Gemstone Guides: Howlite Sucks it Up!

IMG_1911There’s a new woo-woo shop in town, and I had a good time checking it out. I got myself up a couple new rocks. I used my usual method of hovering my hand over the baskets of rocks to see where I felt a vibration. This hunk of Howlite was one that wanted to join my stone family.

Yes, I call it a “stone family.” If I sleep with ’em, they’re family, damnit!

800px-Howlite-BYUHowlite is a mineral discovered near Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1868 by Henry How, a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist. In it’s natural state, it resembles cauliflower and was originally consider a nuisance! I’m glad someone changed their minds.

Howlite is white, veined and porous, so it’s sometimes dyed as an impersonator to more expensive stones, like Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli or red Coral. It absorbs the dye very well. I found that quality very interesting, considering how it’s used.

Howlite is known to promote calm, honesty and awareness for emotional situations. It absorbs the excess emotion! It’s especially known to help smooth anger and defensiveness, heightening discernment. When you’re not overloaded with emotional discharge, you can afford to be more empathetic and flexible.

Because of it’s calming nature, it’s also a good stone to aid sleeping and quieting an overactive mind. I’m betting it will be a natural for meditation. It’s associated with the upper chakras (5th – 7th), so the throat, third eye and crown charkas, promoting effective, clear speech, inner sight—or is that insight?—and higher understanding. It’s like those veins are the cobwebs it helps clear out for you!

The stone has a very calm, peaceful feel to it. It reminds me of Rose Quartz in it’s gentleness, but the soothing vibe here isn’t so much like pouring love energy on top. It’s more like a cleansing, soaking up over-charged impulses so you can keep a clearer channel. (Incidentally, I think Howlite and Rose Quartz would make a powerful combination for dealing with traumatic stress, especially if there’s a lot of anger.)

I am liking this piece a lot. I’ve found it to be very peaceful and seemed to help me settle my mind down quickly for sleep. We haven’t been related long, but I’m looking forward to a fruitful relationship.

Have you ever worked with Howlite? What’s your experience?

Quick Reference: Chakra Cheatsheet

Seven Main Chakras

7 Main Chakras, Bottom to Top

Chakras are spinning energy centers in the body, each corresponding to a particular type of energetic expression. The seven main chakras have associations that can be used to help us tap into the energy each covers.

To activate or clear individual chakras, you can visualize the spinning energy vortexes, clear them with light, wear corresponding colors, use gemstones associated with each, or even participate in activities ruled by that chakra.

Do you consciously work with your Chakra energy?



Chakra01 1. Root Chakra
Survival, safety, vitality, instincts, stability, physical needs
Smokey Quartz Crystal, Ruby, Bloodstone & Hematite
Chakra02 2. Sacral Chakra
Pleasure, Emotions, Feelings, Physical activity, Intimacy
Carnelian Agate, Tiger’s Eye, and Onyx
Chakra03 3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Strength, personal power, intellect, will, mental clarity, knowledge
Citrine, Amber & Topaz
Chakra04 4. Heart Chakra
Love, compassion, forgiveness, growth, self-acceptance
Rose Quartz, Diamond, Peridot and Tourmaline
Chakra05 5. Throat Chakra
Communication, creative expression, self-expression, planning, wisdom, trust
Turquoise Stone, blue agate, and Aquamarine
Chakra06 6.Third Eye Chakra
Creative vision, psychic vision, self-realization, perception, memory, perspective
Sapphire, Tanzanite, Lapis Lazuli and Fluorite
Chakra07 7. Crown Chakra
Spirituality, connection to Universal knowledge, inspiration, meditation, oneness
Amethyst and Alexandrite


Gemstones in Real Life: Moldavite Dynamite Update

Moldavite Necklace Report

Moldavite Necklace Report

Moldavite has a kick, as you may already know. A big one. From what I can tell, it’s all about letting go and opening up. And with that kind of energy, it’s something you may want to work with in measured doses. At least, if you’re not me.

As much as I lecture the world to be patient, get your two cookies later, not to be all forlorn when you find you haven’t tossed it fast enough…well, I don’t care. I want to be lessened of my psychic hangups now, damnit! I’m perfectly ready to accept discomfort for my own good, if we can just get on with it already.

So I ordered this Moldavite necklace. Right around that last eclipse, when I was already twitchy with the astrological charge. The Moldavite turned it up. And I wore it, all day, every day for a couple of weeks, just taking it off for bathing and sleeping. (I don’t think I could have slept with it on.)  But I was determined I was going to get the best I could from of the period, so I wore it faithfully to enhance my intention.

And yes, it did it’s work. I had shadows shaking loose in every corner of my brain! Left and right. At times, quite uncomfortable, but not unduly painful considering what was being shuffled. And it moved fast! If you’re willing to endure the unsettling transition, it’s a good choice.

Nonetheless, I probably could have done with a little less push. I finally decided to give it a rest–I was getting too wound up. So I grabbed my Charkra necklace again for a while. But I have it back on, in preparation for the next eclipse.

