Citrine and Amethyst are types of quartz and have the same structure and a very similar energetic fingerprint. The vibrations are from the crystal itself and also the colour rays. You also get the energy from the ways they have been loved and used by many civilisations, ancient and modern.
Natural citrine is quite rare, but this beautiful, yellow, translucent stone can also be created by heat-treating, Amethyst (and sometimes smoky quartz).
Does it matter? Some people say so but in my opinion it doesn’t, especially if you know what you are getting. The metaphysical properties of heat-treated amethyst that has turned yellow are said to be the same as citrine. I have worked with both types of citrine and I would agree.
Both of these lovely crystals are created by mother earth using heat and gamma rays. To make amethyst into “citrine” all we are doing is adding more heat. This has been done for thousands of years and it doesn’t actually take that much.
Are they fakes? No. In the same way that some household goods and foods come to be known by their commercial name, heat-treated amethysts that turn citrine-coloured are called citrine because that is the job they do. Natural citrine is livelier, a bit stronger energetically, but mostly what you see is what you get.
How can we tell the difference? Sometimes it’s tricky but a simple rule of thumb is that natural citrine is very clear and only or mostly lemon with very little white. There may also be a price premium. You may also see citrine listed as “natural citrine” to highlight the difference and the rarity will attract a higher price,. However, take care as not all sellers even know there is a difference. Just because it says “natural” citrine doesn’t mean it is. But is it citrine? To me, yes it is.
Healthy sleep, as we know is important to our physical and emotional health. Just as not everyone gets the same amount of sleep, not everyone needs the same amount. But if we can’t fall asleep naturally, or if we wake often in the night, there are some crystals that can, I believe, give us a helping hand.
It can help first of all to use a pendulum or other energetic tools to find out how much sleep we do need as individuals. My pendulum helps me to know at different times in my life how many hours I might need, for example I definitely need more in the winter.
Having the right bedtime preparation can be a game-changer, and there are plenty of resources out there to help with that. Energy work and tools such as meditation, Reiki, or EFT (tapping) can help too. Having the right crystal in the right place can make just as much difference.
However, having too many crystals in the bedroom can cause too much energetic “noise” and whilst there are techniques to quiet them, I recommend just having a select few. Again, you can you’re your pendulum, your own intuition or your connection with your crystals to decide which ones, how many and where they should be placed.
There are many crystals that can assist with all kinds of sleep problems and causes. You won’t need them all! Sometimes, they work well in various combinations, but have a look over this list and see which one or more fits your needs. There are many more, these are just a selection.
Amethyst – A Healing All-Rounder
Amethyst is the all-purpose healer and helps in balancing sleep patterns and insomnia no matter what the cause of the disturbance. It is attractive to look at, comforting to hold and can also be placed on the body or under the pillow before sleep or while meditating. For adults only, can be left in place on the body, during meditation or as you drift off to sleep. It enhances the effects of meditation and helps with all kinds of pain, especially headaches. Amethyst aligns your brain to its own calming vibrations. It will help balance your eating and drinking patterns, contributing to good sleep hygiene.
As it opens us up to our intuition it can give us useful clues about self care that can contribute to good sleep.
Keeping one in your personal space, or on your body during the day can help towards night time sleep. You could also grid the bed, by placing one under each corner, having expressed the clear intention that you are supported in your goals for a calm healthy sleep.
Moonstone – Peace on the Sea of Sleep
This is the one if your sleep disturbances are caused by emotional stress, sensitivity to the lunar cycle or by astral travelling. Moonstone is a very old remedy for calming emotional distress and relieving insomnia. It helps align your energies so that the phases of the moon are balancing and not disturbing. Moonstones are said to be protective to travellers, especially at night or across water and can help you come gently back if you “travel off” during sleep.
Moonstone works near the bed or under the pillow and can also be placed on the heart chakra or anywhere on bare skin to feel its soothing waves.
