Philip Permutt's musings on crystals, crystal healing, life, the universe and everything all contained in one simple blog. Although Philip writes extensively in his books on crystal healing, his Take a Break's Fate & Fortune Crystal Clinic with Philip Permutt monthly column and other magazine articles he still occasionally finds time to write things here!
We've had many requests about our opening hours at the Unit in St Albans. Here's a definitive list of our opening hours and we hope it helps...
Open most days... sometimes
Mon - Fri and sometimes Sat & Sun but not always any of them, we open at exactly about 10 or 11
but it could be as early as 6
or quite a bit later.
We close aroud 3 or 4
But sometimes as late as 11 or 12.
On special days we might close just before we open.
Some days or afternoons
we aren't here at all, and lately
I've been here just about All The Time
Except when I'm Somewhere Else,
But I probably should be here then too.
We Welcome Visitors to our Unit in St Albans but please make an appointment as you can see we're not always here and won't answer the door if I'm with a healing client. Just give us a call on 07808 730750 to arrange a visit to see our extensive crystal stocks, books, CDs, incense, etc..
As you may be aware the cost of postage has increased dramatically in the UK. We have a discounted agreement with the Royal Mail through their franking system and we are passing this benefit on to our customers. Our minimum shipping costs remain the same and all our charges are based on the weight of the items you purchase.
All our deliveries in the UK and around the world are sent by a signed for service of our choice. All our international deliveries are sent by a priority service and in the UK we also offer Express delivery.
Whilst we make every effort to get these shipping rates right, they are a calculated by a complex set of factors, and that’s especially true of the international rates. If you notice any teething troubles in our new shipping pricing please contact us and we will resolve the issue.
In the meantime, and to aid any transitional hiccups, please use this voucher code at the checkout for an additional 10% discount. That’s on top of your regular Registered Customer discounts of up to 20% (you must be signed in to receive Registered Customer discounts). So you could receive up to 30% OFF!
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This is simply MAD! As many of you will know, and if our colonial friends weren't aware you are now, that postal prices in the UK are on the rise. That's OK, these things happen and we were informed that the costs would be increasing about 2 months ago. The only problem with this is that no one will tell me what the new rates are. The headline prices have been announced but not the detail. So we know it will cost over 10 shillings to send a second class letter. Lord knows how much a first class one will be! Ten bob to send a letter. I still clearly remember my first ten shilling note. An Uncle gave it to me for my seventh birthday and I was amazed at how much money this was. I could buy over 100 bars of chocolate or 60 bags of chips! In seven days’ time I won't be able to buy a stamp.
And the crazy thing is that despite taking all this extra money that they’ll be charging me they can't even be bothered to explain the new price structure. It's not on their website. It's not in their glossy leaflets they send to all their business customers. The kind man behind the counter in our local post office doesn't even know, he hasn’t been told... he doesn't even know who he should ask! Then I thought, I know, the company who supply our franking machine must know because they'll be updating the software. So I called them... they don't know.
Alright, so all I have to do is change the prices for the five types of delivery we offer to four world regions. Except now there are no longer 4 world regions but five. The Royal Mail has obviously increased the size of the planet so they can cope with all the paperwork from their complaints department. Once I discover the new world - that's the Royal Mail's and not the Colonies... Berkeley in the 70's was quite a discovery!! Anyway once I've worked out which bits of the world have moved… and where they’ve moved to… and how much more than ten shillings it will cost to send you a crystal or book or CD or even a packet of incense, I will let you all know.
In the meantime here’s some crystal advice…
Dim the lights, sit comfortably, play some relaxing music such as the new Angelic Reiki album and light some incense from the Nitiraj Gold Select range and a candle if you like. Hold a calcite crystal to calm down and gently allow any thoughts of the Post Office to disappear into the ether… Gently breathe and imagine your local Royal Mail sorting office surrounded by tourmaline, it’s a wonderful crystal that will both protect you from their insanity and help their own mental health and promote healing. Then make a crystal grid with 4 quartz crystals in the shape of a star and add a black crystal in the middle, obsidian is perfect for this. Ask your guides to help, and wish for whatever you would like. As your guides will have to work overtime to help anything you order arrive through the post I’d suggest that you add something energetic such as carnelian or garnet to your new crystal grid... Allow yourself to breathe again and when you feel ready run a hot bath, add rose quartz crystals or tumble polished stones to the water and your favourite bubble bath mixture too. Get in and soak up the relaxing and revitalising rose quartz crystal energy. Affirm to yourself that you will never, ever again phone the Post Office Customer Services.
