2015 Moon Phases

 

2015 Moonphases

Happy 2015!

2015 Moon Phases (Based on Eastern Standard Time)

  • New Moon – New beginnings.
  • First Quarter – Act, get moving.
  • Full Moon – High energy, power time.
  • Last Quarter – Let go, release.

January 2015

  • Full Moon: 4
  • Last Quarter: 13
  • New Moon: 20
  • First Quarter: 26

February 2015

  • Full Moon: 3
  • Last Quarter: 11
  • New Moon: 18
  • First Quarter: 25

March 2015

  • Full Moon: 5
  • Last Quarter:13
  • New Moon: 20 (solar eclipse)
  • First Quarter: 27

April 2014

  • Full Moon: 4 (lunar eclipse)
  • Last Quarter: 11
  • New Moon: 18
  • First Quarter: 25

May 2015

  • Full Moon: 3
  • Last Quarter: 11
  • New Moon: 18
  • First Quarter: 25

June 2015

  • Full Moon: 2
  • Last Quarter: 9
  • New Moon: 16
  • First Quarter: 24

July 2015

  • Full Moon: 1
  • Last Quarter: 8
  • New Moon: 15
  • First Quarter: 24
  • Full Moon: 31

August 2015

  • Last Quarter: 6
  • New Moon: 14
  • First Quarter: 22
  • Full Moon: 29

September 2015

  • Last Quarter: 5
  • New Moon: 13 (solar eclipse)
  • First Quarter: 21
  • Full Moon: 27 (lunar eclipse)

October 2015

  • Last Quarter: 4
  • New Moon: 12
  • First Quarter: 20
  • Full Moon: 27

November 2015

  • Last Quarter: 3
  • New Moon: 11
  • First Quarter: 19
  • Full Moon: 25

December 2015

  • Last Quarter: 3
  • New Moon: 11
  • First Quarter: 18
  • Full Moon: 26
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Crystals for Love

In honor of Valentine’s day we thought we would share our top five favorite crystals for love!Rose Quartz for Love

1. Rose Quartz is used for love, happiness, balancing, confidence, and compassion.  It emits a calming energy, promoting self-love and bringing peace to relationships.  It is an excellent stone for healing emotional wounds and helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories.  Helps heal loneliness, ease fear and soothe grief.  It is said to help in disorders of the kidneys and adrenal glands. Chakras: Heart.

Chrysocolla Druzy Specimen

2. Chrysocolla is a stone that is used for peace, relaxation, balance, wisdom, and love. It clears away blockages in the emotions, and belief systems. It eases emotional heartache giving renewed inner strength and balance. Held in the hand it is said to drive off unreasonable fear and illusions and soothe emotions. When worn the stone grants the power of discretion and increased wisdom. It strengthens expression, communication and increases one’s capacity to love. Chakras: Third Eye, Throat, Heart.

Pink Tibetan Quartz

3. Tibetan Pink Quartz is a rare stone used for unconditional love, self love, inner peace, spiritual protection, overcoming betrayal or abandonment and healing emotional wounds. It is believed to support heart health and is useful for those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as lupus. It can also be used to enhance fertility and prevent miscarriage. Like Tibetan Quartz it is an excellent stone for healing work on mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Chakra: Heart.

Green Tourmaline Needles from Brazil

4. Green Tourmaline is used for love, creativity, calming, strength, compassion, healing, clearing emotional thoughts, and transforming negative energy into positive. Has also been known to attract success, abundance, and prosperity. It is said to help with weight loss and treats disorders of the heart, eyes, thymus, immune system, and ductless glands. Chakra: Heart.

