The Land of the Long White Cloud: Stores with Spirit, South Island

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Recently got back from a vacation in New Zealand which was quite breathtaking and full of adventure.  Whilst I am still going through the 1,000 photos taken to share some of my adventures, I thought I’d post about some retail places of personal interest I came across in the South (where I spent most of my time):

The Outpost

We actually came across this place when heading to a crystal shop and I was pulled to have a look.  One of the best retail suppliers of quality semi-precious stone jewellery I have ever seen.  All pieces are sourced by the owner and then cut and set by a local jeweller which keeps the prices down and the quality superb.

Hetties

New Zealand’s oldest crystal shop and this was the only new age kind of store I could find in the area (they have a store in Queenstown). They get good quality Jade (Nephrite) and Paua (Shell) in tumbles/pieces as well as traditional and more modern set jewellery but I also found the quality of the other crystals they had were high grade.

Art and Craft Market

Only on saturdays and an absolute must for those who like hand made items direct from the artist themselves.

The jade carvers were especially of interest and I am a fan of Roger Cleghorn’s work as he sources the jade, argillite, bone and paua himself.

Cleghorn

I came across an this great potter John Kalb who digs and processes the clay locally himself when then moulds it and fires it.  It was so nice to see hand thrown pottery in more colours than the standard brown or blue.

Kalb

Lastly I love art especially modern style spray paint art and I came across Gwen Ash who does the most chic and contemporary paintings – the two I purchased resonated a modern Hekate and Sekhmet for me and I just loved the artists enthusiasm about her work.

Sprays and Threads

 

Pagan Blog Project: Q is for Quartz Programming

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Image (c) T. Georgitsis 2012

What is Crystal Programming?

All crystals take in the various energies they are surrounded by, but you can also tap into them and give them a job to do.  This is done via crystal programming. In its essence, crystal programming is a way you can charge your crystal with specific intent and purpose as well as it activating the true capabilities of the crystal which can in turn trigger them in you.  Crystals can absorb, hold and release information, visions and feelings and can be programmed for happiness, abundance, success, healing and whatever else you can think of which you want to manifest in your life. The way crystals are programmed is through projecting your thought form into the crystal in a clear and conscious way. The most effective type to use for crystal programming is clear quartz.

Tina’s Crystal Programming Technique (© T. Georgitsis 2014)

Ingredients

  • 1 clear quartz crystal
  • Salt water

Method

  1. Clean crystal of all previous programing (whether it was intentional or not) in salt water or by holding the crystal in the hand which isn’t dominant (ie left hand if you are right handed) and visualise a blue light flowing from your hand and enveloping the crystal (Reiki or Sekhem/Seichim is perfect for this).
  2. Formulate what you want your crystal to be programmed with ensuring it’s a positive though form for it to be of benefit as the crystal will only amplify what potential you store within it.
  3. Enter a place of calm meditative contemplation in a safe space where you wont be disturbed.
  4. Take the crystal and place it in the middle of your hand which isn’t the dominant one and place the other hand over it in a cupping motion touching the crystal with both hands.
  5. Place the intent in the crystal now by visualising what you want it to do ie if you want it to help it heal you, visualise the sickness vanishing away.
  6. Once you feel that your thoughts have successfully flowed through (you can usually feel this as a circuit running through your body and into the crystal) you have successfully programmed your crystal.
  7. Repeat the steps 4-6 several times to ensure your crystal has been programmed securely.

Simple Use for Programmed Crystals

Carry it around with you to trigger the properties you programmed it for by rubbing it or holding it between your palms for some extra energy and inspiration.

(C) T . Georgitsis 2014

 

Pagan Blog Project: C is for Crystal Cleansers

Crystals pick up and take on negative energies through emotions, thoughts and physical interaction from their owners, their environment and also from others who handle them. Therefore its prudent that crystals be cleansed periodically to clear these toxic energies and be recharged. 

You can clean your crystals by:

1. Immersing them in salt water for 24 hours under the *sun or moon light or by wiping them with a damp cloth soaked in salt water.

2. Immersing them in a bowl of brown rice for 3 days on an altar or in the NW corner of a room, home or business.

3. Immersing them in a bowl of purified water with fresh flower petals such as marigolds, sage blossoms, sun flowers, iris, honeysuckle, daisies, roses, rosemary blossoms, lemon blossoms, carnations, cherry blossoms and apple blossoms.

3. Smudge using herbs such as lavender, sage, cedar and bay.

4. Crystal programming (aka thought projection).  This is the most difficult and requires focused concentration and experience in meditation and working with crystal energies.

5. Reiki/Sekhem/Seichim which utilities specific symbols channeled through the breath and hands.

6. By burying in the earth (garden, pot plant, sand) for 24 hours.

7. By sound intoning using crystal bowls, chanting, Tibetan singing bowls, sistras, bellydance symbals, bells, tuning forks and singing.

8. By placing them on or within a clear quartz or amethyst quartz: cluster, slab or cave. You can also place a smokey quartz single terminator crystal on top of them.

 

I like to make my own crystal cleanser which I put into a spray bottle and then spray over my crystal jewelry, caves, slabs, balls, and other shaped crystals due to convenience.  This same cleanser can be added to a bowl or tub of purified water which you can wash your crystals in.

 

Tina’s Crystal Cleanser (© T. Georgitsis 2001)

Ingredients

1 teaspoons of Rock Salt
250 mils Orange Blossom Water
A pinch of Fresh Rose Petals (omit if you will not or cannot  refrigerate)
3 Drops of Essential Oil of Clove
Small Amethyst Crystal (Pebble Sized)
300 mil Capacity Spray Bottle

Method

  1. Place crystal in bottom of spray bottle.
  2. Crush rock salt into fine powder and pour into spray bottle.
  3. Pour orange blossom water and clove oil into spray bottle and shake vigorously.
  4. Add Rose petals and refrigerate until needed (refrigeration isn’t needed if rose petals are not added).

© All articles, recipes and images T. Georgitsis 2014

*= Do not place amethyst, lavender quartz, rose quartz, smokey quartz, ametrine, beryl, fluorite, danburite, citrine, aquamarine, celestite and kunzite  in direct sunlight as it fades.

** = Do not use on soft porous crystals such as: malachite, selenite, angelite, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite,  as it will deteriorate the crystals.

Isis Crystals

Earlier in the month a group of us went wholesale crystal shopping at my favourite place – Crystal Universe:

http://www.crystaluniverse.com.au/#!/home

I was so impressed with their new location and as always the staff were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Having noticed much of the crystal points that my friends and I picked up were Isis crystals I wanted to share the following information which I gathered in my past profession as a crystologist:

Isis Crystals

Isis Crystal is named aptly after the Goddess Isis because it assists in triggering self healing with inner power and strength.  Isis Crystals have a five (5) sided tear drop shape on the dominant side of the crystal face and look like this:

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If you look at the design of the crystal the base line symbolizes the physical plane.  The two lines which come from the base line and rise upwards symbolize balance and must always be of equal length.  Lastly the two lines which connect to the two balance lines, join together and form an apex which symbolizes rising from the physical plane into a higher realm of being.

Isis Crystals are mainly used to help access the qualities of the Great Goddess Isis and can therefore amplify the energies of the divine feminine. Like in the story of when Isis searches for the Body of Osiris, it facilitates the focus of inner strength, persistence and perseverance as it helps to move and get on with things for those who have suffered loss in an unjust way.

Isis Crystals can heal things which are misplaced or damaged – body, mind, spirit, emotion and higher self.  They can assimilate the spiritual into the emotional, causing balance and can allow you to separate yourself and step back from the suffering of others.  This crystal can be also used to access and activate self healing and awareness with acceptance.

Men can use this crystal to focus and connect to their feminine side as well as their deep seated emotions. For children it can be used for those sensitive such as the indigos, to balance out their emotions in the mundane world.

The Isis crystal is extremely useful as a transitionary crystal when one is moving from one place to the next, or one world to the next and can be safely used to help people cross the rainbow bridge.

A good method of using this crystal whilst in meditation is to place the crystal with the tear dropped side upon your third eye.  A useful method of using this crystal on others for healing and assistance is to place the crystal with the tear dropped side on their heart or crown chakra.

Although sometimes difficult to find if you come across one it is indeed the Goddess Isis manifesting in your life and you should consider it sacred.

Here is some more information on Isis Crystals if they have slight variations:

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*Pyramids or glyphs on crystal face = record keeper of Atlantis.

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 *Striations on crystal face and it being cloudy on the outside whilst being clear on the inside = Lumerian seed crystal

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*Phantom crystal which appears ghostlike within the body of the crystal = allows the past to be placed into reflective perspective which assists in overcoming blocks and moving forward.

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*Occlusion within the crystal = focuses the energy of the crystal and amplifies it.

© T. Georgitsis (first appeared in Mirror of Isis, Volume V, Issue 3, Samhain 2010)