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Retha’s Crystal Reflections

March, 2019

Crystals for Luck & Happiness

This
month with both the winter & cold weather dragging on (in my neck
of the woods) and St Patrick’s Day coming, I thought we can sure use
some crystal aids for bringing us more joy & happiness and some
good old luck! Are ya with me? Good! Read on to see which are my
favorite go-to crystals to get my happy on and when I need some luck
on my side.

Yellow Apatite

Yellow
or golden apatite is best known for its amazing manifestation powers,
but for me it’s also just as fabulous for bringing joy. It’s sunny
gemmy color makes me feel happy upon looking at it! Yellow is a
cheerful color, and if you ever don’t know which crystal to choose
for a certain function you can always choose based on the color.
Colors are important because they can tell us which stones align with
the chakras, but also pretty much everyone knows the feelings that
are induced by looking at different colors! And yellow crystals are
bound to bring happiness and cheerfulness. Yellow apatite is a stone
that brings positive energy into your auric field. It also has solar
vibes and strong male energy. This bright and stimulating energy
strengthens your willpower and can help you discover what you really
want in life. It strengthens your confidence as well. Helps you to
become MORE…..of whatever you want more of in your life. Makes you
more positive overall and enthusiastic. Very powerful yellow ray
crystal.

Ocean
Jasper

Ocean
Jasper is known as the “happiness stone”. They say it’s
like valium in crystal form. If you are feeling down or blue, this
stone will be your best friend! It encourages feelings of joy and
helps you to release negative feelings so you are more optimistic. It
aids you in reframing negative experiences into a new positive light.
It helps you to communicate positively and helps you to verbally
express feelings of love to others. It relieves tensions, stress and
worry and makes you more aware of the good things in life. It
promotes self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. Ocean Jasper
has a strong heart based energy and I hope you will try this for
yourself next time you need a boost!

Citrine

Citrine
is another beautiful yellow color crystal and it is indeed a mood
booster and will cheer you up. It’s known as the “merchant’s
stone” and should be put in your wallet or in a cash register if
you have a store to attract abundance and success to you. It has a
strong sun energy and brings light into all areas of your life.
Brings joy, happiness and good energy to you. Citrine also transforms
negative chi energy into positive beneficial chi energy. Since it
doesn’t absorb the negative energy but instead transmutes it, citrine
never needs to be cleansed. Wear this bright sunny stone to tap into
the beautiful properties.

Green
Aventurine

Green
Aventurine is best known for its ability to promote growth. Whatever
you are wanting to grow or multiply, this is your best tool. I always
add green aventurine to my plants. (Just place on the soil or bury).
It also can help grow your luck. This is the stone recommended for
good luck rituals of any kind. It’s the stone you want if you’re
gambling or playing the lottery, as it’s the stone that boosts your
chances in any situation and helps align opportunities for you. It’s
also what is referred to as the “stone of personal growth”
and also aligns opportunities for learning, growing and personal
development. Green Aventurine is an optimistic stone and promotes a
zest for life. It promotes success and confidence and draws abundance
of all kinds to you. It can protect your heart, acting as an
emotional anchor of sorts. It can even help you to work through
unresolved emotional issues. This stone is such an important one for
anyone’s collection. A workhorse for sure.

Pyrite

Who
doesn’t love pyrite? Its glittery golden sparkles that look like
literal gold. It looks rich and expensive, so if you want luck
(especially prosperity luck) then it makes perfect sense that this is
a great choice. This is a perfect stone in feng-shui for bringing
prosperity and abundance into your home or place of work. Pyrite
helps to relieve “poverty consciousness” and limited
thinking. It increases focus and gives you motivation and
self-confidence. It’s a symbol of wealth and success. It’s revered to
as “fool’s gold” but if you use this stone a fool you
definitely are not! Brings vitality, creativity, protection and
instills a warrior attitude. Gives you the ability to pursue your
dreams. Dream in gold and dream big and use pyrite as your partner to
create your bliss.

Jade

Jade
is known as a lucky charm. It promotes success, wealth and wisdom. It
is the best good luck charm for wealth, abundance and prosperity
specifically. Green represents growth and vitality (as with
aventurine) and not only growing a richer life in respect to material
possessions, but a richer experience in all aspects of your life.
It’s a wish stone or dream stone. Hold this or wear this stone when
you are visualizing your goals and dreams. The stone for dreamers,
reach for the stars with this powerful ally at your side and make
your thoughts become your reality! Jade is also a well known stone
for eternal youth. Using a jade roller for your skin, or making jade
water to spritz your skin is a great practice to incorporate into
your daily skin care regiment.

I
hope this gives you some crystals to get started with to tap into
happiness and joy. Try out one or more of these stones and see if
they make a difference in your life. If you need luck or good mojo
get yourself one or all of these good luck stones and start
experiencing their magic. All of these crystals work together
beautifully and complement each other, so the more the merrier!

I
invite you to make a happiness or luck grid with these stones, adding
quartz to magnify them all! How powerful that would be! Have a very
happy and lucky month and I hope you will come back next month to
read more!

Crystal
Blessings

Sources:

www.healingcrystalsforyou.com

www.energymuse.com

www.feng-shui.lovetoknow.com

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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. 

You
can reach her at [email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
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in her
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Goddess
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Retha’s Crystal Reflections

June, 2018

A Beginners Guide to Choosing & Working with Crystal Shapes & Types

 

Crystals & stones come in so many varieties it can be quite overwhelming at first, this is an overview of how to choose the appropriate type for what you want to use your crystal for. Of course you can get creative and improvise, this is meant to help show you some of the options there are and what it all means. Most important when choosing a crystal to work with is how it makes you feel, touch it and get acquainted if you can. If buying online from a picture, spend a minute looking at the photo and observe how it makes you feel when tuning into it. Intuition can really help guide you to the perfect crystal tool for you. And experiment! That’s the fun of crystals! Your experience will be unique to you…there are no wrong choices. 

 

Spheres:

A sphere is a crystal or stone polished and carved into a sphere shape. They come in endless varieties & sizes. The main reason one would choose a sphere shape in particular, is because spheres radiate energy from all sides and in all directions. They are great for the home or on an altar to raise the energy of your space. If you wanted to bring love into your space, you would want a rose quartz or Rhodochrosite sphere for example. Spheres are also great to hold in your hands during meditation. 

 

Generators:

Generators are flat on the bottom and generally have six polished sides. They come to a point mostly but can have a  flat ridge on top too. They have many uses but my favorite use is in crystal gridding. They are perfect as the center point of the grid. You can use generators to direct energy in a certain direction as well, in the same way you would use a wand, as a generator is basically a wand with a flat bottom that can stand upright. Some like to collect generators and make a generator garden, which is simply a grouping of them. I personally have a big generator garden and I love it. Quartz generators in particular are ideal for use in gridding as quartz is the highest vibration crystal there is. 

 

Obelisks:

Obelisks are very similar to generators but instead of having six polished sides, they have four uniform sides. They resemble a tall pyramid. It has a flat square bottom. These are used for display, or used the same way as generators. 

 

Pyramids:

Exactly as it sounds, its a stone carved & polished into the shape of a pyramid and can be a four sided or three sided pyramid. They could be used in the center of a grid, used on an altar or in a space to bring in Egyptian energy, or simply enjoyed for their beauty. Pyramids are a sacred shape.

 

Tumbles:

A rock or crystal that’s been polished into a small to medium size, perfect for so many purposes. I like to carry tumbles in a medicine bag or pouch when I leave my house. Much less hard on the shoulders than traveling with palmstones or specimens! (Take my word on that lol)! Tumbles are also great for using in grids, wearing in your bra. They can be placed in bowls in your home, or can be placed in plants, or in a bag in your car, the sky’s the limit! I like to pick out a few tumbles each morning to travel with me throughout my day. I will hold them in my hand as needed. Its a great way to learn a stone a day if you’re new to crystals.

 

Palmstones/Pillows:

Palmstones are polished stones that are medium to large size that are made to fit into the palm of your hand and are usually an oblong shape. Many prefer to work with them in pairs, holding one in each hand during meditation or crystal healing sessions. Pillows are used the same as palmstones but are round shaped.

 

Worry stones/Thumb stones:

These are smaller polished stones that have a little thumb imprint or indentation in the middle, perfect for rubbing with your thumb when you are anxious or worried. These are excellent for children or people with anxiety. 

 

Hearts:

Stones carved into a heart shape, perfect for raising love vibrations. Many collect these, including myself.

 

Eggs:

Stones carved into egg shape. They are appropriate for representing new beginnings, fertility, the cycle of life, and are often seen at Imbolc on altars.

 

Faceted Meditation Stones:

These are carved and polished crystals with a flat bottom that are perfect for use in Crystal healing and meditations, placing it on the forehead or on chakra points along the body. Also rad for opening yourself up prior to readings or astral travel. 

 

Platonic Solids:

These six shapes are geometric symbols that are visual instruments that can bring our vibrations into harmony with the rhythms of nature. Working with crystals carved into these magical shapes are very powerful, especially when working with them all together. They sell sets of all the platonic solids that come in nice boxes. The platonic solids shapes include: tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, icosohedron,  and dodecahedron. 

 

Points:

Points are the natural, not polished pieces of quartz or other minerals that grow in terminations. They are broken off of clusters or a matrix. Some points have multiple points or terminations. If a point has two points its called a twin, three points a triplet. Points are perfect for gridding and its good to use one for each cardinal direction. Points function as mini wands. 

 

Clusters:

These are a bunch or group of points or terminations on a matrix. Clusters come in all different sizes and shapes. They are stunning display pieces. I like to use clusters for charging jewelry overnight or when I’m not wearing it. Just drape your jewelry on top. You can charge your jewelry with the properties of the cluster its placed on!

 

Pendulums:

Pendulums are used for divination. Some also wear their Pendulums as necklaces. Pendulums are a crystal that is carved with a downward pointing tip that is suspended from a chain. They come in never ending variations and are quite beautiful. Some collect Pendulums. You can use them to get answers to questions with the use of a pendulum mat or board or by learning how it communicates. They will go left to right, up and down or in a circular clockwise or counterclockwise motion. 

 

Carvings:

Crystals or stones can be carved into almost anything. Some common carvings include animals, deities, skulls, angels, chalices, offering bowls, mortar and pestles, boxes, etc. They are fun to collect. 

 

Polished Massage Wands:

These are stones or crystals that are polished into the shape of a wand to be used for either massage, in meditation or in crystal healing or energy work.

 

Single-Terminated Wands:

These are natural or cut and polished points/wands that are used in directing energy, in ritual or in crystal healing. They are often used to make homemade wands and glued to the tips of wood or clay wands for use as a ceremonial wand. 

 

Double-Terminated Wands:

These have a point or termination on both ends, and can be natural or cut and polished into this formation. These are required for use in activation of crystal grids. Also the ideal tool for opening ritual circle or a protective circle or bubbling around yourself or a space. 

 

Crystal Jewelry:

One of my favorite ways to work with the properties of crystals is by wearing them! When looking for crystal jewelry, I recommend getting settings that are open in the back, that allow the crystal to have contact with your skin at all times. This will maximize their effect. They also make little metal cage pendants that allow you to put small crystals or tumbles into it and you can change out the stone as often as you like. If on a budget you can try your hand at wire-wrapping your crystals as well. These can be very simple or quite elaborate depending on your personal preference. 

If you are wanting to bring in prosperity and abundance for example, you would look for jewelry in citrine, pyrite or jade. And I recommend wearing quartz every day, as it will both keep your personal vibration high and amplify the properties of any other crystals you are wearing or working with. You can also program clear quartz to act “as if” it was any other crystal. This is unique to clear quartz. Just remember to unprogram it when you are finished working with it. I wear clear quartz always and it’s my can’t live without crystal for sure. Its a great place to start if you are new to crystals and its very common, readily available and inexpensive. 

I hope this brief overview has helped you to understand the many many different ways you can work with crystals, and how consciously choosing which type or shape of crystal you work with can help to amplify your intentions. Not to mention all the shapes and varieties are beautiful and stunning in a collection or on display!  Have fun and give one of these a try! Follow your intuition and your heart and it will lead you where you are meant to go.

 

Crystal of the Month

Yellow Apatite – THE Manifestation Crystal!

 

When I am doing ANY type of manifestation work or my new moon intentions, I ALWAYS work with yellow or golden apatite. I will pair it with another crystal that is appropriate for the work I’m trying to do. If I’m working on alignment for example, I would pair yellow apatite with blue Kyanite!

Yellow apatite has a hardness of 5 on the MOHS hardness scale and is a calcium phosphate mineral. It’s nae is derived from “to deceive” in Greek, because of it’s ability to look like many other crystals, as it can be blue, green, yellow/gold, brown, or colorless. It comes from Brazil, Burma, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Greenland, Canada, and the USA, but the largest known deposit is in Kirovsk, Russia.

Yellow Apatite is a solar plexus chakra stone and is one of the purest crystals of the yellow ray. A stone of strength, mental clarity, and of learning, it enhances confidence and charisma, prosperity and manifestation, of course. It carries the energy of the fire element and is an action stone. Use this when you want to birth a new business venture or creative project.

Create, Manifest and Go Get It!!! This is a vital crystal in everyone’s Crystal Toolbox!

 

I’m so glad you stopped in to read my column and hope you’ll come back next month. Happy Crystal Hunting!

Crystal Blessings! XOXO Retha

 

Resources:

The Crystal Bible– A Definitive Guide to Crystals – by Judy Hall – 2003

The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach – by Robert Simmons – 2007

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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 ofRetha’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. 

You can reach her at [email protected] or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16