Precious and semi-precious gemstones have been used since recorded history and probably before, for spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Alternative healers all over the world use gemstones today. It is best to use gemstones for physical healing with a professional, but the layman - with caution and practice - can use them. If you are using gemstones on yourself or helping a friend, it is best to work slowly and keep a written record of each treatment as to how long stone was left on the body and exactly where on the body it was placed. Some stones should not touch the body, but only be used about an inch or two above it. Research and understand each stone before using it. Spiritual and emotional healing should also be done with a written record. You may have to experiment with many gemstones to find the correct stone for your purpose.
Read this article to find out more about how healing gemstones work.
In any type of healing, set stones are better set in silver. Gemstones used in healings can be tumbled or cut. Crystal healing should be done in conjunction with orthodox medical treatment.
A divine memory stands out in my mind from my journey home to Barbados last October, 2012...My sistah/friend Elsiana and I were walking along the beach, doing a little exploring. We were beginning to feel hungry. So, we thought we would leave the beach to look for a market or a place to get some breakfast. On the path to the road, that's the moment when I saw the coral reef figure from the sea sitting in the sand, just a few feet from the edge of the water. I was in total awe of the shape of it. It instantly reminded me of an ancient goddess statue. I stopped to take pictures of it~of course! I wouldn't have been myself if I didn't nudge it a little to see if I could move it. I thought about bringing it back home with me...(imagine the look on their faces as I tried getting through customs with that big piece of coral reef rock...ahahahaa).
After I stared at the water and sand sculpted divinity from the sea for a few more moments, I started noticing a few sacred symbols around her; like the two sticks making the image of a cross close by, then the coconut that sat reverently in front of her, her ample breast, her slender waistline, her wide hips and her opened womb. I also noticed that she sat in lotus position. I knew that these symbols were like gateways into a deeper reality about this coral reef goddess figure. Tuning into the symbols helped me begin to see beyond just the thing that I saw before me.
I was able to see the image of Divine Herself. She rose up out of the waters of the ocean. The sea is the Womb of the Earth Mother. The sea is the symbol of the Mother's sacred and magical blood. It is the primordial womb that gave birth to the universe when there was only the darkness of Chaos. From Her womb, was born night, and water, and eternity. From these were born light, and earth, and time. All life comes from the sea. Life on Earth began in the sea.
When we moved onto land, the sea came with us. It travels in our cells. The sea is the fluid which runs in our veins. The saltwater of the sea lives in our sweat, flows in our tears and bathes our sexuality. Mother sea purifies and rebirths everything that enters her. I felt so blessed to have found this sacredness on the beach that morning. It put a forever smile in my heart and in my womb.
When I was finally able to pull myself physically away from this auspicious find, we continue looking for food. That turned out to be fruitless as the market seemed like it was real far in the distance. The noon sun was starting to really beam down and kiss the island and we were much too hungry to walk any further...lol. So, we decided to head back to the villa to seek nourishment there. Throughout the rest of our few days on the island, I never really stopped thinking about the the coral reef goddess. I think about the statue often and yes, I still wished that I was able to bring her home with me. Hmmm...I did bring her home with me! I'm very happy that I took these photos. The memory of her divinity rests in the depths of my soul. I can always visit her there whenever I feel the need to reconnect.
Last Friday evening was September 21st, the autumn equinox!
I decorated my altar for the Sabbat (Holy Day) Mabon, paying tribute to the return of the Autumn equinox. During this time of year, the sun's strength starts to diminish, until the winter solstice in December, when the sun becomes stronger again and the days start to become longer than the nights. The symbols which I placed on my altar include veggies and fruit to represent the harvest for which we should all give thanks and praises to the Goddess, Mother Nature for the abundance and to share the joy that we have received during the past year. It's like the 'first' thanksgiving before the one we acknowledge during November...that is the second thanksgiving. I also have a statue on my altar which represent The God and The Goddess, polarity and also continuous life. On my altar I have the elements air, fire, water, earth and ether in the form of plants in soil for earth, water and sea shells for water, orange and yellow candles, citrine and amber crystals for fire (to bring the sun's energy back to you). Feathers and incense for air and clear quartz and amethyst crystals for ether (spirit)
Mabon is a good time to pray for and meditate on balance and harmony. It's also a time of change. Protection, wealth and prosperity mantras are appropriate as well. I went to the farmer's market the next morning really early to gather the other harvest items I needed to complete my altar. I picked up fresh apples, apple cider and cinnamon cider donuts...during this season, any foods made with cinnamon and cloves (ruled by Jupiter) represent ingesting the sun. I also got some gourds, mini pumpkins, and two yellow/orange beeswax candles. Of course, broccoli, kale, onions, potatoes, etc were in my basket. I left the market with only the funds on my metro card! So, I'd be at the mercy of public transportation to get home, two buses. The trip was going to be long and I was a bit pressed for time...clients to see on Saturday morning and all that! Making a pretty long story shorter- when I got off the bus to transfer to yet another bus, I found a twenty dollar bill laying at my feet!!! I didn't bother looking around, I understood that it was all in divine order lol. So, I hailed a cab, hopped in with my early morning harvest. Told the driver where I needed to go and handed him the money. He only charged me fifteen dollars for the ride. I told him to keep the change...To me, that was my blessings for my good intentions and getting up early to take care of my ancestral duties. I continue to do my spiritual work, acknowledging the wonders, grace and mercies that I am granted every day....Ashe'