Unakite- Loving Lights Intertwined

Unakite is a great stone when working with the heart as it contains both the heart colours- green and pink. This crystal promotes balance, harmony, and also the intertwining of two lives; and perhaps turning those two lives into three. You may like to use Unakite to support you during conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. 
Unakite is a spiritual stone that can be beneficial during meditation to bring about psychic visions. I like to use it a lot during my Crystal Healing work as it assists at several of the chakras including third eye (psychic visions), heart and higher heart, and even some of the lower chakras as it has grounding properties. 

Unakite can help in removing energetic blockages which fosters release of negativity and other hurdles and traps holding us back from achieving our goals; this may also include addictions that are troublesome to overcome.

Unakite is one crystal I would recommend to belong in your “essentials” kit. It is a good crystal to add to your collection when you are first starting to explore crystals. I remember falling in love with Unakite in my early days of crystal exploration as its energy is gentle yet powerful and easy to work with. I hope you will enjoy it too.

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Crystals For Meditation 

Do you need a little extra help in meditation? Why not try meditating with crystals. Different crystals may assist in different ways, and so doing some research beforehand may help you to decide which one is best to assist you in achieving what you want from your meditation. 

Below is a list of my top picks for meditation:
Carnelian helps to still & quiet the mind during meditation 
Ametrine helps to calm the mind facilitating greater focus during meditation 
Chrysoprase and Larimar assist in inducing deep meditative states
Selenite is great for meditation and accessing angelic guidance

  
Happy Meditating 🙂

Why Emeralds (and not diamonds) Are This Girl’s Best Friend

I was born in the month of May, and therefore my birthstone is the Emerald. Awesome, because my favourite colour is green; and so I loved wearing the birthstone jewellery my mother bought me when I was a young girl.
As an adult I can appreciate Emerald even more so. Emeralds may help as an holistic support to diabetics. I like to carry a tumbled piece when I’m struggling to control my blood glucose levels. Emerald may also have a detoxifying effect on the liver, and let’s face it, who wouldn’t benefit from that. 

In times long ago Emerald was used as an antidote to poison and is still rumoured to assist during times of food poisoning; I often suffer food poisoning as a result of some flaw in my immune system so I like to keep Emerald close at hand for support.

The colour green is associated with healing and also with the heart chakra, so Emerald, being green, could be a choice when working with these energies. Any reference book on crystals will give an ample list of ailments and organs that Emerald may assist, but as I always advise- use your intuition as your choices for any particular ailment or issue can be vast and overwhelming. One use for Emerald that always sticks in my head though is for insect bites because I’m allergic to mosquitos (I believe the ever wonderful Cassandra Eason and her book The New Crystal Bible was responsible for that tip; great book by the way, I recommend getting your hands on it). 

Emerald has history among Ancient Egypt for which I have an affinity; I believe Emerald and I were destined to be together in this lifetime and that that must be a sign that we have some work to do together this time around. 

Emerald is a stone of protection and of love. Wearing Emerald may enhance your clairvoyant abilities… I know that I’ve been wearing Emerald for most of my life and that my clairvoyant abilities were present from a young age… coincidence? Perhaps, but then I don’t believe in coincidences (wink, wink). 

Emerald may provide comfort in times of claustrophobia, another good reason to have it close by. I’m one of those people who starts hyperventilating when I watch a scene from a movie where the actors are climbing through an air conditioning duct (that happens in a lot of films ya know!). 

So screw diamonds! For all the above reasons are why Emeralds are this girl’s best friend. 

Tumbled Stone of Emerald

Ghosts of Imbolc Past

A few years back I facilitated an Imbolc Ritual that involved welcoming back the Sun/Son at dawn on the Pagan Sabbat of Imbolc. It was a small gathering of approx. 8 people. After the ritual was complete, before we set off for some celebratory breakfast, I took a photo of the sunrise to share on a Pagan Facebook page I moderated. I couldn’t have looked at the photo too closely in the beginning, because it wasn’t until I had posted it online did everyone point out what is now glaringly obvious…
  
Photo ©The Crystal Brown Witch (please don’t reproduce without permission) 

No-one was in front of the camera at the time this photo was taken, yet where the sunbeams hit the ground you can see a figure that appears to be wearing a cloak; you can see a skin coloured head sitting on top of a dark cloaked shape of a body. Had one of the deities we invoked hung around for a picture? I don’t believe it’s a trick of light as the “figure” blocks out a footpath that runs behind it. 

