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.
Indeed, I am not alone in my desire to celebrate the spring months. Both pagan and wiccan traditions celebrate the vernal equinox, which they refer to as Ostara. This spring holiday is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. The goddess of spring and flowers, Eostre is responsible for waking the Earth from its winter sleep. In the past, devotees celebrated Eostre with elaborate Ostara festivals that were filled with flowers, seeds, eggs and bunnies, symbolic representations of spring’s fecundity.
Though some continue to celebrate Ostara in the modern era, many people see the vernal equinox as a more introspective time for spiritual housekeeping. As the Earth warms and the day lengthens, the vernal equinox is a time to plant symbolic seeds of intention for the coming year. Following the cycle of the seasons, the intentions we plant now will be nurtured in the coming months and gently nudged into fruition. Crystals can help guide the process of these manifestations. As you set about the task of setting your goals this spring, consider employing the aid of these powerful crystals.
Moss Agate - With its green, brown and white colors, Moss Agate is the very embodiment of nature and Earth. It is no wonder, then, that this handsome stone is associated with life, growth and fertility. Midwives and agriculturists alike have tapped into the power of Moss Agate since years of yore for the power and strength it lends to fragile beginnings. Personally, I love working with crystal eggs--especially when starting new ventures--and this Moss Agate Egg cannot be beat in terms of power and beauty. Symbolically, the egg is the ultimate archetypal form for fertility and new beginnings, as it holds the potential for life inside the walls of its shell. Let this Moss Agate egg work its magic on the dreams you hope to nurture.
Carnelian - In order to grow and thrive, new beginnings require energy, and Carnelian is equivalent to a double-shot of espresso in the crystal world. A highly energizing stone, Carnelian is the perfect crystal to kickstart your new plans and give them the the energy to be actualized. With a Carnelian crystal, roadblocks will be minimalized--Carnelian will give you the energy and motivation to work through any hindrances. Place this Carnelian Gem Tree on a prominent shelf or desk. Consider it a manifestation of your seeds of intention.
Moldavite is a rare and powerful crystal, which people believe came to Earth on a giant meteorite. It contains both the energy of extraterrestrial lands and mother Earth. Only found along the banks of the river Moldau, Moldavite is prized for its ability to aid fertility and those seeking spiritual growth. As such, it's an appropriate and powerful crystal for the vernal equinox. It has the power to nurture beginning ventures and aid in spiritual transformation. Because Moldavite has a high vibration, it should be used in conjunction with a more grounding stone like Smoky Quartz. Try using these Moldavite Chunks as way stones in a crystal grid.
Green Aventurine encourages perseverance and will help you keep the needed focus to actualize your goals. It is known as a stone of abundance, and as such, Green Aventurine will attract that which is needed for your journey. I love working with Green Aventurine Skulls. The combination of a Green Aventurine medium with a skull form, magnifies the energies of attraction, as a properly bonded skull will continually work on its users behalf.
By using the aforementioned crystals as tools, your 2017 is bound to be a year of successful growth and change. Don't let the energy and opportunities afforded by the vernal equinox to pass you by. Use the balance of the day to set level-headed goals for the months to come, and watch how your seeds of intention blossom and grow.
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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.