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Black Tourmaline transmutes negative energy into positive, Continue reading “October Crystal of the Month – Black Tourmaline”

Carnelian is a stone of courage and vitality. Continue reading “September Crystal of the Month – Carnelian”

Blue Lace Agate

A translucent, banded quartz, Chalcedony of wavy white and light blue bands. Continue reading “June Crystal of the Month – Blue Lace Agate”

Emerald is Green Beryl.

The stone of successful love.

Emeralds open the heart chakra  to receive love in all aspects of life.  Let go of negativity and create positive outcomes. Emeralds help us to find strength.  A favorite gem since ancient days in Egypt, it was also sacred to the Aztec and Inca.  Emeralds are associated with detoxing the body.

Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis

Aquamarine is Blue Beryl, a stone with flowing, soothing, and compassionate energy.  It’s name means “water of the sea” in latin.

Boost courage and ease communication skills.  Release anger and make positive changes in your life by using aquamarine.  Embrace change and reduce tension, ease grief.

Place aquamarine beneath your pillow to aid with sleep.

Use in deep meditation to connect with spirit guides.

Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis

Imbolc Pinterest Board

Earth and subtle, Garnet supports the Chi.

A protective talisman against negative energy garnet is a stone of romantic love.  Linked with the heart chakra, the deep red color brings and intensity to love,  Used in jewelry for protection since ancient Greece & Rome.  Garnet has a deep and lasting energy, and brings passion that burns slow and steady.

Garnet comes from the latin word for pomegranate.

Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis

5 Sacred Ideas for Harnessing the Power of Perseid Meteor Shower

The ancient Greeks believed that meteorites were special objects worthy of veneration. Many  Greek temples enshrined rocks that had reportedly fallen from the heavens. The Perseid Meteor Shower radiates from the constellation Perseus, and is named for the sons of this ancient Greek Hero. Continue reading “5 Sacred Ideas for Harnessing the Power of Perseid Meteor Shower”

Macumba

Macumba, like voodoo, appears to be both exciting and romantic to the visitor, but many of these forget that macumba is a religion to a large proportion of the Brazilian population.  It should be treated and respected as such. White Oak Grove CUUPs was thrilled  to have a recent discussion group on the religion lead by Betsy U.  Betsy lived in Brazil for some time and was able to give us an exciting and unique perspective on Macumba.

Continue reading “Macumba”

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