May is the month for many holidays and celebrations. May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Beltane, Memorial Day, and Mother's Day all occur within the month of May. We brought you a special Mother's Day newsletter at the beginning of this month. Now, we will remember those selfless men and women who gave their lives while providing service and protection to the United States.
In her article, “Crystals to Decorate Memorial Day”, Tara Mideaker gives us suggestions for crystals that can be used to help honor the memory of these heroic people. She also gives great ideas for ways to remember and celebrate all of our loved ones who have passed on.
We also have another great article for you, “Get to Know Clear Quartz”. Clear Quartz is referred to as the "master healer" for its wide variety of uses and ability to boost the energy of other crystals. Deb G. shares a wealth of information about this amazing crystal.
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Decorating with Crystals for Memorial Day
By Tara Mideaker
In the late 1800's, "Decoration Day" was established to commemorate those soldiers who had given their lives during the Civil War. The name derives from flowers and other decorative items that were placed on the gravesites. As we moved into the 20th Century, May 30th was set aside to memorialize all service men and women who had died while in the armed forces and Memorial Day was adopted as a National Holiday. This day has continued to evolve and today it serves as a remembrance of all those loved ones who have passed on. Celebrated on the last Monday of May, it also serves as the unofficial start of the summer season and is best known for parades, fireworks and, of course, barbecues.
There are many religions and cultures who believe that when we pass on from this life we move into the "Summerland" , a place of endless beauty and peace. It is interesting that, perhaps subconsciously, we have adopted a day where we remember those we have lost while at the same time welcoming the summer season. Throughout it's many evolutions, Memorial Day has always been a time to enjoy food and activities with our family and friends. Maybe the intent of this day was always about finding the joy in each of our lives - even while we mourn our losses.
Here are a few suggestions on how to use crystals to honor someone with your own "Decoration Day" tradition.Decoration means "to beautify or embellish" and crystals are one of nature's most beautiful decorations.The perfect crystal will remind you of the happy times while at the same time helping to you heal from your loss.
ALTAR:Creating an altar is a traditional and practical way to remember your loved one. Be sure to find a quiet place and insure that the focus of the space will be respected. Include items that remind you of your loved one. Photos, flowers, statues or knick-knacks, candles and even jewelry. Just be sure that the items you choose remind you of joyful times and how that person lived their life. You want this altar to celebrate their life more than a reminder that they are gone. Amber has a very strong life-affirming energy that will be a very positive addition to your memorial. It is a powerful healer and will enable you to manifest the happiest of thoughts and memories. Snowflake Obsidian is a very calming & supportive crystal that is particularly helpful when you are grieving. It's very appearance of black and white reminds us that there is a balance to life and that while it is ok to feel sad, it is just as important to remember how to be happy.
CEMETERY: While visiting a cemetery or final resting place of your loved one, a Rhodochrosite will offer comfort and compassion and remind you of the love that you shared. It will help to release any old, damaging emotions and enable you to move on in a positive light. Aqua Aura is a natural attractor for positive energy and promotes communications at all levels. You might want to leave a small Aqua Aura by the site to add beauty and enhance the energy of the area.
TAKE A TRIP: This is my favorite way to remember a loved one. My Mom passed away several years ago and recently we remembered her by going to one of her favorite places. It not only reminded me of the love and fun that we shared but also helped me to share the kind of person that she was with my son. It was a positive, life-affirming activity that left me smiling at the end of the day. I think that is how all of us really want to be remembered. So go out and have some fun! Go to the beach or the park or wherever you will have the best possible memories of the times that you shared with those that have passed. Carnelian is a powerful stone for really feeling the life that is all around you. It increases your personal power and physical energy while reminding you it's great to be alive. Amethyst will enhance your spirituality and help you to see the higher beauty and purpose in all things.
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Get to Know Clear Quartz
By Deborah Gutteridge
Quartz is the second most common mineral on the Earth. Its chemical formula is SiO2, silicon dioxide. It is a hard, transparent to nearly opaque mineral, found as a component of a huge variety of rock types such as igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Also known as Rock Crystal, Clear Quartz crystallizes in the form of masses, grains, druses, and prismatic hexagonal crystals. It comes in an extensive range of varieties such as agate and jasper. Formations of Clear Quartz are colored by impurities, which have their own names, such as Amethyst, Citrine, and Smokey Quartz.
You'll always know Clear Quartz by four things:
1. Clear Quartz has a glassy luster.
2. Clear Quartz is hardness 7 on the Mohs scale, scratching all types of steel and ordinary glass.
3. Clear Quartz exhibits conchoidal fractures, that is, it breaks into curved shards rather than flat-faced cleavage fragments.
4. If found in crystals, Clear Quartz always has a hexagonal cross-section.
Historically, Native Peoples of most cultures used Clear Quartz extensively in diagnostic healing, spiritual development and communicating with spirits and those from other worlds. Quartz is an old German word that originally meant something like “hard” or “tough”. And the word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos which means “ice” because it was believed to be water frozen so hard it could never thaw.
As it would take me longer than a paragraph to share all the ways we are able to utilize Clear Quartz, I can share an overview here. Clear Quartz is a “Power Stone”. It has been called the "Universal Crystal" because of its many uses and is said to bring the energy of the stars into the soul. The properties of Clear Quartz (piezoelectric and pyroelectric) enhance energy by supporting the amplification, focusing, balancing, storage, transfer, absorption and transformation of energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, emotions and consciousness, as they are all a form of energy. A “stone of communication”, it facilitates the giving and receiving of information with minerals, plants, animals, spiritual teachers, masters and healers, and intelligent forces outside the physical dimension.
Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, channeling and gridding. It is also beneficial for storing and retrieving information of all types, as information is a form of energy pattern also. This makes Clear Quartz particularly good for programming to use for a particular purpose. Due to its ability to balance, it is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Quartz is also good for energizing other crystals, the aura and creating power - which is why it is also known as an “Amplifier”.
Whether this wonderful crystal is carried, worn, or placed in your environment, the power, the brilliance and the harmony remains attuned to the energy to which it is connected. If you only get one crystal, make it a Clear Quartz.