Stones of the Goddess by Nicholas Pearson: REVIEW

Stones of the Goddess is a crystal user’s guide on working with goddesses and the Divine feminine. Nicholas Pearson’s expertise in crystals is apparent throughout as this is a detailed and well researched manual. The stand out for me was the rock formations process compared to the maiden, mother, crone triality that we see in several goddess stories. This scientific and geologic look at nature’s cyclical process is the essence of this book- that the goddess is present in the mineral kingdom. There were several crystal grids, charm bags, elixirs, meditations that were included. This book couldn’t be more timely as we are currently experiencing the women’s empowerment movement and the rise of the feminine. If the Goddess represents nature and change, using her gifts will help us navigate our way through this new  expansive consciousness.

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Sardonyx- August

Swedenborg corresponds Sardonyx to love of good and light. It exhibits sard and white chalecdony in layers but the finest specimens contain 3 layers: a black base, a white zone, and a layer of red or brown. Black symbolizes humility, the white virtue, and the red fearlessness. The Sardonyx is under the rulership of Leo, the sign of sensation, feeling, the first aspect of the soul’s future condition here on Earth. In the Rosicrucian jewels, the Sardonyx appears as the gem of victorious ecstasy and rapture which flows from the eternal fountain of delight, banishing grief and woe. It was said to give self-control, conjungal happiness and good fortune, and it is said that if a woman neglects to wear her Sardonyx, she will never marry. It was frequently engraved with an eagle or hawk as a talisman for fortune.

There was a famous cameo by the name of the “Saint Chapelle” which was the second largest cameo known measured by 12 x 10.5 inches. The carving is the return of Germanicus from Germany in the year 17 AD.  It also shows Tiberious and Livia enthroned receiving him. The grief-stricken captives were shown down below. The great antiquary of France- Nicholas Claude Fabri de Peiresc devalued the gem and then pawned it off to Louis X of France for 10, 000 silver marks. This Sardonyx cameo now lies in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

There are many other famous stories of Sardonyx cameos and the word Onyx was interchangeable with the word Cameo in ancient times. It is believed that it comes from the Arabic word Chemelia= charm which is related to the Talmudical Hebrew word Khemeia= amulet.

If you were born in August, wear Sardonyx as a charm for love and happiness.

 

 

Crystals Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Bernice Cockram- REVIEW

Crystals Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Bernice Cockram is a beginner’s guide on healing crystals. Everything you need to know about them is included. Cockram’s explanations and descriptions are easy to understand so the reader will not be overwhelmed by the content. Cockram included information about crystals that I haven’t always seen in beginner’s guides such as the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, tips on how to create crystal healing nets for yourself and others, crystal divination using Astrology and Chinese Magic Squares, and Numerology. These were all nice touches that anyone can incorporate after reading this book. I applaud Cockram for explaining the different types of sacred geometrical patterns for crystal grids such as when you would use a flower of life grid versus a vesica pisces grid. I have not come across this type of information in a crystal book before so I thoroughly appreciated that section. The same goes for the different types of crystal systems that were also explained. Once again, most crystal books neglect to include this information so I was pleasantly surprised to read about this. My only complaint is that the author should have listed crystals that are safe and unsafe for making gem elixirs because a beginner would not necessarily know this. Since Cockram described the steps in making a gem elixir, a short list of safe and toxic crystals would have been a big help. The illustrations throughout were effective and the images of the crystals were crisp and clear. Overall a very informative and quick guide on crystals that I will surely be adding to my collection.

Crystals to Lift Your Spirits: A.K.A- Curing the Longggg Winter Blues

This past winter was a typical Saturnian winter. Bitterly cold, blistering winds, snow storm after snow storm, ice encrusted roads and trees, gray and gloom, so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Saturn moved into the sign of Capricorn December 2017 which is a winter sign. Saturn rules over our weather, so this was the recipe for an unbearable winter season. I am Canadian so our winters are usually long and cold, but this year was particularly harsh. Be prepared folks, we have another solid 2 years of this hell!

I sit here writing this blog during the second week of April, when birds should be chirping, the sun should be warm, and crocuses and tulips should be poking their little sleepy heads through the ground. Ummmm, no. It’s cold. Winter coat cold, which is very unusual for this time of year…thanks Saturn. Gray skies and cold weather are fine for a few months, but after a while it really starts to become depressing. With that being said, I thought I would share 3 of my favourite uplifting crystals.

They are ranked #3-1, #1 being the most powerful…

#3- Lemon Quartz

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Lemon Quartz is an irridated quartz (a high vibe colour enhancing process) that has been treated to bring out its yellow greenish hue. This crystal helps to remind you of all the good things in life which counteracts negativity. I find this crystal is great to work with if friends, family, or coworkers are draining your energies.  Everytime I’ve worn this crystal, I feel perky and upbeat. It helps you to persevere even when you are feeling low.

