The Story Behind Lemurian Crystals

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Today’s video is all about Lemurian Crystals! 

Watch my video & scroll down for more sparkly details…

There seems to be a lot of confusion going on about what a Lemurian Crystal is, or a Lemurian Seed Crystal…yes, they are slightly different—I’ve even recently gone into several stores and have seen signs that display, “Lemurian Crystals,” (because it’s a super-hot term right now)… but what they’re really displaying next to the sign that says, “Lemurian Crystals,” are not Lemurians.

Case in point…these are quartz points, but not Lemurians!

So I want to wade through all of that confusion & set the record straight here today.
What are Lemurian Crystals?
The term “Lemurian crystal” was first coined by a famous crystal author whom I highly respect, Katrina Raphaell.

She started writing crystal books in the 80s, (In fact I recommend several of her books over here), and she had a newsletter too, which I don’t think she does any longer.  It was around the early 90’s, when Katrina Raphaell put out 1 of her informative newsletters where this term was first introduced.  (I’ve done some research on it and it seems to be that is where the term was first coined.)

The term “Lemurian” references the land of Lemuria, which is known to be a place like Atlantis—actually it preceded Atlantis.  If you want to dive deeper into learning more about these places, this book is a great resource.

So Lemuria is said to have existed in various different places; to have existed or exists now in another dimension, or perhaps in the area of the Hawaiian Islands. (Having spent a lot of time there myself I have a deep inner knowing that there is indeed a very strong Lemurian connection in Hawaii.) There’s tons of different info on that you can research but that’s outside the scope of what I want to talk about here today.

So, Katrina Raphaell channelled that the Lemurian crystals were coded with very specific information by the people of Lemuria & left here for us to discover & learn from.

And according to Katrina Raphaell, the Lemurian Seed Crystals were kind of like “seeds of information”  planted or left in one location only; one specific spot, known as the Diamantina Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil:

Now, I keep hearing about Lemurians coming from different areas of the world, but I’m going to go to the source on this (Katrina Raphaell) and I’m going to trust in her teachings that the crystals can only come from Minas Gerais, Brazil to be authentic Lemurians…unless I find other compelling information resonates with me & that tells me differently.

What are Lemurian Crystals used for?
Why all this hoopla about Lemurian Seed Crystals?

Well, they happen to be very important tools. I can attest to that. 🙂

They’re a crystal tool meant specifically for the energy healer, energy worker, or light worker.
…meant to retrieve hidden information; they’re actually encoded with this information.

They also invite us to receive very specific information for & about our planet, for Mama Earth.  Like, how to heal the planet; basically like the care instructions for Earth. We’re in great need of that, aren’t we? These crystals also serve as an ideal communication tool between planet Earth and the rest of the cosmos.

Keep in mind, it’s said that the more they’re used, the more powerful they become!

And they’re best used as a personal healing tool for the energy healer.
How to ID a Lemurian
Lemurians can come in all different sizes, but the shape should always be a tapered wand shape—a little wider at the base and more tapered at the end.

There’s a difference between Lemurian Crystals and Lemurian Seed Crystals.

  • Lemurian Seed Crystals have an alternating pattern of a frosted side on the shaft and then a smooth, very transparent side, then a frosted side and a very transparent side, alternating all the way around.
  • Plain Lemurian Crystals will have a random pattern. For instance, one side is frosted, smooth, frosted, frosted, frosted, smooth. Or even all smooth or all frosted.

Where’s this information encoded?
Another characteristic of a Lemurian Crystal will be that it has rough, prominent, horizontal striations on some sides of the shaft. But you will not only see them; in order for it to be a true Lemurian, you need to be able to feel them!

[caption id="attachment_7286" align="aligncenter" width="600"] smokey pink lemurian[/caption]
Run your finger alongside without looking and if you can feel those “ladder rung” striations, then it’s a Lemurian, (if it meets all the other criteria.)
Lemurian Crystals also come in different colors!  (I have a video & blog post where I really dove deep on the different colors, what they mean, and why they get the different colors, where they come from & you can watch that over here).

I hope this blog post/video helped to clarify some of the confusion & mystery around Lemurian Crystals.  If you have more info to contribute, I would love to hear it, so please post in the comments below.

Do you have any Lemurian Crystals in your collection? Have you looked to see if they pass the criteria I listed?  Can you tell if it’s a Lemurian or a Lemurian Seed Crystal?  Tell us in the comments below.

Crystal Blessings & Happy Lemurian hunting,

Hibiscus Moon

Crystals for the Color of the Year: Greenery ~ 2017~ Sphene + Peridot

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It’s that time of year again to talk about the Color of the Year and the Crystals that I have chosen to go along with it.

