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.
Healing Properties of Rainbow Fluorite: A Crystal for Clarity & Intuition
Rainbow Fluorite, also known as Fluor Spar, is a stunning stone that displays an amazing range of colors. Some of the most beautiful pieces are found in Mexico, England, and China. However, Fluorite used to be mined in Southern Illinois in the United States. In fact, this was where my very first crystal digging experience took place.
When I was about 8 years old, I was visiting my grandparents over Spring break from school. Their home wasn't far from a former Fluorite mining site at Cave in Rock, Illinois. My grandpa took me to search the mining "dump pile" for rocks with little bits of Fluorite on them. I was astonished to find gorgeous Fluorite crusts on some of the stones, ranging from purple to yellow. In fact, I still have one of the stones I found on that trip - and it's one of my most treasured crystals (though it may not be considered conventionally beautiful).
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Rainbow Fluorite: "Feel clarity wash over you as you consciously co-create with the universe."
Common Healing Properties of Rainbow Fluorite:
Enhances energetic protection
Supports you while you work to reduce your stress
Helps you to maintain balance in your energy body
Strengthens your intuition
Encourages accurate psychic readings
Improves mental clarity and concentration
Shows the truth in any situation
Aids in promoting objectivity and fair judgment
Stimulates the intellect
Colors: Bands of Clear, Violet, Purple, Lavender, Blue, Green, and Yellow
Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, & Aquarius
Companion Flowers: Cherry Blossom
Companion Essential Oil: Lemon Verbena
Companion Stone: Black Onyx
Common Origins: Illinois (USA), China, United Kingdom, Mexico
Notes: Also known as Fluor Spar.
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More About Rainbow Fluorite:
Fluorite, once called the “home of the rainbow,” is a stone of amazing variety. First, there are the colors: green, purple, blue, yellow, which are often found in beautiful banded formations. Only tourmaline shows more color variation.
Fluorite also shows fluorescence (and yes, it is the source of that word) under ultraviolet light, and, in some forms, with heating. One form called chlorophane will even glow if you simply hold it in your hand!
The name “fluorite” comes from the Latin word for “flow,” because fluorite melts at fairly low temperatures. And because it’s so easy to melt, it has long been shaped into figurines, drinking vessels, and other useful items. The Romans thought fluorite cups made their wine taste better — probably because of the resin melted in to make the cup hold its form. The chemical composition of Fluorite is CaF2.
Rainbow Fluorite promotes clear thinking and allows you to see what’s most important in a given situation.
If you’ve been feeling scattered or pulled in lots of different directions, work with this crystal to get you back on track. It can also bring clarity to your role in projects, relationships,
Protecting Your Home with Crystal Grid Energy
I am often asked about using crystals for energetic protection. Creating a crystal grid is a simple way to work with crystal energy for protection.
In this post, I'm sharing a simple method for energetically protecting your home with crystal grid energy. This crystal grid recipe uses only 2 types of stones. Even better, they can be used effectively in any dwelling.
To create an initial energetic shield to protect your home, place Black Tourmaline in each exterior corner. You can then place Selenite along each of the walls and any exterior doorways or windows. This will energetically connect the Tourmaline stones. The Tourmaline acts to set an energetic protective boundary while the Selenite aids in cleansing and purification.
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My ideal grid for protecting your home with crystal grid energy:
The diagram of the home below shows my ideal set up. This setup uses 12 pieces of Black Tourmaline, one in each exterior corner of the home. It also uses 14 pieces of Selenite (at least one on each exterior wall where there is no window PLUS one over each exterior door and each window).
However, if this many stones is not within your budget, or if there would be safety concerns over placing the stones in children's rooms, etc. you can absolutely reduce the total number of stones. Do this by placing the Tourmalines in just the outermost corners of the home. This can be reduced to only 6 pieces.
Additionally, by placing just one piece of Selenite per exterior wall (but still making sure to place one above each exterior window or door), the number of pieces of Selenite used is reduced to only 7 pieces. The resulting grid would still be very effective for most situations. Also, it would only be a fraction of the cost. This makes energetic home protection a bit easier on your pocketbook, which is always a bonus!
Setting Up Your Grid for Energetic Protection:
Before placing the stones, they should be cleansed. As you place each crystal in the grid, hold your intention clearly in your mind. This may be something like, “This crystal adds to the energy of my grid and helps to creates a protective energetic boundary around my home.” OR “This crystal energetically protects me and my family in our home.”
After placing the stones, it is recommended that you “activate” the grid.
Activating your grid means to energetically link the crystals together. Since this is a large scale grid, the activation process is a bit different than it would be for a small, tabletop crystal grid.
To activate your grid, you'll need a Crystal Laser Wand (a single-terminated clear Quartz point) or an additional piece of Selenite. Alternatively, you can even just activate your grid with your finger. Point the crystal or your finger toward the first crystal in the grid. Some people like to begin with the crystal in the northernmost position, but just do what feels most natural. Move around your home from one stone to the next in a clockwise direction while “drawing” energetic connections between each stone.
In this way, you connect the crystals energetically. This means that they are better able to act as one harmonious grid, rather than many individual stones. After the grid has been activated by completing the energetic circuit between the crystals, remember to cleanse the stones fairly often and revisit the intention you've set for the grid to be sure it's still relevant.
Additional crystal properties you may wish to add to the energy of your grid:
(Also known as Gypsum or as Satin Spar). Use for purification, to cleanse the energy of a space,
Healing Properties of Turritella Agate: A Crystal for Inner Guidance
Turritella Agate is one of the most strangely named stones I know of.
Most Agates are made of flowing bands of translucent or transparent, cryptocrystalline Quartz. We can see this clearly in stones like Blue Lace Agate or Lace Agate, however Turritella Agate doesn't show any of the banding patterns of other, more traditional, Agates. Because it lacks these distinctive bands, it might be better classified as a Chalcedony, but the name Turritella Agate has really stuck.
Even more interesting (and MUCH more incorrect), is the fact that these stones don't contain Turritella fossils at all! The name "Turritella" Agate is actually an incorrect name that was given to this material decades ago. In fact, the species studded inside most of this material is actually Elimia tenera, not a Turritella species.
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Turritella Agate: "I spiral into the center of myself and listen to my inner guidance."
Common Healing Properties of Turritella Agate:
Boosts your creativity
Supports you as you heal past emotional pain
Promotes a sense of oneness and connection with others
Helps you release unwanted energy connected with things that aren't serving you
Keeps you grounded during times of great life shifts
Assists in healing Mother Earth
Enhances emotional stability
Encourages new ways of thinking
Increases your wisdom based on what you've learned from your past experiences
Colors: Dark brown or black with white or tan swirling fossil shells (Gastropod Shells)
Zodiac Signs: Taurus, Capricorn
Companion Flowers: Bloodroot
Companion Essential Oil: Ginger
Companion Stone: Brown Banded Aragonite
Common Origins: South of Wamsutter, Wyoming, USA near the Delany Rim (Green River Formation) - May also be found in Colorado and Utah
Notes: The name "Turritella" Agate is actually an incorrect name that was given to this material decades ago. In fact, the species studded inside most of this material is actually Elimia tenera, not a Turritella species.
More Information About Agate:
Agate comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns, many named after plants and animals. These names not only describe the stone's appearance, but they also add meaning to the stone's uses as well.
The Ancient Greeks called tawny-colored Agates "lion skin agates". These stones were thought to have great strength, and were also thought to counteract a wide range of poisons, especially scorpion stings.
On the other hand, some ancient writers cautioned against keeping Agates with the spotty pattern (appearing like hyena fur), claiming those would cause domestic troubles.
The green of a tree agate was said to attract positive attention from the agricultural goddess Ceres. Farmers not only wore this stone as an amulet, but they would also tie a piece to the horn of their oxen while plowing.
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Lughnasadh & the Wheel of the Year
One way that I like to connect with Lughnasadh, 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.
I tend to identify more with the Gaelic Cross-Quarter Days, like Lughnasadh, as they stem from my ancestral heritage, than I do with the Anglo-Saxon solstices and equinoxes, but I do find value in these quarter days because they more closely align with the seasons as I observe them where I live in Wisconsin. For this reason, these seasonal markers are important for helping me feel connected to what’s happening in nature all year long, while the cross-quarter days hold more spiritual significance for me in other ways.
An Introduction to Lughnasadh:
Lughnasadh is the third of the cross-quarter days, which marks the first harvest (and is the mid-point between Litha, the Summer Solstice, and Mabon, the Autumn Equinox). It is commonly celebrated on August 1st each year here in the northern hemisphere (or on February 1st in the southern hemisphere), but it may be celebrated between July 31st to August 2nd. Lughnasadh is the time of the first major harvest of the year of 3 in total - the second being Mabon at the autumnal equinox, and the final harvest being Samhain. It is also sometimes known as Lammas in the modern Pagan calendar.
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Rutilated Smoky Quartz
Golden Tiger's Eye
Garden Quartz (Quartz with inclusions of Chlorite and Lodolite)
Red Tiger's Eye
Lughnasadh Signifies the Time for:
Honoring the Ancestors
How to Create and Use a Crystal Grid (Step-by-Step)
Crystal Grids consist of crystals placed in concise, geometric shapes in order to affect the flow of energy for a specific purpose - and they're amazing! Knowing how to create a crystal grid so that it works for you is key to harnessing its healing power.
Are you familiar with how to use a crystal grid?
Basically, a crystal grid is a special arrangement of healing stones. It is used with intention to manifest a desired result. The properties of the stones used, combined with their arrangement in a sacred geometric configuration, creates a unique energy combination. This energy can be used to enhance your intention.
Using crystal grids is very powerful. It combines the energy of the stone with Sacred Geometry. By placing your stones in a geometric arrangement, the crystal energy is enhanced exponentially. Your intention is being amplified through the stones and then sent out to the Universe in a clear and direct way.
But how can you make your own powerful crystal grid to create change in your life?
Here are my easy, step-by-step instructions for how to create a crystal grid.
Create an affirmation or intention statement as the focus of your grid.
Choose the stones needed for the grid and be sure they are cleansed. You may select them according to listed properties in books or articles online, or you can choose the crystals intuitively. The most common way to select your crystals is to firstly choose 1 stone for the overall theme or intention of your grid. This is the central stone - also called the anchor stone. Next, choose several supporting stones that further define your main purpose.
Choose a sacred geometry shape that aligns with your purpose. This is to be used as a template or base for your grid (click here to download a free, printable crystal grid template pack). You can read a quick introduction to sacred geometry here if you need more information on the meanings of each shape.
Place the anchor stone into the center of your chosen sacred geometry shape. Be sure to place this stone with intention. As you’re placing the crystal onto the grid template, say your affirmation either out loud or silently to yourself. Optionally, you may place a written intention beneath this stone at the very center of your crystal grid.
Place the remaining stones around the central anchor stone. Make sure to follow the shape of your chosen crystal grid template. Place them exactly along the lines of the shape you've selected. Proper alignment of the sacred geometry shape is necessary for proper energy flow. As you are placing each of the remaining stones, state your intention for them. What energy do they bring to the grid? Do this either aloud or to yourself. These stones should support the main focus or intention for your grid, but should also work to further define your specific situation.
Your grid might now look something like the photo above.
(OPTIONAL STEP) You may choose to further define your intention or purpose with crystal energy by adding additional supporting stones to your grid. These can be in another ring or layer around your central stone. You may add and additional set of stones around your anchor stone to add additional qualities. Follow the instructions outlined in step #5 above as you place these additional crystals. If adding the additional stones, your grid may look something like the photo below.
Activate your crystal grid. Use one of the methods described below.
Make time to connect to the energy of your grid regularly.
You may want to meditate in front of your grid each day for a few minutes, or just sit in the presence of your grid to fill you up with the energy you’re trying to create in your life. Just be sure to hold space in your life for transformation in whatever form is for your...
Crystal Controversy: Rough vs Tumbled Stones
Which is better: Rough vs Tumbled Stones?
My own feeling in the rough vs tumbled stones debate has always been that rough stones have a more forceful presence than stones that have been tumbled or polished. I usually work with rough stones when an energetic breakthrough is needed.
People often ask me whether rough stones or tumbled stones are "better" or "most powerful". However, "more powerful" or "stronger" doesn't always equate to BETTER. Like anything else, it depends upon the person working with the crystals and the specific situation or scenario.
Tumbled stones or polished stones have a really subtle, gentle energy that radiates outward in all directions.
In general, they feel a bit gentler to me. Sometimes this is just what's needed. Tumbled stones are great to work with for those who are sensitive to energy. They are also good for those who are working through intense emotions.
Some healers say that the more natural or unworked a stone is, the more energy it contains. However this hasn't been my experience at all. It's also really hard to quantify what's meant by "more energy". The conclusion we can draw here is that some of these healers may think that the process of shaping or polishing a stone may damage the stone in some way, on an energetic level. While I do think that shaping a stone changes the way in which we EXPERIENCE the energy of that stone, it doesn't change or affect the inherent qualities or energy of the crystal.
When working with a shaped stone, our experience of that stone may change.
For example, a rough Amethyst and a tumbled Amethyst still share the same qualities. However, the way the energy is emitted, received, and PERCEIVED by us can shift a bit with each different stone shape. Just like it changes when working with different natural crystal formations - like points, clusters, scepters, geodes, etc.
When choosing a crystal to work with, you may want to consider not only the type of stone and its qualities, but its shape as well.
Using the example above, if you've chosen to work with Amethyst for boosting your intuition, then you may want to also choose a compatible shape. If you felt you had a block around receiving messages from your intuition, then maybe you would want to work with a rough Amethyst crystal for a big energetic push. Whereas if you were feeling apprehensive or nervous about what your intuition might tell you, then a tumbled Amethyst may be a better fit. It would be a bit slower build and the process would be more gradual and gentle.
Not to mention, there are LOADS of other crystal shapes you could use. You could use a carved pyramid for amplification or even a sphere for scrying divination.
Another thing to consider when choosing between rough vs tumbled stones is protection. Polishing can put in an extra layer of security, in the form of the polished surface, between users and toxic minerals. For example, Malachite contains copper and should be handled with caution when in its rough form, but polished stones don't pose the same issue when it comes to malachite. However, this isn't true of all stones.
Obviously, there’s not total agreement about this amongst all crystal workers, and there likely never will be.
It’s natural that sifting through the opinions of many people brings a variety of experiences. Still, it's important to remember that crystal energy exists in rough, polished, and tumbled stones. The more natural the form, the more direct the transmission of that energy. Unsurprisingly, people tend to feel more raw power coming from rough stones. But in some circumstances, softer energy is more appropriate. And sometimes other considerations, such as toxicity, make tumbled stones the better choice.
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