Crystals for Release

Crystals for Release

The moon is waning right now, and generally speaking, the waning moon is always a spectacular time for release. To amplify the energy, we’re currently in the last complete moon cycle of the year, as the moon cycle beginning on December 6, 2018, won’t end until January 4, 2019. This gives us an amazing opportunity to release whatever isn’t serving us so that we begin 2019 with fresh energy, ideas, and attitudes.

If you aren’t sure what you want to release, make a list or talk it out. What consistent patterns have affected your friendships or romantic relationships in negative ways? Is there an emotional state that you’re prone to that causes miscommunication more often than not? Do you tend to be stubborn, jealous, angry, apathetic, timid, anxious, or sad? What can you shift in your life to minimize toxic feelings and create more happiness, love, joy, and abundance? Do you usually keep your thoughts positive, or do you frequently think thoughts that are catty, self-deprecating, or judgmental?

You may want to focus on shedding those physical possessions that aren’t in your best interest to hang onto, also. Clearing clutter from our homes is an amazing way to revamp the energy and allow the space for new developments to take place. Hanging onto clothes that you haven’t worn in 2 years? Donate them to a charity that helps the needy (but do your homework first – some charities like Dress for Success, the Vietnam Veteran’s Association, and the Salvation Army are rated highly, but others are not) or even sell them if you prefer. But get them out of your space. And while you’re at it, go through the rest of your things as well.

Work with any of the following crystals to help you release all that doesn’t serve you.

  • Bronzite
  • Shungite
  • Jet
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Black Obsidian
  • Gold Sheen, Silver Sheen, and Rainbow Sheen Obsidian
  • Heliodor (aka golden beryl)
  • Golden Apatite
  • Hematite
  • Ocean Jasper
  • Stichtite
  • Amber
  • Copal
  • Lithium Quartz
  • Lepidolite
  • Labradorite
  • Larimar
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Brown Tourmaline (aka dravite)
  • Pink Tourmaline
  • Red Tourmaline (aka rubellite)
  • Astrophyllite
  • Black Kyanite
  • Dendritic Chalcedony
  • Moss Agate
  • Petrified Wood
  • Garnet
  • Malachite
  • Bloodstone (aka heliotrope)
  • Prehnite with Epidote
  • Dogtooth Calcite

 

Samhain + Last Quarter Moon in Leo

Samhain + Last Quarter Moon in Leo

Happy Samhain, and welcome to the last quarter moon in Leo! With the sun in regenerative Scorpio, the moon in empowering Leo, and the veil thinner than ever, today is an amazing day to do some shadow work, dig into your patterns and conditioning, and release all that doesn’t serve your highest good. The energy today and the rest of this week is that of focused inspiration, so take out your pads and pens and write down those things that occur to you – these are not your run-of-the-mill thoughts. Any developmental ideas and intentions will serve you well come the waxing moon, when it’s high manifestation time, so save that list once you’ve written it.

If you have any interest in developing your psychic skills, I suggest practicing those today to take advantage of the added Samhain interdimensional connectivity. Would you like to speak with your passed loved ones, work with your guardian angel, or experience ascended master energy? Today is a fantastic chance to do all of the above. You can follow a particular ritual if you’d like, but it’s just as effective to go into such an experience with an open, genuine, and relaxed attitude. Try to minimize any expectations and just sense what comes through. Ask your questions and wait to see, hear, feel, or know the answer.

As always when doing this type of work, make sure to protect your space by declaring ahead of time that you are open only to those energies that are in your highest and best good, and that you invite only those guides of the highest vibrational frequency. This ensures that you won’t connect with any harmful beings.

Work with the following crystals to understand your shadow, shift nonbeneficial patterns, and connect interdimensionally.

  • Labradorite
  • Gold sheen obsidian
  • Smoky quartz
  • Bloodstone

 

New Moon in Libra: Balance and Introspection

New Moon in Libra: Balance and Introspection

It’s the new moon in Libra, and this week’s primary focus is balance. This energy is amplified by Venus retrograde in Scorpio, which, when combined with Libra’s well developed thought processes, is inspiring many of us to reassess, refigure, and readjust in multiple areas. At the same time, the tumultuous events of recent weeks are mostly dying down, and we’re entering a period of relative quiet, which is perfect for silent consideration.

