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The Goddess Glo Up NYC Edition

The Goddess Glo Up was amazing to say the least. It was a point during recording I began to think about how intimate and sacred this space truly is. I felt gratitude being allowed to document the healing process that is shared within the group of women that find compassion for each other one moment to the next. The line up was high energy from belly dancing with Maya_louisa, learning about the power of manifestation with ReignGlobal, healing and self love with Hadiiya. We can’t forget about Fab in 15 minutes makeup by Barbie Fab lesson. LoveLeahLeona came through with the deliciousness! The kale salad + smoothie and nutritional information on skin care was helpful. Thank you Hadiiya for allowing me to return to be capture powerful moments of dance, release, healing, compassion, learning, joy and so much more.

Hadiiya Glowing as the radiant Goddess that she is!

Getting a chance to see ladies that attended the first event back for the second edition was great! It shows the true unity and tribe that can be formed from goddess gatherings. One lady even pushed through a leg injury to return to the goddess gathering, goes to show that nothing can stop you from being where you belong.

Everyone was settling down after an intense belly dancing routine with maya! I wish I could of snapped a few shots but the intense action required ALL video! Maya has a voice that lures you into her world of high energy, body movements, and undeniable sensuality with every smile. You will have to wait for the video to get an idea of how that felt! Ill share a screenshot until then. The night before the event I saw Maya do a high leg kick, I asked do you practice capoeira she responded nah thats Brooklyn baby. From that moment I knew she was going to bring that raw energy to the table and it all worked out exactly how I envisioned it would.

BarbieFab giving makeup lessons … Fab in 15. She also introduced her own line of make up. At the first Goddess Gathering Barbie was an attendee, this time around she Glo’d Up and manifested what she set out to do at the first gathering. Watching the progress that is being made through each woman is really inspirational.

It was great seeing Faith! I planned on linking up with her but a trip to D.C was necessary so until next time. Look forward to seeing what we captured for Why we Do Yoga 2. Faith flipped it and actually had me talking about my life which was cool! Throughout the day Leah was watching me intensely as she prepared food.  She let me know in her gentle voice that today wasn’t the best time to take photos of her so I had to sneak my shots in of her.

Throughout the whole day while shooting I knew this was the final shot I wanted to take. I saw the hair the cool shades and said to myself I must capture it all with a smile! I follow Lisa on Instagram and every photo usually has a wonderful lush beach in the background sky blue waters and a wonderful smile! It was great hearing her soothing exciting voice again.

After ReignGlobal shared a series of personal experiences that led to her awakening. The women definitely resonated with the message!  The power of Crystals and setting intention can go beyond what you even imagine capable for yourself. Listening to her share the journey she was and is still on on was like watching a movie unfold right in front of my eyes.

You never know what someone can be facing internally even though on the outside everything looks fine. Everyone reaches out and touches each other to send healing energy to the women who needs it most. As Hadiiya said, there is a set outline but where the energy is required to go that is where it will flow. A mother dealing with injustice and lost of an only son is comforted and given the space to release all emotions that may be holding her back from living as her true free self. The words of encouragement from women in the circle was powerful and from the heart intending to let her know she is not alone in this journey.

All and all the footage and photos came out magnificent!  The vibes were on point just as expected! The next Goddess Glo Up will be taking place in Atlanta. I’m looking forward to seeing more familiar faces at the next event! Details coming soon stay tuned and remain focused!


History of Lapis Lazuli

Written by Fara Braid

The beautiful blue stone lapis lazuli has been highly prized for thousands of years. Scholars believe many early historical references to sapphire may actual refer to samples of lapis lazuli. Jewelry made from this lazurite rich semi-precious rock has been found in prehistoric tombs in Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Not surprisingly, lapis lazuli symbolism goes back for millennia.