Charoite

5. Charoite is used for love, and cleansing of the self. It helps ease subconscious fears, and clears thought patterns that cause conscious feelings of guilt, sin and fear. It facilitates acceptance of others and enhances ones giving nature. It strengthens the body while releasing negative energy. This stone is known to treat disorders of the eye and heart (it stimulates and regulates blood pressure and the pulse rate). It is also known to treat headaches and aches and pains. (Chakras: Crown, Third Eye, Heart)

DIY Stone Rune Set

DIY Eldar Futhark Stone Rune Set

I was always a bit odd in comparison to the average child I went to school with. While other kids were joining the girl scouts and playing sports I was tucked away with my mom studying the magic and wonder of the metaphysical world. I collected crystals and stones at such an early age that I don’t remember a time when I didn’t. I had tarot cards, pendulums, and runes all before the age of 13. I studied herbology, aromatherapy, magic, palmistry, and mythology. Everything she learned, she eventually taught to me and it was and always will be a special bond that we share with one another. Those memories of her teaching me are some of my most treasured and it was those very special times when I realized that not only is she my mother, she is my greatest teacher and friend. Although she is a very gifted Tarot card reader, she has always had an affinity towards runes and Nordic mythology. In elementary school I was the only child that had luck trolls named after actual Norse dwarves (Nordi, Sudri, Austri, and Vestri), and by the time I was about 13, I was reading and writing in the Runic alphabet as a way to secretly code personal journals and notes.

Then in the grass, the golden figures,
The far-framed ones, will be found again,
Which they owned in golden days.
(Prophecy of the Seeress Poetic Edda)

What Are Runes?
Runes are a system of pictographs that were used by the Norse before the Latin alphabet. Unlike the Latin alphabet, they were symbols of magic and power representing the forces and objects of nature, and were not necessarily used for writing. It was believed that by calling upon the appropriate rune one could thereby make contact with the force in nature that the symbol represented. The word “rune” not only means letter but also mystery, secret or whisper. Since ancient times runes have been used for divination, and magic, more than for writing. There were runes to influence weather, to aid the crops, and to heal the sick. They were carved on many everyday, but important items including weapons, drinking horns, spears, the prows of ships, and the timbers of houses. Most people had their own combination of runes, usually for luck and protection. Each rune has an esoteric meaning as well as an everyday meaning and phonetic value.

Runes In Myth
Norse mythology tells the story of Odin the Norse god of the Aesir, who hung himself from the Yggdrasil (The Tree of Life), impaled by his own spear, for nine days and nights in order to gain the knowledge of runes from the Well of Urd with the Norns. When the runes appeared below him, he reached down and took them up, and the runic knowledge gave him power. He later passed on this knowledge to the Vanir goddess Freya. She, in turn, taught him the magic of seidr. Heimdall, the god who guarded the Rainbow Brige, taught the runes to mankind.

Runes As Oracle
Rune castings are not fortune telling in the sense that one actually sees the future; they are an oracle from which one seeks advice. The future is not fixed, it changes with everything we do. Runes give a means of analyzing a path and a likely outcome. If you do not like the prediction, it is possible to change the path and therefore the outcome. Rune casting works best if you detail your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Although Rune readings are sometimes obscure, and not very detailed, they will hint towards answers. This is when the rune caster’s intuition comes into play.

Making Your Own Runes
Runes can be made from a variety of different materials, which may include bone, stone, wood, clay, and metal. Traditionally they were made of wood, as according to Nordic myth the first humans were made of “wood, ash and elm”. The Elder Futhark system of Runes, which is the oldest form, is made up of 24 characters. Very often a 25th “blank rune” will be included with sets. In Runic divination, there is no historical support for the inclusion of the “blank rune”. It was invented in the 1980’s and should not be used in a rune casting. If you have a set of runes that includes the blank rune, do not use it in casting, but save it to use as a backup. Should you lose one of your 24 Runes you will be able to create a matched piece using the blank one.

DIY Eldar Futhark Stone Runes
When choosing the materials for your runes, use your intuition to guide you in selecting the best material that is right for your personalized set. When using stones, the possibilities are endless. You can choose a stone because you like its appearance. Or using a crystal dictionary, you can find something that has specific properties that appeal to you and your current situation. As with most work involving crystals, trust your intuition and you will never be disappointed. Very often even when a crystal is chosen based on appearance, it will end up being the right one for you. For my set, I chose Moss Agate for the beauty of the stone and the connection it has to the earth. Does size matter? Not really. Again, find something that is right for you. I used very small stones because that is what I had available, but you can make them any size you would like. Just make sure that they are large enough to paint and to read. Why paint stone Runes rather than carving them? Carving stone Runes requires both experience and skill, and while it is not impossible for a beginner, I’ve found that painting them works just as well and is far less expensive and less time consuming option. Using paint also prevents the mess of stone dust and the danger that may come from carving certain toxic stones.

