A Guide To Crystal Gifting

By Tara Mideaker

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If you are anything like me, you probably have friends, family and associates who just don’t “get” crystals.  Maybe they appreciate their decorative appeal and think of them as cool knick-knacks.  It is even more likely that they wear them as jewelry.  They can see their obvious qualities but cannot understand how a crystal can provide healing and guidance.  One of my favorite things about crystals is that you don’t have to understand how they work…you don’t even have to believe that they will work…all that you need to do is be around them and everyone benefits.  That is why I often give crystals as gifts – even to the skeptics (and I know plenty!) and I have found that the gifts are often well received and have surprising results.  I haven’t brought any of those skeptics over to my side…but I have found that they do use their crystals when they need them – even if they don’t realize it.  So if you are planning on ‘gifting” a crystal this holiday season, here are some tips to help you choose the ones that will work the best.

What kind of healing do you want to gift?

If you are considering getting someone a crystal it is probably because you have an idea of how it could benefit them.  Maybe your boss is always on the go and you want to give them a crystal that would complement their fiery personality like a Black Obsidian or Red Jasper.   If they seem overwhelmed you might consider a Chrysocolla or Selenite to relieve their stress and open their mind to other possibilities.  Does someone close to you have a physical ailment that would benefit from crystal healing?   You can review the Issues and Ailments Guide to find the crystal that will help alleviate their symptoms.  Someone with muscular issues would benefit from a Hematite or Emerald.  It is cold and flu season, so an Aquamarine or Fluorite could help keep them healthy.

Which crystal reminds you of the recipient?

I am a firm believer that crystals often choose us and tend to come into our lives when we need them the most.  Likewise, when you are thinking about someone a crystal might pop into your mind or jump out at you online or in a store.  Let’s say that you have a friend who is having some romantic issues and you want to get her a crystal.  Labradorite may not be associated with that particular issue or for working on the Heart Chakra, but still it feels like the one that will help her the most.  Do not get caught up in pre-conceived ideas about the “right” crystal.  Always follow your instinct and select the crystal that you feel belongs with that person.

What if you just cannot decide on the “right” crystal?

When in doubt just keep it simple.  You can never go wrong with universal crystals like Clear QuartzAmethyst, and Rose Quartz.  If those don’t feel right consider the recipient’s favorite color or what they wear the most.  If someone loves the color blue then go with Lapis Lazuli.  If they always wear orange try Carnelian.  They will notice that you see what makes them happy and that makes the gift personal and memorable.

How will they use the crystal?

You want to think about how your recipient will use your gift since not everyone walks around with bags of crystals on them.  I know…it is hard for us to believe but it is true!  Jewelry is an obvious solution as long as the recipient actually enjoys wearing jewelry.  Bracelets, pendants and necklaces have a universal appeal and you don’t have to worry about sizing, etc. If your recipient isn’t a jewelry person, but you think they’d benefit from carrying the crystal with them, then perhaps try a keychain.  That’s something that everyone will use.  If you are giving small tumbled or natural crystals you can present them in a cloth bag with a personalized card that suggests they carry this in their bag, backpack or briefcase.  If you will be gifting a larger crystal to be placed in a room then choose a shape that will resonate with your recipient.  Spheres, pyramids and points are always interesting and bring wonderful energy to the space.

The most important tip of all is to always follow your heart and enjoy giving as much as you enjoy receiving!

Crystals for Holiday Stress

By Crystal Cosmopolitan

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Holidays are supposed to be joyful and celebratory events, and yet many times the preparation – whether hosting a party or travelling to someone else’s home – leaves us exhausted and wishing we could just forget about all of it, sleep through it and wake up when it is all over. If you’ve ever had a thought like this – then this article is for you!

Crystals help us on many levels through physical laws of resonance, where their vibratory frequency affects the frequencies of our bodies in specific ways. In this article I will suggest a few that assist specifically with issues related to stress around the holidays. So here are the tips and tricks you can use to sail through the holiday season with a smile on your face:

Take your Citrine when you go shopping to find what you need at a price you can easily afford. Citrine works to synchronistically bring you to the right place at the right time so you can be done quickly and effortlessly.

Lithium Quartz is wonderful when you need to take a break from everything to distress and relax, even if it is just for a few minutes behind closed doors.

