In the time of a retrograde

Warning this is a fairly long blog entry… you may want to settle down with a cup of tea. We’ve been quiet for the past month, and some profound personal shifts have been occurring. I wanted to share just a part of my spiritual journey this month.

You may not know but I’m a Gemini, who’s planet is ruled by none other than Mercury. That means that Gemini’s (along with other signs ruled by Mercury) feel the retrograde more than others. And this one, was felt more than most. Mercury began its latest move into retrograde on March 30 and will be fully past on the 23rd.  At the start of writing this post, there are 4 days to go.

I can’t say that I understand everything there is to know about astrology, really, I only understand a fraction of a percent, but I do know that Mercury retrogrades always mess with me, and my electronics. Emails go awry, programs break, you’re easily misunderstand and sometimes you just find yourself in a healing crisis trying to release old karma.

TOSOTS is and always has been a reflection of our spiritual journey. It is the product of perspiration, perseverance, desperation, joy, and an expression of our discoveries. Since we’re so energetically linked with the business, it is only natural that we go into a quite time while we’ve been more tuned inwards to reflect and heal. There have been few emails or special requests from our customers, so there have been few demands on our time. There have also been very few updates in the past few weeks, no facebook posts, and no blog posts either. But this has given me the necessary time to process and heal. A quite time is both scary and a blessing when you own your own business.  But I now understand that to everything there is a cycle. A time to expand, and a time to contract, much like the rhythm of breath.

You know you’re in for a rough ride when your healing crisis pretty much begins with a trip to the ER with suspected appendicitis. In between the tests, the seven hours spent in the ER gave me lots and lots of time to think. Memories from the past began to bubble up, with striking similarities to an indecent when I was in my teens, reinforcing the importance of the memories. These glimpses of the past told me this had less to do with the physical now, but the emotional issues from the past. So it’s no wonder that they released me at almost midnight telling me I was fine, but should symptoms return, to go back to the ER. So thankfully, no appendicitis, but that left me wondering what was the point besides now leaving me with thousands in medical bills, especially since we’re not exactly rolling in money.

Abundance is one of my blocks, and more specifically abundance of money. We have an abundance of lots of things in life, but concepts of love, joy, gratitude, acceptance, just don’t pay the bills, LOL.  It’s not that I expect to win the lottery, and be rolling in money, but the easy flow of money in and out. I mean, what’s the point of abundance of cash flow if you don’t let it, well, flow. It’s not enough to want abundance, or need abundance, but you have to embrace abundance, in all of its forms. Accept abundance no matter what form it comes in.  Don’t ask the universe for help, when you don’t open all of the doors. When you let go of expectations and limitations, you will be cared for.

This month the universe has been conspiring against me. Granted, everything has been in my own best interest. Against all struggles and resistance, it is giving me what I want and what I need, maybe not in the way I would have anticipated. But isn’t that the way?

For example, circumstances have brought me to apply for some outside work. I continue to struggle with my massage practice.  I don’t want a huge practice, but a couple of days a week would be nice. Some weeks it works, some it doesn’t, but it’s nothing reliable. I’m not great at marketing myself, but stubbornly not wanting to work for anyone else. Working at a spa was out of the question, or so I thought. Not that there is anything wrong with a spa, but often they require too many hours without proper breaks, I know myself and my body, I can’t handle that type of job. At a low point, I applied anyways. I thought for sure I wouldn’t get past the application stage. But I opened the door and after speaking to the manager, the actual job requirements mesh perfectly with my goals. To my surprise, they are checking references and I now truly hope to get the job.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Another example, I’ve made some fairly good lifestyle changes the past few years. Gave up smoking and eating much healthier. But exercise is one thing that I pick up for a few months, then drop for a few months. Physical activity is something I need more of (tie in to emergency above), but lack the motivation.  So while I was pondering jobs that I could do on a part time basis, a friend sends me a message. Dog walker hiring, you interested? Hmmmm… paid, to walk dogs. Key word walk, walk = exercise. Paid to exercise? Now that’s a plan I can get behind.  (I started training today by the way. ;-))

None of these lessons have come easily for me. Days have come and gone in a blur, leaving me wondering where all the time has gone. My sanity held in check by my loving wife Mary, our children (well at least the furry, feathered, and finned kind) and my dad and of course my guides and mentors. I’m grateful to Mary for holding everything together while I went off on this spiritual journey I wasn’t aware I was embarking on when this all started.

I seem to be home now. The retrograde is coming to a close and the cycle is coming to a close. Maybe this time around I’ve learned the lessons that have been presented to me. Here’s just a few. 😉

Abundance flows where and how it can. Don’t put a limit on it.
The universe loves me.
My guides will get a message to me, even if it has to go through 2 people to get to me.
Cherish the little things that make you smile.
Open your heart, you have nothing to fear.
I am me, a product of all my parts, but not consumed by any one of them.

By the way, retrograde is now over in 3 days. 😉

~Jenn

Rough Energies Through the 19th

You may have noticed, the energy is quite intense right now, but the Full Moon on the 19th should bring some relief. Expressions of anger and sorrow are common. Take the time to acknowledge and let go of these emotions. Take extra care of yourself, meditate, be gentle with yourself. Choose stones with fortifying energy that will allow you a gentle release.  Tanzanite, pink kunzite, shungite, larimar, and enhydro crystals are comforting and supportive choices.

Give us a call or drop us an email, if you need assistance choosing stones or just can’t find what you’re looking for.

A note about Facebook

If you “Like” us on Facebook and haven’t been seeing any posts from us at all, it is due to a new setting in Facebook. It defaults to people and pages you had interacted with in the days or weeks leading up to the profile changes.

To see what you’ve been missing: Scroll to the bottom of your news feed, select “Edit Options” and change the setting to “All friends and pages” again.

We sometimes post special discounts or stone offerings just for our Facebook members. Come join the fun if you haven’t already!

Feeling the Winter Blues? Combat Seasonal Depression with Crystals

Wow, the year is flying by! Here’s an excerpt from our last newsletter addressing those winter blues.

Now we’re in the midst of winters we’re feeling the affects of the cold and lack of sun. From mild winter blues to full Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), we can all use a little warmth and light that crystals bring to our lives.


Bright Flashy Sunstone OvalSunstone

Like the name implies, sunstone has a bright sunny energy. It brings warmth and joy with its sparkling energy. It can be used to counter depression, comfort during grief and inspire creativity!



RK citrine cathedral crystalCitrine

We admit it, citrine is one of our favorite stones, but how can you resist it’s golden hues. Citrine has a warm energy that is bright and uplifting. Hold at your solar plexus and breathe in its energy to infuse yourself with its bright energy. You’ll find a nice selection in the preview section.

Bright Rainbow Quartz PyramidRainbows

Crystals with rainbows have bright joyous energy. Rainbows can be found in any mineral or crystal with some translucency. Rainbow energy brings out the child within and fosters joy on all levels. It counters negativity, including negative thoughts. Rainbows truly bring in the light.

Labradorite, Moonstones, Tourmaline, Tangerine Quartz, and Fluorite can all be used to counter the blues. And we can’t forget Calcite, especially yellow or gold, also has bright uplifting energy.

A Visit with the Twintreess

Last week we were privileged to have Marilyn and Tohmas Twintreess stay with us, teach us new things, and share new stone spirits. They delighted in the sanctuary of our home with the peacefulness of the forest, the colors of the peafowl, and the antics of our koi. We have been truly blessed.

We passed on your greetings and desires to be with us to attend their classes. Although their classes are best attended live, they graciously allowed us to record a message for you all with musings on their spiritual path, honoring your spiritual path, listening to the stone spirits and more. Their video is in 2 parts on You Tube, click here to view their message!

Thankfulness Sale 25% Site Wide


As Thanksgiving draws near, we’d like to show how thankful we are with a super sale! We are thankful for our long time customers for being with us while we transitioned to our new site, with words of support and encouragement. We’re grateful to our new customers who share with us their joy in discovering the crystalline world. But most of all we’re thankful for the crystals, who share their wisdom, joy and light with us all. To help you share the joy, this week only we’re having a Thankfulness Sale, so draw up your lists for you, your family and friends!

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*Sale Details
25% off valid 11/22 – 11/29/2010, no coupon necessary. Not valid on layaway, special orders or with any other special offers or promotional gift certificates. Void where prohibited. 50% Sale valid From 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM Eastern 11/26/2010. Coupon must be present at time of check out. We will not hold crystals for the 50% off sale; first come, first served, no rain checks. No exceptions or adjustments will be made, sorry Mom and Dad, that means you too!

Phenacite, Super Sevens, Morganite and More!

Here’s our latest newsletter! We’re really excited about this latest set of offerings. The featured items are all from the latest visit from one of our favorite suppliers (It doesn’t hurt that he travels to us!). We have a very nice selection of rare Brazilian beauties. Solution Aquamarine and it’s rarer cousin, solution Morganite, and even rarer Bi-Color Morganite! You’ve got to see them!

We also have Spessartine garnets that are becoming increasingly hard to find. Plus Phenacite and new Super Seven Cabochons! What’s not to love?

Check out our latest Newsletter!

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Crystals are Food for the Soul

I was talking to a customer last week, and she asked me some very good questions. Why do people need crystals now more than ever? How can the crystals help us? If you had to only give one message from the crystals, what would it be? Some pretty heavy stuff, but I’ll keep it simple.

Crystals are food for the soul.

Many have figured out that our modern lifestyle needs some improvement. We are relearning the importance of eating good foods, exercise, and even taking time for ourselves (shocking isn’t it?). Yet our spiritual (energetic) side is still often ignored.

Crystals are from the Earth help us reconnect with ourselves, our environment, and our Spirituality. Some have Earth energies, providing grounding and balance. Others raise our energy, helping us to tap into the Divine. As our lives have become more complex, fast paced, and stimulus intensive, and our modern society has become out of sync with life’s rhythms. We are expected to be constantly on the go and over stimulated. This can leave you feeling unfulfilled, drained of energy, and susceptible to illness. Crystals are here to counter the chaos, bringing focus, balance and healing. They are here to guide us through the changing times and help us cope with the energy shifts ahead. Crystals are tangible, they remind us of these things just by being present. Crystals provide a link to our angels, guides, totems and other spiritual aspects of ourselves.