Healing Crystals and Stones

Hello my name is Michelle and I’m a crystal book addict. There…I admitted it. As my children were growing up, I always told them the one thing I didn’t mind buying them was books. I love books. I love research. But here’s the rub: sometimes too many crystal books can get downright confusing. Most of them merely regurgitate what others have written about crystals, while others will list a crystal’s properties and will say the crystal helps with everything in and out of this world. It is overwhelming to say the least.

So how do you pick a crystal book? Here are a few of my recommendations:
1. Go straight to the index at the back of the book. Perhaps think of a word or topic of interest ahead of time such as “angels” then see if you can find it in the index. Also make sure they index the crystals…believe it or not, some don’t.
2. Then go to the body of the book. Determine if you like the book arranged by:
a.. Color – great for when you are trying to identify a stone, but not so great when you are trying to look up the qualities of a stone.
b. Alphabetical – my personal favorite because I can find a stone quickly.

c. Properties – this is great when you want a quick reference book according to the reason you are needing a stone such as anxiety. You look up “anxiety” and it lists the stones that will help.
3. What is the picture quality? You really want a clear picture. Are they raw, tumbled, or gem stone quality?  Many often want to see what the stone looks like when tumbled.
4. What data is provided? Do you just want the 411 on what the crystals can do for you or do you want more information such as the historical background of the stone?
5. What type of information is included? Do you want a book primarily about crystals for health or do you want a wide variety?
6. Do you resonate (vibe) with the author’s explanations?
If you are like me and love research, then lots of books are fine. But be warned: when they contradict one another it can get overwhelming and even frustrating. I recommend (but I don’t always take my own advice) sticking to two to four books…or even one if you can do it! Good luck with that!!!!

Some of my go to books are:

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1. The Crystal Healer, Philip Permutt – This book has a great index, pictures and short explanations that stay with you. A special index has crystals broken down into crystals for emotional issues, physical issues, mental(intellectual) issues, and spiritual issues.
Con: the crystals are in color order within the book; therefore, making it sometimes difficult to quickly find the crystal you are looking for.

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2. The Book of Stones, Robert Simmons  – It has a very good reference book due to its thorough index, good photographs and good information. The explanations are good on every level: historical, scientific and metaphysical properties. I especially love the pocket edition which is great for easy reference.
Con: I’m not a big fan of trademarking stones and Mr. Simmons does trademark stones. 

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3. The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall
You name it, Hall has written it. The Crystal Bible Volume 1 and perhaps 2 are great resources. Decent index, good photographs, and alphabetical order (which obviously I prefer over grouping by color).
Helpful hint: when there are several volumes to crystal books, they tend to progress in the rarity, and therefore, price of the stones.

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4. Crystal Prescriptions, Judy Hall
This is my go to book for physical ailments. I “don’t leave home without it.” It contains stones primarily for physical issues, but it does include other topics including emotional issues such as depression. I suggest only buying volume one to begin. It is small and easy to quickly use. You might also want to put it on Kindle on your phone for quick reference. You won’t regret purchasing this handy book if you are a crystal healer.

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5. The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and StonesMargaret Ann Lembo
I really like the energy she puts into her descriptions. I have met her on several occasions and she is a lovely person with a soothing energy. The book is in alphabetical order, but her unique descriptions of stones are what I like. It is obvious she doesn’t just cut and paste what has been stated over and over. However, sometimes this can lead to a slight bit of confusion if consulting other books because what she writes about a stone’s properties may be different than what others have to say. I find her descriptions to be quite refreshing and interesting.

Again, this is a partial list. I know there are a million other books out there. I probably own them…Roger, my husband, will certainly be glad to tell you that I do. BUT remember I told you I’m a crystal book addict and thus far I’ve found no cure…I’m sure there is a crystal (no, not just amethyst) for that! Do you need to purchase books? Well…I don’t even relate to that question since I love books so much, but no. You can use your own intuition to ascertain properties of a stone or use the dictionary of the gods…Google. But websites are a blog for another day. You can always drop by my store, SoulTopia, to look through my library of crystal books or to purchase the one’s mentioned in this blog. Until next time…

Crystal Blessings,
Michelle Welch

Retrograde Traffic Jam

Between April 9th and April 15th, four planets will be retrograde simultaneously causing a retrograde traffic jam of sorts. In the midst of this, the Pink Full Moon falls on April 11th. Many consider retrograde periods to be “oh @#$!” time periods. But a retrograde planet is not necessarily something to dread. It can be an opportunity to pause, reflect, and course correct if needed.

While Mercury Retrograde garners most of the attention because it happens several times a year, other planets go retrograde too. From April 9th to April 15th, four planets will be retrograde. So what does this mean for us? First, what is the meaning of retrograde? Retrograde in this case is the apparent backward motion of a certain planet through the sky, as observed from Earth. This apparent retrograde motion is caused by the Earth traveling past a slower-moving planet or the Earth is itself being passed by a faster-moving inner planet. The perspective is important because we view things from an earthly perspective.

Pink Full Moon (or Easter Moon)

April 11th

Any full moon is a time to RE-lease that which does not serve you. They are times of RE-birth as is the Pink Moon specifically. During this Pink Full Moon it is a perfect time to RE-fresh, RE-generate and purify your intentions.

Crystal for the Pink Full Moon: Moss Agate

Jupiter Retrograde in Libra: February 6th – June 9th

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and progress. Jupiter fosters positive growth and helps us get on our best path. Success, accomplishments, and prosperity are all associated with Jupiter. Jupiter is a large and slow moving planet. Where Mercury goes retrograde about three times per year for 19 to 24 days at a time, Jupiter spends 120 days in its single, annual retrograde.

When Jupiter goes retrograde, it is a good time to RE-view our vision, ideals, and belief systems.

Jupiter Rx Crystals:

Green aventurine, Citrine, Tiger’s eye, Amazonite

Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius: April 6th – August, 25th

Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore, Saturn Retrograde is a double dose of karma.  With Saturn is in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible you have been in the past. Karmic balance is found as karmic debts are RE-paid. Through this retrograde period, everyone can move on toward emotional happiness and successful relationships for the future.

When Saturn goes retrograde, it is time to maintain the status quo in your career and not break new ground in your life if possible.

Check your karma! Mind your own energy!

Saturn Rx Crystals:

Rhodochrosite, Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus: April 9th – May 3rd

Mercury governs communication and travel. When Mercury goes retrograde, it is a good time to meditate, contemplate, write and catch up on sleep. Since Mercury rules communication be extra aware of what you say when you speak to friends and colleagues. Things can get very twisted in texts and in emails. It is a good time to communicate directly. It is also a good time to delay signing or entering into any legal or binding contracts. Computers, televisions and cars also tend to stop working properly during this time.

EVERY “RE” THAT INVOLVES CONTEMPLATION and PAUSING APPLIES HERE.

Mercury Rx Crystals:

Hematite, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Fluorite

Venus Retrograde in Aries and Pisces: March 4th – April 15th

The good news? Venus Retrograde has the shortest duration of all planets that go retrograde so the “madness” won’t last long. Venus is about love and relationships. When Venus goes retrograde it is a time to RE-flect on your values, and to RE-view your relationships. Old friends and/or lovers may reenter your life. Consider carefully whether you want to dive back into that relationship. You might also want to avoid beginning a new love relationship. Remember this is the shortest retrograde period…patience…you can wait I promise!

Venus Rx Crystals: 

Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Amethyst

In summary:

Between April 9-15th these four planets will be retrograde in conjunction with the Pink Full Moon on April 11th. Instead of “blaming it on retrograde,” let’s try “claiming RE.” What do I mean? Decide to assert your power to

RE-think, RE-assess, RE-evaluate, RE-examine and so forth, and primarily RE-claim your power. You intend and create what happens in your life.

Work with the universe to RE-imagine RE-trograde.

(Oh yeah…just when we think we are out of the celestial way, Pluto goes retro on April 20th, but we will deal with mysterious Pluto later).

Crystal Cheers,
Michelle Welch

Kali the Fierce Hindu Goddess

In anticipation of our March Madness: Shadow Side SoulTopia Sensation on Sunday, March 19th, it seemed fitting to talk about one of my favorite Goddesses, the fierce and mighty Kali.
It seems we often tend to want to make everything beautiful and tie it up with a love and light bow. But query me this…is life always so “perfect?” Are we possibly neglecting parts of ourselves if we always project that we have no struggles? Is there advantage in exploring our shadow side and is our shadow side always something “negative?” Many philosophers have broached this subject, which I believe is healthy, and many have come away with differing opinions, which I also believe is healthy. I encourage ALL of us to get back to the spirit of mature and robust discussions to help us grow. Do we have to agree? I honestly hope we don’t always agree. “Group think” is quite different than universal consciousness…think about that one. So with that out of the way, let’s get back to KALI.

Kali is a fierce Hindu Goddess that can actually be scary to some. She doesn’t try to be beautiful to make you feel comfortable with her. You see, she is about FEAR. Yes, again, sorry if that isn’t “positive talk” enough for you. But let’s not sugar coat it. She may scare those who don’t understand her and even some who do. But for those who attempt to understand her, she will help them overcome fears and work through things that are not healthy for them such as anger and jealousy. This shadow work will bring about a healthier self by cutting through obstacles and also slaying personal demons. This is not work for the faint of heart, but it is heart healing. When Kali enters your life you will experience necessary change. She can help you detach from people, go your own way, change jobs or help with any other tough transition. She carries a weapon in one hand, but the other hand is empty in order to reach out and help. One of my FAVORITE things about the fierce and mighty Kali is that she is the Goddess of Victims of Domestic Violence. Thank Kali for that!

The crystals that were given to me as I channeled the SoulKali bracelet for the SoulGoddess line were (all are highly recommended for your crystal collection):

Black Tourmaline – This HIGHLY protective stone is a must for your crystal collection. It absorbs, deflects and transmutes negative energy. It acts as a shield from psychic attacks, negative thoughts from others and all negative energy. Black Tourmaline (Schorl) might just be Kali in crystal form!

Smoky Quartz – Another highly protective stone, but also one of the most grounding stones. It helps us feel safe and secure. It helps with fear, depression, addictions and obsessions. Smoky Quartz completes the circuit between us and nature. It transmutes negativity sending it back to Mother Earth where it is recycled for good.

Garnet – A stone for those who have suffered trauma and any type of abuse. Garnet helps one feel safe, secure and helps alleviate worry, fear, and panic bringing a sense of calm and groundedness. It also aids in working through disruptions within the family and home.

Labradorite – A stone of magic. A true magician wants power only over himself (self-mastery) and has no desire to control or abuse others. It also clears the aura of negative energy and psychic attacks.

Crystal Cheers,
Michelle Welch