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Beginner’s Grid Making

Beginner’s Grid Making by Margaret Ann Lembo

“A crystal grid is the use of gemstones in geometric formations placed in or around a person, place or thing to achieve the formed intention. Crystal grids can be combined with crystal alignments with larger groups of people at sacred sites. Using crystals for essences to spray, in a charm bag, or in a grid, use the gems to focus your intentions for your daily life. Add prayers and positive affirmations to support your intentions. There are many ways to incorporate gemstones as a tool for amplifying all that is good.

Bring your rocks to bed. Place a smooth tumbled stone under your pillow or inside your pillowcase before going to sleep. You can also place it on your nightstand or under your mattress, or hold it in your hand as you fall asleep. A crystal grid on your night table or around your bed may be beneficial as well.

 

Create an altar or grid of gemstones. A crystal altar is simple to create. Simply choose a space in your home like a countertop, a windowsill, or a table. Either place the crystals in a bowl or create an attractive display or geometric formation with your intention in mind. There is a feeling of accomplishment and divine connection when we make a ritual out of working with gemstones. Find out more about creating a grid in Chapter 7 in my book, Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth.

Place gemstones around your home and office. Keep the crystal that aligns with your intention on your desk as a reminder. Place the chosen stones on windowsills, countertops, end tables, coffee tables, and so on.”

Excerpted from Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth

More on Crystal Grids in the upcoming weeks here in this blog and on our Facebook Page and Instagram stream.

 

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Her latest book is Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Are you ready to transform your life?

Are you ready to transform your life?

Fall is a time for shedding the old to make room for the new. Imagine any habits or thoughtforms that you’re ready to release are falling away like the leaves of a tree. Consciously decide to replace these with positive habits that will bring you closer to your goals and watch your life transform.

There are many saints and angels that can help you in this pursuit though my two favorites are Archangel Zadkiel and Saint Germain. Both are associated with the color purple, and Saint Germain connects you with the Violet Flame of Transformation.

Archangel Zadkiel is the angel of mercy and encourages forgiveness which is a big part of letting go. Not only must we forgive those we perceive have wronged us, but in many cases, we need to forgive ourselves for the part we played in the situation. Often “bad” habits come with a certain amount of guilt or shame and to fully release the habit we also must forgive ourselves.

Archangel Zadkiel also uses those around us as mirrors to show us areas of our lives we might need to work on. Have you noticed that people and situations are reflecting your feelings or thoughts? Archangel Zadkiel might already be working in your life to aid in your self-awareness and personal growth.

 

Saint Germain and the Violet Flame are all about transmutation. Think of the Violet Flame like universal recycling, it takes in”negative” or unwanted energy and changes it into positive energy. Saint Germain also offers a higher perspective and understanding through hindsight. Through this fuller understanding, healing can truly begin. Lessons also become clear and you’ll find you no longer need to repeat the same patterns over and over again.

I can’t talk about transformation without mentioning Amethyst! Amethyst is the perfect ally during times of change. It aids in releasing addiction and can ease transformation. To use this vibration in changing unwanted situations, imagine yourself surrounded by a vibrating, glowing bubble of violet light emanating from the stone. As you imagine this, know that all that you are upset about or challenged by is currently being transformed and transmuted into something powerful. Imagine the situation changing to what you do want versus how it currently is. The vibration of your imagination of how you want your life to be combined with the violet light will effectuate change.

Pair any of these tools with the following affirmation: “I create my reality. I can change my reality. It’s easy for me to transform and transmute challenging situations. I use my intuition and follow my hunches.”

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Her latest book is Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Honoring Mother Mary: The Assumption, Dormition, and Aquamarine

Honoring Mother Mary: The Assumption, Dormition, and Aquamarine by Margaret Ann Lembo

 

Like Enoch and Elijah, Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus the Christ, was assumed into heaven by the power of God. Upon her natural death, Mother Mary’s soul was received by Christ and she, too, had her body resurrected on the third day after her death. At that time her body was taken up into heaven. Like her son, Jesus the Christ, her tomb was found empty on the third day. The Assumption is celebrated on August 15. According to Eastern and Orthodox Churches, which falls around the same time on the calendar, Mary’s passing is considered the Dormition of the Mother of God. Dormition indicates that Mary died without suffering in a state of spiritual peace.

