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Find your center and relax with this easy, guided Mini Meditation. Narrated by John Michael Thornton.

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.

By Pureales - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38067991SARDONYX -- 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'.

 

 

By Michelle Jo - Own work by Michelle Jo, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10287654PERIDOT -- 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.

 

 

By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6563329MOONSTONE -- 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.

 

By Unknown - http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/show_picture.cgi?ID=ID.%20BOM%20Mineral%20Specimens%20036, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=194327GARNET -- 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.

 

 

By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6911957AMETHYST  --  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.

GPL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=605250CARNELIAN -- 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.)

By Gia.cossa - Photograph taken at the Museo civico di storia naturale in Milano, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2618557BERYL -- 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.

 

Tamera Crosby is in incredibly talented artist and gem and stone expert.  She appears regularly at Great Conjunction Expos and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This Month Great Conjunction is proud to present a new service - Mini~Meditation videos! Each month we will present a new, short guided meditation.  

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more videos to help you find peace and spiritual growth from Great Conjunction Spiritual Center!

Find grounding, centering and peace with this easy, guided Mini Meditation. Narrated by John Michael Thornton.

This Month Great Conjunction is proud to present a new service - Mini~Meditation videos! Each month we will present a new, short guided meditation.  

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more videos to help you find peace and spiritual growth from Great Conjunction Spiritual Center!

Find your center and relax with this easy, guided Mini Meditation. Narrated by John Michael Thornton.

by Rev. Tamera Crosby

 

Well...here we are...mid-summer and into another month. Seems like I only did the June Gemstones a couple of weeks ago. BUT...there is a difference this time!!! This is my favorite month...July!!!

Let's play a tiny bit of trivia before I delve into the July Gemstones.

1.What month and day is the commemoration of Bastille Day?

2.What month and day was the first Russian Sputnik launched?

3.What month and day is my birthday?

(I do hope you noticed that I purposely did not ask for the year on any of the questions!)

For the answer to the above questions...you'll have to check some of my other blog listings. You didn't think I would just give the answers at the end of this entry, did you?

Now onward to the purpose of this blog listing...July Gemstones.

 

By Wiener Edelstein Zentrum - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31984340RUBY--This is the modern as well as the traditional gemstone for the month of July. It is one of the hardest gemstones besides diamonds and sapphires and is used commercially for many items, including but not limited to---use in lasers to amplify energy. They mostly use the clearer or gemmy variety but even the raw or low grade ruby stones can do the same thing for whomever is carrying or wearing them. They are not discriminate amplifiers, either. They will amplify the good as well as the bad so if you are a wearer of rubies, be aware of your thoughts, especially while driving...they can just as easily amplify road-rage as they can protective and healing energies.

By Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10141376There was one woman at a show who must have had 8-10 ruby rings as well as a necklace and earrings on the day I first saw her. I don't remember how the topic came up but I asked her if she happened to be a bit on the road-rage side when driving and she admitted that she was very impatient when in traffic. I told her about how the rubies amplify energy and thoughts and suggested that maybe she would benefit from wearing a few less of them at a time. When I next saw her at a show a few months later, she was wearing less of the rubies and was a whole lot calmer.

Rubies have always been a favorite of mine and anyone who has seen me has probably seen my special ruby...it is a massive ruby record keeper which I wear on braided cording. It was not a stone which wanted any metal wrapped around it. My standing joke is that I had always wanted a large ruby to wear but had never specified that it was gem quality. I got my wish.

Rubies also have a lot of legends and lore pertaining to them. One of my favorites is about its protective qualities. It is said to change color or darken if the wearer is in danger...thus is one of the reasons goblets of the nobility were often encrusted with rubies...to warn them if the drink was poisoned.

So...in my introductory ramblings about the Ruby...we've covered part of the energies and uses for them...they are protective and amplify energies.

They also are said to aid regeneration of physical/spiritual heart; enhance circulation; vitalize blood and entire body/mind system while strengthening immunity. They are also said to activate sluggish or dormant conditions on physical/spiritual levels; refine lower passions as well as enhancing courage, integrity, selfless service, joy, spiritual devotion, power, leadership. They are also said to help banish the sense of limitation.

ALSO...besides Quartz, Rubies are one of the few gemstones which sometimes have record keepers etched or raised on their faces. This means that they hold information from the past, present and perhaps even the future in them. They are knowledge libraries to the ones who can tune into them and decipher their messages.

 

By LesFacettes - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17265612EMERALD-- The Emerald is a stone of the heart chakra, opening one to more love and healing past hurts . It is also a stone to work out things with father figures...whether your actual father or someone who has felt like a father to you. It also helps when there is no father figure present. The Emerald is also a stone which helps one to realize prosperity and helps with dream work/ meditation. It deepens spirituality and consciousness. A wonderful all around healing stone.

 

By Simon Eugster --Simon 14:41, 11 April 2006 (UTC) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=697130ONYX---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.

 

 

By jaja_1985 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaja_1985/177995017/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3244490CARNELIAN--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.)

Garnet cutGARNET---(Red)--is said to strengthen, purify, vitalize and regenerate bodily systems, especially the bloodstream. It is also said to have a strong affinity with root Chakra, helping to harmonize the potent forces of the kundalini. Thus it may also help to stimulate the pituitary gland. while aligning subtle bodies. It is also said to help increase love, compassion and enhance the imagination.

 

Tamera Crosby is in incredibly talented artist and gem and stone expert.  She appears regularly at Great Conjunction Expos and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.