Crystal Musings

Tools for Transformation

Tools for Transformation

In my healing practices, I use many tools that work with transformation — crystals, drums, other sound instruments, a healing altar, feathers — to name a few. Here are some of my favorites.

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Celebrating the Fall Season: 3 Grids

Celebrating the Fall Season: 3 Grids

I like to celebrate the change of seasons. Each season has its own beauty, and crystals are a perfect way to enhance the natural magnificence of fall.

One of my favorite ways to change the energy of a space is to create a crystal grid. Each combination of stones creates a unique energy that enhances the vibration of the space in a particular way.

Here are 3 grids I created to celebrate the fall season.

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Red Calcite: Moving Energy

Red Calcite: Moving Energy

    Calcites are remarkable healing stones, and red calcite is no exception. They have a gentle and penetrating energy that is able to get to the heart of an issue. Red Calcite is an excellent stone for grounding and moving stagnant energy. It works...

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Jasper and Agate: What’s the Difference

Jasper and Agate: What’s the Difference

This is a question I get asked a lot. It took me a long time to learn the difference between jasper and agate. There are still some times when I get confused, but it seems that geologists can also get confused between these two classifications of stone. Basically they...

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Golden Healer Layout: Deeper Awakening

Golden Healer Layout: Deeper Awakening

I have been experimenting with golden healer crystals this month. When I got these stones, I knew that they were going to be important. It has been several years since I have seen these stones. They are appearing now because the time has come for them to reappear and...

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Golden Ray Grid: Gateway to Higher Consciousness

Golden Ray Grid: Gateway to Higher Consciousness

The golden ray grid pictured here acts as a gateway to higher consciousness. It contains stones that I consider high vibration connectors: Heliodor, Citrine, Plasma Quartz and Brucite. Bringers of light each and every one. One of the best definitions of the Golden Ray...

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Citrine: Stone of Radiance

Citrine: Stone of Radiance

  To me, citrine is the stone that most captures the light of the sun in all of its radiance. In this season of the return of the sun, this is a particularly appropriate stone to focus on. I feature it periodically, because it is one of my favorite stones. One of...

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Zyamara Jasper

Zyamara Jasper

Zyamara jasper is a stone that is new to me. It comes from Madagascar and the exotic name and location are reflected in these stunning stones. I looked into the stone deeply in order to feel my way into its story. I could see it swirling, drifting and forming pictures...

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Indonesian Jasper: Stone of Heart Opening

Indonesian Jasper: Stone of Heart Opening

I just found this Indonesian Jasper at the Denver Gem and Mineral show. Although I know and love jasper, this one was new to me. It is a lovely green and red/pink color and I immediately felt its heart energy. When I sat down to listen to the stone I heard this first....

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Best Crystals for Beginners

Best Crystals for Beginners

One question I get asked all of the time about crystals is — "I am new to this, what are some good stones to use if you are just beginning?" My answer may vary from time to time, but one thing is constant: my favorite all-around tool is clear quartz. With a clear...

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Apophyllite: Portal Stone of Transcendance

Apophyllite: Portal Stone of Transcendance

Apophyllite is a stone I use for elevation. It sparkles out to the Universe with joy. To work with any stone, I first ask the stone how it wishes to be used. It will speak to me (or sometimes not) and I will simply write down what I hear and feel. When I sat with my...

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Carnelian: Interesting Facts On Its History and Uses

Carnelian: Interesting Facts On Its History and Uses

As promised in November's newsletter, here is some more in-depth information on historic uses of carnelian. This fascinating stone has been used since ancient times for both its beauty and its healing and protective qualities. Carnelian: Begin With Color Color has...

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Scheelite: Stone of Comfort and Peace

Scheelite: Stone of Comfort and Peace

Scheelite is a new stone (to me at least) that I found at a recent gem show. The specimens I have come from Turkey. It is a beautiful blue and tan stone with many layers — a painting from the Earth. The word that keeps coming to me as I hold Scheelite in my hand is...

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Wisdom of the Grandmothers is On Sale Now

Wisdom of the Grandmothers is On Sale Now

If you are a reader of the newsletter, or a friend of Spirit Dancer Crystals, you will know that this book has been a long time coming. I am beyond excited to announce that Wisdom of the Grandmothers: Tips for Living from the Realms of Love, is on Amazon right now. I am so grateful to all of the people who have made this book possible — you know who you are.

