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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.

     

    References

    7 Healing Crystals to Boost Your Gardens, Gates Interior Design

    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

    Good Crystals for Plants, Michelle Minnaar

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

    Herbs And Crystals: A Dynamic Duo, Moonflower Musings

    Jarosite – Scientists identify mineral that destroys organic compounds, with implications for Mars Curiosity Mission, Imperial College, February 19, 2015, Science Daily

    Luminous Spaces, Feng Shui Consulting & Training, Maureen Calamari

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

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

     

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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.

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    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.  

     

     

     

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    Sacred Spaces

    “You touch the earth, you will never cry again”   Arlene Tognetti

    I walk outside my patio door and the wonderful scent of my sweet peas fills the air. This smallest event makes me stop and smile.  I then take a seat and wait excitedly for the next whiff to move towards me.  This small movement is a sacred one.  Where you forget totally what you were doing and truly enjoy the moment.

    Sacred spaces are the places where it makes you take a break, where you feel calm, free or dare I say at peace.  It can be a simple arrangement you brought.  A single container with your favorite plant or several containers to large spaces.  It is a place for you, the place you consider sacred.  It consists of some aspect of nature and you.

    A place that is sacred can do many things.  Refresh your spirit after a long day or unexpected event, create awe and wonder as you watch the dragonflies dart in and out, provide sanctuary when you feel distressed in any form.  Seek out that touch of the nature spirit.  Take the important five minutes to connect with a quiet place.  Carry a picture of your favorite plant or space–put it on your phone.

    You may have heard, nature is hot again, that after several years of being inside, scientific studies prove we need nature.  It resets an internal need forgotten.  Over the last several years the healthcare industry has proven out that walking in nature, gardening, and even the simple act of reflecting has proven to heal, calm and change an individual’s life.

    Communing with nature is nothing new, we continually hear the loss of it.  True, large defoliation of land–due to man, fires, insects or, the attack of foreign bugs and non-native plants and the traditional gota build syndrome.  All have their impact.  Creating your own or supporting sacred spot become critical.

    I help my clients to create quiet spaces. Helping to start their day or end their day or in the evening to watch the stars go by.  Create a place that becomes special where you can catch your breath whether for an hour or a couple of days.

    I have been a lifelong steward. Mankind is but one piece of the earth and yet carries the heaviest load.  Quiet Garden is one of my favorite organizations.  The “Quiet Garden Movement nurtures low cost, accessible, outdoor space for prayer, contemplation, rest and inspiration in a variety of settings.  These are places that speak to your inner spirit, helping to heal and look at your place in the world somewhat differently.  Leave your cell phone at the gate.  It is on my bucket list to create and manage such a place.

    Through helping to rediscover the power of your own spirit and recognizing the greatness that is all around us, wellness and stewardship come to fruition.  Organizations like the Quiet Gardens model templates of how to take these traits with you.

    How to create a sacred space?

    Lead with your heart and intuition, this is your space to do whatever is necessary for a restful, restorative and inspiring place.  It will be okay to change it down the road.  Your special space honors and celebrate life, fun and creativity.  It is your catalyst and how you track the flow of nature.  While you are the creator, you are also the caretaker, the observer and the storyteller.  All traits that feed a part of your soul that appreciate the moment and needs care.

    These are ideas on how to develop your space.  Keeping it simple and the level of maintenance you can work with are important.

    Do you like art?  I love art in the garden; large or small, round, tall, swings, solid, there are so many choices.  For simplicity, bonsai do it all.  They are an art form, represent nature and are sacred.  I say this a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Once a good friend had me care for his bonsai.  They all died under my watch.  As my living space becomes smaller, I have begun looking at this wonderful art form.  A post for another day.

    Do you need to create privacy or boundaries?  Trees in the ground or in containers. Physical structures like arbors, lattice fencing, or gates.  Small spaces reduce stress.  Create a garden room, any of the above tools will help.

    What are your favorite scents?  Plant for your senses.  Do you like morning bloomers, mid-day or evening ones?  We are a plant rich society, growers and information are available.  Calming plants like rosemary, jasmine, daffodils produce delightful scents. You’ll need to learn each plants life-cycle (flowering time, maturity, etc. for best results)

    Back to my sweet peas, I’ve enclosed a picture.  Such small plant deliveries such power. 

    Do you have favorite colors?  Does your space need inspiration, add silver or a boost of energy as you go out for your day, add red.  Use plants, containers, furniture, art or even the bird that visits your space.  I have a tree frog or two, they are green and yellow with brown toes.  Green for nature, yellow for communication (no idea what it is saying but I always say hi) and brown for the earth and to showcase the other colors of its body.

    If you live in an area where there are seasonal changes celebrate them.  My favorite season is fall, I always try to bring the reds and golds and hope they go partially into the beginning dark of winter.  I am a tree person, the coral bark and paperbark maples transition in spectacular hues from fall to winter.  The blues of conifers light up the twilight and the white bark of the birches catches the winter light just so until the sprouting of pink cherry trees signaled spring.

    Ginkgo leaves in fall

     

    How do you get to your sacred space? Is it three steps or many steps, a winding path, a labyrinth or a maze?  What material do you like gravel, sand, wood or trex?  Add something that moves down your path; chimes, flags, seedpods, or grasses.  Something that draws you to your sacred space.  Place a seat or two to rest and let your journey of the day be put aside for a while.  Let nature and your sacred space embrace you.