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?

Selecting Gemstones by Energy

I’ve noticed several people mention they like “pretty rocks” but have no idea how to go about picking them. Here’s my very simple technique for getting a good gemstone for you without knowing thing one about ’em!

Using Infinite: The Healers’ Gemstone

Infinite /Infinity Healing GemstoneAt a psychic fair eons ago, before I was actively working with cards or much anything metaphysical, I got a very, very good reading. So I asked the reader about progressing on my own path since she clearly had a hotline here, and she suggested I start getting gemstones.

At the time, it seemed kind of crazy to me. “Rocks? Rocks are going to help me develop spiritually? Really?!?” Dumbfounded but sold by the quality of the reading, I went ahead and picked up some rocks that day and eventually, learned to appreciate the energy stones carry. I’m glad I did!

One of my absolute favorite pieces is this sizable hunk of Infinite (or Infinity) gemstone–a type of green Serpentine and Chrysotile found in South Africa. It comes in different shades. The lighter green is the more gentle variety, the darker green more concentrated energy. I was lucky enough to find a piece that has both. Well worth the $15 it cost me to win it on eBay.

Infinite gemstone draws out pain, both physical and emotional. (And what pain isn’t both?)  Some use a small piece of Infinite as a Worry stone, or sleep with it under their pillow. These stones have a very gentle, soft energy. Some say it helps connect to the angelic realms, drawing out negative energy and mending holes in the aura and very grounding.

I can tell you from personal experience it helps eliminate pain. I’ve used it for nausea, cramps, headaches, backaches, you name it. Whatever hurts, it’s helped. Most effective seems to be simply laying the Infinite stone on body wherever it hurts. You don’t have to have skin contact, but I prefer to whenever practical. It’s fastest that way. Once you’ve placed the stone, divert your attention from any discomfort and let it go. Within a few minutes, when you remember to check, the pain has vanished. It really is that simple.

I’ve seen a few sources suggest this stone needs frequent clearing, but others say it’s one of the few that’s perpetually self-clearing. I’ve never felt the need to energetically clean or charge my Infinite stone in any way and it continues to work just fine, so I’m voting with self-clearing camp. Of course, if you’d prefer to clear yours, it certainly wouldn’t hurt anything. As always, your own intuition is your most reliable guide.

Have you used Infinite or are you interested in trying it?