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Gemstones of the Moon

V0024874 Astronomy: Diana, as Moon goddess, an angel above looking he Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Astronomy: Diana, as Moon goddess, an angel above looking heavenward. Engraving by N. Dorigny, 1695, after Raphael, 1516. 1695 By: Raphaelafter: Nicolas DorignyPublished: 1695 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

(A 17th century engraving of Diana the Moon goddess, with an angel above her, by the French artist Nicolas Dorigny.  The crab on her head signifies the zodiac sign Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon.  Image Source: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

THE PLANETARY GEMSTONES OF THE MOON

Although mostly forgotten today, there are traditional connections between astrology and the mineral kingdom.  The birthstones are actually a 20th century invention but they echo an ancient belief that each planet and zodiac sign had gemstones associated with it.  Although these listings vary, they follow a simple rule.  Each material has a symbolic connection with the planet and therefore could serve as a vehicle for its energy.

THE SILVER MIRROR

“The moon is a silver pin head vase, that holds the heaven’s
tent-hangings fast.”
~William R. Alger, 19th century Unitarian minister and author~

Both the Moon, and many of its spiritual beings, were associated historically with silver.  The metal resembles both moonlight and water.  While it tarnishes black, it can be restored by polishing, similar to the changing phases of the Moon.  All metals were once luxury goods.  Their shiny surfaces reminded people of the light emitted by certain celestial bodies.  Because gold does not tarnish, it was associated with the consistent appearance of the Sun.  Silver was seen as “semi perfect”, representing the cool light of the changeable Moon, while the other planetary metals were “imperfect”.

Most of the metaphysical properties of silver derive from its physical characteristics, lunar connection, or use as currency.  Silver’s durability but susceptibility to corruption made it a symbol of both morality and redemption in the West.  Although the metal tarnishes, said to represent sin traditionally, it can easily be restored by cleaning.   This quality is interpreted more neutrally today as supporting personal growth, self knowledge, and cleansing heavy energies.

Silver has been used historically to make mirrors, often in the round shape of the Moon.  The reflective metal came to represent spiritual sight like intuition, personal reflection, and the deflection of negativity.  Because of its connection to the night, it also signifies protection from the forces of darkness, just as silver bullets are thought to injure werewolves in contemporary folklore.

While most countries adopted the gold standard from the mid 19th to 20th centuries, where paper currency could be exchanged for its equivalent value in gold, silver was the principle metal used for commerce for centuries before that, associating it also with abundance, good luck, and success.

1: Silver

moongemstones(A black moonstone sphere and pink moonstone rough on a handout from our workshop.  As the name implies, moonstone is traditionally associated with the Moon.   The term is applied to different varieties of the mineral feldspar that display adularescence, a bluish white sheen on the surface.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

THE CHILDREN OF THE MOON

Not only do the planets correspond to certain areas of life, each is traditionally associated with specific animals, plants, and minerals. For example, the 16th century German writer Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa lists the following materials under the rulership of the Moon:

Amongst Metals, Silver; amongst stones, Crystall (A), the Silver Marcasite (B), and all those stones that are White, and Green.  Also the stone Selenites (C), Lunary, shining from a white body, with a yellow brightness, imitating the motion of the Moon, having in it the figure of the Moon which daily increaseth, or decreaseth as doth the Moon. Also Pearls, which are generated in shels of fishes from the droppings of Water, also the Berill (D).

A = Quartz.  B = Arsenopyrite.  C = A name used for both gypsum and moonstone historically.  D = Beryl but more likely, aquamarine.

(It can be difficult to correctly identify stones in historic texts.  Names drift over time and minerals recognized today as completely different things were unknowingly seen as one gemstone, named by their color.  For example, topaz once meant peridot, then all translucent yellow stones, and eventually the aluminum silicate we know today.)

Other period astrological texts also include:

All soft stones (Lily, 17th century).

Nabatean glass (E), white stones, emerald, moonstone. Silver and things manufactured of silver, such as cups, bangles, rings and the like, pearls, crystal, beads strung (Al-Biruni, 11th century).

E = A luxury trade good in antiquity, from Southern Jordan.

moongrid(A lunar crystal grid from a planetary gemstone workshop.  It has a girasol quartz center stone, often sold under the trade name “moon quartz”.   One arm has selenite, aquamarine, and aragonite, a mineral used by sea creatures to produce their shells.   The other one has silver leaf in bottles, moss agate, rainbow moonstone, and abalone shell.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

By reverse engineering these correspondences, we can learn lunar qualities in stones generally:

2: Stones that resemble the moon in color or have a white flash, once thought to change with its phases: selenite, the trade name for crystalline gypsum, and the various feldspars with a flash known as moonstoneGirasol quartz is commonly sold as “Moon quartz”.  It is an uncommon white cousin of rose quartz, with a golden blue glow.

3: Materials that resemble water: clear quartz, beryl (aquamarine), and glass.  The Moon is associated with water, especially the ocean, because of its influence over the tides.  We are surrounded by glass today but it was once an incredibly prized material.  As translucent as water and often used to hold liquids, one can see how period authors considered it lunar.

4: Precious materials from the sea, often organic in origin, like pearl, coral, and shell.

5: Green stones that representing growth.  Historically the Moon was thought to rule the movement of all water, not just the oceans, so also represented the growth of crops from rain.

fullmoongrid(A Full Moon crystal grid from our website, www.etemetaphysical.com.  It also has a girasol quartz center stone.   One arm has rose quartz, aquamarine, milk quartz, and celestite crystals.  The other one has rough moonstone, amethyst, and clear quartz points.  A border of white salt chunks surrounds the entire grid.  Image Source: Christopher Lee Matthews.)

TEARS OF THE SEA

“He who would search for pearls must dive below.”
~John Dryden, 17th century English poet~

There is a long tradition of using gems in India to counter balance problems with both the natal chart and transiting planets. Large, flawless stones, usually set in specific metals are prescribed. Each planet has a primary gemstone, if one of sufficient size can not be found or is too expensive, then an alternative in a similar color is used. The primary stone of Chandra (the Moon) is pearl and its substitutes also appear lunar like moonstone.

A pearl is an organic object produced by certain molluscs, most notably the oyster. They form to protect the animal from injury or a foreign body, wrapping it in layers of the minerals calcite and aragonite and the protein conchiolin. Natural pearls are a rare occurrence and were once the most precious jewelry material available, known as the “queen of gems”. In the early 1900’s techniques were developed in Japan to produce cultured pearls, which made them available to the greater public.

Because of their white color, biological purpose, and layers, pearls represent purification, spiritual protection, and the overcoming of obstacles. Since they come from the ocean and are round like the Moon, they are lunar symbols, connected to the emotions, romance, and traits culturally associated with the feminine like intuition. Pearls are also said to have a calming effect, just like they help the oyster with an irritant, or are used to reveal and pacify the root of a personal wound.

6: Hindu astrological gemstones: Pearl and moonstone.

fullmoon(The Full Moon. Image Source: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

MODERN ASSOCIATIONS

“Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell, Self preserving we may dwell.”
~Muhammad Iqbal, early 20th century Pakistani poet~

Astrological texts rely mostly on gemstones known in antiquity. Many new minerals have been discovered, others have become readily available, and familiar ones have turned out to be more than one type.

Because the Moon influences the tide, it has a close relationship to the ocean.  While shell, coral, and pearls are commonly seen as lunar materials, the rock world also has marine fossils.  Many of them have a symbolic connection to the home, traditionally ruled by the Moon in astrology.

7: Ammonites: The ammonites were squid like animals with an external shell.  They created increasingly larger chambers to accommodate their bodies as they grew.  Since the ammonites carried their homes with them, many contemporary metaphysical books associate them with the spiral journey of life, house blessings, and managing psychic gifts like empathy.

8: Sand Dollars and Sea Urchins: Historically in England fossil echinoids were placed near doors, windows, and hearths to watch over the home and bless the kitchen, especially the making of bread.  Sand dollars are associated metaphysically with wealth, spiritual guidance, and protection, guarding the openings of a house or the chakras of the energy body.

This blog is part of a series on the planetary gemstones, adapted from my workshops on the topic.  Some articles are on my old personal blog.

Gemstones of the Sun
Gemstone of the Moon
Gemstones of Mercury
Gemstones of Venus
Gemstones of Mars
Gemstones of Jupiter
Gemstones of Saturn

©2016 Christopher Lee Matthews
christopher@entertheearth.com

Healing Crystals in Your Pockets: How to use Pocket Rocks

Is that a rock in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Pocket Not a Rock
Sometimes I think you are just happy to see me, but I won’t tell anyone.

 (OK, that was bad.  But, I’m not sorry.  Plus, that photo is just darn cute.  I got the photo from http://morguefile.com)

Why Use Pocket Rocks?

There are some ways to interact with healing crystals that are easier than others.  It’s hard to beat wearing jewelry as a strategy to interact with crystal energy because ~who doesn’t like a little bling~ but pocket rocks have a very specific usefulness to them.  Let me count the ways.

1) The Location Just Makes Sense:  Your front pocket location directly interacts with two main chakras that deal with your physical world stability, wellbeing, and vitality, which are the root chakra and the sacral chakra.

a) The Root Chakra (aka: Muladhara chakra):  This chakra is all about how you plug into the physical/material world.  It is how you and Mamma Earth stay buddies.  It’s about being in the world now, working it, putting your back into it, staying grounded, safe, paying your bills, showing up for class, being safe, sound, and stable.

The most popular notion of the location of the root chakra is basically between your sex organ and anus at the perineum, facing down to the ground.  Traditional crystal healing placements for the root chakra are between the legs and at the groin area on both sides.

Your front pockets directly overlay the groin position.  Handy, eh?  Quite handy since it’s kinda tough to walk with healing crystals taped between your sex organ and your anus.  Just sayin’.

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This basically means that rocks in your pockets (shown with an X on the photo) would be at the root chakra groin position placement, while not immediately at the base of the chakra, is still very root chakra interactive.  If you use root chakra specific healing crystals in your pockets, it is like you are facilitating a crystal healing session on yourself the whole day long.  😀

The colors corresponding to the root chakra are black,  grey, gunmetal/metallic, red, and brown.

Underactive Root Chakra:  If your root chakra needs a bit of support, you may be feeling spaced out, out of touch, disinterested in regular world activities, ungrounded, and not particularly “present” in your body.  Think taking a dose or two of cold medicine and how that makes you feel.  It’s hard to concentrate, hard to care about concentrating, hard to care about shit that needs to get done, like the laundry, dinner, thank you cards, and so on.

