Top Five Simple Ways to Use Your Crystals Every Day

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Ancient peoples truly appreciated and put to good use the extraordinary healing properties of crystals. We can learn so much from them and apply their wisdom to our modern lives to inspire us to work with crystals every day.

Unfortunately, us mod-humans, have mostly pushed aside or just forgotten all about our effective ancient stone and mineral know-how.

The good news is that recently we’ve experienced quite the Rock Revival. Am I right? A total resurgence and re-interest in the energetic healing powers of crystals and stones. (I feel we’re simply REMEMBERING what worked well for us without the nasty side-effects of other possible “remedies.”)

Sneak Peek: One of my recommendations is daily crystal meditation. For a simple meditation, grab this free throat chakra meditation mp3 and drop into some quality time with you, your rocks and your breath.

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First Some Interesting Crystal Healing History
Humans have used crystals for millennia for various healing and protective purposes.

We now have evidence regarding the earliest hominids that were working with crystal energy as early as about 40,000 years ago.

This is specific evidence of ancient human remains buried with jade-looking (chlorite) jewelry. Anthropologists gather that it was used for either healing or some sort of protection, like a talisman of some sort. So far, this is the earliest evidence of crystal healing to date.

Ancient civilizations have also been documenting the use of working with stones or laying on of stones; where they were placing them on the body for different modes of healing, protection and connecting with Mama Earth. We even have evidence of this documented in the Bible.

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Yes, metaphysical powers of crystals were no mystery to most of our ancient cultures including:

  • Egyptians
  • Native North Americans
  • Chinese
  • Indians
  • South Americans
  • Australian Aborigines
  • Sumerians

… and many, many others regularly adorned their bodies with gemstone jewelry and embellished their buildings, carvings, statues, etc. with sacred stones. This was the norm, not the exception. The ancients had many ways of working with crystals every day.

Crystal Info Dissemination
Civilizations have worked with stones and have experimented with them for thousands of years, honing and perfecting this information and techniques.

When the anthropologists sit down to study various cultures and ask them, “Where does this information come from?”, it’s repeatedly revealed that it’s been passed down from generation to generation to generation.

They’ll often say, “It was passed on by others.” Now, who are the others? That’s left up to interpretation. You can take that deeper wherever you’d like to go, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog post. 😉

Most of our crystal books and their stone correspondences are based on this passed down data.

Not all of them…

Some contain info that’s been channeled or personally researched by the author, but the majority have a strong foundation largely based on this ancient information.

And it’s great to KNOW all this crystal stuff, but keep in mind…

Knowledge is useless unless it’s applied. Right?

And I don’t know about you, but for me to CONSISTENTLY apply something, it had better not take up much of my time or brain power, plus it has to work itself easily into my everyday routines. Otherwise, it just becomes some beautifully complicated ceremony that I did that one time and never had time to do again.

Now that may work for some stuff but for most of the things that we want to apply crystals to; it generally works out best if we work with them often and consistently; making them part of our everyday routines.

So, how do we do that? – actually put them to practical everyday use?

Well, I can tell you what I do…

My five favorite ways to work with my crystals every day:
1. Crystal Grid
Crystal grids are like a manifestation-amplifier for any area of your life — money, health, relationships, happiness. On any given day, I’ll have at least one (but usually two) crystal grids set up somewhere in my home to manifest a certain intention I’m working on. There’s always something I could be working on!

I have a recent blog post over here with specifics on getting you started with a crystal grid.
2. Gem Elixir
Basically, a gem elixir is crystal water. When made with the intention of drinking it, I’m always mindful of toxicity levels of any of the stones that I use. I also consider the Mohs Hardness or rusting probability (iron content) when I’m concerned about preserving the stone’s integrity and beauty.

Gem elixirs are water entrained with specific crystal healing vibrations… because subtle energies can be charged and stored in water quite efficiently. Here are two different blog posts where I give you an example of how I work gem elixirs into my everyday routines: Hibiscus Iced Tea for Immune Boosting and Magical Mermaid Crystal Tea. But, listen… most days I just take a safe tumbled stone and plop it into my drinking water.
3. Crystal Meditation
This is something I strive to work into every day. Some days it just doesn’t happen. However, I’ve found that if I do it in the morning, that seems to work best. I usually end up getting my meditation in about four days a week.

And this is the one activity in this list… that if I had to choose just one, I would not do without this one. I find it to be the most transformative for my everyday psyche and mindset.

