Garnet- Birthstone for January

Vibrant, rich, red. Those words describe January’s birthstone: Red Garnet. Garnets are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue Garnet. The  Red Garnet is the most common and known as the birthstone for January as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. Garnets were used ever since the Bronze Age.  They were used in Ancient Egypt. They were also found in ancient Greece and Roman civilizations. Even today, Garnets are still a popular and much loved gemstone.
 
Garnets are known as a feminine energy stone.  Over my 20 plus years of selling stones, I have witnessed over and over the strong appeal Garnet holds for women.  Some women just seemed drawn to its feminine energies and find it difficult to wear any other stone but Garnet!
Garnet stimulates the Root Chakra and the Heart Chakra, making it a useful stone to bring your heartfelt desires into the world. Garnet is known as a manifestation stone because of this quality.
Garnet assists us in maintaining a sense of calm and grounded connection to the present moment. Who doesn’t need some assistance with staying calm and grounded these days?  Garnet is a useful stone for meditation as it does help us to stay present and in the moment.
Garnet is a stone that often represents physical love and the relationship between loving partners. (Think Valentine’s day) Garnet is an excellent stone to attract or invigorate a love relationship. Are you looking to attract a lover?  Keep some Garnet by your bed. Garnet is also used as a fertility stone and to increase sexual desires. Fertility here can also mean to help birth or create an idea into form.
Garnet is a stone which helps you to feel supportive and in balance. Garnet’s message is to trust in the infinite abundance of the universe
 
Garnet asks us: What are you wanting to bring into the world?
Garnet doesn’t have to be your birthstone to be enjoyed.  If you feel an attraction to this beautiful stone, enjoy its many qualities.
One of my favorite Garnet necklaces is this Spiral Garnet Goddess.  To me it sums up the true nature of this gemstone.  

Garnet Goddess

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Using OM Jewelry To Renew A Spiritual Practice

OM pendant on Turquoise beads

 
As 2010 begins, it’s time to re-commit to our spiritual practices. For me that is Yoga and Meditation. I find it very helpful to use the OM symbol to remind me that I am renewing my connection to “the practice”
The ancient symbol OM holds an important significance for me and helps me acknowledge my practice. By wearing OM jewelry and OM pendants, I am reminded to stay in the present moment.  I remember to connect to my breath.  Wearing OM jewelry allows me to stop and reflect throughout the day. As I see the OM pendant around my neck, I pause, take in a deep breath and connect to the NOW. I use my OM necklaces as tools to support my inner spiritual practice. 
 
I enjoy making jewelry with the sacred OM symbol, combining OM pendants with healing gemstones that also assist to inspire a Yoga or Meditation practice.  I am always on the look out for unique and unusual OM pendants to add to my Yoga jewelry line. Creating these Yoga inspired jewelry pieces can be very meditative. My bead studio is a calming space, surrounded by natural objects, crystals, minerals, plants, flowers and many, many gemstone beads.  Putting together OM pendants with gemstone beads is a pleasurable part of my daily work.

OM Pendant on Amethyst & Quartz

OM is a universal, sacred symbol and the most sacred syllable in Hinduism. It is considered to be the primal sound. According to tradition, ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in the universe, and they identified OM as the most elemental sound of creation. In a quiet environment, you can hear the vibration of OM in the crashing of ocean waves, in the stillness of a forest, or in the rush of wind. For more information on the significance of the symbol OM you can go to this article.
OM is used by meditators as a mantra to assist in reaching higher states of awareness. Many mantras and prayers begin and end with the sound OM. Rest in the universal sound of OM.
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How To Choose Gemstones To Help Set Intention For The New Year

Quartz Crystal

The power of this New Years Eve full moon/blue moon, can help us to get clear and focus on what we want to bring into our lives for the New Year.  What a great opportunity we have this Thursday. 
Full moon is a great time to energetically clear and cleanse your crystals and gemstones.The energy of the moonlight washes away anything that is no longer needed. I like to leave my stones out all night and into the next day so they can be charged by the light of the sun. The day before the full moon and the day after are also acceptable times to cleanse your stones. You can place them directly on the ground or put them on a soft cloth and lay them on a table where the moonlight will shine brightly onto the stones.  Even if you live in a cold climate, you can place you stones by a window so that they will get flooded with the glowing white light of Grandmother moon.
I often find that after I have placed my crystals in the moonlight, they have a brighter glow to them, shining, radiating and ready to be of service. All color gemstones can be cleansed by the moon too.
 
