2 More Cool Crystal Properties to Prove that Crystal Energy Ain’t No Scam!

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2 Cool Properties _ FI #1

A while ago I wrote a blog post answering the question:
“Is the power of crystals & quartz energy a scam?”
This is that post.

Well, my usual MO on questions like these is to simply throw some science at it. That usually gets the skeptics to sit up & listen. 😉

In that post, I dove deep into piezoelectricity; a scientific property of quartz crystals that explains 1 way they give off energy.

That blog post certainly was (surprisingly to me)…a big hit!

What I thought would be a topic that would sort of quietly disappear into internet wasteland (yeah… I needed to write it anyway simply b/c it brings me so much joy to share the sparkly musings in my head)…with me blissfully spouting off my science mumbo jumbo as I tend to do from time to time…ended up being a very popular post with it sort of getting viraly shared about…and had many of you in the comments asking for more info about the other scientific properties of quartz that I had mentioned.

Well you don’t need to ask me twice!

I’m on it.

Just took me a while to get around to this post. (You should see the pile of backed up draft blog posts I have going on over here.) I don’t think I’ll ever run out of crystal content to write about on my blog…for joy’s sake! I have so much fun doing this shizzle. 😀

OK, here we go.
What is Pyroelectricity?
Similar to piezoelectricity…pyroelectricity is the ability to transduce (**transform 1 kind of energy from 1 form to another) a temporary voltage when certain crystals are heated or cooled. So we’re talkin’ transforming heat energy into electrical energy or vice versa.

This word comes from a Greek prefix: “pyr” which means FIRE…so we’re literally talking about fire-electricity here!

It’s hard to demo this for you b/c the temp change has to happen slowly & uniformly…so all over the crystal at the same time.

But here’s a graphic I made that helps to visualize it…

So it’s the change in temperature that causes the crystal’s atoms to gain or lose energy, thereby changing their positions in the crystalline matrix.

For whatever reason it makes the atoms want to polarize.

Polarizing is when all the negatively charged atoms want to go hang out together on one end & all the positively charged ones want to go hang out together at the other.
When said polarization happens, the change & movement of the atoms generates electrical potential! The effect is commonly known as static electricity.

This property was first noticed in tourmalines in the 1700’s when it was noted they could be used for cleaning ash from tobacco pipes…b/c when briefly heated, the tourmaline would polarize & then they’d easily attract & then repel the hot ashes like a magnet. Tourmaline can also attract bits of paper, dust & straw. Amber can do this too!

SIDE NOTE: It’s this property that makes tourmaline crystal such a great choice for flat irons & curling irons…yeah, the ones we use on our hair!

Tourmaline hair straighteners have plates made from actual ground up tourmaline crystals. (Always choose these over the ceramic or metal irons for your hair.)

Why?

Well, now you know that the pyroelectric property means that when tourmaline on the iron is heated up, it will polarize…so 1 end will be negatively charged & the other will be positively charged. It’s the negatively charged end that will be making the hair pretty here by making your hair look super shiny & smoothing down the cuticles.
Pyroelectric Crystals

  • Colemantie
  • Dipotase
  • Amber
  • Hemimorphite
  • All tourmalines
  • All quartz

Triboluminescence
This scientific property is an exciting visual one where we actually see a flash of light!…best seen in the dark.

Here I am in our bathroom with 2 rose quartz chunks demo’ing this very cool property for you….

With this property we can see the energy with our own eyes being transduced from mechanical energy into light energy…we actually see the internal & external flash of light. This is a property that about 50% of minerals have. And with over 4500 minerals and counting, that’s quite a lot!

Science can’t explain everything (**gasp!**) & this property isn’t really well understood in physics…yet anyway.

Some think that triboluminescence is much like lightning, in that the impact causes an electrical current that travels through the crystal allowing trapped molecules of gas to emit light. Some explain it by saying that the impact adds energy to the system which excites the crystals’ electrons. Eventually, the electrons fall back to the original state & when they do, you get that flash of light. 
Try It Yourself!