Pantone chooses a color of the year every year, and…you may or may not know, I’ve done this crystal video to go along with the color of the year for a few years running now:

  • 2016 Serenity & Rose Quartz
  • 2015 Marsala
  • 2014 Radiant Orchid
  • 2013 Emerald

This year, for 2017, Pantone chose a color called Greenery.

Now, I was excited to find out what the color was and I was really excited to see it!

The first thing I thought of was “nature + freshness + vibrancy”.

And then I saw the color getting some flak from people, people saying they didn’t like the color at all…this specific color green, that it looked like pea soup. Hey, what’s wrong with pea soup?  Well, that wasn’t my first instinct when I saw it.

I thought,
“Perfect. I know exactly what crystals I’m going to go to that reflect ‘greenery’.”
So…here’s how Pantone describes the color:

  • refreshing
  • revitalizing shade
  • symbolic of new beginnings

How perfect!  I mean, it’s a new year, let’s start fresh, we can bring in all of the vibrancy that we want to manifest, especially when working with crystals of this color.

I really like working with color b/c color is light and light is basically information, very specific information, a very specific light frequency or vibrational frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum.

I know you hear me talking about this all the time, but it’s just something that excites me to no end, especially when you get very specific with the color, like this one here.

This is kind of like a green with a lot of yellow in it. It’s not an emerald green with a lot of blue. I like to look at colors as to where they align with us in our own electromagnetic field; I look to the chakras for that correspondance. “Greenery” aligns with the heart chakra, but kind of bordering towards the solar plexus because of that yellow tone that it has in it.

 

The 2 crystals I chose to go along with “greenery” are Sphene (one that you probably haven’t heard much about) and Peridot.
Sphene
I have a very tiny piece of Sphene that I showed you in my above video.

[caption id="attachment_19432" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sphene specimen.By Carles Millan (http://www.mindat.org/photo-199013.html) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]But the color I’m focusing on here is the green, obviously.

It’s also known as “Titanite” due to the element titanium in its chemical makeup.

Although it’s often brown and comes in other colors, you can get Sphene the specific color that we’re talking about today, greenery. It’s a more expensive color variation and may be hard to find so your best bet is going to a gem show and asking if anybody has Titanite or Sphene, or checking out eBay. But be prepared that a little tiny piece, could cost about $75 or so. They are used as gemstones when they are high quality and more transparent. And this color is considered more aesthetically pleasing, so it is more rare, hence the expense—basic supply and demand economics.

This is a good crystal to work with for any kind of physical healing, but one of my favorite crystal healing authors, Phillip Permutt, mentions in his book The Crystal Healer, (which I highly recommend);  that this is a great crystal to work with if you are an astrologer or an astronomer…or may be studying either of those subjects. I thought that was really interesting. I haven’t tried that yet, and I’m not an astrologer, but if you are, give this one a go & please share your experience in the comments below!
Peridot
The other crystal that naturally aligned with “greenery” was Peridot.  I’ve talked about Peridot a lot. I have a blog post all about Peridot over here. But just to give you a basic overview: Peridot is a beautiful olive to yellow-green color due to the iron content in it and it’s vibration helps with  increasing anything.

[caption id="attachment_18568" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This pendant of mine has a peridot gemstone stop an ocean jasper cabochon below.[/caption]

If you’re looking to increase:

  • the number of friends you have
  • increase the amount of business you have
  • increase the amount of abundance, prosperity, boost your vitality and your health, Peridot is great for that.

Peridot has a lot of masculine solar energy to it, so again, it works very well with the solar plexus, as well as the heart chakra. It was often used in ancient Egypt. It symbolized the sun…so that really great masculine energy.

Peridot is a really great stone that allows you to receive as well. Sometimes we put up these blocks and we sabotage ourselves and Peridot allows us to receive that abundance and prosperity and vitality that may be coming to us.

I hope you enjoyed my crystal picks for alignment with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Greenery!

Please share you experience with these crystals below and if you can think of any others that would also align well with “greenery”, please mention them in the comments below. 🙂

Crystal Blessings! 

Hibiscus Moon

How to Tell the Difference | Merlinite, Mystic Merlinite & Blizzard Stone

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I decided it was high time to write this blog post to help eliminate some confusion around three minerals that are often confused with each other:

  • Merlinite
  • Mystic Merlinite
  • Blizzard Stone

These 3 stones are ones that my students sometimes aren’t quite sure how to tell apart and the naming itself can be quite confusing.

Merlinite
The name merlinite is what’s known as a marketing term & not a technical geological one, however I feel it’s a useful name that helps us to distinguish it.

