Crystals for Balance During the Holiday Season

by Kathleen Johnson from UniverSOUL Heart

Crystals for Balance during the Holiday Season by Kathleen Johnson

Although we know that maintaining balance in our lives is a key to wellness, it is often a challenge to do so. Life on Earth can be demanding, stressful, and even chaotic at times, which makes it harder to achieve, let alone maintain, a state of balance. This is especially true during the holiday season. As we rush around in our daily lives, juggling responsibilities of home, work, family, and friends, the added pressure of the holiday season is a recipe for imbalance and overload. So, this holiday season, allow some crystal therapy into your lives, and mindfully work with their energy to keep yours in balance. 

Some of my top choices for balance and stress relief are:

Black Tourmaline is a stone that everyone needs! You may know it as a great grounding stone, but it also cleanses the energy field, and helps to dispel negativity in the form of worry, fear, judgment, and other toxic emotions. Black Tourmaline purifies and protects, so you can feel grounded and stable through the holiday rush. Keep a piece in a pocket, and place some over the exterior doors in your home.

Blue Kyanite is a wonderful choice for finding and maintaining balance. All Kyanites gently and thoroughly align and balance the 7 primary chakras. They calm and release stuck energy manifesting as emotions. Blue Kyanite has the added benefits of dissolving unhealthy emotional patterns, as well as enhancing communication with others. Placing a piece of Blue Kyanite on the 3rd eye can create a calm serene state in a matter of minutes when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list.

Green Aventurine is a heart chakra stone, and carries a lovely energy that instantly lifts the spirits and supports a feeling of well-being. It is also a wonderful balancing crystal, and inspires optimism during challenging times and situations. With its happy loving energy, Green Aventurine supports graceful movement through the holiday season. And, because it also harmonizes interactions with others, it is a wonderful choice for holiday gatherings and social events. Wearing a green aventurine necklace or pendant keeps it close to the heart.

Lepidolite is quickly becoming one of my go-to crystals, especially for stressful times when balance is needed. It harmonizes with all the chakras, but works especially well with the heart and 3rd eye. Its energy soothes frazzled nerves and dissipates stress and worry. Lepidolite calms anxiety and encourages restful sleep. It gently moves us into a receptive state for balance and emotional healing. Its energy is serene, soothing, and helps us appreciate the lessons in challenges. Carry Lepidolite in a pocket for a calm balancing influence and place it under your pillow for relief from insomnia related to holiday stress.

Red Jasper is the “Supreme Nurturer”. Offering stability and emotional balance, Red Jasper works slowly but steadily. Keeping Red Jasper in your environment promotes a grounded outlook, a deeper connection to Mother Earth, and an ability to recognize the source of chaos in our lives, thus providing the opportunity to restore order. Red Jasper has a very practical and earthy vibration that feels comforting and familiar. It also restores strength and vitality depleted by stress or illness. Red Jasper calms and balances the emotions when used as a worry stone.

Rose Quartz is a universally beloved stone. The gentle, nurturing energy of this delicate pink crystal is pure love – unconditional and for all. Its soothing vibrations are calming as they release tension and restore balance to the emotions and the entire energetic body. Rose Quartz is the quintessential heart chakra stone. Even so, it stimulates all the chakras, harmonizing and uniting them with heart energy. Wear Rose Quartz in a necklace or pendant, and allow its loving energy to calm and smooth any emotional rough edges.

Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list. Fortunately, Mother Earth has blessed us with many crystals that restore balance, reduce stress, and support wellbeing. Some additional suggestions are AmethystBlue Chalcedony,Blue Lace AgateCelestiteMoonstoneTiger’s Eye, and Unakite Jasper.

Finally, as always, allow your intuition to guide you to those that work best with you. Mother Earth has you covered, so welcome some crystal therapy into the holiday season, and Sparkle on!

Source: The Pocket Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach, by Robert Simmons (2015)

CLEARING INNER RESISTANCE TO POSITIVE CHANGE ~ A CRYSTAL HEALING RITUAL

By Krista Mitchell

Clearing Inner Resistance to Positive Change - A Crystal Healing Ritual  / krista-mitchell.com

It’s mind-boggling to think that there’s a part of us inside that fights us on making positive changes in our lives.

