So Cinnabon’s are tempting. I stay away from them like the plague, but tempt me, they do…none the less.
Curse you, Cinnabon!
Volcanic crystals are also indeed very tempting…once you understand a bit more about them.
More than a cinnabon, you ask?
I think so, yes. And after you check out this week’s blog post, I think you will too. And, unlike, a cinnabon, they’re good for you!
Here’s an interesting crystal-question to ponder:
In this week’s video I go over why we need not be concerned with the “volcanic” origin & perhaps…it’s that very thing that makes them so tempting!
So first of all, not all crystals & stones will be categorized as “gentle & protective” when of volcanic origin.
When we think of “volcanic” we thing of “fiery”, “explosive”…so I totally get where this question is coming from, BTW.
GEO GEEK WARNING!
Most crystals have a volcanic origin, either directly or indirectly. If you take a look at the rock cycle, you’ll see that…b/c everything on the Mama Earth’s crust (that’s not man-made) comes through the mantle, through the upheaval in a volcanic eruption or from plate boundary zones then goes through different processes that happen in the rock cycle.
They morph as they churn through different parts of the rock cycle.
There’s lots happening & at some point any mineral or rock that you may be holding has probably been a part of the volcanic part of the rock cycle.
Examples of DIRECTLY Volcanic Crystals
1. Peridot. You can find peridot quickly forming & tumbling down directly from the volcano. I wrote an entire blog post on the massive peridot-fever that I caught. You can check out here.
2. Sulfur is another very direct result of volcanic activity, a powerful stone. If you’re interested in learning more about sulfur, watch this video I created for you on Crystal Healing with Sulfur
3. Obsidian. (any kind of obsidian) all the direct result of volcanic activity. Black Obsidian is considered to be very forceful & powerful. Snowflake obsidian not so much. Mahogany obsidian, again not so much. So they are considered gentler. And then, there are other crystals that are indeed considered gentle & are a direct result from volcanic activity.
Diamond is another direct result of volcanic activity found deep, deep, deep in the earth, hence it’s extreme Mohs Hardness. Diamond is a Mohs Hardness of 10. That’s the highest & the hardest mineral you are going to find.
[caption id="attachment_17916" 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]When I went to answer this question, I was thinking…
Do we really want to correlate those 2 things; gentleness & volcanic origin? B/c when you think about it, the entire Earth, not just every rock & mineral, but the entire earth is born of volcanism &/or just as volatile tectonic activity.
In fact, there are very gentle things on the Earth that have come from volcanic/tectonic activity.
For example fields; agriculture, where things grow really, really well growing where the soil is quite fertile, this is a direct result of volcanic ash. In the foothills of a volcano you will have the best agricultural growing areas for just about ANYTHING.
The most abundant & vibrant, negative-ion-filled forests grow there as well. There are many waterfalls due to this volatile activity…and then, of course there are the CRYSTALS.
So from a violent event emerges all this wonderful energy, beneficial for us in so many ways. And perhaps, that’s exactly why they are so tempting to us…that direct volcanic energy. Kind of like the “bad boy” thing that some of us are attracted to.*whistling*
So are ya with me now? More tempting than a Cinnabon? Hmmmm?
What do you think? It makes a great discussion so please leave your examples, opinions & thoughts in the comments and we’ll have ourselves a Crystal Hottie convo.