Smokey Quartz – Night-long protection
This dark, semi-translucent stone is protective 24 hours a day. It is of a particular help at night for its energetic protection and because it relieves and discourages nightmares. As it is one of the stones which protects against the disturbance caused by electro-magnetic fields it is good to keep nearby if you have computers, televisions or mobile telephones in the bedroom. Like amethyst and rose quartz it helps direct you smoothly through transitions in the phases of sleep.
Lepidolite – The Happiness Stone
This lilac to purply-pink stone with a gentle sparkle the best anti-anxiety stone. It helps to dissolve accumulated tension and to gently lift depression or low mood. Lepidolite also helps to promote feelings of well-being and trust, and protect against digestive issues. Holding this crystal in your hand during a stressful situation will help relax tense muscles and calm the emotions. You can use it during the day to help prevent muscle tension and emotional stress before bedtime. Keeping one in the bedroom over a number of days, has a cumulative uplifting effect on the mood and settling effect on sleep patterns.
Rose Quartz -Unconditional Love and Relaxation
Rose quartz, is a stone of unconditional love and support. This gorgeous stone with its soft pink energy promotes relaxation and helps us drift off into a calm, happy sleep. Rose quartz builds a nest of love and enables us to feel calm and secure. It eases feelings of loneliness and helps guide us through the different phases of sleep. Rose quartz dissipates harsh energies and troubling thoughts.
Howlite -Instant Calm
This lovely white stone with grey marbling is the very best for instantly soothing panic attacks and stress. It soothes and relaxes a fidgety sleeper and smoothes out spiky moods. Howlite can ease all forms of restlessness such as restless legs. It provides a secure connection to the world, calms the emotions and banishes fear and anxiety. Used during the day its benefits carry forward to night time and can help when other people are the cause of the disturbance, soothing all parties.
Black Tourmaline -Deep Protection
This is the most protective and grounding of all crystals. It will keep negative energies out of the bedroom and provides a strong steady stream of relaxation and stability. Its calming and grounding waves work throughout the body and it is another one which can assist with restless legs or twitchiness. Like smoky quartz it repels electro magnetic pollutants and can lessen the effects of having your “tech” in the bedroom. Black tourmaline soothes and reduces night terrors and disturbing dreams.
Blue Lace Agate – Tranquility
Blue lace agate, is soothing and relaxing. This gentle, calming stone provides tranquil energy. As with all agates, blue lace agate is a protective stone. Its protective energies are gentle and subtle and it is a particular protector for children. Agates have a slow and steady vibration and smooth out any outside disturbances.
Charoite – Deep Violet Sleep
Chaorite is a stone of the violet ray but it knows when to switch off. It deepens our bodies ability to heal itself and in the same way assists those who sleep too “lightly”. It can reduce sleepwalking and sleep talking, and cut down the number of times we wake during the night.
Sodalite – Quiet that Mind Chatter
One of the less commonly talked about crystals for sleep is the simple sodalite. It is a great stone for clear communication and encouraging us to speak our inner truth. In a related way, it bosses that mind chatter that we can get at night and stops the inner dialogue. Sodalite allows us to relax and know that the back and forth of tussling with mind chatter is not productive. It can also relax the physical body if placed near the feet, but to relax the mind and shut up the chatter, place near the head.
Limit the number of crystals in the bedroom.
Check in with yourself and your crystals frequently to make sure you still have the right combination.
Take the clear quartz out! Its high vibration amplifies the effects of other stones, that’s true, but it can also be too high and excitable for night time.
All of these crystals work well in combination with essential oils or even actual herbs and flowers such as lavender, chamomile, frankincense and more.
Working with Kate Spencer, I have made a crystal kit containing some of these stones combined with Kate’s good night and good morning meditation bundle, have a look in the shop, here
Many Reiki practitioners view the five Reiki Precepts as an important part of their daily life. Sometimes they are called the Reiki principles or Reiki ideals. It is easy to forget the principles when going about our busy lives, but when I remember, I find them really helpful for a sense of balance and mental wellbeing. In all honesty, I struggle with some of them of them a lot of the time, but as an aspiration, and particularly when used as affirmations, they are a wonderful tool for tranquility. There are many interpretations of the Principles or Precepts, and this is the one I learnt when I first studied Reiki:
Just for today do not anger
Just for today do not worry
Honour your parents, teachers and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
All the versions have the same basic meaning: live in the present and be as good as you can be; regret, bitterness and worry will not change the past or alter the future: respect all people and all living things.
The principles are often turned into more modern and affirmative language:
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
These work really well as a way to greet the new day – a calming and inspiring morning ritual.
For affirmations to work well for me in the moment, I need them structured in very positive and direct language, but it must also be my language:
Just for today, I am letting go of anger
Just for today, I am releasing worry
Just for today, I am grateful for all my blessings
Just for today, I am putting my best into all that I do
Just for today, I am kind to all living things, including myself
You don’t have to be working with Reiki to benefit from these; they work with every day life in a gentle, non-judgy way.
I often choose a crystal from my collection to anchor the affirmation, and keep it around me all day. You could choose one crystal per principle, or one to remind you that you are working towards all five goals. In fact, some stones seem to echo the principles very closely. A stone such as green aventurine or blue lace agate resonates with letting go of anger. Lepidolite and angelite make me think about releasing worry to the universe or the angels. Since citrine is a lucky stone, it could go hand in hand with gratitude. Apatite and labradorite work with gratitude too. Tiger Iron, ocean jasper and hematite for me are my “hard-working” stones, but sodalite is good here too, for honesty and integrity. Rose quartz, of course is all about kindness and remember that includes kindness to yourself. However, for anchoring affirmations, I don’t think the traditional meanings of the stones are important. It could even be a pebble from the beach, as long as you hold it while saying the affirmation out loud and then keep it with you and touch or look at it often.
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Let me know how you use the five principles or how you use crystals to anchor other affirmations.
Just for today… everyday,
Much Love, Mojo xx
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Crystals have their own energy but can also absorb a range of different energies that they are exposed to. These might be your own, or others who may have handled or moved them and transferred their energies and emotions into them. They can also be affected by world events and the environment. Not to say that these energies are negative or wrong, just that they are not yours and may not align with your intentions or use for that crystal.
It is important to note that energy can’t be deleted – it can only be moved or changed. Therefore intention is everything! As you cleanse your crystals or place them to be cleansed, intend that any negative or stuck energy is removed and transmuted or changed into good.
When to cleanse your crystals:
When you first get them.
When someone else has handled them.
About once a month.
Before using them for a new or particular intention or person.
How to cleanse your crystals:
Always with intention that any unwanted energies will removed and changed into good.
Breath: Blow gently across all sides of your crystal. (Watch where you are blowing towards, and intend that the cleansed energies are transmuted into good as above.)
Sound: strike tingsha bells, a singing bowl, a drum or chime over your crystals.
Moonlight: Leave on a windowsill or safely outside in the light of the full moon or a couple of days before or after. Even if it’s cloudy the full moon energies will work.
Reiki or other healing modalities – trust your healer’s intuition.
Smoke: Pass your crystal slowly through the rising smoke of incense or a smudging bundle.
There are other ways and you will hear of salt, rice, water and earth methods to name but a few. Some crystals are water soluble and can be damaged by water and earth methods. However, you should use whichever method you are most drawn to, as your intnetion and intuition is your best guide when working with crystals.
Crystals grow in regular patterns and often these patterns are apparent to the naked eye.
I’ve compiled a quick summary of some natural shapes, these mainly apply to the quartz family, such as amethyst, clear quartz and citrine.
A naturally faceted point at one end. Can be used to direct energy and activate grids and healing.
A crystal with a point at each end. Be careful – Energy can run outwards in both directions either at different times or concurrently. Good for deepening meditation, can balance the chakras by being placed on the heart chakra vertically.
A slim point which narrows considerably towards the tip. Powerful at directing energy with pinpoint focus. Precise and surgical.
Two points that share a base or a common side. Love and harmony, blending your inner and outer world.
A cluster is a number of crystals or points that share a common base. It can be as few as three distinct points or many. Good for teamwork, purifying the environment and breaking up unwanted energies. Can spread crystal energies our in all directions.
A geode is a cavity within a rock, lined with tiny crystals. It is caused by a bubble when the rock was formed and the crystals inside are deposited by the molten liquid flowing in and out of the cavity over time.
It has a protective and sheltered feeling, I often store my pendulums or other crystals inside. Collects and smoothes spiky energies.
Encourages harmony and teamwork.
A cluster or spread of tiny points on a matrix or in a crack or inside a geode. Sparkly and with a very gentle energy. Good for storing and charging other crystals. Gently scatter their energies around the space.
There is lots of information online about empaths, and it is hard not to have heard the word lately. It can be tricky navigating everyday life as an empath, especially if surrounded by less sensitive souls. But if you are aware, and protect yourself, you can transform this “sensitivity” into a super-power and absolutely thrive! Here are my top seven crystals to help.
Cord cutting and chakra balancing
Blue Kyanite is a mainly blue stone, but has a wonderful many-coloured sparkle or lustre to it. By placing it on the heart you can you can quickly balance your chakras.
It has a fibre or blade-like habit and you can often find it sold as Kyanite blades. You can use these blades to metaphorically “cut cords” with negative energy or people.
Kyanite doesn’t absorb or retain negative energy, but I still cleanse it. However, it is known to strengthen barriers so it is ideal to boost other protective crystals, just by being near them.
Filters stress and anxiety
This pale lilac to deep pink/purple sparkly stone is soothing and calming. It is a powerful helper if you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed. If you feel overwhelmed by picking up these emotions from others, lepidolite can help to filter out those unnecessary energies and strengthen your personal boundaries. It has a positive vibration that lifts your mood gently but firmly. With its high lithium content it naturally gives off calming energy and counteracts panic and worry. Keep it with you, but especially beside you overnight as it can reset your mood as you sleep.
Psychic protection and grounding
This black stone is the ultimate psychic protector. It’s a highly protective psychic shield against negative entities, thoughts or energies. It purifies the energy and neutralises toxins and conflicts. It supports a more pleasant environment at work or in the home because it can transmute negative thoughts into positive intent. It is a powerfully grounding stone and a direct link to the support of the earth. This stone can be carried by empaths at all times and if not, should be handled as often as possible.
Absorbs and removes the rubbish
This vibrant green, banded stone resonates with nature. It absorbs negative energies, toxins and pollutants from the body and the surrounding atmosphere. It guards against radiation and electromagnetic pollution and heals with loving earthy energies. Keep a piece in your main living area or near microwaves, computers and televisions. In the workplace Malachite can lessen the effects of noise, fluorescent lighting, and any negativity in communication of all kinds.It protects all journeys and travel, and strengthens your intent when visualising a safe trip. Cleanse it regularly, (see cleansing instructions enclosed.)
Discernment and clarity – whose stuff is it really?
This mustard yellow stone has been used by healers and shamans throughout the ages. It has a slow, steady and protective vibration. It is particularly used to promote clarity in recognising when emotions and energies have been picked up from others – this is ideal to help empaths protect themselves and release feelings which are not their own. It can also deflect jealousy and gossip. Yellow jasper eases worry and embarrassment in social situations. Because it is a stone of intellect and focus, it is also useful to gather scattered thoughts, aid learning and complete tasks or stick to goals and healthy habits.
The Healing Shield
This transparent purple with yellow stone is a rare, natural combination of amethyst and citrine. This duality means that each amplifies the other. It is particularly useful for healers and empaths because it can provide a shield against negative or unwanted emotions and energies even without having to be asked or programmed in any way. It balances the emotions. Like citrine, it is lucky, cleansing and cleans other crystals too. Like amethyst, it is nurturing, controls addictions and stimulates the intuition.
Self-love and self-acceptance
This pretty pink stone helps empaths to accept their gifts and love and accept their sensitivity. It calms the emotions and gently heals the heart, especially where wounds are caused by toxic or negative thoughts, actions or people. It helps adults and children alike to feel safe in chaotic situations or environments. In strengthening the heart it can help to push away negative energies and emotions. Rose quartz is also grounding and protective.
A kit of all these crystals, together with a downloadable class and meditation is available here: Crystal Kit for Empaths
Many people hate throwing broken crystals away. Like books, it seems wrong somehow. But why do they break and how should you treat them when they do? There are a few possible reasons, and understanding why, will tell you what to do next:
Crystals are a natural product.
As such, they will usually have imperfections, fault lines etc. In many cases these form markings that tell you a little about the properties of the crystal, or make it more beautiful. Sometimes there is a message in the crystal like a figure or letter, maybe a rainbow. But sometimes these imperfections are a place from which the crystal might one day break.
They have finished their work with you.
Like people, crystals can be with you for a “reason, as season or a lifetime”. Often when you no longer need the vibrations of that particular crystal it will mysteriously break. This is your little message to move on, work with other crystals and say goodbye to this one.
They need to rest.
If you are working a lot with one particular crystal, even if this is unconscious (you may need it’s energy and care without knowing) it can become temporarily depleted. The break tells us to pause and take stock. How have you been calling on this crystal lately? Is there an issue you needed to address? Is the situation now resolved? Do YOU need a rest from this situation?
Someone else needs to share the energy.
Sometimes a crystal will break to show you that someone in your circle needs a share in that energy. Who it is will come from your own subconscious or you might get a clue from when and where the crystal broke.
And sometimes, they just break!
It can be an impact, a temperature change, or no reason at all.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CRYSTAL BREAKS
I always cleanse the crystal and put it aside for a short while to rest. It’s also a good time to ground yourself and take a little mental step back from the sadness of the break.
When it feels right, sit quietly with your crystal, thank it for its service and be still. Ask yourself or your crystal why it has broken. There is no need to get too tied up in this, your first answer is probably the right one.
Once you know why, you will know what to do, here are a few suggestions:
Return it to the earth, bury the parts in the soil, or a plant-pot, at the beach or place in a stream.
If the crystal parts still want to work, let it rest first and then you could see if any of them can be incorporated into crafts or jewellery, or simply keep them in your dish, a candle holder or display of crystals.
If a rest is needed, leave on an amethyst bed, or selenite, or a cotton, velvet or silk cloth. When it is time for the pieces (or one, or some of them) to work again you will know.
If your crystal is telling you someone needs it, you may feel drawn to give them part, or alternatively gift them another crystal of the same type.
Repair it. I have never had any success with this, but I know some people have repaired display crystals and pendulums to good effect. As it hasn’t worked for me, I won’t recommend it and I’ve never had a crystal that wanted to be mended.
Do nothing. I have a broken pendant which was a natural shape anyway, the break hasn’t detracted from its beauty and it still wants to be worn and loved. I placed the broken bit in a plant pot and still wear the remaining part. Similarly, I have a pendulum with a broken tip. Once it had had a little rest on an amethyst bed it is raring to work again and is still my favourite and most accurate pendulum.
So you see, there is no need to panic when a crystal breaks, just give it a little rest and then see what it wants to do next.
Let me know if you have any questions or stories about your broken but still beautiful crystals!
First, plan your grid, see MY BLOG POST – “Introduction to Crystal Grids”.
Choose your stones
You need a central focus stone and stones for the “outside” of the grid.
Think about the central stone holding your intention for the grid. The outer stones will either be to support your goals or amplify your intention.
You may have more than one type of stone but try to keep consistency. For example, if you are making a grid with a centre stone and six lines radiating from it, each line might contain three different stones, but the same stones could be used in each line. (This isn’t important if you are making and free-shaped or intuitive grid).
A point or wand is also commonly used and useful for activation.
However, you can use your finger or a candle for this (blow it out first).
Connect with your stones
First make sure you are grounded and protected. Take your cleansed centre stone and your point or wand. Hold them next to your heart and imbue them with your intention for the grid. It doesn’t matter what words you use, but use love and gratitude. For example “Thank you for working with me to: (manifest, send healing to, etc). I will work with this grid with love and gratitude.” And send energy out from your heart chakra to the stones.
Breathe deeply and with focus and intention, place your centre stone in the grid and your wand to the side. If you wish to place a written intention or photograph under the centre stone you can do so. Or you can place it nearby or hold in your heart.
Repeat with your other stones, in groups of the same type.
If you need to adjust the position of your stones once you have placed them, that’s fine.
Activate your grid
Taking your wand or point (or candle or finger), touch the centre stone, and then creating and energetic line, touch each stone in the grid and then back to the centre.
Finally, complete a circuit of the overall shape of the grid and then back to the centre.
Repeat three times or more or less, as you feel drawn.
As always, your intention and intuition are the most important things. These instructions are a guideline only, you can’t “make a mistake” by touching the stones in a different order.
Let your grid do its work
Leave it in position as long as you feel drawn, but usually at least 24 hours.
Connect with it regularly, just look at it and send love to the grid and to your intention. You can send Reiki to the gird, or other energy modalities. You can use your wand to re-activate if you wish, or not. See how you feel, you will know the right thing to do.
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Find a quiet spot and allow yourself “enough” time. Don’t feel overwhelmed by this, you can and should practise self-care and it is not selfish to allocate time. However, if you are in a funk and feeling stressed and time-poor, this is an exercise that can be done in only five minutes. As a reward, pop yourself in your own diary to do it again in a day or week.
Select one or more general healing crystals or select the crystals you want for the specific issue you want to improve. Clear quartz is ideal for general healing and so is amethyst. Amethyst can also be used to assist with habit or addiction issues and sleep problems.
Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the ground, holding your crystals. Or, lie down and either hold your crystals or place them on your body.
Focus on your breathing and gradually begin to take slightly slower and deeper breaths, as long as you are comfortable.
For general healing, simply visualise any negative or unwanted energies, toxins, thoughts or emotions gently leaving your body. If it is a specific issue, such as a virus or addiction you can focus on that leaving you gently. Repeat an affirmation to support your healing. For example:
I am healthy and well.
I accept, love and honour myself.
I am worthy of love and peace.
You can, of course, choose your own.
After your allotted time, gently bring yourself back to the day/night and thank your crystals and yourself for this care. Make sure to book in with yourself to do this again soon, and make a note of when you did it and note any positive changes in the days ahead.
A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals in a geometric or meaningful shape. It can be called upon to support any intention or healing work.
Why do we make crystal grids?
Any physical or emotional action we take towards our goals, helps us to strengthen the vibration aligned to that thought.
Gridding uses crystals, intention, sacred geometry and feeling to make a tool which amplifies the vibration of each component exponentially. Together the separate tools are much more than the sum of each item.
How do they work?
The power of the crystal grid comes from the combining of the energies of the stones, your chosen shape or geometry and your love, time and intention. It is said that using sacred geometry achieves faster results, and it is very powerful. However, I believe that your chosen shape is sacred to you, and indeed most of the shapes we would choose instinctively, such as stars, flowers, crosses (compass points?) and spirals are indeed ancient and powerful symbols.
Do grids need to be “activated”?
If you activate your grid you are enhancing the unity of the different parts and the vibrations can reach out across time distance and dimensions infinitely.
However, the act of choosing and arranging your stones is in itself a powerful tool for healing and manifestation.
Does it have to contain only crystals?
Other items can be used to complement the grid, like candles, essential oils, photographs or other personal items.
You can even make a grid only from pebbles on a beach or rocks on a hillside.
Sacred geometry is not vital and as you develop your own grids you will use your intuition more.
Yes. Plan your grid in advance. What intention or purpose? What stones? What shape? And then afterwards keep a note of the details or take a photo and be ready to note down the good effects.