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.

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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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Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon

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,

     

     

    Empath Everyday Survival Guide: Crystals + Secrets for Sensitive Souls

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    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.

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    I’m right there with you guys.

    • When you’re with a lot of people, do you feel like you have no shield up between you and them? Or do you classify yourself as a sensitive soul, a sensitive person? Do you find yourself often in situations where you get energetically exhausted?
    • Are you a lightworker, an energy worker, or a bodyworker of any kind, massage therapist? This kind of work with others can zap the energy right out of you if you don’t know how to mitigate that. It’s essential to protect yourself and protect your energy, with an energetic shield of protection. Crystals can help you to do that.
    • Do you ever feel unexplainably uncomfortable with an environment, a place, the situation, a person? Do you get those feelings often? That’s your sign that you’re picking up on something that’s in disharmony with you. It might not feel that way to everyone else, but it’s in disharmony with you.

    What’s an Empath?
    I looked in several different places to find a good definition and found this one on Urban Dictionary. (I love that dictionary…for some things, it’s quite funny)
    An empath, defined there at Urban Dictionary, is a person who is capable of feeling the emotions of others, despite the fact that they themselves are not going through the same situation.
    Highly Sensitive People
    Empaths, or highly sensitive people, can feel everything, to an extreme, more so than others. That’s okay if it doesn’t bother you if it’s not affecting you. But if it is, it can lead to feeling tired, feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, sensory overload, stressed out, or general anxiety.

    So many of us are feeling anxiety, and overall feeling too much and that can lead to adrenal burnout.

    This scenario is kind of like a chicken or the egg quandary. Is anxiety leading to adrenal fatigue or is adrenal fatigue leading to anxiety? There’s evidence going both ways. Adrenal burn out is a place you don’t want to be, because that can generate anxiety and panic attacks, in and of itself.

    Being an empath, with the ability to pick up on, and feel, experience, the energy of others can be seen as a gift, because that extra information, that extra data you’re getting, can allow you to empathize with others or see things from another point of view.

    On the other hand, it can be seen as a curse.

    If you’re suffering side-effects from being an empath, you might be viewing it as a curse because it’s causing you to be bombarded with these extra feelings and emotions you might not even want to be dealing with, because it’s not your stuff.
    We’re beings of energy and therefore we are affected by energy. We’re made of these trillions of cells, transmitting and receiving energy, all the time.
    Students in my certified crystal healer course, know I love Dr. Bruce Lipton. He’s a developmental biologist. Lipton says that our cell membranes are liquid crystal semiconductors, made of silica.

    That’s what quartz is made out of, silicon dioxide. These liquid crystal semiconductors have these gates and channels that open and close. They selectively let some stuff in, and they selectively keep some stuff out.

    Dr. Lipton says that our DNA scans our environment for relevant frequencies and then reshapes itself accordingly. We can see this happening under a microscope. If we think about this, you bring the right crystal into that environment, and you can adjust your cell’s perception filters and transmute the energy of your environment.
    The goal here, for the Empaths and the sensitive souls, is to create an environment that makes you feel good.
    We want to steer clear of becoming overstimulated and overwhelmed.

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    You’re like, “Yeah, great. How do I do that?”

    Two things:

  •  Be highly selective of the situations and environments you place yourself in. We don’t have control over everything, but we have control over some of the things, so be highly selective of those things.
  • Have tools and supports at the ready. Like, crystals and stones, to help mitigate when you don’t have control over those situations.
  • Certainly, we can work with crystals, as our friends, our allies, as tools and supports, to assist us in achieving this goal. I always say that you can do this without crystals, but crystals are a tool.

    The physics definition of a tool is something that allows you to do the work with less effort, with less energy.  So, if you’d like the extra assistance, and if you already love crystals, why not use them as an ally in doing this? Work together with them.

    From that perspective, we can work with crystals to transmute and neutralize. Some crystals can neutralize and transmute the energetic frequencies, so they don’t carry specific frequencies that resonate with those bad feelings.

    Empath Crystals
    Here are a few of my favorite crystals for empaths.

    1.   Black Tourmaline

    Everybody loves black tourmaline. Everybody probably has a piece of black tourmaline. Black tourmaline is great for transmuting energy. It’s wonderful for that.

