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Crystals in Florida?

You know I went a long time thinking that there were no crystals to be found in my home state of Florida b/c its too geologically young & for most of its history it’s been mostly underwater as part of a shallow sea bed. It wasn’t until about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago that sea levels dropped and Florida finally emerged from the sea.

I know, I know. That sounds like a hella long time ago, but compared to most other places, that’s relatively recently.

But a few years ago I discovered that just ain’t so! There are indeed crystals to be found in Florida.

Florida has huge limestone deposits leftover from the Pliocene & Pleistocene Era of Florida’s past… back when it was still living under a large shallow ocean…& that era has left behind large 2 million year old fossilized clam shells encrusted with honey calcite in Ft. Drum, FL. 

During the early Pleistocene era, this was the location of the Atlantic shoreline.

On to Ft. Drum!

Honey Calcite

Calcite comes in many colors and a while ago I did a video all about some of the different kinds… (oh my, so old & embarrassing this video is):

Starting here I go over honey calcite’s specific healing properties.

How These Crystals Came To Be

After the animal living inside the clam shell (Mercenaria permagna) was long gone, calcite crystals  began to crystallize from within. How? Well, in Florida mangroves tend to grow along shorelines. At some point, the calcium in the clam shells leached out due to the acid-rich tannins from those mangroves and the hollow areas within the shells provided the perfect crystal growing hollow area.

A gorgeous golden Honey calcite to be exact.

Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is the area:

The original dig site was known as Ruck’s Pit & the story goes that in 2008, the family who owned the property decided to close it down & allowed it to flood making it now inaccessible.

This is a specimen found at the original location with that characteristic dog-tooth calcite formations.  So gorgeous, right?

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There are different tailings that are dug from various levels from the original pit so it’s wise to check them all out. 😉

I have to be honest & tell you that I didn’t love the idea that we were digging in an inauthentic site. But I guess I should be grateful that some of the material was saved for us to sort through & have the experience of discovering some of the gorgeous calcite there.

This is the sign you’re greeted with when you reach the Fort Drum Crystal Mine

Be Prepared

I recommend you bring the usual array of mining supplies, although they do have some tools for you to use there. I have a blog post here about that.

I’d also recommend bringing lots & lots of water + a packed lunch in a cooler (it gets HOT out there… & there are no food trucks or restaurants close by). There’s a bathroom, but don’t expect it to be very nice… if you know what I mean.

You might also want to bring a change of clothes for your ride home b/c  you tend to get pretty muddy!

You can expect to find lots of partial clam shells with a small calcite crystal filling, like a glittery coating inside the clam…but the larger dog-tooth calcite that used to be mined from the original location is probably all gone. 🙁

BTW, if you’re looking more for the spiral, cone-shaped type shells, those are also very hard to find. We didn’t find any.

If you think you’re going to find the entire clam shell in good condition filled with golden honey calcite…worth hundreds of dollars…well, we didn’t find any of that either & didn’t see any of the other people finding that material either…unless they were keeping it on the down low. 😉

Not to say that what we did find wasn’t lovely & gorgeous!

Was it Worth Going?

Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

It costs $60/per person/for the day. Kids are less. Yeah…OUCH! Very steep for mining, IMHO.

You’re allowed to mine as much as you wish, unlimited (although I’ve seen others say that you were only allowed to fill a 5 gallon bucket. We weren’t told that, but then again, we didn’t leave with anywhere near that much material)…and despite the website saying that the “mine” is only open until 5 pm…he told us we could stay until dark.

All in all, I’m glad we all went. It was a great experience, but I wouldn’t go back & do it again. Did it.

I’d rather check out other areas to mine.

How to find mines near you

Just Google it!

And just in case anyone wants to talk about the ethics of mining… b/c that usually comes up when I talk about this stuffs… and that’s OK, b/c it’s an opportunity to discuss & educate, here’s my blog post all about that. 🙂

Have you done your own Crystal Mining?  Been to the Fort Drum Mine? Or a local Mine near you?  What crystal treasures did you find?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Citrine Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings – Hibiscus Moon Crystal Healing Academy | Crystal Healing | Crystal Healer | Crystal Therapy | Certified Crystal Healer | Crystal Grids | Crystal Healing Course

Today we’re going to talk to you about citrine healing properties, correspondences and meanings so you can learn how to efficiently and effectively work with this popular and powerful crystal.

