3 More Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Work with Crystals

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The conversation continues, and today I’m sharing a few more things I wish I’d know before I started to work with crystals. (Did you miss my first blog on this topic? Click here).

This was a popular topic and you wanted to know a few more things to avoid pitfalls, wasting time, energy, and money. So here we are!

And you know, just like everyone else I made a ton of mistakes when I first started to work with crystals.

I’ve since then done research, worked through a lot of stuff, gathered data for my clients and students, and this information can save you a lot of time, and energy, and of course money with what I’m about to share with you today.

The question of the day …
What about working with crystals confuses you?
It appears that there’s a little bit of confusion for some people. If this happens to you, please share your answer with me in the comments at the bottom of this page. Now let’s get started!
Citrine
This has been coming up a lot lately.

I need you to know, most citrine out on the market is fake. Most commercially available citrine on the market is heated amethyst.

My students did an experiment, and they took some amethyst and put it in their oven. They put their home oven in the kitchen on the highest setting possible and turned it into citrine.

This is what most sellers do. They take a very lightly colored amethyst and bake it into citrine. Perhaps the amethyst is not very vibrant, it’s pale and it’s not considered aesthetically pleasing and therefore wouldn’t normally sell that well. So, they put it in an oven and heat it.

The longer they heat it the darker it gets. When it’s dark, it’s called Madeira citrine, and it’s quite beautiful actually. It’s got that deep, rich iced tea color. But one thing you’ll notice with these is, they’re very brittle and friable.

Those pretty orange, the glittery stones are usually not the real deal. To learn more about this, click below for my Free pdf download: Tips for Spotting Fake Citrine.

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Recently I’ve talked a lot about how the baked variety of citrine seems to have diminished concerning its power. Regardless, the baked variety of citrine is the one that’s most widely available; it’s most affordable. It has more of that orange tint to it. You just won’t find a large geode that’s real citrine. You will find baked citrine geodes.
Made in Mother Earth
I prefer to stay away from man-made, or tainted, altered crystals as much as possible. It’s not always possible, it’s not always practical and it’s not always affordable, but I try to.

Now, there’s Congo and Brazil citrine (which are the most popular places where natural, real citrine comes from)

It’s a completely different animal. Completely natural and not baked, and it’s going to be lighter in color, not orange.

I’ve found their power to have increased recently with a shift in energy on our planet. In our solar system most likely. I mean (I don’t know that for sure)… but it’s a theory I have.

Brazil citrine is an excellent crystal to pick up. Plus, it’s a little less expensive than the Congo citrine. But for some, Brazil citrine can be harder to identify from the fake.

Congo citrines often will have all these babies around the base. We call that an abundance crystal, some people call it a manifestation crystal.

Congo citrines have a lot of unique characteristics to them, so they’re easier to identify. Sometimes the color is a bit darker and some might even call it a smokey, but what makes it citrine is that it has a yellow undertone. Especially if you take it out into the sunlight. If you see a yellow undertone that’s citrine.
Tumbled Citrine
Now, with the tumbled stones it’s much harder to figure out, “Is that a baked citrine? Is that a natural citrine?”

But you got to use logic in this. Someone who has natural citrine and knowing its value is highly unlikely to tumble it and turn it into a tumbled stone. Therefore I would venture to say 95% of the tumbled citrines are baked amethyst.

As we’ve discussed, it’s not always an easy task to tell the difference, but here are a few pointers.

If it’s a heat treated citrine:

  • the color is going to be mostly concentrated at the tips, and white at the bottom.
  • Also, heat treated citrine will be sort of crumbly and easily break apart, especially when you have little points on a geode. We call that friable – which is a direct result of the high, high temperatures they use in the oven. It seems to weaken the stability of the crystal matrix at the molecular level.

I used to think that baking the citrine doesn’t technically change the molecules, but it does weaken them. It does weaken those bonds because they become for friable, so it does change it on a certain level.

Personally, I prefer not to work with the baked amethyst variety of citrine, but that’s a personal choice. You have to test it out and see for yourself.

