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    Colors, Western Astrology and Sacred Spaces

    “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.  Alfred Austin”

    The zodiac of western astrology is another option in working with colors and sacred spaces. Lilies, lavender, roses and poppies touch every sign.  Lilies are sexy and passionate with their deep, nectar-coated throats. Lavender and roses fill the air with  their wonderful fragrances.  Poppies offer a plethora of color and textures.  Taurus and Leo signs need to give their monies to a helpful friend. They will buy every plant they see, touch or feel.

     

     

     

     

    Western Astrology plays an integral part of the relationship between plants, planets and humans.  Elements influence all them – Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  The fifth element (Wood) from eastern views facilitates people’s connection with nature and the universe.  I use element and sign as the same within this blog.  An example is that Aries is a Fire Sign and belongs to the Fire Element.

    Birth sign flower brings luck and harmony. Each month has a flower(s) associated with it.  Signs cross two months and  I have presented both.

    Planting under the zodiac 

    The Moon is the key ruler of planting activities.  Leading the Water Elements, the moon acts on behalf of all growing things and is most effective when in a compatible sign.  Planting when the Moon is moving through one of the six signs of femininity and fertility will yield hardier plants, greater yields and larger produce or flowers.  The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).

    The non-planting signs of the Fire Elements (Aires, Leo, Sagittarius) and Air  Elements (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.)  These signs are infertile.  Vegetables will fail under these planting tips.

    An exception is those signs ruled by the planet Venus (Taurus, Libra) the planet of beauty and fragrance.

    When designing sacred spaces, the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn like practically.  The cushions for the outdoor furniture are textured, soft, appear lived-in and comfy.  Colors of earth signs are brown, bronze, copper, and green.

    The Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces need quiet and calm.  Lifting spirits in tones of blues, greens, indigo or purples provide the needed relaxation and calmness.  Coastal looking furniture and colors of white-washed are present in their sacred space.  Touches of sea shells, driftwood or pebbles placed in containers brings in the call of water.

    The Fire signs of Aires, Leo, and Sagittarius build spaces of  spontaneity, passionate pops with a touch of romance.  Sacred spaces are from any age, caves to modern styles.  Colors of burgundy, red, terra cotta; warm shades of orange and gold and accents of dark woods.

    The Air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are intellectual, highly communicative and objective.  Their sacred space style is modern or minimalist that are bright and airy.  Colors of yellows, quiet neutrals, pastel, creams and palest blues.

     

    The cycle starts with Aries, (March 21st – April 19th) ruled by the planet Mars and the 1st house of the zodiac, Beginnings. Spring starts.

    A Fire sign, individuals are confident, fierce and full of energy.  Always on the move, Aires like to explore and always picks the road less taken.  The plants will match individuals’ enthusiasm, zeal and passionate characteristics.

    A pioneering sign Aires are drawn to the newest plant varieties. Plants survive in difficult situations and grow under adversity.  They are large, pleasant; red with sharp and pointed leaves.  Edible fruit or herbs are spicy or bitter.  The flowers of Aires in March are daffodils and in April sweet peas, daisies and lilies.

    In a sacred space, plants shimmer with hues of red or orange.  The flowers are self-confidence and contain unbridled energy.   The paths are wide and straight red brick or rough gravel, both of which embody the dynamic energy of this sign.  A generous space for lawn games of croquet, touch football, or lawn darts are required.

    Aries rules the head, eyes and face. Plants that purify the blood, stimulate the adrenal glands, or are high in iron (ruled by Mars).  The herbs generate heat to the body.  Examples of plants for this sign are  amaranth, beets, bryony, chestnut, gentian, sweet woodruff, and wild-tiger-lily.

    Taurus, (April 20th -May 20th) ruled by Venus and the 2nd house of finance and structure.

    Taurus individuals are stubborn, headstrong and romantic (think Ferdinand the Bull).  Very sensual, they remain practical and grounded.  Ruled by the plant Venus (beauty and finances), comfort and pleasure are important to them.

    They are the best gardeners of the zodiac.  An Earth element that fits snugly into the rhythm of the soil, keeping their hands in the soil, touching plants, fragrances and textures.  They need to recharge through the earth and the green world radiating both strength and calm.  This sign wants every plant they see.

    Taurus plants are abundant with enticing fragrances, gorgeous blooms displaying flirty structures.  Lilies are an example.  The blooms meaning their a is love for nature.  They are dramatic and sensual symbolize the romanticism.  A lover of many colors, pastel shades of blues, green and pinks are complemented by orange, red, or russet.  The flowers of  Taurus in April are sweet pea, daisies and lilies and for May lily-of-the-valley and hawthorn tree.

    Great growers of vegetables and a talent for preserving them.  Taureans are practical needing consistency and stability. It is important for them to feel the earth under their feet. Using tried-and-true plants of heirloom varieties is a must.

    The sacred space entrance faces the southwest. Include a  sunken part help with feeling close to the earth.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house is a great example of a Taurus sacred space. The trees grow enough to form canopies.  The furniture is low and chunky with comfortable cushions.

    Taurus rules the throat and ears.  The plants are soothing to the throat or  calm the digestive system.  The herbs are flavorful, cooling and cleansing.  Examples of plants of Taurus ruled by Venus are eucalyptus, foxglove, mint, golden rod, olives, raspberry, and sweetgum.

    Gemini, (May 21st – June 20th) ruled by Mercury and the 3rd house of communications and restlessness.

    Gemini the Twins are the most versatile individuals of the zodiac.  Energetic, lively, and generators of new ideas.  An Air sign loving and showing their sociable, clever and creative side.  They move from one activity to another as if they are on the wind.

    Gemini love blooms, the prettier the better.  They are the sign that will intently use the Language of Flowers to send messages and feelings.  Roses are a favorite and symbolizes love and companionship.  The flowers for Gemini for May are the lily-of-the-valley and hawthorn tree and June are roses and honeysuckles.

    Gemini tend their plants daily helping to keep them grounded.  Their space is luxurious with total functionality.  The infrastructure works, the arbors are in plant and the composite is functional and out of site. elongated shapes found in the cubism form, capturing the Geminis energy and sociability work well in a sacred space.  Sophisticated and streamlined style with a touch of movement (swings, slides).

    Sacred Spaces face the east filling with light and air for a spacious and infinite ideas.  A comfortable wooden swing is present where this sign can indulge in flights of fancy.  The colors of pastels, Nile Green and silvery tints can be found in plants and art pieces. Yellow and orange flowers are placed in sprinkles around the area.

    Mercury rules the lungs, shoulders, arms, and hands. The plants under this sign strengthen the lungs and respiratory system.  Air is a thinking element and is repeated in the fruit of nut trees that reflect the human brain.   The leaves are thin or fuzzy and a subtle fragrance.  They are finely divided leaves or stems (like the bronchi of lungs).

    Examples of plants of this sign are carrots, jack-in-the-pulpit, lavender, lilies-of- the-valley, maidenhair fern, oats, roses, and southernwood.

    Cancer, (June 21st – July 22nd) is ruled by the Moon and the 4th House of home. Summer starts.

    Cancer individuals are hopeless romantics and the most emotional sign of the zodiac.  Their feelings and senses are always present.  They want to appear very strong and rigid but are very vulnerable.  They symbolized the home, are social, loving and patience.

    A Water sign ruled by the Moon, Cancer love to feed and nourish itself and others. The plant petals are soft or well-define.  The leaves moon-shaped  containing moisture.  The flowers for Cancer in June are roses and honeysuckles and in July larkspur and water lily.

    Cancer’s sacred space is quiet and contemplative and is an extension of their home.  Small areas that need detail care are great for Cancers and will nourish them. Let the rest go wild or low maintenance. An asymmetrical pond with curve paths and flowerbeds with natural contours and low foliage are subtlety in place.  Curve benches are placed in shady spots.

    The colors of silver-gray, pale yellow and white are prominent in moon gardens (evening primroses, evening stock, and night-blooming cereus) where evening fragrances bridge the consciousness and the subconscious. 

    Cancer rules the stomach, breasts, diaphragm, and liver.  Plants aid digestion or the subconscious.  Example of plants that support this sign live by the water and are rich in potassium; hydrangeas, night jasmine, peppermint, and saxifrage.  Trees share their sap –  birches, limes, maples and palms.

     

     

    Leo, (July 23rd – August 22nd) is ruled by the Sun and the 5th house of creativity.

    Gregarious and dominant of all the signs. Leo are leaders or want to be.  Warm, loving, strong, confident and generous are part of their nature.  They think and act big.

    The mindset “Right Plant, Right Place” firmly applies to a Leo.  Endless shoppers excited by the many offerings, They will go crazy in a nursery.  A very practical friend needs to watch the selections and the budget. Ensuring growth and blooms for their future home.  Unless they have a conservatory, remind them to hire a consultant.

