Hi, I am afraid I need to take a little break from blogging as I have some personal things I need to turn my attention too. I will be back soon, and for those who are waiting for their Sagittarius crystal blog, I will still post it, just a bit later. Take care :)
Health and Happiness
Jan - QQ
Apologies for being late this month, life is manic at the moment! I blame Mercury Retro, I'll be glad when it's passed.
So this month's blog is about synthetic vs natural, I promise this is the last time I will bang on about this but I just had to drag my soapbox out one more time. Last week I got some Common Opal in stock, it was the first time I had seen it in the flesh and it was a very unassuming stone.....
...but when you hold it up to the light you can see oranges and yellows glowing inside the crystal.
Here is a bit of information about Common Opal, it comes in a variety of colours, the above being the white specimen. It's energy is purifying and cleansing, especially to your etheric body, it is associated with the angelic realm and is an ideal gift to leave with a wish for your favourite angel. It is also useful for drawing out dis-ease that is caused by painful emotions being buried deep within due to previous abuse. It helps you to face these issues and release them. Common Opal encourages positivity and heightens psychic abilities.
Now I grant you that it is not as glamorous as it's synthetic counterpart. Below is a piece of Opalite I picked up over a year ago in the city from a crystal stall, this stone, if you can call it that is what sent me off on my original quest to learn more about synthetic crystals....
Opalite is in fact a trade-name for a man-made stone. It is usually made of plastic or resin, you can feel it is not a mineral. The play-of-color is created from inclusions of cellophane or similar material. Sadly many retailers sell the Common Opal under the name of Opalite, which creates even more confusion.
I think it is such a shame that people have given this synthetic piece of glass healing properties, I feel it reflects badly on wonderful realm of natural healing stones.
Happy solar return Scorpio!
The Scorpio character is passionate yet sensitive. At your best you can be couragous and highly intuitive, but when that scorpion tale rises you can become ruthless, secretive and jealous. So here are some crystal suggestions to help keep your stinger under control....
Malachite and more information is available here
Malachite has a transforming energy, it can rid you of negativity, helping you to realise and confront the things that are blocking you spiritually and emotionally, assisting you in releasing these tensions instead of internalising them thus creating dis-ease. Malachite can also give you the courage and confidence to reach out for your goals
Rhodochrosite and more information available here
Scorpios are very sensitive and easily hurt, you can hold on to painful feelings turning them into resentments that can run deep, Rhodocrosite is soothing and empowering, it gently stimulates the heart chakra helping you to release the sadness and anger and encourages you to move on. It is also useful for those Scorpios who have a tendancy to use sex as a weapon against their partners, as it helps you to release the old hurts that are the underlying cause of such behaviour.
Sex is an incredibly important part of the Scorpio nature and the Sceptre Quartz, with its phallic symbolism is a perfect crystal that can keep your sexual energies in the light, it has the ability to transform sex from a basic animal instinct into a form of spiritual alchemy, heightening your experience of your partner.
APACHE TEAR OBSIDIAN
Apache Tear Obsidian and more information available here
If the worst has happened and your passion has caused you to lash out and sting someone, use Apache Tear Obsidian to help you to calm your emotions and find it in your heart to reach out and ask for forgiveness. This translucent form of Obsidian has the ability to gently ground your passionate energies and help you to work through negative emotions such as anger and jealousy.
Other useful crystals for Scorpios
Aragonite - helps you to see and consider differing points of view.
Hawk's Eye - can assist you in seeing the bigger picture and also tap into your natural intuition.
Hiddenite - can help to quieten your sharp tongue.
Garnet - can help you when you are feeling depressed as it can lift your hopes and help you to let go of outworn ideas and situations.Have a wonderful year Scorpio!
Crystals for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a dreaded curse for many during the winter months, with symptoms ranging from feeling a little fed up and lethargic to a deep depression. One of the best remedies is to get a lightbox but while you're busy and on the run, crystals can be a great 'pick me up' between your light therapy sessions.
How can crystals relieve symptoms that are caused by a lack of sunlight? Well there are two ways...
** They work as a form of colour therapy, the colours red, orange and yellow have a warming, stimulating and energising effect on the body.
** Crystals have subtle energies that activate and balance the chakras, for SAD sufferers you are looking to activate the lower chakras - base/root, sacral and solar plexus, these chakras are related to energy levels and feelings of well being.
Here is a great link that can give you a basic understanding of both chakras and their related colours...
...and here are my Top 5 recommended crystals for you to try.....
#2 FALCON'S EYE
#3 ORANGE CALCITE
#4 CITRINE QUARTZ
(heat treated is best for SAD)
Carnelian and more information is available hereCarry or wear the above crystals, look at them and let the colours penetrate your mind. In the morning or evening place them on the related chakra and feel their energy warming and energising you.
