Stones of Reflection
As summer seamlessly transforms to autumn and many return to a more structured schedule, it feels like a time to take a quiet break to contemplate and regroup. The energy of early autumn often brings me into in a reflective mood; the crisp air, magickal turning of the colors and comforting scents of the season inspire me to slow down, recall fond memories of summer, enjoy the fine weather and begin preparations for the colder months as the ancestors did for eons. In addition to continuing to meditate outdoors at a beach, lake, river or wooded area, I find that a slow ‘walking meditation’ amongst the dry, crunching leaves is exhilarating and enriching for my spirit.
Spending time in self-reflection can be emotionally and spiritually powerful and empowering. Conversely, it may also “bring up” many feelings, possibly disquieting and troublesome. Always provide yourself with a safe, comfortable environment to begin a process of going within and self-examination. We are beings of limitless possibility; we must only tap into our potential. Going within, seeking answers, analyzing our motivations, being truthful but kind to ourselves is key to awakening the dormant gifts and wisdom waiting deep inside to be discovered. Consider keeping a journal of your experiences and thoughts when embarking on a path to self-discovery. Re-reading your writing and insights assists in discovering what areas have had progress and where improvement is still needed.
A few stones I have found to be beneficial supporters for times of deep reflection are Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite: Each of these stones has many beneficial qualities.
Fluorite:to assist in clearing away psychic debris in my physical environment and energy field, both important to access inner knowing.
Lapis Lazuli: to gently uncover my truth, provide clarity and objectivity.
Labradorite:to facilitate the illumination of highest wisdom and knowledge and for protection during the process.
Also known as fluorspar, Fluorite’s name derives from the Latin “fluo” meaning to flow. Fluorite forms in many colors, most commonly purple and green. Often, several shades and/or colors will appear in one specimen. Some Fluorites exhibit the phenomenon of fluorescence when placed under ultraviolet light, hence the origination of the word.
Fluorite is an excellent stone to activate and nourish the body’s energy system. It provides purification and cleansing while eliminating disorder on all levels of mind and body. Fluorite is known as “the stone of discernment and aptitude” (Love Is In The Earth by Melody) encouraging one to align and focus one’s mind, clearing confusion or chaos to provide direction and reach goals.
Greatest Hits: Clearing Chaos, Unification, Focus, Purification, Spiritual Awakening.
Light Show: Yellow, White/Colorless, Blue, Black, Grey, Red, Pink, Purple, Green.
World Tour: U.S., Canada, U.K., Peru, Mexico, Brazil, China and Argentina.
Lapis Lazuli is a combination of minerals, mainly Lazurite, Calcite and Pyrite. Once called Sapphirus by the Romans and Greeks, then later becoming known as Lapis Lazuli, originating fromlazhuward, Latin for blue. Throughout time Lapis Lazuli has been connected to Kings and Queens, believed to contain the mysteries of the Divine and said to have existed “before time was born”. Lapis was commonly used in carvings, adornments, crowns, temples and palaces of the royal. Likened to the night sky, Lapis has been used in ritual and ceremony of magicians for healing, fidelity charms, increased intuition, Divine understanding, scrying and protection.
Enlist Lapis to aid in deeper understanding of self, to activate the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. Through meditative practice Lapis will assist in providing clarity, objectivity, mental expansion and intuitive awareness. With its soothing energy Lapis relieves depression, promotes gentleness, self-acceptance and healthy relationships.
Greatest Hits: Access to the “unknown”, Truth, Serenity, Self-acceptance, Communication, Psychism.
Genre: Heavy Metal
Light Show: Blue
World Tour: Chile, Russia, Afghanistan.
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye
A type of Feldspar, Labradorite brilliantly displays luminescence, or “labradorescence”; unnoticed at first glance but once seen adds to its mystery and allure. When caught by the light, flashes of coppery-red, blue and gold will catch the eye, thus attributing to its mystical characteristic of allowing one to see the ‘unseen”.
Labradorite assists in understanding and uniting oneself in regard to destiny; dispensing insecurity and instilling faith in the Universe. It eliminates unclear thoughts while promoting discernment on the path to understanding and alignment. Labradorite is an extremely protective stone; forming a barrier around the aura deflecting unwanted energy while providing strength, inner sight and illumination. Labradorite is said to be a representative of “The Temple of The Stars”, bringing the Light of evolved galactic energies to Earth. Labradorite facilitates times of great transformation and openness to the gifts that are about to be revealed.
Greatest Hits: Inner Sight, Protection, Magick, Mystery, Illumination, Ascension.
Genre: Glam Rock
Light Show: Green; Grey, Black, White, Yellow, Red, Blue, Gold Inclusions.
World Tour:Canada, Finland, Russia, Italy, Greenland.
Chakra: Third Eye