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Crystal in the spotlight: Amethyst

And finally:

7th chakra / crown / amethyst

Attributes: Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the divine, giving insights into its true nature, and encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts. This is an excellent stone for meditation and scrying and can be placed on the third eye to stimulate it. Sleeping with Amethyst facilitates out-of-body experiences and brings intuitive dreams. It transmutes ‘lower’ energies to the higher frequencies of the spiritual and etheric realms.

Healing: Amethyst boosts production of hormones, and tunes the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the cleansing and eliminating organs and the immune system. An excellent cleanser for the blood, Amethyst relieves physical, emotional, and psychological pain or stress, and blocks geopathic stress. It eases headaches and releases tension. […] At a subtle level, Amethyst balances and connects the physical, mental, and emotional bodies, linking them to the spiritual. It cleanses the aura and transmutes negative energy, and stimulates the throat and crown chakras.”

~from, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Yes, please!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Tiger’s Eye

Do you remember way, way back when I was working my way through a 7-day crystal/chakra healing marathon? We had made it all the way to Day 5 / the throat chakra when my computer went on summer vacation.

To me, the change of seasons is like nature’s reminder alert to slow down and take stock of things. Check in. Whether it’s in my yoga practice, diet, daily meditation, habits, thoughts, emotions, etc.- I boost my efforts to bring change where it is needed by aligning with the energy of change that swells at the solstices and equinoxes.

It’s a time of one phase ending and a new one beginning. Why not follow Mother Nature’s lead to let go of the ‘old’ and welcome the ‘new?’ She pretty much has this whole managing life thing down to a science.

If your chakra health is an area that will have your attention as we approach the fall equinox, healing crystals are a great way to uplift your efforts.

…Which brings me back to the crystal/chakra healing countdown. Who needs a refresher?

Me, too.

1st chakra / root / bloodstone
2nd chakra / sacral / chrysoprase
3rd chakra / solar plexus / malachite
4th chakra / heart / aventurine
5th chakra / throat

And now… let’s resume, shall we?

6th chakra / third eye / tiger’s eye

“Tiger’s Eye combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that is nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to earth. Placed on the third eye, it enhances psychic abilities in earthy people and balances the lower chakras, stimulating the rise of the kundalini energy.

Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention. Placed on the navel chakra, Tiger’s Eye is excellent for people who are spaced out or uncommitted. It grounds and facilitates manifestation of the will. Tiger’s Eye anchors change in the physical body.”

~from The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Mmm… sounds good. Love you, Tiger’s Eye!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Aventurine

Day 4 already! You know what that means? The summer solstice is getting near.

Of course, it also means that we’ve worked our way up to the heart chakra in our little ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon. And the stone of the day is…? Aventurine! You may have noticed that both chrysoprase and malachite (our two previous crystal superstars) are also strongly connected to the heart. Green is the color of the heart chakra, so many green stones have an association to the heart chakra.

In fact, aventurine can be a variety of colors, and each of these varieties has its own unique properties. Aventurine has a high quartz content, but it is the presence of other minerals that determines its color. Green aventurine, the type that I picked up in Oklahoma, is the most common variety. The green color is produced by the addition of fuchsite to the quartz crystals.

I think that my favorite quality of green aventurine is that it facilitates connection to the devic kingdom, making it a friend of the gardener. Any friend of the gardener is a friend of mine!

Aventurine is another great protection stone, protecting the heart and regenerating heart energy. It also balances male and female energies, and promotes leadership qualities.

On a physical level, aventurine promotes feelings of well-being and heals parts of the body found in the region of the heart and throat (heart, lungs, adrenals, and sinuses).

Here’s to you, aventurine! Welcome to the family!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Malachite

For so, so long I had been hoping to add a piece of malachite to my crystal babies. And guess what? I found it! I found it! I found my own very special little piece.

I remember malachite from the time of my first fascination with rocks and minerals when I was a small child. I loved the color, and I loved the beautiful swirl patterns in it. Malachite is a secondary copper mineral, and its deep green color is caused by the copper within it.

The high copper content in malachite is the reason for its pulsing electromagnetic energy field. It is a powerful protection stone that absorbs negativity and environmental pollutants. Because of its ability to soak up negative energies, malachite must be cleansed frequently.

It activates all chakras, especially the heart. Here are some of its associations with the chakras:

-On the solar plexus, it facilitates emotional healing and balances the heart and sacral chakras. Place it on the solar plexus to absorb negative emotions.

-On the heart, it promotes greater harmony and balance.

-On the heart and throat, it promotes the physical health of the heart.

