Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I was asked about suitable crystals for a pendant to commemorate an engagement. As it was for my last ‘crystal auntie’ column in Spirit & Destiny, I was strictly limited on the word count and I wanted to introduce newer stones. So I said: ‘Traditionally used for engagement rings, Opals bond a relationship. Even though sometimes considered unlucky as they are fragile and can easily break, an Opal would be perfect for a pendant. Some of the newer ones, such as Ethiopian Opal or Yowah Nut, are more robust and would look beautiful. Unusual Yowah Nuts are perfect because they are Opal in a matrix that balances masculine and feminine energies. They also raise kundalini energy, ensuring a long and successful sex life to complement unconditional love.’ (You can buy your Yowah Nut and so much more from Terrie Celest at: Astrologywise.co.uk
It’s amazing what can emerge from within a matrix, but sometimes we need something to act as a container for our energies and ground us. Matrix does an excellent job on this. And sometimes, we just need to shine!
Ethiopian cabochons c. www.exquisitecrystals.com
This beautiful high vibration stone is a crystal of infinite expansion that burns off the karma of the past and opens the way to rebirth. Carrying extremely high vibrations and ancient wisdom, Ethiopian Opal stimulates all the metaphysical gifts. It carries a soul holograph giving access to past, present and future and offering protection while journeying through multi-dimensions or within your Self. Ethiopian Opal carries positive dragon energy: personal and planetary. It unites, cleanses and activates the base and sacral chakras to stimulate your creativity and unites them with the dynamic unconditional love of the higher heart chakra and the refined mental capacities of the alta major chakra so that you manifest your highest will on earth. Placed at the base and top of the spine it ignites kundalini power and, on the base of the skull, opens the alta major chakra. Placed midway up the skull, it assists in transmuting anger into joyful, active will and a desire for inner and outer peace. (extracted from Crystal Bible 3).
But I had more possibilities in mind. One’s that you might not find on the standard ‘love crystals’ list. So here they are. Enjoy your Valentine’s treasure trove!
In matrix c. Michael Illas Slice c. www.exquisitecrystals.com
The stone to bring love of all kinds into your life. It is particularly helpful if you’re looking for mature love.
The Perfected Heart
Rubellite activates and aligns the three-chambered heart chakra, harmonizing heart and mind. It induces emotional balance and calmness, bringing passion to life. Protective Rubellite overcomes abusive situations and destructive relationship patterns, supporting stepping into your personal power. Red Rubellite assists those who struggle to understand love. Pink Rubellite facilitates accepting unconditional love, opening the heart to give and receive. It promotes tactfulness and flexibility, sociability and extroversion; balancing over-aggression or over-passivity. Rubellite detoxifies and infuses vitality into the physical body, unblocking and energising the sacral and base chakras, increasing creativity on all levels. It induces profound healing. (Extracted from The Crystal Companion.)
In Crystal Bible 2, I wrote: ‘Violet Hypersthene (Velvet Labradorite) has a gentle grounding, protecting and strengthening energy drawing in spiritual power to surround you with light. It is the perfect accompaniment to lower world journeys on the crystal medicine wheel. However, on occasions Hypersthene can provoke a powerful cathartic detox of negative energy or make you face your deepest fears.’ I’d only just picked up the crystal from a warehouse but had already noted a ‘love it or hate it’ reaction to the stone from the people around me. Those most in need of releasing toxicity felt physically sick when holding the stone and were resistant to it. Hardly surprising as the warehouse was hardly the right place for the work.
It was being marketed as a ‘new find’, so I was surprised to discover in a little book called The Language of Gems, published in Boston in 1848, an entry for Hypersthene with a poem ‘Confiding Love’:
Wearied and vexed with care,
I come to share the sunlight of thy smile;
‘Tis like the gentle spring’s serenest air,
Be still my light of life!
Unto no other doth my spirit turn,
Casting away the weapons of its strife,
Oh, give me, dearest, all my love’s return!
Miss H.J. Woodman
We’ll be hearing from Miss Woodman again a little later, but her poem put me in mind of a quote I’d been saving for a Valentine’s Day blog:
So, another property of Hypersthene is supporting one another with loving, unconditional acceptance, a confidante for the soul. Another quote I’d been saving.
A stone of deep peace, Amazez is a unique type of Azeztulite. Chevron Amethyst banded with White, Smoky and Golden Quartzes discovered in 2012 in Madagascar. This is a wonderfully inclusive stone of inter-connection that nevertheless embraces and celebrates individual uniqueness within the whole, integrating the two. It promotes unity and encourages inter-dependency and cooperation at the highest level by helping you to step out of the small self. But it also ensures that you do not lose yourself in the other, saying ‘be separate in your oneness, recognise your place in the bigger picture. It is excellent for anyone engaged in dispassionate service, supporting empathy rather than sympathetic wallowing.
This adaptable stone changes according to the needs of the user. It asks, ‘what will meet your deepest need?’, the core soul level requirement, and takes you down to the root. It releases communication blocks and provides pain relief, lifting the subtle cause into view and removing residual stuck energy. Calming over-sensitivity, placed over the heart, it gently brings stuff up for clearing. It assists in identifying, naming and then releasing stuck emotions, transmuting them through grounding and then crystallising the edges of the aura to afford protection. (You can get yours from Terrie Celest.) www.astrologywise.co.uk
The Wonderland Stone
Composed of tiny spheres naturally bonded together, comforting Grape Chalcedony is perfect for creating a peaceful community. This tranquil stone has a gentleness within its somewhat spiky exterior that assists you in letting down your defences and opening your heart to peaceful cooperation. It draws together like-minded people who work for the good of the planet and who may need mutual support in challenging times. It reminds you that, even when you seem to be totally alone, there is always support available from the spiritual realms. (Terrie Celest has this one for sale too.)
Let’s return to Miss Woodman and her Victorian sensibilities again. She calls Chrysoprase ‘Prase’ and her poem for this stone, ‘Self-Love’, reminds us that we have to love ourself before we can accept or give love to another. Something to remember on this Valentine’s Day!
True love of self is no ignoble thing;
It gives a loftier flight to fancy’s wing,
Incites to noble deeds and virtuous aims,
And bids us heed the spirit’s highest claims.
A stone of forgiveness, Mangano Calcite offers unconditional love and acceptance, gently softening the hardest and most defended of hearts. Encouraging you to feel love for yourself, the compassionate energy dissolves resistance and releases ancient fears, grief and resentments that keep the heart trapped in the past. It brings repressed memories to the surface for healing. Mangano Calcite is helpful for anyone who has suffered trauma or assault in any timeframe as it heals the inner child, drawing deep childlike happiness and joy into your life. The stone enhances self-worth and self-acceptance, lifting tension and anxiety. [Extracted from The Crystal Companion]
And of course I couldn’t complete a love-blog without mentioning the all-time favourite,
This gentle stone also reminds us that we can’t open our heart to love someone else until we truly love our own self. Unconditionally. Fully. With feeling. It helps us to heal the pain of the past and be open to love from whatever source it may arise.
This grid was created for my Ultimate Guide to Crystal Grids book. I wanted to demonstrate that you didn’t need elaborate backgrounds for a grid. I found this heart in a seconds shop. It was a bit battered. Shop soiled and abandoned in a corner as the outer glass protection had been shattered. Rejected until it became the base for this grid. It evolved as you can see. Photoshopping tidied it up a bit for publication, but here it is in its raw state as it evolved into the final grid.
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