Right from our early beginnings we were taught of the sanctity of the total life around us… The Aboriginal way is that everything is created equal and sacred: that the soil, the clay, the rocks are all sacred; and that all have a personality. I had the strength of knowing that my creator is not above me somewhere, but is always with me; that, whatever the substance around me, that creation flows to me, through me, within me; that the universe is part of me, as I am part of it – there is complete belonging, and life and death is just a constant flowing – a continual renewing. “
Kevin Gilbert, The Search for Meaning Collection, (Caroline Jones)
“Some see no beauty in our trees without shade, our flowers without perfume, our birds who cannot fly, and our beasts who have not yet learned to walk on all fours. But the dweller in the wilderness acknowledges the subtle charm of this fantastic land of monstrosities. He becomes familiar with the beauty of loneliness.” Marcus Clarke 1846-1881, writer, poet
She was able to feel active creation going on around her in the rocks and hills, where the mystery of lust took place; and in herself, where all was yet only the night of senses and wild dreams, the work of passion going on.”
Christina Stead, For Love Alone
The lovely John van Rees of www.exquisitecrystals.com called my attention to the beautiful Rainbow Lattice Sunstone currently emerging from Australia and I promised to do a metaphysical read out as soon as it arrived back with a crystal friend who was in the States. Tiny as it was, it wasn’t something I was going to trust to the British customs ransom programme with the ubiquitous double taxation even on shipping costs – which may give a clue to what needs to change in our society. Our report on how it helps you to leave behind the 3D matrix and move into a multidimensional holographic universe has already been published on the member’s community and my website (and see below for a summary). But it set me off on a trawl through some of the lesser known Australian Stones and a revisit to an old favourite. Yowah Nuts (see below) had already jumped out at me and were a great hit on a workshop. They integrated masculine and feminine energies, amongst other attributes, so they became my recommended stone for Libra/October and are available from Terrie Celest at www.astrologywise.co.uk
I’ve spent a pleasurable few hours revisiting other stones when I really should have been editing a book. Such crystals are a great distraction, but always prove to be timely.
This is soooo cool! The hematite inclusions in the moonstone feldspar give an orange glow while the ilmenite creates the iridescent lattice effect. (John van Rees)
Rainbow Lattice Sunstone is unique, found in one place on earth, the Rainbow Serpent Mine in the Harts Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia. It is a type of feldspar which is predominantly Moonstone that is made up of 75% orthoclase and 25% albite. This stone helps you to understand crystal structure and geology and the building blocks of the universe. Rainbow Lattice Sunstone offers a gateway into different level dimensions and past/future timelines. It really is amazing stuff.
c.John van Rees High quality stones from www.exquitistecrystals.com
A less expensive version from Liam Wood at Esoteric Earth, which may not be quite as poky but it will certainly also shift you into another dimension.
This is how the effect is created:
The inclusions (internal features) are referred to as: the result of crystalographically oriented exsolution crystals within the feldspar mass, these are hematite and ilmenite. Hematite (Fe2O3) which are small mainly yellow to deep orange platelets which can be hexagonal shape and are generally in one plane within the feldspar. This effect is called aventurescence or “sunstone effect” which gives some of the gems an orange glow. ilmenite (FeTiO3) titanium iron oxide creates the lattice effect. This forms as a very thin blades that occur in one plane at different levels. These blades orientate (north/south) in different levels by a process known as lamellar twinning and also displays “Sagentic twinning”, which forms the lattice pattern. The ilmenite inclusions in many cases have oxidized or altered through geophysical processes to give the iridescence or rainbow effect across the lattice patterning. The ilmenite that has no alteration remains black with a metallic sheen. The ilmenite also predominantly forms equilateral triangles and the lattice pattern has triangular terminations….
In other words, a wizard made it ” ( <<< I found this on a website afterwards ~ very funny !! )
I’ve already written about these and have become somewhat addicted to them. Esther Davies, a friend and member of my crystal group, was by synchronous serendipity staying in Australia close to the source of Yowah Nuts when I spotted job lots on line from a local store that did not ship to England. She jumped at the opportunity to visit the supplier and pick them up. The supplier kindly gifted me some Coomber Pedy Blue Opal too. Bliss! Many blessings to you. I also obtained some beautifully crafted polished Yowah Nut cabochons, which I’m delighted Terrie will be selling for me on www.astrologywise.co.uk
Here’s what I said about the Yohwah Nuts for The Crystal Companion, which will be out next year.
