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.

New Jewellery Creations

Been fiddling with some jewellery. My daughter in Rosehearty, N-E Scotland, gave me the dreamcatcher earrings in 1994 when we had a holiday in the UK. I bought the feather earrings a while back from Dawn Buyukertas who sells a wide range of crystal and other jewellery here in North Cyprus. But the feathers were too light to hang properly, so I added them to the dreamcatcher earrings along with some other beads.

The quartz pendant I created from a freebie small clear quartz point sent to me with my last crystal order. It’s small but it jumped in my hand when I held it, so I’ve added a silver wire holder and three Swarovski-type crystals for the crown, throat and heart chakras. My experience has been that you don’t need a large crystal for energy, any size crystal is fine as long as you’re drawn to it and it resonates for you.

 

Crystals Galore!

Friday afternoon I was sitting creating some art pieces when I got the nudge that crystals I’d ordered from the US had arrived. Normally parcels from America turn up in roughly 2-3 weeks but this package turned up within 1.5 weeks because, yes, when my husband popped up to our post box in Alsancak, there were my crystals waiting for me, beautifully packed in a cardboard box. So my intuition is working nicely, I’m pleased to say.

I must admit that I ripped the parcel apart in my excitement to get at the crystals I’d ordered.  So here below are my gorgeous new stones,  supplied by Jan Haerer at: http://www.topazspirits.com. She sends out monthly posts about new arrivals and really has a wonderful selection of varied, high quality crystals if you’re looking for a reliable supplier.

AMETRINE SPHERE

Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine so you get purple shot with pale yellow. This stone comes from Bolivia and for me is a stone of balance and creative inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREHNITE DREAM WEAVER WITH EPIDOTE INCLUSIONS

I find this stone very soft and calming, just right as a palmstone for meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAHARA DESERT STONE WITH STRIATED GOLD, BUFF AND BROWN

I love everything from the Sahara desert, got no idea why.  I have a couple of Libyan desert glass pieces as well as a couple of rocks from the Saharan region. This one I have yet to work with but it’s really interesting, patterned one side and very smooth the other, almost like lava rock.

QUARTZ – LIGHT SMOKY WITH FELDSPAR AND DEEP TOURMALINE

This crystal is from Pakistan and is a light smoky quartz together with feldspar and one piece of deep green tourmaline along with other green tourmaline scattered through the crystal. The green tourmaline is so dark it seems almost black but looks heavenly when you hold the stone up to the light. I haven’t worked with it yet so why I’m drawn to it. I have no idea but I know, when I saw the list of new crystals on offer, that this piece called to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSINA DOUBLE-TOURMINATED QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH GREEN, DRUZY EPIDOTE

The original Messina mine was finally exhausted a few years back, but there’s been a new find of quartz in recent times and this is where this crystal cluster has come from. It’s a complex stone – multiple terminations at both ends, and at one end there’s what I think is a small gwindel formation, where the quartz grows in different directions. It is elestial at one end and has a layer of green druzy epidote at the reverse side. Again I haven’t worked with this quartz yet so have to wait until I suss out how I interaction with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR QUARTZ POINT

Finally, and by no means least, Jan added in a freebie for me, a clear quartz point which is small, 5cms long, but packs a real power punch. I felt it resonate with me as soon as I picked it up, and I know it’s to help me balance my energies better and assist in healing from the fungal infection I’ve had on my left foot and which has been driving me mad as the itching at night in the warm bed kept me awake throughout the night for a couple of weeks. It’s settling down now and I intended to turn this small wand into a pendant I can wear around my throat chakra.

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:

Stone

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.)

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All Change!

I got a bit fed up with my workroom as it felt cluttered, dark and stagnant. So I bought three coloured stands (including, of course, on in purple!), booted out a couple of boring stands, and brightened up the place.

I also moved my crystal mandala table from its previous position close to my shelves full of crystals to its own space under my drum and Woman of Power artwork. I felt when the table was close to the crystal collection that the stones on the shelves interfered with the focus of the crystal mandalas I create on the glass table, and it actually feels are lighter and more focused in its  new position.

My whole workspace feels much brighter and more energised.

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Love Actually

grounding-loveHere’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.