    2.  Smokey Quartz

    Smokey quartz is great for not only transmuting the negative energy but detoxifying an environment. Detoxifying anything, even your body. Now, you want to work with true smokey quartz, not irradiated smokey quartz.  Some have a rich coffee brown like mine below which is from Namibia, Africa.

    If it looks almost black, chances are it’s irradiated. Yeah, it’s giving off radiation.  Get out your Geiger counter, and stay away from it.

    3.  Amethyst

    I have one I always keep near my workspace. The one I have next to my desk is a grape jelly amethyst, from Uruguay. It’s an absolute beauty.

    Now, you don’t have to have all of these crystals. These are just a few that I like most for this purpose. You can choose to work with one or two of them.

    4.  Purple Jade

    When you go to a gem show, and you’re looking for purple jade, it’s probably going to be rough, and in a bucket of water, because the water brings out the color.

    When you cut and polish purple jade for lapidary purposes, it stays that color that it looks like when it’s wet.

    Purple Jade is beautiful. It is rare making it harder to find. This stone is about spiritual knowledge and associated, of course, with the crown chakra and the third eye chakra. But, interestingly enough, it’s also associated with the earth star chakra, which is about six inches below our feet. So, it’s very grounding for us and a great protective stone for Empaths.

    It’s not super expensive. The example I show in the video is pretty large and rough, and it’s meant for people who are going to be doing lapidary jewelry, due to that it goes for about $100.

    5.  Lodestone

    Lodestone which is magnetic magnetite. Not all magnetite still retains its magnetic properties, but we like magnetic magnetite, which we call lodestone, because of that natural magnetic energy.

    The magnetite can balance the polarities within our EMF field, within our auric field. Thereby, it’s going to help strengthen, stabilize, and balance your energy field, while helping with any kind of psychic overload or taking on too much. Like, the energy picked up by bodyworkers, lightworkers, energy workers.

    6.  Sugilite

    You can call on the energy of Archangel Michael when working with Sugilite because this stone aligns itself well and allows you to work more closely with Archangel Michael to create an energetic shield of protection around you. Furthermore, sugilite helps balance your electromagnetic field, enhances the third eye and crown chakra as well, and is great with assisting to keep up that shield.

    7.  Black Obsidian

    I usually advise to only go to black obsidian if you feel like you need some powerful protection like you’re calling on a bodyguard. Because it tends for the majority of people, to bring them down to a low, low state if they’re not in need of the heavy duty kind of protection. Therefore it’s a good idea to be discriminating when choosing whether or not you should work with black obsidian.

    You don’t want to ground too much and bring in, maybe, a low-grade depression, or things like that, if you’re not prepared for the work that black obsidian does. I would only really use this if something major serious is going on and you need a really big boost of protection.

    Next, I want to tell you about some specific ways you can work with these crystals so that you can use them effectively.
    Because, reading about what crystal is good for this, what crystal is good for that, is great, but if you never actually put them to use, you’re just circling the base of the mountain and never getting to the peak. Right?
    It’s a lateral move.

    You’re not taking a step forward; you’re not getting closer to the mountain peak. So it’s no use to know the correspondences, but have no practical ways to work them into your everyday life.
    Survival Guide for Empaths
    I like to always give practical everyday uses for crystals, and so I’m going to share a highly effective, crystal shielding visualization technique and other tips below.
    Meditate
    One thing you can do is meditate with any of these crystals. Even just spending five minutes in meditation, just paying attention to deep breathing, just feeling your breath. There’s nothing to do. Just sit there with a crystal, either in hand, or put it on your heart chakra, and sit in meditation.

    Set the intention, at the beginning of your meditation, that this is going to help transmute the energy that’s entering your electromagnetic field.
    Protect Your Space
    Another thing you can do is create a protective transmuting shield around your home, or your workspace, or wherever you might be, even in a car. You can place larger crystals in specific locations, like one near your front door, one near the back door.

