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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!
It was like Christmas had come again at our apartment a couple of days ago when a dress and costume jewellery I’d ordered turned up in two parcels. They’re from Rose Wholesale, an on-line business which I’ve found pretty good. Their products are cheap, but delivery time is up to a month so you need to plan ahead. Anyway, as well as the dress (purple and white, fits like a dream!), I ordered some serious bling, and you’ll see these below:
I was also gifted a lovely purple and silver bracelet by a friend, just before she left North Cyprus to move to the Channel Islands. She also gave me a green pendant which needed sorting out, very twisted and all mixed up, but with a bit of patience I managed to get the whole thing sorted out. This necklace really pulls at me, it reminds me of ancient times for some reason and I really love it.
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!
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.
Last week we had our apartment cleaned professionally by the Merit Hotel management due to the high amounts of dust and sand flooding our apartment from the construction site they’ve started right next door to where we live. We were unable to keep up with the dust levels – as fast as we dusted, the sand would blow in and land on all the surfaces in our kitchen, living room, bedroom and my study. In the end we complained and Merit management agreed to the cleaning process.
We had a lovely young Indian lass clean our place – she did a grand job, was very conscientious, but was I mortified when she collected our ornaments from the pelmet in our living room (I’d forgotten all about them!) and they were so covered in thick dust and sand you could hardly see what they were. She cleaned them up carefully and then replaced them in the right order on the shelf.
She told us we reminded her of her grandmother and grandfather in India who she missed enormously. But what went to my heart was her concern for my various scrapes and scratches, telling me to go to the doctor to get them checked. And then when she left, she tenderly stroked my cheeks and wished me well for the future.
She really touched my heart because I’m very independent, my husband’s kids live in the UK so we don’t get to see them very much, and anyway we are all accustomed to living our own lives. It reminded me of the strength of the traditional family system and the way its members care for each other.
It was also very much a reminder to myself to take better care of me! As I’m all air signs, astrologically speaking, I tend to be in my head and out there in the universe creating art and ideas, and often my physical body gets a bit overlooked. So since that kind gesture from the young Indian lass, I’m focussing more on loving my own self (instead of worrying about everybody else)
The above image is a result of my reflections on taking care of ourselves and listening to the song of our hearts which are meant for each of us as an individual. I hope you like the image.
I’ve returned again to a photograph of the Standing Stones of Callenish by Dina of The World According to Dina.
In this image I have linked with the concept of Australian Aboriginal songlines. Aboriginal people, as far as I can understand, have songlines which criss-cross the country and relate to physical elements, reflected in song, which act as place markers. An Aboriginal person can sing their way across the country by reflecting on the song and knowing what physical place it relates to. A person can sing a song to another person who can then traverse the countryside solely by the songlines and their relation to physical elements.
I remember watching an Aboriginal Elder being shown a painting created by another Aboriginal artist, and the Elder started singing as he “walked” through the landscape of the painting. It was astonishing and really a cause for humility in that so often we are disconnected from earth energies and yet consider Western civilisation so “advanced”.
In this instance I’ve represented the songlines or ley lines emanating from the Standing Stones of Callenish as ribbons of energy at the bottom of the painting. The white, dotted wheels represent the turning of the wheels of time as these energy lines permeate Mother Earth and connect our whole planet via the ephemeral energy lines.
We are, literally, never alone as earth energies reverberate below our feet wherever we are and anchor us to this lovely planet on which we live.