Month: May 2017
MODERN AND TRADITIONAL USES OF CRYSTALS AND STONES: HEALING, METAPHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL
For positive uses or actions, the stones listed are said to enhance them. For negative uses or actions, the crystals listed are said to decrease them. For dis-ease or health issues listed, the stones listed have been used in traditional folk healing and crystal healing lore to assist with their healing.
Many stones have multiple uses or purposes. There are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and general life issues in this list.
- Abandonment issues: garnet, thulite
- Abundance/prosperity: aventurine, aqua aura, bloodstone, citrine, diamond, epidote, grossular garnet, jade, malachite, moonstone, moss agate, orange moss agate, peridot, topaz, smoky quartz, rutilated quartz, tree agate, tsavorite, turquoise Also see Prosperity below.
- Abuse issues/trauma: carnelian, emerald, iolite, kunzite, lapis lazuli, orange calcite, orange millennium, peridot, rhodocrosite, rose quartz, ruby in zoisite, shiva lingam, thulite, tourmaline
- Acting, dramatic: carnelian
- Acceptance: dumortierite (blue quartz)
- Acid reflux (G.E.R.D.): Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Grossular (Green) Garnet, Jasper, Kunzite, Malachite, Moldavite…
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The Stone of Emotional Balance: Moonstone ~ Good Witches Homestead
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Moonstone represents the great Mother Goddess. Her strength lies in her gentleness, and her ability to experience process, and neutralize her feelings.
Moonstone is one of the most mythical of all gemstones. With its exotic, lunar name and its milky unique rainbow sheen, moonstone is highly prized by many practitioners of crystal and stone healing, as well as some mystic religions.
A stone for “new beginnings”, Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness.
Moonstone has been associated with the emotional energy of the moon and is reputed to help you go through your transitions with optimism. It is the stone of “wishes, hopes and dreams” that helps you remember that everything comes in its own divine time. It attracts nurturing people and energies. It is also known as a “goddess stone” since many ancient cultures associated the female presence of God with the moon. Moonstone has the energy vibration of ‘Yin’.
- Brings good fortune
- Assists in foretelling the future
- Enhances intuition
- Promotes inspiration
- Brings success in love as well as business matters
- Offers protection on land and at sea
Moonstone is associated with all goddesses, but especially the Moon goddesses. Resembling the Moon or “moonshine”, the ancient Romans believed the stone was actually formed from moonlight and that the wearers of moonstone would receive wisdom, wealth, and success in battle. In the Orient, people believed Moonstones were actual rays of moonlight that had solidified, and that the shimmering light held within the stone was a good spirit that lived there. Hindus thought shimmering Moonstones to be earthbound bits of moonbeams, and the stone is still considered sacred in India today.
Amulets of Moonstone were frequently hung in fruit trees to ensure fruitful and abundant crops. In Asia and Europe, the stone was associated with love and fidelity and was often worn when trying to attract a faithful lover. The Indian culture believes this elegant and subtly beautiful gem will arouse tender passion and holds them sacred. It was believed that if held in the mouth, Moonstone would help one make proper decisions. This versatile stone was also used in ancient times to cure insomnia.
Due to its association with water, Moonstone is said to be protective of those at sea. It is also protective of those that travel at night and especially during New Moon phases, and was once called the “Traveler’s Stone”. It was also thought to protect against insanity, epilepsy, and any adverse wanderings of the mind. The ancient Greeks called Moonstone “Aphroselene” after the goddesses Aphrodite (love) and Selene (moon).
|Spiritual Insight||Easy childbirth|
|Safe Travel||New Beginnings|
GENERAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature’s rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman’s stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self. Its variants of different colors are supposed to have different healing effects, e.g. the gray moonstone is better for intellectual purposes, whereas the peach-colored one for spiritual and feminine connections.
Moonstone aids the digestive system, assimilates nutrients, eliminates toxins and fluid retention, and alleviates degenerative conditions of skin, hair, eyes, and fleshy organs such as the liver and pancreas. It stimulates the pineal gland and balances hormonal cycles, being excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It is a good stone to carry with you when pregnant.
Moonstone helps to soothe and balance the emotions. It assists in the mastery of your emotions by bringing them under the control of your will, instead of repressing or expressing them. It will bring emotions and feelings under control without becoming hardened to the human suffering seen on a daily basis.
This is a great stone for Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers, who sometimes feel they must repress much of what they feel in order to function more effectively, at the expense of gentleness that comes with empathy and compassion.
Moonstone will help achieve a balance between heart and mind without losing the gentleness and caring needed, yet keep it in check to allow you to function effectively.
