Its the GIVING Season….still.

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Its the GIVING Season….still.

Its still officially “the holidays” for just a bit & I have a little something I want to write about just before its over.

Although I donate to many charities close to my heart throughout the year, I feel it’s so important to remember what the holidays are truly about; giving — giving to others, to causes, to those in need. It’s about being grateful for all we have & then finding what we can give to others.

AND…if you give before midnight on Dec. 31 you can take it as a tax deduction!…just in case that sort of left-brained practical stuffs motivates you. ;)

…our Christmas tree is still up & will remain up until at least Jan. 11 so I declare we’re still officially in the “holidays” until then. I’m trying to show you my clear quartz crystal ornaments here…can you see?

The act of “giving” is not just about helping someone else;  it’s about kindness, plus it’s good for your spirit & soul.  There have been scientific studies done which discovered  that just the thought of being charitable activates a part of the brain associated with pleasure! And you know we’re all about the science ’round here…so thumbs up to that!

Remember, when we’re charitable, abundance of ALL KINDS is attracted to us like a magnet! There’s a clear correlation between being charitable + becoming even MORE prosperous when we LOVINGLY give. Its not the only reason to do it, but it is a GOOD reason. :)

I know not everyone is in a position to give monetarily but you can also give of your time by volunteering or by sharing information with others, (to Facebook, twitter, email, etc.)  helping to create awareness. Perhaps, even donating items that may be needed by the specific charity.

If you’re subbed to my weekly newsletter, you know I have a special spot there where I feature 1 of my favorite charities just to get them some exposure, sharing & hey…a little donation is great too. The charities I choose to give to may not be as well known as some of the big giants, but they do such great work — & have good reputations too. I’ve personally chosen them over the years & have added to my list b/c they were recommended by someone I trust — in some cases, from someone who is a volunteer who works directly with the organization or I’ve worked with them.  Of course, you should do your research before sending money to any charity. 
So, today I’d like to introduce you to my current fav. charities. Is there 1 that might tickle your fancy?:

  • Kiva – Would you like to join my the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Hotties Kiva Team? Kiva is a different kind of charity, lending to alleviate poverty. You can lend $25, loan it to a family, they pay it back & you can now donate that same $25 to another family. That same $25 can go on & on to help + empower + creating opportunities for soooo many people all over the world!! I love this idea.
  • National Wildlife Federation – I love supporting their efforts b/c they inspire us all to protect our wildlife for the future of other generations. You can donate any amount here(they give nice donation gifts too). And if you have kids, please consider “adopting” an animal….so FUN!
  • Cats Exclusive – This is a very small no-kill non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to helping our community – both people & felines alike. They’ve helped over 6000 cats get adopted & over 10,000 get spayed & neutered. You can make a donation of ANY AMOUNT (even $1) here. They also have a wish list of items you can easily send them from Amazon here.
  • Sea Turtle Restoration Project – The sea turtle is my totem animal…very near + dear to me. This organization works so hard to protect these endangered creatures & to educate the public. To donate any amount to them, click here. If you can’t donate, please help by connecting & sharing about them on FB here.
  • Women in Distress of Broward County- their mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone (not just women any longer) through intervention, education + advocacy. They offer a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline & emergency shelter, as well as counseling + support for victims + their children.
  • Raise Hope for Congo – I am very passionate about educating people about Conflict Minerals & donating to Raise Hope for Congo. They advocate for the human rights of all Congolese citizens while working towards ending the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo.There are soooo many ways to help!
    • You can You can donate here
    • Email your tech companies regarding Conflict Minerals (is your technology Conflict Mineral-FREE?
    • Urge your local schools to go conflict-free
    • Help spread the word
  • There are SO MANY OTHERS & too many worthwhile causes to mention. These are just a few to pique your interest & show some love to.

    Many Crystal Blessings to you for taking a look-see & sharing about, you Glowing Glittery Love Generator! Mwaaaaah.

    The Crystal Healer Interviews: Mary Anne

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    Today we have another in our series of Crystal Healer Interviews with Mary Anne Nolan, CCH; one of our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers. What a gorgeous sweet soul she is. I Am so proud to call her 1 of our own.  She is so inspirational & I know you’ll just fall in love with her too!! Take it away, Mary Anne:

    So, what brought you to the world of crystal healing?

    My journey to the world of crystal healing was in some ways a long road.  About ten years ago, I was very sick to the point that I should have died twice.  Modern medicine can’t explain why I’m even alive.  When faced with circumstances like that, it really changes you, and I felt so strongly that I had to make my life count and be of service in this world. 