As a child, on the 15th of August each year, my mother would send me to the water’s edge of the bay in front of our summer home to collect water from the Atlantic Ocean so the whole family could blessed with the healing in the waters. The belief that the waters of the ocean are blessed on this date leads each of us to the sacred energy of healing and love in the waters of the sea.

To further align with this energy, this year and every year, take a piece of aquamarine, this blue variety of the mineral beryl, in hand for contemplation and meditation. Aquamarine, which means seawater, is associated with Poseidon and Neptune. The varying shades of blue of this stone elicits the soothing energy of peaceful waters. Connecting with sea water through this stone is a joyful way to awaken spiritually and is an excellent tool for self-development and spiritual awakening. The practice of opening communication with sacred energy of the sea helps the development of telepathic skills and the understanding of other types of spiritual communication, including prayer, meditation, and contemplation.

Mother Mary, during her many visitations to Earth after her Assumption, sends out a call to pray. Pray for each other. Pray for yourself. Pray for the well-being of all beings. In the late 1990s, a spiritual teacher asked me to rewrite the Hail Mary prayer. I usually sing it. Here are the lyrics:

Oh Mary! Oh Great Mother!
We honor your presence on our planet.
Oh Mary! Oh Great Mother!
We honor the Christ within you.
Guide all people of our world.
Help us to hear your guidance.
Open our hearts to your love.
Show us the way forever!

Open your consciousness to receive blessings and align with the sanctified vibration of the molecules in the water. If you don’t live anywhere near water, you are able to bless some water straight from your tap with intention, love, and focus. Gaze at your aquamarine, contemplate the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and breathe loving intentions into the water to activate ‘holy water’ for blessing you, your family, your business, and your home. Take advantage of this Holy Day, August 15 that is celebrated by many.

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Her latest book is Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Mary Magdalene and the Feminine Christ Consciousness: Aromatics and Gems By Margaret Ann Lembo

Mary Magdalene’s energy is useful to connect with to open your heart to unconditional love and empowered wisdom. She is the Feminine Christ Consciousness. Align with this icon of the Divine to activate the blessings of the matriarchal vibration. Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches. Other churches honor her as a heroine of the faith. Her life and work goes beyond any organized religion.

The matching vibrational gemstone, magenta-dyed agate can help you to balance your emotions, thereby increasing your emotional maturity. The color magenta is a reminder of the Divine Mother within, who hears and knows truth and accepts you unconditionally. This stone amplifies retribution, both positive and negative. Utilize the energy to amplify your intention through your heart and the upper heart, thymus, to project love into all your thoughts, goals, and actions. Other gemstones that are a vibrational match are colbaltoan calcite, phosphosiderite, and rhodonite.

 

 

There are texts that have been uncovered that confirm Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene and the birth of their children. Historical data and historical novels document this information which offers a higher level of awareness for Mary Magdalene’s role as the wife of Jesus the Christ. There is historical evidence that indicates that she was an evolutionary aromatherapist. It is a well-known fact that she used spikenard (nard) on the feet of Jesus the Christ prior to the series of events that lead to the crucifixion.

To align with this evolutionary aromatherapist, use matching aromatics to activate the wise one within you along with the Feminine Christ Consciousness. Essential oils like rose, spikenard, and cedarwood are just a few that you can use to fragrance your sacred space. Certain scents are associated with various spiritual archetypes.

For example, the scent of roses is often also associated with Mother Mary, or the Divine Feminine. Saint Therese of Lisieux, known as the Little Flower, is associated with lilies, orris root, jasmine, violets, and roses. She is quoted as saying, “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses.” Her signature is the rose, which is her way of sending a sign to anyone who needs to know his or her prayers have been heard. In 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe proved her identity to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, with Castilian roses growing on the dry dessert hill on which she had appeared. These are just a few of the examples of the spiritual realm providing signs through scent.

Spikenard played an important support role for Jesus the Christ as administered by Mary Magdalene. Spikenard is a sedative. It relaxes the muscles, helps you sleep, and reduces anxiety and physical tension. Spikenard has been used as a sleep aid and muscle relaxant for thousands of years. It is part of the valerian family and is also known as muskroot. In some historical accounts, it states that spikenard was the oil in the alabaster jar used by Mary Magdalene on the feet of her husband, Jesus the Christ, to prepare him for the torture that lead to his death.