“Lapis lazuli (Sar-e-Sasang deposit, Hindu Kush mountains, Afghanistan)” by James St. John is licensed under CC By 2.0
“Lapis lazuli (Sar-e-Sasang deposit, Hindu Kush mountains, Afghanistan)” by James St. John is licensed under CC By 2.0

Lapis lazuli legends are among the oldest in the world. The myth of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, and her descent and return from the underworld may date from as early as 4000 BCE. Inanna entered the underworld bearing the insignias of her rank, including a lapis lazuli necklace and rod. “In ancient Sumer,” writes Scott Cunningham in his Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic, “lapis lazuli has timeless associations” with royalty and deities. The stone was said to contain “the soul of the deity, who would ‘rejoice in its owner.’”

In ancient Egypt, pharaohs favored lapis lazuli, and judges wore emblems of Maat, the goddess of truth, made from the stone.

Many ancient civilizations prized lapis lazuli. To them, the stone had religious significance and reflected the high status of their rulers. The Egyptian Pharaoh Osorkon II (874-850 BCE) wore this pendant made from solid gold and lapis lazuli. The inscription on the stone is the pharaoh’s cartouche, or royal name inscribed within an oval shape. “Pendant of Osorkon II, Paris, Museé de Louvre, August 2012” by Jan is licensed under CC By-ND 2.0
Many ancient civilizations prized lapis lazuli. To them, the stone had religious significance and reflected the high status of their rulers. The Egyptian Pharaoh Osorkon II (874-850 BCE) wore this pendant made from solid gold and lapis lazuli. The inscription on the stone is the pharaoh’s cartouche, or royal name inscribed within an oval shape. “Pendant of Osorkon II, Paris, Museé de Louvre, August 2012”by Jan is licensed under CC By-ND 2.0

Lapis lazuli was not only mentioned in ancient myths, it was also used to mark documents. Cylinder seals carved from the soft stone were used to impress official seals, signatures, or religious inscriptions on wet clay. These cylinders were rolled across the clay and could create very detailed impressions with both text and images. The seals could be worn as necklaces, too. Lapis lazuli legends could very well have been sealed or marked with lapis lazuli!

“Cylinder Seal with Standing Figures and Inscriptions” from the Walters Art Museum is licensed under CC By-SA 3.0
Lapis lazuli was a popular choice for making cylinder seals, such as this one from the Ancient Near East, because it’s a relatively easy material to carve. This seal would have made an impression depicting a goddess and worshipper with cuneiform text on a clay surface. “Cylinder Seal with Standing Figures and Inscriptions” from the Walters Art Museum is licensed under CC By-SA 3.0

The name “lapis lazuli” means “blue stone.” The stone is also popularly called “lapis” for short. The gorgeous blue color of lapis lazuli has attracted the attention of artists for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used it to create blue cosmetics. In the Renaissance, painters ground the stone to make ultramarine, a blue pigment used for skies and seas.

Michelangelo used lapis lazuli powder for the blue colors in his frescoes for the Sistine Chapel. “Sistine Chapel” by Bryan Allison is licensed under CC By-SA 2.0
Michelangelo used lapis lazuli powder for the blue colors in his frescoes for the Sistine Chapel. “Sistine Chapel” by Bryan Allison is licensed under CC By-SA 2.0

Today, some people associate lapis lazuli with wisdom, love, and healing and claim it nurtures and promotes psychic ability. (Although I have met one “psychic” lady so laden with lapis around her neck that Inanna herself would have fallen at her feet, weeping).

In the English and French royal courts of the 18th century, a kind of elaborate and symbolic “gem language” was used to convey messages not psychically but discreetly. (“Flower language” was also used at this time and is still used today). Bracelets, brooches, rings, etc., were set with gems, the first letters of which conveyed a motto or sentiment. Lapis lazuli could stand for “good luck” or “love me,” depending on its usage and setting (and probably on who was sitting next to you).

“Lapis Earrings” by Naomi King is licensed under CC By 2.0
“Lapis Earrings” by Naomi King is licensed under CC By 2.0

Crystal Select: Obsidian



Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass , composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte.
Basic colours range from smoky gray to red or reddish brown, blue and black
Obsidian comes in a number of colours and patterns including banded, snowflake (small white bursts resembling snowflakes), mahogany (includes streaks of mahogany coloured bands), rainbow or peacock (contains layers of iridescent colours) and sheen (colours such as gold, silver or blue sheen seen in certain lights) Obsidian also occurs in small nodules known as Apache Tears. Obsidian was so named from its resemblance to a stone found in Ethiopia by Obsius. It was used in antiquity for amulets and necklaces.

Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. It works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from obsidian. It points out how to relieve all destructive conditions. Obsidian urges us to grow and lend solid support  while we work toward the goal. It can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths to the surface which will then enable you to examine them and then bring in love and acceptance. Obsidian provides deep soul healing. It can facilitate going back into the past and heal festering emotions or trauma that is still there in the present.

Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. It grounds you to the earth through the base chakra, absorbs negative energies from the environment, and strengthens you in times of need. It is helpful to highly sensitive people. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences.

A large piece of obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its tendency to exposing the truth has to be taken into account. It is helpful for therapists and counsellors as it not only helps to get to the core of a problem, but it clears the negative energies that are released. Black or mahogany obsidian are suitable for this purpose. Place obsidian by your bed or under the pillow to draw out mental stress and tension, it may have a calming effect but it will also highlight the cause of the stress. The cause must be redressed before peace can return, this will resolve the problem permanently rather than just having a palliative effect. Apache tears or snowflake obsidian would be best for this task. It is essential to clean the stone under running water each time it has been used so that the stone won’t retain the negative energy and send it back to you.

Obsidian vitalises the purpose of the soul. It eliminates energy blocks and relieves tension. Obsidian anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges you to explore the unknown there by opening up new horizons for you to explore.

Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and restricting belief systems. It may do this by making it absolutely clear to you what lies behind the mental distress or disease. Once the confusion and belief systems have been cleared obsidian expands your consciousness and helps you enter the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease.

Obsidian helps you to understand who you truly are and not who you think you are, it will help to integrate these two perceptions into a whole. This stone helps you identify behavioural patterns that are outdated and assists in clearing them. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes compassion and strength.

Obsidian’s gift to your is the insight into the causes of disease. It helps with digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension, including hardened arteries. It reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries. Crystal water is useful for all types of shock. It eases pain and stops bleeding. It increases the circulation and warms the hands and feet. It can be used to reduce an enlarged prostrate.

Crystal Select: BLACK KYANITE

(Black Kyanite)

“The Revival Stone”

High Vibration Crystal & Shamanic Crystal

Black Kyanite is a stone of such high vibrations that is affects the aura of anyone within its presence. I have to be honest and state that this is one of my favorite grounding crystals. As a healers, I found this stone to be the only one that actually keeps my energy entirely grounded while offering protection and healing.  Another great thing about this stone is how it balances the yin and yang energies. It is a great crystal that reacts quickly to opening the Earth Star Chakra, which is completed after it finishes the removing all the issues related to the Root Chakra.

Tip: When buying a Black Kyanite try not to get Black Kyanite confused for Black Tourmaline. To help distinguish the difference, Black Kyanite will most often have the appearance of a hand-held fan. The image above is exactly what it should look like. Also, it will never come as a large crystal. And to be 100% sure, most Black ‘ will have white crystals growing from it. They range from about 1″ in size to  4″.

It not only grounds spiritual energy, but it also energizes the body. This is a great stone for healers. Its ability to cleanse and open the Earth Star Chakra will remove negative energy from the subtle bodies by pushing all that excess energy down into the Earth and replacing it with positive energy. Another benefit of Black Kyanite is its ability to automatically, without conscious effort, cleanse, align and open the Chakras, as well as keep them grounded and centered.

Black Kyanite is a stone with the possession of very powerful healing energy. It is recommended that every healer, or energy worker, invest in having Black Kyanite in their possession. The main reason is that having the energy of this stone within the aura will grant one with ultimate protection from negativity all any kind as it repairs the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental bodies all while keeping the person grounded and centered. Black Kyanite surrounds the aura with this protective energy shield that eliminates any and all adverse energies.

