* For May classes, we are trying out a new format. Classes will be prerecorded, followed by a live Q+A session the following week. In the material below, I have included question prompts to prepare you for those meetings. I would love to hear from you! Please direct your questions, comments, and/or general feedback to our Gem Wise group page!
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The Magic of Maya
May is a magical month for abundance – It’s the fifth month of the year and five is the number of prosperity. This May, we are exploring the abundant culture of Maya. Ancient Mayans believed in the cycle of life, ever-maintaining the balance of masculine and feminine energies. They did this through a variety of rituals and we translate their intentions into the rituals we perform today. Similar to the Mayans, we believe that alignment within ourselves and the external world assure balance and flow. Harmony requires healthy sacrifice on our part. At times, we are called to release certain things, patterns, and beliefs that tip the scales too far in one direction. We learn to find the equitable flow of give and take. Alignment within ourselves allows us to receive what we truly desire because we attract what we radiate. When we radiate who we are and what we want, life meets us there and gives us more. The Mayan civilization was rich and complex, and we believe they hold the key to abundance: the balance of life.
Stones for Hunab Ku – The Balance of Life
The Hunab Ku is a balance between opposing energies in the Universe. The Hunab Ku symbol, found in sacred Mayan ruins, is a doorway, also known as galactic butterflies, thought to be the system that coordinates star systems. Hunab means “One state of Being” and Ku means “God” – You are One with God. When you enter the Hunab Ku, you become aware of the wholeness that exists in everything, As Above, So Below – the interconnectedness of all. One side of the Hunab Ku contains the essence of the other side and vice versa. It represents the joining of opposites, masculine and feminine, yin and yang, dark and light.
The Hunab Ku expresses continuous renewal and transformation. It can be seen as the Ouroboros; the serpent or dragon devouring its own tail in endless regeneration. It is also the flight of two butterflies as they spiral together, dancing in the air. It is the eternal intertwining of polarities and the simultaneous energetic movement in opposing directions which makes up the wholeness of life. We can say that everything meets as one in the Hunab Ku; the One of everything and of every moment can be perceived in the Hunab Ku.
If something is moving up, something else is moving down. When something is moving in, something else is moving out. When you understand and feel this for and in yourself, push and pull ceases to be a fight. Opposing forces are not against each other, they are with each other. They only exist together, like day and night, or hot and cold. More often than not, we feel the separate nature of energy – the resistance factor. When you are in the Hunab Ku, you feel the spiraling nature of everything, all at once. You are in the center of the galaxy, in the great Mystery. And here lie the gateways to other galaxies and to all consciousness, the mental All that created the Universe.
Stones for the Hunab Ku set were chosen because they individually and collectively vibrate with the energies of harmony and the integration of polarities. These earth allies support us as we integrate our light and shadow and align our chakras. Working with these gems will help you come into balance within and without. They are exceptional conduits for the confluence of energy flow. When you work with them with the intention of having a deeper experience of your energy pattern and its alignment with the energy of the Universe, you step into a new dimension of living.
- Discussion Question: How is the Hunab Ku calling you into a new sense of balance?
May Gem Wise Set:
Zircon crystals are the oldest mineral grains in the world, estimated to be about 4.4 billion years old. Zircon has been found in many locations across the globe, including Mesoamerica. This gem has an affinity for magic, which makes it a favorite for use in creating magical items, both in ancient times and today. Amazing at generating manifestation, Zircon can help make things real, transmuting spiritual energies into the physical plane. Zircon is a stone of precise focus, purpose, and grounding. It carries a high vibration that resonates with all seven chakras, bringing positive energy to both the physical body and the aura, as well as cleansing toxins from these planes of existence.
Use Zircon to help you find more balance in life by integrating your inner and outer life. It is a powerful ally for establishing your ideas in the physical world. This stone is particularly supportive in harmonizing the Spirit with the human body experience. It helps you channel wisdom from Higher Realms and enlivens the soul in its own entity, having an experience within an earthbound body. Zircon is also shielding and enhances intuition. Working with this gem will strengthen your life force and help you maintain your Earth connection as well as your sense of spiritual Oneness. You are the vessel, soul, and Spirit, and one of Zircon’s greatest gifts is in facilitating their reconciliation.
- Discussion Question: Are you giving your inner or outer life more attention?
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass and was an important part of the Mesoamerican culture, both in daily and ritual life. Mayans used obsidian to carve arrowheads, jewelry, and other objects. It produces a hard sharp edge that is perfect as cutting tools and for rituals. With its serene, pure nature, snowflake obsidian gently brings balance to the mind, body, and spirit. It keeps you grounded, centered and focused in the most chaotic of times, working within the Root Chakra. Snowflake obsidian is powerful revealing medicine. It will show you what you need to know about yourself and others, allowing you to gain great clarity about people, places, and events. Working with this stone will increase your psychic sensitivity and make you more likely to experience and appreciate synchronicity. Be prepared for clarity and depth of insight, ready to hold the truth of vision that presents itself through this powerful stone.
Alchemists use snowflake obsidian for shadow work, for integrating all that is repressed. It represents the process of integrating the shadow and uncovering what has been kept in the dark. This gem illuminates the most hidden parts of the self and integrates the shadow with the light. Nothing remains hidden from this stone. It shows us harmful, unneeded patterns that we engage in, and opens us up to change, so that we may break those patterns and heal. Snowflake obsidian teaches us to value mistakes and learn from past negativity. It surrounds us in positive energy as we face the darkest parts of ourselves and bring them into the light. If you seek balance in times of change or desire an impetus to change, snowflake obsidian offers magic to keep you surrounded by positivity.
- Discussion Question: What message is snowflake obsidian trying to share with you?
Blue kyanite is a relatively new gem, discovered during the nineteenth century. It is found throughout the world in various regions of Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Burma, Kenya, and the USA. It comes in a variety of shades, with blue being the most popular. Blue kyanite magic takes effect immediately. It brings overall cellular alignment and balance and encourages you to act on your intuitive guidance. It strengthens your will and vision so you move in concert with the Highest Good. Blue kyanite is the stone of finding your sacred center. It is the only stone known to instantly align all seven chakras without conscious direction. The high vibration of blue kyanite creates very rapid transfers of energy, which open the psychic channels and activate mind centers to enable faster downloads of information from higher sources.
Blue kyanite is known as “the stone of alignment”, and simply having it in your presence will bring balance. Add your intention to its natural frequency and you’ll be amazed at your ability to integrate all aspects of yourself into a harmonious whole. Legend tells of travelers using kyanite as a compass, believing it could follow Earth’s magnetic force. Today, kyanite is known as a universal bridge, able to create and clear pathways. It is a connection stone, one you can use to bring things together, within and without, finding a common frequency. This includes the integration of your beliefs, skills, and ideas. Blue kyanite is a master conductor of resonance and harmony and it will awaken this ability within you.
- Discussion Question: Where do you need a bridge connecting things in your life?
Apophyllite is another fairly new gem discovery from the nineteenth century. It is often found growing with zeolites such as stilbite. Most green apophyllite is found in India. It offers a sweet, gentle energy that resonates with the Life Force of every living element in nature. Green apophyllite is used to activate and balance the Heart Chakra and to allow the heart to lead in decision-making. This gem facilitates connection with Nature spirits and renews childlike wonder and joy. It is said to arouse glee in response to being alive. Green apophyllite is the stone of coming into present time, and it lifts the veil of darkness created by ego, to bring light where it is needed, to whom it is needed, and for the Highest Good of all.
In the balance of life, green apophyllite assists in aligning us with Mother Earth and all life on this planet. This gem is intended to bring healing to the Earth and her inhabitants. It’s known as a Master Healer stone. Green is a rare color of apophyllite and brings the deepest physical healing, as well as healing for your soul. Apophyllite is an excellent tool to use for discernment. It helps you truly focus on the people who matter and the things that matter, letting go of everything else. Use apophyllite to develop a healthy perspective on what needs your attention and what doesn’t. The result of this precious clarity will be intense inner peace. Green apophyllite, along with all variations of apophyllite, stimulates the Third Eye and Crown Chakras, enhancing your psychic abilities and connecting you with Higher Realm wisdom and guidance. It can help you clear distracting thoughts and activate your higher mind.
- Discussion Question: Is green apophyllite inviting you into a world of more joy and wonder?
Howlite was named after Canadian geologist Henry How, who discovered the stone in 1868 in Nova Scotia. Howlite is sometimes called “white turquoise” as a trade name because of its texture and pattern but is an entirely different gem. Howlite is used to produce jewelry, sometimes dyed to imitate turquoise and other stones. This spirit strengthening stone has an abundance of its own magical properties. Howlite eases a troubled mind and heart, and brings such a profound sense of tranquility, even during the most stressful times. It’s effective in ensuring restful sleep and peaceful dreams and can be used to reclaim wisdom received in the dream state. Howlite gently transmits Spirit energy throughout the body, helping you let go of negative energy and bring peace to your mind, body, and soul.
With the ability to powerfully open and activate the Crown Chakra, howlite encourages a deeper sense of spiritual connection and wisdom. The Crown Chakra governs your relationship with Spirit and your Higher Self. Howlite aligns this energetic center, creating a direct channel between you and the Higher Realms – and the result is pure, radiant peace. Working with howlite will ease your pain, worries, fears, and doubts. It helps balance your mind and spirit, helping you receive and assimilate information with an open mind. By inspiring calm and tactful communication, encouraging emotional expression, and expanding consciousness, howlite leads you down the road to true progress. This wonderful stone even calls in partnerships, alliances, and friendships to support you along the way.
- Discussion Question: Are your friendships supporting you? Do you receive as much as you give?
To channel the balance of life and the magic of these stones, this acrylic grid was designed with the Hunab Ku symbol. The Hunab Ku invites you into the center of existence, the heart of everything that is happening. It is only in moving away from the nexus that we experience resistance and separation. We are designed to move out and into the edges – to divide, contrast, and polarize. And at the same time, we are made of the very thing that holds it all together. The Hunab Ku is one way to understand the sacred marriage of all energy, which provides us with a sense of faith and ease no matter where we are on the spectrum in each moment. It’s all happening!
- Discussion Question: How do you feel as you read about the Hunab Ku?