Honoring Personal Limits


In the past I have been known for juggling more than one person should be able to handle.  Those who know me best know I have joked about the lack of sleep and long days I have kept.  I’ve juggled school, job and a business more times that I care to admit. Worked 55+ hr weeks and worked 12+ hour days.  But this year I just haven’t had it in me.  This year I’ve had to slow down and take care of me.  This year I’ve had to put things on the back burner.

I feel guilty. And it’s been hard.

Why? Because comparisons are odious.  Comparisons can make us feel like less of a person because we feel we aren’t doing enough, that we aren’t being enough.  Pile on depression and anxiety, and you can easily feel like you are climbing a mountain but never find the peak. But who defines enough? Who should define enough? You are the only person who should be making those decisions about you and your body.

Here’s the thing, I’m not superwoman, I’m human. And I am sure I am not the only one to feel this way. There are only so many hours in a day, and my energy reserves are exhaustible. It’s okay to feel tired, it’s okay to be tired.

So this year I had to take a step back and honor that I can’t do it all.  And still its hard.  It’s hard to say no I can’t do this.  But with practice it has been getting easier (although I’m still working on saying No to extra shifts) But it has been getting easier to say the dishes can wait or I don’t have to answer that message at 10pm.

There have been times that I’ve thought once again on giving up some of what I do, but the crystals call to me and I can’t give them up. They add so much beauty and joy.  And I can’t give up my hands on work either. So I have to find some kind of balance.

I will probably fail, and that’s okay.  The important thing is to not give up.

I’m imperfectly perfect. And that’s okay.

And here’s thing that’s most important for you to take away from this confession.  You don’t have to be perfect either.   No is a complete sentence.  It’s okay to set limits.  You are enough too. Even if that means you managed to make it from the bed to the couch today because for some that is the equivalent to running a marathon.

Last but not least: To my customers that are still hanging in there I appreciate every one of you. Updates may be less frequent these days, but I will always answer message as soon as I can and shipping will be done weekly.

Stay strong. Be kind, especially to yourself.



Working with cats and crystals – CiCi’s Story of Living with Anxiety

Meet Cici, who is now matriarch of our hoard.


Cici is a 8 year old Siamese, tortoiseshell mix that we adopted when she was around 9 months old.  More Siamese, as you might notice, with all the quirks of both.  She is a street rescue who spent around 6 months in a kennel at my vets office.  They thought she was too wild and didn’t know what to do with her. But within minutes of meeting her she had exposed her belly and was purring.

In a kennel at the vets office.  She’s always been quirky!

We ended up bringing her home.  She was so skittish she spent the first 2 nights under the futon in our spare room. We had to expand her world very slowly because even a bedroom was now overwhelming to her.  Slowly, over the next few months we brought her out of her shell.  She learned to trust us, learned to accept affection, be held, clip her claws. She learned the world wasn’t out to get her. Where we lived at the time we had land and she loved outside and being up in the trees.  And then we moved…

Cici, Fiesta and Peanut

This threw her into turmoil, which we were anticipating.  What we didn’t anticipate was how bad it would be for her.  The anxiety was so high that she was hiding and then she begun peeing in inappropriate places.  We tried everything, calming sprays, adding litter boxes, to no avail. However, Prozac to the rescue and things normalized somewhat.  Medicating her wasn’t an easy choice, but for her necessary.

Then more life changes, we lost Peanut the year after we moved and then decided to adopt kittens, ending up with kittens as foster failures. LOL.  We thought that maybe seeing kittens and observing normal cat behavior would help her.  That kind of backfired because the kittens just picked up the worst of her habits!  During this time I had the idea to give Cici a black tourmaline pendant. Which did help to ground Cici and start to tolerate the kittens.  But then we lost Fiesta, who was almost 16 years old.  We had no idea how much the loss of Fiesta would impact Cici.  Her tolerance for the kittens went from barely tolerated to exactly zero.  Even seeing one of the kittens would set her to hissing and growling, she’d hide under the bed all day if she could get under there.


We added a sodalite pendant and saw further changes.  We started site swapping with the cats, rotating access to rooms between her and the kittens.  And the change in her was amazing.  Her anxiety levels started to diminish.  Not great, but better.  She was hiding less and less and playing occasionally.

Occasionally one of the stones would come loose from her collar. We’d recharge on selenite and then put it back. And then she lost both pendants on her collar.  Knowing she was done with the work with these stones I knew it was time to up the game.  Here’s collar 2.0. This was created with small tumbled stones and a hot glue gun.  Yes the stones will fall off in time, but that’s the point.  When she’s done with working with that stone, I’ll replace it with something else.

