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It is always such a joy when I hear how crystals have changed people’s lives. When Joginder, who runs the Tree of Life in Birmingham, was introducing me last year he told the story of how he’d been in despair, feeling very lonely and finding it impossible to meet a partner who was on the...
As I’ve mentioned previously in this column certain crystals are in the process of uplifting their consciousness. Their vibrations have become more refined and ‘higher’ and the stones have made a closer contact with the Earth. Which may sound paradoxical but stay with me. Two prime examples of these apparently different processes coming together are Malachite and Moldavite. When I first began writing about Moldavite in 2003 its energies were, to my mind, being overtaken by newer finds. The vibration had been one of the highest on the planet, but something was changing. They weren’t taking me to the furthest reaches of consciousness as they once had. A few years later it was as though they’d been given a kick ‘upstairs’ and yet were more plugged into the planet so that their energy could be grounded and utilised more fully. The energy was even more vibrant than it had been. But people needed to be first grounded and then attuned and ready to work with it or they were simply blown away.
Similarly Malachite was quite unstable at that time. It was bringing up deep issues for resolution but by catharsis rather than transformation. Now it’s stabilised again but at a higher resonance than before. It’s is a powerful stone of magical transmutation. So let’s start with Malachite.
Opaque in hue, with th’ emerald’s vivid green, Malachite charms the sight, first in Arabia seen. [Ancient rhyme]
Malachite is a power stone for intense inner transformation and purgation. Acting as a cleanser for the emotional body and for deep soul healing, it scours away the residue of past life or childhood trauma and resets ancestral DNA. The stone draws in spiritual energy to raise the frequency of the physical body. It is the perfect stone to assist in letting go of old ego-identity and everything that restricts your sense of true self. With Malachite’s assistance you can step into your true power and from there manifest your own reality. This stone surprises you with the depth of transmutation you achieve – and the evasive distractions that have been holding you back. Face up to your secrets and, with Malachite’s assistance, you manifest your truly power-full self.
Malachite teaches that when you’re fully empowered, you manifest your own reality. But points out that, if you’re not standing in your power, you are unable to manifest anything except negativity. This stone brings to the surface all the hidden issues, toxic thoughts and repressed feelings that are holding you back or sabotaging you. Once you’ve faced these, you can reclaim your power. Malachite is particularly useful when you are seeking to manifest a way out of trauma and emotional drama. But you can use it in any area of your life to call on your power, to be strong and resolute, and to manifest the real you.
Over 6000 years ago Malachite was obtained from Egyptian copper mines in Sinai. Mines that were sacred to the goddess Hathor. Strangely for a stone that later became associated with all things occult and metaphysical, Malachite was a talisman against enchantment and the evil eye and as such had the sun engraved upon it because its light was antithical to witchcraft, necromancers and demons. The Roman Geographer Pliny tells us that, in his time, Malachite had a reputation for protecting children as it was a natural prophylactic against danger. It was also valued as beneficial to nursing mothers and for the eyes.
Malachite has always been recognized as a powerful conduit for transferring energy into the body and was valued for its protective qualities. It absorbs environmental pollution such as geopathic stress, electromagnetic smog and radiation. This stone is merciless in its exposure of the personality’s imperfections, the outgrown patterns, blockages and ties that must be dissolved before the soul can ascend to a higher vibration. The stone is adamant that you must take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings and actions. This makes it an excellent karmic cleanser and scourer of the soul, activating soul purpose. The Egyptians used it extensively as a paste to treat eyes, cholera and infected wounds. At times modern medicine catches up with ancient healing methods and the copper carbonate/hydroxide in Malachite has recently been found have an anti-bacterial effect, inhibiting pathogens such as staphylococcus. An effect that would have been reinforced by the Egyptian habit of mixing powdered Malachite with honey, a natural antibiotic.
A resolute stone that draws insights up from the subconscious mind, Malachite is the raw essence of copper. Its protective influence guards and guides you on your journey through the underworld and all that resides there, takes you through death of the ego and your old-self and facilitates the regeneration of your true self. As the crystal is itself evolving, it is the perfect crystal for all transmutational shadow work, especially on an emotional and intellectual level but, the more you work with it, the more expansive its influence becomes.
The crystal’s convoluted whorls help to illuminate all the hidden corners of your mind. It brings to light the inner critic or the saboteur who trips up your manifestation intentions. This stone demands that you take a hard look at the psychosomatic and karmic causes that lie behind an apparent inability to manifest ease and well-being. It facilitates release and letting go so that you move forward. Malachite draws off negativity at all levels, releasing ancient trauma and outgrown feelings so that you find deep emotional healing. Working with this crystal brings you face to face with whatever is blocking your spiritual path and assists in its transmutation.
Meditate with Malachite letting your half-focused eyes gently follow its contours. It makes an excellent journeying or scrying stone as the whorls take you ever deeper into yourself or into the future.
Malachite Meditation: What am I holding on to?
This Malachite meditation is a potent way to connect with the issues that are keeping you from stepping into your power. We may think that past issues are resolved and that the path ahead is clear, but often old hurts and confusion lie buried, acting as energetic blocks to our progress. Malachite’s strong protective properties help you to feel safe as you gently let go of old thoughts, feelings and experiences that no longer serve you and the inner figures that have tripped you up, and open up to the wisdom they offer. Take as long as you need for this process of release.
