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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.

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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

Rose Quartz Crystals – Exotic Varieties

I have written a fairly comprehensive blog article on your regular variety of rose quartz that you can see by clicking here.  It’s a good place to start  to learn about the basic foundation of rose quartz’s meaning and healing properties.

And then there are the exotic varieties of rose quartz that are pretty dang potent and ah-mazing.  Va-va-voom.

I call them “exotic” rose quartz because it’s like taking the sweet goddess next door and blending her with something mysterious and beguiling, and perhaps a little less subtle.  One of the reasons I work for Enter the Earth is because I was floored by all the different exotic rose quartz they imported from Madagascar.  I mean.  Seriously.  Who knew that rose quartz had all this in her?

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Click the photo to see Star Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Star Rose Quartz: This rose quartz is a very “gemmy” or translucent  form that also has tiny little dumortierite fibers that create an asterism effect on the surface of the stone when a bright light is shining on it.  Three rays, or lines, of light will intersect at some place on the rock and create a 6-ray star.  Stars symbolize the heavens and so bring in a higher aspect of Divine Love to the mix. There is also the energy of being in “Divine Alignment”. Dumortierite is actually a blue mineral.  Blue quartz is basically quartz with a bunch of dumortierite in it.  Even though you cannot see it, it adds psychic expansion and sight to the mix as well.

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Click the photo to see Pink Girasol Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Pink Girasol: Star rose quartz and girasol quartz often grow in the same area and can sometimes toddle into each other’s territory.  This can make it challenging to determine when star rose quartz stops and girasol begins.  That is why girasol is sometimes called “white rose quartz” and very pale star rose quartz is sometimes considered “pink girasol”.  I’ve noticed that pale star rose quartz/pink girasol may not have as distinctive of a star, although it will have other more girasoly characteristics, like appearing with a golden hue when you look through it at a light, as well as looking like it is illuminated from within.

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Click to see this point at etemetaphysical.com

Lavender Rose Quartz:  Obviously, this kind of rose quartz is one that goes off into light or darker violet, purple, or lavender tones.  It’s like rose quartz and amethyst had a baby when this happens.  It’s quite beautiful and adds another layer of spiritual expansion, but it also seems to be a bit more “protective” than other forms of rose quartz.  I did a crystal whisper on a piece of lavender rose quartz years ago and a bunch of Amazon-like women warriors were associated with it.  “Warriors of the Heart” might be a good way to describe them.

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Click photo to see more Sacred Heart Rose Quartz.

Hematoid Rose Quartz:  I didn’t even know this was a possible combination until this past year. Whew.  This is basically hematite included rose quartz. It’s rare and it’s awesome.  I did a separate reading it, which I call “Sacred Heart” Rose Quartz.  The easiest description I use to describe it is that Mother Mary and Kali had a baby.  It looks like there is blood within the rose quartz.  Yeah, not a very subtle version, but extremely useful when things are not going very well.

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See this Magenta Rose Quartz “Flame” by clicking the photo.

Magenta Rose Quartz: The magenta rose quartz is just really, really dark rose quartz.  It doesn’t necessarily go into the violet area, but sort of does.  The magenta rose quartz has more distinctive purification energies associated with it.  When I did a reading on it years ago, it gave the name “Flame of the Rose”.  Hot stuff.

 

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Click the photo to see Blue Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Blue Rose Quartz: I can’t believe I forgot this super rare form of rose quartz when I first wrote this article.  It really is so special.  Blue roses are a symbol in alchemy as something that is impossible because it doesn’t happen in nature.  It is also a religious symbol of Mother Mary.  Blue Rose Quartz is a type of in-between Girasol and Rose Quartz that does actually have a blue hue to it in some light, pink in others, and when you hold it up to the light, gives a golden glow.

Energetically it deals with the integration of the heart and mind and of the emotions and intellect. I actually see it as a type of “sacred union” stone because it is also very much like the joining of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.  It is one of the stones that I have in my pillow case that I make sure is in my energy field for extended times each day. Christopher and I have only ever found them in the batches of rose quartz from Madagascar and we gave it the name Blue Rose Quartz because of its amazing properties.

It would be especially useful to hang out with Blue Rose Quartz to crank up spiritual and intuitive abilities or to assist you to move into that internal sacred space though meditation where you are more deeply plugged into the spiritual level and the Divine.

Elestial Rose Quartz:  Super rare.  This is rose quartz that actually forms terminations, or points.  Usually, the points are teeny tiny, but boy are they buzzy.  If you can even find some, it’s a great resource to have.  Yeah, I don’t have a photo for that it’s so rare.  Google it.  Google knows everything.

