“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.
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“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.
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.