  • Wear some safety glass just in case…small shards of quartz can go flying
  • Grab 2 rose quartz OR milky quartz crystals (not your prized pieces b/c this will damage them somewhat)
  • Go to a darkened room
  • Now take the edge or side of 1 of your crystals & strike it against the other crystal. Use force…like you’re striking a match
  • Since this is something that can damage your crystals, you may want to think twice before trying this out with specimens that you are very protective of
  • You’ll see that characteristic orange-yellow spark/glow inside the crystal! You’ll also get a strange metallic smell in the air. Totally normal, Chick Pea. 🙂

    Triboluminescent Crystals

    • quartz
    • sphalerite
    • fluorite
    • diamond
    • calcite
    • muscovite
    • opal

    You can get different energy glow colors too! It all depends on the type of crystal.

    So how does all this scientific property mumbo-jumbo help us with Crystal Healing?
    Now that I’ve explained how this energy transduction works, can you see how crystals can most certainly affect our environment on an energetic level?

    And as I said before, I feel that understanding (at least on some level) the very real power that our crystals have…power that can be proven scientifically and is taught in physics and used in technology is the key to 2 things:

  • getting others to accept it as a healing modality
  • giving crystal healers the confidence that they sometimes lack
  • Not to mention that the piezo, pyro and tribolumenescent properties of certain crystals are highly beneficial to our energy fields.

    In my Hibiscus Moon Method, I teach a very specific technique in detail that allows our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers to tap into all the power inherent in these properties…and I teach you more on the physics behind why it works. We involve the transducing aspect, allowing it to play a big role in crystal therapy!

    So please let me know … Did this blog helped you to learn a bit more about the science behind crystal healing?  Or did it bore you to tears?  …let me know that too in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,

     

     

     

    P.S. If this sort of thing appeals to you & you’d like to go way deeper in your crystal practice this is just a taste of the type of info I teach in the Certified Crystal Healer Course. We’ll be enrolling again for our fall term very soon. You can get on the Wait List here.

    Living in Alignment with Your Life’s Purpose

    Hibiscus Moon Crystal Healer, Crystal Healing, energy work, interview, life's purpose 8 Comments

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    Hi Crystal Hottie!

    I’ve got another “Crystal Healer Interview” today! Yes, more fresh, new & inspiring crystal perspectives from others that are living & breathing this crystal path.

    And just in case you’re not familiar with what exactly is goin’ down…these Crystal Healer Interviews allow me to introduce you to crystal healing from another perspective (other than my own). So we’ve got a few Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers & Advanced Crystal Masters who are so generously sharing their stories with us. 

    Well, I’m excited to let you meet super-cute, ambitious & talented HMCA Advanced Crystal Master, Ryelle Eterna of www.crystalrockstar.com.

    Today’s message is about living in alignment with your life’s purpose.

    Ryelle shares with us some amazing ideas she’d like to realize in the future: think “uber-lux-crystal-spa-experience”! Plus, a warning about working with moldavite.

    And Here’s Ryelle …

    ♥♥♥
    What crystal has had the biggest effect on you?
    Moldavite has had the biggest effect on me lately.

    A few years ago, I purchased a raw piece…didn’t affect me at all. Then earlier this year, I felt called to work with moldavite again. I purchased and started wearing a faceted moldavite and diamond pendant and the combination of these two high vibration crystals really worked on activating my energies and clearing out my throat chakra issues. WARNING: I would limit wearing the pendant for only a short period of time because keeping it on too long would result in my throat getting really sore and raspy; almost to the point of losing my voice! [{Insert from me, Hibiscus} I also warn of working with moldavite too much in this blog post].
    Since working with that combination, so many synchronicities of new-found knowledge, meeting like-minded people and connecting with guides started to occur!

    What is your most favorite crystal in the whole wide world and why?
    Tugtupite!

    By Parent Géry (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI first learned about it in the Book of Stones when I was taking the my Hibiscus Moon courses. I consider this crystal my favorite because of tugtupite’s properties of tenebrescence and fluorescence, and the metaphysical stories centered around it being a mineral aphrodisiac!

    I fell in love with this crystal without even being able to touch it in real life. I even wrote about it in my blog a while ago to plant the seed of hoping to own this crystal one day.

    For a while I searched for the perfect tugtupite piece, but I couldn’t find just the right one.

    Then one day while visiting a gem show, I found the perfect sized pendant and it was love at first sight!

