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As we approach the Fall Equinox, I find this is a good time to think about balance. How do you maintain balance in your life? Whether it be through taking time for self-care, or making plans with a friend, it’s important to try and strike a balance between the things we want to do, and they things we have to do.
We all have tasks and chores that we may rather not spend time on, but are necessary. Finding that delicate equilibrium between work and fun, for example, can be daunting but it is not impossible! I find that there are small, simple “rituals” that can be performed anywhere…even work…that help bring balance. You can take a five-minute break at work to sit and enjoy a favorite tea, deeply breathing in the aroma and closing your eyes, just for a minute. Let yourself relax as you breathe in, and exhale any frustration or negativity. Then, sip some of your beverage, and imagine it nourishing and revitalizing your body and soul. Having a few crystals around the office doesn’t hurt, either!
This month, we have some great articles for you: Crystals for Autumn Equinox by HibiscusMoon is a great overview of what the Autumn Equinox is, and what crystals can help you make the most of it. We are also delving more into the mystical world of crystals (and spleen protecting from energy vampires) with Finding Crystal Properties by Judy Hall. You can also find out more about the online Crystal Mastery Conference hosted by the Love and Light School with 7 awesome speakers!
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Have A Blessed and Balanced Autumn Equinox!
The Healing Crystals Team
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I REALLY LOVE this time of year! But I think I say that every time the seasons change. I get such a charge from the seasonal cycles.
The Autumn Equinox (or Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemi) is now upon us and for the purposes of this blog post I’m going to stick to the Autumn aspects, but if you’re from Down Under or just plain interested, you can read my classic blog post on Spring Equinox here.
So, before I get to the crystals, a bit o’ science on the Equinox stuffs for a sec. I can’t help myself! This year’s Autumn (or Fall) Equinox lands on Friday, September 22.
There are 2 equinoxes each year; in September and March. Because of the tilt of our planet on our axis, we’re usually getting more sun on one hemisphere than on the other, but there are 2 times/year (Spring and Autumn Equinox) when we get pretty much equal amounts of sunlight on both hemi’s, so our night and day are of equal length everywhere on Mama Earth. So cool!
IMAGE BY PRZEMYSLAW “BLUESHADE” IDZKIEWICZ.
Balance Aspect: No matter where you are on planet, the equinoxes are all about balance & harmony, again this is b/c this is when we’re receiving equal amounts of sun & moon energy. Therefore, this is a great time to choose to focus on bringing balance into your life by aligning yourself to these energies at this time of year.
Preparation Aspect: As we take our annual vortex journey through our Solar System around our local star, the Sun, we flow through varying energies and the energy of Autumn or Fall is our time to do last-minute tweaks to any intentions or our manifestations we’ve had in the works for this entire year… before we go into our “hibernation zone” for the winter.
Winter is all about rest & cave time. Autumn has always represented harvest time with an eye towards prepping for going into our introspective hibernation time… so in the wintertime, we can focus on resting & renewing without being stressed out about simply surviving. We just had our September Harvest Moon; a time to reap the rewards of our hard work. In fact, the Autumn Equinox is the original time of our US Thanksgiving (giving thanks for the bountiful harvest) before it was changed to its current date for economic reasons.
You might be thinking to yourself right now…
“Hey! I’m no farmer and I’m not a squirrel or a bear… none of this applies to me!”
Yeah, what I’m talking about above is obviously so in nature and certainly applied to how we USED to live even just one hundred years ago… but not so much today. However, keep in mind, all this farmer talk can be applied figuratively to our everyday lives even if you don’t have your own ranch. ;) If you really pay attention, you’ll note that your energy is leaning this way too. Feel into it. Am I right or am I right?
For me, this is a time of year to be grateful for all I have, reflect on my goals & check on the yield in all life areas. Are the results bountiful or lackluster? If you need to tweak some things, now’s the time to do it, before we go into winter (rest & reflection time). The energies themselves are balancing out; as we go from an intense time of growth and harvest to a time of preparing for quiet and retreating within.
Here’s the quick breakdown:
No matter where you are on planet, the equinoxes are all about balance and harmony so the stones I’ve listed above are the ones I like to work with at this time of year. They are the ones that embody the balance between masculine and feminine energies, yin & yang, sun + moon, the 2 polarities. So, I like to use both moonstone and sunstone together to achieve this. The vibrational frequencies of these 2 stones together are PERFECT for reminding us to stay balanced in all aspects of our lives. Then you can add magnetite to that mix to enhance even further while adding in a bit of grounding too.
You can also sneak in some Balance Essential Oil from doTERRA there too to further enhance these vibrational frequencies.
If you’d like to, instead (or additionally), focus on reviewing and preparing for the time ahead here are some crystals that incorporate the ideal energies for this:
SHAMANIC DREAM STONE
I’ll use these stones at my altar while meditating, within my sacred space or in a crystal grid to honor these energies.
Here are some ideas for you:
I hope you’re able to carve out some time to celebrate and prepare...
by Judy Hall
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Crystals constantly delight and surprise me. A question I’m often asked is ‘how do you find the properties of new stones?’ My usual answer is that they find me. Crystals tend to arrive with serendipitous synchronicity. They match what I or those around me are experiencing – and heal it.
So, Eye of the Storm arrived in the midst of major turmoil and I was instantly calmed and centred. Gaspeite was handed to me at a moment when my liver energy centre was being hammered by someone’s anger because I had closed my spleen chakra off from their vampiric graspings (if you don’t know about the spleen chakra and energy vampires see below). Gaspeite provided a shield and gave me respite – teaching me in the process that if you shield your spleen chakra it’s also wise to do the liver chakra at the same time. Handing the stone onto a friend who was having gallbladder problems brought immediate relief to her. I was unpacking a large purple Nirvana Quartz at the exact moment that, unbeknown to me, another healer was sending healing to someone in my family. Wow. I started shaking and tingling, so much so that all I could do was sit down and go with it. My response ended the moment she switched off. That’s how I found out that it could act as an intermediary for distance healing. Its effect on opening my multi-dimensional awareness followed swiftly.
At other times my crystal groups meditate with a stone, asking it to communicate with us. We may take it through our chakras or over organs to see which responds, or notice sensations in our body or changes of mood that occur or emotions that rise up for release (the Crystal Experience teaches you how to do this for yourself.) It always awes me as to how a theme emerges even though each person may receive the information in a different way. That’s why I don’t like to limit a stone by asking it to do this or that without adding ‘or something better’. And, similarly, I don’t like to limit people by expecting them to only perceive the energies in a particular way. Let’s celebrate difference and diversity. Let’s talk to our crystals, hear their voice, feel their energies, sense what they have to offer us each in our own unique way. It can only contribute to the wider knowledge. That’s how I learn – and what I love to share.
At other times the properties emerge spontaneously in times of need. For example, when I experienced a sharp tugging pain under my left armpit, I reached for Green Aventurine. Or rather it might be better described as a Green Aventurine that ‘happened’ to be lying around jumped up and down and waved at me saying ‘I can help.’ Fortunately I listened. It did indeed assist and it has been verified many times over in workshops where we have cleared out the spleen chakra hooks that can so sap our energy. As not everyone finds the same crystal helpful, we’ve explored other options too.
The spleen chakra located about a hand’s breadth under your left armpit is where energy vampires can hook in to suck out your energy. If you get a twinge or ache in this area it’s a sure sign someone is pulling on your energy. Protecting yourself is easy with this crystal meditation.
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