The Great Stones

Britain is dotted with ancient standing stones, some single monuments and some arranged in circles. While Stonehenge is certainly the most famous of them all, there are many others worth the mention. The Dragon Project has studied the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire has detected ultrasonic rays as well as radiation and magnetic energies coming from the stones.

The pattern of energy coming from the stones varies in a way which is linked to the natural cycles of the moon and the turning of the seasons. Photographs have shown various effects around the stones, from orbs of light to odd shimmers in the air.

Many people detect actual presences near these old stones. Standing stones are said to be doorways to other worlds and people have heard music and seen lights and strange people around them for centuries.

Creating Your Own Stone Circle

It is not always possible to work in close contact with the actual ancient stone circles. Many of them are now protected from casual visitors and the vandalism of centuries by English Heritage and the National Trust. Thankfully, for people who want to get in close contact with the Song of the Earth, it is entirely possible to create your own circle in your garden.

They do not need to be nearly as large as the ancient circles, either – which is a relief, as few of us have that sort of space.

Take time in the creation of your circle. Choose stones which you feel a connection to, and ones which feel ‘right’. Make sure that they are sturdy. They do not have to be taller than 30cm high for your vertical stones, with longer and thinner ones for the horizontals.

Choose the location for your circle, and light a candle each time you place a stone in position. First place the four main compass stones at the north, south, east and west points of your circle. Then the mid-point stones at the north-east, south-east, north-west and south-west of the circle. Spread these placements down over several days, placing one stone at a time. While the candle burns, meditate on the stone you have placed. Give it, and the position it is placed in, your full attention.

Consecrating Your Circle

Once every stone is placed, circle it nine times clockwise at dawn, beginning from the North Stone. As you pass each stone, touch it with a living branch from a nearby tree. Allow that to settle for the day, and then circle it nine times anti-clockwise at sunset, beginning at the South Stone. This time, touch each stone with a naturally fallen dead branch.

Light a golden candle in the centre and circle it with your favourite brown, yellow, red, or orange crystals. It can be fun to invite a few friends over to dance around your circle, if you have people who share your interest nearby.

The day after, sit quietly in your circle and allow the sounds of the Earth wash over you. Bury one of your favourite crystals in the heart of your circle, and feel free to place another standing stone over it if it feels right.

Try to spend a few moments each day with your circle, circling it at least once each way to help focus the energy of the Song of the Earth. Over time, your circle will grow in power and will offer you calming energy and mild healing, as the earth gives you back the attention you give to it multiplied several times over.

 

Crystals to Help Promote a Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone’s been there at one time or another. You find yourself tossing and turning, or staring at the ceiling all night because you cannot get to sleep. Thankfully, there are crystals which help to ease your way to a good, restful night’s sleep, meaning that you can face the day with a clear mind and boundless energy.

There are many crystals which are good for sleeping, and which ones you use will largely depend on what your individual problems are. If you are having bad dreams, using black tourmaline might be good to help to protect and ground yourself, for example.

Some Things to Consider

The condition of your crystals matters. Crystals need to be cleansed regularly and programmed for use. They transmit and store energy and information – it’s what makes them so useful as a compliment to any healing therapy. The simplest way to cleanse your crystals is to put them on a sunny windowsill for 24 hours every month to restore and revitalise them.

Garnet

Garnet brings order to chaos and helps to regenerate energy. It helps to neutralise nervous energy and enhance personal security, and so if your issues with sleep stem from stress or anxiety, it is a useful crystal to have around.

Jade

Jade is a physically and mentally relaxing stone and provides a soothing vibration and sense of well-being, especially when there have been health concerns. If you are struggling to resume sleep patterns after an illness, jade is a good way to help you kick-start your normal sleep patterns.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a key stone when fighting serious bouts of insomnia. It helps to reduce headaches and other mild pains, and can offer clarity in order to break the day-to-day issues we all face into manageable pieces.

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is an anti-stress crystal. It helps to dissolve accumulated tension and to encourage acceptance of change. It also helps to promote feelings of well-being and trust, and to alleviate digestive issues.

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz has the ability to calm and re-pattern energy into a positive pattern, making it an excellent balm for a troubled mind.

10 Crystals for New Beginnings

As the Wheel of the Year turns back towards Spring, with the extra energy and life that brings, it is well worth considering those projects which you have been putting off over the winter months. The crystals mentioned below can help you to centre your attention and focus on the steps needed to ensure that your projects get the best possible start.