I just want people to know out there that most of the citrine out there is baked amethyst. It’s not actual, real citrine. And sellers have been really good about telling people up front that, that’s what they have for sale.

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But for a long time … (it’s not really like pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes so much because this is something that’s been going on for hundreds of years probably, and it’s just never really been disclosed up front), “Oh, this is baked amethyst.” It’s just, “That’s citrine. That’s what we’ve always called citrine. We’ve always baked it.”

There’s kind of a little debate going on with that.

Crystal Books
The next thing I want to discuss to save you time, energy and money when you start to work with crystals … is books. Because how many of us love to buy crystal books by the truckloads?!

I’m one of those people (no longer though, because most of the books out there say the same thing over, and over. They might vary it a little bit, but when you’re looking up books for crystal correspondences a lot of them say the same things. You’ll see a lot of commonalities, or you’ll find that one book might contradict another book but that doesn’t happen as often)

As I accumulated stacks of crystal books I slowly realized that much of the info is just repetitive.

And like I said, some of it can conflict and confuse you even more. So, I’ve learned. I realized which books had sound geologic data and are going to give scientific info. I always prefer those books that have a little bit of scientific info.

And I do know my way around the scientific info so sometimes when they’re saying stuff that just isn’t true I just kind of push that book to the side.

In my course, I teach that I don’t like relying on the books 100%. However, I do like having them as a guide and support.
Work With Your Crystals
Now, I’m very selective with the crystal books I use, and refer to, and recommend.

I feel it’s good to have a couple highly recommended crystal reference books on hand. Then most importantly, you’ve got to get in there and work with your crystals.

Work with your stones, find out what they do for you on an individual level.

No book can ever tell you that so don’t rely on them too heavily.

Two book recommendations I am going to give you right now are …

  • One is The Crystal Healer by my friend Phillip Permutt. This is an excellent book, I’ve always recommended it. Its got sound crystal correspondences and it’s a great book to just reference your crystals. Its got great pictures … not museum quality pictures so that makes it easy to identify the crystals that you have.
  • Plus I like that he gives scientific info, metaphysical info, where the locals or common source is, astrological associations, the chakra associations. Also, it’s color coded so if you have an orange or a yellow crystal you can just turn to the yellow section and easily identify your crystal.

    So, if you’re looking for a book that’s going to help you ID your crystals, The Crystal Healer. Highly recommend it.

    2. Another book is The Book Of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian. This is an excellent book. It’s mandatory in my Certified Crystal Healer Course; it’s an excellent reference book.

    Lots of information and sound scientific information. Plus it has a great reference in the back for looking things up.

    The only drawback to it, is the pictures are mostly museum quality specimens. Therefore, it’s not as easy to identify some of the crystals. Still, this book, I highly recommend it.
    Crystal Correspondences
    The third thing I want to deliver to you today is a common misconception.

    A lot of people that come to work with crystals thinking that before they start doing anything they need to memorize a whole bunch of crystal correspondences and remember, “What crystal’s good for this?” And, “What crystal’s good for that?”

    There is no need to memorize crystal meanings. None.

    When I first started on my crystal journey that’s what I thought I needed to do.
    I thought, “Oh, I’m not ready yet. I need to learn more, I need to memorize these meanings and see if there’s a perfect crystal for this or that before I actually start doing anything.” That couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
    The result … I wasted so much time trying to memorize things.

    Do you know how many crystals and minerals there are? Over 4,500.

    So, forget that idea, that is just ridiculous. There’s no reason for it memorizing everything as you begin your work with crystals. Where is the reasoning for having to do that? A lot of people come to it thinking that, that’s what they need to do.

    The other thing about this is … say you memorized 100 crystal correspondences? This is something else I’ve been talking about a lot lately…that information, a lot of it is no longer relevant. Energy is shifting and some crystal energy and meanings are changing too.

    This is why I teach my students, “Don’t rely too heavily on that stuff. There are other more important things you need to do when working with crystals than memorizing correspondences.”

    If you think you know your crystals really well and at the same time things haven’t been working as good as usual, it’s a good idea to relearn how to interact with your crystals moving forward now in this new energy that we’re in.
    Dive In
    I encourage you to spend some time getting to know your crystals all over again.

