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AGATE (FIRE)

Fire agate aligns the energetic body with the physical body. It assists one in staying grounded, while energizing the body. It puts one in touch with the zest for life, increasing passion and reconnecting one with their deepest desires. This stone has a powerful vibration that sharpens your desire to take action, even when you’re not sure what the best course to take should be. This fiery stone has a protective energy quite unlike most other stones. The vibration of this crystal brings through the flow of spiritual energy, and this flows through your entire being.

AGATE       (CRAZY LACE)

Crazy Lace Agate is called the Laughter Stone, or “Happy Lace.” It is associated with sunny Mexican fiestas and dancing, and brings joy to those who wear it. It is not a stone of protection, but of support and encouragement, elevating thoughts and promoting optimism. It is used to help with decision making by balancing the physical, emotional, and mental so that it is easy to make decisions. It also helps one stay focused. Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. It helps overcome depression and despair, elevating thoughts and attitudes. It is uplifting and increases self-esteem. Agate is beneficial in self-analysis and uncovering hidden circumstances that might interfere with well-being. It promotes self-acceptance and confidence, encouraging the speaking of one’s own truth. Agate overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart, by healing anger, fostering love, and lending the courage to start over. It is useful for any kind of trauma.

AGATE (MOSS)

Moss Agate opens the crown and brown chakras connecting the physical body to the spiritual body. It helps in creating inner peace and intuition. It is used to attract prosperity, new ideas and fertility. Agates are used for protection and strength. Moss Agate releases deep-seated fear and stresses, expanding one’s personal space and growth. It stimulates a good self image and strengthens positive personality traits, including the ability to get along with others. An optimistic stone, Moss Agate is helpful for those suffering from difficult life circumstances, depression or brain imbalances to find hope and trust, and to keep trying.

AGATE (WHITE)

Agate is an excellent stone for re-balancing and harmonizing body, mind and spirit.  It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity.  Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities.  It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety. White Agate is a crown chakra stone and has purification vibrations and can be used to clear blocks from your path. White Agate is beneficial to pregnant women, as it eases the effects of morning sickness and alleviates the pain of labor.

AMAZONITE

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Amazonite has a soft and gentle energy, and brings harmony and balance to its wearer. Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. It provides the freedom to express one’s thoughts and feelings, and to set strong and clear boundaries, both internally as self-discipline, and externally on what one is willing to experience or in defining personal space, assisting in communicating one’s true thoughts and feelings without over-emotionalism. It also enables one to see a problem from another’s point of view in order to affect peace, or to see both sides of an issue objectively to resolve one’s own inner conflicts.

AMETHYST

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Amethyst is used to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions and inspire enhanced meditative states. Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. Mentally, it helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. Referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer,” Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain. It brings inner peace and healing by transmuting negative energy into positive. Amethyst is great to place beside the bed or under a pillow to assist with insomnia. It is the stone of sobriety and assists in removing self-sabotaging patterns from one’s life. Amethyst balances out highs and lows, promoting emotional centering. It dispels anger, rage, fear, and anxiety.

AVENTURINE

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Aventurine is a stone of luck, courage and abundance. It assists in releasing old patterns, habits and disappointments so new growth can take place. It brings optimism and a zest for life, allowing one to move forward with confidence and to embrace change, it soothes emotional wounds, allowing one to recognize the issues behind illness or imbalance, depression or defeat, and to facilitate the release of unhealthy relationships, patterns and heartache. It encourages one to view hardships in life as impermanent, as an opportunity for growth in a new direction, and for taking all things in stride. It inspires a feeling of lightness, even humor, which can then stimulate a renewed sense of optimism, joy and hope. It is a reaffirming stone, especially during times of change or upheaval and can be the emotional anchor one needs to remain stable and firmly grounded

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CARNELIAN

Carnelian’s bold energy brings a rush of warmth and joy that lingers, stimulating and empowering. Known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, Carnelians have protected and inspired throughout history. It is an important crystal to use for love, and for the consummation of love. Orange crystals, in particular, are fertility and potency symbols and are linked with conceiving a child. Carnelian may help in rekindling passions that might have faded in an otherwise loving relationship.

