Summer Time Crystals and Rituals

During the spring as the warmer weather revealed itself I started a commitment to daily walks. I made this commitment for my physical and mental well being. Not only do I want to improve my physical stamina but I want to also get a dose of sunshine and nature on a regular basis. In this fast passed world that we live in I think it is vitally important for our overall well being to connect with nature. Being in nature and working with crystals are two of my favorite ways to do that.

Crystals encompass all of the elements, earth, water, air and fire. By having crystals in my home and working with them I can tap into nature no matter what season it is. Sweet!

Here are a few crystals suggestions you can work with this summer::

Citrine: Sunny citrine brings in the golden ray of the quartz family and the elements of fire and sun. It is vibrant and energizing stone. Citrine is known as a stone of abundance and prosperity. It resonates with the solar plexus chakra that taps into your personal will and aids in mental clarity. Citrine stokes the fires of creativity and growth on all levels.

Ways to work with citrine: Do a meditation with citrine where you imagine the golden warmth of the sun entering through your crown chakra and working its way down to the tips of your toes. You can keep a piece of citrine in your wallet, wear it in jewelry, use it in a bath or in an elixir.

 

Pyrite: Fiery pyrite is considered a protection stone that is both energizing and grounding. It deflects and dispels negative energy and balances polarities. It can be used to facilitate creation and swift action for new beginnings.

Ways to work with pyrite: Carry pyrite with you, keep it in your work area , create a crystal grid or wear it in jewelry.

 

Golden Tiger’s Eye: Associated with the solar plexus, golden tiger’s eye is a confidence booster. I have  found Tiger’s Eye to be both grounding and uplifting to the spirit. For many years I carried a piece of tumbled tiger’s eye with me.

Ways to work with golden tiger’s eye: You can carry a piece of tumbled tiger’s eye with you, wear it in jewelry or use it in a crystal grid.

Summertime Rituals:

Setting up a prosperity grid with the above mentioned crystals is a nice option. Tip, by adding quartz to a grid you amplify the energies of the other stones.

Ribbon Wishes & Blessings:

                                                      Ribbons with wishes and blessings written on them

 

I write down wishes and blessings on ribbons and tape them to a window frame. In the photo above you will see that the window I chose faces another building…yes living in an urban environment. As the breeze blows on the ribbons it carries my wishes into my home and out into the world. These wishes can be for yourself, your family, your community and the planet. One of my wishes this summer is to have an open heart and to give and receive love freely.

This ritual reminds me of Tibetan prayer wheels in which rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many copies of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum are wound around an axle in a protective container and then the wheel is  spun around and around sending offerings and spiritual blessings out into the world.

Enjoy your summer and crystal love to you!

Etsy Shop

 

Boji Stones, Pop Rocks, Kansas Pop Rocks, Shaman Stone… A Rose By Any Other Name…

To paraphrase Shakespeare’s “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” , A Boji Stone by any other name would be a Boji Stone.

Let’s get out of the way the fact that I am completely perplexed when something from Mother Nature is trademarked. Boji Stones are the trademarked and the most well known name for these stones that are found in Kansas. They are also known as Kansas Pop Rocks, Pop Rocks, Moqui Marble (though I think Moqui Stones actually differ slightly), or Shaman Stones. The trademarked stones marketed and sold as Boji Stones are sold with their own, “birth certificate” and cost considerably more. Now that , that is out of the way, I will refer to these stones in a general way as Pop Rocks.

Kansas Pop Rocks are found at the bottom of a natural chalk pyramid created by the sea at the Niobrara Formation some 82 and 87 million years ago during the Coniacian, Santonian, and Campanian stages of the Late Cretaceous period. Many geologists consider this natural pyramid to be at the “heart” of the United States. To be more precise, this geologic formation is located at the outcrops of the Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Formation within Gove County, Kansas. Please note that Pop Rocks come from the same place as Boji Stones, are comprised of the same elements and have the same energetic properties

An interesting tid bit is that the name Kansas, is derived from the Native American tribal name Kansa, or “Wind People.” Kansas is a state possessing a rich Indian heritage as far back as 14,000 years ago, the time of Paleo-Indians.The land where Kansas Pop Rocks formed is considered to be a sacred place by the Native Americans that live there.

Another tid bit, though I am not sure where this came from was that the name “Pop Rock” comes from the fact that they would explode when thrown into a fire.

Pop Rocks are concretions that are comprised of a combination of some or all of the following: pyrite, marcasite, jarostie and iron sulfide. They have a radial crystal structure that usually forms on a nucleus such as a fossil vertebrae, tooth or clam shell. They are exposed as the land erodes around them.

Pop Rocks are your go to stone for grounding. They balance polarities, balance Yin/Yang energies and they balance and align the chakras as well as cleanse and strengthen your auric field.  Pop Rocks are used in crystal healing for arthritis, back pain, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, general healing and to restore energetic and emotional balance.

Similar concretions form throughout the world and it is said that this particular type of stone was used in Atlantis for healing and cell regeneration by placing a stone on each of the 7 major chakras.

As you probably know, but I have been guided to reinforce, I am not claiming to heal or cure any of the ailments mentioned here and that crystal healing is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment when needed.

The “male”, yang energy stone has a rough exterior and the “female” yin energy stone has a smooth exterior. The “male” Boji stones only occur between 2% to 5% of the time, so they are considered somewhat rare. To be able to have a pair of male and female pop rocks that are relatively equal in size is a score. If you are able to obtain a large pair that are relatively equal in size, you have hit the jackpot!

 

Ways to Work with Your Pop Rocks:

For grounding and to restore balance you can use a pair of Pop Rocks in meditation. Traditionally you hold the “female” (smooth surfaced) stone in your left, receiving hand and the male (rough stone) in your right, giving hand as the left side of the body is considered to hold feminine energy and the right side , masculine energy.

You can also do the opposite and swap the pop rocks into the opposite hands. I  suggest that you do try using them in alternate hands, see if you note any differences. As with all practices, do what feels right to you.

When holding Pop Rocks I often feel a pulsing in my hands within a minute or two. When I sit in meditation for a longer period of time, I have felt the energy flow up through my arms and through my heart chakra, creating a circuit.

For small to medium sized pop rocks you can do a chakra balancing layout by laying down in a nice quiet setting and place a single Pop Rock or pair of Pop Rocks on a chakra and rest for 5 minutes or more. You can do this for a chakra that you are drawn to or you can do this for each chakra starting at the root chakra and working your way up to the crown chakra. For the crown chakra you can place the stone an inch or so above the top of your head.

Another option for using Pop Rocks in a crystal healing layout, is to use the grounding energies of the stone by placing it at the Earth Star chakra. This is done by placing a stone a few inches below each foot with your chosen crystals placed on the other 7 main chakras.

You can also tuck smaller sized pop rocks into your clothing or carry them with you for grounding and balance throughout your day.

If you have several pop rocks you can try out these additional exercises:

For grounding, sit in a comfortable chair and place a male pop rock under your right foot and an a female pop rock under you left foot, hold a female pop rock in your left hand and a male pop rock in your right hand and sit for 5 minutes or so. As mentioned in the meditation above you can also alternate the sides that you have the male and female pop rocks placed.

For chakra balancing place a Pop Rock on each of the 7 chakras and rest for 5 minutes or more.

The possibilities are endless, use  your imagination and work with them in a way that is fun and comfortable for you.

Crystal System: Mineral
Mohs hardness: 7.4
Chakra association: Particularly the Root Chakra,  All
Element: Earth, Fire and Water

To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse Your Pop Rocks?

Do not wet your pop rocks, they will rust. If you feel the need to physically  clean them you can brush them with a soft dry brush. To “recharge” them you can place them in the sun.

I hope that you enjoyed reading about Pop Rocks as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

Please share how you use Pop Rocks AKA Boji Stones in the comments section, I would love to hear from you.

Chrysalis Chris Etsy Shop

Crystals Can Transform Your Life

I am finding that the more I work with crystals, the more shifts are taking place within me and around me.
 
Most recently my heart chakra seems to be bursting open with love, gratitude, and joy after a period of mourning, loss and perceived lack.
And ya know I just realized it wasn’t just “suddenly”, there are always a series of gradual shifts and then one day, you look around you and say, huh, when did this happen? That is the beauty of the subtle transformation that can take place when working with the energies of crystals, gifts from Mother Earth.
 
I believe that what started these shifts began during a meditation I facilitated last year with Rose Quartz. Before we began the meditation I built a huge rose quartz grid and the pink ray totally infused the room with loving energy. All year I have been doing various grids around love and abundance. The small shifts have accumulated into a larger shift, particularly around my heart chakra.
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                         Valentine’s Day Grid

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