    Consequently, I tried a lot of paths that seemed right and logical on paper based on my education, but no matter how hard I tried, they didn’t work out.  It wasn’t until I discovered the world of energy healing that everything started to unfold almost effortlessly.

    I started learning about the energy body, which then led to Reiki.  I then discovered the world of crystal healing through my Reiki Master who is also a Crystal Reiki Master.

    Crystal healing was something that I knew nothing about, but I suddenly became addicted.  I had no idea about the why or how crystals worked in healing; I simply knew that they did.  That was when I began looking for books, new crystals, and anything to do with crystals that I could get my hands on.

    In my search for knowledge, I continued studying with my Reiki Master, but one day, I came across the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy.  It came across my path at the absolute perfect time.  I soon learned that Stephanie had left her job to pursue this path full time at the exact time that I had left my job, and I saw a video on her YouTube channel where she used crystals to help with a bruise.  She mentioned that she had a condition were she bled easily, and would you believe that I have a blood condition as well?

    So, I took both of these indications as a sign from the Universe that I had found another perfect teacher for me, and I enrolled.

    I love that I now have the knowledge to explain to my clients and others that crystal healing is really science in action, and that it isn’t based in airy fairy, esoteric understandings that don’t get much validation in our left-brain, logical world.

    What do others in your life think about the path you are on?

    The people closest to me have been more than supportive.  I have had plenty of volunteers to let me practice all of my training and skills!

    I left my job this summer to pursue my healing practice full time, and when I have moments of ‘I can’t believe this is happening and that I’m doing this’, they always remind me that I have found my life’s purpose.

    What crystal has the biggest effect on you?

    Well, my favorite crystal is rose quartz. I have them all over my home because I just love love. :)  

    It’s like my warm and fuzzy stone. And I love amethyst, which I have all over my work-space, along with selenite.  But the crystal that has the biggest effect on me would have to be my Spirit Quartz, especially at this point in my life.  It’s all about connecting with your Higher Self and moving past fear, which is something that I have needed help with over the last few months.

    Sometimes at night, before bed, if I’m feeling anxious or nervous about all of the changes in my life, I will hold my Spirit Quartz in one hand and a big chuck of Rose Quartz in the other.  I can feel myself settle down right away, and when I wake up in the morning, I always feel much more like myself.

    What is your go-to crystal for grounding?

    Hematite.  Lately, I have been carrying a piece of that with me everyday.  I was finding that I was waking up in the morning not feeling grounded and even a little scattered, which isn’t me (it’s that Type A Earth sign thing!). 

    Doing grounding meditations and carrying my Hematite has helped tremendously.  And balancing that root chakra has been an issue for me, but the hematite definitely helps.

    What is the primary way you utilize crystals in your practice?

    Now that I have graduated, crystals will really be the focal point of my practice.  I love Reiki and know firsthand the power that it has to help us, but combining that with crystal healing just makes sense to me.  Everything that I have learned here adds so much more to my practice in sensing energy at the chakras and helping clients understand how crystal healing can enhance their well being.

    What are your BIG DREAMS now that you are getting ready to graduate?

    My big dreams begin with growing my practice.  I’m so excited to be able to be doing this work and to have the ability to do it full time.  I wake up so grateful that after all that searching for the right path, this is what I’m called to do.

    I also want to teach others about energy healing, doing little workshops in my area to help people improve their daily lives.

    But my ultimate dream is to someday write a book.  No matter what path I was on, that was always something that I wanted to do.

    Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering this path?

    Follow your heart and be true to yourself.

    One of the great things about the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy is the connection with other healers who are all so different.  I always used to feel like I didn’t fit the “mold” of a healer.  But one of the most valuable lessons that I learned with this experience is that there is no one way to be or look or sound.  Other people have their own way.  You need to be you, I need to me.  And that’s ok.  It’s how it should be.  So be yourself.  You are called to this field because you have something to offer that only you can bring, no one else.

    Embrace your uniqueness and offer it as what sets you apart from the rest. 

    Mary Anne’s Bio:

    I am a Usui Reiki Master Teacher and now, a Certified Crystal Healer!  I also hold a Masters in Public Health and am an ordained inter-faith minister.  My business is called Harmony and Healing, LLC, located in Rensselaer, New York.  The website is http://harmonyandhealingllc.com and email is info@harmonyandhealingllc.com

    Thank you Sweet Mary Anne!! Thank you for sharing your sparkling inspiration + your gifts with the world!

