Crystal Storage – Get Organized!

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I’m always being asked:

So, what’s the best way to store our crystals?

Well, there is no BEST way, but many good ways & you just have to choose what will fit your lifestyle best, depending on how you use your crystals day to day.

Here’s a video where I showed how I store some of my non-display crystals:
Crystal Storage – Get Organized!

These are the storage options I show in the video:

And check out how our very own Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer Lexi Stefanski stores crystals for use during her crystal healing sessions with clients below. I love this idea!

You can find a similar portable storage case here:

And in the comments below, you know I’d love to hear from you. How do you prefer to organize your crystals?

Crystal Blessings!

4 Totally Rockin’ Ways to use Crystals for Fear and Anxiety

Hibiscus Moon anxiety, Crystal Grids, Crystals, Gem Elixirs, healing, love 8 Comments

Fear & anxiety can be debilitating. I know. So are there actually crystals for fear and anxiety?

It can not only stop you from being productive but can stop you in your tracks, unable to just do your normal everyday activities & even roll you backwards in life.

These are some stones you can use along with some techniques I’ve found work very well for me as well as for my students.
Go-To Crystals for Fear and Anxiety
Rose Quartz – love is the opposite of fear & this stone embodies the love vibration;  excellent for calming, love, kindness & compassion. If you’ve recently had any fear revolving around emotional drama, fights, chaos, confrontations this stone will truly help to comfort your heart chakra. In addition, it helps you with self love which is great for dispelling fear.

Blue Lace Agate – this stone is well-known for its centering & calming vibrational frequencies & works really well for reprogramming your thoughts & reactions to calm & positive ones…just what you need when you’re overcome by fear & may not be thinking rationally. A throat chakra stone, blue lace agate allows you to speak your mind calmly & clearly to get you out of those fear-inducing conflicts or situations. Anxiety be gone!

Black Tourmaline – known for its ability to transmute & “cleanse” energy. So if you’re perceiving energy (the situation) to be negative, this stone is great for bringing it right back to neutral. It’s a powerhouse for that! Here’s a video I did on this:

Black Tourmaline for Purification

Chrysocolla – this stone has a very feminine & soothing vibration. It gently calms your heart chakra when its beating with fear. It will also give you more confidence when you’re gripped with fear when having to communicate to others your needs or when you simply need some security in social situations of any sort. Its a great one to keep in your pocket when doing any public speaking. 😉

Nirvana Quartz – trust will help you to overcome fear & this stone is the 1 to help you with trust while learning to accept & love yourself fully. Here’s a video I did a couple years back on this unique sort of crystal:

Crystal Healing with Nirvana Quartz

Fear-Busting Techniques

  • Crystal Meditation – hold 1 of the crystals listed above, 1 in each hand (they don’t have to be the same kind) comfortably while you listen to one of these excellent (& free!) meditations: this one or this one. Let go…you’re going to be fine.
  • Anti-Fear & Anxiety Gem Elixir – create a gem elixir using rose quartz & blue lace agate (my eKit here shows you how to). Then mix these ingredients together:  1 tsp gem elixir, 1tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp organic ground ginger, 1/2 tsp organic raw honey. Chug a glass 3x/day. I tweaked up this recipe to come up with the 1 I’ve given you here after someone suggested something similar, telling me that is an old Indian Standby known for revving up your digestive energy, which in turn, calms down your mind’s energy. Made sense to me!! Plus, scientific research (ooooo, you know I had to throw some of that in here!) has shown that honey balances unstable blood sugar brought on by anxious stress & fear, lemon juice helps to lower your blood pressure & ginger calms the stomach. SNAP!
  • Fear-Chasing Mojo Kit – arm yourself with a little pouch that carries some fear-calming scents like bergamot & lavender (either in the form of an herb, essential oil or both then amplify those vibrational energies by adding 2-3 tumbled stones of the above listed.  This little mix will send calming frequencies to your brain’s fear & anxiety center headquarters molding a new calm reality for you.
  • Calm, Trust & Love Crystal Grid – you can whip up a grid made just for counter-acting fear & anxiety. I suggest using nirvana quartz, rose quartz & chrysocolla just for this purpose. If you need help on how to create & work with a crystal grid, I have a good blog post here or you can check out my book on the subject. 😉 *I gave it some thought here about mentioning so many of my items for sale in this post but I do happen to have several products that can help here & thought about not mentioning them  thinking I might come off as too pushy but then I realized I wouldn’t be doing my part in serving by not telling you about them. And you have a choice….I’ve given you some free or low-cost options here too* So…I also have this Crystal Grids Template Package that includes a Banishing Anxiety Crystal Grid Template. 😉

Now you should be all set to handle whatever comes your way, Jelly Bean!