    These are the beautiful folks, loving beauty and sunshine.  Their sacred space entrance faces the south to capture the sun’s vitality.  Always the most beautiful in the area. (Biltmore, Balmoral, Versailles).  It will contain amazing seating areas.  Wide areas for walking, flowerbeds of red and pink roses, and French-style groves.  Massive and extensive displays grace front walkways and patio beds.  A fire or outdoor stove or tiki lights, fairy lights surround the seating area.

    The plants are large heart-shaped leaves or a radiating shape.  The flowers for July are the larkspur and water lily and August gladiola and poppies.  The colors are bright, large, warm and aromatic.  They lift the spirit with their  strong shades of orange, reddish-orange, or yellow can be found in the metal gold and copper.  The artist Klimt and his ‘Golden Phase’ is an excellent example.  Use in structure, art and you can divert Leo’s symbols by planting sunflowers or orange trees.

    Leo rules the heart and circulation and the plants that regulate blood pressure.  Examples of plants that fall under this sign are angelica, barley, garlic, ginger, junipers, marigolds, mulberries, peonies, and sunflowers.

    Virgo, (August 23rd – September 22nd) ruled by Mercury and the 6th House of work.

    These individuals are modest and shy and witty, interested in socializing and understanding those around them.  Diligent and meticulous at work.

    An Earth sign ruled by Mercury, Goddess of the Grain is the traditional sign of the harvest.  An excellent gardener with deft hands and capacity to work hard.  A thinking caretaker, before beginning a project, a plan is devised.  Then revisited along with the overall strategy.  Gloves are always near during the  growing season.

    Their sacred space faces west.  It is tidy and structured.  Well-trimmed lawns with wide paths or a prairie will stimulate Virgo’s intellect.  Everything is planted along straight lines, and  hedges are trimmed neatly.  Rows of vegetables are neat and trim.   Integrated pest management and organic weeds are activated by this sign.  Circular flower beds and potted plants condense and join energy.  A circular metal table surrounded by round-backed chairs as an invitation to sitting and taking a break.

    The flowers for Virgo August gladiola and poppies and September morning glory and asters.  The plants are finely divided leaves or petals emitting subtle odors.  Small flowers of bright hues in blues, brown, green, and yellows.

    This sign is a big believer in herbal remedies.  The most beneficial plants for Virgo are high in potassium and help to calm the nerves.  Examples of plants for this sign are buttercups, fennel, endive, hazelnuts, narcissus, pansies, and walnuts.

    Libra, (September 23rd – October 22nd) is ruled by Venus and the 7th house of balance.  Fall begins.

    The sign of balance and harmony, individuals are charming, calm and kind.  Rule by Venus (beauty and love), they will create a wonderful sacred space that is made for social activities.  The space must be organized, semi-formal and under cover with amenities nearby.

    An Air sign, the plants are light, lovely flowers of extraordinary beauty and gorgeous scents.  The herbs are fragrance or exhibit sensory quality. Most fruit blossoms are ruled by the planet Venus.  Trees and plants have small, delicate leaves, because they’ll make music when the breeze wafts through them.

    The flowers for Libra in September are morning glory and asters.  October is calendula and cosmos.  Colors range from bright to subtle shades.  They are blue, mauve or soft hues, ranges of green-white to pinks.

    A delicate sign that appreciates its sacred space but will need to hire help to form a place of grace and refinement.  A graceful statue or shiny gazing ball is the perfect final touch for this garden, as even-handed Libra is attracted to both natural and manmade beauty. personification of the intelligence.  They are really very attractive.  A cooking area nearby that is melted into the scene.

    Libra rules the kidneys and the adrenals.  Plants help with blood pressure and lift the spirit bringing balance to these areas of the body.  Examples of plants for this sign are apples, bergamot, cherries, primrose, strawberries, rose (white)  trilliums, and violets.

    Scorpio, (October 23rd – November 21st) ruled by Pluto and the 8th House of deep transformation, rebirth, regeneration and the transformation of energy.

    Individuals born under this sign are complex and intense (of all the signs).  They are powerful and passionate, very strong willpower, amazing ability to persuade, and deep emotions.  Not a follower and neither are the plant behavior of this sign.

    Mars and Pluto co-rule this sign. The plants under this water sign are found in remote places or underground.  They are vigorous, spicy or bitter and may have thorns.  Unique in colors, that can appear green and dark all at once, midnight blue, red, dark red, maroon, turquoise or purple.

    The flowers for Scorpio are in October calendula and cosmos and November the chrysanthemum.  Scorpions have a flair for drama and enjoy eye-catching plants and flowers.  Vines cling and trail, plants appear wild and will thrive, they partner well with Nature.

    Unique sacred spaces that are entered from the north with mysterious nooks and recesses.  A water feature like a bird bath or fountain is always favored for the space. Curved paths. There is always a plan, successive plantings are a key requirement.

    Scorpio rules reproductive organs. Plants that fall under this sign anthurium, basil, blackthorn, mushrooms, rhubarb, stinging nettles and woad.

    Sagittarius, (November 22nd – December 21st) ruled by Jupiter and the 9th house of discovery and expansion.

    Sags depict the combination between man and horse (Centaurs) displaying intellect and strength. Individuals are strong, independent and energetic.  They are open-minded and always seeking new adventures.  Optimistic individuals that can charge one with positive emotions.

    Jupiter is the most bountiful of planets, plants need space to grow.  They are large, conspicuous, and have a pleasant scent.  Wildly spreading out and seeming free.  This planet rules annuals that produce flowers all summer.  Many species of evergreens that shows their majesty.  Jupiter’s influence is to get one to looking upward to capture the sky’s latest visions.

    The flowers for Sagittarius are in November chrysanthemum and in December are holly, ivy and poinsettia.  Floral arrangements in worship services are under the domain of Jupiter.  The flowers that adorn altars perfectly suits your spiritual aspirations, and carmine encourages the expression of your inner fire.  Colors are cobalt-blue, deep purple, light or purplish-blue, purple, or tan.

    They view sacred spaces as having a piece of nature in the home.  A physically strong sign that does not shun physical work.  One may even mention audacity when referring to their understanding of gardens.  Comfortable wooden Adirondack chairs and a long picnic table part of the seating area while viewing the outdoors.

    The plants support the liver, are high in the mineral silica, and promote a positive frame of mind and expansion.  Examples of plants for this sign are bamboo, cattail, dahlias, gladiolas, Indian grass, oatstraw and passionflowers.

    Capricorn, (December 22nd – January 19th) ruled by Saturn and the 10th house of details and structure.  Winter starts.

    Individuals are stable, caring and reliable.  Deeply rooted and comfortable when everything is in its place.  Independent, disciplined and serious. Appreciative of  beauty and luxury.  Never amateurish they will plan, review and review again.  An organized soul the plantings are formal in their sacred space.  They are comfortable having space for leisure activity.  A formal patio covered in flagstones with a square table surrounded by well-back chairs.

    The vegetable gardens are field-stone pathways between neat rows.  They do their research and start from the ground up – literally.  As a conscientious and disciplined steward, they plan for the long season and year-round activity.

    The plants are shade tolerant or will grow in extremely dry conditions.  Simple shapes that are hardy, long-lived with short bloom times.  The thorns are elongated and can stand severe cold.  Growing where they want, they are woody, knobby and produce annual rings.  Saturn rules plants with long lives and slow growth.  He rules vegetation that taste bitter or acrid, and poisonous plants that are deadly and medicinal powerful.

    The flowers for Capricorn are in December – holly, ivy and poinsettia and in January – carnations and snowdrops.  Colors of black, blue, blue-violet, chocolate-brown, dark gray, indigo, gray shades.

    A sign that uniquely reflects the nature life-cycle of plants.  To bloom from the depths of the dark,  Capricorn and Saturn provide the cold, dry and quiet spaces.  Then follows to drying and finally the withering and dying process.

    Capricorn rules the skeleton. Saturn rules the skin, bones and teeth.  Plants treat broken bones, strains, sprains or bruises.  Examples of plants for this sign are comfrey, cucumbers, mullein, oaks, pole beans, radicchio, solomon’s seal, tulips, and Japanese white pines.

    Aquarius, (January 20th – February 18th) ruled by Uranus and the 11th House of  Friendship and personal goals.

    Aquarians fiercely independent and eccentric.  The  sign of originality, sacred spaces are built on inspiration.  As an Air sign ruled by Uranus, plants will grow in unusual places and may vary in appearance wanting to be realistic or inspirational.

    The plants may grow a bit wonky with strange scents.  They must show your originality and how they are placed.  The ability to  rejuvenate, meditate, and nurture your humanistic and pacifist tendency works in hand by the principle of Zen garden.  Trees stand strong and embrace the winter cold.

    The flowers for Aquarius January carnations and snowdrops and February violet and primrose.  Colors are turquoise and violet.  Sacred spaces are easy-care meandering plants alongside walkways and patios.  Water features to offer those moments of tranquility.