#2- Sunstone

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I know. The name is a dead give-away, but it’s true! Sunstone is THE happiness stone! It makes you feel alive and enthusiastic! It keeps you focused on the present moment without worrying about how long your happiness will last. Like the sun, it will increase your visibility, attracting new people and opportunities your way. I have a worry stone made of Sunstone, and whenever I feel low, I rub my fingers along it and I feel a burst of energy and excitement. It’s especially useful in the winter when you are feeling cold, as it will warm you up.

#1- Spinel

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Spinel might not be the most obvious choice for a crystal to life your spirits, but I believe it is the most powerful happiness crystal. Spinel comes from the latin word ‘spina’ meaning spine, as Spinel has sharp needle like formations. It is a high vibe crystal that is used to substitute rubies and sapphires. Spinel repels negativity and grounds the user. It is said to alchemize all negative and emotional issues into positive emotions, empowering the user. It is known as a matrix crystal because of its strong regenerative properties. It will give you inspiration and optimism more than any other crystal. I recently purchased a spinel necklace, and I have never felt more happy in my life. I feel excited for the future and ecstatic in the present. I worry less and have more passion for life. I cannot recommend Spinel enough, which is why it’s my #1 crystal for uplifting your spirits!

 

There are many more crystals out there that will uplift you, but these are 3 that I have worked with that have had a great impact on my life. Typically the yellow and orange crystals are known as the happiness boosters as they activate your solar plexus chakra, which is known as the seat of happiness. Try exploring yellow and orange crystals if you cannot get your hands on the ones I’ve mentioend.

Some other good alternatives are:

Carnelian

Amber (not a crystal)

Yellow Jade

Yellow or Orange Calcite

Citrine

Yellow Jasper

Yellow Opal

 

Thanks for reading!

September Potpourri: Motivation Blend

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  1. a mixture and or collection of miscellaneous and diverse items.

 

Theme: Motivation/Drive

Song: Mountaineers by Susanne Sundfor

Crystals: Lemon Quartz & Snakeskin Agate

Things: Numerology Guidance Cards, Crystal Grids

Biggest Lesson Learned: Trust your initial feeling about someone

Biggest Regret: Not saying “no” when I should have

Proudest Moments: Doing Astrology birth chart analyses for clients & having a clear vision of what my future new age shop will be like

Goal for October: Savour the moment

 

July 2017 Potpourri- The Escapism Blend

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noun
  1. a mixture and or collection of miscellaneous and diverse items.

Theme: Escapism

Book: The Sacred Power of Your Name by Ted Andrews

Song: Realiti by Grimes

Crystals: Mookite a.k.a Australian Jasper, Blue Lace Agate

Film: Doctor Strange

Fashion: Culotte Jumpsuit

Biggest Lesson Learned: Gratitude

Biggest Regret: Real Estate

Proudest Moment: Surrendering

Goal for August: Bravery

 

 

 

 

 

Fluorite: Pisces Medicine

Fluorite is one of those crystals that everyone needs in their stash. Known as the ‘Genius Stone’ it promotes mental acuity like no other rock, gem, or mineral out there in the jewelry shop of Mother Nature. It strengthens the mind, fine tunes analytical and critical thinking skills, helps the user attain and remember information, and assists in solving complex problems. Bringing both the left brain and right brain together by bringing in more life force, spiritual and metaphysical awareness becomes heightened as does creativity creating a psychic spark in the individual.

There are many different variations of Fluorite- Purple, Blue, Yellow, Green, but they all target the mind and consciousness.

Exceptional for clearing mental fog, distortion, and illusions, Fluorite becomes medicine for every dreaming Pisces. Helping to dissolve mental confusion, it gifts the user with the ability to work through every situation and problem methodically as opposed to drowning in the emotional tides that can sweep a person under. Keeping us connected to the divine, while firmly planted on the earth, this is the ideal crystal for anyone who finds themselves getting lost in the astral plane and new age spirituality. I call this crystal Pisces medicine, because as someone who has a stellium in Pisces, I understand how difficult it is to stay focused here in present reality when spirit and dreams are always beckoning. Fluorite becomes a crystallized chain that connects us to both planes without sacrificing one for the other.

Fluorite is also excellent for meditation as it helps to quiet the mind and to access “higher” information. It’s also great for studying, dream recall, and anything that requires concentration.

Fluorite is the crystal for the zodiac sign Pisces, but serves a dual purpose of not only being the birth crystal, but as also being a great medication for those who drown in their own thoughts.

Get a prescription of Fluorite and watch yourself become the master of your mind.

Why We Should Treat Our Crystals Like Pets

How many of us have brought home the most sparkly powerful crystal completely enamored with it for a few days or weeks and without even thinking about it, abandon it on a shelf or dusty corner of our bedroom, perhaps only using it for a much needed ritual, only to put it back to its forgotten hideaway? I am certainly guilty of doing this, even worse you could say, as I keep the majority of my crystals in a little shabby chic box I keep in a bedside table drawer. This reminds me of the feeling when  you bring home that new kitty or puppy where you just can’t stop playing with them, and then as the weeks go by you find yourself waning off the 24/7 attention, busying yourself with “other” more “important” things. 

Crystals are living things with feelings like plants, animals or trees. It is believed that if your crystal breaks or chips there is a powerful emotive energy that is being emitted from the crystal that usually is reflective of an inner fracturing of the person using the crystal. I can speak from my own experience of dropping a rose quartz pendant in a new age shop and of course had to buy it. I brought it home and dare I say, glued it back together again……which is somewhat of a taboo in the crystal community, as glue is not a natural occurring substance. I have always believed that my Rose Quartz broke because my heart at the time was suffering from a self love deficiency. When I held the Rose Quartz it could not withstand that type of energy because it was emitting extra strong self love vibrations. I never felt much from that pendant and kept it hidden away in my little box for a good year.

Occasionally I take out all of my crystals to cleanse them and it sometimes feels as though they are crying for attention. Some feel weak, others feel cold, and some feel turned off from me. I recently cleansed my Rose Quartz in my Tibetan singing bowl and felt it was waking up. It’s malnutrition of cobwebs, darkness, and neglect were disappearing as its frequencies awoke to the sound healing. Ever since I have felt a stronger connection to it, and have started working with it again. It’s like those people who keep their dogs locked up indoors all the time, and when they take them outside once or twice a year for a walk, they can’t contain themselves, they’re running all over the place, jumping on strangers, and chasing the squirrels…….it’s as though they have been resuscitated.

I’ve started noticing that crystals need our attention as much as our pets and plants do. When they’re ignored they can become dull in colour and weak in energy. I even know people who have thrown away or sold crystals and I can’t help but wonder if they know that they can’t provide the necessities it needs, much like a pet owner has to give up a cat or dog they can no longer look after?

Feeding our crystals with love polishes these little vessels into the soul jewelry they’re meant to be. We’re obviously not going to put a leash on them and take them for a walk, but we need to nurture their frequencies by using them, speaking to them, asking them for help, and cleansing them. I’ve also noticed that taking them outside freshens them up a bit as they are visiting Mother Gaia, who is their own personal jeweler.

So while it’s important to raise and nurture our pets, we can’t neglect the pets of Mother Earth, those pets of the cosmos, those pets of light and love we call crystals. It’s not so crazy to have a pet rock after all.

 

Cavansite- The Transition Stone

As the year of endings comes to a close, I thought I would share some information about a wonderful crystal that is the perfect crystal to work with in this time of endings and beginnings.

Cavansite is known to be a transition stone, assisting the user through major life changes. It assists you by illuminating the path forward, and creating a sense of inner peace about your past and current journey. It helps you retain and remember spiritual information from your life experiences through connecting the throat and third eye chakras, allowing you to communicate your spiritual truths. It also aids self acceptance and is a wonderful stress reliever. It also endows the user with incredible focus and stillness, which makes it excellent for studying.

This stone comes in a range of bluish colours from Mediterranean blue, to light blue, to bluish green. It is connected to the planet Uranus- the planet of change, and the sign of Aquarius.

I would highly recommend this stone for the month of December and for 2017, to assist you in integrating new energies that are coming into your life and to have a certain peace knowing that all is how it is meant to be. This is an amazing stone for passages- and what a more perfect time to take advantage of this talisman, then through the passageway of the final year of a 9 year cycle (2016), into the brand new chapter about to unfold in 2017.

 

Magic of Snow

I was awoken this morning by a twinkling light peeking through my curtain, and was delighted to discover that the first snowfall of the season had blanketed my garden overnight. Snow, is in fact, magical, and here is why.

Snowflakes crystallize in the shape of the ancient “hex star” symbol which comes from the word ‘hexefus’ which means witches’ cauldron or witches’ foot.
I like to think of Winter as the crystallization period of the year. I tend to have the most inspiration during the Winter, and is usually when I experience some type of spiritual gestation, when I am able to witness all of my inner work come the Spring Equinox.

Snow is actually little tiny quartz crystals that when wielded correctly, can align us with our higher selves, hopes, and wishes. Snow is one of the most potent ingredients for divination, because it is water, which is connected to the divine feminine, and is the colour white, the colour of the divine and purity.

Snow Magic Tips

To melt hard feelings against you, gather snow that has fallen. Write the name of the person who is giving you a hard time on a piece of paper. Put it in the middle of the glass plate. Take the snow and pile it on top. Add a dash of sugar. As the snow melts, the person in question will loosen his or her hold over you.

Make a snow bottle. Write your wishes on a piece of paper and put the paper in a bottle packed with snow. As the snow melts, your wishes will be granted.

Legend also has it, that if you walk in nature on a snowy day, the divine will speak directly to you, as the silence of the cold allows you to tune into other frequencies.