Crystals Shamans Use by Judy Hall

Since I’m engaged in a year long Shamanic journey with an anthropologist, and am obsessed with crystals, I was so happy to find this article by Judy Hall.

Hope you find it as enjoyable as I do!

Shamanic Crystals

Midwinter sunrise, Stonehenge

Listen, there’s a hell of a good universe next door, let’s go.

                                                Rumi

Shamans have utilised crystals to access other realms of consciousness for tens of thousands of years. I find crystals make shamanic journeying so much smoother. They instantly transport you where you need to go. The subtle vibrations generated by crystals facilitate changing your level of awareness with ease. They also provide a ‘shamanic anchor’, a grounding cord that holds you safely while you journey to other realms – and facilitates your return. Some of my favourites are listed below.

A vehicle between the worlds Shaman Quartz, c. Jeni Campbell, http://www.angeladditions.co.uk

Shamanic power

You have only to imagine yourself standing with me at sunrise in Stonehenge with drums beating and chants rolling around the sarcen stones activating the immense forcefield created by the central Bluestones to recognise the truly awesome power of stone. I don’t use that word awesome lightly. In fact I usually avoid it. But when talking about the ability of crystals to amplify your connection with other realities and to move your consciousness outside time, no other word will do. Whether we’re looking at beautiful, luminous Quartz crystals or seemingly dull lumps of rock, we are talking power-full. Each crystal (a word I use for all stones not just the shiny ones) has its own unique, and very specific, beneficial frequency.

Introducing this frequency into your energy field brings about healing on many levels, reintegrating the soul, rebalancing the subtle etheric body and from there the physical not only of the human body but also of the planet itself. But it can also facilitate your journeys to other worlds.

The first religion

Shamanism is said to have been the first spiritual practice of humankind. It not only worked on behalf of individuals but held communities together. As grave goods show, crystals supported that practice right back into pre-history. Archaeologists in northern Israel have discovered the world’s oldest known shaman grave. The 12,000-year-old interment holds an elderly female of the mysterious Natufian culture together with her shamanic tools: animal parts, a human foot and the fragment of a basalt scrying bowl. Shamans operate outside ordinary reality. They, as with crystal workers, recognise that subtle energies influence the physical world, not the other way round.

Shamanic crystal finds: the Upton Lovell Shaman Barrow

The Upton Lovell Stone, compare this to Nubian Temple Quartz

I love it when the archaeological and academic worlds support my reality. My local Wiltshire Museum has an outwardly ordinary but actually rather extraordinary circular Milk (Snow) Quartz stone from the Upton Lovell Barrow. It was found on the chest of the man buried in a ‘Shaman’s grave.’ Traditionally Milk Quartz gives you mental clarity, assists in controlling emotion and enhances trance states. The museum description says ‘The stone may be a working tool or a part of his religious paraphernalia – perhaps the stone that helped him see his visions.’ The fact that this stone was placed over his heart suggests that it was rather special to him. It is very similar to the extraordinarily powerful ‘Nubian Temple stones’ found in Upper Egypt (see www.angeladditions.co.uk and www.judyhall.co.uk).

Nubian temple Quartz Photo copyright Jeni Campbell

The grave is that of an early British shaman who also worked as a goldsmith – the alchemical wonderworkers of the ancient world. There were also four cups made from split flint nodules in the grave. His costume was rather extraordinary too: he was ‘buried in a cloak to the edge of which 36 bone points had been sewn. A further group of bone points found on his chest were possibly from a necklace. Four pierced boar’s tusks found by his knees may have decorated a pouch. Among his grave goods were four axeheads, including a prestigious axe made of black dolerite. At his feet was a collection of stones, which were probably a set of metalworker’s hammers and grinding stones.’ (Also rather special, take a look at http://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/galleries)

Connecting with the shaman’s world

Bumble Bee Jasper connects you to bee power allies

Photo copyright Jeni Campbell/angeladditions.co.uk

To shamans everything in the physical universe is alive and imbued with spirit or life force, particularly crystals. Shamans, intermediaries between the physical and spiritual levels of being, traditionally used crystals for soul retrieval, empowerment, divination and journeying between the worlds to seek insights and solutions. All facilitated by crystals. Certain crystals even have specific allies, power animals or spirit beings, connected to them to assist you in your quest. But this is not the only use for potent crystal beings. Crystals cleanse the environment and create safe, sacred space – and bring healing to the environment.

This Bumble Bee Jasper grid laid out for bee healing attracted dozens of bees. You can just see one on the upper corner of the bee photo. Photo copyright Jeni Campell/angeladditions for Earth Blessings.

