Why Rose Quartz, Blue Calcite & Blue Lace Agate are the New Black

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Fashion. What color is the new black now?

One day you’re in the next day you’re out. Pffft!

I don’t have time for that shizzle…I just grab the next t-shirt up for rotation in my drawer, match some bottoms to it, pair up some crystal jewelry I’m vibing with for the day & I’m good to go!

BUT today…I’m going to dabble in the fashion world again while I present my annual Color-of-the-Year video, where I match-up a crystal to Pantone’s Color of the Year!

Previous Years

  • 2013: Emerald
  • 2014: Radiant Orchid; Sugilite + Lepidolite
  • 2015: Marsala; Rubilite + Ruby

This year Pantone made it more exciting because they chose two colors.

Drum roll please…
The colors of the year for 2016 are Serenity and Rose Quartz!

Rose Quartz + Serenity
The purpose of the color of the year is to “set the tone” for the coming year. Pantone has stated that the color they choose,
“has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.”
Well…that’s a bit rich for my taste…but I think it’s safe to say it sets the direction & tone for fashion & style for the year…if you’re into that sort of thing.

So of course, yep…this is a whole marketing & branding thing for Pantone, but color is such a big part of the visual properties of crystals that I cannot help but jump onto this bandwagon!
Serenity
Serenity is a beautiful sky blue color that’s a really light blue…almost bordering on lavender.

Now, I actually chose two crystals to embody the energy of the Serenity color.
Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate is a pale blue gorgeous “lacy” layered-looking type of agate; hence the name.

Agates are generally characterized by the bands that you’ll see in them. It’s actually a banded chalcedony; a quartz mass made up of submicroscopic quartz particles set up in fibrous layers (those are the bands you see) that also may have other inclusions giving it various colors.

Blue Lace Agate Characteristics

  • a type of quartz, all agates are a type of quartz
  • same Mohs Hardness as quartz; a 7, so it’s relatively hard.  You’ll find them in jewelry & anything that can kind of withstand being worn a lot, ya know…that might get banged up or something or worn as a bracelet
  • a throat chakra stone
  • all about calm, gentle, serene energy, clarity
  • Best for calm + clear communication, about finding your voice but in a very calm way

Blue Calcite

Calcites come in every color in the rainbow…pretty much. Plus, calcites as a group in general, are great for balancing hormones. If you want to know more about that, I have blog post that I wrote all about that here.

Blue Calcite Characteristics

  • another throat chakra stone
  • great for thyroid balancing (whether it’s hypo or hyper thyroid) because an out of whack thyroid has to do with hormone imbalances (please read my cautions & disclaimers here before using crystals on medical issues)
  • spiritually calming + soothing as well as emotionally calming + soothing so it’s a great stone to meditate with
  • Also enhances psychic ability & assists with astral travel
  • 3 on the Mohs Hardness scale, so much softer than the Blue Lace Agate….meaning not a good idea for jewelry

The reason it’s so “soft” in comparison to quartz is b/c calcite is a Calcium Carbonate. Calcium carbonate is what the shells & hard parts of  organisms are made of. Yeah…without our precious calcites most of Earth’s organisms would not even exist! That’s the reason why calcites are so abundant on our planet. So in this case, life giving rise to a crystal.
Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz feels like one of those crystals that we all know quite well. It’s 1 of the first ones that many of us purchase or that we’ve worked with or that we learn about. ❤ Am I right about that?

Rose Quartz Characteristics:

  • a type of Quartz that almost always shows up in masses. (BUT…sometimes you’ll find rare very expensive pieces that do grow in points and…wow if you have one of those; hold on to that baby because it’s worth quite a bit, they’re very rare. *See photo below.*)
  • Can vary in color, intensity and hue; sometimes they can be very deeply pink colored & sometimes they’re very pale so that they’re barely pink… and sometimes they’re right in between.
  • Rose quartz is very abundant & come in big huge masses.
  • The stone of love; all kinds of love, whether we’re talking about romantic love or love for family members, pets and friends, compassionate love or even self-love; this is the stone that encourages kindness, compassion and love of all sorts.♥
  • Works very well with the heart chakra for emotional heart issues, spiritual heart issues as well as physical heart issues.
[caption id="attachment_8684" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A large cut & polished rose quartz point.[/caption]

Rose Quartz is an all time sparkly fav & if you don’t have some in your collection, I highly recommend that you do get some.

[caption id="attachment_18466" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Examples of those SUPER-RARE natural rose quartz point clusters. Photo Credit: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]I hope you enjoyed this fun match up for  Pantone’s color of the Year 2016:  Serenity and Rose Quartz.

Do you have any of these stones in your crystal collection? OR do you have any other suggestions to match up with “Serenity”? I’d love to hear what you think of my picks in the comments below. 🙂

Crystal Blessings!

4 Easy Steps to Receive Messages from Your Crystals

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I have a very special guest blog post for you today, Crystal Hottie!  

I’m I’m handing over the reins to, Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer & intuitive, Kristin Marie Rodriguez, of kristinmarierodriguez.com.

 

I think you’re really gonna LOVE this blog…she’s generously sharing her methods & power techniques for closely connecting with your crystals while asking for and receiving insight with a Step-by-Step Method. We love actionable steps like this, right?

OK. Let’s go!  Here’s Kristin …

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I can recall the first time it spoke to me.
I was preparing to lay out my crystal grid for love. I remember, I was using a template in pink to amplify the energy & intention.

As I began to lay my rose quartz out on each symmetrical point…that’s when I began to “hear” my crystals speak to me for the first time through my clairsentient abilities.

NOTE FROM HIBISCUS: <<Clair-sentient simply means a strong “inner knowing/feeling”. 🙂 >>

It was subtle at first.

Then, the more I acknowledged with focused intention and concentration, the clearer the messages from my crystal stones became.

So, to increase the intensity, I held my rose quartz in my hand and asked it what messages they had for me in regards to my crystal grid intention.

And as soon as I spoke my intention, I began to sense (visualize) messages come-in fast through my mind’s eye (a.k.a clairvoyanceseeing messages) and heard guidance in my own voice (a.k.a. clairaudiencehearing messages).

The stone “told” me to take small acts of self-love, such as:

  • a bubble bath
  • schedule in time for myself
  • appointment with my hair-dresser
  • and to wear more pink!

I heard some of these messages, but I also saw some of these messages as visions in the rose quartz stone as well as in my mind’s eye.

From then on, I noticed each time I created a crystal grid and worked with my crystals that the stones would talk and have a message for me, or the recipient.
I’d love to teach you this technique!
There are 2 ways I do this.

First, please keep in mind, these techniques will only work with intention and an open-mind. Try to have both before beginning. ♥
Method 1
With 1 Crystal: 

  • Choose 1 crystal stone to work with. The stone should relate to your issue you want guidance and/or healing assistance on.

For example: Citrine for abundance, money, solar plexus. Rose quartz for love and heart chakra. Red Jasper for grounding, increasing energy, root chakra, etc. Choose 1 stone that relates to your intention and can provide healing properties on the issue.

  • Next, find a quiet place to sit and meditate with this stone. Try to choose a time of the day when you’ll have minimum interruptions. Also, make sure that the stone you’re working with is cleansed/re-tuned prior to this exercise.  {Insert from Hibiscus here:  I discuss & explain re-tuning crystals in this blog post}.

While holding the stone state:
“Rose Quartz (replace w/ the name of your crystal), I wish to receive more Love (replace w/ the topic you want guidance or assistance with) in my life. Can you please show and tell me loud and clearly how can I receive this in my life now?”
Here’s another example intention:
Citrine, I wish to receive more abundance in my life. Can you please show and tell me loud and clearly how can I receive this abundance now?”

  • From there: Listen. Pay attention. Gaze into the stone.
  • The crystal stones will always have a message. We just have to be willing to slow down and be ready to receive.
  • You may even see images take shape in the crystal, especially, if holding a clear quartz.
  • I recommend journaling what you sense intuitively with your crystals.
  • When you feel the messages are complete, then bless your crystals and state gratitude.

For example, hold the crystal and state:
“Thank you, Citrine, for that beautiful message. I will certainly follow through with your help and guidance.”
Method 2: With a Crystal Grid (multiple crystals)
This method is similar to the first technique, but instead of reading 1 crystal you’ll read multiple stones from your grid. (You can learn more about crystal grids here!)

Each crystal stone will have a message.

The messages you receive from the crystal grid will pertain to your crystal grid intention.

  • Step 1: After activating your crystal grid sit and meditate with your grid.
  • Step 2: Ask a specific question to your grid. Then listen as each different crystal stone speaks and shares a message.
  • Step 3: Journal your crystal messages, making note of it as it speaks to you while you create a place on the grid for the stone.
  • Step 4: Once guidance is complete, then bless and give gratitude to your grid, both for the messages and the healing, or manifesting work that it’s assisting you with.

Remember, as with any metaphysical practice, it’s always important to include the spiritual and the practical.

The spiritual being the crystal grid created, then the practical being physical action steps or changes the crystal stones or crystal grid guide you to take.

It’s a simple technique which you can have a lot of fun with!

Ready to try it?

Have some fun & practice these techniques while reading the crystals for yourself and others.

Kristin’s Bio: Kristin Marie Rodriguez is a 4th generation Intuitive & holds a Bachelor’s in Metaphysical Science, M BSC.  She’s always been a natural Intuitive since birth, very much an Empath, sensing others’ energy and emotions, seeing one’s aura, energy and angels. You can find out more about her by visiting kristinmarierodriguez.com

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Hibiscus again here…

Thank you Kristin, for sharing your powerful methods for connecting w/ crystals!  

If you resonate with anything Kristin has shared with us here or tried her shared techniques please let us know in the comments below or tell us about your own methods! I’d love to share ideas on connecting on a deeper level with our crystals.  

 Please leave a comment below.

Crystal Blessings!

 

Top 10 Crystal Blog Posts of 2015! A Hibiscus Moon Sparkle Extravaganza

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Get your sparkly lasso b/c it’s crystal round-up time!

Today I’m going to list out my 10 Most Popular Crystal Blog Posts of 2015!

Why?

B/c just in case you missed any of these last year, I want to make sure you see them now. **These blog posts really vibed it up BIG-TIME with our Crystal Hottie Community so chances are…you’re going to love at least a few of them too!**

So here they are…my most sparkliest 10 posts of 2015:

1. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps (you love those freakin’ Salt Lamps!)
[caption id="attachment_15786" align="alignright" width="297"] Topaz is a smart cookie, you know![/caption]

 

I get a lot of questions like these 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 full post!!!)

I have 1 in my sacred crystal studio. He’s super heavy & pretty darn big…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 1 on each of our night stands on either side of our bed.)

Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/himalayan-salt-lamps/
2. The Ultimate Guide to Shungite (HOTTEST new stone on the market)
Shungite, shungite, shungite!

This stuff came out on the new age stone-lovers scene about 3 years ago & made quite the big splash. I’m not sure why it suddenly became so popular but it’s not usually listed in the older, more popular crystal property books so people are often left wondering & asking me lots & lots of questions about it.

There are numerous web articles out there that make lots of unfounded claims about shungite so I really felt the need to finally get this blog post out there.

Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/shungite/

 
3.  3 Crystals to Mega Boost Your Self-Esteem (really struck a chord)
Have issues with worthiness? Self-Worth? Self-esteem? Self love?

Well, I’ve got some crystals for you!

Yes, I’ve got some crystals to help boost your feelings of worthiness, or boost your self-esteem, your self-worth. 

You know, a lot of us have issues with this.  Because…maybe we’ve been bullied.  Perhaps, there are people in our lives that talk negatively to us or criticize us for every little thing we do. 🙁

After a while you start to believe that stuffs.  Keep in mind, they’re being this way b/c you’re not just like them, because of their own feelings of low self-esteem & low self-worth.

Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-for-self-esteem/
4. WARNING: If Toxic Crystals Are So Bad, Why Do Some Recommend Them? (watch out!)
If Toxic Crystals Are So Bad, Why Do Some Recommend Them?

