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.

 

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.

Crystal Mandala: Conflict Resolution

Conflict ResolutionWe (my husband and I) have been in a difficult situation with other people which has been quite draining and stressful for us. So today I felt drawn to create a crystal mandala for conflict resolution.

At the very back of the table is a large piece of sea quartz with a lepidolite inclusion. My daughter found it on a farm she was visiting when we were living in North-East Scotland in 2003.  It represents the link of love between us which is why I included it to send out rays of loving energies.  On one side of the rock is my collection of feathers – to represent birds sending out the communication of conflict resolution. On the other side is a small vase of dried sage for the clearing of stagnant energies.

In front of the sea quartz is a statue of a monk, another gift from my daughter, which we – my  husband and I – consider extends peace and blessings. On one side of the statue is a small figure of an angel for angelic support. On the other is a small statue of Isis, goddess of rebirth and creation (new relations). In front of these are two pieces of amethyst for spiritual input.

Either side of the table are round satin spar spheres, a wedding present for us, representing clearing of stagnant energies and our unity in the face of the challenges were facing.

In the centre of the mandala is my Dow crystal which I mentioned in my previous post – a beacon of light and healing. Either side of this crystal is a wand of purple jasper, which provides sustenance at times of stress.  On the other side is a wand of copper tubing with clear quartz chips inside and a Herkimer diamond at each end, to focus the energies of healing and reconciliation into our surroundings.

There are three amethyst rocks for spiritual guidance and then at the front a pink danburite for healing and letting go of stress and tension.

Whether conflict resolution is possible or not is debatable. Hopefully this mandala will help with healing, letting go of stress and tension, and an easing of difficult relations.

So mote it be.

Dreams – All Change

Citrine CrossI’ve been getting a whole heap out of my system over on my other blog, The Crazy Crone – Living a Wild & Adventurous Life, which has led not only to working with different crystals but also to having some very powerful dreams heralding life changes.

Dreams first.  The night before last I dreamed I was on a largish aircraft with bright light in the cabin.  Suddenly the plane swung to the right but then kept going quite smoothly. I can’t remember all the details except I was trying to talk to a man who disappeared and when I followed him we had landed very quietly and smoothly, with the steps leading down to the runway already in place.

Last night I dreamed that I was in a night club or pub, with a boyfriend much younger than me who I really wasn’t very interested in. I’ve had a lot of dreams where I’m going to marry or have a relationship with a man much younger than me and, even though I’ve told them I’m 67 and they’re usually in their late ‘twenties, they haven’t seemed to worry about the age difference. Anyway, the young man in this dream walked out and as I turned around I found myself face to face with a man whom I’ve sought in many, many dreams. Originally we were deeply in love but somehow I spoiled the relationship. And since that initial dream, years ago, I’ve had many dreams where I’ve searched  for this man and last night I found him, to my joy.  He too was joyous at our reunion and we hugged each other with great love and delight at finding each other again.

For me, the first dream means I’ve re-c0nnected with my earthed, practical side,  and done so pretty smoothly and with ease.  I’ve found that I’m feeling more practical, I’m finishing projects and tidying up behind myself, whereas previously I’d flit from one project to another or leave stuff lying around which drives my ever-so-tidy husband absolutely nutso.

The second dream is me reconnecting with my male side, the mature side rather than the immature side represented by the younger male figures. This mature side has been missing in action for a very long time indeed.  I have always been rather fearful of male energies, likely because of my dysfunctional relationship with  my father.  So all in all, I’m feeling very balanced and pretty chipper tonight.

Yesterday, while I was ploughing through my childhood and feeling quite emotional and disturbed, I worked with a large sheet, elestial quartz.  I was having a squizz through my crystals when this one drew my attention but I resisted at first as it’s quite large – 3″ x 2″ (7.5 x 5.5cms). But nevertheless the pull was there so I knuckled under and created a wire wrap for it. It felt as if this crystal was allowing me to access memories with ease and deal with the emotions which arose as I was writing the posts.

This afternoon, as I finished the last of my posts in this series,  I suddenly felt incredibly happy and light, and felt the urge to wear my citrine cross pendant. There’s a story behind this. When I lived in Boonah, south-east Queensland, I was with my friend when I found a lovely silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace.  It was from Canada and had been a gift to a woman who didn’t like it and placed it in the shop to sell.  It cost $25 but I was pretty broke at the time. However, my father was in hospital detoxing and generally creating mayhem, I was very upset and stressed, and my friend told me to buy the necklace because I needed it to handle the stress.