[caption id="attachment_18057" align="alignright" width="264"] Dendritic Agate aka Merlinite[/caption]

This stone is actually a dendritic agate that is mostly white with black dendrite “branches”; a combination of  a quartz (the white in this stone) over psilomelane (manganese oxide)…the black in this stone. The psilomelane has a tree branch-like pattern to it & that’s where it gets the “dendritic” part of its name.

Metaphysical Properties:

Merlinite is all about magic and boosting your intuition. You can also use it for past life recall.

Additionally, this stone is great for connecting with the elementals, making psychic connections, and allowing you to peer between the veils and dimensions; allowing you to make connections with the spirit world, pulling back the veil so you can see what’s going on in those other dimensions. It’s a rather forceful energy though, so be careful when working with it. You may want to go slowly & try it out in small doses at first.

Now to make this really confusing, there’s a type of dendritic opal that looks really similar to merlinite and people also call this kind of opal “merlinite” even though its not the same thing. Different minerals…I know…this can get very confusing.

[caption id="attachment_18058" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Merlinite Dendritic Opal variety[/caption]
Mystic Merlinite
First let’s set the record straight on the name. It’s real geological name is indigo gabbro. It seems as though a trademark was attempted on “Mystic Merlinite” but then was abandoned so it never went through. Anyhow, the name indigo gabbro is the name I prefer to use to eliminate confusion along with false price inflation based on a name. What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot. 😉

Why do we need 2 different names for the same thing anyway? I’m not down with that.

Gorgeous indigo gabbro is newly discovered & only found on the island of Madagascar. It’s a black stone with large grey mottling in it that can be polished to a high shine. If you hold it out in the sunlight, you’ll notice that the greys in it have a sort of violet iridescence that’s beautifully unique.

Metaphysical Properties: A gentle stone, I find it to be quite lovely to work with it at New Moon time & for setting intentions at that time. It also has a very calming quality to it.

Blizzard Stone
This stone is also a type of gabbro & this name is another marketing term, however I also appreciate this name b/c it helps us to distinguish it from a number of other different types of gabbro. This is also a black gabbro, but this time with tiny specks of white, hence its name. Unlike indigo gabbro, it doesn’t polish up with a glassy finish.

Made up of a number of different minerals it’s found throughout the Alaskan Wilderness, another good reason for it’s appropriate name.

Metaphysical Properties: Another gentle stone, as gabbros usually are, blizzard stone is one to turn to for balancing of our energies. I also find it to be useful for protection from EMF pollution and a wonderful grounding stone.

 

Did that clear things up for you Crystal Hottie?  I aim to educate!  So, I hope this was helpful. Do you own any of these beautiful crystals? Which 1 is your fav? Share with us in the comments below. 

Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon

Lapis Lazuli | the New Blood Diamond?

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I have a policy to not discuss politics and war. I’m totally against it. (Ooops…sorry. That just slipped out.)

…but today I have to make an exception.

Some recent controversy surrounding lapis lazuli has come up. About it being like the blood diamond trade. My take on that issue & conflict minerals in general is in this blog post.

So much so that I made sure not to include any lapis in the recommended crystal kits for my recently enrolled fall Certified Crystal Healer Courses.

Although, I did report on what info I knew, including my opinion on it, in my weekly Glitter Update newsletter last month, I realized I was doing the greater crystal community…including those who aren’t subscribed to my newsletter (I know, can you believe? Some Crystal Hotties haven’t yet subbed)…a great disservice by not sharing this info on a larger scale. I do have a relatively big platform here with my blog and on social media & could get so many more eyes on this lapis issue by posting about this here openly.

But, last month I made a conscious decision not to share this in my blog.

To keep it more “quiet”.

Because I was afraid of:

  • the controversy
  • the political energy around it
  • possibly not having all the facts straight
  • using the word “Taliban” on the open Internet

This week I re-assessed & realized I DO have a duty to take advantage of the platform I have here in our crystal community.  I decided to ignore my little nervous nags (& remember when I get those feelings it means that I SHOULD share my thoughts). I chose instead to acknowledge the fact that I feel a need to bring awareness to this situation.
The Controversy
So, let me fill you in.

A couple of months ago it was brought to my attention that there’s a lapis lazuli shortage happening in the gemstone market right now. So I started doing some investigating to see if I could figure out what the reason was & I think I’ve discovered what’s at the root of that shortage.

It’s being reported that lapis is still being mined but the price has been driven higher. Allegedly, this is because the largest mine in Afghanistan  has been “taken hostage” by militia and the Taliban. These 2 reasons have created a shortage in the supply. You can read more about that here.
Mind you, what is currently considered the world’s finest lapis lazuli is mined in Afghanistan.