    I even grabbed a few extras to put in my shop in case others were interested in experiencing this crystal’s energies. ♥

    After working with tugtupite for a bit now, I also consider it my current fav because of my attraction towards crystals from Greenland (like Nuummite). Also, since this crystal “lights” up with sunlight and UV light, I feel like it’s energetically working on different dimensions and auric layers that are not seen with the human eye. I think of it as my multi-dimensional spectrum crystal!
    What do you think made the biggest difference to you on this crystal-path?
    The expansion of conscious awareness in how I live my life and how I interpret my current reality.

    Introducing crystals into your life can bring on a paradigm shift where you start to live more in alignment with your spiritual purpose and the veil of 3D life starts to dissipate. I believe a greater understanding of your purpose and your life experiences start to unravel once you entrain your body and subtle body with the positive energies of vibrational tools…like crystals.

    {Here’s a video of Ryelle on a rock-hounding adventure!}:

    What are your BIG DREAMS now that you’re an ACM (Advanced Crystal Master)?
    My biggest dream would be to create an ultimate crystal healing spa that involves all things crystal and includes color, sound and light therapies…that uses crystal charged, healthier water alternatives instead of harmful chlorine and fluoridated water. It would be a dream to have a spa like this aligned with a positive energy ley-line that has an ocean view amidst nature with beautiful weather!

    I would also love to one day perform healing retreats in beautiful tropical locations. It would be a dream to allow people to heal, relax and rejuvenate during their vacation time. I envision a retreat with crystal healing sessions, nature hikes, organic vegan menus for detoxing, yoga, sun and star-gazing, meditation, dance, water activities  and body/massage treatments!

    Our society is so programmed to work so much, that we are so disconnected with our inner selves and don’t have enough time to nurture ourselves. Creating a healing retreat where people can raise their vibration, consciousness levels and heal at the same time would be a dream come true!
    What do you love most about working with crystals?
    What I love most about working with crystals is when you work with them for a while and then start to feel their vibrational effects.
    The energy crystals exude can bring such profound experiences!
    I feel everyone should experience the feelings that crystals can bring. For some it takes time, and for others, the effects are instant.

    Another reason I love working with crystals is the feeling you get when you find the right crystal by using your intuition and connecting with it. It’s like finding a long-lost soul mate or treasure!
    Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering this path?
    Believe in yourself and follow your intuition.

    Don’t feel pressured to have to purchase every type of crystal on the market. I was overwhelmed at the amount of crystals out there at the beginning of my practice and would sometimes fall into the hype of what everyone else was trying and using. Different crystals have different vibrations, just like how people are different and have their unique energies and personalities. What may work for one, may not work for another.

    I believe you should tune into your needs and observe your energetic reactions, your intuitive gut feelings and dream messages, to see what crystal calls out to you and what you are strongly attracted to. I believe those crystals will be most beneficial to your healing, conscious awakening and energetic make-up. Then once you become more sensitive and intuitive to subtle energies, apply these practices to your clients’ healing.

    Ryelle’s Bio: Ryelle is certified as a Hibiscus Moon Advanced Crystal Master and Usui Reiki Master. She is the owner of Crystal Rock Star where she offers crystal healing jewelry, mini crystal grids, gem meditation body oils, distance healing sessions & intuitive crystal services. Check out her website at: www.crystalrockstar.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/officialcrystalrockstar

    ♥♥♥

    Hibiscus again here…

    Thank you lovely Ryelle for sharing your personal sparkly journey with us & all your wonderful crystal insights!

    If you resonate with anything Ryelle has shared with us here please leave a comment below. 🙂

    Crystal Blessings,

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps

    Hibiscus Moon Crystal Goodness, healing, health, space clearing 67 Comments

    Topaz is a smart cookie, you know!

    I get a lot of questions about Himalayan Salt Lamps:

    What’s the big deal about these Himalayan Salt Lamps?

    Do they really do what everybody says they do?

     

    So the major thing that Himalayan Salt Lamps “do” is that they induce negative ions into your environment. (We’ll get to that in a moment).