On New Years day take the stones and sit with them.  Just sit, breathe and reflect. See yourself anew, with a fresh start. Now bring your attention on what you would like to bring in for the New Year.
If you are having trouble focusing on what intentions you’d like to set for 2010, check to see if you have Hematite or any black stone in your collection.  Stones like Hematite are grounding stones and they can help you to focus your thoughts and desires. When we are grounded we are able to focus our thoughts, desires, dreams and intentions. There is great power in our ability to create when we are focused. If you have set yourself a New Year’s resolution, but begin to feel it slipping past you, maybe you need to be more grounded and focused on your resolution/intention. Using the gemstone Hematite will offer you this grounding energy. When we’re not grounded we tend to be spacey, we can’t concentrate or focus attention for very long. One thought after another swirls in our mind. This will prevent us from creating the very thing we are wanting. Holding a Hematite stone will help you find the mental clarity and focus you need to achieve your desires. While holding the stone, begin to think of what it is you are wanting, continue to feel the stone in your hand and visualize what your desired outcome will be. Stay with this for 5-10 minutes, always coming back to the stone in your hand when your mind begins to stray. I find it helpful to write down the intention, using as much description as I can, getting clearer and clearer in my desire while holding the hematite. Connect to the emotion of the desire
 
Let 2010 be the year you focus on self awareness and well being.  While it’s nice to set intention on the outside world of needs and wants, its time to go deeper and look at our lifestyle choices.  Are you choosing a healthy life? Focus on setting intentions that will offer you well being.
 
Here are some gemstones that can help bring specific intentions into your life.
 
If you’d like to bring a Meditation practice into your life, work with Amethyst
 
Make 2010 your year of Healing, choose a green stone like Aventurine
 
To bring more Abundance into your life, choose Citirne
 
Need help with your Exercise program, choose orange Carnelian. This gemstone can energize and stimulate you to get moving.
 
Is this the year to start that creative project? Choose a blue stone like Lapis or Sodalite, they open up expression and creativity.
 
For bringing in Love, choose Rose Quartz or any pink stone, to keep the heart open to love.
 
Connect to your Soul, inner guides and the Divine, choose the clear stones, like Quartz, Selenite, Apophyllite or Nirvana Quartz.
 
So whatever it is you’d like to bring into your life this New Year, there is a gemstone that can assist you in setting your intention.   All things are possible.
 
The New Year is a wonderful time to have a Crystal Reading.  Take a look at what 2010 may bring. For more information on Crystal Readings or to learn more on how crystals can help you in your life,
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Get Some Sleep With The Gemstone PETALITE

Petalite Stones

While the holidays can be a time of celebration and fun they can also be a time of exhaustion. Traveling, parties, “on- the- go” can lead to sleep deprivation. Do you need a good nights sleep?  
The stone I use to help me get to sleep and  for going back to sleep if I awake during the night is the beautiful, soft energy of Petalite. Because Petalite is a Lithium bearing mineral it offers a soft balanced energy. Petalite’s energy is one of rest and healing.  Petalite can take me to a space where worries and concerns melt away, so that I can easily drift off to sleep, worry free of the days events and tomorrows concerns. Petalite gives me a sense that all is right in the world.  With a calm mind I can move into a restful state and give my body the sleep it needs so that I can be energized and vibrant to embrace all that this season has to offer.
 
Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on your health in the form of physical and mental impairments. Inadequate rest impairs our ability to think, handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate our emotions. 
Without adequate rest, the brain’s ability to function quickly deteriorates. The brain works harder to counteract sleep deprivation effects, but operates less effectively: concentration levels drop, and memory becomes impaired. The brain’s ability to problem solve is greatly impaired. Decision-making abilities are compromised, and the brain falls into rigid thought patterns that make it difficult to generate new problem-solving ideas.
  • depression
  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • irritability
  • slower reaction times
  • slurred speech
  • tremors.
Before you spend another restless night, try sleeping with a Petalite.  Its calming, worry-free energies may just be what you need for some deep restfulness.
 
Happy Holidays!
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Tips For A Relaxing Holiday Season Using Crystals & Gemstones

Crystals & Gemstones For the Holidays

Crystals & Gemstones For the Holidays

During the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the parties, shopping and busy activities of the season. This year the best gift you can give your friends and loved ones is a healthy, relaxed YOU!  If you truly want to enjoy this special time of year, give yourself some self nurturing. 
Crystals and gemstones can help you stay calm, centered and focused during this stressful time of year.
Here are some ways to use Crystals & Gemstones to help you stay  in the holiday spirit of love, joy and happiness.
 
