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This month our Newsletter covers an important topic to most of us, Crystal Healing for Pets by Stephanie Arnold. We also have an informative article by Tara Mideaker, Crystals and the Tarot: An Energetic Partnership. We hope you enjoy these articles!
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Crystal Healing for Pets
People aren’t the only ones who can gain from having crystals around. The animals that live with us can also benefit from the crystals we position around our homes. You can help your pets further by placing beneficial crystals directly in and around your pet’s area. For example, if your dog has a favorite bed that she loves to lay in, try placing crystals under the padding or blankets to give your favorite furry friend some crystal benefits. Crystals can even be attached to the animal’s collar so that they can absorb the energy all day long, as people do by wearing a pendant.
When your pet is not their normal, active self; seems to be lethargic, or has changed their eating habits, they could be depressed. Yes, animals can be depressed just like people. Often with a pet, this can be caused by the loss of a loved one, such as a human companion going off to college or the death of another pet in the house. Lithium Quartz is very useful as a natural antidepressant for animals in the same way it is for people. Try placing this stone in an area where the animal spends a lot of time, such as under the cushion in their favorite spot on the sofa.
If you have a pet with a tendency to be hyper, try using a Dalmatian Jasper in their area. This playful stone is beneficial for animals, and tends to have a calming effect. The energy from this crystal will balance the emotions and help the animal maintain composure. Also called Dalmatian Stone, this crystal is also helpful with children and can ease bad dreams in both, and promotes peaceful sleeping.
If your pet is having trouble in the yard or litter box, Leopard Skin Jasper could be the help they need. This crystal is very helpful for digestion issues and can also alleviate abdominal pain. Try taping this crystal under your cat’s window seat, or make an elixir for your dog to drink. To make a crystal elixir, place a cleansed crystal in a glass bowl filled with spring water, and leave the bowl in the sunlight or moonlight for 12 hours. If making an elixir from a fragile, water-soluble or toxic crystal, use the indirect method and place the crystal inside a small glass jar before placing in the bowl of water. Either way, the water will become infused with the energy of the crystal. To store the elixir, remove the crystal after 12 hours and pour the liquid into an airtight container, where it can be stored for up to a week. For human consumption, 50% brandy or vodka can be added as a preservative to store it for longer than a week; however, this is not recommended for animal use.
For generalized animal healing, Dioptase is a great crystal to use. This green crystal is especially good for healing of the heart and mind. Often pets can have anxiety and feelings of abandonment when left alone for long periods of time, or when their owners are traveling. Try leaving this crystal with your pet to help alleviate any stress caused by this separation and to instill in them a feeling of being loved. This would be a great stone to attach to your dog’s collar if you work long hours.
Do you feel like you just can’t figure out what your pet is trying to tell you? Mookaite will help facilitate better communication with your animals. This crystal, sometimes called Mook Jasper, will help you to be more in touch with your own animal instincts and ancestors as well. Wear this crystal, or carry it in your pocket while spending time with your pets.
As with many people, animals can also gain from the loving energy of Rose Quartz. It can give them the same sense of security and peace as it does for you. This crystal is especially helpful for rescued pets and those who have experienced trauma or abuse prior to living with you. Placing a large piece of this in the living room will benefit all household members – furry or not.
Of course, if your pet has a severe condition or a persistent issue, you should take them to see their veterinarian to rule out a more serious problem. Crystals can be used as a supplementary healing aid to your vet’s recommendations, but just as with people, should not necessarily be considered a substitute for a doctor’s care.
Having crystals throughout your living environment is a fantastic way to experience all that crystal energy can offer you. We tend to think of ourselves when using crystals, but all living things in our environment are also feeling the effects of the energy from them. Just as plants and animals in the wild benefit from areas where the crystals lie naturally, our pets and houseplants will also gain from the crystals we intentionally place in our home.
by: Stephanie Arnold
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Crystals and the Tarot: An Energetic Partnership
All of us are seekers of knowledge and are constantly looking within and without to find answers. While some look for guidance from outside forces, I believe that the answer to every question from why we are here to which dress I should buy can be found within ourselves. That's right...we already have all of the answers but they've been hidden from us and forgotten through time and trial and all the stuff that goes with living our earthly life. Being the constant seeker, we have developed different tools to help us uncover this lost knowledge and among those are the Tarot Cards.
If you are not familiar, the Tarot is a deck of 78 cards with various images that is divided by the Major and Minor Arcana, suits and numbers. Created in the 15th Century as a game (see what happens when there is no television) it later became used for magical and divinatory purposes. While similar, the Tarot really stands apart from Oracle Cards because of its history, size, and a perceived darkness that many find disturbing. As a result, those who regularly use Oracle Cards to gain insight and positive affirmations might never use the Tarot for a similar purpose. I think they are missing out because the Tarot is neither as complicated nor as dark as it may seem. Personally, I find the Tarot a little more truthful - maybe a little more insightful - than some Oracle Cards. In particular, the Tarot can give you valuable insight into all of the particular energies at work regarding your query. The Tarot will tell a detailed story of your journey with a beginning, middle, and an end. And if you don't like how the journey is going....the cards will point you in the right direction to change your story.
Since Crystals are such an effective catalyst when working with energy, they are the perfect partner for the Tarot. I believe that the right Crystal/Tarot combination will ignite the energy surrounding the story and together act as an ally on your journey. Since both are tools with endless potential to enlighten, transform and yes, even heal; let's see how their partnership can work for you.
CLEAR QUARTZ will effectively clear out all of the old energy by simply placing the crystal on top of your deck. This is important since you don't want your readings to be muddied by past energy and patterns. Even better, store your cards with Clear Quartz. Just be sure to clean your crystal frequently of the absorbed energy. The entire Quartz family (Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, etc.) is a natural partner with the Tarot since they amplify the positive energy and protect against the negative.
CALCITE will aid you with understanding and analyzing what the cards want you to know. Most importantly, it will help you to remember and mentally accept those messages that are unpleasant. Similar to Quartz, Calcite is an excellent agent to clear, amplify and neutralize energy. I personally store my cards with an Optical Calcite.
SODALITE is one of my favorite stones to use with the Tarot. The Tarot is an image-based tool that often works best when you just look at the picture on the card and let it speak to you. Sodalite helps us to really see the patterns and details in those images and clearly determine the message they have for you. I like to think of this stone as "The Illuminator" because when I am confused or just not getting it, I'll hold the Sodalite in my hand, look again and the message is crystal clear!
STILBITE is excellent to use as a bridge between the physical "seeing" of the cards to the metaphysical "feeling" them. The Tarot images are meant to be archetypes of persons, places and situations that all of us encounter throughout our journey. While we all may "see" the same image, that image is going to resonate within each of us in a unique way and that "feeling" is key to uncovering our personal message.
MOOKAITE helps us to remain objective in our analysis and make the best possible choices based on that objectivity - often the most challenging part of working with the Tarot.
As with pretty much everything in life, when seeking your best Crystal/Tarot combination you should always go with what feels best for you. Experiment and have fun with different combinations as you let your story unfold and remember to enjoy the journey!
by: Tara Mideaker
|Ever since Lourdes referred me to Healing Crystals, I have been reading, reading, and reading. I really enjoyed this article as I am indeed the "constant seeker." I look forward to reading more on this topic. (Submitted by: janice slawek on June 29, 2012)|
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