Before meditation, I simply choose a stone to work with. It’s usually the same stone that I’ll work with for at least a week, if not longer. Then I’ll rest it in my left (receiving energy) hand or if it feels uncomfy that day I’ll rest it in front of me on my meditation cushion while having it touch some part of my body and allow it to influence my vibratory field for what’s usually a ten-minute meditation. Most people have a Rose Quartz. Or an Amethyst. Grab one and give it a go.

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4. Chakra Balancing
This is an active and highly effective technique that can really effect change with recalibrating your major energy centers in your body. If you’re new to chakras entirely, I suggest you start with part 1 in my chakra blog post series here.

This is the art of laying on of stones.  There are many steps and nuances to it that I teach my students in my Certified Crystal Healing Course, but to do a very simple chakra balancing session, you’re taking seven crystals whose colors correspond to each chakra and lay them over each chakra leaving them in place for about 15 minutes.
5. Crystal Jewelry
Now, in contrast to chakra balancing, stone jewelry is a very passive approach you can take with your crystal healing. You can simply find jewelry that incorporates the stones you’d most like to work with and wear them, allowing their energy field to entrain with and influence your own. That’s it! Does it get any easier than that?

Now there are many more ways to work with our crystals, right? These are just my personal methods that have fallen effortlessly into my almost-daily routines. I would love you to share your top methods with our Crystal Family! What are your favorite ways to work with crystals every day? Please tell me in the comments below.

Crystal Blessings,

Top 10 Most Popular Crystal Blog Posts of 2018

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Today I’ve got the Top 10 Crystal Blog Posts of 2018 for you! I’ve listed out and linked to the most popular blogs right here to end the year with a bang!   Maybe you’ve read some of these…but then again maybe you’ve missed a few and want to check them out!  Let’s dive in.
Crystal Blog Posts
1.  10 Must-Have Crystals
This crystal blog post and all about my top 10 must-have crystals.

Whether you’re a beginner or you’re intermediate or advanced, just check in and see if you have these in your collection. Maybe you are missing one or two?

These might not necessarily be the easiest crystals to get because I don’t always feel like the easiest crystals to get are going to be the most effective for what we’re trying to achieve in our must-have crystal collection. Maybe it’s time to evolve your collection or upgrade your collection a little bit. Most of them are relatively easy to find, but a slight departure from the usual beginners list.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/10-must-have-crystals/
2.  🔮Crystals 💎 for Anxiety 😬 and Stress
I get asked about this a lot.  What Crystals are best for Anxiety and Stress?

Oftentimes, worry and stress about the future is what can lead to anxiety, but some of us have an anxiety disorder. Maybe we don’t even know what we’re worrying or stressing about, it’s just this anxiety takes hold of us. I feel like it’s a side effect of living in today’s society. How w we lead our lives today is not the best … it’s the latest, but it’s not the greatest, right?

I’ve got five crystals I’d like to talk to you about that are wonderful for inviting in the vibrations we want to get us past anxiety.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-for-anxiety-and-stress/
3.  Empath Everyday Survival Guide: Crystals + Secrets for Sensitive Souls
I’m so excited to bring this to you, because I recently did a poll on YouTube, asking what you guys wanted to hear about most and the topic crystals to help Empaths was high on the list.

We’re going to cover Empath Everyday Survival Guide, (but if you’re brand new to crystals you might be interested in reading this first).  This blog is all about crystals and secrets for sensitive souls. The goal is to avoid emotional hangovers, exhaustion, and sensory overload. Plus you can grab my Free Recipe for Negativity Neutralizer Spray.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/empath-crystals-and-secrets/
4.  How to Use a Pendulum
Something I’m often asked about is how to properly use a crystal pendulum.

Well, we’re in luck because that’s what this blog post is all about.

I’ve also put together a free download of 10 common Crystal Pendulums for you as a quick reference! I’ve even included some examples of when you might want to reach for those making it the perfect guide for when you’re unsure which pendulum to use in certain situations.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/how-to-use-a-pendulum/
5.  New Crystals Fakes, Misrepresentations and Frauds to Watch Out For
Well, I think we’re a bit overdue for another “fakes” blog post to add to my series.

Now, on my annual trips to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show I get to view a lot of what’s hot on the market and also spot some of these fakes first-hand. I also like to attend some of the lectures they have at the Convention Center so I can stay up-to-the-minute and knowledgeable about what’s going on in the mineral world. Last year I audited a lecture on Fake Minerals.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/new-crystals-fakes/

And, if you like this blog topic, you might want to read my most recent blog post outing more crystal fakes.
6.  How to Neutralize Negative Energy with Crystals
What can you do when you’re stuck in a situation that feels or you’re perceiving as negative, and you want to transmute that feeling- from an energetic standpoint? You know… because that negative-energy-downward-spiral can be pretty powerful!