Well, I really cannot say why some recommendations don’t give at least a fair warning, but I suppose that most who are recommending the crystals assume the danger is low. Sometimes it is…and sometimes it isn’t.

Here’s a really good question I was recently asked by a student:

If Cinnabar is a toxic crystal why do crystal healing books recommend it?

For that matter, why would anyone recommend working with ANY toxic crystals at all?

Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/working-with-toxic-crystals/
5.  Is The Power Of Quartz A Scam? (explains the science behind HOW quartz crystals work…you eat up that science shiz as much as I do!)
Is the power of crystals & quartz energy a scam?  No way!

How will I prove that to you?  By throwing some science at it, of course!

Quartz is amazing in so many ways.  It makes up some of our very favorite crystals to work with:

  • clear quartz
  • amethyst
  • citrine
  • smokey quartz
  • rose quartz

Keep reading here: http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/power-of-quartz/
6. How Carnelian is Bringing “Sexy” Back + a FREE Gift for You!  (Total juicy-ness!)
In the crystal world, there’s no other crystal that embodies “sexy” better than carnelian: pure sexy energy!

Does this sound like you these days?

  • tired & drained? 
  • poor social skills?
  • deny yourself of pleasures?
  • lack of passion, enthusiasm, excitement?
  • lack of creativity?
  • fear of change?
  • frigidity and/or fear of sex?

Then this is the stone for you!

Keep reading here & don’t forget to grab your FREE GIFT!:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/carnelian-sacral-chakra/
7. Sparkly Ideas for Using Crystals with Children (Kids + Crystals; an effortless combo)
I’m so excited about this one, because I get asked about this a lot, and it’s one of my favorite subjects to talk about, it’s:

Crystals for Children

Sometimes I’m asked what crystals are good for kids to bring with them to school, to calm down their energy because sometimes, some  children have a lot more energy than others.

So, we have part A & Part B of this discussion:

  • Calming down a child’s energy if necessary
  • Crystals kids can have in their bedroom or for school to help them feel safe + protected (perhaps against nightmares), that will also help transmute negative energy so that it’s perceived by them as neutral and not perceived as “negative”; a handy tool for them to have in their pocket.
  • Keep reading here: http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-for-children/
    8. Can I share deep? Some stuff you didn’t know about me… (some personal stuffs about me)
    Tag, you’re it!

    I got “tagged” by Flora Sage (one of my buddies from YouTube) for an Intuitive Tag/Challenge.

    I thought I should also post this here on my blog b/c many of you don’t follow me on YouTube & in this video I share a lot of fun personal stuffs that I would really love to share with YOU.

    The Share:

    1.  Share your first paranormal experience that comes to mind

    The first thing that comes to my mind is when I saw a UFO when I was 3-years-old.  I still think to this day that it  was a UFO or possibly more than one even, started when I was about 3.  It never escalated to contact or anything like that, but it began my experience. A number of other incidences have happened over my lifetime as far as viewing, seeing UFOs.  I already did a video explaining that whole experience.  It was quite interesting.

    Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/things-you-didnt-know/
    9.  Crystals for your living space & can I squeeze into an amethyst crystal?(practical crystal info to make your home a Happy Sacred Space)

    “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.

    Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-for-living-space/
    10. The MacGyver Approach to Crystal Healing (do you want to figure this crystal healing shizzle all out & rig it up on your own? Maybe, maybe not.)
    Teenagers sure are funny.

    I miss teaching them science in the classroom. It was so amusing to me that they had discovered older 80’s shows on Netflix that my generation used to enjoy; Walker, Texas Ranger, Magnum PI & MacGyver to name a few. And they would often come to me in the very hands-on, unconventional classroom that I ran, wanting to try to “MacGyver” something up.

    Of course, I always encouraged it (as long as it didn’t involve blowing something up!) So off they went with duct tape & paper clips seeing what they could cobble together. Hysterical!!

    Many of you have asked me this question on my Facebook page;

    “Why can’t I just teach myself all this crystal healing stuff with books or the info available online?”

    So, you want to MacGyver it up?

    Keep reading here:  http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/macgyver-crystal-healing/

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    Now  you’re probably wondering…what sorts of glittery blog posts can I come up with for 2016, right?