What have you noticed that you’d like to shift or rebalance? Is there a pattern or habit that you’d like to transform? Often the most subtle hints come from our partnerships, and with the new moon energy, this is a great place to start looking. Recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our ways of being go a long way toward personal evolution, and any areas that you consciously focus on now can be improved over this moon cycle. The beauty of the new moon in Libra is that the energy is less about digging deep and unearthing the weeds – you’ve done that part. Now it’s more about pure development and refinement of the soil that you’ve tilled.

Not sure where to start? Think of the things in which you still find the most resistance. Are you incredibly neat, and does it bother you when others aren’t? Do you tend to get road rage while driving? Do you love your family but fight to hold your tongue regarding your sister’s choice in friends? Each of these points and others like them, inconsequential as they seem, can influence your life dramatically. It’s about the energetic signature that they carry and the underlying attachments that you have; these are all energies that can be redesigned to influence you more positively.

As you’re working with the new moon in Libra to reach new personal heights, don’t forget to balance yourself in the process. While it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in one area, especially when focused on improvement, it’s generally not the healthiest approach. Make sure that you work to adequately balance family, friends, career, and more in a way that feels right to you.

Work with agate, amazonite, bloodstone, or blue aventurine for balance, introspection, and self-improvement.

 

Last Quarter Moon in Gemini

Last Quarter Moon in Gemini

Last night was the last quarter moon in Gemini, offering an opportunity this week for deep thought as well as appreciation of duality. The theme lately has been shadow work, as our deepest issues have risen to the surface to address. If you’ve pushed anything down recently, you’ll notice that it’s barreling back up on the regular – that’s because the energies lately have given us a continuous chance to clear, remove, and transmute any harmful patterns, thought processes, and memories, and those things that we haven’t healed will continue to arise until we do.

Gemini is amazing at cutting through the superfluous details and getting down to business, and coupled with a Virgo sun and a waning moon, now’s the perfect time to assess and clear out anything that doesn’t serve, be it on a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. Time is valuable, and you don’t have extra time to waste on those things that aren’t helping you to accomplish your end goals, whether they be personal, spiritual, professional, or financial. Gemini also understands intrinsically that although these things seem separate, they are all interlinked – to have a balanced life, you must support and fuel not only the obvious points of focus for you, but the underlying systems as well.

What keeps coming up for you that you’d rather not deal with any longer, and why are you still holding on? There’s beauty and joy in the surrender, and those things that aren’t serving you won’t benefit you by continuing to remain in your life. It could be as simple as t-shirts that you need to discard or as complex as a relationship that you’ve outgrown. Whatever it is, cut the cord and keep moving forward, unshackled this time. Then spend your time integrating what’s left instead of focusing on what’s gone.

Work with bloodstone, clear quartz, black kyanite, and smoky citrine to ensure understanding and appreciation of duality; to establish strong self-respect and energetic boundaries; and to gain help in centering, grounding, and rooting yourself in your best reality.

 

Last Quarter Moon in Aries

Last Quarter Moon in Aries

Today is the last quarter moon in Aries, and there’s a whirlwind of release energy in the works that’s been hitting us hard since the full moon. Continue to dig in, assess, focus your energy, and release all that doesn’t serve you. Aries is ruled by Mars, which is in retrograde right now, so this last quarter moon gives us a fantastic opportunity to deal with any issues involving communication, assertiveness, and attraction.

Are you passive-aggressive or aggressive in your communication with others? Are you assertive regarding your needs in relationships, or do you tend not to say anything until you’re at the boiling point? Are you working with the Law of Attraction to manifest your best life, or are you hindering yourself through harmful thought patterns or outdated beliefs? Now’s the perfect time to determine what you can change and let go of – and to actually DO IT before this moon cycle’s over.

What has been coming up for you that you haven’t wanted to address? How is your communication with your friends/family/partner/spouse? Do you have patterns that have subsisted for awhile that you need to conquer? Ask your guides and higher self for help as you overcome the obstacles that have been plaguing you. Life’s too short to carry extra baggage around.

Work with bloodstone, sodalite, emerald, or lepidolite to aid with deep release and recovery in the areas mentioned.