Surviving Mercury Retrograde

Everyone wants to know- how do you go about surviving Mercury Retrograde?

The final mercury retrograde of this year- and this decade- begins on October 31st- how do you go about surviving Mercury Retrograde? When most people hear Mercury Retrograde is coming back around they’re filled with dread and apprehension. 

At the shop we hear many tales of communication mishaps and technology blunders- heck, we experience them ourselves too!

And while Mercury Retrograde can be extremely annoying- it does force us to do something really important:

SLOW DOWN.

Twenty First Century Life is break-neck. How many of us are shuffling multiple smart devices and a to-do list that is rolled up like toilet paper? I know we’re guilty of it at the Apothecary, too.

In waltzes Mercury Retrograde on October 31st right at the same time as Samhain- the last harvest of the year- to beg us to slow down.. to take stock of our year.. and breathe.

What’s Samhain?

Samhain (pronounced sah-win) marks the turn of the Great Wheel of Time towards darkness and the beginning of a new spiritual year. Samhain calls us to look at the work of the prior year; we tended our inner world- our realm of emotions; we planted seeds fo r what we wanted; we did the hard work and heavy lifting; and finally we harvested our rewards.

Taking Stock of the year.

Some of what we planned for the year didn’t come to pass; maybe we had high hopes but what we wished and hoped for wasn’t in the cards for us. So, maybe this Samhain there is celebration for what did happen and mourning for what didn’t. That is totally okay- give yourself space to feel all the feels.

Go within, and sweet the inner corners of your ego…

As we turn to darkness once again- perfectly timed with Mercury Retrograde- the message is: go within and sweep the inner corners of your ego, your consciousness, and your subconscious. The great work of this lifetime is shining light into the inner recesses and integrating the lessons you learn there.

What are your trigger traps?

And.. if Mercury Retrograde triggers you with mishaps and miscommunications- pay attention and learn; Mercury Retrograde can be a great teacher if we stay calm and pay attention of what is triggering us and why.

There’s usually great clues in our triggers: what we need to work on, what needs to be addressed, and where past pain needs to be integrated- they are in our triggers.

Get those journals out!

Perhaps keep a special Retrograde Journal this go around- it’s an excellent opportunity to integrate some tough lessons the last few weeks of 2019 and this decade. (If you’re local perhaps you can join us at one of our journal groups- November 14th and December 12th)

In the meantime, we put together a collection of crystals to make this cycle a little easier which is available for purchase online or in store.

Crystals for Surviving Mercury Retrograde
Crystals for Surviving Mercury Retrograde

Hematite:

Incredibly grounding, rely on Hematite to anchor you to the Earth (hold hematite in your hand and feel its weight) and pull any negativity away from you and towards the Earth’s core.

Golden Sheen Obsidian

Traditional obsidian is a wonderful stone for scrying- peering with relaxed gaze into a stone or crystal and allowing images to come up through the subconscious. Golden Sheen Obsidian has a beautiful shimmer to it; reminding us to always look for light in the darkness (or joy in sadness).

Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace Agate is a soothing stone that aids in easing communication, allowing you to speak your truth from the heart. 

Chrysocolla

Just looking at chrysocolla you think water and coolness; for the heart it helps ease heartache, imparts strength and balance and increases the capacity to love. For the throat it balances expression and helps us understand that sometimes silence is golden. 

Selenite

Selenite is a high vibration crystal that is cleansing, clearing, and protective. This crystal provides clarity, and as such is especially useful during Retrograde and the darker half of the year.

Botswana Agate

Botswana Agate is the bear hug of the crystals included in this selection; it helps overcome depression, it alleviates obsessive mental thoughts and destructive though patterns. Work with Botswana Agate to stabilize your energy when the outside world is helter-skelter.

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CRYSTALS?

Carry them on you in the provided pouch, place them on your desk or other area of work/production. Place the pouch under your pillow, meditate with your crystals! By keeping the crystals near your physical body, you are allowing their frequency to elevate your own! 

If you need additional help with keeping calm this retrograde- perhaps you would benefit from a reiki or crystal healing session? Learn more about our sessions by following this link or by calling us at 631.464.4589.

Relax – working with crystals to de-stress

RELAX

Twenty first century life is hectic but we can work with crystals to relax and de-stress. We are all go-go-go and on a 24 hour news cycle. We need to relax and de-stress!

These days, it seems like the world is in chaos and we have so much on our shoulders. We’re forced to live (and produce) in a world that gives little regard to the cycles of nature. Stress is scary, and can have many physical effects; just check out this article by Web-MD!

Make no mistake, our bodies do not do well ignoring nature and its rhythms. We close our eyes (and hearts) to the cycle of rest, stillness, growth, and blooming that is evident around us.

Alas, we are 21st century humans with 21st century responsibilities.

The relax crystal kit was designed to help us relax, de-stress, slow down and calm the anxiety that creeps up at times.

Crystals to Relax and De-Stress:

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is a mica stone with lithium in it. Yup- the same lithium that doctors prescribe is in Lepidolite! Work with Lepidolite to calm worry, obsessive and compulsive thoughts, and anxiety. We like to lay Lepidolite on our foreheads (over third-eye) at the end of a long day while taking deep, cleaning breaths.

