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    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 Books, 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…

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    Quartz Crystal   (Image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels)   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…

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    CRYSTAL TALISMANS AND AMULETS   (Pictured here are a few of my older pieces. Image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels) Talismans and amulets are often pieces or objects that are believed to be protective, magical or bare a special importance to the wearer. They have been around throughout history and were often made from crystals by witches, shamans and alchemists. Throughout the stages of my own spiritual path I have worn pieces that held significant meaning to me, some for the symbols that represent my love for the Goddess, my spirituality, and others for the metaphysical assistance that I needed from the stones. Each one has it’s own unique qualities and symbolizes a…

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    Amethyst   (image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels)   Having long been known as the stone of sobriety, amulets and goblets were made of Amethyst to prevent drunkenness. In addition, it assists in ridding oneself of addictions and bad habits. This spiritual stone vibrates at a higher frequency, helping to block and transmute lower vibrations to a higher spiritual frequency. It also has the ability to clear blockages and assist in connecting with more beneficial energies keeping you in line with your souls true path.       (image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels)   This mineral is proficient at bringing both the mind and body to a tranquil state during meditation allowing one to move…

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    Smoky Quartz   (image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/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.   (image courtesy:…

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    Fluorite Ah Fluorite, a crystalline beauty that is just a downright happy stone. With purple being my favorite color it’s hard not to love a stone that so often showcases varying hues of it. Though Fluorite is known as a mental stone, each color has additional healing properties. The wide range of colors found in these crystals include purple, blue, green, clear, white, yellow, pink, red and black. Nearly encompassing every color in the rainbow, how could you not love this prismatic mineral? As you can see in the photo that I’ve included here, the pieces that I have range in colors from purple, to blue, to green. Most are…

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    Labradorite Labradorite belongs to the same mineral family (feldspar) as Sunstone, Larvikite, Spectrolite, and Moonstone. If the protecting feeling from this stone doesn’t draw you in then the jaw dropping rainbow of colors surely will.   (image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels)     Not only are these beauties protective, but they also heighten our ability to focus on personal issues without letting outside influences affect us. They allow us to work on our spiritual, mental and emotional selves by ridding us of any previous negative patterns. This stunning mineral is a potent magickal stone of transformation with its ability to awaken and heighten our mental and intuitive abilities.     It’s often…

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    Rose Quartz   Soft pink in color, Rose Quartz has a way of inviting you into its loving aura. It’s obviously a therapeutic stone for the heart chakra but really this crystal has the ability to harmonize with all of the chakras. Each chakra resonates with the loving energy that flows from Rose Quartz, gently drawing off any negative energy and replacing it with loving vibes. Rose Quartz is undoubtedly a powerful crystal with the purist love energy. You’ve probably heard or have been told to add a piece of Rose Quartz to your bedroom nightstand to revitalize your relationship, this is great but can also be overwhelming. If the…

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    Obsidian Made of quickly cooled molten lava, Obsidian is a highly protective stone. Cool and glassy to the touch, yet when held I instantly feel shielded as if a protective barrier has formed around me. Mentally, Obsidian can bring clarity and clear any type of spiritual constrictions. Each type of obsidian has it’s own specific attributes in addition to what I mentioned above. Below are just a few pieces from my collection that I wanted to share with you. Mahogany Obsidian   Believe it or not I actually found this stone at Goodwill. I snatched it right off the shelf and hugged it as if it was a long lost…

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    Creating Sacred Space In Your Home In my previous article I spoke about creating sacred space in the work place. Since then my boss has had to close her business, so I was left trying to figure out what I was going to do with all of my crystals that were in my work space. I have crystals scattered throughout my home, but I don’t have a dedicated crystal room per se. My twin boys are grown and have moved out, which has left me with two rooms that have remained untouched since they’ve left. That’s when I had an ‘aha’ moment, why not turn one of their rooms into…