Hold or wear Fluorite for focus and mental clarity when you make your lists and are getting organized. Fluorite is excellent when you find yourself procrastinating and putting off your necessary tasks. Wearing it during shopping expeditions and holiday travel may also help you stay healthy in a crowded environment, since it strengthens the immune system.

Carnelian is a perfect crystal to hold when you feel unmotivated. It renews excitement, spurs creativity, and supports analytical thinking, so that you are not bogged down by details when planning a party, but rather inspired by your creative vision and anticipation of the joyful event.

Peach Agate may assist when you need to go to a party you are not looking forward to, for whatever reason. It would help you enjoy yourself no matter what the circumstances by attracting positive energy to you.

However, do carry Black Tourmaline with you, since the stress level of many people can be high during this time, and you want to make sure you are grounded and protected so that possible negative energy of others has no chance of affecting you.

Meditate with Lepidolite before going to bed for restful sleep. Write down all of what still needs to be done – your thoughts and your ideas for the rest of the holiday week – on a piece of paper and let your mind relax.

Hold Seraphinite when you feel you need a little extra help from the Divine to accomplish all that you want. A heartfelt gratitude for all that you do have and have been able to do is an important step on the road towards accomplishing more.

If you are looking for gifts – a set of scented candles, a pendantbracelet, or a necklace perhaps – you know where to check, right? If you are so overwhelmed at this point that you can’t think straight, here is a subtle hint: www.healingcrystals.com.

Finally, you want your home to sparkle, and be filled with a beautiful energy that reminds you of the meaning of the holidays. Place Amethyst and Citrine Druzes  throughout your home to bring in the energy of peace, spirituality, celebration, and abundance.

Hope these ideas serve to make your holiday season sparkly and happy!

Indoor Grounding Methods

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groundWhether you are spiritual or not, the practice of grounding every once in awhile is good for you. Makes you stop, be still, listen internally and cut out the outside noise. Grow roots so to speak and just be present and whole.

I think we are all familiar with grounding through our feet which is great, I love the feeling and the visualization of strong roots spreading far and deep into the ground. I personally only like grounding with bare feet outside when the weather is nice. I know you can still ground inside, but for me its just not the same.

So how can we get a piece of earth inside to ground ourselves with when the weather is bitter and the snow is deep? Rocks… that’s how. This method can be used all the time if you prefer. Its very easy, go outside and find a couple good…

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December Birthstone Turquoise ~ Did You Know About White Turquoise?

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While much rarer than its bluer counterpart, White Turquoise and its blue/green sister have very similar energetic properties.  This gemstone is a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being of the body.  It is a protective stone and has been used for amulets for many years.  White Turquoise promotes spiritual attunement and enhances communication with the physical and spiritual worlds.  Placed on the third eye, it enhances intuition and meditation.  On the throat chakra, it releases old vows, inhibitions & prohibitions, and allows the soul to express itself once more.  This gemstone explores past lives and shows how the creation of your “fate” is ongoing and depends on what you do at each moment.

Turquoise is a purification stone.  It dispels negative energy and clears electromagnetic smog (a subtle but detectable electromagnetic field given off by electrical power lines, computers, televisions, cell phones).  It balances and aligns all the…

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Crystals at the Table

By Sonia Acone

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For some years now, I’ve kept a dish of crystals on our kitchen table.  The dish may change with the seasons or my moods, and the crystals often change to reflect what the family needs at certain times, but the message is always the same: the crystals stay on the table. My oldest son, Jeremy, started what is now a long-running joke when someone knocked over a salt shaker which, in turn, crashed into my dish of crystals. Jeremy threw out his hands and yelled, “Nobody move! Mom’s crystals have been disturbed!  You will feel their wrath!” Narrowing his eyes, and in a sinister whisper, he continued, “Now we’ll await the hellfire and brimstone…”  To which I naturally gave him the “Mom eye-roll” and proceeded to put things to rights at the table.

The family doesn’t always know the reasons by which some crystals appear in the dish while others are taken away, but they all understand that they are there for a specific purpose and they respect the fact that the crystals do help us, especially when we are all at the dinner table together.  Many an argument has ensued between my husband and oldest son (both are Leo’s) over dinner-table conversations, or there could be way too much goofing off between our two boys, especially when my husband is trying to have a more serious discussion which, in turn, almost always evolves into some sort of life lesson.  So, in the interest of peace and tranquility at the table, I set out a dish of crystals that I had hoped would be beneficial to everyone.

There is always a Clear Quartz crystal, but then I have added DumortieriteMoonstoneLapis Lazuli and Blue Lace Agate for peace; Lepidoliteand Sunstone for a bit of fun; MalachiteBloodstoneChrysocolla, etc. for healing; Hawk’s Eye (Blue Tiger Eye) and Pietersite for a bit of creativity and intuition; Shattuckite for letting go of past issues; and a Rutilated Quartz for those times when I look up to the ceiling and whisper, “Heaven help me with these guys!”

One of the amazing aspects of this dish is often found when the boys’ friends come over and one or more of them almost always notices if new crystals have been added to the dish. I do one of my little happy dances in my head when I see their interest in the crystals. A friend of Jeremy’s was here recently and couldn’t take her eyes (or her hands) off a tumbled Tiger Eye. She was enthralled with it, which gave me a hint as to what she would be getting as a Christmas gift.

To have young people appreciate and understand that crystals can be used in their daily lives is something that has brought me immense joy over the years, and I will continue to introduce them to more of the same. Speaking of Christmas, when I asked what Jeremy wanted for Christmas, he replied, “Can I have a crystal necklace?”  Talk about a happy dance – and yes, I did grab a tissue for the few tears of joy that fell.

Update: Jeremy now has his own place. And yes, every year, he asks for some crystal item for Christmas. His apartment is becoming a crystal haven, just like our home. He still freaks out if someone knocks over the crystal dish, whether here at home or at his own.

Healers & Empaths: How to Protect Yourself In Your Sleep

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We are in what is referred to as the dark time of the year, when the sunlight has diminished, the nights are long and cold, and spirits roam more freely as the veils thin.

It’s been like this at this time of year, in this hemisphere, for hundreds of years.

For healers and empaths, it’s a time when spiritual self-care is of increased importance, as we’re more susceptible not just to the energy shifts and increased psychic phenomena, but also because we are more powerfully sensitive to the feelings & energy of the world around us.

Have you noticed that lately?

You may also have noticed that the collective unconscious rests very uneasy. There is so much fear, stress, strife, violence, uncertainty, and devastation happening in the world right now. And even if it’s not in your part of the world, or if you’re not hearing about it, the energy can still affect you. 

It may make you want to shut off, seal yourself away in your own little bubble, and try to tune it out, but if you’re an empath this is almost impossible, and if you’re a healer (or both), your soul is calling you to respond with love and light.

That’s why you’re here, and you’re needed. But in order to be of service and in order to be ok, you need to be able to take care of yourself first.

Energy shielding and clearing is a must, but it’s only part of the self-care you need. As humans we’re connected to each other, nature and animals in far more ways through our energy fields, especially at night when we’re sleeping.

As our consciousness drifts on the dream and astral plane, we can encounter, interact with, and be affected by energies and spirits far removed from our own on the physical plane.

This can result in:

  • restless and/or disturbed sleep and sleep patterns
  • dark dreams
  • the feeling of not being fully rested upon waking
  • feeling seized by panic, anxiety, or deep fear in the middle of the night
  • not being able to switch your mind off from your daily problems or the troubles of the world
  • emotionally or viscerally experiencing the collective fears and feelings of people and places not directly related to you
  • struggling with, feeling trapped or suffocated by dark spirits in your dream state which forces you to wake up

Can you relate to any of this? If so, I have some tips from my own experience that may help you:

  1. Clear the energy of your space on a regular basis. By clearing the energy in your space, you raise it’s frequency which can naturally repel lower and harmful vibes. You can learn how to do that here.
  2. Clear your own energy. If you have dark energy or psychic debris hanging around on or in your aura, that can plague you at night. Here’s an article I wrote on how to clear your aura.
  3. Wear a moonstone necklace when sleeping. Moonstone channels lunar goddess energy that helps to protect us at night and in the dream state. The moon represents light shining through the darkness, and creates an effective energy shield or protective ward for our spirit.
  4. Soul-centered meditation. Taking a few minutes before going to bed to meditate, and center your focus on your soul, helps anchor your mind in your own divinity which can keep your mental energy from wandering at night. I recorded a 2.5 minute meditation that teaches you how to do that, you can download it free here.
  5. Say a prayer or set an intention before sleeping. Perhaps you read a Psalm (I recommend #23 or #91), a prayer from your own faith or lineage, call in Divinity or protective angels, or affirm that you will rest peacefully, fully, and safely throughout the night. When we speak with authority energy moves, and we always have authority over our own spiritual dominion (meaning ourselves and our own energy).
  6. Diffuse calming & protective essential oils at night. Lavender, geranium, rose, citrus + cinnamon + clove, palo santo, or cedar are all good choices.
  7. Use grounding + protective crystal placements. Put a piece of hematite (2-5″ in diameter) under the sheet at your feet to anchor your energy in the space, and place either selenite or celestite (2-5″, any formation) under the top of your pillow to create a high frequency vibration that will either repel or dissolve lower energies upon contact.

Crystal Skulls

By Nikki Boatright

There are three types of crystal skulls: ancient crystal skulls (skulls that were created over 1500 years ago), old crystal skulls (skulls that were created less than 1500 years ago), and new or contemporary skulls, which are created by carvers today. Crystal skulls have been around for thousands, maybe even millions of years. The origin of the crystal skull is unknown. There are different theories as to where crystal skulls originated from.  Some people believe they’re relics of lost civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria and some people believe they were placed on earth by aliens.

Crystal skulls have the basic shape of a human skull.  Most people believe the shape of the skull symbolizes death. However, to ancient civilizations, skulls represent not only death and destruction but also rebirth, knowledge and wisdom.  Ancient crystal skulls are believed to hold ancient knowledge, but only a small amount of this knowledge has been accessed.

Once a crystal is carved into the shape of a skull it takes on a different vibrational frequency.  Each crystal skull, whether ancient or contemporary, gives off its own unique energy.  Crystal skulls can be used for energy work and are powerful tools of spiritual awareness; they can be used for many different purposes. They can focus energy, reflect energy, refract energy, amplify energy, attune energy, transmit energy, transform energy, store energy and may also act as a witness.

Many times people will see a crystal skull and feel an uncontrollable urge to hold it or buy it. Crystal skulls can and will call out to people.  I personally have skulls in many different types of crystals and in many sizes, from one inch to six inches.  The skull I have the strongest connection to is a contemporary life-sized Madagascar petrified wood crystal skull.  I was drawn to it and felt a connection to it and had to have it from the moment I saw it. I recently had a psychic say to me, out of the blue, that she feels that I have projected my higher self onto it. Whether it is an ancient or contemporary skull, I recommend that everyone experience the energy from a crystal skull when given the opportunity.

Crystals for Halloween

By Tara Mideaker

Many holidays celebrated today are products of Celtic/Pagan traditions.  Perhaps none are as interesting as Halloween.  While other customs of the Pagan culture have been adopted and adapted by various religions, Halloween is unique in that it is celebrated worldwide as a non-denominational holiday.  So why does Halloween stand apart as such a popular and universal holiday?  Samhain, the traditional Pagan holiday, is the most sacred day of the year to Pagans.  It is a time of endings and beginnings that is naturally tied to the Earth’s cycle when the dark and cold of winter approaches and nature “dies”, only to be reborn in the spring.   It is a celebration of the life/death cycle and, more specifically, a time to remember and honor those ancestors who have passed into spirit.  This connection to the earth, to the cycle of life, and to the past is something that we all share despite any religious or cultural differences we may have.  Perhaps it is these roots that lie deep within each of us that encourage us to unite on Halloween Eve.  Halloween Eve is a night when the world comes together to recognize the dark while celebrating the light that constantly surrounds us, so carve your Jack-o-lanterns, choose your costume and gather around the bonfire for a very Happy Halloween! Here are some crystals to carry along with you to make the most of this special night.

Agate and Jasper

The many varieties of these crystals embody the energy of Halloween.  Jasper has a grounding/earthy quality that can help you feel connected to the earth and its endless cycles.  Red Jasper draws the nurturing energy of the Earth to you while Brown Striped Jasper encourages vitality.  Jasper can help you to reach for the sky while still keeping you grounded.  All members of the Jasper family offer immense comfort and protection which can sustain you during the colder days ahead.  Agates are immensely creative crystals that can help you to deal with any situation in the most positive manner possible.  These crystals provide stability and balance when everything seems too jumbled and confused.  Many Agates have a banded quality that promotes perspective and focus when clarity is needed.  Botswana Agate is a wonderful tool for bringing fun and joy into any situation.  White Agate makes an excellent meditative tool for the darker months ahead.  If you celebrate Samhain, Fire Agate will connect you to the past, while Moss Agate will welcome in the New Year.

Calcite and Quartz

Calcite is a powerful cleanser that is perfect for ridding yourself of old habits and situations.  Now is the time to “bury” those things that no longer serve to be transformed over the coming months into something more positive.  Orange Calcite will encourage happy transitions and Blue Calcite will offer comfort and reduce any fears.  Quartz is a powerful crystal that will amplify positive energy and reduce negative thoughts, while relieving any mental, spiritual or physical pain you may be experiencing.  Remembrances of the past can be difficult and any Quartz crystal will make it better.  Ametrinebrings balance to the elements of light and dark that are prominent during Halloween and is a valuable addition to a Samhain altar or table.

Obsidian and Carnelian

Obsidian and Carnelian are the two crystals that are most essential to your Halloween and/or Samhain celebrations, and not just because they are Black and Orange (although that does enhance their energy!).  Obsidian connects you to the deepest layers of Earth where true change can occur.  At the same time, it offers solace and protection and reminds you that everything has a season.  Obsidian can help you find meaning when you are feeling lost.  Mahogany Obsidian enhances the nighttime energy and Snowflake Obsidian calms any sadness you may be feeling.  Samhain rituals are enhanced by Black Obsidian.   Carnelian allows you to let go of the past and focus on the here and now.  It will boost your personal power, your energy, and your creativity as it harnesses the energy of the Earth and the Sun.  Carnelian is an excellent companion as you head towards a new cycle.  Its protective qualities were used to accompany those who had passed on from this life in Ancient Egypt, making it a true welcome guest for a Samhain Dumb Supper.

Other crystals that will enhance your festivities include Petrified Wood, Cuprite, Opal, and Sunstone.  Find the crystal that speaks to you and let it accompany you on your journeys this Halloween.  Most importantly have fun…be safe…and maybe you’ll get some rocks in your Trick or Treat bag!

Happy Halloween!

How to Open, Clear, and Balance the Chakras with Crystals

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If you want to be healthy, happy, and spiritually connected, it all starts with your chakras and bio-energetic system. Your chakras are power points or gateways into the human energy system. They receive energy from the environment, which is circulated through the entire energy system via the meridians. The seven major chakras are located in a centerline at the core of your body. Each one has physical, emotional, and mental correspondences, and they each resonate with a specific color frequency.

If you are experiencing an imbalance or challenge in some area of your life, it might indicate that one or more of your chakras could use a tune-up. Chakras can become blocked due to unprocessed emotional energy, unhealthy mental patterns, toxins, negative energy, stress, past life and genetic line patterns, and other causes. An energy blockage in a chakra creates a deficiency in energy, which can eventually lead to dis-ease…

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Super Seven Healing Quartz Stone

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“Super seven” stone, also referred to as “Sacred seven” or “Melody stone”, is a quartz stone that contains seven materials; goethite, cacoxenite, rutile, lepidocrocite, amethyst, clear quartz and smoky quartz. Super seven stone is not much to look at; in fact, it looks like a dirty quartz gem with some purple amethyst zoning. However, those who believe in the power of crystal healing claim that the combination of the seven materials is extremely beneficial. Let’s learn a little more about the parts that make up this special stone.

Goethite is a brown-black or yellow-brown mineral that occurs mainly as fibrous crystals. It is made up of oxyhydroxide iron. Though it can be made into gemstones, it is rarely seen. Goethite is said by crystal healers to be a stone of communication, both physical and spiritual. Cacoxenite is a yellow, orange, green or brownish hydrous iron phosphate mineral that grows in fibrous bundles. Therefore, it is not suitable as a gemstone material…

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