Do you desire to have some simple tools to combat its effects?

You know I always turn to crystals for stuff like this!

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/negative-energy-crystals/
7.  Amp Up Your Voltage: Crystals to Support the Lymphatic System
As we move through our days, it’s easy to just mindlessly keep going, moving fast on autopilot.

But we may want to start paying attention and slow down long enough to take time to read the signs.

You know, the messages that we receive again and again to slow down… and lately I’ve received many signs to stop and give some TLC to my lymphatic system; in particular the need to encourage Lymphatic Drainage.

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystals-lymphatic-system/
8.  Sacred Geometry | The Sacred Language of Crystals
The study of the structure of many things has its basis in geometry: space, crystals, visualizing sound and vibration to name a few.

Geometry connects it all.

Just so you know… I’m not talking ’bout your boring ole’ high school geometry here, but SACRED GEOMETRY. Big difference.  

Let’s go deep. Shall we? 

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/sacred-geometry/
9.  Let’s make DIY Crystal 💎🔮 Infused Vibrational Perfumes
These sorts of perfumes are great because they’re:

  • holistic
  • all-natural
  • non-toxic (actually helping your body to detox and get healthier if you’re using the right kind of essential oils in them!)
  • while also gently entraining your vibrational frequency

And, you’re gonna fall in love ♥ with how EASY this is!

So, let’s dive into creating our own High Vibrational Crystal Infused Essential Oil Perfume!

Keep reading here: https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/crystal-infused-perfume/
10.  3 Things You Want to Know Before You Start Working with Crystals
Are you new to working with crystals?

I’m going to share three things you want to know before you start working with crystals.

Because you want to avoid pitfalls, right? When you get started on this crystal path, you want to avoid wasting time and energy.

Why reinvent the wheel? I made a lot of mistakes when first starting out with crystals. I’ve worked through a lot of stuff and I can save you a lot of time and energy in that area, and save money which is a big one with these three things.

Keep reading here:  https://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/working-with-crystals/

 

I sure hope you’ve enjoyed this year-in-review of my top crystal blog posts of 2018.  Have you read them all? Which one is your absolute favorite?  Tell me in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings,

New Crystal Fakes To Keep An Eye Out For

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Yep, we’ve got more crystal fakes to talk about today. Looks like this problem is becoming more and more prevalent.
Get Educated about Crystal Fakes
One of my greatest joys is investigating and researching possible fake minerals and then teaching our Crystal Family about what’s popping up out there, keeping us educated so we can avoid the confusion that comes along with misrepresentations and crystal fakes. This way we can all make informed decisions when adding specimens to our sacred collections.

The three I’m going to discuss today aren’t what I would classify as a misrepresentation; these are straight up Crystal FAKES.

If you feel passionate about this too, please share this post in any way you prefer. (***There are some handy “SHARE” buttons you can use at the bottom of this post***).

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Let’s dig into it!
Fake Moldavite
Moldavite has become quite the popular metaphysical stone. I’ve written before about its energy here.

Why would anyone want to create a synthetic version of this? Well, finding and mining for moldavite is getting harder.

Several years ago the Czech government changed the rules restricting miners abilities to dig no deeper than one meter deep (unless they’ve paid for a very expensive permit). In addition, it’s becoming increasingly harder to find the green rock since there’s a very limited supply of it and it’s becoming more and more scarce. It’s an expensive stone for this reason. So you can see the motivation for wanting to fake it.
Genuine Characteristics
Moldavite is most likely formed by an ancient meteorite’s violent impact with our planet. Because of the quick cooling that immediately followed, moldavite is characterized by lots of very small internal bubbles and random flow lines.

Another thing to look for in the real stuff can be found with a jeweler’s loupe. You’re looking for teeny-tiny worm-like wire filaments that won’t exist in the melted glass fakes.

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Fake Characteristics
Fake Moldavite, on the other hand, usually won’t exhibit much texture; they’ll be relatively perfect looking with no bubbles. Because much of the fake stuff is made of melted green glass (green bottle glass, melted down and then etched with acid to make it look like the real deal) they’ll have a wet-shiny look. In addition that bottle glass stuff will have a blue cast to it, whereas the real moldavite green has more of an olive tone.

It will be more uniform and smooth. If you’re looking at moldavite in bulk, you may also notice there are many pieces exhibiting the same shape and not randomly shaped at all.