    I have 1 in my sacred crystal studio here. He’s super heavy & pretty darn big…he’s comes up to my knee:

    I really like to have a salt lamp in just about every room of our home (2 in the bedroom; we have one on each of our night stands on either side of our bed.)  My husband, Frankie & I really enjoy having them in our home due to how they restructure the energy of our environment. 🙂

    Now, salt is a crystal; halite to be exact & it’s well-known for its cleansing, purifying properties. It is a very “soft” mineral (only a 2-2.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale) and is extremely water soluble so don’t wet your lamp to clean it off…ever.

    SCIENCE GEEKERY: Due to the nature of salt & its ability to draw moisture out of a substance, if you live in a high-humidity climate your salt lamp may “sweat” a bit. Keeping your lamp lit helps  prevent the sweating due to the heat from the bulb or candle.

    They’re great to have in a sacred space or anywhere you want to pump up the number of negative ions in a space….and that is something you’ll want to do.

    What is a negative ion?

    Basic idea of an atom. Image author: Fastfission at en.wikipedia

    GEEK ALERT!!: A negative ion  is an atom  where the number of electrons whizzing around the outside is more than number of protons in the nucleus, giving the atom or molecule a net  negative electrical charge. Got it?

    Most agree that the negative ions generated by a salt lamp happen via the photoelectric effect (the salt lamp emits electrons when struck by light).
    Nature
    Now there are things in nature that are much better & more efficient at putting out negative ions than salt lamps; like mountains, waterfalls, beaches or forests. Ionic minerals such as Tourmaline also produce them!

    Geeky factoid: Very old growth forests have higher negative ion output than a newer forest or a man-made planted forest. They put out thousands & thousands of negative ions.

    Those are the spaces you want to be in.

    Then there are the times,  if you’re in an office or a home that always has its windows closed & no plants or doesn’t have much connection to the outdoors when you have very little or no negative ions.  Like those offices that are considered “sick buildings”, where you can never open the windows. You can never get fresh air.  Where there are UV lights you know blinking away down at people all day long. YUCK!

    Those areas usually have zero negative ions but an excess of positive ions.

    So what’s the big deal about negative ions?
    Who cares? Who wants more “negative” anything? Sounds like a bad thing because I’m saying “negative ions”, right?

    Well, It’s not a bad thing at all, Chick Pea. 😉

    Negative ions are actually something that we need to help balance ourselves because we are bombarded with positive ions, especially from the electronics we’re surrounded by all day long.  Having more negative ions in your environment actually has beneficial biochemical effects for us.

    The goal is to have a balance of both negative + positive ions. Not an overabundance of positive ions…which is how many of us now live.

    We want to have those negative ions within our space because it helps increase certain hormones in our physical body that actually benefit us in lots of ways; like Serotonin.  which alleviates depression if you’re Serotonin levels are balanced. It’s also been said that a healthy balance of negative ions can:

    • relieve stress
    • boost your energy
    • boost your immune system
    • balance the air quality in a space by reducing dust, pollen & bacteria

    Obvious benefits right? Things that we’d like to have 🙂

    Some salt lamps use electricity to light their glow & some use candle light. The bulbs used to light them from within are very low-wattage so I’m not concerned with the amount of EMF emitting from them and you can insulate the wires with an EMF blocking material if you’re concerned about being too close to them.

    Now like I said before, Himalayan Salt Lamps do produce negative ions, but they are not like mega-producers. Nature is your BEST source! So, it’s most beneficial to use them in an environment where you are really cut off from nature. Where you just don’t have a better option & can’t get a lot of energy from outdoors.

    And of course, use them wherever you just want the space to feel clearer, more fresh, closer to nature or to create a more serene sacred retreat space for yourself.

    In my space I can open up lots of windows. I also have big sliding glass doors that I can open up & be one with the outdoors.

    I love to have that energy coming in.  But the salt lamp helps to really boost it.

    And the bigger the better.

    Topaz is a smart cookie, you know! Our animals always know.
    Evidence! Evidence! Give Me Evidence!
    Himalayan Salt Lamps  have been tested by negative ion measuring devices by various labs. Although the test results vary, many results show that they do produce negative ions, but not much.

    Yeah, but  they produce something and I feel that something is better than nothing!

    And many of us do feel the differences & that is better than any lab test for me b/c the lab tests are so very limited in WHAT they can measure.