     

    Uranus rules sudden changes.  It oversees plants that help with circulation, relax the nervous system, or promote inspiration.  Example of plants for this sign are cinnamon, cloves, elderberry, kava kava, rowan, snow peas, and thyme.

     

    Pisces, (February 19th – March 20th) co-ruled by Neptune and Jupiter and the 12th House of Mysteries (subconscious mind, dreams, instincts)

    Pisceans are caring, generous and compassionate, tending to follow the heart rather than the mind.  They love greenery of any sort and will garden by intuition and their unique relationship with Nature.

    Another sign that needs to hire help to do the heavy lifting in a sacred space. A member of the Water elements and ruled by co-ruler Neptune, a water feature is a must combine with artistic flair.  Impressionist style is theme for Pisces.

    Individuals can sense change and the plants are no different.  Large and graceful, and hard to find.  Rainbow of colors soft sea greens, purple or red-violet are brilliantly placed at the front and alongside walkways.  The flowers for Pisces are the February violet and primrose and March’s daffodils. 

    Many of the plants grow near water promoting health, awareness and positivity.  Their healing plants abilities are to strengthen the immune system or have an antibacterial effect.  The herbs are helpful in dream work or bringing physical concepts to the next plane.  Examples of plants of Pisces ruled by both Neptune and Jupiter are coffee tree, hops, lupines, melons, mosses, orchids,  skullcap, and willows.

     

     

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    Crystals, The Hot Colors in Sacred Spaces

    “Colors are the smiles of nature,” Leigh Hunt

     

    Hot colors are masculine energies that provide vitality and forward motion.  They represent the force of the sun and love conversations.  Colors and gems that engaged in sharing ideas, communication or new thinking.  In a sacred space they are the attention grabbers; rousing the senses, bringing large spaces to an intimate level and help when human eyes are fading.

    Red offer supports and creation of one’s inner strength.  It gives a boost of energy.  Red takes on properties of surrounding colors and is best used in small quantities.

    Bloodstone is a chalcedony that in ancient times was called Heliotrope, the Sun Stone.  This gem supports berry plants in their growth and production.  It works with fluids including enchanting water quality.  Bloodstone is recharged by running under water or sitting in the sun.  Fond of scarlet pimpernel, red carnations and snapdragons.

    Tiger Iron is a combination of Golden Brown Tiger Eye, hematite, and red jasper.  Called the Stone of Strength, it is charismatic and works well with plants that grew by bulbs.  A grounding gem for plants.  Recommended to use in plant groupings and strong plants types of alliums, garlic or lilies.  It works well with pansies, grapes, gladioli and daffodils.

    Orange is called Joy Bringer and is the number one color for moving forward.  It seeks to help you while promoting peace and harmony.  In sacred spaces use this color near a seating area to encourage socializing and spontaneity.  Or add a touch in a private space where personal energy is needed.  Orange support the Southern direction.

    Orange Calcite is a wonderful gem of light, vitality and joy.  Looking like it captures sunshine, the Baltic Sun Goddess Saule uses this calcite to shower her journey across the sky.  This is the gem to use when developing new sacred spaces.  Use its warm and playful energy to create a gathering place where it will give confidence and vital energy in designing the space.  Fond of nasturtiums, orange and peach blossoms.

    Carnelian is a dense and translucent form of chalcedony. It is a joyful gem that feels very secure in its essence and transmits the same warmth, protection, and inner security to its surroundings.  It will increase the energy flow in any space.  A gem that will preserve sacred sites.  Place in your Love and Relationship area of the Bagua.

    Carnelian fuels fiery flavors in peppers found in the Nightshade family. It brings a touch of spice to those in the Monarda family (mint, bee balm) while bringing energy boosts as they grow.  Fond of carnations, chrysanthemums, peonies, poppies and nasturtiums.

     

    Gold is a color that protects and enlightens, is generous and compassionate, loves wisdom and knowledge sharing and provides vital energies to its surroundings.  It attracts prosperity to the home.  Within sacred spaces, gold adds a richness and warmth illuminating objects or plants nearby.

    Citrine is a quartz of yellow to brownish-red coloring found in igneous rocks.  The sun’s energy acts as a heat treatment to form citrine within amethyst or smoky quartz deposits.  Sometimes found naturally in amethyst groupings.

    It is highly protective gem and can prevent negativity from harming your sacred space, transmuting the negative energy into positive energy.   Known as the Prosperity or Merchant’s Stone, citrine will manifest personal power and abundance.  Place in the Wealth and Abundance corner of your sacred space where it will bring vitality to your plants and finances.  It will warm the space, cleanse it, energize and enhances plant production.  This gem uniquely grounds plants and is fond of citrus trees increasing their scent and taste.

    Goldstone, a copper silicate well-known for being created by the Italian monks and is can be called Monkstone.  In a sacred space, it deflects unintentional energy.  It is a healing stone.  A masculine energy when found with gold flecks and feminine when blue and purple are present.

    Yellow is The Great Communicator.  Use yellow in a space where you can sit and reflect, mass plantings in the distance or afternoon corners that are darken as the sun moves through the day.  Yellow supports chi energy in the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest directions.

    Tiger’s Eye is a chatoyant gem that is usually a metamorphic rock with bands of yellow-gold.  Called The Stone of Courage and Strength. Tiger’s Eye supports strong root growth and prevents plant diseases.  A gem for harmony, place a crystal in the Wealth and Abundance area of your sacred space.  Fond of buttercups, peonies and sunflowers.

    Yellow Fluorite supports weaken plants and restores them to strength and robustness.  This crystal is fragile, so place gently in your sacred space.  Placing close to plants that need to rebuild their internal structures works best for this gem.

    Sphene, titanite-mixed form, is an interesting mineral that grows in plate-like or wedge-shaped forms and when in growing grids encourages growth.  It can be found in gray, green, red to red-brown or yellow.

    Jarostie, a hydrous sulfate of potassium and iron. A yellow-brown mineral with an interesting link to the Rover expeditions to Mars. Jarostie is found in acid sulfate soil and is a natural fertilizer required for plant growth.  As such it plays a role in cross-fertilization of plants and flowers.  Named for Jara, a Spanish flower belonging to the Genus Cistu, it encourages fruit production and heals plants that live underwater.

    Side Note:  Mars is thought to have water on it. The findings of this mineral on the Rover expeditions have reinforced the theory of life on Mars.

     

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    7 Healing Crystals to Boost Your Gardens, Gates Interior Design

    Ba-Gua and Crystals, HH Professor Lin Yun, BTB Feng Shui, 2012

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    Good Crystals for Plants, Michelle Minnaar

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    Crystals, The Warms in Sacred Spaces

    “I love the color pink.  It makes a bold statement.”   Samuel Larsen

     

    Warm colors of black, brown, copper and pink are captured in this quote by Antoni Gaudi, “Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.”  They bring structure, warmth and stability to sacred spaces.  They are feminine colors and energies except for brown who carries both masculine and feminine (Wicca) energy.  In Sacred Spaces they bring other colors closer and stay in the background taking a supporting role to other plants, artwork or paths.

    Black is the color of mystery, linking the unknown or the unseen. It creates a sense of possibility and barriers from the outside world where you can rest and be comforted.

    Native Americans view black as life-giving reflecting the color of soil.  In a sacred space it will create restfulness and restorative energy adding depth, sophistication and glamour to a space.

    Black agates will remove any negativity from plants that are struggling with illness or lack of energy when there does not seem to be logical reasons.  Place next to plant to clear negative energies.

    Pop Stones are known as Boji Stones1.  Composed of pyrite and palladium their appearance is smooth on one side with small protrusions on the other.  They reflect and balance yin (female) and yang (male) energies.  These stones help growth and encourage telecommunication between plants.  In sacred spaces their nutritional gifts disintegrate into the soil supporting health and growth.  A fun stone that gives to flowers and loves the people who love flowers.  Fond of almond blossoms, edelweiss and gardenias.

    Fossils are formed from soft organic materials (the bone structures of animals, insects or shells).  The word itself means dug up.  They provide a rich volume of minerals needed for plants and soil.  Fossils are stamps from the past and work as an adornment in any space, indoor or outdoor potted plants.  Fond of foxglove, mimosa and red clover.

    Lodolite, Lodalite or Lodelite is a quartz infused with chlorite, calcite, feldspar or magnesium aluminum silicate–almost always with iron.  The gem mimics scenes of gardens, landscapes or underwater views.  Lodolite is a grounding crystal used to manifest dreams and desires by bringing the gentle strength of earth into your life.  Known by many names; Scenic, Landscape, or Garden Quartz emphasizing its connection to the natural earth.  An excellent gem for healing and displaying its strong energy.

    Obsidian is volcanic glass forming when magma hit the earth and cools rapidly.  Bury two black crystals flanking the front door and the back door of the home.  If you cannot bury them, then place in a pot.  Fond of primula, thistles and tulips.

    Onyx is a black agate.  If you are struggling to keep pests away from prized plants, onyx will help.  A grounding crystal that works well against chemical waste in polluted rivers.  Fond of blackthorn and wild cherry trees and edelweiss.

    Brown is the color found in bark, stone or wood.  It stabilizes a location by adding structure and support.  An elemental representative of Earth and a masculine energy except in Wicca (feminine).   Brown adds depth and grounding in a small space.  The color supports the South and Southwest directions in the Bagua and the North for Wicca.  When you need creative thoughts, call in Air and Fire Elements place a symbol of brown in the Southeast.

    Rhyolite is an alkaline feldspar mixed with quartz forming an extrusive igneous rock.  Found in different colors; predominantly brown, orange-tan, caramel, yellow, or green.  A dense and structural gem that builds up strong preservation attributes for spaces in transition or living in severe climates.  Rhyolite connects to plants in the harshest conditions, succulent plants are a good example.  It deepens your connection with the Earth and all its inhabitants.  Use this crystal when ready for change, sparking creative energies and balancing acceptance and strength.  Leave outside on a windy day to recharge.  Fond of blue poppies and yellow iris.

    Rainforest Jasper is a type of rhyolite with many names; Australian Rainforest Jasper, Rainforest Rhyolite, Spherulitic Rhyolite, Agatized Rhyolite, and Green Rhyolite.  Rainforest Jasper is a natural healer reaching far into the green world’s memory activating healing knowledge from the past and the healing ability of plants.  A memory crystal passing on its knowledge through ancestral matriarchal lines.  Attracts devas and other nature spirits to your sacred space.

    Tree Agate is an agate that protects the balance between earth’s energy and the green world’s growing requirements.  It forms a safe environment that fosters plant growth, boost the viability of seedlings, strengthen mature plants, or increase harvests.  This is another gem that will work with flowers or plants growing in difficult conditions.  Tree Agate is useful for tuning in to the wisdom of trees. Activate it by sunlight and place in the soil or a container.

    Copper is a healing color when changing from old to new ways.  An energetic color wanting you to pick your own path and fulfill your life.  Several ancient goddesses; Ishtar, Aphrodite and Venus display their power of love, balance, beauty and artistic skills with copper.  A feminine color that showers nurturing and youthful attributes of women.  As a mineral, copper is one of eight micro-nutrients required for plant life and photosynthesis.

    In your sacred space use copper (mineral form) or the color to receive a boost from the earth. Copper helps to mitigate arthritis and rheumatism and is great in a therapeutic space.  Keep a touch of copper nearby to help with clear communication

    Daphnite is a type of chlorite.  A crystal of transformation and transmutation it has long been used by commercial growers for plant production.  The crystal manages communication within the plant world and enhances green life in many types of spaces.  It protects plant growth from pests and digging (i.e. dogs, rodents, elk).

    Pink is the highest vibrational color for balancing and maintaining healthy relationships of all kinds.  Mix it with colors of dark blue, green, black or gray tones to highlight their vibrations and that of the guardian angels.  In a child’s garden, pink contributes to adventures and tranquility. Made up of the colors red (for exploring) and white (for insight).  Pink keeps chi in your sacred space.  Use plants or structures of this shade if you need help.

    Pink Tourmaline promotes joy and peace during periods of change and growth.  All tourmaline attracts devic energies and are extremely beneficial for the sacred spaces and plants.  Fond of amaryllis, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.

    Rose Quartz promotes longer bloom times, keeping flower edges from turning brown.  Add this gem near heart-base flowers like bleeding hearts, roses or jasmine for an extra glow.  The plants themselves bring balance, peace and a sense of being loved.  This quartz supports a plant’s natural healing abilities.  Place next to ones who appear ill.  Rose quartz placed in a polluted area will clear the space.  Fond of apple blossoms, daisies, lilacs and roses.

     

     

    References

    1 a registered ‘trademark of stones’ discovered in Colorado.

    Ba-Gua and Crystals, HH Professor Lin Yun, BTB Feng Shui, 2012

    Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home, Ellen Dugan, 2008, Llewellyn Publications

    Crystals in the Garden, Sonia Acone, March 1, 2010

    Crystalline Communion, 2000, Collen Marquist & Jack Frost, 2004, Earthlight, Inc.

    Garden Crystals for the Green Thumb, April 26, 2018

    Garden Witchery, Magic From the Ground Up, Ellen Dugan, 2010, Llewellyn Publications

    7 Healing Crystals to Boost Your Gardens, Gates Interior Design

    Good Crystals for Plants, Michelle Minnaar

    Healing Crystals, An Illustrated Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones, Cassandra Eason, Pavilion Books LTD, 2015

    Luminous Spaces, Feng Shui Consulting & Training, Maureen Calamari

    Herbs And Crystals: A Dynamic Duo, Moonflower Musings

    Using Crystals and Gemstones in the Garden, Garden Trends, Bonnie Grant | February 9, 2018

    Shamanic Crystals, Judy Hall (Extracted from The Crystal Bible, New Crystals and Healing Stones and The Crystal)

     

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    Crystals, The Cools in Sacred Spaces

    “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”   Georgia O’Keeffe

     

    Blue as a color represents the sky, water, and abundance and is the number one favorite color around the world.  It creates peace and tranquility and relaxes the body physically and mentally.  Blue emits higher levels of vibrational consciousness and will bring lots of positive energy into a space.  To the Goddess Venus’ blue is her sacred color.

    Blue works with all colors.  A touch of blue on the north side of a building calls chi energy from the south.  Eastern and Southeast directions support blue, add if you need help in family and wealth areas of your sacred space.

    Aquamarine is a beryllium aluminum silicate, a deep to light blue with white calcite veins.  A moon and sea gem that embodies water dragons.  If you have ponds, a lake or a smaller water feature, even an aquarium, this gem will keep fish and plants.  Aquamarine helps these same plants with stress levels keeping them calmer.

    Blue Apatite comprises three different minerals; fluorine, chlorine or the hydroxyl group.  Found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.  Apatite provide a core nutrient, phosphorus necessary in building cells.  A gem of purification and manifestation working well with apples, pears, quince, strawberries, lettuces, celery and tulips.

    Blue Holly Agate is from the Calapooia River in Oregon.  An agate that creates sacredness through interdimensional connections.  Excellent for fish aquariums and fountains, purifying the air and water.

    Iolite is a silicate mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks.  Depending on its use this mineral has two names; geologists use cordierite and gemologists use iolite.  A gem of manifestation.  Iolite helps to connect with nature, place a piece on your desktop or anywhere indoors.  Fond of bluebells, hibiscus and wisteria.

    Lapis Lazuli is a complex mineral of lazurite, calcite, and pyrite.  An excellent gem for environmental and Feng Shui applications.  A symbol of the night in Egypt bridging the cosmos and earth cultures.  It offers development of spiritual interests, protects and enhances water quality and other fluids in a sacred space.  Lapis Lazuli is fond of blueberries.

    Sodalite, a sodium aluminum silicate chloride mineral that reaches out universality to the planet.  A feminine energy supporting and taping into the plant’s natural healing and root development abilities.  Fond of bluebells, cornflowers and violets.  Recharge sodalite in a fragrant herb for twenty-four hours.

    Turquoise is a hydrated copper aluminum phosphate mineral.  The blue coloring protects spaces and bodies from pollution.  Found at higher elevations on the planet connecting to the Southwest and Tibet.  Both places of higher spiritual learning.  The gem transmits peace and harmony through these special locations.

    Green is one of two Master Healer colors.  The Color of the Faire Kingdom and nature representing fertility, growth, the green man and goddesses.  Its energy reflects the natural environment.  Green brings all forms of prosperity to you and your sacred space. Its many shades and energy aids in the ability to manage changes.   Known worldwide for its calming effect, it is the most restful color for the human eye renewing and restoring balance and harmony.  When use in healing work, encourages and supports transformation. A key color in sanctuaries.  The gems are beneficial to the environment encourage growth, change or bringing balance to your life.

    Amazonite is a feldspar, found in shades of turquoise-green made from lead and water.  Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, empowering one to discover themselves, their own truth and integrity.  It aids in cell regeneration.  A good gem to help with the infrastructure of your sacred space.  It provides harmony and balance, blocking geopathic stress (microwaves, cell phones, transformers) and protects against electromagnetic fields (EMF) pollution.  A Water element partnering with amazonite supports regeneration, rebirth while following the Circle of Life.  Place this gem in the north side of your home where the Water energy meets Career and Life sections.  Fond of hyacinths, hydrangeas and tulips.

    Fuchsite is a member of the mica family.  Its energy resonates to healing plants and the earth.

    Green Fluorite, a calcium fluoride found in shale layers of coal mines.  It helps to rebuild the internal cell structure, nursing plants back to health from torn leaves, broken stems or insect damage.  A restorative gem sharing its healing energies with places that were once green.  A gentle placement in the sacred space heals and reduces any static, friction or tension.