Trying to match crystals to the signs of the Zodiac can be very confusing! That's because there are 12 signs of the Zodiac and around 2,000 crystals, all of which will link in some way to an aspect, a characteristic or trait of at least one and often several Star signs. History has not helped us with so many opinions influenced by tradition, superstition and simply which crystals were locally available to the Priests or Medicine People in the region. Here I'll try and shed some crystal light on the subject...
Zodiac SignsDates Associated Crystal
Aries 21 March – 20 AprilBloodstone
Taurus 21 April – 21 MayJade
Gemini 22 May – 21 JuneAgate
Cancer 22 June – 23 July Moonstone
Leo24 July - 23 AugustJasper
Virgo 24 August – 23 September Carnelian
Libra24 September – 23 October Rose Quartz
Scorpio24 October – 22 NovemberUnakite
Sagittarius 23 November – 21 December Obsidian
Capricorn22 December – 20 JanuaryTigers Eye
Aquarius21 January – 19 FebruaryQuartz
Pisces20 February – 20 MarchAmethyst
It is believed that when you are born your body has a natural vibration linked to the Universe of which you are part. If this can be recreated around you all the time everything in your life will flow better.
It is believed that carrying or wearing you birthstone replicates the vibrations of the stars and planets at your time of birth. These will be drawn down towards you, boosting your aura (subtle energy force field around you). This is protective physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It is also thought that such birthstones will increase your body’s own healing power. You have more energy, recover quicker form illness and injury and feel stronger emotionally and mentally to cope with life’s everyday stresses and strains.
The idea of a link between specific gem stones and calendar dates comes from biblical times. Both St. Jerome and Josephus (a Roman historian) commented on the connection between the twelve stones in the Jewish High Priest’s Breastplate and the twelve months of the year. Historically, however, the links go back much further. The Chaldeans recorded connections between planets and gemstones. The Chaldeans lived in Mesopotamia around 4000BC. They were famous for studying the stars to foretell the future. They linked the following planets to gems:
Saturn - Sapphire
Jupiter - Jacynth (now known as Hyacinth, a red brilliant Zircon)
Sun - Diamond
Mars - Ruby
Venus - Emerald
Mercury - Agate
Moon - Selenite
The other planets had not been discovered at this time.
The Zodiac had been observed by ancient astronomers and stargazers and it is very probable that similar connections would have been made by the Chaldeans. The Ancient Egyptians referred extensively to both their own version of the Zodiac and different gemstones although the details have been lost in time.
Hindu tradition suggests: Topaz is connected to Jupiter; Coral to Mars; Emerald to Mercury; Sapphire to Saturn; Diamond to Venus; and Ruby to the Sun. Native American Indian and Ancient Chinese cultures also have their own traditions. These do not correspond to either the Chaldeans or modern thought. However, this is in part why there is so much confusion surrounding contemporary Birthstones.
Different cultures throughout history have linked stones to planets, months, seasons and the Zodiac. The gemstones vary depending on the traditional belief surrounding the thing they are linked to, the area of the world and the availability of different natural materials in different regions of the earth. For example, in the 16th century it was fashionable in Europe to carry or wear Emerald in the Spring, Ruby in Summer, Sapphire in Autumn and Diamond in Winter.
Emerald being associated with Venus, in both the modern system and the Chaldean system, represents the goddess of love. This is highly appropriate as the saps rises and love blossoms when Spring is in the air. Green symbolises growth and sensitivity, new beginnings and new birth.