    If you’re also interested in becoming a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer, hop on over & take a look, Early Bird pricing ends tomorrow @ midnight! Now’s the time to get the best value!

    Crystal Blessings to all the Crystal Hotties!!

    Need a Letter to Santa?

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    Calling all Crystal Hotties for 2013!!

    For those of you that celebrate Christmas, you know its just a few days away, right? Since many of you have told me you’re hoping that the holidays deliver up my upcoming course to you, I wanted to give you a little something you can pass on to Santa…just to make it easy. :)
    Dear Santa,

    I’ve been REALLY good this year. And I was thinking you might want to know what I really want for the holidays this year.

    I’ve decided to share healing & light with others, and to help me with that I’d really like this. And I thought you’d appreciate knowing that if you order it by this Friday, you’d even get a special discount, too!

    I hope you have had a good year, and I promise to leave some goodies out for you under the tree. 

    Love,

    A Crystal Hottie
    Need a few more reasons to convince Santa?

    How about these?

  • I’m IN LOVE with crystals but just not sure how to use them & not sure what to do with them. I want to FINALLY learn how to utilize Mother Earth’s gifts as energy healing tools & supports!! I’ll learn how to use crystals to their fullest & profound potential. Recognizing & remembering my special talents.
  • I’ll BOOST MY CONFIDENCE when explaining to others how & why crystals work by learning the scientific knowledge to back it up.
  • I’ll be prepared to earn GLORIOUS income doing something I absolutely LOVE & SHARING IT WITH OTHERS or I’ll be able to add to my existing income! I’ll be opening the door to a rewarding, inspirational, creative career as a Creative Spiritual Person helping people & myself to improve their lives using crystals, making me more marketable in 2013.
  • So, how was that? Think it’ll work? I really had to channel my inner 5 year old there. ;)

    I’m really feeling playful & so excited to be getting a whole bunch of new Crystalline Cohorts joining in to learn about the science & FUN behind crystal healing for 2013.

    We have many new sparkly Crystalline Cohorts who’ve already enrolled to become Certified Crystal Healers in 2013 (wooohooo, you all ROCK!). We’re so excited to add you to ever expanding sparkly group. Here’s what other Crystal Hotties have to say about this course:

    If this resonating with you, Jelly Bean, come join in the sparkly fun & make 2013 your best year ever.

     

     

    P.S. Early Bird Pricing ends this Friday, Dec. 28 @ 11:59pm EST. No exceptions on that Sweet Pea.

    The course can be completed in as little as 10 weeks…or you may take up to a full year (whatever is comfy for you). If you’re called to do it, join us, enroll now… & let the sparkles begin! Any questions? Concerns? I’m here for ya, Sweets. Contact us!

    Wanna read through the Fun FAQ’s? Right over here.

    Learn more + register right here… I’d love to help you start a wonderful & exciting career helping people to improve their lives using crystals!!


    Crystal Treasures

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    Crystal Treasures

    If you’re not a regular subscriber to my Crystal Channel on YouTube, you may have missed this Crystal Treasures video in which I show off many special crystal finds. Most of these guys are long gone, so I’m not showing them to sell anything….just to educate if you like learning more about the crystals. :)

    Here’s a list of what sparkly babies are in this vid:

    • Fuschia fluorite cluster
    • Natural citrine tabby point
    • Natural smokey quartz/ citrine double terminated large specimen
    • Blue chalcedony/ apophyllite cluster
    • Milky quartz large natural point
    • Clear crystal quartz Isis point with Recordkeepers!
    • Shattuckite, both natural & rough

    Crystal Treasures November

    All such magical pieces!!
    The Yule Log
    And for a little added holiday warmth & nostalgia (for those of us here in the Northern Hemi.)… the WPIX Yule Log. This used to be looped on Christmas Eve & Day on WPIX in the NY-metro broadcast area back in the 80’s! Cozy. Leave it on in the background. You’ll find yourself needing an egg nog & getting toasty:

    Bright Sparkling Holiday Blessings to you!

    P.S. If you’re thinking about enrolling in the Certified Crystal Healer Certification course for 2013, there are just 8 days left for Early Bird Pricing

    How Good 2012 Was To Me

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    How Good 2012 Was To Me

    How Was 2012?