Crystals power allies

Bumble Bee Jasper: bee and insect helpers

Celestobarite: coyote energy

Hawk Eye: hawk, eagle and condor

Larimar or Ocean Jasper: dolphin and other sea creatures, the Earth Mother;

Leopardskin Jasper, Agate or Serpentine: jaguar, leopard, cougar or panther energy

Menalite: the Earth Mother, devas and earth-elementals, whichever animal the stone’s shape is imitating

Nubian Temple stones: Sekhmet and the Egyptian deities

Snakeskin Agate: serpent helpers

Rainforest Jasper: forest dwellers

Stibnite: wolf energy

Tree Agate: insect allies

Tigers  Eye: Tiger, Snow Lion and the big cats

Shamanic Cosmology

Traversing an ancient stone spiral in Kazakhstan leads you into the inner worlds.

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Magical Blue Flint, the portal and grounding stone c. Judy Hall

According to traditional shamanic cosmology there are three planes of consciousness, the Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds. To this, from my crystal shamanic experience, I would add a fourth, the Celestial (or stellar) which could be viewed as an extension of the Upper World. These worlds may be looked on as inner planes, part of the archetypal collective unconscious or the human psyche. Or, as shamanic crystals teach, as different levels of the multi-dimensional reality that surrounds and interpenetrates us.

The Lower World is so called because it has a denser vibration in contrast to the much lighter ‘higher’ vibration of the Upper World. The shaman moves through these worlds in a light form of trance or heightened awareness. This is where crystals are so helpful. Their frequency meshes with the shaman and acts as a vehicle to transport consciousness to the various planes. Many, such as Preseli Bluestone, act instantly. The dense, earthy stones such as Flint or Celestobarite are particularly useful for traversing the Lower World and, indeed, Neolithic peoples interred Flint into their graves to act as a portal to carry the soul between the worlds. High vibration crystals, such as Brandenberg or Moldavite, take you to the Upper World and on to the Celestial. Moldavite actually arrived on this planet from ‘above’, that is from outer space, and it together with Libyan Gold Tecktite knows the way home.

Bringing your vibrations into harmony

Elestial Smoky Quartz, excellent for grounding and

Journeying c. Michael Illas Earth Blessings

Shamanic crystals work when your own vibrations are in harmony with the stone. If a crystal does not appear to work for you, hold it and gently concentrate on your palm. You may feel a tingle and your body will shift slightly as it attunes to the crystal. If so, persevere, sitting for ten minutes a day until the crystal begins to work. If not, choose another crystal. A shamanic crystal may bring about a strong cathartic reaction or healing challenge. If this occurs, remove the crystal immediately and hold a Chlorite or Smoky Quartz point down towards your feet to facilitate the release of energy moving out of your body. Wait a day or two before using the high vibration crystal again.

Crystal Journeying

Crystal journeying can be carried out lying or sitting down in a place where you will not be disturbed (turn off your phone!). It needs to be a safe, sacred space – four or five Black Tourmalines, Clear Quartz, Smoky Elestial Quartz or Selenite crystals set out around you that you have asked to protect you will ensure that the space is clear. You can use a drum or chanting CD to assist if you wish, especially one that has a specific ending to call you back. Some people like to sit or lie beneath a special blanket. Suitable journeying stones are shown below.

Choose your crystals, cleanse it and hold the crystal loosely in your hands and set your intention. Be very clear about why you are journeying. State your aim, whether it is for healing, insight, and so on. And set the intention that you will return with the answers fully available to your everyday conscious mind. (You may also like to set a return time, say in fifteen or twenty minutes.)

You can then either lie back and close your eyes while holding the crystal or place it on an appropriate chakra, or sit and gaze with half-closed, softly focused eyes into your crystal – this is particularly useful if you are using Shaman Quartz or a Quartz with inner planes and inclusions that take your eye deep into the crystal. Breathe gently, establishing a comfortable rhythm. If you are not using the crystal as an entrance to the other worlds, picture a venerable tree with a hole beneath its roots, or a ladder to the upper world, and ask your crystal to take you through that entrance directly to whichever world you wish to access.

Let the crystal transport you, don’t force it. Be aware of vibrations and feelings, sensations and insights that float into your mind. You may feel a whirling, rushing, ascending or descending motion or a deep still space. Ask your crystal and power allies to join you on this journey and bring you the answers or the healing you seek.

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When it’s time to return, thank your helpers and ask the crystal to return you to your everyday world. Stand up and connect your feet to the floor and the earth beneath them. Have a good stretch and a little shake to ensure you are comfortable in your body. Then immediately write down your impressions and the answers you received. Consciously disconnect by putting the crystal aside.

Shamanic Journeying Stones

Amethyst Phantom Quartz/Brandenberg

c. Jeni Campbell, http://www.angeladditions.co.uk

Chakra: past life, crown

Meditating with Amethyst Phantom (or Amethyst Brandenberg) facilitates entry into the pre-birth state, accessing the soul plan for the present lifetime, lessons for the current incarnation, and renegotiates these if no longer appropriate. It removes implants that operate multi- dimensionally, healing the etheric blueprint and reprogramming cellular memory so that the physical body raises its vibrations. It transports you back into lives where you were priest or priestess to access your spiritual wisdom.

