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Crystals for healing and healers

Reproduced from ‘Light’ (College of Psychic Studies) I have been working with crystals all my life both for healing and scrying.  I instinctively wear one each day, intuitively place several on a client’s birth chart when doing a past life reading to bring about karmic healing – or on a client if I  see them…

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Reproduced from ‘Light’ (College of Psychic Studies) I have been working with crystals all my life both for healing and scrying.  I instinctively wear one each day, intuitively place several on a client’s birth chart when doing a past life reading to bring about karmic healing - or on a client if I  see them face to face; or I hold one for a few moments to energise it and then send it wherever it is needed. My home always has crystals around because they feel good to me, and many are programmed to help other people, or the world. But it wasn’t until I wrote the first edition of The Crystal Bible ten years ago [at the time of writing, it’s much longer than that now] that I appreciated quite what I’d been intuitively doing for so long, how many crystals there are, and the enormous range of healing possibilities they encompass (and there are now so many more that I’ve had to write volume 2! – and 3!). Researching Crystal Prescriptions  a few years later took me back to the use of gemstones for healing in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and beyond. For my M.A. in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology I tracked the origins of the use of crystals some five thousand years ago and their connections with the gods and planets. It truly is an ancient science: the oldest crystal healing prescription I found was Bloodstone, Carnelian and Green Aventurine for cleansing and restoring the kidneys and liver: exactly what a crystal healer might use today. Indeed, Bloodstone and Carnelian are two of the oldest known, continuously used healing stones. Rather than telling you how to do crystal healing (which needs a properly structured course of study), I’d like to share with you some crystals and techniques that I find particularly useful. Good vibrations If you are surrounded by good vibrations your health and wellbeing are assured and crystals have always been revered for putting out good vibes and for protecting the wearer or the space they are in. I believe that intuitively choosing a crystal is the best way of all of selecting exactly the right stone and for placing it on or around your body. I keep a selection cleansed and ready to wear. Each morning I glance casually at them, if one attracts my attention, I wear it. And feel better for so doing. I often wear a beautiful piece of Shattuckite with Ajoite. This rare stone protects against subtle ill-wishing, connects me to higher levels of being, and offsets the effects of mobile phone and Tetra masts as well as computers. It can be difficult to get hold of and a quartz such as Smoky, Tourmalinated or  Rutilated (Angel Hair) can work just as well. If you, like me, are sensitive to mobile phone emanations, then taping a piece of Black Tourmaline or Smoky Quartz onto the phone works wonders as it re-integrates your auric field.  Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz and Amethyst are excellent for turning back ill-wishing or jealousy, and are highly protective when worn around the neck – and, traditionally, Amethyst has the added attraction of warding off inebriation.  If you want to keep your energy clear at all times, a Quartz or Charoite crystal can be used to ‘comb’ all around your body about a foot out. It absorbs negative energy, repairs weak spots in your biomagnetic field, and re-energies your whole body. A long Quartz point is also useful for cleaning your chakras, simply spiral it out from the chakra, cleanse it under running water or with a proprietory crystal cleanser, and then spiral in again in the opposite direction (some people are adamant that there is a right and wrong direction for this but I find it best to do what feels right). A Labradorite crystal with its unexpected scintillating flash of blue is a wonderful energy protector that also pulls in spiritual power.  It is an excellent stone for healers and those who work with other people to wear around your neck as it enhances intuition whilst preventing taking on other people’s problems or negative thoughts or energy. Crystals can be placed over chakras or directly over organs, or laid out around the body to create a healing grid. If your crystal has a point, placing it point facing outwards draws negative energy away from the body, and point facing in draws energy into the body. If you feel stressed out and need to relax, lying with crystals on your chakras does the trick. It cleanses and re-energizes each chakra, balancing them; helping you to relax and bringing about a sense of well being and good health. You can use the traditional colour correspondences with the chakras by placing a stone of an appropriate colour on the chakra (see table), or intuitively choose your own colours. You can also place 7 Amethyst points (point facing in) around your body to help you relax with a Smoky Quartz point down at your feet to draw off negative energy; and one on your third eye is very helpful if you have a headache, as is Azurite or Lapis Lazuli. Many people who are opening up psychically experience pressure in the third eye and an Apophyllite pyramid or Labradorite placed over the third eye helps it to open and relieves the pressure. Healing the heart [caption id="attachment_3919" align="alignright" width="295"] Rose Quartz c. Michael Illas/Earth Blessings[/caption] Following the break up of a long relationship a few years ago, my heart felt somewhat battered and the crystal I found most soothing was Rose Quartz.  In a channelled message of hope and healing I was told not to let bitterness enter my heart. Rose Quartz gently melted the resentment I was feeling and healed the abuse of trust, lifting away the bitterness and bringing forgiveness in its place.  For many months I wore a protective Rose Quartz pendant over my heart and slept with a piece under my pillow to protect my dreams (my ex partner was trying to invade my space). To heal further, in meditation I would travel the whorls and labyrinths of Rhodochrosite as I attuned the divine love at its heart. I also used Rose Quartz in a ritual to take back my heart from the careless hands to which it had been entrusted.  When my heart felt whole again, I used Green Aventurine, Dioptase and Rose Quartz to reactivate my higher heart chakra, the place of compassion and unconditional love. These days I wear the rare and beautiful stone Tugtupite from Greenland to keep my higher heart chakra functioning at its best. Rose Quartz is also the stone to use if you want to attract more love into your life. Place the largest piece you can find by your bed, and put one in the relationship corner of your house too – this is the farthest right corner from the front door. If you can find a crystal that has two equal sized crystals side by side on a common base place this here too. Many Candle Quartzes can be found in twin formations that spring from a joint base and they are excellent for this purpose as they symbolise mutual support and loving interdependence.  It will attract a twinflame into your life: a twinflame being a soulmate without the karma or the hassle. Something we all need in our life! Combating energy vampires [caption id="attachment_3944" align="alignleft" width="300"] Green Aventurine c. Michael Illas/Earth Blessings[/caption] It is all too easy to lose energy to other people without really knowing why or even that it has occurred, especially if you work in the healing or counselling field.  The main symptom is a feeling of weariness or slight depression, very low energy and a tugging or tweaking pain under your left armpit.  I used to think that this leaching happened through the solar plexus but became aware that it happens to a greater extent through the spleen chakra located about a hand’s breadth beneath the left armpit.  If you get a nagging pain there, then an energy vampire is at work. This may be a family member, partner or friend, client or work colleague. Fortunately the antidote is simple. Tape a Green Aventurine, Green Fluorite or Jade crystal over the chakra, or wear one on a long chain so that it reaches to the end of your breastbone. Remembering to disconnect from healing clients as they walk out of the door also keeps this chakra healthy and your own energy high   Living and healing in a safe space [caption id="attachment_3942" align="alignright" width="201"] Black Tourmaline c. Michael Illas/Crystal Wisdom Oracle[/caption] Crystals are an excellent way to ensure that you are in a good space and to keep a healing room energetically clean. Unfortunately these days most of us are bombarded with unseen electromagnetic radiation, to which many people are sensitive especially those who are psychic. I live near an electricity sub-station, not my first choice of location as I’m all too aware of the potentially health depleting effects – although I have turned this around and affirm that it will energise and realign me. As soon as I moved in I gridded the whole garden with pieces of Black Tourmaline, positioning one at each corner.  I then placed Amazonite, Amethyst clusters and Smoky Quartz points on the windowsills (with the points pointing away from the house to deflect the energy). The house feels energetically clear and, on dowsing, registers no adverse electromagnetic emissions. These stones are equally effective for any ‘bad vibes’ that may be affecting your home or workplace. My computer is surrounded with Fluorite and Lepidolite to further protect my energy but you could use the Smoky Quartz, Sodalite or Amethyst for this. To keep a healing room energetically clean, place a large piece of Smoky Quartz, Calcite, Black Tourmaline or Tourmalinated Quartz in a central position and ask it to absorb negative energies. Remember to cleanse it every day. You can also grid small pieces of Black Tourmaline in each corner to keep out bad vibes or ethereal white Selenite to draw in spiritual light to assist in your work. How to charge your crystals Before using a crystal for the first time, cleanse it, dedicate it for the highest good of yourself and everyone who comes into contact with it, then programme it to your needs.  Precisely formulate what you want your crystal to do but do not limit it, say ‘this or something better’. Sit quietly and hold your crystal. Focus your attention on it. State your intention firmly and clearly – you may need to repeat several times. How to clean your crystals Crystals need regular cleansing and re-energising. When you purchase a crystal, it holds the energy of everyone who handled it.  When you have worn or used it for awhile, especially if you’ve been using it for healing, it will need cleaning again. Most crystals can be cleansed under running water and then left in sunlight but delicate crystals can be placed in uncooked brown rice overnight (compost the rice afterwards). A quick way to clean and recharge all crystals is to put a drop of Petaltone Clear2Light on them (see Useful crystal healing kit Amethyst Function: cleansing, protecting, stabilizing, tranquilizing, transmuting, opening. Balances all the subtle bodies and chakras, makes spiritual connections. Organs: lungs, intestines, brain. Gland: pineal Systems: endocrine, digestive, metabolic, nervous, immune, skeletal, digestive, subtle bodies. Chakras: brow, throat and crown.   Bloodstone Function: cleansing, protecting, revitalizing particularly of the blood, cleanses and realigns the lower chakras, Organs: liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, bladder Gland: thymus Systems: immune, circulation, lymphatic, metabolic Chakras: stimulates heart and base chakras.   Blue Lace Agate Function: Cooling, calming, opening, activating, nurturing. Organs: Pancreas, brain, throat Gland: Thyroid, parathyroid Systems: Lymphatic, skeletal, nervous Chakras: Throat   Clear Quartz Function: energising, absorbing, storing, purifying, balancing, releasing and regulating energy. Organs: all Gland: pituitary and pineal Systems: immune, biomagnetic sheath Chakras: harmonizes all the chakras, aligns the subtle body and activates the higher crown.   Green Aventurine Function: cleansing, activating, regulating, stabilizing and creating abundance. Organs: heart, adrenals, lungs, sinuses, eyes Gland: Thymus Systems: mental, nervous, muscular, urogenital, connective tissue, Chakras: heart, spleen.   Carnelian Function: energising, stimulating, cleansing, stabilizing, grounding into the present moment, bringing in abundance Organs: reproductive, kidneys, intestines, Gland: adrenals Systems: metabolic, reproductive, Chakras: base, sacral and spleen   Rose Quartz Function: enhancing love, sedating, releasing, assimilating, forgiving, restoring the blood Organs: heart, lungs, kidneys, genitals, liver Gland: thymus, adrenals. Systems: circulatory, lymphatic Chakras: heart and higher heart   Smoky Quartz Function: cleansing, protecting, grounding, pain relieving. Organs: heart, muscles, nerves, back Gland: none Systems: reproductive, nervous Chakras: earth and base   Sodalite Function: regulating fluids, cooling, stabilising, releasing Organs: vocal cords, larynx. Gland: pineal, thyroid Systems: lymphatic, immune, metabolic Chakras: throat, brow. Chakras and associated crystals Chakra Crystal Crystal Function Earth Smoky Quartz Grounding and protecting Base Red Jasper Energising Sacral Orange Carnelian Creating Solar Plexus Yellow Jasper Nurturing, feeling Heart Green Aventurine Healing emotional distress Higher Heart Rose Quartz Unconditional love Throat Blue Lace Agate Opening communication Brow Sodalite Attuning Crown Amethyst Opening intuition Higher Crown (1) Labradorite Opening spiritual communication Higher Crown (2) Clear Quartz Reaching enlightenment   For more details of how to use crystals for protection see Good Vibrations: psychic protection, energy enhancement and space clearing, and for healing see Crystal Healing, The Crystal Bible volumes 1, 2 and 3, Crystal Prescriptions 1-6.

Cleansing your crystals

This is a fundamental rule of working with crystals. No matter whether you're working with a favourite crystal you've had for a long time or one you've just bought home from a shop, a crystal needs cleansing before use.

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Crystals and ancient civilisations Part 4

Travelling in Egypt is somewhat challenging these days, but you can easily transport yourself into the far past of this amazingly spiritual place. If you can’t obtain the actual stones, tune into the pictures shown here which capture the essence of the stones or use the Aswan Granite card from The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle…

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Travelling in Egypt is somewhat challenging these days, but you can easily transport yourself into the far past of this amazingly spiritual place. If you can’t obtain the actual stones, tune into the pictures shown here which capture the essence of the stones or use the Aswan Granite card from The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle cards. Aswan Granite and Nubian Temple Stones [caption id="attachment_7057" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Nubian Temple Quartz[/caption] Given that I have two books out late this year, one The Alchemy of Night  a time slip novel that slides into ancient Egypt, and the other a non-fiction on ancient Egyptian sex magic, I’m hoping to renew my supply of both Nubian Temple Quartz and Aswan Granite when I physically return to Egypt. But, meantime, I’ll be making many other trips while whilst writing the next novel in the series. Aswan Granite c. Michael Illas The Crystal Wisdom Oracle Did you not know O Asclepius that Egypt is an image of Heaven, or, to speak more exactly, that in Egypt all the operations of the powers which rule and work in Heaven have been transferred to the Earth below?  Nay, it should rather be said that the whole cosmos dwells in this our land as in its sanctuary.                                                  Hermes Trismegistus [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="7058,7055,7061"] Instant transport to Egypt The Great Pyramid is designed to be operated by nothing more than a vibrational and electromagnetic field created by a human being. As befits the throat chakra of the world, the Great Pyramid is rich in ancient sound technology. My essential desert island disc, I wouldn’t be without: Initiation  by Steven Halpern. Recorded within the Great Pyramid itself the chanting takes you straight into the heart of ancient Egypt. I’ve had a copy since it first came out and have used it in numerous workshops. The Pyramid Journey This journey, also taken from Crystals and Sacred Sites takes you into the heart of the Great Pyramid to lie in the sarcophagus of initiation. From there you will journey to the stars and beyond. Expanding your awareness, it helps you to know the fullness of your own soul and the multi-dimensions beyond our limited, three-dimensional reality. Preparation Switch off your phone. Ensure that you will not be disturbed for half an hour. Sit with a straight back or lie flat, preferably wrapped in a blanket. Appropriate music can be played to assist your journey.  Set a timer so that you will be called to return in thirty minutes [caption id="attachment_7059" align="aligncenter" width="180"] The Grand Staircase[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7060" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The sarcophagus (note the Orbs!)[/caption] The journey of initiation Hold your stone between your hands or focus on the picture of the Nubian Temple Stone until you can see it in your mind’s eye. Close your eyes and breathe gently, focusing your attention on your breath. With each out breath let out any tension you may be feeling. With each in breath draw in peace and quietude. When you are ready, focus your attention on your third eye – just above and between your eyebrows. Picture yourself standing in the sand on the banks of the Nile in front of the Great Pyramid. In front of you is an avenue, a gleaming limestone pavement that leads you straight to the entrance to the Pyramid. As you walk up the pathway you can see the guardian of the Pyramid waiting to greet you. He leads you through the enormous doorway and points along the gallery lit by flickering torches. The way is narrow, twisting and turning until at last you come to the staircase rising up before you. As you mount these steps you can hear sound resonating all around you, the acoustic chamber has been activated. In front of you, you see the huge granite sarcophagus. The guardian leads you to it and helps you to settle yourself within it. He taps the sarcophagus with his staff. As he leaves the chamber he extinguishes the lights. A beam of starlight falls from a shaft above you. The sarcophagus vibrates, shaking loose your etheric body. You feel your etheric body being drawn up and out of the shaft. Transport awaits you… …  … … When it is time to return, the guardian lights the torches once more. He touches you with his staff to reunite your physical and etheric bodies, and helps you out of the sarcophagus. He leads the way out of the pyramid. As you step out of the pyramid, wrap a cloak of protection around yourself and greet the rising sun. You are reborn. When the meditation is over, stand up and stamp your feet. Feel your feet connecting with the earth once again. Picture a bubble of protection all around you. Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

Crystals and ancient civilisations Part 3

The third in our series of journeys to ancient civilisations. Preseli Bluestone Preseli Bluestone takes you back to your Celtic roots. This journey is taken from Crystals and Sacred Sites. The Bluestone journey If you want to experience the power of the sacred and reconnect to Mother Earth, you can link to these ancient sites…