Pocket rocks that support the root chakra can help to keep your butt on the ground, keep you clearer headed, focused, and present in the “real” world.

b) The Sacral Chakra (aka Svadhishthana chakra):  This center is all about vitality, sexuality, creativity, va-va-voom, gut instincts, passion, lusty-sucking-the-marrow-of-life stuff.  It’s also a very physical/material world energy center.  I see it as the center that dictates how interested and engaged your are with interacting with the physical world and how much gusto you can invest into it.  It also seems to be where we hold a lot of unexpressed trauma and grief, things that challenge our sense of safety.  Often those “gut feelings” that make you feel uneasy and “on guard” for no apparent reason are also filtered through this center.

I consider the location of the sacral chakra to be basically at your lower “pooch”, belly area halfway between your belly button and your bikini line. The front pocket position also interacts directly with this energy center.  Again, useful.

The color for the sacral chakra is generally orange and orange shades, like peach, but there can be an overlap with root chakra colors because the womb, which is in the physical region of this energy center, is also associated with black and red. 

Underactive Sacral Chakra: Yeah, if your belly chakra (another name for it) isn’t at a healthy level, you are going to feel lethargic, maybe depressed, mostly disinterested in things that take a little energy to do, creative activities, joyful or fun activities, sex, and so on.  You’ll generally feel meh.  Meh, meh, meh.  The time until 5 o’clock at work will drag. on. forever.  Your “zestiness” will not be very zesty.  Your effervescence will be a bit flat.  You get my point.  Yeah, you’re alive, but you aren’t putting your back into the art of living.

Pocket rocks that support the sacral chakra can help to infuse zesty vitality, endurance, and the “juice”  and inspiration it takes to tackle your everyday world tasks. 

2) Can Address Polarity Balance: Your energy system isn’t just about the chakras and how they interact with one another, but also about the balance between the left and right sides of your system.  Some folks consider one side of their body more “receptive” and the other side more “projective” or “grounding”, some consider different sides to be more feminine or masculine, and so on.  Think of it like the concept of being left or right brained.  Your energy body does something similar.

Pocket rocks, when used in pairs, can address polarity issues and can use the natural receptive and projective/grounding sides of the body as a way to strategically place healing crystals that would be in alignment with receptive or projective/grounding tasks and support.  In other words, you can make your pocket rocks work smarter and with a bit more mindfulness as it relates to energy body balance and alignment.

3) The Location is Private and Stealthy:  What you put in your front pockets is nobody’s business, but your own.  Ha.  You can shove as many healing crystals in your pockets as you wish, until you reach maximum capacity when people begin to wonder just what on earth you are smuggling in your pants…then not so stealthy.

Caveats: Rocks have different levels of hardness and if you put more than one rock into the same pocket, they might scratch or hurt each other.  Also, if you put your phone in your pocket, where your healing crystals are, your phone may get scratched, etc.  If you put a shit ton of rocks in your pockets, you will begin to sound like a rattle… also not stealthy.  One last thing, if you put healing crystals in your pockets regularly, you need to remember to take them back out or they may take an unwanted trip through the washer and dryer.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

4) Pocket Rocks are Generally “Acceptable”:   I mean that there are a lot of people who put rocks in their pockets as a part of normal accessorizing.  This includes people who aren’t particularly metaphysical or interested in energy work.  Some folks just consider it a “good luck” piece or a “worry stone” that you fiddle with when you are bored or need soothing.

You might be surprised how many “normal” people put healing crystals in their pocket.  As a manager of a store that sells minerals, fossils, jewelry, crystals and gemstones in Asheville, North Carolina, this is a random fact that I actually know.  If you are ever in Asheville, come on over and say hello! 🙂

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You can click on the logo to go to our store website. 🙂 There is a virtual tour there, which is kinda groovy.

My favorite Uses of Pocket Rocks

1) Grounding to the Real World:  I can get spaced out pretty easily where it is difficult for me to get stuff done in the real world.  Phooey, but true.  Grounding healing crystals can go a long way in helping me to stay in my body so I can show up for the tasks at hand.

My favorites include: shungite, lodestone, labradorite, smoky quartz, petrified wood, black or brown tourmaline, hematite, or hematite included quartz varieties, like Sacred Heart Rose Quartz.

The photo below shows the Lodestone Pocket Rock Set that I think is probably one of the best deals out there.  I regularly add it to my pocket rocks because it does such a good job of pulling your ankles back to the ground.  I had a lovely wooey (spiritual/energy sensitive) lady come into the store who wanted something that would ground her out.  We walked around the store and I had her feel a few different healing crystals, but when I put two lodestone in her hands and told her to put her hands by her front pockets she said she ~immediately~ felt her head clear.

Lodestone is an iron ore that is naturally magnetic.  The iron content is grounding no matter what stone it is in, but the magnetic properties make it especially useful in digging your feet back into the geomagnetic field of the planet.  This is ridiculously  useful when there are any kind of geomagnetic disturbances on the planet from solar flare activity.  Sensitive folks are almost always tossed around by solar flares, even on a good day.

Also, lodestone helps to attract things that you want and repel things that you don’t, that’s double score, don’t you think?  Plus, it’s dirt cheap.  Any healing crystal this useful and this cheap always gets a special shout out from me.

lodestone pocket rocks
Click the photo to see the $6 Lodestone Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

2) Energetic Protection/Boundary Integrity: Energetic protection is pretty much the process of making sure your energy field is not permeable to unwanted influences.  It is precisely where your energy field is weaker or where there are voids that intrusive energies assert themselves and cause you challenges. (Think of energetic protection like having strong immunity against energetic pathogens.)  Some healing crystals are quite useful in empowering your auric field to be stronger and less permeable.

My favorites include:  Almost the exact list I just described for “grounding” could also double as “protective”.  The two things are almost always connected.  I would add amazonite to a protective and buffering combo.  One of my favorite combos for protection and grounding together is Labradorite and Smoky Quartz.  You can read all about that by clicking here.

Labradorite and Smoky Quartz Pocket Rocks
Click the photo to see the Labradorite & Smoky Quartz Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

Caveat:  If you feel like you are being emotionally pushed around by inappropriate energy, it makes sense to also put a protective stone over your heart, like a shield.  You can either wear a necklace that hangs over the heart chakra, or stick a rock in your bra.

3) Infusing Vital Energy:  I often grab rock combinations that deal with physical vitality and energy in some way.  It makes sense to use some red, orange, or “fiery” stones, such as obsidian (volcanic glass) or other rocks that are born of “fire” in some way.

My favorites include: carnelian, copal/amber, tiger’s eye, tiger’s iron, citrine, Sacred Heart Rose Quartz, other hematite included quartz, obsidian, rutilated quartz, ruby, garnet, red jasper, tektites (meteoritic glass), sunstone, and pyrite.

copal and sunstone pocket rocks healing crystals
See the Sunstone and Copal Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com by clicking the photo.

4) General Chakra Wellbeing/Energy Body Flow: Sometimes it’s just useful to support your system to run smoothly and in balance.  For this purpose, I would select stones that specifically deal with aligning the system, ones that are parts-to-whole/integrative workers in some way, or healing crystals that have an affinity to water.

My favorites include: ammonites, Ocean Jasper, river stones, and enhydro quartz, smoky amethyst, banded amethyst, clear quartz, selenite.

Below is our “Chakra Alignment &Protection Energy Maintenance Set”.  It’s actually made of two different fossils, an ammonite and sand dollar.  Ammonites are great for restoring flow to the chakra system and sand dollars, because of their circular shape are good at “capping”, or placing a protective shield, around a chakra.

ammonite pocket rock
Click the photo to see the Chakra Aligning & Protection Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

5) Cramps/Feminine Support: Since the pockets are so close to the female plumbing, so to speak, I’d have to say that I absolutely shove some healing crystals into my pockets during “that time of the month”.  I don’t always use rocks for physical aches and pains, but some rocks have been pretty useful to alleviate normal belly aches from Auntie Flo.  Using the same wisdom, I would use pocket rocks if I were pregnant, too–the same ones, actually.  Whenever I hear about a friend being pregnant, I usually gift black moonstone to the Mom to be.

My favorites include: black or peach moonstone, peach calcite,  hematoid quartz, and carnelian.  I also sometimes put ammonites in my pockets during my moontime because proper energetic flow also prevents me from getting those entirely wicked cramps that make me wish I was a boy.

black moon pocket rock
Click the photo to see the Black Moonstone Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

6) Comfort & Care During Times of Stress: If I am seriously stressed out, you better believe that I’ve got some sweet, woogy stone stuffed in my pockets and probably my bra.  Times of stress and overwhelm require deep soothing, but it also requires major stabilization.  If you are already a hot mess, you need something that helps slow down the spiral of drama and gets you stabilized.

My favorites include: Sacred Heart Rose Quartz, rose quartz, lepidolite, mangano calcite, scolecite, amethyst, petrified wood.

The photo below is the Lepidolite and Sacred Heart Rose Quartz Pocket Rock Set we have at the site.  I put them together because lepidolite is serious stress care and Sacred Heart (rose quartz with hematite inclusions) is both very soothing to the system as well as being able to flood someone with the type of love energies that can be intense and easily assimilated.  Both are healing crystals I grab during times of extreme emotional distress when I need a whole heck of a lot of Divine Intervention.

sacred heart pocket
Click on the photo to see the Lepidolite & Sacred Heart Rose Quartz Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

7) During Reiki Attunements or Healing Work: Facilitating Reiki sessions or attunements requires you to be pretty open and clear.  I usually grab healing crystals for my pockets that help opening and grounding energies.

My favorites include: indigo gabbro, Green Earth Healing Quartz (aka Reiki Quartz), selenite, celedonite phantom quartz (I call them “Teal Core”), rutilated quartz, copper, double terminated quartz, and Quantum Quattro Silica.

The photo below is our Indigo Gabbro & Selenite Pocket Rock Set.  I chose these stones together because selenite is spectacular at both alignment as well as channeling light energy.  Reiki is a type of “light energy”, though not in the visible spectrum.  Selenite is also quite cleansing.  Indigo gabbro is very powerful at opening your ability to both channel large amounts of light energy and then grounding it out, think lightening bolt-ish.

These two healing crystals would be a perfect support for a Reiki Master to be personally supported to facilitate a very clear and strong Reiki attunement (like snaking the pipes).  It would also be great for the receiving person to put these in his/her pockets for the same reasons.  I would recommend selenite in the “receiving” pocket (left for me) and the indigo gabbro in the “grounding” pocket (right for me).  Za-zing!  Work smarter, not harder.

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Click the photo to see the Indigo Gabbro & Selenite Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

The photo below is the Indigo Gabbro Pocket Rock Set.  Indigo gabbro is one of the best “technical workers”, imho.  So even using two of them during Reiki attunements, or while facilitating or receiving a Reiki session, should maximize your ability to flow with the energies.  I  use the term “technical worker” to describe that it helps YOU to be a more efficient channel of light energy.

