Crystal Healing

There are many theories about crystal healing and why it works but I believe that Magic Happens when the subtle energy of the gemstone is aroused by creative focus in the mind, heart & spirit of the person wearing it. Melody, author and teacher who has led crystal healing workshops all over the world, has written extensively & eloquently about these gifts of mother earth in her book Love Is In The Earth A Kaleidoscope Of Crystals so some of these descriptions are hers. Thank you, Melody! I've also learned much from Scott Cunningham's Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic so I've also included some quotes from this excellent book. You'll find more books on crystal healing at the bottom of the page.

Moonstone

Moonstone is like a old friend - nurturing and comforting as she gently nudges you towards growth. Anyone who meditates or works in the creative or psychic arts knows how difficult it can be to "get into the intuitive zone" when nervous or upset. Moonstone is a wonderful remedy for "tempermental" types (like me!) as it encourages balance, especially emotional balance. Adding the protective energies of black onyx and/or black tourmaline can be helpful for professional Tarot readers, healers or anyone opening up their intuitive channels in public.

From Melody's book: The energy of Moonstone is balancing, introspective, reflective, and lunar. This is a stone for hoping, wishing and new beginnings. It brings flashes of insight: understanding via intuition and emotional "thoughts", rather than through intellectual reasoning. Moonstone helps one to recognize and make peace with the changing cycles of life and assists one in the total fulfillment of ones destiny. Moonstone can be used to alleviate emotional tension and to enhance the positive attributes of creativity and self-expression. It stimulates confidence and composure and allows one to understand that there is no situation so difficult that it cannot be countered with diplomacy. It sustains and supports while promoting growth and supplementing energy. Once called the "traveler's stone", it is used for protection against the perils of travel. Moonstone is also a talisman of good fortune. It is said to keep closer that which is dear to one. Moonstone can be used to promote ease in pregnancy and childbirth, to enhance fertility, to ameliorate PMS and change-of-life and to promote sleep. It is also said to both arouse tenderness within the self, and to bring happiness to the environment in which it resides.

From Scott Cunningham's book:Moonstones are worn during divinatory acts and produce psychism in general. This stone is also worn or used in rituals designed to renew or maintain a youthful appearance and attitude, which can be even more convincing than outward looks.

Moonstone is featured in my Lunar Pentacle Moonstone Earrings and the Triquetra Moon Earrings

Black Onyx

A gemstone that helps channel and clarify intuitive wisdom so that it can be used for practical purposes here in the physical world. Black onyx can help you to find and focus on your dharma, your "true path" and help you to safely, confidently & successfully walk that path. Combining black onyx with moonstone can help to ground and protect you while accessing the psychic centers... in deep meditation, magical ritual and spellwork, or during divinitory readings.

From Melody's book:Onyx is an excellent stone for intitiating the modes of centering and alignment of the total person to the higher powers. It can be used to banish grief, to enhance self control, to stimulate the powers of wise decision making and to encourage happiness and good fortune. It helps one to absorb, from the universe, those energies which are needed. It can be used to provide glimpses of that which lies "beyond" while providing for activation of the memory with respect to ones roots and reality. It helps one to become the master of ones own future.

From Scott Cunningham's book: Onyx is a protective stone worn when facing adversaries in battles or conflicts of all kinds. It can also be used as a defense against negativity consciously directed against you.

I've incorporated protective black onyx into the Winged Cat Necklace, Victorian Pentacle Necklace, Triquetra Moon Earrings, Victorian Cat Dangle Earrings, Power of Three Earrings and Power of Three Necklace.

Lapis Lazuli

Sacred to the Goddess Isis, Lapis Lazuli was prized by the ancient Egyptians and holds the energy of a star-studded sky, limitless in its wisdom It's a wonderful stone for teachers, creative writers, artists and performers as it enhances both intuition and communication skills. I often wear Lapis Lazuli when creating jewelry, drumming, or designing web pages and I've had some of my most insightful and satisfying experiences with meditation and divination while wearing Lapis Lazuli and Moonstone.

From Melody's book: Lapis Lazuli is a stone said to have existed "before time was born" assisting one in gaining admission to the domain of the unknown mysteries of the sacred texts and esoteric ideas and enhancing the wisdom to understand the information. Afghanistan Lapis, with its sparkling gold pyrite inclusions, has been likened to the night sky bedecked with stars. It promotes the connection between the physical plane and the celestial kingdom. Lapis provides for activation and energizing of the throat and brow chakras. Known as the "stone of total awareness", it helps to expand intellectual capacity allowing for conscious attunement to the intuitive and psychic aspects of one nature. It stimulates the communicative facets of the self, providing for clarity and responsiveness during the release of information. It assists in providing a connection with the dream forces which are working to both guide and counsel one during altered states.

From Scott Cunningham's book: Lapis Lazuli has timeless associations with kings and queens. In ancient Sumer the stone was closely associated with the deities in general. Carrying it, its possessor bore the potent magical power of a deity, for the stone contained the force behind all divinity. Lapis Lazuli, a rather expensive stone, is healing and soothing. Simply touching the body with this stone improves your mental, physical, spiritual, psychic and emotional condition. An uplifting, spiritual stone, its deep blue color reflects its peaceful vibrations. It is useful for relieving depression and promoting spirituality and is a fine mediative stone. Perhaps its most common use today is to strengthen psychic awareness. Lapis breaks the hold of the conscious mind on the subconscious (psychic) mind and allows intuitive impulses to become known. To generally increase your psychic awareness, wear lapis every day. Or use it only when scrying, gazing, consulting the Tarot or otherwise utilizing symbols which speak to the psychic mind. Lapis Lazuli is also considered a potent fidelity charm and so is worn to strengthen the bonds that have grown between lovers. It also has a courage-inducing influence, perhaps due to its psychic and protective properties.

Lapis Lazuli is the main gemstone in my
Sacred Cat Earrings and the Egyptian Ankh Earrings .

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz, also called Roselle, is is a pale pink gemstone known for inspiring feelings of love, friendship & quiet self-confidence. To strengthen a romantic relationship, combine rose quartz with passion-enhancing, fidelity-inspiring garnets.

From Melody's book: Rose quartz emits a calming energy which can work on all of the chakras to gently remove negativity and to reinstate the loving, gentle forces of self-love. It bringing calmness and clarity to the emotions and restores the mind to harmony after chaotic or crisis situations. It is an excellent energy for healing emotional wounds. It opens the heart center, allowing for the dissolution of stress and tension. The energy is soft and silky and rose quartz has been called "the stone of gentle love" bringing peace to relationships. It promotes receptivity to the beauty of art, music and the written word, enlivening imagination and representing a young, warm love.

From Scott Cunningham's book: Rose quartz is used to stimulate love and to open the heart chakra. This gemstone can also promote peace, happiness and fidelity in established relationships.

There is a version of the Winged Cat Necklace and Charmed Drop Earrings made with translucent rose quartz and I've also integrated rose quartz into the design of the Healing Touch Earrings & Pendant.

Amethyst

Lucky for me, amethyst is associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius. Since I was born in February, I've been the recipient of some beautiful amethyst jewelry :-) Being a hyperanxious person by nature, I love the energy of this stone: it helps to heal fear, anger, anxiety, grief, confusion and resentment. A stone of pure peace and serenity, amethyst is the perfect gift for someone struggling with GAD, phobias, panic attacks or addiction.

From Melody's book: Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and contentment. It balances the energies of the intellectual, emotional and physical bodies and provides a clear connection between the earth plane and the other worlds. Amethyst also bestows stability, strength, invigoration, and peace; the peace being the perfect peace which was present prior to birth. It is also a stone of meditation, being excellent in conducting the energy of calm and peacefulness to help one enter and maintain the state. It opens and activates the crown chakra. Amethyst can be used to protect against psychic attacks; the energy of the attack being transmitted to the universe after its transformation into positive, loving energy. It is "warm and cuddly" as well as regal and ruling. It brings one the energies of serenity and composure while inciting fairness in decisions and enhances the ability to manage responsibility. It controls temperment by imparting a soothing, calming and tranquilizing influence. It is also said to help business affairs to prosper. It has, since historic times, been used to encourage and support sobriety. It is an excellent stone for one who is attempting to find freedom from addictive personalities (oneself, or another)

From Scott Cunningham's book: Amethyst, a purple quartz, is a stone steeped in ancient magic. A spiritual stone, with absolutely no negative side effects or associations with violence, anger or passion, the amethyst is the stone of peace. It calms fears, raises hopes, lifts the spirits and promotes thoughts of the spiritual reality behind our lives. Worn, it wards off guilt and self-deception, helps to overcome additions such as alcholism, curbs overindulgence and bestows good judgement. Amethyst calms emotional storms. It also lends courage to its wearer and is a powerful amulet for travelers. Because it is a spiritual stone, amethyst is often worn during contemplation and is conducive to meditative practices. The amethyst is also used to increase psychic awareness and to sharpen the "sixth sense" Since it is the stone of wisdom, it allows the information received through the psychic mind to be appropriately utilized. This beautiful stone also sharpens the conscious mind, quickens the wit and enhances mental powers. A stone of pure, true emotional love, it is often exchanged between lovers to strengthen their commitment.

Amethyst is the primary element in the Victorian Cat Dangle Earrings You'll also find amethysts in the Healing Touch Earrings and Pendant.

Turquoise

Turquoise is an opaque gemstone with a beautiful greenish-blue color reminicent of a tropical ocean on a warm, sunny day. It relaxes the mind, eases mental tension and is used for all-round protection and healing and to attract or intensify friendship, love, courage, success and good fortune.

From Melody's book Turquoise stimulates the throat, heart and naval chakras, bringing communication skills to emotional issues, to creativity, and to intuition, while allowing for the application of love in all issues. It is excellent for spiritual attunement, for healing and cleansing of both the energy centers and the physical body, and for providing protection. It can be used to protect against environmental pollutants as well. It can be used for attunement between those of the physical plane , as well as between one and the spirit world. It is valuable to provide strength and protection during vision quests and astral travel. It acts to improve meditation and to further peace of mind. Turquoise is a healer of the spirit, providing for soothing energy and bringing peace of mind. It has also been known to guide one through the unknown, protecting while promoting ones independence in action. It also can increase one's psychic powers and is said to assist one in communication activities, both written and oral. It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, kindness and the recognition of beauty. It is said to promote spontaneity in issues of romance and to stimulate the initiation of romantic love.

From Scott Cunningham's book: Turquoise is a protective stone, promotes courage and is a valuable amulet for travelers. It is also worn or used in money-attracting spells and given as a gift, bestows wealth and happiness upon its receiver. The stone is also utilized in love magic; turquoise is worn, carried or given to a loved one. It is frequently used to promote marital harmony, ensuring that the two persons involved blend with each other. Wear turquoise to attract new friends, to be joyous and even-tempered and to increase beauty. It is also a healing stone. It strengthens the eyes, alleviates fevers and reduces headaches. It is considered a lucky stone and worn or carried to attract good fortune.

Turquoise is one of the stones used in my Sacred Cat Earrings

Garnet

Garnet is a rich red stone that increases physical energy & fires the passions. Its energy is similar to ruby, inspiring romantic love, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy & self confidence. It's wonderful for those prone to depression & would make a particularly meaningful gift for someone you love.

From Melody's book:Garnet is a gemstone of health, extracting negative energy from the chakras and transmuting the energy to a beneficial state. It enhances one's internal fire and increases personal magnetism. It has also been known as the stone of commitment - to purpose, to others and to oneself. It is quite helpful in moods of abandonment. The garnet balances and stimulates the development and movement of the Kundalini and allows one to best flow with the energies available.

From Scott Cunningham's book: Garnet is worn or used in magic to tap extra energy for ritual purposes. Wear or carry one when physically exerting yourself. Because it is a projective stone, the garnet is also worn for protection, strengthening the aura to create a shield of highly charged positive vibrations which repels negative energies upon contact. Garnets are particularly prescribed as protection against thieves. In the past garnets were exchanged between parting friends to symbolize their affection and to magically ensure that they meet again.

You'll find garnets in my Triquetra Moon Earrings

Silver

I've always loved silver and nearly everything I design starts with a sterling silver connector or charm. Silver is traditionally associated with the Goddess and the Moon. Its energy is soothing & calming and it increases mental clarity and psychic & divinatory abilities. But the strongest & most valued feeling I get from handling and wearing silver is an increased sense of emotional balance which is something I personally can never have too much of :-)

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More Books on Crystal Healing

The Illustrated Guide To Crystals by Judy Hall

Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook by Michael Gienger

Crystal Healing by Katrina Raphaell

Color and Crystals: A Journey Through the Chakras by Joy Gardner-Gordon

Crystal Enchantments: A Complete Guide to Stones and Their Magical Properties by D. J. Conway

The Newcastle Guide to Healing With Gemstones:
How to Use over Seventy Different Gemstone Energies
Pamela Louise Chase & Jonathan Pawlik

Crystal Healing Secrets
by Brett Bravo, Lawrence Vogel

Complete Crystal Guidebook: A Practical Path to Self Development, Empowerment and Healing
by Uma Silbey

The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals:
A Comprehensive Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones

by Cassandra Eason

Healing With Gemstones
Pamela Chase, Jonathan Pawlik

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