Following the Cycles of the Moon

Mother Moon. So radiant in the sky. Shining up the blackest night and heralding us into the dawn.

The Moon is one of the fastest moving celestial bodies in our solar system. It spends an average of 2.5 days in each sign of the zodiac and follows a 28-day cycle.

The cycles of the Moon are very similar to that of a female’s menstrual cycle, however, when in tune with their bodies, men will also feel the effects of Mother Moon as she radiates down in the night sky.

The tides of the ocean are also affected by the Moon, as is the salt water that arises within our own bodies.

It is in water that energy and emotions are stored, which is why on the night of the Full Moon we can feel our emotions stronger than most.

When the Moon is full, it often signifies completion or ending. Often we are able to fully express ourselves and know the direction forward from within our souls.

On the night of the New Moon, when the moon is dark and not yet visible, it is a time to go within. It is a time to plant the seeds that will flourish and bloom when the Moon is full again.

The New Moon is an opportunity for introspection and to go within. It is a time to delve inside yourself and to work out what you really wish to manifest for your life.

When you sync your energy up to the vibration of the Moon, not only will you feel more in tune with your emotions, but you will also be able to vibrate in harmony with your more intuitive side.

When the Moon is in one of the twelve constellations, it gives off a subtle change in energy and these energies can be used to help manifest and create the life of your dreams.

Making initiations, plans and setting goals for yourself when the Moon is in a favorable spot can be like tapping into your own secret source of magic.

The Moon is purely magical and when you learn to use her energies, you will be able to tap into the depths of your soul.

Here are the subtle vibrations that the Moon experiences as it travels through the 12 signs of the zodiac:

ARIES

When the Moon is in Aries it is an excellent time to start things and launch projects. Things tend to happen quickly when the Moon is in Aries, so definitely use this to your advantage when pursuing your goals. Anger can also rise when the Moon is here, especially if your Sun is also in a fire sign, so be aware of your thoughts and emotions and try to not say anything you will regret. If you do need to assert yourself or put your foot down, the Moon in Aries will definitely help you to build all the courage you need.

TAURUS

Be mindful over what you initiate when the Moon is in Taurus because it is sure to last the distance. Starting a business or financial investing when the Moon is in Taurus can also be extremely favorable in terms of longevity and profits. Making changes can be difficult at this time, so instead of fighting against this, choose to go with the flow and wait until the Moon shifts signs. Sensory perception is also heightened when the Moon is in Taurus, especially the sensation of taste. This is the perfect time to schedule a night out at an exotic restaurant or indulge in your favorite treats.

GEMINI

It is time to go with the flow and be open to change when the Moon is in Gemini. Mental stimulation and finding shortcuts or solutions to more complex issues may also be easier when the Moon is in this sign. Fun times, social events and networking opportunities are also likely to be fun and lively when the Moon is in Gemini. Information may also be revealed when the Moon is in this placement, so definitely use this energy to source facts, learn new things or schedule interviews. Writers and those who work in communication may also have their best ideas and inspirations when the Moon is in Gemini.

CANCER

It is an emotional time when the Moon is in Cancer. Emotions are more easily accessible and intuition may also feel strong on these nights. This makes it the perfect time to get in touch with yourself and your relationships with others. When the Moon is in Cancer it is the perfect time to establish a rapport with someone or develop a more intimate connection. There is also a strong desire to nurture and take care of others when the Moon is in this placement. It is also the perfect time to tend to domestic issues and matters within the home or family.

LEO

When the Moon is in Leo it is time to focus on your highest self, desires, dreams, and wishes. The ego self may also arise when the Moon is in this sign, so it is important to be conscious of any thoughts and feelings that are not aligned with your soul. It is also important to avoid over-indulging when the Moon is in Leo. This includes over-indulging on food, spending and also in your emotions. When the Moon is in Leo it is also the perfect time to conduct a presentation, schedule an audition or put on a performance or show.

VIRGO

When the Moon is in Virgo it is the perfect time to schedule health appointments, run errands and get organized. It is also the perfect time to get to work on complex tasks that require strong attention to detail. When the Moon is in Virgo it is also easy to become critical or overly judgemental towards others and yourself, so try to be mindful of this. If emotions run high when the Moon is in Virgo, it is best to try and rationalize things or to make pro’s and con’s list. The mind is strong when the Moon is in Virgo, however, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ignore the stirrings of the heart either, as the Moon is also sensitive and touchy in this placement.

LIBRA

When the Moon enters the sign of Libra, it is the perfect time to compromise or focus on creating balanced partnerships. It is also a very good time to resolve conflicts and make amends with those you love. If you are seeking to compromise or make a deal with someone, doing so when the Moon is in Libra will ensure fairness and balance for all parties involved. Because it is easier to see other people’s points of view when the Moon is in Libra, it can be difficult to make decisions or strong commitments to things. On these nights, social gatherings are also likely to be harmonious.

SCORPIO

It is the perfect time to hone in on your psychic abilities and strengthen your connection with all things spiritual when the Moon is in Scorpio. It is also a time to go within and really reflect on the deeper, darker parts of your soul. It is common to feel like being alone or to keep secrets when the Moon is in this placement, in order to assess and reflect in your own energy. Emotions can also feel very intense or even amplified when the Moon is in Scorpio, so try not to get too overwhelmed. Sexual desires may also feel heightened on these nights.

SAGITTARIUS

Adventure and travel are strong when the Moon is in Sagittarius. Use this time to learn, explore and allow your imagination to be free. This is the perfect time to expand on ideas, grow things and create things. In fact, when the Moon is in this sign, expansion, and growth are favored in all areas. When the Moon is in Sagittarius it is also the perfect time to start studying philosophy or explore metaphysical pursuits. There is an optimism in the air when the Moon enters this sign, so definitely use this energy to your advantage.

CAPRICORN

When the Moon is in Capricorn it is the perfect time to bring structure and order to your life. The Moon in Capricorn also favors taking on new responsibilities, so it is often the perfect time to take on a new job or make strong commitments in your life. It is also a highly favorable time for moving up the corporate ladder or starting your own business. This is a very ambitious placement, so definitely don’t be afraid to dream big and go after what it is that you truly desire. Emotions may feel reserved on these nights and there may be a tendency to clear out any emotions that are weighing you down or no longer serving your highest path.

AQUARIUS

It is time to break down the rules, boundaries, and restrictions that are holding you back and release all fears. When the Moon is in Aquarius it is the perfect time to step outside of your comfort zone and go after your dreams and wishes. It is also the perfect time to launch a tech related business or a business that may be untraditional in some way. People tend to feel rebellious when the Moon is in this sign, so be mindful of this energy. There is also a strong desire to stand up for freedom and human/animal rights when the Moon is in Aquarius.

PISCES

When the Moon is in Pisces, gentleness, and calmness is needed by the soul. This is the perfect time to engage in artistic or creative activities and to turn off the chatter in your mind. The heart speaks strongly when the Moon is in Pisces, so definitely don’t ignore any intuitive inklings during this time. Emotions can feel tender and delicate on these nights, however, expansion of consciousness and spiritual ideas are also strong. Avoid feeling sorry for yourself during this time and use this energy to really tap into your passions.

The Moon ultimately governs our emotions and what we need to feel safe and comfortable in the world and using signs of the zodiac can help point us in the right direction.

Using the energy of the Moon is a great way to enhance and bring more understanding to your life. While you don’t have to coordinate every activity in your life in accordance to the Moon, sometimes it may help to understand what energies you are dealing with at different times.

Note: When the Moon is traveling between signs it is referred to as being ‘Void of Course’, during this time it is best to refrain from making big decisions or making huge life changes as the energy of the Moon is not at its fullest.

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Spirit of Spider {Animal Totems}

Role: The Weaver

Lesson: Balance

Element: Earth

Wind: West The Quest Within

Medicine: Illusion

 Communication. Creativity. Divine Inspiration. Illusion. Balance. Nurturing Instinct. Mystery. Wisdom. Magic.

NAVAJO CREATION STORY

“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to safety through the Sipapu Pole the womb of Mother Earth.”

CREATIVITY

Many Native American tribes have Creation stories that include Grandmother Spider as the Creator who spun the Web of Physical Life. It is the glistening strands of this Web that all life is interconnected, with each creature being (two-legged, four legged, winged or creepy-crawly), Standing Person (tree), Stone Person, and all other forms of life, a vital and integral strand in this most beautiful and sacred Web.

To watch the Spider weave her web is to behold a beautiful artisan crafting a masterpiece of art. The intricate yet interwoven strands are paradoxically complex yet simple, bespeaking of an innate understanding that each Individual fiber is crucial to the balance and completion of the Whole.

What is more stunning than to walk upon a Web unexpectedly as it glistens in the center of a primordial forest, or to see the threads of the same web after a spring shower, tiny rain drops of water caught in the web and glittering as though thousands of tiny diamonds have been left behind, scattered carelessly by the sun. Such creativity is breathtaking to behold, a testament in miniature to the Creativity of the Great Spirit and the loving guidance of the Earth Mother.

For the two-legged beside whom Spider crawls, there will exist a depth of creativity that may manifest in any of a myriad of ways. Perhaps the talent is in writing prose that conveys a depth of feeling and spirituality, or it may be the human counterpart is particularly skilled at creating beautiful and intricate jewelry that will often have an etheric quality to them, much like glimmering strands of a spider’s web.

Whatever channel this creativity flows through, it is a quality and gift that must be expressed and allowed the freedom to flow. If creativity is not acknowledged in the Spider individual, then a very necessary and integral part of their Life’s Purpose is being denied.

Such creativity is divinely inspired and a Gift that is given by the Great Mystery. The paradox in this for the Spider individual may be that they will deny an awareness of their own creativity for many years in deference to other areas of their lives which seem to call for attention. Often, the area that distracts the Spider soul most often is that of relationships as much like Grandmother Spider was forever aware of her Children so the two-legged with this creature being as a Totem will tend to focus much of their attention on loved ones rather than nurturing and fulfilling their own needs. Yet if the Spider Soul does not give license to this creative spark, it will feel as though their life’s blood is slowly ebbing away or they are being “drained” of energy.

For the parent who has a young spider, all effort must be taken to encourage the child to develop their own individuality. Whatever form the Spider exhibits their proclivity for creative genius, that creativity ought to be enthusiastically encouraged, for this will be teaching the sensitive soul the importance of self-love and self-nurturing, while simultaneously gifting the World with the remarkable beauty these souls have come onto the Wheel to share.

As an adult, it is important that Spider Soul indulges in creativity. If the Spider is one of your Primary Totems (Power, Theme or Mission), and you are not currently aware or recognizing the fact that you possess creative talent, it is crucial to discover the buried talent and give it wings with which to fly. In so doing, the Soul is in greater alignment with the Purpose and Beauty of the individual Life Path.

COMMUNICATION

Another area in which Spider has been recognized as being a Creative Force is in a communication of all forms. The Seneca People believe that Spider created the first alphabet of the Two-Leggeds so that we could leave a written history of our travel, lessons learned and progress made on this walk around the Wheel of Life. Following is a recounting of the story behind the creation of that alphabet.

“Spider wove the web that brought humans the first picture of the alphabet.

The letters were part of the angles of her web.

Deer asked Spider what she was weaving and why all the lines looked like symbols.

Spider replied, “Why Deer, it is time for Earth’s children to learn to make records of their progress in their Earthwalk.”

Deer answered Spider, “But they already have pictures that show through symbols the stories of their experiences.”

“Yes” Spider said, “But Earth’s children are growing more complex, and their future generations will need to know more.

The ones to come won’t remember how to read the petroglyphs.”

When Spider is present as a Primary Totem, she will bring with her a gift of communication. Most often, this skill is conveyed via the written word, rather than orally delivered, as Spider Souls can be quite shy, though they are capable of weaving beautiful words in the form of poetry or fiction (think of a Spider spinning its web), that can leave the reader spellbound and enraptured.

If this talent is not obviously present, it has likely been repressed during early childhood. If this is the case, concentrated effort will need to be taken in resurrecting this suppressed talent, as part of what any Spider Soul is here to do, is to convey profound insight and wisdom via the written word. Again, this can be paradoxical, as often times the one beside whom Spider walks will be rather oblivious as to the true power of his/her words and ability to elicit strong emotions.

Parents and loved ones of Spider Souls should take great pains to encourage their child, spouse, or loved one, to explore writing. As sensual beings, the Spider individual will enjoy being given a special journal or book with textured paper, or a special pen with which they can jot down their thoughts, dreams, poetry and vivid plot scenarios.

