The Incredible Power of Crystals

Crystals are the essence and manifestation of beauty and life as they are created from the depths of the Earth.  They are millions, if not billions of years old, possibly as old the Earth itself.  In fact, in 2014, scientists found what they consider to be the oldest crystal in existence.  This crystal, which was found in Australia and is now known as Zircon, is reportedly 4.4 billion years old.

Crystals are created by an intense amount of pressure, and as they grow and blossom from the darkness of the Earth, eventually become incredible channels of light, clarity and consciousness.  Much like humans, crystals have their own unique properties, characteristics and personality and have the ability to store, amplify, harmonize, receive and transmit energy.  Crystals grow in formations and emanate from the same source, a structure which is very similar in form to the double helix DNA strand, called a crystal matrix or lattice.

Just as the Earth itself is a conscious, living being, all crystals are alive.  They may not be alive in the traditional sense, but anyone working with crystals will tell you they are tangible forms of universal life force energy and elemental consciousness.

Since the beginning of humanity, crystals have been used in almost every ancient civilization around the world.  The Sumerians used crystals in tinctures and healing formulas.  The lost civilization of Atlantis reportedly worked with crystals as an everyday part of life and a primary foundation of their culture.  Even the Bible mentions the use of crystals over 200 times.

In Ancient Egypt, all walks of life worked with crystals throughout the duration of the empire.  The use of crystals were mentioned several times in Egyptian mythology as a source of power and creation between Gods and Goddesses.  Quartz was placed on the foreheads of those who had passed, as it was believed to help with their transition and ensure a safe journey to the afterlife.  The Pharaohs and Queens of Egypt used crystals in their tombs and on their thrones.  Women of Egyptian royalty including Cleopatra, crushed Lapis Lazuli and placed in on their third eye and pineal gland as it was associated with the Goddess Isis and used to promote enlightenment, intuition and heightened awareness.  It has also been reported that the Ancient Egyptians used crystals on their heart to promote love and even used red crystals on their stomach or sacral chakra to become more sexually attractive to potential mates.

The Romans used Amethyst to assist with sobriety and created crystal talismans for good fortune, prosperity and abundance.  In Ancient Greece, warriors would crush Hematite and cover their bodies as a form of protection and invincibility.  In fact, the word crystal comes from the Greek work “Krustullos” which means ice.  It was their belief that Quartz crystals were actually eternal icicles raining down from the heavens.

Crystals were widely used throughout Asia and India as well.  The Chinese used crystal on the tips of needles for acupuncture; the Japanese widely used Jade in their homes and would gaze into crystal balls during meditation practices and to heighten intuition.  In India, crystals are still widely used today for everyday purposes as well as throughout Ayurvedic medicinal practices.

Throughout their existence, almost all Native American cultures have used crystals as a path to enlightenment and a fundamental source of their ceremonial, healing and spiritual practices.

In our modern culture, crystals have revolutionized our technological world.  In fact, crystals make up the foundation of most of the technology we use today.  Our computers have a silicon chip inside that receives, stores and transmits electromagnetic energy.  Stereos use Quartz to transmit frequencies and it is also what helps make watches so accurate.

Marcel Vogel, a scientist who holds over 200 patents and has won a Nobel Prize, has worked extensively with Quartz crystal.  In his findings, he reported Quartz to be both a receiver and transmitter of energy.  His work with Quartz crystal helped to redefine the power of working with crystals and helped further prove crystals are in fact oscillating at a high vibration, highly responsive and alive.

Nikola Tesla once said, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, you must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”  All things in the universe are forms of energy with their own unique frequency and vibration.  Tesla’s theory is key to understanding the secrets in working with crystals as a healing modality and that certain forms of energy can in fact alter the vibrational resonance of other forms of energy.  This concept is why crystals and stones are still used today in various holistic healing methods to help alter and reprogram the body and to enhance emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

Crystals are the most orderly, balanced, strong and cohesive structures on Earth.  They are free of resistant patterns and are incorruptible.  Quantum theory and science has proven that our bodies, specifically our brain and heart, emit electromagnetic energy.  Imagine what one is capable of when they align their thoughts with heart felt emotion and then attune and program these thoughts, feelings and intentions into the high vibrational energy of a crystal.

Today, crystals are widely used by holistic healers and practitioners to align, balance and positively alter the vibration of the cells and chakras of the body.  When holding a  crystal and programming it with positive intention, you are applying the physical law of resonance and creating a larger vibrational field.  It would be an exaggeration to say a crystal on its own can heal you, but rather, perhaps it is the power of your thoughts, plus heart felt emotion, positive intention and initiated belief when aligned with the high vibrational energy of a crystal that has the potential to heal.

It is my belief that crystals bring such beauty and bliss into our lives.  Working with crystals requires a great degree of respect and openness, but with an open heart and an open mind, crystals can prove to be a powerful catalyst toward enlightenment.  Consciously creating with crystals can help raise your vibration, connect to your higher self, and assist you in coming into deeper alignment with Who You Really Are.

Crystals are pure, vibrant, luminous, Divine sources of energy and are made up of some of the highest vibrational frequencies on Earth.  Crystals are the essence of creation as they emanate life, balance, strength, structure and alignment in its purest form and in this way, help us to greater understand the nature of existence.  Crystals provide an ability to synthesize the energies of which the entire Universe is comprised, as well as help us to discover and explore a deeper connection to all that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Full Moon in Pisces: A Call for Compassion and Soul Service

Lunar Energy Report: Welcome to the Full Moon in Pisces

The Moon transits each zodiac sign every 2.5 days, and as she ebbs and flows, moving through her phases, each sign is simultaneously illuminated within the bodies and minds of all living beings here on Earth. Our DNA is directly linked to every star, luminary and planet, and at our core, we are all LUNAR RHYTHMIC. 

In astrology, the Moon represents our feelings and emotions, our past and subconscious, the Mother and our inner child, and what comforts us and makes us feel most nurtured and secure. The Moon is magnetic and mysterious and is the purest essence of Divine Feminine Goddess energy reflected to us here on Earth.

It is a well known scientific fact that the gravitational force of the Moon affects the ocean’s tides, and that humans are composed of up to 60% water. For thousands of years, ancient cultures have explored the Moon’s influence on our moods, emotions and the cycles within our bodies. A once forgotten language, is now being remembered again with a modern resurgence and interest in astrology, spirituality and all things esoteric. Each and every one of us has a Moon placement in our natal chart and we are all affected by her daily transits through the night sky.

Today, this romantic, dreamy and ethereal Full Moon has an extra dose of Piscean potency because she is exactly aligned with Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces. Neptune represents Universal and unconditional love, healing energy, miracles, creative endeavors, spirituality and service at the deepest soul level. I predict this Full Moon to feel especially beautiful and magical, as it heightens our sensitivities and intuition and encourages us feel more compassionate and kind, both toward ourselves and to one another.

Today’s Full Moon harbors in several additional positive aspects in the sky, including a Grand Trine of Earth and a Grand Trine in Fire. Along with blanketing the collective consciousness with a lovely, kind and compassionate energy today, I predict flashes of inspiration and future minded ideas coming up with the Grand Trine in Fire.

The Grand Trine in Earth will help us reprogram our reality as Saturn in Sagittarius adds focus to our goals and added energy and determination to help us set and achieve them. Simultaneously, Pluto in Capricorn and the Sun in Virgo will help ground us back down to Earth to release old fears, negative thought patterns and outdated paradigms. An intensely transformational portal is now opening, and it is a powerful opportunity to release what is no longer serving us and to surrender and heal. Now is the time to chose love over fear and start anew.

You are so much more than just your Sun sign, which is the position of the Sun at the time you were born. You are a living star and you hold the energies of all signs, all constellations, all planets and all LIFE in this YOUniverse within your soul and in your DNA.

The Sun, Moon and planets are in a continuous magical dance with one another, as they weave and connect an elaborate blueprint in the heavens. These celestial bodies help reflect our collective consciousness here on Earth, as they shine light into the very depth and beauty of our souls and help illuminate our journey into why we’re here and Who We Really Are.

Tuning into the beauty of this dance reflects the synchronicity and beauty within us all and confirms how innately and intimately connected we all truly are. As within, so without; As above, so below.

Wishing you all a beautiful Full Moon filled with love, kindness, compassion and unlimited blessings, and from my heart to yours, sending out so much lunar love ❤

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First New Moon of 2016: Saturday, January 9th

The FIRST New Moon of 2016 is exact today at 5:31 PM PST in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. A New Moon is the celestial event when both the Sun and Moon meet in the heavens, when the Moon passes over the Sun. The Moon changes signs every 2.5 days, so this is the beginning of a new 28 day Moon cycle. In astrological terms, this alignment is known as a conjunction, or as I like to call it, a cosmic kiss in the sky.  

The Sun is your center of self; your vitality, your essence, your spirit. The Moon rules your feelings; our emotions, the Mother and what comforts us. When these two luminaries meet, it is our heart and our feelings coming together, synchronistically aligned to make decisions and manifest. A New Moon is the best time to set intentions and plant the seeds for what you’d like to grow in the next month ahead. In the earthy, powerful sign of Capricorn, now is the perfect time to align your goals with changes needed to be made in your immediate reality in order to manifest your dreams to life.

