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ROCK TALK: LABRADORITE

When my partner brought home our first orb of Labradorite, I didn’t think much of it. I guess it was a pretty cool shade of grey, but I found a deeper connection to the Rose Quartz sphere he’d found specifically for me. I created little notecards denoting all of the properties of the crystals in our home, strategically placing them throughout the house. The Rose Quartz at my Altar, the Malachite on his desk, Rhodonite ended up in the living room, as for the Labradorite, it found a resting place in our bathroom.

Before I dive too deep into my experiences with Labradorite, let’s discuss its properties. Labradorite: The stone of Magic. This stone offers deep and lasting transformation. Highly protective from negativity, it will guide you to finding Adventure and Balance. This is an excellent stone for anyone who does work in the dream realms or in past lives. It will offer insight and protection on these journeys.

I always made note of that Labradorite orb when entering the bathroom. Curious if the “magic” or “transformation” its little notecard boasted would ever touch my life. At that time, I was enjoying life, sure, but there felt as if something was still missing. I worked one job that I sort of liked but mostly spent my time dreading going in or hating my life for being there, but I continued to hold the belief that drudgery was a normal piece of the work-life balance. Noting the stark contrast of MK at work and MK at home invested in her work led me to begin actively challenging the path I was on.

Around the time we received our first Labradorite, I was beginning to invest my free time in a creative project, one without a clear trajectory but whose curiosity fueled my interest and passion. I was working nights at the time, but I began committing larger chunks of my time off to creative endeavors, exploring my interests, and most importantly, I began to share my creations and insights with others.

I would wake up in the morning, write, show up for myself at my altar, make art, share that art, then I would go to work. This routine made those work shifts a little more bearable and also provided a much more gentle, compassionate perspective when the feelings of rage or frustration made themselves known. I would return home on those days and I would draw a bath. I would light as many candles as I could physically fit in the room, I would surround the Labradorite with other crystals, and finally after releasing a bath bomb into the water, and I would dream. Sitting in the bathtub with Gratitude for all of it. The sustenance creativity gave me, the job I was working for providing financial support, my partner for reflecting stability and honest encouragement.

So for a few months, I just existed in this place that was directly in the middle of gentle & guiding and extremely infuriating & frustrating. Balancing my anger with Trust in Divine Timing. And for the third time Amanda was asking for help at Rocks with Sass.

Here I am a few months later, intentionally working with Labradorite for a job I feel fits into the truth of my Being, for a job that sustains me both financially and creatively.

There were two intentions that touched my heart when we chose Labradorite as our next Crystal of the Week: Magic and Transformation. The two intentions that jumped off that little notecard with the orb in the bathroom just a few months earlier. What did conscious intentional focus on Magic and Transformation look like?

One of my first tasks in writing this post for you was to define these words for myself. Defining exactly what it is you are seeking assists the Universe in bringing that Gift to you more easily. It allows you to not confuse your view of a concept with what you believe the world sees within that concept.

To me, Magic is the unseen forces guiding us. It is the Universe, God, Spirit itself. Magic is an inner knowing. It is Divine Timing: a synthesis of synchronicity and deja vu. As I dive deeper into myself, the feelings of having been here before sink further into my bones. With these feelings of familiarity, I am met with courage and strength to learn the lessons I am being asked. When I wake up and am met with feelings of rage, I now know to greet it as an old friend, to ask it questions, to allow it to speak to me. I always listen, I do not allow myself to censor that voice. Once I hear its remarks, “You should have written this blog post by now. You should have your business and your website off the ground. You should have every detail of your life in order. You should be this or that. Should, should, should..,” it trails off. As it finishes screaming at me, I can now take a deep breath and allow the message to sink in with tenderness and compassion, two attributes my past self never would have dreamed to feel when an intense emotion like rage makes itself known.

Now that I have heard its message I can almost guarantee I will crack open and release in someway: tears may pour down, a smile may surface on my face, laughter may echo from my throat. And this happens over and over again. With every feeling or painful experience, I welcome these unseen forces to intervene, to join me in listening to the challenging messages, I give myself over to Spirit and I am guided to truly heal. I make my way closer each time to the real issues and fears at hand. It isn’t that my rage is wrong, it’s childish often, but not necessarily wrong.

Transformation is Magic in action. It is the process of creation which can happen in all sorts of speeds. Much of this post was channeled during the slowest moving season, in my opinion, Taurus. Everything moves slower at the bull’s pace. We plant the flowers, but they don’t necessarily bloom, we rest, we celebrate, we eat. This season was so slow for me, but I finally learned to take a deep breath of appreciation as the quick, witty, too fast for its own good nature of Gemini season approached. Ah, to breathe the air of the Earth for just a moment longer. Transformation is happening on its own time but do trust it is happening.

For me, my Transformation began when I shifted my life into ‘Mary Magduh’. It has been a little over a year and already I see changes in myself, I feel I have a place and a voice within the world. The transformations I witness aren’t always necessarily about forging ahead with the work and creating something. These transformations often happen in silent moments alone at my Altar, at night when I draw a bath, when I consciously choose to care for myself. Transformation is small shifts and changes in the ways of being.

To transform is literally to change shape. We live in a world of forms. The stories we tell build this world and I believe each individual has the power to alter and shift their form by means of embracing, honoring, and sharing their story from the Truth of their Hearts. With each moment of strength I find to tell my story, I transform.

Labradorite eased my mind about the past. Things I needed to come to terms with, feelings that had outstayed their welcome, thoughts of Self-Worth and Self-Respect that needed to be rewired and replugged around. In beginning to heal the way I viewed my past, I was able to see something I had long forgotten to dream up: a life I was proud of both living and sharing with those who chose to walk alongside me. Working with Labradorite, I have discovered courage and received the strength to share my story in yet another blog for you to enjoy. Shifting some of the weight I was carrying opened up a world of possibility that I am eager to share with you.

Sharing my perspective has always been a gift to so many in my life. I have always known this. I witness it in action when someone at work says, “It’s going to be slow tonight so I won’t make any money.” To which I respond, “Oh sure, I bet you make $150 and still leave before 9.” And they run up to me the next day to ask how I knew. I didn’t know anything, I just painted a picture for you that you weren’t able to see. Over the course of my time with Labradorite, I became reacquainted with this shifting perspective, the ability I hold within myself to Transform seeming darkness into golden light.

Alongside Labradorite, both consciously with my palm stone and unconsciously with that orb that started its magic during all those late night self-care baths, I have been gifted perspective. My imagination is becoming less restrictive. This allows me to tenderly uncover all areas of vulnerability in my life and extend love and forgiveness toward them. This shift in perspective allows me the freedom to tell my story with courage, grace, and humility.

Working with Labradorite has welcomed Magic and Transformation in the form acceptance… acceptance of the intention my heart had to create and become Mary Magduh. To explore a deeper version of myself that has no conditioning, purely linked to passion and the pursuit of sharing joy and beauty with others. When I began this project, I was sitting in that bathroom concerning myself with healing the doubts I held around deserving a life of my dreams: a life of creative freedom and joy, sharing in this life with those I love. I didn’t always know what this looked like but I knew how it felt. The creation and unveiling of this creative project led me to find the courage to begin finding a work-life balance that was actually balanced. Thank you for popping into my reality Rocks with Sass, and for fueling the continuance of a passionate, whole, magical life. I look forward to growing alongside this Community.

The other day I was standing in the kitchen after a particularly imaginative and creatively inspired day. I was finally beginning to see the path to create my own business, to building my own website to store all of the most important things to me like my mixes, energy reports and my own blog detailing the evolution of Mary Kathryn into Mary Magduh. I am seeing these details, feeling how it feels to have them accomplished, sending gratitude to myself for all the work and alchemy I have experienced and I look up at that little Labradorite orb to thank it for its magical guidance. There in the setting sun, I saw it for the first time, the flash of blue.

With Love, Encouragement, & Gratitude,

 

Buzzzz words: Magic, Transformation, Protection, Adventure, Visionary, Mystical

PHYSICAL

  • Aligns the physical body with etheric bodies

  • Grounds spiritual energy into physical body

  • Treats the eyes and brain

  • Stress reliever

  • Regulates metabolism & assists digestion

  • Good for colds & menstrual tension

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Helps warts

EMOTIONAL

  • Aids in rooting out negative patterns by assisting with inner work/shadow integration

  • Brings up suppressed memories

MENTAL

  • Banishes fear and insecurity

  • Strengthens faith and trust in self & the universe

  • Calms overactive mind

  • Heightens imagination & new ideas

  • Balances analysis and rationality with inner sight

  • Good for mental sharpness

SPIRITUAL/METAPHYSICAL

  • Enhances psychic abilities

  • Assists seeing with inner/third eye

  • Useful in magic and ritual practice

  • Psychic Protection

  • Awakens intuitive abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, astral travel, communication with Higher Guides

  • Increased experiences with Divine timing such as synchronicity and deja vu

  • “Interdimensional Stone” able to connect our reality with inner domains of awareness

  • Protects against negativity

  • Prevents energy leakage

  • Helps access spiritual purpose

  • Removes projections from others

  • Prepares soul and body for ascension

OTHER INFO

  • Corresponding Chakra: All

  • Hardness: 6-6.5

  • Color flashes called “Labradorescence”

  • Found in Canada and Madagascar

  • LABRADORITE LEGEND: Warrior found Labradorite and saw the flashes of color. He wanted to “free” them from the rock so he struck it with his spear and let some of the colors out into the night sky which is said to be the birth of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

  • Useful companion through change

  • Harmonizing Stones: Moonstone, Moldavite

  • Stones that came up to assist in writing this blog: Amethyst, Botswana Agate, Fluorite, Aquamarine, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz

SOURCES:

The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

The Pocket Book of Stones by Robert Simmons

ROCK TALK: QUARTZ

This week we will be learning about the crystal clear healer: Quartz. I was given the option between magical Labradorite and the cleansing power of Clear Quartz. My Heart immediately sunk into a gracious sigh of relief when Amanda suggested Quartz. I had naturally been drawn to it over my time with Fluorite (the featured stone of our first Rock Talk). I took this as a message that a focus on healing and clarity were necessary for this second entry.

A few of our favorite sources to do crystal research include The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, The Pocket Book of Stones by Robert Simmons, and The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt. One of the earliest steps in the process of writing one of these posts is the research. To start, I ask myself what my first impressions of this particular crystal are and how does that align with the information already out there. I noticed this crystal is more focused on the Spiritual/Metaphysical and the Physical realms, whereas Fluorite was much more concerned with healing our Mental and Emotional connections. While all crystals have various properties in all realms, it is interesting to note their favorites. 

Personally, my favorite realms to spend time in are the Mental and Spiritual. I will be the first to admit I find challenges when it comes to expressing my emotions or remaining grounded. So last month, I was asked to work on healing my mental health and its connection to my unhealed, unconscious emotional patterns. It has been incredible to watch my life unfold as I take responsibility for how I feel about a situation or environment by standing up for myself, honoring my feelings, and asking for what I want/need. This month my lessons were to begin understanding the deep connections between the Spirit world and the physical world we live in.

The intention I consciously chose for my Quartz is Clarity. Conscious, decisive, heart-felt Clarity became the mirror of my world. This was not consistently an easy task. Healing takes accountability and contemplation of the very Shadows that exist within our depths. These are much easier to run from, to ignore, to drown with alcohol, but with faith in Spirit and love of ourselves, we can watch ourselves transform. Unlike Fluorite, I did not find my Quartz with me in every moment or situation. This was partially because I chose a cluster rather than a pocket stone but I also believe that the healing I was being asked to do was not something I needed to be focused on at all times. When the work goes deep, it is healthy and often necessary, to take a step back from the work and rest. I witnessed this naturally happen over my course with Quartz.

There was one particular message that seemed to echo over this month and that message concerned the truth of our human form being deeply connected to the Divine. I took this message to heart as I focused with Clarity on my own conditioning patterns that denied any part of this truth.

Clarity is a gift of working with your intuition. Based on my self-study, I understood that my intuitive guidance was carrying deep wounding before I received this Quartz assignment. “Be gentle,” echos in my ears from my best friend as she voices her concern when I am very clearly being unkind, from Amanda who whispers softly to Copper behind me as we work amongst the healing energy of the crystals. “Be gentle!” my Quartz rather screamed at me as I sat down to do my crystal practice.

During a rather emotionally chaotic and distraught moment of thinking, there it was, a small piece of my Quartz cluster, disconnected from its original form. How it felt for me: as if a very clear pattern was being forcefully ripped out of my awareness. It hurt, I had to look at it, my Quartz and Spirit were sure to make me see. Have you ever stared at yourself in a mirror at night with only a few candles lit? You should try it. I have seen unfathomable things inside myself in those Shadows, but in witnessing them, I experience deep compassion for myself. Last night was no different, I sat before my mirror, broken Quartz offered to Spirit to heal and transform, and I stared. I watched the light flicker from demon to goddess, from Shadow to Siddhi, and back and forth until a deep sigh allowed for Acceptance and Transformation.

“Be Gentle,” my Heart whispered as my attacks came marching in. How could I have been so careless? How could I allow this gift of Quartz to break? I listened to that critical voice, allowed it to be heard and patiently listened for it… that gentle voice of affirmation. As I sat and contemplated, I looked to the worksheet I created for you to practice with your own Quartz and there I had listed some possible messages your Quartz might be giving you. One in particular hit me right in the space that was asking to be healed: maybe you are experiencing intensified feelings which your Quartz would like to address. YES, actually. I did not expect that to be my message. I sort of added that specific suggestion as an afterthought, but apparently, it was really a deeper message I had hidden for myself within my work. How cool.

After all of this, I was able to sit in the silence of my mind and soon felt guided to do a tarot practice. Maybe it was time to commit to yourself, as Karen Neverland so beautifully reminded me the night before, maybe it was simply time to fully embody what I am experiencing in my heart, to embody the Light of Grace that resides within me. I reached for my Sacred Rebels deck but then thought, maybe that is not actually the deck my intuition is asking me to work with. So I laid out each of my three decks, closed my eyes, connected to my right hand as I hovered over my three options, back and forth as Amanda would when she’s choosing the crystal for her daily practice. When I opened my eyes, I was astonished to be guided toward my Black Moon Astrology deck, the only deck I have purchased for myself. I looked up an Aquarius New Moon spread and landed on an adorable, quirky, somewhat silly looking one from 2017, but the message really resonated, so I went with it. Again the affirmations came streaming in. A reminder to remain grounded emotionally by my creativity, to continue practicing my art, my craft, sharing them with others along the way. A reminder to enjoy being a Divine being in a physical body, to celebrate that fact by allowing my roots to fully plant. A beautiful message after a day of making room in our home for the most wonderfully gorgeous little bedroom yucca.

Quartz is a stone whose main purpose and intention is to ground the Spiritual into the physical realm. It is a powerful stone because its clear color gives it access to all of your chakras. There is no Shadow this stone cannot touch and, as I learned, it will. If there is a wound, Quartz will reach out to touch it. It is powerful yet gentle. It sees all, nothing is hidden from its healing. Intuition is always gentle even if every now and then it needs to scream at you to get your attention. The screaming will subside as you allow it to be heard and you will then have access to what the voice of your unique intuition really sounds like. I feel my Intuition in my Heart, in its intention and power. I feel it in my openness and vulnerability. I sense it in my solar plexus. I notice it as I release my critical nature and make room for the sense of farsightedness. I feel it in my gut. I feel it in my aches and pains and in the softness I have learned to extend towards them. The voice of your Intuition is probably much different than mine and I would be curious to hear how others have learned to listen to their intuitive voice. I am grateful to this practice, the gentle guidance of this blog to allow me to tap into my own and share the discoveries with all of you.

A fun realization I had over my time with Quartz was allowing it to amplify other stones. In the beginning, I was drawn to use it alongside my Fluorite, hoping to continue the lessons in Discernment I had already begun, maybe this time with deeper Clarity and Self-Knowing. Ironically, my Fluorite parted from me over this month. This happens. Crystals come and go, like all healing, they are not ours to control. As I was nearing the end of this practice with Clear Quartz, preparing to share it with all of you, I noticed a bit of color sneak back into my space in the form of a piece of raw Rose Quartz and Orange Calcite. As I made a mental note, of the brightness of these colors on my Altar, I pondered what stones had made themselves present the last month. It was curious because most of them were dark colors, black stones being associated with the root chakra, grounding our physical body. How beautiful, considering much of my healing dealt with this specific need. A Reiki healer I met this month gifted me Shungite to cleanse my water, my body, to protect me. Amanda handed me a piece of Dalmatian Jasper saying it looked different than the others inviting my Quartz to now amplify my inner youthfulness. My Quartz cluster and a small Amethyst cluster have spent a few weeks together, really enjoying their time urging me to celebrate the habits of sobriety I am slowly, yet surely forming. And slowly, toward the end of the month, color came flooding back in. All of a sudden my Quartz could not part from its Rose Quartz orb friend, asking me to bring more rose into the space, our flower vases overflowing, rose oil becoming my new perfume and acne healer. With the messages affirming that my creativity was crucial in continuing this healing journey, my Quartz was thrilled to welcome the new additions of raw Rose Quartz and Orange Calcite - further reminders to remain gentle and loving. 

I would suggest Quartz to almost anyone, it has allowed me to access a deep trust in myself that I was wondering whether I would ever feel. A reminder, too, that Quartz is abundantly found on Earth so she’s already asking you to heal. The question is are you listening gently with intention? I have created a little worksheet for anyone who would like guidance on working with Quartz. I urge you to have fun with it. One of the biggest lessons I learned about healing myself this week is that I needed to release the control of the experience over to Spirit and my Quartz. As I did, the more I tapped in, the more I learned. We would love to hear about your experience working with Quartz and all of the ways our blog has helped you gain Clarity.

With Love, Encouragement, & Gratitude,

 
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Buzzzz words: Programmable, Amplifier, Magnification, Clearing/CLARITY, and Cleansing

  • Quartz absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy

  • Because it’s an amplifier, it harmonizes with all other stones 

  • Concerns all chakras and astrological signs

  • An abundant mineral found on every continent

    • Common sources: Arkansas, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, Tibet

  • Ideal for grid work - Learn about gridding here

  • Helps with energy blockage

  • Generates electromagnetism, dispels static electricity

  • Can help filter out distractions while meditating

  • Channels any energy and helps all healing

  • If you are unsure of what crystal to use: try quartz 

PHYSICAL

  • Support for the nervous system

  • Can be programmed to assist in any type of healing

  • Stimulates immune system

  • Brings body into balance

  • Helps soothe burns

  • Useful for multiple sclerosis, obesity, and pain

  • Weight loss

  • Helps diabetes, ear infections, hearing/balance

EMOTIONAL

  • Used to intensify feelings and/or heal the emotional body

MENTAL

  • Aids concentration

  • Unlocks memory

SPIRITUAL/METAPHYSICAL

  • Enhances one’s clarity

  • Aids communication with Spirit guides

  • Brings heightened Spiritual awareness

  • Consciousness expanding

  • Chakra opening

  • Helps with past life recall, inter dimensional travel, and polarity balancing

  • Enhances meditation and dreams

  • Connection with Higher Self

  • Raises energy to highest possible level