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There is something magical and powerful about having crystals nearby you. We have always been in love with crystals and spent many a childhood summer day on the Venice Boardwalk searching for the perfect crystal necklace.
Both of our homes are littered with different stones and crystals. We keep them by our beds, in our kitchens and pretty much on every other surface we can find.
But these past few years, more then ever, we are feeling the need for the power and protection that can be found in these beautiful treasures from the earth. What is this powerful draw and what does it mean? We have no idea and are hungry to know more.
Lucky for us and lucky for you, we happen to be friends with some ladies who can explain a little more clearly and enlighten us all.
We would like to introduce the girls behind VIGOR|SAGE, Sabrina & Rachel. Not only is their site full of amazing and beautiful images they are truly full of guides to "movement, healthful eating, travel, and living authentically."
We couldn't be more excited that they agreed to be our first expert interview on Things We Heart and share some of their knowledge. Read bellow to find out what Sabrina has to share about the power of crystals and check out Vigor|Sage for more from these lovely women.
1. Tell us a little about your background & how you've come to know so much about crystals & gem stones and their power.
I’m pretty intuitive, incredibly empathetic (probably too much for my own good at times) and have always been interested in healing and helping others. Some of my fondest childhood memories are with my sister trying to read each other’s auras. I translated my love of movement and healing into a degree in Dance Science, thinking I would move into injury recovery for dancers. Soon after college I met my partner, Geoff and embarked on my greatest adventure, Motherhood. While trying to find the balance of independence and life as a Mama, I fell in love with yoga. I studied at White Lotus Foundation and became a certified yoga teacher, a year later I returned to WLF and studied Therapeutic Yoga. I found my true calling as a “healer”, a conduit of positive energy and light. As my passion grew, I began to fall more in love with the power of nature for its ability to help me stay grounded and inquisitive about connections. I became drawn to the magnificent power of gems and crystals for my own personal balance and found myself wearing certain ones to bring about energetic qualities. I soon realized how many stones I already had in my collection — from jade earrings I was gifted as a young child to an amber ring I acquired after the death of my grandmother — and began reading up on the stones I found attractive. I’m not an expert by any means, just incredibly curious and passionate.
2. We have always found our selves drawn to Amethyst, it has sort of become our friendship stone. We usually gift each other with beautiful stones and jewelry we stumble upon. What is the meaning of Amethyst and what does our strong pull towards it symbolize?
I think its so radical that you gift each other stones. Not only are they beautiful but incredibly meaningful on so many levels. Amethyst is a very powerful and protective stone. Among its many attributes, Amethyst transforms energy into love and enhances serenity and higher states of consciousness. It is one of the most spiritual stones and is known for its ability to help increase mental focus and balance the physical, emotional and mental bodies.
3. You have once told me about “Washing” or cleansing crystals. Can you explain how you do that and how energy differs depending on wether you cleanse them in sunlight or moonlight?
All gems and crystals attract and hold energy, both positive and negative, until the object is cleaned. There are many ways to cleanse and charge your crystals and gemstones, its best to find the most meaningful to you. I like to bring mine out in the light of a full moon and let them cleanse and charge overnight. You can also cleanse them in clean running water (make sure your crystal won’t be damaged by water) or by smudging with the smoke from white sage. Placing them in a cluster with a large crystal quartz will cleanse and re-energize your crystals. Sunlight can be a great way to charge your stones as well but you should be careful as some (like Amethyst) will fade or change color. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is your energy and intentions regarding your stones.
4. Name some powerful crystals and their meanings. What are your favorite?
All gemstones and crystals vibrate energy on different levels and are helpful in healing certain ailments. Quartz crystal is very powerful for healing and amplifying energy. Turquoise is a protective stone and has been regarded for ages as a good luck charm. Amethyst, as I mentioned before, is a very powerful stone for serenity. Black Tourmaline is very powerful for banishing negativity. There are so many amazing stones, its hard to choose just one. I tend to lean towards Crystal Quartz for its ability to amplify energy and Turquoise for its beauty and helpfulness with communication. I am constantly drawn to Malachite, from its rich green color to its many powerful attributes.
5. What do you think about crystals in children rooms? Are there any stones that would be more powerful for children?
I am a firm believer that crystals can help anyone, whether they believe in the power or not. My son Rex was gifted a Jasper dinosaur when he was born that always stays near his bed. As he got a bit older he started having night terrors. I took him to a local store that sold crystals and was he immediately went for the raw quartz. Once we placed the quartz near his bed the nights became a lot calmer. He loves to collect stones and things of nature so we keep his collection together to amplify the natural energies. Children are very intuitive by nature and are attracted to stones without any judgement. It would be a fun trip to take them to a store and see what they pick up, this may give you some insight into their personalities. If you’re wanting to gift a stone to a child I would suggest Clear Quartz for its all purpose healing energy or Carnelian, which is known to help boost self-esteem and self-love.
6. Is there a love stone? A crystal or mineral that brings love to people?
Rose Quartz is known as the “Love Stone”. It is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is purifies and opens the heart on all levels and brings inner healing and self-love. It is helpful for mending a broken heart as well as bringing in love, once we are accepting and loving of ourselves, we are able to accept love from another.
7. What about a healing stone?
Stones have different healing properties. They work on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Depending on your level of dis-ease, it may be helpful to seek advice from a crystal healer. I would suggest finding your way to a store that sells gemstones and crystals and taking note of which stand out to you. In general, Clear quartz, Amethyst and Turquoise are the most easily attainable stones and are very powerful healing tools.
8. Why has the diamond become the symbol for marriage? Do they have a significant meaning?
I’m sure there are many stories behind the meaning of diamonds as engagement ring stones. I believe the reason they have become so popular in this venue is because of their strength and durability. Within different cultures throughout history, diamonds have been associated with everything from sexual power to strength and protection, all of which are great symbols of an everlasting and loving relationship.
Thank you so much Sabrina, Rachel and Vigor|Sage. We love all the information and images you have shared with us and our readers. We are going to plan a trip with the kids to a crystal store soon, we love that idea.