    Yes, I’d say 2012 was pretty darned good to me! Major shifting happened. The most notable shift was that I left my full time position as a science department chair to take my sacred crystal biz full time! The next major shift was that the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy grew by leaps & bounds with people getting certified as Hibiscus Moon Crystal Healers all over the world!

    Did I leave that all to fate & what was in the cards for me? HELL TO THE NO!

    I realized that creating a sacred biz like this 1 would require some out of the box thinking, some discipline & ambition (I’m a Capricorn so I’ve got plenty o’ that!), some risk & top that off with BIG POWERFUL DREAMING! Then I got really clear on what my goals were last Winter Solstice during my crystal meditation time. Then I planned my heart out, surrounded myself with super knowledgeable & helpful people, then got to manifestation with all the crystal mojo know-how that I have with crystal grids, mojo bags, meditations, gem elixirs…did it all! Oh yes~! Here’s the all important key:

    Bringing in the powerful metaphysical mojo gave this whole game plan just the right amount of ooomph! It gave me the energy & willpower I needed to roll up my sleeves & do the work along with that special something that made it all come true. Working the crystal mojo along side my disciplined hard work was the key to taking all the effort a few octaves higher & having it go GANGBUSTERS!!

    Yeah. Some think that doing a crystal grid is enough. Build it, sit back, relax & they will come. I feel that you need to put your energy & effort into it too, making simple shifts, baby steps or GIANT LEAPS, each & every day towards your dream. That’s just as important as the spiritual work. So start taking the necessary steps to move towards your goal & you’ll start seeing amazing things happening, circumstances easily falling into place, the right people will begin to appear…it all comes together, Jelly Bean.

    I also remember to be ever so grateful for all this everyday. Gratitude is a big part of it.

    And I’m very grateful for what is yet to come! Wooooohoooo! Bring it!

    Metaphysical Support

    In addition, the spiritual metaphysical stuffs have not only given my dreams the boost they needed but they helped to support me…and continue to do so. Yeah,  all this manifesting is hard work & it takes a lot out of you (for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction…thank you Sir Newton!) I need to constantly remember to give myself spiritual support & nourishment. In fact, I feel myself slipping a bit on this as of late. My plan is to get more grounding time in with both crystals & meditation & the great outdoors.

    So, yeah….all of this WORKED! BIG TIME. And I LOVE what I do. I live my bliss daily as a Crystal Healing teacher.

    So what are you dreaming up for 2013, Lima Bean? Do you already live your dream or do you just know you’re on the brink of something HUGE?

    How To Find And Do Work You Love

    If you need a bit of inspiration, I’ve got just the thing for you! Check out this TEDx talk from Scott Dinsmore. Its a great time investment to get you going on the right track:

    http://youtu.be/jpe-LKn-4gM

    And the very best advice I can give after having experienced what I have this year is this:

    DON’T pray, hope & then wait to see if 2013 is going to be a great year…get in there, start doing the work & MAKE IT SO!

    Do you have some BIG plans for the New Year? Resolutions you’re afraid you won’t stick with? You will if you put the prep time into it (& crystal mojo will certainly help!!) If you know what your 2013 dream is, hold yourself accountable…post it below! Take the 1st step, My Sweets!

    Super Sparkles to you today,

    P.S. What is your big sparkly dream? Start the intention-setting now & DECLARE it in the comments below. AND, if it has anything to do with becoming a Certified Crystal Healer…enrollment is now open for 2013 & you still have time to grab up Early Bird Pricing!! Click here for deets.

    Whine & cheese & not a thing about crystals

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    Whine & cheese & not a thing about crystals

    Today, I figured I’d blog about what I’ve been up to business-wise…off the crystal-beaten path for a bit.

    In some recent videos on my Crystal Channel, I mentioned that I wanted to do more professional looking videos, needed to soup up my camera & make better quality crystal videos, being that crystals are such a visual thing. I really felt I wasn’t doing them justice.

    So that entails better lighting & a really good camera…using a tripod to get away from all the shaky, jerky movements. I also needed better sound quality so microphones were on the list too. I figured I’d get a few different options, try them out & then return what I wouldn’t be using.

    Here’s my latest video explaining how that went…with bloopers @ the end.

    Whining vlog & not a thing about crystals

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    BTW, I have NOT aborted the mission!

    It takes a lot more than some fancy-schmancy techy junk to scare me away! It might be scary, but I will face it. 

