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August : Sunstone

Sunstone is all about freedom, self-empowerment, and independence, and this stone can truly be your best companion stone! It will make you appreciate the fact that you can make decisions about your life, that you are free to do whatever you want, and that you can love the people that you want to love. Sunstone may be opaque or transparent. It typically contains inclusions; these are often copper or hematite.

Sunstone will remind you that you are doing a good job building a life for yourself. This stone will encourage you to keep working hard to achieve your dreams. It’s a stone of leadership that will showcase your abilities, strength of mind, and expanded consciousness. It will show the world that you are more than people think you are, and they will be pleasantly surprised at all the great things that you can do.

Sunstone is a joyful stone because it reflects the qualities of light. It invites you to be open, warm, and kind. It will bring about a willingness to give joy and happiness to others. Sunstone carries with it energies of originality and inspiration. If you ever feel stuck or unproductive, and if you ever feel like you are not able to churn out new and effective ideas, just hold this stone in your hands. It will feel like a switch has been turned on and ideas will just naturally flow.

Sunstone Associations:
Chakras - Sacral & Solar Plexus
Zodiac - Leo & Libra
Element - Fire & Air

It will encourage you to reveal your hidden talents. It will heighten your sensuality and give romance a surge of freshness.  It will bring you luck in all aspects of your life and energize all your chakras. It will give you stability and mental clarity.

Sunstone will give you an extra boost of energy when you’re feeling stressed or under the weather. It’s a natural anti-depressant, so it will also keep sad thoughts and emotions away. It will instill good nature in you. Sunstone energy will allow the real you to shine through, and people will love you for it. No matter how weird or different you think you are. It will fill your life with enthusiasm, optimism, and encouragement. Its energies will make you feel glad to be alive, and you will be filled with energy and cheer.

Having sunstone with you can be particularly useful when you’re working on a project that will run for months, or when you’re on a fitness program that requires commitment. It will strengthen your resolve and your commitment, and it will make sure that you’re in it from start to finish. Sunstone will heighten your intuition and strengthen your instincts. They will be right most of the time, too. Sunstone will dispel irrational fears that are preventing you from achieving your dreams or having the love that you desire. It will increase your self-confidence and self-esteem. This is a particularly good stone to have for people who find it hard to say no. This stone also has self-healing powers that will benefit you in a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual way.

How Will Sunstone Help You? Sunstone & Health

Sunstone can promote balance and harmony among the body organs so that they will function properly. It also has the ability to increase the self-healing abilities of the body. It can help treat chronic sore throats and reduce pains related to stomach tension and ulcer. It can also aid in the treatment of cartilage and spinal problems. Sunstone will help increase your metabolism by improving your digestion and retaining your body’s vitality

It’s very good in treating rheumatism and other general aches and pains. Plus –

  • It can ease symptoms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • It can also be very good in stopping night terrors and nightmares.

  • It’s a very good remedy to phobias or stress-related illnesses.

Sunstone & Wealth

This stone is associated with luck and good fortune. When you work hard and tap into the energies of sunstone, your efforts will be magnified and favorable results will make their way to you. It will restore the enjoyment of life, your good nature, and the flow of abundance. It will also attract fame or unexpected prosperity. Sunstone is a good luck crystal when you are joining competitions. In a workplace setting, this stone can bring opportunities for promotion. It will also dispel stress or fear, and it will protect you from anyone or anything that will drain your finances and your energy. These kinds of lucky and brave sunstone meaning are often very sought out by those in the know, and this crystal has become a trusted tool by those who choose to attune themselves to its energies.

Sunstone can also encourage your self-belief though, and for many of us this is the best way to attract good luck of all! More than this, self-confidence helps you to have faith in your own ideas and the directions they take you, not to mention recruit allies and partners who will help realize your goals. Sunstone shines a light on your ambitions and sparks up your urge to go and make things happen!

Sunstone & Relationships

Sunstone is also a stone of romance. If you want something to change in your love life, this is your go-to stone. It can turn a problematic relationship into a stronger and more loving one. If you’re going through a rocky patch, this will help you iron out your differences. If you want to enhance your power of attraction, always carry this stone with you. Your aura will be more attractive to other people who are also looking for love!