Today is the perfect time to nurture your ambitious nature. Capricorn energy is focused and deliberate, and with this New Moon, our consciousness (Sun) and instinctual nature (Moon) more easily align to drive us closer to accomplishing tasks that will bring fulfillment and propel us toward our goals.  Today our awareness and emotions have help from the planet Pluto, which is conjunct the Sun/Moon combination within a three degree orb. Pluto is ruled by Scorpio and is the planet of transformation and personal power. It helps us break through and break free of old paradigms and whatever is holding us back. This is the reason why Pluto rules the death and rebirth cycle.  It brings the death of what is no longer serving us to make room for the creation and birth of something new. Pluto will help us define our goals today, because with Mercury in Retrograde, you may be questioning the details and in which way to go or where you’re headed. Call on the energy of Pluto today to be the authority of your own personal power. Anything created now has the ability to sustain.  Pluto conjunct both the Sun and Moon will help clear out the darkest remnants of the past to help overcome challenges and the most perplexing obstacles. 

This New Moon energy is also triggering the prevailing Uranus/Pluto square we have been experiencing since 2012. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and brings electrically charged energy toward revelations and revolutionary change. A breakdown needs to occur so we can finally reach a breakthrough in our collective consciousness. We must release today, as light from the heavens is shining down on us to push us forward toward personal healing and renewal. There is a powerful force of energy toward either growth or destruction, and it is up to us to decide. Channel this energy for your greatest good, as it can either be a day of personal empowerment or power struggles within yourself and with those around you.

During each New Moon phase, I love to perform what I call my “Moon Ceremonies” and time them as closely as I can to the moment the conjunction is exact in the sky. I find comfort in clearing my personal space with sage, collecting all my crystals and casting them in a circle. I light candles, visualize my intentions, and say prayers and meditate in the sacred space I create in my home. I find it both empowering and rejuvenating, and for me, it’s the perfect way to clear my energy field, define my goals and put forth positive energy into the Universe for the month ahead.

Sending so much love and positive energy out to you all and wishing you many New Moon blessings on this beautifully powerful day. May your intentions be clear, your mind be focused and your heart be pure. Believe in your vision, it can and will manifest ❤️

The Truth about Mercury Retrograde

I feel it’s important to clarify this naturally occurring phenomenon, as my guides are telling me it’s much needed at this time.  Although I think it’s wonderful Mercury Retrograde is once again becoming a part of our modern collective consciousness, I believe its effects are widely misinterpreted and misunderstood as a period to be feared or dread.  

Mercury Retrograde was exact at 5:06am PST January 5th and will remain until January 25th, 2016.  At its worst, communication lines are blurred, computers go on the fritz, travel plans may be postponed and/or phone service will be disconnected more often than usual. Perhaps in its own way even modern technology has the need to purge what is no longer serving it; but aren’t we all in need of our own reboot or refresh every now and again?  

During this time lost items may reappear or people from your past may reenter your life unexpectedly.  If you take a step back to evaluate, I think it’s important to note whether or not they are coming back at this time for a very good, very specific reason. 

As an astrologer, you cannot convince me to sign a contract during this period if my life depended on it.  However, it is important for me to clarify this belief does NOT stem from fear, but rather the nature of Mercury Retrograde and its propensity for reversals and change.  If you’re looking at a contract for the beginning of a new venture or a completion of something, I’d say not today.  During the retrograde period, a contract is more likely to become undone or possess misleading hidden text.  On the other hand, if your intentions for the contract are to be something temporary or eventually absolved, then by all means, sign away. 

I would venture to say many of you out there reading this have a natural natal placement of Mercury Retrograde.  Speaking from personal experience (my natal Mercury is retrograde at 15 degrees Gemini) I actually feel kinda normal amidst this acute and interesting time.  In fact, Mercury Retrograde happens an average of 3 or 4 times a year, usually for about three or four weeks at a time.  With the shadow period, which is the two or three week period leading up to the Retrograde, the effects last even longer than you might think.

This particular retrograde is first happening in the sign of Aquarius, which as any astrologer will tell you, Aquarian energy is far from the norm.  Aquarians are the forward thinking rebels with a cause.  They possess an eccentric yet innovative brilliance that sparks our imagination and challenges us to think outside the box.  This is the energy that keeps us creating and pushing forward. Mercury is the planet that rules communication and our linear mind. With our present Mercury Retrograde beginning in Aquarius, then quickly moving backward to hit 15 degrees Capricorn before it stations direct on the 25th, these next three weeks are guaranteed to be a very interesting and exciting time. 

I believe the duality between a forward minded Aquarian vision and the Retrograde’s ability to reboot our thought patterns and temporarily turn back the clock, is something we should ponder in the next few weeks.  Without a clear perspective on our past, how can we move forward in a healthy way to create a better future?  How can we truly grow without striving for and obtaining resolution from our past?  Aren’t our own dreams a dormant part of our subconscious rising up to the surface for a better view?

Mercury Retrograde is actually giving us all a second chance for review; a refreshed opportunity to reprogram our consciousness. Right now the Universe is giving us a chance to find healing and to focus on issues that may have been left behind unresolved.  In this case, Mercury Retrograde is in fact a gift to us all and nothing to be feared. “Problems” commonly associated with a retrograde force us to take a step back and take an introspective look into who we are now and how our past decisions and actions have shaped and defined us.  It forces us to look at what we give our power to and what’s important to us. How can that not be a good a thing?  

The trick during this time is to remain flexible and resilient, with an understanding that perhaps the Universal energies and God have a greater plan for us all.  Unfortunately that plan may or may not include you talking to so-and-so right now or taking that trip exactly as planned.  Annoying at times, yes, but in the bigger picture, I truly believe a Mercury Retrograde is a blessing

Mercury Retrograde is an event in the cosmos, a Divine Intelligence, that gives us an opportunity to recondition ourselves toward individual growth and a collective awakening here on Earth.  Any energetic phenomena that creates awareness and allows us to relate synchronistic events in our present reality with the chance to heal, is in my opinion, a profoundly beautiful thing. 

Love and Blessings,

Erika Othen

Star Date: Tuesday, June 2 2015: Full Moon in Sagittarius

✨Star Date✨ Tues, June 2nd: Full Moon in Sagittarius

Just as the Moon’s gravitational force has the power to affect the world’s tides, our bodies are comprised of 70 percent water and are also affected by the Moon’s phases, transits and the eclipses. In many ancient cultures and Native American traditions, a woman’s cycle was referred to as her “Moon” and was revered as a profoundly powerful and spiritual time where she would separate from her village and fully embrace her divine feminine spirit by performing ceremonies and rituals with other women on their cycle. Perhaps most fascinating of all, is that many tribes believed women were more energetically and spiritually powerful during their menstrual cycle known as her Moon, and that they even had special intuitive powers. Women on their Moon would be called upon by Native American tribe members for their advice, insight and guidance, or to connect them to higher powers.

A Full Moon in Sagittarius is generally a time for optimism and change, but with this Full Moon opposing our Sun in Gemini at 9:19 PST, and other cosmic influences in the mix such as the wide conjunctions with Retrograde Mercury and Mars in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces, now seems to be a better time for quiet introspection and self examination. Today, try to avoid the temptation to overindulge and express emotions and ideas that are more rooted in grandiose fantasy rather than reality.

The days before, during and after a Full Moon are the perfect time for a cleanse, especially because Sagittarian energy rules great wisdom and the evolution of our beliefs and ideals. Cleansing your body by avoiding fatty and processed foods today, releasing old paradigms that no longer serve you by clearing energy in your mind and/or spirit and performing an energy clearing ceremony in your home with prayers and Saging can be extremely effective at this time.

Wishing many beautiful Full Moon blessings to you all on this lovely day and as always, sending lots of love and positive energy your way ❤️

Full Moon in Scorpio: Wednesday, May 14th 2014

 

The Full Moon is exact at 23 degrees Scorpio and occurs Wednesday, May 14th at 12:16 PDT/3:16 EDT and 7:16 GMT.

A Full Moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun as seen from our view on earth.  In Astrology, a Full Moon phase suggests something within the subconscious (the Moon) becomes illuminated into the conscious awareness (the Sun).

Wednesday’s Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the deep, intense and transformational energy which has been quite the focus as of late, especially after the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses and the Cardinal Grand Cross of April.  Scorpio energy is of the water element and is fixed in nature, and expresses its need for depth and transformation through intimacy and emotional truths.  As with all Full Moon phases, it is an extremely intense and emotional time for us all.  Whenever Scorpio energy is involved, it encourages us to dig even deeper and further under the surface, into the shadows of our subconscious and our emotions, to inspire and ignite a necessary change.