    Maybe just choose four crystals and spend a good amount of time getting to know them all really well. I’m doing this right now and I’m loving the experience of doing this.

    And that’s really all it comes down to, that’s exactly why I don’t teach my students to memorize crystal meanings or correspondences. First of all, because it’s not necessary to do that to move on, to move forward. And secondly, a lot of this information is not relevant now.

    Thinking back to when I first started, I eventually got tired of waiting around and trying to memorize meanings, and I began digging in and working with my crystals. Doing that made me wish that I had started the whole process way sooner, because I was getting immediate results, and I felt confident and so empowered.

    There’s no perfect method, and there’s no perfect stone or a perfect time to begin your crystal practice.

    You’re never going to know enough like, “Okay, now I know enough. Now I can go ahead and begin.”
    Keep Growing, Keep Learning
    Personally, I’m on a perpetual learning and growth path, and I’m out there teaching crystal healing.
    You just need to go for it and start.
    You don’t have to wait to take a course, you don’t have to wait to be certified, or read all the crystal books and certainly you don’t need to wait to put the work and effort into memorizing tons of names and correspondences, and meanings.

    So, my best advice is just to dive in, start working with them, just get to it.

    I hope this information was helpful to you! Tell me in the comments which of the three things I shared was most helpful to you OR share another tip you’ve found useful on your crystal path.

    Your info could further help others in our Crystal Family avoid wasted time, energy or money on their crystal path.

    Plus don’t forget to grab the free download we’ve made for you today.

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    Crystal Blessings,

     

     

    Rose Quartz Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

    Hibiscus Moon Crystals, Uncategorized 4 Comments

    Many notice the big, mondo-sized rose quartz rock by my front door to entrain the vibrational frequencies entering my home. Why do I keep that crystal there?

    Rose quartz is your crystal of love and compassion. It’s a crystal for all matters of the heart; both emotional as well as physical. Rose quartz invites us to connect with Divine Energy. This stone has a very gentle energy and is an ideal stress-reliever while it also invites in more kindness and compassion.

    It’s known to assist with all matter of fertility and the menstrual cycle. I even include in my very popular fertility combo.

    This is also a stone for beauty often used in baths and facials. Brings about a glowy, more youthful skin tone. I pop a tumbled stone into my facial moisturizer and also use rose quartz facial discs for my facial. Alternately, you can find a rose quartz roller to stimulate blood flow to your complexion.

    These are the polished rose quartz discs I like to include in my regular facials.

    It can become your “BFF crystal” that you cultivate a really close bond with (like I have). I also have one of these buddy-pieces that I’ve bonded with ever-present by my bedside; using that particular piece for a lot of different things. For instance, any kind of love, and we know there are different kinds of love in the English language. We should probably have different vocabulary words for the different types of love:

    • friendship love
    • family love
    • romantic love
    • self-love
    • compassion-love

    I could go on but you get the picture. All of these different types of love obviously are very, very important, so rose quartz is one that you may want to have in your collection, in my opinion.

    Affirmations
    I love the crystal affirmations provided in The Book of Stones. I use these affirmations for so many things; to start off my intention for a crystal meditation, to help balance a chakra or to include in a crystal grid. This one is the one given in that book for rose quartz:
    “I open my heart to receive and express the energy of love.”
    Geology and Identification
    As a type of quartz, rose quartz, just as other quartz varieties has a Mohs hardness of 7 and belongs to the trigonal crystal system. It’s usually a light pink,  but can vary in color, intensity, and hue; sometimes a very deep pink colored and at other times, very pale so that it’s barely pink. Sometimes they’re right in between. And to tell you the truth, geologists are totally confused as to what the exact cause of its rosy hue. The precise element has yet to be pinpointed but has been blamed on trace amounts of:

    • titanium
    • iron
    • manganese
    • dumortierite (this one seems to be the most likely culprit)
    • phosphate
    • or even aluminum

    Who the heck knows!

    This stone can be found in Madagascar, South Dakota, Namibia, India, and Brazil.

