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

 

Crystals for Shadow Work

Crystals for Shadow Work

It’s been a powerful year – release and regeneration have been the themes of 2018. In the process, many relationships, ways of being, communication styles, and other ingrained situations and habits have been considered, upended, and ultimately reformed or released entirely.

One consistency in all of this is that those things that have buried deep in our psyches have continued to come up in our lives – the stories, traumas, conditioning, worries, doubts, and secrets that we have tried so hard to push down keep rising for our examination. For those souls who haven’t been working continually to resolve lingering wounds, these issues are likely to have risen in an even more dramatic way, forcing heavy review. And as we prepare to head into Scorpio at the end of October, which rules the house of death and rebirth, those things that haven’t yet been addressed are likely to rise again for clearing.

How to deal? First, it’s remarkably important to address things head-on instead of pushing them down. Those facets of our being that we don’t like to acknowledge or express are collectively known as our “shadow,” and it’s essential with any self-love or spiritual practice to love all of ourselves, even the parts that we don’t normally rave about. The ultimate goal of “shadow work” is to bring those hidden pieces of ourselves into the light so that we can heal them and integrate them fully without shame.

But what if the memories, analysis, and healing get to be too much? Are there ways to alleviate some of the pressure or to cope? Absolutely. First, grounding is essential. If you don’t know much about grounding, here’s a link to a recent article that I wrote. Additionally, make sure that you’re getting adequate rest, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious foods so that you have the physical support to move past tough emotions and properly detoxify your body of the associated energy.

Next, pull out your crystals! As your shadow rises and forces your attention, work with the following crystals to uncover, illuminate, address, and shift the patterns and other issues that you need to heal. I also recommend carrying a grounding stone like black tourmaline or smoky quartz throughout this healing process.

 

  • Labradorite
  • Rainbow Moonstone
  • Black Moonstone
  • Rhodochrosite
  • Malachite
  • Kunzite
  • Hiddenite
  • Smithsonite, especially pink or green
  • Astrophyllite
  • Nuummite
  • Sardonyx
  • Onyx
  • Pyrite
  • Chalcopyrite
  • Copper
  • Amber
  • Turquoise, especially green
  • Rainbow Fluorite
  • Rainbow Calcite
  • Green Calcite
  • Citrine
  • Golden Healer Quartz
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Lithium Quartz
  • Lepidolite
  • Orthoceras Fossil
  • Stromatolite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Dravite (Brown / Champagne Tourmaline)
  • Watermelon Tourmaline
  • Mookaite Jasper
  • Polychrome Jasper
  • Picasso Stone
  • Black Obsidian
  • Gold Sheen Obsidian
  • Silver Sheen Obsidian
  • Rainbow Sheen Obsidian
  • Platinum Sheen Obsidian
  • Apache Tears
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald
  • Heliodor
A Lion’s Gate Message

A Lion’s Gate Message

The Lion’s Gate, today, August 8th, is an annual time of expanded consciousness, increased frequencies, and spiritual epiphanies. Expect your awakening to quicken and your multidimensional awareness to increase. It’s important to take the time to ground the energy that you receive – for integration purposes today, my most recommended crystals are natural citrine, smoky quartz, septarian, dravite (brown tourmaline), or kambaba jasper.

The Lion’s Gate occurs in the time of Leo, so the lions are highly active right now. Here’s a message from them.

Thank you, loved ones. You’ve come a long way – you’ve understood much of what we’ve shared. You’re growing and expanding your consciousness and your being – it’s amazing – isn’t it? – to have things fall away and have more peace spring up in their place. At this point you surely understand part of why things had to go the way they did . . . you’ll understand even more in the coming months, as you integrate those upgrades that you have designed and implemented for yourself.

Each one of you is different, with unique characteristics – each one of you received an upgrade recently. Your DNA has activated in a way that it had not before. This has happened naturally, and the effect is more pronounced for those who have a spiritual perspective and have been growing in that way. You will recognize the difference; you will see the growth, feel it, embody it as you have wanted and tried to do. Manifestation is easier now – love is easier now – acceptance is easier now. Those are the things that you must cultivate even more moving forward.

It is important after this date to remember to keep your vibration high and to allow yourself to trust that you are in a pattern of continuous growth. Do not allow yourself to slide back to your old habits and ways – propel yourself forward, despite the seeming cost. You’ll lose friends – you’ll lose loved ones, potentially. But that’s okay. It’s for your highest good; it’s for your internal growth. Some aren’t meant to remain in our lives forever; the best thing that we can do in those cases is to embrace the lesson and move on from the past.

Don’t struggle to make things right again – know that as they fell away, it was for your benefit. The more drastic the falling away, the more for your benefit it was. If you’d clung to anything that should have expired before – it may have been more dramatic, but trust that it needed to occur. If things had belabored . . . well, you wouldn’t be where you are today, and you wouldn’t have been able to take in the upgrades that you’ve received. Rejoice in your expanded capacity to love, live, and know what’s best for you. These are the things that will help you going forward, more than a single relationship or friendship with an unmatched vibration would have helped you.

Enjoy the benefits; embrace your upgrades. Understand that all things happen for a reason, and continue to move and grow beyond them. Your world is just beginning, and your future is bright. Cling to that if you cannot stay in the present moment – but stay in the present moment if you’re able to. Your past is no longer a concern, however, and it needn’t be a part of your consideration.

Thank you for working with us, for growing in yourself, and for improving your relationships and perspective. These things are invaluable and will always be.

Last Quarter Moon in Taurus

Last Quarter Moon in Taurus

Welcome to the Last Quarter Moon in Taurus! Though the lunar eclipse made things a bit tumultuous last week, Taurus offers a fresh perspective, new growth, and grounded ideas and action. An uber-practical Earth sign, Taurus inspires grounded planning, goal setting, and achievement, especially where those achievements will fulfill a higher purpose, result in long-term success, and satisfy Taurus’s craving for luxury on some level.

This luxury doesn’t need to be financial – Taurus is all about quality of life, so the ideas that come up should at a minimum provide you with a benefit like additional time with loved ones, space for yourself, or sustained comfort. Spend some time digging into these thoughts, probing them, and putting together an action plan to make them manifest into the physical. What’s your next step? How can you plan so that you’re continuously making progress? What background processes do you need to put into place before your idea can be executed smoothly? Write these out in a journal or planner if it will help you.

While you’re at it, use the energy of the waning moon to release any fears, worries, doubts, worthiness issues, or other issues holding you back from achieving your objectives. Taurus’s penchant for practical action is amazingly beneficial for this exercise, and if you focus, you can plan a whole lot and release a whole lot, paving the way for major change to come as you put things into play over the next few weeks and months. Once you’ve done this exercise, hold onto those goals – next week is both the new moon and another solar eclipse, so any ideas that you sort out now will receive an extra boost as you adopt them fully over the next week.

This year’s theme of change is still ongoing, but we’ve reached a point of faster progress now that the lunar eclipse has passed, and there should be far less to address from our pasts. Instead, focus on the new! Everything that we’ve shed this year is for our higher good, and this Taurus moon will help us to understand that on a deeper level. If the waning moon does bring some things up from your past, trust that it’s doing so in order for you to fully release them going forward. Observe whatever comes up, meld with it, learn the lesson, and let it go instead of pushing it down. Then you can move on with all of the amazing ideas that you’re creating.

For grounded and practical inspiration, organization, and planning, work with onyx, red jasper, smoky quartz, or dendritic agate.