I have noticed this necklace is a slightly lighter green color than my other pieces (though it looks dark in the picture), and seems to have a gentler energy than the darker green. That’s just as well, if it’s going to be hanging around my neck–and  especially if I don’t have the good sense to swap it out with calmer gemstones periodically. I’m working on that “good sense” thing.

Do you limit your work with any particular stones because of their energy?

Gemstones in Real Life: Moldavite Clearing the Decks

I was blessed with a surprise gift when Jupiter was conjunct Uranus–a minivan! It was much needed and appreciated, since I was driving a complete crap-mobile. There was only one problem–the energy. It belonged to my brother. My relationships with family are sketchy on a good day, and I’d only talked to this brother once in the decade prior. So climbing in this vehicle, thick with his energy, dredged up a lot of pain. I’d hop in to go to the store and end up bawling within minutes and it wasn’t shaking off.

Purple Leopard Car Seat Covers

“That is SO you,” said my husband upon seeing these.

I decided I needed to inject some “Dixie”in there and clear the energy. Started with a few accessories and added a sparkly necklace to hang from the rear view mirror. It was better, but I wanted more.

Hello, seat covers! Knowing my brother would have had nothing to do with such flashy foolishness, they helped hugely. All of a sudden, I could get in without feeling sad.

I also grabbed a bottle of Purification spray–love this stuff!–used it liberally, and stashed nearby for quick recharges and clearing. Much, much better. Then Jinjan suggested adding gemstones. Duh! Why did I not think of that? Specifically, Moldavite, a rare,  green piece of ancient meteorite.


Moldavite wrapped in ribbon

Now, Moldavite had already hit my radar, since a recent order to the Natural Magick Shop had mistakenly netted me a whole bunch of Moldavite oil! Ten bottles of something you didn’t order captures your attention, after all.

I vaguely remembered maybe having a piece of my own from eons ago. I’d gotten it when I was new at collecting gemstones, as a gift. I felt it’s vibrations like crazy when I touched it and had no idea what else to do with it. So it lived in it’s little bag, pushed behind other stuff, long put away and forgotten until I went seeking it. It showed up again, right when I asked for it. Thanks, Universe!

I hung it on the rear view mirror with some ribbon inside a ring my husband gave me, adding an amethyst necklace to ground and some other personal items to round out the energetic transfusion. The results were quick and exceeded my expectations. I’ve been happily driving, sans emotional ghosts, ever since.

moldativte necklace

Pretty, don’t you think?

They say Moldavite helps you transform and let go of whatever you no longer need, you know?

What I didn’t expect was that within few days of  hanging that Moldavite, I would be finishing up my work at Elsa’s site to be here at A Fool’s Journey, giving it all I’ve got. As hard as it was to transition (and it was), deep down, I knew it was time, to move forward and see where it led. I don’t know when I would have, though, had circumstances not come together the way they did. I credit Moldavite energy for driving the process into motion.

I loved it so much, I recently ordered myself a Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Moldavite Pendant from Amazon. I’m excited to see what other changes this stone brings. But I’ll warn you now–don’t get it if you’re not ready to be shot into the future.

Do you have any Moldavite? What do you think of it?

Secret Life of Gemstones

I saw somebody mention in a discussion recently how their crystals and gemstones love to disappear and reappear. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to hear somebody else say that!

Mine do so with alarming regularity. And it’s not just me being absentminded! Sometimes, these things show up in places that I’ve looked dozens of times, or disappear right out from under my nose. I can get wrapped up in my own little reality, but I’m not that bad.

I’ve been telling myself they do this when I am over-using a particular stone or would just be better suited for another stone’s energy. When I need it, I’m certain it will appear on my radar. In other words, I simply personify the stone and say it’s the stone’s preference.

Flipped open my copy of Ask Your Guides: Connecting to Your Divine Support System and noticed that section I opened to was talking about little tricks various guides play–like hiding things to get your attention. So it’s not my imagination!

Maybe it’s the guides doing the hiding. Or the crystals themselves are the physical manifestations of guides’ energy. I don’t know! I just know the little suckers hide from me.

Do your gemstones play hide and seek?

Pendulum Video Demonstration

Here’s a video demonstration of how I use my pendulum to get simple answers (Yes, No, Sometimes, Undetermined). Pendulums do have different ways of indicating answers for different people, so work with yours until you feel confident of understanding it’s responses.

You can also dangle pendulums over maps or calendars to decide between locations or dates or whatever you fancy–just watch for where the pendulum starts to swing like crazy and that’s where you want to follow up.

While Quartz is probably most common, pendulums are made from variety of lovely gemstones. This one is Lapis Lazuli and I’m really loving it. Even though I often like to select gemstones in person, I have had good luck buying them online as well. I got this pendulum from a very nice witch in Texas.

Do you use a pendulum? Tell us about it!