    Although translucent, it’s rarely ever transparent with a cloudy opaque look. You usually don’t see them growing naturally in points, that’s a rarity. Rose quartz most often appears in masses, so no crystals or crystal faces.
    Pink Quartz?
    Sometimes you’ll find rare and unique (translate: 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 quite rare.  (BTW, serious geologists don’t even consider these scarce rose quartz natural points to be “rose quartz”. In fact, they officially call them “Pink Quartz”). One major difference that sets them apart is that their pink color is not caused by the same element so that technically makes them entirely different mineral. Another important distinction between the two is that pink quartz is light-sensitive (so don’t leave it under UV lights or exposed to sunlight) – rose quartz is not. Hey, if you want to geek-out on that, check it out. 

    [caption id="attachment_21712" 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]The varieties from Madagascar and also from South Dakota are unique in that they exhibit a star rose (also known as asterism) caused by rutile inclusions. These star roses are usually visible when polished and they also are a deeper pink than rose quartz from other locales.

    This is a great link to dive into more detailed geological info.
    Chakra Association
    This stone works very well with the heart chakra for emotional heart issues, spiritual heart issues as well as physical heart issues.
    Rose Quartz Self Love Bath Recipe
    This piggy-backs onto last week’s topic; Crystal Bath Therapy. Here’s a checklist of items you can add/use for a super-relaxing self-love inducing bath experience.

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    BTW, each item listed here is optional, there are no hard fast rules but the more items you can add in, the more amplified the effect):

    • Pink Himalayan sea salt: 1 cup
    • Rosewood essential oil: 4 drops
    • Rose absolut essential oil: 2 drops
    • Several tumbled rose quartz stones (4-7 depending on size)
    • Pink rose petals (organic, dried or fresh)
    • Rose quartz candles (you can make your own as discussed here)
    • Rose Water (a few squirts or use as facial toner post-bath)

    Are These Meanings Reliable?
    This section refers to a new disclaimer I’ve needed to give recently.

    The info on this page relies mostly on common crystal correspondences that have been relied on for hundreds of years (much going back to ancient times), that I have also researched and have found to be consistent for myself, my clients as well as for the thousands of students and graduates of my Certified Crystal Healer Course. Now, the known-crystal-properties ring true for about 80% of the population.
    However, recently, something has changed.
    For those that don’t resonate with rose quartz’ usual correspondences; instead of being indifferent to it, now these people are seeing more of an intense negative reaction. Something has shifted with the energy there. Both with us as humans reacting to the stone as well as with the crystal itself, especially being a silicate.  If you’d like to learn more about this possible issue, I wrote a blog post here about why this may be occurring.

    I don’t personally find this to be true for myself, but for some, it’s even bringing up feelings of anger and anxiety! Not a widespread issue but something to definitely keep in mind. You’ll need to experiment with it to see how you react to rose quartz. Hopefully, you’re in the 80%.
    My Other Blog Posts Related to Rose Quartz

    • 10 Must-Have Crystals
    • Crystals for Anxiety and Stress
    • Navigating Depression; How Crystals Can Help
    • 2 More Cool Crystal Properties to Prove that Crystal Energy Ain’t No Scam!

    Rose Quartz is included as part of my 10 Must-Have Crystals List:

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

    If you’d like a regular dose of crystal info on how to use crystals in a practical way, I suggest subscribing to my newsletter here. You’ll also receive FREE instant access to my “Create Sacred Spaces with Crystals eKit” so you can learn how to use crystals to create your own sacred sanctuary. Check it out here.

    Crystal Blessings!

    Crystal Meanings | Are they Reliable?

    Hibiscus Moon Crystals, science 17 Comments

    crystal meanings

     

    Do you find that your usual crystal meanings and usual go-to correspondences are dependable?

    For example, has your go-to rose quartz or amethyst been as reliable as of late? I’m not necessarily asking if they’re “weaker,” but are they not working for you in the way that you’ve come to rely on?

    Or maybe it’s that they’re working but they’re just “different”.

