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.
Tucson Gem Show Tips & Spotting Crystal Fakes
The Tucson Gem Show is one of the largest gem shows in the world. Here's my tips for attending and spotting Crystal Fakes.
Crystals for Celebrating Goddess Brigid at Imbolc
Brigid’s connection with Imbolc is no coincidence. Her presence is felt at this time of year when the days of winter are behind us and we welcome in the warmth of spring.
Healing Properties of Golden Imperial Topaz: A Crystal for Shining Your Inner Light
Imperial Topaz is a Soft yellow-gold crystal, most commonly from Brazil, that is sometimes heated to enhance its color. Rarely, it may also appear peachy-pink!
A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Golden Imperial Topaz: “I am a stone of ancient wisdom. I connect you with the knowledge of your ancestors and open your mind to new ideas and ways of being. Feel your mind expand and become one with the universal source."
Common Healing Properties of Golden Imperial Topaz:
Brings the universal light into the energy body (the aura)
Facilitates spiritual exploration
Encourages world travel and the understanding of other cultures
Promotes clear and direct communication
Instills hope and optimism
Enhances your understanding of ancient wisdom
Aids in forgiving oneself as well as others
Boosts physical energy
Facilitates ancestral connection
Colors: Soft yellow-gold, Deep amber, Orange, Yellow-Orange
Zodiac Signs: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Elements: Fire, Earth
Companion Flowers: Yellow Iris
Companion Essential Oil: Myrrh
Companion Stone: Prasiolite (Green Amethyst)
Common Origins: Brazil
Notes: This stone is a popular November birthstone.
Wanna’ Get Science-y? Click Here to get information about the chemical composition, hardness, streak, etc. of this crystal from one of my favorite sites!
More About Golden Topaz:
Golden topaz was one of the first crystals discovered and used by humans, prized for its connection with the sun. It’s also known as one of the “Sunday Gemstones” both because its color associates it with the sun, and because this spiritual stone is traditionally valued for lifting curses (so it's connected with the holy day of Sunday). Its oldest known use is for protection by turning away the evil eye, and ever since it has been associated with just about anything related to healing the eyes.
For instance Saint Hildegard von Bingen went so far as to claim that a piece of topaz taken into a dark chapel would give off so much light, you could even read a prayer book by it! She also recommended a crystal elixir of sorts for eye ailments: topaz soaked in wine and applied to the eyelids, with the leftover wine used as an eyewash over the next few days.
Historically, Topaz was said to have another odd power. When placed in anything poisonous, it was said to become invisible (Don't try this at home!). In the modern day, people still see Topaz as a stone of light that can surround us with a golden and spiritual glow. This sunny crystal is also known to be useful for spiritual development.
One way to work with this stone: Golden topaz is an excellent stone to wear in jewelry since it can improve both your energy level and your mood.
Are you interested in becoming a Certified Crystal Healer? Find out more about the CCH and Advanced Crystal Practitioner Program HERE!
Crystals for New Beginnings in the New Year
The new year is a common time to make big changes and set the stage for transformation and new beginnings.
Most of us have grandiose plans at first but quickly slip back into old habits. So how can you be sure to stick with your plans and stay on track with your goals to start fresh in the new year?
With crystals of course!
Crystals work great along with your intentions for helping you reach your goals.
For example, Rhodonite is a fantastic stone for new beginnings. To start a new routine in the new year, simply reach for a piece of Rhodonite and hold it in your hands.
Close your eyes and think about exactly what you’d like to do differently in the new year. Visualize it in great detail - is it a new wellness routine, a commitment to read a book per week, or quitting a habit? See it as clearly as possible, as if you can see it playing like a movie in your mind’s eye.
Once you’ve been able to visualize this new routine, hold the crystal over your heart for a moment to show your gratitude to the stone. Your stone has now been imprinted, or programmed, with the information from your visualization.
Once you’ve programmed your stone, simply carry it with you, in your purse, pocket, or handbag.
Any time you feel yourself begin to stray from your new routine, just reach for your stone for a bit of support and a reminder of that good feeling you had during your visualization, as well as a reminder of what you're working toward and why it's important to you. This will help ensure that your good intentions for creating new beginnings keep their momentum the whole year through.
Since you’ll be carrying your stone throughout the day, you’ll need to be sure to cleanse it frequently. One of the simplest methods of cleansing is to pass it through the smoke of burning herbs like rosemary, mugwort, or lavender.
A great alternative method to smoke-cleansing your stones is to ring a bell or sound a chime near your crystal. Sound is a powerful cleanser of energy and is quick, simple, and convenient.
For more ideas, see this article on other common crystal cleansing methods.
And while you're taking some time to cleanse your stones, you might want to cleanse your space while you're at it. By allowing stagnant energy to linger in your environment, you’re inadvertently telling the Universe that you’re fine with anything in your life that feels stuck. Clearing this energy out of your space tells the Universe that you’re ready for new energy that's more aligned with your current vision and goals.
Click Here to Check Out Our Classic Blog Post on Using Selenite & Black Tourmaline for Cleansing & Protecting Your Space so that you can welcome in some new energy in the New Year!
Something important to remember is that new beginnings don't just magically happen.
Lasting change typically requires our effort and focus.
Many of us remember to do simple things like routine energy cleansing, but when it comes down to energetic self-care, it’s easy to fall short. Quick and easy healing exercises are ideal (because you’ll actually DO them), but are they effective? Let me put it this way, it's better to do little exercises more frequently because they are quick and easy than to put off energetic self-care because you don’t feel like you have time. It’s almost always better to be doing something than to do nothing at all – especially when it comes to your energetic well-being.
Click Here to Check Out Our Classic Blog Post, “3 Tips for Self-Care with Crystals” and get your New Year’s self-care routine in place now!
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Winter Solstice: Creating a Seasonal Nature Altar for Yule
Wheel of the Year represents seasonal cycles focusing on the 4 Solar Holidays of the year (also known as the quarter days).
Crystals for the Days of the Week
Wearing gemstones associated with each of the days of the week will allow you to invoke the energy of their corresponding planets and deities.
The days of the week were originally named for the sun, the moon, and the five ancient known planets. These planets were associated with particular gods depending upon the culture. For example, the Greeks, the Romans, and Germanic peoples each had their own gods associated with the different days of the week.
To invoke the energy of the planets or deities listed below, wear or carry one of the listed stones on the corresponding day of the week. Wearing crystal jewelry (or keeping a stone in your pocket) in this way is considered a talisman of good luck and protection.
These stones can also help you ease into your day and work through whatever the day may bring. To further connect with the energy of the crystal, try meditating with your chosen stone, creating a crystal grid, or placing the stone in a prominent position on your altar or in your sacred space.
Correspondences for the Days of the Week:
Monday (Moon’s Day):
Deities: Selene, Artemis, Hecate, Mani, Luna
Stones: Selenite, Pearl, Moonstone, Silver, Blue Kyanite
Keywords: Intuitive, Emotional, Feminine, Receptive
Celestial Body: Moon
Tuesday (Tiu’s Day):
Deities: Mars, Aries, Tyr/Tiu
Stones: Ruby, Red Garnet, Red Jasper, Carnelian, Sardonyx
Keywords: Warrior, Passionate, Motivated
Celestial Body: Mars
Wednesday (Woden’s Day):
Deities: Mercury, Hermes, Odin/Woden
Stones: Green Nephrite Jade, Turquoise, Amazonite, Blue Topaz, Chrysocolla
Keywords: Trickster, Scientist, Inventor, Healthy
Celestial Body: Mercury
Thursday (Thor’s Day):
Deities: Jupiter, Zeus, Thor
Stones: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Sapphire, Aquamarine, Alexandrite, Amethyst
Keywords: Leader, Spiritual Seeker, Wisdom Keeper, Traveler
Celestial Body: Jupiter
Friday (Freya’s Day):
Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Freya/Frigga
Stones: Emerald, Copper, Chrysoprase, Rose Quartz, Pink Tourmaline
Keywords: Loving, Beautiful, Gentle
Celestial Body: Venus
Saturday (Saturn’s Day):
Deities: Saturn, Kronos/Cronus
Stones: Black Tourmaline, Brazilian Banded Agate, Jet, Shungite, Black Obsidian
Keywords: Virtuous, Proud, Mysterious
Celestial Body: Saturn
Sunday (Sun’s Day):
Deities: Apollo, Helios, Sol
Stones: Sunstone, Imperial Golden Topaz, Gold, Amber, Heliodor
Keywords: Brave, Masculine, Dominant
Celestial Body: Sun
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Another interesting way to use these stones is to find out on which day of the week you were born and use the corresponding stone as a personal talisman.
For example, I was born on a Friday, Freya’s Day. Something fascinating happens when we are born into this world, and the cosmos imprints that energy onto our spirit from the moment we are born. If you embrace that energy and tap into the strength it can give you, you can create and do amazing things.
So, if I wanted to strengthen my understanding of the archetypal energy of love and beauty, enhance my connection to Venus (or Aphrodite or Freya), or utilize the positive aspects of the planet Venus,
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