1. Stay focused.  We lose so much of our energy when we aren’t clear and focused on the project at hand.  Instead of multi-tasking, give yourself the joy of focused attention.  If you are having trouble staying focused, try using a Hematite or wear a Hematite necklace or bracelet.
Hematite is know as a grounding stone. Its also a stone to calm the mind. It can help us to sort things out and calm the racing mind. It helps with memory retention and is useful while writing. It also assists in dissolving negativity as it can transform the negative to a more pure state of love.
So, when you notice your mind racing around, reach for a Hematite and feel yourself grounded and focused.
 
2.  Ask for help.  Sometimes just simply letting others know you need assistance in all the preparations can relieve the pressure and feelings of doing too much.  If you are having trouble speaking up and asking for help, reach for a blue gemstone like Sodalite.  Sodalite can help you gently and calmly speak “your truth“, that is to come from you heart and express your needs to others, before frustration grabs a hold of you. No need to hit your melting point, speak up!
 
3. Rest.  Make sure you are getting the correct amount of sleep that your body needs. It’s easy to fall into erratic sleeping patterns with parties, travel, preparation, and other seasonal events. If you find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep try sleeping with the gemstone Petalite. Petalite can take us to a dimension of rest and healing, to a space in which worries and concerns of this world are released.
 
4. Remember to Breath.  When you catch yourself holding your breath in stressful situations, remember to take a few deep breaths.  Breath in clean fresh air to rejuvenate  yourself, and exhale out stress. In stressful situations we have a tendency to breathe shallow. This can increase anxiety in our mind and body.
Choose a Quartz Crystal as a reminder to breath throughout the day.  Place it in your pocket, purse, near your desk, in the kitchen, wherever you will be. Every time you look at the crystal, stop and take a few deep breaths.  Remember to take it with you where ever you go throughout your day.  If you can, place several crystals in all the rooms of your house, car and office. Just breathe!
 
5. Nurture yourself.  Remember to take care of yourself with relaxing music, a evening bath, some quiet time. Use a Rose Quartz  as a reminder to love and nurture yourself. Rose Quartz is known as the “Stone of Love”.  Before we can love another, we must first learn to love ourselves.  Before we can give to others we must first take care of ourselves.
 
6. Stay cool, calm and collected with Fluorite.  Fluorite is my all time favorite stone for staying centered in stressful situations.  It has a cooling energy that helps us maintain our calm.  Reach for the cooling vibrations of Fluorite when you know you will be in situations that will challenge you.
 
7. Meditate.  It’s a known fact that meditation can help reduce stress, lower our heart rate and create peace within us.  Choose a purple Amethyst to assist you in meditation.  Amethyst is known as a stone of Spirituality and helps us to sit in meditation.  Give yourself the gift of meditation this holiday season and bring peace into your heart, mind and spirit.
 
May your holiday season be filled with fun, laughter, joy and RELAXATION!
 
For more information on the energy properties of Crystals and Gemstones go to http://www.spiralsoflight.com/gem-stones-crystals-properties.html or schedule a personal crystal consultation to learn how Gemstones can assist you in your everyday life.
 
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Shamanite: A Newly Discovered Stone

Shamanite Bracelet with Quartz

Shamanite Bracelet with Quartz

Shamanite is a rare Black Calcite from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I was first introduced to Shamanite by my friend Charlie Mark from Florida of Mountain Mark Trading. Charlie is the world distributor for North American Black Calcite now known as Shamanite. I have been buying stones from Charlie for more than 16 years. Charlie is a distributor for the beautiful blue gemstone Larimar. So when Charlie contacted me that he would be selling the Shamanite at this years Denver Gem & Mineral show, I made sure I visited his booth and purchased a few rough polished pieces he had for sale.

Shamanite was recently discovered (2005) on privately-owned remote alpine property in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. After a year of geological research, this is now the only known deposit throughout the entire Rocky Mountain range and North America. It is said to be over 540 million years old and contains many trace minerals and micro-fossils. Shamanite is believed to be used by Native Americans for centuries for ceremonial objects. Shamanite has often been mistaken for Jet. Its color ranges from inky-black to a smoky taupe and mocha-brown. Shamanite is sometimes called “Toho”(Mountain Lion”) by tribal healers and artists.