Ammolite/Ammonite

Opalised Ammonite (Ammolite)

Image c. The Crystal Bible, Godsfield Press

Chakra: third eye and soma

Ammolite contains the wisdom of the ancients and was worn on the forehead for consciousness activation, metaphysical powers and interdimensional exploration. It is particularly effective on the soma chakra (mid-hairline). Representing coming full circle, Ammolite takes you into your centre and activates your personal empowerment.

Astrophyllite

Astrophyllite c. Judy Hall

Chakra: higher crown (14th)

Astrophyllite is an excellent stone for promoting out of body experiences to the stellar realms, acting as a guide and protector, but it also assists in standing outside oneself for an objective view. It helps you to recognise that you have no limits.

Barite

Blue Barite image c. imgbuddy.com

Chakra: heart, throat

Used by Native Americans to journey from the physical to the spiritual worlds, if anonymity and stealth are required for journeying, Barite confers this. It may bring about a catharsis in which old emotional patterns, hatreds and fears are thrown off – other crystals may be required to restore equilibrium.

Celestobarite

Chakra: solar plexus, base and crown

Celestobarite is a shamanic oracle that shows you both sides of the coin, elucidating issues that are not clear, but leaving you to decide what to believe. This stone has a ‘joker’, coyote, energy that presents the dark side in a joyful way and reminds us that nothing stays the same. It looks to past, present and future and explores the multidimensional layers of being. With strong shielding energy, this is an excellent journeying stone that holds you suspended between the base and crown chakras and takes you safely into the shamanic Middle World in which reside soul aspects and entities. Celestobarite takes you to the edge and beyond.

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Leopardskin Serpentine, Agate or Jasper

Image copyright The Crystal Bible, Godsfield Press

Chakra: third eye, soma, past life, base and sacral

These stones activate kundalini rise and instigates rebirth. Stone of invisibility and a natural shape shifter, Snakeskin helps you to blend in and travel without being seen in the physical and spiritual worlds and is a useful for soul retrieval in the Lower realms. It lends you the cunning of a serpent in handling difficult situations. It is an excellent stone when you need to ‘shed a skin’, clearing negativity and the past. Leopardskin Serpentine assists you to travel with Leopard as a power or healing animal, or to shapeshift. It is of enormous assistance in reclaiming power especially where this has been misplaced in previous lives or in other dimensions. Leopardskin Serpentine keeps you earthed whilst undertaking otherworld journeys and facilitates trancework, opening a direct channel to spiritual guidance. It offers insights as to why you are living the life you are and assists adjustments that may be necessary to align with your soul plan.

Menalite

Menalite c. Jeni Campbell, http://www.angeladditions.co.uk

Chakra: sacral

Menalite reminds us of the endlessly recurring cycles of life and is excellent for rebirth and reincarnation and coming to terms with death. This stone has been used for aeons of time to journey to other realms and carry out metaphysical work. Many of the stones simulate power animals or the ancient fertility goddess and this nurturing stone provides a durable link to the Earth Mother, taking you back into her womb. It also assists in re-membering your soul and reconnects to the wise feminine. It is the perfect stone for conducting the rites of the passage that mark out the transitions through womanhood.

Merlinite

Chakra: third eye, soma

Merlinite holds the combined knowledge of shamans, alchemists, magician-priests and workers of theurgy. Its dual colouring blends spiritual and earthly vibrations together, giving access to all the shamanic realms. It supports during shamanic practices or magical ritual and assists in reading the Akashic record, inducing travel into past or future lives to gain insight on how to live life now.

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Nebula Stone

Nebula Stone from Robert SimmonsThe Book of Stones

Chakra: third eye, soma, crown

Nebula Stone blends the vibration of light into the physical body, enlightening the cells and activating their consciousness. This raises overall awareness, bringing remembrance of the soul’s spiritual roots. Gazing into a Nebula Stone takes you outwards into infinity and inwards into the smallest particle of being.  Ultimately, the two become one.  This is a stone of non-duality and oneness.

Nuummite

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Chakra: past life, soma, opens and integrates all.

The sorcerer’s stone that assists in seeing beyond the outer façade, and creates an inner landscape to be traversed. A protective stone, strengthening the auric field, Nuummite helps you to travel with stealth and sureness. It needs to be used respectfully, with right intention. Nuummite assists in recognising past life contacts and highlights karmic debts stemming from misuse of power, reminding you not to go there again. Nuummite quickly restores power that has been depleted by karmic debts, or other causes, and clears blockages including those that are self-imposed, reprogramming cellular memory. Severing entanglements that stem from past manipulation or incantations, Nuummite connects you to your true self.

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Preseli Bluestone

Preseli Bluestone, c. Michael Illas Crystal Wisdom Oracle

Chakra: soma

One of the ultimate journeying stones, Preseli Blue moves out of space and time to access multi-dimensions. Preseli Bluestone opens a cosmic anchor and attaches you to the core of the earth creating unshakeable inner energetic solidity to stabilise you through earth changes. It aligns your energy to the galactic centre so that you are held suspended between the earth and the galaxy and waves of energy pass through your body to earth themselves. It also works as a shamanic anchor for both Lower and Upper World journeys. Combined with chalk it creates a battery that powers the environment or overcomes energetic depletion. It helps you move through changes and supports your survival instincts during challenging times.

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Rainforest Jasper

Gorgeous Rainforest Jasper skull from http://www.skullis.com

Chakra: earth, base and spleen

Inhaling the aroma of Rainforest Jasper immediately connects you to nature. It re-activates herbal healing knowledge from the far past, accessing ancestral matriarchs to reconnect to the family myths by which they lived. If you are lost at a soul level, this stone takes you back to your roots to re-anchor yourself and reassess your situation objectivity. This is a ‘stone of being’ facilitates moving effortlessly back into balance, accepting yourself as you are without needing to change.

Stibnite

Stibnite c. http://www.exquistecrystals.com

Chakras: base, sacral, soma, solar plexus

Stibnite carries the energy of wolf. It forms an energetic shield around the physical body and is an excellent stone for releasing entity possession or negative energy. It works brilliantly to help you to see the gold in your own centre, and to find the gift in difficult experiences. Assisting in eliminating ‘tentacles’ from clingy relationships, it assists tie cutting rituals and past life releases.

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Shaman Quartz/Lodolite

Lodolite http://www.exquisitecrystals.com

Chakras: Third eye, soma (mid hair line above the third eye), alta major (back of neck), crown.

Shaman Quartz and Lodolite are clear Quartzes with inclusions that form valleys and mountains within the stone. Either stone takes you deep into yourself and assists you to communicate with higher beings and journey through the various worlds. Lodolite in particular helps you to explore past lives and is a powerful manifestation crystal.

Chalcopyrite, A Mystical Stone Connecting You To Higher Realms

Chalcopyrite…

A Mystical Stone Connecting You To Higher Realms

Chalcopyrite

Chalcopyrite is an excellent stone for meditation and this is its most powerful aspect, although it is also a strong healing stone for the physical body.

It has a powerful resonance within the higher chakras, and is acknowledged as a stone of the mystic.

This is because it is common for it to make a powerful connection to the higher spiritual and mystical realms.

It has a positive vibration that is known to increase happiness, joy and belief in yourself, and like most gold stones, this is a stone of abundance.

If you have lost something, it is known to help you to find it, and it may even get lost to you as well.

Where Is It From? Chalcopyrite Meaning

This stone has been found in quite a few locations, including France, Germany, Spain, Zambia, Namibia, Chile, Peru, Australia and the USA.

The meaning of this stones name relates to two different meanings, as its name is made up of two parts. The first part comes from the Greek word for brass, and this is combined with the word Pyrite, a stone with a similar look.

It is a primary ore of copper mixed with iron, and its form can be massive or it may also occur as tiny crystals with other stones such as Calcite or Fluorite.

Its color is brassy yellow or gold when polished as a tumble stone. It tarnishes easily, so be aware it may not stay that golden color.

Note: This is not the same stone as Peacock Ore also known as Bornite, even though they have similar chemical structures.

Chalcopyrite is CuFeS2 and Bornite is Cu5FeS4. They do not have the same healing qualities.

The stone that I am writing about here has a stronger action at the higher chakras than Peacock Rock, so make sure you get the right stone, as some retailers are selling them as the same stone.

Why Would You Use It?

Chalcopyrite is an excellent stone to use in meditation and can be quite powerful if used at the third eye or the highest chakra in the physical body, known as the crown chakra.

It will clear energy blockages at the crown chakra, and will both cleanse and activate it as well. This stone has an unusual energy that will bring through a strong spiritual, even mystical energy.

Natural Golden Chalcopyrite

Once you begin to feel this vibration, it can be a powerful experience to allow yourself to embrace this energy and go deeply into a state of mind which may aid you to gain deeper spiritual understanding.

Used in this way you may gain insights about ancient civilizations on planets other than earth and this may help to explain your current life circumstances.

The type of deep mystical understanding that comes through may take some time to fully comprehend. It connects you with higher beings who aid you to recognize your role here on this plane.

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How Will It Help You?

Chalcopyrite has a strong healing action in the body and helps the universal energies to clear anything that prevents perfect health.

It is known to be helpful to have near you, when you are undergoing acupuncture, as it helps your system to integrate the energy flow more easily.

Natural Chalcopyrite

It helps the movement of the chi in the body and aids it to go where most needed, and aids any blockages to be dissolved as easily as possible.

This makes it a good stone for acupuncturists to keep under their treatment table to aid this flow of energy.

It also has a healing action that helps the healing of both viruses and bacterial infections and fevers.

It is known as a crystal for happiness as it has a strong positive vibration that is known to increase happiness, joy and belief in yourself.

It is known to help problems of the respiratory system, and may also stimulate hair growth.

Its vibration has an excellent effect on the nervous system and may aid you to think more logically. It is said to relieve the pressure of growths and to constrict their growth is some cases.

As it has such a strong vibration at the crown chakra and the third eye chakra, its vibration will particularly aid the healing of brain related issues.