     

    Green Aventurine is a member of the quartz family with mica, pyrite, or hematite inclusions.  Another restorative gem that carries the healing power of the green world. In sacred spaces eases environmental stress.  Green Aventurine absorbs negative energy and protects your sacred space from the effects of pollution. It will boost root growth when partly submerged in soil near plants.  For ill plants either in the sacred space or in the house, ask it to support the plant’s natural healing energy and leave next to the plant.  Fond of begonias, daphne and gladiolas.

    Green Calcite is a pale green calcite carbonate, the building block of shells.  In mineral form connects spirit and life energies.  Green Calcite is a feminine energy and known as the Stone of Encouragement using its energy to help transformations.  Toss out those negative beliefs and replace them with a positive perspective.

    This is the gem if you have a black thumb.  If the plants appear weak, the energy from green calcite can help plants relax and regain their strength.  The joy stone enjoying sharing its energy for plant production and lushness.  Be sure to thank the earth spirits for their work with a piece of calcite.  They are guardians of green calcite, reflecting the woods and meadows where they live.

    Calcite in general clears and amplifies energy and sound.  In an overactive or crowded space calcite calms and soothe anxious and stress plants.  Bury one in your sacred space to help with creation projects.  Before use let it sit in filtered water for a day before putting it to work. Fond of cowslip and evening primrose.

    Conichalcite (Kon-e-Kal-Site) is a copper-based gem meaning power from the Greek konis and chalkos, meaning copper.  A gem representing nature through its energizing links to the plant kingdom.  Its telepathic properties partner with plants and itself to heal.

    Green Jasper is a chalcedony quartz.  An ancient gem capturing the changes in nature and its wisdom.  A knowledge gem sharing its gained wisdom that grounds all to the earth.  A gem that understand the circle of life, keeping the energy moving.  Plants develop lush and leafy growth when near displaying another name for it, Growth Crystal.  Fond of marsh marigolds, sea lavender and water lilies.

    The Rain Bringer gem, jasper is a dense gem evolving over millions of years.  It has been used as a dowsing tool to find water (Native American) and by the magicians of old who controlled the wind and rain in ancient and medieval times.  Green and brown jasper are the crystals to save harvests in periods of drought or to save ships from violent storms.  A good crystal for using with water features that contain tropical or freshwater fish.  This gem helps to heal water pollution with the seas as a priority.

    A form of jasper called Mookaite comes from Australia helping to overcome dehydration in drier climates.  Rain and thunderclouds will come when you call.

    Green Tourmaline is made up of sodium, lithium and aluminum.  Forming a hydrous borosilicate called Elbaite.  Green tourmaline is said to hold the “essence of the plant kingdom”.  It conducts energy between the earth and the plants for smoother transitions during growth.  A healing gem consider the strongest of the healing stones to help sick plants and creating harmony in sacred spaces.

    Malachite encourages growth and abundance.  The ancient Egyptians used malachite as a fertility symbol encouraging healthy vegetation and agriculture.   Electrical fields (i.e. panels, transformers and towers) can affect plants.  Malachite shields sacred spaces from the negative influences of electromagnetic fields (EMF).  If your plant does not appear well, add a touch of malachite to help balance its energy fields.  This gem will send the illness back to the earth for cleansing.  Set a piece in the shade of a bush or underneath a flower.

    One of the most compassionate gems, a team player working to brings peace to a sacred space.  While tending your sacred space wear to help your plants harmonize with one another and the energies of the environment.  Fond of gladioli, hollyhocks and irises.

    Moss Agate is a transparent crystal that has inclusions of minerals reflecting the look of foliage in its matrix.  Often called the Gardener’s Stone bringing out your green thumb.  It is one of the most useful gems increasing plant growth and attracting prosperity and abundance.  A healing gem that grounds and supports the overall health of plants and sacred spaces.  Nature spirits use this gem to provide a bridge from the green to the human world.  This connection brings vitality to them and the plants in your sacred space.  For a healthy harvest of fruit trees, place small crystals on a branch or in a wind chime to encourage high production.  Use moss agate for a decorative border around plant (s) or flower beds.  Keeps chi of flowing by placing in the middle of your space.  When you want to add a crystal and don’t know which one, this is a greater starter gem along with clear quartz.  Fond of snowdrops, crocus, anemones, wintergreen and ferns.

    Moldavite is a star gem formed from meteoric impacts. A member of the Tektite group, gems that are form glass from interplanetary collisions.  They are mostly silicon dioxide and aluminum oxide giving a glassy structure looking delicate and graceful.  Its components of space and earth have made it known as the Stone of Connectivity.

    Moldavite serves humankind bringing good fortune, fertility and protection.  A good gem for a sacred space where spiritual awakening, transformation and evolutionary growth are supported.

    A Wood Element associated with the East and Southeast direction.  Wood elements are a component of the Family and Health and the Prosperity and Abundance of the Bagua.  Fond of blue lotus, orchard and star flowers, pine trees and papyrus.

    Mtorolite is a green chrome chalcedony.  This gem supports homeopathic work, aromatherapy and plant cultivation.

    Peridot is created from lava flows or igneous rocks.  In a sacred space it directly impacts plant growth and increases fruits and vegetables production.  This gem loves citrus trees enhancing scents of the flowers and leaves and taste of the fruit.  It increases overall plant health and partners with other gems to bring peace and harmony to a sacred space.  Place near a seating area to help with creating a warm and friendly dialogue.

    Tree Agate encourages abundance, lending its energy for luscious looking plants.  This gorgeous green gem emits a calming energy and drowns out surrounding negativity.  Place among your plants to encourage abundance in any indoor or outdoor sacred space.

    Purple is the color of creativity, spiritually and royalty.  The most versatile color in the color spectrum unifying disparate colors.  A powerful color best used in small dosages.  Its many shades add dimension and depth to a space.  A natural sedative with its charming, graceful and elegant bearing.  In a sacred space purple supports and sometimes, speeds up healing and health when placed in any direction.  Place purple near your entrances where new opportunities can be invited to your home.  The flowers are enchanting, make a strong romantic impression and mimic other worldly mysteries.

    Amethyst is an infused quartz occurring naturally or artificially through radiation. A great gem that enjoys partnering.  It works with sage, blueberries, lavender, and basil increasing food production levels and bumper crops.  Or with lepidolite to enrich purple plants in their health and color.  And yet another example is partnering with green calcite to relax stressed or anxious plants.  Place them in the soil around the roots and bless them with healing energy.

    White is new beginnings.  An energetic color representing fertility, royalty, spiritual truth and strength.  Feminine energy associated with moon magic and power from a higher sphere.  It attracts benevolent spiritual forces creating serenity.  This color helps to brings mental clarity and purification of thoughts or actions.  In a sacred space, white is a great color for creating a reflective area.  Use as a lead-in-color toward other color groupings.  Since ancient times, white is the main color used in a shade, evening or moon garden.

    Cerussite, known as lead carbonate (PbCO3) or white lead ore.  It resembles trees branching out with icicles.  A gem that helps with pest infestation, energizing and protecting house plants.  Its properties of grounding and creativity helps in transformational changes.

    Clear Quartz is a master healer and a great all-purpose gem that boosts and powers up other crystals.  A great crystal to start your journey with gems in your sacred space.  Clear quartz balances and grounds almost everything.  For ill plants ask a piece of clear quartz to support the plant’s natural healing energy and leave it next to the plant.  Clear quartz prevents weed and other pest attacks.  Place the gem nearby in the surrounding soil.

    Quartz is a large family of gems appearing in many shades.  Primarily made of silicon dioxide, one of the most common substances found on earth.  Use this family to help with the growth and health of plants.  One technique is to place quartz crystals at each corner of your garden plot and one in the center.  Another is to embed single point crystals in the soil with the point of the crystal just above the soil level.  Quartz chips add a touch of sparkles to borders. Use pointed shapes face up to support potted plants, tree roots, and ground trees during storms.  The rough form keeps ants away from plants.  Use any shape to plant in the soil at the foot of a single plant to help with an abundant crop.  A grouping will encourage growth and harmony.  Leave a piece of clear quartz in your vase with your fresh bouquet.  Use broken pieces of quartz crystal and dark stones such as onyx or obsidian underneath tomato plants.  Quartz energy is very grounding and the darker crystals keep pests away.

    Moonstone is a cleansing gem filled with the powers and energies of the moon.  Together they partner with nature, water, fertilization and new beginnings.  A perfect pair for creating moon gardens.  When ready you are ready to move forward, moonstone will provide balance and help.  Healers (Native American) cherish the moonstone for its encouragement of healthy plants and flowers.   Plants are happy in its presence and trees will grow while negating any geopathic energies causing stress.  A crystal to help with rest and promotes restorative peace, wear moonstone while tending your sacred space.  Placed in the middle or four corners of your garden where all the plants can energize from its healing powers.  Fond of lotus flowers, poppies and lilies.

     

     

    References

    Amazonite Meanings and Use

    Ba-Gua and Crystals, HH Professor Lin Yun, BTB Feng Shui, 2012

    Blue Apatite

    Cottage Witchery, Natural Magick for Hearth and Home, Ellen Dugan, 2008, Llewellyn Publications

    Crystals in the Garden, Sonia Acone, March 1, 2010

    Crystalline Communion, 2000, Collen Marquist & Jack Frost, 2004, Earthlight, Inc.

    Garden Crystals for the Green Thumb, April 26, 2018

    Garden Witchery, Magic From the Ground Up, Ellen Dugan, 2010, Llewellyn Publications

    Good Crystals for Plants, Michelle Minnaar

    Green Calcite

    Healing Crystals, An Illustrated Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones, Cassandra Eason, Pavilion Books LTD, 2015

    Luminous Spaces, Feng Shui Consulting & Training, Maureen Calamari

    Moldavite Meanings and Uses

    Using Crystals and Gemstones in the Garden, Garden Trends, Bonnie Grant | February 9, 2018

     

     

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    Crystals, An Introduction in Sacred Spaces

    “Those who plants kindness gather love ”    St. Basil the Great

     

    Crystals are born of the earth and the stars and share their beneficial properties with us.  They are valuable, kind and insightful in healing the body, mind, and the earth itself.  In this post crystals, minerals and gems are used interchangeably to mean the same object.  They are used for many purposes such as in healing the human body or aid in easing a troubled mind, but my focus is sacred spaces.  When I visit clients, I like to partner with them and the space tuning into both with permission and always showing grace and respect when visiting.

    I am of the belief that everything is energy and is frequently in motion.  The plant kingdom and its many members are no different.  They partner with crystals to heal physical ailments within themselves, the earth, or your sacred space.  Each crystal has its own properties and in the next 2 to 3 posts, I will explore those that work in sacred spaces to make them more productive, healthy, and beautiful.

    My definition of sacred space is broad.  It is always small spaces, containers, urban balconies, cottage gardens in the country or flower beds in urban areas.  It can be the one tree you absolutely love, a sitting area or a large space.  Your statue, art work or water feature are all part of a sacred space.  Crystals can partner with all of them in short spurts or for several years.  One of my standard practices is to place quartz crystals in the four corners of one’s property offering protection, a healthy space and vivacious plants.

    This post includes ideas and why partnering with gems would be of help.  Like plants and sacred spaces, I believe crystals speak to the individual.  If you are wandering in a shop, ask what crystals help with my space today and where would I place it?  Sparkling gems are always magical for humans, birds and plants.  Remember crows love sparkling things–if your crystals have gone traveling–crows are gifting them.

    Sacred spaces flourish when using the energy of the Earth.  Copper is a great example of this.  As a mineral, color and gem it speaks to the earth, and anything near it.  It is one of the 8 micronutrients required for plant life.  It directs energy from the earth to the plant.  This is one role of crystals, the ability to send specific energies that support growth and vibrancy.  They enhance nurturing to plants helping them to grow.

    Crystals in a sacred space channel the energy of its properties or attributes and where they can be the most beneficial.  In partnering with our plants and crystals we are respecting the gifts of the Earth’s Cycle of Giving.  An example is several years ago, a crystal called Earthkeepers appeared on the surface of the planet.  Rumored to exist but never found, Earthkeepers with their advance vibration are here to help the earth and bring future protection and peace to humans and the earth.  They believe their properties can now be respected and worked with successfully.  These crystals are still hard to find.  I was lucky enough to be in a class to seen them and buy one.  It is a constant stay in my sacred spaces.

    Giving Sacred Spaces a helping hand

    All crystal work begins with cleared and charged gems. They can be ‘programmed’ though meditation and intention or in conversation with the spiritual entities of your sacred space and plants.  You can program a crystal to supplement the vital energies of plant growth.  When sowing seeds in the spring.    Ask them what crystals will work for the current situation.  Choose crystals that speak to you.  Place in a grid formation or as a border around plants, shrubs or trees.  Blend sand, high in quartz composition with potting soil.  Evoke the elements (air, fire, water, earth, spirit) by coordinating your space with crystals associated with each season and direction.  Crystals can be used in plant food, but you will want to place them in the mixture 24 hours before use.  Include gems in flower bouquets and potted plants when you give them as a gift.

    To give the roots and the rest of the plant a helping hand, stick part of the crystal into the soil about 2 inches away from the main stalk or trunk.  When a tree limb or branch needs more healing, wrap the gem directly to the branch with soft copper wire.  Leave in place until health is restored, two weeks or longer depending on the condition.  Another technique is to soak a gem in warm water charging the liquid, making it an effective irrigator for sick plants.

    For potted plants, place crystals into the soil or when re-potting place, a gem in the bottom of a pot.

    Tips

    Look for gems that reflect the colors of water, earth, and sun or the stars.  You can store the collection in a pretty bowl placing them next to a fountain, aligning them in a windowsill, or place them in the ground.

    Use the right size gem for the task at hand.  Example small container, small gem, small plant; a small moss agate for an orchid is perfect.  If a plant is struggling health wise, a larger stone may bring more vitality and strength to the plant.  Larger stones are important if your sacred space is near power lines or electrical equipment with EMF (Electric Magnetic Fields ).

    The field of Geobotany explores the natural relationship between plants and crystals.  Lychinis alpina, found under these common names (Arctic Campion, Alpine Campion, Alpine Catchfly) is a small plant with pink flowers, indicating copper deposits.  A shrub named Haumaniastrum katagense is found nearby depending on its location.  Diamonds and Pandanus candelabrum, Chandelier Tree are another example.  This screw palm with spiny thorns grows just above sites where diamonds are located.

    Another example is quartz, jasper and agate that are excellent choices and are hardy enough to endure the watering without damaging the crystal.  Clear Quartz raises vibrational energy and working with amethyst become super healers.  Apatite when partner with citrine and peridot works well on quince production.

    Amethyst is a great partnering gem working with sage, blueberries, lavender and basil to increase food production levels and often bumper crops.  Or with lepidolite enriching purple plants (lavender, purple sage, plums, eggplant, etc.) in their health and color.  And yet another example is partnering with green calcite for stressed and anxious plants.  Place them in the soil around the roots and bless them with healing energy.

    Set up a bowl of tumble crystals of amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, and moonstone as a gift to earth elements.  Dig a shallow hole and place your crystals within the dirt where they make direct contact with the plant’s roots.

    To add sparkle, scatter quartz chips on the ground. The sparkling may confuse predatory insects.

    Many stewards wear or carry their favorite gem on their person while performing the tasks related to sustaining their sacred space.  Jet when wore partners with plants to make them flourish.  More direct ways to use crystals and gem in harmonious partnership with plants can be through bury a crystal in the middle of your sacred space.  Place crystals at the four corners of a specific area to ward off pests, disease or bring calm to the plants.

    From Feng Shui practices the crystals quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, and tiger eyes all help in protecting and stopping weeds.  Some of these crystals are said to protect your sacred space from large scale disasters.

    Thank them for their service.

     

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    Warm Colors

    Warm colors take a supporting role to other colors.  They bring in their warmth and stabilizing attributes.

     

    Black is a protective color, helping to keep the external world at bay by comforting you and removing negativity.  A feminine energy creating restfulness and restorative feelings.  Black links the unknown or the unseen creating mystery and provides a sense of potential and possibility.  It is the best color when you want calmness.

    From the Native Americans black gives life and is represented through its soil color.  Known as the Color of Soil because it gives life.  In your sacred space black adds depth, sophistication or glamour.  Lovely when used with contrasting bright colors.  Use in small qualities.

    Use this color when wanting to create a space into which anything may emerge and disappear.  Like the color white, I feel black helps with new beginnings Shapes that represent black are curvy, undulating or irregular patterns.  If you need a touch of stability in the home, place a touch of black in the Southwest and in the North plants, stone or art to help with career decisions.  Trees represented by this color are Cottonwood (Populus Aigeiros), and Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana, Carpinus betulus.)

     

    Brown is The Color of Earth is both a masculine and feminine energy.  Seen in the outdoors and in agricultural with thoughts of wholesomeness, natural and organic production.  While brown remains in the background, it will add a touch of luminosity to spaces.  As a tree color it offers stability and provides structure and support.

    A friendly and approachable, practical and sensible color.  Provides a sense of security and belonging. A joyful color that offers growth and protection.

    Often seen as a fall combination where it showcases other colors.  Use in Hot color combinations for last blast before winter.  Adds depth and grounding in a small space.  Shades of brown are in shapes of are horizontal, square or rectangle.  Use bark, stone or wood.  Trees represented by this color are the Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and the Cacao (Theobroma cacao).

     

    Copper symbolizes plant life.  A healing color that wants to help you navigate from the old to the new.  This color wants you to pick your own path and fulfill your life.

    A feminine color treasured by several ancient goddesses of love that go back pre-Sumerian times.  They emphasize the nurturing aspect of women and their ongoing youthfulness.  You may be more familiar with this group of goddesses by names of Ishtar (Egyptian), Aphrodite (Greek), and Venus (Roman).  All display their power of love, balance, beauty and artistic skills with copper.

