Where Do They Go? Stone Placement: Part II

Author's Note: Part One of this article, covering opal, moonstone, labradorite, and Picasso jasper, appeared in the June issue of Living with Crystals. You can see it here.

This article covers crystals that may appear to belong to one chakra, but which can be placed on others. I'm repeating the chakra/color correspondences listed in Part I.

The chakra color system provides a simple way to remember where to put your stones on your body if you like to lie down and meditate with them and/or do chakra balancing. To give you a quick review--or a brief introduction for those unfamiliar with this system:

Tiger's Eye: Grounding and Patience

This crystal exhibits a visual property known as chatoyance, meaning that it has fiber-optic qualities that give the appearance of moving light (similar to a cat's eye). In tiger's eye bands of gold, symbolizing manifestation, seem to travel against a dark brown background, representing the grounding energies of the earth. Thus, tiger's eye can help us to translate our ideas into physical reality.

It can be placed either on the first or third chakras, and where you place it relates to where you are in terms of a manifestation process.

If you have a lot of ideas about what you want, but feel either scattered or seem to lack the energy or focus to launch them, I would recommend putting tiger's eye at the base of the feet and meditating while visualizing earth energy grounding you and growing roots to anchor your energy.

If, instead, you feel that your ideas are well-grounded, but you find yourself in a state of inertia, lacking the spark needed to take action, place tiger's eye on the navel area. This is especially helpful if what you're really lacking is the self-confidence to proceed. Tiger's eye will help you have more confidence by assisting you in recognizing the inner resources you can use for accomplishment.

Tiger Iron: The Three in One Crystal tiger iron

Tiger iron blends the properties of three important grounding stones: hematite, red jasper, and golden tiger's eye.

The properties of tiger's eye are described above.

Hematite, a first chakra stone, is best known for its emotionally protective qualities. It helps people from absorbing the negative emotions of others. By deepening the connection between spirit and body, hematite grounds us in our sense of self and purpose.

Red jasper, a second-chakra crystal, relates to emotions, but unlike a crystal such as ruby, which can foster volatile emotions and passion, red jasper is much quieter in its effects. Considered in some Native American cultures to be the symbolic blood of the earth, it grounds us by connecting us to the deep, stabilizing energies of the earth.

The combination of hematite's emotional clarity, red jasper's stability, and tiger eye's enhancement of the creative force of self-appreciation makes tiger iron one of the most important crystals to have in your collection.

This crystal can be put on the first, second, or third chakra areas. One way to choose would be to look at your particular crystal and see which of the three stones in it seems to be predominant.

I have two preferences with this stone. One is to place it on the first chakra, since hematite, red jasper, and Tiger's eye all share the quality of grounding. This is also one of my favorite quick fix crystals. When I'm feeling scattered or generally ungrounded, I like to hold it in my hand for a few minutes and breathe deeply. (Any grounding crystal can be used for this purpose.)

Moss Agate: Nature's Etchings

To me this is an especially lovely, under-appreciated crystal. In appearance it's milky agate with dark green mossy patterns, a combination that generates a gentle, nurturing energy.

Because of its appearance it's often associated with nature spirits and is believed to be beneficial for those who want to communicate with trees and plants. Some believe that burying this crystal in the pot of a plant or in a garden fosters plant growth. This property can also be translated into metaphysical terms, making moss agate a good stone for bringing abundance into one's life.

The green would make it a logical stone to place on the heart chakra, and this is one of its traditional placements. This crystal's calming qualities make it beneficial for smoothing out troubled emotions. If you are using rose quartz to release emotional pain, moss agate is one of the better crystals to place next it, to restore balance to the heart chakra.

This crystal, however, can also be placed on the third eye (between and slightly above the physical eyes). It can be used to correct imbalances and conflicts between the left brain (the logical, rational side) and the right brain (related to intuition and seeing the unity of things or ideas). It can help highly methodical people to let go of some of their restrictions, and assists creative but not well-organized creative people to manifest their visions in practical ways.

Moldavite: The E.T. Crystal

Moldavite came to earth 20 million years ago as the result of a meteor shower that landed in the Moldau Valley in Czechoslovakia. For this reason it is considered to be an extraterrestrial crystal. This bottle-green, translucent crystal can help us both to be comfortable in physical existence and to remember that our Earth is part of a much larger system of consciousness.

In terms of placement, its green hue would indicate that it belongs on the heart chakra. Its characteristics reinforce this idea, for moldavite helps to release leftover emotional habits. This crystal, however, isn't always a gentle releaser, so if you're going to use it, you may want to place a softening crystal with it. Moss agate, described above, is one good choice; aventurine is another.

It provides a similar function when placed on the third eye, helping us to let go of old ideas. Again, I recommend moss agate can be a good softening crystal. Sodalite, another crystal that helps to balance the left and right sides of the brain, is also a good choice.

Moldavite isn't only for release. When placed on the heart, it can teach us to appreciate the gift of physical existence; while a third eye placement helps us to establish our cosmic connection.

Finally, I recommend that when using moldavite in meditation it's good to also use a grounding stone: black tourmaline, hematite, tiger's eye, smoky quartz, or red jasper.

Chrysocolla: The Peace Stone

This is one of the most gentle stones, with a soothing energy that matches its calming blue-green hue. Like other blue-green stones, it's primarily a fifth (throat) chakra stone, but it can also be used for the heart or solar plexus.

As a solar plexus stone, it helps to ease fear, anxiety, guilt, or any other form of emotional turbulence. In a chakra balancing layout it can be effectively combined with rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite helps to relax the diaphragm so that full, deep breathing is possible; then chrysocolla helps to release emotions.

As a heart stone, it is somewhat comparable to rose quartz; however, I have found that it releases emotions far more gently.

As a throat stone, it is believed to stimulate not only creativity, but confidence in creative expression by calming and releasing fear.

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