Who Should Use It?

Chalcopyrite

Like most gold stones, this is a stone of abundance.

It will help you to be more aware of the link between abundance and attaining prosperity and your way of thinking.

It is helpful to you to aid you to understand that you need to think prosperously to be prosperous.

It resonates within all chakras, and it has a strong action within the solar plexus chakra also known as the power chakra, which may help you to attract money.

You will find it on the list of zodiac birthstones, and as it is a strong prosperity stone, it would be a good stone to wear as jewelry.

If you have lost something, this stone is known to help you to find it.

This is because it has metaphysical properties that help it to gather and compile information that is helpful to the person who is using it.

Unhappily it may also get lost very easily, but it will reappear again once it has gathered together the information that the higher realms feel you need!

Chalcopyrite may aid you to discern more about how the universe works, the ideals that encourage and allow each of us to do what we need to do.

To feel no guilt about your actions, as what is right for you spiritually is part of the Divine plane and cannot be governed by others ideas of what is right for you.

How To Use It

As mentioned above, this stones highest and best use is for meditation.

You may like to learn some of the easy ways to meditate, and use them with this stone, as this may be helpful to you.

Using this stone will assist you to attain a deeper meditative state, known as the state of no mind.

Using Chalcopyrite can be challenging. So be aware in case you find it difficult, when you open yourself up to seeing parts of yourself that you may rather not see.

Once you perceive these aspects, this leads you to a greater spiritual understanding generally.

Chalcopyrite

Part of the process is understanding that the universe is perfect, and that all that happens occurs for reasons that are perfect.

This even applies to aspects you may not want to happen such as illness or the death of a loved one.

It is known to assist you to find something you have lost but it may even get lost to you as well.

As it is a Capricorn birthstone, it may be available as a pendant or other jewelry.

Clears stagnant energy…

Chalcopyrite

While Chalcopyrite works within all chakras to clear stagnant energy, its most powerful vibration is at the higher chakras and in particular the crown and third eye chakras.

It is an excellent stone for meditation and this is its most powerful aspect, although it is also a strong healing stone for the physical body.

Its resonance within the higher chakras makes it an acknowledged stone of the mystic.

It is common for it to make a powerful connection to the higher spiritual and mystical realms.

This stone aids very deep understandings to come through from beings in the higher realms, if you desire to know what they have to impart.

“If he is indeed wise, the teacher does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather he leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

Combining It With Other Stones

To aid you to manifest money, you may combine this stone with other golden stones.

Choose from among stones such as Golden Labradorite, Sphene aka Titanite, Red Cinnabar, Golden Apatite, Libyan Desert Glass aka Libyan Desert Glass, Golden Rutile in Quartz, Sunstones and Citrine.

There are a number of other crown chakra stones that also embody a strong mystical vibration and you may choose to combine these with this stone.

Some of these are high vibration stones such as Moldavite, Yttrium Fluorite and Libyan Gold Tektite.

Iron Pyrite is closely related to this stone and has a number of qualities in common, and combines well with it to manifest.

A number of other crystals also embody a mystical vibration, including Dendritic Opal, Blue Azurite, Titanite, Labradorite and Clear Quartz these work well with this stone when used in meditation.

Beautiful Golden Chalcopyrite Stone

Chalcopyrite

Fulgurite is Today’s Crystal

I just started working with these and Shaman Stones (aka Moqui Balls) and the high vibration and cleansing of the light body is quite unbelievable. They are the highest vibrational stones I’ve worked with so far. Tomorrow I will talk about Moqui Balls but today, enjoy this article about Fulgurite! Mine are from Florida’s sand mines. They are amazing!!

Sacred & Spiritual Crystals: Fulgurite: “The Finger of God”

By Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac

The power behind Earth’s minerals can be felt the minute you put a crystal in your hands or near your physical body. Crystals are the treasures of the earth. These stones are filled with energy to be used. So for this Holy week, I will be discussing some crystals with loving, spiritual connections.

Fulgurite: “The Finger of God”

Properties: The lightning stone, fulgurites are some of the most powerful stones and along with the power of prayer, they can help to manifest one’s visions. Fulgurites have a high-frequency vibration and seem to hold a clear, strong resonance with the powerful electrical force that created them. Their extreme “lightning energy” is believed to be the touch of the Divine. This energy, which now resides in them, acts as a magnifier of one’s clearer intention, building a powerful resonance between oneself and the powers of the higher Universe.

Fulgurites are powerful stones for grounding. Their energy can be used to arouse the Kundalini forces at the Root Chakra and move through each Chakra at every level of our light body, purifying and cleansing the entire system. The empowering energy from this stone opens the higher Chakras to Divine energy. It opens and clears the psychic and intuitive senses, encourages our sense of creativity and inner power, allows for assistance with divine prophecy and helps one in rapidly connecting with the frequency of the Universal truth through prayer or meditation. Fulgurite has shown to help one to experience major breakthroughs when kept close and to release habitual patterns that no longer serve us. This a particularly beneficial stone for healers, teachers, psychics and channelers as well as others who need to accurately relay information and guidance from the higher realm. Fulgurite can quickly clear negative patterns from the emotional body and assist in clearing all forms of anger and confusion within relationships. Fulgurite is also excellent at shedding light on the karmic aspects of relationships with others in your life. This stone attunes to both gemini and virgo.

Folk Remedies: Fulgurite has been used for healing blockages and strengthening blood flow in the extremities and capillaries. It is a beneficial stone for strengthening muscles and tissues of the body. Use fulgurite to activate the thymus, improve the immune system, and to balance the nervous systems of the physical and etheric bodies.

Feng Shui: Use in the North area for career and lifepath, in the Southwest for relationships and the West for creativity.

Crystal Cleansing: Keep away from water and heat, as this electrically charged sand will fall apart if you rearrange it’s structure.

History: Fulgurite is the name given to fused Quartz, Si02, which has been struck by lightning and melting sand or rock. The best known fulgurites are found in quartz sand, where the fulgurite take the form of tubes, sometimes exceeding a half inch or more in diameter. This type of formation is called sand fulgurite. As the lightning strikes the Earth and courses downward through the sand, the sand is instantly super heated, melted and fused together. After cooling, hard hollow tubes can be located beneath the surface of the sand, generally decreasing in diameter and sometimes branching as they descend, sometimes extending for several feet. The outer surfaces sand fulgurites are often rough with adhering, unfused Quartz sand grains. The inner surfaces and openings of the tubes are usually smooth and glassy, in some specimens resembling an applied glaze, sometimes with blister-like bubbling present. Rock fulgurites are formed when lightning strikes the surface of a rock, melting and fusing the surface, and sometimes the interior of the rock. The melting point of Si02 is 2950oF. The color of the glassy, fused Si02 varies from pale gray, to smoky gray, to shiny black. The name fulgurite is from the Latin word “fulgur” meaning lightning.

Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac. Alternative medicine and therapies for healing mind, body & spirit! http://www.peacefulmind.com

The Chariot

Meaning:

When the Chariot arrives today, be sure that you are the ones taking the reins in order to control the outcome of your situation. The Chariot also could signify a Cancer in your life, or a Cancer about to make an appearance in your life. The zodiac sign Cancer is a hard worker, and attains success through long and sustained efforts. This is the message of the Chariot. Victory is assured, but it won’t come quickly. This could mean a new skill you take on, some upgrading in education, or taking the lead on a project at work. It could also mean that you make the next big move in love. It’s important to remember that you only take on what you can complete, otherwise, victory will be lost. Know also that this card is about effort that leads to success. This is not victory that comes knocking on your door. You will need to put some effort in, and there could be some bumps along the way, but with the effort and determination of the Chariot, victory is almost definitely assured.

Symbolism:

When the Chariot arrives, know that you are well on your way to a well earned victory. The Chariot is embodied by the zodiac sign Cancer, and this is Cancer’s card. Cancer is a hard worker and doesn’t realize anything quickly, and these traits are the inherent meaning of the Chariot. Here we see a man on a chariot, surrounded by the golden aura of victory. This card symbolizes a time in the ancient days when the victor would ride through the streets on a chariot to celebrate a victory. In this card, you are holding the reins, and are feeling great power and the smell of a big win. This is the card that says, you are in the driver’s seat of your own Destiny! Moving ahead towards your victory is not only possible, but probable when you see your card. The important thing to remember when you see this card is, you are the Master of your Fate.

Today’s Crystal is Sardonyx!

Sardonyx…

Mental Discipline, Focus, Happiness, Optimism & Confidence

Multi-Colored Sardonyx

Sardonyx is a highly protective stone that embodies a vibration of happiness, optimism and confidence.

It helps to boost your self control and your level of personal power.

This stone creates an excellent grounding action through the earth and base chakras, and brings you back to earth after spiritual work.

It has excellent metaphysical properties that that encourage motivation, willpower, discipline and strength of character.

This makes it a good stone for anyone studying, or if you work in a job where you require mental discipline to focus on the task at hand.

–Where Is It From? Sardonyx Meaning

This stone has been found in a large number of locations including Brazil, India, Germany, Uruguay, Russia and USA, but it is said that the best stone comes from India.

This stone is type of banded or striped Chalcedony, and is a mixture of Onyx and Orange Carnelian. Also known as Sardian Onyx, it may be clearly banded or have a less defined mix of colors.

Sard stones have been in use since the bronze age. Many stones are a similar color to Carnelian except most are a darker orange. Sard stones were named for the ancient Turkish city named Sardis.

The meaning of the name Sardonyx relates to the fact that it is a mixture of Onyx and Sard, a type of Orange Carnelian that was well known in ancient times.

Although many people think of Onyx as being black, as the black Onyx stone is so prevalent, Onyx comes in a variety of colors and commonly in bands.

So while Black Onyx may commonly be seen selling, it occurs in other colors, including white, purple, gray, brown, red, green, yellow and blue.

These crystals may be a mixture of any of these colors, and they may also have the orange color of Carnelian within them.

–How Will It Help You?

White and Green Sardonyx

Sardonyx supports discipline, willpower, motivation and strength of character.

This makes it a good stone for anyone studying, or if you work in a job where you require mental disciple to focus on the task at hand.

This crystal has a very protective vibration and will create a strong grounding action through the earth star chakra and the base or root chakra.

This assists you to return you energetically back to earth after spiritual work.

This is a crystal that stimulates happiness and has a helpful energy to improve your self control, and it embodies an energy of happiness, optimism and confidence.

–Who Should Use It?

This stone was said to have been used as a talisman in Ancient Egypt for protection against evil, as it has a strong level of psychic protection energy.

It has been in use since ancient times, and these days this crystal is known as an August birthstone, and it is on the birthstone list by month.

Banded Sardonyx Stone

It was believed that the presence of Sardonyx created a decrease of crime in its vicinity.  One of the ways it was used in ancient times, that is still known to be particularly useful was to grid homes, and you can do this quite easily.

You can choose to grid your whole home or you can just do one room.

Simply place a stone in each corner of your home or the corner of specific rooms where you spend the most time.

You may also like to place one near the windows or doors to strengthen the protective energies, but it takes a while for the energy of this stone to build up, and to work at its highest level.

–What Is It? Why Would You Use It?

This stone is a mixture of Onyx and Carnelian, so it embodies within it the vibrations of these two energies, that meld together to create a new and very helpful stone.

If you have been searching for meaning in your life, using this stone may help you to find the answers to your search.

Multi-colored Striped Sardonyx

Sardonyx has a positive vibration that helps you to attract new friendships and will improve your close relationships.

It is a good stone to aid the thinking processes, as it has a strong vibration within the crown and third eye chakras.

They are helpful when studying to assist you to use and absorb information.

Because it promotes integrity and virtuous behavior, this may assist you to enhance your marriage or close partnership, especially if either partner is losing interest in remaining faithful.

In this is the case, it might you help to put one under your pillow as well as under your partner’s. Having it within your aura for a long period each day, will help you to act decisively, and will bolster your will power and aid you to build character.

They are also helpful to enhance your creativity, and may help writers to write more creatively.

–Wearing Sardonyx

Orange Striped Sardonyx

Sardonyx jewelry is easy to buy, and it’s on the zodiac birthstones list as well.

It is a good idea if you wish to fully benefit from the energy of this crystal to keep a piece of this stone on you all the time.

Their energy will help you to have the courage to deal with problems as they occur, as well as being very protective.

As it is a birthstone for a number of starsigns, you may find that you may be able to buy jewelry made from this stone.

It is a birthstone for Virgo, Aries, Leo and a Taurus birthstone.  It may be helpful to wear it if you wish to benefit from the variety of different attributes that its energy stimulates.

–How To Use It

You may use them to do a psychic meditation, when they may stimulate within you the gift of psychic visions, also known as clairvoyant abilities.  The stones with white colored inclusions are known to have a strong vibration within the third eye chakra and the crown chakra.

Black and White Sardonyx with a touch of Orange

Stones that contain White Onyx within them are excellent stones to use to use in meditation.

The white onyx within the stone will help you to make contact with the spiritual realms.

But because they are strong spiritual grounding stones they will help you to remain grounded.

They are also advantageous stones to aid back problems and may help to heal the bones, and they may also assist you to regulate the flow of fluid in the body.

If you have been suffering from grief, sadness or are stressed by life circumstances, using this stone is one of the ways to ease stress.

They may help you to let go of stress, and assist you to release anxiety and depression.

They are excellent healing stones with excellent metaphysical properties that are very helpful if you have allergies, and need to strengthen your immune system.

Sardonyx stone is easy to buy, and they are known to aid the prevention of bronchitis and other respiratory infections, as they will help to heal the lungs.

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” Vance Havner.

–Combining It With Other Stones

This stone combines well with both Onyx and Carnelian stones, to strengthen their attributes. If you use them with Yellow Apatite or Sunstones this will bolster your mental clarity as well.

Red Ruby In Green Zoisite aka Anyolite

It is a strong psychic protection stone, and it may be helpful to use it with any of the high crystal energy stones when doing spiritual journeys.

They can help to prevent problems caused by visits to the higher realms and at the same time may reinforce the action of the other stones.

They combine well with sacral chakra stones to enhance your creativity, and they work particularly well with Anyolite.

You may also use them with Zincite, Sunstones, Dravite also known as Brown Tourmaline, Chrysanthemum Stone or Cinnabar.

They can be combined with any stones that aid psychic visions and are excellent used to do a crystal meditation, as they have a good level of spiritual grounding.

Combined with Fire Agate they are powerful to aid protection.

To boost your will power, combine them with solar plexus stones, such as Orange Carnelian, Preseli Bluestone, Libyan Desert Glass, also known as Libyan Gold Tektite, Iron Pyrite, Hematite and Pietersite.

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The Empress

Thanks to Andrea Green, she gives the meaning and journal tip for this week!

The Empress is the card of nature, growth, slow and gradual natural change, patience, pregnancy, harvests, the seasons passing, and life itself.

She can be compared with the other female cards in the Major Arcana, for example, the World card is how Nature appears to us, and the Star card is hidden nature. The Empress is the goddess, the power and patterns behind everything.

This card means that all things are due in time, and may also be compared to the Queen of Pentacles, another very nature-based card. It carries a similar meaning of nurturing, of compassion and care. Both are cards of the mother and motherhood.

If it appears in a past position, that time of growth has passed, and nothing new will arise; it is time to seek a new field to seed, nurture and harvest.

Journal Exercise & Insiders Tip

When reading, we can weave an interpretation from all the individual symbols on a card – even doing a very deep and detailed one-card reading!

Here’s how we would do it on the Empress card, and then for your journal this week, why not try it with one of the other cards, or one you pull for a real question?

Full-Grown Wheat: “What you have planned and seeded, worked so hard to accomplish, has now come to happen – it is time to take the fruit of your work. In a way, it is up to you to now harvest and reap what you have sown. Take time to enjoy this pause in your hard work”.

Venus Symbol: “Everything is coming together, perhaps even a romantic or equal partnership – the circle and the cross – the active and the passive. It is all happening in its own good time and good things will grow from this union”.

Shield: “You are protected, and can be assured that there is safety in what is happening. Everything is being taken care of, so go for the enjoyment of the ride”.

Couch/Cushion: “Relax and sink into what is happening, don’t fight it. Take time to rest and recover, as things go their own course. Don’t meddle or interfere at this point, there is no need to do anything other than sit back”.

Sceptre: “Whilst you are the cause of what is happening, you should pull back from adding any more into the mix. There is a time to be regal and take the high ground, and this is it – there is no need to keep digging or working!”

Crown of Stars: “Everything will happen in time, and you should have patience, with an eye to the fates and fortunes of the stars. What you have set in motion is now flowing to a conclusion, let it happen”.

Waterfall: “Again, there is a flow and a torrent of things coming to a head, so the less you are involved at this late stage, the better”.

Where else can you see symbols on the Empress?

How would this apply to a job question? A relationship question?

Now try this with another card!

Today’s Tarot Card is The Wheel of Fortune!

Meaning:

The Wheel of Fortune arriving in your Tarot is a reminder that the planet of luck Jupiter is on your side. The Wheel of Fortune also has symbolism rich in the Fixed Signs of the zodiac. So you may also get a message pertaining one of the Fixed Signs, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius, or Taurus. When the Wheel of Fortune arrives in your day, it is a very optimistic wave of Jupiter’s magic wand. It is always a good omen to see the Wheel of Fortune, as your luck is truly taking a turn, and in the most positive and beneficial way. All of your karma is coming back to you, and you can expect good rewards when the Wheel of Fortune arrives. This is not something that you have to do, and no action is required on your part. Rather, this is something that is happening to you, or an external event that changes things in your favor. And expect things to happen quickly when it does!

Symbolism:

When you see the Wheel of Fortune arrive in your reading, know that you are being offered a message of karmic hope, and things are about to take a turn. Here we have the famous wheel of fortune, symbolized by the fixed signs of the zodiac (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius), spinning in your favor. This card is denoted by the number 10, which in the Tarot represents a completed cycle. Destiny and karma are turning in your favor when the Wheel of Fortune arrives. Expect some information of good luck to come your way, and for the forces of nature to finally turn in your favor. This is not an action card. But rather, the message of this card is that to just…wait for it. Your karmic reward is well on its way.

Today’s Tarot Card is The Sun!

Meaning:

When you see The Sun appear in your Tarot reading or in your Daily Tarot, then you know it’s going to be a great day! The Sun is shining on you! This day is the summer of your life, and the Sun embodies success, abundance, and an optimistic feel to the situation that can not be matched by anything else. Success is not just probable, it is inevitable. There is confidence aligned with this bright picture. Like the child on top of the horse, you are on top of the world, and victory is yours for the taking. This is also not an internal success. This is the kind of success that the world sees, and admires. You and your life and the situation at hand is indeed enlightened, and the abundance or prosperity you seek in this situation will soon surround you like the beautiful flowers in this card.

Symbolism:

The Sun is one of the happiest cards in the Tarot, if not the happiest one to see in any reading. It almost doesn’t matter where the Sun falls in a reading, if it appears, it’s always a good omen in any position or placement. This is a bright card that has the Sun as the biggest symbol on it. There are flowers growing that symbolize abundance and joy, and the abundance that comes from having light in your world. A child decorated with the wreath of laurels that signify success plays on a white horse that represents purity, joy, and innocence. A bright orange wreath suggests action and movement will occur in the situation that will have you feeling like you are on top of the world. You may create this action, or something wonderful may simply find its way to you. In any event, the Sun is definitely shining on you and your situation.