by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
(an excerpt from his certification course, The Crystal Witch ~ A Year and A Day of Spells for Empowerment)
“Carnival of the Animals” or crystals named for nature’s creatures, shows us just how beloved they are. Immortalized in the stars and within stone, crystals have been given names of animals to signify their strength, power, and endearing charm.
In many cultures, especially within the Mayan, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Native Indians, the respect, observation, and emulation of animals are an important aspect of how to live life. Animals show us particular qualities, personalities, and behaviors that we admire and mimic in our daily lives. Our relationships with them can teach us many traits including endurance, patience, and balance. Considering the vast amount of animal species, the number of animal archetypes is immense. You may find that throughout your lifetime, different animals will come into your collective conscious. It may depend on an animal you are drawn to early on in life, a specific phase you are going through, or an important occasion. It often means you have a lesson to learn from this guide or spirit.
Bumble Bee Jasper: This rare stone mimics the colors of the natural bumble bee. It is formed from a mixture of colorful fibrous calcite with a distinctive yellow, orange, and black banding. The orange and yellow colors are mainly caused by finely dispersed realgar. Contrary to popular belief, this stone is NOT jasper. Bumblebee “Jasper” is a misnomer, as this material contains no quartz at all. This grounding stone connects the first three Chakra together, which are the Root, Sacral Spleen, and Solar Plexus due to their color and mineral make up. This stone helps us to deal with self-preservation, self-gratification, and self-definition.
Cat’s Eye: Translucent multi-colored stones often referred to by the French as “oeil de chat”. This is Chrysoberl crystal and they are famous for increasing personal power and deepening spirituality. They help to increase generosity and charitable behavior. Throughout history this stone was used to promote forgiveness and offer peace of mind to those who wear it. Chrysoberyl can initiate intuition and spark awareness. Many cultures have used it for acquiring more prosperity, confidence, and self-pride. They very helpful as a healing tool due to their colors. It is a stone that is said to bring self knowledge and protection. Cat’s eye is attuned to the astrological sign of Leo. It is also used at the Third Eye fine tuning your intuition.
Crocodile Jasper: (also known as Kambaba Jasper) is a rare looking stone from Africa. This stone mimics the colors of a crocodile with patterns of green and black. Kambaba Jasper is not a Jasper at all and is more appropriately called Kambaba Stone. It is traditional associated with the Heart and Root Chakra, therefore, it is most often used for grounding and protection. It is used to encourage growth, not only for surrounding plants in the environment, but growth on an emotional level as well. It is a nurturing stone and is related to prosperity and abundance and is associated with the traits of endurance, stamina, and patience.
Dalmatian Jasper: also known as “Dalmatian Stone“, this is a grounding stone. It is often used to help remove disillusionment, while helping one to see their strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Dalmatian stone brings a sense of fun to one’s life and helps to increase loyalty in relationships. Jasper stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions, promoting organizational abilities and courage to assertively tackle a variety of problems. This explains why jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection.
Dragon Stone or Septarian concretions, has been called Dragon Stone due to its markings. Septarian is a healing stone beneficial to overall health and well being. It gives relief for muscle spasms, nurtures, grounds the spirit, and works on the Root Chakra. Septarian stone brings calming energies, which have a nurturing feel to them, and can bring increase your joy through spiritual uplifting. Septarian is used to enhance communication with groups, making it much easier to speak clearly and kindly in group settings. Septarian is also used to assist with communication with Mother Earth and opens psychic abilities. It is said to bring unconscious knowledge to the foreground, as needed, by helping one to be prepared for what is coming up.
Hawk’s Eye: Blue tiger’s eye is called Hawk’s Eye or Falcon’s Eye. This stone helps us to gain perspective, to see (and face) situations fully. Hawk’s Eye is the stone of vision, insight and psychic awareness. It allows us to see the overview clearly and unflinchingly, as from a Hawk’s eyes. This stone is often used to balance pessimistic behavior and therefore dissolves negative energy and the thought patterns associated with it. This “all seeing stone” allows perspective on any situation and it can help gently attune the Third Eye and will enhance psychic abilities such as clairvoyance.
Leopard Skin Jasper: is also called Jaguar Stone or Cheetah Opal and is a great stone to utilize when connecting/communicating with the animal kingdom, in both the physical and spiritual planes. Leopard skin Jasper is connected with Shamanism, helping to discover personal animal totems (power animals) and learning how to work with them. It also aides in out of body experiences and journeying. It is a powerful protection stone. It is closely associated with strength and vitality, and brings stability to those who may be experiencing chaotic energies in this incarnation. Once attuned to this stone, It is known for attracting harmonious vibrations into one’s existence, which correspond to one’s direct needs, but not necessarily desires. This includes the attraction of certain circumstances and people that are conducive to one’s own personal growth.
Peacock Ore: also called Bornite has the distinct privilege of being nicknamed Peacock Ore due to is rainbow of colors from copper-rich sulphide minerals, which is often referred to as the sense of happiness. As one of the strongest healing stones on the mineral kingdom, Peacock Ore has the ability to align every Chakra when applied to the energy centers. It can cause a transformation that removes negative energy and replaces it with a strong, beneficial, positive vibe. This energetic vibe helps bring clarity to situations that were previously clouded by negative emotions or pain and therefore, ignites imaginative thinking and creative spark. It brings color back into your aura. It possesses the unique ability of energizing not only the area on which it is placed, but the surrounding area as well. Use this stone for removing self-imposed obstacles. This stone has been used for re-birthing and improving your karmic imprint. Bornite is most associated with the astrological sign of Cancer.
Snake Skin Agate: This unusual agate resembles the skin of a snake in appearance. It’s energies promote strength in times of excessive activity. It also encourages a pleasant personality by providing inner peace and an appreciation for the simple joy of being alive. As a result, users of snakeskin agate experience increased cheerfulness and self love as well as a renewed love of life. Create invisibility by becoming lost in a crowd. Assist in the reduction of worrying. Promote self esteem and self-awareness. Finding lost items. It has been used to initiate the rise of the kundalini (the feminine, dynamic, energetic and creative aspect of the universe from which all form is born).
Serpent Stone or Serpentine is an excellent stone for meditation. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the Chakra and especially to assist in opening the Heart Chakra. It is also believed to help activate the kundalini, or ‘serpent fire’ energies. By placing this stone on the Crown Chakra, it initiates the movement of kundilini energy up the spine. Relaxes one’s overall nature. Serpentine helps us with better control in our lives. It is believed to assist in balancing the mental and emotional hurdles we encounter.
Tiger’s Eye: Used historically for bringing more luck into your life. This stone is most recognized for attracting money, psychic protection, courage, confidence, willpower, clear thinking and speaking to show us the personal power in life that we have. Very versatile for the Yellow/Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye and Crown Chakra. The root of our intuition is from our Solar Plexus. The “gut feeling” is what’s considered the root, while our Third Eye receives the vision. Tiger’s Eye works on our mental plane by amplifying thinking and manifesting what you think about. Helps separate thoughts from feelings, more centered, less emotional. Tiger’s Eye allows us to recognize both our talents and our faults. It can reveal your true needs without our self-serving or rigid mental attitudes getting in the way. Has the grounding energy of the earth, but is embellished with a glowing warmth. A stone for people who need more confidence to accomplish their goals. Draws helpful people and material things to the wearer. Centers energy and mental focus.
Zebra Stone: With black stripes to match it’s name sake animal, Zebra stone is one of the best stones for pain management. Zebra Stone can show us our own true natures and help us see past illusion. It is a grounding stone which connect to mother earth, a great boon to doing spiritual and energy work. Zebra Stone is also very effective at protecting one’s aura. Zebra Stone can help us connect to Divine energy and love in the universe. This brings a sense that we can never run out of Divine love or energy, and that in the end, all will be as it should. Knowledge of this kind brings a vitality that can light all our moments.
Zebradorite: They called this stone “Feldspath” (in French and Malagasy). Considered the “stone of cooperative effort”, Zebradorite is believed to work with all of the Chakra energies in some shape or form. This effort is enhanced by its ability to work on emotional trauma and “traumatic assault” that occurs when a negative event effects us on a spiritual level. This stone is considered to help with soothing the heart and calming the spirit. It offers a sense of peace in a time of turmoil. Zebradorite has been used as a problem-solver in the form of a worry stone, when rubbed between thumb and index finger. This stone offers an individual awareness to your personal goals and aspirations. It sparks the imagination and helps with boosting will power and self-evaluation.
Animal Totem Healing Pouch
1 of each of the following “animal crystals”
Place all your crystals in the pouch. Now reach into the pouch and pull out your animal guide. Look up the crystal “animal” above to understand your new lesson. This is a great way to bring an animal totem into your life. You can do this daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you are ready to move on to the next animal. The purpose of this pouch is to be able to learn the lessons of each totem animal. It is believed that if you choose the same animal on your next visit to the pouch, then you have still not learned the lesson you are required!
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