Peace, Rainbows + Crystal Sparkles!

 

 

Is Your Citrine Real or Fake & Does it Matter? Fakes Series: Part 4

Hibiscus Moon amethyst, citrine, Crystal Healing, Crystals, energy work, science 29 Comments

Crystals are remarkable & glorious gifts from Mother Earth. Aren’t they? And we all love citrine. But do you know if your citrine is real or fake…and should you care?

Some crystal peeps prefer their crystals to be all natural; as they were found in Mother Nature, in the raw.

Others may be drawn to the beauty of crystals that have been enhanced in some way but they may be totally unaware that they have been artificially altered. Maybe the crystals have been molecularly bonded, irradiated, tumbled, cut, polished or even heat treated in a lab. Now, I’m saying “lab” in this post for ease & flow but often times the heating we’re talking about here isn’t done in a lab at all. It’s usually done in a dusty warehouse by the miners themselves; no lab coats or anything. Just keepin’ it real for ya. 😉

Lab-heated citrine seems to be a soar spot with many. So much so that over the years as I received many questions about it I’ve created a few videos to talk about the topic & show some examples. (See below for vids).

Sometimes when people find out that much of the citrine on the market isn’t an Mama Earth Creation, they may go into  a mini-panic, thinking that they’ve been duped or that their heat-treated citrine is totally  useless. Not so…IMHO. But more about that in a bit.
How to tell the difference
It’s not always an easy task but let me give you a few pointers. If its heat-treated citrine, the color will be most  concentrated at the tips but white at the bottom (see photos below).  Also heat-treated citrine will be sort of crumbly & break apart easily since heating the stones at the temps necessary does seem to weaken the stability of the crystals.
Natural Citrine
Natural citrine points from the Congo. Notice their generally uniform smokey, champagne or honey color to them. Congo natural citrine usually comes in these nice elongated points & often have babies & hematite around its base where it was attached to the rock matrix.

This is a natural citrine with a classic point shape and light tea color throughout the crystal.

This piece is an amazing feat of geology! Here you see a double terminated penetrator twin that got fractured during its growth process & self healed while turning into a natural golden citrine only above the fracture! AMAZING & have never seen anything like it!
Heat-Treated Citrine
Heat-treated citrine from Brazil is usually amethyst (sometimes smokey quartz) that’s been baked. This piece was broken off of a large amethyst geode then heated to get this tell-tale baked orange color at the tip with white bottom.

This photo demos another common baked citrine formation, the druse. This darker deep honey-colored ice tea hue is known as Madeira citrine. Then you can see a sharp border which then goes white.
How do They Do It?
Mother Earth naturally creates citrine with her geo-thermal heat source; from within the mantle (her deluxe gourmet geo-kitchen!) by heating amethyst or smoky quartz (both are SiO2 (quartz), just as citrine is).

The Earth can also produce the deep brown citrine, aka Madeira citrine. This is more rare than your usual lighter honey or white wine colored natural citrine. Actually, all types of natural citrine are considered relatively rare. They’re no where near as bountiful as amethyst so they can get be hard to find & a bit pricey. Be prepared.

When we lab-heat citrine we’re simply mimicking what Mama Earth does. You usually begin with a poorly or lightly colored Brazilian amethyst. Then you heat it in a kiln to over 900°F (482°C). If you want it to go dark yellow or to red-brown (Madeira color) then you go up to 1022-1040°F (550-560°C). Some smoky quartz can turn citrine color as cool as 390°F (199°C).
Interactive!!
Ain’t this the interactive classroom?? My favorite kind. Crystal Hottie Shayla read this blog post w/i hours of it posting & got to experimenting in her lab kitchen & showed us how it’s done. Thank you Prof. Shayla for sharing this with us & your quick work! *bowing down* Check out her results:

Is it Still Citrine?
Yep, yep, yep & I feel that heated/baked crystals & stones can be worked with very effectively. Heating the stone at these temperatures simply changes the color but doesn’t change its molecular structure & again, IMHO, as long as a crystal’s molecular structure hasn’t been altered, I feel that the crystal will still have the effective healing qualities.In addition, the stone’s color (light vibrational frequency) has now been changes to that of natural citrine’s. Its no longer of the violet frequency, its now in the orange or yellow frequency. So its going to resonate that energy now.

