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Crystals & Stones

This zone will include healing as well as metaphysical properties of crystals, minerals, stones and rocks. More will come up as new questions and discussions occur within the zone.\r\nA really good source of basic information is a website called Crystal Vaults, much of the information included here about the basics of crystals will be from there. The information there is by no means exhaustive and to be clear form the beginning they are indeed in sales and no, I don't work for them nor do I stand to gain a thing by linking them, their info is just a useful starting point. I include this "go-to" for quick information as the tip of a  very large iceberg that is only the beginning of a long journey to learning more. Consider it a catalyst to knowledge that will hopefully lead to the wisdom that comes in the experiences birthed by that knowledge. It will start off as very basic "stuff" and expand in time. Other sites I reference...
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    Malachite is a stone of transformation and emotional clarity. It teaches one to take responsibility for one's own actions, thoughts and emotions and helps release inhibitions while encouraging expression of one's own true feelings. It also allows empathy toward others. Instinct and intuition are boosted by malachite and it opens the door for advancement spiritually. It helps clarify emotions and releases negative life experiences. Malachite works to release the past not by simply "letting it go" before you might be ready to, meaning those feelings might return. Instead, it transforms them via perspective into positive, in other words it doesn't change the incident bit rather it changes our own perception of those events. It also brings clarity by helping one connect to the powers that be without fear.

    Malachite also helps with concentration and aids with physical, psychic and intuitive vision. It's said to help balance the desires of ego against the higher will. Emotional blockages are diminished and new ideas and creativity are inspired. Once goals are clearly set, malachite helps make them manifest. It's soothing to the soul and builds strength in all three main areas of life, the physical, mental and spiritual. It is said that malachite can also assist one in counteracting and overcoming self-destructive romantic tendencies and wearing it near the heart is said to expand one's ability to love.

    The high copper content gives it a steady, pulsing electromagnetic field which absorbs negativity from the aura and cleanses it. It enhances emotional stability and general balance. Malachite defends against toxins physically, mentally and spiritually while at the same time, the high copper content makes it a little bit toxic itself. In its raw state, especially when it's being worked with, such as ground into powder or sawed, the powder is toxic to inhale. It is often sealed with a coating after polished.

    Malachite strengthens the entire body from skin to organs when the energy is directed properly. It is said to detoxify the liver, stimulate the brain, relieve menstrual cramps as well as pain from other ailments such as arthritis or stiff joints. It strengthens the immune system and has been said to help shrink tumors that are a result of toxins as well as aiding with afflictions of the 4th chakra.

    Malachite is helpful with heart pains or irregularities but shouldn't be worn for too long by people who have tachycardia as it can increase heart rate. It has been said to combat dyslexia and help with focus. Malachite brings focus by strengthening one's ability to absorb and process information, this inevitably creates a better understanding of things and allows us to see more than we would have otherwise seen. It helps with childbirth and is a good stone for midwives to carry as it is a great tool for whatever they do related to their job. It also lowers blood pressure, helps with arthritis, epilepsy, joint pain, growths and travel sickness.

    It was once thought that malachite could warn against impending danger. It was believed that it would break apart into pieces to warn the person carrying it that danger was nearby. Sleeping with it under your pillow or nearby assists with remembering the dreamtime. Even if you cannot fully understand what a dream means the memory of it will be retained so that when you are ready you will fully recall the information you need. It is also good for elderly people as it helps with remembering things otherwise thought long forgotten.

    Malachite lends extra energy and power to any working or rite. It is used in protective magic, specifically where children are concerned and can be worn or carried to guard against negativity as well as physical dangers. Malachite is effective on all chakras most notably with the heart chakra in terms of love and opening the heart not just to romantic types of love but also unconditional types of love such as with family. It has been used for scrying, the bends and turns in the patterns like walking a labyrinth to insight.

    Since malachite absorbs negative energy it must be cleansed frequently. Malachite can be cleansed and recharged by placing it on a quartz crystal cluster or in a geode. Some recommend putting it in the sun  while others bury it for a time in the earth and then rinse it in moving water such as a stream or river. One shouldn't cleanse it in the ocean or use salt with it at all as salt can cause damage to the stone. Be careful when wearing it as it amplifies any energy you send out. One negative thought can have an amplified effect and the returned negative energy can come back threefold to you.

    Associated with Capricorn, Scorpio and Libra as well as with the element of water as it is a transformative stone and works to cleanse the psyche of past things that are preventing forward movement on one's journey. Placed on the third eye it will activate visualization and psychic vision. Placed on the heart chakra it helps open one to love whether it's romantic love, familial love or universal love and even love of self.