Other top tips
Wear warm bright colours.
Eat plenty of fruit and veg.
Get outside during daylight hours as much as you can, even if it's a stroll around the block during your lunch break.For other great advice about Seasonal Affective Disorder visit
http://www.sad.org.uk/Best of luck readers and when you're getting down with the winter blues, remember it won't last forever, spring always follows winter!
Health and Happiness
Happy solar return Libra!
As a Libran personality you love to have hamony and tranquility in your life, and to surround yourself with beautiful friends and possessions. But life has a habit of throwing us all 'curve balls', so here is a list of crystals to keep at hand for when you feel your scales starting to swing.
Opal is your traditional birthstone, precious Opal is a stunning but also powerful stone. It intensifies emotional states, both positive and negative. Obviously if you are happy and projecting your best qualities of charm and diplomacy you're on to a winner, but if your darker, more moody side is peeking through, it might be better to put your more precious Opal to one side. Opals can be great teachers, helping you to recognise where your more negative emotions are causing harm to you and others, however its lessons can be severe if you are reticent about your shadow side and unwilling to do the inner work that Opal is asking of you. If you are susceptable to this crystal's strong powers but still want to work with your shadow, I suggest you reach for the Common Opal which has a much gentler energy and it less likely to 'throw you on your butt!'
Common Opal and more information available here
PINK MANGANO CALCITE
Pink Mangano Calcite and more information is available here
Librans have a bit of a reputation for being indecisive, but that isn't strictly the case, it is just that as a great diplomat you like to see both sides of a situation and don't like to be perceived as taking sides, even if internally you have. Mangano Calcite is a stone of empathy and acceptance, it can help you remain calm and balanced and accepting of others viewpoints even if you aren't in agreement with them, it helps to dispel arguments and will give you the serenity to communicate how you feel about the situation without being drawn into a heated discussion.
Chrysoprase and more information is available here
Although generally an easy going and laid back character, Librans can be vulnerable to insecurity and bouts of moodiness and depression. Chrysoprase is a perfect crystal for you when you feel your mood sinking. As a stone of the 'Green Ray' it activates the Heart Chakra and can help to fill you with hope and joy, reminding you of the interconnectedness of all things and that even if you feel alone or isolated you are able to draw in love and abundance from the Universe and find solace in the simpler things in life, such as a walk in nature or the smell of a flower.
Bloodstone and more information is available here
As a sign who prefers serenity and beauty you can be prone to living in your imagination, where you can project yourself into a better scenario than you might presently be in. Bloodstone can help to not only ground you in reality but also to have the courage to make changes in the here and now, so that what you dream about can become a reality.
COMMON CITRINE QUARTZ
Common Citrine Quartz and more information is available here
One of the biggest challenges for you as a Libran is to remember to put yourself first sometimes. You are one of the biggest 'people-pleasers' of the zodiac, often putting others wants and needs first, which will work for a while, but eventually resentment and anger can start bubbling under the surface. Common Citrine Quartz can help you to set boundaires and stop saying yes when you mean no, and also lighten your darker feelings when you are starting to feel others are taking advantage of your good nature.
Other useful crystals for Librans
Blue Sapphire - the 'Stone of Peace', brings feeling of tranquillity and peace of mind.
Lapis Lazuli - helps you to express your opinions on matters instead of being so diplomatic.
Aquamarine - stops you turning critical and sarcastic when you feel under pressure.
Mahogany Obsidian - helps you to release any feeling of hurt and resentment that have built up.
Have a wonderful year Libra!
Hands up who's broke!? Me too, summer has sucked the coffers dry, so I thought I would blog about using crystals to encourage the universe to send some good luck our way before we hit the next holiday season! So here is a list of QQ's top abundance crystals, and some ideas of what you can do with them. I've also added a little wish/spell you can try a few days after the next New Moon, I think I'm going to give it a go too.....
Green Aventurine and more information is available here
Also known as the 'gambler's stone', Green Aventurine is said to bring luck in all games of chance, so be sure to hold a peice when choosing your lottery numbers/scratch card or having a little flutter.
Natural Citrine Quartz
Natural Citrine Quartz and more information is available here
Natural Citrine (not the treated variety) is the famed money attracting stone, also sometimes known as the 'merchant's stone', as it is said to attract cash into businesses and up your selling skills. A perfect choice to put in your purse/wallet or in the money draw of any business. You could also try taping it to your letter box or putting a stone under you door mat.
