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Gemstones

I started writing this a few days ago and did not get around to finishing it…late nights working and a ton of things to do in general, aside from all that I wanted to learn a little more about the stone I am focusing on this week and that included a couple nights of meditation and sleep with it as well as lots of reading. The more I worked with the freeform Shungite piece I have the more it showed me that I needed to use it in a grid not just as a single stone of focused energy work.

To start I will share about each of the stones on the grid I am using for it right now. The Shungite is the focal piece with four jet and four lapis lazuli atop a grey agate slice. Let me tell you a little about the stones that I am using here…

Shungite Freeform, received this beauty for Yule 2015

Shungite Freeform, received this beauty for Yule 2015

Shungite:

What can I say about this stone? Not enough as I am still learning to work with it. For Yule this year I was gifted this lovely piece of Shungite, it’s quite an amazing energy and a large stone. The first time I touched this stone I received this amazing zing that went straight up my arm, through every cell in my body and out through the skin at the top of my head, after it filled me with this amazing light energy clearing out ALL the gunky energy that has been holding onto my light bodies. Shungite, is considered by some to be a shaman’s stone for it’s amazing energetic balancing and attraction to drawing in the light and freeing one from negative patterns at every level, down to the very molecules of who we are. This seemingly molecular alignment helps us to clear the patterns that manifest in ourselves in ways such as emotional difficulties, disease and negativity. If you are ungrounded, shungite will aid you to better connect with the earth. Looking further into the work of shungite, you can see it’s deep connection to universal energy and provides us with an aura of psychic protection. It is a stone of truth, many find themselves uncomfortable when holding, wearing or actively using shungite to lie or create falseness. Through active workings with shungite you are able to begin to let go of deeply seated feelings of shame, guilt, fear or anything which holds you back through harmful/negative influences within yourself.

Tumbled Lapis Lazuli - small piece.

Tumbled Lapis Lazuli – small piece.

Lapis Lazuli:

Lapis is most often called “The stone of Queens”, it is known for being used in ancient Egypt as a stone of royalty. It was worn by and decorated the tombs of Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Lapis Lazuli carries the vibrations to awaken your path to self-knowledge to discovering truth and connection to Deity.

It is known for activating the higher mind and psychic abilities, the combination of minerals can assist in acting in accordance with your highest ideals and visions. Traditionally, it has been used to assist in connecting with the Gods and invoking divine inspiration and is also used to help with seeking knowledge and understanding. Further, it is known for use in past life exploration through gaining access to the Akashic Records. It’s a true stone of self-knowledge and reflection.

Tumbled Jet - small sized

Tumbled Jet – small sized

Jet:
Jet is a stone for purification and protection, similar to selenite, jet absorbs energy and processes it into clear and helpful energy. Through this absorption process you can see how it is both purification and protecting as it will inhibit harmful energy for reaching in the same manner but transforms it into something usable.

Additionally, jet can be used to help discover the place where your potential and power lie. It can help you see beyond the “negative” and find the lesson of a situation and then integrate that lesson into manifestation of something “better”. Jet clears your energetic field of patterns and attachments of the negative experiences, through the clearing of the attachment you turn the experiences into the lessons (mentioned above) in order for you to perceive your self more completely and help you develop to your fullest potential.

Completed Grid

Grid with the focal Shungite surrounded by Lapis Lazuli, Jet atop an agate slice, surrounded by quartz, cherry quartz, aqua aura quartz and pink lemurian quartz then finally radiating lemurians in clear singing lemurian and smokey lemurian.

Let’s look at the combined energy of this grid and the supporting stones I’ve added, clear quartz, smokey, pink and clear lemurians, aqua aura quartz to really get in there and support the energy of the grid. This grid is all about clearing out the inner clutter and really healing the harmful patterns that I have adopted over the years. I am retaking my sacred self. I am filling my heart with things that bring me joy and ridding the clutter, abuses of the past and making the way for the re-awakening of my entire body and spirit. Oh it’s coming and I can’t wait to share it all with you along the way.