Ruby is the “King of Jewels”. It symbolises the fire of the sun and represents expression and creativity. There is an ancient Burmese legend of a giant eagle soaring over a valley looking for food. As it glides high in the sky it notices way down below some bright red meat on the valley floor. It swoops down and tries to seize the meat, but can’t move it. The eagle swoops down again and again, but can’t even move the meat. Finally the eagle stops and settles on the valley floor and recognises that the bright red “meat” was in fact a sacred stone created from the very fire and blood of the Earth itself. As the eagle finally approached with reverence he was able to take the stone.
Sapphire is a crystal for clarity and insight. Autumn may be a sad time for some – the summer’s gone, leaves falling from trees, life generally slowing down in preparation for the dark winter months. You buy warm clothes and change your diet. Sapphire helps to protect against depression and always helps you look forward to the next spring, emerald green new beginning.
Diamond is appropriate for winter being the hardest, coldest, brightest gem. It often reminds us of ice. The word crystal comes from the Greek word Krystallo, derived from Kryos meaning icy cold. Crystals were believed to be ice from the gods, frozen so hard it would never thaw.
In 18th century Poland it became popular to carry your birthstone and this tradition rapidly spread throughout Europe and the rest of the Western World. Prior to this gemstones and crystals were usually worn or carried for their healing benefits.
There are gemstones and crystals that tie in with day and night, times of the day, days of the week and of course wedding anniversaries. All of these are good valid reasons for selecting a crystal. However, these shouldn’t restrict you in your choice of crystals. If you feel drawn to a specific crystal (this can be by being attracted in any way), you need this crystal. It will benefit you even if you don’t know how or why you have been drawn to it and regardless of whether it is your birthstone or not.
Your Zodiac (Sun) sign is determined by the position of the sun in relation to the earth at your time of birth. Dates change slightly because our calendar doesn’t exactly match the earth’s orbit round the sun. If you are born in the cusp you are in this variable time. However exact times and dates are published in an ephermeris for each year. If you require accuracy in this matter you should commission a professional birth chart prepared by an astrologer.
Brings courage to those in need
Wearing garnet will boost your vitality making you more attractive to the opposite sex
Put a garnet crystal in your purse or wallet to attract abundance
Place garnet at the head of your bed to ease depression
Carry garnet to reduce chaos in your life
Wear a garnet bracelet on your left wrist to draw spiritual ideas to you. Wear it on your right wrist to magically create change in your life
From The Little Book of Crystal Tips & Cures
Does it seem odd writing about depression now? The sun shining and the warmth of spring easing out the aches of a cold and damp winter. But what we often ignore is that some people just don't like the sun. It gets them down in just the same way as Christmas or the dark winter nights might affect others.
I was reminded of this by this email from a client in my inbox today and thought I'd share the answer with all. I hope it helps someone.
"You helped me before Phil which I appreciated very much. Can you tell me which crystals are good for depression as I feel so low- I just can't be bothered doing anything and feel life is passing me buy. I hate feeling like this Thankyou"
There are quite a few crystals that can help you.
Garnet can help give you a boost of positive energy.
Malachite and mookaite can even you out if your emotions are swinging up and down.
Malachite and zircon can help depression especially if it’s linked to insomnia and keeping you up at night.
Aqua aura and gold will help if you feel weighed down with burdens.
Tiger’s eye is a “feel better” stone and will lift you out of the doldrums. Quartz crystal and citrine may also help this.
Bowenite can help you put the adventure back into life.
Chrysoprase calms the mind and will help you see through the fog of confusion.
Sapphire and idocrase will help depression liked to a feeling of being spiritually lost.
Peridot will help cleanse your system leaving you feeling lighter and brighter.
Pink banded agate will ease depression brought on by matters of love or caused by a broken heart.
Kunzite, lepidolite and staurolite will help you change behaviours and climb out of depression.
Try Lapis Lazuli if your creativity has taken a knock.
Coral and jet can help if you’re depressed because you are tied up with other peoples issues.
Rutilated quartz and tourmalinated quartz can aid when the depression gets really bad and helps relieve despair.