-On the third eye, it activates the intuition and enhances insight, helping the individual to see clearly what is impeding spiritual growth.

For its properties of protection and increased insight, malachite is known as a stone of transformation. It is an excellent companion for anyone who is in a period of great change in their lives. It facilitates the ‘rebirth’ process.

So, can I get a ‘yay, malachite!’ now?

Thought so.

Welcome to the crew, malachite. I think you’re going to fit in just fine… ♥

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Crystal in the spotlight: Chrysoprase

Day 2 and we’re movin’ on up… to a stone that is associated with the sacral chakra, as well as the heart chakra- chrysoprase. Chrysoprase is an apple-green chalcedony (a type of quartz).

Its name derives from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold/yellow, and “prason,” meaning leek. This name refers to its unique color, which is caused by the presence of nickel. The color can be lighter or darker depending on the amount of nickel present.

Chrysoprase promotes abundance and prosperity at the level of the solar plexus chakra, and it enlivens the sacral chakra by drawing out hidden talents and supporting creativity. It also supports “physical creativity,” enhancing fertility.

It is known for other healing properties within the physical body, like stimulating the liver. Like bloodstone, it is a powerful detoxifier.

Chrysoprase also detoxifies the emotional body and balances the heart chakra. In this aspect, it helps the individual to overcome egotism and judgmentalism- two critical steps in embracing the heart chakra’s lessons about universal love. These beneficial properties at the level of the heart foster greater compassion and forgiveness and grow the ability to express oneself without anger.

Additionally, it aids release of emotions that have been stored since childhood and heals the inner child.

On a spiritual level, it brings universal energy into the body and helps us to see our lives and their events as part of the Divine whole. Realizing the role of Divine will in the details of our lives, we are open to greater trust and security.

Learn more about chrysoprase today and let the healing begin!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Bloodstone

Day 1 of my ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon! And it feels so good! Or it may be that I picked up a piece of bloodstone in Oklahoma. It is a powerful healing stone and a blood cleanser. It has a lot of properties that I could use now that I’m hOMe again. It’s a grounding and revitalizing stone- two things I could certainly use after my trip (and also some strange and mysterious nutrition choices I made while on vacation). It’s time to ‘get back’ with the program in more ways than one. So? Revitalizing? Great. Grounding? Sounds perfect.

I also love some of the history associated with this stone, which is actually a combination of dark green jasper and iron oxide. Its name, for instance, derives from the Middle Ages when it was thought that it was created by Christ’s blood dropping onto the green earth. Also, it was known in ancient times as an “audible oracle,” meaning that it gave off sound as a means of guidance.

I only brought a small piece of it home, but Grandma Patsy (you know her, right?) had a mammoth chunk of it on her deck. It was bigger than my head. I spent some time out there admiring it in the last week, and it’s inspired me to learn more about bloodstone.

Wanna hear ’bout it? Here it go.

This cleansing stone is associated with the lower chakras. It grounds, protects, and revitalizes, anchoring us in the present moment. It cleanses the blood and the internal organs located near the lower chakras (detoxing the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder). It also cleanses negative energy.

It grounds both the mental (by calming the mind and lessening confusion) and emotional (by grounding heart energy) bodies.

Welcome, bloodstone! So grateful to have you around!

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There’s no place like hOMe

Home at last!

My month of traveling has come to a close. I must admit… I feel so grateful to be home. My bed. My food. My pets and plants and places for asana and meditation. Adaptability is a wonderful (and necessary) quality, but there’s much to be said about the comforts of home, too.

My lil fam had waited waaaay too long to visit our loved ones far and wide. It had been nearly two years since I had been back to the area where I grew up. And I had never been to the town where my man was born- or even to the part of the country where he was born. My brother and I drove through there at high speeds during our cross-country relocation adventure, but I didn’t remember anything but a roadside rest stop with a view of bison. This time, I had much more time to look around and get a feel for the place.

So, what did I see? Much more than I could ever recap in one little post. I had so many great experiences and so many profound realizations- about people, family, time, space, the way people live their lives and see their world, the ways they give meaning to the things they do.

Faces, places, spaces.

How do we connect? How do we stay connected?

Often, things just don’t seem the same anymore. The faces. The places.

As the time was coming to leave the place where I grew up, I found myself thinking, “I didn’t go to Moundsville. I didn’t go down this road or that one. I don’t know how long it will be until I’ll be this close again. I came so close to updating the road maps in my head, and now I don’t know what’s become of it. It’ll stay frozen in time for me for at least a little while longer.”

The places and the faces.

That was my trip back to my childhood home, but what about my travels to Oklahoma- a place I’d never really been before? Mostly, I was struck by how new and different it seemed to me. There was no road map to update there- it was uncharted territory.