Add cedarwood to synergistic blends intended to clear away negativity. Just as sage and cedar are traditionally burned together for ceremonial use and smudging, use the essential oils of sage and cedarwood together in an aroma-energetic mist to spritz away negative energy. Cedarwood is helpful for meditation and prayer work. Cedarwood deepens your spiritual practice and rituals. It is useful when you want to ground a visualization practice or focused intent to draw upon the gifts of the law of attraction. It helps bring about prophetic visions.

Use this affirmation to connect with the wisdom of this wise woman while you integrate the use of gemstones and essential oils. Hold the stone, breathe deeply, and clear your mind as you think good thoughts.

I integrate spirituality into my everyday life. I have a connection with the Divine. With every step I take, I am aware of my connection with the sacred ground. I align my consciousness with gentleness, compassion, and goodwill toward all. My focus is on compassion and kindness.

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist, the creator of Smudge in Spray, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Summertime Crystal Grid Ideas for Nature and Outdoors By Margaret Ann Lembo

Summertime Crystal Grid Ideas for Nature and Outdoors By Margaret Ann Lembo

A crystal grid is the use of gemstones in a geometric pattern placed on or around a person, place, or thing to achieve the desired intention. The use of sacred geometry to realize a goal is employed by many including metaphysicians, spiritual teachers, and spiritual practitioners.

Create a grid of stones in your backyard for summertime enjoyment. Set your intention and decide which gems best suit the situation. For an outdoor grid, I recommend that you take note of where you are placing the crystals around your yard.

Here is a step-by-step guide to get you going.

  • Write down a clear intention that defines the purpose of the grid.
  • Pick the crystals that will positively affect change.
  • State your intention
  • Intuitively place the stones around the space
  • Use your imagination and visualize beams of light connecting every stone for love and well-being.

Around the pool area use aquamarine, blue lace agate, chrysoprase, selenite align you with the spirits of water, relaxation, and comfort.

By the barbecue grill area use apatite, clear quartz, green calcite, hematite, rose quartz, smoky quartz to improve cooking abilities to provide your loved ones with healthy food.

For the gardener in you, make a grid to connect with nature spirits to support your gardening efforts. Choose andalusite, clear quartz, green moss agate, green tourmaline, and tree agate.

When creating a crystal grid in a landscape or even at home, room or office, remember to envision the crystals that are placed throughout the space connected energetically to create a geometric formation. In your mind’s eye, connect the crystals with beams of light in order to create the grid. Your imagination is key in this process. Use it and visualize your desired outcome.

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards; the Crystal Intentions Oracle; and Crystals Beyond Beginners — to name a few. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the founder of The Crystal Garden. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Matching Up Crystals with Intentions and Positive Thoughts by Margaret Ann Lembo

Crystals and gemstones are tools for focusing your thoughts on your intentions and goals. Use crystals alongside two other key tools: visualization and imagination. Intentions and positive thoughts are the products of both. Energetically match up your intentions and thoughts with crystal and gemstone allies to help you focus on major life concerns and bring into your life what you desire. Crystal intentions amplify the beneficial effects of the law of attraction.

There are six main areas that are most important to most people. These are:
• Friendship, Love, Relationships, and Romance
• Health and Well-Being• Money, Creativity, and Motivation
• Safety and Protection
• Happiness and Self-Confidence
• Intuition and Communication

For each of these areas of life, there are a number of crystals to choose from to assist you with your intentions. There are just a couple listed here. Use your intuition when choosing your crystals. When you’ve established your intention, incorporate the crystal into your life in one of the following ways:
• Wear the stone in a piece of jewelry
• Bring your rocks to bed and the bedroom
• Create an altar or grid of gemstones
• Place gemstones around your home and office.

 

 

Friendship, Love, Relationships, and Romance
Relationships are at home in the heart chakra. Pastel blue stones maintain peace and serenity and promote good communication. Yellow gems enable you to maintain self-confidence. Pink stones impart comfort and loving kindness to the relationship.

