7 Ways to Welcome Spring with Crystals and Gems
This article was written by MargaretAnn Lembo
posted under Crystals & Gems
Spring arrives, and it's that timefor awakening to fresh ideas, new beginnings, and innovative growth.Inspiration for new ideas often comes through creative action. Once the ballstarts rolling, it's easier to energize your ideas and plans for this nextcycle. The elementals of the gemstone kingdom can help you through theirvibration and color as you match your intention and positive thoughts to yourvarious crystals, stones, and gemstone jewelry.
1.Gather your stones and have aspring cleaning ceremony
As the Sun returns to zero degrees of Aries it signals a time to start anew.One of the best ways to start anew—a new anything—is to clear out the oldenergy, vibes and space to prepare for the new. Set aside a few hours or anafternoon, depending on how many crystals, minerals, and stones you have, togather all your collection. Bring them all to your kitchen sink or an areaoutside near a hose or garden sink. Place a container of a weak sudsy and saltysolution next to the sink. I use a gentle castile or natural soap and just alittle salt. A little goes a long way in cleansing crystals, because it isprimarily your intention associated with this process, not the actual soap andsalt to cleanse them. Dip each stone into the cleansing solution and then rinseunder running water while holding the intention, and focus on clearing awaywhatever is no longer for your highest good. Leave the stones in the sun for afew hours and then go onto the next step below.
2.Create a new altar with intentionsfor spring
Using your freshly cleansed gemstone collection, decide what you want to startin this new cycle of your life. Grab a piece of carnelian and turquoise to getyour creative juices flowing. Hold the stones and keep them nearby as youcreate a list of what you want to achieve. The list can be as esoteric or asmundane as you wish—from a deeper connection with your guides to a new car,from establishing better friendships to maintaining a regular exercise program.There is no limit to the intentions you make for your altar.
It's easy to pick a stone to matcheach of your intentions. A general guide is to simply pick the stone by thecolor of the gem as follows:
◦Browns,black, and red for power, grounding, and focus
◦Orangeto birth those great ideas into reality
◦Yellowto shine yourmagnificence and fabulosity
◦Greenand pink to be compassionate and kind
◦Bluesto express your authentic self with wisdom and grace
◦Purpleto bring forth inspired living
◦Whiteto align with purity and clarity
3.Establish little altars everywhere
It's a joy to find inspiration throughout your home and office. Create a littlealtar for good sleep and pleasant dreams next to your bed using hematite andamethyst. Hematite calms you down and grounds you so you can fall into a nicedeep sleep, and the amethyst encourages pleasant dreams. Put a drop of lavenderon your pillow case to encourage peace.
Make a little altar on your desk orin your work space with pyrite to keep you focused, orange calcite to flow withthe constant changes that happen throughout the day, and blue lace agate tohelp you listen well and express yourself with ease and grace. A yellow flower,a sprig of rosemary, or a bit of basil essential oil will help you maintainclarity.
4.Make a crystal grid for every homein your house
Crystal gridsare easy to create. They can be created inside and outside and anywhere youare. Decide what you need, what you want, and the assistance you want toattract then pick some crystals to place around your space. I have a wholesection on how to create grids in my book, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, andStones. Here is an excerpt:
"A crystal grid is the use of gemstone in geometric formations placed inor around a person, place, or thing to achieve the formed intention. Crystal grids can becombined with crystal alignments with larger groups of people at sacred sites.
Often two or three different types ofstones are plenty, and even one type is enough.
To get started, do the following:
1.Identify your goal.
2.Visualize the outcome as if it has already become a reality.
3.Contemplate who else is involved and what part of your home or your life itaffects.
4.Decide where you want to make the grid.
5.Look at the various suggested stones from the lists below.
6.Use your intuition and follow your gut to determine the perfect stone foryour personal situation.
7.Take action and make the grid. Place the stones and establish a clearintention of the end result.
Remember that the most importantingredient is to take the time to form a clear intention of love, peace,well-being, harmony, joy, abundance, health and happiness."
Pick up a copy of The Essential Guideto Crystals,Minerals and Stones to find multiple recommendations of gemstones to use forspecific intentions plus a few diagrams to help you visualize how to createyour own in your sacred space.
5.Experiment and work with gemstonejewelry to activate your heart's desires
For over 25 years I've owned and operated my own book store, gift store, andspiritual center, The Crystal Garden. I've learned and observed that mycustomers enjoy the beauty of wearing gemstone jewelry for more than just theesthetic value. They add intention to the jewelry and transform their lives—dayby day and week by week. My recommendations from years of experience are asfollows: ◦Wear an amber bracelet during those timesof life when you need the strength and courage to set boundaries with others.
◦Adorn yourself with aturquoise necklace to help you express yourself, especially to help you believethat what you have to say is important.
◦Agarnet or ruby ring on your finger adds more energy when you want moreendurance and vitality.
◦Citrinejewelry helps you remember your magnificence and boosts your self-esteem.
◦Usea carnelian necklace or bracelet during those times in your life when you seem to be in aphase of procrastination. It helps you to get motivated and just do it!
Regardless of the stone or the colourgem, set an intention so that every time you look at it or feel it, you willhave an automatic reminder to stay focused on what you want versus what youdon't want!
6.Pay it forward—gift stones with thematching affirmation to friends, family, and coworkers
"Pay it forward" is an expression coined to express repaying gooddeeds to a person other than the original benefactor. There are plenty ofpeople in our lives who need a little boost, support, and a kind deed to helpthem with their emotional, mental, and spiritual lives. It feels good to give agift, and it always is lovely to receive a gift—especially a gift with anintention. A tumbled stone or a pocket stone with a good word on it can liftthem up and bring the energy of action to the gratitude that you have in yourheart.
7.Designate some key gems forspecific intentions like meditation and contemplation, action, gratitude, goodsleep
Pick a stone, any stone . . . and make that stone your go-to gem for a givenintent. For example, I use my celestial quartz crystal to help invokeinspiration as a writer. My chrysoprase on the windowsill in my bathroom is myreminder to self-nurture and take good care of my physical body. The seleniteand huge rose quartz chunk at my front door invites only goodness and love intomy home and all the rest must remain outside. In order to create the life youwant, your focus must be on what you do want, not on what you don't want.Whatever you focus on becomes your reality. In other words, all of yourconscious thoughts and feelings—as well as the subconscious and unconsciousones—create the life you are currently living. This basic principle is at theheart of most universal laws, including the law of attraction and the laws ofphysics.
It is important to have an intentionand to focus on the positive so that life reflects your highest potential.Everything that is created is created through intention. We create our liveswith our thoughts, actions, words, and deeds. Our intentions vibrate out intothe word and return to us in the form of our personal reality.
When a gemstone is paired with adaily affirmation, the stone amplifies that intention. It is a tool that helpsyou maintain your focus on what you do want. In my work with color and crystalsover the course of three decades, I've found that to use a stone mosteffectively, it is best to associate an intention with it. And the moreinformation you have about the qualities associated with certain stones, themore creative you can be with using these valuable tools to improve your life.
Margaret Ann Lembo Margaret Ann Lembo
Margaret Ann Lembo (Boynton Beach, FL) is a spiritual practitionerand owner of The Crystal Garden, a spiritual center and gift shop. For morethan twenty years, she has led workshops and classes around the country. Heraudio CDs (guided meditations and...
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