Collar created for Cici – Aquamarine, Hematite, Carnelian, Helidor, Rose Quartz, Amethyst

And proof it is helping, here she is in the living room.

Cici playing, yes she wants all the toys!

And best of all, a picture I took the other night, her out during the chaos of the kittens playing.  And while she dashed under the coffee table shortly after I snapped this picture, it shows how far she has come.

And Remarkable that she’s watching the kittens play. She hid shortly after the pic, but hey, I’ll take it.

Here’s the collar up close.



I know, double collars, but she tolerates it well.

We still have a lot of work to do, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Just like anyone who lives with anxiety.  There are good days and bad days, but we will roll with the punches.  As long as there is love and patience.

This is an easy project that can work with any one, cats, dogs, and humans!

If you need help creating a custom collar for your pet, or put together a medicine pouch, just let us know.  You can contact us below or visit our website.


Mary and Jennifer co-own The Other Side of the Sun (TOSOTScrystals) an online crystal and mineral store.  We are also Energy Workers, Licensed Massage Therapists and Estheticians.  We have been working with the crystal world since 2001.

Protecting yourself from Negative Energies – Back to Basics

We have all experienced being around negative people and sometimes negative situations.  This could be job, school, family, or even yourself. Of course avoiding negative situations is best, but that’s not always practical unless you want to be a hermit. Today’s IMG_0972post, I’m going to discuss protecting yourself from external negative energies. It should be no surprise that our favorite way of protecting yourself from negativity is through stones.  And one of my personal favorites is black tourmaline.  And here’s why:

I used to work customer service at a large retail store in a very affluent area, and people are used to getting what they want, when they want.  After a couple of months my supervisor asked me why I didn’t seem to get the really disrespectful or difficult customers at my register.  I laughed and told him I had protective stones in my bra. The look on his face was priceless and needless to say he didn’t quite believe me. After a quick trip to the bathroom I showed him.  Amongst the stones was my trusty black tourmaline crystal.  He thought I was weird, and didn’t quite believe me. Until the day I forgot my stones. I swear I had just about every difficult customer that day.  During a lull, he asked me if I forgot my rocks… and of course I had. Apart from being surprised he noticed, it was just reinforcement of what I already knew, the stones have an effect. This is why we call black tourmaline one of the customer service stones.  It has not failed me!

My top three protective stones are black tourmaline, shungite and hematite. I rarely leave the house without black tourmaline and shungite.   If you don’t wear a bra, you can carry these stones in your pocket, wear in jewelry, stuff in your socks or wear a pouch of stones.

But what if you don’t have stones?

You can surround yourself in a bubble of white light. This can work anywhere, or any time.  Try to find somewhere quite if possible and take a few deep breaths.  Close your eyes and imagine the largest iridescent bubble surrounding you.  Sometimes I envision my self blowing bubbles until I have one big enough to surround me.

I also love black tourmaline for protecting spaces. You can keep in in your cash register (add malachite and citrine for prosperity). I also keep black tourmaline by each of our doors.  It not only helps us shed any negativity that may be clinging to us as we cross the threshold, but anyone else too.  We actually keep shungite, obsidian, black touramline and rose quartz by each door. Keep these stones by your desk and in your car.  Handy if to have extras around in case you forget your personal stones.

Please feel free to contact us if you’d like assistance in choosing the right stone or help creating a custom pouch of stones to carry.

Mary and Jennifer co-own The Other Side of the Sun (TOSOTScrystals) an online crystal and mineral store.  We are also Licensed Massage Therapists and Estheticians.  We have been working with the crystal world since 2001.




When Back Pain Strikes

Our personal amazonite, my go to when I’m in pain!

Mary and I work with clients with back pain on a daily basis, but it really hit home when Mary  “threw her back out”  about month ago.  If you have experienced this, my condolences, it’s a miserable experience that can take a lot of time and patience to recover from. According to some studies it is estimated a whopping 80% of Americans will experience low back pain. (UNC study 2009) And while this ensures job security for Mary and I as massage therapists. It’s miserable for all those who suffer.

There are both physical and emotional (energetic) reasons for back pain.  Pain in general can be highly emotional.  Have you ever broken out in tears over a minor pain and wondered what was wrong with you?  That pain is emotional, and is usually highly irrational!  Pain and depression can also go hand in hand, especially chronic pain. If pain is interfering with your daily life, and your ability to work or have an active life, depression is understandable. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to improve your back health without surgery.