Moonstone carries lunar energy and helps to balance emotional upsets. Moonstone has a gentle energy that helps to ease stresses and feelings of anxiousness. It can be used to enhance intuition. Moonstone is a good crystal tool for anyone who wishes to reflect on past circumstances to learn life lessons from. It is also useful as a manifesting tool, drawing in your desires.
Application For spiritual experiences lay a piece on your forehead. Lay a piece on your heart area for the soul and emotional experiences. For all other purposes, it is suited for wearing just about anywhere else.
Moonstone is a stone of wishes, intuition, and balance. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine side. It brings to you all that is needed. Discernment: “Want” and Need” do not come from the same place. Moonstone can assist you in absorbing those things that are “needed” in life while helping you discern what is merely “wanted”.
Other names for this stone are water opal, fish-eye, and wolf’s eye. Long considered to have inherent connections to the moon by all ancient cultures familiar with the stone, it was used during the waxing of the moon for love charms and during the waning of the moon to foretell the future.
Many people who work with Tarot Cards, Runes, Crystal Balls, Medicine Cards or any other type of divining tool, keep a Moonstone with them to heighten intuition and perceptions while working with them.
The moonstone in India is a sacred stone; it is only permitted to be displayed on a yellow cloth. In this culture, they called the moonstone Candra Kanta, and it is told that moonlight from a full moon gives the gemstone occult and magical powers. It is believed to bring much good fortune and allows one to see the future.
In the Eastern cultures, Moonstone was favored for LOVE. They believed that wearing or carrying a moonstone would bring a new love into your life. They also believe that holding a piece of moonstone over their hearts after a quarrel, and then exchanging the stones with each other, would bring you back together.
To dream of moonstone means travel and good health, but may also symbolize the unfolding of spiritual and psychic development.
- Astrological Sign: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio
- Birthstone: June
- Planet: Moon
- Element: Water
- Direction: West
- Day: Friday
- Chakra: Third Eye (Brow), Solar Plexus
- Moonstone is a 13th Anniversary gemstone
- Vibrates to the Number: 4
- 4th Ray
- Color: White
- Careers: Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, and other Health Care Workers
- Other: Sailors, Coast Guard
- Activities: Gardening, vacation cruises, swimming, water sports
Like Moss Agate, Malachite, and Jade, Moonstone is associated with Gardening. All four are attributed to nature, water, and fertilization. Wear moonstone during planting, weeding, or watering, and visualize your garden bursting with fertility as you work. Hang a small wind chime and dangle these stones over your garden, or bury a few small pebbles in the earth.
Moonstone can come to the aid of many Executives, who have sacrificed feeling emotionally connected to the people that work for them in an effort to function more efficiently, only to find that his employees now are difficult to work with and have little loyalty because of his detachment. You can rebuild a caring environment while maintaining order by allowing yourself to get in touch with the emotional aspects of management.
Unhappy workers who feel you are distant and detached are not productive employees. Slip a piece of Moonstone in your pocket to remind you to take the time to ponder decisions from all aspects.
- It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other.
- The Moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is a full moon.
- It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.
- Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which “is”. Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself.
- Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.
- It was once thought that the gem’s luster waxed and waned just like the moon itself, and moonstones have always been used in jewelry by moon worshipers.
- Moonstones are generally set in silver, which brings out their characteristic bluish-silvery sheen.
- Moonstone is claimed to be the gemstone for lovers as it symbolizes passion. It is said that it enhances our ability for empathy and understanding and is believed to bestow the power of clairvoyance.
REMEDY BENEFITS OF MOONSTONE
- Blue moonstone helps facilitate telepathic communications
- Grey moonstone assists clairvoyance
- Peach moonstone is an emotional healer
- Rainbow moonstone (white labradorite) protects against psychic attack
- White moonstone facilitates spiritual growth
- Peach Moonstone/Heart: Heals the heart by bringing Goddess love into it and fosters a spiritual heart and emotional healing.
- White Moonstone/Crown: Enhances psychic knowing, psychic sight and increases intuition.
- Gray Moonstone/Third Eye: Creates new realities and understanding other than earth plane realities. Increases the ability to focus on your life path.
Rainbow moonstone has a gentle, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception and enhances creativity, compassion, endurance and inner confidence. It is a stone that brings balance and harmony. The Rainbow effect brings in a spectrum of light and can help with clearing and bring in uplifting energies. It has been said to have the power to grant wishes. Rainbow Moonstone is primarily related to the Crown Chakra.
Moonstones come in a variety of colors. The body color can range from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink. The clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color. It is often worn in rings, pendants or bead necklaces.
Moonstone is actually a variety of Orthoclase Feldspar that contains a Schiller (shimmering) effect or adularescent sheen. Adularescence is described as “an effect seen on certain minerals (the most famous, Opal and Moonstone) which cause it to display a billowy, rounded, ghost-like reflection with a bluish-whitish color emanating from the surface when the mineral is cut into a cabochon. It is caused by structural anomalies or build-up of water in the mineral.” Adularescent is derived from the mineral name, Adularia, of which Moonstone is a variety. Polished Moonstones also commonly exhibit chatoyancy (a narrow band of reflected light that produces a “cat’s eye” effect) or asterism (a six-rayed star effect produced by reflected or transmitted light).
Found as a rock-forming mineral in igneous, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks, Moonstone breaks (or cleaves) into blocky chunks very often at 90º angles creating tabular crystals. Most are complexly twinned, meaning they often grow as several sets of two interwoven crystals that are mirror images of each other.
The most common Moonstone in the Feldspar family is that of the mineral Adularia, but many famous and rarer specimens are from the Plagioclase Feldspars of Albite (Sodium Aluminum Silicate), along with the Oligoclase and Labradorite varieties.
|Chemistry:||KAlSi3O8 (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)|
|Color:||From colorless to bluish-white; also silvery gray, green, orange, peach, yellow or multi.|
|Luster:||Vitreous (glassy), pearly parallel to cleavage; transparent to translucent.|
|Crystal System:||Monoclinic or prismatic|
|Crystal Habit:||Tabular to prismatic crystals. Repeated twinning is common, showing as fine parallel lines on good cleavage faces.|
|Cleavage:||Perfect in two directions at 90º|
|Fracture:||Uneven – Flat surfaces (not cleavage) fractured in an uneven pattern.|
|Other Characteristics:||Exhibits adularescence, chatoyancy, or asterism.|
|Notable Occurrences:||Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar, Germany, India, Tanzania, Brazil, U.S., Mexico.|
|Best Field Indicators:||Cleavage, hardness, color, crystal habit.|
|Uses:||Gemstone; mineral specimens|
There are two moonstones. Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India, and Madagascar. Albite moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is semi-transparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It comes mainly from Canada.
Moonstone is found in Brazil, European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and USA (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka has the highest quality moonstones.
*Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.
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The Vikings Compass: Iolite
Iolite, known as the Vikings’ Compass, due to its ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, by looking through the gemstone at a certain angle. Vikings never used to get lost on the high seas.
This stone is also called the stone of happiness and joy. It is believed to possess Feng Shui properties which help in building relationships with others. It cures a sore throat, varicose veins and various skin eruptions and blisters.
IOLITE HEALING PROPERTIES
- Inner strength
- Chakras – Third Eye Chakra
- Zodiac – Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius
- Colors – Yellow-brown, Violet-blue, Light Blue, Blue, Rich blue-violet stone; Transparent to Translucent
- Iolite is a 21st…
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Speak Up Against BLM’s Plans to Decimate Wyoming’s Red Desert Wild Horse Herds
Straight from the Horse's Heart
by Carol Walker as published on Wild Hoofbeats
“The BLM should raise the Appropriate Management Level for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations…”
Red Desert Wild Horses at Risk of Removal and Slaughter
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a massive roundup and removal of 2,096 horses, or 80% of the 2,620 horses in the Red Desert Complex that includes Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas. BLM wants to end up with a low Appropriate Management Level of only 524 wild horses on 753,000 acres of public land.
Please also consider that any horses currently in short and long term holding, as well as any removed from their homes on public lands this year will be in jeopardy of being sold without limitation and may end up at slaughter if the Trump Budget is passed.
There is no…
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Wall of Faces ~ Vietnam Memorial
Books have always been my passion.
The magic carpet or flying carpet is mainly a Persian myth. It is a legendary carpet capable of flight and it transported passengers instantaneously or quickly to their destination. What is this carpet? Can it really fly and is it really magical? When I found out the truth of this myth, I found it to be very magical.
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Remember the Horse Cavalry This Memorial Day
Straight from the Horse's Heart
Reprint from Saratoga Stalls
Thank and pay respect to a horse and donkey as you remember our amazing fallen soldiers.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance that echoes throughout the United States. Families, friends and loved ones often gather in celebration of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The last Monday in May, and the weekend beforehand, is a much needed break in our routine. Some families take this moment to teach about our country’s history and past relatives who laid down their lives while others simply enjoy the long weekend off of work. If you view Memorial Day as an opportunity to revisit the sacrifices that have made our country great, don’t forget about the amazing horse cavalry of the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Though there are still small examples of horse regiments in modern day warfare…
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