The Sun in Taurus is now in direct opposition with the Moon in Scorpio.  This suggests we are in a struggle with how we value ourselves and our perception of how others value us.  It is a power struggle between our higher spiritual selves and the material values and perceptions of the outside world.  Don’t fall victim to the boundaries and expectations of others or the illusions these perceptions create in our minds.  It is time to figure out what actions and thought patterns aren’t working in our lives and to face them head on.  It’s time to fully examine all the  “teddy bears” we are still holding on to that are in reality holding us back.  Let it all go.  Refuse to allow anything to take up energy or space in your consciousness unless it is divinely aligned with what you value at your core and hold true in your heart.  Now is the time to dive deep beneath the surface to determine what truly matters to you, to prioritize how you really feel and take that wisdom to transcend to new heights.

Recognizing self sabotaging behaviors and breaking free from old paradigms of thought takes perseverance and is the most significant catalyst toward moving forward with a brave heart.  It takes wisdom to know what needs to be changed, and raw, deliberate courage to integrate it into your conscious awareness and make change happen.  Courage is everything now, as you move deeper into faith, and further commit to surrendering to inner truth.   Now is the time for new values and new ways of life.  Challenge yourself to fully examine what is bringing you down and renounce it completely at the core of your being.  Extract the truth and allow it to rise up through your emotions, just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.  Remain in gratitude for the lessons learned and take ownership of your part of it, then allow yourself to detach and consciously take action to shift things into a higher frequency.  There is so much great potential for renewal, rebirth and the reemergence of a new, higher vibrational self after such a deep purge.  Although it may not always seem apparent, the truth is forever lying underneath it all.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus April 28th/29th 2014: Your Truth Will Set You Free

The New Moon in Taurus/Solar Eclipse occurs Monday and Tuesday, April 28th and 29th at 11:14 PDT.  A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth align, as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, dimming its light.  This transit intercepts energy from the Sun and how it illuminates and affects the web of life here on Earth, rebooting us with a new consciousness.  A Solar Eclipse is a rare and powerful New Moon, and is the perfect time to put forth positive energy and intentions into the Universe.  Align your goals with your truth, while clearly and deliberately focusing these intentions, and channel this Solar Eclipse to help manifest a new reality and a positive change for yourself and the collective consciousness.

 

At 9 degrees Taurus, this Solar Eclipse focuses on change and uncovering our authentic inner truth.  Now is the time to get real, ground yourself, and focus on what you want to birth and/or rebirth in your life.  Taurus energy is ruled by the planet Venus, and encourages us to align with our deepest values and an unconditional love for both ourselves and for others.  This, in its essence, lays the foundation for embracing our truth, encourages gratitude and an appreciation for all, and is subsequently the catalyst toward making healthy decisions in our lives and aligning with Source; the true path to our divine soul purpose.

 

Now is a time for feeling.  It’s the time to quiet the mind, and let the heart do the speaking.  So much of what has so long been suppressed is now coming to light.  It may feel as if our foundation, the very ground beneath us, has been shaking and is in the midst of crumbling away.  If this feels so, then allow it to dissolve and crumble away!  This release of energy is much needed to rebuild on what is real and what is true.  With a heart filled with  gratitude and compassion for the lessons learned, now is the time to consciously detach from the energies of the world that no longer serve you and a higher vibrational good.  This can mean the release of people, of places, material things, ideas, emotions and beliefs, anything tangible or intangible that is stunting your progress toward your true potential.

 

So much of our old value systems are based on illusions.  Illusions about ourselves, illusions about others and illusions of the world are constructs of the mind and the ego and are in fact holding us back.  These illusions create a foundation like straw, they can be burnt down or blown away with the wind on a whim.  The truth runs deep, it is solid and it is abiding.  It will provide a dependable foundation with strong and powerful roots that will help nurture your growth and transcends all obstacles and time.  I feel we are being given a choice. Do you want to begin this new journey with a foundation made from straw, or do you deserve a new, solid foundation made of brick like truth?

 

Empower yourself, and refuse to fall victim to a fear of change.  Embrace this need for growth and development and allow it to clear space for new beginnings.  Break free from antiquated paradigms that are conditioned by low frequency fears, negativity and doubts.   We are either prisoners of or empowered by our thoughts and our values.  Our very thoughts create our reality and have the power to manifest anything we desire and strive toward if we believe it possible and will it so.  Now is the time for seeing and embracing what is real and allowing new energy to come in and help us transform and evolve toward a positive, more divinely aligned future.

 

Welcoming these changes and surrendering to a deep, unwavering inner truth takes courage, perseverance  and strength.  Channel this earthy and powerful Taurus energy as a catalyst toward the positive changes you desire, and push forward with a determined commitment toward your goals and a peaceful force.  Now is a time for being fully present in the moment and for trusting and believing in your truth.  It is our truth that sets us free, gives us wings to fly and grants us the strength to reach the highest heights we’ve always dreamed of.     .