The Life of Stones: Focus

focusThis my latest crystal mandala layout – for Focus.  I moved the table away from its previous position beside my crystal collection as I felt the grouped crystals interfered with the energy of the crystal mandala and its intent of focus. It feels heaps better in its new position under my spider drum and Shamanic Power painting (see photo below).

Later I’m going to try my hand at talking about the crystals I’ve worked with using my new tablet, so won’t go into details of this today.

I get a poem and photo in my inbox every day from Panhala, a Yahoo group, which started up when I lived in the UK in 2003. These posts really light my day, a wonderful selection of poetry, so I’m going to reprint one here relevant to my love of crystals, rocks and stones:


Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

 I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill—
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.


~ Charles Simic ~

(The Voice at 3 A.M.)



Crystal Mandala: Friendship

Friendship MandalaWe 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:

The cover is a sarong which my long-term friend in Perth, Australia, gifted me receheartntly. It represents the foundations and richness of friendship.

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.



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.



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.


Creativity & Abundance Crystal Mandala

Today I felt drawn to create a new mandala to support my art and writing:

Creativity Mandala

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:

  • 7 tumbled hematite between each outer crystal for spiritual connection (number) and grounding and practicality (hematite);
  • 8  (discipline/wealth) x 7 tumbled hematite = 56 = 11 = master number for intuition & healing
  • 3 x tumbled citrine radiating out: spiritual prosperity
  • 12 citrines in total = 1 + 2 =  3 spiritual prosperity multiplied
  • 3 tumbled clear quartz radiating out – clarity and spiritual inspiration
  • 3 x 12 spokes of tumbled clear quartz radiating out =  36 = 9 = humanitarian, service to humanity, compassion, tolerance.

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.

Ancestral Healing Crystal Mandala

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:Table mandalaThe 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.