Altar Kit in a Tin (A Mini Travel Altar or Prayer Box)

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I’m new to the craft idea of an altar-in-a-tin. The other day while surfing Pinterest (that never ends well for me), I came across photos of people who DIY-ed their own miniature altar kits or prayer boxes using a candy tin. These photos were incredible. The Pinterest excursion led to Etsy and three and a half hours later that lazy Sunday, I get the brilliant idea that I can DIY my own altar kit (or prayer box).

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Above you see my initial proposition of contents. Given limited parameters (e.g., don’t want to leave the house to buy anything; must finish this crafty project today so must utilize what I have in my house right now; must be itty bitty tiny because this f****** tin of mints is itty bitty tiny; etc.), this project turned out to be harder than I expected.

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Gemstones and Crystals Glossary (Personal)

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My gemstone and crystal collection is out of control. Whenever Hubby or I travel, I like to get stones and crystals from the region we’re in. Also, through my professional life, I’m connected to various mines that can supply me with goodies. Not to mention all my friends know I love rocks, so I’m being gifted with rocks constantly (yes, and keep them coming!).

To organize my stones, I keep a catalog of what I have in my collection. It’s a bit batty, actually, this multi-tab Excel workbook of tables logging my personal inventory. I’m pretty sure it could be used as evidence against me in allegations of neurosis or OCD. Anyway.

I also keep this running gemstones and crystals glossary, which only contains entries of stones I have in my collection and how I might work with those particular stones. When I acquire a new crystal, stone type, or mineral I didn’t have before, I will add it as an entry to this personal glossary.

So it’s not like a glossary of all gemstones ever and it’s not intended to be comprehensive. I started the document with rather personal and private intentions, but now that it’s gotten to be quite sizeable, I thought I might share it, especially since I get asked so many questions about how I use stones, what my correspondences are for said stones, and so on. Now I can direct folks to this document. Plus, maybe you’ll find some use for what I started and can add to it to formulate your own personal glossary. I figure those who like to keep records of their metaphysical studies will find some use for this document.

If you’re into stones, too, and love working with them metaphysically, then you’re free to take a look at my glossary. I’m providing both the PDF and DOCX for free download below. Again, it’s not “complete” in the sense that it can replace an actual objective glossary of gemstones and crystals. This is only complete to the limited extent of representing what I have in my personal collection and my private work with the stones. Enjoy nonetheless!

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The Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards by Jade-Sky

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The Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards by Jade-Sky and illustrated by Jane Marin is a beautifully produced high-gloss deck that features 44 gemstones and crystals. Jade-Sky is a self-professed psychic-medium and channel and Jane Marin, in addition to being an artist, is a healer and life coach. The two have come together to create a visually spectacular deck.

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No complaints here about the packaging. You’ve got a sturdy, high-gloss deck with an equally impressive companion guide.

Let’s start by having you choose a card, shall we? See below. Choose a card– left, center, or right, and remember which position you chose. We’ll revisit this reading later.

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The deck features mesmerizing photographic art, mostly abstract, and selected I’m guessing in large part to invoke color therapy. These cards are incredibly calming to gaze at. Cutely, I sort of used this deck as a checklist of the gemstones I have in my collection. In the below selection of cards, I’m missing apophyllite, cerussite, and chiastolite, admittedly stones I’ve never even heard of before.

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The imagery for each card is specifically selected to facilitate a connection between practitioner and the crystal in question, and by concentrating on that connection, you can experience the healing vibrations of the crystal… or so goes the companion guidebook.

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Reading Spiritual Balancing by Diana Burney

Spiritual Balancing by Diana Burney

I’m currently reading Spiritual Balancing: A Guidebook for Living in the Light, which was just released February 16, 2016. It’s by Diana Burney, who is also the author of Spiritual Clearings (2009). Both books are published by North Atlantic Books, who also publishes my books. Spiritual Balancing falls into the category of New Age spirituality and alternative medicine. It explores energy healing and reads like a 21st century manifesto on self-engaged spirituality.

Spiritual Balancing, as it is packaged and presented, seems to diverge from my normal trajectory of metaphysical reading, but I couldn’t help but find this book to be well-written, organized, and most important of all, practical.

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Gemstone Source Tip: Crystal River Gems in Pittsburgh

Foreground: Bloodstone
Foreground: Bloodstone

I am a gemstone and crystal hoarder. I’m not an expert in rocks and minerals, but I am a zealous enthusiast and for the most part, can identify most common stones. Hubby, a world traveler, makes a point to bring back stones and crystals for me from wherever he goes, and not from stores at retail price points, oh heavens no– he’s not that kind of guy anyway. He’s an adventurer, rock climber, hiker, goes places where there is no running water, plumbing, electricity, or internet. Those are the places he brings home rocks and crystals for me from. I also happen to work for a company that owns a couple of mines and trades internationally in natural resources, so that helps. Finally, I buy a ton of stones on my own. Most places I buy from are ehh, okay, that will do. But this place… omigosh this place…. Crystal River Gems in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Crystal River Gems - Card and Assortment IIt started with a personal hunt for tumbled malachite. I bought some from this other seller, who will go unnamed, and was disappointed. It was expensive and then the stones that came were, for one, small, all under 1.0 inch, lackluster, and some were even chipped. I was displeased, but still needed to restock my personal malachite collection. Then I stumbled upon Crystal River Gems.

Okay first of all, they were selling the same weight of malachite and same size description at a slightly lower price than the place I had just purchased from. So right away I was a touch skeptical. Here is what came:

Malachite from Crystal River Gems
Malachite from Crystal River Gems

Every one of those stones is over 1.0 inch long. Over! Some close to 2.0 inches. The pieces have a great meaty roundness to them, not like some sliver morsels of gemstones that you get when you order in bulk. I also ordered the bloodstones you see above. I’m always in short supply of bloodstones, it seems, as I work frequently with them. Feels like everyone and their mother I metaphysically empower stones via sigils for need bloodstone. Anyway.

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