CITRINE

Citrine works with the 2nd, 3rd and 6th chakras, enabling us to open more fully to the energy of Divine Will and bring it forth into manifestation. Citrine clears one’s manifestation and personal will channels in order to create form from the energetic architecture of our thoughts, beliefs and desires. Through purifying one’s will, it helps one perceive and heal issues of power abuse and feelings of powerlessness. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving. It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuits. Known as The Merchant’s Stone for it’s ability to assist in acquiring and maintaining wealth, prosperity, abundance, success and all things good. It also encourages generosity and sharing good fortune. Citrine is one of only two crystals that never require cleansing or clearing (the other being kyanite).

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HEMATITE

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Hematite is the most effective stones for grounding oneself in the body and physical world. Spiritually oriented people have a tendency to explore to the outer edges of consciousness, and can have a hard time bringing those experiences back to the physical realm and body. We are here as humans to anchor these high frequencies onto the planet, bringing heaven down to earth. Hematite balances opposites and polarities – Light and Dark, positive and negative, soul and body, Higher Self and Shadow Self. It is a stone of integration. It gifts one with courage, strength, endurance and vitality.  A “stone for the mind”, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.

HOWLITE

Howlite can be used to release attachments, or cords, and old emotional pain. It is a wonder stone for calming upset states of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation. Howlite also can decrease anger originating from within or externally. The wake of such calming can help one be truly comfortable as oneself without the need to pretend to be anything but what you are, which is absolute brilliance.

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MOONSTONE (WHITE)

Moonstone is a stone of mystery – gem of the High Priestess,  keeper of the feminine mysteries.  It has often been associated with the feminine because of its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind. Moonstone can help one sort through one’s emotions and gain a higher perspective on their meaning and purpose. It enhances patience and helps one remain objective when receiving empathic information from others. It can aid in releasing frustration and surrendering to the natural cycles of life. Each cycle we complete takes us one level higher on the great spiral.  With each cycle our wisdom, understanding and self knowledge are increased. Moonstone asks us to celebrate the milestones and rites of passage each new cycle brings. Just as the moon herself grows full and wanes, so, too, do the aspects of our lives.

MOONSTONE (PEACH)

Moonstone is a stone of mystery – gem of the High Priestess,  keeper of the feminine mysteries.  It has often been associated with the feminine because of its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind.  Peach moonstone’s gentle, loving energy supports the heart as it stimulates the mind. It allows one to perceive the positive, loving existence of the Divine in all situations. It can help soothe worry or anxiety while assisting one in celebrating the positive experiences in one’s life. Moonstone has long been valued in helping one move closer to the Great Mother.  When Moonstone is used by females, it initiates the kundalini energy and promotes the psychic ability of clairvoyance.

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PYRITE

An Earth element, pyrite also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion. Pyrite can be a helpful tool for balancing polarities and creating harmony within the auric field. It helps one integrate high-frequency energy into the physical body. It is an ally in assisting one in taking action to create abundance in one’s life. It’s frequency is useful in stimulating creative energy and promoting healthy sexual expression.

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ROSE QUARTZ

The stone of the heart, rose quartz carries the soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, nourishment and comfort and dissolves resentments held within the heart. It provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, giving one the capacity to give and receive unconditionally. It supports connection within community and builds bonds between families. Rose Quartz is a calming and reassuring crystal, excellent for use in trauma or high-stress situations. It strengthens empathy, sensitivity, and aids in the acceptance of necessary change. It is affectionately known as one of the Master Healing Stones.