Thanks for reading!  If you  enjoyed the article, would you be a super sweet person and g+ or share it with your rose quartz loving friends?   It’s just below.  Thanks!  Muah!

Updated 6/1/2015

She Said: “Sacred Heart” Hematoid Rose Quartz

Hematoid rose quartz is pretty rare stuff from Madagascar.

Sacred Heart Rose Quartz

Sometimes it takes awhile to get back around to some of the raw readings that Christopher and I have done.  I just looked at my notes and the first pass at hematoid rose quartz was 3/28/13.

Damn, I hadn’t even left my husband yet, but the situation was getting pretty intense.  At this point, more than a year has passed, I left my husband, spent a whole year in the separation process, lost a very dear friend to cancer, and am now officially divorced.  There was more, but that stuff even bores the crap out of me, so I’ll spare you.

Sacred Heart Rose Quartz

My last year was utter chaos.  2013 was bad.  Super bad.  Super effing bad with a can of “holy shit” poured over it.  Looking over my notes from March 2013, wow.  It’s like the Universe knew or something. (And yes, I am saying that somewhat sarcastically, but with proper respect.)

I’ve had a Sacred Heart piece in my pillow case since the time of the original reading.  I’ve often carried some in my pocket, used it in energy work, created gem elixirs with it, and have stuffed it in my bra on many occasions.

2013 was the year of needing this kind of intercession for me.  Even Christopher needed it.  As soon as we finished the reading, his mother called to let him know his uncle had just passed.  Spooky rock.

There is something deeply feminine, and yet, also deeply kick ass about the combination of hematite and rose quartz.  Think Mother Mary (sweet, nurturing love and comfort) and Kali (destroyer of illusion and eater of demons).  Tough Love. Uh, yeah.  Bada bing, bada BOOM.

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Sacred Heart Hematoid Rose Quartz is definitely a trauma care and crisis worker.  It’s the stone you grab when you are having a bad day, week, month, or year.  I don’t just mean  bad.  I mean super bad.

It’s the stone you grab when you have a shit ton of personal work and transformation to slog through that is hairy, scary, painful, and that pushes you to the edge of being able to pass for sane.  It’s the stone you grab when it hurts like hell and you are exhausted in the marrow of your bones, but you have to suck-it-up-and-deal anyway.

It is both the red hot fire of purification and transformation and the sweet aftercare and comfort needed to actually get through it alive.

There are a few key phrases from the reading that I want to share:
-Care for life’s battles.
-Rectification of love and hate in the heart.
-Divine Feminine blood and womb mysteries.
-Intercession and assistance from the spiritual level.
-Brings Crown, Root, and Heart into alignment.
-Purification after trauma and during crisis.
-“Behold mirror of the soul, a balm to the wounded, heart of life blood, and an ear to the cries of the world.”

It did actually name itself during the reading and it seemed quite fitting, so we didn’t argue.  Our Mammas didn’t raise no fools.

Useful Protocols:
-It would be fabulous to use this type of rose quartz in a Heart Breathing process.  To do that, hold it up to your heart or heart chakra and using your imagination, breathe as if through the rock and into your chest cavity.  The intention is to breathe back out anything not present in your Highest Good that is blocking up your heart or emotional body.  It has somewhat more purification energies.
-Nearness: When shit is actively hitting the fan, get as much Sacred Heart time in your auric field as you can muster.  I placed mine in my pillow case and often carried it around.
-Pocket Rock: There are some endurance and vitalizing properties to this rock.  I have it in my pocket today with a nice carnelian in the other pocket.  I wanted support for physical as well as spiritual energy today.
-Other Stuff: We grid with it, put it in elixirs, use it for offerings, use it when cramps are bad (that would be just me, Chris doesn’t have a uterus), and that kind of thing.
-Global Lightwork/Transpersonal Prayer Work: You can work with this stone when you are doing work for others or praying for the world in general.

Sacred Heart Hematoid Rose Quartz.  I’d say it is good stuff for bad times.  I would partner it with lepidolite, mangano calcite, Blue Rose Quartz, or any stone that has something to do with deep emotional work, transition, or crisis care.  It features as a center stone with lepidolite in the Hot Effing Mess Mitigation Grid.  Go figure, eh?

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated 2/17/2015

She Said: Metaphysical Meaning of Polychrome Jasper

Oh Poly, Poly… you little shape shifting minx, you.

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See Polychrome Jasper at etemetaphysical.com.