Smokey quartz if the depression is linked to personal issues of body, looks, injury etc.
And finally black opal can give you a “kick up the bum” when it’s time for you to move on out of depression.
With all these crystals keep them near you, carry them or wear them in jewellery and hold or play with them as often as you like.
Please feel free to email or phone if you have a specific personal question or if it's more general just comment on here and I'll reply soon.
Wishing you all a blooming spring :-)
Love and crystal light
Sunshine joy can last forever... just take an imperial (golden) topaz crystal and hold it in the sunlight, willing it to store some of the sun's radiant energy for you when you need it. Sharing love and crystal light xx
I wrote this article a few years ago. It's since apeared in various guises in several magazines and many websites so I thought, just because it's Christmas, I'd share it with you again :-)
All sorts of things happen when the festive season starts. Some wonderful, some interesting and some of them can appear absolutely disastrous
So what is it that causes a large part of the planet to go into a tiz? How is it that even those who plan their festivities months in advance, you know the really organised people of the world, still have a mad rush because Aunt Jane has decided to come for lunch? Why has Dear Aunt Jane chosen today to come for lunch? She hasn’t been to us for two years and she expects lunch… And what about a present? And do the kids have to give her presents too? Oh I forgot to tell you, its quarter to three in the afternoon and the date is 24th December!
First thing is to calm down. In fact don’t wait till Christmas Eve, calm down now. Relax, chill, and meditate. Try the Bubble Meditation on The Little Meditation Album. 10 minutes a day for a couple of weeks before Christmas will change how you feel and make it easier for you to cope with the festivities. If you feel you'll benefit from meditation... and EVERYONE will!... you can start with our FREE meditation CD Click here
I was thinking… what else happens and how can crystals help to make your life better?
Well amethyst clears the air. An Amethyst geode (also known as a cathedral or cave) placed in a living room or dining room will help to clear and energise the air. It will make your whole home feel better, calmer and more welcoming.
Calcite is calming. Red and honey calcite are good for physical relaxation. Blue calcite works on the mind to ease any worries. Whilst the green variety will help calm your emotions and feelings, stellar beam calcite (or golden, yellow and orange calcite) produces that blissful feeling that gives a spiritual tranquillity to both you and those around you.
Rose quartz is the stone of love, peace and goodwill. Like a bubble bath for your emotions, its energy washes over you and gently bathes your heart in gentle pink crystal light. It’s a wonderful feeling on dark winter nights (or anytime for that matter). Try putting some rose quartz in your bath to refresh your skin and soak any aches away.
If you feel you need an energy boost, hold garnet for half an hour or carry it with you. It cleanses the blood so it will help you get rid of all those festive toxins too!
Brightening up both your home and your energy is easy with quartz crystals. Put a cluster in any room to add sparkle, hang crystals from your tree or windows (faceted hanging crystals will generate rainbows of light when the sun hits them) and carry a small crystal with you.
Of course not everyone enjoys the festivities and some people find this time of year emotionally difficult. Apache tears help to release deep seated emotions. If you feel uncomfortable approaching this season keep an apache tear with you. It will help you to gently let go of the past and slowly feel better about this time of year.
Titanium quartz balances your energy. It adds colour, lifts you up and lets you down slowly. It gives you extra strength when you need it. And if you want to get away from it all it titanium quartz is great too. It aids astral travel and access to other dimensions.
Now if your neighbours keep having noisy parties and not inviting you try a piece of pyrite on each window ledge. It’s magical and in no time at all you won’t even notice them.
And after it’s all over malachite will help you have a peaceful nights sleep.
Whatever you choose to celebrate I wish you a happy and peaceful festive season.
Merry Christmas everybody x
Philip Permutt is author of the highly acclaimed bestselling books The Crystal Healer, The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing, The Crystal Tarot and The Little Book of Crystal Tips and Cures. His latest book, co-written with Lyn Palmer, Sacred Stones and Crystals was published October 2010. Christmas 2016 update.. Philip is currently writing 3 New Crystal Books for publication 2017 and 2018.