RUDRAKSHA

Rudraksha is not a gemstone, but a seed from a Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha trees are found mainly in Indonesia, Nepal, and India. According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, Rudraksha Beads were formed from the tears (Aksha) of Lord Shiva (Rudra). They have been used traditionally by Hindu, Buddhist, Japanese, Chinese, and Zen followers for controlling stress, overall healing, meditation, and engendering positive changes. For thousands of years in India, yogis have worn Rudraksha Beads to experience the deep tranquility and concentration which are vital for meditation and control of mind and body. Under the power of Rudraksha’s positive influence, vast amounts of Vedic literature were studied and memorized in ancient India by disciples of spiritual knowledge. In China, Rudraksha is used to enhance the flow of Chi life energy in the body and balance Yin & Yang. The Zen Buddhist sect in Japan uses Rudraksha beads to induce deeper states of meditation. In recent years, the general populace in India has taken to wearing Rudraksha beads to combat the effects of stress: hypertension, depression, and high blood pressure. Without the harmful side-effects and addictive nature of tranquilizers, anti-depressants, and beta blockers, men and women experience heightened energy levels, stamina, and peace of mind within a few hours of placing Rudraksha beads in direct contact of their chest region. In the long term, Rudraksha beads reverse the effects of stress, alleviate depression, eliminate anxiety and other mood disorders, improve concentration, enhance relaxation, and exhibit anti-aging properties. The benefits of Rudraksha beads have been known in Asia for ages and are well documented in traditional and contemporary literature. Due to increasing popularity of Rudraksha malas with the general populace in India, scientific studies have been undertaken in recent years to determine just how Rudraksha Healing works. One of the best known research papers was published by Dr. Suhas Roy of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Banaras, India. Dr. Roy’s research confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from their electro-magnetic properties. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart, they act to stabilize the heart beat. Similar to magnets, the beads work on the principle of Dynamic Polarity. Blood circulation and heart beat automatically induce a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region. Depending on the polarity and intensity of this induced magnetic field, Rudraksha beads transmit subtle electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and intensity. According, a proportionate balancing force is exerted on the heart to regulate it if it starts beating above or below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood circulation in the body. The human body is a complex bio-electronic circuit comprised of the Central Nervous System and the organs and functions it regulates. Streamlined blood flow has a powerful rejuvenating impact on this circuit and serves to prevent stress-related disorders caused by the damaging effects of excess energy on neurons and neurotransmitters. In essence, Rudraksha beads help bring about the well-known “relaxation response” which is the ultimate goal of meditation, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, and countless other Alternative Medicine methodologies. *[source: http://www.encounterkauai.com/Rudraksha.php]

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TIGERS EYE

Tigers eye is associated with the solar plexus and it aids in manifesting your ideas and dreams. It brings calm, balance, optimism, wealth and protects against psychic attack. It also balances the energies of the reproductive organs aiding in fertility and conception.  It is a powerful stone that aids harmony and balance, and helpsma to release fear and anxiety. It moves its wearer into a vibration of warmth and stability. A supportive aid for resolving crisis by taking positive action and fulfilling one’s intention.

TOURMALINE (BLACK)

Tourmaline transmutes and purifies negative energy,  turning it into usable energy.  It also regulates the electrical and other energeticsystems of the body, which is useful for those with high levels of stress at home or work.  Tourmaline is one of the most effective grounding stones,  acting like a vaccuum for negative energy and creating a grounding path for light to enter.

TOURMALINE (PINK)

Pink tourmaline is a heart chakra stone that is of feminine or yin energy. It aids in healing old emotional wounds. It emanates a soft, soothing energy that encompasses feelings of comfort, safety and nurturing.  Holding it close to the heart will encompass the body in a pink cloud or bubble, infusing the entire emotional body with love and can restore a sense of wholeness. It’s high lithium content makes it a powerful calming stone.

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BRONZITE

Bronzite facilitates your ability to simply “be”, by entering a dynamic state of  non action and non doing. Spiritually this is the perfect stone if you have difficulty stilling yourself, since it brings total serenity. Bronzite is helpful for helping with certainty and with taking control of our actions. It can also help one to think ahead about things, enhancing the ability to take control of our own lives. In this, because bronzite helps dispel uncertainty, it can help us also take necessary actions for our own benefit, while still being loving and polite and principled in our behaviour. Bronzite is a good grounding stone also. It is excellent for these same reasons to promote change in a harmonious way. Bronzite is a stone of courtesy, it strengthens non judgemental discernment, pin points your most important choices and promotes decisive action. This protective and grounding stone is helpful when you feel powerless in discordant situations or are in the grip of events beyond your control. Holding bronzite will increase self assertion, restore composure and assist in keeping a cool head.