If something’s going to make our lives better, happier, healthier, why can’t we just do it? What gets in the way?

Put your hand up if you’ve ever experienced this: there’s a change you’ve wanted or needed to make in your life for a long-azz time, but you just seem stuck or held in the same old place or repeating pattern.

You just can’t seem to make the change happen.

It could be losing weight, changing jobs or careers, shifting your pattern of relationships, breaking a bad habit, exercising more, eating better, creating more work/life balance, etc.

What you are experiencing, my friend, is inner resistance.

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Crystals Not Suitable For Making Gem Water

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Crystals that are NOT suitable for placing in water / making gem water

This list will explain common stones that are either toxic to use for drinking in gem water or stones that are soluble in water. 🙂

Alunite: Non toxic but soluble in water

Anglesite: Toxic and slightly soluble in water

Arsenopyrite: Potentially toxic

Azurite: Harmful

Azurite-Malachite: Harmful

Azurite-Pseudomalachite: Harmful

Bunsenite: Toxic; allergen; avoid skin contact

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New Moon in Virgo ~ Opportunities for Advancement

Dear all,
I have some really great news for you — After a challenging summer, we are finally reaching calm astrological waters!
In addition to an excellent positioning of the New Moon in Virgo, we will also have the support and stability provided by Mercury and Saturn — two big players when it comes to movement, studying, learning, teaching, organization, long-term planning and communication. You may notice this as being able to do anything related to these areas with greater ease and precision.
The New Moon in Virgo on the 9th has only one challenging aspect with a planet that often brings confusion, deception, fears, and disillusionment.
However, this New Moon has many more positive aspects with several other planets whose influence can help us overcome this quite easily.
Just remember that based on your personal chart you may experience this in a variety of ways.
Generally, the atmosphere that all these planetary interactions create will be one of generosity, focus, self-confidence, optimism, increased spiritual growth, and many opportunities for positive changes . . .
The key change that you may want to focus on this month is your health, specifically how to arrange your schedule to include more wellness/energy/spiritual activities that support your well-being.
To maximize this astro-spiritual opening for change, actively focus on making new connections, expanding your circle, learning new things and growing spiritually.
Crystals to assist you with this are Labradorite, Amazonite, Turquoise, and Imperial Topaz.
For those of you who are local (Hampton Roads, VA), here are some news — send me an email back if you are interested:
1) Early Morning Beach Meditation, Saturday, September 15, $10
2) Early Morning Equinox Meditation, Saturday, September 22, $10
3) There are just a couple of spots left for my Crystals for Women Workshop, on Saturday, September 22, 4pm to 6pm, Williamsburg, VA, so if you are interested, please go here and register right away!
4) Brand new workshop — Crystals for Vitality, Energy Protection, and Boundaries, on Saturday, September 29, 4pm to 6pm , Williamsburg, VA. Registration and more details here
Till next time,
Stay happy and healthy!
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Crystal Mastery Conference

by the Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy

Crystal Mastery Conference with The Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy

Want to learn from the world’s leading crystal experts (for free)?

The Crystal Mastery Conference is starting super soon, hosted by the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. There are 7 wonderful presenters and it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to study with some of the world’s leading crystal experts, all for FREEBe sure to grab your spot here.

Here’s a sneak peak at the presenters and topics…

  • Ashley Leavy – Conference Welcome & Crystal Basics
  • Emma Mildon – Crystals for Invoking the Divine Feminin
  • Sarah Balmer – Using Crystals in your Yoga Practice
  • Brigit Esselmont – Enhancing Intuition with Crystals & Tarot
  • Devi Brown – Manifesting with Crystals
  • Natalie Walstein – Using Crystals + Astrology to Align with Your Soul’s Purpose
  • Evangeline Summerville – Giving Crystals Back to the Earth

Crystal Prizes will be given away each day of the conference! All you have to do is tune in to each interview for a chance to win 🙂 Join the Crystal Lovers Community Group on Facebook where you can share about what you’re learning and get inspired by others who are on the same journey as you.

