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Crystal Connections

May, 2018

Book Review

The Ultimate Guide to Crystals & Stones – A Practical Path to Personal Power, Self-Development, and Healing by Uma Silbey



Published by Skyhorse Publishing, and written by Uma Silbey, this 314 page book is hands down my favorite crystal book to date. From the moment the author described how the “Stone People” spoke to her, I was hooked. I nearly leapt for joy when she tells her readers to “hear” how the crystals want to be used rather than strictly going by a written definition. This is something I often tell my readers to do and reading that simply validated my own practice.

This book isn’t the common encyclopedia style book but rather a book that teaches you how to connect, feel and listen to crystals, and not just crystals but also ordinary rocks and continuing that affinity to the earth. Packed full of information, techniques and methods, The Ultimate Guide to Crystals & Stones would be useful to any beginner and/or seasoned crystal worker. Uma Silbey’s approach encourages the reader to make these methods a practice rather than a one time or two time use. By using the author’s techniques not only will you never look at rocks or crystals the same way again, but I honestly feel it will give the reader a deeper connection and a new appreciation for them. I could go on and on about this book, as I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but simply put, the Earth is a rock and Uma Silbey is the facilitator of connectivity to it. So, if you have a love for crystals, including the matrix that surrounds them, if you want to heighten your crystal experience and build a profound connection to these earthy gems, then make sure to add this book to your library.

About Uma Silbey:

Uma Silbey has pioneered quartz crystal, gemstone and energy information to the world through her jewelry designs, books and music for more than thirty-five years. While running her successful quartz crystal jewelry company for the past twenty-five years, Uma also authored four books, including the international bestseller The Complete Crystal Guidebook. With a master’s in counseling psychology, she has trained with shamans, indigenous healers, and medicine people. She resides in Haiku, Hawaii.

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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

January, 2018

Petrified Wood

Also known as Agatized or Fossilized Wood, Petrified wood in all actuality is Quartz and possesses some wonderful healing energies. Once rooted deep within the earth, these crystalline structures have a strong Gaia connection plus grounding and ancestral healing energies. Additional attributes that I have felt from working with these crystals is a fortified strength and a type of wisdom that can only come from something that was and is so deeply connected to the Earth. This peaceful stone is especially good to work with when you have inner turbulence and need to regain or re-establish some inner peace and balance.

Since my dad was a rockhound, Petrified wood was plentiful in my dads rock collection. He collected them from the many trips he made to Canada, Montana, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. A couple of my favorites are the Agatized Limb Cast that is a translucent milky green color and a near black one that has a bit of druzy in it. Honestly I love all Petrified Wood but those are just my favorites because they’re not the typical pieces that you see.

The history these beautiful gems hold and are willing to share with anyone that is called to work with them is genuinely something to behold. To establish a deeper connection with these crystalline structures, sit with them in quiet meditation and ask what type of earthly wisdom they want to share with you. Be sure to take in the grounding strength they have to offer, and allow their Gaian energies to envelope you in a warm loving motherly hug.


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

July, 2017

Shiva Lingam




Gathered from a holy site on the Narmada River in India, these sacred stones pack quite a bit of energy. Though these stones are a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva they also represent both masculine (the phallic shape) and feminine (the yoni markings) energies, because of this they can be used to activate kundalini energy. Not only can they intensify vitality within the body, they are known to raise the pranic energy as well.

It’s been said that Shiva Lingams represent the center axis of life, connecting earth with the universe. Known as the stone of insight, lingams facilitate releasing all that you’ve outgrown by ridding oneself of old habits and beliefs clearing the way for spiritual growth. They resonate with all chakras and elements and are powerful enough to stimulate the energy system of the entire body, aiding in overall improvement of the mind, body and spirit.

Lingams are a symbol of the perfect union and balance of the male and female forms within a sacred shape and object that is one. For me, after working with Shiva Lingams they’ve become a symbol of love, creating a sense of peace and love within myself. I only have a handful of these wondrous stones, and though they’re not flashy or sparkly they are beautiful nonetheless, and they emanate a considerable amount of energy. Take some time to meditate with this crystalline structure, better yet, place it under your pillow and allow this powerful stone to speak, energize and heal you.

Crystal Connections

February, 2017

Smoky Quartz



(image courtesy: Shijewels


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.



(image courtesy: Shijewels


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

February, 2016

Crystals for Irritability

Carry or hold these stones to help calm your irritability.



Jade is a relaxation stone.  It reduces tension in life and wearers feel calmer.  It brings emotional   said to give off peace.  Thought of as a good luck charm to ward off evil.  It aids the stomach and digestive tract.  An Ancient Chinese stone for health, wealth, and harmony.




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.




The stone of Emotional Support.  Helps you on your journey of emotions to push you to your next step.  Helps us with expressing lovingness and confidence.  Calms and feeds the soul through the heart and love.  It soothes nightmares, stress, fear, heartache, and loss.  Helps with speech, hearing problems, growth, and lung illnesses such as emphysema and asthma.  Strengthens mantras, chanting, affirmations, and singing.  It helps one achieve self-actualizations.  Raises feeling of self worth and stability, alleviating anxiety.

