by Tamera Crosby
Each of the stones listed for the month of April above have appeared on some list for birthstones or the zodiac gemstones at one time or another…(see listings under Birthstones and Zodiac stones elsewhere in blog). A few are a crossover from Aries into Taurus because the month is split and I wanted to address all of the stones associated with the month of April.
Next will be some definitions, uses, and possible gemstone lore for each of the stones above. There are probably other pages with the definition listings and uses for some of these stones throughout my blog pages but I will add them here for the convenience of viewing.
BLOODSTONE -- Bloodstone is a form of Jasper. It is normally a mid to deep green with blood red specks or splatters throughout the stone and may even have streaks of ochre included. Bloodstone is a good balancer and is said to help with problems concerning the blood and the liver…(thus the colors of red and ochre with the green as the healing center). It is also said to help with stopping bleeding and is generally good for a whole body cleansing. A friend and mentor of mine always has his clients tape a bloodstone cabochon to their lower back for back pain/problems with a pretty good success rate last I had checked. This isn't to replace traditional medical treatments, it is just to help keep one going until treatment is available…(none of the suggested stone healing usages are to be used alone but in conjunction with traditional methods to help speed them along). Emotionally, Bloodstone is said to help one deal with and remove old anger. One slight warning on this part…I have a friend who stays away from carrying bloodstone because it tends to intensify her anger and even mood swings at inappropriate times…perhaps this is the way it helps one face and deal with that old anger, by bringing it to the surface to be faced and conquered. Gemstone lore associated with the Bloodstone is that the red speckles or splatters throughout the stone are drops of blood from Jesus Christ as He was being crucified.
FIRE OPAL -- There are many types of Opal. All are good for emotional healing and helping one to look within. The Fire Opal is often listed as a Mexican Fire Opal and contains a brilliant fiery array of red, yellows, greens and oranges within a brownish stone. It consists of many layers within the stone and when polished, the entire fire can be lost by just a touch too much polishing. It is mostly a fragile stone because of the thin layers which is what prompted the lore about it being 'bad luck' to wear the opal if it wasn't your birthstone. It generally needs moisture to keep it from drying out and works very well with the oils from wearing close to the body…very similar to pearls being enhanced by wearing on the skin. Most of the fiery specimens used in jewelry today are called doublets or triplets which means they are layered between or under another stone, usually quartz for over the top and sometimes onyx beneath it, especially if they want a black background to bring out a certain color within the opal. This makes them more stable as a triplet and less likely to crack if dried out. Some opals do have the color without as much instability and the Mexican Fire Opal one of them.
JASPER -- Jaspers come in many different colors and patterns, each with their own specific traits and areas of healing. Most are very protective and will work with their corresponding chakra by the color. A particular jasper sacred to the Native American Indians is the Red Jasper. Bloodstone is a form of Jasper. The Jaspers, besides protection help with the recalibration and balancing of the chakras as well as healing. With the Jaspers, use your own intuition as to which is right for you or which is needed at any particular time. Said to strengthen the liver, gallbladder, and bladder. Powerful healer with the main impact on the physical body. Represents the earth elements.
Whew! Talk about time passing quickly, the year is fast coming to an end. and I really only have a few more monthly gemstone lists, but, never fear!!! I will continue to write view points and information, tips and ideas, about working with, using and caring for crystals. I will also start going more into the lore of special stones when they are presented to me. I will never quite know what I’ll be writing about until the time comes, so please keep checking the blog and the articles for this site for insights, information, and more.
On to the monthly gemstones, which, by the way, may seem a bit short this month but the consensus of all of the lists I have found seem to agree with the Golden Topaz as the major stone for this month. The remaining stones are good alternatives if you can’t find a Golden Topaz which speaks to you (or that you can afford! The gemmy ones seems to be a bit on the pricey side.).
As always, these lists are for general purposes only and you should always go with the stone or crystal which attracts you, rather than the ones on any list. (Including these lists.) Even if the definition/energies seem to be what you are looking for, if the stone or crystal does not FEEL right to you, chances are it is not what you currently need for what you are going through. If one attracts you and seems to vibrate to you, you can always ask it to help with whatever problem you wish. That is all any of the stones and crystals want, TO BE ASKED.