There is no other stone that compares to the high vibrational energy of Black Kyanite, except for Blue Kyanite, Indigo Kyanite, Orange Kyanite and Green Kyanite. To enhance the abilities of Black Kyanite, use it with any other Kyanite from the Kyanite family, such as Blue KyaniteGreen Kyanite, Indigo Kyanite and Orange Kyanite. Each Kyanite is very powerful and each are strong grounding stones. However, they each have different healing abilities when it comes to working with the Chakras, the subtle bodies and the aura. I have a Blue Kyanite and a Black Kyanite and I would say that these crystals are like no other I’ve worked with before. There is just something about their energy that is unique, as they each stimulate the ongoing healing of the body.

Kyanite has a very strong vibration, which could cause an unwanted reaction to someone of a low vibration. I would have a person wait to work with any Kyanite until they have all their lower chakras open and spinning.  It not only repairs the Chakras, but it also repairs the Aura.

Each Kyanite are the only stones to bridge a connection to higher polarities to enhance communication with spirit-guides. It opens the door that leads into the sub-conscious mind for an exploration of past-lives, as well as finding the reason for incarnating into this lifetime. It has the potential to grant one a view into the future to have them realize the outcome they will face from their present created Karma. It will then guide one to figure out a plane to subside as much Karma as possible to allow for a smooth sail into their future.

Black Kyanite DESTROYS NEGATIVE ENERGY and never needs to be cleansed.


  • Sweep Black Kyanite around the aura to clear, repair and align the Subtle Bodies & Chakras
  • Place on any Chakra to send healing energy to clear tears and holes
  • Place Black Kyanite, on the floor, between the feet to ground spiritual energy (It’s amazing)
  • Place on the center of the forehead to access deep forgotten childhood memories
  • Anything of a low-frequency won’t be able to tolerate the high vibrations of Black Kyanite.
  • Black Kyanite grounds the body while aligning the chakras
  • As a talisman, it is an amazing barrier strengthener

Chakra(s): All, Especially the Earth Star & Root (Aligns and Grounds All Chakras)

Energy Vibration: 4

Element: Water

Zodiac: TaurusLibraAries

Birthstone: Taurus


  • Healing
  • Grounding
  • Protection
  • Energizing
  • Meditation
  • Manifestation
  • Aligns and Repairs


  • Removes Unwanted Attachments
  • Deflects Negativity
  • Shields Against Psychic Attack
  • Protects From Negative Emotions


  • Meditation
  • Grounding
  • Creativity
  • Vision Questing
  • High-Frequency Energy
  • Intuition
  • Psychic Thoughts
  • Dream Re-Call
  • Good Luck
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Manifestation
  • Clairvoyance
  • Courage
  • Loyalty
  • Psychic Awareness
  • Attunements

 Metaphysical Properties:

  • Clears all energy blockages and imbalances within the Chakras
  • Aligns, grounds and centers the Chakras (without conscious effort)
  • Opens all Chakras (With conscious effort)
  • Transmits and amplifies high-frequency energy
  • Elevates the level of good vibrations within the energy field
  • Great for receiving attunements
  • Opens the psychic channels
  • Activates the mind centers
  • Encourages the examination of all aspects of oneself
  • Deepens our connection to the physical, natural world
  • Creates a powerful directional energy that can be used in different directions for different effects
  • Stimulates the Earth Star and Root Chakras
  • Its protective vibration keeps one safe during meditation
  • Great for healers, as it is both grounding and energizing
  • Transmits and amplifies high-frequency energy
  • Assists in receiving intuitive psychic thoughts
  • Sharpens communication skills
  • Alleviates fear of existence on the physical plane
  • Open the lines of communication between people (Especially during conflict)
  • Helps raise the consciousness above the body for soothing meditation
  • Meditating with Black Kyanite can help one to come up with important insights
  • Helps one explore the subconscious mind
  • Dispels confusion of false beliefs
  • Allows disparate energies to move into resonance and find a common frequency
  • Restores Qi (Ki) to the body and balances yin-yang energies
  • Removes attached entities and energies from the Auric Field
  • Dream crystal that helps one remember their dreams
  • Aids the development of Clairvoyance and triggers psychic visions
  • Supports environmental healing

Healing Properties:

  • Corrects Auric Imbalances
  • Heals Earth of Pollution
  • Reduces Fever
  • Relieves Pain
  • Reduces Blood Pressure

Beneficial To:

  • Voice
  • Muscles
  • Urogenital System
  • Adrenal
  • Parathyroids
  • Brain

Source – MyCrystalpedia 

Crystal Select: Black Jasper

Black Jasper (also known as Basanite) is great for the lower chakras, making it an excellent stone for grounding the energies of one who may be experiencing spaciness. This property can greatly help those with a lack of emotional and/or physical stability. Black Jasper is also good for connecting one’s higher vibrations to the earth, helping with manifestation work.   Black Jasper is exceptionally cleansing and can bring support during a healing crisis. It also makes an excellent scrying stone.

Physically, Black Jasper eases pain, helps in the healing process during hip/joint replacement, balances the body’s mineral intake, and restores one after a prolonged illness or surgery.

Jasper comes in a wide variety of colors.  A type of Chalcedony, Jasper is a protective, nurturing stone that absorbs and transmutes negative energies.  Jasper is often used for balancing the subtle bodies and aligning the Chakras.   This Jasper crystal is a great aid for those seeking to bring practicality into their life, but not boredom.  Jasper promotes vitality and perseverance, and can boost energy when one is running particularly low.  By working with multiple colors of Jasper on their corresponding Chakras, one can experience the unifying effect offered by this family of stones.


Source – Healing Crystals 

Crystal Select – Vesuvianite

I think I gave my Vesuvianite piece away but when I noticed a ring on IG that looked similar I remembered all about it.

Vesuvianite also known as Idocrase…

Vesuvianite has a strong vibration that will assist you to follow your hearts desire. Also called Idocrase, it was named for deposits found at the volcano on Mt Vesuvius.

It has strong metaphysical properties, that help you to embrace the desires of the higher self and the true yearnings of the heart.

Its action helps you to override the energy of the ego, and its vibration is a strong aid for spiritual growth, and forward movement in your life.

It is a zodiac birthstone for Sagittarius and Capricorn, and is often found in jewelry as it makes beautiful birthstone jewelry.

Where Is It From? Vesuvianite Meaning

The meaning of the name of this stone is relates to the location where it was found on Mount Vesuvius in Italy. It is also found in Quebec, Canada and various locations in the USA, including Vermont and Maine.

It is also called Idocrase, depending on where it is sold, and both names are acceptable. In the jewelry trade it may be sold more often as Idocrase.

Vesuvianite may be white, pale blue, purple, red, yellow, brown, yellowish-green or green. The green stone may have purple colors within the same stone.

The stones natural growth may be in a massive, compact form, or in short prismatic or pyramidal crystals, which make lovely crystal jewelry.

I have also been told that some places are selling this stone as Vasanite, so it may be the same stone, though I am not sure if this is the case.

Why Would You Use It?

This is a lovely stone that will work within all chakras, although the actual result may depend on its color. Its vibration is positive for all chakras, although some colors resonate more strongly within particular chakras.

The deep green stones carry the vibration of the heart chakra and the higher heart chakra, as do the lighter green Vesuvianite stones.

Vesuvianite Or IdocraseVesuvianite Or Idocrase Crystal Cluster

The light green stones will vibrate within both of the heart chakras, and within the solar plexus chakra. This stones specific energy is powerful to unite these chakras, and will aid you to follow your hearts desire.

Much of the time the ego controls your will, and this energy dominates much of your life, and you may feel restricted and are unable to follow your true path.

The solar plexus holds the energy of the will, and this light green stone will free your will, and allow you to unite the energy of the heart with the will, and follow your true calling.

The courage to allow your heart to rule your life, is enabled by the vibration of the yellow-green Idocrase stones.

Release Fear And Old Patterns…

Vesuvianite or IdocraseVesuvianite or Idocrase

Idocrase aids you to release fear and any old patterns, including past life issues affecting your current life, that you may be holding in your sub-conscious.

By releasing this energy, you may be enabled to move forward with your spiritual growth, as well as being able to make changes within other areas of your life.

This movement forward in your life may help you to eliminate depression.

Using this stone will help you to move in a new direction spiritually. This may aid your overall spirituality and health.

Source – Healing Crystals

Crystal Select – Ocean Jasper

The rhythmic cadence of the sea has always called humanity to its shores, to breathe its essence, feel its gentle power, and to lay one’s burdens aside. Ocean Jasper brings that same spirit of peace and letting go, of breathing deeply and consciously, attuning to Nature and being physically and spiritually present in one’s surroundings.

Ocean Jasper draws its soothing power from the element of Water. It is a stone of strength and renewal with a slow, steady frequency and a deep circular energy that embodies the interconnectedness of all things. Its spherical patterns are a spiritual reminder of how thoughts, words and actions interact in our world and flow in a circular direction. It honors the principle that what one sends out will indeed return. Ocean Jasper is a marvelous stone for cultivating patience and coping with change, and encourages giving service to others. [Hall II, 164][Lembo, 194-195]

Also known as The Atlantis Stone, Ocean Jasper is believed to be linked to the ancient city and to hold mystic knowledge within its structure. It is highly beneficial for reclaiming spiritual wisdom and gaining insight into one’s past lives. It provides an ideal focus for grounding and centering in meditation or healing, and facilitates continuity in deep circular breathing. [Hall II, 163-164][Melody, 347][Lembo, 194]

Orbicular Ocean Jasper is rare and highly collectible, found only along the Northwest coast of Madagascar at the edge of the ocean. As the deposits are part of the shoreline they can only be seen and mined at low tide. With no roads in this remote area, material must be removed and transported by boat. [Eason, 299][]

Ocean Jasper is also called Sea Jasper, with a distinction. Ocean Jasper is the trademarked name for material from the original mine near Marovato on the Ambolobozo Peninsula of Madagascar, owned by Paul Obenich. Sea Jasper is similar to Ocean Jasper, but is collected from the Madagascar Minerals mines found in the same area a short distance away. Both are a spherulitic variety of Chalcedony, micro-crystallized Quartz colored by oxides, iron and other impurities, with Quartz and Feldspar forming the spherical (orbicular) structures. Background colors may be green, brown, cream or white, red, pink or yellow, with orb-like inclusions in various colors and combinations. Botryoidal formations as well as white and deep green druzy are also common. Since the composition and metaphysical properties are the same, both will be referred to as Ocean Jasper for the purposes of this page. [Lembo, 195][Eason, 299][][]

Ocean Jasper Uses and Purposes

Like all Jaspers, Ocean Jasper alleviates stress and induces tranquility. Its cleansing effect eliminates negative energy and stabilizes the aura. It makes an ideal worry or rubbing stone for soothing the nerves and increasing one’s focus, and is a wonderful stone for banishing nightmares or harmful thoughts. [Melody, 345][Hall 154-155][Hall III, 112][Mella, 88-89]

A polished sphere of Ocean Jasper is particularly conducive for meditation, and is greatly enhanced by soft silver candlelight or moonlight. [Eason, 299]

Use Ocean Jasper as a talisman of patience, for oneself as well as for others. It enkindles a gentle and gradual release of pent-up anger and clears emotional blockages. [Eason, 299][Melody, 347]

Orbicular Jaspers are “taking care of business stones” and encourage one to view each circular mark as a sign of a project or detail that needs to be addressed. They aid in the acceptance of responsibility and are particularly supportive of pursuits based on service to others. [Margherita, 507][Melody, 347][Hall II, 164]

Ocean Jasper is a marvelous stone for healers and counselors to nurture themselves as they help others, and to be more empathetic to others’ emotional and mental needs while still remaining objective in their work. [Hall II, 163-164]

Source – Crystal Vault 

Crystal Select – Bismuth

Bismuth is a crystalline, brittle metal that is silvery-white with an iridescent hue. As an elemental metal, its number is 83 on the Periodic Table. Bismuth is often lab-created.

Rainbow colored Bismuth can be a wonderful stone to use for focus, visualization and shamanic journeying. It can prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities while at the same time increasing your energy levels to deal with them.

Bismuth relieves feelings of loneliness or isolation. It is a stone of transformation and change, helping to adapt to change with calm assurance. Bismuth encourages cohesiveness, so would be very helpful in group and/or relationship dynamics.

Physically, use Bismuth to reduce fevers; find new treatments to deal with chronic illnesses; ease the effects of degenerative muscle conditions, and get you back on your feet after major surgeries.

Read more at HealingCrystals 

Crystal Select – Kyanite

Zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Libra
Element – Air
Typical colours – Blue, grey, black, green

Kyanite is an excellent stone for meditation and attunement.  It will not retain negative vibrations or energy, therefore never requiring clearing.  Kyanite aligns all chakras and subtle bodies instantly.  It provides balance of yin-yang energy and dispels blockages, moving energy gently through the physical body.

Kyanite has a calming effect on the whole being, bringing tranquility.  It encourages psychic abilities and communication on all levels.  It drives away anger, frustration, confusion and stress and helps to provide a capacity for linear and logical thought.  Kyanite provides a stimulating energy, encouraging perserverance in and support of activities and situations which would normally reduce one’s strength.  It can help when connecting to your spirit guides.  Kyanite induces dream recall and can promote healing dreams.

Kyanite treats the urogenital system, adrenal glands and parathyroid glands.  It aids in disorders of the throat, brain and muscular system.  It helps to heal infections and lower blood pressure.  Kyanite is a natural pain reliever.

In addition to the generic healing properties of Kyanite, some specific colours also have additional attributes:

Blue Kyanite

ChakraThroat Chakra

Blue Kyanite opens the throat chakra, encouraging communication and self-expression.  It cuts through fears and blockages, helping to speak one’s truth.  It is very useful for public speakers and performers as it strengthens the voice and heals the throat and the larynx.

Black Kyanite

ChakraBase Chakra

Black Kyanite grounds the body when aligning the chakras.

Green Kyanite

ChakraHeart Chakra

Source – CharmsOfLight 

Art & History of Lapis Lazuli

For centuries, Afghanistan has been an important source for top-quality lapis.
Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise.

Badakshan, a province in present-day Afghanistan, is a forbidding wasteland of mountains, bare of any vegetation. The sheer mountain faces rise as high as 17,000 feet, and are scored with treacherous ravines. Humans make their way there to seek one thing only: the azure treasure that is fine lapis lazuli.

The miners’ supplies have to be brought into the desolate area by mule train. – Gary
The same was true as far back as 700 BC, when the region was part of a country known as Bactria. The lapis mines that were producing then are still producing today. They are, in fact, the world’s oldest known commercial gemstone sources.

The ancient mines of Bactria—now Afghanistan—are still producing lapis today. This
fine-color specimen was named “The Owl” because of its distinctive shape. It weighs
about 2 lbs. (1 kg).- Robert Weldon, courtesy M. Chung

Merchant caravans transported their precious blue cargo across Bactria, on their way to the great cities of the ancient Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Persians. Marco Polo referred to the area’s lapis mines in 1271, but few outsiders have seen them because of their inhospitable location.

For thousands of years, lapis has been fashioned to show off its rich, dark color. Typically, lapis used in jewelry has been cut into cabochons, beads, inlays, and tablets. But lapis lazuli’s use has never been limited to jewelry alone. It’s also a popular carving material. Throughout its history, lapis has been fashioned into practical objects, including game boards, bowls, dagger handles, hair combs, and amulets.

This lapis cabochon features the ancient symbol of a scarab beetle carved into its surface. – Maha Tannous

Inlay, a typical lapis cutting style, is featured in this man’s ring. The gold mounting complements the pyrite flecks in the inlay. – Mike Havstad

Throughout history, lapis has been fashioned into ornamental objects. This elaborate
carving takes advantage of the striking contrast between light-colored calcite and the
deep blue of lapis.
Today, lapis is frequently fashioned into freeform and nature-themed sculptures. Some of these carvings become wearable art, others are purely decorative.

This striking tiger brooch is a creation of Cartier, New York, the famed design house. Its dramatic appearance features yellow diamonds, black onyx, lapis lazuli, and platinum. – GIA and Harold & Erica Van Pelt, courtesy Ishaia Trading Corp., New York.

This delicate carving is part of the 21-piece “Symphony in Gemstones” collection. – Robert Weldon, gift of Art Sexauer
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