    I’m asking because in all the years I’ve been working with and researching crystals, this is the first time I’ve noticed such a huge shift and many others (students, graduates and so many in our Crystal Family) have brought this to my attention too. 

    In a recent poll I did; 82% said this is the case for them. Whoa! That’s a lot.

    Crystals are millions of years old, some are even billions of years old. That’s just a drop in the bucket, in the grand scheme of a crystal’s life cycle. Right? So, perhaps this shift in energy many of us are experiencing is just part of a natural cycle. It could also be a change in certain crystals’ vibrational frequencies. I’ll get into the “why” of that in just a bit here. 
    Crystal Meanings – Influenced By Energetic Shifts?
    Citrine (The Baked Variety)

    I’ve noticed lately that the baked variety of Citrine seems to have diminished with respect to its power. Now, the baked variety of citrine is the most widely available. It has more of that orange tint to it. You’d be hard-pressed to find a large geode that’s real-deal citrine.

    Me? I prefer to stay away from man-made and man-altered as much as possible, Babe.

    Congo and Brazil citrine, now here’s a different animal! Both completely natural and I love ’em. With these types ts of citrine, I’ve actually found their power to be amp’ed up. Brazil citrine is an excellent crystal to pick up, less expensive than Congo citrine, however, harder to identify it from the fake stuff for some. 

    Rose Quartz

    Now, this is an interesting one. I don’t personally find this to be true for myself, but many of our Crystal Family Members are saying that Rose Quartz is no longer helping with matters of the heart. Which, as you know, is something it’s widely believed to influence. Again, not my personal experience with this crystal at the mo’ but it’s clearly happening to others. So, noted!

    Veracruz Amethyst

    Veracruz Amethyst is traditionally a go-to for calming the mind; an excellent stone to work with when looking for assistance with meditation. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Is this true for you? This might not be true for everybody across the board, just something that I’ve noticed.

    Selenite

     

    The way I use Selenite has changed as well. I’ve found that as of late, I enjoy meditating with selenite. Which is very odd because I used to use Veracruz amethyst to do that.

    Reason is: selenite’s usual mega-impact higher frequency energy has seemed to have lowered its amplitude and calmed down quite a bit. I feel like this is a perfect example of how a crystal isn’t necessarily weaker but instead working extremely well in another capacity.

    Moldavite

    Moldavite is a crystal that’s traditionally considered to be super-high energy. However, lately, I and many others have found it to be lacking in this quality. Which I’m sure you would agree is quite strange for moldavite.
    Other Crystals Experiencing a Possible Energy Shift

    • K2 Granite – aka K2 “jasper” has a gray and white modeled background with the beautiful blue azurite spots in it. Oddly enough it seems to have started to darken, which could indicate that there’s an intense energy exchange happening with it.
    • Herkimer Diamond – yet another one that seems to be suddenly lacking in regards to its energy; lackluster, dampened
    • Smokey Quartz – a crystal that used to be known for a gentler de-toxing energy. Today a lot of people are referring to it as their go-to crystal for lively energy and high focus; a new popular fav too, whereas in the past it was not as popular.

    Cosmic Shifts
    There’ve been some mega-energy shifts impacting not just Earth but our entire Solar System. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of people bring up the topic of climate change. However, climate change is not specific to Earth, ya know. It’s happening on a number of other planets as well. The energy changing our Solar System is obviously impacting (evolving) the energetics of our planet, Mama Earth. Which means that Earth’s crystal beds are being impacted as well.

    What could be causing all these changes?

    Well, scientists have recently discovered that gamma-ray levels reaching our planet, have increased tremendously.  These bursts of cosmic rays come from massive supernovae, quasars, all sorts of cosmic sources we’re surrounded by in space. 
    3 Reasons Why our Exposure to Cosmic Rays is on the Rise

  • We’re in the Modern Grand Solar Minimum
  • Meaning our Sun is in a state relative minimal activity (few sunspots, prominences, flares, etc). When our Sun is in a state of high activity it creates a very strong protective magnetic field.

    2. Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting

    Earth’s poles influence Earth’s magnetic field. So, when the poles start to shift, our highly protective magnetic shield becomes weaker.

    3. Galactic Void 

    Our solar system isn’t sitting still just floating in space.

    Then, the Milky Way, as a whole, is spinning around the black hole at the center of the galaxy. Our Sun, too, travels in a spiral path through the Milky Way, bringing all of the planets that orbit it along for the ride. I LOVE how this video helps us visualize our Solar System’s vortex-voyage through the Milky Way galaxy:

    SUPER-COOL! Right?

    As we vortex through the galaxy we’re now entering a new zone, what we refer to as the “Local Bubble”; a new area of the Milky Way where it’s a sort of void; there’s less cosmic gas and dust in this “bubble” that would normally act as an additional protective shield from those outside cosmic rays.

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    Links to the Proof
    Told ya I’d bring the receipts! 😉

    • July 3, 2018; date officially called “beginning of Cosmic Ray Epoch”
    • Cosmic Ray Graph (note last date; July 2018)
    • Suspicious 0bservers does a great job explaining new cosmic ray data
    • The Local Bubble
    • Strong Interstellar Field
    • Silica Rich Magma Affected by Cosmic Rays
    • Cosmic Rays Cause of DNA Upgrades
    • How Cosmic Rays change Human DNA

    Cosmic Energy Shifting and How it Affects Us + Crystals
    Can cosmic rays impact DNA? Yes. And it’s happened multiple times in the past. 

    But, these rays can impact more than just DNA; they can spark volcanoes, earthquakes, and other tectonic activity.
    Here’s the important bit that directly impacts the crystals: scientists believe the reason cosmic rays impact tectonic activity is that cosmic ray particles thin out the silica-rich magma layer.
    As the temperature increases, the energy also increases. Meaning the silica-rich magma layer becomes thinner. So, there’s been a change in the energy present at an atomic and molecular level!

    So, basically, the shift we’re all feeling, the crystals are feeling as well.

    The word “silica” refers to silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is what quartz is made of. (Amethyst is just silicon dioxide with the additional inclusion of iron.) Also, I should mention that silicates are minerals that have silica in it. Meaning it’s not just silicon dioxide; it could be any mineral that has silica in it like black tourmaline. Silicates make up many of our crystals and scientists are giving us the data that the cosmic rays are directly impacting, thinning out the silica-rich magma and the silicates… all pointing to the possibility of the silicates being the crystals most affected by all of this.
    Light = Information
    I feel these cosmic rays (light angles or “Angels” of Light) carry within their light-encoded frequencies, information; such as new programs and transformative overtones presenting themselves as DNA upgrades and crystal atomic remodeling. Meaning, some crystals will be downloading amazing intel!

    Cosmic rays UPGRADE and change all matter, including crystals AND our DNA.

    Also, let me address the last part of that statement regarding DNA: I’m sure some people might be a bit concerned by the thought of a change in our DNA. I don’t feel this is necessarily damaging to our DNA… or our crystals.

    High-frequency cosmic rays are completely different from other man-made forms of high-frequency radiation that can damage our DNA. 

    What I’m sayin’ is there’s a BIG DIFFERENCE between man-created and Source-created high-frequency rays. So, you won’t find most scientists backing up that statement but this comes from a deep inner knowing:  
    Cosmic rays are Source-created, and therefore flawless, organized information.
    If Our Crystals Change…
    The final point I want to leave you with is this…

    If our crystals are changing we may need to re-learn how to interact with them moving forward; spend some time getting to know them all over again. (And I very much look forward to that experience.)

    That’s really all it comes down to, and that’s exactly why I don’t teach my students to memorize crystal meanings or correspondences in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.

    I’d love to know, have you noticed that some of the crystals you work with have had an energetic shift, seem different, more powerful or simply no longer work for you? Let me know in the comments down below! The more input we get from each other, the more we can collectively learn and grow.

    Crystal Blessings,

    P.S. If you’re interested in enrolling in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, you can find out more + get on my Wait List here. There are some exciting things are happening RIGHT NOW that you probably don’t want to miss out on! 