Howlite

Howlite is a beautiful stone of ascension and peace. Work with howlite to reduce stress, anxiety, tension and to dispel rage. Sleep with howlite to reduce insomnia and ensure a calm, restful sleep.

Peacock Ore

Known as the stone of happiness, we like to work with Peacock Ore to remind us to look for rainbows after rain. Peacock Ore stimulates creativity and blessings. Sometimes we need a change of perspective- work with Peacock Ore to remember that- just like it has many colors- or lives do, too!

Scolecite

Scolecite is a stone of transformation, spiritual awakening, and peace. Work with scolecite to restore balance and peace in your life, and to regain control your happiness. Scolecite is a wonderful stone to sleep with (under the pillow) as an aid to restful sleep.

Garnet

A stone of the root chakra, Garnet is a stone of safety. Beckoning with a whisper of: it is alright- you are safe, secure and held by mother Earth, we included Garnet because sometimes we need to escape the mechanizations of our head and drop into a feeling of safety. Work with garnet to realize that joy, happiness, and security is your birthright.

Dream Amethyst

Dream (or chevron) Amethyst is a beautiful combination of amethyst and white quartz. Amethyst is a member of the quartz family and therefore a master healer. While Amethyst raises vibration, it s also a stone of peace, protection, and connection to Source.

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CRYSTALS TO RELAX AND DE-STRESS?

Carry them on you in the provided pouch, place them on your desk or other area of work/production. Place the pouch under your pillow, meditate with your crystals! By keeping the crystals near your physical body, you are allowing their frequency to work with your own, helping you relax and de-stress.

If you need additional help with relaxation, perhaps you would benefit from our coaching program, a reiki session or restorative yoga. We’d love to discuss your life with you- and help you develop a plan of rest and relaxation.

Learn more about or coaching by following this link or by calling us at 631.464.4589.

Manifest: what you seek is seeking you!

MANIFEST

How do I Manifest my desires? That’s a question many ask us when visiting the Apothecary. In short- what you seek is seeking you! When a desire pops into your head, the energy of that desire is created into the world.

From this point, you need to align your own energetic frequency with the energy of that which you seek. Only when the energies match in frequency will you come together with your desires.

Crystals are just one way to entrain your energy (a fancy word for match energy) with that which you desire.

Crystals have their own energetic frequency, and as this energy is ordered and constant (due to the very ordered nature of a crystal’s molecular structure) a crystal can help “order” our own very chaotic frequency.

Our ‘manifest’ collection features a collection of crystals intended to hold the vibration of your desire, as well as raise your own energetic frequency.

Manifestation Crystals:

Pyrite

Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is the symbol of wealth and success in the crystal kingdom. It’s an excellent stone to place in the “wealth” corner of your home or workplace (south east). Evoking the energy of the sun at high noon, pyrite will infuse you will energy and motivation to work toward your intended desire.

Pyrite will also boost your self-confidence, aiding in an “inner knowing” that you can succeed in what ever you set your mind (and soul) to.

Citrine

Citrine, a member of the quartz family of crystals, is a master healer stone that raises vibration. Citrine gets its name from the French word Citron, for lemon- and like its namesake, it imbues any environment with positivity and joy. Think about how you feel when you smell lemon- Citrine does the same thing.

When manifesting it is key to get into the attitude of gratitude- allow Citrine to connect you to joyful energy.

Green Aventurine

The “fertilizer” of the crystal kingdom! Green Aventurine is literally the color of shamrocks and money! Work with green aventurine to “grow” that which you are looking to manifest! Allow green aventurine to invite in wealth and abundance while clearing you of negativity and doubt!

Tiger Eye

Sometimes when you are manifesting something really BIG you need to be BRAVE, right? Tiger Eye is a stone of courage, personal strength, and good luck. Oftentimes fear is the biggest stumbling block to our success in manifesting. We know we WANT something – but sometimes the work to get there is scary. Rely on on Tiger Eye to help you be BRAVE!

Orchid Calcite

Ge those creative juices flowing! Orchid Calcite is a dreamy combo of orange calcite and black tourmaline. Orange Calcite brings movement and flow to the sacral chakra; activating creativity, sexuality and passion. To manifest anything- we need to match its energetic frequency- and to match that frequency we need to be PASSIONATE about that think we are calling to us!

Orchid Calcite will give our passion a boost, and GROUND that passion- by way of the black tourmaline- into our root. Grounding is important because in order to create ANYTHING you need to be grounded into the physical world!

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CRYSTALS?

Carry them on you in the provided pouch, place them on your desk or other area of work/production. Place the pouch under your pillow, meditate with your crystals! By keeping the crystals near your physical body, you are allowing their frequency to elevate your own! 

If you need additional help with manifestation work- perhaps you would benefit from our coaching program? We’d love to discuss your goals with you- and help you develop a plan to get there!

If you want to get more into the energy-side of manifesting, check out the great work being done by Gabrielle Bernstein! She’s a fav of ours!

