Welcome to Judith's Crystal Cave Teachings, my virtual home.
Here is where I share my thoughts on spirituality, life, humor, Crystals, and various topics I hope people will find interesting. We are far more than we know. We all have magic within us, waiting to be tapped into. I want to support that awakening, that recognition of what we are: Eternal souls on a journey through space and time, here to evolve, learn, and grow. All that I've learned from the teachers in my life, the elders, the animals, the stones, the trees, the elements, the stars, and all that I am, is shared here, in this space. My training in Classical Chinese Medicine, ( and Taoism ), including the Stones, 5-Element theory, Essential Oils, and herbs, Astrology, and my insights as a Clairvoyant Empath are all shared here. With empathy, love, and my bizarre sense of humor, I am honored to share my perspectives on this Earth walk with you.
One of the great loves in my life has always been nature, especially what native people call "The Stone People". I have been working with, and teaching about Crystals and Minerals for most of my life. All of the indigenous cultures around the world describe the stones as the oldest living beings on the planet. The Taoists consider them to be the most powerful healing modality that there is. Part of the reason I started my website was to introduce these Master Healers to people unfamiliar with them, since most people have limited access to a Taoist Master or a native elder. Most books available today focus on either the metaphysical properties of stones, or the mineralogical make-up of the stones. I wanted to offer material that is ancient, from my decades of study, along with my direct experiences, dreams, and visions with the stones as an Alchemist, Clairvoyant Empath and Mystic.
My home is filled with a Shaman's tools, drums, rattles, feathers, art, Stones, Essential Oils, Herbs, Sage, Sweetgrass, tobacco for ceremony... All of these things combine together to create an energy that is healing for all who enter, and to challenge the trance-like state western culture creates in us, which inhibits and blocks us from achieving our true potential. This part of my website is designed to do that, to challenge that trance state, offering a different perspective on life that includes magic, and an opportunity to explore other dimensions and realities.
My actual home in real life is very unusual, a geodesic dome and subterranean home built into the side of a hill, with 35 tons of Calcite boulders that create the ceiling. A true Crystal Cave, unique and magical. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I wanted to have, and make available for my clients, an environment for people to experience the Earth as it truly is, from an Indigenous culture perspective: Powerful, nurturing, magical, and Sacred. I want to invite people to embark on a journey into the mystical, the supernatural, where all living things are connected as one heart. And I want to include laughter, because laughter brings us into the moment more quickly than anything except love. So expect some snippets of my life that hopefully will make you smile.
Come on a journey with me.
So many of us were horrified by the events in Washington last weekend, with a mob of racist Catholic School boys jeering at a Native elder, and also catcalling young women, calling them horrible things. I don’t need to go into it further, other than to say how disappointing it was to have the parents of one of the boys hire a huge PR firm, Runswitch, owned by a former Karl Rove/Mitch McConnel aide, and commence a media bombardment, shifting all responsibility away from what was clearly a pack of animals. People excusing this behavior because of age, have no understanding of what a Conduct Disorder is. It is the early version of Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is what Trump has been diagnosed with, by many. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it, as it is not biochemical. No, they will not learn from this. No, this is not a teachable moment for them. They are vicious, entitled little creeps, who will grow up into vicious entitled big creeps.
My spiritual journey has been deeply inspired by Native people. As an Empath, I’ve always had a connection to Earth Mother, and all living things, the Stone People, the Standing People, the Winged Ones, the Four Leggeds. Since childhood, I could communicate with all of them. In my late 30’s, I felt guided to start a drumming circle for women. I did that monthly, for about 13 years. We took donations every month, and sent the money, as well as blankets and food, to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations in the Dakotas, where elders and children were freezing to death. At some point, I had heard about a Seneca elder, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, the head of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge. She lived on a reservation in Buffalo, NY. I contacted her assistant, and made arrangements to drive up to Buffalo to attend a teaching circle. Grandmother allowed us to stay in her home for three days. Grandmother was small, but fierce. She tolerated no disrespect. If she knew you were sincere, and coming from your heart, she would take you under her wing. Her generosity of spirit was incredible. She offered to work with me in the Dreamtime. In fact, I am writing this blog at her direction, since she has continued to work with me after her death. She was a force of nature. She had a white wolf, named Luna, who lived in the house with her. Luna had fleas. I returned home covered in flea bites.
I’ve had the privilege to work with a number of elders from different tribes. None of them cared at all that I was an Anglo. They lived from love and respect for all. No racism, no discrimination. All they cared about was your capacity to love. It was always stunning to me, that people who had been the victims of the largest genocide in human history, could be so compassionate to everyone. No suspicion, no bitterness. I was embraced and taught. It was a stark contrast to my evangelical Christian family, where hell and eternal damnation were the threats of not conforming with their beliefs.
I was given my name by a Lakota Holy Man, a great honor for me. I immediately had my name legally changed. Oh, boy. Try getting a name like THAT through the courts. That was fun. Not. All of the elders were kind, patient, and wise. Again, it was a privilege to work with them, and at times, to be allowed to do healing work on them if they needed it. It would never occur to me to charge an elder for anything, ever. All that I am is theirs.
I’m very aware that there is cultural appropriation that is rampant, especially now with the New Age Movement. I refuse to be a part of that. So much has been stolen from Native people, their land, their way of life, forced onto reservations that are wastelands. The idea of anything else being taken from them sickens me. Seeing that elder, a carrier of the Sacred Pipe, as he was drumming and asking Spirit for guidance and protection for all, was absolutely devastating for me. Seeing him weeping, afterwards, was unreal.
Native people have had every single treaty made with the government, violated. Not one was honored. They have no big P.R. firm to represent them. No politicians stand for them. Once again, we watch as history is rewritten to protect the atrocities of white men against POC, women, and Native people. I am writing this to bear witness to the truth about the ongoing racism and violence perpetrated by white men. We must stop it.
I’ve been blessed to have been taught by some of the most beautiful souls one could ever hope to meet. I refuse to remain silent about any of this. I send my prayers to the spirit realm, where some of my teachers reside now. I send my love. I send my gratitude. And Grandmother, you are always, always in my heart. You are with me, in writing this. I hope you like it. It was for you. Blessings, Rev Judith Star-Medicine “ She Who Heals With Stars”
** Photo Of Grandmother Twylah **
For many of us, there’s a strange phenomenon in our lives, where the majority of the people around us can’t see us. What I mean by that, is that they can’t see us as we really are. Their eyes seem to slide right past us at social gatherings, or in restaurants, classes, or work environments. Clearly, there’s something about us that makes people uncomfortable, without them having any idea of what that is. Let’s look at that.
I’ve always loved the Nikola Tesla quote, that says “ Everything in the universe is energy, frequency, and vibration “. When you understand that, it goes a long way towards helping you to understand why certain people can’t see you. If our frequency or vibration is “ different “, or “ other” than what most people are comfortable with, the mind’s defense mechanisms kick in. Sometimes this is referred to as “ cognitive dissonance “. This is a mental coping strategy whereby the mind closes itself off from a perceived threat to its perception of reality. The mind constantly tries to reinforce its sense of order, its comfortabilty in understanding what’s real or what’s true. That’s unfortunate, because it’s a vast, magical, limitless universe, that cannot be even remotely grasped or understood by the left brain. For the left brain to feel safe, it needs constant reassurance about its perceptions being real. That reassurance that it looks for comes in the form of facts. And when I say facts, I mean earth plane facts. Again, unfortunate, because of the whole “ magical universe “ thing. Let’s face it, no one has every demonstrated a miracle by embracing earth plane facts. Miracles are created by transcending those facts. Any healer, Mage, Wizard, or Priestess is going to tell you that.
Which brings me back to invisibility. I see the world as divided into two types of people. People who live from magic, who are aware on some level of the life force and energy of all livings things…. and people who live from mind. From intellect. I think of people like that as head blind. They’re so absorbed in the constant bombardment of earth plane facts and data, that it insulates them from the streamers of energy flowing all around them. They avidly embrace the details of the earthly world, reassuring themselves of their control, and then wonder why they can’t manifest the things that they need and want.
I try to teach, wherever I can, that it is a quantum universe. That there are limitless possibilities, limitless dimensions, available to us at all times. That in every moment, the miraculous is within our reach. I’m always living a multidimensional life, existing on a number of planes simultaneously. That’s actually pretty easy for me. Trying to explain that to someone who is not living from magic is next to impossible. I understand that better now, than I ever have before. I’ve loved people in my life who lived from mind, from the seen, from the known, from the earthly facts. And every time, it’s been painful. Sooner or later, there’s been a rejection of the essence of what I am. A rejection of my core definition of self, and my accumulated experiences of the supernatural, of the mystical, of the divine. Demands are made for earth plane facts, or earth plane truths, earth plane proofs, so that I can make that person comfortable. What was languaged as acceptance and love, proves to be a poor imitation. In reality, I was invisible to that person all along. I don’t take that personally. It hurts, yes, but I understand that we each have our own vibration and frequency. I can’t lower my vibration, and they can’t raise theirs. For all intents and purposes, we may as well be two different species.