For sometime now, I have been actively working on my “issues” that have been recurring situations in my life. Things like never feeling like I am enough, I am not good enough, I am not smart enough, I am not this or that. As a way to combat this type of behavior in myself I am starting a jar that I will put those bottled up harmful self-speak emotions in. Once a month I am going to burn those papers until the jar has fewer and fewer instances then none at all. I am feeling that I am truly on the right path for healing.

Red Lemurian Seed Crystals, Amethyst Points, Blue Chalcedony

Red Lemurian Seed Crystals, Amethyst Points, Blue Chalcedony

One of the things that I do is work with my gemstones and grids frequently. This is an amazing bit of healing as they lend their energies to me so that I can work things out in a real manner and not just buried or bottled up. I have a lovely grid in the bedroom that has a red lemurian star with amethyst points and some blue chalcedony. The focus of this grid is peaceful rest with dream recall. Amethyst provides a healing, peaceful energies, while the blue chalcedony adds calming + balancing energies to bring me to center. The lemurian seed crystals used to create the star are there for divine connection, and have been programmed to instill restful sleep. With the energies combining on this grid you get an amazing bit of energy for true soul healing while connected to the divine all while sleeping.

In my workspace, I reset my grid every two weeks (at the new moon and full moon). As a result I have reset this grid today. I’ve used smokey lemurian seed crystals, red lemurian seed crystals, zoisite with ruby, bronzite, iolite-sunstone, angelite, carnelian heart, blue onyx. The grid is then surrounded with more lemurian seed crystals in red and smokey, a candle quartz and a red hematoid quartz. Zoisite with Ruby can help you with growth, healing, alleviates grief, anger and hopelessness. It’s a powerful healer to the emotional body. Bronzite can dispel negative energies, help harness self-esteem and raise it, inspires courtesy while alleviating indecision and doubt. Iolite-Sunstone helps enhancing intuitive abilities giving a sense of determination for manifestation and creation. It’s wonderful for confidence and self-assurance. Angelite helps us communicate in a clear and concise way. It’s very soothing to allow peace and

Smokey and Red Lemurian Seed Crystals, Zoisite with Ruby, Bronzite, Iolite-Sunstone, Angelite, Blue Onyx, Carnelian Heart Activation stone.

Smokey and Red Lemurian Seed Crystals, Zoisite with Ruby, Bronzite, Iolite-Sunstone, Angelite, Blue Onyx, Carnelian Heart Activation stone.

benevolence of spirit + heart. Onyx promotes vigor and stamina, as well as self-confidence, self-control and stimulates the power to make wise decisions. Blue onyx helps with our spiritual strength to get through the rigors of difficult situations. My activation stone here is a carnelian heart, once in place the whole grid becomes entwined energetically. Alone, the carnelian is in place for manifestation of highest goals and dreams. It helps overcome the fear of success and embracing of change. The energies here mix for strength, confidence, peace and healing with grounding and negativity cleansing. This grid provides me the energy to continue to work with myself and with great peace at work. I am enabled to be positive and joyful in my actions, I am confident in my abilities, I remain balanced and grounded.

In each of my grids, I feel the energy filling me up and truly helping me focus on the healing process from years of self-talk that was not healthy and to find the true me below all the masks I wear.

Cherry Quartz is an amazing + beautiful stone.  There is a lot of discourse in the various gemstone and pagan communities about this stone as it is an infusion of stone and mineral that is ultimately, made by man. As this is the case with most “gemstones” that are made by man in a lab or studio setting, the dissenting opinion is that it loses it’s “magick + voice” from the natural order of the stones/minerals from which it is derived.

Double Terminated Cherry Quartz Point used in a crystal grid within my Sacred Space + Altar

Double Terminated Cherry Quartz Point used in a crystal grid within my Sacred Space + Altar

These are magnificent stones which are made through the fusion natural stone and mineral in what becomes a modern alchemical process, manifesting into a new stone that holds truly unique and beneficial qualities for your practice, spirit and life.