Plus I’ve got this instant download for you of my Solar Plexus Citrine Smoothie Recipe that you can whip up anytime. You can sign up & download your copy below.

Question of the Day:

Is citrine part of your personal crystal collection?

Just type in Yes or No in the comments at the bottom of this page. I’m curious how many of us have citrine. I know rose quartz is always a definite YES if you love crystals. Usually amethyst is a definite YES, but I’m wondering how popular citrine is with all of you.

I believe that amethyst is number one. I’ve checked my sources on this and amethyst is the number one collector’s crystal, and after that it’s a toss-up between rose quartz, (because see rose quartz is popular with the metaphysical crystal collectors, but with the rock hounds not so much because rose quartz doesn’t grow in that nice crystal formation) and citrine.

Citrine is the one just behind amethyst as most popular quartz gem or crystal collection gem.

Why do we want citrine in our collection?

What’s the reason for that?

Citrine Properties

Besides being gorgeous, it’s wonderful for bringing about positive, joyful, good vibes and all around good energy.

If you’re feeling a tinge of depression or effective seasonal disorder from winter, those of us in the northern hemisphere might be dealing with that right now, citrine is great for inviting in a sunny disposition.

It’s also great for boosting your confidence and your self-worth.

This crystal resonates very much with your solar plexus chakra. It brings it into balance and alignment.

Citrine is also known as the ultimate manifestation stone, as well as the merchant stone because it’s, no other stone can surpass its energy for bringing in that prosperity type of vibe.

Citrine Geology

Let’s look at a bit of geology and identification because that’s my strong suit, something different that I bring to the table because I’m a former science teacher and science department head, so I know this stuff inside and out.

That’s why I have the Crystal Savvy elective, that’s why I can help steer you clear of the Crystal Fakes.

Citrine has a Mohs hardness of seven for those of you who know what that means (we get into that in-depth in Crystal Savvy).

It’s a silicon dioxide crystal, which means it’s quartz, silicon dioxide.

There are many different quartzes including amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, smoky quartz. These are all different types of quartz, so it is indeed a type of quartz. That’s why it has that characteristic six-sided hexagonal shape to it and grows in a point.

There are six different crystal systems, and citrine is part of the trigonal crystal system which is a sub-system of the hexagonal crystal system.

It has a gold hue, which comes from the iron that is in the citrine. So that’s what gives it a slightly different vibrational frequency than other types of quartz.

Mother Earth naturally creates citrine. Now, not all citrine is natural. Let’s be mindful of that, and we’re going to get more into that in part two of this citrine series.

Mother Earth creates natural citrine within her womb, below ground in what I call a geothermal heat source within the mantle. That’s below the crustal layer of the planet.

We’ve got a geothermal, gourmet, geo-kitchen happening down there and it heats the crystal, so we get either amethyst or smoky quartz, both again, are silicon dioxide, they’re both quartz, same as citrine, but with that bit of iron inclusion happening there, when the amethyst or smoky quartz is naturally heated within the earth it can turn into citrine.

Additionally, citrine can vary in color from very, very yellow like the cut and polished one from Brazil (the giant beauty pictured above). There are lots of rainbows in that one.

Color can vary from very yellow to a yellow/brownish. Then some others are yellow/brownish, or an orange or iced tea color.

I show you a bunch of examples in the video, and you might watch and say: “Hey, I know citrine to look like this.”

Well, Mother Earth doesn’t make citrine like this. I’m not gonna call it fake, but it’s man-altered, it’s baked. This is what we call is the dark orange-brown madeira citrine or a reddish brown. We’ll talk in-depth on that in part two.

Then there’s another type; your darkest, almost smoky citrine. What makes it different from smoky quartz is you can see golden yellow. When you take it out in the sunlight if there is a golden yellow hue to it at all, it’s citrine. Smoky quartz does not have a golden yellow hue.

Citrine is naturally found in the USA, Spain and can be found in Russia, France, Scotland, Africa, the island of Madagascar and Brazil. They’re all slightly different and have different characteristics depending on where they are come from.

Solar Plexus Chakra

As I mentioned, citrine works very well with the solar plexus chakra. For self-esteem, confidence boosting and bringing about that positive attitude. I pulled this card today from my Mermaid deck. Positive Energy.