    I will be persistent. I just need to find the right set up for me. Right now, I’m trying out video taping directly from my iphone5 with the lapel microphone & a tripod. I do still need to find a good, yet smaller lighting solution. I’ll keep you all posted & let you know how it goes! And if you have any tips for me…I’m all ears. :)

    Crystal Blessings, Lima Beans!

     

     

    P.S. Have you heard? My popular Certified Crystal Healer Course has opened up for enrollment again! Will you be joining us in 2013?

    Enrollment is OPEN for 2013!!

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    Would you like to become a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer?
    So are you ready to begin something totally new for 2013? Would you like to heal yourself & others by learning the SCIENCE & FUN behind crystal healing?  What BIG DREAMS will come true for you this year? What are you going to manifest? Are things going to be different this year?

    They will be different…if you MAKE it so & take some inspired action.

    Woohooooo! The day is here again to roll out the virtual red carpet & warmly welcome some brand new students into our Certified Crystal Healer Course. Together, we can make 2013 your best year yet!

    Enrollment is open today & our next course kicks off on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Enroll now to receive Early Bird pricing!

    Do you love crystals & want to learn more about how & why we can use them to better our lives, emotional well-being & health? Would you like to get Certified & add a new service that you can provide to others? Then come join our Crystalline Cohorts & find out what all the Sparkly Excitement is all about! Enrollment is open today & our next course begins on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

    What is the Certified Crystal Healer Course?
    Crystal Healing or Crystal Therapy is a new & exciting healing modality. I, Hibiscus Moon, have developed a curriculum & certification program to teach you the art & science of crystal healing & get you Certified. Its a Crystal Healing Course like no other! Believe me when I tell you…like no other!

    • Are you drawn to working with the energies of crystals & stones but just not sure how to use them & what to do with them?
    • Do you feel you have a special connection with them & would like to enhance that connection?
    • Would you like to use Mother Earth’s gifts as an energy healing tool & support?
    • You may even like to help others realize these powerful healing benefits by becoming a Certified & Accredited Crystal Healer earning GLORIOUS income doing something you absolutely LOVE or adding to your existing services!

    Click here for a list of our Frequently Asked Questions regarding this course…go ahead read it…lots of juicy details!

    See? I’m tellin’ ya! This is not your run-of-the-mill crystal healer program. This course brings together physics & metaphysics to explain why & how crystals work while also serving up a healthy dose of FUN! And you’ll meet many other like-minded Crystal Hotties, such as yourself, making sparkly friendships along the way. :)
    What will you learn? These are the Included Classes:

    • Basics of Crystal Healing & Therapy
    • Create Sacred Space & Self-Protection using Crystals
    • Working with Crystal Grids
    • Chakra Balancing Using Crystals
    • Working w/ Pendulums & Sensing Crystal Energy
    • Crystal Therapy for Love, Romance & Fertility
    • Crystal Healing for Animals
    • Crystal Healer Toolkit: Crystal Energy Tools
    • Crystal Therapy for Prosperity & Abundance
    • Becoming a Professional Crystal Healer

    Find out more by clicking here for all the deets! If you feel like this is calling to you, I’d love for you to join our sparkly family in 2013. This is the right time of year for making things happen. Start off 2013 with a bang of manifestation by taking the bull by the horns & making it so. :)

    And, remember…if you enroll now, you’ll receive Early Bird pricing!

    Mega Sparkles, Glitter, Jelly Beans & all that jazz!!!

    Do You Know What Day It Is?

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    Its Sunday! Time to announce the 10 winners!! This go round there were many that didn’t follow the give away rules so many that could have won, didn’t. :( In order to be fair, I must stick to the rules as given. So here are the winners (w/ addy’s shortened). After verification that you’re on our email list, you will be sent your prizes next week. Yipeeeeee!

    5 Crystal Grid Template Packages

    cleo_woman@yahoo
    spiritualmailman@connect2yourangels
    angelina@angelinabutera
    greenhay@gmail
    ellemarriott@hotmail

    5 Get to Know Your Crystals eKits


    depjgrubb@att
    witchuptheroad@live
    dixie_chick@speedymail
    loving_libra85@hotmail
    r.energia27@gmail

    It’s THURSDAY!!!

    Thursdays are fun days, right???

    Plus, its December & this whole month is about celebrating for us here in the Hibiscus House! We’ve got Frank’s birthday, my birthday, Winter Solstice, Christmas, our Wedding Anniversary & New Year’s Eve. Since we don’t know exactly when Topaz was born, we decided her birthday is in December too!

    That’s just about everything you can squeeze into 1 month, right?!

