Symbols of Our Independence
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is one of the great summer holidays here in the United States of America. We at Healing Crystals realize that many of our customers live in other nations and are part of the greater international community, but Healing Crystals was founded and is located in the United States. We are proud of our history and heritage, and so we invite all of our friends to join us in celebrating the Fourth of July along with us.
Independence Day is the National Holiday of the United States, and it is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress of the thirteen original British colonies. This act is popularly considered the "birthday" of the United States of America, though it would be many years before the actual United States was truly created. As Abraham Lincoln would note nearly one hundred years later in his Gettysburg address, the Founding Fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, strove to bring forth "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”.
While there are many popular symbols of July 4th, including fireworks, baseball, and summer picnics, one of the most stirring is the American flag. Legend has it that the American flag was created by Betsy Ross at the behest of George Washington to embody the ideals for which the new country was fighting. While this is a pleasant legend, the red, white, and blue of the American flag have come to stand for hardiness and valor (red), purity and innocence (white), and perseverance and justice (blue). To celebrate these values, consider the following stones to help you celebrate Independence Day:
RED: To inspire you with vitality and passion, try some Red Tigers' Eye. Ruby is another excellent red crystal to help you feel passion and excitement. Finally, let the crimson fire of Garnet inspire courage and protection in your soul with its powerful energies.
WHITE: For white crystals, the soothing vibrations of Moonstone are excellent for relaxing and relieving stress. Selenite, which is also linked to the moon, has a calming energy that can protect you from harmful, intrusive energies. And White Aventurine provides a purity and clarity that can be used to access all of the chakras, and can help reconcile you with all of humanity.
BLUE: The blue crystal Iolite helps bring about understanding and empathy which help to promote justice. Fidelity, loyalty, and commitment are key energies that you can access with Blue Sapphire. Blue Tiger Eye is an excellent crystal for those who promote truth and justice, for the crystal’s energies enhance insight and vision, and can help you see issues more clearly.
If you are in the United States, whatever you do on the Fourth of July, whether you celebrate with picnics and fireworks, travel and meet friends and families, or just stay at home and maybe reflect a little bit on the history of the United States, please stay safe and enjoy this celebration of the founding of our country. If you are an international friend of Healing Crystals, remember the ideals upon which our country was founded. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy day on July 4th.
- Jim Boland