Another trick, to kind of hide or disguise the fact that they look different from real moldavite…often times fakes will already be faceted or set into jewelry.

Also, large pieces of moldavite are extremely rare so, be aware.

As always, the price is a good indicator. If you find moldavite at a too-good-to-be-true price, start looking for signs of it being a fake.

Unfortunately, many of the moldavite fakes come from China, India, Japan or Thailand so if you’re buying online from those locales, be sure you’re buying from a reputable trusted seller.
Gold Lodestone
This was a new one I was alerted to recently. I had never heard of it but a couple of my students asked about it during our last term so it must be relatively new on the rock scene.

They really look like pyrite, don’t they?

I immediately suspected they had been painted. So I ordered some up and sure enough, they’re just regular lodestone (magnetic magnetite) that have been painted up with gold paint.

I’ve seen them being touted to bring luck and prosperity. You can get those energies from all natural lodestone, so I see no need for the gold paint on them.

I did a quick search and unfortunately, with the three sellers I found; no one disclosed that they were painted lodestone. Then again, maybe the shop owners aren’t even aware.
Yellow Tibetan Quartz | New Finds?
Now this one…

Captured your attention? Yep, mine too.

They’re pretty, there’s no doubt.

BUT, my experienced eye noticed that they looked a little too much like the synthetic green quartz I wrote about some time ago. I can tell from the characteristics that they used the same laboratory process as green quartz but have just started infusing a different chemical or dye to achieve these colors.
Yellow Tibetan Quartz/Spirit Quartz
The one in the above photo was listed as Yellow Tibetan Quartz/Spirit Quartz; most likely because it was purchased from Tibet, a popular spot where these sorts of synthetics often come from.
I could tell from the seller that they were not at all aware that this was a fake.
Let me tell you, I’m afraid to touch this spiny thing. Spirit quartz grows with tiny crystal facets on it. However, this thing has very fine crystal filament splinters growing on it that pierced me several times. It’s quite dangerous actually. That is NOT how natural crystal grows.

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New Find Yellow Phantom Quartz Crystal
This next one was listed as “New Find Yellow Phantom Quartz Crystal Cluster Specimen”. I’m laughing… I can’t even get pissed anymore because this stuff has just gotten so ridiculous.

The listing also called this one “yellow citrine quartz”.

So which is it?

Citrine or Yellow Phantom?

I guess they thought the fancier woo-woo names they threw in, the better.

The listing also included this “helpful” info: “Please take note that each crystal will be slightly different from the picture due to it being a natural stone.” A natural stone you say? I don’t know… call me picky but I strongly feel that it needs to be disclosed when a mineral specimen is synthetic.
Blue Phantom Quartz
OK, I have to admit, this is one is pretty eye-catching. The Blue Phantom Quartz was obtained from the same seller as the above “Yellow Phantom”. The seller shipped from China. I suspect these were grown in the same lab.

This one was also listed as a “Natural Quartz” and ironically the listing said this: “Blue Phantom in Quartz Crystal is, of course, a Throat Chakra crystal. It helps us speak our truth.”

Really?

Ok, so you’re probably wondering how I can tell these are synthetics.

Here’s what to look for…
DEAD GIVEAWAY TELL-TALE SIGNS to look for:

  • Crystal tips and apexes that have an etched or stepped growth pattern; due to forced regrowth of a quartz cluster (or sometimes they’re entirely synthetic)
  • Crystal apexes (tips) that are trigonal (3 facets) rather than the more common hexagonal (6 facet tip)
  • More color concentration at apexes (even look like phantoms so may be higher in price!)
  • Many of these specimens on eBay hail from China or Tibet (as did these examples)
  • Can look like spirit or fairy quartz w/ the same sort of teeny crusted crystals points that tend to cover the crystal shafts; due to the forced regrowth, but the crystal growth is MUCH smaller than a genuine spirit quartz

Always use your common sense and the best protection from this is to be well-informed yourself.

**Please SHARE this info with other crystal lovers so that we all stay in-the-know and well-informed. No duping us with FAKES!!!**
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Can you tell I’m passionate about this stuff? If you are too and want to know more about the mineral kingdom so you can be confident in what you’re getting then you may want to check out my Crystal Savvy: Crystal and Mineral ID class here.
Do your thing
If you choose to work with man-made crystals and you enjoy them just fine or it’s been working for you… as I always say:
“keep on ‘truckin’”. Don’t change a thing!
I just want us all to have the geo-knowledge first. Then you can make an informed decision regarding how you choose to work with these “stones”.

And as always, the moral of the story here is…

Buyer Beware: Who are you buying from? Are they reputable? Do they know what they’re talking about? Are you doing your own due diligence & research? The best way to protect yourself is education.

We all love the beautiful jewels that mama earth creates and you don’t know what you don’t know… until you know better. So, I hope you’ve learned something new here today.

Have you seen any of these or new crystal fakes or misrepresentations recently? Please share in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon

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Amethyst Healing Properties, Correspondences + Meanings

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Let’s talk about Amethyst healing properties, correspondences, and meanings.

This is going to be a really comprehensive geological & a metaphysical conversation about probably every kind of amethyst you can think of, every kind you’ve heard of, including everything I know about amethyst.
Question of the Day:
Was Amethyst your first crystal? Yes or no?
Please go ahead and answer this in the comments at the bottom of this page.

Oh and I’ve put together something special for you today!  Click below to download my Amethyst Latte Recipe and let me know once you make this luscious gem of a concoction. 🙂

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Amethyst
Amethyst is a really popular mineral because we all love the beautiful, striking purple color, right?

For many of us, it’s usually our very first crystal or what attracts us to the crystal realm.

Amethyst is really just the purple variety of quartz. I’ll explain what makes it different than clear quartz below.

Spiritually Enhancing
Amethyst is spiritually enhancing, that’s another reason why so many of us love it and it’s a favorite. It’s also spiritually protective as well, so that’s a property of amethyst that’s very important.

If you need to be or want to be spiritually protected or physically protected for various reasons or you just want to go into a healing session or maybe a meditation and be spiritually protected while you’re doing that, then bring amethyst along with you for the ride.

It’s all about that protection and divine connection.
Chakras
Amethyst works closely with the third eye chakra and the crown chakra. It’s all about calming energy, so it’s great for bringing into the bedroom or a healing space.  Plus it’s great for the release of addictions.  That’s another important property or correspondence of amethyst.

It enhances the work of the third eye and works closely with the pituitary and pineal gland. Plus it helps you connect more deeply and more easily with your spiritual self, so connecting you more easily to your higher self. It enables a stronger connection to our spiritual side.

If you’re feeling like you’re lacking in that area, work with amethyst.

Bring it into your life, just wearing it or having it in your space or meditating with it or doing healing sessions with it or doing a crystal grid with it, because a lot of times people when they’re new to crystals, and when I say, “Work with it,” they’re like, “What do you mean, work with it? What does that mean?” Those are just some examples.

Amethyst enhances and invites that spiritual energy in.

I like that it really invites in that energy of being more spiritual, but also while being protective at the same time because a lot of times we forget that side of things. It’s got that added benefit of being very calming, so it’s, again, a favorite to work with while meditating.

Additionally, if you need a boost of willpower while trying to break free of any sort of addiction, whether it’s an addiction to social media or to soda, or drugs, or alcohol or anything else.

Or if you feel something is impacting you in a negative way or what we consider a bad habit, amethyst is a popular stone for working with for breaking those habits and, again, bringing those relaxing, calming energies to you while you’re working on that.
Meditation
Now any amethyst helps you to focus more on your meditations and eliminate or get rid of that monkey mind while meditating. It’s not going to eradicate it entirely, but it’s going to assist. As a tool and a support. That’s what I feel crystals are; an ally, a tool, a support.

All that stuff that happens during meditation, and it’s supposed to happen, but the goal usually with meditation, is to empty your mind and just allow those thoughts, instead of grabbing hold of them or having them grab a hold of you and getting stuck in them and next thing you know, you’re all about the thought instead of the meditation.

Instead, you allow those thoughts to just float away like a leaf on a river and allow your brain to accept the benefits of not thinking of all those things, or at least not thinking of them deeply.

Amethyst entrains with our electromagnetic field, or some of us call it our aura so that we become calmer.

We vibrate or become a vibrational match to its frequency so that we are in alignment with it.
That’s the whole point in working with crystals, is to become a vibrational match … to get into an alignment with their vibrational frequency.
Certainly, that happens with any of the crystals that we’re working with, but if you’re looking for the correspondences I just talked about and you want to become a vibrational match while working with the amethyst, then bring it into your electromagnetic field.

Some say it extends out infinitely, but it extends most strongly within a four-foot radius.  So if you want to use your arms & fully extend them out, then imagine your electromagnetic field extends out like that all around your body in all directions, you’ve got the strongest radius right there.

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Amethyst Geology
Let’s talk a little bit of geology and identification of different types of amethyst.

A lot of people ask me how to tell the amethyst fake from the genuine.

Yes, amethyst can be faked. I’m going to give you lots of basic geological information here to help you figure it out, but if you really want to dig in and you’re interested in learning more about identifying your crystals, I can’t give that all to you here. I highly recommend my class elective, Crystal Savvy. I really get into the identification of crystals in there, so you learn how to empower yourself to do that for yourself.
Where does most Amethyst come from?
Amethyst comes from many different locals around Mama Earth, which is what makes it really more of an affordable crystal and ones that are least likely to be fake because it’s so widely available.

There’s almost no reason to fake amethyst.  Yeah, some people are faking it, but I don’t consider it a widespread issue.

The most popular locals for amethyst are different parts of the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and Uruguay.

There are huge amounts of amethyst in Brazil and Uruguay in the basalt flow vugs or voids. There are these weird vugs … maybe like a pocket of air was there and amethyst grew in it and in the fissures. Can you imagine that?

I remember there was a scene in the movie The Core, right in the dead middle center of that DVD … I remember this because I used to teach my science class this and I used to fast-forward to that one section in the DVD … They go down under the earth. It’s imaginary. Nobody’s done this, but they go into a deep, deep vug or a basalt flow void. It’s just filled with amethyst crystals, a giant, huge void and they walk in, and it’s so cool.

So there are huge deposits in South America, and also in Africa.  There’s enough material there to keep amethyst’s price affordable, and so it’s less likely to fake it.

However, I have seen some deeply dyed … I’m sorry, in my opinion, disgusting amethyst that you just rub your fingers on the back of it and the dye will come off in your hands. That dye dissipates very quickly.

I have yet to figure out exactly what kind of dye. I think I heard it was a food-grade dye or clothing dye that they use on some geodes, milky quartz geodes or something like that. It’s on the back of the matrix and it just rubs off on everything and it fades really, really quickly.

Just like all quartz, amethyst has a Mohs hardness of seven. All quartz is a seven, so relatively hard. It’s not the hardest like a diamond, but it will scratch things if you move it across a piece of glass for example.
Where does the purple color come from?
It comes from trace amounts of iron inclusions in quartz.

You might not think that because if you think of rusty iron, it’s a rusty color, but the amethyst color comes from iron. There are just trace amounts of it. That’s all that’s necessary.

Then there’s another component that’s necessary; you’ve got the trace amounts of iron in the quartz and intense radiation, gamma rays from radiative sources like radioactive elements in the earth that are in the host rock.

The first step in amethyst getting its purple color, it’s a series of steps that begins during the crystal growth, at the very beginning when it first starts to grow and it’s gathering up that trace bit of iron. Then after the crystallization begins, the gamma rays begin irradiating the iron and viola, you get the purple color.

The most intense purple color is usually seen at the apex, at the point.

Then there’s the really deep Uruguayan amethyst. It’s like 50 shades of purple!  There’s a wide range of purple colors.

Types of Amethyst
Next let’s talk about the various types of amethyst.
Geodes
A geode’s going to be a smaller hollow or vug, or a void, filled with the crystals. That’s known as a geode. If it’s flat, it really isn’t a geode and let me get into why that is.  It was probably cut from a large geode. The large geodes are also known as cathedrals.  They are called cathedrals because they look like big steeples on a cathedral and they’re often cut in half and cut open so that it displays the crystals inside.

Now, if the crystals inside are really small, really little, then that’s called a Druze. A lot of people call it druzy. The proper geological term is Druze. The E at the end is silent, but some people … a lot of people call it druzy now, so that’s just become part of the common nomenclature, so we go with it, right?

The tall amethyst geodes, like I have in my sacred space, those are great for living spaces because they’re large and they can emanate a lot of energy. Large geodes are wonderful for radiating good amounts of energy into a space and really making the space feel good.

But be prepared, they’re pricey. The larger they are, the pricier they are. I mean, it’s rarer to find them large and it’s costly to ship those pieces too.

Vera Cruz Amethyst 
Next, there’s Vera Cruz amethyst. They’re very, very light in color and they have excellent clarity.

Vera Cruz Amethyst is known for being really good third eye developers if you’re looking to develop your third eye chakra.

They help induce theta brainwaves, which are a higher amplitude, lower frequency brainwave than alpha or beta.

Beta is what we’re in all the time. It’s the brainwave I’m in right now, you’re probably in right now. If you’re in a more relaxed state, you go into alpha; but theta is a higher amplitude than that but lower frequency.

When you’re in a daydream state, that’s often a theta brainwave state.

It’s that state of mind you go into like when you’re in the shower and you download those really good ideas or maybe if you’re driving or walking, you get into a very positive mental state.

When you’re in those places and you kind of zone out, or you’re daydreaming and you get into this positive mental state and you get to download these really amazing ideas. That’s theta brainwave state. If you want to be in that state more, Vera Cruz amethyst is your buddy.

It helps to awaken and kind of poke the pineal gland, kind of wake it up.

It used to be, in my experience, a go-to crystal for calming the mind and an excellent stone to work with when meditating, to get rid of that monkey mind; however, with the recent cosmic energy shifts, (I talked about this in another blog post recently), this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

For me, Vera Cruz amethyst allows more flow of ideas, so more of theta brainwave state, not so much the calming of the mind; but if I’m looking for that flow of ideas, even during a meditation, Vera Cruz amethyst is my go-to for that.

Maybe it’s because the amplitude in the crystal itself is a bit higher now due to these cosmic energy shifts. I don’t know. I don’t have the answer, but it’s something that I’ve noted and I’ve noted with others.

Do you find this is true for you? Let me know in the comments. I would love to know. I have asked, though, a lot, and it seems like it is the case for the majority of us.
Uruguay Amethyst
Uruguayan amethyst has a characteristic grape jelly, deep, deep, deep, dark color. Sometimes it even looks black. It’s the same energy as other amethysts, but more intense. For those asking if color intensity makes a difference, in this case, I would say yes, a slight difference.

I really love the energy of Uruguayan amethyst. It’s got this really deep, dark royal purple color, very vibrant, very rich. I find that the energy is just so much more effective from these deeply colored Uruguayan amethysts when it comes to geodes.
Spirit Quartz
Spirit quartz is also known as cactus quartz. If you’re looking for relief from OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, this is a good one to work with.

Also for fear in general, because OCD is a symptom of a fear, right?

If you’re looking to connect with your higher self while also getting rid of fears, clearing the pathway of anything that may come up on your journey to up-leveling yourself and connecting with your higher self, work with spirit quartz or cactus quartz.

It’s also great for purification, again, protection, and evolving yourself spiritually, like any amethyst is.
Super Seven
Many of you asked about super seven. Well, super seven is not really a type of amethyst. People think it is because it has the general color of amethyst.

It’s actually seven different minerals all conglomerated into one stone. The seven minerals are; amethyst, cacoxenite, clear quartz, goethite, rutile, smokey quartz, and lepidocrocite. It’s not a type of amethyst. However it includes amethyst along with six other minerals, so I’m not going to get deep into super seven here.
Ametrine
Now, let’s talk about ametrine. Ametrine has an iced tea hint to it, maybe a little bit of orange.  Ametrine is not an easy one to find.  It combines the energy of amethyst and citrine, natural citrine.

It’s great for if you need assistance with making decisions.

Ametrine is also great for just clearing your mind. It’s not only good during meditation, but to make a clear, sound decision, you want to clear your mind, right?

If you are looking to clear and cleanse your spirit, ametrine is great for that, but it’s always my go-to when there’s any kind of decision that needs to be made.
Chevron Amethyst
There’s always a V-shaped pattern, a banded pattern of white in the chevron amethyst.

It alternates amethyst and milky quartz. That’s what that V-shape is. It’s made out of milky quartz.

What this is demonstrating is really intense color zoning, and color zoning is obvious in many different types of amethyst.

The color zoning, this V-shape, is expressing the crystal’s hexagonal sacred geometry because it’s a six-sided crystal. All quartz is. It’s got that basic hexagonal sacred geometry, so the color zoning, the very intense color zoning of the purple and then the milky quartz, is expressing that inherent hexagon shape or the sacred geometry within the crystal.

They all have the same metaphysical properties as regular amethyst, but you know, I always say when I’m giving you these meanings and correspondences that you really need to experiment with them for yourself and see what they bring up for you.

For you, maybe chevron amethyst is very different from a regular amethyst geode. You really have to experiment and try it out for yourself.  Do the work yourself, okay?

I know a lot of us just want to get the answer from somewhere else and just go with that, but I can’t stress enough you really want to do it for yourself and not rely on the books and the courses, even if it’s my course.

You want to do the work for yourself and see how it works with you personally because we’re all individual and we’re all slightly different and we all bring a different flavor to the work that we’re doing.
Brandberg Amethyst
Brandbergs; I show you a few examples in the video.  One’s got some very light coloration in it, very, very light. Alternating zones of usually smokey quartz with amethyst.

