Monday, April 27, 2009
The Magic of Rose Quartz
With its serene and delicate beauty, rose quartz is a crystal that always draws admiration, but its subtle beauty hides powerful healing qualities.
Beads made of rose quartz dating back to 7000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia show how long people have used the beauty of this crystal in jewelry. Rose quartz was also popular in the ancient world for making seals used to mark ownership of items--indicating how it was valued.
The ancient Egyptians used rose quartz in funerary masks, and both the Egyptians and Romans added powdered rose quartz to cosmetics to prevent wrinkles and encourage a good complexion.
The Stone of Love
The color of rose quartz is the same shade as the pink aura given off by the heart Chakra, and it is sometimes called the "love stone". The crystal is associated with unconditional love, beauty, serenity and tranquility. Of all crystals, rose quartz is the one that is most appropriate to give to your loved one on Valentine's Day.
Choosing Quality Crystals
Rose quartz varies in color from very pink to almost white and, as a rule, beads of one type of crystal should always show irregularity. If you buy rose quartz jewelry, be sure to check the color--a set of beads all the same shade have probably been dyed to give uniformity.
If you are very lucky, you may come across "star rose quartz". This formation of rose quartz contains needles of rutile (a crystal that may be found by itself or in rutile quartz, of as needle-shaped pieces in star rose quartz) When cut, star rose quartz shows a white star effect in natural light that is both beautiful and powerful, strengthening the crystal's healing effects.
Using Rose Quartz
Rose quartz has gentle yet powerful healing properties that you can use to heal heartbreak, banish nightmares and achieve your goals.
Aid Sweet Dreams
Rose quartz can help to ensure your sleep is deep and restful. Place a piece under your pillow to receive its beneficial effects during the night.
*Rose quartz can help you to overcome insomnia by ensuring that you relax deeply into sleep.
*If you suffer from bad dreams and wake anxious, place a rose quartz crystal under your pillow to deflect the negative emotions that cause nightmares.
*Utilize rose quartz's healing properties at night to help you release emotional pain from you past through your dreams.
*Cleanse your rose quartz regularly if you use it for healing. This will remove the negative energy it has absorbed. Clean it once a week by holding it under fresh, running water, then leave it to dry in the sun.
As befits a stone associated with unconditional love, rose quartz is good to use for boosting low self-esteem or self-confidence.
*Carry a piece of rose quartz in your pocket or wear some in jewelry for a heart-warming effect.
*For an extra power boost to your ego, affirm the crystal's positive energy as you pick it up each morning by stating: "I am strong and confident and as worthy as any person. I will perform my work well and not be influenced by negativity from any of the people around me."
Heal a Broken Heart
As the "stone of love", rose quartz can work to release the pain of a broken heart and bring new love and friendship into your life.
*In a time of emotional trauma, such as after a breakup with a friend or partner, wear or carry rose quartz (or both), or keep it in the rooms in your house.
*By keeping the love energy of rose quartz around you at all times, you can begin the process of emotional healing while letting friends support you.
*Remember to share the positive energies radiated by this stone by lending a piece of rose quartz to a friend when they are in need of comfort.
In crystal healing, rose quartz in also believed to be a purifying stone. For this reason, it is a good crystal to carry around if you are thinking of detoxing and toning up for the summer months.
*The presence of rose quartz in your home can help strengthen your willpower, which will help you stick to your new routine.
*Rose quartz has a positive, balancing effect on the emotions. It will stop you from feeling guilty, an emotion that can prevent you from sticking to your guns.
*It encourages relaxation and is well-known for its calming effect. Its reassuring energy will help to take the edge off your feelings of stress about achieving your goals.
*Keep chunks of unpolished rose quartz in the kitchen and dining room to benefit from its cleansing energy.