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Luinbariel
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PostSubject: Crystal of the Week   Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:07 pm

Crystal of the Week


Week 1: Citrine






I would like to start off this first lesson by making a few
notes.


First of all, I will be starting with Citrine for a few
reasons. It is a stone that is easily accessible to many people in many places,
it is usually cheap and plentiful, and it has many different uses. While I am hoping to cover more uncommon
stones in later lessons, the first few will also likely follow the same form,
being more common stones.


Secondly, all lessons will include references from several
books that I personally own as well as a few websites. The websites will mostly
be used for images as I am not as fond of internet sources for metaphysical
information as I am of three particular published works and of intuition.


These books are as follows, listed in order of preference:


- Love is in the Earth: a Kaleidoscope of Crystals by Melody

- Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals by the National Audubon Society

- The Crystal Bible: a Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall


All of these books are available for purchase, and I
recommend buying them used; they are MUCH MUCH cheaper if you buy them
second-hand as opposed to new, especially the Field Guide.


Thirdly, I do not authorize anyone to reproduce my lessons
and articles without my permission; though they are posted here for others to
see, they are NOT to be reproduced as your own. If you wish to cite them
somewhere, please ask me and we’ll discuss it.


Finally I would also like to note that if you have
suggestions for the next week’s stone, please by all means PM me (to assure I
see it in time) and I will be sure to research it and feature it if I can next
week or as soon as possible.




Now, without further delay, let’s start the first lesson!





Selection




Let’s start by exploring how to select a good piece of
high-quality Citrine.

It is more beneficial to find a piece of citrine that is
natural, if possible; the market is flooded with pieces that have been
heat-treated with chemicals in a lab setting to give them that distinctive
orange color. While the stone will still have the same or similar properties to
a natural piece of citrine, their properties will not be as strong or easy to
access as they would with a natural piece. They also tend to fade much MUCH
faster than natual citrine pieces do, and are generally more desirable, though
a little harder to find.

Your best bet to finding a natural piece is to educate
yourself on how they look. Natural pieces of citrine are typically small and
their orange hue is quite deep, often appearing as more brown than orange. They are rarely sold as individual crystals
due to their smaller size; you are far more likely to find a small cluster for
sale than you are an individual crystal when dealing with the real stuff. These
clusters typically feature a small, thin-ish layer of citrine crystals, a layer
of sparkling white crystals, and then a bottom layer of grey stone upon which
all of the other parts have grown.


The following links are to images of some quality pieces of
natural citrine, to give you a better idea of what you are looking for.


- http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~adg/images/minerals/q/citrine.jpg

- http://www.crystalmoments.co.uk/photos/1.879467CitrineCluster_B_.JPG


As you can see, the crystals are small and tightly packed,
featuring a nice deep orange/brown color.

In contrast, treated pieces of citrine are generally much
larger and are often sold as a single piece rather than a cluster. They often
feature a brighter orange top, usually transparent instead of translucent; they
also feature a layer of the sparkling white dense crystals that the larger
orange part has grown from, but they are almost always without the grey stone
layer.

These treated citrine pieces also often feature tones of
“rainbows”, which are sections on the crystal that reflect a wide spectrum of
color aside from their usual orange color.


The following links are examples of treated citrine and what
to avoid.

- http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/minerals/pix/citrine2.jpg

- http://crystal-cure.com/pics/point-citrine-standing5.jpg


You can see that their color is much lighter than the first
two examples of natural clusters, and the crystals themselves are also much
larger. This is because they started their life out as regular clear quartz,
which is very commonly found in larger pieces and are thus easier to treat and
color. You can also see the prominent white layer and lack of a grey layer
mentioned above.


Finding a good piece in a local setting can often be
difficult; many stores that cater to the average enthusiast don’t often carry
the natural pieces as they are smaller and generally considered to be less
visually impressive than their treated cousins. If you shop around however and
find shops that are more heavily dedicated to the metaphysical shopper you are
much more likely to find a wider selection.


You can also have some good luck looking online, but if you
are wanting to purchase from the internet, I suggest e-bay. You will have
access to a much wider selection and a much better price range, as online rock
shops tend to charge more than they should for any piece of stone.





Metaphysical Properties



Now that we’ve learned how to identify a quality, untreated
piece of citrine, we can move on to learn more about the metaphysical properties
that the stone is reputed to possess.


First and foremost, citrine is known to be one of the few
stones on earth that does not require cleansing. It is reputed to be a natural
cleanser and to be very good at simply leaking out and distributing any
negative energy that it comes in contact with so that it can do no harm. This property is in effect for the wearer or
bearer, and it also applies to stones that are laid upon it; if you have a
large enough piece of citrine and you wish to cleanse something like another
stone, you can simply touch the two, and the citrine will remove any negativity
present in the other item, safely dissipating it.


This stone also has another very common myth associated with
it, often being dubbed “the merchant stone”. It is said to attract wealth when
appropriately used and placed, doing so innately and without much effort. It is
often placed in the cash register of the superstitious store owner, being
thought to increase one’s intake if given this home. Not only does it assist in
acquiring wealth; it is also rumored to help you keep the money that you make
as well.


If you wish to use this money-making or keeping technique at
home, you can do so; to achieve this, lore states that the stone should be
placed in the farthest left-back corner of your home from your front door.

Citrine has been used to align chakras and to balance the
yin-yang energy within a person. It is especially useful for activating and
opening the sacral, naval, and solar plexus chakras, depending on the hue of
the stone and the corresponding chakra. You may also use citrine’s natural
negativity-clearing properties to cleanse your aura of muddiness and other
afflictions.


It is also known as a stone of optimism and of a sunny
disposition, bringing that bright, sunny, and care-free feeling that it exudes
to the person in contact with it. It is a good influence on a student as well,
bringing them in contact with the realms of higher learning and intelligence so
that they can find themselves better equipped to learn and retain information.


Reputedly this crystal is also useful for aiding in
digestion, can help treat digestive disorders, and can promote proper blood
circulation when and where needed. It is also rumored to be able to increase
visual ability and to balance the thyroid.




Caring for Your Citrine



If you have the good fortune to get a nice piece of natural
citrine, there isn’t too much that you can do to damage it; it’s ok in water
and makes a nice decoration in a fish tank (although you must take care to
physically cleanse the stone regularly or you run the risk of algae growing in
places where you can’t get it out).


It is also ok in sunlight, especially since the sun is
something that charges citrine amazingly well, but you should take care to make
sure it is not in direct sunlight if possible. The natural citrine is much more
resistant to fading in the sunlight than the treated types, but it is still not
recommended to allow them to be in direct sunlight if you can help it to help keep
them beautiful for years to come. I myself had a piece of treated citrine that
got direct sunlight only part of the day and within one to two years it was
almost completely clear, nearly all traces of orange gone.


This stone is otherwise easy to care for; it does not need
cleansing and works without much effort on your part. You do not have to worry
about it touching your other crystals as you might with some. The only possible
worry with this stone is that its happy personality and abundant energy might
keep the light sleepers among us awake, so you might have to keep it away from
where you sleep to ensure a good night’s rest.


That concludes the first week’s lesson! If you have any
questions about what you’ve seen here or if you would like some more
information, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help!


Once again I’ll be happy to take suggestions for next week
if there is a stone you are curious about!
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal of the Week   Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:32 pm

Hey!

Alright, one that I know, and use everyday!

One question though, you mention the money thing being a myth . . . . is that because it is a myth or because it's been termed as a myth? Because as far as I know, I still have some citrine in the cash register at the store (embarrassing eh?) and well if it's just gonna grow dust . . . from not doing anything . . . I may as well move it.

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PostSubject: Re: Crystal of the Week   Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:32 am

It's simply because it is termed as a myth and hasn't really been tested and proven in a study anyone can reference. I personally believe it as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal of the Week   Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:38 am

Yeah actually, it does work actually, it seems that when every other store in the city is hurting, mine is fine . . . money just flows, but not in over abundance.

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PostSubject: Re: Crystal of the Week   Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:41 am

Nice!
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