A Crystal Grid

It’s  been a very hectic and busy weekend for us.  My son turned 21 and we celebrated this event with all the vim and vigor we could muster during these hot summer days.  (He had fun, and so did we.)   Along with all the increased activity and late nights, there have been several small maladies coming and going amongst us, and even among our pets.  Tempers have been short, patience lacking, and everyone has been unusually tired.

Once in a while, I can just feel the negative and yuck energy building up like a dirty ring around the bathtub, and this energy must be cleared for everything and everyone to settle back into their proper place in order for life to run smoothly again. 

The energy of your space has to be cleared out and cleaned up occasionally, just like the physcial aspect of your space must be cleaned.  I did this today by creating and activating a crystal grid.

Join me…

Crystal Therapy– Making Crystal Tinctures

(reposted from my May Newsletter) 
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Crystal Therapy

Making Tinctures

In general, crystals and stones used for healing are used in a variety of ways…They are worn on the body as pendents, rings, etc.; carried on the person in pockets, mojo bags, and such; used as healing pendulums suspended above the affected areas; placed directly on the affected body part or placed on the appropriate chakra; and sometimes they are used to create healing tinctures that are taken internally, applied to affected body areas, or sprayed around a space, and that’s what we’re going to look at here.

The following information is taken from: "Crystal Prescriptions" by Judy Hall, and you can find a link to her book in the list of credits at the bottom of this page.

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Making a Crystal Remedy

All you need to make a crystal remedy is the appropriate crystal, which has been cleansed and purified, one or two clean glass bowls, spring water and a suitable bottle in which to keep it (colored glass is preferable to clear as it preserves the vibrations better.) 

Remedies can be made by the direct or indirect method.  Spring water should be used rather than tap water that has chlorine, fluoride and aluminium added to it.  Water from a spring with healing properitesis particularly effective.

Direct Method

Place enough spring water in a glass bowl to cover the crystal.  Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours.  (If the bowl is left outside, cover with a  glass lid or clingwrap to prevent insects falling into it.)  If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight.

Indirect Method

*Some stones, such as Malachite, Sulphur, Galena and Vanadinite, are toxic and remedies from these stones need to be made by an indirect method that transfers the vibrations of the stones without transferring any of the toxic material from which the stone is formed. if in doubt– use the indirect method.

Place the crystal in a small glass bowl and stand the bowl within a large bowl that has sufficient spring water to raise the level above the crystal in the inner bowl.  Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours.  (If the bowl is left outside, cover with a glass lid or clingwrap.)  If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight.

Bottling and Preserving

If the remedy is not to be used within a day, top up with two-thirds brandy, vodka or cider vinegar to one-third remedy, otherwise the remedy will become musty.  This makes a ‘mother remedy’ that can be further diluted. To make a small dosage bottle, add seven drops of the mother remedy to pure water if using immediately.  For prolonged use, vodka makes a useful preservative as it has no smell.

Using a Crystal Remedy

For short-term use, a remedy can be sipped every few minutes or rubbed on the affected part.  Hold the water in your mouth for a few moments.  If a droper bottle has been made, drop seven drops under your tongue at regular intervals until the symptoms or condition ceases.

Remedies can also be applied to the skin, either at the wrist or over the site of a problem, or added to bath water.

if a spray bottle is made, spray all around the aura or aournd the room.  this is particularly effective for clearing negative energies, espeically from a sickroom or an electromagnetically or emotionally stressed place.

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"Crystal Prescriptions" by Judy Hall

Crystal Therapy…Healing Stones

(This piece was originally published in the April Newsletter from
The Witch’s Corner.)
 

I’ve started a new section in our newsletter this month, and I hope to expand on this topic.  In future issues we’ll look at how to make tinctures from crystals for therapeutical use– both direct and indirect tinctures, and we’ll look at other ways to use the energy of crystals for healing.  We’ll also take a look each month at what crystals may work for which ailments.