So let’s just handle the physical back pain for the moment, since that one quite relevant at the moment.  Why do so many people suffer from back pain? The major one is our lifestyle.  From improper diet, to lack of exercise, and increasingly, poor posture.

Staying properly hydrated is important as the discs between your spine are comprised mainly of water. And if you are dehydrated, your body will take water from where ever it can, and the spine is a high candidate for fluid loss.  With the loss of fluids you start to see disc compression as well as other signs of wear and tear on the spine.

Posture! This is where we feel like a broken record, it so extremely important! So many 2146of us sit, whether at a desk or in a vehicle, we sit a lot.  That’s why there is such a huge movement to standing desks, or desks with a slow moving treadmill.  Sitting is bad for us!  Sitting improperly can put a huge strain on our low back.  Slouching while sitting can weaken the core muscles and put excessive strain on the lumbar spine. When sitting, you should always remember to put your behind, behind you.  You should be sitting more on your pelvic bones, you know you are sitting correctly when your back is curved inward not rounded out like the picture.

If you need to, a sitting aid like the backjoy can improve your posture. (this is not a paid endorsement in any way) I also found that moving the seat in my car slightly forward and more upright has made a vast improvement for my back and shoulder pain (We’ll explore shoulders another time!)

Exercise is equally important for back health.  Sitting weakens our core strength and activities like Belly Dancing, Yoga, Pilates and strength training all can improve core health.  If you have had a recent back injury or relapse, please consult with a Doctor before starting any exercise program.  Physical therapy or private sessions with a trainer/instructor might be the best path for you. Here are some exercises to get you started. Even if all you can manage is a 15-20 minute walk, it will get you moving in the right direction.

Of course we use crystals to to help aid through pain.  Citrine, rutilated quartz,

Blue Amazonite Crystal Duo
Rough Amazonite

amazonite, malachite can all aid with pain relief. Amazonite aids with muscle cramps and spasms.  It also helps to balance the emotions and reduce the feeling of fatigue, aiding with the emotional components of pain.

Rutilated Quartz works directly with the body’s nervous system.

Glistening Rutilated Quartz Point
Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated quartz has a strong electromagnetic energy and stimulates flow through your spinal cord and balances your electromagnetic system. This helps to alleviate pain and numbness while aiding cellular regeneration.

Earlier I mentioned the emotional component of back pain which can directly tie into insecurities, either professionally or personally.    Traditionally back pain is associated with Root Chakra and and to some extent sacral chakras.  These are the core of the energy systems that make us who we are.  For now, we are going to focus on the root chakra.

Root Chakra – This chakras mantra is All is one. It is the Tribal Chakra. Here we must honor our physical and familial bonds. More importantly this is also where we develop a personal code of honor. “Thich Nhat Hanh” = we “inter-are”. Violating these bonds (like considering being different = being less) creates conflict in our spirit & body. Issues in the root chakra can lead to dysfunctions such as:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Ability to stand up for ones self
  • Not Feeling at home
  • Depression

Crystals and minerals that aid working through root chakra issues are typically red or black.  Some of our favorite are Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Jasper, and Hematite. Here’s some more information on Smoky Quartz and Hematite

Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz is one of my favorite crystals for the root chakra.  Its energy is gentle yet comforting.  I frequently sleep with smoky quartz, it helps me sleep better.  Smoky quartz can be found in crystals or clusters, but are often found in beautiful complex elestial formation.  These are amazing to use during meditations or journaling helping you to explore the root cause of your issues.

Obsidian comes in many different patterns, from black,

Silver Sheen Obsidian Sphere
Silver Sheen Obsidian

silver sheen like the one pictured, snowflakes, rainbow and mahogany.  Each one has its own unique way of working with the root chakra.  However, obsidian in general is very protective and can help shield you from negative energies.

Please do not use any information in this post as substitute for professional care. If pain persists more than a week or is radiating down your legs possibly including numbness and tingling please see a professional right away.

Please feel free to contact us if you’d like assistance in choosing the right stone or help creating a custom pouch of stones to carry.

Mary and Jennifer co-own The Other Side of the Sun (TOSOTScrystals) an online crystal and mineral store.  We are also Licensed Massage Therapists and Estheticians.  We have been working with the crystal world since 2001.