This book comes out of an exercise I was given in my woman’s circle — to spend 5 minutes a day meditating with a photo of each of my grandmothers, asking them for guidance. As I sat with the spirits of these remarkable women each day, my pen moving rapidly across the page, they offered up their stories, wisdom and advice in the most loving way imaginable.

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Crystals for Protection

Crystals for Protection

Whether you have just stepped onto the never-ever-ever-a-dull-moment path of doing energy work or you are a well-seasoned traveler, one thing becomes apparent very quickly: you have to be vigilant about protecting yourself energetically. Crystals for protection are a...

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What Does It Mean When A Crystal Breaks?

What Does It Mean When A Crystal Breaks?

Often times, when a crystal breaks, it has taken the brunt of issues you have worked through and are now ready to release. It has broken on your behalf so that you will not have to experience the break physically; your body has been spared and lovingly cared for by...

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Tsavorite Garnets

Tsavorite Garnets

Tsavorite garnets are one of the strongest stones I have found in a long time. It may seem like I write about garnets more than any other stone, and this is true. They are stunning healing tools and the range of work they can do is astonishing. They work on all levels...

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4 Healing Crystals To Use Right Now

4 Healing Crystals To Use Right Now

There always seem to be several crystals or minerals that move to the forefront of consciousness depending on the energies of the times. These 4 healing crystals are ones that I have turned to over and over again in the last few months. They are not necessarily my...

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Using a Pendulum: Part 2

Using a Pendulum: Part 2

In a previous article, I gave a basic introduction to pendulum use. Here, I want to give you another useful way to work with a pendulum when doing energy work. These tools are great at picking up subtle energy movements. As with all pendulum uses, it is helpful to be...

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Using a Pendulum: Basics

Using a Pendulum: Basics

I almost always have a number of pendulums for sale when I go to a show. They are great tools and they seem to generate the most questions of anything I have on my tables. I use my pendulums (yes, I have several) quite a lot for many different things. In this article,...

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Crystal Essences

Crystal Essences

Another way to use your crystals is to make crystal essences. For those who use or make flower essences, this will be a very easy adaptation. Essences are very much what their name implies. The energy of the crystal is infused into the water, such that the completed...

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Choosing Crystals

Choosing Crystals

The most important thing to do when choosing crystals for yourself or another, is to follow your heart’s guidance. It’s easy to get caught up in the mind’s love of “maybe this, maybe that”, and that can often lead to confusion or frustration. The simplest thing to do...

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Clearing Crystals

Clearing Crystals

The energy and vibrancy of crystals drains with use. They, like us, need respite and cleansing to replenish their vitality and love. Here are some good ways of clearing crystals. One. Smudge your crystals by intentionally holding them over the smoke of incense...

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Moving On by Jean Tindle

Moving On by Jean Tindle

Always at the back of my mind, has been the idea that the time would come when it would be my turn to move.  To physically pick up my life and move it to a new location.  The Universe has given me nudges over the years - a business that is based on my moving around, a...

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Lithium Quartz: Stress Relief Now

Lithium Quartz: Stress Relief Now

Lately, almost everyone I talk to at shows or in healing sessions will sooner or later ask me - “What is a good stone to relieve stress, to calm me, to bring more balance into my life?” My go-to response for this is lithium quartz, or lepidolite (which also contains...

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Tangerine Quartz

Tangerine Quartz

  There are certain stones that are old favorites for a reason - their healing abilities are strong, clear and powerful.  One of these stones is Tangerine Quartz. It is my favorite stone to use when I am stuck creatively and need to remember my creative genius....

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Lithium Quartz: Opening the Heart Chakra

Lithium Quartz: Opening the Heart Chakra

Lithium quartz are very calming and balancing, that is why I believe they are so popular right now.  When I meditated with this stone, I was given a slightly different, although compatible, use for them.  I am offering this information as an addition to many of the...

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Collector’s Corner

Collector’s Corner

Be sure to check out the new Collectors category here at Spirit Dancer.  Many times there are rocks and minerals that are so fine, I just can’t pass them up.  I may not be able to buy a large quantity, however, they are stones I feel drawn to for their beauty, rarity...

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Diopside

Diopside

Chrome diopside is yet another one of the stunning green minerals offered to us by Pachamama (Mother Earth).  It took me awhile to begin to hear and feel the energy of this stone.  The word heart was all I could hear as I sat at my mesa and listened deeply.  As with...

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