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Our Warehouse is reopening June 15, 2020 for online orders!!
Temporarily Closing the Pick-n-Pack Warehouse
Some of you have gone off of Social Media with the bombardment of news regarding the coronovirus, so if you didn't catch this on our Social Media, here is our update:
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to close our Pick-n-Pack Warehouse temporarily and our website was closed for online orders on Sunday morning (March 22, 2020).
We know it sucks but our community, you our customers and our staff are very important to us! You breathe life into us and we want to continue serving you when the time is right.
Love and Crystal Blessings always,
Crystal Talk in April
March wasn't filled with a lot of good news, so for April I wanted to share with you my happy stone: Golden Tiger Eye!!!
Now Golden Tiger Eye is known to be an abundant and prosperous stone. Many love working with it for that reason. My gran would always say that if you have a piece of Golden Tiger Eye in your life, you'll never be poor. As I've gotten older, I've learnt that she meant more than money.
When times are dark, Golden Tiger Eye says to us that it's there to remind us of the light that is inside of us. It's the light in the dark hole.
The really cool thing about Golden Tiger Eye is that it's quite grounding too so it loves to fill you up with light and joy, but also keeps you grounded. This is fantastic if you love to be in your head all the time thinking of not so positive things.
If you have a piece, I recommend you go grab your Golden Tiger Eye, hold it in your hand and then begin to breathe deeply. See that golden, joyful energy begin to fill up your body with every inhale you take. Inhale love and joy, exhale love and joy. Do this for 1 minute or continue doing so as you read the rest of the newsletter, then proceed to do it throughout your day. Stop and fill up with joy mindfully even if it's for 1 minute.
Creative Crystal Blessings,
This month we have two, awesome articles to share with you:
Jenn Amptman from Feather Spirit Crystal Healing shares her beautiful crystal grid in appreciation for Earth Day on April 22! Also, Rachael Shaffer from UrbanEmpath goes outside of the box this month and talks us through crystals mentioned in some of Shakespeare's work. Did you know that it's his birthday on April 23?!
In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, which is celebrated on April 23rd (coincidentally this is also the anniversary of his death), I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite quotes from his works that reference crystals and precious stones. Shakespeare used the colors, shapes, and qualities of gemstones to paint beautiful pictures in the minds of his audience. For example, pearls were used to describe teardrops and diamonds to refer to the queen’s bright blue eyes in King Lear: “What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence, As pearls from diamonds dropp'd.” The Bard of Avon even used precious stones as insults, such as when in Twelfth Night, Feste tells Orsino, “For thy mind is a very opal,” criticizing Orsino’s tendency to change his mind as an opal changes color.
A Lover’s Compaint is a narrative sonnet adorned with gem references throughout, in which an older man (presumably a shepherd and former ladies’ man) comforts a distraught, heartbroken maid, who was abandoned by her lover. He shows her gifts that women had given him to win his favor: “Look here, what tributes wounded fancies sent me, Of paled pearls and rubies red as blood…” And the following verses of the same poem are gridded with images of gemstones as the older man continues to describe gifts from the women who once wooed him and the varied effects they had on him:
“With the annexions of fair gems enrich'd,
And deep-brain'd sonnets that did amplify
Each stone's dear nature, worth, and quality.
''The diamond,--why, 'twas beautiful and hard,
Whereto his invised properties did tend;
The deep-green emerald, in whose fresh regard
Weak sights their sickly radiance do amend;
The heaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend
With objects manifold: each several stone,
With wit well blazon'd, smiled or made some moan.”
The man extends these gifts to the maid as an offer of love, like a sacrifice at an altar, as she has opened his heart in compassion.
Shakespeare even gives the directive, “Go. Clear thy crystals,” through the character Pistol in Henry V, which amuses me greatly. These are a few of my favorite references to crystals and gemstones in Shakespeare’s works, although you can also find Chrysolite, Amber, Coral, Jet, Turquoise, Agate, Carbuncle, and Fossil as descriptors ornamenting the imagery painted in the Bard’s rich scenes. If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, here is a link to an excellent compilation: https://bit.ly/38VNwB5
Rachael M. Shaffer, Urban Empath
Everyday is Earth Day
This year, Earth Day is April 22. On this day, worldwide attention is brought to the growing concern around global issues and environmental awareness. Festivals, fairs and other events are held to discuss these ongoing challenges and efforts are made to clean up this magnificent spinning rock we call home.
For me, everyday is Earth Day and I encourage you to celebrate the beauty of our planet that is all around you. In the newly blossoming flowers, the buzz of a bumblebee, the current of a stream and the song of a bird. Nature is magical and its influence upon us is larger than we can even recognize. Mother Earth and all of her creatures are in great need of our help. Healing, love and kindness are needed in monumental ways and it starts with you.
Living everyday as Earth Day is more than just recycling, picking up litter and not being wasteful. It's about acknowledging this incredible planet and all that she provides. It's about stopping to enjoy the beauty all around you and offering back love and gratitude. It's about showing kindness to one another, to the plants and animals, to the waters and soil - to All That Is. Recognizing that we are all connected, that we are all Divine, that we are all Love.
I created this crystal grid with the intention of Earth healing and love. I called upon the elementals and nature spirits for assistance and chose stones associated with Earth healing and love - Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Aragonite and Larimar. The outside of the grid is Himalayan Rock Salt for cleansing and purification. I also included symbols for each of the four elements - sticks and flowers (Earth), feathers (Air), candle (Fire) and naturally collected creek water (Water).
Whether you create a crystal grid, organize a litter clean up or just sit quietly in meditation, take a moment to reflect upon the gifts that Mother Earth provides and offer love and gratitude. Their energetic vibrations will undoubtedly radiate the healing that she so desperately needs.
- Jenn from Feather Spirit Crystal Healing
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