    Or you can go around to the four corners of your property. Most properties have four corners, some are oddly shaped and might have more, but one at each corner of the property, and create an outdoor grid for your home. I like black tourmaline for that. That’s my favorite stone for doing that.
    Empath Visualization Technique
    The crystal shielding visualization technique, this is a crystal-induced energetic safeguard that’s going to help shield you from anything that you sense as harmful, or anxiety-inducing, or just stress causing. You feel it as negative or toxic in some way. This technique is also helpful at work or if you’re being cornered by a negative relative at a gathering.

    We’re getting ready to go into the holiday season, lots of socializing, lots of different people and obligations. Think of this visualization as a protection, or a shield, a literal energetic shield. It’s highly effective in helping you create boundaries where you get to neutralize any negative forces, or perceived negative forces.

    How many of you are science fiction geeks, like me, and remember, “shields up” in Star Trek? “Shields up.” Well, you can even say that when you’re getting ready to do this crystal shielding visualization technique. It’s just, “Shields up.”

    Next, you’re going to close your eyes and connect to your breath. Feel the breath going in and out, as you allow your body’s electromagnetic field to merge with the electromagnetic field of the crystal, or crystals, in your hand.  You’re allowing them to entrain, or influence, your energy, as you build up your energetic shield.

    Now, picture a strong, impenetrable large egg-shaped force field of energy enveloping your body. It’s large, going as far out as your arms can reach, to your sides, in front of you, and several feet above your head, and below your feet, all around. This large energetic egg-shaped force field.

    Finally, within the protection of this shield, feel the intention of being grounded, stable, and centered.  The crystals are going to help you achieve that.
    Empath Mojo Kit
    Also, keep a little pouch with a tumbled black tourmaline. I say tumbled, because when you keep a pouch of crystals together, they tend to rub together and kind of ruin the aesthetics, break off little chips, and things like that. When you go with tumbled stones, for little kits, tumbled stones tend to maintain their integrity longer, better.

    So you can keep a little pouch with a tumbled black tourmaline, or smokey quartz, maybe two of each, one of each, it doesn’t matter, in your pocket, or your backpack, or your purse. Someplace where it just becomes part of the stuff that goes out with you.

    Alternatively, you may want to make several of these so you can have one at work, in a desk drawer, one at home, and one in your car.  Whenever you feel like you need the shields up, pull the stones out and place them in your hands.
    Earthing
    Another option is to get grounded by earthing. How do you do that? Take your shoes off and put your feet on the ground. If it’s too cold to do that, take your gloves off, put your bare hands on a tree.  Likewise, hug a tree.  That’s also grounding and earthing, connecting with the earth’s energy.

    In short, earthing helps to dissipate excess positive ions and physically ground you, electrically ground you to the planet.
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    Do you think more of us are identifying as empaths than ever before? Are you or those around you dealing with emotional hangovers? Have any tips to share with our Crystal Family?  Please let me know in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings,

    How to Use a Pendulum

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    Something I’m often asked about is how to properly use a crystal pendulum.

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

    Once again, I have a super old (CLASSIC) YouTube video on how to use a pendulum which I think I did it back in 2009… pretty embarrassing. I’m not even going to link to it!  (If you want to see that sucker you’re gonna have to dig it out yourself). It’s almost ten years old. Is that even possible, a ten-year-old YouTube video? 

    I’ve been wanting to update that pendulum video for some time… and add some other little anecdotes and bits of info into this new version because I feel kind of weird referring people back to the old videos when I used to do them with my head cut off!

    See, I wasn’t recognizable in the video. All you saw were my hands because, at that time, I was a Science Department Head, taught science classes in the second largest school district in the US, and I really wasn’t allowed to talk about crystal healing openly at the time.

    Now I am. 😀

    Have been for a while.

    And so I wanted to redo that video with my face actually in it.  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.

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    The Power of a Pendulum
    I first learned about the power of a pendulum one day in 1993 while watching an episode of Oprah. I was home from college, in between shifts at my waitressing job and I happened to catch this episode of Oprah.  That’s where I first learned about Deepak Chopra and he was explaining to her and then blowing her mind, teaching her how to use a very simple pendulum.

    After that show I proceeded to make my own pendulum that I used for a very long time, using a dog tag collar chain and a washer.

    I still have it to this day (as you see in the video).