Chalcopyrite and more information is available here
As a gold crystal Chalcopyrite has strong associations with not only drawing in abundance, but also helping you to understand what it is you truely want from the material realm and therefore helps you to make wise decisions when parting with your cash. If you have your eye on something, meditate with some Chalcopyrite before you buy to be sure it is really what you want. We are all guilty of 'mistake buys' and often we do these things when we are feeling in need of a boost somewhere else in our lives.
Malachite and more information is available here
Peridot and more information available here
Malachite and Peridot not only draw in money and good fortune, they also protect against the loss of it too. So try putting these crystals with your valuables or carry them with you if you are selling or paying with cash to avoid being pick-pocketed or duped.
Tiger's Eye and more information is available here
Tiger's Eye is another luck and prosperity stone, but also with protective powers, another crystal you could carry in you purse and use before you make that purchase and bust your budget. Hold it in your hand and ask yourself 'do I really need this right now?'
So that is my list of prosperity crystals and a few ideas of what you could do with them.
This week we have a New Moon on Sept 5th and a waxing moon is the best time to make a wealth wish or spell. I will give you some ingredients and methods below but it is always best to make such things your own so the following are only suggestions and correspondences. The most important thing when making such requests to the universe is to be sure to add the following....
'Let this wish cause no harm to myself or others...'
We don't want you crashing your car or having your dear old Auntie popping her clogs!
CREATING A WEALTH WISH
During a waxing moon (at least 2 days after the New Moon).
On a Thursday/Sunday is best.
6 is the number associated with money so if you can do it at 6am/pm all the better.
Crystals (of course, this is a crystal site)
Some silver coins
Piece of paper
What to do
Set the mood by relaxing and thinking about what it is you want to ask the universe for.
Write your wish on the piece of paper.
Arrange your crystals and coins around the candle and piece of paper, clockwise.
Light the candle and say the wish out loud 6 times and then meditate on how you will feel when your wish comes true, imagine that it has! Woohoo!!
Repeat the candle lighting wish at the same time of day if possibe, until the Full Moon.
On the Full Moon burn the piece of paper, in the candle flame and collect the ashes in a jar (don't burn your self!) then scatter them in the wind or a running stream to take your wish out into the universe.
Allow until the next full moon to see results.
Remember you have to work with the universe and keep an eye out for opportunities that present themselves.
BEST OF LUCK EVERYONE!!
I will let you know how I get on with my wish, and I'd love to hear if you try it and have success or if you know any other tips to include in the wish/spell that others could use.
Happy solar return Virgo!
The Virgo personality often strives for order, perfection and a high standard of personal integrity, so the crystals for Virgos aim at supporting you as you work to attain these goals and also to let go of the self-criticism and obsessiveness you sometimes inflict on yourself.
Sardonyx and more information is available here
Sardonyx is a crystal that embodies strength, it can help to support your will-power and give you the self-control you require to reach your higher ideals. It also helps you to attract the good friends and strong allies that can assist you in remaining grounded and balanced, preventing you from becoming too self-absorbed. Sardonyx supports logical thought patterns and information processing, which are skills you use to help you get to the heart of issues when problem solving.
Peridot and more information is available here
You can use Peridot to balance and lighten your often serious outlook on life. This beautiful, uplifting crystal helps yo to 'stop sweating the small stuff' and encourages you to give yourself a break and stop beating yourself up when you become self-critical. It can help you to let go of negative habits and patterns that are no longer supporting you.
Blue Topaz and more information is available here
Many Virgos find themselves in roles of service, from counselling and caring for others to careers in hospitality, and you can take these roles to extremes due to your high standards, often neglecting yourself in the process. Blue Topaz helps you to recognise that you can't be of help to others if you are personally on your knees and exhausted. It helps you to understand the need to set boundaries and gives you the courage to vocalise these, in order to allow you to care for yourself too and prevent feelings of resentment, frustration and guilt to further bring you down.
Moss Agate and more information is availble here
Due to your desire for excellence you can fall into periods of depression and low self-esteem, and although you are able to analyse your emotions you can sometimes struggle with feeling your feelings, prefering to observe them almost as an outsider. Moss Agate grounds your emotions so that you can embrace them and accept how you are feeling. It encourages you to see your positive qualities and to be more understanding and patient with yourself and others, bringing inner calmness and peace.
Other useful crystals for Virgos
Celestite - can help you to rise above mundane matters.
Red Tourmaline - can help you to be less critical.
Sugilite - raises your intuition, which is a gift you sometimes struggle with as an earth sign.
Dendritic Agate - eases the nervouns tension which you are prone to.
Have a wonderful year Virgo!
The information in this blog has been adapted from the wonder book The Crystal Zodiac by Judy Hall.