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The third in our series of journeys to ancient civilisations. Preseli Bluestone Preseli Bluestone takes you back to your Celtic roots. This journey is taken from Crystals and Sacred Sites. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6828,6827,6825"] The Bluestone journey If you want to experience the power of the sacred and reconnect to Mother Earth, you can link to these ancient sites (Stonehenge and the Preseli Mountains) and to the power of personal and earth healing that they hold with a simple journeying meditation holding a Bluestone. This journey will put you in touch with ancient healing power that can be used to revitalize yourself and stimulate your creativity and your enthusiasm. This healing energy can also be returned to the Earth as an act of service to planet in its time of need. Preparation Ensure that you will not be disturbed. Switch off the phone and wrap yourself in a blanket. Lying down makes it easier to place the crystal but comfort is more important than position. A drumming CD can help you move into an altered state of consciousness that facilitates this journey. Orientate yourself north-south or east-west depending on the magnetic alignment of your Bluestone, whichever feels most comfortable. You may also meet a dragon or two on the way. The Journey Settle yourself comfortably and close your eyes. Hold your Bluestone in your hands for a few moments while taking deep, slow breaths. As you breathe out let go any tension you may be feeling. As you breathe in feel yourself relaxing deeper and deeper into your connection to the stone and with the ancient sacred earth beneath you.           When you feel ready, place the Bluestone on the soma chakra at your hairline, just above your third eye. Without opening your eyes, look up to your third eye as this helps images to form.           Feel the stone lifting you up and transporting you to the Preseli Mountains as they rise up from the bedrock of their Welsh home. The Bluestone knows the way home and its powerful electromagnetic properties quickly teleport you to the rocky outcrop at the top of the mountain. If you are visual, you may well see the mountain coming into view with the sea sparkling beyond it. If you are kinaesthetic, feeling-orientated, you will have a sense of movement and the rushing of air. You land in front of the basin of the sacred spring. Dip your hands into the healing water and drink. In your mind’s eye, picture yourself dipping your Bluestone in the water and replacing it on your third eye. Now find a place to sit amongst the rocks. Be aware of the currents and vibrations that surround you as you sit in this sacred, liminal place that sits at the joining of two worlds: the known and the unknown. It is pre-dawn, the sun has not yet risen in the east but the sky is lightening. As you look out over the land you can see the earth’s grid and the connections to all its sacred sites rolling and spiralling out before you. If any of the lines look ragged or broken, see them magically heal themselves so that the earth’s currents can flow freely once again. *** When you feel ready, follow the energetic path that leads south-east to Stonehenge. Let the stone lift you up and transport you as before. As you fly over the land you will see the River Seven shining below you, pass over it and on eastwards towards the circle on the flat plain that is Stonehenge. When you land the site is complete, mysterious, sacred. Walk the ritual way, follow the cursus, until you reach the entrance to the temple and ask permission to enter. Walk into the centre of the shadowy Temple and place your stone with its healing water on the altar stone. As you make your way to stand in the centre of the Bluestone Horseshoe facing the Heel Stone, all around you music strikes up. The rocks ring out. Voices sound. The people have gathered with you to greet the midsummer dawn. Suddenly a beam focuses and flashes down the centre of the temple striking you in the heart and radiating through your whole body. A roar goes up. The light of the sun has arrived. You are fertilised, made new, healed, reborn. *** When you are ready to leave, the stone will bring you back to your body where it lies waiting for you. The silver cord attached to your soma chakra will reel you back. Settle yourself comfortably in your body. Breathe deeply, stretch your fingers and toes and then get up slowly. Picture a bubble of protection around yourself. Feel the connection your feet make to the earth. Notice how much more in tune with the earth you feel as you walk lightly upon it. How your consciousness has expanded and how your senses are more finely attuned to the beauty that is all around you. To purchase Preseli Bluestone UK US Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

Crystals and ancient civilisations Part 2

The second in our series of crystals to assist you to connect to ancient civilisations. Atlantis Athanasius Kircher‘s map of Atlantis, placing it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From Mundus Subterraneus 1669, published in Amsterdam. The map is oriented with south at the top. So what do we actually know about Atlantis and…

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The second in our series of crystals to assist you to connect to ancient civilisations. Atlantis [caption id="attachment_6711" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Time Portal: Madagascan Etched Quartz[/caption] Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis, placing it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From Mundus Subterraneus 1669, published in Amsterdam. The map is oriented with south at the top. So what do we actually know about Atlantis and its demise? The answer is not much. Plato's story comes to us from two short pieces, Tinnaeus and Critias, believed to have been written in the decade or so before his death in 348 BC. In these, he presents an apparently true account of an ideal society that existed many millennia before the Classical Greek times in which he was writing. According to Plato, Atlantis was a great island (larger than Libya and Asia combined) in the Atlantic Ocean, but its control extended beyond the 'Pillars of Heracles' into the Mediterranean as far as Egypt and Tyrrhenia (Italy). Its powerful and remarkable dynasty of kings arose directly from Poseidon, god of sea and of earthquakes, though this divine and heroic lineage gradually became diluted by mixing with mortal stock. The resulting degeneration of this noble civilisation led it into a war with its former ally, Athens, and culminated in its cataclysmic destruction, which Plato dates as 9,000 years previously. Of the destruction itself, Plato simply notes, 'Some time later there were earthquakes and floods of extraordinary violence, and in a single dreadful day and night all your life [ie, Athenian] fighting men were swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis was similarly swallowed up by the sea and vanished'. has an excellent summary of all the theories and writers on Atlantis. Plato described Atlantis as alternating rings of sea and land. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="6706,6707,6708,6709"] Artists’ impressions of Atlantis Atlantasite: the Atlantean connector A mixture of Stichtite and Serpentine Atlantasite provides an instant connection to the wisdom of Atlantis and the part you may have played in that civilisation. [caption id="attachment_6704" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Atlantasite[/caption] The Atlantean journey In my past life workshops we use Atlantasite to take us back into the wisdom and warnings of that civilisation. Some people go back to when Atlantis was underwater, before it rose into prominence. A time when it was possible for humans to breathe under water. Others to when Atlantis was above the waves as a thriving civilisation. But many people go to the ‘end times’ when the civilisation and the land itself were cracking up. In her book ‘A Case for Reincarnation’,  my mentor Christine Hartley describes setting out in a small boat and eventually landing in Egypt. Just one of many expeditions to spread the knowledge before it was lost. This was the book that explained to me my own spontaneous past life seeings so I treasure my copy. This journey is facilitated by playing ‘Atlantis Rising’ by Michael Diamond with guest Steven Halpern. The Atlantis journey Hold your crystals in your hand or to your third eye. Allow the crystal to transport you back to the time of Atlantis. Ask that you will be shown your own part in Atlantis and how to reframe that if appropriate, or that you will connect to the wisdom that is there for you that will help you to navigate your present life with more insight. *** When you are ready to return, ask the crystal to bring you back to your body. Settle yourself comfortable. Feel your feet on the floor. Breathe deeply and stamp your feet to reconnect to the Earth and to the present moment. Other Atlantean connection crystal: Andarra Glass with   Andara Glass Andara Glass is believed to be a remnant of the Atlantean civilisation. A claim that is hotly disputed but some people find that it is a powerful connector. You can also check out Lessons from Atlantis on the blog pages and Atlantean Lovestars [caption id="attachment_6710" align="alignleft" width="300"] Atlantean Lovestars[/caption] To purchase crystals: UK and Terrie may well have some Madagascan Etched Quartz as well. US   Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

Crystals and ancient civilisations Part I

There are many crystals that offer a specific connection to previous civilisations – Preseli Bluestone and Stonehenge being an obvious example together with Aswan granite in Egypt. But other stones take us back even further in time to the ‘lost’ civilisations of Atlantis and Lemuria and there are many examples from past life regressions of…

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There are many crystals that offer a specific connection to previous civilisations – Preseli Bluestone and Stonehenge being an obvious example together with Aswan granite in Egypt. But other stones take us back even further in time to the ‘lost’ civilisations of Atlantis and Lemuria and there are many examples from past life regressions of crystal use in the past. Some connections are mythical, others more factual. These crystals can be used to link us to the knowledge encapsulated within those civilisations. This is the first of a series of crystal links to that ancient knowledge.   Lemuria [caption id="attachment_6536" align="alignright" width="214"] Inca stone map allegedly showing the site of the lost continent of Lemuria in the centre[/caption] The Lemurian civilisation is believed to have predated the Atlantean. Its location is said to be somewhere in the Pacific or Indian oceans. Lemurian Seed crystals provide a powerful connection to this civilisation as they are said to have ‘codes’ within them which, when the time is right, can be read to access the wisdom of that time. The Lemurians were ‘lightly clothed in skin’. That is, not so densely incarnated as we are in the present day. The myth of Lemurian is spread worldwide. Tamil civilisation map showing Lemuria sited in the Indian ocean. Lemurian seed crystals: [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="6537,6532,6533"] [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6534,6535"] And finally the new and very potent ‘Citrine and Strawberry’ Lemurian combination. There aren’t many of these around but you may be fortunate and find one. To connect to Lemuria Relax, breathe deeply and rhythmically and simply run your fingers up the sides of a Lemurian Seed Crystal. To disconnect: put the crystal down. To purchase Lemurian Seeds: UK: US: Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

The Crystal Oversouls

I wrote the first part of this piece as an introduction to Mike Eastwood’s Crystal Oversouls cards, but since then I’ve expanded my connection with the oversouls and used it in workshops many times. So, below is my take on meeting the crystal oversouls – and what they are. Plus an account of my journey…

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[gallery link="file" columns="2" size="full" ids="6295,6298"] I wrote the first part of this piece as an introduction to Mike Eastwood’s Crystal Oversouls cards, but since then I’ve expanded my connection with the oversouls and used it in workshops many times. So, below is my take on meeting the crystal oversouls – and what they are. Plus an account of my journey to meet the Ajoite oversoul – my first in-depth journeying experience with the cards. It really blew my mind! ‘As a child I talked to stones. And the stones talked back.           I assumed everyone did. But I soon learned it was better not to mention it, especially to those in the – allegedly - grown up world. They didn’t seem to understand. It didn’t stop my stone conversations though and they have continued to this day. It is how I learn what the crystals want from me and how they wish to work with us to bring profound change to our earth and our consciousness.           Fortunately there are many ‘grown ups’ who have now caught up with what has turned out to be one of the most ancient beliefs in our world: that stones are alive. I was intrigued to find during the course of my MA research into the history of birthstones that well over seven thousand years ago stones were regarded as conscious, sentient beings with more than a touch of the divine about them. This belief underlay the practise of magic, which is not just a set of superstitious rites and rituals but rather a way of facilitating spiritual evolution and connection to the divine.           So you can imagine how delighted I was to meet Mike Eastwood who also experiences crystals in this way and to be introduced to the magic of his crystal oversoul healing cards. Initially I used the cards as a breakfast meditation – quite literally gazing at one I had picked at random as I ate. The card always turned out to be apposite for the day, connecting me to a quality that I would need for the events and challenges I encountered. The cards threw light on my path and strengthened my communication with the crystals themselves. I loved the images which reflected my own intuitive connection to the energetic resonances behind the crystals. And, by carrying my ‘crystal for the day’ I felt that I was connected to a vast network of guidance and awareness that there was so much more.           I use crystal grids and portals a great deal in my own work especially for exploring the new high vibration crystals. But working with the attunements in this book is something else entirely. It takes me into dimensions that are so familiar and well known, and then expands them beyond even my wildest imaginings. Working with crystals is always a privilege but meeting the crystal oversouls in their own temple is an enlightenment beyond words. To be immersed in the love and light they have for us incarnated ones and for the whole of creation is pure joy. A joy I hope you will share through your own attunements to these marvellous beings. To be able, with their assistance, to reconnect to the wisdom we seeded in our own far past empowers each one of us to make the leap of consciousness that will take us into a new world.                                                 Thank you Mike!’  The crystal oversouls Mike Eastwood named the hive-mind-like beings that inhabit crystals and work from other dimensions, the crystal oversouls. These beings communicate across space, time and distance and hold keys to our evolution that are activated by making contact with them through the crystals. To me, they are a higher self of each specific type of crystal. So, all Citrine crystals, for instance, wherever they may be in the world connect to the Citrine oversoul – which Mike sees as a mandala of energy. As Citrine is a type of Quartz there is also a ‘higher oversoul,’ that of the Quartz oversoul. Which sounds complex until you experience it and realise you are simply moving up through higher and higher expanding dimensions of crystal energy. It truly is an amazing experience. Journey with the oversouls I decided to really go for it. Setting up a healing bed, I placed a large Ajoite crystal over my head and the oversoul card over my heart. I’d grounded the energies with a large Smoky Quartz Elestial beneath the bed at my feet. Or thought I did! As soon as the oversoul card went on my heart, however, I shot out of my body and up to a brilliant turquoise-green temple. I was surrounded by the most powerful healing energy, which I could feel was rapidly re-tuning my vibrations to a much higher frequency. The oversouls were like a sea of wise beings surrounding me, but they spoke with one heart and one mind, asking me to work more intensely on healing the Earth. They requested that I share my personal crystal experiences more openly and more fully with anyone who would listen. After that the energy was so potent and so beyond my normal consciousness that I simply blessed out (oh, what an interesting typo. I intended to write blissed out but the computer keeps automatically changing it to blessed. Clearly it knows better than me what was going on!) It’s the only way I can describe it. It was several hours before I returned to full consciousness. It took me all day and a great deal of grounding work before I could fully adjust to being back in my physical body. With the benefit of hindsight, the Elestial Smoky Quartz probably had too high a vibration itself to ground the energies. I would have been better with Flint! The oversoul journey You can use the Oversoul cards, my own Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle cards, or a crystal for this journey. It can be useful to set a timer to bring you back. Choose a place and time when you will not be disturbed and settle yourself comfortably. Place the card or crystal over your heart. In your mind’s eye you are stepping into a beautiful crystal temple. All around you is the crystal oversoul of your crystal. Spend time with the oversoul, simply being with it and learning all that it has to offer you. **** When you are ready to return thank the oversoul for its wisdom. Remove the card or your crystal.- Come back to your body and settle comfortably within it once again. Stand up slowly. Connect your feet to the floor and to Mother Earth. A hot drink and a walk on the earth should complete the grounding process. You can connect to Mike Eastwood and the oversoul attunements on YouTube

Reiki Support Crystals

Crystals support both Reiki workers and those who receive Reiki healing or attunement. They prepare the body, detoxify, ground, centre and raise the vibrations of the chakras and auric bodies. Place them on or around the body, organs or chakras. Crystals are particularly helpful if you are sending healing over long distances. The Chakras One…

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[caption id="attachment_6223" align="alignleft" width="300"] Anandalite c. Michael Illas/Crystal Companion[/caption] Crystals support both Reiki workers and those who receive Reiki healing or attunement. They prepare the body, detoxify, ground, centre and raise the vibrations of the chakras and auric bodies. Place them on or around the body, organs or chakras. Crystals are particularly helpful if you are sending healing over long distances. The Chakras One of the most common uses for crystals in Reiki healing is to support and cleanse the chakras. There is no consensus as to which crystal is appropriate for which chakra, other than broadly following the ‘traditional’ rainbow colour spectrum – a fairly modern invention. But this is just as well as individual bodies have different frequencies and experiences and, therefore, may well need a different crystal or colour vibration (you’ll find plenty of alternatives in Crystal Prescriptions 4: the chakras and auric bodies or in my forthcoming Crystal Companion). In addition to the seven accepted chakras, it is always as well to use a crystal on the Earth Star below the feet to ground and discharge energies, and, where appropriate, on the Gaia Gateway which lies beneath that to connect to the soul of the planet. Choose your crystal chakra pack from: Earth Star chakra: Smoky Quartz, Flint, Hematite. Base chakra: Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Red Carnelian. Sacral chakra: Orange Carnelian, Mookaite Jasper. Solar plexus chakra: Citrine, Yellow Aventurine. Heart chakra: Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz. Throat chakra: Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, Blue Chalcedony. Third eye chakra: Sodalite, Apophyllite, Labradorite. Crown chakra: Amethyst, Pollucite, Selenite. (Additional higher vibration chakras are covered in Crystal Prescriptions.) Grounding and detoxifying [caption id="attachment_6236" align="alignleft" width="243"] Smoky Quartz c. Judy Hall[/caption] An appropriate grounding and detoxifying crystal placed at the feet discharges energy and creates a powerful connection to the planet. It is particularly useful during Reiki attunements or cleansing protocols (see the Earth Star chakra list above). Smoky Quartz is also an excellent crystal for sending earth healing at a distance. Preparation for Attunement or Healing If the physical and etheric bodies and chakras are purified and working at optimum, attunement or healing flows so much more powerfully. The easiest way to do this is to use Anandalite, Selenite or Flint, and start at the feet working up the body a foot or so out, letting the crystal lead the way and stopping where appropriate. Go up over the head and down to the floor at the back. Then reverse the process. Working side to side is also beneficial.       [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6222,6235"] Attunement and Healing High vibration crystals such as Celestite, Anandalite, Pollucite, Apophyllite, Blue Kayanite or Selenite raise the body’s vibrations ready to accept attunement or healing. Pollucite is a Zeolite, but all Zeolites assist in removing the faintest traces of leftover negativity once and for all, opening the body to receive healing or attunements. The crystal assists attunement to the energies and symbols, and enhances the response to the healing. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6227,6232"] Pink Crackle Quartz A natural quartz that has been superheated and dipped into a dye-bath, Pink Crackle  retains the underlying Quartz properties enhanced by the colour vibration. It provides contact with your own higher self and heals abused or emotionally damaged children. Lepidocrosite included in Quartz or Amethyst In healing, this combination enhances the transfer of Reiki energy, or the rebirthing process, as it facilitates the release of blockages to progress. Blue-Green Obsidian Natural (rather than manmade) Blue-Green Obsidian promotes understanding from the heart. It is rare but strongly enhances Reiki healing, bringing about mind-body-spirit balance. Apophyllite [caption id="attachment_6225" align="alignleft" width="300"] Apophyllite pyramid c. Michael Illas/Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle[/caption] Apophyllite takes a patient into deeper receptiveness, moving the healer’s ego aside so that transmission of healing energy is purer. It is an excellent stone for working with devas, fairies and the plant kingdom. Andara Shaman Glass [caption id="attachment_6231" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: Life Treasures[/caption] Not a crystal in the true sense of the word, few ‘crystals’ generate such intense controversy as Andara Glass. In those who resonate with it, Andara Glass has a central core of tranquillity that deepens meditation and, placed on the back of the neck, acts as an alta major and soma chakra connector. Past, present and future become one and you move with ease through time and beyond. Yellow-brown earthy Shaman Andara resonates particularly well with those attuned to Reiki.