Is Your Citrine Fake or Natural? Part 1

That being said, I do think that heat treating or enhancing a crystal can reduce this frequency & effectiveness since it does weaken the stone some, but it doesn’t totally burn out its potential healing effects. So, no need to replace your citrine at all.

Citrine – Fake or Natural, Part 2

Whether citrine is heated artificially or naturally, it’s still often commercially classified as citrine. Remember, this artificial or natural heating is not enough to change the molecular structure of the crystal so it’s still SiO2. I feel the healing properties are still those of citrine, but on a lighter scale.

To me, lab heated citrine’s properties are not similar to amethyst’s or smoky quartz’ at all. Through much experimenting of my own as well as that of my student’s & clients, baked citrine’s properties align perfectly to my solar plexus chakra; its energetically stimulating, it helps with financial issues & it helps us to be more confident. Now, if you’re looking for a piece that’s just going to go BAMMM!  in these precise areas, then I’d advise you to go with a natural citrine, for sure….its energies will be much more powerful.

Types of Citrine for Crystal Healing

Let me end by saying that I feel that your intuition should always be your first guide. If a stone or crystal works for you for a particular purpose then don’t let anyone or anything that you read or hear change that for you. For certain people, certain stones may work very well while not work for others no matter what is said or written about them. Keep on truckin’, Crystal Hottie!

Just as in quantum physics, the scientist doing the observing actually influences the outcome & properties of the subatomic particles being observed. So, basically, if you believe it to be so, it simply is, on a subatomic level. Why should it be any different on a super atomic level? As below, so it is above, right? Let the crystals that you know work for you continue to do so…if you believe it to be true, it simply is. No panicking over heat-treated citrine, OK? If it worked for you before, it’s still going to continue to do so…unless you think it won’t.

Continue to enjoy your crystals and stones, heat-treated or not.

Ooodles of Crystal Blessings!

Oooodles of Crystal Blessings!!P
P.S. What do you think of heat-treated citrine? Like it, hate it, who cares? Let me know in the comments below!

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Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?

Hibiscus Moon amethyst, Crystals, science 24 Comments

I love this recent question I received recently about crystals fading in the sunlight. It covered many angles. LURVE IT! It’s a loaded question & right up my geo-geek ally!
Q:

You mentioned not to put certain crystals that are very strongly pigmented in the sun, because they fade. Why does the pigment fade in the sun, and how does that affect the crystal if it does fade? Is the pigment related to the quantity of the mineral inside the crystal? And if so would the difference in pigment in a crystal affect how well it performs? i.e. If I get a piece of amethyst that is only lightly pigmented, does that mean a heavier pigmented amethyst would outperform the lighter one (i.e. it is of better quality?)

A:

Well, why some colors fade really has to do with photon physics or particle physics. Oh yeah, Jelly Bean. I said “PHYSICS”…and you’re gonna like it!

First, let’s simply explain what a photon is. It’s a teeny-tiny bundle (aka quantum) of electromagnetic energy. EM energy = light…one in the same. Ya with me? OK. :)

Now, when a photon from any source (the Sun, a light bulb, whatevs) hits an atom 2 things could happen:

  • If the atom’s nucleus has a “color charge” (basically a certain color by virtue of an extra particle), the photon will kick the extra sucker out: “Hey, get out of here… it’s too damn CROWDED!” With the poor extra bugger gone, that makes the atom colorless or neutral. When that extra color-charged particle (aka quark) hits your eye…yep, the 1 that got kicked out…your brain registers that as color! OK, so after a while of receiving light here, our atoms are gonna start running out of color-charged quarks, right? And color-less atoms will start to take over, hence COLOR FADE.
  • If a photon strikes a color-neutral atom, its gonna either get bounced off (reflected) or get absorbed as heat. And you won’t see that guy b/c photons are considered grey or colorless.
  • I don’t feel that the fading effects the crystal’s effectiveness greatly but the color change does somewhat change its dominant osciallary rate (vibrational frequency) as color frequency is part of what makes up that vibration up. The fading didn’t affect the crystal’s basic molecular structure so if it was amethyst before but now just a light amethyst, it will still do its amethyst thang. 😉

    Not all crystals/gems will fade. It has to do with how stable the atoms are or sometimes it actually has to do with water loss between the molecules! Certain crystals are more prone to fading depending on these factors. If they’ve been artificially irradiate; they can be very susceptible to fading.

    In my humble opinion, it doesn’t mean that a faded amethyst has lost all its healing power. I would most def. still use it.