Stones Corner

January, 2016

Healing Crystals for Men


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.


“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).


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.


“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.


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

“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.


“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.


“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

“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

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.

Crystal Clear

February, 2009

Learning From Stones

Just as humans were created with thinking minds, feelings, likes and dislikes, so did Mother Earth create stones.  Stones from the high grade ruby in your ring to the common ‘rock’ under your foot as you go for a walk, is a child of the earth.  Each has survived on this earth for thousands of years or more!  Each  has  a lesson to teach.  The trick is learning to hear and perceive these lessons from our earth elders.  Once this is achieved, the knowledge to be gained is boundless!

For example, garnet can teach how to keep the body’s aura strong which serves to protect from illness as all illness begins in the aura.  Green aventurine teaches our hearts the way of joy so that once we’ve learned how it works,  we’re always able to be happy any time we like.  Rose quartz can teach us of all the many and complex layers of love so that we may always be filled with it.  Those are just a few examples.  Each stone listed above can teach us these things and so much more!

There are numerous books written on the subject of the metaphysical properties of stones.  Many of those speak of stones as objects rather than living beings which were born and have grown in the earth.  Working with a stone as an object only limits the success that shall be reached with that stone.  Working with it  as another living being, and one who is much older and wiser than any human, opens the learning experience immensely.  It frees the mind of the student to hear more than he or she may expect.

There are several ways to communicate with a stone.  Meditation is a wonderful way to begin as it is done from a calm quiet place where all outside distractions are cleared away.  Meditating with a stone isn’t only for beginning to know a stone,  however.  it is quite useful to take a stone friend into meditation with you at all  times for messages and lessons.  To communicate with a  stone during meditation, try the following exercise.

Lie down and become comfortable.  Place the stone on your forehead.  If it is too big, lay it  just above you on the floor or a pillow, allowing some part of it to rest against the crown of your head.  This closeness with the head is so you may better receive the messages from the stone into your mind.  Relax  and deep breathe, taking yourself deep into a meditative state.  Then think of the stone you’ve taken into this peaceful journey with you.  Feel it against your head.  Just reflect quietly for a time on its energy before even trying to speak with it.  Can you feel it  doing anything?

Many times a person understands a stone’s actions or lessons in the way the stone is making him or her feel.  If, for example, if a person is meditating with or wearing a green  aventurine, and that person begins to feel quite happy, they’ve just learned a lesson.  Green aventurine is a very joyful stone, and it is teaching that person to feel joy.

If during meditation the stone is doing something, merely reflect on that.  Make a note of the activity as a lesson the stone is teaching.  There is no need to rush through the process, for the language of stones is very different from our words.  It is a mental language of feelings and concepts.  As the human mind isn’t used to speaking in this way, it requires some time to process and understand what the stone has taught.   Because of this, the information may not be fully understood until days later. That is perfectly fine.

After reflecting on  the stone’s energy for a time, open the conversation if you are ready.  Ask the stone what it does.   What are its talents and strong points?  What lessons is it willing to teach you?  Does it feel you need to learn any specific thing first over another?  If so, what is it?

Again give each question’s answer some time to sink into your mind.  Only move on to the next question when you are ready.  There is no specific time for when any of this should be completed.  It could be done  in one meditation or it could  take weeks.  Each person is as different as each stone, and we all move at our own pace.  You’ll find that some stones are faster than others, some more saucy, and some more calm.  Each stone  has its own personality, and getting to know it is a wonderful rewarding experience.

After you’ve  meditated with your stone at least once, you’ve at least begun the introduction process to becoming friends.  Carrying the stone with you everywhere for at least a week is a sure way to continue the process at a good steady pace.  Stone jewelry is convenient, as it is very easy to keep on the body at all times.  There are also bags for wearing about the neck for those stones too large to wear or for those people not interested in jewelry.  Pockets do fine as well.  Holding a stone in the hand while working or watching evening T.V. keeps the closeness going and allows person and stone to get even more in tune with each other’s energy.

While spending time with your stone, keep track of how holding it or having it on your person makes you feel.  For just as in meditation, this is the stone’s way of teaching and relaying messages.  If you’re looking for a particular lesson, and aren’t sure which stone can best teach it, a reference book  can never hurt if used properly.  For example, if you’d like to study the art of healing your own body from one of Mother Earth’s children, it is acceptable to research the metaphysical properties of healing stones.  However, don’t believe everything you read for it may not work the same for each individual.  Don’t assume the stone will have the same lesson for you that it did for the writer of the  book or article.  Instead, get the stone for yourself, and meditate with it.  Ask it if it will teach you what you wish to know.  If not, it surely has another lesson for you, so there was no loss.

The magic and knowledge in Mother Earth’s ancient children is far too vast to be covered in a mere article, or even a book.  There are so many different stones in the world, it would be next to impossible to speak of all of them in depth as they deserve.  There is also the fact that each person may have a different experience.  Many times a stone has some of the same lessons for everyone, but it is always best to check for yourself.  May your friendships with these earth elders be rewarding, and your lessons come just when they’re needed.
As always, happy stoning!