At times, it seemed like a foreign land. The hows, whys, and whens of my daily life- things I may take for granted- kinda took on a light like they were being beamed in from an alien planet (like, “Yes, I’d like a salad with no meat. Really. No, not even bacon bits. I don’t want any meat. I don’t eat it. Ever. Really.”).

Overall, seeing different people, places, and things gave me a new appreciation for my life. How lucky I am. How well my efforts to co-create my own little place in this world have come together. How I live in a field of endless possibilities for discovering my heart’s home.

I look all around here now, and I think, “Uh huh. That’s right. You’re speaking my language. Let’s do this.”

There are, of course, commonalities that tie us all together and make us more alike than we may ever realize. I met interesting new people and found aspects of home everywhere. I came home with excellent, inspiring new books. And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of rocks in both West Va. and Ok. I couldn’t wait to bring those babies home and welcome into my crystal family.

I’m still so excited (like a little kid in a candy store) that I’ve decided to feature one of them each day for the next week. 7 stones. 7 days. Beginning with a stone associated with the root chakra and working our way up- arriving at the crown on the 20th, the Summer Solstice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying them.

I’m so glad to be back, yoga lovers! Love to all!!

 

 

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Now available…

Kamelien ‘Soul Warrior’ amulet bags are now available at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas (627 Encinitas Blvd)!

Each bag is one-of-a-kind and handmade (by me). The yarn is handspun in fair trade women’s co-ops in India and Nepal from recycled sari silk.

Personally, my amulet bag is always filled with my favorite crystals, but you could fill yours with anything that is a source of personal power for you. The bag falls at about the solar plexus level (the solar plexus chakra is the seat of personal power).

Check them out today if you are in the Encinitas area. If not, they are also available in my Etsy store.

Be brave, soul warriors!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Labradorite

In observance of the first full moon of 2012, and also of the purification rituals that went on around here leading up to it, I took all of my crystals out for a bath in the moonlight.

My heart sunk a little when I realized that my “travel” labradorite had gone missing. It was my favorite of my “companion” crystals- my traveling buddies that live in my amulet bag (get yours now on Etsy– wink wink). In its honor, I bring you a profile of my very favorite stone… Labradorite:

From Judy Hall’s The Crystal Bible:

“Labradorite is a highly mystical and protective stone, a bringer of the light. It raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakage. It forms a barrier to negative energies shed during therapy. It can take you into another world or into another life.”

Other attributes she notes are:

-“It raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies intot he physical body.”
-“It strengthens faith in the self and trust in the Universe.”
-“[It] calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination, bringing up new ideas.”
-“[It] is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance.”

Labradorite, I love you.

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Crystal in the spotlight

My true introduction to the healing power of crystals occurred while I was pregnant with my son and living in Sedona, AZ. For that reason (and many others), it is a subject that I hold very dear. I truly believe in their ability to bring healing and positive change when used with the proper intention. Not to mention that, symbolically, crystals and gemstones represent a transition of the everyday rock into a material of higher vibration- one with a purpose. That leap holds great power for me. And so, for all of these reasons, I would like to introduce you to one of my crystal friends… Citrine.

Citrine is a useful stone for several of my areas of prime focus right now: balancing the solar plexus chakra, aligning the subtle bodies with the physical, and aiding in the free flow of emotions.

Citrine is a stone of abundance and attracts wealth and success. It also repels negativity from the individual aura and from group settings- so maybe keep a cluster around for family holiday gatherings. 😉

It is also noted for its healing properties on the following levels:

Energetic: It protects the aura and prevents it from absorbing negative energies. It stimulates the crown chakra and balances the solar plexus and sacral chakras.

Emotional: It promotes balance by maintaining a healthy emotional flow and preventing blockages. Since it opens the solar plexus chakra (the joy center), it promotes greater joy and the releasing of ego-based fears.

Psychological: It promotes self-confidence and self-esteem, both of which are associated with a healthy solar plexus chakra. It also aids in maintaining a positive attitude and accepting constructive criticism. For this reason, it is also associated with creativity.

Mental: It helps with focused thought and concentration. It also aids in overcoming negative thought patterns.

Physical: It promotes healthy functioning of the digestive, endocrine, and circulatory systems. It is especially associated with the thyroid, the gall bladder, and the kidneys.

If it is worn on the body, the best positions are either on the fingers or at the throat.

Citrine is also the birthstone for this month, November.

So, that’s my little introduction to my good friend, Citrine. I hope that it inspires you to pick up some citrine and connect with its amazing benefits today.

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