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GARNET

Red garnet has a strong vibrational connection with the root chakra located at the base of the spine. It draws energy from mother Earth, removes negativity, boosts fertility (male and female) and draws a compatible mate. Use it for conception, love, happiness, sexuality, renewal, cleansing, menstruation and birth. It helps one receive abundance on an emotional level, but alleviating feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. It encourages self-love and self-respect. Garnet assists one in remembering one’s Soul contract for this lifetime and completing the necessary steps to fulfill it, while bringing a sense of ease and joy to the spiritual growth process.

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JADE

Jade is the ultimate “Dream Stone,” revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death, and is considered a powerful healing stone. An amulet of good luck and friendship, Jade signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and encouraging one to see oneself as they really are. Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt, and for extreme cases of defeatism. It also treats “pathological normality,” an excessive desire to adapt oneself to a group, a follow-the-leader attitude, or the compulsive desire to give in to general opinion to belong no matter the cost. Green jade is a stone for healing the heart, bringing a flow of well-being, balance, happiness and harmony. It is an abundance stone, bringing the flow of the Divine energy into the physical realm in a never-ending well of money, fertility and abundance.

JASPER (MOOKAITE)

Mookaite jasper carries an invigorating frequency of strength and vitality, and increases Life Force within the physical body. An Aboriginal Mother Earth stone, it assists one in reclaiming one’s latent capacity to feel the electromagnetic energy currents of the Earth and to use them in conjunction with one’s own energies to maximize the effects of one’s will and personal power. It reawakens the ability to simply ‘know’ the right direction to take. Mookaite helps one identify one’s own beliefs about the aging and degeneration process, so those thoughts can be changed, thus slowing the aging process. It helps one in perceiving ancestral lessons and in clearing those lessons to free future generations from having to repeat them.

JASPER (PICTURE)

Picture jasper is a stone of dream work and visioning. It acts as the Earth’s 3rd eye, allowing one to gain access to the vast records stored within the planet’s data banks. It is particularly resonant with Earth-centered magical practices, and can be a powerful part of ceremonies employing the elemental forces. Picture jasper was revered by ancient civilizationsas the “rain bringers” and nurturers, healers of the spirit and stones of courage and wisdom. A nurturing, protective stone, Picture jasper brings comfort and alleviates fear, stimulating not only the Base Chakra in providing physical and spiritual energy for the body, but also activates the Third Eye Chakra enhancing visualization. It instills a sense of proportion and harmony, enlivening one’s creativity and initiative, and is a marvelous talisman for bringing hidden emotions to the surface for healing.

JASPER (RAINFOREST/ RHYOLITE)

Rainforest jasper connects one to the sacred web of life that exists in Nature. It is a powerful stone for working with Nature spirits, for Earth-healing, and for bringing the pure energy of the natural realm into any treatment room or environment. Rainforest jasper brings hope, renewal, invigoration and energy. It is useful for grief or depression, or any situation where one has lost interest in engaging with life. It can help one allow other people into their lives, even if one has been reclusive or solitary. It is known as a stone of resolution and perseverence. It is said to help communication of all kinds, and helps one listen easily and without distorting the message one is hearing.

JASPER (RED/SESAME)

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Red jasper can help enhance one’s endurance and stamina and can work over time to increase the amount of prana, life force energy, in one’s energetic field. It strengthens the root chakra and strengthens one’s connection to the Earth. It enhances memory and stabilizes one’s energy, bringing about good health, balanced emotions, truthful expression and just action. The frequency of red jasper can help to activate sexual and/or creative energy. It can also help to balance one’s sexual energy and one’s ideas and beliefs about sexual expression. It helps one to release shame or guilt around sexual expression or orientation.