Cherry Quartz is crafted utilizing natural reconstituted quartz and cinnabar; remnants of the cutting and shaping of these two metaphysically powerful gifts of the earth. The resulting material is then melted and given its beautiful, energetic flashes of rich red in the clear quartz.  The flashes of cinnabar in the quartz create striations, feathers, vortex and cloud formations.  These formations within can add to the magick of the gem when looking at the shape.  In the pictured point I see many feathers adding the lightness of the bird kingdom as well as fire faerie races.

Through this alchemy, a stunning and truly powerful new stone is brought to life, yielding both quartz AND cinnabar properties.

Clear Quartz is one of the most versatile and abundant stones available. Three of it’s most used and key attributes are energy amplification, program-ability and memory. Unlike other stones, which carry certain relatively fixed properties, clear quartz can be “programmed” by focused intention to help achieve a goal or purpose.

As a stone of Light, it can bring heightened spiritual awareness to whomever uses, carries or wears clear quartz. It provides a clear pathway for higher vibrational frequencies to be transmitted. Sleeping with clear quartz can enhance the vividness of dreams. Quartz can encourage clarity, enhance communication with guides, amplify psychic abilities and stimulate all chakras.

Cinnabar has associations, even before this processing with spiritual alchemy. It is said to have been used to attract abundance in wealth and support of altruistic businesses. Cinnabar assists the spiritual alchemist by stimulating psychic transformation and aids in the manifestation of spiritual energy. It also enhances spiritual perception.

Together you get a beautiful + unique gemstone with powerful magick + meaning.

Cherry Quartz brings new hope, acts as an anti-depressant, relief from anxiety, and tension. It is further considered to be used as an energy stone and a powerful healing stone for the spirit. You may find that you have increased vitality, confidence and vision in seeing things in the “bigger picture”.

Altar from September.   Some of the stones have changed but the feeling is the same.

Altar from September. Some of the stones have changed but the feeling is the same.

A lot of things have been floating in and out of my head lately.  Some of them about life and weight and health while others are about how I can, energetically and spiritually get through this dark night and continue my personal evolution.  Each thought that comes to me I try to acknowledge it so that I can hopefully remember it.  Right now the magick of the moment is daily practice of my path and finding health together.

What is daily practice?  As with all things, it’s a matter of perspective.  Each of us will find something different that is vital to our spiritual growth and well being.  For me my daily practice is simple, elegant in a manner and meaningful to me.

I have a friend who has not had “sacred space” readily available for about three years.  That’s not to say she’s stopped practicing just she’s been doing it on the fly and nothing of permanence has been set up for her in her own home.  I took some time today to help her do some cleaning and I set up some sacred pieces for her then smudged.  The house definitely felt different after the fact and I can tell that things will start to improve for her.  I see things getting better.  She just needed someone to come in and help her get it started after a move.

Anyway, I digressed greatly.  Magick and Practice does not have to be these big grand gestures.  They do not have to follow a formula or a specific set of correspondences.  Do you FEEL something different?  Then go with it.  Spirit calls to us in different ways.  Why do we have to follow the “old rules” when life changes and evolves?

Do the Gods appear differently to you?  That’s ok.  Is your altar set up in the North?  That’s ok.  Do you prefer a crystal for a wand and an antler for an athame?  That’s ok too.  Spirit is fluid.  Some of my own personal practices go against the grain.  I do sacred showers instead of baths for ritual cleansing.  I use stones at the directions to correspond.  I do candle magick daily and with simple candles and intentions.

Gemstones are a huge part of my practice and I ALWAYS have them nearby so that I can draw on their wisdom and energies to keep my stresses lower and my light brighter.  Right now on my altar is Black Moonstone. Aqua Obsidian, Skeletal Quartz, Chlorite Phantom Quartz, Clear Quartz, Red Hematoid Quartz, Pink Lemurian Quartz. Tibetan Lemurian Quartz, Selenite, Kambaba Quartz and finally Opal Aura Amethyst.  Each of these lend me their energies throughout the day for various purposes and healing.  If I am feeling stressed…I just take a moment and grab the piece that calls to me and breathe with my eyes closed.  It’s amazing.