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Click the photo to see the Double Indigo Gabbro Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

8) Continuing Healing Work & Integration:  Healing work is always more of a process than an event.  It is helpful to continue to support healing work through integration and continued reinforcement of the system so that healing shifts have a chance of becoming a permanent shifts.

My favorites include: ocean jasper, Green Earth Healing Quartz (aka: Reiki Quartz), petrified wood, septarian nodules.

The first set below is one I would use before, during, and after any kind of healing work, to be honest.  Ocean Jasper is one of the best for parts to whole work, particularly soul retrieval and reintegration work, which would make it a good partner to active energy healing or after-care/integration work.  Green Earth Healing Quartz’s alternative name is “Reiki Quartz”.  It is also incredibly helpful for during and aftercare for active energy healing and then reintegration or the “cocooning” phase of any healing process.

The second set below is the Petrified Wood & Green Earth Healing Quartz Pocket Rock Set.  This combo would be very well suited to support healing, particularly healing that is mostly supported by energetic or herbal means.  The petrified wood would add a layer of deeper stabilization, if the healing process was one that could make someone feel out of control or helpless.

The secondary awesomeness of the Pet Wood & Green Earth combo is that they are super plugged into shamanic, Earthy stuff.  If I were going to do any work that required dancing or journeying with the plant kingdom ~at all~, this would be the power duo to grab.  Also, this would be a fantastic “global lightwork” combo for deep earth work prayer and meditation.

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Click the photo to see the Ocean Jasper & Green Earth Healing Quartz Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.
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Click on the photo to see the Petrified Wood & Green Earth Healing Quartz Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

9) Walking in Both Worlds, Stacie’s Personal Go-To Pocket Rocks:  OK, I have a unique issue of needing to sometimes be really expanded and spiritually connected and then one minute later being very grounded and able to do “real world” tasks without looking like a complete lunatic.  It happens all the time at the rock shop.  Some very normal folks come though that just enjoy the aesthetics of the stones and then others come in specifically seeking assistance for energy healing.  Since I wear many hats, I need to be able to swing back and forth without taking a half hour to get back in my body.  I have solved this unique problem with pocket rocks.  Truth.

I use shungite and Presili Blue Stone to do my toggling back and forth between expanded and ordinary states of consciousness.  For whatever reason, this is my go-to combination in pocket rocks and there are not many instances where I leave my home without these two stones in my pockets.  Those of you who have to toggle back and forth between spiritual and real world states may find this a very useful combination too.  I often add lodestone with them.

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Click the photo to see the Shungite and Presili Bluestone Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com.

10) To Support Manifestation of Something:  When you are actively working on some particular outcome and seeking to make your own energy field in greater alignment with that which you would like to attract, using pocket rocks can be a potent way to bring those energies to a material level.  This method kind of trumps lining up your pocket rocks to correspond to the root or sacral chakras.

My best recommendation would be to put one lodestone in your grounding pocket (for me, it’s the right side) and one or two stones that support whatever it is you would like to manifest in your left pocket (receptive side).  Your polarity might be different than mine.  I find that I’m projective/grounding on my right and receptive on my left, but I’m right handed.  Left handed people may have reverse polarity.  I would use lodestone as a way to ground, almost like sucking the energies of what you want to attract in through your receptive side and then washing your whole system with it.

I only made two “attracting” sets because most of the people you will ever meet will say that they want to attract a partner or money, or both.  Not necessarily in that order. . . *shrugs*.  The “attract love” has a sweet little rose quartz heart and a tumbled garnet with the lodestone.  The “attract abundance” has natural citrine and jade with the lodestone.

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Click the photo to see the “Attract Love” Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com. Rose quartz heart, garnet, and lodestone.
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Click the photo to see the “Attract Abundance” Pocket Rock Set at etemetaphysical.com. Natural citrine, nephrite jade, and lodestone.

So, there you have it.

Healing crystals in your pockets are a serious and simple way to support yourself in the world.  If you just put a little thought into it, you will be amazed at how potent this strategy can be.  I feel naked if I forget them.  😮

Updated 7/17/15

Amazonite is Amazing-ite – No, Seriously. It is.

Click the photo to see amazonite at etemetaphysical.com.
Click the photo to see amazonite at etemetaphysical.com.

Amazonite is a blue-green, teal, turquoise colored feldspar, which puts it in the family of groovy and exotic moonstones.  I pretty much consider it “blue moonstone”, although whenever someone is using that term, they are really describing rainbow moonstone with a blue flash.  To-may-to, to-mah-to.  (That doesn’t work as well in writing as it does spoken.)

I find that I am rather neutral about the darker green teal colored amazonite on the market that is very veiny, but that I love-love the lighter more blue variety from Madagascar.  Big surprise.  I know.  I think the darker green that I am ho-hum about comes from Russia.  (Not that there is anything wrong with stones from Russia.  I’m a huge fan of shungite, charoite, and seraphinite, which all hail from Mother Russia.)

See this smirky guy and other amazonite by clicking the photo.
See this smirky guy and other amazonite by clicking the photo.

Why Amazonite is Groovy

1) Empathic Buffering Support:  If you’ve read any of my blogs with any regularity, you know that I am empathically sensitive, which is one of the reasons why I like working and playing with rocks.  My super power is “to feel”, either emotionally or energy through touch.  Sometimes more of a pain in the ass than a super power, but if you can actually keep yourself on lock down so that you aren’t being pushed around by the world around you, eventually you get to the point where you can use your sensitivities in service to a greater good.

2) Restoring Flow:  Amazonite is named after the Amazon river and the Egyptians associated it with the Nile, so amazonite is deeply connected to the energy of flowing rivers.  Any stones associated with water tend to help with the emotional body and the restoration of flow after blockage.

3) Woman Power: Amazonite is also associated with the mythical warrior women, the Amazons.  Pretty much, no one messed with those women because they would throw down on anyone that tried.  If you need to put your big girl panties on after something, or someone, makes you feel defeated, amazonite can help you sing your fight song.  (He wasn’t worth it anyway, you move on, Girl.)  The fact that amazonite is in the feldspar family and deeply aligned with moonstone helps with this “feminine power” aspect, too.

4) Cheap Blue Green Stone:  Amazonite is fairly affordable, so you can often find it in cheaper elastic or chip jewelry.  I often call amazonite “poor girls larimar” because some of the amazonite on the market is way closer to blue than green and it has a beautiful sea blue color to it that reminds me of larimar.  Also, when you are looking to create a chakra healing crystals set or selecting individual chakra stones, there are not as many choices in the blue or blue-green color range to support the throat chakra or the high heart chakra, and amazonite makes a decent choice.

5) Throat Chakra – Heart Chakra Alignment: Amazonite’s color is between the heart and throat chakras, so it can be used at either chakra for support, but it can be used between them to support the integration of heart chakra issues (emotions) with throat chakra issues (communication).   So if you have shit you need to say, you can make like John Mayer, and say what you need to say… say what you need to say.  La lalala.

See this sphere and other "graphic amazonite" by clicking the photo.
See this sphere and other “graphic amazonite” by clicking the photo. Graphic amazonite is when amazonite and smoky quartz have a baby. A freakishly awesome baby.

How to Work with Amazonite

1) Amazonite Gem Elixir: Since amazonite is closely aligned with water through it’s name association with the Amazon river, a gem elixir would be a fantastic way to work with the energies of this stone.  I would recommend, however, that you use a NON CONTACT method of creating a gem elixir because amazonite gets its color from lead.  The lead is bound to the structure of the stone, but still, be safe.    I would encourage you to do a combo gem elixir and add your favorite flower essence, such as Rescue Remedy, or some other blend that makes sense for your needs.  Matching it with lotus or blue lotus flower essence would be nice too, since the Egyptians associated amazonite with the Nile.

Click here to learn more about how to make your own gem elixirs.

2) Amazonite Jewelry:  Since amazonite is a more affordable stone, you can almost always find it in jewelry that is “just for fun”.  The colors of amazonite would lend it well as a necklace and as earrings, as those locations put the stone in energetic contact with the heart/throat chakras, where it wants to do its best work.  Amazonite bracelets would be good too, since all meridians in the body run through the wrist and hands.

3) Grids: I like putting amazonite in grid combinations that need to support and empower feelings and expressions.  It would also be a great addition to a healer’s work support grid because it would provide a layer of buffering from clients brew-ha without shutting down empathic information that might be useful for directing the healer to points of need.

Click here to read about “Crystal Grids: What’s the Flipping Point?”

4) Booby Rock:  Yes, I just said that.  And, no, you aren’t the only person who shoves rocks in your bra. (Sorry, dudes.)  Amazonite is a good rock to stuff in your bra over your heart, especially if you need emotional buffering.  If it is graphic amazonite or amazonite with black tourmaline inclusions, mores the better.

Amazonite in a Chakra Healing Set
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Amazonite Plays Well With….

1) All Other Feldspars/Rocks with Feldspar: Moooooooonstone.  All of it.  White moonstone, black moonstone, peach moonstone, rainbow moonstone, graphic feldspar, labradorite, sunstone, indigo gabbro, and so on.  There is already a family resonance between those stones, so if you are working on a combo grid or pouch set, add amazonite when you want to pull in the qualities it supports.

2) Smoky Quartz: Amazonite forms with smoky quartz sometimes and when it does that…damn, it’s amazing.  Amazingite.  This significantly amps up the protection, grounding, and stabilization aspect of the amazonite.  I LOVE Graphic Amazonite (which is the name given to amazonite that has made a baby with smoky quartz).  It’s not just stunning, it’s smoking hot and useful.

3) Black Tourmaline:  This is another stone that often forms with amazonite, and when it does… again, it significantly amplifies the protection, grounding, and stability of amazonite’s already buffering qualities.  Other colors of tourmaline would be cool too, such as blue tourmaline, pink tourmaline, and green tourmaline.

4) Other Protection Stones: We already mentioned smoky quartz and black tourmaline, but other buffering and protective stones would do well, such as shungite, obsidian, amethyst, and Ocean Jasper.

5) Other Blue or Green Gemstones:  Amazonite plays nicely with other stones within the same color range.  I like it with turquoise, lapis lazuli, labradorite, larimar, chrysocolla, quantum Quattro silica, malachite, emerald, and aquamarine.  Yummy.

6) Other Woogy Comfort Stones: Such as rose quartz, mangano calcite, angelite, and lepidolite.

So, there you go.  Amazonite.  It’s Amazin’.  (Sorry, that was bad.)

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Amethyst Meaning: Crown Chakra Healing

Amethyst
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The entire quartz family is amazing, but Amethyst is definitely the one wearing the crown.  Crown chakra, that is.

Amethyst is a purple colored quartz that is probably, by far, one of the most beloved healing crystals from the mineral kingdom. It has a few things in it’s corner, such as, it is the birthstone for the month of February (you lucky ducks!), it’s an affordable semi precious gem, and it even makes mention in the bible as being one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priests of Israel.