Surround yourself with positive people and situations and avoid negativity. Citrine helps with that so that was really apropos that I pulled that card today.

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Different Types of Citrine

Ametrine has a little bit of citrine in the amethyst. It’s a mixture of amethyst and citrine together in one stone, and some have clear quartz, citrine, and amethyst (like the one I show you in the video).

It’s partly purple and partially that yellow/orange in the citrine and the color zones are very sharply divided. Ametrine is the stone you want to work with for mental clarity and decision making, clear decision making. This is your go-to for that.

Cactus Quartz

You might be familiar with cactus quartz. It primarily grows and is more widely available as amethyst. It’s gorgeous. Sometimes cactus quartz, also known as spirit quartz, can come in citrine. This is much rarer.

So here’s a citrine cactus quartz, spirit quartz. It’s a form of quartz, but again it’s usually amethyst and more rarely citrine, or it can be a combination of the two. Sometimes you see both citrine and amethyst on one crystal.

Cactus quartz contains a large crystal with little baby crystals growing over the larger one in a layer of spikey little smaller crystals, hence, why they call it cactus quartz. It’s found in South Africa, and it’s so beautiful, brilliant and gorgeous.

Lemon Quartz

Next is lemon quartz. Sometimes people call pineapple when it has little spikes on it, but the lemon quartz has this bright yellow hue to it. A lot of times it’s faked. But there are natural, authentic lemon quartz and it’s a naturally colored (that’s the key), very light, bright yellow citrine. It lacks that brown, orange or reddish hue in that orange tint. It’s very light and bright.

Really it’s all in the eye of the beholder, guys. You can have two geologists standing next to each other. One will say yep, that’s lemon, that’s lemon citrine and some other one will say no, no, no, it’s not.

In part two I’ll be talking all about the fake citrine or about that madeira, the baked variety out there and how to tell the difference between a real deal citrine and the fake ones. We’ll dive deep into that in in part two.

Solar Plexus Power Juice

I’m going to give you the ingredients, but this is not like baking, it’s more like cooking. You just kinda throw it in to your liking. It’s not an exact science, not rocket science on this.

But, if you want the exact recipe, the exact amounts and all that stuff, you can get my free download of the actual recipe pdf.

When you do this, you don’t have to have a juicer, a NutriBullet, a Magic bullet type blender will work, or something like that. All these ingredients are pure solar plexus stuff guys and organic whenever possible.

You’re going to want to put in one peeled carrot. A cup of orange juice. Fresh ginger, grated up, that’s to taste. Some people like a lot of ginger and like it real spicy and some people just want a little touch. Or you can leave it out if you want, but I do recommend having it in there.

Grind up some fresh turmeric, a squeeze of lemon, just a squeeze, ice cubes and then the key here is citrine gem elixir.

Now, you might be like whoa, what in the world is that? Easy, easy. Just grab a cup, a coffee mug, a glass, whatever. Plop a citrine in there; a tumbled stone. Not rough. Make sure you wash it first, so it’s clean. Put it gently in with a glass of water. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, guess what? You’ve got citrine gem elixir.

How easy is that?

No need to get all glamorous about it and all ritualistic about it. You can and I show you how to do that in my course, but you don’t need to. So you put it in there with ice cubes, blend it up, and there you go. Solar Plexus Power Up Juice Smoothie.

If you don’t want it to be like smoothie consistency leave the ice cubes out and just blend it. This will give you so much good high vibe energy, just what we’re looking for from citrine and it tastes amazing.

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Try it! Some people don’t like the taste of carrot and orange juice together. I was cracking up because my friend, Leonie Dawson, posted something where she was drinking carrot and orange juice. She was like, what in the world is this?

But for me, with the health food stuff, I can pretty much do it all and I think it’s great. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, I don’t know, but try it out.

I think the energy trade-off that you get from it and the energy, the vibes you get from the citrine gem elixir is more than worth it. I think it tastes beautiful.

To wrap this up, here’s a little disclaimer I want to give you. Are these meanings reliable? I’ve given you citrine, crystal meanings, correspondences, properties, but are they reliable? This is a new disclaimer I’ve been giving recently. Those that have been with me a little while you know, you’re like, ah, here we go. 🙂

This information that I’m giving you today on citrine relies mostly on the common crystal correspondences that have been relied on for hundreds of years, many of them going back to ancient times and I’ve also researched them out and of course, tested them out, experimented with them and have found them to be consistent for myself, my clients, as well as for thousands of students and graduates of my Certified Crystal Healer Course. I’ve found that the known crystal properties ring true for about 80% of us.

