Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz, in my opinion, is one of the ten crystals that everyone needs. Gentle, grounding, and supportive, Smoky Quartz offers a wide range of benefits. It signifies balance when it appears in The Stone Vision Oracle. (Learn more about the Stone Vision Oracle.) Smoky quartz resonates with earth based energies bringing balance to the…

The Platonic Solids, Elements and the Chakras

Plato was a philosopher in ancient Greece, and for the purposes of what I am sharing today, he was a mathematician. He lived in the years 424 – 348 BC and started the Academy, the first center for advanced education in the Western world. Geometry is a branch of mathematics connected to things like shape,…

Pyrite

Pyrite, or iron pyrite, is a metallic mineral made up of iron and sulfur. It is a mineral that is commonly found and it occurs in a number of forms. Pyrite lands somewhere between 6 and 6.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale. That means that, while it is easily scratched, it takes at least something…

Crystal Books on My Bookshelf

There are so very many crystal related books on the market that it is difficult to narrow it down. I also strongly believe that books are often best used to identify the gemstone, mineral, or fossil in front of you. The books can be used to confirm what your intuition shares with you regarding the…

Clearing Your Crystals

One of the most common questions that I am asked is “How should I clear my crystals?”. This is usually closely followed by “How often should I clear my crystals?”. This post is to answer both of those questions for you, but I am going to answer them in reverse order.  How Often Should Crystals…

Carnelian for Creativity

Carnelian is about creativity and connects with the second Chakra, Sacral or Swadhistana in Sanskrit. This is the home of our creativity, passion and sensuality, and how we connect with society. They say that we connect with our Chakras in periods of seven years. If this is accurate, our second chakra is engaged and maturing…

Your Intuitive Abilities

Intuition, especially women’s intuition, is something that is often talked about but just as often not clearly understood. We are going to look at clair abilities. Clair is French and comes from the Latin word for clear. We all have clair abilities, many of us have more than one. Through time, these abilities have been…

Being Reiki

Looking for natural ways to reduce stress, my teenage daughter and I registered for An Introduction to the Usui Method of Natural Healing at a Maryland community college in 1997. More than two decades later, Dr. Usui’s method, commonly known as Reiki, is an integral part of my daily life. What is Reiki? Reiki is…

Partnering with the Moon

It is easy for me to imagine the impact that the Moon once had on the choices people made. People marked the passage of time as she moved through her phases. Those phases were, and still are by some, used to determine optimal times to plant, and to harvest. Women’s cycles still sync with the…

Seasonal Support: Cold & Flu

One thing that we can count on every year is cold and flu season. This year has made even more clear the impact that viruses can have on us. It has also highlighted both the need for personal hygiene and the importance of supporting our immune system. Those things alone are still not often enough….