    I mean how many blog posts can you write about crystals (almost all about crystals)?

    Well, turns out I can churn up with all sorts of crazy sparkly shiz, but I want to be sure I’m serving you well, writing or doing videos about what you want to know about & providing supreme value for you here.

    So pretty please, use the comments section below & tell me what you would like me to write or do videos about.

    Don’t be shy! Tell me what you’re looking for.

    More of something? Less of something? What really lit you up? What’s missing? Tell me more, tell me more!

    I love that I get to serve in this way & consider it such an honor. 🙂

    Thanks for being here, Crystal Hottie.

     

    3 Crystals to Mega Boost Your Self-Esteem

    Hibiscus Moon Crystal Goodness, Crystal Healing, Crystals, healing, self love, Videos 17 Comments

    Have issues with worthiness? Self-Worth? Self-esteem? Self love?

    Well, I’ve got some crystals for you today!

    Yes, I’ve got some crystals to help boost your feelings of worthiness, or boost your self-esteem, your self-worth. 

    You know, a lot of us have issues with this.

    Because…maybe we’ve been bullied.  Perhaps, there are people in our lives that talk negatively to us or criticize us for every little thing we do. 🙁

    After a while you start to believe that stuffs.

    Keep in mind, they’re being this way b/c you’re not just like them, because of their own feelings of low self-esteem & low self-worth.

    These people make themselves feel better by coming at you, belittling you, talking down to you & making you feel that way.  That may be exactly where your feelings of low self-esteem, low self-worth come from.

    Of course, there may be more extreme things that people have done to you or circumstances behind it: abusive relationships, both physical & emotional that do that to you as well. ((HUGS))
    Crystals for Self Esteem & Worthiness
    Let’s get back to feeling worthy & the crystals you can use to help reinforce those feelings.

    Of course, in addition to your sparkly tools, you want to be working on yourself in lots of different ways:

    • self-care
    • therapy (group or one on one or both!)
    • journaling
    • surrounding yourself with supportive people
    • self-help books, etc.

    You know I don’t ever rely just on crystals alone, but I definitely like them as a healing tool & support to help us along with other healing modalities that we’re using to achieve the goal of whatever we’re trying to achieve.  In this case, it’s self-worthiness & self-esteem.

    White Precious Opal

    This stone looks like Common Opal, BUT it has an iridescence & some flashes of blue, green + red in there!

    White Precious Opal or any kind of Opal is great for boosting self-esteem. ♥ It’s also known for purifying & removing blocks.

    [caption id="attachment_17942" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]
    Cinnabar
    Cinnabar is a powerful stone, great for boosting self-esteem!

    I have a blog post and video all about Cinnabar that I will link to here. A lot of red stones are good for boosting self-esteem, but Cinnabar is especially known for that.

     

    WARNING: Cinnabar is a stone is you want to be careful with because it’s a toxic stone. It has Mercury in it.  But I’m not afraid of handling it.  It’s not so crazy-toxic that I can’t touch it.  I just wouldn’t put this in my mouth or make a Gem Elixir with it or anything like that. And I’m always mindful of washing my hands after I do handle it. Maybe I’m a little too cautious, but it can’t hurt, right?

    Always err on the side of caution with any kind of crystal that may have elements in it that could be toxic, like Cinnabar.

    Here’s an affirmation that I really like for worthiness in general b/c…you know…you need to know internally that all of us, every single one of us, are worthy and that we deserve to receive good in all forms.  All forms, we all deserve it:

    We deserve to receive good in all forms.

    Spirit Quartz
    It has a slight Lilac-tone to it, or hue.  Some are more vibrant than others.  Look how purty-sparkly it is!

    Spirit Quartz is a great 1, again, for boosting self-worth, feelings of worthiness.  It’s also known for purification & protection; freedom from fear. Get yourself some Spirit Quartz if you need to boost that up.  And a cluster would be really good for sending out energy in all different directions, if you’d like to radiate that energy into your sacred space or office perhaps: send out that energy in all different directions!

    We all need a self-worth boost sometimes, right? Please tell me & our Crystal Hottie Community if you use these crystals & how you work with them in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings,