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According to the Zodiac we all have a ruling element just like we have a ruling sign. These elements are Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Each has specific characteristics as well as corresponding crystals and stones to aid us in connecting with them. The elements rotate throughout the zodiac chart. You may have noticed their energies as they pass throughout the year affecting each of us in different ways. When we are aware of these energetic shifts we are more in control of the effects they have on us. We can utilize the elements to our advantage when we are looking to accentuate or take on a trait they are in control of. We might even use them to downplay our negative attributes. So let’s go over the elements and their associated crystals and stones.
Earth: This element represents stability, abundance, and growth.
Corresponding stones include Petrified Wood, Coal, Malachite, Carnelian, Red Jasper, Emerald, Rainforest Jasper, Chrysocolla, Serpentine, Agate, and Peridot.
The energies of this element are balanced by the Air Element.
Air: This element represents new beginnings, change, and intellect.
Corresponding stones include Rainbow Fluorite, Celestite, Pumice, Azurite, Blue Apatite, Lepidolite, Turquoise, Blue Kyanite, Blue Sapphire, and Mica.
The energies of this element are balanced by the Earth Element.
Fire: This element represents vitality, creativity, and personal power.
Corresponding stones include Black Obsidian, Red Jasper, Amber, Rhodochrosite, Lava Rock, Fire Agate, Red Spinel, Citrine, Diamond, Heliodor, Obsidian, and Clear Quartz.
The energies of this element are balanced by the Water Element.
Water: This element represents intuition, the emotions, and love.
Corresponding stones include Aquamarine, Amethyst, Opal, Larimar, Pearl, Blue Lace Agate, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Selenite, and Blue Tourmaline.
The energies of this element are balanced by the Fire Element.
Each Zodiac Sign has a corresponding Element. They are as follows:
Our ruling element helps bring out the best aspects of our zodiac sign. Currently we are in Pisces season which falls under the Water Element. Pisces people tend to be creative, intuitive, devoted, and compassionate. Water Elemental crystals accentuate all of these aspects. Aquamarine and Opal help open creativity. Blue Tourmaline and Amethyst can bring out ones intuition. Moonstone and Selenite strengthen devotion. Amazonite and Blue Lace Agate will help you discover what you are compassionate about.
Each element also has a balancing element which tones down negative attributes of our zodiac sign. Carrying or keeping the right crystal in your environment can be exactly what’s needed. Each sign has it’s negative characteristics just as it has its positive ones. Going back to our Pisces example, we see that on the down side Pisces people can be lazy, escapist, and weak-willed. The Fire element balances Water and is all about vitality and personal power. Use Red Jasper for courage and Citrine for confidence. Clear Quartz and Amber are sure to add an extra kick to your mojo, combating any laziness. Black Obsidian and Diamond will keep you moving forward with your eye on the goal.
Choosing elemental crystals for yourself. Start out by getting one of your ruling elemental stones to bring out your best aspects. Next select an elemental crystal which balances that energy in order to downplay some of the negative traits. Finally select stones that fall under the two remaining elements. When choosing crystals go with whatever you are attracted to. Follow the advice I gave in “Color Therapy using Crystals” and “Wearing Crystals for Mind, Body, and Spirit”. Be sure to connect with the crystals when their corresponding element moves in or whenever you feel the need to bring on some of their qualities.
If you're into Crystals, Energy Work, Intuitive Reading, Art, and Meditation then ECMOmArts.com is for you. Take a look through my website and see what's new. Maybe you've never bothered going through the tabs up top or possibly it's been a while since you've explored. All of the information within has been edited to make the site more informative and easy to navigate. I've even added two tabs, "Intuitive Reading" and "Collage as a Meditative Practice". On the last version a minimal amount of information about these two categories sat underneath other tabs. The "Art" section has been extensively reworked to include photos and some information on current artwork which I've completed. In January I did a photo shoot with Robert Castagna Photography which has really added to the overall look of the site. Several of my student's works have also been added under the "Collage as a Meditative Practice" tab to give an idea of some of the artwork that has been created in that workshop.
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We move into the Pisces zodiac period on February 20th. How does Pisces effect each one of us while we are under its rule? In what ways does its energy push and pull us even if we fall under another zodiac sign? Pisces will hold meaning for each one of us just as the other signs have their specific purposes for us throughout the year by helping to guide and influence us on subtle level. People who fall under Pisces are highly intuitive and deeply connected to their spiritual sides so it’s a good time to tap into higher realms with Pisces energy coming in. You might also find yourself being more selfless and compassionate with the fish at the helm. Allow this sign to make you more accepting and able to adapt and see where that takes you. Allow your imagination and creativity to flourish, just beware of indecisiveness or using it as a place to escape. Pisces are suckers for romance and they know how to make their partner feel wanted. Maybe you could use this energy to enliven your love life.
The New Moon falls on the 26th of this month and it happens to coincide with an Annular Solar Eclipse. The New Moon is when Native Americans hold Manifestation Meditations with the assistance of the moon’s vibration. They do not manifest just any old thing, like a new car, but rather something that is inline with their life’s path. It could still be something very enjoyable, it just needs to align with one’s higher self. A meditation is performed in order to access Spirit, your guides, and your higher self to determine what is best to bring into your life. Then you go about the process of setting intentions and sending them out to the Universe. A crystal Grid is utilized by many and I as a Crystal Healer set up grids to my meditations. The energetic imprint of the crystals within the grid may be connected to the planets affecting us at the time, the zodiac, or manifesting itself. The center stone acts as a generator and it aids in sending our intentions out to the universe. I also use grid cloths as backgrounds which are imprinted with Sacred Geometry.
What is a New Moon and why do we manifest on it? A New Moon is just that, it’s the beginning of a New Moon period. It’s when the Sun and the moon both sit in the same zodiac sign. This makes the power of that zodiac sign much stronger and you may notice Pisces characteristics more strongly. The New Moon also represents creation. Think about it, it’s the merging of Sun and Moon energies. You could say that the moon represents the emotions and we need to throw a lot of emotion into what we are trying to manifest in order to manifest it. The sun is all about fire and that fire energy kindles our emotions so they can manifest on the earth plane.
What the heck is an Annular Solar Eclipse and what makes this time so powerful? This is when the sun and moon are in perfect line with the earth. The moon appears to be a bit smaller than the sun. The sun ends up looking like a ring of fire around the moon. A normal New Moon period according to Native American Tradition lasts for 9 days. There are the 4 days before the New Moon, the New Moon itself, and 4 days following. They feel this is the strongest period for manifesting because you have the help of Sun and Moon energies. When you have a Solar Eclipse it lengthens the time period all the ways until the next New Moon. Although the eclipse will not be visible in our area we can still take advantage of it, energetically speaking.
You are more that welcome to join me in Arlington, MA for a free New Moon Meditation on Sunday February 26th beginning at 7:30. Following is the location:
Center for Spiritual Studies
21 Maple Street
(not on Maple, behind #19)
Arlington MA 02476
You can get directions via public transportation if you visit TSBoston.org
Don’t freak when I mention Retrograde because it’s not necessarily a bad thing. All planets go into it and it does have it’s positive aspects. Jupiter went into Retrograde earlier this month and it will be there until June. Jupiter is the planet of ideas and going retrograde is all about going introspective. So it’s a great time to analyze our visions and ideals. This is so beneficial when manifesting. Venus will be going into retrograde in the next few weeks which does not happen annually, only about every 18 months or so. It’s not only the time for new love, but finding the right love. The combo of Jupiter, Venus, and the Piscean New Moon energy are perfect for this. Maybe your next great love is what you’re ready to find. Be sure to connect and set a few intentions on the New Moon. Happy Manifesting!
Learn how to do Color Therapy the quick way utilizing crystals.
Crystals work with energy and light making them a more expedient way to receive color therapy versus merely surrounding yourself with color. Each hue has its own energetic frequency which gives it specific traits. Those traits are linked to the Chakra System. Crystals are available in a multitude of colors. They emit light and energy which sends the color’s vibration to the matching chakra for healing. The light energy makes it so that the stone is able to send it’s energy to a receiving source i.e humans. The Chakras are color based and respond well when various colors are placed within our environment. This touches on only one level of Crystal Healing.
What will be covered here
In this article I’m going to cover various colors and what their traits are. I’ll also give you a basic understanding of the 7 Major Chakras and the colors that are assigned to each. You can pick up a few stones or use what you already have at home. Most of us have a tendency to intuitively surround ourselves with the hues we require for healing and that includes intuitively purchasing the crystals and stones we are in need of.
Color has been scientifically proven to affect mind, mood, and personal well being. If you look at the psychology behind each color along with the attributes assigned to the chakra which correlates with that color you’ll see a connection between the two. By having an understanding of the effects that color has, you are better able to select stones for specific healing practices. Following I will list the attributes assigned for each color. Pay mind to the colors you are most attracted to and those which you like the least.
RED: Love, passion, energy, vitality, enthusiasm, motivation, courage, strength, creativity
ORANGE: Strength, authority, attraction, success, emotional release, abundance, creativity
YELLOW: Clairvoyance, learning, intellect, personal power, strength, awakening
GREEN: Meditation, fertility, wealth and prosperity, luck, emotional healing, calming, balance, inner-peace
BLUE: Serenity, tranquility, forgiveness, communication, self expression, spirituality
INDIGO: Intuition, psychic awareness, meditation, channeling
VIOLET/PURPLE: Spiritual healing, alignment, spirituality, wisdom, charity, generosity, gratitude
WHITE: Protection, peace, purification, truth, higher consciousness, clarity
PINK: Emotional healing, love, friendship, harmony, affection, nurturing, comfort, self love, acceptance
TEAL: Emotional healing, emotional protection, peace
BROWN: peace, calming
BLACK: grounding, protection
What exact type of crystal you use doesn't really matter. Go with what you are drawn to, this is your intuition guiding you. It's making one stone pop out over another. If you keep the information from above in mind regarding each color then it gives you a basic idea of what the crystal you chose is about. It will hold those particular energies and as well as those inherent in the crystal type.
There are 7 Major Chakras and hundreds of minor ones. The illustration shown below gives a sense of the location of the Chakras which can be worked with very effectively for color therapy. Keep in mind that each chakra accepts more colors than just the one shown in the illustration. I will list them when we talk about each chakra individually.
When we talk about the chakras we always start at the bottom and work our way up to the top so that’s where we’ll begin. The Root Chakra is in charge of vitality, strength, will, manifesting, courage, survival, grounding, sexual energy, circulation, and cell repair.. Black brown and red crystals are best for this chakra.
The Sacral Chakra is the center of assimilation, accepting new beginnings, letting go, connecting with feelings, endurance, productivity, and reproduction. This is one of the creativity centers, where an idea manifests, and is fueled by the emotions. Orange, Peach, and Yellow stones work well here.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of confidence, personal, power stimulation, and inventiveness. Yellow stones and yellow-green stones are best for this area.
The Heart Chakra is the center of personal growth, balance, compassion, and love. Pink and green stones are fantastic for this chakra.
The Throat Chakra is the center for communication, creativity, peace, the metabolism, and the nervous system. The throat is where it is where creativity is expressed. Blue stones are perfect for this spot.
The Third Eye Chakra is the center of intuition, expansion, psychic awareness, spirituality, and the brain. Indigo and violet crystals work well here.
The Crown Chakra is the center of transformation, trust, and Oneness. Clear, white, gold, and violet stones are great for this chakra.
There a number of ways you may choose to work with crystals and stones. You may place the crystal or stone directly on the chakra while lying down, keep it in your pocket, hold it in your hand, or place it in you environment. You are allowed to work with more than one stone at a time if you wish. Always listen to your inner guide! Be sure to clean the stones of unwanted energy afterwards by bathing them in moonlight for several hours.
If you have any questions then feel free to ask them in the comments.
Did you ever wonder why now is the time of year for Resolutions? Well some could say that it’s because a New Year has begun, but I say it’s because it’s Capricorn Season. Capricorns are the most determined of all the zodiac signs when it comes to getting what they want and we are all touched by some of that energy when the Goat comes into rule. Surrounding yourself with a few Capricorn crystals can help. Read on for a few more ideas.
Utilize these Zodiac Stones to amp up your Capricorn energy even if you’re not a Capricorn. The zodiac stones for Capricorn are a beautiful mix, find what you’re intuitively drawn to and work with it. Ruby and Emerald will open the heart, it is through the Heart Chakra that we make our biggest changes. Red Garnet and Black Onyx are fantastic for grounding at the Root Chakra. When we are grounded we feel less fearful and sure of ourselves. Amber and Peridot strengthen out personal power within the Solar Plexus Chakra. Lastly, Amethyst will help connect you with your intuition and higher self through the 3rd Eye and Crown Chakras.
The Earth Element is so beneficial for manifesting, it helps us bring our desires to the earth plane. Earth Elemental Crystals ground so they help remove any fears we might have. When we’re grounded we are able to direct our thoughts toward positive supporting emotions rather than ones which shoot down dreams. Capricorn is an Earth Elemental. Each of the zodiac signs fall under and elemental energy. Capricorns tend to be grounded. They are also ambitious as well as patient and methodical in their approach to reach their goal.
Make like a Capricorn and go after your dreams. Capricorns are ambitious, resourceful, and responsible so feel it. If you can’t feel that Capricorn energy coming in then go to the Crystal Kingdom for a little assistance. Just go with what you are most attracted to and you cannot go wrong. Capricorn season lasts until January 20th when Aquarius takes over.
Kick Into 2017 With a Plan For a Great Future
Have you thought about the life you'd like to create for your future? Transitioning into a New Year is a great time to spend on a little time on quiet self reflection and planning for the future. It helps us see where we are and where we want to go. It's Capricorn Season and Capricorns are the most determined of the zodiac signs so why not grab onto some of that resoluteness and go after your dreams. We all are feeling a bit of Capricorn's energy while it reigns until January 20th. Following is a quick contemplative and meditative process that you might follow during this transition.
Gratitude: Begin by reviewing what you are grateful for from 2016. You might even add things to the list from years before, the more the merrier! Think of everything even the items you can find for that came out of dark areas. For example, I have this one family member whom I have a difficult relationship with. I am so thankful that I am seeing many areas within myself that need to change regarding this relationship. I am always grateful for my crystals and my home. My list is endless and fortunately I am always adding to it.
Gratitude works for us in so many ways. It increase happiness and abundance. When you think about the things you are grateful for rather than what is lacking you cannot help but be happy. Having appreciation for what we have makes it so that the Universe only wants to provide us with more. We change our attitude around where it is one that expects abundance rather than lack. Have a gratitude practice every morning and you'll see what I mean. When we see what we are consistently thankful for it shows us who we truly are as people. Sometimes we don't see the love we have for something until we notice that we're consistently offering gratitude towards it.
Meditation: Invite your guides to come in to assist you and then spend a little time in meditation. Focus on the breath, noticing the inhalation and exhalation. Just repeat the mantra, "Om". Don't get stressed. When thoughts come in let them pass like clouds, don't get involved. Return to the mantra. After a bit of time in meditation ask your Higher Self, "What is in my best interest to create in 2017?" See what the pictures, words, images, feeling, and smells are that come back to you? Ask there any questions you have? If so then ask them.
Surround your plans for 2017 and beyond with lots of positive emotion followed by action. Once you see what you'd like to create, envision as if it were in the present. How does it look and feel to have it? What is you life like now? Feel the abundance. Surround it with lots of loving and empowering emotions. Once you've added that energy it's time to take action. What can you do to get the ball rolling, it's time to start taking steps. This changes your vibration and shows the universe that you're ready for your dreams.
Crystals help us send our intentions out to the universe and empower us as well. You can set up a Crystal Grid like in the photo, sit with one crystal, or sit without stones. The grid shown also includes zodiac stones from Capricorn and stones that are useful for manifesting. It is laid out on a Flower of Life grid clothe which is great for creation. If you have any question about crystals or need a suggestion then feel free to ask. Happy 2017!