Even the October 2016 issue of Rock & Gem magazine reported on this problem…

The Global Witness, a non-governmental agency that exposes natural resource corruption, is also drawing some major attention to the problem & “is calling for the government to ensure publication of mining data, reform mining oversight, and support community monitoring of mining.” They want lapis defined as a blood mineral.
The benefits of labeling lapis lazuli as a “blood mineral” would put certain international trade restrictions in place while discouraging people from buying through raising awareness about the situation.
But will any of that actually help?

Your guess is as good as mine.

It’s very sad b/c in 2013 Afghanistan proudly reported that controlled lapis mining was going to a big part of their economic come-back plan. But that idea has been smashed to pieces now.

In many cases, countries like Afghanistan regard mineral mining as an important source of income for many people. But now it seems those people are being bullied & the funds may be contributing to something I want no part of. 

Of course, I’m not there in Afghanistan seeing the Taliban taking the mines hostage with my own eyes. ***If you have witnessed this please post in the comments below! Some are disputing these reports entirely so I can’t say that this is 100% factual information (as is the case with any media reporting…right?)

However, the fact remains that there IS an evident lapis shortage as I’ve verified with my crystal selling friends.

Athena Perrakis owner of SageGoddess.com let me know that she noted a, “SERIOUS shortage of lapis” at the recent September Denver Gem & Mineral show where she was on a buying trip.

And Chrisy Bossie owner of Earthegy.com told me, “finding lapis is a problem right now and what is on the market has had a price increase….and there’s no telling if it will be here on the next shipment.”

[caption id="attachment_19207" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Used with permission. (photo credit: fr:User:Luna04 )[/caption]

BTW, any of us going to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in Jan/Feb. 2017 will have to check out the lapis inventory situation for ourselves at that time & perhaps re-assess this whole situation. (SIDE NOTE: If you are going, will be joining us for our little Hibiscus Moon Tucson Meet Up?)

Although I’m sure the Taliban gets its funding from all sorts of more lucrative sources, I’m not going to knowingly allow my mineral purchases to contribute to it. And I’m sure lapis is not the only mineral this is happening with…but it’s the one that we’re currently being told about now.

So now that I’m informed, I’ll just tell you what I’m choosing to do:

I’m not purchasing ANY Lapis Lazuli until I hear that things have been restored back to normal there. I’m not going to purchase any even if it’s been around in someone’s shop for years…b/c that will create a need for the shop owner to get more for someone else.
I’m not preaching what anyone else should do. Heck, I don’t know what the right solution is!
This is just what I choose to do.
You Have Options
Hold on tight b/c you can still get your lapis so all is not lost.

If you’re willing to lower your standards on aesthetic beauty & quality just a bit (this is truly in the eye of the beholder!)  you can choose to purchase lapis from other geographical sources.

Although not as high quality as Afghan lapis, there are other deposits located in northern Chile & Russia and even small amounts coming out of Italy, Mongolia & the US.
Blue Wrinkle Lapis
There’s a brand new stash made that was forgotten about & then recently available again (you can read the story here) known as Blue Wrinkle Lapis mined from Crested Butte, Colorado & apparently can only be purchased here as of this writing.

Our Crystal Content Manager Lisa (she’s the one that helps me prep these blog posts & our Glitter Updates…and there she is smiling her gorgeous smile below) went above & beyond and took a trip out to this shop (Zacchariah Zypp & Co.) to check out this unique lapis find. 🙂 TY Lisa!

The owner of the of the shop, Noel Adam, who found the forgotten lapis stash & purchased it, stated on his website, “Now all this lapis belongs to me, but I don’t really feel like I own it. It’s more like I’m the caretaker of it…There’s something special about this lapis. It really does have a certain feel, almost a spiritualization about it.”

Well, we totally get that! Here’s a close up Lisa took of the Blue Wrinkle Lapis.

And here’s Noel (below) also featured in the latest issue of Rock & Gem. He told Lisa he was excited to be featured there & I’m glad he was too so that we’re aware of one more option for our lapis lazuli needs!:

This, below, is my lapis lazuli stash from Chile. You’ll note there’s no pyrite and the grey is from calcite. Afghan lapis has little to no grey and the blue is much more deep & vibrant. (Geologists used to think the blue came from the mineral lazulite, but have since decided that most of it comes from the gorgeous mineral haüyne).

So, again…there are lots of options.

You may be wondering if the energy from all the various types of lapis is the same. Although I feel that all lapis is a wonderful Third Eye Chakra & inner vision stone, I do feel that the energy of the Afghan lapis is a bit more intense…but you really have to check it out & determine that for yourself, Chick Pea.

Have you seen additional reports or experienced a Lapis Lazuli shortage?  What do you think about lapis being declared a Blood Mineral?  Will that help the situation? Please share with me in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon