All About Birthstones – GemSelect Newsletter September 2019

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What is a birthstone?

A birthstone is a gemstone which has been designated to a specific month of the year, in some cases, there are multiple gemstones which can belong to one specific month; your birth month determines which gemstones apply to you. But a birthstone is more than that… it is a way for us to celebrate our birth into this world and our connection with the elements that gave us life.

Each of the twelve primary birthstones has distinct characteristics and qualities – just like we do – and wearing them reminds us of who we are and where we came from, as well as inspires us to be who we dream of being and to go to the places we dare to go.

Many historians tend to trace the concept of 12 birthstones back to Aaron’s Breastplate. During the 2nd millennium BCE, Aaron was the high…

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January Newsletter – Gemstone Color Trends and Spiritual Help

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Welcome to 2020, we hope you had a great 2019 and a lovely holiday season and are ready to work to accomplish all your dreams and ambitions for the new year.

It is that time of year again when all the fashion houses, jewelers, magazines, and influencers announce the coming trends for 2020, what’s in and what’s out, what’s hot and what’s not! So, today, I got to spend the afternoon reading magazines and articles instead of working, to see what those in the know are saying about what will be fashionable in the world of gemstones and jewelry in the coming year and luckily for us color is well and truly in!

First of all, the new color trends of 2020 were announced, not just for gemstones but for everything from clothes to walls to cars. If these are the colors everyone will be using next year we will…

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February Newsletter – Valentine’s Day is here but don’t panic

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I am sure you will not need reminding that February is the month of Valentine’s Day but how about a few tips about what to buy if you have decided to splurge on a gemstone for your loved one this year.

We have some great ideas for the perfect romantic gemstone gift, plus, a movie about Black Opals, huge diamonds and this month’s birthstone in our newsletter.

Source: February Newsletter – Valentine’s Day is here but don’t panic

There is really no question in people’s minds when it comes to the February birthstone – it is most decidedly amethyst, a gemstone synonymous with purple. This variety of quartz was once highly prized and often valued above ruby and emerald. In fact, amethyst was known in the ancient world as one of the five cardinal gemstones: diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and amethyst. During the 19th century, large amethyst deposits were found…

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Amethyst ~ February Stone

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Meaning and Uses of Amethyst

Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients, it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone for that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.

Whether its crystals are left natural, polished as tumbled stones, or faceted into magnificent jewels, Amethyst is a gem whose beauty transcends its commonality. It is a variety of…

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MODERN AND TRADITIONAL USES OF CRYSTALS AND STONES: HEALING, METAPHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

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For positive uses or actions, the stones listed are said to enhance them. For negative uses or actions, the crystals listed are said to decrease them. For dis-ease or health issues listed, the stones listed have been used in traditional folk healing and crystal healing lore to assist with their healing.

Many stones have multiple uses or purposes.  There are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and general life issues in this list.

  • Abandonment issues: garnet, thulite
  • Abundance/prosperity: aventurine, aqua aura, bloodstone, citrine, diamond, epidote, grossular garnet, jade, malachite, moonstone, moss agate, orange moss agate, peridot, topaz, smoky quartz, rutilated quartz, tree agate, tsavorite,  turquoise Also see Prosperity below.
  • Abuse issues/trauma: carnelian, emerald, iolite, kunzite, lapis lazuli, orange calcite, orange millennium, peridot, rhodocrosite, rose quartz, ruby in zoisite, shiva lingam, thulite, tourmaline
  • Acting, dramatic: carnelian
  • Acceptance: dumortierite (blue quartz)
  • Acid reflux (G.E.R.D.): Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Grossular (Green) Garnet, Jasper, Kunzite, Malachite, Moldavite…

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Magical Properties of Stones and Crystals

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A small grouping to give you ideas for wand points.

Some of the massive stones (as distinct from crystals) can be found cut and polished into points. They are sometimes made into massage wands, which are usually a bit too large for use as a wand point. The principal crystals used as points are Amethyst, Quartz in its varieties, and Citrine.

Agate
A type of quartz known as chalcedony with banded patterns of color. Almost any color can be found but often a dark brown with white or reddish bands is found. There are many varieties (see following). To agate has been attributed powers of protection, victory, attracting love, promoting fertility in crops, turning away lightning or evil spirits, finding buried treasure, curing insomnia, and giving pleasant dreams. Agate is said to reverse the energy flow of any chakra, thus removing blockages and illness. It gives strength to mind and…

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A Modern Witch’s Guide to Living By the Wheel of the Year

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It’s very likely that you already know what your zodiac sign is. It’s possible that you even know what your moon and rising signs are. But did you know that the entire calendar year is associated with all of the astrological signs and houses, with every season corresponding to a sign for very specific purposes? I’ve been a witch for years and I recently just discovered this myself, thanks to two of the greatest books about astrology and magick that I have ever come across.

Every season of our lives is broken down into the houses of astrology to correspond with specific energies that enhance certain areas of our reality, allowing us to heal, find direction spiritually when we get lost, provide insights into who we truly are, and help us manifest the life that we dream of. By utilizing the following herbs, crystals, foods, and other materials that correspond…

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How to Use A Pendulum For Magickal Meditation

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The word “divination” is defined as “the practice of seeking knowledge of the future of the unknown by supernatural means”. For example, tarot cards, pendulums, reading tea leaves or coffee grounds, candle magick – all of which direct energy and require a clear, focused mind, just like many meditative practices do.

The word “meditating” is defined as “to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.“

Maybe you’ve tried one or both, or maybe you’ve never tried at all because you think it’s crazy and that’s okay, but have you ever tried them together? For example, have you ever used a pendulum to meditate?

Personally, I am terrible at meditating. I’m a mom of three boys (five and under) so not only do I have very little quiet…

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How to Fill A Spell Bottle That Radiates Positivity

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Have you ever seen a bottle or jar filled with flowers and salts, or something even more strange like oil and rusted nails and herbs? Maybe it was sealed with wax or maybe it just had a normal mason jar lid. Maybe you’ve never seen anything like that at all and you’re really confused right now.

How To Fill A Spell Bottle That Radiates Positivity
A spell set crafted for enhanced intuition and inner peace – specifically designed for rituals

Those seemingly decorative, slightly confusing bottles are actually filled with more than just an assortment of ingredients. They contain a lot of energy and intentions, whether it’s for protection or procuring love.

How To Fill A Spell Bottle That Radiates Positivity
Another spell set crafted for spiritual and energetic protection and healing

Each ingredient was sprinkled in mindfully and purposefully, with…

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