‘A combination of strong, protective Ironstone and delicate, cherishing Opal, a Yowah Nut balances polarities. It holds dualities such as mother and father, male and female, positive and negative, yin and yang in equilibrium giving each the appropriate amount of power and influence. It is helpful for balancing the inner parental voices with the inner child’s need. The Nut has a powerful connection to Mother Earth and her nurturing powers, reminding us that we are all her children. Used for shamanic journeying, it takes you safely into the lower shamanic world for soul retrieval and integration work. On the dantien, it raises kundalini.’
I just loved this quote from http://www.auspostalhistory.com/articles/2096.php
People have found opal whilst walking around, kicking stones over, or noodling (fossiking) in the disused mining dumps.
I’ve fossicked rather a lot in my time, but from now on I’ll be noodling! This image of a rough Coober Pedy opal accompanied the piece and I found another stunning image:
It was the incredible blue of the core in the pieces I was sent that attracted my attention. Madonna Blue, healing blue, Egyptian lapis sky ceilings. It brought them all to mind. It is a profoundly healing colour that incorporates the qualities of Opal. Here’s an extract from what I wrote for The Crystal Companion.
‘Protective Opal reaches out to cosmic consciousness and induces metaphysical and mystical visions. Its non-crystalline structure is created from tiny spheres of silica gel. Energy passes rapidly through an amorphous crystal. Opals are strong acting and virtually instant in their effect. There are two types, the “precious” form which shows scintillating iridescent, flashes of colour, and the opaque “common” Opal that displays little or no iridescence. The latter are more robust and less likely to fracture. Seductive Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It encourages putting out positive emotions, exploring your deepest feelings but you need to be centred before using Opal. Have other stones standing by to assist with release and integration of transformed emotions if necessary.
A karmic stone, Opal teaches that what you put out comes back. It amplifies deeply ingrained traits, whether those traits are deemed “good” or “bad,” and draws characteristics to the surface for transformation and to discover the gifts hidden within. Absorbent and reflective, Opal picks up thoughts and feelings, amplifies them, and returns them to the source for examination. Exploring karmic dis-ease, this stone shows what your emotional state has been previously, especially in other lives, and teaches how to take responsibility for how you feel now. Opal heals Earth’s energy field, repairing depletions and re-energising and stabilising the meridian grid.’
It’s very challenging to photograph these small pieces of Coober Opal because the elusive iridescent flash is so ephemeral. I really needed Michael Illas and the macro lens, but I couldn’t resist having a go myself.
I printed the last one off and it’s like an abstract painting but the energy coming off it is amazing so I shall sleep with it under my pillow tonight and see what effect it has. And it will no doubt form the basis of a painting in due course. I cant wait to get out the Ultramarine and let it granulate.
A quote on Opal from one of my favourite ancient crystal sources, Pliny, a cynical old git who was trying to ridicule crystal users but who inadvertently told us so much about the crystal healing practices of his time:
From Crystal Bible 3: Peanut Wood is an Australian fossilised wood. It assists those who have difficulty in walking on the earth, whether physically or energetically, and helps you to feel at home on the planet. As with all Petrified Wood, it is an excellent aid to grounding energy into the physical body and keeping that body anchored to the earth. A stable, calming stone it supports during trauma and healing or emotional challenges. A useful stone for past life healing, it facilitates previous life exploration and going to your soul’s roots. It reputedly helps weight loss and to be useful in cases of incontinence or, placed behind the ears, tinnitus and poor hearing.
One of my favourites, it’s so light and bright. Really zingy. Originally found in Indonesia, Bumble Bee Jasper has also been discovered in Northern Australian. When we put out a grid of it for Earth Blessings it attracted a whole swarm of photo-shy bees. We used it to help the endangered bee population as if the bees go, so do our food sources. Bumble Bees are not aerodynamically designed to fly, but they do. So it represents the triumph of the impossible over the prevailing world view. It’s a great crystal to wear if you suffer from pollen allergies.
Formed in the fumeroles of volcanoes and including a combination of Sulphur, Orpiment, Volcanic Ash and Anhydrite, Bumble Bee Jasper assists the impossible to manifest. An excellent stone for healing the bee population of the world so that pollination and germination can continue throughout nature, it fertilises possibilities on more subtle levels too. Its vibrant colours infuse energy into the Earth and the physical body, and this bubbly stone can bring great joy to the user.
You’ll find a lot more info in Crystal Bible volume 3.
Note: Bumble Bee Jasper is toxic and should be handled with care. Wash hands after use.
And that’s all for now folks as I need to get back to my editing. But you can find more Australian crystals on http://www.crystalearth.com.au/Australian-crystals-scc915ppn3.html.
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