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As we enter into 2012, many are feeling stress from the many challenges on the planet and from the routine tasks in our own lives. To help cope with that stress, below is a fun article by Tara Mideaker that identifies crystals you can use to support you with stressful times (even while you do the dishes :-).
Also included in this newsletter is an informative article by Mira Bai on Turquoise. We hope you enjoy learning a little history of the stone. We are pleased to have a tumbled turquoise as our stone give away when you use our special coupon code.
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How A Crystal Can Help You Do The Dishes....
Before you get too excited let me clarify. A crystal is not going to put on its little rubber gloves and start scrubbing away. And whatever you do, please don't try to use a crystal to get those stubborn stains off of the frying pan. Your crystal won't like it and you'll still have a messy pan. No, a crystal is not going to wash your dishes. But, have you ever considered how crystals can help you to cope with those daily situations that can feel like a burden?
We know how effective crystals are in helping us to manage major life developments. Sometimes these events and situations are distressing and produce a negative effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. We use crystals to help us cope with, overcome and - most importantly - heal those stressful effects. What many of us don't consider is that it isn't just the major developments that can trigger this kind of reaction within us. On a daily basis we face a myriad of minor inconveniences. Separately, these may seem common and insignificant so we tend to ignore what they are doing to us. But add them all together and you've got significant tension that can produce the same damaging effect as a major development. So here are a few of those "little things" and the crystals to help manage the stress.
WAKE UP... the alarm rings, someone shakes you hard or hollers your name and you've got to go against your instinct to roll over and snuggle in. Or the mid-afternoon slump hits and who has time for a catnap? Energy is really a mindset. If your head tells you that you're ready to get moving then your body will follow. I like a Sunstone to ignite this kind of thought process. There is something about the color, the sparkle and its overall exuberant aura that makes it a wonderful stone to induce energy. Yellow Calcite and Garnet are also great "wake up" crystals.
GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC...or the train is delayed or the bus is late. Is there anything more frustrating than something keeping you from being where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there? It's really the lack of control that pushes your buttons and makes you crazy. We know that the only thing we can control is ourselves and how we react to situations. A Clear Quartz or a Tourmaline will give your self-control a boost while a Howlite is very effective at eliminating those sudden bursts of anger.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK...or update a report at work or pay the bills. It can be really difficult to perform a task when you know you've still got time before the deadline and all of a sudden you don't have time, and there goes your blood pressure. Unakite is a wonderful motivational tool with a grounded spirituality that keeps you calm while getting things accomplished. It is great for the workplace. Morganite can also provide gentle encouragement.
DO THE DISHES...or clean the toilet or fold the laundry. Doesn't it seem like there is always something to be cleaned or organized? For me, the worst part is when the sink is free of dishes and I turn around and magically another dirty dish has appeared! Still, it is better than the alternative of living among filth and chaos. So the trick is to make it seem like it is not work. Try to unplug your mind while performing mundane tasks. You'll be surprised how easy it is to zone out or, better yet, meditate, while getting the chores done. A Chrysocolla will let your mind rest while you keep at it. An Amethyst has the power to transmute anything from negative to positive in a flash. Almost as fast as another dirty dish appears!
FIND A PARKING SPOT....is there anything worse then finally getting where you’re going and no parking spot? I recently read that there is more traffic than ever and the main culprit is that everyone is looking for a parking spot. This situation is so annoying that it is prominently featured in just about anything you read or see about manifestation! You know you'll find a place to park - eventually. But sometimes when you've driven around umpteen times you just feel like giving up and going home. Where, of course, you hope to find a parking spot. Take a breath and keep an Azurite with you to promote patience and ground some positive energy. An Obsidian will soak up all the negativity and help you to manifest the perfect parking spot.