Learn more about or coaching by following this link or by calling us at 631.464.4589.

Crystal Healing 101

It’s easy to become crystal obsessed. After all, what’s not to love? They’re sparkly and fascinating. There is literally a crystal for everything! So much so that oftentimes my clients become overwhelmed. They aren’t sure which crystal to pick, and further, they aren’t sure how to use the crystals once they take them home. Read further for Crystal Healing 101!

I oftentimes hear, “I like crystals but don’t know what to DO with them.”

Sound familiar? Fear not! This blog will take you step-by-step through laying on of crystals (also known as crystal healing). You’ll learn how to place crystals on your body and which crystals are made for what purpose and body part.

Why place crystals on your body? Well, scientifically crystals have a very stable structure; crystals are actually one of the most ordered structures on Earth. Because of their remarkable order, they emit stable energy. This is why crystals are used in clocks and computer chips! By laying crystals on and around our body (or wearing them in jewelry) we allow the body’s energetic frequency to become entrained by the crystal’s frequency.

Simply put, the energetic frequency of the crystal overpowers our own, making our energy less chaotic, and more ordered.

So, how to begin? The colors and frequency of crystals corresponds to the body’s chakra system; it is almost foolproof and there really is no way to get it wrong. The most important rule is always to start and end with the chakra at the feet (Earth Star Chakra); the crystals at your feet will be the first crystal placed and the last crystal removed. Starting at the feet ensures that you remain grounded through your session, allowing you to feel more comfortable and less buzzy.

From the Earth Star Chakra move upwards from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra, placing a corresponding crystal. Keep in mind, you don’t need to place crystals at every chakra point. If you’re feeling a blockage at the throat, for example, you can ground at your feet and place a piece of blue kyanite at your throat. It doesn’t hurt, however, to place a crystal at each chakra point.

Not sure where to get started? Here’s a list of crystals and stones that correspond to each chakra (note the diagram that shows where each chakra is located- note the Earth Star Chakra is not shown, and that Chakra is located at the bottom of the feet).

Seven Main Chakras

Earth Star Chakra (represented by the color black and gray and governs connection to the Earth, grounding, protection, and transmutation of energy that no longer serves): hematite, black tourmaline, smoky quartz, and black kyanite.

Root Chakra (represented by the color red and governs primal needs, security, and physical energy): garnet, ruby, red jasper

Sacral Chakra (represented by the color orange and governs creativity and sexuality): carnelian, vanadinite, orange calcite

Solar Plexus Chakra (represented by the color yellow and governs personal power, intellect and ambition): citrine, tiger’s eye, yellow apatite, pyrite

Heart Chakra (represented by the color green or pink and governs love for self and others and compassion): rose quartz, malachite, watermelon tourmaline, pink tourmaline.

Throat Chakra (represented by the color light blue and governs communication, self-expression, truth and manifestation): blue kyanite, amazonite, blue lace agate

Third Eye Chakra (represented by the colors indigo and purple and governs intuition, spiritual awareness, and inner wisdom): azurite, amethyst, lapis lazuli

Crown Chakra (represented by the color violet or white and governs connection to Universal Source/God Energy and all that is): clear quartz, danburite, selenite

For more information on Chakras and the subtle, energetic body check out this great post by yogiapproved.com!

Once you pick the crystals you want to work with, begin to place them at each chakra.

You can choose to place a crystal or crystals at each chakra point, or place where you feel they are most needed. Take a few deep, centering breaths, call yourself into the present time, and listen to your intuition. It will not steer you wrong! Remember, however, to always ground yourself with a crystal at your feet no matter what other crystals you are using. Again, this crystal is the first you will place and the last you will remove.

Relax and allow the crystals to penetrate your energetic and emotional bodies. Perhaps listen to relaxing music or simply focus on your breathing and pay attention to what you feel and what thoughts come up. Keep a journal handy to record your experiences. Your experience can vary by day, by hour, and by crystal used.

If you feel “buzzy” or “uneasy” with the crystal on your body, remove them! Laying on of Stones should not be uncomfortable. Just please remember to remove the crystals at your feet last! If you’re a crystal beginner, start of with five or ten minutes of crystal healing at time, and work up from there. Do what feels right, and never force it!

There are hundreds of different crystals, and dozens of choices that correspond to each chakra on your body.  Below find a few crystal “families” and the correspondences. Each family comes in a variety of colors that correspond to each chakra.

  • Quartz is a master healer. It magnifies energy, clears and cleanses. Amethyst and citrine are both members of the quartz family.
  • Calcite brings movement and flow where there is physical stagnation.
  • Tourmaline deals with the emotional body and heart issues.
  • Fluorite brings balance and order. Helps mind issues. Absorbs and neutralizes harmful and negative energy.

I hope this blog helps introduce crystal healing to you. Remember to always follow your intuition; your body and your higher self knows what crystals are best where. Try not to second guess yourself, relax, and approach each healing without attachment and with curiosity.

To learn more about Amityville Apothecary’s crystal healing service please visit our HEALING PAGE.