    So, in the spirit of celebrating (& b/c you know how much I love a good sparkly give away), I’m doing another give away + a little Holiday Fun below! heehee.

    I’ll be giving away 10 prizes!!

    • 5 Crystal Grid Template Packages
    • 5 Get to Know Your Crystal eKits

    So how do you win?

    • Leave a comment below answering this question: “Which crystal is your favorite & why?” along with your email address beside it in case you win
    • Make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter w/ that same email address
    • You get can enter multiple times by sharing this blog post on Facebook. Be sure to enter an additional comment below to your FB page~!

    Check back here on Sunday to see if you’re 1 of the 10 lucky winners!!

    Winter Solstice Gem Elixir Cocktail

    Every holiday season I post this recipe somewhere & its a big hit. Here’s my personal recipe for this special elixir. Makes one cocktail:

    • 1 1/2 oz. of Crystal Head vodka (do you know about this vodka? It’s created from deep glacial aquifer water, quadruple-distilled then filtered over 500-million year-old Herkimer diamonds with no additives.
    • 1/2 oz. orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau
    • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Ice cubes made of  Almandine Garnet Gem Elixir
    • splash of chilled club soda
    • splash of cranberry juice
    • 1 raspberry + 1 almandine garnet for garnish

    Yum, Yum! Enjoy. :)

     

    2013 Dreams, Crystals & Winter Celebration

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    2013 Dreams, Crystals & Winter Celebration

    Although I don’t have any declared religious affiliation, I do feel I have a connection to natural celestial & earthly cycles. Therefore, I feel a strong pull to honor & celebrate our Mother Earth’s solstices & equinoxes.

    Its almost time for Winter Solstice (here in the Northern Hemisphere), falling on Dec. 21 this year. Merry Summer Solstice to you in the South!!

    Not to mention how special of a Winter Solstice this 1 is!! This is THE 2012 solstice made infamous by the Mayan Calendar. I’m sure you know all about that & have your own view on it. As for me…I feel it will mark the apex of an event that’s been taking place for some time…a shift of energy. I wrote more about what I feel may be going on here.

    In fact, as we approach this all-important gateway, I’ve been reflecting back on what’s transpired so far, how I’ve been faring through this energy shift & cookin’ up what I want to manifest moving into 2013. So far, I’ve been pretty successful at this manifestation stuff & I intend to continue on that path for myself & my students!

    Have you been doing this sort of thing too?

    For the last 5 years I’ve been doing my annual Garnet Winter Solstice Meditation. Its just as yummy as it sounds.

    Garnet is my go-to stone for this time of year as it helps me to focus on my meditation while helping me to entrain with the sort of vibrational frequencies that are a part of Mother Earth at this time of year. Specifically, Almandine Garnet. Here it is in all its red-delicious glory:

    And here’s a classic vid on did on LUSCIOUS garnet a while back. Yum, yum. yum…Gorgeous Garnet:

    So why garnet?

    Garnet has an inner warmth that you’ll enjoy cozying up to at this time of year. Many are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at this time & garnet will sizzle that right on out so you can focus on the task at hand…bringing your desires to fruition.

    BTW, have you seen an Almandine garnet in real life? Photos & video do it NO JUSTICE. It has a dazzling deep red color; reminiscent of the sacred Winter Solstice berry; holly.

    Almandine garnet’s energy is all about safety, courage & vitality…perfect for dark winter months. It also helps us to connect to spirit & source energy.

    My Winter Solstice Meditation

    1. I go into my sacred space & light a few red candles & burn a combo of  cinnamon, clove, nutmeg & ginger pure essential oils in an oil burner.

    2. In a comfy position, usually in my papasan chair, holding a piece of almandine garnet (a 1″ tumbled piece is fine, doesn’t have to be huge) I work on going into an alpha brainwave state with deep breathing. BTW, alpha is perfect for getting into a creative state of mind. I then visualize entering the stunning garnet stone. (I have a new Get to Know Your Crystal eKit that assists you in doing just this & inducing alpha brainwaves…but you can certainly easily do this on your own).

    3. I’ll stay in this meditation for 10-15 minutes or just whatever feels right, journaling afterwards any special messages I may have received.

    4. Over the next few days, I will read over my journal entry adding to it as new meanings & revelations come to light.

    This is always a relaxing, enlightening, focusing & cozy meditation for me. If you do give this a try, please come back & post here what you received from it. We’d love to hear!

    Winter Crystal Blessings to you!