    In the mineral form, copper is required in photosynthesis and is one of eight micro-nutrients required for plant life.  Add a touch of this color in a space that needs a boost from the earth.  Keep copper nearby to help with clear communication, mitigate arthritis and rheumatism ailments.

    Trees represented by copper are found in the underside leaves of called indumentum.  These fine hairs are usually cinnamon brown and resembles felt. that help to store water and protect the plant from cold and heat.  Trees that display this are the Magnolias (Magnolia) and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron).

     

     

    Pink is the Color of Hope and Love.  A quiet color that operates at a higher vibration for general balancing and supporting healthy relationships of all kinds.

    In the West pink is feminine both in color and energetically promoting affection and intimacy, thoughtful and caring moments.  From Japan pink is a masculine influence representing the young Japanese warriors, the Samurai who fell in battle.  Cherry blossoms of the Prunus serrulate fell at the time when the warriors fell.  The Sakura Festival represents , and the battles fought.  Cherry blossoming festivals can be found the world over to celebrate spring.

    Chi and high energetic vibrations of pink will stay in your garden through use of plants or structures.  Mix the colors with dark blue, green, black or gray tones to help highlight vibration and support of the guardian angels.  A great color for a child’s garden creating adventure and tranquility, all at the same time.  Pink is made of red, a primary color used for exploring and white, a secondary color made up of red, green and blue bringing insight.  Trees represented by this color are the Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) and the Hawthorn (Crataegus).

     

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    Hot Colors

    Hot Colors give vitality.  They symbolize the force and energy of the sun.  They are masculine energies urging forward movement. Conversational colors wanting and encouraging discussion and sharing of ideas, communication, or new thinking.  These are the attention grabbers that rouse the senses and help to bring large spaces to an intimate level.

     

    Red is the Color of Welcome.  In multiple cultures a red door means welcome indicating that the home is full of life, energy and excitement.  Sometimes a bit of luck.  A vibrant color that offers support and wants you to create your own inner strength.  It provides that boost of energy either in the beginning or end of the day.

    Red is found just about everywhere.  Ancient Egyptians used red to represent chaos, the desert, life and protection.  Modern day China uses it as the color of prosperity.  Red is a color of the Native American medicine wheels.  In tree worship, a strip of red cloth is attached to the tree to protect it and ward off evil spirits.

    Want to show your highly focus and passionate side?  Use multiple shades of red and create a hot cottage garden.  It will take on different properties depending on what other colors surround it.  Green is the complementary color to red, the joyful color of the Christmas Season.  Silver calms it and white offers a crisp contrast.

    The light always glows on its petals.  In Spring, red brightens its space as the sun starts its journey through the season.  Then shines through the summer light to the evening just before fall where it gives the brilliant last blast as the dormancy of winter comes.  Always use in small numbers.

    Red can be found in star-shape or triangular plants or artwork.  Trees represented by this color are the Rowan (Sorbus), Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), and Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’).

     

    Orange is the Joy Bringer promoting peace and harmony.  Citrus aurantius is where the name of orange comes from.  An evergreen tree bearing fruit. Who doesn’t enjoy this fruit, its perfect shape that squirts at you and makes you laugh?  Orange loves to create a center of attention and give you luck.  It enhances both mental and physical energy stimulating creativity.  Orange is one of the prevalent colors that show changes as seen when the autumn leaves began to fall, and the seasons began to change.

    Plant this color near seating areas to encourage socializing and spontaneous activity.  Or in a private space where a touch of energy is needed, and you wish to revitalize.  So many shades support either a sunny or a cloudy spot.  It loves to share its vibrancy.  Use darker shades for hot climates and softer shades for cloudy.

    Shapes and structures of orange can be found in brick walls, paths, terra-cotta pots, statuary, copper trellises and birdbaths.  Trees represented by this color are Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum spp), and the Madrone (Arbutus menziesii).

     

     

    Gold is the second of the Master Healer colors.  It protects, enlightens and loves to be generous and compassionate.  Gold is wisdom and knowledge sharing.  It attracts prosperity to the home.

    Gold plants brighten the landscape with shots of luminosity adding richness and warmth to spaces.  It will illuminate objects or plants that are nearby.  Use round and oval shapes or arches to move gold energy into your space.  The trees represented by this color are Larch (Larix) and the Aspen (Populus).

     

     

     

     

     

    Yellow is the Great Communicator.  The color of high-summer shining through as the sun changes its path.  It offers its uplifting energy supporting and renewing your enthusiasm for life.  Reflect on your earlier season remembering the happiness, friendship or other aspects of the season

    Imperial China used yellow as a sign of prosperity.  In Polynesia it represents royalty and divinity.

    Use yellow in a space where you can sit and reflect.  A corner with yellow represents confidence, charm and explores your creativity.  It helps in seeking another view point as in new ideas or the weather.

    Yellow does well in mass plantings, especially in the distance.  It is the easiest color to see.  Those who are color-blind will appreciate its use in a scared space.  Used it to lighten a corner darkening under the sun’s rotation.

    Shapes representing yellow are low, flat, wide or horizontal.  Trees represented are the Tulip (Liriodendron) and the Linden (Tilia).

     

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    Cool Colors

    Cool Colors as a group are quiet and restorative colors offering serenity, calming and purifying energies.  Attributes of prosperity, positive communication, uplifting and encouragement for creativity.  Feminine energies that reflect and support taking a pause when walking through sacred spaces. They are the best colors for a small space helping the space to appear larger.  Used in keeping chi in your garden whether with plants, artwork or structures.

     

    Blue represents the sky, water and abundance.  It gives a calmer experience making it one of the top five colors for therapeutic spaces.  It creates peace and tranquility and relaxes the body physically and mentally.   Blue will slow the metabolic rate, a great color for sleeping.  The paler blue colors suggest more freedom.  A high vibration energy shown in the color of electricity.  It will bring lots of positive energy into a space.  In the Chinese culture blue represents immortality and advancement. It is the Goddess Venus’ sacred color. The coolest of the Cool Colors and the number one favorite color around the world.

    Blue as an entrance point to your sacred space evokes calmness for those who enter.  Perhaps because it evokes feelings of trust, strength, safety and security. Blue works with all colors. It appears to recede unless it has a silvery edge to it, making it sparkle and creating a focal point.

    A shade of blue on the north side of a building calls chi energy from the south. In Feng Shui, East and Southeast strongly support blue.   Shapes of blue are rectangular and vertical with tall and thin properties.

    Trees represented by this color are Blue Conifers (Spruce) and Noble Fir (Abies procera).

     

    Green is one of two of the Master Healer colors.  It is the Color of the Faire Kingdom.  Brian Edwards in his analysis of the Green Knight felt that “Evergreen is the Color of Truth.” It is the color with the most shades representing the natural environment.  The color of nature reflecting life, fertility and growth.  Influential in sustainability of agriculture, the forests, ecology, food and herbalism.   It is fresh and cool creating soothing and restful effects.  It provides a respite from the worries and cares of the world, renewing and restoring a sense of balance, well-being, harmony and a sense of order.

    As a healing color, green encourages growth which requires transformation and change.  Its many shades and energy aids in the ability to manage change.  A key color in sanctuaries it represented Paradise in Persia and eternal life in Japan. Its healing properties help one learn to love others and themselves. Green is the most restful color for the human eye. In color therapy, therapists use green to help reduce stress, headaches and other minor medical issues.

    The color of nature representing fertility, growth and the green man and goddesses.  Its calming effect is worldwide.  Think of how you feel when entering the woods, green doors or gates.  In China a green door symbolizes life cycles and growth. Go for that walk in the woods. Edgar Cayce said, “contact with nature is very important if you want to be in balance and have a peaceful and harmonious life.”

    In a sacred space, green creates harmony, calmness and honors the green world. Include green for the fairies in your space.  A color of prosperity.  Shapes are vertical and columnar and will aid in love and luck, or abundance.

    Trees represented by this color are the Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) and the Yew (Taxus spp.)

     

    Purple is an ethereal color representing creativity, spiritually and royalty.  Thought to be a natural sedative with its charming, graceful and elegant bearing.  It loves to bring new opportunities and open-minded views to discussions.  In traditional Chinese symbolism, purple symbolizes divinity and immortality.

    For many centuries, purple was restricted to royalty and the wealthy. It was not found naturally.  The Greeks created an intensive dyeing process using a shellfish called porphura.  The word purple from this species creating the dye, Tyrian Purple.   Modern day plant hunters, explorers and genetics have shared purple with all of us keeping the mystique and increasing the availability.

    In a sacred space purple supports and sometimes, speeds up healing and health when placed in any direction. Great for unifying disparate colors and its many shades add dimension and depth to a space.  A powerful color best used in small dosages.

