Crystal Spotlight: Calcite

At a gem show recently, I found myself drawn to a juicy hunk of green calcite. Unable to resist, I took it home and was inspired to learn more about it!

Calcite is one of the most abundant type of crystals on the planet, and can be found all over the world. In addition to being absolutely beautiful, it possesses amazing beneficial healing properties as well!

All varieties of calcite are extremely helpful in removing negativity, both from the body and the environment the calcite resides in. Plus, depending on the color, calcite can possess a magnitude of additional properties, making it a great crystal to keep around! As you can see from the photo above, there is a large variety of colors you can find calcite in. However, for the sake of not having a 10 page post, we'll just explore a couple today.

Green calcite is a grounding and centering stone. It is known as a stone of manifestation, as it increases all prosperity and success, both in business and your personal life. Mine is currently in my garden, hopefully increasing the number of tomatoes I will get this year!

Blue calcite is a soothing stone that can be wonderful for frayed nerves. It encourages you to get the rest you need and embrace calm. Blue calcite can also be a great learning aid, making it a fantastic stone for students! It would be great to have some in a classroom, for the teacher and student alike!

Orange calcite is a great stone for the mind. It can help relief fear, mental ailments (depression, anxiety, etc.), and phobias. Orange calcite can be particularly helpful in balancing your mental and emotional equilibrium.

What a yummy piece of Root Beer Calcite!
Isn't this piece of root beer calcite magnificent? Other than the green calcite, the photographed crystals were borrowed from my wonderful grandmother, who has a stunning gemstone collection like you wouldn't believe! Many thanks to her for letting us all drool at her incredible crystals!

Do you have any calcite? Which one is your favorite?

Chakra Series: Solar Plexus

Manipura (the solar plexus chakra) is typically shown as a 10 petaled yellow flower.

Now lets dive into the third chakra: Manipura, the solar plexus chakra.

Typically represented by the color yellow, the solar plexus is located in the abdomen (, and your "fire in the belly". It is physically connected to the upper abdomen, stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, spleen, and intestine. Emotionally, the phrase commonly associated with this chakra is "I do", and is the chakra that truly helps the "self": self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

If you are experiencing a misaligned solar plexus chakra, you may suffer from poor digestion, intestinal problems, diabetes, eating disorders, hypoglycemia, gallstones, and liver issues. Additionally you may be feeling a lack of self esteem, overly sensitive to criticism, indifference, inability to see others for how they are (versus how you view them), fear, hatred, a lust for power, submissive, and giving away your power.

A great way to build back up that "inner fire" of powerful self respect is to meditate or wear energetically healing crystals such as citrine, amber, tiger eye, pyrite, and calcite. For an extra boost, wear or diffuse bergamont or juniper essential oils (remember to use a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin, and only use high quality oils).

Set aside a time that is dedicated to just you. During this "me-time", listen to crystal singing bowls, especially the letter "E", for its solar plexus chakra healing abilities. Roll out your mat, and engage in some self empowering yoga, making sure to include poses that correspond with the third chakra, such as boat pose, upward bow pose, and half lord of the fishes pose. After your yoga practice, honor this beautiful special time that you dedicated to yourself. Chant the mantra "Ram", or create a confidence boosting mantra, such as "I control my personal power. I am worthy of being loved and respected. I love myself."

Check back for the next chakra in the series: the heart chakra!

Chakra Series: Sacral

Swadhisthana (the sacral chakra) is commonly represented as an orange flower with six petals.

Today's feature of the Chakra Series: Swadhisthana, the sacral chakra.

Commonly represented by the color orange, this chakra is associated with the phrase "I feel!". Located about three inches below the navel, in the center of your lower belly, it is responsible for the sexual organs, stomach, liver, spleen, lymphatic system, and the middle spine. It is a control center for your emotions, along with your relationships, passion, creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

Signs of a misaligned sacral chakra can physically manifest as lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, urinary problems, and gynecological issues. Emotional symptoms of a imbalanced sacral chakra include feeling stuck in particular mood, feeling out of touch with yourself, being ruled by your emotions, extremes in libido (either overindulgence or lack of sexual desire/satisfaction), dependency (on others or a substance), guilt/inability to let go, and frequently experiencing intimacy issues in relationships.

For healing crystal energy that can facilitate the opening of emotions and encourage the flow of creativity, try carrying or wearing crystals such as garnet, carnelian, citrine, moonstone, orange calcite, and tiger eye.

Essential oils such as ylang ylang, sandalwood, and orange can be beneficial aromatherapy, especially if used on pulse points, sacrum, lower abdomen, or as a daily perfume. As the sacral chakra is commonly associated with the element of water, these oils would also make a great combination for a bath. For a complete experience, create a sensual environment by lighting candles and listening to singing bowl therapy, specifically the note "D", while you relax in the tub.

Try partaking in a Kundalini yoga class, which can help encourage the flow of energy/chi. During your home practice, focus on flow rather than execution, and try to incorporate triangle pose, pigeon pose, and bound angle pose.

The sacral chakra is all about flow and feeling, so now is the time to dance! Find your favorite song, turn it up, and get grooving! (I am a frequent participator in solo dance festivals around my house... hairbrushes may possibly be used as pretend microphones so I can lip sing along... but I admit to nothing!). If dancing isn't your thing, try a creative activity such as drawing, cooking, singing, or writing. Just get those creative juices flowing!

During meditation, try to focus on opening up the flow of your emotions, chant the mantra "Vam", or create a liberating personal mantra such as "I enjoy the pleasures of life to the fullest. I am flowing with creative ideas. I am aware and connected with the positive energy of others."

Next on the Chakra Series: the solar plexus chakra!

Chakra Series: Root

Muladhara (the root chakra) is commonly represented as a red flower with four petals.

Let's kick off this chakra series at the 'root' of it all:  Muladhara, the root chakra.

Firstly, what are the main elements associated with this chakra?

The root chakra is connected to the phrase "I am!" Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is associated with grounding and allows us to connect to the earth's energies. The physical influences of the root chakra include the spine, legs, feet, bones, immune systems, adrenal glands, colon, kidneys, and the coccyx. Emotionally, it is about intuition, confidence, and survival. It is commonly associated with the color red, which offers a healing vibration for emaciation, depression, or lethargy.

So how do you know if your root chakra is unbalanced? Physically, you may experience symptoms such as lower back pain, constipation, fatigue, immune disorders, or foot/leg injuries. Emotionally, you may feel fearful, violent, angry, insecure, disconnected, or unstable.

If you believe your root chakra is unbalanced or blocked, there are a variety of things you can do to help. 

Carrying, wearing, and meditating with crystals such as hematite, red jasper, black onyx, and smokey quartz, can help as they carry positive grounding energy. I have quite a few friends who have found it extremely helpful during stressful times to wear hematite bracelets or rings.

A chakra directly influenced by physical activity, exercise (such as a brisk walk or yoga) can help open up your root chakra. In particular, focus on yoga poses that help to ground, stabilize and connect, such as standing forward bend, mountain pose, or squatting. Throughout your yoga practice, visualize roots growing from the base of your spine, down your legs, and through your feet to the floor, imbedding in the nurturing soil beneath the earth's surface.

You can listen to Tibetan or crystal singing bowls, specifically the note "C", which is known for its grounding qualities. Check to see if someone in your area does singing bowl therapy, or track down a CD and listen with headphones in to get the full effect.

Additionally, warming essential oils, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, myrrh, and patchouli can be helpful used as aromatherapy.

And finally, find a grounding mantra to repeat to yourself during times of stress, meditation, or savasana. If possible, find time to mediate outside and/or in the morning. Try using the mantra "LAM" (a cleansing, clearing mantra to open the root chakra), or find another suitable mantra for yourself such as "I am grounded. I am balanced. I am safe. I am calm. I am strong. I am centered. I am worthy of all things beautiful."

Up next on the chakra series is the sacral chakra, so stay tuned!

Chakra Series

My large selenite wand is a great recharging station for my chakra crystals.

First off, what is a chakra?

The body has 7 main energy centers, known as chakras. From bottom to top, they are:  root,  sacral, solar plexus, heart, third eye, and crown. These energy centers allow energy to flow from one part of your body to the other. The position of each chakra is in correspondence to our endocrine glads that are responsible for the release of hormones in our body, keeping them in balance and controlling major nerve functions (keeping us healthy). When your chakras are aligned and functioning properly, you feel a sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. When misaligned or blocked, we can experience a wide range of symptoms and feel a sense of unease.

There are a variety of methods to help correct the flow of energy in your body, specific to what chakra is in need of some extra attention. This series will explore each chakra individually and give suggestions for healing, including the use of crystals, essential oils, yoga, and sound therapy.

First up: the root chakra!