Crystals for Autumn Equinox

Hibiscus Moon astronomy, gratefullness, Mother Earth 14 Comments

I REALLY LOVE this time of year! But I think I say that every time the seasons change. I get such a charge from the seasonal cycles.

The Autumn Equinox (or Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemi) is now upon us and for the purposes of this blog post I’m going to stick to the Autumn aspects, but if you’re from Down Under or just plain interested, you can read my classic blog post on Spring Equinox here.
Some Science, Of Course!
So, before I get to the crystals, a bit o’ science on the Equinox stuffs for a sec. I can’t help myself! This year’s Autumn (or Fall) Equinox lands on Friday, September 22.

There are 2 equinoxes each year; in September and March. Because of the tilt of our planet on our axis, we’re usually getting more sun on one hemisphere than on the other, but there are 2 times/year (Spring and Autumn Equinox) when we get pretty much equal amounts of sunlight on both hemi’s, so our night and day are of equal length everywhere on Mama Earth. So cool!

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Autumn Equinox Energies

Balance Aspect: No matter where you are on planet, the equinoxes are all about balance & harmony, again this is b/c this is when we’re receiving equal amounts of sun & moon energy. Therefore, this is a great time to choose to focus on bringing balance into your life by aligning yourself to these energies at this time of year.

Preparation Aspect: As we take our annual vortex journey through our Solar System around our local star, the Sun, we flow through varying energies and the energy of Autumn or Fall is our time to do last-minute tweaks to any intentions or our manifestations we’ve had in the works for this entire year… before we go into our “hibernation zone” for the winter.

Winter is all about rest & cave time. Autumn has always represented harvest time with an eye towards prepping for going into our introspective hibernation time… so in the wintertime, we can focus on resting & renewing without being stressed out about simply surviving. We just had our September Harvest Moon; a time to reap the rewards of our hard work. In fact, the Autumn Equinox is the original time of our US Thanksgiving (giving thanks for the bountiful harvest) before it was changed to its current date for economic reasons.

You might be thinking to yourself right now…
“Hey! I’m no farmer and I’m not a squirrel or a bear… none of this applies to me!”
Yeah, what I’m talking about above is obviously so in nature and certainly applied to how we USED to live even just one hundred years ago… but not so much today. However, keep in mind, all this farmer talk can be applied figuratively to our everyday lives even if you don’t have your own ranch.  😉 If you really pay attention, you’ll note that your energy is leaning this way too. Feel into it. Am I right or am I right?

For me, this is a time of year to be grateful for all I have, reflect on my goals & check on the yield in all life areas. Are the results bountiful or lackluster? If you need to tweak some things, now’s the time to do it, before we go into winter (rest & reflection time). The energies themselves are balancing out; as we go from an intense time of growth and harvest to a time of preparing for quiet and retreating within.

Here’s the quick breakdown:

  • Time to reap the final harvest
  • Give thanks
  • Balance
  • Prepare for winter ahead: winter of the spirit, time to rest

Autumn Equinox Crystals for Balancing Aspects

  • Moonstone – embodies an enlightened female energy; soothing, moon energy, intuition enhancer
  • Sunstone – invites in enlightened male energy; abundance, solar energy, stone of leadership
  • Magnetite – aligns and balances energies + polarities

No matter where you are on planet, the equinoxes are all about balance and harmony so the stones I’ve listed above are the ones I like to work with at this time of year.  They are the ones that embody the balance between masculine and feminine energies, yin & yang, sun + moon, the 2 polarities. So, I like to use both moonstone and sunstone together to achieve this. The vibrational frequencies of these 2 stones together are PERFECT for reminding us to stay balanced in all aspects of our lives.  Then you can add magnetite to that mix to enhance even further while adding in a bit of grounding too.

You can also sneak in some Balance Essential Oil from doTERRA there too to further enhance these vibrational frequencies.

Autumn Equinox Crystals for Introspective/Preparatory Aspects
If you’d like to, instead (or additionally), focus on reviewing and preparing for the time ahead here are some crystals that incorporate the ideal energies for this:

  • Stilbite – introspection, preparing & inner peace
  • Tiger’s Eye – “the practical stone”, invites in practicality, introspection & discernment
  • Shamanic Dream Stone – this stone is also good for polarity balancing as well as for introspection

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How to Work with the Energies
I’ll use these stones at my altar while meditating, within my sacred space or in a crystal grid to honor these energies.