When your stones are unhappy… 


Way back in August 2016 Mary and I completed an order of various stones from South Africa.  As shipments go, it was decent, but not huge, around 90 pounds of new material. Labradorite, spirit quartz, calcite, zircons and more.  We were excited.  We opted for surface mail, aka slow row boat via China, because it was the most cost effective at the time.  Estimated arrival date was September, or worst case early October.  Boy were we wrong.  October comes and goes and no stones.  By mid November we are contacting all involved because we are now super concerned (that’s another story).  November turns to December and we are assured that we will have our shipment before Christmas.  But this wasn’t the case.

December 29 arrives and we get notice of attempted delivery! At last we think!  A trip to the post office later and we have both boxes… but there’s a problem.  One of the boxes is light, I mean really light.  It should have 22kg (almost 45lbs) in there, you should not have been able to lift it with one hand!

With a giant pit in her stomach Mary takes the boxes home, as I’m still at work.  With a sinking heart she opens the box to find exactly what she expected by now, it’s empty except for 4 pieces of newspaper.

She turned her attention to the heavier box, which thankfully had not been tampered with.  But the stones, so unhappy!  Their energy is heavy and filled with fear and anger and sadness.  The last time we had a unhappy shipment was when we received multiple broken items.  But everyone was in tact in this shipment, just unhappy.

We will never know what the stones went through in that box, which took over 8 weeks longer than anticipated. What we did know is that we had to help the stones.  We could barely look at them let alone touch them!

We started with the standard saging and a couple of nights under a full moon.  After several heavy saging sessions, we took them outside to recharge in the full moon, where they also experienced a storm and light rain. It helped, yet was not enough.  Energy sensitive clients who also visited the stone agreed, these were some deeply unhappy stones.  Not all of them at this point, but most of them. We were at a loss on what to do next. A client very generously agreed to lend us her very special gold plated crystal bowl that was etched with hieroglyphs!  Maybe just maybe this would help.  We would pick it up at a bowl meditation the next day.

If you’ve never been to a bowl meditation you are missing out on quite the experience. Not only can you hear the bowls, but you can feel them too.  It is a very powerful experience, but I digress. One of the zircons we had gifted one to a friend was at the meditation, hoping that it would recover during the ceremony. But even after all of the crystal bowls, it was still unhappy. I agreed to take it back and and work with it some more with the others. As we were talking I’m holding this zircon, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotions, and it became clear, it was the zircons holding most of the sad and angry energy.

Now zircons are some of the oldest minerals known on the planet, dating around 4.2 Billion years old! Zircon is not rare, at least in tiny crystal formations as it is found in granite, but crystals that are a size you can carry are not as common.  Zircons are used to date layers and crystal formations, find out more here from the American Museum of Natural History.

So as you can imagine, it’s not easy to get through to a stone that has seen so much history.  With the loan of a very special crystal bowl and the aid of our Tibetan bowls we were able to break through and lift the energy of the stones. We played the bowls in two 30-minute sessions, and progress has been made!  All the stones feel so much lighter! And the zircons? We they are practically giggling, something we feared we would never achieve. I can’t attach video to the blog, at least I can’t figure it out at the moment. So hop over to the instagram page, and I’ll post a short video there! (@tosotscrystals)

If you’ve never experienced crystal or Tibetan bowls then we highly suggest you do.  Sound healing has been around for centuries.  And we now know that on a human level, sound waves interact with our cell walls to change the shape of what the cells release and uptake, so really it creates healing at a cellular level.  This is what we did for the stones. If you are looking for a crystal bowl event, try a yoga studio, often restorative classes will have crystal bowls. What’s more relaxing that rolling on the floor for a couple of hours listening to them?? If you can’t find one locally, there are many choices on you tube, here’s an example.

So a long story short, as soon as we find some free time, we’ll be working on adding some beautiful new stones to our store!


Working with Depression and Anxiety

The past few months have been quite intense for Mary and I,  and I’m sure for countless others.  The energy has been all over the place, and I think everyone is feeling it more than usual.

Lepidolite Point

And if you suffer from depression and/or anxiety even the small things can be more challenging. This is something Mary and I battle with on a daily basis.  Finding motivation to keep going can be difficult and there are days where getting out of bed is challenging. I’m sure many of you can relate. Living with High Functioning mental illness is more challenging because people around you often don’t even realize it.  Often they just have a hard time understanding this truth, because on the surface, you have it all together.  It’s hidden, and those of us able to function have developed coping mechanisms so others can’t see it.   But let’s back track for a moment and define depression and anxiety.


feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
“self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression”
 WebMD says “It’s natural to feel down sometimes, but if that low mood lingers day after day, it could signal depression. Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a negative personality. It is a major public health problem and a treatable medical condition.”
It’s estimated that over 19 Million people in the US suffer from depression.  The actual numbers could be higher.
A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.
Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.

Here’s an article on The Mighty that outlines how anxiety feels.

Labradorite freeform

My personal history of anxiety really kicked into high gear when I started college.  If it wasn’t for a long range walkie-talkie and following my dad for most of my commute, I don’t know how I would have made it to class every day. On days I didn’t follow him, Mary and I traveled together.  Staying accountable to someone else helped to get me out of the house.  It wasn’t a perfect system, but it worked most of the time.

These days my anxiety often appears in the form of procrastination, and lack of time keeping.  Denial that I need to leave the house leaves getting ready to the last moment.  There have been periods that I have to have alarms for everything, reminding me to get dressed, it’s almost time to leave, time to leave, and crap you are going to be late if you don’t leave RIGHT NOW!  However, I have problems in crowds and social settings also. I try to go to stores during slow times, if it’s too crowded I get overwhelmed and can’t focus.

An inability to function can often lead right to depression, of feeling like I’m not enough, I’m not good enough. I’m not adult enough.  There are times I feel like there is no hope and no point.  Why, I ask all the time. Does it matter?  I don’t make a difference.   The reality is none of those are true, but in the dark times there is hardly rationalizing these feelings.  Battling these emotions on a daily basis, I’m frequently exhausted.

I know I’m not alone. Here’s an article from Huffington Post:

So, what do we do about it?  First, be gentle with yourself.  Remind yourself often that you are worthy, lovable, and capable.  Set reminders on your phone, do daily affirmations, stick post it notes in places.  Reach out to your friends. Take time for yourself.  The pace of our society is quite insane.  We get less time off than others around the world, with many of us accruing vacation we feel we don’t have time (or deserve) to take. We feel that there is so much we have to pack into a day, its just not possible.  So the laundry doesn’t get folded, dusting wait another week.  Is it really important?  It’s okay to let some things slide.

Mary and I use crystals as a part of our way of dealing with anxiety and depression. In fact these anxiety was a a huge reason why we started TOSOTS.  When Mary was at her worst with severe agoraphobia (basically fear of going outside), selling crystals was her primary job as something positive should could do working mainly from home.


Stunning natural color citrine point.

There are a dizzying array of crystals and minerals. Many work towards lots of different goals.  But here’s our go to “Support Stones” and a brief description on why we use them. This by no means a complete list, but a good start. (Please do not stop any medications without consulting your medical professional.  Crystal therapy is not meant to replace any current treatment plans.)



Lepidolite or Lithium in Quartz



Smoky Quartz

Those of you who know us, labradorite and citrine is one of our favorite combinations. These are our go to anxiety combination.  Labradorite brings balance and helps to reduce negative thought patterns.  It is emotionally soothing. Rolling the stone around while focusing on the flash and patterns of colors helps to still the mind. Citrine boost self confidence and balances the mind-body connection as it works solar plexus and crown.  Hold citrine to your solar plexus, located at the base of the stern where the rib meet, breathe in while visualizing white light energy infusing your body.  Breathe out negativity.

Lepidolite and Lithium in quartz play a dual role with the lithium content in the stones helps to counter depression and anxiety.  Lithium in quartz  also a strong heart stone that brings emotional peace.  Lepidolite works more on the physical aspects of the body, while the lithium in quartz works more with the emotional side.

Smoky Quartz

When working with stones for depression, it is necessary to feel grounded, protected and have stones that feed your energy.  Smoky quartz fits the bill on all levels, its energy is rich and warm.  Smoky quartz brings joy, it grounds but doesn’t make you feel heavy, it lifts the spirit.  Its energy gives you a sense of safety and comfort.  Really everyone can benefit from Smoky Quartz! I often sleep with smoky quartz under my pillow or grasped in my hand.  It is always on my nightstand.


Tourmaline is another of our favorites, it comes in a huge array of colors.  But pink, green, black, and blue are most common. Black tourmaline is very protective, helping to ward of negativity and to some degree negative people.  Tourmaline feeds your energy. And for this the heart chakra colors of pink and green work best.  They help to bring joy and foster self-worth.  Their energy is very easy to work with.

