Choosing & Cleansing Your Crystals

 (The photo above is a small sample of my own stones.
A few of them were gifted to me and the rest I chose and purchased myself.)

How do you choose your own crystals and stones?

I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules for this.  It has to do with the type of stone you need for the intended purpose, of course.  But it also has to do with the depth of color, the shape, patterns that may be found upon it, and most importantly of all– the ‘feel’.

I don’t believe anyone can choose a stone for someone else, not even in a piece of jewelry.  You have to choose it yourself, or rather, it chooses you.  And yes, I do believe there is a great deal of truth to that statement.  I’ve been looking over stones in a shop before, and I’ve had one catch my eye.  Even though I continue sorting through a whole handful of the same type of stone, that particular one will keep drawing my attention back to it.

Don’t be afraid to dive in, hold the stones in your hands, rub them between your fingers, turn them over in your palm and really look at them, listen to them, feel them– feel them beyond just their physical presence, pay attention to the energy they are emitting.

Take your time, don’t let anyone rush you, and don’t let anyone talk you into purchasing a stone you don’t feel drawn to.  You also want to make sure that the dealer you’re buying them from is offering the stones at a fair price.  Some merchants tend to get a little slap happy when tacking a value on their wares.  Stop at more than one shop and compare prices– this also applies if you are purchasing your stones off the internet.

Now you’ve purchased your lovely handful of gemstones and taken them home with you– It’s time to cleanse them, to wash away all the accumulated energy they’ve picked up sitting around the shop, being handled by merchants and customers, passed from hand to hand.

How do you cleanse your crystals and stones?

The easist way, and the way I prefer myself, is to hold them under running water.  There is nothing more absolutely cleansing, clarifying, and rejuvenating than the magick of water.  Period.  I ‘know’ my stones and crystals are truly cleansed after doing this; I can feel the difference.  If you feel a heaviness to any of your stones–as in energy, or they have been used for some particularly heavy duty rituals or healing, this is the best method and the most complete method of cleansing.

Another way to cleanse your stones, and  a way I’ve used myself when I’m in a rush, is to hold them in incense smoke.  This is fast, easy, and it does the trick for light cleansing.  Though I still advise, if your stones are particularly heavy with negative energy, use the first method.

You can also leave them lay in moonlight overnight, or you can fill a bowl with salt and cover them for a period of time determined by you, till they feel ‘clean’.  You can even immerse them in a bowl of water to which a pinch of salt has been added– but be cautious about this method if your stones are polished and finished, because the salt water will ruin the finish on your shiny stone.

 (My lilac kunzite crystal…purchased at Next Millennium in Omaha, Nebraska.  Charlie has a wide assortment of gemstones and crystals to choose from, and I’ve purchased many a stone from this shop.  You can also purchase items online.)

http://www.next-mill.com/

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The information for this blog post came directly from my website:

The Witch’s Corner

Crystals & Stones

Other information found on this page includes:

Choosing & Cleansing Crystals
Using Crystals in Your Home
Correspondences:  Magickal Intentions
Correspondences:  Elemental Rulers
Balancing the Chakras
*Note- click Here for more info on Chakras
Crystal Therapy:  Making Crystal Tinctures
Crystal Therapy:  Healing Stones
A Crystal Grid:  Healing & Prosperity
Video:  A Crystal Grid
Video:  Healing with Crystals & Stones

The Witch’s Desk

I receive questions on an almost daily basis, in emails, through Facebook, the form at my website, and through other Pagan social sites.  I try to answer as many as I can, but I’ve realized that I’m running a losing race at this.  I’ve chosen a few questions that have struck me either with a sense of urgency, or maybe even a sense of alarm (like, wouldn’t the answer to this one be obvious!); and I’ve chosen a couple I want to include in this blog; one fits the sense of urgency, and the other one a sense of alarm.  These questions are going to be posted exactly as I received them, unedited:

1.  can you mix goofer dust into a run drink to make same one sick or maybe wi same cake 

No!…no, no, and no!!  Goofer dust is not edible and is not safe to consume.  The main components in the Goofer Dust that I make myself are cemetery dirt, sulpher (which can be purchased at a green house), and crushed snake sheds.  Anyone who doubts the effects of ‘magick’ would soon have their doubts put to rest if they got a chance to watch what happens to someone when Goofer Dust is used against them.  I know– I’ve seen it.  If you’re going to use this type of magick, use it as it was meant to be used– in the form of spells and mojo; just do not ever administer a poisonous or otherwise unsafe ingredient to someone through food or drink.

Better alternatives:  If you are in an abusive situation– go to the authorities or a local women’s shelter for help and assistance.  If you’re with someone you can’t stand– leave them.  If you’re angry with a boyfriend because he’s cheated on you– dump him and consider yourself lucky to have seen the light and dodged the bullet.

2.  Hello! I had some questions about the proper use of stones. Long story short, I have a roommate who isn’t the biggest fan of my life style. I’m very new to Wicca and I’m not sure how to feel about her recent actions. I recently got a kyanite stone for the house and set it up on a bookshelf with a few other of my stones to help the health of our home. She didn’t seem to really care all that much but I woke up this morning and she had knitted a gross around my kyanite stone. I’m hoping this is her way of showing she cares but I also don’t wan’t to interfere with the stones energy. If this impacts it at all will you let me know? Thank you so much! 

Her recent actions, even if good intentions were meant (and I’m not so sure they were), to touch something sacred and personal that was yours, is very disrespectful.  This would not be my favorite kind of roommate.  Have a talk with her; being open and honest is the best approach.  My ire is rankled a bit by this, so I’m afraid I’d tell her in no uncertain terms to keep her cotton pickin’ fingers off my stuff– and I don’t care if this is magickal items or mundane things (this is one of my personal pet peeves).  At least emphasize that she should not tamper with your altar, candles, stones, etc., as she’s messing with energy that she doesn’t understand.

Another way of looking at this:  She is Christian, I’m assuming, and she might be frightened of Paganism or any other spiritual path she’s been taught to fear.  Discuss the use of stones with her, as well as Wicca and the fact that this is an earth-based religion similar in many ways to American Native Shamanism, that there is no devil worship, that this is simply a god and goddess inspired spiritual path and the majority of people who follow it have good intentions, pure hearts.  You have to try and reassure her that it is not harmful and there’s nothing to be afraid of– which might be a tall order, easier said than done.

3.  Dear Amythyst Raine-Hatayama, I would like to know if I could and/or should desire a succubus for a Lover? Is this possible? I have read articles stating it could be done. Although my better judgement thinks a supernatural force can not be controlled for my use and may lose in the long run. Lost in time

Quite frankly, I don’t know, and I haven’t thought about it.  D.J. Conway touched on the subject of “astral lovers” in one of her books (can’t remember which one).  Personally, I find real-life relationships the most challenging and the most rewarding.  I’ll leave astral lovers of any kind for someone else to experiment with.

If I were you, I’d go with your better judgment.

4.  Hi, I came across your profile through an online page, where you’ve told that you practise witch stuff and you’re a good soul. I’m interested in being a witch, a good one and I was hoping if you could help me out, tell me your experience, how does it feel, can you still be connected to your god and stuff. I don’t know if its okay to approach you this way, but if you dont mind, I need advices. 🙂

I wish I had the time and energy to type out the oodles and oodles of experiences and advice you’re wanting to hear, but I just don’t.  I will suggest that you 1) make use of this blog; its filled with my personal experiences at practicing witchcraft, as well as information on this topic; 2) You’ll also find information along this bent in my book, “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire”.

(I’m a good soul?)…I don’t believe I’ve ever said that of myself, but hopefully, I am.

Fairy Angels-- how's that for a hybrid mythical entity? :)

*Note: the photo is courtesy of Pinterest

 

 

37 Pounds of Amythyst…er, Amethyst

Hubby went with me for the afternoon when I did tarot readings on Sunday at Next Millennium.  Apparently this gave him enough time to do some browsing and shopping on his own, because when we were getting ready to leave, he had selected this piece:  37 lbs. of amethyst…which is fitting for our house!  This gorgeous chunk of crystal sits on our entertainment center and shares its space with the Goddess.

I met some wonderful people Sunday and made a couple very significant connections.  Although the store is always busy, there is a sense of calm about Sundays that are just undeniable no matter where you are.  It just must be the energy of the day.  I had a wonderful time, and the readings connected well, which always leaves me with a warm and fuzzy ‘I-must-be-doing-something-right’ feeling.  Afterwards, we had time to stop by our son’s apartment for a visit and enjoy supper at China Buffet…yum!  This is one of my favorite places to eat.

I received a rather unusual call Monday afternoon.  It was a man in Australia wanting to know if I would cast a spell for him.  I receive a call ever so often on this topic, and I just want to say that , no, I don’t cast spells for people.  I offer the information, often the spells, as well as some of the supplies so that people can cast their own spells.  And really, I think this is best.  No one can want the change that a spell facilitates more than the one who will benefit from the outcome, the individual who carries all the strength of their emotions and personal involvement.  It’s their energy, all the strength of their will, which will make a difference in the final outcome.  Cast your own spells and you’ll discover that this true. 

I’ve found my venue here in Fremont, where I can meet with a client and give them a tarot reading over a cup of coffee or a pot of tea…Harvest Health.  The owner has a quaint coffee shop in the back of his store.  He’s so nice, and he was more than happy to allow me to use this spot to conduct personal tarot readings.  I’ll be placing an ad in the local paper this week, and I’ll continue to do this sporadically.  I think it will be a lot of fun!

My pendulum cards arrived in the mail this week.  I’ve got them posted at my website for sale ( http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/pendulums.htm ). I’m still waiting on all of the pendulums that I ordered, a big batch of natural stone pendents, and some pentacle pendents.  I’m beginning to think they may be coming by pony express.  I’ll post as soon as I get my hands on them.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of this day! 

 

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…