  1. Amazonite: to help you to know your own truth and express your truth with ease. Affirmation: I live my truth and honestly communicate what is on my mind.
  2. Blue calcite: to help you find your voice in a relationship and the right way to express feelings. Affirmation: I speak with love and kindness.
  3. Citrine: to bring joy, laughter, and self-confidence. Affirmation: It is safe for me to be powerful!
  4. Emerald: to maintain an open heart. Affirmation: I attract kind and courteous people.
  5. Pink calcite: to bring gentleness, kindness, and a strong friendship into your romantic relationship. Affirmation: I am blessed with nurturing vibrations wherever I go!
  6. Rose quartz: for kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness. Affirmation: I am compassionate and kind

Health and Well-Being
The phrase health and well-being represents physical wellness as well as mental and emotional alignment. Inner peace and calm are the keys to a healthy, balanced life.

  1. Covellite: to keep emotions balanced. Affirmation: I am blessed with good health, peace, and calm.
  2. Epidote: to assure you that all of your basic needs are met, with an plenty to share with others. Affirmation: My thoughts and actions create beneficial results.

Money, Creativity, and Motivation
Money is often at the forefront of someone’s consciousness. Almost everything that is involved in living on this planet requires money. It takes great courage to be wealthy.

  1. Pyrite: to help strengthen courage and self-confidence. Affirmation: I take positive action to manifest my goals.
  2. Red tiger’s eye: to help you to stay focused on the goal and deflect negative distractions. Affirmation: It is easy for me to take action.

Safety and Protection
Safety can be represented in many ways, but more than anything, safety is a feeling. Focus on the feeling of security, of knowing that you’re protected.

  1. Amethyst: for transformation and transmutation of challenging situations. Affirmation: I am divinely protected. I am safe and secure.
  2. Gold tiger’s eye: to help increase your courage and repel jealousy. Affirmation: I am safe. I create my world.

Happiness and Self-Confidence
Clarity of intention, determination, and action are the ingredients you need to design a happy life. You design your reality. Let your imagination be your ally to create a life of confidence and happiness.

  1. Golden calcite: to have the courage to set boundaries. Affirmation: It is easy for me to establish healthy boundaries with others.
  2. Sapphire: to increase inner strength and wisdom. Affirmation: I have great poise and grace. I am wise.

Intuition and Communication
Intuition and communication go hand in hand. Communication includes body language, facial expressions, and energy. Telepathy is a form of mental energy sends a lot of information and feelings telepathically.

  1. Apophyllite: to increase spiritual realizations. Affirmation: I meditate regularly. I am insightful.
  2. Celestite: for angelic or heavenly communication. Affirmation: I notice and understand the messages from the angels.

 

Now you have some great ideas and tools to help you create vibrationally matching thoughtforms with the crystals you chose with a specific intention. Instill your thought and hold the vision for your personal creation of reality.

Excerpts from Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth

Bio:
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards; the Crystal Intentions Oracle; and Crystals Beyond Beginners — to name a few. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the founder of The Crystal Garden. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Remove Obstacles Attract Blessings: Saints, Deities, Aromatherapy and Gems

Remove Obstacles Attract Blessings: Saints, Deities, Aromatherapy and Gems

By Margaret Ann Lembo

Do you want to make changes, but inner voices keep telling you that you can’t? Are you convincing yourself that you are blocked or stuck?

There is always hope. Call on saints or deities as allies to help you energetically with what seems to be hopeless. With focus, prayers, and faith, every situation can be shifted from despair to well-being. Make the decision and envision life as you wish it to be. Everything is a choice. And, yet, we often need help to overcome the darker hurdles on our path.

When you are feeling despair St. Jude is one you can call on. St. Jude is often considered the patron saint of hope and lost causes. Quiet your mind, send off a prayer to petition the aid of St. Jude Thaddeus when you feel that all is lost and there is no way out.

In the Hindu tradition, Ganesha is the elephant-headed god, son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely recognized as the destroyer of obstacles and a bringer of good fortune. Ganesha is the perfect ally to ask for help when you find yourself believe that you have a block or too many obstacles. Stories differ on how exactly he came to have an elephant’s head. Most believe that Shiva, his father, cut off his human head, without knowing it was his son, and replaced it with that of an elephant to save him.

In addition to calling on and invoking saints and deities, add aromatherapy and crystals to your entourage of allies. Use vibrational matching essential oils and gemstones to amplify your focus and intention to overcome life’s challenges. It’s helpful to remember that everything is temporary. Nothing is permanent. Trials and tribulations pass more quickly when we realize and remember that we have the ability to transform and transmute any challenge that arises with faith and focus.