What is this Crystal?

If you’ve read the current blog on the main website, you’ll have been asked the question ‘what do you think this crystal is?’ Any guesses? Well, the answer is that it was sold as a Citrine Lemurian cluster. But in fact it not only has ‘Citrine’ within it, it also has wonderful Strawberry Lemurians and…

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If you’ve read the current blog on the main website, you’ll have been asked the question ‘what do you think this crystal is?’ Any guesses? Well, the answer is that it was sold as a Citrine Lemurian cluster. But in fact it not only has ‘Citrine’ within it, it also has wonderful Strawberry Lemurians and a mystical Smoky as well as the more usual clear Lemurians. It sits next to the Buddha in my hallway. I love it for its wisdom and light. Note it’s nibble tip, it makes no different to its power! [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="6050,6049"]

The Crystal Medicine Wheel

Traditionally, the medicine wheel teaches the way to balance your life. It is worked in a clockwise direction starting with the South, the place of coming into incarnation. Whilst it is always best to work with an experienced shamanic practitioner, it can be used for personal healing and for insight questioning. If working on your…

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Traditionally, the medicine wheel teaches the way to balance your life. It is worked in a clockwise direction starting with the South, the place of coming into incarnation. Whilst it is always best to work with an experienced shamanic practitioner, it can be used for personal healing and for insight questioning. If working on your own, the most useful way is to sit facing each direction in turn, holding the appropriate crystal and meditating on a question connected to the energies of the direction and how they have affected your life. A drumming c.d. makes the perfect accompaniment. You can travel the paths between opposite directions to integrate the qualities, such as that between the South East and North West which helps to understand the difference between changes and choices to be made and how you could facilitate them. The crystals act as storehouses for the information and facilitate your journey to the cardinal and minor points. The Cardinal Points are South, West, North and East and the Minor Directions are South-West, North-West, North-East and North-West. Each direction has its own specific energy and associations: South: The close-to place Crystal: Candle Quartz Gender:  more feminine than masculine Season: Summer Element: Water - rain, river, ocean, lake, blood World:   Plants, trees Time:     Past Colour: Red (blood) Human Aspect: emotions, heart, feelings Human Shield: inner child – wounded child, child’s view Ally:      Trust and innocence Enemy:      Fear Planetary connection Moon Totems:  Mouse, coyote, snake Crystal: Candle Quartz   The South is where you are birthed. Placed here, Candles Quartz makes you feel good about yourself and your body, it is useful for those who find physical incarnation challenging. Candle Quartz restores trust and innocence, bringing healing to the hurt child within and helping you incarnate more fully surrounded by an aura of unconditional love. It heals the ancestral line and your own karmic inheritance. Highlighting soul purpose and focussing the life path, Candle Quartz assists in putting ancient knowledge into practice and brings the totems closer. Candle Quartz is helpful in understanding how the physical body can be damaged by emotional or mental distress. South West: The place of dreams Crystal: Selenite In the South West, Selenite takes you into the place of dreams and dreaming. It reaches other lives and is very useful for checking on progress made and for accessing the plan for the present life from the between life state. It pinpoints lessons and issues that are still being worked upon, and shows how they can best be resolved. West: The looks-within place Crystal: Smoky elestial Quartz Gender: Feminine Season: Autumn Element: Mineral – crystal, stone, etc. Time: Present Colour: Black Human Aspect: Body Human Shield: Adult spirit (manifestation) Ally: Intuition, change, death and rebirth Enemy: Inertia, death, getting old Planetary connection Earth Totems: Panther/Jaguar, owl, crow Crystal: Smoky Quartz   The West is the place of death and going within. In the West, Smoky Quartz teaches you how to leave behind anything that no longer serves you and accompanies you through the gates of death into the otherworld and rebirth. One of the most efficient grounding and cleansing stones available, this protective stone has a strong link with the earth, promoting concern for the environment and suggesting ecological solutions. Alleviating ambivalence about being in incarnation, Smoky Quartz helps tolerate difficult times with equanimity, fortifying resolve. It assists acceptance of the physical body and the sexual nature, enhancing virility and cleaning the base chakra so that passion can flow naturally. North West: The place of habits, patterns and changes [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6092,6096"] Crystal: Chlorite Phantom Quartz (Shaman Quartz or Lodolite) This is the place where the habits of the past must be changed and Chlorite-included Green Phantom Quartz (Shaman Quartz) assists in clearing cellular memory and healing the present-life ancestral line, opening the way for changes to occur. Absorbing negativity and environmental pollutants, it clears a build up of stagnant energy anywhere in the body or environment. This stone can assist with the removal of energy implants, accessing their source in this or any other lifetime. Chlorite has strong associations with nature and with mother earth. North: The knowing place Crystal: Quartz Gender: more masculine than feminine Season: Winter Element: Air – the four winds World: Animal Time: Future Colour: White Human Aspect: Mind:   heart-mind, thinking-mind, functioning-mind, small-mind Human Shield: Adult – world view Ally: Balance, knowledge, wisdom Enemy: Knowledge without wisdom Planetary connection the stars Totems: Wolf, horse, buffalo Crystal: Quartz   Quartz helps you to focus and integrate the four different levels of the mind, facilitating inner wisdom and assisting you to take a wider perspective on life. It enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose, bringing about a balance between heart, mind, body and soul. A master healer for any condition, multi-dimensional cellular memory healer and efficient receptor for programming, Clear Quartz works on all levels of being and has the ability to dissolve karmic seeds. North East: The place of choices Crystal: Amethyst In the North East, Amethyst facilitates the decision making process, bringing in common sense and spiritual insights and improves motivation, making you more able to set realistic goals and putting decisions and insights into practice. It assists the assimilation of new ideas and connects cause with effect. Amethyst balances out highs and lows, aiding emotional and spiritual centering.   East: The sees-far place Crystal: Citrine Gender: Masculine Season: Spring Element: Fire -   6 types World: Human Time: Beyond time Colour: Yellow/gold – the morning star Human Aspect: Spirit Human Shield: Magical child – inspiration Ally: Illumination, enlightenment, beauty, pure pleasure Enemy: Misuse of power Planetary connection Sun Totems: Eagle, hawk, condor Crystal: Citrine   The East is the place of conception and Citrine carries the power of the rising sun to illuminate your life and recognise the spark of pure spirit within your own self. Lighter shades of Citrine govern the physical body and its functions, and darker shades the spiritual aspects of life. Citrine helps you move into the flow of feelings and become emotionally balanced. It absorbs, transmutes, and grounds negative energy and protects the environment. It is particularly beneficial for attracting abundance and enhancing creativity.   South East: The place of the ancestors Crystal: Spirit Quartz Spirit Quartz is particularly useful for providing insights into problems experienced within a family tightly focusing healing that reaches multi-dimensions and reprograms cellular memory, and promotes self-forgiveness. Spirit Quartz can take you to meet the spirits of your ancestors and those of the planet, and can be programmed for ancestral healing, especially for reframing the past. In past life healing it rejigs the etheric blueprint for the present life, pinpointing significant karmic connections and the gift or karmic justice in traumatic situations.

Crystals for an energy top-up

Hold or place just below your navel and breathe deeply into the crystal: Carnelian, Red Jasper, Fire Agate, Hematite Quartz And to protect yourself Use Black Tourmaline, Shungite, Smoky Quartz and Labradorite to protect your energies wherever you are:

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Hold or place just below your navel and breathe deeply into the crystal: Carnelian, Red Jasper, Fire Agate, Hematite Quartz [caption id="attachment_5863" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Carnelian photographed for The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle by Michael Illas. C. Watkins Publishing.[/caption] And to protect yourself Use Black Tourmaline, Shungite, Smoky Quartz and Labradorite to protect your energies wherever you are:

All in a name? The numerical and astrological values of crystals

 “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres. ”Pythagoras Numerology and astrology both go back to ‘Chaldean times’, ancient Mesopotamia, as do many of the connections between crystals and the planets and zodiac signs. Birthstones are founded on this correspondence and the properties of a…

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 “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres. ”Pythagoras Numerology and astrology both go back to ‘Chaldean times’, ancient Mesopotamia, as do many of the connections between crystals and the planets and zodiac signs. Birthstones are founded on this correspondence and the properties of a crystal can, to a certain extent, be ascertained by its numerological and astrological significators. You can also match crystals to a person’s birth sign when treating them, or place crystals on the chakras according to their number (see chart below). It is an interesting exercise to look at a crystal’s number, or zodiac sign, and see how this matches up with what you already know about a crystal. It may well give you additional insights. (You’ll find plenty more crystal and zodiac correspondences to explore in The Crystal Zodiac). Working out the numerical value of a crystal name is easy. Just use the chart below for each letter and add up the numbers until you reach single digits – unless the number is a ‘master’ one such as 11, 22, 33 etc. There’s a chart below that gives you some of the immediate characteristics of those numbers and another one that gives chakra connections that I’ve found useful in the past. Master number 33: 33 is the mover and shaker of the Master numbers (earning it the nickname "Master Teacher"). With 11 and 22 combined in this Master number, intuition and dreams reach an entirely new orbit. A 33 used to its full potential means that there is no personal agenda, only a focus on humanitarian issues. Someone with 33 strongly featured in their chart has the ability to throw themselves into a project that goes far beyond mere practicality. You’ll find plenty of suggestions on the internet for crystals that carry master numbers. Check them out for yourself before accepting them! A useful number calculator can be found at which will give you the overall total and then the reduced number so that you can check for master numbers. The site also has helpful portraits of the numbers. Numerical values chart In my experience, crystals are not named because of their numerology, rather the numerology reflects the principles that the stone already carries within it. But the synchronicities can be thought provoking. Let’s look at an example: Ancestralite [caption id="attachment_5726" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ancestralite: The Buck Stops Here stone[/caption] When handed a new stone in Belfast and told that it healed the ancestral line, Gillian McBriar immediately said ‘Ancestralite’ (a number 1). Several people in the workshop referred to it as ‘Ancestraline’ (a number 4). Here’s what numerologist Paul Sadowski says about the positive and negative sides of a number 4: No 4: A foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth. If there is too much 4 energies present in your makeup, you may express some of the negative attitudes of the number 4. The obligations that you face may tend to create frustration and feelings of limitation or restriction. Which doesn’t really feel quite right for a lineage breaker stone does it? Whereas the characteristics of pioneering number 1 fit much better: The characteristics of 1 are: Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual. The negative side of 1 is exactly what Ancestralite warns against: The negative attributes of the 1 Expression are egotism and a self-centered approach to life. This is an aggressive number and if it is over-emphasized it is very hard to live with. You do not have to be overly aggressive to fulfill your destiny. The 1 has a natural instinct to dominate and to be the boss; adhering to the concept of being number One. Again, you do not have to dominate and destroy in order to lead and manage. So, intuitively chosen Ancestralite fits the stone’s profile so much better. We didn’t give it ‘The Buck Stops Here!’ title for nothing when my crystal group assessed it. Assigning it to Scorpio arose from two factors. It has Hematite in it which way back in ancient Mesopotamia was associated with the planet Mars, the old ruler for Scorpio. But it also fitted so well with the modern ruler, Pluto, with its ability to descend into the depths, to go fearlessly into the taboo places where others fear to tread. There to delve into the family secrets and lies that mire the family, and to move beyond them to find the hidden treasures of soul learning that also pass down the ancestral line. [caption id="attachment_5720" align="aligncenter" width="400"] (A useful chart I have had for some years but have mislaid its source.)[/caption] Chakras and Numerology The Zodiac in a nutshell [caption id="attachment_5725" align="aligncenter" width="535"][/caption] For an indepth interpretation of the signs see my Astrology Bible and The Crystal Zodiac.   Here are some crystal correspondences to get you started:   Quartz Astrology: All the zodiac signs depending on type. Sun and Moon. Numerology: 4   Amethyst Astrology: Aquarius, Pisces Numerology: 3   Auralite 23 Astrology: Aquarius Numerology: 33   Ametrine Astrology: Libra Numerology: 4   Rose Quartz Astrology: Libra Numerology:   Golden Healer Astrology: Leo Numerology: 7 and 11   Orange River Quartz Astrology: Aries, Scorpio Numerology: 1   Smoky Quartz Astrology: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn Numerology: 2 and 8   Strawberry Lemurian Astrology:  Aries. Numerology: 8   Tangerine Aura Quartz Astrology: Virgo-Pisces Numerology: 8   Iron-coated Golden Healer Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 6   Kundalini Quartz Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 9   Chrysocolla in Quartz Astrology: Pisces Numerology: 5   Agate Astrology: Capricorn, Gemini (varies according to colour and type) Numerology: 7 (varies according to colour and type)   Botswanna Agate Astrology:  Scorpio, Capricorn Numerology: 3   Blue Lace Agate Astrology: Gemini, Pisces Numerology: 5   Montana Agate Astrology: Gemini, Virgo Numerology: 4   Turritella Agate Astrology: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Numerology: 8     Jasper Astrology: Leo, Virgo, Scorpio (varies according to colour and type) Numerology:  6 (varies according to colour and type)   Poppy Jasper Astrology: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Numerology: 4   Yellow Jasper Astrology: Leo Numerology: 6   Mookaite Jasper Astrology: Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn Numerology: 5   Ocean Jasper Astrology: Cancer, Leo Numerology: 6   Picture Jasper Astrology: Leo, Capricorn Numerology: 8   Bumble Bee Jasper Astrology: Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius Numerology: 1   Calcite Astrology: Cancer (Varies according to colour and type) Numerology:  8 (Varies according to colour and type)   Garnet Astrology: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius (varies according to colour and type Numerology: 11 (varies according to type)   Rhodolite Astrology: Aquarius Numerology:   Opal Astrology: Libra (varies according to colour and type Numerology: 8   Boulder Opal Astrology: Libra, Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio Numerology:   Tourmaline Astrology: Virgo, Libra, Capricorn (varies according to colour and type) Numerology: 11   Rubellite (Pink Tourmaline) Astrology: Libra Numerology: 5   Anandalite Astrology: Numerology: 9   Ancestralite Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 1   Angelite Astrology: Aquarius, Pisces, Numerology: 1   Apatite Astrology: Gemini Numerology: 9   Astrophyllite Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 9   Azurite Astrology: Sagittarius Numerology: 1   Beryl Astrology: Leo Numerology: 1   Bloodstone Astrology: Aries, Libra, Pisces Numerology: 4   Brandberg Amethyst (Brandenberg) Astrology: Aquarius, Pisces Numerology: 11   Carnelian Astrology: Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio Numerology: 5   Chalcopyrite Astrology: Capricorn Numerology: 9   Chalcedony Tears Astrology: Cancer, Pisces Numerology: 9   Chrome Diopside Astrology: Cancer Numerology: 8   Chrysocolla Astrology: Taurus, Gemini, Virgo Numerology: 5   Chrysotile Astrology: Taurus Numerology: 8   Diaspore Astrology: Leo, Libra, Pisces Numerology: 6   Grape Chalcedony Astrology: Numerology: 11   Hemimorphite Astrology: Libra Numerology: 4   Imperial Topaz Astrology: Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius Numerology: 8   Astrology: Virgo, Sagittarius Numerology: 3   Jade Astrology: Libra and according to colour Numerology: 11   Kammerite Astrology: Virgo, Pisces Numerology: 55   Klinopolilolith Astrology: Cancer Numerology: 11   Kyanite Astrology: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Numerology:   Black Kyanite Astrology: Aries, Libra, Taurus Numerology: 6   Green Kyanite Astrology: Aries, Taurus, Libra Numerology: 8   Lapis Lazuli Astrology: Libra Numerology:   Lepidocrosite Astrology: Aries, Sagittarius Numerology: 8   Lodalite Astrology: Scorpio, Aquarius Numerology: 6   Malacholla Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 6   Menalite Astrology: Cancer, Libra Numerology: 7   Merlinite Astrology: Gemini, Aquarius Numerology: 6   Magnesite Astrology: Aries Numerology: 3   Magnetite Astrology: Aries, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius Numerology: 4   Moldavite Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 11   Moonstone Astrology: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio Numerology: 4   Moqui Marbles Astrology: Aries, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius Numerology: 4   Natrolite and Scolecite Astrology: Capricorn, Cancer Pisces Scorpio Numerology: 6 and 1   Nzuri Moyo Astrology: Gemini, Sagittarius Numerology: 1   Orange Sphalerite Astrology: Numerology: 11   Pakulite Astrology: Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius Numerology: 5   Quantum Quattro Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 3   Que Sera Astrology: Cancer and Capricorn Numerology: 3   Rhodochrosite Astrology: Scorpio Numerology: 4   Ruby Astrology: Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius Numerology:   Ruby in Zoisite or Kyanite Astrology: Aries, Capricorn Numerology:   Shattuckite Astrology: Taurus, Libra Numerology: 11   Smithsonite Astrology: Virgo, Pisces Numerology: 7   Snowflake Obsidian Astrology: Virgo Numerology:   Sonora Sunrise Astrology: Aries, Scorpio Numerology: 7   Stichtite Astrology: Virgo Numerology: 5   Tantalite Astrology: Libra Numerology: 3   Zincite Astrology: Varies according to colour Numerology: 5   Zircon Astrology: Sagittarius Numerology: 4    

Yowah Nut: The Polarity Balancer

Yowah Nut: The Polarity Balancer will be the recommended crystal for October on the main website. This is your opportunity to obtain yours first. Yowah Nut c. Judy Hall A fairly-new-to-the-market stone that is perfect for Libra and everyone else who needs to find balance in their lives, Yohwah Nut is a beautiful Opal concretion…

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Yowah Nut: The Polarity Balancer will be the recommended crystal for October on the main website. This is your opportunity to obtain yours first. [gallery link="file" size="large" columns="2" ids="5433,5434"] Yowah Nut c. Judy Hall A fairly-new-to-the-market stone that is perfect for Libra and everyone else who needs to find balance in their lives, Yohwah Nut is a beautiful Opal concretion found only in Queensland, Australia. Sometimes with brightly coloured opalescent windows, at other times a more grounded and resolute brown with fiery veins. Both are extremely potent. When I unpacked them, I discovered just how good they are at instantly raising kundalini. Here’s what I’ve just written about it for The Crystal Companion (which has a severely restricted word count so you’re touching the pure essence of the stone here): A combination of strong, protective Ironstone and delicate, cherishing Opal, a Yowah Nut balances polarities. It holds dualities such as mother and father, male and female, positive and negative, yin and yang in equilibrium giving each the appropriate amount of power and influence. It is helpful for balancing the inner parental voices with the inner child’s need. The Nut has a powerful connection to Mother Earth and her nurturing powers, reminding us that we are all her children. Used for shamanic journeying, it takes you safely into the lower shamanic world for soul retrieval and integration work. On the dantien, it raises kundalini. Buy yours now from

Crystals for pets

It is against the law in the UK to prescribe crystals or crystal essences for pets. However, it has been found that treating the owner as a surrogate can work well in many instances. Although, as you’ll see from the above – posted on Facebook – some dogs simply love crystals. Crystals can be used…

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[caption id="attachment_4017" align="alignleft" width="300"] Facebook post: Mabel is trying out Eye of the Storm today. It appears to be working rather well!!!! Not surprising given that it creates a calm, strong central core nothing can shake! Not even Mabel!!!!!![/caption] It is against the law in the UK to prescribe crystals or crystal essences for pets. However, it has been found that treating the owner as a surrogate can work well in many instances. Although, as you’ll see from the above - posted on Facebook - some dogs simply love crystals. Crystals can be used to support healing or to maintain well being.  Crystals can be placed over the spot, a chakra or energy point, or gridded around a room in a square or triangular/Star of David pattern. They can also be used as a gem essence made by immersing the crystal in spring water, placing in sunlight for several hours, then bottling with two-thirds brandy to one-third remedy.  This mother tincture needs to be diluted 7 drops to a dropper bottle of spring water and brandy, and then diluted once more by placing 7 drops in a dropper bottle of spring water. If a stone may be toxic make by indirect method: place stone in a glass bowl placed within the bowl of spring water so that the stone does not touch the water. Essences can be added to drinking water, placed on the back of the neck or dropped into the mouth.   General assistance:  Dalmation stone Understanding/Attuning to needs: Poppy Jasper Specific issues: Abandoned/abused: Rose Quartz, Danburite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite Abdominal distension: Aragonite Adrenal Glands: Aventurine Aggression, ameliorate: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Rose Quartz Anaemia: Bloodstone Anti-bacterial: Amber, Iolite, Green Calcite Anti-inflammatory: Moss Agate, Magnesite, Turquoise, Malachite (make remedy by indirect method) Antiseptic: Amethyst, Calcite, Amber Anti-spasmodic: Aragonite, Magnesite Anti-viral: Fluorite Anxiety, overcome: Amethyst, Kunzite Arthritis: Fluorite Bad breath:  Sunstone Birth, support during: Carnelian (bind over abdomen) Bones: Magnetite, Fluorite, Cathedral Quartz Bowels: Yellow Jasper Constipation: Amber, Red Jasper Loose stools: Sapphire Bursitis: Amber, Blue Lace Agate Calm: Dalmation Jasper Cancerous growths: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Fluorite Car sickness: Emerald, Brown Agate, Red Aventurine, Dioptase, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Jasper Colic: Malachite (make remedy by indirect method), Jade Coma: Tanzanite (crown chakra) Compulsive behaviour: Charoite Death, ease transition: Spirit Quartz, Amethyst Detoxification: Smoky Quartz Diuretic: Angelite, Bloodstone, Jade Eczema: Amethyst, Green Aventurine, Sapphire Energy, boost: Quartz, Carnelian Eyes: Emerald (alcohol-free essence), Cat’s Eye, Aquamarine, Vivianite Cataracts: Vivianite Fever: Blue Chalcedony, Green Calcite Flatulence: Green Garnet, Emerald Fungal Infection: Blue Lace Agate, Moss Agate Fur, loss of: Galena (make essence by indirect method0 General healing:  Dioptase Glandular swelling: Amber Immune system, boost: Bloodstone, Smithsonite Incontinence: Petrified wood, Jade Itching/skin conditions: Azurite with Malacite (make essence by indirect method), Green Aventurine, Hematite, Blue Lace Agate Jealousy: Peridot Joints: Magnetite, Calcite, Azurite, Hematite, Fluorite Kennel cough: Amber, Quartz, Hematite, Jade Kidneys: Bloodstone, Jade Lactation: Jade Liver: Yellow Jasper Muscular problems: Magnetite, Green Tourmaline Neuroses: Green Aventurine Over-heated: Blue Lace Agate Pain: Cathedral Quartz Parasites: Amethyst, Ruby Aura Quartz, Rutilated Quartz Repair, assist body to: Blue Quartz Rescue Remedy: Larimar-Rhodochrosite-Rhodonite Rheumatism: Agate, Amber, Chrysocolla Respiratory difficulties: Amber, Moss Agate, Apophyllite, Amethyst Ringworm: Calcite Shock:  Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Sugilite Sick building syndrome affecting: Smoky Quartz, Sodalite Spaying, after: Chrysocolla Swelling: Amethyst, Magnetite, Jet Tachycardia: Garnet (wear over heart) Tendonitis: Lepidolite Thrombosis: Magnestite Thyroid: Idocrase, Tanzine Aura Quartz Trapped nerve: Kunzite Ulcers: Ametrine, Calcite, Chrysocolla, Fluorite Urinary Ailments: Blue Lace Agate, Amber, Jade Urinary infections: Yellow or Green Zincite Vomiting: Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone For further details and healing layouts see Crystal Prescriptions 1-6, Crystal Healing, The Crystal Bible 1-3 and 101 Power Crystals.

The Crystal Zodiac

Birthstones Crystals have been associated with the signs of the zodiac for thousands of years, especially in the form of birthstones and amulets. Having examined a great many sources, I choose the following for The Crystal Zodiac because of the qualities they offered: Sign Glyph Birthstone(s) Ruling Planet Aries Ruby, Diamond Mars Taurus Emerald Venus…

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Birthstones Crystals have been associated with the signs of the zodiac for thousands of years, especially in the form of birthstones and amulets. Having examined a great many sources, I choose the following for The Crystal Zodiac because of the qualities they offered: Sign Glyph Birthstone(s) Ruling Planet Aries Ruby, Diamond Mars Taurus Emerald Venus Gemini Agate, Tourmaline Mercury Cancer Moonstone, Pearl Moon Leo Cat’s or Tiger’s Eye Sun Virgo Peridot, Sardonyx Mercury Libra Sapphire, Opal Venus Scorpio Malachite, Turquoise Pluto, Mars Sagittarius Topaz, Turquoise Jupiter Capricorn Onyx, Garnet Saturn Aquarius Aquamarine Uranus, Saturn Pisces Amethyst, Moonstone Neptune, Jupiter   In most crystal books you’ll be told that the birthstones stem from the Breastplate of the High Priest – the ritual vestment that Aaron wore after Moses had received the ten commandments, but translators can’t even agree on which crystals were in the breastplate so this is unlikely. This is what the breastplate is believed to have looked like, although the Hebrew word translates into pouch rather breastplate Why birthstones? Each sign is on its on unique journey of self-discovery, a journey that can be expedited by the judicious application of crystals along the way.  Crystals can be used to bring out the innate potential of a sign, to overcome its challenges and to harmonize discordances.  In this talk we will explore how they can be used for profound soul growth, or for the mundane matters of life. Traditionally, crystals were linked to specific signs because the energy of the stone resonated with that sign or with the month in which it fell, or because the planet that ruled the sign or month also governed the crystal – some of these attributions to right back to Babylonian times. Lusty Mars, for instance, whose colour is red, rules fiery Aries and April. Mars and red are linked to Aries’ birthstone, the passionate Ruby. Mars is also one of Scorpio’s co-rulers, and Ruby is a companion crystal for this sexy sign. Aries Birthstones: Ruby, Diamond Aries Ruby birthstone resonates with passion and vitality, spicing up life. It aligns ideals and will, enabling Aries to focus on the task ahead but it can over-stimulate. Aires do not suffer fools gladly and Ruby draws anger to the surface for dissipation but, in the process, may overheat situations, bringing Aries into the danger on which they thrive. Ruby may also make Aries more self-centered and self-absorbed. The calming influence of Diamond, offsets this by bringing gifts of thoughtfulness and consideration for others. Diamond also helps to overcome a tendency to put yourself first in all things. Procrastination can be a problem, reflecting ambivalence around a course of action that someone else is insisting on, but it can also reflect an innate fear of ‘doing the wrong thing’.  Any hesitancy is quickly overcome by the fiery Ruby birthstone. Persistence is not Aries strong point, which means many projects started, but few completed. Ruby also assists in harnessing leadership qualities to perseverance, ameliorates anger and gently diffuses explosive situations. Wearing this stone maximizes Aries soul potential for strong leadership and decisive action; it helps in righting wrongs and fighting for a good cause. Ruby helps you to focus and project your true self out into the world, bring out your soul courage. Taurus Birthstone:  Emerald or Peridot Emerald is voluptuous Venus’s favourite stone so it is no surprise that whilst Taurus is sensible and pragmatic soul, inwardly this Venus-ruled sign is sensual and hedonistic, relishing all the good things of life, valuing comfort, and life-affirming Emerald encourages enjoying life to the full. Emerald is known as ‘the stone of successful love’ and wearing an Emerald helps Taurus to find the loyal and steadfast love this sign associates with domestic bliss.  Emerald enhances strength of character, and helps to overcome the misfortunes of life. Taurus hates change and this birthstone  promotes enduring partnership. Said to protect against enchantments, Emerald changes colour where there is unfaithfulness. The infinite patience of Emerald resonates with the Taurus nature but there are times when this patient approach to life becomes a handicap.  Peridot is the stone par excellence for facilitating necessary change and ameliorating the legendary Taurus jealousy. Taurus has powerful emotions which can be deeply entrenched, the most destructive being resentment, jealousy and possessiveness.  Resentment dissolves under the influence of Peridot and this stone also assists forgiveness and fosters reconciliation. With the Sun in Taurus, the soul is on a pathway that seeks inner security rather than external safety. Emerald will illuminate the spiritual pathway.  Wear one to serves as a reminder of the presence of the spiritual self. Once trust is established, Taurus has inner security, one of the few qualities which can be taken out of this world. Gemini Birthstones  Tourmaline, Agate Gemini is extremely active, both physically and mentally. An innate ability to multi-task is strengthened by the Agate birthstone as this stable  and grounding stone encourages paying precise attention to details whilst still seeing the bigger picture.  Its multiple layers bring hidden information to light.  Agate is also invaluable in avoiding the nervous tension to which Gemini is prone.  However, Agate works slowly, which can trigger natural impatience. The other birthstone, Tourmaline, works faster and balances the two sides of the brain, and integrates inner and outer selves.  It draws off negative energies and stabilizes a tendency to fly off in too many directions at once. Communication is, without doubt, Gemini’s forte with the ability to gather in an enormous amount of information from disparate sources and to distil the essence so that it can be passed on to others, making intuitive connections and assumptions that are inspired. However, Gemini often speaks without thinking of the consequences.  One of Gemini’s major challenges is in identifying what exactly is truth.  Gemini has the ability to argue that black is black, that black is white, and that it is black again without even noticing.  This sign can be very creative with the truth Agate, helps to promote Gemini is on a soul pathway of clear and unambiguous communication of who you are.  Communication has to be not only at the physical and mental level, but also at the emotional and spiritual levels. Cancer Birthstone:  Moonstone or Pearl Moonstone, is a ‘stone of new beginnings’ and is strongly connected to the Moon and to intuition. Worn as a pendant, Moonstone not only enhances psychic gifts but also encourages acceptance of them.  Worn as earrings, or placed on the forehead, it assists in developing clairvoyance  and clairaudience. As Moonstone’s effect is particularly strong at the full moon, you may need to remove it unless you are in a space where meditation and inward reflection can occur.  Pearl, a traditional Cancer gem, is a convenient stone to wear at this time. Cancer is highly sensitive and prone to mood swings and Moonstone keeps you emotionally balanced. Linking with the biorhythmic clock that governs body and moods, holding Moonstone  attunes to your own unique biorhythm cycle. Compassionate and caring, Cancer has enormous potential for nurturing.   This is a highly ambitious sign, although it is well hidden. The passion and energy of Pearl propel forward into realising ambitions and attract an outlet for hidden talents. As one of the signs that values routine and hesitates to make changes, Cancer may find that your life has become static.  Moonstone opens to the possibility of serendipity and synchronicity.  and heightens concentration. As a water sign, Cancer picks up other people’s thoughts and feelings very easily, and may confuse them with your own.  Moonstone may exacerbate this tendency but Black Moonstone helps to differentiate. It teaches that what you put out, comes back to you.  It also helps your soul pathway which is to nurture without enabling. Leo Birthstone  Cat or Tiger’s Eye Leo has an abundant choice of birthstones and traditional associations are with yellow stones that reflect the light of the Sun. The ostentatiousness of the rare and beautiful Cat’s Eye appeals as it radiates benevolent warmth – until someone upsets Leo’s dignity.  The beautifully banded Tiger’s Eye is an excellent, cheaper, alternative to Cat’s Eye.  This stone combines the energy of the earth with the sun to create a grounded and yet extremely high vibration.  The golden form of Tiger’s Eye in particular resonates with Leo’s sunny self but any Tiger’s Eye is protective and facilitates constructive manifestation of your strong will, and is excellent for ameliorating Leo’s considerable pride. Leo is a highly creative sign known for its vigour and vitality, although, as a fixed sign, needs a stimulus to move  in a new direction. Tiger’s Eye has the ability to overcome limitations, Its vibrant energy stimulates Leo’s natural generosity. This stone of abundance helps Leo to recognise inner riches as well as drawing support. The soul challenge of using power wisely is facilitated by Tiger’s Eye.  The power is not power over others, but rather self-empowerment. The stone helps you to shine. Virgo Birthstones:  Sardonyx and Peridot Virgo values integrity and virtuous conduct and Sardonyx resonates to these qualities. Strong and stable, it supports the search for meaningful existence, supplements will power and strengthens character, enhancing self-control.  It attracts good friends. However, the much lighter and livelier Peridot, supports a razor-sharp perception, assisting in letting go of habits that block growth, and encouraging kindness to oneself – an essential ingredient in overcoming Virgo’s tendency towards self-criticism. Virgo has an enormous capacity to be of service to others, which sometimes means personal needs and aspirations are put on hold.  Wearing Peridot enables you to live up to aspirations without reneging on dedication to service.  It takes Virgo out of the ‘servitude trap’, teaching that true service comes from the heart, doing what is necessary without thought of reward or recognition and yet, at the same time, not being put upon by others.  This fulfils your soul purpose. Virgo seeks perfection and sets incredibly high goals for yourself and others.  The problem with perfection is that it doesn’t allow you to make mistakes but, with Peridot’s help, you can admit to mistakes, accept them as a learning experience, find the gift in them, and move on. Libra Birthstones:  Sapphire, Opal Harmonious colours are important as they make Libra feel good, so the vibrant hue of Sapphire delights Libra’s heart. This beautiful crystal brings dreams to fruition, and imbues life with lightness and joy, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual levels, and restores equilibrium. This is the Stone of Peace which resonates with Libra’s desire for a tranquil life. As a Venus ruled sign, Libra is partial to a sybaritic lifestyle, valuing quality, aesthetics and good taste, and Sapphire’s ability to attract prosperity is useful here. Libra is a diplomatic sign with a flair for creating harmony, especially in the environment, and for finding creative compromises.  It is in negotiation and conflict resolution that Libra can shine and Lapis Lazuli harmonizes conflict and assists in expressing opinions. One of Libra’s greatest challenges is to avoid becoming a people pleaser. This sign opts for a quiet life, backing away from confrontation, and Libra desperately want people to like you so other people’s needs are put before your own. As a result, Libra’s inner self is not aligned to outer.  Eventually, something has to give.  Libra’s needs surface in a demanding, self-centred way and everyone, Libra included, wonders where ‘that nice person’ has disappeared to.  Nevertheless, as astute observers have noticed, Libra can be quietly ruthless in getting your own way, although you hide innate selfishness better than other people.  To ensure congruency between your own needs and those of others, wear a stone of unconditional love and acceptance such as Sapphire or Lapis.  If you have become ‘sugary sweet’ and so nice that you are no longer your authentic self they will release you. Lapis assists your soul challenge of finding your own unique self and walking side by side with your soul partner as a unit of two. Scorpio Birthstones: Malachite, Turquoise Malachite brings about transformation at all levels, and is especially effective psychologically. Scorpio is the only sign that can handle this stone’s forcefulness with ease. It is extremely powerful, being one of the Stones of Transformation, with the ability to absorb negative energy and pollutants. Empathetic Turquoise balances the forcefulness of Malachite, bringing inner calm. This purification stone has a high vibration that enhances intuition and provides protection whilst Scorpio explores spiritual and darker realms.  It provides solace for the soul and enhances physical well-being but, beware, Turquoise has the ability to change colour when in the presence of infidelity and, despite deep loyalty to a partner, Scorpio is not the most faithful of signs. With strong leadership and the ability to get to the bottom of things, this sign goes where others fear to tread. Malachite is an excellent stone for accessing inner riches.  Scorpio’s ability to diagnose and see below the surface makes a natural healer. Controlling the sting in Scorpio’s tail is another challenge.  Your tongue can be lethal but you are as likely to sting yourself as others.  Turquoise holds you back from verbal assaults and curtails intolerance and judgementalism and Lapis moves Scorpio away from self-sabotaging behaviour and sets you on a constructive pathway. Scorpio emotions run deep – although these do not show on the surface - and Malachite assists in understanding and release experiences that cause dis-ease or distress.  Scorpio’s transformative Malachite birthstone facilitates the journey into the taboo areas of life to bring back insights for healing and growth. But there is a need to go correspondingly high in consciousness and this is facilitated by Lapis which can transform sex into a vehicle for spiritual alchemy – an important part of Scorpio’s soul path. Sagittarius Birthstones:  Topaz, Turquoise Topaz, is an excellent companion on Sag’s eternal quest for knowledge. It provides abundant energy for the journey and promotes trust in the universe, teaching how to be rather than do.  For Sag travelling is more enjoyable than arriving, and ventures further than other signs and Topaz acts as a guide to the unknown. This stone’s vibrant energy brings joy, generosity and all good things, facilitating attainment of goals. Turquoise offers protection and attunes to the spiritual realms. Placed on the third eye, it opens intuition and stills a restless mind during meditation. If you find yourself called upon to speak in public, Turquoise calms your nerves and facilitates clear expression. The major soul challenge for Sagittarius is to combine the instincts with the rational mind and leaven this with a liberal serving of intuition. And then to learn to simply Be. Turquoise helps to understand and integrate these different approaches to life. Sagittarius might enjoy talking about emotion, but feeling them deeply is another matter, talking them out of existence. With Sag’s habit of blurting things out, you may well have learned early in childhood that certain emotions  were taboo in your family which can lead to a blocked throat chakra.  Unblocking the throat chakra can be facilitated by wearing Turquoise at your throat. Your questing mind is incredibly active and can benefit from Topaz, which assists in solving problems as it sees both the bigger picture and minute details, recognising how they interrelate.  This useful stone confers astuteness and facilitates expressing ideas. Capricorn Birthstones:  Onyx, Garnet Capricorn is a serious and rule-orientated sign, enlivened by a strong sense of humour.  Onyx provides the structure and authority Capricorn craves, providing support in difficult times. However, Onyx can make Capricorn somewhat too self-controlled and ‘heavy’, and Garnet, may be needed to infuse lightness into life. Garnet is a revitalizing stone, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate.  This stone inspires the love and devotion Capricorn seeks from a partner, and encourages  commitment and fidelity. Many Capricorns have a powerful desire to get to the top.  This desire frequently combines with a feeling of having a task to do, some duty or responsibility that must be taken up.  Garnet reflects the brightness of Capricorn’s iinner being, which is usually hidden behind a façade of conventionality. With a superior mind, high principles and organisational ability, Capricorns are an asset to any business – although many are called to law enforcement or government.  Square cut Garnet brings success in business.  Your sign has a great desire for wealth and status.  Whilst Garnet can attract these, it never allows them to take over your life.  This stone fills you with enthusiasm and confidence and brightens your pathway. Onyx offers the gift of wise decisions   The unconscious sabotage to which Capricorn is prone is removed by Garnet, which assists in letting go of obsolete ideas and ingrained behaviour patterns that no longer serve. Capricorn’s soul is on a pathway of inner authority and power, desiring to live authentically. Capricorn has a strong sex drive and Garnet  invigorates libido and aids sexual potency, removing inhibitions. Authority figures have loomed large in your life, be they parents, teachers, mentors or rule-makers of any description. You have lived by the collective voice of authority.  Your soul task is to find the inner voice of your self and follow its direction.  Banded Onyx is a powerful stone for releasing mental conditioning and beliefs imposed by authority figures.  Once you have achieved this shift from authoritarianism to inner authority, you can let go of your tight control on life and follow the voice of your soul. Aquarius Birthstone:  Aquamarine, Moonstone Many Aquarians live partially in the future, from where they bring back insights to assist the evolution of humankind. Aquamarine  promotes spiritual awareness and service to humanity, aligning  purpose to  experiences.  Its calming energy is excellent for reducing the stress to which Aquarius is prone.  Aquarius has the ability to see what will be needed in twenty years time - and the skills to invent the future.  Your potential, and your challenge, is to bring about social change and to fight for justice for everyone. You are at your best in situations where you can use this ability to change the world for the better.  Moonstone is a ‘stone of new beginnings’ that assists in your task, The Aquarius challenge is to remain flexible and open to change as your soul evolves. Belonging to a fixed and yet highly unconventional sign, it is easy to move out of balance.  Nervous tension and increases your tolerance of emotional pressures. Aquarius emotions can be unstable and irrational.  Moonstone is an excellent stone for soothing emotional instability and stress but it may be too strong at full moon so you could use Aquamarine.  A powerful emotional healer, placed on the solar plexus, this stone draws out and dissolves old emotional patterning. Intimacy is difficult for Aquarius as this sign is much better relating to a group than in one to one situations.  There are times when you feel alienated from others and Aquamarine is beneficial if worn for long periods of time. Aquarius tends to be a scatty, disorganised sign, although capable of highly productive, original thought. Aquamarine is excellent for calming and focussing the mind, removing extraneous thoughts and filtering the information reaching the brain. Then you can fulfil your soul purpose of guiding the future of humanity. Pisces Birthstones:  Amethyst, Blue Lace Agate Pisces moves fluidly between everyday reality and the higher planes of imagination and spiritual mysticism. Amethyst, with its spiritual awareness, forms a bridge between the two.  With a tendency to absorb emanations from other people, Pisces needs Amethyst to protect and cleanse your energies. Boundaries are a difficult issue for Pisces as you are not sure where you end and where someone else begins, and this crystal is invaluable for establishing your own boundaries and feeling safe within them. Pisces have considerable psychic and artistic gifts and Amethyst helps to open up intuition, and to hone it.  Blue Lace Agate is the seers stone, giving great insight and heightening awareness of hidden worlds. With your powerful imagination if you fear the worst, you will manifest it, but Blue Lace Agate keeps you on a positive track. If you are a Pisces man, Blue Lace Agate assists in accepting your sensitive, feeling nature. Most Pisces indulge in half-truths and escapism. Sometimes the escape is into fantasy, a world of wishful thinking and beautiful thoughts into which you slip whenever everyday reality becomes too harsh.  Escapism is also found in a bottle, however, and addictions are common.  Amethyst helps you to overcome escapism, The most difficult Pisces challenge is avoiding victim-martyr-saviour-rescuer-persecutor situations. Pisces wants to save the world, or just one person, and gives and gives without discriminate as to whether this is appropriate or not. You belong to one of the most emotional signs, and may not be aware of your emotions as something separate from yourself.  It is difficult to stand back and see your emotions objectively because so much goes on out of sight, in the depths of your inner feelings. Amethyst clears emotional confusion and brings about a conscious understanding of what has been occurring at the subconscious level.  This stone is a powerful stabilizer for fluctuating emotions. Pisces confuse emotions with thoughts. Many actions are actually reaction to feelings rather than reasoned decisions.  Blue Lace Agate helps to distinguish between mind and emotions. Trigonic Amethyst in particular will help you to fulfil your soul purpose of attaining unity consciousness – aware of and part of All. Learn more:

Matriarchal synchronicities

This blog gives the members’ community advanced notice of the recommended crystal for July and an altogether new stone too. It was written as things unfolded so you’ll be following its ancestral timeline as you read. I’m not a fan of mornings at the best of times. I prefer to awaken slowly – as late…

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This blog gives the members’ community advanced notice of the recommended crystal for July and an altogether new stone too. It was written as things unfolded so you’ll be following its ancestral timeline as you read. [caption id="attachment_4949" align="alignleft" width="300"] This has always been one of my favourite cartoons.[/caption] I’m not a fan of mornings at the best of times. I prefer to awaken slowly – as late as possible. I’m a nightbird and often write till well after midnight as I did last night. So when the phantom doorbell-ringer strikes yet again at 6am and I have to check just in case it’s a real person this time, I’m distinctly crabby. Returning to sleep is impossible. I toss and turn. My brain doesn’t function at this hour. So what to do? I take a few slow, mindful breaths (see Crystal Mindfulness). Some crystals that Terrie Celest had mentioned the day before intrude into my mind. My crystals often talk to me, but hers are 70 miles away, neatly packed in a box. It doesn’t make any difference though. Yesterday she’d asked what I thought they were for and they are letting me know. In the end I simply have to get up and write it down. The result is the July crystal recommendation: Matriarchal Smokies. ‘Recommended July crystal: Matriarchal Smokies [caption id="attachment_4950" align="alignleft" width="213"] Matriarchal Smokies c. Terrie Celest[/caption] Cancer is the zodiac sign most concerned with mothering and nurturing and it’s a sign that holds firmly onto the past. Matriarchal Smokies, July’s recommended crystal, help to clear the matriarchal line and heal future generations. These are a particular type of Smoky Quartz that is especially suited to using around the navel. The navel can be an extremely vulnerable area. It is known as the tummy ‘button’ for good, although probably largely unconscious, reasons. It can be the trigger point for ancestral memories to surface, especially of fear and trauma. Working with crystals such as Matriarchal Smokies around the navel to expand and release subtle memory patterns can be highly effective. Particularly as energy gaps, rips and tears may be present at this site in the subtle energies bodies as well as in the physical. The navel (‘tummy button’) is not a chakra as such but it is where the connection to the mother and the matriarchal line is strongest pre-birth, as nutrients - physical or subtle - have to pass through the umbilical cord. It is a potent place for ancestral line connection and the passage of transgenerational messages, both via DNA and matriarchal imperatives. The placenta, which is designed to be a life-support system for the unborn child, may in fact carry a toxic soup of all the mother’s emotions and ancestral traumas. If the psychic umbilical cord is not cut, The Mother and her demands dominate. Matriarchal Smokies are the answer.* (See Crystals for karmic healing, soul reintegration and ancestral clearing. An A-Z guide. Volume 6.)’ The Matriarchal Clearing Grid *Grid four to eight of the Matriarchal Smokies pointing inwards around your navel to clear the ancestral line – and see the further instructions under recommended crystals for July. I crawl back into bed and read a rather nice ghost story about a woman discovering her untapped psychic powers. Set in one of my favourite places, Tintagel. Just the thing to start the day. When the hour is civilised enough for coffee, I send Terrie what I’ve written. An email comes back immediately: ‘Wow that is so synchronicitous and brilliant! I did a reading yesterday for a lady and immediately honed in on her Mother, Capricorn Moon, turns out she was physically abusive and my client started admitting it and dealing with it last year. It was a key for her. With Mars And Venus in Taurus, there was a strong emphasis on feminine energy and working with it, both in Sixth house. She works with the menstrual cycle which was interesting and spot on.’ This is what Terrie had just written for her astrology blog for April: Old karmic issues will dominate 4th and 5th April and have their origins in our ancestral line, although this may not be immediately obvious. Old warrior energies could be part of the problem, and insights can be gained through looking at the roles of females and males through our ancestry, and how the male and female energies were expressed. Were the females dominated by strong, opinionated or stubborn men? Did they suppress their own wants and needs, was there some lack of commitment, an avoidance of meeting obligations somewhere? Look at how this has subtly impacted you and, very importantly, how you can break the cycle and not repeat it for future generations. Isn’t that brilliant synchronicity? Terrie went on to say: ‘I have had a flurry of people asking for the Strawberries [which are in pairs of male and female and integrate the energies]. One lady who wanted some phoned me and I thought it was a bloke, so funny!! So I've suggested Ancestralite and Celtic to my client for healing the ancestral line. She liked the sound of the Celtic as she's working with Celtic Goddess Brigit. But I can suggest these now. And then this appears this morning. I obviously had to mention it to you yesterday, and they couldn't wait until next weekend!!’ [We planned to use the Smokies on an upcoming ancestral healing day to discover more of their properties.] So, it appears there really is a magical side to morning. Tomorrow, April Fools Day, I’ll be able to say good morning with a smile on my face - and follow the line of thought I had when I began to write this, but for now, sweet dreams beckon. [caption id="attachment_4948" align="alignright" width="286"] Matriarchal Smokies paired with Strawberry Lemurians around a Spirit Quartz keystone. Territulla Agates, another matriarchal line clearer, are part of the outer circle in this elemental balancer grid. Image c. Judy Hall[/caption] Matriarchy Next day, having woken at a much more acceptable hour, I’m off to hear a talk on the mummy pits of ancient Egypt, which seems fitting somehow. But I get sidetracked by a new stone that KSC crystals are offering. So I check it out and hastily add it to the book I am writing (more about that later in the year!). But I also realise that I had anchored several of the grids for my forthcoming book on grids with… yes, you’ve guessed it. Matriarchal Smokies. Such useful little beings. Yowah Nut: the Polarity Balancer [caption id="attachment_4946" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image c.[/caption] A combination of strong, protective Ironstone and delicate, cherishing Opal, a Yowah Nut balances polarities. It holds dualities such as mother and father, male and female, positive and negative, yin and yang in equilibrium giving each the appropriate amount of power and influence. The nut assists practical people to develop their spiritual sides, and spiritual people to be pragmatic in their everyday life. It is great for reconciling conscious and unconscious thought Offering clarity and emotional security, Yowah Nut is helpful for balancing the inner parental voices with the inner child’s needs. The Nut carries warm earth elemental energy as well as illuminating fire and has a powerful connection to Mother Earth and her nurturing powers, reminding us that we are all Gaia’s children. The stone has long been used for shamanic journeying, taking you safely into the lower shamanic world for soul retrieval and integration work. It assists those who wanderer to settle somewhere stable without losing the spirit of adventure – and instils perseverance when the going gets tough.’ No doubt there’ll be more to come on this new stone once my crystal group get their hands on it. And we’ll be offering some to the members’ community soon. Polarity or duality? Polarity: The quality of being opposite. Duality: The state of combining two different things. (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press) My thoughts of the night before had run along the lines of does a matriarchy really follow the idealistic, idealised picture that Heide Goettner-Abendroth paints: But such a societal system as matriarchy could not function as a whole without a deep, supporting and all-permeating spiritual attitude. At the spiritual and cultural level, matriarchal societies do not have hierarchic religions based on an omnipotent male God. In matriarchies, divinity is immanent, for the whole world is regarded as divine: as feminine divine. This is evident in the widely held concept of the universe as the Great Goddess who brought forth everything by birth, and of the earth as the Great Mother who created everything living. And everyone, and everything, is endowed with divinity by virtue of being a child of the Great Mother Nature. In such a culture, everything is spiritual. In their festivals, which follow the cycle of the seasons and the cycle of life, everything is celebrated. There is no separation between sacred and secular, so the everyday tasks also have ritual significance. In this sense matriarchal societies are sacred ones. The entire societies are constructed in the image of the creative Mother Nature. This divine mother is reflected in every woman’s being, and in her abilities to create. Every social, economic and political action is informed by the principle of the world’s – and the universe’s – all-encompassing maternal attitude. Therefore, on the spiritual level, matriarchies are sacred societies and cultures of the Divine Feminine or Goddess. Heide Goettner-Abendroth Or is it more along the lines of this comic diatribe from the archetypal English Lieutenant Colonel J. Algernon Hawthorne in the 1963 film ‘Mad Mad Mad Mad World’ starring the inimitable Terry Thomas: J. Algernon Hawthorne: Why, the whole bloody place is the most unspeakable matriarchy in the whole history of civilization! Look at yourself, and the way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated. They're like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis, while their women sit under hairdryers, eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother's Day! And this positively infantile preoccupation with bosoms. In all my time in this wretched, godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all is this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don't you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything. I'll wager you anything you like: if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight. The Middle Way The Matriarchal Smokies and now the Yowah Nut are helping us to find the middle way. Rather than polarities, which suggest extreme opposites, we can look on it as harmonizing dualities, complementary but separate energies. Clearing the ancestral line and balancing the dualities to create a society run not on the imperatives of the past and a ‘power-over’ system that has one gender dominating, but rather on spiritual principles that value each and every person not for their gender but for their humanity. Future generations can only benefit. Get your Matriarchal Smokies here: Buy Now and Yowah Nuts here: Buy Now Pre-order Crystal Prescriptions 6 now: Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

Crystal Love

Crystals have been used for thousands of years to attract and enhance love. Ancient jewellery was much more than mere adornment, the beautiful stones were often dedicated to the goddess of love, Venus under her many guises – Aphrodite in Greece, Inanna or Ishtar in Babylon, Hathor in Egypt – and drew love and devotion…