Sunstone will stimulate sexual arousal and increase your sexual energy. It will help you become a more passionate and sensitive lover. It will even address problems related to sexual dysfunction! It’s a source of strength for anyone in a relationship, especially for someone who relies too much on their partner emotionally. It will make you realize that being in a relationship does not equate to being weak and vulnerable. This is also a good stone for those who are suffering from the demise of a relationship or the sudden loss of their partner. Sunstone will melt away feelings of insecurity and unworthiness, as well as fears of being abused or abandoned.

Sunstone will balance your emotional patterns and help you transform into a woman that’s worthy of loving and being loved. It will help you release thoughts and feelings that are not good for you and your relationship. Sunstone will turn your hatred into love, and your anger into joy. It will open your eyes to the real meaning of love. You will be more open to be a blessing to other people with your love, care, and compassion.

How to Use Sunstone for the Best Results?

When placed with a white candle, sunstone can help spread protective energies throughout your home or office. Sunstone is also linked to moonstone. When you carry these two stones together, you will be able to harness the energies of the Sun together with the energies of the Moon. You will have the energies of success, protection, healing, spiritual, peace, and love. When you wear it as a ring and put in on your receptive hand, sunstone will help you receive what you wish for, need, or desire.

Sunstone crystal can also be used as a tool in meditation. It’s up to you if you want to wear it for this purpose, place it in the area in which you intend to meditate, or even just to hold your sunstone as you enter the meditative state. True to its name, this crystal will help shine some illuminating light on that which has been troubling you. Similarly, its light influences will protect you from darker energies that might do you psychic harm if you move towards them unprepared.

Sunstone as a Birthstone

Because of its color variations, Sunstone can be used as the natural birthstone for several different periods of the year. Yellow represents midsummer, and stones of this color may speak to you if you were born between July 22 and August 21. The more intense orange crystal represents the time when summer is transitioning to fall. If you were born between August 22 and September 22, working with sunstone brings joy into your life. Red sunstone is your natural birthstone if you were born between September 23 and November 20. The deeper the color, the later in the season it applies.

Sunstone & the Zodiac

Sunstone doesn’t belong to the constellations, it belongs to the sun. It shares its power equally with everyone, regardless of their astrological sign. The sun is our closest star, our familiar companion in the sky, and the power that keeps this planet warm and alive. There are few things more fundamental than our sun, and Sunstone is its fiery representative. 

Chakra Work With Sunstone

Sunstone has the power to cleanse any chakra, but it has a special connection to the base and sacral chakras. The lighter, golden shades should be paired with the sacral chakra, while the deeper, red hues work better with the base chakra. A balanced base chakra brings strength and stamina, and it may bring out your leadership qualities. When the sacral chakra is in balance, you feel alive, in touch with your feelings, and in harmony with others.

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June Crystal: Moonstone

The birthstone for June, Moonstone, is believed to be the stone of destiny, mystery, change and wishes. It is strongly connected to the energy of the moon and the divine feminine, making it a very powerful stone for women. For women, it brings forth your feminine power and strengthens your connection to your inner goddess. Moonstones are worn for health, protection and to harmonize the mind. The Moonstone is for the inward journey, and meditation with it can take one deep into the self.  Sometimes referred to as “the traveler’s stone”, many people bring a few moonstones with them when they travel, especially when going over water. They are believed to provide protection and bring good luck when traveling.

Healing Properties
Moonstone is known to assist in attuning to the normal rhythms of the biological forces of one’s body. It can aid both men and women with hormonal or thyroid problems. It will also help to lessen mood swings and relieve hormonal and stress related headaches, insomnia and nightmares. Because of its strong connection to the moon, it is said to have powerful effects on the female reproductive system such as boosting fertility, alleviating menstrual problems, and balancing the hormonal system. Good for wisdom, passion, change, new beginnings/endings, creativity, good luck, protection for travelers, happy home, soothing, self-esteem, balance, control & female energy.

Associations
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Element: Water
Planet: Moon
Chakra: Sacral & Crown

History & Goddesses
Since early times, moonstone has been associated with the magic of the moon. It is believed in Hindu mythology that moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams. Hindu tradition believes this stone connects with the divine feminine principle and considers it a symbol of love. Romans believed that moonstone held the image of Diana, the Moon Goddess, who could endow love, protector of animals, wealth, power, and wisdom upon the possessor. Another legend states the stone contains the gifts of prophecy and second sight, claiming moonstone could clear the mind and allow the wearer to reach wise decisions.
Moonstone honors Cerridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration and Knowledge. She rules the gifts of prophecy and magic, and powers death and rebirth. She is the guardian of spiritual transformation. Moonstone honors Hanwi, The Sioux Moon Goddess. Her name means "Night Sun" and she guards her people during the night, protecting them from harm and from evil spirits.
Moonstone honors Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the Night. She is usually seen riding in a chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky. Moonstone honors Selene, the Greek Moon Goddess, depicted wearing a crown of the crescent moon, long robes, and carrying a torch. She travels the sky to guide and protect those in the dark. Women in particular associate with Selene, seeing in her the mystery and romance of the evening.

Care
When tumbled, you can clean a crystal with water, put in a bowl of salt overnight, palo santo or smudges tick smoke is cleansing, as well as any quartz geode or selenite to place it on. Cleanse it gently and often under the moonlight and try to limit its exposure to strong sunlight. By taking good care of your moonstone you will in return receive the most nourishing abundance of beautifully balanced and healing energy.  You can choose either the fresh energy of the new moon or the potent presence of the full moon energy.
How to use:

You can meditate with moonstone, wear it on your left side of your body (pockets, bra or jewelry) to receive its energy and/or wear it on your right side to help give back to others, express yourself and communicate to others. In Feng Shui, the moonstone is used for its calming, yin energy abilities, as well as for the energy of the water Feng Shui element it re-creates. A home or an office with a lot of fiery yang energy can benefit from the ability of moonstone to bring more balance.
Buddha moonstone pendants is a perfect expression of the assimilation of a more enlightened state of being. The energy of Quan Yin and White Tara are also often expressed in various moonstone carvings and pendants.
Moonstone spheres and eggs are also popular since the energy of moonstone is excellent Feng Shui for the southwest (love and marriage) bagua area. Moonstone comes in several different shades, but the light pink color moonstone is the best choice for your southwest area.

July Crystal: Ruby

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Crystal Meaning: The Ruby's rich red color speaks of love and passion and fire. Some have said that the July birthstone gets its color from an everlasting eternal fire, which cannot be extinguished. This makes it the perfect representation of eternal love. Ruby is an excellent stone for energy and balances vigor in life. It can sometimes over-stimulate in delicate or irritable people. It improves motivation and helping to setting realistic goals.

The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe, and is associated with many astral signs. To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace. Placed under a pillow the ruby may ward off bad dreams. Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty. Rubies and Sapphires are scientifically the same stone, differing only in color. The ruby is also linked to the star sign Aries.

Spiritual Use: Ruby is the good luck stone of love, encouraging sensitivity in relationships. Symbolizes love and passion. Associated with vitality and strong feelings. Can also be used on the root and heart chakras. Said to balance the heart and encourages “following your bliss”. It is a powerful shield against a psychic attack. Promotes positive dreams, helps clear visualization and encourages removal of negativity. The mind seems to stay sharp and heightened awareness is stronger. Ruby activates the crown chakra, creates a altered state of consciousness to spiritual learning. Helpful in soul healing and past-life work. It amplifies the bio-magnetic field around the body.

Healing Use: Healers have used rubies to cure various ailments, such as indigestion and helps circulation. Ruby promotes sexual energy and strengthens the body’s immune system against infectious diseases. Fortifies the heart circulation and combats low blood pressure. Helps alleviate exhaustion and lethargy. It stimulates the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen. Some say that it allows them to overcome fear. Ruby allows the sharing of loving energy despite past hurts, bringing up anger or negative energy for transmutation. It gives the strength to rise from martyrdom and choose whether or not to dwell in anguish, distress, or suffering, and encourages a positive and more courageous state of mind. It brings out the protective aspects of one’s character, inspiring one to step forward and stand up for those who are threatened, be it friends or strangers, children, animals, or the environment.

Chakra Healing:  Ruby carries the frequency of the enlightened Base Chakra, stimulating the flow of life-force energy or chi through the body. It strengthens the ability to meet one’s needs and manifest one’s desires, and is powerful in activating the kundalini.  The Base, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When its spiritual energies are out of balance, one will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body regains its strength and stamina, and the spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.

Ruby Feng Shui: Ruby utilizes Fire Energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family. Red gemstones should be used sparingly, to bring the sun's power and the fire element's energy to your space.
Ruby Goddess: Ruby honors Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War. She is the most powerful goddess of Lower Egypt, and is usually depicted with the head of a lion and the body of a beautiful woman. Ruby also honors Befana, the Italian Goddess of Twelfth Night.

Legend of Ruby crystal: The blood-red Ruby was considered one of the most magnificent of all gems and was honored throughout history in many cultures. The Hindus called it ratnaraj, “king of precious stones,” and ratnanayaka, “leader of precious stones.” Ancient texts are referenced as claiming “the beautiful clear and fine Ruby is the lord of stones; it is the gem of gems, and surpasses all other precious stones in virtue.” It is also said to be “the most precious of the twelve stones God created when He created all creatures,” and was thought to be the fourth gem in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest of the Second Temple engraved with the tribe of Judah.

A powerful symbol of the sun, Ruby is believed to contain the bloodline of humanity. Its glowing radiance suggests an inextinguishable flame within the stone that cannot be hidden, as it would shine through clothing or any material wrapped around the gem. An exaggerated Eastern legend says according to the Talmud, Abraham, when keeping his numerous wives held in an iron city, in order to give them light, set a bowl of Rubies in its midst which filled all the air with luster.

In Hindu lore the fire within the Ruby burned so hot, if cast into water it would communicate its heat to the liquid causing it to boil. The Greeks likewise believed if Ruby were carved and impressed on wax, it would melt the wax.  Rubies were at one time thought to be male and female, the darker red and Star Rubies were “male,” while those of lighter hue were “female.”

From ancient times up through the Middle Ages, Ruby was worn as an amulet or charm to ward off plague and pestilence, and gave its wearer the virtue of prudence, and banished sadness and idle, foolish thoughts. It was reputed to bring the wearer peace, drive away frightful dreams, restrain lust, and to help resolve disputes. Not only was the wearer or carrier of this precious stone protected from all perils, but if the four corners of a house, garden or vineyard were touched by a Ruby they would be preserved from lightning, tempests, and worms.  Ancient legends in Burma held that inserting a Ruby into the flesh so it became a part of the body conferred the power of invulnerability. Those who bore a Ruby about with them in this way confidently believed they could not be wounded by spear, sword, or gun.

Medicinally, powdered Ruby was mixed with water and used to treat infirmities of the eyes. Taken internally it was given in doses of ten to forty grains to “sweeten the sharpness of the humors, to strengthen the vitals, to drive away melancholy, and to restore lost strength.” It was even believed to make the body capable of resisting decay. Rubies were once thought to protect against venereal diseases. In the Middle Ages it was the protective stone of the prostitutes of Les Halles in Paris. Ruby, like all noble precious stones, was thought to give warning of poison, refusing to endure its presence. It grew dark and cloudy if any evil was about to befall its wearer and would not resume its pristine color until the peril had passed.

Throughout history Rubies have been considered perfect wedding stones. Their association with love, marriage, balance and royalty has held fast throughout time. Ancient Egyptians honored Ruby for beauty and love, protection and good fortune, and Eastern cultures considered Ruby a spiritual stone representing the beauty of the soul. Rubies are traditionally considered a gem of summer and are given as gifts for a fifteenth or fortieth year wedding anniversary.

Star Ruby is given on a fifty-second wedding anniversary, and was traditionally known in Oriental culture as a “phenomenal gem” to be worn on Wednesdays. Phenomenal gems exhibited a moving line, star, or changes on the surface as the light varied, and was considered to bring good fortune to the wearer.  Today Ruby is still considered to bring its owner prosperity and peace, for it is said that as long as one retains a bit of Ruby, wealth will never depart

How to use: Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand so as to receive the life force and have protection. Also can be worn on the ankle or as a necklace dangling around the heart - try not to wear the necklace to low, does not work well with the solar plexus.

How to Cleanse: Ruby should be discharged twice every month under running water and charged in sunlight for two hours.
Resource content: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/ruby


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