Having a place in your home that feels Sacred, that represents your Spiritual path is important. Every time you see it, it’s a tangible reminder of the Spiritual aspect of your life. Whether it’s a bookcase shelf, a nightstand, an end table, any place can be used as an Altar to represent your path.
Some people use photos of loved ones or spiritual teachers. Some use Crystals or Stones. Some use Art, Bronzes or carvings of Power Animals, Fairies, Angels, Kuan Yins, Buddhas, etc. Some people place Runes, Tarot Cards, Rosary beads, I Ching tiles, everyone is different. Silk or fresh flowers, anything goes. It’s about what speaks to your Heart, what inspires you. Incense holders, Abalone Shells for Sage or Cedar, braids of Sweetgrass… Aromatherapy diffusers, all these things can contribute to making a niche in your home that reflects your Path, that is an island or oasis of calm in the center of the everyday aspects of your life.
The only thing that matters is what inspires you. Nature, a culture or message… Whatever lifts you up, and reminds you of the truth of what you are: An emanation of the Divine. You can check out my Altar Art page on my website for some ideas. Enjoy.
In the wonderful world of Crystals, there are a few hazards we all need to be aware of. One of those hazards is fakes. There are always people who will take advantage of a persons lack of experience or knowledge about something. In the case of Crystals, most of us are not geologists. We haven’t studied the mineral composition of stones.The good news is that there are a number of websites that offer mineral data, as well as books we can check. But here are some of the more obvious misrepresentations out there. 1. Heat-treated Amethyst sold as Citrine. This one is a common one. Brazil has a lot of gorgeous Amethyst. They discovered that if you bake it in a kiln at 878 degrees, it turns orangey brown.It is then marketed as Citrine. Natural Citrine is much more rare, therefore it’s more expensive. While the mineral composition is similar, it differs in a very important way, in the Crystal lattice structure. The Iron (FE) present in Amethyst is present as FE2 + FE4. In Citrine it is FE3. So you can heat Amethyst all you want and you’re still not changing the internal lattice structure and composition. It just looks different. And, it does not have the healing properties of Citrine. 2. Irradiated Quartz sold as Smokey Quartz. Smokey Quartz becomes smokey by absorbing small amounts of radiation from the Earth over millions of years. That’s what it continues to do in our homes and businesses. Placing a piece of Smokey Quartz near our computer or electrical appliances protects us, as the stone absorbs the energy emitted by these things into itself. People have found that if you intentionally irradiate clear Quartz it turns black, which they then market as Smokey Quartz. Now the Quartz is damaged, and looks and feels nothing like Smokey Quartz. A tip-off is any matrix the stone may have. Quartz that is milky white, not clear, cannot be artificially irradiated. So it stays milky. Also, Smokey Quartz is translucent, with rainbows and luster. Irradiated Quartz is flat and opaque. Most importantly, it can no longer absorb radiation from the environment. 3. Dyed stones. These scams can be harder to spot. On Ebay you see a lot of it. Turquoise, for instance. People take white Howlite, which is very cheap and has black veins running through it and soak it in Tidy Bowl. Voila, Turquoise. Seriously. If you chip off a piece of it it’s white inside. A good rule of thumb is to look at the price. Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and other stones that can be dyed are not cheap. If it is, it’s probably a fake. My go-to source for mineral data is mindat.org. There are other scams I can talk about, but I’ll stop here for today. Happy Crystal buying.
My husband and I stopped at the diner on our way home today. Somehow, I don’t know how it happened, I fell face first onto a plate of French Toast with whipped cream and strawberries. It was tragic. There were no survivors.