I’ve spent the last few days creating this crystal mandala for Changing Worlds – upheaval leading to new forms of community and civilisations. Like I say in the video, no point in playing small, let’s tackle the big things of this world!
Here’s another crystal mandala I created yesterday. I did create one late last week but felt it was really heavy – perhaps reflecting the fact we’ve been having a difficult time with unpleasant neighbours.
Anyway, yesterday I added a lovely pashmina which my step-daughter gave me – she bought it in Brick Lane, London, which is a multicultural centre so for me represents the gifts of friendship and love from various cultures which have enriched my life. At the back is a figurine which represents earth love for me. In the centre is my Tibetan singing bowl which represents the power of sound as a healing medium. Beside the figurine are two raw rose quartz rocks which carry the energies of love as a transformative power. Beside the bowl are two pieces of ochre for the creative power of the earth element. Either side of the bowl’s stick are a pair of Lake Superior tube agates, for the flow of earth energy in our bodies, and around the outside of the mandala are plain rocks which I’ve found while fossicking as well as a plain rock with a beautiful inlaid pattern which my daughter in Scotland gifted me.
Ordinary rocks to me are still part of Mother Earth’s wealth as well as reminding us that beauty can be found anywhere when you look with open eyes and forget superficial ideas of beauty. Right at the front is a whale fossilised ear bone, to remind us that we stand on the creations of the past as we create our own artistic offerings in the present and for future generations.
The uniting power is the gift of love which is transformative, supportive and the engine of the universe.
We got woken up in the early hours of this morning by our neighbour asking us to call an ambulance as his wife was very ill. Sadly, by the time the ambulance got here our friend and neighbour had passed away, likely from a heart attack. We have lost someone we treasured and who’s passing into the realms of spirit has left a big gap in our lives.
I want to pay tribute firstly to our friend: she was lovely lady who was kind, generous, sensitive, had a great sense of humour and of the ridiculous, always looked terrific, and who enriched our lives by her friendship. A few days ago, she popped in to visit us in the evening, and to gift us a glass ornament from Caithness in Scotland which she’d had for 30-odd years and which she wanted us to have as a thank-you for something we’d done which pleased her no end. We are so glad we had that time with our friend and that we have her gift to remind us of the good memories we have of our friendship.
Secondly, I created this mandala today to honour friendship and the loving ties with our friends. We have moved around a lot being Geriatric Gypsies, and in the process have met so many wonderful friends who have made our lives that much greater and richer for their presence. I include not just people I’ve met in person but also people with whom I’ve come in contact through the internet, Facebook and this blog. There are no limits to the global village in which we now live and where the tyranny of distance has dissolved so much in recent times.
Value your friends while you have them in your life. Feel the love for those who honour and hold you dear in their hearts. And send out love to all those who you hold dear in your life. Because, as this morning’s event shows, you don’t know what will happen each day and how quickly life can turn topsy-turvy.
This mandala evolved as follows:
At the back is a large, clear-quartz cluster representing the energetic connections with our friends, whether we are in physical or energetic contact.
The two orange candles represent the joy and happiness of friendship.
In front of the quartz cluster is a very pretty glass container which was gifted to me by a young woman I treated with Reiki while I lived in Boonah in 1999. Sadly she died of a brain tumour which had been incorrectly diagnosed. On the container is a candle holder with the word “Love” to remind us of the power of love in friendships. And resting on the glass container is a small bear and a little book of quotes about friends which were gifted to me by friends I made while living in the UK, upon my return to Australia.
In the centre is the glass dome our friend gifted to us prior to her passing. In front of that is a sphere of Girasol quartz. This was one of the first crystals I bought on US Ebay and it reminds me of Jupiter, and the serenity this planet and the Girasol engender in me. Whatever happens, friendship extends beyond Planet Earth into the realms of Spirit.
The feathers represent the energies which can move through time and space, without the limits of the physical realms. Friendship can help lift us to a better version of who we are.
The crow feathers remind us of the mystery of life. The two coloured feathers are from Rainbow Lorikeets to remind us of the laughter, support and communication we encounter in friendships. The white feather represents the higher energies which can flow in friendship exchange.
The two raw rose quartz stones embody the power of love. The two blue/turquoise stones include chrysocolla, emotional support. The pink and white calcite and pink pollucite with lepidolite represent again the healing power of love. The Kullie Rose quartz from the Himalayas embodies the heights we can reach when we work with the power of love, while the Angel Aura quartz reminds us of the angelic energies supporting us in the unseen realms.
This is a crystal mandala for steadfastness.
The central stone is raw selenite fossicked in the Gibson desert, Australia,for emotional support and release of negative emotions. On it are three fluorite octagons for clarity of purpose. At top is a statue of the Buddha to encourage wisdom in all dealing. A large kyanite blade from the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory, Australia, is top left for wisdom to flow through all my energy centres. A figure representing the Hermit in the Tarot, inner wisdom, is top right. Moving from right to left, is a Messina Ajoite in Quartz rock for sourcing to earth energy; then a Rose Quartz rock to remind myself to be kind to me; a Labradorite sphere for truth in communication; an elestial Amethyst point also from the Hart Ranges for spiritual support; a Ruby in Zoisite sphere for energy; a raw Lavender Rose quartz Rock for emotional sustenance; and an amethyst for spiritual support. Connecting these are raw fluorite chips to encourage mind/body/spirit connection. In the centre, around the selenite is a ruby sphere to prevent my energy being drained; a girasol sphere to support justice in my current situation, two prophecy stones to see the essence of the situation I’m dealing with involving difficult people; and a piece or raw copper to sustain my energies. Scattered among the stones are purple flatback crystals for lightness of heart, soul and spirit.
I did create an earlier version of this but it felt too heavy and unfocused. So I removed some stones and ended up with this final version.
Today I felt drawn to create a new mandala to support my art and writing:
This is more complex than my first mandala, the stones I worked with were all grounding and manifestation stones, I also worked with numerology, and I added in butterfly and heart charms for transformation and love imbued in my work.
The stones were: witches finger quartz (one of my favourite quartz stones); 2 x ochre (Australian rocks from Coochiemudlo Island); hematite heart; Libyan desert glass; pietersite; 2 x garnets (one raw, one polished); tube agates; pipestone; tumbled hematite, clear quartz and citrine; Schoharie County NY concretion; rattling moon geode; dreamweaver concretion.
The numerology went as follows:
The numbers 3 and 9 predominate in my numerology chart, by the way, which is why those numbers are reflected in my creativity mandala.
I find it interesting creating these mandalas as I get called by specific stones, then get inspired to add tumbled stones in meaningful numbers, and finally I got the inspiration to add the butterfly and heart charms.
Last week I took part in a photo course which asked us to photograph various images over a seven-day period. We were asked to create a mandala, which I did working with crystals, and I’ve been inspired to continue creating crystal mandalas on the round table which was hanging around spare in our home. This is the first mandala, for Ancestral Healing:The materials I worked with were: witches finger quartz; chysocolla; pink danburite; pink calcite; 2 x growth interference crystals; double-terminated elestial amethyst; Himalayan rose quartz; sea urchin shell; fossilised whale inner ear bone, tumbled rose quartz and amazonite.
This was a mandala for ancestral healing – for returning to time immemorial, sending healing along ancestral songlines, and extending that healing into infinity.