You are a GEM!

I saw a tweet today that made me think. Rather than quote the tweet, (because it was a bit on the snarky side) I’d like to talk about the more positive aspect. Yes. The POSITIVE. If you’re thinking that this <sometimes> cantankerous old witch is all of a sudden going all “love & light”, just switch your mental gears for a few minutes and indulge me in my wit and humor.

*dips quill in ink and begins*

I never have, and never will be, what some would call a “love & lighter”. Rest assured, I still fully believe that light and dark balance each other. Without darkness, there cannot be light – and vice versa.

The saying “A witch who cannot hex, cannot heal” is still a deeply rooted tenet of mine. The Morrighan, warrior goddess, is still very much a part of me. What I’ve learned through working with her, however, is that I no longer have to pick up my sword every time I see (or experience) an injustice. She has taken up the sword on my behalf many times recently. She has shown me that my time and energy were much better spent focusing on creating the life I want to live. She sees. She knows. She protects.

Note that I said “every time”. Because it’s important that you know that there are still times when I will pick up that sword. I’m just less inclined to do so as often as I used to. Giving “the look” over the top of my glasses seems to be suffice most of the time.

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So – about this polishing business. We are all, for the most part, a gemstone in the rough. Think of your most favorite gemstone, and then do a little google search to see what that gemstone looks like un-tumbled. For instance, take a look at the piece of Lapis Lazuli (my fav) up there. It’s nice… but it just isn’t as beautiful as it looks once it’s tumbled – or polished.

Now take a look at the gorgeous Lapis Lazuli over here on the left that has been tumbled and polished. Big difference, right? You can see the deep blue hues, the flecks of gold, the sheer beauty of this gemstone. I do have to inject a plug for one of my favorite gemstone sites here: Healing Crystals. They not only have an amazing collection of gemstones available at discount prices, their site offers TONS of information on the metaphysical properties of just about every gemstone you can think of!

 

There are several techniques to polishing a gemstone. You can grind them, sand them, use a drill, or put them in a tumbler. Have you ever felt that someone was just putting you through the ringer? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. So while this person is grinding, sanding, drilling or otherwise putting you through the ringer – YOU are actually the one who benefits. Why? Because you’re being POLISHED! You come out a gorgeous shining gemstone while they continue to wear the face of a worn down sander or grinder or a dull drill bit.

Don’t let this be you!

Was that an “AHA!!” moment I just heard you having? I hope so. :-) *corks inkwell and puts quill away*

Until next time, my beautiful Gems!

Fluorite. The Gentle Healer

Fluorite slabFluorite. Beautiful, translucent, and oh-so-handy to carry when you’re feeling stressed! Most people look to Hematite when they need a good grounding stone, but Fluorite does the job just as well, if not better!

This gentle healer will detoxify and energize all of the chakras, especially when placed on the Heart or Throat chakra. It allows us to heal from heart based issues, whether emotional or physical. Fluorite will dispel negative energy, especially from the environment, such as electromagnetic “smog” from computers. It then reenergizes the atmosphere. A great stone to have around you if you work in an office to reduce stress or negative situations. It’s great also, if you work near a lot of computer equipment!

Fluorite comes in variations of greens, blues, yellow, and purples. Some Fluorite is all green, some all purple. I think the nicest pieces are those that blend the green, purple, and aqua in a stone of translucent beauty.

Magickally speaking, Fluorite is connected to the element of Air. It will bring clarity to a situation, allowing you to focus more closely on the answer you’re seeking. Because it’s a great “mind stone”, it’s also great for those who are looking to hone in on their psychic and intuition abilities! Overall, Fluorite is the stone of Mental Clarity.

Last but not least, Fluorite is a great stone to carry or hold when you’re studying. It will assist in your mind’s ability to retain knowledge. Stock up on some Fluorite before that next big test! You can light a yellow candle (yellow being the color of the element of Air), and set a few tumbled Fluorite gemstones around the candle while you’re studying.

Fluorite is always available at Pagan Stuff Cheap

I hope you’ve enjoyed this informational tidbit. I dare say, it’s a “gem”! 😉