Dreams are also an important area of the Spider’s life and they should pay special attention to their dreams. The Dreamweaver is a spider, and often it is through the slumbering hours and astral voyages that the Spider Soul will receive his/her greatest messages and insights. Keeping a special dream journal beside the bed to quickly scribble details of especially vivid dreams prior to having them fade in the morning light, is supremely beneficial to both the spirit and creative spark of the one beside whom Spider crawls. If not a journal kept beside the bed, then a tape recorder in which the dream can be quickly related to a recording, to be transcribed via handwritten or typed format later.

ILLUSION

As the Master Weaver, Spider spins a web of stunning intricacy and profound beauty. Such artistry is at the very core of many myths and legends that wind their way across every time and throughout nearly every culture, much like the glimmering strands of Spider’s Web.

In Native American tradition, the Dream Catcher is a representation of Spider’s Web. Upon the arrival of a new infant, a Dream Catcher is placed above the sleeping child, the threads of which are formed from sinew and fashioned in a beautiful flowering that can contain anywhere from five to ten individual “petals” with a small hole at its center. It is believed that the intricate pattern of the strands, attract bad dreams and energies to fall upon them. Once the negative dreams are upon the “web,” they struggle to break free and only further entangle themselves where they will be held until morning when the Sun’s rays will dissolve them. Good dreams and energy meanwhile, are allowed to slip through the center where they will travel along the beads and feathers to fall gently upon the slumbering baby below.

The two-legged beside whom Spider journeys, will possess a certain illusive and mysterious quality that is almost magical in its glamor. Indeed, Illusion in all its forms will be a key theme in the life of the Spider Soul.

Often, some of the most dazzling magicians share the Earthwalk with Spider as a Primary Totem with Spider assisting them in weaving a magic spell that enraptures a willing audience. Likewise, Spider is frequently evident as a Totem in the lives of actors and actresses, poets, basket and blanket weavers and artists of many kinds whose glamor is a part illusion, part reality.

When operating from its Lower Vibration, the two-legged is caught in the strands of the personality center wherein unresolved issues that have not been acknowledged and addressed will manifest in a variety of ways. For some Spider individuals operating from this tangled center, lies, omissions, and untruths will be spoken and woven with a complexity that is stunning to behold. Not only are these Spider types able to spin lies and half-truths, but they do so in such a skillful manner that others believe them. Only once this tendency to weave tall tales is acknowledged in blatant self-honesty and addressed, may the Higher Vibrations be given life and the Spider individual steps free of the deceitful past into a new light of Conscious Awareness.

Yet for those Spider Souls operating from the higher vibration, the result is watching a master artisan at work. These are the sensitive and nurturing souls that create a beautiful expression and vision that entices Others to reach for the best within themselves. In this way, Spider and Two-legged merge in a mission of bringing beauty and enlightenment to the All.

What Is Black Moon Lilith?

The term supermoon refers to a new or full moon which occurs on (or near) the point on the moon’s orbit closest to the earth (known as lunar perigee). There are usually between four and six such moons a year. A full super moon appears visibly bigger in the sky and can be a truly spectacular sight, especially in the northern hemisphere during winter when they are at their largest.

The term supermoon was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. He observed that geophysical stress seems to be enhanced within three days either side of their occurrence, causing earthquakes and other extreme weather phenomena. However, later research has refuted this claim, so there is some debate in that respect.

Nolle established that the Moon must be within 90% of perigee to be deemed a supermoon. However, this can designate ‘super’ status to the moon which is more than twenty degrees away from perigee: a very generous orb of astrological influence. In practice, I now apply a much smaller orb to identify which supermoons will bear a particularly significant impact upon us, both as individuals and collectively. Generally speaking, if the moon is more than five degrees away from perigee I would not assign it significant influence beyond that of a regular new or full moon unless it is conjunct a planet closer to lunar perigee which acts as a bridge.

So what’s all that got to do with Black Moon Lilith?

Everything, because Black Moon Lilith (BML) is the point on the moon’s orbit furthest from the earth (known as lunar apogee). At the full, new and quarter phases of the moon, BML is opposite lunar perigee where supermoons occur. Lunar perigee is also named Priapus after one of the several Greek gods of fertility, but more on him in a minute….

Black Moon Lilith reflects our inherent power and greatest resistance to control by external forces. She invites us to channel the rawest, most primal energies of the universe and connect deeply with the timeless Self, unshaped by the socializing forces of family, society, and authority. BML is the untamed feminine, but not restricted by gender. She exists inside us all. Where the Moon can be easily influenced and deeply impressionable, the Black Moon is the opposite: impenetrable and steadfast. BML is our hidden strength and gifts us with her power when all else fails. She is us in our darkest moments, when we discover we can survive anyway, and even thrive.

When we encounter BML we know all about it! The whirlwinds of life blow through and around us and we are confronted with opportunities to discover our own unmitigated power in response. By contrast, her opposite, Priapus, is depicted with a permanent and oversized erection, representing his unending lust and the constant frustration that arose from his attendant impotence. Astrologically he symbolizes the pitfalls of egoic desire, the unending search for the satisfaction that defines the human realm. Whether we seek wealth and fortune, inner peace and wisdom or safety and security, desire and its objects shape every life, as does the ebb and flow of satisfaction, frustration, and perversion of that desire. At one level, we are what we want, and we want what we believe will improve our quality of life. But the satisfaction of one desire frequently triggers the upwelling of another in quick succession while the ultimate human hunger – for liberation from the shackles of egoic bonds and realization of the greater One – remains unsated.

Which tells us something important about the astrological significance of supermoons:  occurring in alignment with Priapus, they signify a time of great desire and all that goes with it – frustration, greed, grasping and competition. When one occurs we risk being consumed by the baser aspects of human nature as they rear up to take control. Whilst Black Moon Lilith is a place of empowered spirit, Priapus is a place of demanding ego, where we fight for what we want regardless of its impact upon our life: simply wanting it is reason enough to pursue it, be it food, drink, another person, social status, an object, an experience, even death.

Whatever it is we desire, when the Moon is within five degrees of Priapus we can become lost to the craving if we don’t resolve to stay conscious and awake. Black Moon Lilith knows this and offers a helping hand if we’re prepared to take it.

But I’ve heard supermoons are good things and come with great positive power. You make them sound like something to be feared!

What we actually make of a supermoon is up to us. We can allow ourselves to be consumed with greed and stubbornly pursue our desires even when not in our best interests. Or we can use this powerful time to nurture desires which will enhance our insight, increase our peace and serve a greater good. How we manage desire and respond to its demand is key. Do we assume a right to have whatever we want and throw a tantrum when life doesn’t deliver? Do we place our wants above everyone else’s and expect them to dance to our tune? Do we elevate the desires of others and cast ours aside as irritating distractions? Do we run what we want through the heart to see how well it aligns with a deeper knowing? And, perhaps most importantly, what does our response to desire say about what we really need?!

So what’s the difference between a full supermoon and a new one?

The dynamics of a full supermoon:

When the moon is full it lies exactly opposite the sun, so a full moon is always in the opposite sign of the zodiac to the sun. Every such moon carries a certain degree of tension due to the sun and moon pulling us in opposite but intrinsically linked directions. Our instinctual, feeling self (the moon) wants to do one thing and our conscious, intentional self (the sun) wants to do the opposite. In fact, these apparent opposites are extremes on a spectrum which need each other to exist. Recognition of their inter-dependence turns an inner and outer struggle into a rich and complex dance of paradox, balance, discernment, and self-expression. This is true of all full moon energy.

When a full moon incorporates Priapus (conjunct the Moon) and Black Moon Lilith (conjunct the Sun), we have a potentially disruptive energy to handle, for the instinctual moon is overcome with desire and craving whilst the conscious sun is aligned with raw, unmitigated and impersonal power. Mishandle these two tricky customers and you’ll know all about it! When we encounter oppositional energy we often favor one end of the spectrum and avoid or project the other. The task of any astrological opposition is always to bring both extremes into full consciousness, recognizing them as equally significant and vibrant aspects of our core self.

If we favor the moon/Priapus extreme at a full supermoon we can find ourselves beholden to desires which fail to nourish in the long run. We may lose the capacity to delay gratification in honor of more meaningful aspirations, instead prioritizing the satisfaction of egoic demands. Like an angry child denied their favorite food while everyone else seems to be eating it, we rail against the world around us, throw our toys out of the pram and generally expect and insist that we get our own way.

How we do this will vary depending on our own personal style. If we tend to subtly manipulate people into our way of thinking we may become super-manipulative, playing everyone around us like a puppet on a string. If we tend to be outspoken, we may be all the more so, assuming our word is law and becoming increasingly frustrated when others don’t afford it the respect due! If we tend to independence and getting on with our thing, we may become so detached from the concerns and feelings of others we trample over their hopes and dreams without so much as a by-your-leave. Whatever our usual default setting, it is magnified at a full supermoon, as are the consequences of our actions.

While all this is going on the sun is conjunct Black Moon Lilith, the seat of raw and primal power so you can see how things could get out of hand! If we allow our egoic desire nature to run wild and call the shots, it can unconsciously draw on BML to fuel its rampage, creating a heady and potent mix of self-interest and unmitigated narcissism. Alternatively, we may disown BML, projecting her onto the world around us, perceiving ourselves as powerless and all agency in the hands of others. This creates intense frustration and the potential for significant conflict both within and without.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The alignment of the Sun and Moon with BML and Priapus provides the perfect opportunity to get to know our desire nature; to feel the burn of craving that distracts us from our true path and differentiate it from the sacred desires which progress us along with it. If we approach a supermoon (including the three days either side of it) with awareness and resolve to use its energies to turbocharge our growth, it can be a time of great insight. We can penetrate the deeper currents which move within us, tracing the flow of desire at all levels of our being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As we do this we can recognize where we embody sacred will (Black Moon Lilith) and where we seek to impose our egoic will (Priapus) on the world around us. At which point we have a choice: do we invest this powerful lunar energy in getting our own way or allow Sacred Source to have its way with us?

It may be tempting to see this as a time to batter the ego into submission, but this would be unwise. Ego is not our sworn enemy but instead an aspect of human nature in need of compassion, understanding and ferocious love which demands its highest expression, aligned with spirit and acting in harmony with Life itself. We are not incarnated to eradicate ego but to refine it such that it becomes a tool for liberation not an obstacle to it. Full supermoons provide a masterclass in how to do that if we commit to being willing students for the duration!

The best way to use full supermoon energy is to reflect on what we crave so much it hurts and those things we dread losing. To consider what we think we want compared to what our heart yearns for and contemplate the difference in quality between mind and heart desires. When we know what we want with our heart and soul, the fleeting desires of the mind – often motivated by avoidance rather than authenticity – lose their shine and more authentic needs take precedence. We can then take meaningful action in the light of the full supermoon, which furthers our journey into a heart-centred life, aligned with Sacred Source.

The dynamics of a new supermoon:

When the moon is new the sun and the moon are in the same degree of the zodiac, working together in harmony. Like peas in a pod, they support and reflect each other, bringing the instinctive, feeling self (moon) into alignment with the conscious, intentional self (sun). This is why new moons are traditionally a time to go within, because, unlike at a full moon when we navigate the world of opposites, at the new moon internal coherence arises more readily and we can rest in our center, complete.

On a new supermoon, both the Sun and Moon are conjunct Priapus, the place of rampant desire and impotence, bringing us face to face with craving and yearning, lust and longing. We covet what we lack and envy can be rife. The traditional peace of a new moon can be blown apart by a psyche under siege, beholden to self-imposed demands which it cannot fulfill. Unrequited love can feel especially bitter at a super new moon, as can be missed opportunities or past decisions that failed to deliver as planned. At this new moon, we are consumed by a lack of influence over the world around us and the course of our own lives. We may feel compelled to act and yet powerless to bring about the changes we desire. Until that is, we bring ourselves into alignment with the deeper current of sacred becoming in our life and adopt its rhythm as our own.

This process may necessitate relinquishing a long cherished dream as we recognize the unconscious forces within that have mischievously propelled it to the fore. What we thought was a desire to do good is revealed as simply a need for recognition. What we believed should be our destiny becomes the biggest distraction from all we could become. What we assumed was the truth of our lives is exposed as a confusing lie that we, ourselves, have perpetuated. We can see all this at a new supermoon if we dare peer into its darkness and acknowledge what we find. Or we can allow the forces of ego to whip us up into their special kind of frenzy and pursue (unsuccessfully) the satisfaction of all they demand.

Unlike at the super full moon when the sun illuminates Black Moon Lilith and harnesses her unbridled power, at the super new moon she waits in the wings. Should we want to call upon her she will be there for us, infusing us with the power to relinquish the shackles which cut into our flesh and imprison our soul. But she will just as happily let us dig ourselves into a pit of frustration as we insist that life must be a certain way despite all evidence to the contrary. To make the best of this moon we must commit to an inner journey that may be scary. We may have to face the fact that what we thought we wanted is but a pale reflection of who we truly are. Insights arising at a new super moon can change a life if we let them. If, however, we choose to ignore them, life will be tarnished by our refusal to honor what is unavoidably true.

An action is less of an issue at a super new moon, but the inner journey is vital if we want to recalibrate desire to better reflect our core essence. This is a time of insight and understanding, of penetrating our desire nature to better perceive what motivates the choices we make. Responding is for another day. Here we sow the seeds of a new way of living, planted in the sacred ground of our being and watered with awareness. We are not forever bound by desires which keep us running exhausted on the treadmill of craving. Nor are we beholden to our ego’s demand for gratification at every turn. We can unhook from all of that, instead of connecting with the deepest movements of the soul, until now hidden from view.

How do I know if I was born on a supermoon?

If the Sun and Moon are in the same degree in your birth chart you were born on a new moon. If they are also within five degrees of the opposite degree to your natal Black Moon Lilith you were born on a super new moon.

If the sun and the moon are opposing each other in your birth chart you were born on a full moon. If the Sun is also within five degrees of your natal Black Moon Lilith you were born on a full supermoon.

What does being born on a supermoon mean?

For those born on a supermoon, the lunar nature is heightened and enhanced. Emotions and instincts become powerful forces, for good or ill depending on how they are managed. Additionally, all matters concerning the moon in the birth chart carry added weight, and the house ruled by the moon (the house with Cancer on its cusp) is of particular significance. Here we may encounter severe frustration to deep satisfaction, depending on how well we manage our desires and our relationship with the unfolding currents of our life.  If we insist on digging in our heels and demanding life do as we command, we will encounter ever greater obstacles to satisfaction and fulfillment until we eventually paint ourselves into a corner and have no choice but to relinquish egoic desire and honor divine will, whatever that means to us.

However, as soon as we resolve to listen to the voice of the heart and allow our instincts to serve inner knowing rather than egoic demand our life begins to transform, as does our energetic footprint, which both shapes and is shaped by our interaction with the world. The unending feedback loop of energy between us and our environment creates a nourishing balance in our lives and we can connect with a deep inner well of wisdom from which our life instinctively flows.

If we are born on a new supermoon we must pay careful attention to our relationship with desire and our assumptions about life. Learning to delay gratification rather than seek to assuage desire at every turn is an important lesson, the sooner learned the better! Remember, Black Moon Lilith is a distant force at a new supermoon and we may struggle to sense our connection to a greater power. We may believe that it is all down to us or to fate. That we cannot change our life only react to it, feeding the cravings, demands, and desires that we experience as we go; forever seeking relief which recedes from us commensurate to the speed with which we pander to ego and ignore our essence.

For those born at a new supermoon, the greatest wisdom can be found in questioning desires, not satisfying them, peeling back the layers until the deepest and most heartfelt desire can be known, and then be living in honor of that.

If we are born on a full supermoon, how we act is of the utmost importance, especially in relation to lunar and solar issues in our natal chart. The emotional and instinctive energy that we invest in our behavior is supercharged and carries a life-changing force within it. We must treat it with respect and value clarity of purpose above all else. If we’re unclear why we want to pursue something or someone with such zeal, best we do nothing until we understand more.

With our natal Sun in the same degree as Black Moon Lilith, we have the power to create or destroy through what may seem to be fairly insignificant acts. It is our personal duty to align this power with Sacred Source and use it in accordance with the unfolding of a greater destiny, not to serve a future shaped only by egoic demand. It is important that we commit to bringing unconscious forces into awareness so we can act in authentic alignment with our core self. This process takes time, and the younger years of someone born on a full supermoon may be peppered with experiences that reveal the destructive potential of unbounded desire before they can more readily harness the creative force let loose when desire is aligned with Sacred Source.

THE STONE OF BIRTH ~ THE STONE OF VISION: UNAKITE

A combination of three minerals, Green Epidote, Pink Feldspar and Quartz, Unakite is a balancing stone that keeps the trio of mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects attuned.

Unakite (or Epidote) can be used to draw off negative energy and blockage from the Heart Chakra.

Unakite fills the being with an unconditional love bond for all the living beings on the Earth with a meaning that what we have belongs to each other. It also promotes reunion, connection, and peace.

Energy: Receptive

Powers: Clarity and transformation

Keywords: Gentle calming energy, self-healing, recovery

Uses:  Brings mental clarity, Helps one to access angelic guidance, Quickly unblocks stagnant energy, Instills a deep peace

Psychic: Unakite is a very powerful psychic connector. It will boost communication with ancestors, angels, loved ones (past and present) and spirit guides as well as help you access the Akashic records. It will also boost telepathic links with all animals.

Star Sign: Scorpio
Planet: Mars & Venus
Element: Fire & Water

Chakra: Heart
Numerical Vibration: #9
Colors: various shades of green and pink/salmon
Candle Color: Pink/moss green
Flowers & Plants: Hibiscus and passionflower.
Herbs – Incenses – Oils: Apple blossom, moss, rose and yarrow.

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Unakite Jasper is a useful stone for pregnant women. We recommend women have it during pregnancy and childbirth because it teaches us to have patience and reminds us that anything that is worth having is worth waiting for. It is also believed to benefit the female reproductive system, aiding in a healthy mother, baby and birthing process. Place a unakite stone on your belly to foster a connection between you and your baby in your womb. The unakite meaning is also useful for children who are sensitive. It helps them be resilient in the face of adversity, grief or disappointment.

Unakite is excellent at removing obstacles to your personal growth. Whether it is an issue from childhood or last month’s divorce that is draining your energy and holding you back. Meditations with this gemstone will aid in releasing pain and anger that you are having trouble letting go of.

You may use Unakite to build your self-confidence, as it strengthens your courage, assisting you in taking control of the aspects of your life that you can yield power over. Giving you the confidence to transform anger and fear into positive constructive energies. Like love and compassion for yourself.

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HOW TO USE UNAKITE

Placed on the 3rd eye, it provides powerful visions from the celestial realm, opens us up to spiritual growth and psychic visions, provides grounding, especially after meditations, astral journeying or any kind of intuitive work, great for re-birthing, a process that helps us deal with the events of our past which have caused blockages in our chakras and meridians. Re-birthing helps us get rid of whatever has been inhibiting our growth, goes beneath the surface of our existence which makes it useful for scrying, shows us where compromise and blending are needed.

  • Wear it as a necklace or jewelry for ongoing, everyday support.
  • Place it in your environment, to support specific activities, like work.
  • Meditate while holding it to receive deep insight, guidance, and healing.
  • It can assist one in finding one s animal guide.
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UNAKITE METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

In case you have been feeling very depressed of feeling you do not know what the future is having for you, sleep with a piece of Unakite gemstone, just keep it below your pillow. It is a brilliant support in case you are facing trouble while sleeping, and will help you in case you are tensed.

It also contains big powerful vibration in heart chakra and thymus chakra that is also called as higher heart chakra. The high heart chakra is regarding compassion and love, and also contains love for self. Unakite is very supportive in case you have less self-esteem and have to develop a great love for you. It links the thymus chakra energy with the vibration of the heart chakra, helping you to be much compassionate and loving towards yourself and others.

In crystal body layouts or healing grids, Unakite balances emotions with spirituality. When placed on the third eye, Unakite opens, promotes visualization and psychic awareness while providing a grounding vibration.For Gaia Healing, Unakite may be placed in an area of disturbed Earth energy. Unakite is a useful stone for gridding, as it helps to negate the effects of electromagnetic pollution.

  • Unakite is a stone with gentle but powerful energy
  • Balance your emotions and enhance your visualization skills
  • Use it to locate the cause of a problem in past life healing
  • Gain confidence and control in magic spell casting
  • Helps with healing of abandonment and separation issues
  • Find your animal guide – offers assistance in connection and reunion
  • Place Unakite in any room to stimulate a calm and gentle energy
  • Lift your spirits when you are down and see the true beauty in life
  • Unakite can be useful for transforming deep emotional scarring and trauma towards self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-love.
  • Unakite can be used to enhance psychic visioning when used in meditation.
  • It can help aid negative energy and lift your spirits when you are feeling down.
  • It can help uncover deception and aid the wearer to see the beauty in life.
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Called by some a unification stone because it unifies different minerals in itself, Unakite is said to give a feeling of oneness to the wearer and to help to defend against dividing energies.

This stone works to alleviate feelings of pain, anger, and stress by emitting soothing and therapeutic frequencies into its environment. Therefore, it can be especially useful if bad news has you feeling down. During such times, you may use or wear the stone to allow its energies to ease away your pain or heartache.

It is also one of the best gemstones for the gardens as it protects their gardens. It is a great source of peace, love and carries calming effect along with it. It can also be used as a gemstone to gain some weight to achieve a good health.

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Unakite gemstone is a very beautiful gemstone, which is extremely spiritual. It will carry you through optimism and serenity regarding the future and will also help your spiritual development. It is a nice gemstone to utilize during the complicated situations the world suffering through. Unakite gemstone has secured element in its makeup and it will support you to reduce negative energies and habits that might be holding you back.

It can heighten courage levels, and can also assist you to build a higher degree of self-confidence. Better developed self-esteem can help you to gain control in areas where you’d previously feared to establish it. Whether you are nervous to ask for a raise at work or are fearful of dating again, this stone can help you to establish the confidence you need. In the process, it will transform fear into a positive and constructive energy, such as love, kindness, optimism, etc.

Try meditating with it held at either your crown or third eye chakra. You will find that it not only has the qualities already mentioned, but it also heightens psychic awareness, especially when held to the third eye area.

Unakite not only strengthens the bond in a marriage but can also be used in other types of relationships such as friendships, family, and even coworkers, as it facilitates compassion and understanding, which is vital in any type of relationship. So the Unakite can also be used as a friendship jewelry or be placed at your workplace to create an environment of kindness and love and repel negative feelings and thoughts, that are only polluting the surroundings

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UNAKITE HEALING PROPERTIES

Many illnesses emerge from unhealed past experience and trauma. The fact that unakite balances emotions is the reason that it works so well to enable healing within the body. It is known to support recuperation from severe illness, to enhance health within the reproductive system (which is why it is commonly used to make fertility bracelets); and to fortify the health of unborn babies.

Additionally, it is believed to enhance healing within skin tissue, promote hair growth, protect us from EMF radiation; and is sometimes used to increase weight gain in targeted areas of the body. Unakite also promotes sound sleep and is grounding when required to be.

  • Unakite is useful in treating heart and respiratory disease.
  • Unakite can assist tissue repair.
  • Unakite is helpful in treating dysfunction of the reproductive system.
  • Benefits the heart and circulatory system
  • Aids the functions of the female reproductive system, and to a lesser degree, the male reproductive system
  • Eases and comforts during pregnancy
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CARING FOR YOUR UNAKITE CRYSTAL

Unakite is not overly porous but still should not be subjected to harsh chemicals.  It should also not be placed in ultrasonic cleaning equipment as they have been known to damage the gemstone.

Use of a mild soap and water with a soft bristle brush (toothbrush) should be good enough.  Rinse piece and pat dry with soft, lint-free cloth.  You can also clean them with a damp cloth.  If you are unsure about cleaning any of your jewelry, always consult a professional jeweler for instructions.

FENG SHUI

Considered the perfect yin yang stone, unakite helps us balance our masculine and feminine sides, be more nurturing and helps us foster healthy relationships with newfound balanced emotions. Enhances the relationship between mother and child. Place in the partnership gua or children gua.

Pale green blended with salmon pink-balancing, harmonizing, argument settling, releases energy blockages. South West/West especially

Unakite crystal is the perfect pocket enhancer crystal for the yin fire Rooster year as its qualities are perfect for a yin fire year and this stunning piece of the finest quality is combined with two very auspicious i-ching coins and harnessed with an extremely powerful thought form to give ultimate protection for wealth and legal issues, a superb crystal to energize and clear negative energy in 2017 and should be placed in your pocket, purse, wallet, handbag, backpack or as close to you as possible.

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MINERAL PROPERTIES

First discovered in the United States in the Unakas mountains of North Carolina, unakite is an altered granite composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and generally colorless quartz. It exists in various shades of green and pink and is usually mottled in appearance. In good quality, unakite is considered a semi precious stone, will take a good polish and is often used in jewelry and other lapidary work such as eggs, spheres and other carvings like animals. It is also referred to as epitomized granite. In some of the Blue Ridge occurrences, an epitomized Augen gneiss is present exhibiting foliation structures.

Unakite can be found as pebbles and cobbles from glacial drift in the beach rock on the shores of Lake Superior. It occurs in Virginia where it is found in the river valleys after having been washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unakite is not limited to the United States but has also been reported from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and China. Some material labeled unakite lacks the feldspar and is more properly epidosite.

Unakite…or epidote with feldspar as it is also known, consists of a combination of deformed red jasper and green epidote solidly bound together, thus creating the beautiful pistachio and pink coloring. The splashes of soft peach against a fresh green colored background make Unakite a much beloved and magical gemstone.

Very compact and hard. It’s spring colors and compact, hard structure make it a nice stone for jewelry.

Energy Producing Crystal Bowls & Ways To Fill Your Home With Positive Energy

Crystal Bowls

Bowls made from various materials. Can be used for altars, decor and creating sacred spaces. Many people will put some items in their bowls to be charged with the energy of the material the bowl is made from.

An altar is an ever-changing, constantly evolving sacred space. It can be as small as a matchbox or it can fill up an entire room. Your altar is a place where you can center yourself, meditate, work magic, or prepare yourself for the day. In short, your altar can be whatever you want to be.

There is no right or wrong way to make an altar: it is a creative act! However, given that I’m constantly being asked how to do it, I figured a few guidelines might simplify the process for those of you who are keen to give it a go!

The most important thing is to have your altar in a place where it won’t be disturbed. You don’t want someone’s fingers (or energy) all over your altar! When I lived at home with my parents, I kept mine in the closet, but you could make an altar in a drawer or even an altar in a jar if you need to keep it really quiet. It should be a space that feels like it is truly yours, where you can express yourself and your spirituality freely, without judgment.

You might want to add: Objects symbolizing earth, air, fire, and water. Crystals that you charge up under the Full Moon. Sage or Palo Santo for clearing space. Photos or mementos. Candles. Tarot cards. Handwritten notes or mantras. Cash. Statues (of deities, power animals, etc.)  Bowls or dishes for ritual work. Matches

Your altar should reflect your taste! If you prefer things to be clean and minimal, lean that way. If you’re into excess, go nuts. This is your space to do with as you please, so take that opportunity and run with it. Create an area that makes you happy! I do believe, however, that everything on your altar should be either significant to you or beautiful (and preferably both).

Your home should be your sanctuary, a place for you to retreat from the world and feel at ease.

Your home is really your ‘birthing place’, it is where you should feel grounded and centered in order for you to create, inspire and grow.

Often times, however, the home may not feel this way. You may have a constant flow of visitors, noisy neighbors, disagreeable roommates, or a disruptive living condition that prevents you from feeling at ease.

Whatever the situation, you can always work on filling your home with an abundance of positive energy. This can help too –

  • Boost creativity and inspiration
  • Ease disagreeable roommates or family members
  • Remove negative energy or entities
  • Clear out stagnant or stuffy energy
  • Make your home feel safe and secure
  • Promote harmonious relationships
  • Bring more grounding and positive energy to your day

In fact, filling your home with positive energy can really help you to raise your vibration and help you along your path of purpose.

Here is how to do it:

1. CLEAR CLUTTER

Creating space in your home brings in a flow of positive, inspiring and creative energy.

Clutter, however, promotes stagnant energy and can also attract negative entities. Clutter can also make you feel less motivated and even depressed.

Start by clearing your home of all the things you no longer need or use. This even includes those cupboards, closets or basements that are crammed with things that are often forgotten.

A general rule to follow is that if you haven’t used it in a year or it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s probably time to let it go.

2. LIGHTING AND AIR

Dim lighting and stuffy air can also attract negative entities and can also impact your mood. In fact, dim lighting can slow down the vibration of energy, causing you to feel unmotivated or sluggish.

During the day, open up the windows and curtains and light darker areas of the home with lamps that emit natural looking light.

Himalayan Salt lamps are also fantastic for clearing away negative energy, stress and air pollutants.

If air quality is an issue where you live, consider also investing in an air purifier or house plants.

3. WHITE SAGE

White Sage has been used for centuries to drive away negative energies and keep your home safe and protected from unwelcome visitors.

White Sage is also very healing and can help to calm nervous tension and to clear the air after arguments or a break-in. It is also great for creating a barrier between you and noisy or disruptive neighbors.

To use, simply burn the sage allowing the smoke to fill the corners of your home. Walk around your space stating your intention to fill your home with positive and loving energy.

4. SINGING BOWLS OR BELLS

Sound is a powerful healer and can help to harmonize the vibration of your space.

Singing bowls and bells come in different frequencies that can help stimulate different types of energy or chakras.

They are also believed to balance the right and left sides of the brain and aid in stress reduction, meditation practices, and relaxation.

These are perfect to use to cleanse your space or second-hand furniture, reduce anxiety about your living situation and promote peace and clarity.

5. CRYSTALS

Crystals are a great way to bring positivity in the home as they can absorb, clear and recalibrate negative energy.

Some of the best crystals to use include:

Clear Quartz: helps to strengthen positive energy in the home by absorbing and clearing negative energy. Can also help reduce fear, stress, and anxiety. Place the quartz around computers/TV, in the study, kitchen, in the main living space or anywhere you need clear, fresh energy.

Rose Quartz: helps to create harmony, trust and peaceful relationships within the home. It is perfect for couples or families looking to deepen their connection. Rose Quartz is best kept in the bedroom. If you are using it to promote a healthy, romantic relationship make sure you use two crystals.

Amethyst helps to promote spiritual development and finding your higher purpose. It also helps to absorb negative entities, stagnant or stuck energy and is a powerful protector. It is also great for stimulating your intuition and creativity. Place amethyst in your home office, mediation room or in the main living space.

Jade helps to promote family harmony, friendship, and mindfulness. It is also gently energizing and can help you feel grounded and supported. Jade is also said to promote good health and fortune. Place in your office, by the front door or in the main living area.

Tigers Eye helps to protect your home and space from unwelcome visitors, negative entities, and energy. It also helps to create a stronger, more balanced energy in the home in order to motivate and help you set goals. Place in the home office or anywhere you need a boost of energy.

6. ESSENTIAL OILS AND INCENSE

Diffusing essential oils or burning incense is another great way to cleanse your home and promote positive energy.

Frankincense, Jasmine or Sandalwood are great options for incense as they promote the protection and the clearing of lower energies.

For essential oils, citrus scents like lemon and orange promote motivation and happiness, floral scents like Lavender and Rose help reduce anxiety and promote harmonious relationships and herbal or woody scents like Rosemary, Clary Sage, Jasmine and Patchouli help to ward off negative energies.

Use essential oils in either a diffuser, oil burner or as a spray.

Your home is really where the heart is, so keeping it filled with positive energy will really allow you to thrive on your highest path.

Crystal Singing Bowls

Experiencing crystal singing bowls on a regular basis offers the following benefits:

  • Reduces stress and aids deep relaxation
  • Increases energy and vitality
  • Increases focus and personal productivity
  • Overcomes negative patterns and addictions
  • Improves your outlook and positivity
  • Improves your health and immunity
  • Increases your sense of well-being
  • Improves your sense of peace and balance
  • Facilitates emotional and spiritual growth
  • Raises your personal vibration

Crystal singing bowls are made of pure quartz silica sand. When played, they emit pure sine waves that resonate with the crystalline particles in our bodies. Having a natural affinity for quartz, our bodies respond in profound ways to their sound vibrations.

Crystal singing bowl group sessions offer clients the opportunity to experience the transformational and supremely balancing effects of multiple bowls played simultaneously. Crystal bowls are an effective therapy for:

  • Clearing emotional, physical and spiritual blocks that hinder our health, growth, and progress.
  • Improving energy flow in the body.
  • Turns on energetic switches that help us make positive changes in our lives.

Experiencing crystal bowls on a regular basis is highly affordable and offers a valuable means of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing therapy.

The concept of vibrational healing and therapy on this planet goes way back to Atlantis, where crystals and sound vibration was the core of their advanced technological intelligence. Crystal singing bowls are a legacy of Atlantean technology.

Crystal Singing Bowls are made from pure quartz silica sand which is poured into a centrifugal spinning mold. A torch is applied, heating the sand to thousands of degrees centigrade, and the particles integrate to become amorphous, making the transition from crystalline to a glassy structure. The bowls are shaped to resonate at different tones.

Quartz oscillates at a very high frequency. It amplifies and transmits energy and is thus used on computer motherboards, watches, and many other technologies. Quartz (and therefore the bowls) has memory and can be programmed with intent, which makes them very powerful.

Playing crystal singing bowls emits a very pure sine wave which carries through physical form very readily. Our bodies have a natural affinity to quartz and is composed of many crystalline substances. Our bones, blood, and DNA are crystalline. Our brains also have a liquid crystal-colloidal structure. Even on a molecular level, our cells contain silica which balances our electromagnetic energies. This is the same formula as a natural quartz crystal. As a result, the rich resonance of the crystal bowls causes the crystalline structures within our bodies to vibrate and resonate, causing a profound response in our physical and subtle bodies. The various tones affect our energy centers as they open, balance and heal. Crystal bowl vibrations also awaken cellular memories.

Quartz bowls hold the vibration of pure white light which, in turn, contains the full spectrum when refracted. As such, playing the bowls not only infuses us with sound but with light as well. Like a powerful radio transmitter, the bowls transmit energy into the atmosphere and fill our auras with a vibrational radiance which translates into the seven main colors of the rainbow.

As different parts of the brain are affected, it is likely that they release different hormones and neurochemicals which can suppress pain, strengthen willpower, enhance creativity and overcome addictions.

Crystal Singing Bowl vibrations have the power to shift our consciousness in a positive way. The rich tones affect brain wave activity which facilitates travel into altered states of consciousness. As our awareness expands, we grow closer to our original selves and begin to reflect the highest radiance while still in our physical form.

 

Digging Deeper, for Our Love of the Earth.

For the love of a tree…
She went out on a limb.
For the love of the sea…
She rocked the boat.
For the love of the earth…
She dug deeper.
For the love of community…
She mended fences.
For the love of the stars…
She let her light shine.
For the love of spirit…
She nurtured her soul.
For the love of a good time…
She sowed seeds of happiness.
For the love of the Goddess…
She drew down the moon.
For the love of nature…
She made compost.
For the love of a good meal…
She gave thanks.
For the love of family…
She reconciled differences.
For the love of creativity…
She entertained new possibilities.
For the love of her enemies…
She suspended judgment.
For the love of herself…
She acknowledged her worth.
And the world was richer for her.

~ Charlotte Tall Mountain

Healing Crystals and Gemstones {recap}

It’s suggested that you should never let anyone touch your crystals. Each crystal should be cleansed before use to clear any stored energy.

Try one or all of the following methods until you find the one that works best for you:

Place the crystal on or near a plant

Leave the crystal out in the sunlight for an hour

Pass crystal through the smoke of your chosen scented incense or sage

Place crystal in freezer overnight

Envision your crystal in imaginary white light until clean

Place crystal in the sun for several hours or During the Full Moon

Place your crystal by a window.

Soak crystal in sea salt or Epsom salts. {use caution}

You may use crystal as an elixir by placing crystal in your drinking water

Crystal Healing 

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Throughout history, civilizations have had many uses for crystals. The oldest legend goes back to the ancient times of Atlantis. It was said that the people of Atlantis were highly evolved and used crystals to channel and release the cosmic forces. The legend declares that this sacred knowledge was abused and Atlantis was destroyed, but before it was destroyed the wise one’s of the civilization programmed certain crystals with the information and planted them in the earth, trusting that the crystals would surface on the planet to be attracted to people who could attune their minds to receive the information stored within.  Mayan and American Indians in the past have used crystals for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Crystal healing work means transcending our self and ego. It works with a combination of the mind, the will, the crystal and the spirit becoming a channel through which spirit can do its work. To become this channel, you need to learn to surrender and become centered, calm and focused.

What are crystals? Crystals are composed of minute particles called atoms that are grown within Mother Earth, they carry certain vibrations. Crystals are capable of receiving, projecting, reflecting light (which is the highest form of energy known in the physical universe). Nearly all crystals are created by repetitive adding of new matter to the growing crystalline mass. Some have their origins in fiery gases, some from vapors of volcanic gases and some from water solutions.

You can use Crystals with Reiki to help change a number of inner processes, to do healing, to energize and balance the bodies energies. Just having them in your environment brings more beauty and light into your environment, they will charge the area with energy, they can purify and restore peace. You can carry or wear the crystal to bring light and energy into your day and have an effect on people who drain your energy or constantly have a negative attitude. You can use any crystal in meditation to absorb its healing properties.

When crystals are used for healing purposes, they will be open to picking up the energy of the individuals that they are working with and should be cleansed after each treatment. You can run them under cool water and put them in a window or outside with sunlight (for at least 30 min) or on a large quartz cluster to cleanse and recharge. You will tell if they need to be energized, they will become dull and clouded. You can personally recharge your crystals by holding them in your hand and sending them your own healing energy. For those crystals that are very drained, you can soak them in sea salt and leave it for a couple days, then rinse it in cool water and put in the sun, then personally recharged.

You can use Reiki to cleanse any type of crystal, simply holding the crystal and intending that it should be cleansed.  You can write down any problems you are having on paper and place a crystal under it intending that the Reiki flow into the problem to create healing.

Crystal healing is an effective method of cleansing the aura, releasing suppressed traumas and connecting a person with their source of truth and power once old patterns are released. Crystals help by increasing the amount of light. The increased energy serves to get rid of unreleased blocks of negatively charged energy. The frequencies of light that crystals emit are important. They have a direct influence on the bodies biochemical processes.  Crystals are powerful when used in conjunction with the body’s energy centers, the Chakras. Each chakra has a specific vibrational color.

Old feelings and memories may surface and be expressed when crystals are used. The purpose of crystal healing is to help those whom you work with to balance and align the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies so that they can get at their own inner resources of power and truth. True healing happens when you take full responsibility for yourself and when you do, you claim the power to heal.

tumbled-stones-poster-with-namesCrystal Properties:

Amazonite: (Blue/green) Bestows truth and honor. A stone of communication, allowing us to speak from the heart. It fosters clairvoyant visions and is useful for divination and prophecy. Chakra: Throat

Amber: (Yellow to golden orange) Amber is petrified tree sap that is millions of years old. It is said to bring romantic love and wisdom. Keep it in the house or office to cleanse the space of negative vibrations. It is effective for lifting depression. Chakra: Solar Plexus

Amethyst: (Purple) Increases spiritual awareness, psychic abilities, and inner peace. It is valued for its abilities to transform negative energy into positive energy. A strong but gentle teacher of all things spiritual, mystical and psychic. Chakra: Third Eye

Ametrine: (Purple and gold) A mixture of Citrine and Amethyst this stone contains the qualities of both. Chakra: Third Eye

Aventurine: (Sparkling green) Long associated with creativity, prosperity, career, success, and balance. It opens us up to the world of opportunity. Healing and soothing to the mind body and spirit. Chakra: Heart

Jade: (green) Used to release suppressed emotions during the dream process. Brings realization to one’s potential and devotion to one’s purpose. Facilitates peace within our mental, emotional and physical bodies. Transmutes negative energy. Chakra: Heart

Blue Lace Agate: (Pale Blue) Helps us reach extremely high spiritual places. It’s inspirational and contains the quality of grace. Brings protection, abundance, and good luck. Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown

Blue Lapis: (Navy to royal blue with gold flecks) Stone of truthfulness and strengthener of both mind and body. It makes us more open in all ways, including openness to psychic experience. Chakra: Third Eye

Bloodstone: (Dark green or red) Enhances organization and smooth energy flow. It brings abundance and good fortune. A great purifier, it has the ability to remove emotional and physical blocks. Chakra: Root

Calcite: (Golden Yellow) A stone of wisdom and balance that promotes mental harmony. It deepens intellect, wisdom and psychic abilities. Chakra: Solar Plexus

Carnelian: (Deep Orange to red) A stone of protection, it protects against envy, fear, and anger. Helps increase physical energy, personal power, creativity, and compassion. Stabilizes energy in the home and protects the environment from negative energy. Chakra: Sacral

Chrysocolla: (Mixture of green and turquoise) Promotes great inner strength and harmony by helping eliminate negativity from within. It purifies our home or work environments. It can be especially healing to those with blood disorders. Chakra: Heart and throat)

Citrine: (Gold) A crystal of prosperity, generosity and creative power. It is considered healing to the digestive system and emotions and strengthening the body. Chakra: Sacral

Desert Rose: Provides alignment of the chakras and meridians of the physical body. Emits energy to strengthen our commitment to our lives work and gives us stability in employment.

Fluorite: (Various shades of green, purple and clear) A very protective stone, especially in the psychic realm. Considered a “psychic shield”, unblocking energy while energizing and protecting. It fosters truth, intellect, and consciousness. Chakra: Third Eye

Garnet: (Red) Linked to romantic love and passion. Associated with career success, social popularity, and self-confidence. It generally energizes, giving inspiration and promotes positive thoughts. Chakra: Root

Hematite: (Silvery Black) A stone for balancing the mind, body, and spirit. It balances our Ying and Yang energies. It also balances the meridians within the body.

Kyanite: (Fibrous blue) Helps in dream recall and promotes dream solving. Aligns all chakras automatically with no conscious direction. It brings tranquility and calming to our whole being. Stimulates communication and psychic ability. Chakra: All

Labradorite: (Grey Green) A stone of strong will, it helps us in building resolve and purpose. It strengthens our aura and assists us in developing our psychic powers. Chakra: Third Eye

Lepidolite: (Light purple) A calming stone used for stress reduction, helps promote emotional balance, meditation, and prayer. Used in times of transition, gently introducing change, allowing smooth passages during the change. An excellent stone for business pursuits, combining diplomacy, direction, and unimpeded communication. Chakra: Third eye

Luvulite/Pink Kunzite: (Pink and violet) Rapid transmission of energy. Has the ability to raise the vibrations of the Heart Center to penetrate emotional blockages and allow the receiver to experience the Love that is the essence of his soul. Chakra: Heart

Malachite: (Layered dark green and medium green) A stone of loyalty, dream healing, emotional maturity, and protection. It is cleansing and helps us attune to the spirit realm while grounding us in the world. Chakra: Heart

Moldavite: (Green) Moldavite works on our higher chakras. It facilitates strong, clear interdimensional connectedness between our consciousness and higher planes of light. It provides us with the image of eternity and the vision and energy to translate the image into reality.

Moonstone: (White/cream/taupe) Promotes good fortune, nurturing, mothering, humanitarian love, hope and spiritual insight. Believed to ease childbirth and protect those who travel on water. Chakra: Third eye

Obsidian: (Black) A stone dedicated to change, transformation, purification, fulfillment, inner growth, and introspection. It encourages us to face our faults in order to correct them Chakra: Root

Onyx: (Grey, black, brown) A stone of stability and groundedness. It increases vigor, strength, and stamina. It creates permanence and consistency during life’s ups and downs. Chakra: Root

Opal: (Milky earth tones) Amplifies one’s traits and characteristics. Helps us recognize our creativity, providing inspiration and imagination. Strengthens memory and installs faithfulness and loyalty. Has been used to awaken psychic and mystical qualities. Chakra: Third Eye

Peridot: (Pale green) A stone of inspiration, purification, growth, intuition, healing, renewal and rebirth. It is soothing to the nerves and alleviating anger. It’s wonderful for stress reduction and relaxation. Chakra: Heart.

Pyrite: (Gold) Intellectually stimulating and thought to increase mental abilities and stabilize the mind. Links the left and right brain to facilitate communication between logic and emotions, analysis and creativity. Promotes memory, psychic abilities, optimism and strength of will. Pyrite unleashes our particular gifts and allows them to flow. It shields from negative energy. Chakra: Solar Plexus

Rose Quartz: (Pink) The stone of love in all forms, self-love, mother love, caring, kindness, platonic, romantic, and unconditional love. It is said to bring financial success into our lives,. Chakra: Heart

Rutilated Quartz: (Clear to brown) Helps us connect to the root of our problems, hence providing the reason for disease or discomfort so we may fix the situation.

Seraphinite: (Deep green with silvery iridescent markings) It is said that this is the most effective stone for cellular regeneration and can cause a flush of pure healing energy. It acts as a trigger, causing old patterns of disease or imbalance to all away and new patterns to be created. It is the premier healing stone of this age. It is the tool most suited to bringing the physical body into line with the Light energy. While the beautiful green shade is perfect for the heart chakra, it can be used on any chakra or any other part of the body where to enhance and harmonized energies are desired.

Sodalite: (Dark and light blue with white marbling) Has the power to enhance logic, intelligence, and emotional balance. It influences clear thinking, comprehension, and perception. It facilitates knowledge and learning, intuition, truth and higher consciousness. Chakra: Third Eye

Sugilite/Royal Azel: (Opaque, purple with dark indigo or magenta shadings) Helps to gain a higher awareness of one’s spiritual essence by opening the third eye and stimulating a mental understanding of our connection to the Universal and our purpose. Promotes inner strength and grace. It activates and balances the brain hemispheres. Strengthens the heart and aids in the physical healing and purification of bodily functions. Sugilite can reduce stress and turn higher spiritual awareness into physical reality. Strengthens spirituality, channeling, and psychic ability. Works with the crown and third eye chakras.

Tanzanite:(Violet/Blue) Tanzanite A calming stone which is ideal for use when your life becomes extremely busy, disorganized or chaotic. Tanzanite can help to bring your life back into balance. One of the most powerful stones used for helping to connect the throat, third eye and crown chakras.

Tiger’s Eye: (Gold and brown) Enhances protection, clear thinking, personal empowerment, integrity, willpower, courage, strength, and grace. Balances male and female energies.Chakra: Solar Plexus and Root

Tourmaline: (Colourless, watermelon, black, blue, green, red) Regulates blood pressure, strengthens the nervous system, immune system and heart muscle (green). (Black) It protects against high radiation and strengthens the nervous system. (Blue) Combats water retention promotes detoxification of the body, strengthens the immune system and reduces throat and bronchial infections. (Watermelon) Alleviates pain, strengthens the immune system and protects the nerve cells

Turquoise: Linked with protection, balance, and strength. Also energy, wisdom, serenity, and friendship. Gently urges us to become one with all life and the universe. Chakra: Throat

healing crystalsHealing Crystals for Children

Crystals are truly gifts from the Earth. Children seem to have a natural attraction to pick them up and fully explore any kind of stone or crystal. They will often use all their senses, seeing what the crystal looks like, feeling the texture with their fingertips, or even rubbing the crystal against other parts of their body. They are curious to know what it sounds like when the crystal drops on the ground or plops into the water, what it smells like and tastes like.

Some children use their psychic senses, telling what the crystal is saying to them; or they will mysteriously use the crystal for healing without any instructions. Children can respond very quickly to the healing energy of crystals. However, please consult the best available qualified medical help on the care of your children and use your common sense in regards to your children’s health and wellness.

Take your children to a rock shop, gem and mineral show, museums as well as to areas of high mineral content (check a geological survey map) such as quarries, caves, and mines. Let your children pick crystals for themselves. Often they will select a crystal that is helpful to their healing process.

I have listed some crystals to help in your child’s healing. Let your child carry the crystal in his or her pocket, or place 1 or 2 in a small medicine bag around the neck. Let your child even sleep with his or her special crystal. Crystals often get lost or misplaced by children so you might want to have a few extras on hand.

Amethyst

A “Master Healing Crystal”Amethyst‘s most noted healing quality is its ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. For children “in transition”, whether it be a growth spurt, a major disappointment such as failing a grade, or even hearing the devastating news of divorce or death, Amethyst accepts all negative emotions and provides comfort through spiritual acceptance. For children with various disabilities or with either physical or emotional pain, an Amethyst cluster in the room will help clear unwanted discharged energies, bringing the room back into a balanced state. For local pain, hold an Amethyst directly on or over the area for up to 20 minutes.

Apache Tear

The “Grief Stone”Apache Tear is actually Obsidian and is very dark but transparent. When you hold a small piece up to the light you can see through it. However, if you have been using the Apache Tear to absorb negative emotions, you will see it cloud up and become opaque. Sometimes it will clear up after the grieving is over.

Aventurine

The “Leadership Stone”Aventurine strengthens and restores the Heart energy, providing a balance of male and female energies. This crystal is green and very loving, embracing, and protective of the Heart. Many children who are shy, timid, or suppressing their leadership qualities need a crystal like Aventurine. This stone helps the individual to become active and to initiate action on their own accord. Asthmatic children seem attracted to this stone as it opens up the lungs and they experience a sense of relief.

Carnelian

A “Self-Esteem Crystal”Carnelian is used to help restore feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. The deep orange colors relate well to strengthening and blending the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras, promoting self-security and self-love. The pinker shades relate to enhancing love between child and parent, through self-acceptance. This crystal is also used for dermatological ailments such as acne, by holding the stone over the skin and moving it in circles for several minutes, several times a day.

Clear Quartz

The “Healing Crystal”Clear Quartz is a general all-purpose healing crystal. Each Quartz crystal has its own energy signature and healing mission. When a child makes contact with the right crystal, the energy is discharged either very slowly, or quite suddenly so it feels like a very mild electric shock. This natural energy can be just enough to transform a disharmonious thought pattern, burn off some negative emotional state, or even place the spiritual seeds of one’s future into consciousness. Using a cluster of Clear Quartz crystals for children is particularly nice, as so many different types of crystals (record-keepers, transmitters, channelers, etc.) are included. There’s a crystal for any occasion! Crystal clusters are also helpful to organize scattered thoughts and to deflect negative energies.

Rose Quartz

“The Love Stone”Rose Quartz is another terrific general healing crystal for children especially for those who have a lot of hurt feelings or aggressive tendencies. Rose Quartz can soothe a broken heart shattered by seeing raw Reality – the ways things are, rather than the way one wants them to be. For hyperactive children, Rose Quartz soothes erratic emotional states, anxiety, fear, compulsions, and many other mental disorders. Some neurological benefits have also been noticed with muscle spasms relaxing when Rose Quartz is guided over the nerve centers. For young hearts, Rose Quartz helps to keep the Heart chakra open, vital and protected, filtering in good energies and keeping out the bad.

Lapis Lazuli

A “Psychic Balance Stone”Lapis Lazuli is an incredible stabilizer for children who show psychic gifts early in life. The deep blue color stimulates the expansion of consciousness in a supportive way, promoting purification and clarity of spiritual insight. Lapis Lazuli provides self-acceptance of one’s given gifts and encourages openness of one’s spiritual awareness. This stone is highly prized for its protective powers and stimulation of all psychic senses.

Jade

A “Soother of Emotions Stone”Jade is easily obtained and can be openly worn by children as regular “jewelry”. Emotionally sensitive children often need a support system to ensure that their feelings do not overwhelm them. Jade enhances confidence, self-assurance, and self-reliance. Jade is very inspirational in helping one achieve one’s desires in life. This stone is often available from a Chinese goods merchant and is often sold in the shape of thin coins.

Tiger Eye

A “Grounding Stone”Tiger Eye has thin rutile inclusions, and when rocked back and forth the light reflects in a certain way as if the tiger’s eye were winking at you! Let your children explore this fascinating stone and help them find the flashing Tiger’s Eye. This stone is excellent for grounding psychic energy and providing security for opening up the psychic centers. Sometimes children get carried away and get lost in their dream world. Tiger Eye helps to pull them back into their bodies (after astral travel). This stone is very useful to put action to one’s thoughts. Tiger’s Eye is about being practical. Perhaps every parent needs one for their child before trips to the shopping mall.

Pyrite

A “Protection Stone”Iron Pyrite comes in many different shapes, from sun discs to cubes. Children are attracted to its shiny brass surfaces. Pyrite is like a small mirror; negative energy is reflected away. The terror of being unprotected is reduced. There is also a feeling of physical empowerment, that life in the physical form is perfect, and love is abundant.

More Crystal Properties:

Amazonite
Pacifies, soothes, harmonizes. Balances energies, especially male/female. Helps one attune to the spiritual dimension, especially distant past. Amazonite acts to soothe and pacify the emotions, calm the nerves and eliminates aggravation and negative energies. It soothes all the chakras and rejuvenates the heart  & throat chakras.  Stabilizes central nervous system.  Enhances communication, memory and brain functions.  General health maintenance helps resist tooth decay, osteoporosis & dispels muscle spasms.

Amber
Highly calming and stabilizing.  Promotes aura healing, energy balance, and cleansing.  Helps manifest desired state of reality.  Stimulates intellect & opens the crown chakra.  Protects against psychic and negative attacks.  Protective shield.  Can improve the functions of the brain and nervous system, release anxiety & increase clarity of mind.  Detoxify & alleviate depression.  Purify body, mind & spirit.  Treatment of goiters and throat diseases as well as kidneys & bladder.  Used as a symbol of the renewal of marriage vows and to keep promises.

Amethyst
Opens consciousness, especially for empaths.  Promotes spirituality & contentment. Aids spiritual insight & intellectual reasoning.  Introduces guides and angels.  Aids in meditation, helps insomnia, headaches, and alcohol recovery.  Treats disorders of hearing, nervous system, digestion tract, heart, stomach, skin, and teeth.  Eases stress.  Calmness & Clarity integrates and balances all systems of the body.

Bloodstone
Stimulating & motivating.  Forces your focus onto the physical plane and minimizes psychic perceptions and distractions.  Cleanses the blood.  Encourages living and moving forward on your life path and helps prevent distractions.  Aids in earth plane achievements.  Encourages a balance of energy.

Carnelian
Promotes responsible sexuality.  Aids creativity.  Raises moods.  Stimulates, balances and heals women’s reproductive system.  Aids non-inflammatory arthritis.  Stimulates analytical capabilities & precision and protects against envy, fear, rage & sorrow.  Dispels apathy, indolence & passivity.

Carnelian
Promotes responsible sexuality.  Aids creativity.  Raises moods.  Stimulates, balances and heals women’s reproductive system.  Aids non-inflammatory arthritis.  Stimulates analytical capabilities & precision and protects against envy, fear, rage & sorrow.  Dispels apathy, indolence & passivity.

Citrine
Detoxifies and cleanses.  Regenerates tissue.  Clears expands and aligns the aura.  Stimulates intellect and mental activity.  Aids urinary and kidney problems.  Balance digestive & nervous systems.  Energizes the sacral chakra and gentle grounding effect.  Dissipates negative energy.  Works out problems.  Does not absorb energies.

Green Aventurine (Africa)
Opens your heart to others and increases trust in life, self-confidence & and optimistic outlook on life.  Improves eyesight.  Fosters light-heartedness.  Cleanses the heart chakra of fear, soothes physical and emotional heart pain.  Heals heart diseases, infections.  Used to treat disorders of lungs, heart, adrenal glands & muscular & urogenital systems. Brings about adventures in love and travel.

Hematite
Grounds and stabilizes.  Brings to a steady focused state.  Heal’s anger and rage.  Fosters peace.  Helps you to face and heal your dark side.  Helps prevent bleeding.  Strengthening influence on the physical body – especially blood, body temperature & circulatory system.  If fully balanced – can provide access to spirit travel and astral worlds.  Assists with Math pursuits & development of mental and manual dexterity.

Jade (Canada)
Healing stone. Dream Stone.  Opens qualities of mercy, compassion, inspire awareness & oneness of all.  Frees from anger, selfishness, & greed.  Encourages service to others.  Help encourage you on your path to enlightenment.  Heals hips, kidneys, heart & spleen.  Increases ambitions & goals & assists with accomplishing objectives.

Labradorite
Connects the emotional & mental bodies to your life purpose & physical action.  Protects & clears the aura of negative energy, & psychic attacks.  Open eye/vision charkas.  Aids the ability to see & communicate positively with others. Fosters consciousness of life purpose.  Instigates rapid frequency shifts to remove blockages & establish new patterns.  Excellent for energy protection, preventing negativity from attaching to you and prevents energy drains.

Rainbow Fluorite
Brings together mental body/mind changes.  Help bring spiritual information to the mind.  Opens channels for clearer communication with animals and others.  Physical coordination, dexterity, balance & learning skills.  Helps maintain the skeletal system.

Rhodonite
Aids grounding.  Stabilizes.  Enhances security & safety. Calms confusion & over-activity.  Encourages Earth awareness & responsibility.  Helps understanding of Mother Earth and your place on the planet.  Heals fear, depression, addictions, and obsessions.  Good for meditation.  Used to further business & increase profits.

Rose Quartz
Stone of gentle love.  Promotes heart healing through positive self-love, self-esteem, and self-image.  Aids the emotional body.  Foster’s acceptance, inner peace, forgiveness, and self-forgiveness.  Eases fear, stress & trauma.  Soothes grief.  Reduces aggravating & aggressive conditions.

Smokey Quartz
Aids grounding.  Stabilizes.  Enhances security & safety. Calms confusion & over-activity.  Encourages Earth awareness & responsibility.  Helps understanding of Mother Earth and your place on the planet.  Heals fear, depression, addictions, and obsessions.  Good for meditation.  Used to further business & increase profits.

Snowflake Obsidian

Aids grounding.  Stabilizes.  Enhances security & safety. Calms confusion & over-activity.  Encourages Earth awareness & responsibility.  Helps understanding of Mother Earth and your place on the planet.  Heals fear, depression, addictions, and obsessions.  Good for meditation.  Used to further business & increase profits.

 Sodalite
Balances the pituitary gland and third eye.  Heals the lymphatic and glandular systems, nerve endings, vision nerves, & body fluids.  Encourages beginning psychic vision.  Aids in letting go of control and trusting in the Creator.  Soothes and heals the central nervous system.  Deep level of peace.

Sunstone
Tiger Eye has the energies of the Sun and the Earth.  It produces soothing vibrations. Can be used in the treatment of the eye and the throat, strengthen spinal column and mending broken bones. Can aid in night vision, and communications.

Tiger Eye – Gold 

Makes one invisible to negative energy.  Protects against psychic attacks.  Returns negative energy to the sender.  Clears negative energy from the solar plexus.  Protects travelers and autos from accidents.  Aids in seeing evil.  Aids physical vision, throat disorders & reproductive system. 

Unakite
Clears diaphragm chakra of toxic emotions and old pain.  Releases anger & resentment and vengeance to conscious awareness for clearing.  Forces changes of negativity through awareness.  Helps you realize the oneness of all life.  Used in the treatment of the reproduction system & stimulates healthy pregnancies & healthy babies.

A Brief History of Crystal Healing

It is fair to say that as long as we have existed as a species, we have had an affinity with stones and crystals. The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind, although we have no way of knowing how the earliest of these objects were viewed or used. Many early pieces were organic in origin. Beads carved of mammoth ivory were excavated from a grave in Sungir, Russia, dating back 25,000 years (Upper Palaeolithic period), and there are contemporary beads made from shell and fossil shark’s teeth.

The oldest amulets are of Baltic amber, some from as long as 30,000 years ago, and amber beads were discovered in Britain from 10,000 years ago, the end of the last ice age. The distance they traveled to reach Britain shows their value to the people of that time. Jet was also popular, and jet beads, bracelets, and necklaces have been discovered in Palaeolithic gravesites in Switzerland and Belgium. There have been malachite mines in Sinai since 4000 BC.

The first historical references to the use of crystals come from ancient Sumeria, where they were included in magic formulas. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, emerald and clear quartz in their jewelry, and carved grave amulets of the same gems. Stones were used for protection and health. Chrysolite (later translated as both topaz and peridot) was used to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits. Egyptians also used crystals cosmetically. Galena (lead ore) was ground to a powder and used as the eye shadow known as kohl. Malachite was used in a similar manner. Green stones, in general, were used to signify the heart of the deceased and were included in burials. Green stones were used in a similar way at a later period in ancient Mexico.

The ancient Greeks attributed a number of properties to crystals, and many names we use today are of Greek origin. The word ‘crystal’ comes from the Greek word for ice, as it was believed that clear quartz was water that had frozen so deeply it would always remain solid. Amethyst means ‘not drunken’, and was worn as an amulet to prevent drunkenness. Hematite comes from the word for blood, because of the red colouration produced when it oxidizes. Hematite is an iron ore, and the ancient Greeks associated iron with Mars, the god of war. Greek soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before a battle, probably to make themselves invulnerable. Greek sailors wore a variety of amulets to keep them safe at sea.

Jade was highly valued in ancient China, and some Chinese written characters represent jade beads. Musical instruments in the form of chimes were made from jade, and around 1000 years ago emperors were sometimes buried in jade armor. There are burials with jade masks from around the same period in Mexico. Jade was recognized as a kidney healing stone both in China and South America. More recently, dating from around 250 years ago, the Maoris of New Zealand wore jade pendants representing the ancestor spirits, which were passed down many generations through the male line. The practice of wearing ‘green stone’ pendants carry on there today.

Crystals and gemstones have played a part in all religions. They are mentioned throughout the Bible and in the Koran. The origin of the stones we attribute to various birth signs is the breastplate of Aaron, or high priest’s breastplate, mentioned in the book of Exodus. In the Koran, the 4th Heaven is composed of carbuncle (garnet). The Kalpa Tree, which represents an offering to the gods in Hinduism, is said to be made entirely of precious stone, and a Buddhist text from the 7th century describes a diamond throne, situated near the Tree of Knowledge (the neem tree under which Siddhartha meditated). On this throne, a thousand Kalpa Buddhas reposed. The Kalpa Sutra, in Jainism, speaks of Harinegamesi, the divine commander of the foot troops, who seized 14 precious stones, cleansed them of their lesser qualities, and retained only their finest essence to aid his transformations.

There is an ancient sacred lapidary treatise, the Ratnapariksha of Buddhabhatta. Some sources state that it is Hindu, but it is most likely Buddhist. The date is uncertain, but it is probably from the 6th Century. In this treatise, diamonds figure highly, as the king of gemstones, and are ranked according to caste. The Sanskrit word for diamond, vajra, is also the word for the Hindu goddess Indra’s thunderbolt, and diamonds are often associated with thunder. The Ruby was also highly revered. It represented an inextinguishable flame and was purported to preserve both the physical and mental health of the wearer. The treatise lists many other gemstones and their properties.

In Burma, stones, especially rubies, were inserted into the flesh to become part of the wearer’s body, in the belief it would make them invulnerable.

Amulets were banned by the Christian church in 355 AD, but gemstones continued to play an important role, with sapphire being the favored gem for ecclesiastical rings in the 12th century. Marbodus, the Bishop of Rennes in the 11th century, claimed that Agate would make the wearer more agreeable, persuasive, and in favor of God. There were also many symbolic references, such as the carbuncle representing Christ’s sacrifice.

In Europe, from the 11th century through the Renaissance, a number of medical treatises appeared, extolling the virtues of precious and semi-precious stones in the treatment of certain ailments, alongside mainly herbal remedies. Authors included Hildegard von Bingen, Arnoldus Saxo, and John Mandeville. There are also references to stones with particular qualities of strength or protection. In 1232 Hubert de Burgh, the chief justiciar of Henry III was accused of stealing a gem from the king’s treasury which would make the wearer invincible and give it to Llewellyn, the King of Wales and Henry’s enemy. It was also believed that gemstones were corrupted by the original sins of Adam, could possibly be inhabited by demons, or if handled by a sinner, their virtues would depart. Therefore, they should be sanctified and consecrated before wearing. There is an echo of this belief today in the cleansing and programming of crystals before use in crystal healing.

During the Renaissance, the tradition of using precious stones in healing was still accepted, but the enquiring minds of the period sought to find out how this worked, and give it a more scientific explanation.

In 1609 Anselmus de Boot, court physician to Rudolf II of Germany suggested that any virtue a gemstone has is due to the presence of good or bad angels. The good angels would confer a special grace to the gems, but the bad angels would tempt people into believing in the stone itself, and not in God’s gifts bestowed on it. He goes on to name certain stones as helpful and put other’s qualities down simply to superstition. Later in the same century, Thomas Nicols expressed in his ‘Faithful Lapidary’ that gems, as inanimate objects, could not possess the effects claimed in the past. Thus, in the Age of Enlightenment, the use of precious stones for healing and protection began to fall from favor in Europe.

In the early part of the 19th century, a number of interesting experiments were conducted to demonstrate the effects of stones on subjects who believed themselves to be clairvoyant. In one case, the subject claimed to feel not only physical and emotional changes when touched with various stones, but also to experience smells and tastes.

Although no longer in use medicinally, gemstones continued to hold meaning. Until recently, Jet was popularly worn by those in mourning, and garnet was often worn in times of war. There is a tradition in a local family in southwest England: every female descendant wears an antique moonstone necklace for her wedding, which has been in the family for generations. It was only recently that one family member realized this was a fertility symbol.

Many tribal cultures have continued the use of gemstones in healing until very recently, if not through to the present day. The Zuni tribe in New Mexico make stone fetishes, which represent animal spirits. These were ceremonially ‘fed’ on powdered turquoise and ground maize. Beautifully inlaid fetishes are still made to sell, and are very collectible artifacts or sculptures, although the spiritual practice surrounding them is no longer much in use. Other Native American tribes still hold precious stones, especially turquoise, sacred. Both Aborigines and Maoris have traditions regarding stones and healing or spiritual practice, some of which they share with the rest of the world, while some knowledge still kept private within their communities.

It is interesting to note that there are many examples of gemstones meaning similar things to different cultures, even when there has been absolutely no interaction between these cultures, and no opportunity for crossover. Jade was considered to be a kidney healing stone by the ancient Chinese, and also Aztec and Mayan civilizations, Turquoise has been worn to give strength and health all over the world, and Jaspers have almost always conferred both strength and calm.

In the 1980s, with the advent of the New Age culture, the use of crystals and gemstones began to re-emerge as a healing method. Much of the practice was drawn from old traditions, with more information gained by experimentation and channeling. Books by Katrina Rafael in the 80s, and Melody and Michael Gienger in the 90s, helped to popularize the use of crystals.

These days there are a large number of books available on the subject, and crystals frequently feature in magazine and newspaper articles. Crystal therapy crosses the boundaries of religious and spiritual beliefs. It is no longer viewed as the domain of alternative culture, but as an acceptable and more mainstream complimentary therapy, and many colleges now offer it as a qualification subject.

Animal Spirit and Medicine: Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits work with us in many capacities and on a variety of levels. As Totems, they reflect aspects of our personalities teaching us to know ourselves better and understand our interrelationships. Power Animals are much the same; they are the dominant Totem and merge in a sacred spiritual manner with our inner spirit. Guides are not always animals but they can be; these creatures guide us through spiritual realms and to our teachers showing the way to enlightenment. Some Animal Spirits act as messengers coming once or twice in a lifetime while others are frequent visitors. All these capacities reflect their abilities to impart a wide variety of messages on many different levels. All Animal Spirits are our teachers in one way or another. They can act as protectors giving us warnings, or defending us in other ways. While they teach us about ourselves and our lives, their highest teachings are that of Spirit and spiritual development.

There is a myriad of levels that can be used to make contact with our Totems, Power Animals, Guides, and Teachers. They can appear in the wild of the mundane world grabbing our attention in some distinctive way. There are visions that some are capable of receiving where the creature-teachers will appear and speak or act out a pantomime to relay messages. They come during journeys, quests, and most readily in the Dream Lodge. It is in our dreams that we are more willing to accept the unusual and thus communicative levels are heightened naturally. These Animal Spirits are capable of shapeshifting to suit our needs and teaching us how to do the same.

Animal spirits communicate in different ways. They will use body language to demonstrate their message. The direction they come from and are headed to will tell you the area the message applies to and the method you are to focus on in dealing with it. These creature-teachers are capable of telepathic communication or thought transference. They can impart images or thoughts into our minds and convey a great deal of information. They can speak as humans do in all languages though this is generally demonstrated on spiritual levels of the Dream Lodge, journeys, or vision quests.

Each Animal Spirit comes to us not as the animal itself but as a representation of the spiritual essence of that animal. If you look at any species you will see they have character traits that are unique and stand out from one another. The food they eat tells you what to search for, what your spirit needs to feed on to sustain itself. The ways they hunt show you the methods you can develop to find your own answers. Their enemies will demonstrate the types of individuals you need to watch out for, the traits that are your own weaknesses, personal flaws that need to be controlled, and many other things. As you can see, there is a great deal to learn from these creature-teachers just in the mundane world.

Taking this a step higher into the realm of spiritual lessons and other dimensions they can carry these same traits with them and you will learn to apply them there. On this level there is a quickening of the pace, things happen at the speed of thought, and you learn to function at that level. Above that, there is the teaching each Animal Spirit can impart that will take you into the pure essence of Spirit Itself. They can take you into the Great Mystery, the Silence of the Void, and show you wonders that you never imagined. It takes an effort to work on this kind of development and it all begins with awareness. You need to be aware of them in your life, visions, and dreams. It all begins with a conscious choice and making it a point to notice them when they reach out to you.

The number of spirits that will work with any individual varies. Some are aware of only one while others have several. In the case of working with numerous creature-teachers, there will be those that tend to dominate at different times and often one that is the overall dominant teacher. All of them are capable of establishing a deep and lasting friendship. Emotional bonds to them grow and we can become very attached. Since some will come and go from our lives so we need to be prepared for an eventual departure and you can always ask them how long they will be with you. They will tell you if it is temporary or not.

When you take notice of these teachers and begin to openly communicate with them there is nothing you cannot ask. They will answer your questions honestly (sometimes cryptically) or they will take you to another teacher who can better serve to impart the lesson. It takes a level of trust and confidence to establish these relationships. You have to trust in them and they have to have the confidence in you that the effort will be put forth to continue to grow. It is important to understand that their first concern is service to Spirit. They have been sent by Spirit to help you raise your levels of consciousness and achieve spiritual progression. Your willingness to accept those teachings determines just how far or how high you can take the experiences.

The next time you dream of an animal, or see one in the wild, or even if you have a deep and abiding attraction to one or more, look into what it can share with you. Study its habits, its nature, its method of survival and apply those traits in your own life.

New Moon Energy ~ The New Moon in Gemini

During the time of the New Moon in Taurus, we took our new beginnings, new plans, new projects, new directions and solidified them, made them more stable as they went through a time of growth, development, and greater establishment in the physical world. They’ve at least got a toehold and a chance to survive now.

You may have even rustled up some resources to make sure you can support them … and you for sure have laid some future plans on what kind of return on investment you want when finally you’ve brought them to maturity.

Now, of course, it’s time to build around this core, diversify, tell people what you think, pick their brains for nuggets of knowledge and new perspectives, and maybe do a little advertising.

That’s where Gemini energy comes in … and with the New Moon in Gemini comes a time of moving about both physically and mentally, gathering data and information, learning and studying, communicating viewpoints and beliefs, sharing advice and opinions, brainstorming, and collecting the intellectual resources to move the “solid new beginnings” into expanded growth and greater accessibility — through the power of promoting an idea whose time has come!!

“Bouncing ideas” off other people in order to gain the advantage of their approaches and outlooks is one of Gemini’s inherent strengths. It’s one of the reasons Geminis love to talk; they’re exercising those fabulous communications skills — all in the name of research.

Geminis exist to exchange information with the minds of those around them. They are like the honeybees flitting from flower to flower gathering those all important “raw materials” … as they move from person to person, subject to subject, thought to thought, concept to concept. In the end, they blend it all together and create something new from the various pieces they’ve collected. In this way, the greater benefit and education of all concerned … evolves.

Gemini energy is quick, clever, curious, imaginative, innovative, inventive, versatile, ingenious and quite often decidedly brilliant in its creations. As arguably the most purely “intellectual” of the signs, it can be logical, analytical, reasonable, and diverse — but also strangely impersonal and at times disturbingly lacking in “emotional involvement.” In the context of pure Gemini energy … emotions are a virtual nuisance, often best ignored.

Properly expressed, Gemini energy plays with concepts and variations … searching for novelty, sparkle, sharp but graceful presentation, and the “appeal” that will attract the attention of other minds and expand the pool of intellectual diversity on a subject. Thus do bits and pieces of facts and information expand into whole new ways of looking at the world. Where pure Gemini energy is concerned, there is nothing so wondrous, so lovely, nor so powerful as an idea “on the move.”

Whatever your sign and wherever Gemini is placed in your Natal Chart, this moment of renewed alignment between your sense of personal direction and your sense of emotional commitment — represented by the arrival of the New Moon in Gemini — marks the place where information, diversity, and communication skills are important to you.

Here is where you pay a lot of attention, where a multitude of things interest you, where you are easily bored, where your opinions are varied and often ambivalent, where you take in a lot of knowledge from the outside world, and where you may need to talk with others and exchange opinions — in order to better form your own.

Once more I remind you, the energy of each new sign offers a reaction against the excesses of the sign that precedes it — in that wonderful yin-yang system of checks and balances we will all come to know intimately as we progress through life.

Where Taurus energy is laid-back, composed, affectionate, gentle, devoted, loyal, placid, and “nice,” Gemini energy is high-strung, diffuse — often scattered, unemotional, logical, intellectual, perceptive, analytical, curious, imaginative, and concerned more with the world of the mind than with the world of physical things.

Its emphasis is on understanding, collecting facts, being mentally engaged and stimulated, being clever and creative, inventing something new and interesting, and making connections between otherwise unrelated pieces of knowledge in ways that are memorable, delightful and even humorous. It sees the world as a place virtually devoted to its desire for entertainment … and new subjects to explore.

It needs “something new” going on all the time because it gets bored mighty quick. It never met an idea — or a novel situation — that it didn’t want to look at … twice. It loves differences!!! It needs to circulate … and to be always on the go.

Like the swift messenger of the gods, Mercury, whose planetary metaphor rules this sign (the planet which zips through its circuit of the Sun in less than three month’s time) Gemini people — like the thoughts that transcend the physical limits of time and space — are here one minute, gone somewhere else the next.

Gemini is Mutable Air energy. Mutable … as in “plastic, changeable, adaptable, fluid, vacillating. Air … as in “free as the breeze.” It is legendary for being hard to pin down, hard to hold onto, not given much to things like “forevermore” or “lasting commitments.” They make wonderful friends and companions … not so wonderful lovers and mates. That “variety thing” they are so fond of … well, it tends to cause problems with partners who think they should be “the one and only.”

It’s not that Geminis don’t need relationships. They do. In fact, they need an awful lot of them. People and the products of their existence, the ideas, the possibilities, the adventure, the toys!!, provide the most exciting diversion of all for the restless Gemini mind.

This emphatically intellectual slant on life is echoed, of course in the other two Air signs, Libra and Aquarius. In Libra, it assumes a culture, grace, an indispensable sense of fairness, and a focus on more acceptable arrangements of one-to-one partnerships — although even here the exact partners may change again and again over time.

In Aquarius, it expands into an impersonal, independent, idealistic, but more generalized perspective of wanting a connection with friends, acquaintances, and “humanity” in general. But, somehow Aquarian detachment and altruism are a little easier to take overall than Gemini’s often “two-timing ways.”

That willingness to connect mentally, though, in ways that are attractive, exciting, and productive … begin here, in the eclecticism of Gemini and its willingness to try anything once. (Ok. Twice.) The basic statement of Gemini energy is “I think.” The hidden part of that phrase is, “I think a lot!!”

Its ingenuity can rival that of Aquarius. It’s razzle-dazzle is second to none. What it lacks in persistence and tenacity, it makes up in incandescent brilliance. It is one of the best examples of what the human mind — all by itself — can achieve. But as with Aquarius, Gemini inspirations can dance on the far edge of practicality … and then trip four or five steps further into some theoretical never-never land, where the concepts look fine on paper, but there’s no possible way to execute them in the real world.

Then, of course, Gemini may set about to invent something that changes that limitation into something possible. Before the invention of computers, for example, musicians could write music that could not humanly be played. The technical and physical demands on the performers were just too much. (Spans that human hands couldn’t possibly reach, for instance.) Although with overdubbing and other tricks (and oh, my how Geminis love tricks!! And gadgets!!) technicians (probably nimble Geminis themselves!!) could cobble together something acceptable.

Well, it was probably Gemini energy that invented “unplayable” music in the first place. And then went to the trouble to write some. And it was Gemini energy that found a way to transcend the limits. And then it was the Uranus in Gemini group of souls (whose karmic destiny combines the dramatic inspiration and ingenuity of Aquarius — ruled by Uranus –applied on a global scale, with the Gemini compulsion to handle huge amounts of assorted information quickly) who came up with the computer and then made it possible for every household — theoretically again (Lord, how those Air signs love theory!) — to own one. (Or two.)

Gemini takes the solid foundations provided by its Taurus predecessor … and makes life Interesting … with a capital “I.” Because for Gemini … that’s what makes life worthwhile!! Gemini blends, combines, dissects, discovers explanations, theories, experiments, looks at cause and effect, understands what’s happening in the world it occupies … and then it broadcasts the news to everyone it can buttonhole long enough to listen.

I mean … what kind of energy do you suppose dreamed up the telegraph, radio, television, the telephone, the phonograph … that then allowed expansion into the more Aquarian inventions of the fax machine, the wireless telephone, the video recorder, the home video camera, e-mail, the Internet ……???

Gemini … that’s who. The great communicator.

When this kind of energy is not well-integrated into a personal chart, or when it conflicts with more preferred strategies, the results show themselves in actions and attitudes that are nervous, inattentive, scattered, inconsistent, impatient, easily bored, closed-minded, opinionated, argumentative, unfocused, confused, intellectually proud and intolerant, and sometimes just plain wrong.

It can also live up to every speck of its reputation for being duplicitous and two-faced … for Gemini’s wonderful communications abilities, turned sour, show up as flattery, deceit, dishonesty, lies, manipulation, and the sweet-talking ways of the cad and the con artist.

The polarity sign for Gemini is Sagittarius — Mutable Fire. Both are notoriously restless. Both are concerned with the dissemination of information. Both can be an intellectually stimulating company … and both can be terrible hypocrites. Where Gemini is interested in bits and pieces of interesting information and a homogenous mixture of facts, Sagittarius looks for depth of knowledge, intellectual authority, the organization of social rules, and philosophical wisdom.

With the arrival of the New Moon in Gemini, the theme of life’s creative cycle — and the focus of people in general — becomes more intellectual and dispassionate. There may be more writing and speaking as a way to communicate and less touching and tender looks. A little more elegance and sophistication perhaps … but the transfer of emotion and caring loses something in the translation. In fact, people may become a little too cerebral about their feelings — and both strangely inconsistent and analytical about what they feel and show.

This energy involved with Gemini is the objectivity of the detached observer, the commentator, the scholar and the witness to life. True it can be imaginative, clever, innovative, and quick-witted … but it lacks something in the area of “heart and soul.”

There is extra emphasis on perception, versatility, having “back-ups” and options, and finding answers to questions and problems. It is a good time to read, write, talk with others, gather information, share knowledge and combine disparate elements to create new possibilities. It is also a good time to look at different sides of various issues, to brainstorm, to experiment with new alternatives, and to be open, adaptable, spontaneous, and changeable.

On an individual level, you may feel restless, easily distracted. You may want a new interest to perk up your zest for living … and the idea of getting away for a while and seeing some new scenery may have colossal appeal. Doing something impetuous and just for the heck of it may help dispel a lot of tension.

You may also want to just sit and talk to people more than usual … or catch up on your reading, or investigate a new subject of study … or sit and carry on a conversation with the voices in your own head. (Don’t kid yourself. We all have those guys, and we all talk to them. The wisest of us also listen to them. A lot.)

Gemini energy is also conducive to investment in communications equipment and educational opportunities … unless Mercury is retrograde during this time.

AFFIRMATIONS FOR THE ENERGY OF THE NEW MOON IN GEMINI

  • I communicate clearly and honestly.
  • I ask for what I want, confident that my wishes will be heard and honored.
  • I believe my own thoughts, think for myself and respect my own ideas.
  • I am smart; I am capable; I can discover and learn anything I want to know.
  • I know how to generate good ideas, and can always create one when I need it.

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION

Imagine it is late afternoon, the hour when the cool of evening has begun and angle of the Sun bathes the Earth in that special golden glow of benediction just before sunset. You are walking through an open meadow filled with yellow wildflowers. Wild daisies, yellow dandelions, buttercups, shades of yellow in every direction as far as the eye can see.

There is actually a trail you can follow through this explosion of yellow color, worn by the feet of pilgrims who walked this path before you, people who came here both for the natural beauty of the flowers and the destination at the trail’s end. Up ahead you see that destination — a small platform, with a carved wooden podium in the center.

A few steps later as you reach the platform and climb the three steps to its level, you see the podium holds a golden book, its cover luminous in the slanting sunlight. You touch the book with special reverence, open it, and leaf through its pages until you find the pair your intuition confirms holds the message you have traveled here to find. It is written in fine, bold, ornate script as if inscribed here by the hand of Spirit itself. It contains wisdom you especially need to know.

The message may be a few sentences … or several paragraphs. It may deal with only one topic or point of information; it may cover several topics. Whatever its length, whatever its subject … this message was placed here especially for your eyes … and your ears.

As you read the words, you hear a soothing voice repeating them with confidence and assurance in your mind. These are truly words you need to read … “words you need to hear.” Their message may come as surprise … or they may provide wisdom, an answer, or a healing message you have sought for a very long time.

Receive what is here for you with gratitude. Read and hear the message all the way through … from beginning to end. Play it again, as many times as you’d like. Fix pieces of it in your memory until you know what Spirit is telling you. When you are ready to leave, close the book … and follow the path back through the field of yellow flowers.

The next time you need this message … or another piece of wisdom, comfort, reassurance, or information, remember this place — where The Golden Book is always ready to tell you what you need to know.

COMING DOWN TO EARTH

Take a few minutes to write down the information you were given in your meditation, the wisdom that came to you, the knowledge you have gained. Be complete. Get it all down on paper — or on your computer screen — so that you won’t forget so that you can review it again from time to time. As you write, don’t be surprised if you actually hear “the voice” start telling you more … or reminding you of things you need to note … or elaborating further on the points it covered in your original message.

This is a magic moment all journal-keepers know well … when their job turns to “taking dictation” … and letting the words in their head flow unblocked onto the page … as if they have indeed tapped into a vein of wisdom delivered straight through the channels of Divine Source. If this becomes (or is) a ritual you practice often, you will be routinely amazed at the things your own mind is willing to tell you, the “wisdom you never knew you had” … just waiting for a chance to speak because you are ready to listen.

At least once a week … take a few moments to “free write” like this — just for the entertainment and education of what you will discover. To keep the pump primed, use your journal to list questions you’d like “the voice” to answer. Go back through them from time to time to review ones “the voice” may not have answered yet … and when you do get answers, make notes of what you “hear.” Your answer to something may come in pieces … or all fall out in a rush so prolific you can barely write fast enough to get it all down.

This tool … used regularly … is one of the best gifts you will ever give yourself. If you have never experienced this kind of special magic, oh, what a treat you have in store. Don’t let this one slip away.

New Moon in What?

BALSAMIC WISHING MOON ~ NEW MOON IN TAURUS

We are entering the New Moon in Taurus this Wednesday, April 26th at 5:16 am (PST). Moon in Taurus slows us down and creates an earthy, sensual time. I cannot think of a better time to connect to my creative and sensual self ~ to plant the fertile seed and listen to the miracle of Mother Earth within as she shares her magic and guides us to manifesting our hearts dreams and songs. There is much going on under this Earth sign that is ruled by Venus and for this new moon, I want to share a ritual to invoke the energy of the Balsamic Moon ~ the Wishing Moon. The Balsamic Moon phase is the three days before the New Moon and a beautiful, magical time for placing your wishes in the air. As Steve Nelson says, “A wish made on the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because needs are felt more deeply now…the more deeply a need is felt, the more invocation energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely this need will be met. You may be more aware of fears, self-doubts and difficult emotional tides at the close of the Moon cycle. The old emotional cycle is breaking down and everything that is wrong tends to come to awareness ~ let’s not forget, feeling invokes healing

As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. This is a time to see what is standing in your way, holding you back ~ the New Moon in Taurus is a time to slow down, clear the way and allow yourself the space to plant your seeds ~ receive the insight

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Here is a Bath Ritual for you to use under the Balsamic Moon (Today, Monday, Tuesday)

A great way to cleanse during the Balsamic Moon is to bathe in salt water. A hot mineral bath is healing when your emotional and physical toxins are ready to be released. So take a bath to support your clearing of toxins and perceptions and open up to the awareness.

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Sea Salt
  • Essential Oil ~ you can use quite a few drops and let it soak into the salts prior to using – remember the smell in the bath will be diluted so don’t be afraid to make it strong ~ a few oils I suggest are rosemary or geranium.
  • If you feel you are drawn to work on a chakra – use the color/smell to match that chakra.
  • Place a candle at the foot of the bath to aid in clearing the mind and focusing intentions.
  • Add flowers to bring the image, word, and feeling of beauty to your time…remember your own beauty matches the beauty that surrounds you daily.
  • Play soft music or create a time of silence.

new moon blessingsThen on Wednesday, April 26th once we move into the New Moon (5:16 am PST) create a vision board ~ one that can tap you into your center of creativity ~ the energy center that strengthens your ability to express yourself and your manifestations. It will be a great tool to guide you through to the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 10th.

Here are some thoughts on creating your vision board:

  1. Plan a time that will give you at least 2 hours for creating …
  2. Light a candle and tune into your vision for manifesting over the next few weeks or longer…
  3. Using a heavier paper like a Matboard ~ cut it into the circle or use it in the square…
  4. Grab magazines, colored pencils, stamps or anything that sparks you…
  5. Cut, write, paste and create….
  6. If you like, once you have completed your cuttings, blindly draw several to cover your paper and let your intuition guide you…
  7. Place your picture in a place where you can connect with your vision daily ~ preferably in the morning upon awakening and in the evening before going to sleep ~ maybe at the end of your bed!

Important Dates:

Monday, Apr 24th
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense – Neroli, Color  Ivory

Tuesday, Apr 25th
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense – Geranium, Color – Gray

Wednesday, Apr 26th
Moon Phase: New MoonIncense – Lavender, Color – Yellow

Thursday, Apr 27th
Moon Phase: First Quarter and Waxing, Incense – Carnation, Color – Green

Friday, Apr 28th
Moon Phase: First Quarter and WaxingIncense – Alder, Color – Rose

Saturday, Apr 29th
Moon Phase: First Quarter and Waxing, Incense – Rue, Color – Blue

Sunday, Apr 30th
Moon Phase: First Quarter and Waxing, Incense – Juniper, Color – Orange