Crystals for Autumn Equinox

by Hibiscus Moon

I REALLY LOVE this time of year! But I think I say that every time the seasons change. I get such a charge from the seasonal cycles.

The Autumn Equinox (or Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemi) is now upon us and for the purposes of this blog post I’m going to stick to the Autumn aspects, but if you’re from Down Under or just plain interested, you can read my classic blog post on Spring Equinox here.

Some Science, Of Course!

So, before I get to the crystals, a bit o’ science on the Equinox stuffs for a sec. I can’t help myself! This year’s Autumn (or Fall) Equinox lands on Friday, September 22.

There are 2 equinoxes each year; in September and March. Because of the tilt of our planet on our axis, we’re usually getting more sun on one hemisphere than on the other, but there are 2 times/year (Spring and Autumn Equinox) when we get pretty much equal amounts of sunlight on both hemi’s, so our night and day are of equal length everywhere on Mama Earth. So cool!

IMAGE BY PRZEMYSLAW “BLUESHADE” IDZKIEWICZ.

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There’s a Crystal for That! 

By Nikki @ Sol Path Tarot and Crystal Reiki
Crystals For Your Home

Today I will begin a 6-week series on crystals to use around your home. Many of us carry or wear our crystals to help us with various healing, but you can also set crystals around your home to promote certain atmospheres or help carry out specific intentions. When using crystals in your home, you can choose to display large crystals in the form of towers or spheres, or you may wish to be more subtle by hiding small tumbled stones in drawers or under sofa cushions. Whichever way you prefer will be perfectly fine and will have the same effect.

For week 1, here is a list of crystals to use in your kitchen/dining area. The kitchen for many people is the hub of their home. This modern-day hearth is a high-traffic area for most families and tends to be a place where people gather when we have friends or family visiting. This is also the space where we nourish ourselves and our loved ones, which is why keeping this space energetically healthy can be very important. Here are 4 crystals to give your kitchen a spiritual remodel.

1. Agate – Agate has a very gentle, calming energy that is good for grounding and promotes overall wellness and longevity.

2. Amazonite – This stone opens both the heart and the throat chakra, promoting loving communication. It dispels negativity and is beneficial for calcium and mineral absorption.

3. Chryscolla – Chrysocolla purifies the environment in which it’s placed and promotes love and understanding. It can bring tranquility and serenity to the space, as well as bond family members together, improving the relationships between people by encouraging positive communication.

4. Jasper – All jaspers are known to be great nurturers. Whichever type of jasper you choose will alleviate stress and tension in the space and will encourage altruism and strengthen the family bond. It also clears electromagnetic and environmental pollution from the space, as well as work toward clearing emotional/mental negativity from the people sharing the space.

(References: Hall, Judy “The Crystal Bible” ; Grant, Ember “The Book of Crystal Spells.”)

New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Pluto ~ Do I need to say more?

Dear all,
If your answer was “yes!” — here it is:
This New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse, happening in the sign of Cancer, with opposition from Pluto retrograde, may bring out some unresolved issues to the forefront.
Because Pluto is retrograde, this means it will be something you are already familiar with and because the Sun and the Moon are involved, it may affect your confidence, vitality, your emotions, or your subconscious. The exact field of life it will affect will depend on your natal chart.
The keywords for Pluto are control, power, and transformation, and in the order I’ve listed them, they indicate the rise from the lower to the higher energies. So if any issues of control or power-plays (or fears) arise, you will want to think of how they can be transformed and that will shift your personal energy.
Direct influence of this energy is on Thursday and Friday, and this would be a perfect time to have an energy session, as any change you want to make will be able to deeper than usual.
This is not a good time to begin anything new and it would be better to wait till Saturday, when a supportive Venus – Saturn connection makes it a good day for laying any foundations for whatever you want to have a long-term success with.
Crystals to work with: Dravite, multi-colored Tourmaline, Scepter Quartz
Till next time, stay happy and healthy!
Brana Mijatovic,Ph.D.

The Energy of Light – Crystals for the Summer Solstice

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.

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Crystals for Men: Establishing Firm Foundations

By Crystal Cosmopolitan

Black OnyxGarnetTiger’s Eye

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.

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