By Sonia Acone
The Summer Solstice, which falls between June 20th-23rd every year (June 21st this year in the northern hemisphere and December 21st in the southern hemisphere), is known in many cultures and as many names – Midsummer, Litha, St. John’s Day, Gathering Day, Drying-Up Moon, and many others. No matter what it is called, the Summer Solstice has been celebrated worldwide for centuries as a time of light, enchantment, growth, energy, and connection.
The Sun has reached its highest point and has entered into the zodiac sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, and this combination of the Sun and Moon together is wonderful to enhance the celebration of summer. It is a time when weddings take place and vows are renewed; when pregnant women are blessed (growth isn’t just for plants!); when we can better connect to nature and all of its gifts.
The longest day of the year encourages us to get outdoors and celebrate life and light. Spring has rewarded us with growth in the flowers, plants, and herbs that we’ve planted and cultivated. Now is the time to get out there and reap what we’ve sown – cut those flowers and place them in containers/vases in and outdoors; snip those herbs to hang for drying, when they can be used in cooking, potpourri and sachets. The trees are full of leaves, so no one will think it silly if you happen to walk up to your favorite tree and give it a hug and a whisper of thanks for its protection and beauty.
In today’s world, men are often conflicted in regards to how to balance the expectations placed on them in their professional and personal lives. As the famous psychologist and world-renowned author John Gray, Ph.D. suggests in his latest book, Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, men and women are hormonally wired to think and behave in different ways.
Men typically find satisfaction in work, which is related to the production of the hormone testosterone. However, the levels of stress in today’s work environment and the ever-increasing demands on workers in any industry today easily create an imbalance where men feel pressured to pour all their energy into work and push their personal life and emotional relationships to the margins. Over time, this imbalance typically creates a range of health problems, including those that significantly erode a man’s self-esteem.
I strongly recommend reading Mr. Gray’s book for detailed explanations and advice, but here I will turn to crystals that may help to counteract this, create a greater balance, and help in reducing stress, and thus provide you with a great foundation upon which to build a life that you desire.
Particularly among the newer witchblrs, so I feel as though I should say something:
And research that is preferably done off of Tumblr (aka Google it), so you’ll find a wider range of opinions, articles, and thoughts on the matter.
By Ashley Leavy
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Labradorite: “You have the ability to achieve (or exceed!) your life goals by following your soul path and listening to your inner guidance.”
Common Healing Properties of Labradorite:
Colors: Light or dark gray with flashes of blue, yellow, green, gold, orange, pink, or purple
Associated Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)
Zodiac Signs: Scorpio, Gemini, Aquarius
Elements: Water, Air
Companion Flowers: Hemerocallis (Daylily)
Companion Essential Oil: Neroli (Orange Blossom)
Companion Stone: Rainbow Moonstone
Common Origins: Madagascar, Canada, Finland
Notes: The flash of color displayed in this stone is known as Labradoresence.
Wanna’ Get Science-y? Click Here to get information about the chemical composition, hardness, streak, etc. of this crystal from one of my favorite sites!
Mimosa Manager Cathy Douglas had this to share:
Labradorite has a lot in common with Moonstone: both are feldspars sharing the same basic makeup (Ca, Na)(Al, Si)4O8), and both show a distinctive, often-bluish inner shine that results when light reflects back from the inner planes of feldspar. But its darker color gives Labradorite a highly spiritual quality, so that people going through spiritual awakening or development often find themselves irresistibly attracted to it.
Safety note: Please don’t use Labradorite to make elixirs, since it contains aluminum.
Ashley Leavy is the founder & Educational Director at Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy
By Nicole Piper
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On a recent trip to one of my favorite crystal shops, I had my boys in tow, ages 7 and 9. I did my usual thing where I grab a basket and start ransacking the crystals bins, and my kids asked if they could get something. That’s when it occurred to me that my house was full of crystals, like, I have crystals spread out on all flat surfaces of my home – but they were all mine. None of them were technically chosen or cared for by my kids, and I thought, why not? I preach the benefits of crystals all the time; I’m missing this huge opportunity to get my kids involved in this from a young age so that it’s second nature to them as they are growing up. So, I told them, yes, they could each choose one thing. It was sort of an experiment for me to see what they would choose and to figure out why they were drawn to that particular crystal, and the result was, as I expected and much to my delight, they both chose crystals that had properties pertaining to problems/issues they were currently experiencing.
My youngest suffers from night terrors, and he chose a Brown Striped Jasper sphere. Brown Striped Jasper happens to be known as “the supreme nurturer” stone, promoting tranquility and support during stressful times. It’s also effective at banishing nightmares. My oldest chose a huge chunk of Snowflake Obsidian, which helps keep you centered and focused and is a very effective grounding stone. He happens to suffer from flightiness and has difficulty maintaining attention and focus, especially in regard to school work.
It was so amazing to see them drawn to these stones that could help them, with no prompting on my part. I really believe that most kids are very “in tune” with themselves and with the energies of these stones. A lot of them haven’t been blocked by stress or anxiety or worry like us adults, therefore they can easily pick up the energy of crystals and have a sense of what to use them for. If you are thinking of getting your kids into crystals, maybe let them choose for themselves and then see which properties of those crystals may have called to them!
Record-Keeper crystals have a very unique energy, matched only by their unusual appearance.
These crystals can be identified by the appearance of raised or sunken “record-keeper” triangles on the faces of the crystal. The record-keepers are typically formed when mineral-rich solution flowed over protrusions on the surface of the crystal point. They are normally found on only a few of the crystal faces (not all) and they show the direction of the fluid flow as the geologic event that formed them was occurring. Although most commonly found in minerals of the Quartz group (i.e. Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, etc.), record-keepers are also sometimes present in the Corundum group (i.e. Ruby and Sapphire stones).
Many intuitive and healers believe that these record keeper triangles can use to access information that’s been stored within the crystal. Some people think that these represent data or information implants that are actually of…
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They are tools for empowerment, for blessings, for prosperity, for love, for healing, for creating a sacred space, and much more. They can be used for any intention, from the simple goal of “bring more money” to the more serious, “banish this curse” to the great goal of “heal the planet”. Whatever your intention, the crystal grid is an effective use of crystal energy when done with your clean intention.
A grid is formed by making a geometric pattern with crystals, which can be tumbled stones or natural rough stones. The pattern can be any design you like – a Star of David which is the most popular, a Reiki symbol, a pentagram or another symbol of your choosing.
A basic grid consists of 4, 5, 6, or 7 stones – 1 in the center and the rest making the design. To charge and empower your grid you can use…
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As a healing stone, carnelian is gently activating and warming, and will encourage the natural healing abilities of the body. This is partly because it energizes the sacral chakra, where stress and trauma tend to become lodged. Carnelian helps to gently release these imbalances, even if they have been present for many years.
Energy: healing, creative, sympathetic
Colors: translucent or clear, dark red or orange-red to reddish brown, gold-red, and brown
Uses: Carnelian is a type of chalcedony excellent for enhancing sexuality, accessing fire energy, building power, motivation, activating energy and creativity. Helpful for past life awareness, fertility, purification, lower back problems, prosperity, protection against injury or falling, courage, mental focus, and strength.
Star Sign: Leo
Hold carnelian, the super-energy stone, when you need a boost
Put carnelian in your pocket, to benefit from its power if you are giving a…
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Quartz crystal has an organizing and harmonizing effect on all parts of the body with which it comes into contact. It can be especially calming, and will quickly restore a more balanced energy. It also helps to dissipate all areas of imbalance and negativity, and establishes calmness and clarity in the mind, making it a […]
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