Also, in the lower right hand corner of the photo is what appears to be an orb. I’m not sure what I truly believe when it comes to orbs in still photos, but this does seem a little coincidental given the mysterious figure in this photo, and I don’t believe in coincidences.

Take a look at the picture and let me know your thoughts.

Blue Stones, Sore Throats, and the Fifth Chakra

Disclaimer: this is NOT medical advice and should not be taken as such.

Recently I was laid up with a chest infection. The whole family had been crook and I was the last to cop it. As you can imagine there is a lot of coughing involved in such an infection, and after a while my throat became annoyingly sore. 

But hey! C’mon Witch, heal thyself! So I mustered all the energy I could to drag my dishevelled self out of bed and into my treatment room in search of blue crystals. I like blue crystals for working with the throat chakra, which I was sure would be totally out of whack at this time; I leaned toward light blue as intuitively it felt right for my throat at this time, so the likes of Chalcedony, Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Larimar I thought would all make good choices. I steered clear of Lapis Lazuli and Sodalite because I like to use those for communication issues, however these stones will work with the throat chakra as well.

And that leads me onto my next point- choosing your crystals intuitively. You’ve got to trust that your higher self knows exactly what you need at that exact moment in time, so if you intuitively choose Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite for your sore throat then go with it, there very well may be more going on to do with your healing than you are consciously aware of.

I moved my hand over a selection of crystals until two light blue stones jumped out at me. I took them back to bed and laid down, placing them on my throat. Within a couple of minutes I noticed my throat felt soothed and was notably less sore than it had been; the soreness held off longer too allowing me to rest more peacefully while I recovered.

Anyway, I thought I would share my experience with you. Feel free to share with me what has worked for you previously; what crystals would you reach for if you had a sore throat? 

Selenite- The Moon, The Angels, & The Divine. 

Selenite, so named for the moon as they both share that magical lustre that draws us all in, is a variety of gypsum that is found in a number of countries including Australia. It is a very soft mineral that scratches easily and needs to be kept dry. Make sure you store it separately from other crystals, preferably wrapped or padded and in a dry environment.
Yep, you guessed it, Selenite (named for Selene- Moon Goddess) is associated with the moon and therefore Moon Magick; but Selenite is also associated with other celestial beings- Angels. If you seek the guidance of Angels, Selenite may assist you in doing so. It is a crystal that promotes love and harmony, and works well to maintain loving relationships. 
Selenite has a high vibration and can connect you with the higher realms, facilitating spiritual development. It may also assist in unlocking talents from your previous lifetime/s. Try using Selenite in meditation to facilitate self-discovery and to come to better understand your place in the world. 
Selenite cleanses the aura, and opens and activates the upper chakras (all the way to the soul star chakra!). Purifying and cleansing on an energetic level, it is often employed by holistic healers. Selenite can link spirit and matter by lowering the frequency of light while raising the frequency of matter, this helps to bring us closer to the Divine.
Selenite is a protective stone that can dispel negative energy. It can enhance one’s psychic abilities, and also bring about mental clarity. It may also have a stabilising, therefore calming effect on the emotions by bringing to the forefront our true spiritual purpose. 
On the physical side of things (and remembering this is meant as an holistic support and NOT medical advice), Selenite may assist with fertility and increasing libido, and is a wonderful support for pregnancy and the resulting motherhood… no wonder it’s named for the moon (the moon, of course, having a link to the menstrual cycle of women). Selenite may also be great for the bones by assisting with calcium absorption, also I remember learning at some point in my crystal studies that it may benefit the spine in helping to align it, I’ve prescribed it to my mother in the past when she was having trouble with her back and she reported some improvement after using some Selenite I gave her for the purpose. 
My interest in Selenite has increased steadily over the past twelve months and when I contemplate that I’m not at all surprised. As we move toward ascension in the Age of Aquarius, it makes sense that Selenite would help facilitate this process with its abilities to reach the higher realms and bring down the Divine light into the physical matter of the human body. Selenite brings about mental clarity and enhances our psychic abilities, it allows us to recall past life knowledge, so to me that suggests it would make the perfect partner for us at this point in our spiritual journeys at this time on Earth.
So in summation, if you are looking to further your spiritual and/or psychic development, or you are in the business of energetic healing, Selenite is a must have for the “toolbox”. Just remember to treat it gently; I use a Selenite rod in my Merkabah grid under my crystal healing table, and although I often leave the grid set up (made up of Clear Quartz & Black Tourmaline), I always remove the Selenite and carefully pack it away to protect it from accidental damage.