    Place purple near your entrance point where it will invite opportunities to your home.  It is the most spiritual and versatile color in the color spectrum.  The flowers are enchanting and mimic other worldly mystery. They symbolize charm, grace, elegance, and refinement.  Purple flowers can make a strong romantic impression.

    A magical color that works well in creating mystery.  Place a shade of purple in your power spot to bring more healing, chi, or excitement.   Purple foliage, chartreuse and pink colors will add amplify dimensions.  Blues and greens adds substance.  Reds and golds will add grounding.  When use in shade plantings, it will separate and define other colors. Purple vegetables are fun to plant and grow and children love this color.

    Trees represented by this color are Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) and Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp.)

     

    White is new beginnings.  It represents fertility, royalty, spiritual truth and strength. Attracts benevolent spiritual forces and creates serenity and open mindfulness.  It associated with moon magic and power from a higher sphere.  A feminine energy.  This color helps to bring about mental clarity and purification of thoughts or actions.

    In a sacred space, white is a great color for creating a reflective area.  Use as a lead-in-color toward other color groupings. Since ancient times, white is the main color used in shade, evening, or moon gardens.  Use shapes of round or oval and arches to help move energy through your sacred space. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love.  Supportive of North and West directions.

    Trees represented by this color are Apples (Malus spp.), Dogwoods (Cornus spp.), Magnolia (Magnolioideae spp.), and Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

     

    Silver is the Color of Illumination reflecting the energy of surrounding colors. It connects the realms of earth and heaven; represents vision, clarity, awareness, focus or persistence.

    Silver restores equilibrium and stability to an area where it works well with other colors. Place in your sacred space’s wealth corner. Use where you want to add a touch of glamour.  Complimented by shapes of round, oval or arches.

    Its illumination characteristics help pastels (pale pinks, blues, yellows, lavender, and white) to shine as if they were the attention grabbers in these settings. In warmer or warming regions, silver is the green of northern gardens.  It uses the least water, provides wildlife habitat and glows in the evening sky.  Silver support the West direction.

    Trees represented by this color are Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) and Silvertree (Leucadendron argenteum).

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Color in Sacred Spaces, a glimpse into color, compass directions and elements

    “I am of a little world made cunningly of elements, and an angelic spirit” John Donne

     

     

    The colors, direction and elements of nature work together in multiple belief systems.  Fire or sun, air or wind, water, metal and earth or spirit.  These components play an important role in sacred spaces. Many variations exist.

    Ancients and indigenous people used colors and the directions for health, healing or conferring with nature.  The Native American tribes called them Medicine Wheels a western name.  Each section of the wheel works with north, south, east and west directions.  The directions are in the colors white, black, red or yellow. In some wheels the colors are blue, purple or green.  Their spiritual names are Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree.

    Western metaphysical call the elements Air representing the east, Earth representing the north, Fire representing the south and Water representing the west.  Feng Shui elements are air, wood, fire, metal and earth.

    The plants of medicine wheel represent elements and directions. Cedar, mullein, sage, sweet grass, sweet violet, and tobacco are but an example.  In Western practices the plants are cottonwood, cilantro, oak, wormwood, and lavender.  Feng Shui examples are pine trees, tulip trees, jasmine, lilacs, hellebores or snowdrops.

    Colors are divided into three groupings. Each circle shows the compass direction supported by that color.  Included are the elements from Native American tribes, Wicca, Western metaphysical and Feng Shui.  I’ve included wording on what the color means.

    Cool Colors recede, appearing farther away.  A great design component for small spaces making them appear larger.  They offer serenity, soothing, calming and purifying attributes.  All are feminine energies reflecting and supporting the space around them.  They are colors of prosperity, positive communication, uplifting and encourage creativity.

    Quiet and restorative colors keep chi in your garden.  Use shapes that are tall, create movement and include wood.  Make them horizontal, vertical, thin and curvy or made of stone.  Arch shapes representing domes, ovals or circles round out the grouping.

     

    Warm Colors appear to advance and make spaces smaller.  They offer warmth, stabilizing, and protective attributes.  These colors are often in the background taking a supporting role. They are the life-giving colors, and many are feminine energies.  Shapes of these colors are pyramid, horizontal, vertical, thin and curvy and made of stone.  Warm colors support children and pets, two things often found in a sacred space.

    A side note:  Sadly, Warm colors are now called Neutrals.  Why?  Neutral is such a boring word and these colors are not boring.  The bright pink of a morning sunrise.  Queen of the Night tulips in a stunning terracotta container.  The glint of a copper iris as the light plays along its bloom?  Neutral, I think not.

    Hot Colors pop.  They are at their strongest in the full of summer to the crest of the fall equinox.  These are the social colors and attention grabbers of the color world.  Place them near activities of discussion; exchange of ideas, communication or innovative thinking.  Or to rouse the senses, they bring large spaces to an intimate level.  Masculine energies representing the force of the sun and sharing its vitality.  For therapeutic gardens these colors help when human eyes are fading.  Shapes are round and triangular.  Fire pits are representative of structures of the hot colors.  This group is best used in small quantities.

    This group is renamed to the Warm Colors.  The New Warms contain not one bit of warmth.  They make you jump up, move, and shake that booty.  They are meant for inner action, oohs and aahs.  I love the August festivals of Hot Jazz/Cool Nights.  Just the wording makes you picture the colors and actions of this group.

     

     

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    Color in Sacred Spaces – An Introduction

    “Colours also have healing properties and with their constant movement across the surface of the planet they created energy fields. It was within these areas that life started. “

    Andre Norton – The Legend of the Fairy Stone

     

      Colors are fantastic, interesting and complex.  They play a valuable role in the design, the contribution of or the meaning of your sacred space.  They create harmonious environments and nowhere is that greater than within the plant kingdom. Healing is their purpose no matter the shade, tone or use; always at work to help us, the earth or healing nearby areas.

    The Book of Durrow is one of the first books on documented color dating back to the seventh century.  Like its more famous cousin, The Book of Kells, they are both known for their design work.  The colors from these books are ever present in plants and sacred spaces.

     

     

     

    • Blue representing the sky, healing & positive energy
    • Green representing nature, restfulness, fertility & growth
    • Purple representing the ethereal, mindful awareness & calming
    • Red representing intensity, inner-strength & a boost of energy
    • Orange representing fire, moving forward & socializing
    • Gold representing the sun, protection & knowledge
    • Yellow representing intuition, illumination & new ideas

    In the enlightenment period Sir Isaac Newton used a prism in 1666 to discovering the electromagnetic spectrum. The prism showed sunlight is not one color but many.  Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

    In the 1940’s Max Luscher developed the field of color psychology.  His color therapy used red, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, gray and black. He could tell a person’s stress level and psychological make-up by the order the color chosen or if paired with another color.

    Edgar Cayce believed that everything is energy and radiates a heat signature that produces colors. He could the energetic colors around people, and he believed each color represented an aspect of that person.

    Nature and color have long been a part of healing.  The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Indians believed in healing with colors. In the western world these beliefs are rapidly finding their way into sacred spaces.  Horticultural therapy is one modularity being integrated into hospital and healing spaces.  Forest bathing, used by the Japanese has gain popularity.  A terrific practice, I would hike in the winter too many great natural pools, coming away refreshed.

    Each of us have experience the impact of color.  The sudden smile, finding yourself in a reflective mode, feeling cool on a hot day or warmth on a cool winter’s day.  In a sacred space they work hard, often taking us out of our immediate thoughts. Changing our mood, provide healing or joy and challenging our observation skills.

    Color and direction play a role in designing spaces.  Indigenous tribes have great insight into working with nature and individuals. Feng Shui is well-known for using these attributes in designing or restoring sacred spaces.  The combination can create a relaxing corner for reflecting, make small spaces seem larger, showcase a particular spot or bring areas together.

    General tips on color in a sacred space:

    • Show your personality
    • When buying plants, especially annuals – look at them as you do with paint swatches. Notice the slightest change in shade, structure or texture.  Even containers play a role.  I always tell my clients to take photos of their favorite combinations.  It is not unusual to use the same plants year after year as long as they are available.
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    • Using the color wheel and understanding each neighbor’s relationship always help. No worries if you want to use either end of the spectrum and put them in the same container.  Go for it.
    • The cool colors of blue, purple, green or white reflect light and stand out in shade or cloudy skies. These colors create depth.
    • The hot colors of red, orange, and yellow jump out. Highly recommended for sunny locations.  These colors make spaces look closer, a great use for folks who are house bound.

     

     

     

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    • The warm colors of black, brown, copper, or pink can make a space sizzle and come alive. They are often the supportive cast, letting the other colors shine about them.
    • As I have matured in my planting skills and continual downsizing, I have appreciated the technique of repeating the same color in my containers and for clients. That quiet flow they create.  Increasing what the eye and mind see.
    • I love texture and color and many a winter and spring container is based on texture.
    • Do use your art pieces?

     

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    Most importantly this is your sacred space, use the colors that work for you.  Change when you want to and enjoy.