Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Smoky Quartz and Black Obsidian: Feet on the Ground, Head in the Stars

In my last post, I talked a little bit about how you can use the traditional rainbow colors to help you develop  a stone meditation kit . It may seem a little out there, but I've found that you have to get out of your own way and just let the magic happen when you're working with stones. I won't try to explain how a crystal can capture the imagination. Nobody can explain that. We just know that it does.  You're focusing on the beauty of the stones, rather than your own issues.

Today I'd like to take a closer look at the "grounding" end of the rainbow. There are certain "dark" stones that many peoples all over the world have traditionally used to blast through negativity or to ward it off in the first place. Smoky Quartz, in particular, seems to be a very sympathetic stone. Need to be a little more chill? Try placing a large Smoky Quartz anywhere you need a little more peace in your environment. Smaller Smoky Quartz can be worn as jewelry or carried in your pocket.

By the way, Smoky Topaz is just an old-time jewelry store name, before the laws about truth in labeling were really enforced the way they are now. Your grandmother's Smoky Topaz? It's Smoky Quartz. And that's fine. It's a great stone. It's actually a blessing that it's so inexpensive because it means that it is widely available to anyone who would like to use it.

A lot of people also work with Obsidian, especially Black Obsidian like the famous Apache Tears. I like it for a pocket stone, but make sure you wrap it well in a silk or satin bag. Obsidian is volcanic glass-- naturally formed from lava flows. Since it doesn't have a crystalline structure, it scratches quite easily, just like manmade glass.  From time to time, I have scratched a pocket Obsidian, which I take as a sign that I need to put it on the "to do" list to go back in the tumbler.

If you squint at my photo down below of some of my tumbled black stones, you'll see a reddish and black Obsidian on the left side of the photo. That's Mahogany Obsidian-- also a good lower grounding or root chakra stone. I may have a lot more to say about it in a later post. 

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