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[caption id="attachment_3986" align="alignleft" width="200"] The stone of unconditional love, Rose Quartzc. Michael Illas The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle[/caption] Crystals have been used for thousands of years to attract and enhance love. Ancient jewellery was much more than mere adornment, the beautiful stones were often dedicated to the goddess of love, Venus under her many guises - Aphrodite in Greece, Inanna or Ishtar in Babylon, Hathor in Egypt – and drew love and devotion to the wearer. Although her reputation was light and flirtatious, amorous Venus symbolised much more than romantic love, she was – and still is - a goddess of lust and erotic desire as well as undying affection. Her stones draw passion to you, no matter what age you may be. Traditionally, pink and green-blue stones belonged to the Goddess of Love but the oldest association of all – over 5000 years – is with the scintillating Lapis Lazuli, the deep blue of the night sky shot through with gold. The Babylonian goddess Inanna (Venus) carried Lapis Lazuli measuring rods which laid out a person’s destiny. So, if you want to draw love into your life, using Venus stones makes perfect sense. You can wear them, keep them under your pillow or by your bed, or place them in your bath, but the most potent method of all is to carry out a ritual with them. [caption id="attachment_3980" align="alignright" width="300"] Lapis Lazuli c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Venus stones: Rose Quartz. Rhodochrosite, Cobaltocalcite, Mangano Calcite,  Danburite, Rhodochrosite, Green Aventurine (for love in later life), Almandine Garnet, Kunzite, Larimar, Sugilite, Pink Tourmaline, Pink Topaz, Ruby, Garnet, Tugtupite,Turquoise. [caption id="attachment_3982" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rhodochrosite c. Michael Illas, Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle[/caption] The attracting love affirmation:  ‘I attract love into my life, my life is full of love right now, my life is full of abundant love. I am a magnet for love, right now.’ Repeat the love affirmation several times a day while holding the piece of Rose Quartz or Rhodochrosite. Phrase it in the now rather than saying ‘I will attract’, to bring it into instant manifestation. If you ask the goddess Venus for help in your quest, the affirmation is that much more powerful. Soulmate or twinflame? Before you ask for love think hard about what you really want. Most people are looking for their soulmate but a word of caution here. Soulmates are partners to whom we are drawn across lifetimes, often because we have unfinished business, lessons to learn or a promise to keep. They are not always the blissful experience we imagine.  Fortunately even this kind of soulmate relationship can benefit from the gentle energy of crystals but you may prefer to ask your crystal to bring you a different kind of love: a twinflame. A twinflame is your true soul partner, who arrives without baggage. A twinflame is a life companion who loves you unconditionally and with whom you enjoy mental empathy, emotional rapport, spiritual connection, unconditional support, friendship, joy  and physical fulfilment, someone totally compatible. Be very specific about which kind of love you want when programming your crystal. The crystal you use will be the same, the difference is in what you ask for. A soulmate or twinflame crystal has two equal sized crystals, joined on one side possibly sharing a common base – which makes it that much more physical. Place the crystal under running water to purify it, hold it in your hands and ask that the crystal will draw to your side your soulmate or twinflame – whichever you have decided upon. Then put it in the love corner of your bedroom. The love corner Where you place your crystals is vital. Nothing is more effective at attracting and sustaining love than Rose Quartz. But it needs to be in the right place. Place a big chunk of this beautiful stone, which you have rinsed in running water to purify it and then held in your hands for a few moments while you invoke love, in the relationship corner of your home. This is the far right corner from the front door or the door of your bedroom. You can also place it by your bed and you won’t have to wait long for love. Rose Quartz is also a vital part of the Attracting Love Ritual. The attracting love ritual Rituals to attract love are highly potent. The Attracting Love Ritual uses Rose Quartz and Danburite but you can substitute any of the love attractor crystals. Romantic Rose Quartz is prized for attracting and offering unconditional love. Its effect can be surprisingly powerful for such a gentle stone as Rose Quartz is tender and passionate, erotic and exciting. Adding Danburite emphasises the twinflame aspect of love. This crystal packs a powerful punch into a small piece. If you want loving companionship, replace Danburite with Sugilite. But if it’s a hot date you are after, replace the Danburite with lusty Ruby or fiery Garnet, powerful attractors of erotic love. Green Aventurine invites passion into the lives of those of more mature years and enables love to be ongoing. The crystals should be purified, dedicated and pre-programmed before use. . It is traditional to bathe and wear clean clothes when working a ritual and pink or red clothes are appropriate depending on whether you want romance or red-hot passion. Burning a smudge or joss stick prepares the room and you can anoint yourself with rose oil. Pink candles set the scene and appropriate background music assists your concentration. When carrying out the ritual, consciously make your movements slow, moving with voluptuous intent. If you already have a partner, rather than calling in your twinflame, ask that more love will manifest between you and that the relationship becomes the best that it has the potential to be. Timing rituals Anciently the power of the moon was used to enhance rituals. Rituals to attract something new into your life are best done on a new moon. Rituals to let something go out of your life are best carried out at full moon. The attracting love ritual You will need: 4 Rose Quartz l Danburite 4 candles and Rose Quartz holders Ritual: Attracting love Place your crystals and four candles on a table covered with a silk cloth. Position one candle to the north, welcoming in love from that direction as you light it. Then place one to the south, east and west, again welcoming love from each direction. Ask that the light from these candles act as guardian and keep you safe, attracting the highest manifestation of love. Take your Rose Quartz crystals into your hands and sit down facing your table (if the crystals are large, hold one at a time). Close your eyes and quietly attune to the crystals. Let their energy flow through your hands, up your arms and into your heart. As the energy reaches your heart, feel it open out and expand. Touch the crystals to your heart. Rose Quartz is a powerful heart cleanser and healer so allow your heart to be purified by the energies of the crystals. Then say, out loud: ‘I am a magnet for love. I welcome love into my heart and love into my life’. Place the crystals on the table and pick up the Danburite. Say out loud: ‘I call on my twinflame to be present and to manifest fully and lovingly in my life’ [or, ‘I call on the love between my partner and myself to manifest to its highest potential, fully and unconditionally loving and supporting us both’.]. Sit quietly for a few moments with your eyes focussed on the crystals. Picture what your life is like when you have the fully unconditional and mutually supportive love of your twinflame at your side [or when you and your partner manifest all the love that is possible between you]. Send that picture out into the future, unrolling it before you so that you can walk that path. When you are ready to complete the ritual, get up and blow out each candle in turn saying: ‘I send light and love into the world and it returns to me tenfold.’  Either leave the crystals on the table, or place them around your bed. Crystal Aphrodisiacs Crystals are powerful aphrodisiacs, activating the subtle sexual centres in your body, known as chakras (see diagram on page xx), so that sexual energy is highly charged, inhibitions are removed, and love is given and exchanged freely. Your sex life is greatly enhanced if you and your partner share a sexual recharge, placing the stones on each other as part of foreplay or enfolding them between your bodies during lovemaking (use gently rounded tumbled stones for comfort). Aphrodisiac crystals also work well when tucked under your pillow or placed strategically around your living or bedroom. An excellent way to enjoy them with your partner is to take a crystal love bath together. Aphrodisiac crystals [caption id="attachment_3981" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pink Tourmaline in Snow Quartz c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Pink Tourmaline                 If you want to spice up your love life, or need a little help in the love department, look no further than Pink Tourmaline. This beautiful stone stimulates your libido and encourages you to share physical pleasure with your lover. It is particularly effective made into a gem essence and rubbed on your wrists before bed. Red Jasper An excellent stone for stimulating your libido and for prolonging your sexual pleasure, Red Jasper energises and cleanses the sexual organs and is particularly appropriate for men. Orange Carnelian       A recharging crystal, vibrant Orange Carnelian energises the creative centres, overcomes impotence or frigidity, and restores vitality to the female reproductive organs. Smoky Quartz                           If you have any hang-ups about sexual matters, Smoky Quartz helps you to accept that sex is a normal and natural – and highly enjoyable – part of life. It enhances virility and cleanses the sexual centres so that your passion flows freely. Rose Quartz                             Opening your heart centre, Rose Quartz restores love and trust between you and your partner. It teaches you how to love yourself and to receive love from someone else. This stone is said to increase your fertility.                    Red Garnet                                  Promoting passion and increasing your sexual potency, Red Garnet revives and revitalises your sex life. Red-Black Mahogany Powerful Red-Black Mahogany increases virility and stamina, keeping you grounded in your body so that sex becomes a full-body experience. Variscite                          If you or your partner find your interest in sex flagging, Variscite restores your libido, increases sexual energy and helps you to bring more unconditional love into the situation. Pietersite                                                    The perfect stone to use when old vows of celibacy have been holding you back. Pietersite resolves your internal conflicts and increases your stamina. Virility crystals   [caption id="attachment_3985" align="alignright" width="300"] Smoky Quartz c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] Smoky Quartz: Smoky Quartz is an excellent stone for improving your virility. As is a Shiva Lingam or Red Jasper. Place the crystal over your lower chakras to cleanse, purify and energise them, or rub the gem essence over your lower abdomen.   [caption id="attachment_3984" align="alignleft" width="200"] Shiva Lingam c. Michael Illas Earth Blessings[/caption] Shiva Lingam: a traditional stone for virility, Shiva Lingam traditionally brings masculine and feminine energies into harmony. Additional stones for virility: Red-Black Obsidian, Red Jasper, Carnelian, Zircon Sharing unconditional love Unconditional love is the most constructive basis for relationships of any kind. If partners share truly unconditional love it is mutually supportive and trust-enhancing. Unconditional love means loving someone ‘warts and all’, accepting them as they are without trying to force them to change, but it does not mean getting tangled up in their dramas and traumas. It is non-manipulative and non-coercive. It means seeing that they are the most wonderful person in the world (we all are!), but accepting that sometimes they may not behave as though they are and there is nothing to be done about that. It means standing placidly by offering loving acceptance whilst someone sorts out their own life, not doing it for them. It means saying: ‘I love you and I am taking care of myself by staying in a good space within myself’. Unconditional love sets boundaries, but for yourself not the other person. It certainly does not mean being walked all over, abused or any of the myriad forms of victimisation or domination that sometimes pass for unconditional love. Sometimes the most loving thing you do for someone is to walk away. All crystals radiate unconditional love but certain crystals encourage you to love unconditionally. Wear Cymophane, soft pink Danburite, gentle Tugtupite or radiant Petalite on a long chain over your heart. Or try Sugilite (often known as Luvulite or ‘the Love Stone’). A Selenite pillar in your home ensures an abundant supply of unconditional love. Crystalline Kyanite is a useful stone to smooth the way for unconditional love in lasting relationships, for which it needs two stones – one for each person. The stones can be programed to enhance appropriate intuitive communication between the two people concerned and to bring harmony and unconditional love to the partnership. Ritual:  sharing unconditional love [caption id="attachment_3983" align="alignleft" width="300"] Selenite Eggs c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] You will need: 2 Selenite or Rose Quartz eggs or hearts Most potent time: new moon Sit facing your partner in a softly lit room – candlelight is ideal. Each hold your crystal cupped in your hands and look deeply into each other’s eyes. Now close your eyes for a few minutes and feel the unconditional love radiating out from the crystal, moving up your arms, across your shoulders and down into your heart. Feel how the energy opens and warms your heart. Put your crystal on your heart and feel the love go to your partner’s heart. Now open your eyes and look deep into your partner’s eyes again, looking with the eyes of unconditional love and sharing that quality. Place your crystal over your partner’s heart and hold it there while your partner puts a crystal to your heart. Keeping your eyes and hearts open, share the unconditional love between you. When you are ready, put the crystals down but allow the unconditional love to continue. Understanding each other If you have difficulty in understanding your partner, or feel that your partner does not understand you, or you simply want to understand each other better, seek the help of Sugilite. This gentle, loving stone brings light into the darkest of situations. It is beneficial if you each carry a similar sized stone that has been magnetised to its twin. It is also beneficial to meditate together for ten minutes morning and evening, each holding a stone and focusing on opening communication between your hearts. Intimacy and loving communication To encourage loving communication between yourself and your partner, each carry a piece of tranquil Kunzite or the beautiful sparky Crystalline Kyanite and hold one whenever you need to have a frank discussion as it keeps things calm between you. The soft flakes of Muscovite open your heart to intimate sharing and dissolve doubt whilst Hemimorphite encourages open and honest emotional communication. Additional stones for intimacy and loving communication: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate, Strombolite Infidelity Emerald has traditionally known as ‘the stone of successful love’, as it induces domestic bliss and keeps a relationship in balance but there are times when it beyond the power of an Emerald to hold a relationship together. If this stone changes colour, it is said to warn of unfaithfulness. If you suspect a male partner may be straying, gift him a Turquoise. It too changes colour when there is a danger of infidelity. If a female partner is the object of suspicion, try the age-old test of placing a piece of Magnetite under her pillow. If she falls out of bed during the night or calls out a name that is not yours, your suspicions are confirmed. However, suspicion is a negative emotion and is not beneficial to your relationships. It would be better to use restoring trust stones to help you replace suspicion with trust, your partner is sure to repay you with faithfulness. Repeat the trust affirmation each morning looking into your eyes in a mirror whilst holding a restoring trust stone. The trust affirmation: ‘I am loving, I am trusting, I open my heart to trust.’ Restoring trust crystals: Garnet, Rhodonite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Pink or Watermelon Tourmaline [caption id="attachment_3987" align="alignleft" width="245"] Watermelon Tourmaline, c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] It may, however, be time to recognise that this relationship has come to its natural end and that it is time to move on. In which case, choose stones that support your strength and encourage moving on such as Rainbow Obsidian and refer to my book The Soulmate Myth? for a tie-cutting ritual to release each partner to go their own way. Healing a broken heart. If you’ve had your heart broken and are finding it difficult to love again, let crystals gently heal your heartbreak. Agate Strong but slow working, Agate heals bitterness of the heart. It is particularly useful when the heartbreak is deeply entrenched and is accompanied by resentment or a sense of having been betrayed. It dissolves anger and gives you the courage to start again. Agate is particularly appropriate for the pulverising the bonds that bind your heart ritual. Blue Lace Agate is excellent for healing childhood wounds, as is Pink Agate. Rainbow Obsidian                Beautiful banded Rainbow Obsidian acts more gently than the solid colour form of Obsidian. It releases past pain, cuts the cords of old love, removes hooks that others have left in your heart, and clears emotional bondage. You may need to wear it for several weeks to complete the healing process. Kunzite                             Pink Kunzite is an excellent healer for depression following break up of a relationship. If your heart is full of emotional debris, tranquil Pink Kunzite dissolves it and brings in unconditional love to heal your heart. Rhodonite     Powerful two-toned Rhodonite is a useful first aid measure when your heart is first broken, and an emotional balancer that brings your heart back on line. It is useful when you have been betrayed and are set on revenge or self-destruction as it ameliorates these feelings. Larimar Soft and gentle Larimar is the ideal stone for healing a broken heart or other trauma that may have closed down the heart as it restores playfulness and child-like joy. Additional Stones for Healing Heartbreak: Rose Quartz, Dioptase, Pink Tourmaline, Morganite (Pink Beryl), Tugtupite. Bringing Love Into Your Environment [caption id="attachment_3904" align="alignleft" width="300"] Amethyst angel. c. Michael Illas[/caption] The delicate petals of a lilac Amethyst flower-formation introduce light and love into your surroundings whilst the womb-like interior of an Amethyst geode encourages compatibility and harmony. Amethyst is particularly effective if you need to bring a lighter vibration to your environment. Program one to attract more love into your neighbourhood. Sending love to the world Rose Quartz is probably the best universal love stone there is. Program one to send out love to the whole world, neutralizing terror and hostility wherever it finds it and replacing it with unconditional love and forgiveness. Picture this love radiating out from the stone until it surrounds the whole world. Touch the stone each day.  A Selenite pillar works equally well. [caption id="attachment_3979" align="alignright" width="200"] A large chunk of Rose Quartz is perfect for sending love out to the world c. Michael Illas, Earth Blessings.[/caption] Extracted from Crystal Love by Judy Hall, Godsfield Press and The Soulmate Myth: a dream come true or your worst nightmare? Flying Horse Books.  

