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Here is the next feature on natural gemstones for the Les Trois Fleurs… Artistic Muse blog. The Tuscon Gem show is now over and I have just received some beautiful new stones at the shop in Richmond Heights. The Sun is now moving into Pisces. Pisces is the sign that naturally rules the 12th house of the Astrological natural wheel. This is the house of unfinished business. You may find that little issues are arising that may have been left undone over the last year.  Pisces is also a very compassionate and intuitive sign. The glyph for Pisces is the two fishes swimming in different directions. This symbol is historically found in religious, sacred, and other ancient cultural sites all across the globe – a universally recognized symbol. And typically with an energy influence shift, symbols of that shift will just start cropping up everywhere. I happened to be in a bead shop a couple of nights ago and there were ceramic and other type of fish symbol beads that I had never seen before. Was it that they were always there and the energy influence just made me more aware of them or were they more attractive to the shop buyer because of the energy influence? I could not take my eyes off of them. They were “calling to me”. 

You might ask, “What does it mean that a stone ‘vibrates’ to a number or a sign?” From my perspective, we are all like tuning forks. Everyone has other people or places that they most naturally resonate to. Isn’t it possible that the same is true of stones, and anything else on this planet? Reading up on some of the numerology materials, the characteristics associated with a particular number are often like at least some of the characteristics listed for the different stones that “vibrate” to that number. For example: apatite is known to be the stone of humanitarian efforts and vibrates to the number 9, also listed as the number of a humanitarian. If you want to learn more about metaphysical principles there is a link to a great training center on this blog’s home page. 

There are many stones that vibrate to the Astrological sign of Pisces. Here is a list compiled from different resources: agate (blue lace), amethyst, anhydrite, aquamarine, bloodstone, carrolite, Chinese writing rock (very similar in appearance to last month’s chrysanthemum stone), fluorite, kernite, fire opals, green quartz, Smithsonite, staurolite (Faery Crosses), and turquoise.  This month’s feature will focus on apatite and staurolite (Fairy or Faery Crosses). 

Apatite 

How's Your Apatite Necklace on http://www.lestroisfleurs.etsy.com

 

As Apatite comes in many colors, it is often mistaken for other stones. It’s name is derived from a Greek word that means “to deceive”. Apatite is an “enhancer” stone, a stone that facilitates, speeds up, magnifies, and/or assures the results of other stones. Apatite is on my list of favorites, both due to the wonderful colors and even more because it is a stone of service and humanitarian efforts. Other key words/phrases for this stone include: stimulation of the intellect, dissolver of aloofness and negativity, enhancement of creativity, interface point between consciousness and matter, expansion of knowledge, disclosure of “truth to freedom”, “stone of the future”; elimination of mental confusion; integration, coordination, balancing; enhancer of clairvoyance, clairsentience, awareness of the devic kingdom, past-life events and their meaning in your current life (for those of you who believe in reincarnation). This stone vibrates to the Astrological signs of Gemini, Pisces, and Capricorn and the number 9 generally. The Blue/Green color vibrates to the number 8. 

Staurolite 

A feature on Fairy Crosses (staurolite) seemed appropriate given the upcoming Saint Patrick’s holiday. This stone is also named after a Greek word, in this case, meaning “cross”. Found in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, and Russia, this stone forms both 90 degree Greek crosses and 60 degree St. Andrew crosses. One of the legends related to this stone is that the crosses were created by the tears of Fairies when they heard of Christ’s Crucifixion. This stone is a talisman of good luck. It is also reported to aid in connecting with the ancients from the Middle East. Historically, these stones go back to the Crusades and are mentioned throughout history: a healing of Richard the Lionhearted during the Crusades, worn by Pocahontas and given to John Smith for protection, and worn by Teddy Roosevelt as a good luck charm. This stone is also beneficial for “kicking the habits” of smoking as well as removing the damage that smoking has caused to the physical body. This stone vibrates to the Astrological sign of Pisces and the number 5.

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To accompany the first article in the Stones that Rock! feature, it seems appropriate in this first Inspirational Writings feature to acknowledge the Love is in the Earth series by Melody.  I discovered this book while attending a Mary Magdalene workshop at Lily Dale, New York about two years ago (more about the Magdalena later). I have to confess that I was initially put off by the sheer size of the book. Yet, I could not walk away from it… for good reason. This book has in-depth information about minerals – historical, locality, formation, chemical composition, and metaphysical properties, and photographs of the different variations of a mineral. Melody has a remarkable ability to foster appreciation for each mineral – thousands of them – as she writes about the unique and beneficial characteristics of each one. Her writing extends beyond a list of “facts” and leaves the reader with an experience, a feeling, of the transformational benefits of including a mineral in their change program.  I keep this book on a shelf in the shop and customers often refer to it when searching for a stone for a specific purpose.  I refer to it regularly when using stones in jewelry designs. This book is an international best-seller and rekindles a love for our planet earth and ourselves (We are made of minerals, aren’t we?).

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This is the first in a series of articles on natural gemstones that will be available on the Les Trois Fleurs blog. Natural gemstones are not only beautiful to behold but they each have energies that have been used for thousands of years for specific purposes – protection, healing, meditation and channeling. I will be pulling information from well-known references such as Love is in the Earth – The Crystal and Mineral Encyclopedia, The Liite Fantastic and the Last Testament by Melody and other references in addition to my experience with stones.  

Each stone is also reputed to vibrate most naturally with certain astrological signs and numbers. Yet, each person also has a unique vibration. So learn from the references and also learn to trust your own experience and response to a stone. Most importantly, a stone’s energy can’t change you permanently. It can facilitate your plans to grow, achieve, and heal. It is my belief that a healing, regardless of the source, can temporarily clear you of negative energies. Yet in order for that change to be permanent, it requires an individual to actively and consistently work a change program.  

The sun is now in the sign of Aquarius and will soon to move into the sign of Pisces. There are many stones that vibrate to the sign of Aquarius. Here is a list compiled from different resources: amber, amethyst, ammonites, angelite (angel crystal), barite, bertrandite, boji® stone, cavansite, chrysanthemum stone (angel crystal), feldspar, fuchsite, garnet, hematite, kurnakovite, magnetite, mica, and shattuckite. These stones provide a range of colors for you Aquarians – gold, purple-violet, red, black, pink, gray, turquoise and so forth. To cover all of these in any depth would need many pages so I will focus on two that stood out to me as I was working with and researching them: chrysanthemum stone and garnet. Read on… don’t they seem like good partner stones?  

Chrysanthemum Stone  

Chrysanthemum Stone Pendant at http://www.lestroisfleurs.etsy.com

 

Chrysanthemum stones have been found in Japan, China, Canada, Belgium and the Lake Superior region of the United States. It seems that all stones were given names that were meaningful to their purpose. Why would a stone be named “Chrysanthemum Stone”? These stones have an amazingly beautiful white flower pattern on their black façade. The white part is reported to be Celestite, an “angel crystal”, for transformation and the flowering of spirituality… slowly over time… through experience… with the result being unity… Sound like a nice journey for the soul? Here are some other keywords for this beauty: harmony, change, renewal of love and family relationships, unity, innocence, enjoyment of the present moment, calm confidence; inspires, enlivens, achievement and brings efforts to fruition. It also works to dispel bigotry, mental distractions, superficiality, ignorance, self-righteousness, animosity, and resentment (just to name a few!).  

Garnet  

Garnet Waves Earrings on http://www.lestroisfleurs.etsy.com

 

Garnet comes in various shades of red, brown, pink, orange and also green. This stone has been used by priests, knights and warriors to decorate their breastplates, weapons and shields and is known as a sacred stone by many cultures (Hindu, Buddhist, American Indians, South American Indians, Aztecs, and Mayan) for enlightenment and wisdom. This stone is known to work as quickly as it’s inner fire for expansion of consciousness; constructiveness; commitment, balance and integration; to develop, rekindle, and renew love and compassion; to bring creative abilities into manifestation; as an extractor of negative energy from the chakras and then to raise that negative energy to a higher quality. Sometimes the color of a stone, as well as its name, is indicative of its qualities – garnets, often a red, work with blood circulation, strengthening the heart, vitality, and also improving memory. The name was derived from a Latin word meaning “pomegranate” which is a mystical symbol for the fruit of the sacred bloodline. Also important for the users of this stone is direct contact with the skin as the movement of the stone multiplies its effect for the wearer. Recommendations are to clean this stone monthly under hot-to-the-touch water and then placing it in the sun to recharge the stone. Garnets vibrate to the number 2 and to the Astrological signs of Aquarius, Capricorn, and Leo. 

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Les Trois Fleurs Artistic Muse blog!

The dream of owning a “shop” has been in my creative process since my youth.  As a young girl I followed in the footsteps of my grandmother, a milliner and seamstress.  She would bring me home scraps of fabric and I would turn them into miniature “Christian Dior” and other couture suits for my Barbie doll. At age 5… business suits…. was I just a little serious?  Later I grew into creating my own clothes (you guessed it -suits. I did make some dresses!).  Later I continued my creative development through other crafts (slip covers, art work in various media, porcelain dolls and ceramics, macrame, jewelry, and embroidery crafts).

In 2007, I was asked if I wanted to start a bookstore for our metaphysical center in Richmond Heights. The idea grew and flourished and the shop celebrated its grand opening in April of 2008. Part of the vision for this shop was to further the work of local artists, as well as my own – specifically work that inspires, lifts, and fills the viewer or wearer with happiness and other higher qualities. I have been student of metaphysics for over 28 years now and invoking higher energies into my creative work is something I strive for everyday.

In addition to the shop in Richmond Heights, I have an Etsy shop at www.lestroisfleurs.etsy.com. Please visit my Etsy shop for some beautiful finds. I joined the Etsy Cleveland Handmade team last fall. This is a fabulous group of local artists. I highly recommend a visit to their website by clicking on the Cleveland Handmade link.

I am planning some interesting features for this blog so please visit often and muse along with me. I will also announce classes and special events being held at the shop here as well.

Thanks — Kerri

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