Crystal of the Day for July 26th is Actinolite

Crystal of the Day

Actinolite


                                                                        
The name Actinolite comes from the Greek words, “aktinos” (ray) and “lithos” (stone).


Hardness: 5 -6                           
Specific Gravity:                           
Chemistry: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2 Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide       
Class: Silicates                     
Crystallography: Monoclinic                                 
Cleavage: perfect in two directions                     
Fracture: splintery to uneven                      
Streak: white                            
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Actinolite is used to boost the immune system.

Workings: Actinolite is an excellent stone to use in shielding. It protects one from psychic attack. Actinolite promotes a feeling of self-worth and strength and encourages inner balance and patience.
Actinolite is associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio and vibrates to the number 9.

Chakra Applications: Actinolite is used to energize the aura. It is associated with the Heart and Root chakras. Green actinolite works on the heart chakra and black works on the root chakra.

Foot Notes: Actinolite is an amphibole silicate mineral. It is a semi-precious stone, consisting of many needle-shaped crystals and their radial impregnations. Actinolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, such as contact aureoles surrounding cooled intrusive igneous rocks. It also occurs as a product of metamorphism of magnesium-rich limestones.
A variety of actinolite, Nephrite, is one of the two minerals called jade.
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Author: Crick

Crystal of the Day for July 14th is Zircon

Crystal of the Day

Zircon


                                            (Colorless, yellow, brown, red, blue, green, orange, violet and pink)

Zircon is named from its containing the element, zirconium; which was named from the Persian, “zar” (gold) and “gun” (like) which translates “like gold”.

Hardness: 6.5-7.5              
Specific Gravity: 3.9 – 4.7            
Chemistry: ZrSiO4 Zirconium Silicate
Class: Silicates                 
Crystallography: Tetragonal             
Cleavage: imperfect in 2 directions
Fracture: conchoidal, very brittle               
Streak: white                  
Luster: adamantine, vitreous, greasy         


Healing: Zircon is used in treating issues related to the central nervous system and the sciatic nerve. It is also used in the mending of bones and muscles. Zircon has also been used as a antidote for poison.

Workings: The Zircon is known as the “Stone of Virtue” for it brings one’s virtues back into balance. Zircon is said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and to promote honour and wisdom in its owner.  It is a great stone to carry when engaged with a project and/or goal. Zircon is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Leo and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra applications: Zicon is used to energize the Base , Solar Plexus and Throat chakras.

Foot Notes: Zircons are commonly slightly radioactive due to trace amounts of uranium and make prime, geochron age indicators. They are earth’s oldest-known mineral. The typical simple crystal of zircon is a tetragonal prism terminated with four sided pyramids at each end. The prism may be lacking and the crystal can look octahedral.
Zircon is one of the heaviest gemstones, which means that it will look smaller than other varieties of the same weight.
Natural Zircon with good color and transparency is uncommon; most Zircon crystals are opaque and brownish. Most Zircon gemstones, especially the blue and white forms, are enhanced by heat treatment.
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Author: Crick

Crystal of the Day for June 23 is Ralsonite

Crystal of the Day

Ralsonite    

 


Named for J. Grier Ralston (1851-1880 CE) of Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, who first observed the mineral.                                                                  

Hardness: 4.5                       
Specific Gravity: 2.5                  
Chemistry: NaxMgxAl2-x(F,OH)6•(H2O)            
Class: Halide                
Crystallography: Isometric – Hexoctahedral                      
Cleavage: perfect                 
Fracture: Brittle – Uneven                 
Streak: White                   
Luster: Vitreous – Greasy
Healing: Ralstonite is used in the diagnosis of various ailments. It is also used for the treatment of tularemia and advanced cases of rabies.

Magical Workings: Ralstonite is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: none

Foot Notes: Ralsonite is a colorless, white, or yellowish mineral composed of hydrous basic sodium magnesium aluminum fluoride, occurring in octahedral crystals.
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Author: Crick

Gemstone Of The Day for June 21st is Iolite

Gemstone Of The Day

Iolite


from the Greek ios, which means violet


(Color: shades of yellowish gray to blue to a blue violet )

Hardness:  7 – 7.5                             
Specific Gravity: 2.58-2.66                         
Chemistry: Mg2Al3O
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate        
Class: Metamorphic              
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                     
Cleavage: poor in one direction                     
Fracture: Uneven, conchoidal, brittle               
Streak: white                                
Luster: greasy – vitreous

Healing: Iolite is used to help heal sore throats, fevers and malaria. It is also used in detoxification of both drugs and alcohol. It assists in healing varicose veins.

Workings: Use Iolite when meditating or pursuing a Dream Vision or other forms of psychic connection. Iolite is often called the “Shaman Stone.” It is used by shamans as a healing and vision stone. Use for astral projection.

Chakra Applications: Use Iolite to open the 3rd. Eye and Crown Chakras. Iolite is thought to open a channel from the Throat Chakra to the Crown Chakra, thus setting up spiritual communication with the Higher Self.

Foot Notes: Iolite is the gem variety of the mineral cordierite. Iolite is called water sapphire because it looks very much like a blue sapphire. When the vikings went sailing out on the ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, which allowed them to navigate safely.
The major sources of gem grade iolite come from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Burma.

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Author: Crick

Gemstone of the Day for June 12 is Spinel

Gemstone of the Day

Spinel


                                                             (Red, green, blue, purple, brown, and black)

                The name spinel is derived from the Greek “spinther”, which means sparkling.

Hardness: 8               
Specific Gravity: 3.5 – 4.1                      
Chemistry: MgAl2O4 Magnesium Aluminum Oxide 
Class: Oxides                     
Crystallography:
Isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m                         
Cleavage: none
Fracture: conchoidal                              
Streak: white                               
Luster: vitreous


Healing: In general, Spinel is used to treat issues with joints, muscles and bones.Red, Blue and Green spinel is used to alleviate stress and to treat depression. Black Spinel is used to get to the source of ones dis-ease.

Magical Workings: In general, Spinel is a stone that can bring high energy to all efforts and all realms. Spinel is used to attract money, wealth and prosperity. It is also said to be a “Stone of Immortality”. It is said to help improve physical appearance, and help improve physical vitality.
Black Spinel is considered to be one of the top three protection stones. the other two are Blue Amber and Gel Sugilite. It is also helpful for those with issues of rage.
Blue Spinel is used to soothe and calm, bringing peace and transcendence.
Red Spinel is used to energize and strengthen.
Green Spinel  facilitates healing, communication and wisdom.
Orange Spinel is used to inspire optimism.
Violet Spinel is used to enhance communication between the generations and to avoid being victimized.
Brown Spinel helps to dispel negative energies, atachments or entities from one’s Etheric body. It also reflects  negative energy back to it’s original source.

Depending on its color, Spinel is associated with the astrological signs of: 
Red – Scorpio and vibrates to the number of 3
Blue – Gemini and vibrates to the number of 7
Brown – Cancer and vibrates to the number of 3
Black – Taurus and vibrates to the number of 5
Colorless – Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 7
Green – Libra and vibrates to the number of 7
Orange – Aries and vibrates to the number of 9
Dark Blue – Sagittarius and vibrates to the number of 5
Violet – Virgo and vibrates to the number of 5
Yellow – Leo and vibrates to the number of 5 

Chakra Applications: All spinel colors are used to raise the Kundalini energy.
Red spinel is most effective on the Root and Heart chakras.
Blue spinel is effective on the Third Eye chaka.
Brown Spinel connects to the Earth Star chakra, and allows one to be protected and grounded.
Black Spinel is effective with the Root, Spleen and Solar Plexus chakras.
Colorless spinel is used to re-energize one’s energetic fields as well as the whole chakra system.
Green spinel connects to the Heart chakra, it helps with emotional issues allowing one to feel love, compassion and forgiveness for oneself and others.
Orange spinel connects to the Sacral chakra stimulating sexual and creative energies.
Violet is effective on the Crown chakra.
Yellow spinel connects to the Solar Plexus chakra and helps one remain focused mentally, and aids in manifesting abundance on all levels.

Foot Notes: Spinel and ruby are chemically similar. Spinel is magnesium aluminum oxide and ruby is aluminum oxide.The Black Prince’s Ruby (Prince Edward’s) set in the British Imperial State Crown is actually a spinel. The Spinel Group contains over twenty members, but only a few are considered common. These are;
Chromite (Iron Chromium Oxide)
Franklinite (Zinc Iron Manganese Oxide)
Gahnite (Zinc Aluminum Oxide)
Magnesiochromite (Magnesium Chromium Oxide)
Magnetite (Iron Oxide)
Minium (Lead Oxide)
Spinel (Magnesium Aluminum Oxide)
The red color of spinel is dependent in large on the amount of iron content.
In the middle ages  it was believed that if you touched with this gem the four corners of a house, orchard, or vineyard, they would be protected from lightning.

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Author: Crick

Gemstone of the Day for June 6th is Gypsum

Gemstone of the Day

Gypsum 


(Color: white, colorless or gray, but can also be shades of red, brown and yellow.)



Hardness: 2                   
Specific Gravity: 2.3
Chemistry: CaSO4-2(H2O), Hydrated Calcium Sulfate          
Class: Sulfates             
Crystallography: monoclinic
Cleavage: good in one direction and distinct in two others      
Fracture: uneven but rarely seen
Streak: white                           
Luster: vitreous to pearly

Healing: Used as an elixir to increase fertility. Also used to produce strong bones.

Workings: Graphite is associated with the element of Water and its energy is receptive. Its astrological sign is Aries and it vibrates to the number 2. Use for channeling and meditation. Gypsum is called the “Good Luck” stone and is used in workings of prosperity.

Chakra Applications: Use Selenite (clear gypsum) to energize the chakras. Helps one to connect with the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Gypsum is one of the more common minerals in sedimentary environments. It is a major rock forming mineral that produces massive beds. Selenite is the clear, transparent form of the mineral gypsum. The ancient carving material called alabaster is another variety of gypsum. It is a common mineral and is found in Mexico, Italy, the United States, and throughout the world.
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Author: Crick

Charmed, I’m Sure: “Lapis Lazuli Lift”

THE MAGIC EYE *
Charmed, I’m Sure: “Lapis Lazuli Lift”

If you are feeling blue and want to give yourself a boost both physically and mentally, try making this simple charm:

In a blue cloth or bag, place a piece of lapis lazuli and some lavender. Take a piece of paper and draw a smiley face on it while visualizing yourself feeling happy and healthy. Put the paper in the bag with the lapis (if you are using a cloth, tie a piece of string or yarn around it to hold it closed). Then hold the bag in your hands and spend a few minutes filling it with positive energy.

Say: “Lavender lovely and lapis blue, health and harmony through and through.” Put it on your altar or under your pillow, be sure to take it out and hold it for a few minutes every day. You should be feeling better in no time!
 

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Everyday Witch A to Z
Deborah Blake

Gemstone of the Day for May 31st is Galena

Gemstone of the Day

Galena



Hardness: 2.5+                     
Specific Gravity: approximately 7.5+                    
Chemistry: PbS, Lead Sulfide                            
Class: Sulfides                      
Crystallography: isometric                     
Cleavage: perfect in four direction forming cubes        
Fracture: uneven and rarely seen because of the perfect cleavage         
Streak: lead gray           
Luster: metallic to dull

Healing: Galena is called a Stone of Harmony. Excellent for use in grounding. Galena reduces inflammation and increases circulation of the body. Used to increase the assimilation of selenium and zinc. 

Do not use as an elixir.

Workings: Astrological sign is Capricorn. Vibrates to the master number 22 Use during meditation.

Chakra Applications: used to align the chakras

Foot Notes: Galena is the most important ore and the principal source of lead. It is found throughout the world. In the United States it is found in Missouri, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Utah as well as in Australia, Canada, England, France, and Mexico. Galena specimens tarnish when exposed to air becoming dull in luster. Galena from certain regions is rich in silver.
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Author: Crick