The method used here to paint the stones is also the same method that is used for curing paint for use on ceramic mugs and glass. By baking the stones after they are painted and dry you are curing and hardening the paint making a much more permanent mark and therefore does not require sealant. Please keep in mind that if you decide to use other another type of paint marker or stone it will be necessary to do a test Rune first to ensure that the baking doesn’t cause discoloration of any kind. When testing this method, I tried several different paints and stones and the combination I have used here provided the best results. If you try a different combination and it works for you, please let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear about your results!

Materials:
25 Tumbled Moss Agate Stones approximately .5”-.75″ long (or a different stone of your choice)
1 Deco Color Liquid Silver Opaque Paint Marker
Newspaper for covering your work space
A small baking sheet lined with foil
Rubbing alcohol and a paper towel or cotton balls
Rune Chart   (See below or Click Here for a printable pdf version!)

Step 1
Prepare your stones by washing them with gentle soap and water. Once they have completely dried give them a swipe with some rubbing alcohol using a paper towel or cotton ball to remove any residue or oil. Once the alcohol has dried completely you can begin painting your stones using the chart below [ download a pdf version here ]. If you are not familiar with the characters it may be a good idea to practice on a piece of paper until you feel confident with your work. Allow your runes to dry untouched for 24-48 hours. They will dry to the touch within a short time but you want them to dry completely and the extra time will ensure this.

Step 2
Once your stones have cured for a day or two place them painted side up on a small baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Place them in a cool oven on a rack placed in the center and set the temperature to 220° Fahrenheit. Once the oven has reached 220° Fahrenheit, continue to bake the stones for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and allow the stones to cool inside the oven. When the stones are completely cool, they are ready to be used!

Consulting The Oracle: Basic Rune Readings
One Rune Reading: This type of reading is best for a specific question. Focus on your question and pull a rune. The rune may indicate a simple yes or no answer, or it may be more conditional.

The Three Rune Reading: This type of reading is useful if you would like to get some insight on a specific situation. Select one rune and place it face up, then select a second and place it next to the first, the final rune once selected should be placed next to the second. The first rune represents past events, the middle one is the current situation and the third will represent the end result if the situation remains unchanged.

Scattered Rune Reading: Focus on a question or situation, take all of the runes in your hands and scatter them. You can read them all in relation to each other or focus on small groups that may have landed together.

Nine Rune Reading: Pull nine runes and hold them in your hands, focusing in your question. Then scatter the runes. Read face up runes first, as they will relate to your current situation and the circumstances which led to you there.

Rune Chart (To download a printable pdf version with even more information click here!)

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Fran’s Recommended Books for Beginners (listed alphabetically by author)

Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers by Freya Aswynn (Also titled Leaves of Yggdrasil: Runes, Gods, Magic, Feminine Mysteries and Folklore).

Power and Principles of the Runes by Freya Aswynn

Simply Runes by Kim Farnell

Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic by Diana L Paxson

The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology by Snorri Sturluson

Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson

Runecaster’s Handbook: The Well of Wyrd by Edred Thorsson

Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes by Edred Thorsson

Norse Mythology: The Ultimate Online Resource for Norse Mythology and Religion

Garnet: History and Properties

By who in this month are born,
No gem save Garnets should be worn:
They will ensure your constancy,
True friendship and fidelity*

January’s birthstone, Garnet gets its name from the Latin granum or granitus, which means grain or “like seeds” due to its resemblance to Pomegranate seeds. It was referred to as the “glowing” gem due to its intense color and the belief that it glowed with its own light. It has been used since ancient times (centuries before Christ) for both its vibrational properties and beauty. One of the earliest known, and most likely the most famous, was a Garnet called “The “Wise One” which was set in the crown of the German emperor Otto (912-973). Warriors and knights used garnets to decorate shields, and weapons which they believed would protect them and give them the strength and courage needed to endure battle. In India, Garnet is seen as a holy stone that “enlightens the soul and gives wisdom”. It has its place in Vedic texts as part of the story of the death of Vala.