If you are a fire person keep a jar candle in your sacred space and light that up every day.  Jar candles such as Yankee, Ashland, and Village have amazing scents and the jars can be reused once they are finished with.  Candles don’t have to be magically poured to work for intention.  YOU set the intention and the purpose for it.

Now go out there and do your own wonderful, amazing and beautiful magick!

My huge Black Moonstone Sphere.

My huge Black Moonstone Sphere.

One of my favorite stones to work with right now is Black Moonstone.  Black Moonstone is the stone of the dark moon.  It is considered to be a powerful stone for shamanic work, shadow work, dark nights of the soul, new + dark moon magick.  There is a lot of “oomph” in this stone and one that I am finding brings a lot to the table for Priestesses.

Within this sphere, I find the ability to work through the deeper inner mysteries that are the heart of spiritual evolution.   In order to truly know yourself and evolve as a person and spiritually you must be willing to face your shadow and see what lies beneath the surface.  Diving into the dark can be quite scary.  The energies of black moonstone help you delve deeper with supporting gentle light.

Additionally this stone is ideal for perceiving what lies beyond the veil and during the dark times of the year as Samhain approaches this is a valued tool to the witch. In my own workings I am finding that I am able to feel the energies of others more acutely and intensely.  I am able to work within my own darkness to bring balance and peace to my life.

It’s a stone I cannot recommend enough if you are willing to do the hard work of truly piercing your darkness and shadow, embracing it and bringing balance to your life.

Bismuth Crystals are often "lab grown" and have the most amazing colors and formations.  | Courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe www.sacredmists.com

Bismuth Crystals are often “lab grown” and have the most amazing colors and formations. | Courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe www.sacredmists.com

Bismuth forms crystals in formations like steps or pyramids due to an accelerated growth at the outside edges. The fantastic rainbow colors are due to oxidation on the surface. Natural crystals of this quality are rare, most available are laboratory grown.  While they may be “lab grown”, this does not diminish the energies of the mineral or it’s use in spiritual practices.

When used in a spiritual practice bismuth can help remove the blocks that we place in our path allowing for the relief of isolation, facilitating the feeling of connectedness and serenity.  If you are feeling disconnected from the world around you, your friends, family; bismuth is the mineral to help you work on that reconnection.  Place a piece of bismuth on your altar before a meditation and visualize yourself before the bismuth with your friends and family at the base of the bismuth formation and you at the top.  Visualize you stepping down the formation and as you reach them the connections renewed.

Bismuth is useful when experiencing change, providing for calmness, vitality and orderliness.

Astrophyllite Wand image courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe | www.sacredmists.com

Astrophyllite Wand image courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe | www.sacredmists.com

Astrophyllite can assist in the activation of the entire chakra column and assists the body in resonating with a full spectrum of Light Energy.  It can further assist in the acceptance and working with the shadow self and is one of the gemstones on my list of to obtain.  I originally saw this stone when doing gemstone shopping for work and researched it to write the info on it for the SM Shoppe.  I researched in The Book of Stones and online and am absolutely in love with the synchronicity that this stone can bring into life.

Astrophyllite is a complex mineral that forms in bladed crystals,which often appear as starbursts.  The starbursts are most often a coppery bronze but can also be golden yellow with some bluish tones.

This is a fantastic gemstone ally for navigating in the astral realms.  It can help achieve the state of lucidity where one can make choices for purposeful actions.

The famous words of the Oracle at Delphi, “know thyself”, might be the concentrated message of Astrophyllite.  It can reveal the hidden pattern of one’s divine blueprint or purpose in this life, if one is willing to work with it a while, in a meditative state.  If you carry or wear this mineral, pay close attention to the “random” events that happen in your life and see the synchronicities to assist in determining your focus as it is unveiled to you by the Universe.

 

Ametrine Point image courtesy Sacred Mists. www.sacredmists.com

Ametrine Point image courtesy Sacred Mists. www.sacredmists.com

Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone. It is simply stunning and a harmonious blend of the two stone energies.  This stone is absolutely amazing and on my list of “to own”.  In general it is found to be a lighter variety than pictured often in lavender colored amethyst and light yellow citrine fused or ribboned in it.