    Get the Most out of the 🌑 Eclipse Season ☀️ With Crystals

    Hibiscus Moon astronomy, Crystals, energy work 8 Comments

    Today we are talking about getting the most out of the eclipse season with crystals! During an eclipse, the sun, the moon and the earth are in perfect alignment. Now we don’t usually get an eclipse every time we have a full moon or new moon. During eclipse season, when we get the three celestial bodies, the sun, moon and earth, in perfect alignment their various types of cosmic energies become aligned or stacked. When that happens, they magnify and amplify each other.

    In physics, we call this the principle of superposition. That’s when similar energies easily come into alignment and when they do that, they amplify each other.

    A lot of people are sensitive to these types of energetic shifts and can feel them easily. Especially if you’re an empath, Reiki healer, or you do energy work of any kind. So let me ask you…are you feeling it ramping up? If not, you may start to as we get a little bit closer!

    Now, eclipses usually happen in pairs, but this time it’s not going to happen that way. We had our first eclipse pair of 2018 last eclipse season (January – February). Now we’re headed into our final season for 2018, so after this eclipse season we’re done with eclipses for 2018. Eclipses usually occur, like I said, as a solar and a lunar, so the energies are balanced, right? The time in between is a little funky but the energies get balanced by the two eclipses.

    Well this time is a trio! It’s actually going to be a sandwiching trio. The lunar eclipse is in the middle and then we have a solar eclipse on either end, so the energy may get a bit wacky. Also, they’re going to be two weeks apart. You’ll barely have time to integrate the energies and recalibrate before the next one hits us. However, we have tools and support within the crystals and other modalities that can help us get us through this type of situation. It’s about riding the energy, not letting the energy wave ride you and topple you all over the place.
    The First Eclipse
    The first eclipse will be July 13th and it’s a partial solar eclipse. None of these eclipses are going to be like our August eclipse from last Summer where it was an amazing event and most of North America was able to go on a road trip if they wanted to see it. However, the energies are still heightened, and it doesn’t matter if you’re not in a place where you can visually see the eclipse. Just like every full moon or new moon, no matter where you are on the planet we’re all affected by the energies.

    It’s about working with the energy of the new moon. This is a time for planting seeds for upcoming plans, setting new intentions, enhanced and amplified intuition. It’s a very yin, feminine, intuitive, right-brained kind of energy. Just like any new moon is. We don’t actually see the moon during a new moon at all though right? This is about the solar, but it’s a new moon event.

    Because of that, my favorite crystals to work with during this time are Labradorite, which is closely related to Moonstone. It has that similar blue flash and that iridescent quality. Labradorite is all about tapping into magic, but it’s also quite protective. If you’re feeling like you need some protective vibrational frequencies during this new moon event, then try working with Labradorite!

    The other crystal that I like working with during this time is Indigo Gabbro. It’s also known as Mystic Merlinite, but what happens is while Indigo Gabbro can be purchased relatively affordably, when you call it Mystic Merlinite, for some reason the price goes up. So, look for Indigo Gabbro, it’s gorgeous. It’s relatively new in terms of when it was discovered. Currently it’s only found (as far as we know), on the island of Madagascar. It’s this black stone with a large gray mottling, and if you take it out in the sun you’ll actually see some iridescence in the gray mottling.
    The Second Eclipse
    Let’s talk about the July 27th lunar eclipse. This is the one that’s sandwiched between the two solar eclipses. It is a total lunar eclipse. Which happens when our Earth moves in between the sun and the moon, blocking the reflection of the sun’s rays.

    We’re going to have this total lunar eclipse on July 27th, but if you’re in North America we’re not going to see it because it’s happening in the middle of our daylight hours, but the moon is going to pass directly through the Earth’s shadow, so it’s going to be obscured. It’s not going to go away completely. It’ll have kind of a reddish tint to it from the shadow. That happens when some of the sunlight comes around and hits it and it looks really, really cool if you’re in a place on the planet where you’re going to be able to see it.