What I noticed first in holding the stone is that it is very gentle to the touch even though it is hard, it has a soft feel to it. I wanted to rub its surface like a worry stone, turning the stone over and over in my hand. It felt very comfortable and familiar almost like a well worn coat that served to keep me warm and protected from the cold.

In reading Robert Simmons new book, Stones for the New Consciousness, he writes that Shamanite can be very useful for initiating shamanic journeys and it can help one to connect inwardly with power animals and spirit guides. It is a stone of the ancestors, aiding in communication with spiritual elders and guides on the other side as well as loved ones who have passed. It is a stone of soul retrieval. Shamanite offers spiritual protection to those who simply wear or carry it.

I am offering several pieces of Shamanite for sale on my web site http://www.spiralsoflight.com/gemstones-crystals-photo-gallery.  Also available, Shamanite bracelets.  See my Healing Jewelry web page: http://www.spiralsoflight.com/healing-jewelry.html

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Entering A New Consciousness with Crystals & Gemstones

Robert Simmons

Robert Simmons

I visited with Robert Simmons author of “The Book Of Stones” in September at Denver Gem Show. He was there with his company Heaven & Earth signing copies of his newest book, “Stones of the New Consciousness: Healing, Awakening & Co-creating with Crystals, Minerals & Gems”
 
Its always an enlightening experience talking with Robert as we share a passion for the Stone Beings. This year he introduced me to several new stones including Rosophia a stone he discovered just last year in New Mexico.  The name comes from the phrase “Rose of Sophia” meaning the “Heart of Wisdom”.  Robert tells the story of how he came to find this stone and the significance it has for him in his new book.
 
I had a very special visit with Robert several years ago. I owned a metaphysical gift store, “The Crystal Loft” in the Florida Keys.  Robert was on tour with his novel “Earthfire”.  He came down to the Keys to give a talk on his book and set up a “Trunk Sale” at our store, selling the high vibrational gemstones and jewelry Heaven & Earth carries.  Many synchronistic events occurred over the course of a few days and I will always remember that weekend as a very magical experience as we connected to the energies of gemstones, people and snakes! 
 
These are very special times to be working with the energies of crystals and gemstones  as they have much to offer us during these transformational years. Robert’s new book takes us to a new level, a new understanding of the mineral kingdom. If you are like me and you love being with the stones, you will enjoy reading this book and taking your explorations with crystals to a new place.  Robert invites us to enter with the help of the stones into a New Consciousness, a new way of being, a new way of healing, a new way of sensing, new insights into our purpose and new ways to participate in bringing forth a better world. For this is what we have been preparing for a very long time.
 
To see some of the new gemstones I brought back from the Denver Gem Show, go to my Gemstone & Crystal Gallery at:http://www.spiralsoflight.com/gemstones-crystals-photo-gallery.html
To purchase Robert Simmons new book go to www.Amazon.com
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Gemstones From Around The World

crystal ball- gemshow
I recently returned from a buying trip at Denver International Gem & Mineral show. Shopping at the Denver Gem show is like taking a trip around the world.  I visited gems dealers from all corners of the globe, many who hardly speak a word of english. They bring with them amazing and exquisite mineral specimens in all sizes and shapes.  This year was no exception.  Its like visiting a fine Mineral museum.  In fact this show is where many buyers from museums come to find additions to their collections. Some of these gifts from the mineral kingdom can literally take your breath away
 
Here is a list of just some of the things I purchased.
 
  • Blue Celestite from Madagascar
  • Seraphinite and Charoite from Russia
  • Shiva Lingams from India
  • Nuummite from Greenland ( 3 billon years old)
  • Lapis from Afghanistan
  • Blue Kyanite from Brazil
  • Brand new to market Orange Kyanite from Tanzania
  • Malachite from Africa
  • Black Tourmaline from China
  • Larimar from the Dominican Republic
This show is so much fun not only to buy treasures but also to take in all the beauty that Mother Earth has to offer us.
There are tables and tables, row upon row of gemstones of every color, shape and size, from the smallest facted  Columbian Emerald to a 20 ton Quartz Crystal Cluster from Brazil.
 I purchase the majority of my gemstone beads for jewelry making at this show.  From the gemstone bead dealers I found some Pink Kunzite beads which I’ve never worked with before.  I also found great new sterling silver Yoga designed pendants, lotus, Om and mudras.  I am excited to be able to expand my Yoga Jewelry line with these great new pieces.
I will be adding many of these new stones to my crystal and gemstone gallery page of my web site.  Check back often to see what is new.
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