Here are some ideas for you:

  • Include these stones on your altar or in your sacred space
  • Create an Autumn Equinox crystal grid
  • Do a crystal meditation
  • Drink a gem elixir tea
  • Indulge in an Autumn Equinox crystal bath
  • Bring your chakras into balance with a Full Chakra Balance session. I recommend doing a session like this 4 times a year; at each equinox and solstice for good energetic hygiene. You can do this yourself or dive deep for a real treat and have one done by a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer.

I hope you’re able to carve out some time to celebrate and prepare.  If you have your own ritual for calling in balance or working with a combo of crystals in your own sacred way to align with the Autumn Equinox energies please share in the comments below.  I always love to hear your ideas ❤

Happy Harvest and Many Crystal Blessings!

Hibiscus Moon

My Honey Calcite Crystal Mining Experience

Hibiscus Moon geology, Mother Earth, Videos 8 Comments

Crystals in Florida?

You know I went a long time thinking that there were no crystals to be found in my home state of Florida b/c its too geologically young & for most of its history it’s been mostly underwater as part of a shallow sea bed. It wasn’t until about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago that sea levels dropped and Florida finally emerged from the sea.

I know, I know. That sounds like a hella long time ago, but compared to most other places, that’s relatively recently.

But a few years ago I discovered that just ain’t so! There are indeed crystals to be found in Florida.

Florida has huge limestone deposits leftover from the Pliocene & Pleistocene Era of Florida’s past… back when it was still living under a large shallow ocean…& that era has left behind large 2 million year old fossilized clam shells encrusted with honey calcite in Ft. Drum, FL. 

During the early Pleistocene era, this was the location of the Atlantic shoreline.

On to Ft. Drum!

Honey Calcite
Calcite comes in many colors and a while ago I did a video all about some of the different kinds… (oh my, so old & embarrassing this video is):

Starting here I go over honey calcite’s specific healing properties.

How These Crystals Came To Be
After the animal living inside the clam shell (Mercenaria permagna) was long gone, calcite crystals  began to crystallize from within. How? Well, in Florida mangroves tend to grow along shorelines. At some point, the calcium in the clam shells leached out due to the acid-rich tannins from those mangroves and the hollow areas within the shells provided the perfect crystal growing hollow area.

A gorgeous golden Honey calcite to be exact.

[caption id="attachment_18652" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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]Fairly recently, workers discovered these amazing SPARKLY specimens while digging up limestone to be used for construction purposes.

This is the area:

The original dig site was known as Ruck’s Pit & the story goes that in 2008, the family who owned the property decided to close it down & allowed it to flood making it now inaccessible.

This is a specimen found at the original location with that characteristic dog-tooth calcite formations.  So gorgeous, right?

[caption id="attachment_18653" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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]BUT, apparently a lot of the material that was dredged out was moved to another property, now known as the Fort Drum Crystal Mine (although that name is really a misnomer b/c it’s not really a mine at all). Piles of the mined material (tailings) are brought out for visitors to a “staging area” on a farm (that’s what you saw in my above video) allowing visitors like me & my family to dig through. 

There are different tailings that are dug from various levels from the original pit so it’s wise to check them all out. 😉

I have to be honest & tell you that I didn’t love the idea that we were digging in an inauthentic site. But I guess I should be grateful that some of the material was saved for us to sort through & have the experience of discovering some of the gorgeous calcite there.

This is the sign you’re greeted with when you reach the Fort Drum Crystal Mine

Be Prepared

I recommend you bring the usual array of mining supplies, although they do have some tools for you to use there. I have a blog post here about that.

I’d also recommend bringing lots & lots of water + a packed lunch in a cooler (it gets HOT out there… & there are no food trucks or restaurants close by). There’s a bathroom, but don’t expect it to be very nice… if you know what I mean.

You might also want to bring a change of clothes for your ride home b/c  you tend to get pretty muddy!

You can expect to find lots of partial clam shells with a small calcite crystal filling, like a glittery coating inside the clam…but the larger dog-tooth calcite that used to be mined from the original location is probably all gone. 🙁

BTW, if you’re looking more for the spiral, cone-shaped type shells, those are also very hard to find. We didn’t find any.