    The energies of a lunar eclipse are the same as a really powerful full moon. It’s a very high amplitude kind of energy. However, specifically for this total lunar eclipse I’m going to advise you to look at the plans you make and think about them, but don’t take any action. Don’t make any changes. No new anything. Try to just evaluate any necessary changes for the next cycle because you want to keep in mind, we’re going to be smack dab in the middle of Mercury retrograde during this total lunar eclipse and this crazy eclipse season.

    Lunar eclipses in general are good energy that bring about change. Don’t you go initiating any of your own changes or own big plans or big contracts because this is a time when it’s important to let things happen as they will. Be grateful for whatever lessons you learned during the last lunar cycle or for whatever intentions and seeds you planted that did come to fruition.
    Eclipse Season Crystals
    Moonstone

    The first crystal, you may have guessed, is Moonstone. It can be any kind of Moonstone, peach, rainbow, it doesn’t have to be a white Moonstone. Any of them are great for working with lunar energy in any moon phase, actually. Moonstone promotes goddess energy, divination, feminine energy, and that makes sense because the moon is known for goddess feminine energy, right? It also has a connection to water. It’s a great stone to work with for allowing you to more efficiently tap into your intuition.
    Opal

    Another crystal that I like to work with at this time is Opal. This particular crystal has such a pretty iridescence. Opal really helps to align us with lunar energy and watery energy, it’s about purification.

    It actually contains molecules of water within it. If you live in a very dry climate or you’ve stored it for a very, very long time, it can end up drying out. If you notice your Opal has lost its iridescence, you’ll want to put it in a plastic bag with a cotton ball and a few drop of water. Wrap it up in that cotton, close up the bag, and it will rehydrate itself!
    Selenite

     

    The next crystal that I like for total lunar eclipse energy is Selenite. It embodies goddess energy and it’s a crystal that allows us to more easily communicate with our higher selves.
    The Third Eclipse
    Now let’s talk about the last eclipse in the season, and that’s the one happening on August 11th which is also during that Mercury retrograde period. It’s another partial solar eclipse. The last eclipse is taking place two weeks after the total lunar eclipse. With the moon having moved halfway around its orbit, (and again it’s a new moon again) we’ll be right back where we started. The other partial solar eclipse taking place, will be the total opposite of that FIRST partial solar eclipse. It’s also important to note this one will be extreme northern latitude.

    In terms of cosmic energy it’s going to be similar to the July 13th eclipse, except that you’re now in Mercury retrograde. Which means you’ll need to be a bit more careful. Be mindful of not starting anything new, just reviewing, reviewing, and extra reviewing.
    Working With Crystals 🔮
    When I say, “work with the crystals,” I like to give specifics of what that actually looks like. I’d also like to leave you with some examples of how you can work with these crystals. There are loads of ways to do so, you could simply meditate with the crystals…or, like we said before, that contemplation time during the Mercury retrograde eclipses, you can just sit with the crystal while you’re contemplating, it helps to entrain your energy field. You can create and work with an eclipse intention crystal grid or consider creating a specific crystal grid while using those crystals within your grid.

    Some people also sit outside during the eclipse event. Again, even though you can’t see it, you’re sensing the energies and you’re even more connected with them when you’re sitting out within Mother Nature. I did this during the total solar eclipse and it was such a powerful thing. You can just sit directly on the Earth to activate and attune to the energies between yourself, the crystal, and the eclipse.

    Next you could put together an eclipse energy mojo kit, and include several crystals in a little pouch to carry around with you. Be careful when you’re carrying them around because they tend to hit each other. You want to be gentle with them so that you’re not causing any damage to the crystals themselves.

    You can also take an eclipse energy bath, and add some drops of jasmine essential oil because jasmine is very closely related to lunar energies. It carries intense new and full moon frequencies, so it’s good for any of these eclipses.

    Keep in mind that Selenite is the only crystal listed above that shouldn’t go in water.  People freak out and think that it’s going to melt if you put it in water. It’s not going to melt. It’s not going anywhere. If you submerge Selenite in water for a long period of time it will start to become dull. This is because it becomes water soluble over a long period of time.

    Hope you enjoyed the blog thank you so much for following along today!

    Do you pay close attention to what the sun/moon are up to? Do you have other crystals you like to work with? Or other techniques/tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,