So I did. The shop owner told me someone else liked it and had said they’d return to buy it but had never come back. So it was first come, first served. A little later I had a crystal stall in the local market and got talking to a lady who was complaining she’d wanted a squash blossom necklace in the antique shop behind us but someone else had bought it before her. Me. I dithered but decided to confess it was me and waited for a nasty comment. But instead the woman looked at me thoughtfully and said: “Well, my bad luck. But I’ve just bought a citrine and silver cross at auction, got home and wondered why I’d bought it. But now I look at you and I  think maybe it’s meant for you. Are you interested – it’s $70?”  This was back in 2001 so $70 was worth a lot in those days. Well, hell, how can I turn down an invitation to look at a citrine pendant?  Genuine citrine too. So I arranged to meet this lady and, of course, fell in love with the pendant. Genuine citrine is very pale gold and expensive, while the dark brown “citrine” you see in shops is burned amethyst which is why it’s so cheap.  As for the $70 price tag, I made that amount at the market so decided it was definitely meant to be mine. And this afternoon I felt the urge to wear it again because it feels I’ve turned a corner and am embarking on a very new part of my life, with this citrine cross providing celebratory energies.

To wind up, I’m including Redemption Song, by Ziggy Marley with The Chieftains, what a combination, eh?

And if you want to read my posts on sorting out my dysfunctional relationship with my father, the links are:

Canyons of My Mind (40)

Canyons of My Mind (41)

Canyons of My Mind – Alcoholism (42a)

Ancestral Healing

Winding Up

Elestial sheet quartz
Elestial sheet quartz
Sheet Elestial Quartz 1
Elestial sheet quartz pendant

 

 

 

 

 

Shamanic Studio

I’m re-connecting with the way I’m meant to work and create in this life so here are photos of my revamped studio which reflect this:

Crystal display, round table
I’ve had quite a few stones mixed up in a couple of bowls but felt the need to spread them out to access their individual energies.
Shamanic Sanctuary Table 1
Sanctuary Table – the bowl at the back contains dried sage and rose petals; and various feathers I’ve collected over the years. Around the centre flower and spider pendant are amphibole quartz (which I absolutely love), with a chryscolla stone at the front; two spheres of girasol and ruby; and two wands of herkimer diamond (pink), and a glass wand filled with amethyst and rose quartz chips, a clear quartz crystal point; and a rose quartz sphere; and two natural clear quartz wands either side of the amphibole quartz stones.
Shamanic Wall
On the wall are my artwork “Shaman”, two bags containing rune stones I created; a bag containing elements from the croning ritual I attended in April 2002; my large rattle; my spider drum, my Tibetan cymbals, my smaller rattle, my drum beater, and a wooden mala. On the sanctuary table at the bottom are an orange glass shape for creativity, a Buddha figurine; a teddy bear with “Love Me”on the front, a lavender quartz rock; witches finger quartz points; and an amethyst Purple Flame point from the North Territory, Australia. In the centre is my Tibetan singing bowl.
Rattle with wire hanger
This is my large rattle with the wire hanger I created for it today. I’d been thinking of leather or ribbon, until I realised I have some copper coloured wire which is ideal for the earthiness of this rattle.
Rattle - close-up of hanger
This is a close-up of the wire wrap.

 

Growth Interference Quartz

Growth Interference Quartz Pendant

I worked on a wire wrap for another quartz pendant today – this one is Growth Interference Quartz.  I had a dream about this quartz years ago when I lived in the UK, got a clear image in my sleep, and when I opened up on the crystal section of eBay in the US, there was this quartz staring back at me. And I won the auction – but I have to say that the way I work with crystal auctions on eBay is that, if no one has bid, I’ll put in a bid. But if someone else has already placed a bid, I won’t compete as I reckon they got their moniker and energy on it first.

I feel this quartz is melting the barriers to growth which I have blocked, subconsciously, and of which I have now become aware.  I intend to write about this in more detail tomorrow on my other blog Mo’s Book as Blog.

All this was sparked off by a post on the blog: Behind the White Coat, which is run by a physician in the United States who really writes the most interesting material and shows how much she cares about her patients. In this case, she talked of information linking weight challenges with childhood physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse. It has opened up a can of worms for me in relation to the bullying, control and emotional abuse I got from my father all of my life. I was going to write “in my childhood” but I realised that’s not true – I had a dysfunctional relationship with my father right through until he died.

As for the other wire wrap pendants I’ve created, for me the Kyanite helps align my internal energy lines; the Witches finger quartz pendant re-connects me with cosmic energies and illuminates the songlines we each carry energetically within our spiritual memories; the Scolecite helps alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia; the Aquamarine helps in emotional healing; and the Mangano Calcite reminds me to treat myself with TLC. I also want to make clear that, while crystals can help in energy healing, they don’t replace conventional medical treatment when it’s needed. For example, when I broke my leg and ankle, I needed medical treatment to set the broken and splintered bones straight away, as well as intravenous antibiotic treatment as I went into hospital with a raging infection   Use your intelligence when working in the metaphysical field!

I want to make it clear that the way I work with crystals is to tune into them to see what each has to offer, rather than read up fixed descriptions in crystal books.  While there may be a generic quality in crystals, such as rose quartz for love, each facet of rose quartz offers a unique quality to the person picking that stone.  I came to this conclusion after selling crystals at markets in Queensland – you could have a whole bowl of amethyst or rose quartz or clear quartz, and people would fish around until they’d emerge triumphant with the one stone they felt was for them.

Righto – off to my next blog where I’m going to post photos of my re-vamped studio!