by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.~
If you have ever seen a Kirlian photo image of a plant or vegetable, you will see how these living herbs pulse with a beautiful aura. The integration of crystals along side nature’s bounty can be a wonderful benefit for growth and regeneration. By placing these minerals at the base of any plant or burying them along side your vegetables, they can bring an added sense of encouragement and even spirituality to your hard work.
Minerals Used In The Garden
Agate (Moss): is a transparent stone that has inclusions of minerals that make it look like the stone has foliage in its matrix. This pretty stones can make a decorative border around any plant or flower bed.
Agate (Tree): is a mineral, which occasionally resembles trees branching out with icicles. This stone has been used in gardens and work fields to assist in relieving infestation. It can be used to energize and protect house plants.
Boji Stones: are actually a registered trademark of stones discovered in Colorado. The appear smooth on one side (female), while others have small protrusion on one side (male). These pair of stones are many composed of pyrite and palladium and have been used to facilitate growth and encourage telecommunication between plants.
Jasper: has been used by agricultural associations, farmers and growers of herbs, plants and flowers as the stone of transformation and transmutation. It appears to facilitate the communication with the plant world in order to enhance gardens, terrariums and crops of any kind.
Fossils: are the organic materials that have turned to stone. Minerals incorporate into the cellular structures of animals, bones, insects, shells and wood, filling in the spaces and are often found with inclusions of other plants or animals. Fossils are a stamp from the past that can be used to adorn any garden, indoor/outdoor potted plants. Their high mineral content is said to supplement any type of plantings.
Garnet: is a mineral that grows in plate-like or wedge shaped form and has been used in grids (see below) to encourage growth.
Quartz: is considered solidified light and oxygen. Quartz encompasses a large family of stones and crystals, all of which are made up primarily of silicon dioxide, one of the most common and most important substances in the world. This mineral is found over 2/3 of the earth and can be used in many ways throughout your garden. Create beautiful borders. Bury a few quartz points facing upward next to your potted plants. Lay some clear quartz tumbled stones along side your flower garden. Use an elixir (see below) of quartz and water your plants with them. Make a crystal grid (see below) around your field or plant beds to encourage growth, harmony and transform energy.
Tourmaline (Green): is a healing stone that some gem healers consider the strongest of all green stones. It is used to help achieve balance in all areas. Botanists, herbalists, farmers and gardeners have all used this stone to increase the effectiveness of an herb’s healing properties. Green tourmaline is said to hold the “essence of the plant kingdom” within it and is used to conduct energy between the earth and the plants for smoother transitions during growth.
Creating A Garden Grid
A ‘Grid’ is a way to arrange the stones in a sacred geometric pattern. They are then consciously ‘activated’ by connecting a ‘line of Light’ between the stones so that they radiate an energy field in the immediate environment in which they are constructed. Those of you who are sensitive to energy will be able to tell immediately that there is a shift of energy in the area where you construct a Grid. Depending on which stones you choose, there will either be a gentle shift… or a very tangible one.
Creating a Sacred Space
We live and work in a variety of environments. Many of these environments have a specific function to fulfill that can be consciously and energetically supported. The current attention on Feng Shui and similar ‘getting the energy in the room just right’ techniques have shown that we, as a society, are becoming more aware of how our immediate spaces can either be harmonious or disharmonious to our goals. Constructing a Crystalline Grid in your garden or an environment that supports the function of the area is yet another way to contribute to the overall energy flow.
You may to add a Grid that supports harmony in your garden or a general feelings of love and comfort. There are no right or wrongs. Choose the space. Familiarizing yourself with the various metaphysical properties of minerals can be very helpful to you as you make your choices. You can get a nice list of stones you may want to use and then use a pendulum to figure out which ones would be the most effective for you.
The first thing to do is develop clear intent of the purpose of your grid.
Hold your crystals in your hands at heart level. Say a prayer of intention or affirmation that will program these stones to work their highest good for your garden.
Place them in a formation. Consider using sacred symbols around your plant or garden such as a star, a circle, a cross or a square. Save one crystal before placing it into the earth.
To connect the grid lines, start by pointing the last crystal toward the first stone you laid down. Holding it a few inches above the grid, draw a line of energy, that connects each crystal you have laid out. Once you have traced these energy lines over your stones, plant the last crystal in your hand into the earth.
Making Crystal Elixirs
Crystal concoctions or elixirs are the recipes of the past. It is recommended to place clean stones or crystals into clean, clear distilled water and place it in the morning sun through the day and into the night of a full moon for 24 hours. This allows the (male) sun energy and (female) moon energy to reflect through the water and into the crystals therefore charging the water with this vibrational force of light and color.
After 24 hours, place this elixir into a dark glass bottle and use it to water your plants, flowers and vegetables.
Quartz crystals such as clear, rose, amethyst, citrine and smokey all respond very favorably to a water and light remedy method. They also offer a complete light spectrum within them. The best for healing.
Top 10 Ways To Make A Crystal Garden
1. Choose crystals that will work for your appropriate situation.
2. Choose crystals you are drawn to.
3. Program crystals to their greatest and highest good
4. Place in a grid around plants, shrubs and trees.
5. Plant elixir water can be used to enrich your garden.
6. Use crystals as a border around your plants or herbs.
7. Blend sand (high in quartz crystal content) with potting soil.
7. Envoke the elements by coordinating your garden with crystals associated with each season and direction.
8. Enhance plant food with crystals by placing them in the food 24 hours before use.
9. Cut flowers and potted plants make great gifts. Include one of your garden crystals with the gift.
10. Enjoy the work you have created!