Sometimes just having a nice tumbled stone or a worry stone in your pocket can help alleviate stress and give us something else to focus on. Whatever your choice may be, take a moment to set an intention to allow the crystal to help you in the best way possible. Planning ahead and carrying a crystal ally can be very helpful with these and other daily issues.
by: Tara Mideaker
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The Story of Turquoise
There is no agreement amongst scholars as to when and where Turquoise was actually first discovered. However, we do know that the history of Turquoise dates back well over 6000 years ago having been found in jewelry worn by Queens, interred in the ancient tombs of Egypt. Considered the "Stone of Life and Protection" this would follow the traditions of burying royalty with items that would keep the soul alive and protected, after they left the physical body. Over 1000 years ago, the Native American Indians began to use Turquoise as a powerful healer and protector. The stone was so amazing in its appearance and beautiful in color, that it was often used in art and jewelry or for trade and barter.
Locations and Processes
Turquoise is mined world wide in locations such as Persia, home of the worlds finest Turquoise, and in Egypt where the earliest documentation of Turquoise is recorded. A green hued Turquoise is harvested in Tibet and Mongolia. Iran and Turkey also have Turquoise mines. In the United States, the most well known locations include Nevada and New Mexico. Perhaps the most well known location in the US is the Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Globe, Arizona which is proudly the largest producer of natural Turquoise.
China has recently added Turquoise to their growing list of crystals, minerals and stones that they offer. Since Turquoise is a relatively soft mineral (5.5 on the Moh's Hardness Scale) there are several techniques and processes that are used in the stabilization of Chinese Turquoise. Many times, a waxing process is used that acts as a coating which deepens the color and protects the Turquoise. Often times, the Turquoise will undergo a stabilization process which is basically filling the stones cracks and dings with a resinous substance, making it easier to polish and cut for items such as jewelry, figurines, etc. Another process used frequently in China is reconstitution, which is basically using dust, chips and "left overs" which are all ground together. This powder is then added to an epoxy resin with dye added to maintain color. These are then either poured into stone "forms" or made into blocks which are easily sliced to produce material for jewelry items and other crafted designs.
How Turquoise is Mined
Turquoise is most often found as veins in igneous or sedimentary rock formations. Bulldozers move the top layers away to expose the Turquoise veins. Because these veins are often small, thin and/or narrow, the Turquoise must be extracted by hand using smaller tools like hammers, hand picks and shovels.
Turquoise is normally a greenish blue to beautiful sky blue in color. It is an opaque stone, meaning that light cannot be viewed as it passes through the stone. Turquoise is made up of a combination of minerals including Oxygen, Aluminum, Phosphorus, Copper, and Hydrogen.
Turquoise was approved by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 as one of the official birthstones for December.
Turquoise is considered to be a bridge between Heaven/Sky and Earth, grounding us while still remaining open to Spirit. Many Native American cultures believe Turquoise helps to connect the mind to the infinite possibilities of the Universe, and Turquoise is considered sacred in many Chinese cultures as well. Turquoise is a wonderful companion to use when removing and releasing old behaviours such as self sabotage and self martyrdom that no longer serves in growth.
Turquoise is great for working with the Throat Chakra, to foster honest and clear communication from the heart, and with Water and Air Elements. Enhancing intuition, Turquoise also enhances communication between the physical and spiritual realms. Use Turquoise to release old vows, express freely, and ease nerves when speaking in public. Turquoise is a protective stone, often being used for amulets. Turquoise is also a healing stone, providing strength and purification.
Primary Chakra: Throat, Thymus, Third Eye
Astrological sign(s): Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces
Vibration: Number 1
Use Turquoise to create or include in a crystal grid or lay on the body during a healing session. Turquoise is very popular in jewelry with many amazing, one of a kind pieces being crafted from this material. Add a piece of Turquoise to your crystal pouch or medicine bag.
Remember, Turquoise does contain Copper, which can be toxic, so it is not recommended to immerse in liquid for elixirs or charging water. However, it is perfectly safe to place outside of and around the actual container.
I highly recommend that you purchase at least one piece of Turquoise to add to your crystal collection. Its energy is smooth, gentle and powerful. Click here to see the wonderful selection of Turquoise we currently carry.
by: Mira Bai
Posted on January 13, 2012
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