If you think you’re going to find the entire clam shell in good condition filled with golden honey calcite…worth hundreds of dollars…well, we didn’t find any of that either & didn’t see any of the other people finding that material either…unless they were keeping it on the down low. 😉

Not to say that what we did find wasn’t lovely & gorgeous!
Was it Worth Going?
Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

It costs $60/per person/for the day. Kids are less. Yeah…OUCH! Very steep for mining, IMHO.

You’re allowed to mine as much as you wish, unlimited (although I’ve seen others say that you were only allowed to fill a 5 gallon bucket. We weren’t told that, but then again, we didn’t leave with anywhere near that much material)…and despite the website saying that the “mine” is only open until 5 pm…he told us we could stay until dark.

All in all, I’m glad we all went. It was a great experience, but I wouldn’t go back & do it again. Did it.

I’d rather check out other areas to mine.

Now would I go back to Hot Springs, Arkansas to mine quartz? You better believe it! In a hot second!
How to find mines near you

Just Google it!

  • Type in the name of your area and “mining” and see what comes up. You may have to do a road trip a few hours out of your way, but it’s an adventure!
  • There’s a listing of mines for most US states listed here
  • The TOP Spots in the US are listed here
  • And if you really want to get into it you can join a local rockhound club and go with them on regular field trips! Here’s a listing of those for the US (other countries may have listings like this too…again…just Google it). 😀

And just in case anyone wants to talk about the ethics of mining… b/c that usually comes up when I talk about this stuffs… and that’s OK, b/c it’s an opportunity to discuss & educate, here’s my blog post all about that. 🙂

Have you done your own Crystal Mining?  Been to the Fort Drum Mine? Or a local Mine near you?  What crystal treasures did you find?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings,

Are crystals alive?

Hibiscus Moon Crystals, energy work, Mother Earth, science 25 Comments

Are our beloved crystals ALIVE?

Are there living “entities” in crystals?

Do they have consciousness?

Are they having a life experience?

Is it like a conscious being, the crystal itself?

My opinion is that, yes, they have a form of consciousness. It may not be in the same way we experience or understand that but, yes.

We may even apply some sort of “consciousness” to all matter…
“there is a quality of life and intelligence to all matter. The living universe.” ~ Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), cosmological theorist, philosopher, mathematician and poet, burned at the stake due to his controversial views and heresy. 🙁

In fact, number 1 of the 7 Hermetic Laws is this: Hermetic Law of Mind; all is mind and everything is energy. That’s the very point I’m trying to drive home here.

Now, I come at this from a very scientific point of view & background due to my analytical mind, education & former work. I’m always looking for the how and the why and then I really like to focus in on the available science that may back up my theory & find the common threads… because it gives my thought process a cultural backbone… plus, when I teach this shizzle to my students, they LOVE that science-assist because it gives them such super-confidence in explaining this stuff to others. Yeah, Baby!!

It’s what I do…PROUDLY!

What’s really cool is that different scientists of various disciplines are starting to see the light, coming into this powerful collective consciousness where many are starting to question and play with the idea of…what makes something ALIVE?

And it can even lead to the even bigger question that astrophysicists are always asking,  “OK, where is that God particle? Where did life come from? Where exactly did life spring from?”
I feel that studying crystals along with their geometry is the key to understanding the science of the cosmos! Of EVERYTHING!
If you study crystals you’ll realize that they effortlessly express beauty, form & consciousness in a geometric way. I teach that this method of communication may be THE PREFERRED universal method of communication.

If we take a look at the evidence for how the first DNA strand (a sacred spiral) came into existence – that spiral seems to have actually evolved from a crystal prototype or an actual crystal itself!  – more specifically actually a clay-silicon-included crystal. (Silicon is a basic ingredient of quartz.) Silicon actually grows in a spiral.

It grows in a spiral.

So does DNA.

Apple don’t fall far from the tree, huh?

Patterns.

Magical Patterns and common threads.

BTW, quartz in clay giving rise to life is detailed quite scientifically in this book if you care to get geeky with it (as I often do):

What I think is really cool about that… many scientists are coming to this conclusion: about a crystal giving rise to what we usually define as “life”. The fact that there’s now evidence backing this up makes me supremely happy because I have a strong inner knowing that’s where all “life” sprang from (on this planet at least): CRYSTALS.