    Overall, I enjoy having the lamps in my space & encourage using them in a space along with waterfalls and other things like that, that can also help boost the negative ions in your environment. Go for it!

    Do you use Himalayan Salt Lamps in your space or around your home? Do you feel the benefits? Let me know in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings!

     

     

    P.S. If you’re looking for more ways to help create sacred space for yourself, have you checked out my FREE Create Sacred Space with Crystals eKit? You can download it now!

    Crystals for your living space & can I squeeze into an amethyst crystal?

    Hibiscus Moon amethyst, Crystals, Videos 17 Comments

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    Crystal blessings everybody! I have another crystal question that I want to go over for our topic today.

    This one says,

    “Should there be a certain set of crystals or a “crystal mix” for rooms like your living room or living space?”

    I think that it’s not a “should”, but there are definitely things you can do to make your living space feel more comfy; more vibrationally aligned with the type of energy that you’re trying to bring in to a living room or great room living space.

    Usually, that kind of room is a room where everyone likes to hang out, several people will gather for anything & so you want it to be a space that has good energy within it.

     

    You’ll want to choose crystals that can radiate their energy in all directions

    or you want to choose very large crystals

    …or you can do both.

    And I say “large”, b/c in this instance:

    yes, size does matter

    For ease of doing the video, I brought ones that were sort of on the smaller side, so I could hold them up for you. But larger crystals would be even better!  Because the energy torus…

    THIS, below, is an energy torus…if…like…you could actually see one with the naked eye. (I do teach you how to “see” it on our Certified Crystal Healer Course, btw!)

    So the energy radius extending outward around the crystal depends on the size of the crystal, so, if  it’s a little itty-bitty cluster, it’s not going to have as much radiating energy coming off of it. Get me?

    In my vid above, you can see a really pretty clear quartz crystal cluster &  you can see that the points go in all different directions. So when you have crystal points that are natural, you can envision the energy is strongest coming off of the tip, so all these tips going in different directions are going to send energy out in all different directions. You can see why that would be a good thing in a space where there’s people coming in from all different directions & a lot of people hanging out in one area.

    Then, in the video I show you apophyllite w/ stilbite. There are some clear apophyllite, green apophyllite, very light green–sea-foam green, and there is some peach stilbite in it too. Look at that, isn’t that beautiful? What a gorgeous baby!

    These may  look like clear quartz points, but in the photo below you can see there are 4 facets instead of 6! See how it looks like a square?

    Well, anyway…clusters of these are great for a living space too.

    Next in the video, I discuss & show my amethyst geode that I have here in my sacred space and those are great for living spaces as well. Large geodes like these are wonderful for radiating good amounts of energy into a space & really making the space feel good.

    Both Topaz & I try to squeeze ourselves into this baby as often as possible!

    Can I squeeze into an amethyst crystal? (WTH is wrong with me?!)

    And try as we might, we haven’t succeeded yet. Although Topaz has gotten pretty close. Oh…and I’m pretty certain that if we did manage to squeeze into it we’d shuttle off to an amazing freakin’ worm hole that would whiz us right passed the fifth dimension, representing all the possible alternate realities, & finally spit us out into an alternate universe where we’d both be called to explore the infinite itself as an interface between interconnectedness & potential!

    …and this is how it would look (scene from one of my favorite movies…Contact):

    How’s that for an adventure!!?

    Sorry for that little tangent…

    If you also have a healing space, sacred space where you bring people in for doing crystal healings, Reiki work, energy work, or anything like that, it’s great to have pieces like those discussed here today.

    One that I forgot to bring out in the video was a sphere. Spheres are obviously not natural; they’re cut & polished into a perfect ball & so the energy is going to radiate, again, from all angles.
    Meet my lapis lazuli sphere:

    It’s nice to do a sphere when you have a stone that just doesn’t grow in natural points (like lapis lazuli), because I really prefer the energy that comes off of natural points…when possible, b/c they naturally grow that way from the Earth.

    So, anyway, having a stone polished up into a sphere allows its energy to go off in all different directions. If you’re looking for the energy of lapis lazuli and you want to radiate that into a large space having a sphere is really nice.

    And again…the larger the sphere, the more energy you get, because the size does matter.

    Do you have any special large crystals hanging out in your living space? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings!