Earth Healing – Sanctuary Mandala

I keep my clear quartz crystals on the round table on the small verandah beside my workroom.  I don’t have space for these crystals indoors, and it’s good for them to be in the fresh air while knowing the sunlight energises them and they can’t fade.

I re-arranged them recently and felt drawn to add in the various stones and pebbles I’ve collected over the years. They have just as much energy as clear quartz crystals, albeit it in slightly different form.

I decided this mandala was for earth healing – specifically here in North Cyprus. There’s a history of conflict in this island due to its strategic position in the eastern Mediterranean, and much blood has been shed on the soil of Cyprus, as recently as 1974.

So I trust in some way this formation of clear quartz crystals and stones seeps into the soil of Cyprus and works a healing of the many conflicts that have occurred on this island over many, many centuries.

 

Amethyst, Anyone?

Thought I’d post a pic of one of my favourite crystals, a Violet Flame amethyst elestial point from the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory of Australia.In elestial crystals, the points are flattened into layers.

I saw this on Ebay Australia while I was living in Pingelly, on the Western Australian wheatbelt to the east of Perth, and just knew that it was mine. So yes, I was successful in the auction and the amethyst point (which is huge) has accompanied me to northern New South Wales, Victoria, the mid-north coast of New South Wales, and now Cyprus.

Crystal Crazies (Continued)

I may have been absent for a while but it didn’t stop my passion for crystals. So here are some new additions to my crystal collection.

Necklaces first: Amethyst, Citrine and Rose Quartz. My friend, Dawn, who also lives in North Cyprus, regularly visits Turkey and comes back with lovely crystal jewellery. The Rose Quartz helps me take care of myself; the Amethyst nurtures me spiritually and helps me relax; the citrine helps me with access to abundance and creativity.

Amethyst Necklace
Citrine Necklace
Rose Quartz necklace

 

I also bought some crystals to add to my collection:

Angel Aura/Amphibole Quartz – reverse side
Top side of Angel Aura/Amphibole Quartz – I love these quartz creations, have quite a few of these stones and I reckon they enable me to access the spiritual side of my nature. I have a lot of air signs so am very logical, but also have a strong spiritual connection through Neptune in the First House of my natal chart.
Mahagony Obsidian – a grounding stone which also brings all the chakra/energy centres into alignment.
Melody Stone – named after the crystal writer and expert, Melody, who started publicising crystal healing in the 1960s. It contains amethyst; smoky quartz; lepidocrosite, goethite, rutile and cacoxenite. This is a clearing stone – I once had a tumbled stone of this mix, slept with it under my pillow, had violent migraines for a couple of days which gradually died down, and I realised the stone had helped me release a lot of tension and stress from our move from Australia to the UK.

 

Joolz 3: My jewellery boards

When I arrived in North Cyprus from Australia in 2012, I had a hell of a time sorting out my jewellery once our luggage arrived (six months after being shipped from Australia, held up in Istanbul and only released after a bribe!).  So I finally decided to get some cork boards and hang my jewellery on them.  However, my collection has increased exponentially since I came across the crystal goodies my friend Dawn brings over from Istanbul, and this week I sorted them out into three boards: one for non-crystal jewellery, one for crystal jewellery and a third for earrings. Of course now my order of bling from Rose Wholesale has arrived I’ll have to do a bit of re-arranging. My husband shook his head when I was doing all this re-organising but I told him sweetly, don’t get between a Libran and her jewellery!

Joolz 1 – Crystal jewellery

I bought a really lovely crystal necklace with a druzy pendant recently, although I’m not quite sure what the crystals are.  They don’t feel like rose quartz, too cool, and I’m guessing they’re pink chalcedony. The necklace has a matching pair of earrings and I’ve just altered them – originally they had one pink crystal bead and three very small pink beads, but they were so small I kept losing them. So I added in a couple of bigger beads and now they’re much easier to find!

I also altered a pair of larimar earrings I seldom wear. They were on a triangular frame but never felt quite right. Then a couple of nights ago I had the idea of simply hanging them on a chain and they feel quite different, far more resonant with my own energies.

I also have two Larimar pendants which will go well with the earrings – one’s an oval and the other a heart. A friend here in North Cyprus has a lovely crystal jewellery stall at the local market, and gets a lot of different stones from Turkey where they are really quite cheap, and that’s where she found the two Larimar pendants I now caretake. I love Larimar, it’s a really soft, loving stone. I often think of chrysocolla as Aphridote’s power stone, while Larimar is her stone of love and nurturing. Aphrodite, by the way, is said to have emerged from the sea at the southern end of Cyprus where I live.

Here’s an acrylic painting I created of Aphrodite – it started taking shape when we lived in Victoria, Ausralia, then grew clearer when we lived on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and took final shape here in Cyprus after we’d moved here. Aphrodite was certainly calling me!

Crystal Crazies

I thought I’d share a couple of new crystals I came across recently (never let construction shenanigans from the development next door which has been plaguing us divert you from the crystal crazies). The first is a magical quartz from the Messina area in South Africa. The original Messina mine has been exhausted – this used to be a wonderful source of quartz with ajoite and bright blue papagoite.

The quartz which landed in my lap recently is from another mine and has a combination of red piedmontite and yellow-green epidote over one surface. It has a main termination with a phantom inclusion and also a small face with multiple terminations.

Along with this my supplier friend included a freebie – a small crystal wand with brookite on the surface and rutile inclusion, this is from Pakistan. On this question of size, I’m not bothered how big or small a crystal is – it only matters to me how I interact with the energy and this small quartz wand is awesome, resonates very intensely with my own energy to remind me that small is just as powerful as big. So go beyond surface appearances and look into a crystal to see how it works with you.

 

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Below are photos of another Messina quartz I purchased recently – it’s very unusual in that the main face has multiple terminations and at the other end is a small cross quartz also with multiple terminations.

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Elemental Pendant

We have building works going on right beside us creating enormous amounts of dust and noise, so I decided to bring inside the crystals and stones I had on a table on the verandah beside my office. I have had a huge piece of petrified wood for years, since I lived in Boonah, south-east Queensland. It’s from Mt French, the big mountain close to Boonah, and a friend gave it to me. This time, as I picked it up, a piece broke off much to my suprise. However, I held it and felt it was calling to be made into a pendant, a grounding piece of the earth element with links to earth elementals.

So I painted it with gold and rainbow glitter nail polish, something I wouldn’t normally do as I like my stones au naturel, but these seemed to inspire a connection with the earth elememtals. Then I added a gold wrap, an aquamarine stone to honour water elementals, and clear and purple Swarovski-type flatbacks to represent the spiritual connections of this pendant.

This piece has a very powerful, ground energy with deep links within Mother Earth.  She also keeps me connected with Australia where I lived for over 40 years.