Amethyst stimulates the crown chakra, it is protective to your auric field, purifying of your energies and uplifting to the spirit. It can help in the letting go of bad habits and addictions. Citrine is a stone known for enhancing mental clarity, creativity and will.

With these traits in mind, the blending of the two makes this a highly beneficial stone to keep at your desk or in your workspace. Ametrine will help the mind stay clear, creative, energetic and on task. Other benefits of ametrine include overcoming of fear of action or fear of progress, overcoming of self-sabatoge and procrastination, developing a sense of your personal power and potential. It has also been called a stone of the muses in conjunction with your creative energies and reaching out for divine inspiration, guidance and such.

The ametrine point pictured left is a one of a kind available at the Sacred Mists Shoppe.  This stone has simply stunning energy and is on my own personal wishlist.  The fusion of these two energies together is divine and inspiring.

Fluorite tumbled stones.  Image courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe

Fluorite tumbled stones. Image courtesy: www.sacredmists.com  | Sacred Mists Shoppe

Gemstone work is one of my passions, I work with gemstones in my spiritual practice daily and always seek to grow and learn more about them.  This is a bit of information I wrote for work on one of my favorite stones.  I have Fluorite on my main altar (out of the sun) and in my bedroom in the many shades represented in this beautiful stone.

Fluorite is a calcium fluoride crystal and can be found in a wide variety of colors from white, green, purple, red, pink, blue and even black. Most often you will find multiple colors within a single stone.

Fluorite can act as a sort of “psychic vacuum cleaner”, clearing the surrounding area and atmosphere of confusion, negativity or any other sort of “harmful” energies hanging around. It is found to be balancing to the third eye. It can assist in clear thinking.

Certain colors of fluorite have properties which are specific to them. Here are attributes you can find within this gemstone:

Purple Fluorite is ideal for purification and helps facilitate the mind’s access to the domains and realms of spirit.
Green Fluorite can cleanse and heal the heart chakra. It can also bridge the gap between the mind and heart in decisions.
White Fluorite is an excellent channeling color to bring harmonious energies and to amplify the properties of other colors present in the gem.
Blue Fluorite is an aid to intuition.  The calm energy of blue fluorite promotes inner peace, establishes emotional balance and promotes clear communication.

Fluorite is highly sensitive to sunlight and WILL fade if exposed for prolonged periods.  I recommend keeping fluorite away from sunlight.  I cleanse my own fluorite by placing it with selenite to draw out any negativity or harmful energies that it has absorbed and charge it by the light of the full moon only.  Be sure you remove your fluorite from any windowsill before the sun reaches too far above the horizon to ensure it retains it’s color.

citrineWhen I am in need of some motivation or “sunny” energy, I often turn to my Citrine Points for a little something extra.

I am lucky enough to have a large piece of natural citrine point available for my desktop altar which is comprised mostly of gemstones, my antler wand, an incense ash catcher, my affirmation cards and tarot box.  This spot receives a fair amount of sunshine during the day so the stones that will not fade from sunlight and benefit from it’s charging rays are found nearby always.  Citrine is the first one I grab when I need a boost.

Citrine is related to the sun and much like the sun, its vibrations are positive, uplifting, and energizing. This makes citrine a good choice for people that could use a little extra motivation.  With that motivation can come the desire to get up and move a little bit which may just lead to a more healthy you!

Citrine also help to develop a feeling of security and inner calm. Its subtle vibrations can help displace negative ones, leaving you not only more open for constructive criticism, but also more able to use this criticism to move yourself in a more positive direction. This makes citrine a good stone to help you become a better you.

Citrine is a good stone for those seeking spiritual growth. It can help you be more in tune with your creative side, thus allowing you to understand things on a level that goes beyond the physical, 5 senses world. Citrine’s calming energy makes it a good choice to use during meditation, and its positive vibrations will make the experience more rewarding.