I was on a long distance road trip over the Easter holiday. I exited the highway about a mile from my destination, when my car decided to just completely stop functioning. We got the car towed to an auto shop, and I was not surprised to see that the lot was overflowing with broken-down vehicles--other victims of Mercury retrograde! Read More
I have a confession to make. I have been having a love affair with Citrine for almost two decades now, and we are very happy together. Holding one is like touching the sun itself. Its energy is like crystallized sunbeams that vitalize your cells, outlook, energy, and entire being. Citrine can burn through clouds of negative energy, thoughts, and emotions like a laser, clearing the way for your soul to shine through.
Every year around this time, I begin to feel restless--too many bad weather days have kept me cooped up in the house, and I long for the endless days of summer, not to mention the sunlight on which my mood so desperately depends. The anticipation of spring’s approach lightens my mood, and I can see hints of it everywhere; the trees begin to bud, and insects make an appearance after a long winter’s slumber. I am ready to camp, hike, and celebrate the Earth and all its verdant glory. Read More
Energy experts are calling 2017 the year of the big reset. And right now we are in the middle of a cosmic window, punctuated by two eclipses and an equinox, which is bringing in especially intense, transformative energies. We had a set of eclipses in February, a lunar eclipse on the 11th and a solar eclipse on the 26th. Eclipses are always times of sudden, unexpected change that can shake up your life, especially if you have been sweeping problems under the rug. The veils are thinner during eclipse times, allowing you to tune into the unseen realms and to access your subconscious mind. The shockwaves of eclipses can be felt and experienced for up to six months after they occur, and they are ultimately a gift to help you hit the reset button in your life. Read More
Kyanite is a high vibration stone that has a striated structure, which means that it has parallel grooves or recesses down the length of the stone. These striations act as amplifying channels that transmit higher frequencies of light into the human auric field. Kyanite literally acts like a wand that can deliver refined, spiritual energy for clearing, healing, balance, activation, and upgrade. If you could only have one healing crystal in your collection, Kyanite would be an excellent, versatile choice. Here are ten reasons why: Read More
The grocery store aisles are now a sea of red and pink; cascading with heart-shaped chocolate boxes, gushy teddy bears, rosy sentiments, and other plastic tokens of this grand concept called love. Depending on your personal circumstances, Valentine’s Day can bring about feelings of blissful elation or abysmal dread. The crystal kingdom has got your back, no matter where you are in the relationship cycle—and especially if you are off the wheel for now. Remember, this day is all about love, and there is a perfect crystal to support your unique situation and needs on Valentine’s Day and beyond. Read More
For as long as I can remember, I have had difficulties with sleep, and as I grow older, these difficulties have only gotten worse. I am constantly trying new ways to trick my body into rest: aromatherapy, hot baths, orange glasses to block blue light, etc. All have worked to varying degrees but none have provided complete relief.
When I started work at Crystals by Nature, I immediately started researching and experimenting with crystals whose energetic properties were reported to help with sleep. Below are the crystals that I have found to best promote those coveted Zzzz's.
Five years ago I struggled carrying a child to term. After a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy that landed me in the hospital, my doctor warned me not to attempt another pregnancy. Instead of listening, however, I decided to seek out alternative treatments. It was around this time that I happened upon Nature's Treasures
, the retail storefront of Crystals by Nature. On an impulse, I decided to stop there on my way home from work. After perusing their crystals a short while, my eye was drawn to a shimmering, iridescent Moonstone pendant.
Developing ideas and relationships becomes easier with garnet’s focus on order and ambition. At the same time, it allows individuals to see the positive aspects of change and soothes feelings of abandonment and loss. Garnet triggers a fresh perspective on new beginnings and offers courage during challenging transitions. Garnet brings vitality and order to the body, mind, and spirit. This energizing force can help bolster the immune system, strengthen bones, and stimulate the metabolism. Read More
Have you been feeling emotionally triggered lately? If so, you are not alone. Energetic intensity has been a theme of 2017’s first chapter. Due to a convergence of cosmic factors and increasing planetary light levels, our issues are bubbling to the surface right now. We can see this happening on a personal and collective level, which is ultimately a gift to help us heal and release them once and for all. And the month of February always has a way of highlighting our emotions in bright neon yellow. Read More
Many people find January to be the most depressing month of the year. The excitement of Christmas and the New Year is over, and although the days are slowly getting longer, the psyche is fed up with the lack of sunlight and outdoor time. In fact, some claim that the third Monday of every January is the glummest day of the year . A combination of debt, post-holiday blues, and weather contribute to an overall collective malaise that is not fully remedied until June 24th-- the happiest day in our annual trip around the sun. Read More
As I begin to think about the rapidly approaching New Year, thinking becomes reflecting upon the past one. And reflection is good for the soul. Isn’t it? So many times my reflection turns into dwelling and doubt creeps in; the thoughts of “if only” and the “whys” nag at me. Then I look in the mirror and say out loud, “You can NOT change the past. It is done. It’s over. Reflect, accept, let go, move forward.” That’s what I’ve learned in 2016. Sometimes I want to share a life lesson. Sometime is right now. Read More
Many of us see the New Year as a time to reflect, evaluate and set goals for the upcoming 12 months. Often these goals focus on a means of self improvement: drink less, lose weight, meditate, learn something new or work on an important relationship. If in years’ past you have failed to realize your goals, do not despair--we have the tools to help you keep those resolutions. Accomplish all your goals in 2017 by harnessing the healing power of crystals. Read More
Every year my children excitedly unwrap their Christmas gifts: Legos, video games, the latest battery operated toy. Unfortunately, after a month or two has passed, most of these gifts end up collecting dust on a shelf, forgotten about or broken and unrepairable. Often the kids can’t even remember who the gifts are from.
With our American holiday of Thanksgiving just around the corner, Gratitude has become a popular attitude to model – for a day or two.
But few people realize just how POWERFUL the energy behind Gratitude is. And how the act of consciously and deliberately choosing Gratitude can change lives.
While unloading, my boss looked at me and said, “You have bad allergies right? Try this, it will do wonders for you.” He handed me a jar of Bath Salts, Eucalyptus Bath Salts to be exact. I had never used Bath Salts (as I very rarely take baths, I prefer long showers), but was desperate and suffering enough to the point that I would try anything. That night, I found an actual remedy for my allergy symptoms. Read More
Fall is easily my favorite season – football games; Halloween; crisp, cool air; and falling leaves that crunch enticingly beneath the foot. Every year I excitedly count the days in anticipation of the autumn season. In Texas, fall means a break from the humid, 95+ degree weather and lots of outdoor time. Unfortunately, increased time outside also translates to seasonal allergies. Read More
I have been obsessed with the idea of communicating with the other side since childhood. Over the years, I have tried many things including Ouija boards and mediums, the latter to whom I paid a fortune. Out of the many things I have tried, I have been most successful when using crystals. Below are my all-time favorite picks for crystals to use when contacting the dead, followed by an example of how crystals can be used in communication with the spirit world. Read More
Before setting up my crystal grid, I first found a suitable space in my home. With kids constantly running amok, it had to be placed out of reach but within sight. A high dresser with a mirror proved the perfect spot--even if I wasn't looking directly at my grid, the mirror provided glimpses every time I walked into the room. Read More
The human skull: empty eye sockets, hollow nose, stark exposed teeth. A year ago, thinking about skulls much less attempting to describe one would have sent chills up my spine. Skulls have always evoked terror in me and based on their popularity in horror movies and prevalence on pirate flags, I'd say I'm not alone in this reaction. Skulls are a reminder of mortality, a subject that our culture tries its best to avoid, and which, until recently, I have had much success in ignoring. Read More
How one acquires a skull is usually an instinctual process. It is said that we do not pick our skulls, but rather that our skulls pick us, bringing with them the energy and vibration that we need at that specific time in our lives. When a skull chooses you, it is important to formalize this connection through attunement/charging
the skull with a purpose. This process can be done one of several ways: through meditation, gridding, or carrying the skull for 24 hours over a period of thirteen days.
Though my age certainly indicates that I have been around the sun many times, I feel better and more energetic than ever. My secret? In addition to diet, exercise and meditation, I believe that the energetic properties of crystals have provided me with anti-aging benefits. Here are my top picks for using crystals to tap into that elusive fountain of youth: Read More
Blue Lace Agate for Calming Anxiety and Encouraging Sleep Read More
- Studies show that students who receive adequate sleep perform better in both information retention and recall. Unfortunately, stress can run high during the school year, cutting into those precious hours of sleep. To ensure that your student's evening is filled with restful and restorative sleep, try placing a Blue Lace Agate Tumbled Stone
under a pillow.
Therefore, before working with crystals, it's important to cleanse them of the negative energies they have absorbed. Luckily, cleaning crystals is relatively easy, and there are many accessible and powerful approaches one can take. The following suggestions are just a few of many different options. I have chosen these methods based on ease and safety for the novice crystal practitioner. Read More
In the 21st Century, we like to think our lives are so much better than the lives of our great-grandfathers. But consider this: in our global economy, Americans are working longer hours, suffering more stress-related heath crises, and reeling under more financial debt than our great-grandfathers ever dreamed of. Read More
One of the most promising means of protection from EMF radiation is the Shungite Crystal. Only found in the Karelia region of Russia, near a small settlement called Shunga, the Shungite crystal was recently shown to be the only natural material containing fullerenes (also known as buckyballs), a molecular carbon formation that is hollow and high in antioxidants. Read More
Amber is a welcoming, personable stone. Known for its abundant optimism, Amber can lift spirits and help alleviate depression. It unites the physical and emotional aspects of life, providing a grounding force that can lead to greater peace of mind. Amber helps release the negative energies associated with anxiety and stress, offering daily contentment and serenity. Read More
Often reserved for the wealthy, it served as a symbol of status. Its violet color made it ideal material for expensive prayer beads. In modern times, gemstones are worn not so much to demonstrate wealth and status, but for pleasure, appreciation of their beauty and the beneficial energies they provide. Read More
Gazing into obsidian can work as a mirror to reflect back inner truths that will stimulate spiritual growth and help heal past traumas. Self-reflection is enhanced with obsidian’s sometimes brutal honesty, offering opportunities for growth, increased compassion, and confidence. For this reason, obsidian is a powerful catalyst for change. Thankfully, obsidian bolsters self-control, creativity, and stability, assisting with these difficult transitions. Read More
Therefore, while ametrine allows us to heal ourselves, citrethyst empowers us to heal the world providing balance between the spiritual and the worldly, the natural and the man-made. By bringing a spiritual way into our lives with ametrine and aligning our willpower with the spiritual using citrethyst, we can truly begin to find righteousness and peace.