Throughout the centuries Garnet has held a very important place as jewelry, personal talismans, in the home, and was said to relieve countless ailments and emotional issues. Due to its red color it was said to be good for healing the blood and the heart. It was also a popular antidote for poisons as well as a treatment for inflammatory disease, over-indulgence, driving away the plague and evil spirits, and bringing sleep to the sleepless. Worn on the body as jewelry or as a talisman, it was said to attract riches, wisdom, honor and glory. It assured a long life, large family, and great happiness.

Garnets at Instant Karma on Etsy

Garnet is a very powerful stone used for love, grounding, healing, protection, meditation, self-confidence, and strength. It increases sexual energy, psychic ability, and extracts negative energy from the Chakras. Also called the stone of commitment, Garnet brings devotion, rekindles feelings, renews and strengthens love, and is often exchanged between parting friends to symbolize affection and magically ensure they meet again. Known as the “stone of health” Garnet has been used to treat skin conditions, inflammatory disease, insomnia, and disorders of the spine, heart, lungs and blood. (Chakras: Heart, Root).

Color: Ranging in color from deep burgundy red to rust. Newer varieties may be green, orange, yellow, and black.
Country of Origin: Bohemia, Madagascar, India, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and United States of America.
MOHS Hardness: 6-7.5

Garnets

(*Excerpt from Gregorian Birthstone Poems)

Crystals for Transitioning into 2014

Crystals, gems and stones… some are dull, others sparkle, they come in all different shapes, qualities, colors, and sizes. But the one thing that you cannot deny is that we are drawn to them like moths to a flame. We adorn ourselves and surroundings with them every chance we get. They connect us with the earth and ancient times, a piece of history that we could not access in any other way, a little bit of magic in our often mundane lives.

Although the year is new and full of endless possibilities for positivity, it will no doubt bring some challenges as well, as every year does. So to help you get thing started on the right foot we have carefully selected a few crystals that will help to ensure a smooth transition from 2013 to 2014. Wear them as jewelry, surround your home with them, use them in meditation, or carry them on your person in your pocket or purse. As always, when dealing with crystals use your intuition and choose the one(s) that you feel you need the most. For further information and uses, please see check out our Crystal Dictionary. Wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014!

Smokey Quartz Pendulum

Smokey Quartz Pendulum

Smokey Quartz: increases creativity, happiness and helps achieve emotional balance. It can be used to clear the body of negative energy similar to smudging.

Pyrite Specimen

Large Crystal Cubic Pyrite Specimen

Pyrite: used for luck and drawing wealth.

Citrine Raw Crystal Pendant

Raw Citrine Pendant

Citrine: increases self-confidence and achievement of personal goals.

Chalcedony Druzy Specimen

Chalcedony: opens the mind to new ideas.

Tumbled Sunstone

Sunstone: used for success, protection, intellect, confidence, joy, and optimism (can be good for SAD).

2014 Moon Phases

Smokey Quartz Crystal Spheres at Instant Karma

Happy 2014!

2014 Moon Phases (Based on Eastern Standard Time)

  • New Moon – New beginnings.
  • First Quarter – Act, get moving.
  • Full Moon – High energy, power time.
  • Last Quarter – Let go, release.