TOPAZ (GOLDEN)--The Topaz is considered to be a ’stone of true love and success in all endeavors’. It uses the basic ’laws of attraction and manifestation’ so be sure you are careful for what you wish, you just might get it. Additionally, the Golden Topaz is a connection to Universal energies for finding ones life path, holding information, energy, thoughts and love. It works with the first three chakra points to align them with the Crown chakra to bring forth faith and further enhance the enlightened state. Good for business and friendships. Remember to use the energies of this stone in an unselfish manner because it is a stone of love and true love should be unconditional.
CITRINE--A crystal of joy, sunshine and hope, this crystal is one of the few which does not need much by way of cleansing. In fact, it is often suggested to have a Citrine crystal in with tarot cards to help cleanse them after readings and energize them with positive vibrations. It is said to aid with the stomach (it does work with the 3rd chakra point). It also helps with balancing ones personal power for better health and wealth. It is said to be a merchant’s stone and having one in the cash drawer is suppose to help draw in business.
MALACHITE--One of the tireless healing stones…almost like the aspirin of the stone world…very good for all areas of healing. It should be smudge cleansed after deliberate healing usage due to it’s slightly soft nature. A quick rinse with water is fine but be sure not to let it soak. It has a copper content which is a high conductor of energy.
OBSIDIAN-- This is nature’s glass, formed from the heat and pressures of volcanic energies. There are several forms of Obsidian from Mahogany to Snowflake, from Rainbow to Apache Tears and Black Obsidian. When shaping this particular stone, one can get the edge so fine that it rivals the finest scalpel man can make. That is one reason, Obsidian, as a whole, is a very protective stone. Carrying or wearing it or even having it in the home, aids with protection and is especially useful in ones vehicle for travel. It also helps to dispel negativity and is very grounding. Other varieties will have additional properties, including promise, joy, aid with grief and compassion.
Welcome to everyone!!!
Wow…the year is going by so fast…is it age or is it the quickening of the total consciousness? Whatever one believes, doesn’t really matter…it is truly a matter of perspective.
And on with the October Gemstones list….
Pink Tourmaline--Connects to creativity, new ideas, maintaining the connection between the self and “All That Is”. Works with the Crown Chakra and the Heart Chakra to combine both Spirituality with Love. It allows one to trust in the power of love, elevating the feelings of joy for life by releasing negativity. It is a special stone to give to one you hope loves you or will come to love you.
Turquoise--This is a great stone for empowerment and the Throat Chakra. It is a stone honored by those of Native American origin/descent or those who have had past lives in that role. It is also one of those stones which is often imitated by dying other stones to the color needed…particularly Howlite. It is a relatively soft stone and also needs some stabilization at times. Aids with increasing communication as well as elevating all chakra energies to a higher level. Good for increasing the connection between the physical world and the spiritual world. This is also a protective stone.
Jasper--Traditional protective stone, especially the red Jasper. There are a large number of types of Jasper...too many to go into in this article. Most Jaspers seem to work with the lower three Chakra points which are those of survival, energy, grounding and protection. Some will also work with the Heart but the Heart chakra is the bridge between the Earth/Physical Chakra points and the Spiritual Chakra points so that is to be expected.
Malachite--One of the tireless healing stones…almost like the aspirin of the stone world…very good for all areas of healing. It should be smudge cleansed after deliberate healing usage due to it’s slightly soft nature. A quick rinse with water is fine but be sure not to let it soak. It has a copper content which is a high conductor of energy.
by Rev. Tamera Crosby
Well...here we are again with a new month. Whew...the summer went by so fast but I can't say that I am sorry because it has been an interesting and enlightening time but one I am glad to left move into the past.
Are we ready for the new levels and lessons coming to us? Probably not...but they are there and they are starting.
We are all needing to move up a level...stepping forward and not back...though for those of us who have a tenancy to cling to the comfortable and live in the past...this may be a difficult thing to do, causing more problems and delays about getting to the space/place we currently need to be.
We truly are our own worst enemies.
BUT...with some focus and a lot of releasing of pre-conceived notions and ideas and expectations...we just might make it through these changes together. With the aid of the crystal/ stone realms and with the help of Mother Nature...(is she doing a cleansing job or what?)...we just might be able to make the transitions and transformations a bit easier. You know...go with the flow and trust your intuition...listen to the voices of teh Earth as well and become a part of their energies as well as the Spiritual energies which are magnifying at this time.
