Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rocks in my head

I love rocks...Any kind of rock. I remember picking them up when I was a kid, and ohhhing and ahhhing at the different color flecks in them. When my own kids came along they too collected rocks. Over the years of course all of them were tossed back outside to be found on an adventure another day. It wasn't until a few years ago that my love for rocks returned and I once again started collecting them. Some I have laying around and some I keep in a jar in my closet. I take them out once in awhile and cleanse them. Sometimes I will hold one in my hand to absorb the energy from it. (Yes I do believe rocks have healing energy or magical properties so to speak)
I have a large collection of gemstone necklaces and at one time wore them daily (not all at once but a different one each day ha ha). When I went to work at the pet store I wasn't really able to wear my jewelry, but now that I am back in a nicer store I can dress up and once again I am digging out my pendants. Over the weekend I took each one along with my silver chains and dipped them into cleaner, rinsed them in cool water and dried them off. I will be laying them out soon for a photo but I wanted to talk more about stones so I have decided to try and do a "stone of the week". I can't promise it will be every week, but when I have time I will post something. I hope you have as much fun learning about "rocks" as I do..
I am posting in no particular order, it just so happened that this information came to me in an email from a yahoo group I am on so my first post is about

Obsidian is molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to
crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations.
As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its
truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing
flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from
Obsidian. Pointing out how to ameliorate all destructive and
disempowering conditions, Obsidian impels us to grow and lends solid
support while we do so. It needs careful handling and is best used
under the guidance of a qualified therapist as it can bring negative
emotions and unpleasant truths rushing to the surface. Under
skilled guidance, its cathartic qualities are exceedingly valuable.
It provides deep soul healing. Obsidian can facilitate in going
back to past lives to heal festering emotions or trauma that has
carried forward into the present.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against
negativity, it provides a grounding cord from the base chakra to the
center of the earth, absorbs negative energies from the environment,
and strengthens in times of need. It is helpful for highly
sensitive people. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative
spiritual influences.
A large piece of Obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking
geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its
propensity for exploding the truth into the open has to be taken
into account. Many people find its powerful effects overwhelming
and prefer to choose a gentler stone for this task. But it is
extremely helpful for therapists and counselors as it not only
facilitates getting to the core of the problem, but also mops up
energies released as a result. Black or Mahogany Obsidian are the
most suitable types for the purpose. Mahogany being the gentler.
In the same way, placing Obsidian by the bed or under the pillow can
draw out mental stress and tension and may have a calming effect,
but it can also bring up the reasons for that stress. These reasons
then have to be confronted before peace can return; this resolves
the problem permanently rather than having a palliative effect.
One of the gentler forms of Obsidian, such as an Apache Tear or
Snowflake, would be best for this. As Obsidian is so effective in
soaking up negative energies, it is essential to clean the stone
under running water each time it has been used in this way.
Spiritually, Obsidian vitalizes soul purpose. It eliminates energy
blockages and relieves tension, integrating the psychological shadow
into the whole to bring spiritual integrity. It anchors the spirit
into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It
urges exploration of the unknown, opening new horizons.
Mentally, Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion
and constricting beliefs. However, it may well do this by making it
absolutely clear what lies behind mental distress or dis-ease. Once
this has been cleared, Obsidian expands consciousness, entering the
realm of the unknown with confidence and ease.
Psychologically, Obsidian helps you to know who you truly are. It
brings you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to
integrate it. This stone also helps you to identify behavioral
patterning that is now outdated. Obsidian dissolves emotional
blockages and ancient traumas, brings a depth and clarity to
emotions. It promotes qualities of compassion and strength.
Obsidian's greatest gift is insight into the cause of dis-ease. It
aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes
physical digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension
in the physical and subtle bodies, including hardened arteries. It
reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps, and
injuries. An elixir is beneficial for shock. It alleviates pain
and stanches bleeding, benefiting the circulation. This stone warms
the extremities. It can be used to shrink an enlarged prostate.
~~~"The Crystal Bible" by Judy Hall

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Blogger "Early Bird" said...

I've always loved and collected rocks...I would love to make a rock garden and have a fountain of water...I love seeing the rocks that are so dirty and cragy on the outside and split them open and they are beautiful on the inside...I can't wait to see all that you know and share about rocks!

April 10, 2007 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

When I go on walks I often pick up interesting looking rocks, but I don't know much about the minerals. Thanks for sharing!

April 10, 2007 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

When my youngest son Corey was younger, he used to collect rocks and every year we would bring him to the Gem & Mineral Show where he would purchase all kinds of neat rocks! To this day he still has the whole collection, all put away in his old closet...one day I'm sure he'll be taking it out to show his own children:-)

April 10, 2007 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Your collection of crystals is lovely. I don't have many but I love them. I also have "The Crystal Bible" it's a lovely book.

April 10, 2007 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

I can't believe you couldn't wear jewellery at your old job! How bizarre!

So important, to wear crystals with meaning and power. I believe in this quite strongly.

April 10, 2007 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

How interesting! My mom collects stuff like that.

April 10, 2007 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger TurtleHeart said...

I love minerals and stones, too, especially geodes, quartz crystals and amethyst. I wear a moon/pentacle pendant with a moonstone every day. I love wearing moonstone, for some reason.

PS- when ya gonna post a pic of your latest kitchen witch-- the one you said you found at the thrift store? I wanna see it! :-)

April 11, 2007 at 1:32 PM  

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