I just sifted through files in the wooey room and found Chris and my old notes about polychrome jasper.  It made me laugh a bit because the original ~attempt~ at a reading was all the way back in January of 2013.  Polychrome was not grabbing anyone’s attention back then.  It was sitting on the shelf in the store and moving a little bit in wholesale, but no one was going, “WOW, where has this stone been all my life?!”

Yeah.  Polychrome Jasper was asleep.  The stone spirit, according to Chris’ shamanic journey back then, didn’t even really  know what it wanted to do or be yet.  We did a little ceremony to encourage it to, I don’t know, figure out a path to take…then essentially filed the notes and let the dust start to accumulate.

A lot has changed since January of 2013.  Polychrome is definitely awake and shaking her pretty, pretty fishnet stockings at us now.

First, just recently there was a new find of Polychrome Jasper that we call “ribbon polychrome jasper”.  It’s got amazing and mesmerizing rings and layers to it, the colors rich, dark, and sometimes even moving into the teal/blue family.

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Click on Photo to See More Polychrome Jasper.

Second, we have all just been ~noticing~ it now.  All of us here in the warehouse have been saying, “Wow, look at that polychrome!”.  Stephanie, the warehouse manager, picked up a poly and admired it on all sides and said, “I don’t usually like polychrome, but I really like this piece!”

Indeed.  Welcome to the party, Poly.  You’re like one of those girls who has had an underwhelming and perhaps forgettable middle school presence, but now that you’re in high school, you are turning heads. Good for you.  It makes me smile inside that you have decided, uhhh…. on being and doing something.

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Looks like a lotus flower to me.

I have always thought that polychrome jasper and mookaite jasper felt similar to me.  Jaspers, as a family, are about strength, endurance, power, and protection.  Vague much?  I know, but they are, look it up.  I associate mookaite jasper with the flow of raw resources in the process of creation or manifestation.  I feel the same way about polychrome.  It is connected to the flow of raw materials, thoughts, and energies that have the potential to be anything.

I also think that polychrome jasper has an awful lot of embryonic looking blobs as patterns, which suggests birth, creation, fertility, and somewhat goddessy overtones.  Other times it looks a whole dang lot like a landscape.

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Looks like a womb to me.

It is also what Christopher calls a “figure stone”, which is when a stone exhibits patterns that look like something, such as a face, an animal, a landscape, or some other object.  Poly makes for an excellent ink blot test.  It’s actually one of her secrets.  The organic flowing patterns and what they look like to you are part of the support that is present.  Sometimes the patterns are quite obviously something specific.  Other times, there are shape shifting, kindasorta-if-you-turn-it-to-the-left, figures within it.  Who says she can’t change her mind?

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Looks like a desert scene with a stormy sky.

For me, I am attracted to the polychrome jasper that has a lot of the earthy purples and pinks.  I love the teal.  I love it when it reminds me of a lava lamp.  I love it when I see faces and wombs and shamans and animals.  Some pieces… meh.  I don’t care for at all.  To me, this suggests that each piece really calls forth some very specific energies beyond her jaspery-ness.  Some of those energies you’ll find very helpful (wow) and others you won’t need at all (meh).

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OK, this one doesn’t need explaining, eh?

So, pay attention to Poly.  She has many faces and many ways in which to serve.  She decided that what she wanted to be was whatever, *snaps*, she wants to be.  Raw materials can, after all, be molded into anything at all.  Poly has unlimited potential and you’ll know when it’s time for you to get one because you’ll just fall in love.  You’ll probably be saying, “I don’t know what it is about this rock, but I just like it.”

Yeah.  Poly.  You minx.

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I see two lovers kissing.

 

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated  5/15/2015

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

I’ve been wanting to write about the most universally useful stones to have handy for gridding purposes for awhile now.  These are the stones that I could use in almost any grid, regardless of the grids intended purpose.

#1: Rose Quartz:  My absolute number one.  I could add rose quartz to any grid for any reason because it brings the energy of “love” to the table.  There is no intention that isn’t made stronger through the inclusion of love energy.  Love protects, expands, nurtures, guides, connects, and so on.  If you want to set up a grid and have a specific purpose, but don’t know what to select, grab rose quartz first.  In fact, my favorite Reiki grid, a simple 7-stone grid of a single rock energy, would be plain ole rose quartz.  All you need is love.  Word.  Plus, pink is my power color.  Rock on.

#2 All Other Quartz:  The quartz family, in general, is universally helpful.  In fact, we should do an informational blog about which quartz variety is helpful for which issues.  Quartz amplifies intention and can be excellent “technical workers” in a grid to help expand the energy field out further, or to create a tighter vortex at the center.  The more quartz, the better.  Buy them in sets of 6 as often as possible.

