: a small piece of a substance that has many sides and formed when the substance turns into a solid
: a special type of glass that is very clear
: a body that is formed by the solidification of a chemical element, a compound, or a mixture and has a regularly repeating internal arrangement of its atoms and often external plane faces



Crystal (n.): Old English crystalclear ice, clear mineral,” from Old French (12 century, Modern French), from Latin crystalluscrystal, ice,” from Greek krystallos, from kryos frost,” from the Proto-Indo-European root kru– “hard, outer surface” (related to: crust).   Spelling adopted the Latin form 15th – 17th centuries. The mineral has been so-called since Old English; and it was regarded by the ancients as a sort of fossilized ice. As a shortened form of crystal-glass it dates from 1590s. As an adjective, from late 14th century.



“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American essayist, lecturer, and poet who was at the center of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.)

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“A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune."

Arabic proverb

“The energy of life entering and leaving your body flows evenly throughout the universe. With that current, the mind of the cosmos communicates with all things.”

IIchi Lee (b. Lee Seung-Heun in 1950, South Korean New York Times bestselling author and “an innovative leader in the human brain potential development.”)

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“If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.”

Anne Lamott (b. 1954, bestselling novelist, essayist, political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher)

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“I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.”

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, and author)

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“A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune.” — Arabic proverb

I don’t know very about crystals but I have been intuitively drawn for reasons I cannot logical explain.  There’s something energy-enriching about giving and receiving crystals as gifts.

One of these days I’m going to invest in a good reference book on crystals, so I am more familiar of what they offer.  But, for now, it’s fun to learn about their wisdom as I explore them individually.

Kim, an extraordinary writing teacher and friend, who knew a great deal about crystals once advised me to sit with a crystal and allow it to tell me what its purpose.   I haven’t been successful as of yet in communicating, but I so admire those people who are sensitive enough to commune with plants, animals, and the elemental realms of our planet.

In NYC, there’s a large showroom of fine gems and minerals called Astro Gallery of Gems.  It’s kind of a secret, but it’s been in existence since the 1960s.   It can sometimes be intimating to go there by yourself if one doesn’t know what questions to ask.

Also, one saleswoman told my friend Esther and me that there’s a mixture of people who come in and browse, some of whom have questionable intentions.

Before moving away from NYC, I wanted to buy my health care providers gifts to show my appreciation for facilitating me back to health.

One such healer was my family physician, Dr. Matthews, who was so kind and so priestly in her compassion towards me.  For her, I purchased a beautiful yellow begonia plant planted in a simple clay pot.   My instincts were spot on, because Dr. Matthews said she was looking for such a plant.

For my physical therapist and body healer, Jacquie, a kind and spiritual warm California girl, I bought her a deck of Goddess  oracles cards, for which she was thrilled to receive.

The third healer, Louise, was my nutritionist, body and nurse practitioner.  She’s a highly advanced medical intuitive, and for her I wanted to give her something she could use in her practice.

While Louise worked on clients she also had the ability to commune with the energy of Archangel Raphael. According to Doreen Virtue, Raphael’s name means: “Whom God heals.”  He is virtually Heaven’s Physician and supports us in health and romantic love.  Virtue writes, “The crystals that are aligned with Raphael’s healing energy are emeralds and malachite.

So, when I arrived at the Astro Gallery I naively asked to see a piece of emerald.  The salesperson looked at me suspiciously and told me that was not possible.  Pieces of emerald were too expensive to carry in their showroom.  I then humbly asked if they had malachite, and that’s when everyone got excited, quickly passing me green-striped pieces of green crystals to hold.  I finally held one large chunk that vibrated intensely and I knew that was the one.

When I gave the crystal to Louise, it was as if I was also giving a piece of fortune to myself, in the knowing of what that crystal could facilitate for another.

Our planet is such an amazing multi-level and multi-dimensional world, steeped deep and is Mystery.

As Always in Awe and in Love, Tonya


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