our paths.


Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

July, 2011

Ascension and Expectations

Humanity is going through a spiritual evolution. An ascension. And now is the time that we should be releasing negativity, forgiving others as well as ourselves and healing from hurts from our past. It is a time to contemplate where we are and where we are headed individually and as humankind or kind humans (as a friend of mine often says). It is a time for all of us to “walk the talk” but lately I find myself disappointed by those whom I am surrounded by. It appears that they are more hypocritical than I once believed. This disappointments me and forces me to take a closer look at my own actions, words and behaviors.

What is my personal spiritual goal? Is the behavior that I detest in those surrounding me mirrored in myself? If this is so, am I truly “walking the talk”? Could it be that I am being overly sensitive? Or are they not as accepting as they believe they are? How much hypocrisy is too much for me to bear? Am I being egotistical to think that I have some how become elevated spiritually while they’ve remained stagnant? And in the end does all this even matter?

My spiritual goal is to spread love and understanding. I am here to aid in the enlightenment of humanity and guide others to higher vibrations. I am expanding myself and while doing so I am expanding The Universe. This is my purpose. My spiritual growth is an ongoing process and is truly never to be completed.

People that I surround myself with; people I call into my life experience are aligned with the same vibration that I am focused on at that time. If I see that there are characteristics in someone that I am not pleased with then I most definitely should look within. Through contemplation and meditation I will find that these characteristics are somewhere within me and while I cannot force someone else to change their attitude or behavior I most certainly can change myself. If their words or actions bother me then I can chose to not listen nor am I required to be a witness to their actions. I have many choices and not choosing is a choice within itself. I have the ability to focus on that which allows me to be on a different vibrational frequency than those who surround me.

It was suggested that I might just be setting expectations of others that they can’t possibly attain. Perhaps I am expecting everyone I associate with to think and behave as I do. Well, if that is the case then where should I draw the line? What should I expect from others? Should I have a different set of expectations of strangers than I would a friend? What about my husband? Or family members? When someone in my life carries the label of friend, parent, sibling or husband; what are the expectations that are tied to it? What expectations are fair and just and what expectations are ‘too high’? How much is too much to ask of someone? And how do I know when I have crossed the line of ‘just enough’ to ‘too high’?

When I worked at Sovereign Bank there were clear expectations that I was required to meet. I was expected to be; prompt, professional, courteous, honest, friendly and to perform the duties included in my job description. If I did not meet those expectations on a regular basis my job security would be threatened and rightly so. If places of business do not set out expectations for employees and customers then what sort of commerce would our society have? Not expecting anything from anyone just doesn’t work. Think about it. If I never expected anything from anyone nothing would happen. Relationships wouldn’t be created let alone nurtured and personal integrity just wouldn’t be because there wouldn’t be anything to measure it against.

So what if my friend, my parent, my sibling or husband just can’t or don’t reach the expectations I put forth for them; am I justified in being disappointed? And what do I do with this frustration, disappointment and anger? Where do we go from here? It seems that I’m standing somewhere out in the middle of undiscovered country without a map or clear direction of where I’m expected to go. It’s not a pleasant feeling and I just don’t want to be here any longer.

In my heart I know what I expect from everyone and honestly I don’t think it’s too much to ask. I expect others to treat me as I treat them. Yes, it’s that simple yet in its simplicity it can be quiet complex. If you are one of those people who just drift along with your own whims and desires and focus on you and only you without the slightest consideration of others then you will indeed fail to meet the expectations I put forth. Because I listen to you. And not only that but I hear you when you speak. With me there is a give and take. So if I treat you with respect and honesty I expect the same from you. If I challenge you to look at yourself and the decisions you make, the words you speak, the actions you take then in turn, I expect you to do the same for me. If I honor you as the sacred being you are then I expect the same. And if I respect your spirituality and religion then I expect nothing less of you. I don’t expect you to mock my beliefs nor do I expect you to make jokes about my spiritual journey.

I was always taught that people would rise to the expectations we put forth for them. But frankly I’m beginning to question – is that a truth or just an ideal?