January 2014

  • New Moon: 1
  • First Quarter: 7
  • Full Moon: 15
  • Last Quarter: 24
  • New Moon: 30

February 2014

  • First Quarter: 6
  • Full Moon: 14
  • Last Quarter: 22

March 2014

  • New Moon: 1
  • First Quarter: 8
  • Full Moon: 16
  • Last Quarter: 23
  • New Moon: 30

April 2014

  • First Quarter: 7
  • Full Moon: 15 (lunar eclipse)
  • Last Quarter: 22
  • New Moon: 29 (solar eclipse)

May 2014

  • First Quarter: 6
  • Full Moon: 14
  • Last Quarter: 21
  • New Moon: 28

June 2014

  • First Quarter: 5
  • Full Moon: 13
  • Last Quarter: 19
  • New Moon: 27

July 2014

  • First Quarter: 5
  • Full Moon: 12
  • Last Quarter: 18
  • New Moon: 26

August 2014

  • First Quarter: 3
  • Full Moon: 10
  • Last Quarter: 17
  • New Moon: 25

September 2014

  • First Quarter: 2
  • Full Moon: 8
  • Last Quarter: 15
  • New Moon: 24

October 2014

  • First Quarter: 1
  • Full Moon: 8 (lunar eclipse)
  • Last Quarter: 15
  • New Moon: 23 (solar eclipse)
  • First Quarter: 30

November 2014

  • Full Moon: 6
  • Last Quarter: 14
  • New Moon: 22
  • First Quarter: 29

December 2014

  • Full Moon: 6
  • Last Quarter: 14
  • New Moon: 21
  • First Quarter: 28

Gods and Goddesses

instantkarmastorebudFINALAmitabah (Meditating Buddha) – The Buddha of infinite light, Amitabah is associated with the pure land of paradise. Amitabah symbolizes mercy and wisdom, belief in him is said to bring calm, peace and a contented life. The placement of the statue of Amitabah is used in Feng Shui as a remedy for any areas of lost chi. The stones for Amitabah are Apophylite, Amethyst, Geode, and Rose Quartz.

Daruma – Bodhidharma is the name of the Buddhist monk who brought Zen Buddhism from India to China and Japan. The Japanese call him Daruma. Legend says he meditated in a cave so long that his arms and legs fell off. Because of this, he is portrayed with a round body, and associated with perseverance. When you receive a Daruma doll or statue the pupils of its eyes will be missing. Make a wish and fill in one eye, when your wish comes true you fill in the other eye. It is believe that looking at your Daruma with one eye filled in will remind you of your goal, and inspire you to go after it. [Japanese] The stones for Daruma are Azurite, Epidote, and Sunstone.

Durga – One of the most invoked forms of the Great Goddess is her manifestation as the youthful, multi-armed deity who successfully battles the mighty buffalo demon that symbolizes among other things, the elemental powers of brutish ignorance. In this incarnation she is referred to as Durga, the ‘unattainable’. [Hindu]. The stone for Durga is Chiastolite.

Ganesh – This popular Hindu deity is the god of beginnings, and the remover of obstacles. He is the lord of wisdom, intelligence, education, prudence, knowledge, luck and fortune. Ganesha is invoked at the start of any endeavor. The Patron of business people and scholars, he is also a god of knowledge and writing. A happy god who brings success. [Hindu] The stones for Ganesh are Sunstone, Green Tourmaline, and Amazonite.

Hanuman – The monkey god is loved all over India as the greatest devotee of Rama. He is considered the god of power and strength. He could move – both run and fly – at the speed of the wind, and could also change his size at will. He has a tendency to be rather mischievous, but always presents himself as a gentleman, and honors all codes of warfare. He is also a skilled musician, an eloquent speaker, skilled grammarian, learned linguist, and a scholar of Hindu scripture. He is also well known for his great humility. [Hindu] The stones for Hanuman are Epidote, Agate and Aventurine.

Buddha Hotei (Hotai, Laughing Buddha) – Hotei is a symbol of happiness, wealth, laughter and contented joy. Buddha’s belly is said to signify bountiful wealth, and prosperity. Stroking his belly is believed to bring much luck. He is the patron of the weak, children, fortunetellers and bartenders. Buddha can be used in Feng Shi as a remedy for lost Chi. [Chinese] The stones for Hotei are Rose Quartz and Sunstone.