Incorporate scents like amber and lemon to strengthen your personal power and core beliefs in positive outcomes.

Inhale deeply and let these fragrances and let these fragrances be your ally to help you know that the obstacles in your path will be cleared soon and the way will be revealed.

Wear gemstone jewelry with amber, citrine, and/or amethyst. You can also carry these gems in your pockets or a little gem bag. Or strategically place them around your home and/or office where you will glance upon them naturally. Gemstones are your ally, too, so you can overcome the hurdle with focused intention, prayer, and faith.  

Combine these matching vibrations of St. Jude, Ganesha, amber fragrance, lemon essential oil (or citrus scented perfumes), and gemstones like amber, amethyst, and citrine (golden topaz and golden calcite work well, too) to amplify your focus on your desired outcome. Practice repeating positive affirmations and strengthen your internal belief. Know that you can easily resolve the current difficulty and visualize the outcome that your heart desires.

Here are a few affirmations to get you started:

Power and strength are mine.

It is safe for me to be powerful in loving ways.

I transform challenges with ease.

I release what is no longer for my highest good.

I am confident.

Though there were numerous obstacles in life, there is always the option to overcome difficulties and turn overwhelming situations into positive learning experiences that instill wisdom. Practice gratitude and count your blessings!

Bio:

Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Her latest book is Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988.  www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com

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Archangel Michael, Lapis Lazuli, Sweet Marjoram: Matching Vibrations of Archangels, Gems, and Aromatherapy

Gemstones and essential oils go well together especially when we are setting intentions for various life situations and we want to amplify their power. Add the high vibration of archangels to the mix to increase the power of the associated intention to amplify your desired reality. Use a combination of essential oils and gems and ask for assistance from an archangel to make your life easier and manifest your ability to manifest is improved. Many people are in search of assistance to feel safe, peaceful, and protected. Lapis lazuli is a grounding and protective gemstone. This deep blue gemstone with pyrite inclusions can help you activate the courage to fulfill your dreams and desires while feeling safe and sound. Sweet marjoram essential oil is beneficial to quell paranoia and fears so that you can move forward with your goals. Sweet marjoram essential oil is perfect to maintain a sense of calm and inner peace. Archangel Michael appears to be a favorite in the realm of the archangels. Archangel Michael is ready to guard and guide providing protection upon your request. Just ask for his assistance like you would ask a good friend. Affirm: I am always safe and protected. I have an entourage of archangels who always have my back. It is easy for me to remove obstacles from my path. I move forward with inner peace and grace. Essential oils and gemstone combinations are easy to use in your daily life. Inhalation sweet marjoram, state the affirmations, and visualize the desired result. Wearing the lapis lazuli in a bracelet, pendant, or earrings is effective. Carry a tumbled stone in your pocket or place the gem(s) on your desk or in sight. Every time you look at the gemstone or touch it, bring your awareness back to your intention. Remember, stay focused on what you want with mindfulness and the imagination.
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Her latest book is Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988. www.MargaretAnnLembo.com TheCrystalGarden.com
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Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom: Spiritual Connections of Crystal Vibrations and Animal Medicine: An Interview with Margaret Ann Lembo

All creatures, great and small, in all species on this planet are interconnected. When an animal, insect, bird, or other creature from nature appears repeatedly, whether in real life or dreams, it is time to pay attention and find the message that nature is bringing you. There are many teachings available to us through the observation of a particular animal totem and their habits and patterns. Every animal is an ally, and every animal has a story to help you find inner peace, knowledge, and wisdom.  

The associated gemstone for each animal totem is a further indication of the energy of the animal as symbolism and a teaching on your sacred journey. Crystals, minerals, and stones hold the history of the Earth and all this planet has to offer you to evolve your soul and spirit in this incarnation. The color, formation, and the manner in which the stone grows in the Earth offers a teaching to know yourself and your life purpose. It takes time and inner reflection to understand the messages and clues throughout the gemstone kingdom.  

These teachings and wisdom are found in Margaret Ann’s new book, Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom: Spiritual Connections of Crystal Vibrations and Animal Medicine, and new deck, Animal Allies and Gemstone Guardians Cards. 

How did you come up with this idea of pairing gems and power animals? 

I’ve worked and played with the gemstones kingdom for over three decades and I often think in “gemstones” and relate everything to the energetic vibration of color and crystals. I realized it was time to marry the wisdom of the animal and gemstone kingdom. I started writing and matching up the animals with the rocks. Everything is energy and has a vibration. I have a tendency to think about life and situations in relation to color, gemstones, and aromatherapy. Over the past couple of decades I have worked with the understanding of life situations through messages from nature, specifically animals and my own power animals. I am blessed to have a constant flow of inspiration being delivered to me all the time. I usually wake up with an idea and then I have no choice but to let it flow forth through me.  

I did quite a bit of research to understand the qualities and mannerisms of animals. I still need to refer to my own book to know about some of the animals. I made the connections and the information flowed because I already know about the power of crystals, minerals, and stones.  My approach to the gemstone world is that they are tools to help focus on the goal and intention. With intention, imagination, and action, we design our reality. 

What is a power animal? What does it mean to have an animal totems or ally?  

The characteristics of animals—from birds and insects to mammals, fish, and reptiles—relate to our human walk on this planet, providing us with lessons and helping us mindfully focus our intentions for our life experiences. Animal medicine offers us a powerful signpost for self-knowledge and clarity on life’s challenges. 

When an animal appears repetitively and significantly in your path – in dreams, in nature, in cinema and TV, and all aspects of life – that animal is specific to that moment in time in your life. When the animal, bird, insect, or fish continues to stay with you during meditative journeys and throughout your life, it becomes your power animal. Recognizing your power animal is very personal and isn’t assigned to you by someone else, but rather through a series of synchronistic circumstances. 

How does one use the beautiful cards in the deck, Animal Allies and Gemstone Guardians Cards?  

My favorite way to use this deck is to pull a card for inspiration or to bring more clarity in a specific area of your life. For example, think about the issue or challenge, shuffle the cards as you focus on something you wish to understand better. Pull a card, read both sides, and contemplate how you can apply the message to your current situation. 

You can pull a day for inspiration and use the affirmation throughout your day. It’s a great way to learn about animal medicine and the meaning of gemstone while you practice thinking good thoughts. 

Add these cards to angel communication sessions and tarot card readings for added insight and direction. Follow the Divine Guidance and repeat the affirmations from animals to transform your reality into joy, wealth, health, protection, and happy relationships. 

 

Are they a better fit for divination or for meditation and contemplation? 

I believe they are a great fit for both! With divination, we often have a desire to confirm and confirm again that we are interpreting the messages correctly. Use the book, Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom, to garner deeper understanding and insights.  

For meditation and contemplation, I recommend to simply open the book and see where the book opens to determine a point of focus for contemplative thought followed by a quiet mind meditation.  

What personal insights could the reader expect to gain from the pairing of the crystals with the animals? 

The associated gemstone for each animal totem is a further indication of the energy of the animal as symbolism and a teaching on your sacred journey. Crystals, minerals, and stones hold the history of the Earth and all this planet has to offer you to evolve your soul and spirit in this incarnation. Matching the teachings of animals and how their symbolism relates to you in your life deepens your understanding of all aspects of life and adds more light to your path. This piece of work will help you become aware of the interconnected energies of everything around you. 

 

Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; Crystal Intentions Oracle; The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; and Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom. She has many oracle decks and spoken audio CDs, too! Find out more at TheCrystalGarden.com and MargaretAnnLembo.com 

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Attention Rock Hounds and Animal Lovers!

Over the upcoming weeks and months, you’ll hear me talking a lot about the wisdom of animals and their matching gemstones to help yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. All creatures, great and small, in all species on this planet are interconnected. There are many teachings available to us through the observation of a particular animal totem and their habits and patterns. I’ll be sharing and exploring how the associated gemstone for each animal totem is a further indication of the energy of the animal as symbolism and a teaching on your sacred journey. Crystals, minerals, and stone offer your insights to evolve your soul and spirit in this incarnation.

Stay tuned for regular posts on my blog on MargaretAnnLembo.com and within the Facebook Group, Margaret Ann Lembo’s Book Club. We’ll explore 88 animal allies and gemstones for spiritual fulfillment.

My new book and deck will arrive in bookstores on June 19. I’ll be appearing at various locations on numerous dates over the next months. Please join me! View my calendar at this link for all my events and happenings: http://www.margaretannlembo.com/schedule/