The past few months I have kept pulling the same card from Doreen Virtue's Ascended Masters deck, one that suggests I work with crystals. They say crystals are great for healing but I had never really connected with them personally, so I ignored the advice and carried on with life as usual. Then I attended a workshop at The College of Psychic Studies, one that I can only describe as an alchemical journey of healing with planetary energies (taught by the College's resident astrologer, Demian Allan). It was a busy day; we connected with the planets in the Solar System, sensed their energies through meditation and then chose one to incorporate into our own energy fields. I went with the Moon for its intuition but I got the emotional side effects as well. My birth chart has virtually no water in it, and it felt like the Moon tossed me into a watery pool of emotions that had me feeling ups and downs all week. It was pretty cool when the energy settled, and I can see this kind of work being transformational. I think it also appealed to my magical curiosity.
I was looking to take it further and that's when crystals came to mind. Could I work with them in the same way? On a whim I turned to Amazon looking for books on crystals, healing or magic. It must have been my lucky day because a book called Wicca Crystal Magic, by Lisa Chamberlain, was free on Kindle. Its a sweet little book that introduces you to the world of crystals, how to choose, clear and charge them for healing. And also how to program them with special intentions for your own benefit, whether its attracting abundance, creating a harmonious atmosphere or dialling up romance in your life. You could call it magic, or just using your Intention to manifest the results you're after. Not unlike this Water Blessing Meditation that I posted a while ago. Chamberlain also discusses some of the most popular crystals and their magical attributes. For example, Citrine can help you zap negative thoughts to lift your mood, or to create abundance in your life. Malachite helps us build emotional courage and clarity, especially during times of great change. Clear Quartz is what you might call an all purpose stone, I'm using it to boost mental clarity and intuition. The list goes on and on. I read the book in one afternoon and decided to go hunting for crystals. My favourite place to get them is actually the Natural History Museum, they have buckets of polished stones in the gift shop (for kids too, so they're not to pricey). I left with a clear quartz window, and citrine and carnelian stones.
At home, I cleared my brand new crystals by holding them under running water. I swear they have little personalities, when you start tuning in. The quartz and the citrine were just lovely but it didn't feel like the carnelian had been cleared, so I put the three of them in salt and left them on the windowsill overnight. The next morning I charged the crystals with Reiki and headed for the park thinking I would find a nice tree and meditate on the crystals. Once again, the quartz and the citrine were buzzing with energy. The carnelian, not so much. It felt like it didn't want to work with me and after a while I tossed it into a flowerbed and left. The other crystals have been great though, especially the citrine. Apparently citrine corresponds to my rising sign, Gemini, and I have been feeling incredibly upbeat and chatty since I've had it in my pocket. Although I did have to ground myself once because I was feeling very giddy. Overall it's a great stone to have with me, a confidence and self-esteem builder to say the least!
I hope you enjoyed this post!