So, that’s most of us, but that’s not everybody. You might be someone who says: “Citrine does not give me this kind of energy at all, it’s totally different for me”. Or, it might be the type of citrine you’re working with. Are you working with a natural Congo citrine or are you working with a baked citrine?

Plus recently, the energy on our planet in regards to the work we do with crystals has shifted, so, for those of you out there, don’t feel bad if you’re one of those that do not resonate with citrine’s usual correspondences and the ones that I’m talking about here today.

It could be due to these energy shifts, or again, you could have a baked citrine on your hands. I used to think baked citrine worked just fine. I have a different take on that and we’ll talk about that in part two, but yes, something has shifted with the energy there and both with us, it hasn’t just shifted with the crystals, shifted with the planet, with us and the crystals especially with this crystal, citrine.

Post in the comments below if you have a piece of citrine (or several!) in your collection. Also, tell me do these correspondences ring true for you or have you had a different experience?

 

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CLEARING INNER RESISTANCE TO POSITIVE CHANGE ~ A CRYSTAL HEALING RITUAL – Paths I Walk

It’s mind-boggling to think that there’s a part of us inside that fights us on making positive changes in our lives.

If something’s going to make our lives better, happier, healthier, why can’t we just do it? What gets in the way?

Put your hand up if you’ve ever experienced this: there’s a change you’ve wanted or needed to make in your life for a long-azz time, but you just seem stuck or held in the same old place or repeating pattern.

You just can’t seem to make the change happen.

It could be losing weight, changing jobs or careers, shifting your pattern of relationships, breaking a bad habit, exercising more, eating better, creating more work/life balance, etc.

What you are experiencing, my friend, is inner resistance.

For whatever reason, something deep, down inside you just won’t budge. There will be excuses, obstacles, refusal, denial. Vagueness or a “lack of clarity” is one of resistance’s favorite defenses.

And two, five, ten years later, you’ll still be stuck in the same old place or pattern.

Resistance, ultimately, is a machination of your shadow self. Somewhen in your childhood you experienced a trauma or an upset, or you learned that in order to get something you had to behave in a certain way, and that programmed a belief in your psyche.

Committed to that belief, you’ll resist anything that goes against it. The program has been written, and it will keep playing out through your entire adult life.

UNLESS, you rewrite it, and rewrite it you CAN!

But first, you have to work through the resistance.

HERE’S A HEALING RITUAL YOU CAN DO WITH CRYSTAL ENERGY SUPPORT:

First, accept and surrender. Resisting resistance is futile. When you accept your situation, and surrender to the resistance, you get energy flowing again. Hold mangano calcite, moonstone, or rose quartz in your receptive (non-dominant hand). Breathe deeply but gently, and then meditate for at least 1 minute. Consciously decide to accept and surrender.

 mangano calcite
Mangano Calcite

Identify the cause of your resistance. 

The key thing to remember is that resistance is seeking to serve a purpose, and inevitably, its purpose is in an effort to either protect you or provide for you in some way. Hold apache tear in your receptive hand and black moonstone or black obsidian in your dominant hand. These crystals help bring aspects of your shadow up to the light of your consciousness so that they can be seen and understood. Meditate for at least 1 minute, and then approach the resistance from a place of curiosity. Ask your inner self “How is this resistance keeping me safe?”, or “What am I gaining from this resistance?” Let the responses float up from your consciousness as opposed to trying to reason them out.

 apache tear
Apache Tear

Form a new, positive, empowering belief.

Once you’ve identified the cause of your resistance, you’re in a position to choose differently. Hold black kyanite or clear calcite in your receptive hand to help clear any residual blocked energy, and hematite in your dominant hand for fortitude, grounding, and commitment. Now close your eyes, and focus on the change you’d like to make. See or feel how it would benefit you, form some positive associations through visualization or sense memory. When you feel you’ve achieved this, take a deep breath, and imagine it settling into your psyche, forming a new, positive belief.

 black kyanite
Black Kyanite

Keep your crystals on your altar or in a sacred place to remind you of your process, and so that you can connect with their energy when you feel the need. Or, you can clear their energy, and work with them again to help you address a different issue of resistance in your life.

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