Kali – Kali frees us from the bondage of our illusions. She is the mother who purges us of fear, anger, jealousy and grief, then nurses us back to balance in the ultimate act of soul healing. She wears a garland of demon heads representing both her detachment from the world and her inner nature of deep compassion. [Hindu] The stones for Kali are Jet, Rose Quartz and Apache Tears.

Kuan Yin (Quan Yin) – Kuan Yin means “ one who hears the cries to the world, and comes.” She is known as the Goddess of mercy and compassion. She is the protector of children and a Goddess of fertility. Kuan Yin is believed to help with healing. When placed within a room she is said to cleanse the environment of negative influences . She will appear to bless those who simply speak her name. It is said that she may intercede to allow a soul to rise into a perfect and peaceful afterlife. [Chinese] The stone for Quan Yin are Moonstone, Rhodonite and Rose Quartz.

Lakshmi – The Hindu goddess of good fortune, beauty, luck and prosperity mother of Kama, the young god of love. She arose from the milky foam of the waves at the “Churning of the Ocean”. She is the consort of Vishnu, and is his wife during each of his incarnations. Also known as Sri. [Hindu] The stones for Lakshmi are Pyrite, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise and Amber.

Saraswati (Sarasvati) – Saraswati means “the one that flows”, she is the embodiment of culture, learning and the arts, especially music. Her personal charm is memory and divine wisdom. She inspires art, music, poetry and dance. Beauty always surrounds her. [Hindu] The stones for Saraswati are Apatite, Aragonite, Carnelian, Tibetan Quartz, and Girasol.

Vishnu – Vishnu, whose name means “All-Pervading,” is the protector of the world and the restorer of moral order. He is peaceful, merciful, and compassionate. He is considered the preserver of the universe with two other major Hindu gods Brahma the creator and Shiva the destroyer. He is the second god of the Trimurti, the Hindu Triad, while Brahma is first and Shiva is third. Vishnu is the embodiment of mercy and goodness the power that preserves the universe and maintains cosmic order. [Hindu] The stones for Vishnu are Rose Quartz and Jet.

Jizo – Jizo is one of the most popular Bodhisattva figures in Japan. He is considered the patron saint of women children, and travelers, and is said to rescue human beings from Hell. The function of this great Bodhisattva is to guide travelers in both the physical and spiritual realms. He answers prayers for health, success, children, and all manner of petitions, a friend to all, he is never frightening even to children. [Japanese] The stones for Jizo are Moonstone, Jet, Rose Quartz and Onyx.

Krishna – Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy that destroys all pain and sin. He is the proctector of sacred utterances and cows. In Hinduism and Indian mythology Krishna is the eighth avatar or reincarnation of the god Vishnu. Krishna was not only divine, but heroic as well. He is alleged to have defeated numerous dragons and monsters. Legend has it he may have had as many as 16,000 wives, but his favorite was Radha. [Hindu] The stones for Krishna are Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Rainbow Obsidian, and Tangerine Quartz.

Shiva – Shiva is the dissolving force in life, Unlike the godhead Vishnu, the Creator; but Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death alows rebirth into a new life. So the opposites of life and death and creation and destruction both reside in his character. [Hindu] The stones for Shiva are Shiva Lingam, Clear Quartz, Apophylite, Tibetan Quartz.

Tara – Goddess of the Underworld, Earth, and the Heavens. She represents the feminine attributes in all of us. As the Goddess of Earth, Tara is interconnected with humans, plants, and animals her green color is symbolic of nature and earth. As the Goddess of the Heavens, Tara represents all superhuman or spiritual states of existence, helping to rid us of our faults. As goddess of the underworld she can help us through Spiritual Transformation to be reborn and enter into the state of Bliss. [Tibetan] The stones for tara are Agate, Jade, Aventurine, and Clear Quartz.

Chakras

The Chakras are the spinning wheels of energy that lie in the pranic energy body. Printable PDF version here.

ROOT CHAKRA (Muladhara)
Endocrine Correspondence: 
gonads
Physical Organs: 
reproductive organs
Function: 
Survival issues, seat of Kundalini, abundance issues
Element: 
earth
Color: 
red
Sound: 
La
Stones: 
garnet, obsidian, smokey quartz
Patterns of Balance: 
centered, grounded, lots of vital energy, manifests abundance
Patterns of Imbalance: 
egotistic, greedy, obsessed with material possessions, OR no trust in life, unable to meet goals
Suggested Affirmation: 
The Universe looks after my needs. I trust life.


NAVAL CHAKRA (Svadhisthana)
Endocrine Correspondence: spleen
Physical Organs: kidneys and spleen
Function: emotions, sexual energy
Element: water
Color: orange
Sound: Ba
Stones: tiger eye, carnelian
Patterns of Balance: friendly, outgoing, concerned for other, loves a belly-laugh
Patterns of Imbalance: emotionally explosive, overindugent, and self serving, OR overly senseitive and self-negating
Suggested Affirmation: My emotions are great teachers; I listen to their lessons and respond to them in loving ways.


SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA (Manipura)
Endocrine Correspondence: adrenals
Physical Organs: stomach, liver, galbladder, spine
Function: power and creativity
Element: fire
Color: yellow
Sound: Ra
Stones: citrine, rutile, malachite, topaz
Patterns of Balance: sense of personal worth, respects boundaries, expressive, likes to take on challenges, intelligent
Patterns of Imbalance: judgemental, workaholic, perfectionist, lacking confidenc, and victimised
Suggested Affirmation: I claim my personal power and accept responsibility for all areas of my life.


HEART CHAKRA (Anahata)
Endocrine Correspondence: thymus
Physical Organs: heart, lungs
Function: love, compassion
Element: air
Color: pink/green
Sound: Ym
Stones: rose quartz, kunzite, rhodocrosite, green jade
Patterns of Balance: balanced, compassionate, empathic, friendly, and outgoing
Patterns of Imbalance: possessive, moody, and melodramatic, OR paranoid, indecisive, afraid of intimacy.
Suggested Affirmation: I am open to give and receive love, freely and effortlessly, releasing the pains of my past.


THROAT CHAKRA (Vishudda)
Endocrine Correspondence: thyroid
Physical Organs: throat, lungs
Function: communication, self expression
Element: ether
Color: blue
Sound: Ha
Stones: azurite, sodalite, crysocolla
Patterns of Balance: content, centered, creative and exprssive, lives in present
Patterns of Imbalance: arrogant and self-righteous OR scard, quiet and inconsistent
Suggested Affirmation: I express my deepest truth gracefully, respectfully, and confidently.


THIRD EYE CHAKRA (Ajna)
Endocrine Correspondence: pituitary gland
Physical Organs: hypothalamus, autonomic nervous system
Function: intuition
Element: telepathic energy
Color: indigo
Sound: Ah
Stones: lapis, sugilite, fluorite
Patterns of Balance: access to guidance, intuition, past lives, astral travel, charisma
Patterns of Imbalance: dogmatic, egotistic, and manipulative, OR unassertive, undisciplined
Suggested Affirmation: I always receive and perceive the guidance I need.


CROWN CHAKRA (Sahasrara)
Endocrine Correspondence: pineal gland
Physical Organs: upper brain, right eye
Function: connects us to our higher self and to god
Element: cosmic energy
Color: violet
Sound: Om
Stones: amethyst, clear quartz
Patterns of Balance: open to divine, access to conscious and unconscious, able to see the patterns in existence
Patterns of Imbalance: fear of spirituality, little joy, fearful of the things we can’t understand with our physical sneses, migraines, schizophrenia
Suggested Affirmation: I acknowledge and rejoice in my spirituality.

 

Happy New Year!! 2013 Moon Phases Updated

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We would like to wish our customers and friends a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!

2013 Moon Phases (Based on Eastern Standard Time)

  • New Moon – New beginnings.
  • First Quarter – Act, get moving.
  • Full Moon – High energy, power time.
  • Last Quarter – Let go, release.

January 2013

  • Last Quarter: 4
  • New Moon: 11
  • First Quarter: 18
  • Full Moon: 26

February 2013

  • Last Quarter: 3
  • New Moon: 10
  • First Quarter: 17
  • Full Moon: 25

March 2013

  • Last Quarter: 4
  • New Moon: 11
  • First Quarter: 19
  • Full Moon: 27

April 2013

  • Last Quarter: 4
  • New Moon: 10
  • First Quater: 18
  • Full Moon: 25 (lunar eclipse)

May 2013

  • Last Quarter: 2
  • New Moon: 9 (soar eclipse)
  • First Quarter: 18
  • Full Moon: 25 (lunar eclipse)
  • Last Quarter: 31

June 2013

  • New Moon: 8
  • First Quarter: 16
  • Full Moon: 23
  • Last Quarter: 30

July 2013

  • New Moon: 8
  • First Quarter: 15
  • Full Moon: 22
  • Last Quarter: 29

August 2013

  • New Moon: 6
  • First Quarter: 14
  • Full Moon: 20
  • Last Quarter: 28

September 2013

  • New Moon: 5
  • First Quarter: 12
  • Full Moon: 19
  • Last Quarter: 26

October 2013

  • New Moon: 4
  • First Quarter: 11
  • Full Moon: 18 (lunar eclipse)
  • Last Quarter: 26

November 2013

  • New Moon: 3 (solar eclipse)
  • First Quarter: 10
  • Full Moon: 17
  • Last Quarter: 25

December 2013

  • New Moon: 2
  • First Quarter: 9
  • Full Moon: 17
  • Last Quarter: 25

Using Crystals in Your Everyday Life

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Throughout a lifetime of collecting and working with crystals we have often been asked what they do and how to use them. What do they do? Well, legend and lure is filled with many uses for stones – medical, physical, and spiritual. Our modern knowledge of crystals is based both on science and on experience as well as lure and (dare I say it) superstition. When asked what they do, I usually say – very tongue in cheek, wearing a big smile “Well they’re magic rocks!”. And this answer is both true and false. Those of you that have worked with crystals will probably agree with us. There is something so incredibly wonderful and magical about using beautiful gifts from the earth to help to balance and enrich our lives and those of our loved ones.

So how does one use them? Unfortunately there isn’t really a correct definitive answer. Part of why we are so drawn to them other than their physical appearance is that every person is different and reacts to stones in their own way. It is not unheard of for an individual to be attuned to some stones, and not to others. Some people are attuned to all of them, and of course there are those who don’t feel anything at all. With us, an amazing thing happened to us when we were around so many stones all the time in the store – we stopped feeling the energy from them. Since we closed the store and are no longer subjected to very large amounts of crystals on a daily basis, we have once again become extremely sensitive to their energies again. It is incredible, like the first time all over again.

So although we cannot give a definite answer to “So how do you use them?”, we can offer guidelines to get you started, or to further your work with the incredible, beautiful and vibrant gifts that Mother Nature has provided for us.

Some people keep them around their house in different locations for different purposes. Some keep them on their body, in a bag, in the car, or at work. The possibilities are endless. (I even have customers that walk around with pounds of them in their purse!) The way we use stones also depends on the intent. For example, personally, I would carry the diet/ weight loss blend on my body (a pocket, or purse), because for me, it would be a continuous reminder of my weight loss goals. The other way I might use them, (because I don’t like carrying pounds of rocks in my pockets) is to pick a stone for the day, and bring that one along with me (purse, pocket etc.). Just remember that if you are taking a stone along with you, make sure that it isn’t overly fragile – though stones have been known to break (very often because we no longer need them) fragile stones such as natural rough/raw Kyanite should be avoided as pocket stones, because they may splinter and crumble. Meditation is also an excellent way to work with your stones. Possibly, holding them, and visualizing your goals before bedtime, or upon waking up, or any time of day you feel you need them.

As you use stones more and more, you will find that if you try to forget about the “rules”, your instinct will take over, and you will wind up using the right stones, in the right ways for yourself.