    Now, you certainly don’t need to get a fancy Crystal pendulum. It doesn’t even need to involve a crystal at all as you witnessed.

    However, having a crystal pendulum (and you can choose different crystals depending on what the intention for that pendulum is), gives us a support and a tool to hone in on what it is that we’re trying to do or achieve. Since crystals hold different light frequencies, they actually can entrain different energies depending on the crystal that we use in our pendulum.  For instance, an amethyst pendulum would be great for enhancing intuitive and psychic abilities.

    There’s a whole range of options available these days.  There are very simple pendulums that are just a chain and crystal and then there are more elaborate pendulums.

    The one I show you in the video is white agate bob with sterling silver chain, a bit of suede, rainforest jasper and a nice feather for the fob. So you can go elaborate, you can go simple… or you can go with really simple as I showed you. Whether you choose simple or elaborate is totally up to you. It’s all about your preference and it really doesn’t make a difference as far as the types of information that you are going to receive.

    You might be interested to know that the part of the pendulum that you hold is known as of the “fob” and the part that bob ups and down is known as “bob”. Makes sense.

    Before we get started, I want to recommend that you steady your elbow on something stable when you’re ready to ask the question.  Over the years, I’ve found for myself and my students, that it’s much easier to not shake and have better control steadying your elbow if you rest it on something stable.  I demonstrate that for you in the video.
    Asking the Question
    When you ask your pendulum a question, you want to make sure that it’s not worded as an open-ended question. Rather you want to phrase it as a Yes or No question.

    For example, “Where did I leave my car keys?” is not going to work well with a pendulum.

    You can rephrase it by continually asking (kind of like a hot and cold game), “Are my car keys in the house? Are my car keys in the living room? Are my car keys near the couch?” And you can get a Yes or No for each of the questions and use the pendulum to help you locate the car keys (or whatever it is that you have lost). Pendulums can be quite effective for that kind of work. You’ll see!

    Of course, when you’re getting your answers from the pendulum, it’s not actually the pendulum that holds the answers.  I hate to burst any bubbles, but it doesn’t have special all-knowing magical abilities inside of it.
    The pendulum is a tool and a support that allows you to tap into your higher self… which already holds the answers.
    Yes, No, Maybe So
    You’ll want to start by figuring out the Yes or No directions for your pendulum.

    This allows you to figure out the personality of your pendulum. Every pendulum is unique. The Yes signal for one pendulum may be completely different from the Yes signal on a different pendulum.

    So, to start:

    • Concentrate on the task at hand, take some deep breaths
    • Make sure you’re calm, not talking or animating with your hands all over the place. Steady your pendulum
    • Get it really still and then you want to ask it something that you know the answer to

    For instance, when I made the video, I was really hungry. (As is often the case.)  So, I asked my pendulum about that (knowing the answer was yes).  It’s like my truth question. I tested the pendulum asking:  “Am I hungry now?” And then watched it closely. It was nodding back and forth towards me and away from me, so I determined the direction of that swing is my pendulum’s “Yes”.

     

    Therefore, the opposite, perpendicular swing is going to be the “No”; when it’s going to my right and to my left (as seen in the video).

    Now, if your pendulum ever becomes unreliable (as is known to happen from blue moon to blue moon), well you’re going to need to cleanse it and possibly you might end up having to switch pendulums if cleansing doesn’t do the trick for you.

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    Release Attachment
    It’s also very important when using a crystal pendulum to not be too attached to the outcome of the question.

    If you really, really want a Yes then you’re probably not the one who should be asking the questions. It’s best to ask a friend or someone else to use the pendulum in that case for you; someone else who’s not attached to the answer to that question.

    Doing this removes any energetic bonding or influence.
    So Many Uses
    Now, you can use a pendulum to:

    • Get the answers to yes or no questions
    • Balance your chakras. That’s something we go deep into in my Certified Crystal Healer Course
    • Select which crystals to include in a crystal grid
    • You can even use it to help you shop for crystals when you’re selecting which crystals should go home with you

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this newly updated pendulum video!  Do you have a favorite pendulum that you work with all the time?  How do you prefer to use it?  Is it elaborate or simple?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings!