Learn all about the energy of healing crystals (and how to work with them in your day to day life) with this weekly podcast hosted by Ashley Leavy of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy.
Sacred Stone Painting: A DIY Ritual for Inner Peace & Earth Connection
Crafting itself is a way to make magic… to heal, to transform, and to connect with spirit. Some of the oldest art in the world took shape as humans painting on stone. From the cave paintings at Altamira in northern Spain to the figural paintings of Sulawesi, Indonesia, humans have been painting on stone for nearly 36,000 years!
10 Best Crystals for Tarot & Oracle Card Readings
I love to use powerful crystals to enhance my other spiritual work - it makes SUCH a difference in my ability to feel physically connected to what I'm doing.
The following stones are the 10 best crystals for Tarot & Oracle Card readings.
Crystal oracle cards are one of the quickest and easiest ways to tap into your intuition and call forth just the message you need to get you headed in the right direction.
Whether you’re having trouble making a decision, need a little clarity about a situation, or want a little support and encouragement from the universe, oracle cards are a great tool to help you create just the mindset shift you need.
You can place these crystals in your sacred space or on your altar, keep them near you, hold them for their energy, or even create a grid or circle of stones around you during the reading. Crystals are such a great support to this work and can really enhance the intuitive process.
The 10 best crystals for Tarot & Oracle Card readings:
Angelite has the power to invite your guides and angels in to support you during your reading so that they may provide support, wisdom, or clarity. I also find it to be really soothing, so if I'm feeling a little scattered or anxious, i's a great crystal to have on hand to get you calm and centered before you begin.
Amethyst, a purple variety of quartz, helps you tap into your intuition and decipher any messages that are coming through during your reading. Have you ever pulled cards for yourself only to feel stumped when it came to actually interpreting them? Try holding an Amethyst crystal while contemplating the meaning of each card, and then of the reading as a whole for more clarity and to see the bigger picture of what this means in your life at this time.
3. Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline has the ability to keep you safe and protect you from outside energies while you're divining. Because it helps keep you grounded during intense psychic or spiritual work, it makes a great companion stone for any form of divination.
Selenite will ensure that your space is clear and free from stagnant energy or outside energetic clutter, a vital part of any successful reading. When there's too much excess energy, distracted thoughts, etc. focus and interpretation become difficult. But Selenite helps you tune in so that important messages can come through loud and clear.
5. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz has the power to amplify your intention of receiving guidance from your cards throughout your reading. I recommend sitting with your stone in your sacred space before beginning your reading, and setting an intention for what you'd most like to receive. Alternatively, you can work with your Clear Quartz stone to help you get more specific about the question you'd like to ask during your reading so that any messages coming through will be focused and on point.
6. Rainbow Fluorite
Rainbow fluorite promotes mental clarity so that you can stay focused on what you’re doing and keep your mind from wandering during the reading. It also encourages sharp decision-making, so if you're feeling torn between two different interpretations of a particular card or message, reach for some Rainbow Fluorite to help you feel into which one is most accurate (or if both are needed!).
7. Rose Quartz
Gentle but powerful Rose Quartz will remind you to stay heart-centered and compassionate during your reading. Whether you're reading for yourself or for someone else, communicating from a place of compassion is important for seeing the bigger picture and for delivering difficult messages with empathy.
8. Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz will keep you grounded, allowing you to connect to the energy of the earth while you’re tapping into...
Litha & the Wheel of the Year
One way that I like to connect with the seasons and cycles of the earth is by tuning into The Wheel of the Year.
This is a relatively new practice for me, but I'm finding the journey into exploring this way of being in flow with the seasons to be an enjoyable one!
Read on to discover how you can connect more deeply with the earth's natural cycles in your spiritual practice...
The Wheel of the Year can help you tune into natural cycles and helps you internalize these outward changes in nature as reflections of the growth and evolution you experience in your own life. Living in harmony with the seasons and the ebb and flow of nature helps you to lead a more soulful life and to cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself on a soul level. The Wheel of the Year helps you recognize who you are and your role in the world around you.
So what is the Wheel of the Year?
Separated into 8 main holidays, the Wheel of the Year represents seasonal cycles that focus on the 4 Solar Holidays of the year (also known as the quarter days). This stems from the Anglo-Saxon cultural observations of the solstices and equinoxes, with the addition of the 4 Gaelic, agrarian, seasonal celebrations (the mid-points between the solar holidays known as the lunar cross-quarter days or fire festivals).
Although some of the holidays observed in the Wheel of the Year are quite old, The Wheel of the Year as a whole is fairly modern (being developed in the late 1950s). Though I don't personally follow the tradition that created the contemporary Wheel of the Year, I find it a helpful way to think about the passage of time and what's happening at each time of year.
An Introduction to Litha:
Litha, or the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, is the second of the quarter days (the solar festivals), which marks the second of the summer holidays (the mid-point between Beltane and Lughnasadh/Lammas). Litha is traditionally celebrated on the longest day of the year, determined by when the Earth's pole is at maximum tilt toward the sun (this date may range from June 20th-22nd each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and between December 20th-23rd in the Southern Hemisphere). From this point forward, the days will begin to grow shorter until we reach the time of equal day and night at the Autumn Equinox (Mabon), followed by the shortest day of the year at the Winter Solstice (Yule).
Modern Litha celebrations stem from the contemporary Wheel of the Year, where Litha is associated with Midsummer and is celebrated as a time to revere and honor the Sun and the gifts it bestows to us here on Earth. As this day is the longest of the year, it also has the shortest night, and in some modern spiritual paths, represents the death of the Sun King. To honor the Sun King, bonfires are often lit at sunset and a vigil is kept until dawn, to ensure his return.
Set up your Litha Altar with me!
Pyrite (especially Pyrite Sun formations)
Green Nephrite Jade
Golden Healer Quartz
Golden Tiger's Eye
Litha Signifies the Time for:
Change & New Directions
Can I Use These Crystals Together? Thoughts on Crystal Compatability
Ever had a moment of panic because someone told you not to use two specific types of crystals together? Or maybe that certain crystals aren't compatible?
Healing Properties of Apricot Botswana Agate: A Crystal for Peace in the Present Moment
The properties of Apricot Botswana Agate helps you tap into your emotional center so that you can release what's stuck in your energy field.
Anti-Oppression Work in Wellness: An Interview with Constanza Eliana Chinea of Embody Inclusivity
We talk about the importance of Anti-Oppression Work in the spiritual community and wellness industry. This is important for practitioners, wellness-based business owners, and people of all identities to incorporate as part of their practice.
Healing properties of fluorite
I have recently pulled fluorite oracle cards and just so happened to come across this podcast today. It was amazing! I learned so much. I have taken notes of every podcast I have listened to so far and.. I’m hooked. Will keep listening and learning all that you have to offer about crystals. Thank you so much!!
I love how Ashley breaks down all the aspects of the use of crystals and the spiritualality that follows. I don’t know how she remembers all these details about alllll these crystals but it is so life goals! As a crystal healing practitioner, I fee like Ashley’s podcasts keep me grounded and focused and for that I’m so grateful.
Begin your crystal journey
I am a new listener to the show and am excited to feel connected with others through crystals. The show host is relatable and shares helpful tips for crystal users. There is a feeling of genuineness from Ashley and lots of encouragement. If you are wanting to feel connected to others, crystals, and yourself this show could be a great tool to keep you motivated.