#3 Rubies:  I love rubies in a grid.  Rubies are somewhere between red and purple, so they add a grounding element to a grid without canceling out higher vibrational themes.  Rubies also add strength and vitality, momentum, if you will, to the other stones.  They tend to be small, but potent, and can work the “super sneaky” position in a grid well without taking up more prominent positions, which are better to reserve for stones that weave very specific energies to address a need.  I also like them flanking the outside stones in a grid, so a set of 12 is nice too.

#4 Salt:  Salt rocks.  If you are setting up a cleansing or protection oriented grid, it doesn’t get much better than throwing salt into the mix.  Also, no matter what the theme of a grid, salt is a “technical worker”, meaning that it helps the grid to work better or be stronger.  In this case, salt keeps the grid itself running more smoothly and for longer periods of time because it keeps the energy within the grid nice and clear.  The  more clear, the less friction… the less friction, the longer the energy field of a grid remains running.  You can add salt by building a grid on top of salt, like a zen garden, or buy getting chunks that actually take up a layer within the grid itself.  I like all salt, but Himalayan salt is likely the easiest to procure in little chunks.  If I was going to do a serious protection grid, I might use the black Hawaiian salt as the base.

#5 Red Jasper:  I kicked emerald off my top 5 list in lieu of red jasper.  I actually like a particular rock called “Starry Jasper” which is red jasper with hematite and pyrite.  It’s not always easy to find that, however.  Red jasper is strengthening and adds a layer of enhanced integrity to any grid, as well as a grounding element.  However, I can add it to almost any grid because red jasper is good at helping us release what is no longer serving us.  In other words, it helps us to release patterns, perceptions, and energies that hold the vibrations of an unwanted or maladaptive outcome or pattern of behavior.  It’s difficult to bring in something “new” if you are still fighting internal patterns which are not in resonance to what is new.  So, there you have it… red jasper.

My guesses for Christopher’s list: rutilated quartz (special mention), all quartz, meteorite, shungite, copper or some mineral that is colored by copper.  ((I know he kicked my butt on this one.))

Christopher’s List

OK, I clearly got wiped on this one.  I absolutely agree about the lodestone, we can plop that stuff in just about anything.  Garnets, love them, but I think I must resonate to rubies more so.  Kyanite, also love it, but I associate it with cleansing, de-cording, communication, and Archangel Michael related stuff, so things perhaps more specific than a stone I would plop into any intention.

Hello Darlings… Welcome to the Metaphysical Corner

Welcome to the Metaphysical Corner.  Stay awhile.  We will probably make you think, laugh, and maybe discover something new. 🙂

“She said, He said”
~Metaphysical Style~

Yep, we’re a huge department of two people. 🙂  Our nicknames from our co-workers are “The Wizard” and “Woogy Mamma”.  The names are fairly representative of who we authentically are, for the most part.


Our similarities are many, our differences are complimentary.  We do tend to fall into yin/yang roles when we work together, so when we do create new tools or new combinations from the raw materials provided to us, we end up with a very well rounded product.  The same is true for when we create workshops together, do crystal whispers, or really… when we do any kind of work.  Together, we bring more to the table than either he or I could do alone.

Christopher and I wrote about ourselves on the website’s “More Information” section , so I can just leave the links to those specific stories here:
About Stacie
About Christopher

We also used to write on our own blogs, which are still up and and running and you can find those here:
Stacie’s Metaphysical Corner
The House of Daedalus

At this point, we’ve decided to share one blog on the website and do a bit of a “He said, She said” format, or rather, “She said, He said”.  Christopher thought I should go first, being female and all.  Sweet boy.

We both have our specialties, favorite tools, and perspectives.  He’s like a super genius about geology and traditional methods, plus he’s clairvoyant as heck.  I’ve got mainly a self-taught, lots of play time with materials kind of  background, with a kinesthetic or tactile sensitivity.  It’s stunning how often we are in agreement, but when we are not in agreement, there is something quite fun about why.

There is very fertile ground within our differences of opinions.  It shows us both new information and expands our perspectives, and I think it might be helpful to our readers as well.  So, we thought it would be fun to explore the similarities and differences of our perspective on this blog, to discuss what resources we would use for a particular issue, and why.

We also thought it would be fun to come up with our suggestions independently, without showing our information to each other before we wrote for ourselves, and then seeing which one of us was better at guessing what resources the other selected.

I have to admit… for the first blog about “The Most Universally Helpful Gridding Stones”, he kind of kicked my butt.

So, onward!

Love, Light, & Chocolate,
Stacie