It really kind of makes sense, right? From a crystal.

Explains that close relationship, attraction & resonance so many of us have with them!
So where do we draw the line?
The line where you say… this is life and this isn’t?

Like, for instance, the universe seems to be conscious in & of itself, or the multiverse I should say.

Where are you going to draw that line and go “this is alive and this is not” ???

I mean, we can’t even agree among scientists what defines life exactly. We can’t even agree there because it seems like crystals also fit into that definition and they go, “Yeah, but no, obviously that’s not life,” or viruses fit into that definition and they will say, “Oh, but that’s not life.”

Why? Tell me “why not”.

So it gets really muddied up there & I feel like anything that is energy, (which is freakin’ everything), has consciousness. And then where do you draw the line where that consciousness becomes individual or apart from or a part of “the one”; the collective consciousness? Oops, that’s a whole other rabbit hole there! *climbing back out & back on topic*
Are crystals alive? Let’s see where our crystals measure up, shall we?
Right now the general consensus in science regarding what makes something a “living thing” are these criteria:

  • complexity
  • access some sort of food for energy
  • ability to grow
  • ability to reproduce
  • ability to evolve in order to survive changing conditions

BTW, crystals do indeed consume various forms of energy present in a supersaturated solution in order to form. What in the heck am I talking about? Check out my old YT video here where I explain that and I tried to capture the actual action of crystal growth on camera (something really hard to do). I think I did a pretty good job!:

The idea of a crystal being able to evolve in order to survive its changing environment may be foreign to some. But to those of us who’ve worked with crystals or even just had several in our collections for some length of time may have witnessed this over time. 🙂

So many of you come to me with stories of your crystals changing all the time and I’ve witnessed it too!

Even in the science lab, crystallographers have noted a crystal submerged in sea salt gaining more clarity; evolving to survive changing conditions.

And, of course, as a crystal-lover, you know that crystals grow and change. This is how we get crystal formations such as these (be forewarned the videos I’m linking to below are OLDIES…but goodies!):

  • keys
  • phantoms
  • cathedral lightbraries
  • self-healed crystals
  • double terminated crystals
  • oh, so many more…

[caption id="attachment_18326" align="aligncenter" width="427"] A Fine SELF-HEALED amethyst/smokey quartz Brandberg specimen! 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](Check out this adorably  fat and chunky Arkansas double terminated quartz with baby!)

Yes, indeed… parts of a crystal can break off during its growth process and become a new growing crystal itself, demonstrating that they do indeed reproduce by getting a form of energy nourishment direct from Mama Earth. The actual scientific study of crystallography immerses you in this stuff and allows you to really appreciate that crystals are most certainly a “living thing”. (That’s my opinion of course and not all crystallographers will agree with me but I venture to guess that many would).

The BIG difference here is that crystals, being millions or some even billions of years old, take a VERY LONG time to do these things so perhaps because it doesn’t happen quickly enough for us to notice & perceive the changes, many of us simply think it doesn’t qualify. 
…well, crystals can pretty much do all that listed above (maybe not in the same way we do… but THEY DO!), so if that’s our definition then we better include crystals as “ALIVE” or revise our freakin’ definition of what a living thing is!

So yeah. Ask the question… is a flame or a hurricane alive? Mama Earth herself?
Keep in mind that many ancient teachings & cultures, especially those of aboriginal tribes teach that crystals are alive. In addition, they believe that the Earth itself is a living breathing entity.

BTW, I feel quite strongly that the Earth, the Sun, Milky Way Galaxy, shit…our entire Multiverse is also alive & I am not alone in that belief…even many academics & scientists are on board with that one. 

This idea of our planet being a living being is an ancient one.

It is said that Atlanteans totally believed our Earth was alive, a being unto herself, that indeed possesses many of the hallmarks of being “alive”; even responding to the stimuli of our actions or the cosmic actions she’s bathed in. In turn, knowing this, the Atlanteans “fed” Mama Earth with good stimuli by creating sacred Earth communication spaces made up of crystal and stone circles built for the specific purpose of strengthening our planet. Perhaps this is connected in some way to Native American medicine wheels?