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The ring above is my newest purchase, and no, this one isn’t going up for sale at Enchanted Jewelry.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  As you can see, this ring contains five individual stones of completely different types– ocean jasper, citrine, garnet, peridot, & aquamarine.   I wanted to see what kind of magickal/therapeutical energies would be combined altogether in this one magnificent piece of jewelry, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do now with the help of Judy Hall’s book:

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals”

Beginning at the top of the ring, we’ll work our way down…

Ocean Jasper:
(The Atlantis Stone)

Source:  Madagascar
Chakra:  Heart, solar plexis
Zodiac Sign:  Leo

Beneficial for:  Renewal, detoxifying, stress, circular breathing, service, responsibility, patience, immune system,  circulation, debilitated internal organs, PMS, insomnia, tumors, gum infections, eczema, cysts, colds, body odor, electromagnetic & environmental pollution, radiation, stress, prolonged illness or hospitalization, circulation, digestive & sexual organs, balancing mineral content of the body, emotional trauma, self-confidence, concentration, perception, analytical abilities, aura stabilization, negative-energy transformation, emotional disease, gastritis, eyes, stomach, uterus, lymphatic system, pancreas, blood vessels, skin disorders, immune system, bringing the body into balance.

Ocean Jasper was discovered in Madagascar at the millennium and is said to be connected to Atlantis.  The pattern symbolizes the interconnectedness of all, encouraging journeying and supporting service to humankind.  In addition to carrying the generic properties of Jasper, Quartz, and Agate, this stone reminds us that nature is cyclical, rhythmical, and fluid and assists in coping with change.  With gentle nurturing, Ocean Japer brings to the surface long-hidden unresolved emotional issues and helps you accept responsibility for yourself.

Citrine
(Smokey Citrine Herkimer)

Source:  Worldwide
Chakra:  Solar plexus
Zodia sign:  Sagittarious
Number:  2,6,8
Planet:  Pluto, Sun

Beneficial for:  sensitivity to environmental influence, energy clearing, optimism, letting go of the past, self-esteem, self-confidence, concentration, depression, fears, phobias, individuality, motivation, creativity, self-expression, nightmares, Alzheimer’s itching, male hormones, detoxification, elimination, energizing, recharging, ME, degenerative disease, digestion, spleen, pancreas, kidney and bladder infections, eye problems, blood circulation, thymus, thyroid, nerves, constipation, cellulite, corrects DNA, cellular disorders, metabolic imbalances, recall of past-life injuries and disease that affects the present, geopathic stress, x-ray exposure, libido, pain relief, fear, reproductive system, muscle, nerve tissue, inner vision, telepathy, multidimensional cellular healing, protection against radioactivity and disease caused by contact, insomnia from geopathic stress or electromagnetic pollution.

Smokey Citrine never needs cleansing and does not accept negative energy.  Excellent for enhancing metaphysical abilities and grounding them in everyday reality, it removes blockages from your spiritual path and purifies the etheric blueprint.  A Smokey Citrine Herkimer clears away old beliefs and thought forms that keep you mired in poverty, opening the way to abundance.  Both stones are excellent for removing vows taken in other lives, especially those of poverty and chastity, and assisting you to move out of present circumstances or an environment that precludes expansion.  *Smokey Citrine also carries the properties of the Herkimer Diamond and Smokey Quartz.

Garnet

Source:  Europe, USA (Arizona & New Mexico),
South Africa, Australia
Chakra:  Base, heart, purifies & energizes all
Number:  2  (varies with type of garent)
Zodiac Sign:  Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, & Aquarius
(varies with type of garent)
Planet:  Mars

Beneficial for:  Attracting love, dreaming, blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lung, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins.

Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a garnet and bad luck to steal one.  Five hundred years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons.  Garnet is a powerfully energizing stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies.  Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnet inspires love and devotion and removes inhibitions and taboos.  Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence.  This stone balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony.  Red Garnet stimulates controlled rise of kundalini energy and adds potency, heightening the effect of tantric sex, and attracting a compatible partner for sexual healing.

Peridot

Source:  Canada, Russia, USA, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Canary Islands
Chakra:  Heart, solar plexis
Number:  5,6
Zodiac Sign:  Virgo, Leo, Scropio, Sagittarius
Planet:  Venus

Beneficial for:  Jealousy, resentment, spitefulness, anger, stress, lethargy, confidence, assertion, tissue regeneration, metabolism, skin, heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen, intestinal tract, ulcers, eyes, birth contractions, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, melancholia, digestive problems.

Believed in ancient times to keep away evil spirits, Peridot is still a protective stone for the aura and a powerful cleanser.  Releasing and neutralizing toxins, it purifies the subtle and physical bodies, and the mind.  Showing how to detach oneself from outside influences and to look to your own higher energies for guidance.  Peridot teaches that holding on to people, or the past, is counterproductive.  This visionary crystal helps you understand your destiny and spiritual purpose.  It is especially helpful to healers.

Aquamarine

Source:  USA, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, India, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Chakra:  Aligns all, clears throat chakra,
opens third eye
Number:  1
Zodiac Sign:  Aries, Gemini, Pisces
Planet:  Moon

Beneficial for:  Pollutants, stress, intuition, fear, sore throats, swollen glands, thyroid, pituitary, hormones, growth, elimination, eyes, jaw and teeth, near or farsightedness, stomach, immune system, autoimmune diseases.

Aquamarine’s color comes from minute traces of iron.  Said to protect sailors at sea and to guard against drowning, it was the stone of the sea goddess and counteracted the forces of darkness, gaining favor from the spirits of light.  A wonderful stone for meditation, Aquamarine shields the aura, invokes high sates of consciousness, and encourages service to humanity. With an affinity to sensitive people, it invokes tolerance and supports anyone overwhelmed by responsibility. Breaking self-defeating programs, it leads to dynamic change.  Useful for closure on all levels, this stone is helpful in understanding underlying emotional states and in interpreting how you feel.  Removing extraneous thought, Aquamarine filters information reaching the brain and clarifies perception.

Crystal Healing: Balancing the Chakras

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Balancing the Chakras

The stones I prefer to use for this process includes:

 Hematite—root chakra

Carnelian—sacral chakra

Citrine—solar plexis

Rose quartz—heart chakra

Blue lace agate—throat chakra

Sodalite—third eye

Amythyst—crown chakra

 

Make sure the recipient of this charka balancing session is reclining comfortably.  Place a small pillow under their head and one beneath their knees if they wish, to relieve back strain.

Before I begin, I explain to the recipient what I’m going to do, and I use this opportunity to assure them they can place the stones for the root chakra and the breast chakra (if the client is female) themselves.

To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position.  This is a good practice to facilitate grounding.  Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone.

Everyone’s body shape is different, and it may be awkward or impossible to get a stone to lie in this spot for some people.  If that is the case—the body, in this position, forms a ‘Y’; place the stone at the base of the ‘v’ formed by the crease of the legs, at the top of the thighs, and at the base of the genital area.

Place the carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen.  In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located. 

Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval.  Here, place the citrine crystal. 

At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of rose quartz.  If your client is a female, she may be more comfortable placing this stone herself.

To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the blue lace agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here.

The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them.  Gently lay the sodalite stone in this spot.  Occasionally you will have a client who feels the weight of this stone, no matter how small, very acutely.  Be careful in placing the stone in this very sensitive spot, and reassure the recipient that sensations she/he may feel are not unusual. 

For the crown chakra, you will want to take your amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head.  Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body.

There, you have your crystals and stones in place.  Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes.  It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight.  It also helps the client to relax if they feel secure, that their privacy will not be violated, and that they will not be interrupted.

Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them.  This often means that the stone’s work is done.

After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy.

I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well too.
 
 
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Checking the Chakras:

Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work.  If it swings back & forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked.  If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras.  A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine.You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras.  When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them.  If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process.

To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point. 

First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra:  Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth.  Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.

You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy.  Some people do and some don’t.  Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—it just may be very subtle, or you are not picking it up for some reason. 

Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy:   Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you.  Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward.  Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra.  Stop just above it.

Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body.

Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra.  Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra; if not, repeat the process until you get a positive reading from your pendulum letting you know that the chakra has been properly cleared and reenergized.

Make sure that throughout this process you remember to ask your client from time to time if they’re comfortable, and don’t make anyone lay on their back for too extended a period.  Some people with blocked energy and unbalanced chakras may need more than one session to clear things up.

Once you are finished and have reached the end of this session with your client, remove the stones that have been placed upon the chakras at the beginning of the session, do so starting with the crown chakra and work your way down.  Removing the stones in this progression, ending with the hematite stone at the root chakra, or the smoky quartz if you’ve placed one at their feet, facilitates grounding.

 
©  Amythyst Raine 2010
(All Rights Reserved)

  

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