Apr10

Open Your Heart to Gratitude and Abundance! by Bridgette Raitz on 4/10/2017

As Spring stirs the air, it is a wonderful time to be thankful for the restoration of Winter and anticipate the coming warmth of Summer.  But this season is also a wonderful time to open your heart. And the best way is through gratitude and loving abundantly.  This month, I have chosen some wonderful blue, green and gold stones to highlight that focus on the heart chakra, encouraging us to savor our blessings and share that abundance with others.  The circle of life shows us over and over that what goes around, comes around.  So let's spread some love and gratitude with the help of these versatile stone companions!

 

 Chrysophase is one of the rarest and most valuable types of chalcedony. It has been used as a gemstone in ancient Greece as far back as 400 BC. Its green color comes from nickel inclusions. A perfect example of the green ray, chrysophase is gem that connects the heart to the will, helping you awaken the hearts of others. It has a strong healing energy and is very connected to nature spirits and Mother Earth. Chrysophase encourages truth, compassion, courage and lends emotional support to the heart—allowing you to forgive yourself and others. (As an aside, it is an excellent stone for those who are working to heal from abuse, breaking the cycle for future generations.)

Besides being a stone of the heart, chrysophase is also a stone of abundance and prosperity that interestingly is said to also attract love. Its vibration connects to the abundant energy and love of All That Is encouraging joy, health, growth and promise. Finally, chrysophase is said to be a stone of youth—ideal for encouraging a youthful spirit, outlook, energy and optimism, regardless of age. (For those tarot enthusiasts, it is said that keeping a piece with tarot cards may help you see the unexpected in a reading.)

Moss Agate also has a very positive energy, increasing hope and optimism and self-confidence. Moss Agate is said to attract abundance and is a stone of new beginnings helping to release fears and blockages that might be holding you back. In addition, Moss Agate is strongly connected to nature. In healing, Moss Agate is believed to speed up recovery from illness or injury and to boost the immune system. It is thought to be anti-inflammatory, and is said to ease the symptoms of colds and flu.

Tree agate connects one’s base and heart chakras, allowing one to connect to both Mother Earth and the spirits of Nature. Thus, it is a stone of abundance and manifestation, allowing dreams and ideas to become reality. Tree agate is also a peaceful and stabilizing stone- calming tempers and balancing emotions. Great for general well being.

 

Aventurine is a another wonderful stone that is said to reduce stress, increase confidence, fire up imagination and enhance prosperity. This is a happy stone, giving the wearer a zeal for life and assisting them in taking even challenging situations in stride. Aventurine is also great for healing as it infuses life force and increases energy, with a special emphasis on the heart and circulation.

A combination of water and earth elements, aventurine enhances renewal of physical growth, release of old patterns and renewed hope, optimism and joy. A prosperity stone, aventurine is a great addition to promote abundance or “luck”. (As a bit of trivia, this is the stone I carry in my pocket at all my shows, to enhance connectivity between me and my customers and to share and receive abundance with others.) It is a very heart centered stone that also aids in relationship issues.  

Citrine, a wonderful stone of the golden ray, is one of my top 5 all round wonder stones. Citrine is a stone of creativity and imagination. It reminds us of the love and support of the universe --making it an excellent ally when overcoming difficult situations. Citrine supports physical strength and energy while it magnifies personal will, increases mental clarity, creativity, optimism and happiness.

There are two types of citrine on the market--- natural citrine, which is a smoky golden color, and heat treated citrine, which is actually amethyst heated to high temperatures resulting in a brighter yellow-orange color. Both have wonderful properties that can assist you in using your imagination to translate your dreams and goals into tangible reality. Natural citrine is wonderful for manifestation, helping one overcome obstacles and difficulties along the path. Heat treated citrine brings a glowing light energy to the aura and encourages optimism and releasing negativity on the way to creating your vision. On the physical side, natural citrine is said to enhance stamina, energy and proper metabolism. Heat treated citrine is said to be good for digestive issues and supports weight loss.

And last, but certainly not least, imperial gold quartz ( the lovely orange stone at the right). A miracle of earth and science, this stone, also called tangerine aura quartz, is created when clear quartz points are bonded with atomized gold, iron oxide and copper, resulting in a beautiful orange iridescent color. It is said to blend the heart and solar plexus chakras, for a wonderful balance of love and manifestation, along with amplified creativity. It is said to increase your awareness of your powers of co-creation, generosity and altruistic motivation. Additionally, it is believed to shield you from negativity and increase positive feelings of self-esteem and healing.

All of these stones, along with pyrite, peridot, green apatite, malachite, and green kyanite, are all excellent stones to have and to hold as Spring kicks in.  They assist in amplifying those heart based feelings of love, gratitude, and joy, that multiply when shared.  And who can't use more of those?

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