[INSERT STAR WARS GEEKERY HERE] I mean… after all, Kyber crystals are alive. Seriously, George Lucas seems to be really tapped in and in touch with some ancient Atlantian knowledge to have come up with the Jedi teachings, storylines, backstories, etc. Fellow Star Wars geeks will feel me here on this, right?

And what is, Mama Earth, anyway but the single largest crystal we know of? (I dive deep into this concept with my students in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.

Did you know that the core of our planet is a single humongous iron crystal… presenting itself in all its Sacred Geometric glory as a dodecahedron??!

Yeah.

“Crystals are living beings at the beginning of creation. All things have a frequency and a vibration.” – Nikola Tesla
In this great music video, even scientists Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson (whom I both HIGHLY respect!) ask…
“Are crystals alive?”
Put your dancing shoes on because you’re gonna want to get up and shake your booty to this!

Let’s ask questions… beyond the horizon…

Late scientist, inventor, and author, Itzhak Bentov (whom I again… highly respect) is quoted as stating,
“We may at first have trouble trying to visualize a rock or an atom as a living thing because we associate consciousness with life. But this notion is just a human limitation; a rock may also have difficulty in understanding human consciousness.”
Brilliant!

And for those of you who would love to dive deeper, want more mainstream scientific backing for this topic I’ve presented here or are simply looking to geek out on this shizzle here are some links to explore:

  • Life’s Working Definition: Does It Work?
  • Harvard Essay Abstract: Defining `Life’
  • Physicists Create Crystals That Are Nearly Alive
  • It’s (Almost) Alive! Scientists Create a Near-Living Crystal
  • Video: Is the Universe Alive?

And… if you’d like to approach these sorts of topics from a scientific yet metaphysical perspective with ME teaching you in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, then join me over here! We’ll be registering VERY SOON!

Have your own thoughts on this subject? Please share below in the comments! I’d love to hear others’ opinions. 🙂

Living Crystal Blessings,

What Crystals and Stones would Humanity Most Benefit From?

Hibiscus Moon Crystal Grids, energy work, Mother Earth 1 Comment

I received this question some time back & I chose to hold on to it & release it on my blog during this time of year. 🙂

What Crystals and Stones would Humanity Most Benefit from Utilizing?

I’m a big believer in using YOUR GIFTS to benefit humanity. And there are so many ways to do this & exponentiate that power. So what gifts do you have to share? Then you can think of ways to work stones in with that; meditations, mojo bags, crystal grids, etc.

As for specific crystals, I feel you should work with any that call to you. If you’re attracted to a certain crystal, there’s a very good reason. And we don’t need to understand that reason. Just trust it & you will more readily open up to their vibrational frequencies. It’s OK to be skeptical about all this but remember to never close your mind.

How about helping to heal Mother Earth after disasters like the BP Oil Gusher & the Fukushima Mess by working with Earth healing stones like larimar, a “stone for Earth healing.” Now, this isn’t technically helping humanity but by helping the planet we, of course, benefit GREATLY~!

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Here’s an example of something you can do. This is a crystal grid I did in 2010 after the BP Oil Disaster:

You may have heard of the World Peace Crystal Grids…created in 1997 and 1999.

[caption id="attachment_11781" align="aligncenter" width="547"] World Peace Grid. Photo used with permission by www.reiki.org[/caption]

These grids were laid on the snow at the magnetic North Pole and South Poles. Made of solid copper in the shape of the heart chakra, about 1 foot across and plated with 24 carat gold. A 12 sided quartz pyramid is at the center then under it some Reiki symbols were inscribed for power & peace. Double terminated quartz crystals are on each petal. Then inscribed around the center are symbols for all the world’s religions and a message about world peace. Then…

(This is so cool!)

…it was buried under the snow. When the sea ice melted in July, it sunk to the bottom of the ocean to remain forever. These center pieces were cut from the same quartz so they’re energetically aligned and connected! And our Mother Earth is capped with them! North Pole & South Pole!! Reiki can be sent to it at anytime. Think of how this works with the Earth’s Energy Grid. The Earth is a huge Crystal grid itself, you know! You can work with this energy, meditate or send reiki energy.

I urge you to get creative & see what you can come up with. This is such a healthy & positive way to work with the energies.

Many Crystal Blessings!