The people in my life are a blessing, my friends, my daughters, my husband, my clients, my spiritual sisters. I’m never invisible to them. We laugh about ourselves, we know where we come from, and why we’ve come here. We know we don’t fit in, and that we’re not supposed to. My message to all of you reading this, is to not take it personally when people can’t see you. All it means is that it’s not you they can’t see, it’s magic. Their need to be in control of everything around them forces them to avoid anyone like us.
Be who you came here to be. Live from magic. I have a coffee mug that says “ Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” That pretty much sums it up for me. We’re always going to be invisible to those people. Guess what? I think it might be a good thing, because they’re really not safe people. Not for me, anyway. Attract into your life people who can see you, and who understand that it is a quantum universe, and who love you for who you are. You don’t have to become a Muggle to be loved. Blessings, Judith
Happy New Year, all. January starts out with a lot of energy, that can be used any way you want. The Moon in Scorpio on New Year’s Day is perfect for intention work, as it conjuncts Venus, the planet of creativity and love, while making a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. This is an aspect of insight into the subconscious, and radical honesty. January 2nd follows that up with the Moon moving into Sagittarius, forming a trine to Mars in Aries, both in Fire signs. Lots of momentum here. The Sun in Capricorn conjuncts to Saturn in Capricorn, adding patience, focus, consolidation, and a willingness to wait for the exact right moment to reach for what you need. 1/3 with the Moon in Sagittarius, conjunct to Jupiter in Sagittarius, is a day of faith, hope, and opportunities. Dream big.
January 4th and 5th are both powerful, with a lot going on. Uranus, the planet of awakening and change, liberation and new beginnings, factors in prominently on both days. On 1/4, both Mercury and the Moon form a trine to Uranus. Expect the unexpected. There may be new revelations that set the tone for the coming months. With the Moon squaring Mars, the planet of confrontation and aggression, not everyone is going to be happy about these new revelations. Things develop quickly, as the New Moon in Capricorn is also a Solar Eclipse. This New Moon has a very high vibe, and is stabilized by the conjunction to Saturn.
1/10 and 1/11 are harmonious, with the Moon in Pisces making some nice aspects. Sunday, 1/13, looks like a day to lay low, with a lot of mixed messages flying around. There’s a power struggle going on here on a number of levels, with four planets forming square aspects that ends in a temporary stalemate, so don’t engage. Things feel temporarily stuck. There’s lying, promises made with an intention to manipulate, and a lot of backing up. By the 15th, that gets resolved, and things start to move forward again. My guess is that as the new Congress is in session, things get real pretty quickly. Given the polarized views and opinions people have, it’s best to avoid engaging whenever possible, because a lot of people are going to be shocked, confused, and afraid, as more details of corruption are made public. Then things get interesting.
That brings us to the 20th and 21st. I apologize in advance for my profanity, but, holy shit. Strap in for both days, each one is a cosmic clusterfuck. (At least the 20th is on a Sunday.) The Sun enters Aquarius on Sunday, preparing for the Lunar Eclipse Full Moon and Super Moon on Monday. The Moon opposes Pluto. And Mercury. And squares Uranus. Oh, lovely. So, everybody’s deepest issues and fears are potentially triggered by this configuration. ( 12-Step Recovery calls this an F.G.O. A fucking growth opportunity.) The Moon opposition Pluto is good for letting go. It reminds me of that Zen quote, “ Let go, or be dragged”. Yep. If the Moon represents the feelings, and Pluto represents the subconscious mind, and the desire to control everything, wow. Adding in Uranus, liberation, but in a square aspect with the Moon, it’s rebellion. Revolution. A breaking away from the intolerable. This is a very black and white aspect, with no shades of grey. Please think things through, and try to stay in your heart. Make sure the decisions you make on these two days are decisions you can live with. This is not only letting go, it’s bolting for the nearest exit. I’m all for burning bridges, if that’s what you need to do. This could be a time of exiting abusive relationships. Or, it could be a time when things organically come to an end.
The Supermoon on Monday is actually better than Sunday. The Moon trines loving Venus, And adventuresome Mars. This is a good day for self care and a renewed commitment to your path. The 22nd is also fabulous, as the Moon moves into Virgo. It brings new opportunities, hope, and optimism.
The 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st are all really good. Fabulous for creating what you want.
January is really interesting. It starts out with change and excitement, levels off, has volcanic activity three weeks in, then gets all warm and fuzzy at the end. It’s almost a schizophrenic month, where you have no fucking idea what’s next. What’s cool about that, is that it’s times like this that we grow, and shed old patterns and old situations that no longer serve us. I have a sign in my office that says “ Change is inevitable. Struggle is an option.” January is a month of change. So, change. Let go, or be dragged. Try not to trip over the 20th. That one’s a doozy.
Have a great month. Happy New Year. Blessings, Judith