Another one is more deeply colored. Often, there are phantoms, so you see the color zoning, the phantoms, the points inside. That’s showing the punctuated growth rates, so the crystals slow down for a little bit. The coloration, whether it’s a smokey quartz or the amethyst, kind of collected there in the area, and then it started growing again.

Phantoms are very common for Brandbergs. Enhydro bubbles of water are also very common for Brandbergs.

Brandbergs have some common characteristics. There are lots of crystal formation characteristics. For example, windows, phantoms, enhydro bubbles, time links, what we call S-faces. I talk all about that in the Crystal Formations class elective.

They’re very glassy with very good clarity.

Brandberg crystals are known as master healers. They can help provide great relief from anxiety and powerful addictions.

If you’re feeling energetically exhausted, Brandberg is your crystal for that. Also, a broken heart. Suffering from a broken heart, which I’m sure all of us have at one point or another, Brandberg crystals are great for that.

And it is Brandberg, not Brandenberg. I’ve seen it misspelled, even in some crystal books. Brandberg is named after the mountain where it comes from in Namibia.
Caring for Amethyst
The color of many deeply pigmented crystals like amethyst run the risk of fading by being exposed to direct sunlight or any bright display lights, especially if you’re displaying your crystals under UV lights over a long period of time.

That can cause your amethyst to fade.

It seems like UV light is specifically the fading culprit for collectors. It can be natural UV light from the sun too, or manmade UV light, or halogen lights if you’re using halogen bulbs. That’s another culprit.

You want to keep your deeply pigmented crystals away from any kind of UV source, so keep it away from the window sill. Keep it away from the sun. The brighter the light, the faster it fades out our crystals, so sunlight and halogen are the worst.

Also, certain crystals, I noticed, fade more easily than others.

Brandbergs fade easily. I have one that I keep in a crystal curio cabinet, and I used to very easily see the phantom. Now I can barely see it, so I’ve noticed the Brandbergs fade more easily than others of my amethysts.

Long-term low-level heating like the sun changes amethyst to essentially a colorless quartz.  Whereas fast heat like from an oven, would turn it into citrine. Basically, you want to watch out for the sunlight and the UV lights and all of that.

Some collectors go to the point of keeping them in the dark, putting them in a little case, covering them up with some cloth, and keeping them out of the light all the time if it’s a very special piece.

Some amethyst pales out, like I said, really, really quickly, and some very slowly. It depends on the oxidation state of the iron.

Remember I said there were trace amounts of iron? Little molecules of iron are known as ions. It depends on their number of electrons. It depends on the oxidation state of the iron ion that’s specifically in that amethyst, but you can’t tell what type of iron ion an amethyst has before you buy it, right? That’s getting really heady, and I still haven’t figured it out. I just think that Brandberg has a specific kind of ion that’s more unstable that allows it to fade more easily.

Irradiated quartz is more prone to color fading.  It doesn’t matter if the irradiation is natural or synthetic.  (For example, pink quartz.  Not rose quartz. I talked about that in my rose quartz blog post. That’s another one that fades really, really quickly).

The purple color in Amethyst is caused by irradiation, so it’s vulnerable. Also, smokey quartz caused by synthetic irradiation is another one that fades really, really, fast, but that’s another topic.

So, be careful when leaving your crystals out in your garden or your window sill. I do know from some students that leave their amethyst out in the garden all the time, have not faded. Again, it depends on that iron ion.

I still don’t know the method to figure out what kind of iron ion it has.  So I would say be on the safe side. Even the intense sunlight behind the window in your living room, if it can reach your crystals, might do some damage.

Don’t keep them on window sills. The window glass does filter out some ultraviolet components, but I recommend you keep the crystals out of direct sunlight. That’s true for all quartz varieties whose color is bright, so smokey quartz, citrine, pink quartz, not rose quartz.

Someone asked me if LED lights can harm our crystals. I’m not going to say, “No way, no how,” but there’s no science that backs it up.  Hence at the moment my answer is no. LED lights should have no effect on the molecules unless you’ve purchased special UV LED lights, so UV, ultraviolet, we want to keep that away from the amethyst.
Does Darker or lighter amethyst have an effect on the crystal’s energy potency?
I don’t feel color intensity usually has anything to do with the energy from amethyst, except for that Uruguayan amethyst. I do feel like it’s a little more intense than regular amethyst.  Look at Vera Cruz amethyst or Brandbergs they can be very light, but they’re quite powerful.

Therefore, usually, I don’t think that the intensity of the color has anything to do with that.

So tell me … was Amethyst your first crystal?  Please share your answer in the comments below. And don’t forget to grab your free recipe and whip yourself up an Amethyst Latte!

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