Then there is that whole “being purple” thing.  The color purple  is so popular that even Oprah starred in a movie with the name.  What was the line about it pissing God off if you walk by the color purple without noticing it?  Yeah, it’s like that.

Another thing that amethyst has going for it is that even the meaning of its name means something very specific.  It’s name translates as “not intoxicated”.  That’s not subtle or hard to understand.  People used to think that drinking out of an amethyst cup would prevent drunkenness and encourage sobriety.   Some say it was because the purple of amethyst looked like watered down wine.  *shrugs*  I always thought my wine looked more like garnet, but whatever.

Some other historical associations of amethyst was that it protected the wearer from the “evil eye”, which was basically when someone was giving you energetic “stink eye” meant to harm you in some way.   They were real big on preventing evil stink eye back in the day, so again, amethyst was one of the first gemstones that was directly associated with spiritual or energetic protection.

One of the other associations was that it lessened fleshy or carnal desires and instilled a sense of peace and calm, perhaps because of its “sobering” quality of lowering addictive behaviors.  That would make it a great sleep and meditation stone, but you’d need to chuck it out of the room on Valentine’s evening, I’m just sayin.  It’s kinda like the opposite of being “drunk in love”.

I wonder how many women in more ancient times were clinging to some amethyst in hopes it would have sobering and desire squelching effects on the SOB’s they were forced to marry?   I’d put money down on the theory that the first gem elixirs were born this way.   A gem elixir is basically fluid, usually water, that has been imbued with the vibration or energy of a particular stone.  That was the point of drinking wine out of an amethyst cup.  The wine was supposed to take on the energetic qualities of amethyst and be, therefore, less potent.  Not sure how well it worked out for them, but that was the going thought at the time.

Amethyst Hearts
Amethyst Hearts from Madagascar

The Quartz Family

The whole quartz family is full of a bunch of rock stars.  Pun intended. 🙂   Besides amethyst, there is my all-time favorite stone, rose quartz, as well as citrine, smoky quartz, clear quartz, milky quartz, quartz points, and a dizzying array of quartz with inclusions, such as rutilated quartz, tourmalinated quartz, hematoid quartz, and so on.

Whew, that is one sexy list of crystals.  So why is the quartz family so sexy?  They happen to be fantastic at holding and amplifying intentions as well as directing or projecting energy.  Some people call it “programming”, but I prefer to describe it as the quality of being able to be imprinted with energetic information or intentions, which it then holds steady and radiates outward more amplified.  Directing energy, such as in drawing an energetic circle to create sacred space, is best done with a terminated point.

Because I like for things to make sense, I would use the specific quartz variety that best matched my intentions, but how do you determine that?

I want to free you from the shackles of the metaphysical crystal meanings and properties books forever.  It’s so easy that it will probably irritate you a little.

Chakra Colors = Crystal Colors

I always tell people that the quickest way to master gemstone meanings is to study up on the chakra system and what each chakra center represents, what themes or qualities they have, and what being overactive, balanced, or underactive means for that center.

7 Chakras

The colors of rocks, stones, and crystals almost always directly relate to the meaning and themes of the chakra color with which it coordinates. The colors of the crystals basically “tickle” or interact with the chakra center of the same or similar color. There are other factors, but that is the quickest way to “unpack” the meaning of any crystal or stone and to figure out which one you might want to grab.

If you know your basic 7 chakras by the corresponding chakra colors and main themes, you are 80% of the way to understanding how to interpret gemstone meanings and uses.  I told you it was easy.

Your job is to figure out which chakra or chakras you may need to work on,  then browse crystals and rocks of similar or complimentary colors  that “tickle” those centers the best ~for you~.

My favorite analogy equates crystal “vibration” to music.  Each rock is it’s own unique “note” and you are your own unique “song”.  When something is out of tune in your personal song and needs adjusting, you need to find the right “tuning fork” that holds the right note and helps you bring it back into balance or harmony.  The term “attuning” or initiating an “attunement” means to bring yourself into vibrational alignment with something, hopefully to correct a vibrational misalignment within yourself.

For example, all black stones correspond to the “root chakra”.  That is the chakra that is associated with being stable, grounded, and with connecting to and navigating the physical/material world safely and with competency.

All black stones are going to be protective and grounding.  All of them.  Every. Single. One.  Your job is to find the nuanced (s)tone from that range of (s)tones that is most resonant with you as an individual.  Basically, this mean selecting and working with a rock that gives you the best tickle and holds vibrational space to correct the misalignment in your system.

I just blended my analogies, but I think you get my point.

So there you have it.  Use the crystal meaning books if you care to, but you still have to find the one stone that makes the best sense for you.  Bada bing, bada boom.  You are now a Crystal Master.

And now back to amethyst…

Amethyst
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Amethyst Tickles the Crown

Amethyst is normally a rich to light purple color. Purple, white, and gold are associated with the “crown chakra”. The crown chakra is the direct connection point to the spiritual or Divine levels. If you want to interact with the spiritual level, either by praying, meditating, doing energy healing work, like Reiki or pranic healing, or receiving spiritual assistance for whatever reason, that all goes through the crown chakra first.

Amethyst isn’t the only purple stone out there that tickles and empowers the crown chakra, but it is the only one that is also straight up quartz. Because it is quartz, it can be programmed with intention or used to direct energy through a point. Za-zing. That’s what I’m talking about.

amethyst geode
Christopher sporting large amethyst geode “angel wings”.

Why Care About the Crown Chakra?

I can break it down into two very easy to understand dynamics: Large and Open Crown Chakras v. Small and Closed Crown Chakras.

Big ass crown chakra = very evolved and spiritually plugged in person who perceives the self as part of All Creation.

For example, the halo surrounding the heads of spiritual figures depicted in art through history could be considered a visual interpretation of the crown chakra being fully balanced, expressed, opened, and activated. Jesus is shown with a big crown chakra. Buddha, Mother Mary, the saints, and other “masters” (too many to list)…are shown with a big ass glowing halo around their heads.

People with balanced and open crown chakras are generally loving, kind, compassionate people that avoid harming others because “the self” is seen as integrally related to the greater whole. To bring harm upon any other part of the larger whole is the same as bringing harm to the self.

People with well developed crown chakras have a moral compass that can be described as self-generated, self-motivated, and self-regulated. In other words, they don’t need anyone threatening them with going to jail, hell, or Siberia in order to behave in ways that are kind, adaptive, and responsive to the needs of others. They don’t need anyone to be “watching” them in order to behave in socially acceptable and respectful ways.

Tiny ass crown chakra = a person with no or little sense of being connected to any spiritual reality or of being a part of any larger system.

People with undeveloped, closed or inactive crown chakras are usually ego driven a-holes that are “out for number 1”.  The moral compass of someone with a blocked or underactive crown chakra is more dependent on external pressure, such as, an expectation of rewards for behaving well, or the expectation of punishment for behaving badly.

Going to jail, hell, or Siberia might be the only things that keep this kind of person from serious misconduct.  They may be quite capable of behaving well through external social pressure, but they might behave very differently when they think that  “no one is watching”.

amethyst geode cathedral
Three “finger” amethyst geode at Enter the Earth.

Balance is Good

Of course, a chakra center also happens in a system.  If your crown chakra is overstimulated (connection to spiritual reality) and your root chakra is under stimulated (connection to physical reality), ooo-weee baby, you got yourself a card carrying space cadet who can barely stay “in body” long enough to interact with the world.  They will be loving, sure, peaceful even…but someone without any vacation home in the 3D physical world will be hard to relate to for all sorts of reasons.  They will leave you saying, “Helloooooo, is anybody home??!”

The answer is, uh, no.

They are out playing in the astral planes, having chats with “beings” from the mother ship or another dimension, while forgetting to show up for real world appointments, pay the rent, or perhaps bathe.  They will seem “out of touch”, “out there”, on drugs, or crazy as hell.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

I’ve had my years of being barely in body.  It was surprisingly productive, but only after I re-grounded myself and could bring that spiritual connection into some practical application in the “real” world.  Still, I’m sure I didn’t “pass for normal” during those years. *shrugs*

Life requires some attention or you end up on the street.  You have to be competent enough to take care of your basic 3D needs, unless you have an adoring partner who is content to take care of your basic 3D needs for you AND who appreciates the contributions you make in return, which are far less tangible.   Yeah, good luck with the second part.

Balance is the key.

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When to Use Amethyst

1) Crown Chakra Stimulation/Empowerment:  Perhaps you’ve gotten a little too settled in your day-to-day activities and have been too distracted by real world things to spend much time contemplating the bigger picture or a higher power.  Sometimes that shit happens.  When you feel like it’s time to come up for spiritual air, grabbing an amethyst crystal is a fantastic idea.

2) Shifting to Spiritual Work: It’s nice to use amethyst when you are doing some kind of spiritual work, such as prayer, healing work, or before engaging activities that seek wisdom and guidance from spiritual levels.

3) During Activities in Alignment with Peacefulness and Meditation: Amethyst is great for meditation or meditative processes.  It can be great for sleeping and for encouraging a sense of general calm.  It might be great to have on you if you are feeling stressed or overly attached to a worldly concern and are trying to stay in the energy of the bigger picture.

4) Sleep: Amethyst is a great sleep stone for the same reason it is a good meditation stone.  It chills you out and makes you feel more relaxed.  But since it is also associated with lesser physical “appetites” you may want to swap your amethyst out for a ruby, carnelian, or garnet on “date night”.

5) Children: Amethyst is one of the best child specific support stones with which I’ve worked.  It makes sense to me that a higher spiritual state, or one which is more connected to a spiritual reality, is comforting, protective, and restorative to children.  They are already far less grounded than adults and have not had to necessarily focus on meeting their basic physical needs.

Amethyst is kinda how they want to roll naturally.  It would be helpful for general care, but also fabulous when they are feeling stressed in some way.  Amethyst or rose quartz would be a fabulous “pet rock” or woogy stone.

6) Spiritual protection: Amethyst wouldn’t be my biggest, baddest 1st choice for this, but I use it with other stones.  I would, however, use this as a sleep stone for anyone, especially children, who seem to need some good energetic boundaries of a spiritual nature.

7.) When prompted: Above all, it’s best to go with your gut and give yourself permission to ignore everything I said and use amethyst in whatever way makes sense to you.  No one died and left me amethyst queen.

How to Work with Amethyst

1) Nearness: This is a passive and simple way to interact with amethyst.  Just put it near you or on your person to be in contact with those energies.  Having a nice amethyst cathedral geode, good sized point, or a cluster somewhere in your immediate environment can sometimes be enough.  You can also carry amethyst in your pockets or wear it as jewelry.  All of those strategies are pretty low key and won’t “out you as a crystal freak”. (haters)

2) Basic Attuning: This requires a bit more effort, but when you add a direct request to attune to a stone for the adjustment you want, you get an immediate hit and a far more immediate shift.  Just state a request, such as, “I request to attune to this stone, if it is appropriate and in my Highest Good, now please.”  

If you can set the mood with a little relaxing music, candle light, and a yoga pose, that would be ideal.  That’s all great if you have made intentional time to connect, such as doing prayer work, meditating, or healing work.  However, if all you have is a 5 minute bathroom break and you need to have a serious “serenity now!” moment or you might scream… then just attune and ask for it to continue to download until optimal assistance is reached. 

3.) Rock Breathing:  This is great method of attuning to a stone in a very interactive way.   You can place the amethyst by your mouth and begin seeing the amethyst energy move into and connect to you on the in breath, and then see your own energy connecting to the amethyst on your out breath.

You could also hold it in front of the third eye chakra or at the top of your head, by the crown chakra, and “breathe” through the rock and into those energy centers.  If you are feeling overactive in your lower chakras, you could “breathe” amethyst energy into those centers to cool them off a bit.

4.) Imagery:  You can include imagery with any other method you use by imagining a purple amethyst energy moving into your system and spreading out.  If you can’t “see purple” in your imagination, perhaps you can create a sensory experience of a different kind, like the smell of lavender, the taste of grapes, or the spreading sensation of peacefulness as in muscular relaxation.

Hypnotists may find it helpful to have amethyst around while doing progressive relaxation or hypnosis sessions.  Perhaps even let the client hold one, if they care to.  Energy workers may find a small imagery activity using amethyst helps their clients feel peaceful, which also increases their receptivity to healing energy.

5.) Gem Elixir: If you can’t find yourself a handy dandy amethyst cup, you’re going to have to do a little work to create a gem elixir.  There are many methods to making a gem elixir.  I tend to do the lazy method of an immediate direct download.

If you have a clean piece of amethyst with no matrix  (stuff inside it) of unknown origin, you should be able to just plop it into your glass of water and say, “I request to create an amethyst gem elixir, now please.”  Then hold the glass between your hands and let it rip for a few minutes.  I always seal my work after doing any energy work with the following saying,  “Please Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal under the Divine, now please.” 

An amethyst gem elixir would be great for kids or to be used as a physical way to take in the energy of amethyst, either by drinking the “charged” water, anointing your chakras with the water, sticking it in a bottle to spray it, or bathing in it.

You can read more about creating a gem elixir here.

6.)  Crystal Stone Grid (aka: Reiki Grid): This is an advanced way to work with stones and, again, takes conscious intent and action at first, and then you can ride in on the passive wave of the energy field that is created by the grid that does run on for a time frame.

You can go easy with amethyst and use it alone or you can use amethyst in concert with some other stones.  I would be mindful that if you are having a hard time concentrating or feeling “in your body” at times that you want to be in your body and able to concentrate, you may want to activate and work with that crystal stone grid combination only while you are engaged with activities supported by enhanced crown chakra functioning.  Or, you should balance it with grounding stones.

You can read more about grids and download free crystal stone grid templates here.

7.) Whatever way seems right or intuitive to you.  You may even want to do a meditation where you ask to interact with the stone “deva” (personification of amethyst energy) that you can meet and imagine asking questions and receiving answers.  Hey, who says I have cornered any market on wisdom?  Certainly not me. 🙂  Explore and see what cool stuff you can discover that is new and helpful!  If I can do it, you can do it!

Amethyst Plays Well With…

1.) All other members of the quartz family, such as- Herkimer diamonds, rose quartz, citrine, quartz points, quartz with inclusions, any quartz.

2.) Partnered with other upper chakra stones good  for spiritual, intuitive, or conscious altering stones, such as- selenite, moldavite, scolecite, petalite, azurite, sodalite, lapis, other purple, dark blue, white, golden, golden yellow, sky blue, green or pink stones.

3.) Partnered with other grounding or protective stones, such as- smoky quartz, petrified wood, jet, shungite, black tourmaline, any other black, metallic black/gunmetal colored stones, or dark red, brown, grey stones.  Also in general agates and jaspers, which also have grounding and empowering energies.  Any stones with “eyes” or circles on them, like Ocean Jasper.

4.) Partnered with other “spiritual helper” or “angelic” stones, such as- rose quartz, angelite, celestite, prehnite, moldavite.

5.) Partnered with other comfort, sleep, and peacefulness stones, such as- rose quartz, lapis, sodalite, lepidolite, lithium quartz, scolecite, petalite, moonstone, mangano calcite, fluorite.

6.) Partnered with other healing specific and healing general stones, such as- Ocean Jasper, chlorite-included quartz, epidote-included quartz (aka: Green Earth Healer Quartz), rose quartz, shungite.

7.) Partnered with other stones that support sobriety, breaking additions, or hard core purification, such as- obsidian, fluorite, sodalite, salt, shungite. fulgurite, indigo gabbro, selenite.

Copyright 2015 by Stacie Coller of Enter the Earth, Inc. in Asheville, North Carolina. My opinions, and occasional potty-mouth, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Enter the Earth, Inc.

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The Metaphysical Properties of Ocean Jasper ®

 Deciphering the Meaning of Ocean Jasper
By Christopher Lee Matthews

Ocean Jasper (Rough and polished examples of Ocean Jasper.   Center:  Its orbs can resemble bull’s eyes, starbursts, or dots when polished.  Right: They may be spherical, botryoidal, or druzy.  Left:  They can even produce more geometric shapes when they touch one another.)

ocean jasper spheres (Small Ocean Jasper spheres in a quartz bowl, displaying the wide range of orb patterns.  Below:  Translucent  spheres and half spheres known as “fish eyes”.  Above:  Concentric rings known as “bull’s eyes” or “ripple orbs”.   Left:  A field of small dots.  Right: Orbs with a quartz border known as “starbursts” or “flowers”.)

What is Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper is a trade name for a multicolored Madagascan stone with spherical patterning set against a contrasting background color.   Although called a jasper, the stone is actually a mixture of different forms of quartz: clear and colored varieties of chalcedony, banded agate, and pockets of tiny quartz crystals called druzy.  When examined under a polarized light microscope, Ocean Jasper becomes chalcedony spheres floating in a sea of chalcedony.

Ocean Jasper OrbsOcean Jasper Orbs(Above:  Orbs and spherical voids in rough Ocean Jasper.  Below:  Polarized light microphotography of Ocean Jasper, courtesy of Becca Hahn, ©2015.)

Ocean Jasper is only found in one place, the remote northwestern corner of Madagascar, an island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa.  However there are actually two different sources, about ten miles apart:

  • Marovato:  The mine near the village of Marovato is directly on the shoreline. The material there comes in a wide range of colors.
  • Kabamby:  The mine near the village of Kabamby is further inland. The material there tends to be dark green and golden yellow, sometimes cream and red.

Although the mine near Kabamby is still productive, the deposits near Marovato are currently exhausted.

Ocean Jasper Varieties(These cabochons shows the distinct differences between the two Ocean Jasper deposits.   The top row is Kabamby Ocean Jasper and the bottom two rows are Marovato Ocean Jasper.)

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Ocean Jasper What is the color palette of Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper comes in every color of the rainbow:

  • Almost all pieces have some green, white, or earth tones like gray, cream, and tan on them.
  • Warm colors like yellow, peach, and reddish orange are the next ones most likely to be seen.
  • Dark red, bright pink, and light purple are more unusual.
  • Dark blue is rare while grayish blue and blueish green are more common.

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What is the story of Ocean Jasper?

Ocean Jasper is a modern stone.  Although random pieces are documented from the early 20th century, their precise origin was unknown.  A Frenchman living in Madagascar named Paul Obeniche discovered the source in 1999 and introduced the stone to the general public at the Tucson gem show in 2000.

The stone was given the name “Ocean Jasper” there by Paul Obeniche and Eugene Mueller of the Gem Shop.   It reflects the stone’s unique relationship to the sea.  It was originally discovered and collected at low tide, on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean, and often resembles water.  Ocean Jasper® is a registered trade mark owned by the Gem Shop and is used here by permission.

Enter the Earth has a very personal relationship to Ocean Jasper.  Paul Obeniche is the mentor of Nader Kawar, the owner of our company, and we have managed both mines since 2013.

To learn more about the history, geology, and different varieties of Ocean Jasper, check out the geology blog on our sister site Enter the Earth.

Ocean Jasper(A one side polished Ocean Jasper freeform showing both complete orbs and variegated dots revealed by cutting and polishing the stone.) 

What are the metaphysical properties of Ocean Jasper?

1: Tidal Jasper:   The most consistent meanings given to Ocean Jasper are uplifting feelings, going with the flow, and processing emotional trauma.  Ultimately these derive from its relationship to the tides.  Ocean Jasper was discovered by chance at low tide and gathered along the shoreline before the underground veins were worked.  After being collected the rough material is transported by boat at high tide, since the area is too remote for roads.

The stone itself resembles waves, concentric ripples, and sea foam.  Water is a traditional symbol of our feelings and the tides signify our emotional highs and lows.  Ocean Jasper represents the rhythms of the inner sea: upwelling feelings like joy, happiness, and contentment, expressing our emotions, and sifting through our personal flotsam and jetsam, the things unintentionally and intentionally left behind during a crisis.  Many interpret its vivid colors, bubbly orbs, and druzy starbusts as energy signatures of positivity, spontaneous child like joy, and a passion for life.

Ocean Jasper combines especially well with other watery stones like aquamarine, clear quartz, and shungite and organic gemstones like coral, pearl, and amber that come from the sea.

Since it was originally found and harvested in the surf, some in the metaphysical community connect Ocean Jasper with Atlantis, the legendary island that sank beneath the waves, calling it Atlantean Jasper or Atlantis Stone.  Interestingly Madagascar itself is directly related to Lemuria, a different lost land discussed in both 19th century science and occult writings.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other ancient wisdom stones like Larimar, serpentine with stichtite, and Lemurian seed crystals.

Ocean Wave Jasper(The claim near Marovato has produced other stones, most famously Ocean Wave Jasper.)

2: Salt Water Jasper:  Even more of Ocean Jasper’s metaphysical properties are derived directly from water, specifically salt water.  Salt water has both religious and therapeutic connections with purification, relaxation, and healing.  Likewise Ocean Jasper is commonly described as cleansing, soothing, and supportive of well being.

Some scientists speculate that Ocean Jasper may be a silicified rhyolite.  Rhyolite is a volcanic rock similar in composition to granite.  Certain varieties are glassy because of their high silica content, like obsidian.  These natural glasses are unstable and may develop orbs as the minerals inside them crystallize.  Many interpret this potential fiery origin as signifying the transmutation of negativity, bringing order out of chaos, and a potential for manifestation.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other purification stones, especially those connected to one of the five classical elements like obsidian, salt, and naturally tumbled rocks like Shiva lingas, riverstone, and water worn pebbles.

Ocean Jasper Druzy(An Ocean Jasper slab next to a freeform showing a two and three dimensional perspective of green quartz druzy coating an orb.)

3: Millennium Jasper: Just as golden purple ametrine combines the qualities of amethyst and citrine, Ocean Jasper blends the metaphysical properties of multiple varieties of chalcedony, each associated with well being in different parts of our lives.  Among them:

  • Colorless, White, to Blue = Chalcedony: Signifies clear communication, cutting through illusion, and success.
  • Yellow, Red, to Orange = Carnelian: Signifies vital energy, empowerment, and spiritual protection.
  • Banded Layers = Agate: Signifies mental focus, balanced interactions, and endurance.

Green is the most consistent color, a less common variety of chalcedony known as plasma.  The word comes from the Greek plasma (“something molded”), after its popularity for carving wax seals in antiquity.  People once believed it was the host rock for emerald, poetically naming it the “mother of emerald”.  Because of this symbolic relationship, plasma took on emerald’s attributes of healing, comfort, and growth.

As a stone of green goodness, Ocean Jasper supports energy work like Reiki and Earth centered modalities like herbalism.  It pairs well with other healing stones like jade, turquoise, and chlorite included quartz.  Minerals used for well being are often blue and green, after the life giving qualities of water.

Many in the metaphysical community believe that new stones reveal themselves at specific times in the evolution of human consciousness.  Because it was discovered in 1999 and introduced to the general public in 2000, Ocean Jasper is sometimes called “Millennium Jasper”.  The most consistent message during our readings was its potential role in personal and planetary healing, especially current environmental crises like water pollution, drought, and our threatened oceans.As a modern blend of classic gemstones, used individually for mental, emotional, and physical health, Ocean Jasper carries the signature of integrative wellness.  Many pieces also have a druse of quartz, a coating of tiny points, known more commonly as “druzy”.  Because all its crystals share the same foundation, druzy also represents harmony between different elements.

Because of its unifying qualities, Ocean Jasper also helps combinations like crystal grids, medicine pouches, and body layouts better blend their mixed energies.  It is also a stone of attunement, helping individuals acclimate to new people, places, or states of being.

Ocean Jasper pairs well with other integration stones like Herkimer diamond quartz, agate, and clusters and spheres of all stones.

Ocean Jasper

Ocean Jasper’s orbs are more technically called spherulites, from the Latin sphaerula “miniature sphere” and the Greek suffix -ite, meaning “rock”.  They are produced by radiating chalcedony fibers forming around a central nucleus, creating a small stone ball.  This growth pattern is reflected in the energetic qualities of the stone.

Ocean Jasper is ” a parts to the whole” worker, first correcting an individual element and then restoring it to a larger system. For example, its orbs resemble bull’s eyes, flowers, and stars, all energy signatures for the chakras, while its layers suggest the nadi, the energy currents that connect the chakras together.  When used for chakra balancing, Ocean Jasper not only adjusts an individual chakra, it aligns it within the subtle body as a whole.

This quality could also help correct other energetic systems, where individual components are linked together, like a vortex and its ley lines, a stone placed in a crystal grid, and an individual within a group.

Since it literally comes in every color of the rainbow, Ocean Jasper is well known for clearing, balancing, and aligning the chakras.  While it can be used on any chakra, pieces that match the color of a particular chakra are especially well suited for working on it. For example, green Ocean Jasper can be used anywhere on the energy body or specifically on the heart chakra.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other chakra balancing stones like clear quartz, kyanite, and labradorite.

Ocean Jasper(Ocean Jasper has a relationship with the sacred geometry of the circle, sphere, and point.  A pebble with concentric rings and spherical voids on spiritual diagrams.   Bottom left: Stellated octahedron [“star tetrahedron” or “merkaba”] in a sphere.  Bottom right: Vesica piscis with triangles.  Above: 16th representation of the Platonic solids by Jean Cousin.  Each of the Platonic solids can fit perfectly inside a sphere.)

4: Orbicular Jasper: Ocean Jasper’s round orbs associate it with the circle and sphere, traditional symbols of wholeness, perfection, and time since neither shape has an obvious beginning nor ending.  For example, in Chinese thought the circle represents the perfection of the heavens, after the dome of the sky and the round shape of the Sun and Moon, while the square represents the divided Earth, signifying the four cardinal directions.

The circle and the point are also the foundations of sacred geometry.  Two intersecting circles produce the vesica piscis (Latin, “air bladder of a fish”), a lens shape used to create additional shapes like the triangle, square, and pentagon.  Because a drawing compass leaves a mark, circles are often depicted with a central dot, showing their construction.  This point represents oneness, potential, and the divine origin of all things.

Because of their connection to divinity, the circle and sphere can finally represent the sacred self.  Spiritual beings are often represented with round or mandorla shaped halos, an almond shape created by crossing two circles.  Likewise the energy body itself is ultimately spherical in many spiritual traditions:

  • Aura (Greek aura “breeze”): The energy field around the human body, divided into different layers.  At first these follow the outline of the human body but gradually become more curved.  The final bands are spherical or ovoid in shape.
  • Merkaba (Hebrew merkabah “chariot”): A model of the energy body consisting of a stellated octahedron, a three dimensional hexagram, suspended within a perfect sphere.
  • Ochema (Greek ochema “vehicle”): The 4th century CE philosopher Iamblichus believed the subtle body became more luminous and spherical the closer the soul came to God.  Roundness and light were qualities of the divine, as displayed in the circular movement of the planets and stars.

circlewithpoint(A 13th century French manuscript illustration representing God as the Geometer, creating the universe through mathematics.  He made the Sun, Moon, and stars on the fourth day in Genesis.  The cosmos is represented as a circle with a central point, defined by the two arms of a compass.)

Because Ocean Jasper carries the sacred geometry of the point, circle, and sphere, it may support devotion, higher states of consciousness, and our personal and collective spiritual evolution.  Its orbs can resemble both eyes and meditative tools like mandalas and kasinas, colored disks used for focus.  These are additional energy signatures for centering, meditation, and concentration.  Historically chalcedony itself meant spiritual sight, religious fervor, and an inner luminosity produced by faith.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other stones used for spiritual development like phenakite, moldavite, and amethyst.

My late friend Ken Harsh thought Ocean Jasper had a connection to the modern orbs phenomena.  Many people believe that translucent circles in digital photos record the presence of ghosts, spirits, and angels.  He taught that Ocean Jasper’s orbicular structure could help us connect to such non-physical light beings.

Ocean Jasper (A polished Ocean Jasper chunk in a spiny oyster shell, with undrilled pearls.)

5: Moon Jewel Jasper:  Ocean Jasper is also known as Moon Jewel Jasper, after a poetic name for pearls.  Their round shape, white color, and origin in the sea have symbolically linked pearls with the Moon for centuries.  People once believed that oysters formed pearls from water drops touched by sunlight, moonlight, and starlight.  Ocean Jasper has taken on many of their qualities like purification, soothing irritation, and emotional expression.

Ocean Jasper’s orbs also resemble the Sun and Moon, with radiant halos, and starbursts.  Because of these energy signatures Ocean Jasper could be used to connect to the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, their corresponding spiritual beings, and harness celestial light energetically, like during ceremonies aligned to the lunar phases, equinoxes, and solstices.  Rather than drag out your entire rock collection next moon to charge them, use a piece of Ocean Jasper as a “battery” for celestial light instead, gathering enough of a charge to renew everything.

Of all the celestial bodies Ocean Jasper is most commonly affiliated with the Moon because of its unique relationship to the tides.  Lunar stones are given its qualities like change, growth, and understanding cycles, emotional harmony, and traits culturally attributed to the “feminine” like intuition.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other lunar stones like moonstone, selenite, and girasol quartz.  Solar stones would include sunstone, citrine, and ruby.  Finally stones like lapis lazuli, labradorite, and meteorites and tektites are used to connect with star energies.

Fish Eye Jasper (An Ocean Jasper pebble  on a vintage cook book illustration.  One of Ocean Jasper’s many trade names is Fish Eye Jasper.  The term “fish eye” is a nickname for translucent eye agates.)

6:  Fish Eye Jasper:  After the ocean, circle, and the Moon, the most relevant energy signature for Ocean Jasper is its concentric orbs called “fish eyes”, especially when they are translucent.

Ocular stones, those that look like eyes, have a consistent meaning over time:

  • Safety: Warding off the evil eye, security, and remaining unseen from enemies.
  • Prosperity: Good luck, seeing opportunities, and overcoming obstacles in business.
  • Second Sight: Clairvoyance, insight, and focus during meditation.

Many of Ocean Jasper’s metaphysical properties are modern adaptations of this ancient gem lore.

Ocean Jasper’s orbs can look like open eyes and the layers of the energy body.  It may also display fortification banding, an angular agate that resembles the outline of a fortress.  These elements suggest Ocean Jasper may strengthen the aura, maintain personal boundaries, and help invoke spiritual protection.

Many cultures believe in the evil eye, a psychic attack powered by envy, anger, or jealousy.  Eye shaped amulets are used to counteract it, calling upon the protective gaze of God.  Many people today use Ocean Jasper for emotionally charged situations, stress relief, and shielding empaths, after this custom.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other protection stones like tiger’s eye, malachite, and black tourmaline.

While the destructive evil eye is fueled by malice, a “good eyed” person wishes everyone well.  Paradoxically the eye also came to represent generosity, kindness, and goodwill.  Therefore ocular stones were used historically for good luck, business solutions, and managing resources like money.

Ocean Jasper is typically green, yellow, and earth tones, especially the material from Kabamby.  These are significators of abundance stones, after the colors of growing plants, ripe grain, and rich soil.  Food was the original wealth.  Each individual orb also formed around a seed like center, with different layers of growth, suggesting manifestation, the genesis of new ideas, and acting to materialize our goals.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other prosperity stones like citrine, green aventurine, and the cat’s eye varieties of chrysoberyl, quartz, and tourmaline.

The eye is also a symbol of expanded awareness, like the third eye used to see beyond the physical.  Ocular stones were used historically to support psychic development, divination, and otherworldly vision like dreams, journeys, and precognition.

As a “fish eye”, Ocean Jasper helps us see into watery realms like the emotions, creativity, and spirituality.  Because the ocean represents the unknown, wisdom, and inspiration, stones with fish totem medicine connect us to our inner depths.  Ocean Jasper may give us insight about a feeling, memory, or intuitive message, just as a fish eye lens brings the center of an image into focus.

Ocean Jasper combines well with other intuitive stones like lapis lazuli, iolite, and azurite.

Ocean Jasper Mandala
This photo mandala was created with the intention to help individuals connect to the energies of Ocean Jasper, if in their highest good.  I hope that reading this article or meditating on the image helps you decide if Ocean Jasper is a vibration that you should be working with now.

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This article is part of our ongoing “She Said, He Said” series, where both Stacie and I write about the same mineral.  We believe different perspectives can make a stone accessible to more people.  You can read Stacie’s Ocean Jasper blog here.

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2015, Microphotography of Ocean Jasper, Becca Hahn

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2015, Remaining Images and Text, Christopher Lee Matthews
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Rose Quartz Crystal – All Day Every Day

 

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Rose Quartz: All Day, Every Day

Rose Quartz is my favorite stone.  I have often said that if I could live in a rose quartz house and sleep on a lepidolite bed, that I would be the most happy girl in the world. Rose quartz is, by far, my most recommended rock for anyone for anything at any time.  It is an ~All Day, Every Day~ kind of energy.  Why?  Because rose quartz holds the vibration of love (all forms!) and love does everything.  Think about it.  Love heals, protects, strengthens, nurtures, expands, grounds, cleanses, and endures.  So, it’s as useful in the bedroom as it is in the nursery, as fantastic in the office as it is in the living room.  It’s as powerful in manifesting the love of your life, as it is a career that you love.

I could literally put rose quartz in every single crystal stone grid, gem elixir,  or medicine pouch I’ve ever made and it not change the theme because love makes everything stronger.  It also makes everything softer, sweeter,easier to take, and most importantly, easier to integrate.  What good is working with a smack-your-fanny, high vibrational stone, like moldavite, if you can’t integrate the shifts?  For some reason I’m hearing the song from Mary Poppins, “Just a spoon full of sugar lets the medicine go down…”

Rose quartz is the beautiful voice of the Divine Feminine that cuddles you and says, “Darling, you got this. It’s going to be okay.” Rose quartz is all about keeping your heart open, clear, and connected.  If you can do that, there is nothing that you cannot accomplish given enough time.  I have often thought that if people, in general, just worked on their heart chakras, even if they ignored everything else, golly, what a lovely world it would be.  (I mean, can you be an jerk-off when you have an open heart?  Probably not.  But I digress.)

Let’s talk about the color pink for a moment.  Pink is the union of red and white.  Red for the root chakra, life blood, passion, and the physical/material level.  White is for the crown chakra and beyond, purity, and the spiritual realm.  The root and the crown chakras meet at the heart.  That is why pink is also a heart chakra color alongside green. Pink symbolizes the union of the physical and spiritual worlds within you.  It strives to keeps you at the equilibrium you need to stay anchored in your heart space.

All pink stones will have something to do with love and the heart, something to do with comfort and care, and something about keeping the heart open and in alignment, but rose quartz is in the quartz family. Quartz can imprint and amplify energies and intentions.  That sounds useful, eh? Also, rose quartz is widely available and is pretty affordable as far as stones go. I say, spread that stuff everywhere.

Rose Quartz
That me posing with a huge rose quartz point from Madagascar. Click on the photo go see more rose quartz. 🙂

How to Work with Rose Quartz

Jewelry
One of the most simple ways to work with rose quartz is to keep it near  your heart center as much as possible.  A simple, but good size rose quartz pendant that hangs right over the heart center is perfect.  You can also put a nice smooth stone right in your bra if you wear one of those.  You can add intention to it and say, “I request to attune to rose quartz, now please.”

Gem Elixir
I adore a nice gem elixir made out of rose quartz.  It’s fantastic all by itself, or you can mix it up a bit and add energies from other rocks or flower essences.  I think it would be nice to have a pitcher of water in the fridge all the time with some beautiful rough chunks of rose quartz directly in the pitcher.  If you have a clean piece of rough rose quartz there is nothing there that is dangerous to have directly in your water.  Some stones have toxic materials in them that you cannot put directly into water you drink, but rose quartz isn’t one of them.

The easy way to make a gem elixir is by “direct intention” method, which is pretty much how I roll these days.  Put the clean rose quartz in your glass with clean water and then put your hands around it and say, “I request to create a rose quartz gem elixir, now please.”  You may find a small buzz or hum begin in your hands, the crest, and then conclude.  I then seal the energies by saying, “Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal, now please.”  It probably takes me 2-5 minutes to make a direct intention elixir.  There are other methods, but why complicate things?

rosebreathing
Click on the photo to see A++ grade rough rose quartz hunks that are my favorite for heart breathing work.

Heart Breath
Never underestimate the potency of simply breathing deeply with your rocks as a way to interact with their energies.  One of the most powerful heart cleansing and empowering crystal healing protocols you can do is to flop a nice hunky piece of rose quartz onto your heart, then imagine breathing through it, into and out of  your whole chest region. Your imagery would include on the in-breath, bringing the breath into your body through the rock, as a beautiful pink glowing energy.  This glowing pink energy then locates emotional congestion and whatever doesn’t belong there, surrounds it, and then on your out-breath, also through the rock,  moves it out of  your system.

Continue to do the breathing for about 5 minutes or so.  You may find yourself needing to cry, and if you do, fantastic… it means you did it perfectly.  You found a pocket of pain in your emotional body that was causing lack of flow in your system and then got rid of it.  That is always a good thing, even if it isn’t so fun to cry.   You may just feel warm and cozy and very peaceful.  That’s a good thing too.

I would so highly recommend this as an activity to do with children as well.  It would be so nice to do this as part of their going to sleep ritual.  You could even integrate it into bath time activities too, as a way to keep their heart “clean” too.  Imagine how wonderful it would be to give children the tools they can easily use to tend to their emotional landscapes.  Awww.  This topic is making me a little verclempt.

rosegrid
Click the photo to see a simple 7-stone Reiki grid of rose quartz at etemetaphysical.com.

All Other Ways
Really, all other ways to work with stones would all be groovy with rose quartz.  A simple 7 stone Reiki grid with rose quartz is great for creating sacred space in the home.  Or you can get more complex and add it to a more involved sacred space grid for your home.  It all works out.  Really.  You can add it to any work you are doing  because all work is furthered and strengthened by the energy of love.  So unless you are Doctor Evil, I’m pretty sure you can use rose quartz quite liberally.  You should have a lot of it in your collection.  It’s especially nice to give away, too.  Who doesn’t love rose quartz?

rosebulk
Click to see 11lbs of beautiful rough rose quartz from etemetaphysical.com.

Rose Quartz Plays Well With….

1) All other quartz: Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Quartz with Inclusions, Green Earth Healing Quartz (Epidote included), Lemurian Seed Crystals (specialty quartz from Brazil), Sacred Heart Quartz (RQ with hematite inclusions), Herkimer Diamond (naturally double terminated quartz from Herkimer, NY), Tibetan Quartz, and so on!

2) Pink & Green Stones: This includes all stones that tickle the Heart Chakra in some way.  In no particular order, emeralds, danburite, morganite, mangano calcite, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, green & pink aventurine, pink tourmaline, pink sapphire/ruby, cobalto calcite, pink fluorite, umm.  That’s all I can think of right now.

3) Any Combination: You can add rose quartz to compliment any theme based stone support collection because it adds the energy of love to any other venture.  If you are working on abundance, wouldn’t adding love to that energy be helpful?  Especially if you are trying to create a career or opportunity that you love?   That is just an example, but really… unless you are being very naughty with your energy work (which I do not recommend)…rose quartz ads value to any intention set.

4) Cleansing and Purification stones: Since keeping the heart clear and free flowing is one of the biggest tasks for any of us, partnering rose quartz with purification stones becomes a significantly useful combo.  Himalayan salt is probably my favorite, but obsidian, kyanite, and selenite are also good choices.

5) Flower Essences: I often enjoy melding flower essences with gem elixirs for vibrational support.  Rose quartz was named after roses, so she does especially well to be added to flower essences that include the rose family.  So. very. sweet.  I have never met a flower essence that I didn’t like or that didn’t work well with combining with gem energy.  Some good resources included Bach’s and FES.

If you found this article useful, could you please be a darling and share me with your friends. 🙂  Everyone can use good tips for keeping their hearts nice and clear, eh?

Updated 5/22/2015

She Said: The Metaphysical Properties of Ammonites

Ammonites WTH are Ammonites?
Ammonites are fossils. Fossils are rocks that used to be critters. The organic matter of the critter has been replaced by the rock so the appearance of the critter is more or less maintained in stone. Fossils are old.  Really old.  OMG old.  If you don’t mind, I’m going to remain vague about the exact age of ammonites because 1) it’s Christopher’s job to get technical 2) some people don’t think the world is that old and I have ZERO interest in having a conversation about how old the Earth is with anyone.  Less than zero, actually.

Ammonites BC
In this instance, “BC” means “Before Chris”.  Christopher is my co-host of the Metaphysical Department.  We have been working together since he began here at Enter the Earth back in 2012.  While we do have a strangely common foundation in the way we have studied energies before we met, we also have our own things.  Fossils were a Chris “thing”, more so than a “me” thing, and he spent way more time dancing with them than I did.  I was kinda like… fossils. Meh.

My understanding of the properties of ammonites “Before Chris” was that they were “Dream Guards”.  In other words, the ammonites that I had worked with seemed specifically useful for protection during sleep. I hadn’t dug much deeper into the energies of ammonites beyond chucking a nice one into my sleep pouch.  Interestingly, that is one of the historical/traditional uses of ammonites.  (Imagine that, my intuition is in alignment with traditional info. Ha.  I love it when that happens.)

Ammonites AC
Chris began working for ETE about the same time that I began to have significant “kundalini misfiring” issues.  Kundalini is the energy said to rise up your spine as part of a personal spiritual evolution process.  Apparently, this process isn’t always a tidy thing.  Doah.  For those of you who are unaware of kundalini misfiring issues, let  me sum it up for you in one simple phrase, “Hurts like a Mo Fo.” We’re talking, “kneeling-on-the-floor-doubled over-while-crying” kind of pain.

Christopher recommended that I work with ammonites to help me release the blockage that was creating the misfiring pain.  Since I’m not a fan of pain as a general rule, I began attuning to and working with some ammonites.  I went many months with an ammonite in my pocket to mitigate the rather brisk pain that I was experiencing and it DID help.  I have to admit, Christopher made a believer out of me.  I am no longer someone who says, “Fossils, meh.” 

Chris is still far quicker to grab them for active working sessions, but you know, my memory isn’t as good as it used to be and he will remind me of nifty things I may be forgetting. Yay.

Since that time a couple of years ago, Christopher and I have created ammonite pocket rock sets that were intended to support energy body health and flow, such as in “Kundalini Rising” and “Chakra Aligning & Protection“.

Keeping them in the pockets would be useful, but placing them at the site of suspected blockages would be good too.  Breathe with them and get that stuff moving again. We also integrated ammonites into our energy body support specific grid, called the Chakra Alignment Whirlwind Grid.

This grid is a trip, actually.  We like to set it up on the ground and put a chair over it so that the central vortex of the grid literally interacts with your immediate energy center.  I call that technique a “sit and spin” and it’s very effective when you want to use grid energies as an intense energy healing session.  We had our non-wooey co-workers sit on the chair while we were trying out the combinations and everyone got a sensation of “wind” or whirling motion around the energy field.  It was pretty cool. When I did the sit and spin of that grid I was in the middle of a fair amount of personal crisis and trauma, so …. good golly, it took me ~down~ and did major work.

We’ve used that grid in workshops for emotional alchemy before too… even one that we facilitated at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave.  Wee haw.  It’s not a party until someone cries!! Christopher will cover all the geological, historical, and traditional information about ammonites when he catches up to my “She Said” articles.  🙂  He’s really quite the smarty pants about rocks.   To see ammonites at our website, click on the photo of the big ass ammonites in crates at the top of this article.

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller & Christopher Lee Matthews

Updated 2/17/2015

She Said: The Metaphysical Properties of Labradorite & Spectralite

labradoriteLabradorite ranks as one of the stones that is a must have for anyone who uses crystals and gemstones. It has a wide range of uses from daily protection, shielding, energy cleansing, as well as more esoteric uses for spiritual work. spectralite

What About Spectralite?
Spectralite is basically the same stone as labradorite, but it is considered a higher gem quality version of it.  I like to call it “labradorite on steroids”.  The above photo is a good example.  See how it has many colors all swirled in it?  Almost like an oil slick.  Spectralite does come from a different mine than labradorite and very, very little of it is being mined currently.  It is much more cost prohibitive to mine it vs. labradorite.

Too Much is Not Enough…
Anyway, as much as I would like to believe I can be done getting labradorite, I think I may never actually have enough.  I have several personal pieces and I have moved some along to others.  As soon as one gets placed elsewhere, I find myself excited to sort through the labradorite at the store to find another one.  The last one I got was a spectralite pebble that has purple in it. Love the ones with purple. They are actually quite rare.

Pocket Rocks
Labradorite is one of the best “pocket stones” you can use.  The placement of the labradorite in your pocket puts it in the groin placement area commonly used in crystal healing layouts.  “Grounding” stones that are black, gray, brown, and red are the best kinds of stones to put in that pocket/groin position because it is the ~proper chakra placement~ to provide you with the maximum amount of energetic support.

Grounding and Stabilizing
The dark gray part of the rock is actually a little grounding and stabilizing, but not in the same way as smoky quartz or other darker stones.  I feel that the dark color of labradorite creates a type of “modulation” grounding of the higher light energies found in the flash to be more useful and accessible at the physical level.  In other words, it grounds the higher vibrational qualities of itself quite perfectly.

Walk in Both Worlds
It is a prime example of a stone that walks in both the spiritual and physical worlds at the same time.  It’s a lesson for us all to learn. In fact, the ability for labradorite to walk in both worlds is one of the main reasons it makes its way into my pocket when I leave the sacred space of my own home and go out and about in the world.  I’m a sensitive girl and I need strategies to manage the onslaught of energetic information and stimulation found in the world beyond my own walls.

Labradorite fills out my auric field so that my field is stronger and less permeable to the energies of other people, environments, etc.  It is similar to being within an egg of protection, even though it’s not technically “protection” in the way you might consider it.  It is protective and shielding because it makes me stronger and less vulnerable.

When I am energetically comfortable and buffered in this way, I am more able to be open to the world without compromising my own stability, and without having to shut down my sensitivities/empathy that might do some good for a few folks that wander in my direction.  So, basically, labradorite helps me to walk in both worlds at the same time too. If you’d like to see labradorite and spectralite on our website, just click on either of the photos in the article.

Copyright 2014 Stacie Coller and Christopher Lee Matthews

She Said: The Meaning of Real Citrine

Smoky Citrine
True unadultarated citrine.  It’s ~divine~.  It’s like petrified, golden sunlight.  Natural, As-Mother-Made-It, citrine is actually quite rare.  There is some coming out of Brazil, some from Africa, and some from Madagascar, but most of the “citrine” on the market is actually heat-treated amethyst.  See, they take amethyst that is too light to sell well as amethyst, and they “cook it” until it turns that brassy orange color.

And you know what,  I dunno, heat-treating rocks doesn’t offend me nearly as much as irradiation offends me.  I have some heat-treated citrine in the house that I’ve used for energy work before and it’s fine… but… it is definitely different than natural citrine.  They are, well… truthfully, two different crystals.
Real Citrine
Anyway, I want to discuss citrine, The Real Thing.  It is totally differerent than the other stuff.  The energies of true citrine are not as assertive as treated citrine, but they are higher, lighter, and more, I dunno… “divine” probably does describe it.  Natural citrine holds the energy of both the yellow and golden rays… and it tickles you both in the solar plexus as well as the crown.  There is a decidedly angelic quality about natural citrine.  If you paired natural citrine with a “spiritual helper” stone, like angelite or celestite, my guess is that you would be able to plug into some fairly high levels of vibrational assistance, or you could spend the time to attune to your own Higher Self that maintains connection to  those lighter vibrational spaces within.
Then, there are the miraculous and amazing citrines… or are they smokies…. err, well, they are both.  We call them Smoky Citrine or Golden Smoky, same rock.  This happens when natural citrine and natural smoky have a baby and live happily ever after.  Those specimens sometimes are citrine with smoky phantoms.  Yum.  The combination of citrine and smoky is well… hmm…. smoking.  The citrine maintains that golden ray, high vibe thing and the smoky pulls all that wonderful high stuff deep down through your toes and into the Earth.  Smoky is inherently protective and stabilizing and provides excellent boundary integrity, so it’s like the citrine energy is coming with it’s own “bouncer” that makes sure that all the wonderful spiritual shifts and sloughing off of heavier energy is, well… good and permanent.
citrine with smoky phantoms
Citrine with smoky phantoms (distinctive shape of an inner ghost crystal in smoky) can also be used for bringing light and healing to past-lives, as well as giving you terrific support for any “inner shadow” healing and integration work.  All a bonus.
I would highly recommend having at least one little natural citrine in your collection.  They are expensive, as they are so rare, but a little goes a long way.
My favorite uses:

Pocket Rock/Nearness: When you are feeling down and need a big infusion of beautiful, bright, high vibrational energy to counteract the funk, keep your citrine with you.  Get as much “nearness” with it as you can.  Breathe with it, stick it in your bra for the day, go outside in the sun with it, just stick it in your pocket.
Crystalline Grids:  Use the citrine as a center stone unless you can afford 6 at a time, which most of us can’t.  A nice, juicy little point or a nice, juicy tumbled stone the size of a walnut would be able to hold the center of a grid just fine.  Citrine for high light spiritual connection: add some angelite or celestite.  Citrine for abundance and prosperity: add stones like peridot, aventurine, ruby, pyrite, emerald, jade, that kind of thing.  Citrine for mood support: add lepidolite, selenite, Himalayan salt, labradorite, topaz, red jasper, that kind of thing.
Gem Elixir:  Drink it in, Baby.  Citrine is fine for direct contact methods of gem elixir making.  Plop your sweet baby gently in a large glass of clean water, put a little platic wrap over the top so you don’t collect bugs, and leave it in the sunshine for an hour or so.  Then, and this is an IMPORTANT step, hold the glass in both hands while saying, “Expand, Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal”.  Wait until the sealing process comes to a conclusion (you may feel the energy kick in, build, then come back down). Then drink and enjoy.
Coin Purse:  Citrine is famous for being an abudance stone, and who doesn’t need a little infusion of that, eh?  Get a wee one and put it in your coin purse.. or leave one in the prosperity section of your home via Feng Shui.
To see the sampling of natural citrine and smoky citrines at etemetaphysical.com, just click here.
Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller
Updated 2/17/2015

She Said: The Metaphysical Properties of Carnelian

I’m not sure why, but I like to say the word carnelian like I’m Doctor Evil from Austin Powers.

~Car-neeee-leeee-annnn~ *Stacie puts her pinky finger against the corner of her mouth*

It’s just a fun word to say.

I also have to confess to having one of the world’s strangest collections.

I collect carnelian specimens that whistle.

I have three spheres at home from grapefruit size to plum size that have hollow  geode pockets inside with a small hole on the outside surface.  When I blow into those holes ~*tada*~… I get a screaming carnelian sphere.  I’m not sure why this makes me so happy, but it does.

So, carnelian.  It’s one of the most popular stones out there and for good reason.  It’s got a biblical shout out, by some translations, to being one of the 12 stones in the breastplate of the high priest.  It is also one of the more readily attainable stones in the market and isn’t terribly expensive as far as stones go.  It is also the semi-precious alternate birthstone for the month of July.  The precious birthstone for July is ruby.  They actually play together quite nicely, too.

At the end of the day, regardless of how history or economics sort out this stone, it’s got a lot of ~juice~.  Meaning, it’s got the “zoom zoom” in all the right places.

I see this stone as being intimately connected to the physical and material worlds.  It is, quite literally, carnal, or of the flesh.  To me, it feels like a stone of passion, desire, and sexual energy.  It also has the qualities of strength, endurance, and vitality.  I consider it as being aligned closely with the element of fire.  It feels hot to me energetically.

Carnelian Flame

I grab carnelian when I am feeling drained and exhausted and when I am at a deficit of vital, physical, life-force energies.  My general nature is to be creative, but when I’m tired, I can’t muster up the inspiration to engage any projects.  When I’m tired or worn out, everything about living life is more difficult.

Creative energy, inspiration, and passion are all woven together, at least in my world, and carnelian helps me to plug back into my inner fire, the ~zest~, that allows  me to give a crap about engaging in life and all that it has to offer in my physical reality.

OK, now I’m seeing the 7 Dwarves from Snow White marching off to work while whistling.  Carnelian is actually summed up nicely in that image…. the joyful engagement of physical reality.

My favorite techniques for carnelian:

Pocket Rocks: I place carnelian, sometimes with another stone, in my pockets during times when I feel low on physical energy.

Carnelian & Hematoid Rose Quartz Pocket Rock Set

Crystal Grid: I also tend to put them in any grid that relates to passion, creativity, sexuality, or the support of vitality.

lovegrid

Chakra Layout: The color of carnelian align it with the belly chakra and those related issues.  I almost always include carnelian in any chakra “laying-on-of-stones” session because of it’s good punch of the luscious reddish-orange colors.

Gem Elixir: I would use carnelian as a gem elixir to help get me get some gasoline on whatever fire I was trying to start.

Well… I also like for them to whistle, too.  But that might just be me. 😀

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated 2/17/2015