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Summer at QQ HQ
Hello everyone :)
It is summer time at QQ HQ, and time for me to have a little down time and hang out with my little boy, taking walks in the woods and trips to the beach, hooray!
The shop is still open, with orders heading out as usual, and I'm still pottering about behind the scenes in the evening, but pottering IS the operative word.
I will post the Virgo crystals later in the month and I'll be back in full swing in September, but til then......
HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER!!
Happy solar return Leo!
Your birth crystal is the beautiful warm coloured Tiger's Eye, which shimmers golden like your ruler the Sun.
Tiger's Eye and more information available here
Tiger's Eye resonates with your sunny , confident character and will not only help you to manifest your desires, but also to tell the difference between your true needs and your whims. It's energy is protective, not just from outside influences, but also from your own tendancy to 'power-trip', reminding you to concentrate on self empowerment rather that control over others.
Leo's crave recognition, but are sometimes resistant to push forward and take steps on a new path that will place them in the best position. Golden Topaz can give you the strength to overcome your limitations, seek out support and recognize your natural abilities. Wearing or carrying Golden Topaz increases your natural confidence, but at the same time helps you to keep it 'real' and protects you from taking any knock backs too much to heart, thus injuring your pride. It is also very energizing and can support you when you have an excessive work load.
Rose Quartz and more information available here
Leo's are very open emotionally and sexually, but as a fixed sign you are rather set in your ways too. This can make you vulnerable to taking offence if you are hurt emotionally. Rose Quartz can help to soften your feelings and release the pain in your heart so that you can overcome your pride enough to let the other person in again.
Other useful crystals for Leo's
Ruby - stops other sucking your vital energy and encourages you to be open to new relationships.
Kunzite - helps you to accept constructive criticism and encourages humility.
Morganite - helps to overcome egotism and be open to unconditional love.
Rhodochrosite - helps you to face up to things you may be surpressing.
Have a wonderful year Leo!
The information in this blog has been adapted from the wonderful book The Crystal Zodiac by Judy Hall.
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DYED AND TREATED CRYSTALS
As a follow on blog from last month's about man made crystals, I wanted to do a post about dyed and treated crystals. There is no denying that the following stones are eyecatching and in some instances very beautiful, however they are not as Mother Earth intended and have been adapted by humans using various techniques.
DYED AGATES AND BERYLS
The stones above have been dyed vivid colours by soaking them in high strength industrial dyes that penetrate the crystal. Any of the healing properties the stones possess are highly diminished during this process as the dye is basically poisoning the stone. Sadly many dealers bulk out their mixed crystal selections with these very cheap stones, and I have also seen some people, who perhaps are unaware that they are unnaturally coloured attribute healing properties to them according to their colour ray and chakra association. The only use these crystals have really is ornamental, if you must buy them at all, please bear in mind that the toxic dyes at some point need to be disposed of and one can only hope that it is done in an environmentally friendly way.
The following is a list of Quartz crystals that have been treated with finely powdered metals, usually done under intense heat and pressure which fuses the metal to the crystal. As metals have their own metaphysical properties it is thought that this adds to the powers of the Quartz. Although for every treated Quartz there is a natural alternative that has been made by Mother Nature.
AQUA AURA QUARTZ
Aqua aura is a natural crystal that has been coated with gold fumes. It is created in a vacuum chamber from quartz crystals and gold vapor by a process known as vapour deposition. The quartz is heated to 871 °C (1600 °F) in a vacuum, and then gold vapor is added to the chamber. The gold atoms fuse to the crystal's surface, which gives the crystal an iridescent metallic sheen. The process was awarded the United States Patent No. 6997014 on 14 February 2006. (taken from Wikipedia)
It is said to have a very cooling energy, calming anger and reducing stress, helping you to communicate your deepest truths.
Natural alternatives - Blue Lace Agate, Blue Chalcedony and Lepidolite.
ANGEL AURA QUARTZ
This Quartz is coated with powdered platinum, silver and other trace metals, and gives the crystal an iridescence that is reminiscent of the gossamer wings of angels. Said to help you to connect to the angelic realm and be more sensitive to their messages.
Natural alternative - Angelite.
As the name suggests this Quartz is coated with titanium, a high strength metal, and is said to increase the physical strength and energy of the user.
Natural alternative - Brazilian Agate
There are other types of Aura Quartz, the name depends on the type of metals used.....
These metal coatings are only surface deep and although the process of bonding them to the Quartz doesn't actually change the basic structure of the crystal, it does make it more brittle and prone to chipping and fractures.
So what do you think about all these so called 'new age' and man made crystals? Would you buy them as healing stones and if you have, what kind of experiences did you have with them?
I always love to hear about other peoples crystal journeys......
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS - QQ
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