Archive for May, 2010

This is the first journal entry for the Artistic Muse blog. I am excited to announce that I have completed training as a Reiki Master. Since I was a young girl, I have wanted to be a healer. I would go out to our front yard, sit beneath my favorite huge tree (the trees were like American Indians to me and I considered them my guides and protectors), and ask God if he could teach me how to melt all the guns and make me a great healer.

As a young adult, every time I asked for advice on what vocation to pursue – I asked everyone… career counselors, dice rollers, astrologers, you name it – and they all said, “You would be good at working with computers”. I would counter, “But I want to be a healer! Are you sure? I don’t even like computers.”  I worked in banks when automated teller terminals were just starting to be used.  To quote myself (can you do that?), “I was never going to work with those darn computers!!!!”. In 1980, I finally agreed to take a computer class and it did not convince me… I agreed to try one more time… and I was hooked! I fell in love with automation, bits and bytes, cpu’s and the whole industry.

But deep inside I still had that calling to be a healer.  Recently I met Alice Langholt, Reiki Master and Teacher while attending the I Matter Salon at Laughing Creek. Everyone who attended her Reiki class was so excited about it. I made plans to complete the class myself and finished the last class yesterday. Alice is so passionate about Reiki and is a wonderful teacher as well. I feel so privileged to have learned from her. And Kundalini Reiki is so easy to learn!

Expect to see more posts about this as I will be starting to use Reiki techniques to energize the jewelry I design and also the natural stones sold at Les Trois Fleurs.

Night, night! … Kerri


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Here are my latest treasuries on Etsy.com:

Emerald – A Day in May: to celebrate the lush beauty of spring after a renewing rainfall and the emerald, a beautiful May stone.

Relax in the Garden of Love:  to celebrate the handmade artists, who work their trades with love – this is their garden! This one is all local Cleveland Etsy team handmade artists. Please support these local artists and shop handmade.

Mellow Yellow: doesn’t this just remind you of Easter, bloomin’ daffodils, etc. What a great, warm, sunny color!

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Here is the next feature on natural gemstones for the Les Trois Fleurs… Artistic Muse blog. What I typically experience each year with Taurus energy is the earth matter coming up through my legs as I start to break into the spring energy. Compared to the newness of the season, I feel like I am moving through a great field of resistance and that everything is taking forever to get done. Taurus naturally rules the second house of the Astrological natural wheel. After the initial burst of Aries energy, Taurus matter feels slow and inert. Yet it is steadfast and, like the bull, puts its head down to getting the tasks done. Taurus energy will follow-through after the initial high of the Aries energy wears off but it takes the will of Aries to keep moving through what feels like tremendous resistance.

For me, that initial impulse to work with gemstones continues. Yet it has been work to get through the first project of working with the stones. In the energy of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, everything is beautiful and I could buy a truck load of these stones. But if I am not careful, the truckload will weigh me down and I will get nothing accomplished. I have to make my appreciation of beauty practical.

There are many stones that vibrate to the Astrological sign of Taurus. Here is a list compiled from different resources: Amblygonite, Basalt, Black Spinel, Boji Stones, Boleite Crystals, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Chrysanthemum Stone, Cuprite, Emerald, Hanksite, Iolite, Kunzite, Kyanite, Llanoite, Red Jasper, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Scapolite, Selenite, Thulite (Pink Zoisite), Variscite, and Zinscite. This month’s feature will focus on Carnelian and Emeralds.

Please feel free to comment on your own experiences with these stones.


Carnelian is a member of chalcedony family. The name comes from the word “carni” (flesh) which refers to its color. Like Taurus, Carnelian is a great Taurus stone as it helps us build that connection between the Earth and the Universe and then find your place or role, how you will practice this role on the earth to fulfill your part in the universal plan – it is your connection to becoming inspired from the world of spirit. Other keywords for Carnelian are: precision, awakening of inherent talents, adroitness, creativity, compassion, and analytical skills. Carnelian is a great protector stone guarding you from mis-qualified emotions such as envy, fear, and rage. This stone can be used to clear negativity from other stones and into the light to be transformed. Carnelian brings inspiration to you from the spiritual world. It is a feeling stone and helps you connect with and feel energies. This stone vibrates to numbers 5 and 6 and the Astrological Signs of Taurus, Cancer, and Leo


Emerald is one of the beryls. This stone can be used to open the heart chakra while also calming the emotions. It helps with being successful in long-term love relationships, building harmony, and encourages relaxation. Other keywords for this stone include: sensitivity and loyalty, memory enhancement, and intelligence and discernment. These qualities lead to what is called “right action”. My understanding and experience of “right action” is first, knowing your purpose in life; then second gaining the understanding from life’s experiences of the feeling of that purpose, and then using the purpose/will combined with that higher wisdom, to guide and direct your actions; thus becoming focused. The natural result of this is the elimination of impediments to your progress, negativity yielding more positive results.  The emerald vibrates to the number 4 and the Astrological Signs of Taurus, Gemini, and Aries.

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Here is the latest of Etsy treasuries –  my “fav’s”:

Cinderella Nights – this is a fun one, all black and white, with a little romance.

Rocks that Rock – gemstones, gemstones and more gemstones. Look at the moss amethyst, one of my recent discoveries, and the carved stones.

Enjoy and buy handmade!

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