[Extracted from 101 Power Crystals (Fairwinds) and Life Changing Crystals/Crystals to Empower you (Godsfield Press/Fairwinds)
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Moldavites … are among the most powerful gemstone tools for spiritual development and expansion of consciousness. They seem to engender an acceleration of one’s inner growth and evolution. Hundreds of times people have described to us the rapid transformation of their lives which has come soon after they acquired Moldavite. Jobs, relationships, life styles or possessions which did not serve their highest paths were rapidly released, and the new, evolutionary forms of these same things appeared, drawn as if by magnetism. We have heard stories of visionary experience, chakra activation, energy cleansings and the discovery of personal destiny, all associated with the entrance of Moldavite in to one’s life.”
Holding a Grail Cup that Robert Simmons created from Moldavite prompted such a rush of energy that I had to hand it back rather hastily. I was at his stand at a crystal conference in Glastonbury and about to give a crystal talk to a couple of hundred people. It wasn’t exactly the right time to take the journey to Source that I knew was possible. But even that brief contact changed my life. I’d been in touch with Moldavite before of, course, but never in that quantity or at that potency. That was when I knew that the Moldavite uplift had occurred. It had a profound effect on me. Yes, a great deal was stripped away. But I stepped into what was literally a new life, one that gave me unprecedented access to ancient crystal information that I’ve been sharing ever since. As a Sagittarius I am always on a grail quest and I certainly found one that day.
Moldavite is a stone of exceptional karmic and soul transformation, downloading information from the Akashic Record and cosmic consciousness. Taking you back into your past to reconnect to your previous wisdom and soul purpose, it also takes you forward into the future to access what is needed for your soul’s evolution and then facilitates putting that into practice in the present moment. If you are sensitive or unused to high vibration crystals, wear or use Moldavite sparingly until energetic adjustment is made. Whenever you work with Moldavite it is sensible to combine it with a grounding stone such as Smoky Quartz or Flint so that the new energy is anchored into the earth. Moldavite has become more adept at this as its awareness has expanded, but it appreciates a helping hand.
If you are a star child who finds the vibration of the earth heavy and inert, gridding with or wearing Moldavite adjusts your vibration so that you can bring more cosmic energy down into your body to feel more at home at earth while at the same time transmuting earth energy through integration of cosmic light. If you are shamanically inclined, you can use it for an upper world journey back to the source.
Most people feel a huge rush of energy through the physical body on holding Moldavite. If you are using it for healing, Moldavite focuses attention on the cause, rectifying the underlying imbalances that create dis-ease or impede spiritual evolution. Other grounding stones such as Hematite, Flint or Smoky Quartz may be needed as part of the process as Moldavite can cause dizziness and severe ungroundedness. If so, remove the stone and try again later.
The power of Moldavite comes from the sky. About 11 million years ago Moldavite burst onto earth with enormous force as a giant meteor metamorphosed the surrounding rock into a glass-like non-crystalline substance fusing the power of the sky with that of Mother Earth. A metaphor for cosmic transformation, Moldavite was one of the highest vibrational crystals for expanding consciousness but it has been overtaken by other crystals. If you have worked with high vibration crystals for some time, your vibrations may have moved beyond it despite its recent uplift. However, it is still a very effective stone especially if you are new to crystals. It is a useful step on the ladder of higher dimensional working and spiritual transformation.
There are many myths in which a stone falls to earth, is lost and has to be found for transformation to take place. In Eschenbach’s story of Parzifal, the Holy Grail was a green stone that fell from the sky and many crystal experts link Moldavite with the grail. Another legend says that a green stone fell from Satan’s crown as he tumbled from heaven – a symbol of divine light falling to earth. In the original myths, God’s favorite angel was not evil. Hethe lightbringer for the Earth, as is Moldavite. This stone is prized as a bringer of cosmic wisdom that puts you in touch with higher guidance, planetary and star beings, and cosmic messengers.
Moldavite fuses extraterrestrial energies with Mother Earth and takes you way beyond your limits and boundaries. Bringing you into communication with your higher self, Moldavite has its own cosmic oversoul. It integrates the divine blueprint and accelerates spiritual growth by downloading information from the Akashic Record and the light body, which has to be processed and made conscious. Under the influence of Moldavite you can go forward to a future life to see the results of actions taken in the present, or to learn what is needed now to prevent destruction in the future.
Moldavite is a useful stone for sensitive people who find it difficult being in incarnation on earth and it assists in developing detachment from security issues such as money and worries for the future. Providing an over-view of reasons for incarnating and spiritual purpose, and integrating this into earthly life, Moldavite releases fixed ideas and outworn belief systems and can neutralize hypnotic commands.
Meditate with Moldavite on your third eye to connect to the highest planes of consciousness.
Crystal journeying can be carried out lying or sitting down in a place where you will not be disturbed (turn off your phone!). It needs to be a safe, sacred space – four or five Black Tourmalines, Clear Quartz, Smoky Elestial Quartz or Selenite crystals set out around you that you have asked to protect you will ensure that the space is clear. You can use a drum or chanting CD to assist if you wish, especially one that has a specific ending to call you back. Some people like to sit or lie beneath a special blanket.
[Extracted from 101 Power Crystals (Fairwinds), The Crystal Encylopedia (Godsfield Press/Fairwinds),The Crystal Bible volume 1 (Godsfield Press) and Shamanic Crystals www.judyhall.co.uk]
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When I first undertook the journey to Source I then found myself travelling back via the creation of this present universe. Returning with Mother Earth herself as the cosmos wove itself into being. Which is what brought my attention to earth healing and sacred sites and aided the conception of several books. But I was aware, even as the universe wove itself, that ancestral and karmic healing would be needed, which is where I am now focusing my attention. I hope your trip is as fruitful!
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