    *Put your goggles on…Throwing Glitter*

     

    P.S. What do you think about this? I’d love to hear if you agree or even if you disagree. 😀

    What does it mean when your crystal disappears?

    Hibiscus Moon Crystals, energy work, science 56 Comments

    So what does it mean when a crystal disappears? Just up & goes AWOL?

    • Sometimes people will find their crystals later & it will be completely unexplained. Like the crystal manifested itself in a little bag that was locked up somewhere in a safety deposit box – something really, really wild, like that…& it’s completely unexplained. Unless of course you had amnesia & don’t remember doing such a thing. 😛
    • Or sometimes, the crystal is found by someone else in a different place entirely; not even in the same vicinity.
    • Or sometimes you never find the crystal again – its just up & left. It’s gone. It has disappeared, never to be heard from again.

    This is a very common question I get asked on a fairly frequent basis and there are a few ways to answer it.
    ANSWER # 1…(and the most logical aka “blue pill”) is you misplaced it
    …and when you find it, you’ll go, ‘Oh! Right, that’s what I did with it. Totally forgot about that.” Or you’ll find it in some place like a vacuum cleaner – accidentally got sucked up.

    Now let’s talk about the illogical explanations because they’re more fun!
    ANSWER # 2: manifested elsewhere (here we go down the rabbit hole! aka “red pill”)
    This is a story or explanation that I have heard passed down from generation to generation.

    I’ve read about it in books.

    I’ve heard it from spiritual teachers.

    I’ve heard it from my Native American mentor.

    And I’ve experienced it.

    I give this explanation a lot of credence. It says basically that the crystal’s work with you is done. It manifested itself (or perhaps you manifested it) in your plain – in your vibrational reality when you needed it. But now that you no longer need it, it has manifested elsewhere. We might develop attachments to things, but I feel these vibrations know when they’re needed elsewhere.

    One teaching that I think is interesting enough to share here…& 1 that I’ve been taught by a few a Native American mentors that their belief (this is not speaking for all Native American teachings or tribes) is this:

    Stone People (crystal beings) know when we need to be done with that particular stone’s vibrational frequency. And that the crystal beings have the ability to easily change time & space “teleporting” into another dimension. That they can flash in & out of existence. Off into other dimensions, parallel universes, plains of reality…

    This sounds like I’m talking about Quantum Physics here, right? B/c that’s what Quantum Physics’ is all about, Baby! Quantum physicists have proven that on the sub-atomic level, that’s exactly what particles are doing; flashing in & out of existence. *I always wonder where they go exactly.*

    And I feel that there’s a fractal relationship to everything – a holographic explanation to everything. What I mean is…if that’s what’s going on – on the sub-atomic level – then that’s what’s going on with the macro level – our level – or what we perceive to the be the macro level anyway.

    Is it reality or is it a perception? Hmmm? Well, I feel that there aren’t any exact boundaries to that. Reality can flow into perception & vice versa.

    So what I’m getting at is that it seems that crystals have the ability to do this quite easily – flashing in & out of existence…but there’s an “a” & a “b” scenario here:

    Scenario a. If it’s flashing in & out of existence like quantum particles do, then you may see it again…as it comes in & out of your perception…or your reality– you may see it again – it may disappear again – you may see it again & so on. It may reappear in some place entirely different.

    Scenario b. The crystal’s work with you is totally done. That means, it’s going to leave & be gone for good. You’re not going to see it again – not in this reality anyway. And then there may be little bit more to this story; being that someone else needed it more than you so it manifested into their reality. That seems to be quite a comforting because, hey, if I don’t need that crystal anymore & someone else needs it more than I do, I’m more willing to let it go:

    “Okay, I don’t have that stone anymore. It makes me feel good to know that it’s with someone who really needs it.”

    You don’t want to feel like that crystal went to waste in any way. And I don’t feel like any crystal ever goes to waste even if it shattered into a million pieces on the floor – b/c that’s what naturally happens in the rock cycle, isn’t it?

    If a human never touches a crystal in it’s entire existence & it exists the entire time underground – within Mother Earth’s crust or & then gets crushed up in some geological process or melted & goes back to into the mantle –  into the rock cycle – into magma & no longer crystal or stone for the time being- just being recycled – just like everything. It’s like the water cycle, the carbon cycle – there’s a cycle for every element & every thing that exists really. Everything is part of a cycle, absolutely everything.

    There’s a cycle for us – &, of course, there’s a cycle for crystals.

    As above, so below, as within, so without – holographic existence, Crystal Hottie!

    You got to love it. Namaste,