Crystals for soul healing

I’ve been using crystals to facilitate soul healing, spirit release and soul retrieval for over forty five years. Whilst I believe that spirit release is best carried out by trained specialists, there are times when healers, counsellors and other therapists are suddenly confronted with the need to release entities or retrieve soul parts. This is…

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[caption id="attachment_3974" align="alignleft" width="300"] Spirit Quartz. Photo copyright Jeni Campbell/angeladditions[/caption] I’ve been using crystals to facilitate soul healing, spirit release and soul retrieval for over forty five years. Whilst I believe that spirit release is best carried out by trained specialists, there are times when healers, counsellors and other therapists are suddenly confronted with the need to release entities or retrieve soul parts. This is where crystals come in, especially when supported by purpose-made essences. I find these gentle, compassionate tools invaluable for three reasons. The first is that they protect my own energies, creating an interface at which I can work safely so I can give all my attention to the work in hand. The crystal stands at the border between my personal energy field, the other person and the entity, creating a barrier so the entity cannot attach to me after release. Crystals also maintain a sacred and energetically clean space in which to work. The second reason is that crystals energetically facilitate release and call in higher helpers and divine light to move the spirit on, facilitating the work. Crystals can, when needed, provide a ‘home’ for a spirit or entity until it can be moved on or returned to whence it came. They also act rather like a net to hold anything undesirable rather than setting it free to settle into some other vulnerable soul. But crystals can also be a healer and purifier for a soul part that is returning. The third gift is that they energetically seal the site of an attachment once it has been cleared, purifying and healing the aura, object or environment so that nothing else can attach. Spirit attachment definition To me, spirit attachment means that a discarnate spirit has entered a living person’s energy field or is influencing it.  It can only occur when an energy field is weak and depleted, and when someone does not fully inhabit their body and the soul is not fully present so there is a ‘gap’ or vacuum. It often arises out of momentary loss of energetic boundaries such as in drink or drug taking, or the effects of anaesthetic, shock or trauma. It is common in cases of depression or debilitating illnesses like M.E. But it may also stem back to other lives or deliberate psychic attack. Attachment can be seen in the eyes, which are blank with ‘no one home’ or ‘someone else’ looks out from them.  The attaching spirit usually seeks to experience something it was addicted to in life or to control someone. It may be simply lost or be malicious. Attachments are not confined to human beings and may arise from thought forms or alien sources. It’s not always external attachment although it will feel like it is. It may equally well be projection/repressed qualities/obsessive thoughts manifesting apparently externally. Spirit may also be attached to an object rather than a person. It is sensible to bear in mind that not all attaching spirits will have left their physical body. The living can ‘possess’ or overly influence the living. Attachments can arise from the thoughts and feelings of others who try to influence or control or who try to clutch onto your strength – a very common experience for healers, readers and counsellors. It’s as though they have their hooks into you (see below). Crystal spirit release in ancient times People tend to regard spirit release as comparatively new but the earliest spirit releases I have researched occur in Egypt and Mesopotamia where troublesome spirits were believed to interfere in people’s lives, causing havoc. Crystals were part of the tool box for dealing with them. People commonly wrote letters to a deceased person asking them to desist and wore crystal amulets to support that call and to protect themselves. A Mesopotamian banishing ritual at least five thousand years old uses Selenite. Once the spirit causing the misfortune has been expelled and returned to the otherworld, something has to be put in its place. Selenite held ‘the divine light of the gods’ and filled the vacuum so that nothing else could attach. In Mesopotamia, each crystal had its own god who could inhabit and become the crystal in a way that we don’t fully grasp today because we have lost our understanding of ‘correspondence’ (roughly translated ‘as above, so below’[1]). So, for instance, Lapis Lazuli was Venus, Carnelian Ninlil (a goddess of destiny) and so on. In those days illness was believed to be caused by attacking entities and there is a fascinating contemporary account of a priest healing a sick man. The ritual, which uses both crystal and sound therapy, constructs a net in which to ‘catch’ the invading spirit with the assistance of gods who become embodied in the magical tools: ‘The gypsum [Selenite] and bitumen which they smear on the door of the sick man. The gypsum is Ninurta [Saturn, one of the ‘good guys’ in Mesopotamian mythology]. The bitumen is Asakku [a demon god]. Ninurta pursues Asakku [i.e. good chases out the evil spirit]. The circle of flour which surrounds the bed of the sick man [is] Lugulgirra and Meslamtaea [other gods] The three heaps of flour which they cast down [are] Anu, Enil and Ea The design which they draw in front of the bed. That is a net any traps Any Evil. The drum and cymbals which are resplendent at the head of the sick man. The drum is Anu. The cymbals are Enlil. The standards which are set up at the head of the sick man. They are Sibitti, the great gods, sons of Ishara. The scapegoat which is placed at the head of the sick man: Ninamaskuga, Enlil’s shepherd. The censor and torch placed in the house of the sick man: The censor is Kusu. The torch is Nusku.’ Livingstone, Alasdair Mystical and Mythological Explanatory works of Assyrian and Babylonia Scholars Clarendon press, Oxford 1986 p.173ff Unfortunately the tablet breaks off there so we don’t have a complete description of the ritual but we do know that it describes a battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ gods for the soul of the sick man. It is presumed that the invading spirit is then sent into the ‘scapegoat’ waiting at the head of the sick man but in other descriptions it is captured in ‘a stone’. Part of Mesopotamian and Egyptian ‘closing rituals’ after detaching entities was to make a necklace out of Carnelian, Lazulite or Lapis Lazuli, Serpentine, ‘spotted stone’, ‘very spotted stone’, shiny silex (Flint), breccia and ‘little breccia’ (Jasper) beads.  This was worn around the neck for seven days. Only some of these crystals can be accurately identified, but those that do still work today. [1] This notion is covered in detail in one of my academic essays which is to be found on the Astrozero website and in my MA dissertation which is on [caption id="attachment_3966" align="alignleft" width="150"] Selenite wands have been used since time immemorial[/caption] Using crystals Appropriate, cleansed (see below) crystals can either be put directly onto the body, spiralled over the chakras or placed in a grid around the room, in the environment or around the physical body. They work well in the aura about a foot out from the physical body as that is where many of the more subtle attachments occur. Sweeping the whole aura with an appropriate crystal such as Anandalite often clears minor attachments without needing to know the full story and will send a spirit to the light, dissolve a thought form or detach undue influence. A crystal with a point will pull out energies when pointed away from the body, and draw in light when pointed towards it. Crystals work best when they have been dedicated to their task and when their energies have been cleansed. They quickly pick up negative vibes and need to be cleansed before and after spirit release work or healing. I always ask that a crystal will work for the highest good of all and that a spirit or an entity will be returned to its rightful and appropriate place in whatever dimension or timeframe that may be. Purpose made crystal cleansers are extremely useful as they cleanse immediately so the crystal can be reused again and again. Petaltone Clear2Light or Crystal Balance Crystal Cleanse are invaluable as a few drops instantly cleanses a crystal and Crystal Recharge rapidly re-energises it. Petaltone Zl4 clears to fourteen etheric levels. Petaltone also make an excellent entity clearing essence, email them for details [email protected] Keeping your energies high and your space safe Crystals are excellent for protecting your energy when working. I always wear a Labradorite over my higher heart chakra (above the thymus) to screen energies. It allows me to be psychically aware of what is going on with a client but not to get sucked into the energy. Healer’s Gold works in the same way to create an interface at which I can work. Yellow Labradorite or Apophyllite helps you to be more psychically aware of subtle energies and to communicate with spirit. You don’t need big shiny crystals for this, raw chunks will do. [caption id="attachment_3976" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Labradorite, the perfect energy filtration tool: photo: Jeni Campbell[/caption] Crystal Tools My favourite soul retrieval crystal tools: Brandenberg: The one crystal I wouldn’t be without! Each crystal holds the essence of Clear, Smoky and Amethyst whether or not you can see the individual colours in the crystal, which usually has phantoms and bubbles that act like a ladder to higher consciousness. This the perfect tool for spirit release and soul retrieval. It also takes you back to the pure soul blueprint that existed before karmic encrustrations or family crud began to adhere. It heals the ancestral line, the personal or collective karmic lines, rejigs the etheric blueprint and restores the soul to perfection. [caption id="attachment_3967" align="alignleft" width="230"] Smoky Amethyst Brandenberg[/caption] Smoky or Amethyst Spirit Quartz: Tiny drusy crystals cover a stone core in this amazing formation. I find it invaluable for helping transition to the next world whether of someone passing now or a spirit who has become stuck in the earthplane and needs to move on. This compassionate stone helps with soul retrieval, forgiveness and attaining unity consciousness. [caption id="attachment_3973" align="alignright" width="300"] Smoky Spirit Quartz Wand[/caption] Trigonic Quartz: The incised triangles in the stone represent souls entering or leaving incarnation. This is a powerful crystal best used by experienced crystal workers as it can have cathartic effects (see 101 Power Crystals and Crystal Bible Vol.3). It helps you to traverse the multi-dimensions of consciousness and facilitates inter-stellar travel and communication with star beings. [caption id="attachment_3971" align="alignleft" width="150"] Trigonic Quartz: the soul midwife[/caption] Stibnite: This metallic stone has a particular resonance with ‘alien’ entities and energies and can be used to return an entity that doesn’t belong on Earth to its home star. It creates a ‘one-way portal’ through which the entity leaves and cannot return (see below) It also facilitates shamanic journeying to the lower worlds to facilitate soul retrieval and to help a practitioner move silently and with stealth when remaining unseen is the wise course. [caption id="attachment_3977" align="alignright" width="150"] Stibnite Wand: the Shaman’s tool[/caption] Smoky Elestial Quartz power sceptres: These sceptre shaped crystals are invaluable when a spirit does not want to leave. They enhance your power and your sensitivity so that you know exactly how to move a spirit or entity on to the right level to receive assistance from higher beings.   [caption id="attachment_3968" align="alignleft" width="264"] Smoky Elestial Power Sceptre[/caption] Selenite: frozen divine light, high vibration Selenite is the perfect receptacle for a spirit who needs somewhere to go while you continue release work. It assists with forgiveness and brings a soul to the light calling in higher beings and angelic helpers. [caption id="attachment_3975" align="alignright" width="150"] Selenite: frozen divine light[/caption] Crystals and soul loss In my experience, an attachment can only arise when there is soul loss or fragmentation and it can be necessary to call a soul part home. Crystals help to  purify the soul part and to reintegrate it. Calling the soul home, whether it’s a split off child part, an earlier past life part that hasn’t incarnated or the result of trauma or abuse in the present life, is facilitated with either a Brandenberg or Spirit Quartz but Fulgarite was traditionally used by American shamans to collect the soul part and blow it back into the heart. Emergency Crystal Healing for Spirit Attachment As the attaching spirit is, usually, an uninvited guest or the influence unsought, I believe this is one occasion when it is not necessary to request the other person’s permission to assist them as the spirit is breaching their autonomy and right to choice. If the person is not present you can either use or a photograph or imagine them in the room with you, or use yourself as a surrogate by performing the healing on your own body. As soon as you begin, imagine throwing out an energetic net to trap the attaching spirit so that it cannot slip away. (You can also lay out a crystal net before you start using Selenite, Bronzite or Black Tourmaline). Lay a protective Selenite or Black Tourmaline pentangle (five pointed star) on which you have preferably sprinkled Petaltone Astral Clear or Clear2Light around you. If the person is present, lay Selenite around them. Holding a Brandenberg or Smoky Amethyst, place a Bytownite or Apophyllite on your third eye or on the person with the attaching spirit. Ask that the spirit will make itself known and tell you why it has chosen to stay close to the Earth. Ascertain whether the spirit knows it has passed to another plane of being. Talk to the spirit as appropriate, addressing his or her concerns and offering unconditional love, reassurance and understanding. Then ask if the spirit is ready to move into the light for healing. Place appropriate crystals over the soma (mid-hairline), heart and solar plexus chakras. Visualise hands reaching down to help the spirit move into the light. If the spirit is reluctant, ask that his or her guardian angel and higher self will assist the process. Ask if the person who had the attachment needs to call any part of his or her own energy or soul back.  If so, call it back with the Brandenberg or Selenite letting it pass through that crystal for purification, and place it over the heart. Allow that energy to be reabsorbed. Now take the Brandenberg or Selenite all the way around the body, sides, front and back, to heal and seal the biomagnetic field. [Extracted from Good Vibrations] Lost souls and stuck spirits Some lost souls may be deeply troubled and their interaction with the living can be malicious. They may have unfinished business, or powerful desires especially for control over another person or to re-experience substance abuse, or simply do not know how to move on or to let go. Sometimes they do not even know that they are dead - after all, they feel very much alive! They may wonder why everyone around them appears to ignore them - and do all they can to gain attention. Other souls are simply clinging to what they know. This is work for an experienced therapist. Dealing with thought forms To remove an external thought form, programme a large piece of one of the crystals below and leave in a room to do its work. Internal thought forms can be quickly dissolved with a crystal placed over the third eye as they tend to be stored in the brow chakra or just behind the ears. Use a Selenite Wand to detach them or place one of the following crystals over the chakra for ten minutes. Banded Agate is excellent where the thought form has been implanted by a guru or is the result of a distorted, contaminated implant of ‘healing’ symbols – follow up with a Brandenberg Amethyst to replace it with a pure program. Aegerine over the third eye is excellent for mental obsession or possession where you can’t get someone out of your mind The Uncursing Ritual Many soul parts get stuck in previous lives because they have, deliberately or inadvertently, been cursed. This ritual is excellent for removing past life curses that hold a soul part in thrall but it also clears ancestral attachments, thought forms and entities. You can do it for yourself or on another person. (Petaltone Essences make a crystal essence that can facilitate this process.) Make a large rectangle big enough to lie down in with Tourmalinated Quartz at each corner. Join the crystals up with a wand to create a sacred space into which you can step or place the person you are working in (lie down for the ritual). Place a fifth Tourmalinated Quartz crystal just below the breastbone above the solar plexus.  Hold a Nuummite crystal in your right hand (a wand or wedge shape is ideal) and a Novaculite or Flint shard in your left hand. Beginning at the crown chakra, place both hands above the head and ‘comb’ across the chakra about a hand’s breadth above the body with each of the crystals in turn starting with the Novaculite (be careful as this flinty crystal can be very sharp). As you work on the chakra, ask that you or your patient and all the ancestral line be released from all and any curses/thought forms that have been put at any time in the past. Moving your hands in a figure of eight formation that crosses and then moves apart again at each chakra, move down the body cleansing and clearing each chakra in turn. When you reach the base chakra, work back up the chakras again with the same sweeping figure of eight movement until you reach the crown. Continue until the chakras feel clear. Now close your eyes and ask that the person who placed the curse will make him or herself known to you. You may see a clear picture or get a prickling sensation on one side of your head or a pain somewhere in your body – in which case move the Tourmalinated Quartz over the spot either on your own body or that of your patient to absorb the pain. Talk to this person, discuss why the curse was placed, how it can be removed and what reparation, if any, is required on either side. Offer or accept forgiveness. Then ask that the curse be lifted from the recipient and all the generations to come and those who have gone before, everyone who has been affected. Feel the effect of the crystals radiating back through time and forward into the future freed from the effects of the curse and bringing beneficial experiences and joyful learning to everyone involved. Work through each chakra again in turn with the Novaculite and Nuummite again healing and sealing each one with light. Find a place where you can set out the Tourmalinated grid and leave it to continue its work. [gallery link="file" ids="3972,3965,3964"] Tourmaline in Quartz, Nuummite and Novaculite: the perfect de-cursing kit The crystal portal Place a Stibnite crystal crossways over a long-pointed Chlorite Quartz and top with a Selenite wand. This one-way portal soaks up any negativity, releases the soul or entity and sends it out of the Earth-plane and into light where it can be handled by wise mentors and soul-rescuers. Unless otherwise stated, photographs courtesy of John van Rees Jnr For further assistance see Crystal Prescriptions volume 6.

The Transitions Kit

Use your crystals to transition into a new phase of being Not all transitions are out of the physical body and through death and beyond, of course. Transitions occur at all stages of our lives. The passage can be facilitated with crystals. Spirit Quartz Spirit Quartz is an effective psychopomp, conveying a soul safely to…