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OBSIDIAN (BLACK)

Black obsidian powerfully eliminates negative energies in oneself and one’s environment. It acts as a vacuum cleaner, cleansing one’s field of disharmony. It is a strong grounding stone, connecting the root chakra to the Earthstar chakra below the feet and deep into the core of the Earth. Obsidian’s protective energy also extends to the level on the mind, illuminating negative thoughts and mental habits so action can be taken to clear their root causes. It helps uncover unconscious thoughts and patterns that inhibit one’s spiritual and personal growth, including addiction, abusive behaviour (towards’ oneself or others), negativity, scarcity and other undesirable traits). It assists those who are very psychically or emotionally sensitive to maintain the integrity of their energy fields.

ONYX

Onyx is a stone of inner strength. It enhances one’s endurance and persistence, enabling one to carry even difficult and dreary tasks through to completion. On a mental level, it increases one’s ability to maintain focus allowing one to learn challenging new material and use well all that one has mastered. It is also a stone of physical strength. it assists one in containing one’s energies rather than allowing them to dissipate. It helps to gradually build up one’s vitality. Black onyx teaches the appropriate use of power and the focusing of energy into positive force.

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QUARTZ (CLEAR)

Clear quartz is by far the most versatile and multidimensional stone in the mineral realm. Three of its key properties are energy amplification, programmability, and memory.  Because of it’s ability to amplify any frequency of energy, it makes an excellent ally in healing and prayer work. It can be programmed by one’s focused intention to assist in achieving any goal in inner or outer life. Clear quartz encourages clarity on all levels. It can be used to enhance the communications of guides and amplify psychic abilities. It acts to stimulate and open all chakras and energy pathways in the body, allowing for a more enlightened and expansive auric field. Clear quartz is emotionally neutral, but will amplify any emotion with which it moves into resonance.

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SANDALWOOD

Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent. It is used extensively in modern times for incense, aromatherapy, carvings, malas, Ayurvedic medicine, perfumes, and essential oils, where it is said to bring one closer to the Divine. In ancient India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome it has been used for over 4000 years for purposes as diverse as building Hindu temples, and embalming. Sandalwood’s scent is both excellent for staying present and alert during meditation, which makes it wonderful for ritual and spiritual practice. Its scent is said to transform desires, and also to bring emotional balance. In alternative healing, sandalwood is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and to treat anxiety, insomnia, neuralgia, sciatica, depression, urinary tract infections, coughs, nausea, dry skin, cardiac tonic, inflammations, fevers, antiseptic, and stress-related disorders. Sandalwood is also used as an aphrodisiac. Its cooling and soothing properties are said to direct a person’s attention towards contemplation of the mystery of life. Today, sandalwood oil is one of the most valuable and expensive raw materials available in Western perfumery. The fragrance of the oil and heartwood are considered invaluable in meditation practice.  Due to its precious nature, sandalwood essential oil is commonly referred to as “liquid gold.”

SMOKY QUARTZ

Smoky Quartz is used to relieve stress, tension and anxiety. It assists in warding off negative thinking and eliminate worry or doubt when faced with chaos or confusion. It filters out bad moods, unspoken resentments, or discouraging remarks that drain one’s strength and enthusiasm. When one is stuck in the vortex of thinking constantly, smoky quartz takes the electrical energy from the thoughts and grounds it into the earth and transmuting the leftover into usable energy. It dissolves negative energy and replaces it with positive. It provides protection from psychic attack, emotional, environmental and electromagnetic stress/smog. Used extensively in healing and meditation. Allows one to attune to the light instead of being consumed by life.

SODALITE

Sodalite is a stone of insight, helping one penetrate paradox and contradiction in order to form a new synthesis of thought. It gives access to subconscious and intuitive abilities, as well as enhances insight and mental performance. It is a stone of the deep journey, providing insight into the self and a dispassionate assessment of one’s motivations, strengths, weaknesses, desires, gifts and patterns of personal destiny. Sodalite helps one integrate all aspects of oneself into the now, so one may use all one’s learning and experiences to deal with the lesson at hand. It helps one let go of the self-judgement that causes second guesses. Sodalite cultivates detachment from the concerns and worries of everyday life. It can reduce stress and anxiety by allowing one to see one’s reality from a higher, more serene perspective.

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