Also...when in doubt...ask. Ask not just others in this physical realm but also ask your Guides, Angels and most importantly, God (in whatever form or with whatever name you call Him/Her/Them... They are all from the same energy force as long as you call from the Light and the Love of the Universe.)
Enough of the preliminary intro and on to the stones of the month. As I have said before, the various lists I am pulling these gemstones from may have overlapping stones from month to month...which is OK. I have also encouraged everyone to not necessarily use just the lists for choosing a special stone for yourself or for others but to go with the energy of the stone you are most drawn to...what attracts you the most?...does it feel good to you?...if choosing for another...keep them in mind and go with what you feel there as well.
Regardless of what the books and lists say the particular stone/crystal you are attracted to says it is for...it is what you need at that particular time or will be needing at some point in the future. All crystals and stones are individuals and may be asked to work in many different ways for you...remember...just ask. Sit with your stone or crystal and let it know what you need help with at this time and, if you are open enough and connected enough to it...it will help you, guide you, and clear that which is no longer needed out of the way.
Sapphire (Blue)--One of the hardest gemstones short of a Diamond. A royalty stone. Works with Throat Chakra to help open communications and bring in clarity. Calming and soothing...tranquil beauty. Assists with allover healing and brings strength to the wearer.
Tourmaline--(This month it would focus more on the Blue Tourmaline which is also called Indicolite than the other colors but they all may be considered as a good stone for this month.) Activates the throat chakra as well as the Third Eye, aiding and strengthening communications and openness of the Third Eye. Helps bring in harmony and helps clarify/increase visions. Works to help disorders of the lungs, throat area, thymus & thyroid.
Lapis Lazuli--Highly intuitive stone. Used for gentle opening of the Third Eye chakra point. Meditate with a piece over the Third Eye for the best results. Also protective...helps keep the wearer from picking up other people's "junk", especially good for keeping 'psychic vampires' from draining energies. Calming energies as well as opening up communications, both Spiritually and physically. Known as a 'stone of total awareness', Lapis helps with the connection between the earth plane and heaven. Good to help with dream time. Once used by the Egyptians for anything from seals to cosmetics and figurines to vases. The deepest colors come from Afghanistan and feature more pyrite than from other localities. Helps to overcome depression and brings about calming and good cheer to the user. Said to work with the throat for healing as well as bone marrow, thymus, and immune system. Helps with insomnia, vertigo, and dizziness. Also works to improve/heal in the ear area.
Topaz (Blue)--This crystal will work with the throat chakra, helping to verbalize with clarity things that need to be said which may have been repressed before this time. It aids in the unburdening of destructive aspects such as arrogance and out-of-control passions. It also assists in bringing the Body-Mind-Spirit into a smoother union with the energies of the Universe.
by Rev. Tamera Crosby
Ahhh…August…can you believe the summer is nearly over and we are over halfway through the year? Time sure does seem to be rushing right along.
As I have mentioned before, you may find an overlapping of stones and crystals between different months…it all depends upon the list you are checking. That is why I urge people to choose their stones by what they feel drawn to and not just because the jewelers or 'authorities' say certain stones are for certain months or birthdays. The lists are only for general purposes and do not take into account the current need of the individual…which may change throughout one's lifetime.
SARDONYX -- Is actually a form of carnelian which is also an agate but it contains banding of colors like the orange-red and white to clear and contains all of the properties of a carnelian as well as that of Onyx and Chalcedony. It is said to bring happiness in marriage and live-in relationships, allowing one to realize the joys of living. It is also said to help attract friends, good fortune and self control while diminishing hesitation and promoting courage. It is also known as a 'stone of virtue'.
PERIDOT -- Is said to balance glandular system; aid tissue regeneration; has a beneficial influence on heart, pancreas, spleen, liver, adrenals. It is also said to purify the body; enhance the bloodstream and is an overall balancer and tonic for body/mind. It may also assist in aligning subtle bodies; increasing intuitive awareness; reducing stress while stimulating the mind. It will also assist in accelerating personal growth while opening new doors for opportunity.
MOONSTONE -- is said to help balance the male and female energies of a person; said to work with PMS or moodiness; is good for pregnant women or creatures; and almost all of the 'feminine' diseases. The brown moonstone is said to be good for the healing of the lower body and, in particular, the lowest part of the back. The pink and green moonstones are said to be good healing stones for females but will also work for males who tend to experience--'that time of the month'--as well. One of the most sought after versions of the moonstone is the Rainbow Moonstone and is said to have a connection to the divine Goddess and the divine feminine. One of the best stones for any female on the planet and is great for bringing out the nurturing qualities in some males as well. It works on all levels.
GARNET -- This crystal helps strengthen, purify, vitalize and regenerate bodily systems, especially the bloodstream. It is also said to have a strong affinity with the root Chakra, helping to harmonize the potent forces of the kundalini. It aids the stimulation of the pituitary gland; the alignment of the subtle bodies; the increase of love and compassion as well as enhancing one's imagination. Garnets are also suppose to help one through issues with male authority figures, whether they be father, brother or any other, even to dominant female personality.
AMETHYST -- Amethyst is one of the best healing stones/crystals around and is good on almost all problems. Works with the Crown Chakra for bringing in one's higher intuition as well as with balancing the left and right sides of the brain. It is a soothing stone and is said to help with nervous conditions; insomnia; dreams; helping to release addictions; and spiritual enlightenment. One gemstone lore associated with the amethyst is that it will help keep fleas from animals if placed in their water dish…(of course one can hope they don't decide to try and eat them or play with them!) I have a friend who insists this works for her cats.
ONYX -- A variety of chalcedony. Relieves stress. Balances male/female polarities. Strengthens bone marrow. Aids detachment. Enhances emotional balance and self-control. Higher inspiration. Works with chakras and attitudes according to color of stone.
CARNELIAN -- This is a variety of Chalcedony which, in turn, is a form of Agate. It is a very highly evolved mineral healer. It is said to energize the blood; aid the kidneys, lungs, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and tissue regeneration. Also said to vitalize the physical/ emotional/ mental bodies while aligning the physical and etheric bodies: enhances attunement with the inner self; facilitates concentration; and opens the heart. This is a warm, social and joyous stone working with the root and the sacral chakras. This is also said to help with self-esteem, fears, angers, hidden emotions and sexual problems. It is often carried as a talisman stone. (EXTRA NOTE: According to Edgar Cayce readings, carnelian is also great for sinus and allergy relief…which I can confirm…at least for me. I have never been overly drawn to it…nice and all but never really wore it until I found that reading in my studies about gemstones. I had been given a lovely stretch bracelet of carved turtles and spacers which was carnelian and so decided to try it. WOW!!! The effect was almost instant when I first put it on so I have been wearing it almost every day since and have had a LOT less problems with my sinuses. Not to be considered a cure-all because if it's a really bad allergy day, I still have some problems but they are significantly less than I used to have and I have backed off using a lot of the over the counter sinus stuff. This is only my personal reaction and it may not be the same for everyone and is definitely not a replacement for prescribed medicines…it is just a booster for whatever therapy you currently use…as are all stone companions.)
BERYL -- Beryl is used as a copper alloy and also in constructing the atomic bomb. Beryl and Aquamarine differ only in colour - Beryl is bright blue to white and Aquamarine is sea green to deep green. Best known is the deep green form of beryl, the precious emerald. The yellow beryl is the heliodor and pink beryl is morganite and there is also an extremely rare Red Beryl. Beryl is known for its huge crystals. Madagascar yielded a single crystal weighing nearly 40 tons far surpassing the 18-27 foot monster ones previously obtained from New England. The list of stones/ crystals which are in the Beryl family are aquamarine, bixbite, emerald, gahnite, heliodor, morgnite, and golden or yellow beryl. Each of the stones have their own properties so we will go into the properties of the yellow/golden beryl. It is said to represent purity in all aspects of all planes of being. It is also said to help with initiative and independence in thoughts and actions, stimulating the crown and solar plexus while blending the intellect and spirituality. It gives off the message that there is no obstacle in any circumstance that confidence and conviction cannot resolve. Physically, it is said to help with the treatment of disorders of the heart and spine; concussions and damage in the cranial portion of the head.