I’ve always wanted a decent sized amethyst cathedral geode so I bought one online for my birthday from www.shamanscrystal.co.uk then waited impatiently for it to arrive, which it did today, only 9 days after I ordered it. It was very well packed in newspaper and bubble-wrap, cradled in a sea of foam chips inside a cardboard box which was in turn encased in more foam chips inside another box so it would survive its journey from the UK. (Click on my photos to enlarge them.)
Naturally I neglected the housework and other boring stuff in favour of reorganizing everything on my altar to make room for my lovely new Shiny Thing. To illuminate the inside and make it sparkle, I used a little LED light stand which previously lit up my selenite spire (which has now been moved to another shelf, sans lighting). The light was too bright without anything covering the different coloured LEDs so I tried a few different crystals and crystal clusters on it before finally coming to the conclusion that I should splurge again (belated birthday present of course, hehe) and buy a new clear quartz crystal for the light stand.
I went to Crystal Pathways (in the “Windmill Shopping Centre” at Yarrawarrah near Engadine, in southern Sydney) and was very pleased to discover there were quite a few suitable crystals to choose from. I eventually narrowed my choice down to 2 beautiful crystal points, but had to use my pendulum to make the final decision. I bought a lovely piece of Tibetan quartz, which looks perfect! 😀
Metaphysical Properties of Tibetan Quartz
From the Himalayas of Tibet, many of these crystals have black inclusions of manganese or carbon and many are also double terminated. They are regarded as being amongst the most powerful stones of spiritual protection ever found. Carrying or wearing one of these crystals creates a “bubble of light” around the body, allowing only positive vibrations to penetrate the auric field. They will purify an area and cleanse it of any negative influences. They emanate energies which can activate and balance the chakras and meridian system. (Crystals of the World.)
A geode is a rock opening, usually a round hollow created by gas bubbles in magmatic rock or spaces where organic material has been removed in sedimentary material. The nodules are lined with crystals, usually quartz or calcite. Amethyst is commonly seen in geode form. Amethyst Cathedrals (or Churches) are usually tall, thin geodes (resembling church towers) that have been cut to display the sacred inner sanctum of amethyst (and other) crystals. http://www.gemquarry.com/store/pages/crystal-glossary-pv-c0-5.html
My amethyst geode has inclusions of what is probably goethite, which is a hydrated iron oxide mineral which forms in hydrothermal deposits and is a common constituent of soil. Goethite is often found included within Quartz. Amethyst is the purple variety of Quartz, its colouration due to ferrous iron impurities.
Metaphysical Properties & Crystal Healing Uses of Goethite
Goethite stimulates psychic and metaphysical pursuits and aids concentration. Goethite raises consciousness and vibration, enabling clairaudient communication and linking into the angelic realm. Goethite can be used as a divination tool in meditation, and can provide insight into future events. Goethite can attune to the sound of the universe.
Goethite has been used to treat problems in the digestive system. It helps in the treatment of convulsions and can be useful for treating anaemia. http://www.spiritofisis.org/knowledge/crystal_files/goethite.htm
Metaphysical Properties & Crystal Healing Uses of Amethyst
Amethyst provides a channel for earth energies to connect with the spiritual. Amethyst is an excellent meditation and scrying aide which activates the crown chakra. Amethyst is the crystal of spirituality and contentment, assisting one to connect with pure peace humanities natural state of existence. Amethyst opens intuition and spiritual wisdom. Amethyst blocks geopathic stress and protects against psychic attack.
Amethyst is useful in reducing stress, easing headaches and inducing a sense of calm. It assists in bringing restful sleep. It can help reduce bruising and swelling. Amethyst can help with hearing disorders and addictions and is useful in boosting the endocrine system, strengthening the immune system. http://www.spiritofisis.org/knowledge/crystal_files/amethyst.htm
I became intrigued by the intricate little world within the geode so after gazing at all the shininess for some time I took some more photos of it to show the miniature landscapes.
Finally, here’s how the geode looks on my altar…