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Use your crystals to transition into a new phase of being Not all transitions are out of the physical body and through death and beyond, of course. Transitions occur at all stages of our lives. The passage can be facilitated with crystals. Spirit Quartz [caption id="attachment_3958" align="alignleft" width="300"] Smoky Grey Spirit Quartz c. Judy Hall[/caption] Spirit Quartz is an effective psychopomp, conveying a soul safely to next world. During a transition it cleanses the subtle bodies, removing layers of karmic and emotional debris to reprogram cellular memory, ensuring a good rebirth. Spirit Quartz facilitates transitioning  between different brain wave states and multi-dimensions. The drusy coating of Spirit Quartz radiates high vibration crystal energy in all directions whilst the core of the crystal tightly focuses healing. It is a great stone for reframing the past, releasing a soul to move on. The crystal takes a soul who is passing by the hand guiding it through the different dimensions of the afterlife to the highest possible vibration and into hands of those waiting to welcome it home. The Smoky Grey variety is particularly effective for this. The stone then comforts those who are left behind. Spirit Quartz can take you to meet the ancestors. It is a wonderful stone to  programme for ancestral healing. Extremely beneficial in past life healing, it rejigs the etheric blueprint for the present life, pinpointing the gift or karmic justice in traumatic situations and promotes self-forgiveness.  Amethyst Spirit transmutes prior misuses of spiritual power, facilitating multidimensional healing including that of soul parts not in incarnation. It is an excellent carrier for flower essences to gently dissolve karma, intransient attitudes and toxic emotions especially at death. In spirit release work, holding the stone enables a practitioner to safely journey to release the soul and ascertain whether there is anything that the soul needs completing before it moves on or reintegrates. Beneficial for visiting the underworld or exploring the subconscious, it may provoke a catharsis in the process. Trigonic Quartz [caption id="attachment_3952" align="alignleft" width="300"] Incised trigonic markings, c. Judy Hall[/caption] Trigonic Quartz is the soul midwife stone that carries the consciousness of a much earlier lifeforce and which facilitates an initiatory journey to higher dimensions and cosmic consciousness. The markings represent souls moving into and out of incarnation. Trigonic Quartz holds a hologram of all potentiality and links to the Akashic Record and the holographic soul. This stone teaches that you cannot rely on consensual reality, there is so much more to life – and death. It helps you go with the flow and stay with what is, smoothing the passage. When using Trigonics for grids, unless you are using one to facilitate the passage through death of the physical body, do not point it immediately at the top of the head but rather align it precisely so that it passes above the head and through the soul star or stellar gateway chakra. Be warned: if you are holding onto anything from the past, especially toxic material or relationships, Trigonics clear these – fast. Brandenberg [caption id="attachment_3956" align="alignright" width="225"] Smoky Amethyst Brandenberg c. Jeni Campbell/[/caption] Although geologically a young quartz, a Brandenberg has a very old soul and an extremely high vibration. A powerful stone for spiritual alchemy, it connects to the immensity of your spiritual being and All That Is. Attuned to the white flame of pure consciousness and emanating infinite compassion, it is perfect for deep soul healing and forgiveness work. An excellent aid to spiritual work at all levels, rapidly linking to multi-dimensions, this stone has a structure characterised by ‘inner windows’ or phantoms that assist in looking within or climbing the vibrational ladder to other dimensions. Facilitating a high, wide and objective viewpoint, it is useful when travelling to dimensions that you could not otherwise bring back consciousness awareness of having visited, acting as a bridge through which highest states of awareness flow. This stone facilitates the combined brainwave states that enhance meditation, regression and healing. A hugely versatile crystal as each one carries the resonance of clear, smoky and amethyst vibrations, more than any other stone Brandenbergs are person-specific and task related. When you find your stone, you know but may need several as one could be attuned to earth-healing, another to soul-healing, yet another to multi-dimensional travel, while a different stone adjusts the etheric blueprint back to its perfect state before incarnations began or empowers shifting ingrained past life trauma or soul splits. There are Brandenbergs that do everything and they may be tiny or huge, size has no relevance it is the resonance that counts. Call your Brandenberg in the spiritual dimension before seeking the physical stone. On the soma chakra Brandenberg attunes to your core spiritual identity, facilitating true self-reflection and consciousness activation. It assists travel to the between life state to ascertain your soul plan for the current lifetime, identifying forks in the road at a conscious choice was needed and shows how to return to your original soul plan if you have deviated, and how to release outgrown soul imperatives. On the past life chakras Brandenberg heals the imprints and effects of trauma and drama in previous lives no matter on what dimension those lives were lived. On the third eye, it removes blockages to spiritual or psychic sight and reaches guidance from the purest source. Smoky Amethyst Brandenberg, visibly combining Amethyst and Smoky Quartz either as phantoms or body colour, is the finest tool available for removing implants, attachments, spirit possession or mental influence and this is the stone par excellence for conscious transformation or transition, especially through the death process. If you took on a dis-ease, physical or psychiatric condition, or traumatic circumstances for reasons of karma or soul growth – or for restitution – Smoky Brandenberg facilitates understanding the gifts you were seeking. It helps face the remainder of the current life with equanimity and joy, knowing that your situation is exactly right for spiritual evolution. Smoky Quartz [caption id="attachment_3957" align="alignleft" width="294"] Smoky Elestial Quartz c. Judy Hall[/caption] An excellent earthing stone, Smoky or Smoky Elestial Quartz soaks up negative energies and anchors a grid whilst at the same time raising the vibrations. It assists in transitioning freely between alpha and beta states of mind facilitating journeying with awareness. Obsidian Obsidian is a very cathartic stone and in its more dense black form it can precipate spontaneous release especially at an emotional level. The more gentle Rainbow Obsidian releases the bonds of old love and heals the heart, releasing obsessions. Snowflake Obsidian assists with inner centering, helping you to be receptive to the deep insights that arise when using Obsidian. It releases ingrained patterns, balancing body, mind, emotions, spirit. Spiderweb Obsidian provides protection and helps to set the direction during journeying. It also assists in breaking old patterns, bringing in a calm centre and expanding perception of who you might be. Amphibole Amphibole, also known as Angel Phantom because of the inner wings and angelic vibration, provides a connection to the highest level of spiritual experience, calling in your guardian angel and higher beings and bringing deep inner joy. It has an extremely gentle and calming energy. Spiritually, placing Amphibole on the crown chakra activates all the higher crown chakras, opening a ladder up which awareness ascends to connect with your Higher Self and, moving further up the vibrational scale, to attain the highest guidance. Using this stone for introspection and insight, especially when placed on the third eye, attunes to the wisdom of the universal mind, taking a more detached perspective on life and on evolution. Gazing into its depths goes to a space of deep universal love and assists in always acting from a place of love. It subtly shifts the energies to the highest possible and brings about cooperation and harmony. Triangulating three Amphiboles provides a perfect meditation or creative work space. It’s an excellent carrier for Zl4 etheric cleanser as it holds the energy space for months. The phantoms and inclusions within Amphibole are red Hematite, a deeply stable stone that protects, grounds and dissolves negativity; white Kaolinite which opens the inner ear, and yellow-peach Limonite which stimulates and guards against psychic attack or mental influence, making the stone a useful companion for spiritual journeying. Phantoms symbolise the numerous lifetimes of the soul and take you travelling through multi-dimensions. They break up old patterns and assist in reconnecting to ancient wisdom held in your soul memory. Tangerine Quartz [caption id="attachment_3959" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tangerine Quartz c. Terrie Birch/[/caption] Tangerine Quartz is an excellent stone to use after shock or trauma, especially at the soul level.  It can facilitate soul retrieval and integration, and heal after psychic attack. Tangerine Quartz facilitates past life healing and is beneficial in cases where the soul feels it has made a mistake for which it must pay. The soul learns to find the gift in the experience, forgive itself, and move on. Tangerine Dream Lemurians are particularly effective at facilitating transitions. Tangerine Dream Lemurian Grid Place the crystals around the head, points in to bring in healing, points out to release a soul to explore the multi-dimensions of consciousness or to transition. Tangerine Dream Lemurians open a portal to accelerated energy patterns and expanded soul healing. Believed to have been left by an ancient civilisation to activate evolution now, Lemurians are perfect tools for lightworkers. Spiritually, holding a blessing of unconditional love for the earth and all upon it as we enter a profound vibrational shift, Lemurians give a timely reminder to lightworkers to do their own work and attend to their evolution as well as facilitating that of others. The etched markings are ascended like a ladder, accessing inter- and multi-dimensional states. Lemurians teach that we are many-dimensioned beings with only a small part in incarnation and assist in taking the most objective viewpoint of prior lifetimes. Piercing the illusion of separateness in physical incarnation, they remind that the journey of healing is of re-membering our spiritual selves. Lemurians also teach that time is an illusion of physical incarnation, showing how to move beyond its boundaries into the true reality of All That Is. Perfect to grid for angelic contact, Lemurians open a stargate, an energy portal to stellar experiences, anchoring ancient wisdom into the present. Attuning to spiritual training and initiations, this crystal reawaken inherent skills and healing abilities. Appropriately cleansed and dedicated before and after use, this crystal skilfully guides another soul to consciously access their past knowledge. It is especially helpful in past life therapy going to a time before dis-ease or destructive emotional patterns set in, facilitating recovery of a state of inner perfection. Lemurian wands are excellent for chakra balancing and clearing, especially for removing karmic debris and soul imperatives. Activating the ‘higher resonance’ of each chakra and integrating with the lightbody, they bring about deep communication between physical and subtle levels of being, and ground vibrational shifts into the physical body. Mentally, Lemurians teach that thoughts are creative and take on form and, harnessed to right intent and self-belief, manifests full potential. Lemurians work well for conscious dreaming and for dreaming up a new reality – sleep with one under your pillow and ask for a dream that shows who you are meant to be. They facilitate re-entering a significant dream to obtain clarity and insights. Especially when activated with Elestial Quartz, Lemurians open a multi-dimensional healing space that creates a powerful energy portal taking in past, present and future through which any part of soul evolution is accessed and transformed. Lemurians combine well with Halite or Hanksite which cleanses and purifies any negative energies from Lemuria (sometimes a cathartic process) and transforms them into positive memories. Transition Chakras Placing release crystals on the Earth Star (just below the feet) and Soma chakra (on the hairline, centre of the forehead) can assist a soul who is finding it difficult to pass on to other realms. Placing crystals on other chakras can unlock a soul who is stuck in the negative expression of that chakra (see Crystal Prescriptions volume 4: The A--Z Guide to chakra balancing crystals and kundalini activation stones.) Emotional clearing grid As toxic emotions and memories can hold a soul back from making an appropriate transition, placing emotional healing and higher consciousness crystals around the body and level with the solar plexus, heart and crown chakras facilitates deep soul healing. Morganite with Azeztulite and Tugtupite with Nuummite are particularly dynamic without being overwhelming. Morganite with Azeztulite Gently brings up what has not previously been spoken about and provides insights into healing and why it occurred – promotes forgiveness. It is particularly useful when old abuse needs to be released and moved on from. This grid takes you to the pre-birth, interlife planning meeting to ascertain the soul’s plan for spiritual evolution. It can be combined with Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite and Rhodonite. Tugtupite and Nuummite The perfect combination for heart and mind transitions. [caption id="attachment_3962" align="alignleft" width="212"] Tugtupite, c.[/caption] Tugtupite A stone of integration, Tugtupite bridges the compassionate heart with the illuminated mind. It teaches the power of self-love, without which it is not possible to value yourself or another, to give or receive love, to love another, to be loved by them or to know intimacy. One of the best stones for opening and cleansing the heart chakras, this stone deepens and expands love bringing an unconditional quality to all relationships, and aligns and integrates all the chakras with the heart and higher heart chakras so that love is expressed through every act and thought. Spiritually, placed over the higher heart chakra of someone whose vibrations have been raised sufficiently, Tugtupite acts like a shaman blowing into the chakra to awaken the dormant channel that connects the compassionate heart to higher states of consciousness. It literally accesses a new level of love to facilitate the vibrational shift and the birth of the lightbody in the everyday world. A strongly protective stone that enables facing difficult situations with equanimity and fearlessness, Tugtupite acts as a liver defender to block other people’s rage or resentment (place under the right armpit) as it neutralises anger and cuts off inappropriate tugs on your heart strings (wear over your heart). It draws out and transforms your own anger into creative energy and is the perfect stone to assist recovery from a ‘psychic mugging’. This stone also clears ‘hooks’ from any organ of the body - especially pancreas and stomach - attached to a needy outside source and is particularly effective used with Nuummite to cut cords from past lives. Tugtupite removes the effect of old relationships and clears the biomagnetic sheath of the residual effects of psychological or physical abuse. Used for spirit release in cases of emotional attachment, it encourages forgiveness for yourself and others involved. Tugtupite teaches emotional independence and autonomy, bringing about the realisation that you alone are responsible for creating and maintaining your well-being and happiness and that this is not dependent on any external source including a partner or loved one. This stone protects from emotional blackmail, providing strength to cut loose and overcome outside interference. Keep this stone close to your heart as it assists emotional honesty and intimacy. It may take you through a deep emotional catharsis releasing the grief of the ages for the planet and yourself. If you have forgotten how to love, Tugtupite reminds you, gently clearing away any blockages, opening your heart and enfolding it in unconditional, universal love. (As Tugtupite is rare and somewhat expensive, the beautifully soft Mangano Calcite can be substituted.) Nuummite The sorcerers’ stone, Nuummite is powerfully protective and removes ancient curses. Activating the soma chakra at the hairline, it removes karmic debris. This intense stone needs careful handling until you are attuned to its energies as any mishandling will rebound. It shows you where power has been misused in the past and heals the past life causes of dis-ease, re-empowering you. Nuummite cloaks the soul during ritual work, imbuing stealth and sureness. It creates an inner landscape to be traversed and teaches that ‘as above, so below’. Combine with Tugtupite or Mangano Calcite for maximum effect. Poppy Jasper Poppy Jasper is named for its orbicular ‘flowers’. A powerhouse that is gently stimulating or fiery as required, it is a strongly physical stone that resonates with the base chakra to bring vitality and passion, grounding energy into the body. Useful when fresh motivation is needed, it acts like an adrenaline kick. Rectifying unjust situations, it reminds humanity to help each other. Psychologically, Poppy Jasper imparts determination. Bringing the courage to get to grips with problems assertively, it encourages self-honesty. Supporting during necessary conflict, it brings problems to light before they become too big and provides insights into difficult situations. Sustaining and supporting during times of stress, it brings tranquillity and wholeness, calming the emotions when held and activating change when placed on the lower chakras. It is also a very useful stone for kundalini activation. [Extracted from The Crystal Bible volume 2]. And finally, if you’re totally stuck and really need to transform your life, try: Kick Ass This rare combination of Morganite and Azeztulite was named for its ability to literally kick you into a new reality, pretty much instantly (see Crystal Bible volume 3). It can shift people – or places - out of your life that are no longer beneficial for you, and thrust you into a new way of being. If you feel angry at yourself for allowing something ‘bad’, sleep with this gentle stone under the pillow (or spray on the essence) to be less judgemental of yourself and find release. Giving you insight into situations of physical and emotional abuse, this stone helps you to forgive the perpetrator, recognising the pain that may have underlain their own experience. The combination helps you to connect to and embrace your shadow energies, healing shame and ancient abuse and transmuting the energy to self-love and profound acceptance. Because of it’s rarity I gave one of the stones to Jeni Powell of The Crystal Balance Company and she’s made a powerful crystal essence from it  Crystals essences are a very effective way of transferring crystal energy into your biomagnetic field. Bringing about change for the highest good This NEW energy of the rare and powerful Kick Ass crystal (as seen in 101 Power Crystals, Crystal Bible 2, Judy Hall) brings about change for the highest good. It helps to stop procrastination, dispel anxiety and sweep away negativity clearing out of your life anything that is not for the highest good and allowing you to move forward. It also allows you to realise your desires and resets parallel timelines, putting you “back on track. Spray the essence over the crown or hold the bottle as if it were the crystal. As Kick Ass is extremely rare and difficult to find and this essence holds the vibration of the crystal, by working with the bottle and forming a bond with it you are in fact working with a Kick Ass crystal! Believe me you’ll soon notice the difference!

Ancient crystal names

(translated from Mesopotamian, Indian, Biblical, Arabic, Greek, Medieval lapidaries) For those of you who, like me, are addicted to reading old lapidaries (stonebooks) to glean the ancient properties of crystals, here’s a list of stone/crystal name translations I’ve accumulated so far. There’s still a long way to go so if anyone can add to this…

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(translated from Mesopotamian, Indian, Biblical, Arabic, Greek, Medieval lapidaries) [caption id="attachment_4583" align="aligncenter" width="300"][/caption] For those of you who, like me, are addicted to reading old lapidaries (stonebooks) to glean the ancient properties of crystals, here’s a list of stone/crystal name translations I’ve accumulated so far. There’s still a long way to go so if anyone can add to this it would be welcome. A Aban Aladi - Jade Achates (Aetites/Achites) – Agate Actites/Egestes – Geode/hollow concretion Adamant - rock crystal, Quartz Aracontalides - Sapphire Alabanda – Garnet Alemandyne/Alemandine – Garnet Alpitistes – Spinel Amatitus/amethustos - Amethyst Anachitis – Pearls? Diamond, Quartz Andromia - Pyrite Aricheces – Hematite Astrion – Moonstone B Berellus - Beryl Bloodstone – Hematite, Heliotrope (not Bloodstone as we know it today) Breastplate of the High Priest Many and varied translations, no one really knows! See table on © 2013 Marilynn Dawson C Carbuncle - Garnet Callais – Turquoise Carbunkle - Ruby Ceramus/Coparius – Thunderstone (?Tektite) Chalazias – hard rounded Quartz pebbles Chrysolite – Peridot.  Topaz in Kunz. Rutilated Quartz or Sunstone in Kostov. Cornelion/Corneole - Carnelian Crisopas/Crisopassus - Chrysoprase D Draconites - Meteorite E Eagle Stone – Limonite or Geodes (Sky Eggs) Echites - Geodes Elmeshu – Diamond/Quartz Eitropia - Bloodstone “Emerald” – green mineral, Aventurine, Malachite, Green Beryl Esmeraude – Emerald F Firigins – Yellow Ochre G Gagatis - Jet H Hexacontalithos/Exacontalio – Iris Quartz Hulalini/ Hulalu - ? Pearl Hyacinth/Jacinth – Zircon J Jasper – Green Jasper, Serpentine, Nephrite Jade Jasper Azure – Blue Chalcedony L Lange serp – Serpentine Lasulus – Lapis Lazuli Leontoseras – Agate Eye stone Lethoean stone – possibly Corundum Ligure – unknown possible Amber/Agate/Rubellite Liparean stone - Obsidian Loadstone - Magnetite Lychnis – crystal, Amber, red mineral M Magnes – Magnetite Margita - Pearl Mocha stone – Moss Agate Molochites - Malacite N Nebrites – Amethyst, Agate, Nephrite, Serpentine, Green Jasper Nemehef (Egyptian) - Green Jasper Noset crapendien – Toadstone O Obxianus – Obsidian Onicle - Onyx Onychinus – Onyx Orphite – Serpentine Optalio - Opal Orpiment – sulphide of arsenic Ostrites – Serpentine, Agate P Prase – pale green Jasper, Chrysophrase Petraches – Agate S Smarddus - Emerald Sappheiros – Lapis Lazuli Sapphire - Aquamarine Sard – Carnelian (red quartz?) red-brown chalcedony Siderites – Meteorite Silex - Flint Snake stone – serpentine Syrices - Aquamarine T Topaz(ios) – Peridot Topaces - Topaz Tears of Pine - Amber Tree-stone – Tree Agate, Dendritic Agate U Uknu – Lapis Lazuli V Vocal stone - Meteorite