Crystal Education Series: Part 1 – Moonstone and Opalite

Hey Gorgeous Soul,

Something that really irks me about the world of Crystals is when I see synthetic, or man-made, crystals and gems being sold as the real stone, or another stone entirely. A few cases of this have come into my space recently which have inspired me to write this post and put together an educational series that you can refer back to when purchasing your beloved crystals. It’s not typically something that I talk about, but I feel like this time, I need too. Over the next few days, I will cover some of the common crystals/gems that are sold, and some other instances where certain crystals are dyed and sold as others (if you’re thinking Turquoise… you’d be correct!)

If you are as passionate about your crystals as I am, then follow along and be sure to refer back to this series from time to time to ensure that you are making empowered and informed purchases. And hey, if you are purchasing crystals from somewhere and you know that they are selling synthetic, or altered, crystals as the real deal… call them out on it!

To kick things off, I am going to talk about Moonstone and Opalite. And no, they’re definitely not the same stone.

DISCLAIMER: Before I jump into things, I want to make it very clear upfront that my intention for this series is not to bash man-made/synthetic crystals. I do not have an issue with synthetic/man-made crystals, I respect all who love them and subscribe to their properties. My only issue is with those who sell man-made/synthetic crystals under the guise that they are the real thing.  My intention for this series is to educate those who are interested in crystals as I believe that everyone has the right to make informed and empowered decisions, about anything, and having the right information about things, enables this to happen. If you find yourself irked or offended by my words, I ask you to perhaps understand what within yourself I have triggered.

The Truth about Moonstone and Opalite

Moonstone vs Opalite It really saddens me to see Opalite being more and more commonly sold as Moonstone and in some cases Opal, when this stone couldn’t be further from the real thing. If you have ever worked with Moonstone, you’ll know what I mean!

Opalite is a man-made, glass stone that has a milky, iridescent surface, with a yellow-blue glow to it. It is made from Dolomite and metal to create its opalescent appearance. Natural Opalite can occur very rarely when volcanic ash is fossilised. Rare specimens have been found in Africa and Brazil.

Opalite is also commonly sold as;
– Moonstone
– Tiffany Stone/Opalised Fluorite
– Ice Cream Opal
– Opal
– Purple Opal
– Opal Moonstone
– Sea Opal

Healing Properties

Opalite is said to:
– activate the Third Eye
– enhance communication on a spiritual level
– balance yin-yang energies and align them with the Higher Self
– boost self-confidence and enhance self-worth
– help resolve hurts from old wounds
– encourages persistence
– improves strength and personal willpower
– activates all Clairs
–  and the list goes on…

In all honestly, researching the healing properties of Opalite for this post was harder than I had anticipated. Opalite information is vast in its availability, however, it was damn hard to find a consistency in the healing properties. They all seemed to differ and list different properties.

In my years of working with and learning about crystals, I have had many a conversation with others about this very topic – and we all seem to hold a similar feeling about it. Moonstone is probably my favourite crystal, ever! And even as a young girl, I was able to spot when the Moonstone in the shops wasn’t really Moonstone, often confronting the shop assistant/owner. Many reputable crystal shops/sites that I work with and respect, typically don’t keep information about Opalite on their sites and don’t stock Opalite to see either. In fact, the Crystal Store that I buy a large portion of my crystals from keeping one single Opalite bracelet in her store purely for educational purposes, with a very clear sign next to it that read, “This is NOT Moonstone”. None of the crystal books that I have had, replaced and replenished, over the years list Opalite either.

Moonstone, on the other hand, has long been associated with the energy of the moon and its affiliation with Goddess energy! Moonstone is both a powerful healer and a gentle calmer.

Moonstone is a feldspar-based crystal that comes in a variety of colours, many showing a blue-colour flash.

Moonstone is found in white, peach, cream, yellow, brown, blue, green, and the commonly loved, rainbow colour variants. Not all moonstone holds the gorgeous blue flash that we associate with Moonstone, however, this stone has some pretty special healing properties. Moonstone is a wonderful crystal for women, especially young girls who are making their transition into womanhood, as it helps connect with the Sacral, feminine energies and encourages one to trust and fully step into their intuitive power.

Moonstone can be used to;
– balance, activate, stimulate and enhance Goddess energy
– release energy blocks
– promote wisdom, passion, insight, and creativity
– promote a youthful nature
– promote confidence and peace of mind
– break cycles/repeated patterns.

How to tell them apart

Holding the two together, the difference is really rather obvious. However, if you are not able to, here’s a quick reference guide on identifying both (see images below for reference):

Opalite:

Colour: Opalite has a very obvious blue-hue with a yellow/orange glow when held up to direct light. This glow is less obvious indoors but is still visible.

Appearance: Opalite has a very milky, flawless appearance, and is completely transparent when held up to light (whether natural or artificial).

Moonstone:

Colour: Colours vary, however, common Moonstone is typically white, cream, beige, or stone coloured with black blemishes in the stone of natural, unpolished specimen. The blue flash is obvious in polished Rainbow Moonstone varieties.

Appearance: Moonstone has a very obvious dense, ‘stone’ appearance, with the flaws of the stone (natural cracking) being very noticeable. Depending on the cut and size of the stone, most Moonstone will be translucent when held up to natural light, with the natural flaws visible.

You may be asking, “Well, what does it matter?”
I’ll leave you with this…

If you really wanted a pair of Diamond earrings, and you searched and searched until you found the perfect pair. You made your rather pricey purchase, only to find out when you got home that your beautiful Diamon earrings were, in fact, Cubic Zirconia, or worse… glass.

My next post will be on The Truth about Goldstone and Sunstone. See you then!
Kerry. xx

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2018 New Year Manifesting Ritual

Before we made the transition into 2018, I made a rule that I would have a zero-tolerance attitude on negativity!! I want only magical things, people, situations, and vibes surrounding me this year!

As part of my New Year ritual every year, which I start on Dec 28th, I intuitively select a power stone that I will work with for the year – and this year it was Pyrite! (Last years stone was Hematite).

Each of our energies and vibration interacts differently with different crystals, especially when we are working towards different goals. As our vibration changes, so our interaction with a particular crystal changes.

By working with a power stone, whether over a month, a week, or a lifetime, we can tune into the high vibes, support, Healing, and guidance that the our power stone has to offer us – making sure we always feel our absolute best!

Pyrite for me represents all things magical and sparkly, so it was a wonderful validation for me when I was drawn to work with its energy this year! 🤩🙌🌟✨💫

The three pieces you see in the image I worked with, had in my space, and dedicated to my 5-day NY ritual. I have now strung the more druzy piece which I wear around my neck every day, and will continue to do for the rest of the year. The other two will be in my workspace to remind me of the magic I am creating in my life every day!!

It’s not to late to do a NY ritual if you haven’t yet – in fact, it’s never too late to set your intentions for your AMAZING 2018 and put in place the actions to make it happen!!

And because I love you and want to see your life filled with just as much magic, I’ve made my 5-day ritual available for purchase for only $11!! To purchase this ebook, click here.

Have a magical day, Beauty! Kerry. Xx

Crystals for the Solar Plexus Chakra

Crystals for the Solar Plexus ChakraHappy Wednesday Light Lovers!

As we’ve already learnt, different healing crystals and gemstones can help restore Chakra energy flow and balance.

☀️So when you’re feeling like your Solar Plexus Chakra needs a little TLC, here are some sparkly Crystal babies that resonate with this centre;
🌼Pyrite
🌼Tiger’s Eye
🌼Citrine
🌼Amber
🌼Yellow Aventurine
🌼Yellow Jasper
🌼Lemon Quartz
🌼Yellow Tourmaline An open, balanced energy centre enables us to feel confident and empowered. Our sparkly crystals help us when this centre gets a little off-balance and we become emotionally unsteady, lethargic, and sometimes even aggressive. Each of these Solar Plexus Crystals

An open, balanced energy centre enables us to feel confident and empowered, and our sparkly crystals help us when this centre gets a little off-balance and we become emotionally unsteady, lethargic, and sometimes even aggressive.

Each of these Solar Plexus Crystals holds their own metaphysical properties and work with us is different areas of our lives influenced by this centre.

Wanna know more about how to balance your life (and chakras) with these gorgeous babies?
Get in touch with me. 🙏🌷
Love & Light, Kerry. Xx
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A healing toolkit for your Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra healing toolkitHello Lovelies!! I have to admit, I’ve really been enjoying working on my Solar Plexus Chakra the last few days, I’ve definitely needed it! Have you? ☀️

Here’s a powerful Chakra wellness toolkit that you can use to bring more balance and healing to your Solar Plexus centre.

Sparkly Citrine and Lemon essential oil used together to give us the self-confidence, empowerment and motivation we need when working on the areas of your life that are associated with this Chakra (see prior posts in feed👇) and to bring healing and balance to these areas!

🌿Powered by the Sun, Citrine warms, cleanses and energises making it the perfect companion Crystal for this fiery center!! 🔥🙌

You are now equipped with simple self-healing exercises and Holistic tools to bring healing and balance into your Solar Plexus Chakra! 😘

If you are ready to learn more about your Chakras, Crystal Healing or how to expand your self-healing practice, get in touch with me, Lovely! 💛
~ Love & Light, Kerry. Xxx
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Black Onyx

Black OnyxGood Morning Loves!! 🖤 I was recently gifted the most beautiful chunk of Black Onyx (pictured) by a dear friend, and I wanted to share all of the gorgeous properties this amazing beauty has… it’s like Smokey Quartz on steroids!!!

Black Onyx is a powerful protection stone, absorbing and transmuting negative energies 🖤

Not only is this Crystal great for times of stress, confusion or grief as it develops emotional and physical strength & stamina… but it is wonderful for meditation, healing old wounds, assisting with wise decision-making and helps with self-discipline!

This powerful stone encourages happiness and good fortune to those who work with it, allowing you to master your destiny!! 🙌🖤

I would highly recommend this baby as a part of your Crystal collection!
Namaste 🙏 Kerry. Xx
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Why your Crystal Grid isn’t working

Is your crystal grid not working?

Hello Loves! I want to talk to you about something that is SUPER important when working with your crystals, whether for self-healing, in crystal grids, for client healing sessions and even for protection – PROGRAMMING YOUR CRYSTALS.

💎As you know, crystals and gems have so many healing properties and ways that they help us in the different areas of our lives, it’s important that when using them for a specific purpose – like in grids – that we program them for the specific purpose in which we want them to work for us.

☀️Without programming them, they will more likely attune themselves to the energy that you are reflecting. For example, citrine works with our Solar Plexus Chakra assisting our self-esteem and personal power but is also known as the “money stone” and helps us attract wealth and abundance. When working with citrine in a Crystal grid to attract more abundance into your life, making sure you programme these stones to do just that, you’ll become frustrated and question why they aren’t working.

If you’re interested in learning more about crystals, or want to become a certified Vibrational Crystal healer, drop me a note below.
Have a sparking day Loves!
Kerry. Xx
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African Turquoise

African Turquoise - Where Hum RestsHave you heard about African Turquoise?? Often mistaken for common Turquoise, African Turquoise is its own incredibly unique stone.

A teal, speckled form of jasper, this African stone offers amazing qualities and energies and is considered the ‘Stone of Evolution’ in Africa!

This particular type of Turquoise brings about, and assists with, major shifts and transformation in our lives! Its encouraging energy opens our minds to the possibility of new (things, opportunities, thoughts, mindsets, ways of life, paradigms..) and helps us to see the need for development and metamorphosis, within ourselves and within humanity. Traditionally, African Turquoise was used by tribe members during initiation periods to access the knowledge and guidance of the ancestors during these times of change and growth, initiating the pathway to a clear and focused mind.

Use African Turquoise to work with your Third Eye Chakra when seeking guidance and knowledge from your Higher Self, and when wanting to understand your true soul purpose.

It encourages those on personal development and self-empowerment journeys and offers balance and confidence necessary to keep pushing on when the process gets a little tough (as we all know it can at times!).Carrying African Turquoise with you, or wearing it, will renew your spirit, boost the flow of energy within and around you, and help you more clearly see your life path – strengthening all bodies (energetic, physical, mental and emotional) while you grow, transform and ascend.
~ Kerry. Xx

If you would like to learn more about healing crystals, or how to become a certified crystal healer, shoot me a message!
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Crystals for the Sacral Chakra

Crystals for the Sacral Chakra Now that you’ve learnt a little more than the basics about your Sacral Chakra, here are some other sparkly Crystal babies that you can use to bring more balance, energy and support to this centre.

Sacral Chakra crystals are often orange in colour, but do come in a variety of other colours, as you can see from the picture.

Sacral Chakra crystals support our emotions, enhance creativity, help us release our fears and accept ourselves and our self-worth;
🏵Pink Banded Agate
🏵Moonstone
🏵Orange Carnelian
🏵Grey Banded Agate
🏵Garnet
🏵Orange Calcite

These are just some of my favourite Sacral Chakra crystals that I like to work with.. but there are many, many more that I haven’t even mentioned. Always work with what resonates with you and what makes you feel good!
~ Namaste, Kerry. Xx
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A Healing Toolkit for your Sacral Chakra

Hello Beauty! Here’s a powerful Chakra healing wellness toolkit that you can use to bring more balance and healing to your Sacral Chakra.

Orange Carnelian and Cassia bring self-assurance and courage when working on the areas of your life that are associated with this centre (see prior posts in feed 👇) allowing us to allow healing and balance to these areas! 🌿

Orange Carnelian, also known as the “feel better stone”, helps us naturally replenishes our energy and helps us to unlock our personal power.

Cassia, the oil of self-assurance, brings joy and courage to the heart and soul, helping us let our inner light shine! ✨

You are now equipped with simple self-healing exercises and Holistic tools to bring healing and balance into your Sacral Chakra! 🙌😘

If you are ready to learn more about your Chakras, Crystal Healing or how to become a holistic health practitioner, get in touch with me, Lovely! 💛
~ Love & Light, Kerry. Xxx
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Healing properties of Sea Shells

healing properties of shells

We all love them, and have certainly collected many of them in our lives, but did know that the beautiful sea shells that we collect and use to decorate our lives have healing properties, like our sparkly healing crystals, that offer another level to our self-healing practices?

With their birthplace being concentrated in sea salt (we’re talking about the ocean here), and sacred geometry being an integral part of their make-up, shells have long been used by ancient tribes around the world as protectors from negative energies, and as tools to stimulate intuition and spiritual connection.

Because of the Moon’s influence on the ocean, sea shells also hold the energy of the Moon. Many shells, particularly sea snails and the nautilus (shown in image), form on a spiral, a powerful symbol of the Pagan Great Mother Goddess.

Shells have been used for centuries by many ancient, and modern day tribes, for a number of purposes – healing, protection, spell work, self-love practice, currency, and spiritual  & psychic awareness and growth/enhancement to name a few. For example, sea shells can contain and enhance Reiki with their shape, size, and structure, allowing a gentle but powerful healing energy that works with the healer to cleanse, balance and harmonise the aura and chakras!

Specific types of sea shells, like healing crystals, have specific healing properties. Abalone, for example, is commonly used to contain herbs and crystals, worn and used as a protection amulet to assist with general energetic protection and to ease feelings of anger, depression, fear, and sadness. Abalone has also been used to attract inspiration and creativity to those who carry it, wear it or even meditate with it.

healing properties of shellsBut what about the other types of sea shells?

There are very many types of sea shells from all over the world, but here are a few of the shells that I was taught the metaphysical meanings of.

🐚 Abalone Shell – communication, peace and beauty (self-love).
🐚 Clams, Muscles & Oysters – Purification, love and good fortune. Small clam shells were given as talismans (or tokens) of love.
🐚 Pearls (not a shell, but have an energetic bond with shells and ocean healing) – Pearls resonate with the Heart Chakra, and aid healing in this centre. They are said to take on the energy or the emotion of the wearer, positive or negative, and therefore should be cleansed often. However, charging Pearls with Heart Chakra crystals, or other high vibe stones, will assist with strengthening the body and heart, encouraging feelings of love, beauty, gentleness, comfort and inner peace. On a phsyical level, Pearls can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, assist with digestion and reduce the change of stomach ulcers.
🐚 Mother of Pearl (not shell specific) – Traditionally used to heighten intuition, psychic sensitivity and imagination (much like the shell of the Abalone), more modern uses include attracting prosperity, protection from negative energy and transmutation of negative energy. Mother of Pearl is helpful when treating high blood pressure, improving vision and accelarating wound healing (post-op or general).
🐚 Cone Shells – Traditionally used for protection. Personally, I use them to channel and direct energy (think single terminated quart points) in Reiki, Crystal healing sessions and in crystal grids.
🐚 Pansy Shell (Sand Dollar / Sea Biscuit) – My personal favourite!! If you’ve ever held a Pansy shell in your hand, you’ll notice how fragile its shell is, yet how strong its vibration is. Pansy shells hold the wisdom and information that we need in order to make necessary changes for healing, growth, spiritual expansion and transendance. Pansy Shells, formed around the 5-pointed star of sacred geometry, teaches us; to be gentle in our approach in life regardless of environmental conditions, to go with the flow and be flexible in our thinking and to work on changing belief systems that are detrimental to us, replacing them with new healthy belief systems without blaming ourselves or others. When we have faith we connect with the strength within and anything is possible. (There is a really great article here that explain the medicine of a Pansy Shell in more detail.)
🐚 Cowrie Shells – Used to maifest prosperity and abundance, particularly finanacial. According to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It has also been said that Cowrie shells hold Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity, and is still believed to teach stories of humility and respect to all those who possess them.
🐚 Limpet Shells – Courage, confidence, physical strength.
🐚 Moon Shells – Psychic awareness, purification, and peace.
🐚 Whelk Shells – Use for making dramatic, positive changes in your life.
🐚 Olive Shells – Cleansing and healing.

I encourage you to form your own relationships with your sea shells, as you would your healing crystals, and use your intuition to see how they ‘speak’ to you. Here is a simple way you can connect with your sea shells:
🐚 Cleanse and charge your sea shells the way you would your crystals
🐚 Hold one shell (one type) in your left hand, your receiving hand, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths to relax (you can meditate before hand and set your intention to energeticall connect with your shells, or you can fall into a semi-meditative state, either method have worked for me in the past, but do what feels right for you)
🐚 With your eyes closed, and shell gently placed in your left hand, notice any of the below sensations;
~ How does your body feel physically, do you feel any sensations in a particular area or part of your body?
~ Does the shell elicit any sensations in your subtle bodies, perhaps a particular chakra?
~ Does the shell elicit any particular thoughts or visions?
~ Does the shell bring up any particular memories, or emotions?
~ How does the shell make you feel overall – safe, insecure, calm, lucky, energised, etc?
Noticing these kinds of sensations will give you some insight into how that perticular shell can, or wants to, work with you.

I hope you enjoy discovering the magic of your sea shells! If you have any questions about the healing properties of sea shells or how to incorporate them into your personal or professional practice, shoot me a message below.
~ Love & Light, Kerry. x
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