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.
- Smoky Quartz
- Black Obsidian
- Gold Sheen, Silver Sheen, and Rainbow Sheen Obsidian
- Heliodor (aka golden beryl)
- Golden Apatite
- Ocean Jasper
- Lithium Quartz
- Black Tourmaline
- Brown Tourmaline (aka dravite)
- Pink Tourmaline
- Red Tourmaline (aka rubellite)
- Black Kyanite
- Dendritic Chalcedony
- Moss Agate
- Petrified Wood
- Bloodstone (aka heliotrope)
- Prehnite with Epidote
- Dogtooth Calcite
It’s the full moon in Aries, and the energy this week is all about taking charge through strong action. Find your flow so that you can focus and get things done – without some clear direction and a pre-planned roadmap, you may get lost in the details and forget about the overall plan.
What did you start working on at the new moon, and how can you funnel that momentum now? A major go-getter of the zodiac, Aries has the determination and tenacity to find the advantage in any situation. Channel that same energy to find your own advantage – differentiate yourself in your market, develop your skills, drill down on that one essential point that you understand so well – you know what you need to do.
Once you’ve taken clear action in the direction of your dreams, your next task is to sustain your progress. What processes can you put into place to support you as you move forward? How can you focus your efforts so that you continue down your path without veering off-course? What small steps now can save you mountains of time down the road?
For help in planning, developing, and acting on your goals, work with pyrite, hematite, sunstone, or carnelian.
Happy Independence Day! ️In honor of Independence Day here in the States, here are some crystals for strength and independence! These crystals will help you realize your own internal strength, overcome difficult obstacles, set and keep boundaries, and stand up for your ideals. Simply hold the intent that the crystal help with these things, and place the crystal in your pocket, handbag, or pillowcase.
- Aqua Aura Quartz
- Black Tourmaline
- Brown & Champagne Tourmaline
- Dragon’s Blood Jasper
- Golden Healer Quartz
- Lapis Lazuli
- Mookaite Jasper
- Orthoceras Fossil
- Red Jasper
- Rutilated Quartz
- Smoky Quartz
- Yellow Jasper
Grounding is a foundational yet often overlooked area of spiritual and psychic development.
Those who are ungrounded can appear spacy or disconnected from their environments. They may experience dizziness, confusion, and memory trouble. By not taking the appropriate measures to stay connected to the Earth and to reality, ungrounded individuals lose touch with their physical senses and allow their spiritual senses to take over. This becomes a huge issue once leaving meditation or a healing session to return to the physical world. It’s important to remain grounded during meditation and other spiritual work, too, so that one can properly absorb and integrate spiritual information.
Easy ways to ground oneself include drinking water, eating root vegetables, or hugging a tree. Exploring nature, walking barefoot outside, and gardening are other great options.
Archangels Michael and Metatron are able to help ground and/or keep one grounded (just remember that one must request their help to receive it!). Visualization and certain crystals also work extremely well for grounding. Whatever grounding method is chosen, it’s best to employ it as a daily practice.
For a grounding visualization, imagine that your feet are connected to the Earth with roots.
The roots can be made of any natural material that resonates – they can be cords of light, actual tree roots, or lines of metal or stone. You may wish to do a short meditation to determine the best intuitive “grounding roots” for yourself. Set the intention that all is done in your highest and best interest and in the highest and best interest of all.
Most brown, black, and red stones will ground and will provide a feeling of physical stability and safety. Specific crystals and stones for grounding include the following:
- Agate (all types)
- Black tourmaline
- Brown tourmaline (dravite)
- Jasper (all types)
- Orthoceras fossil
- Petrified wood
- Red tiger’s eye
- Smoky quartz
To work with any of these, place the crystal or stone in your pocket during the day, or hold it in your receptive hand during meditation. Your receptive hand is generally your non-dominant hand, but check, as it varies by individual. You may also choose to wear the stones in jewelry or sleep with one underneath your pillow.
Whatever grounding method you choose, make sure to employ it regularly so that you don’t experience the issues discussed above. A daily practice is best and can easily be established using the above techniques.