The article can be read at anytime on the website at www.thecrystalhealer.co.uk
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We will be open at the Showroom in St Albans for personal callers by arranegement on most days up till Christmas. Just phone 07808 730750 to arrange.
If you don't see what you're looking for online then simply phone 07808 730750 - we've probably got it in stock in St Albans
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Aura quartz crystals
Genuine aura quartz crystals are natural quartz crystals treated with rare metals in a special bonding process at high temperature and pressure in conditions that could be similar to a natural volcanic eruption, but on a much smaller scale. This is as close to a natural formation as is possible with many of these elements and it produces some of the most beautiful crystals on Earth.
Some crystals and minerals are difficult or impractical to work with because of the form they grow in or their cost such as gold and platinum. The aura quartzes give you an opportunity to work with these crystals to improve your health and well-being. All of our aura quartzes are produced in the USA.
The Aura quartzes and healing properties
Aqua Aura is natural quartz crystal bonded with gold and resonates with the brow and throat chakras.
Healing qualities include boosting and strengthening the aura, communication, protection, all psychic abilities, negativity, depression, sadness, loss, grief and generally a “feel better stone”. Excellent with helping you cope with shock and trauma on any level.
Titanium quartz, which is also known as flame aura quartz, rainbow quartz and rainbow aura quartz, is natural quartz crystal bonded with titanium and resonates with all the chakras.
Healing Qualities include helping to centre your emotions when you feel “all over the place”. It helps you see another’s point of view, aids meditation, stimulates energy flow, promotes change and eases the process of transformation. Titanium quartz helps you find your own true path through life, making career decisions and seeing auras. It can be useful in the treatment of fever, fluids, dehydration and water retention. It prevents illness (keeps you well), a is a “feel better crystal”,. It can also help bone cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.
Angel aura is natural quartz crystal bonded with platinum and silver and resonates with all your chakras. It is also known as rainbow aura, platinum aura and opal aura.
Healing qualities include enhancing your connection to angels and the angelic realms, boosts your aura, gives protection and links to matters relating to your karma and the akashic records. It supports nurture, empathy and is particularly helpful for those in the caring professions. Angel aura quartz enhances love, promotes peace, brings balance and harmony and keeps you well by supporting your immune system.
Tanzanite indigo aura is natural quartz crystal bonded with iridium and gold. It resonates with the brow and crown chakras.
Healing qualities include boosting your spiritual connection regardless of belief. This helps you to express your own understanding clearly to others without being dogmatic or judgemental. In fact it generally reduces judgemental attitudes and changes fixed thought patterns. Helps to reduce physical pain and brings mental clarity.
Golden orange mist aura is natural quartz crystal bonded with gold and iron oxide. It resonates with the sacral chakra.
Healing qualities include anything to do with physical energy… so that’s almost everything! It will give you more strength, vitality and endurance in both everyday actions and special tasks. It helps digestion. Golden orange mist aura stimulates mental activity, ambition and creativity and assimilation of ideas. It brings strength of character and confidence in abundance. It is also helpful when you need to make serious decisions.
Majestic champagne aura is natural quartz crystal bonded with gold and iron oxide. This is the same as golden orange mist aura crystal but the gold and iron oxide are in different proportions. It resonates with the base and crown chakras.
Healing qualities include an ability to link the spiritual and physical worlds creating a bridge between the two and helping you achieve balance in physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of your life. It really acts to interweave all the pathways in your life together into one directional flow. Majestic champagne aura is also beneficial for restless leg syndrome, leg cramps and muscle spasms, headaches, both physical and mental itches and irritations. It is a very liberating crystal, freeing your mind whilst grounding you and holding you down at the same time.
Some of these crystals are quite recent acquisitions so they will have far more benefits than expressed here. So think of this as a starting point and please feel free to share your own findings with us here.
One word of warning when buying any aura quartz is that there are cheap replicas on the market manufactured extensively in the Far East and Africa. These are often known by other names such a rainbow rock or rainbow crystal and although superficially may look similar, they are just a coating on a crystal or coloured glass.
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