Amazonite

Called the Stone of Truth and the Stone of Courage, Amazonite helps you to focus on what really matters. It helps you to express your true thoughts and to set clear boundaries. Amazonite is a good luck stone for games of chance, competitions and luck in any financial ventures.

Amethyst

Amethyst has been considered a stone of royalty and healing for centuries. It has been used in the crowns, sceptres and rings of bishops and priests. It is a popular stone for meditation practice, as it helps to promote spiritual protection and inner strength. At the beginning of a venture, using amethyst will help you approach the problems associated with it with a clear mind, and see your way through to completion.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a stone of communication – an essential part of beginning most things. It helps to overcome the fear of public speaking, and is an excellent stone for any form of presenter or teacher to use.

Aventurine

Aventurine is thought by many to be the luckiest of all of the crystals. It helps to manifest prosperity and wealth, and helps to boost your favour in games of chance. It helps to clear out the old influences so that new ones can grow, and as such is an excellent stone to keep around when setting out on any form of new project.

Garnet

Garnet is known for its ability to harness the powers of creative energy, making it a great stone to have around at the beginning of any creative project. It helps to focus creativity onto the physical plane, and has long been considered a lucky stone.

Hematite

Hematite can help with original thinking, and any form of thought process which requires mental organisation. It also helps to decrease negativity, which in turn boosts self-esteem and confidence. As all of these qualities are important to embrace at the beginning of a new venture, Hematite makes a welcome addition to any collection of crystals for this purpose.

Labradorite

In the workplace, labradorite helps to bring out the best in people, making work environments more congenial. It encourages courtesy and full attention to the job at hand, and helps boost the sense of employees being fully involved in the company.

Pyrite

Pyrite is often known as ‘fool’s gold’, and can be connected with the meaning of the tarot card of the Fool. It is a stone of action, vitality and will, helping tap into your abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas and creativity. It boosts confidence and helps to encourage the persistence needed to carry things through to full completion.

Red Jasper

Red Jasper is a stress-relieving stone which helps those who use it to reconnect with the energies of the Earth. It also helps to stimulate passion, both of the romantic kind and that of a creative nature. It offers a channel to encourage energy to continue a project once the initial burst of enthusiasm has faded.

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is a stone of luck and good fortune, which helps to attract a steady flow of money to the home. It is a great stone for entrepreneurs and those who are setting out in business for the first time, as it helps boost the courage needed to grow and challenge the status quo and try something new.

Does Crystal Therapy Really Work?

When anyone first encounters the notion that crystals have healing abilities, it is perfectly natural to be very sceptical. This is particularly true for those of us who have been raised in modern, Western societies. It can be a real challenge to really understand the way crystal energy works, but it can actually be summed up fairly easily.

Crystals are amplifiers of thoughts and intentions. It has been proved that the intention of a watcher can affect the movement of particles on the sub-atomic level – although no one has quite worked out why this is the case just yet. Crystals boost the focus of your attentions, and so help you to gain the outcome you are focusing on.

Our minds are the single most powerful tool we have. Whatever you choose to put your energy into will flourish and grow. The flow of energy follows the intention behind your thoughts. So whenever you have a positive thought, the energy will follow and help boost the positive things in your life. Likewise, the same is true for negative thoughts.

Crystals can help by amplifying the intentions. These intentions are reflected in the human energy field, also known as the aura. The energy of the aura is impacted by the unique energy of the crystals involved, a fact which has been verified by kirlian photography.

Thankfully, you do not have to hold your crystals all of the time in order to benefit from their effects. You can ‘program’ them once, and then let them work. To do this, select a crystal you want to work with, and hold it while focusing on what you want. This could be a goal, a challenge you need to overcome, or something that you want to attract into your life. Hold the intention firmly in your mind and feel it throughout your heart and aura. Remember, the more energy you put into the intention, the more effective it will be.

Once you have programmed your crystal with your intentions, you can move on to working with it in other ways. You can carry it with you to feel the effects throughout the day. You can use it to make gem water or an elixir. You can place several crystals around your space to energise the area around you. You can set up a crystal grid to reinforce the focus of your intention even further.

If you are still having a hard time with this, understand that crystals are not one of those things you need to believe in for them to work. Even those who aren’t aware of the healing capabilities of crystals can – and do – benefit from their energy.

So try it for yourself. It is well worth it.