Jade also comes in several colors, but for this, green is the go to color.  I prefer the darker shades of green jade. Jade is often associated with abundance and prosperity.  However, Jade is also good for connecting you to the earth energies.  It helps to instill hope and bring greater harmony into your life.

There are many ways to incorporate crystal energies into your life.  Mediation and breathing practices are just one way.  As I mentioned earlier, we often sleep with them, or at least have them at our beside. Carry them in your pockets, wear them as jewelry, tuck them into a sock (smaller the better here, really) or for us ladies, tuck them in your bra. We call it the over the shoulder boulder holder. 😉

Please feel free to contact us if you’d like assistance in choosing the right stone or help creating a custom pouch of stones to carry.

Mary and Jennifer co-own The Other Side of the Sun (TOSOTScrystals) an online crystal and mineral store.  We are also Licensed Massage Therapists and Estheticians.  We have been working with the crystal world since 2001.

Blog Returns?

Hello, anyone still checking this? I know its been quite awhile since we have written regular blog posts, but I am going to try again. 🙂  In the meantime, I’ve updated the look of the blog and it now includes our instagram and facebook accounts which will show you the latest posts.  You can always find us @tosotscrystals.  I often post videos and random musings to these social streams. Hope to see you around.

Two Ways to Win! Customer Appreciation

From our Sept 24th Newsletter.

We thought it would be a good time to let everyone know how much we appreciate you, our customers.  This month, and every month, we will run different ways to win free crystals. What’s not to love?

There are currently 2 ways to win!

1. Place an order between now and October 9 to be entered to win all these beautiful goodies!


Our Facebook contest is up and running, visit our page comment, like and share to be entered to win these goodies.


And now all orders $75 and over will ship for free*!

This month is a time for new beginnings. Many of us look at Mercury retrogrades with just a hint of apprehension, with the best laid plans often going awry.  However Mercury retrogrades can be a positive thing!   This Mercury retrograde continues on the energies of last months Venus retrograde.  This Mercury retrograde is about setting new patterns,  it is time to reevaluate and reconsider. You may find yourself coming back to old projects or situations, this is your chance to revamp old projects and make them better!  Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back to recenter yourself and begin again with a fresh perspective. This combines with a rare lunar eclipse this Sunday with September’s supermoon.  What better time to sweep out the old and bring in the new!  Now is the time to set your intentions to manifest your dreams.

We have added  a wide variety of new crystals and minerals, including a several from our personal collection.  We are also listing a number of stunning offerings from an estate sale.  Pink amphibole crystals from Madagascar, Black Shiva Lingams, and gorgeous amethyst crystals are among our other additions. Check out all of our latest offerings here.

Until next time.

In gratitude and love,

Jennifer & Mary

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Venus Retrograde From September’s Newsletter

We have become more aware of the effects of the  Mercury retrogade, (Sept 17 – Oct 9th) but many of us have been feeling the effects of a relatively rare Venus retrograde, it happens about every 19 months.  Most people think of Venus and love, but she rules over all relationships, art, beauty, and finances. Venus has also been known as the god of war too, so you may have seen more conflict in your life than you are used to.  This has been a time to reevaluate situations and break from toxic relationships.

Venus leaves retrograde Sept 6th and will be full direct by Oct. 9th. As you may notice we will have an overlap where we will feel some residual affects of Venus, while working through the next Mercury retrograde, bringing lots of re-evaluation and change. As we move out of this retrograde we should look towards re-energizing abundance in all aspects of our lives.

When working with crystals for abundance, you’ll notice that most of them are green (hmmm, the color of money?) But they are also the color of the heart chakra. However, the solar plexus and sacral chakras are important too. You need to dispel fears, and awaken the creative forces within.

Shattukite is a perfect stone to work with during this time.  Shattuckite promotes strength and courage and the tenacity to continue during stressful situations of life.
Of course we can’t talk about abundance without mentioning citrine!  It is one of our favorite varieties of quartz and it rules the solar plexus.  Citrine dispels fears and promotes abundance.  We have citrine from the Congo and Brazil, some are lightbraries, some have blue tourmaline, and others are a dreamy combination with rose quartz!

The sacral chakra is the root of ideas and creativity.  Sunstone, Calcite and tangerine quartz are all good sacral stones.
Check out all of our latest offerings here.

There is something for every budget, we currently have over 200 items under $50!

Until next time.

In gratitude and love,

Jennifer & Mary