My Dream Crystals - February 2023 Edition
Posted by Heather McConnell on 30th Jan 2023
Cheers to Crystals: Valentine’s Day Cocktails and Mocktails
Whether you’re planning a Galentine’s Day get together or a romantic dinner, these Valentine’s Day themed cocktails (and mocktails) will be a hit. Let’s raise a glass, grab a crystal, and celebrate love in all its forms!
Rose Quartz Cosmopolitan
A cosmopolitan is a classic for a reason. It is a sleek, spirit-forward cocktail that secured pop culture immortality by being the drink of choice for the ladies of Sex and the City. We’ve paired a classic cosmo with Rose Quartz, the classic love crystal. Not only do they both have the same pink hue, but Rose Quartz’s loving vibrations will boost your confidence and sense of self-worth, making you as bold as the beverage.
Ingredients for 2 Cocktails
3 oz Citron Vodka (regular vodka works in a pinch, but it will alter the flavor profile)
2 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lime juice (fresh preferred)
2 orange twists, for garnish (if you don’t want to sacrifice another fruit to this cocktail, you can use lime twists, but they are less traditional and will change the cocktail’s aromatics)
Ice, for shaking
How to Prepare
- 1.Place a Rose Quartz stone next to your cocktail shaker to charge your drink. If you have a Rose Quartz ring or bracelet, go ahead and wear it while preparing the drink.
- 2.Prep your orange (or lime) twists. Use a vegetable peeler to cut off two long slices of orange peel. Set aside.
- 3.Juice your lime.
- 4.Add about a cup of ice to your cocktail shaker.
- 5.Add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to the shaker.
- 6.Shake vigorously for one minute.
- 7.Strain the cocktail into a martini glass.
- 8.Garnish with your twist and enjoy!
Bronzite Chocolate Martini
Chocolate martinis are sweet and comforting, but there’s something sensual about them, too—just like Bronzite! This crystal links together your Root and Sacral Chakras, inspiring creativity through grounded Earth energy. Bronzite is also very collaborative, and it brings people together, just like this popular cocktail.
Ingredients for 2 Cocktails
4 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
4 oz Chocolate Liqueur
8 oz Vodka
Chocolate syrup, for drizzling the glass (optional)
Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder, for garnish (optional)
Ice, for shaking
How to Prepare
- 1.Place Bronzite next to your cocktail shaker to charge the beverage, or wear a Bronzite bracelet while preparing.
- 2.If you want an extra pretty cocktail, draw a spiral inside your martini glasses with the chocolate syrup.
- 3.Add about a cup of ice to your cocktail shaker.
- 4.Add Bailey’s, chocolate liqueur, and vodka to the shaker.
- 5.Shake vigorously for one minute.
- 6.Strain the drink into martini glasses.
- 7.Garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings (if you’d like) and enjoy!
Ruby Kir Royale
The easy cocktail only has two ingredients, doesn’t require a shaker, and can even be customized, but it is still elegant and enjoyable. Traditional Kir Royales mix berry liqueur with sparkling wine to create an appropriately Ruby red color, but you can easily swap the berry liqueur for your fruit liqueur of choice; I know a little bistro that makes a fabulous Pear Kir!
The Kir Royale’s is a perfect pairing for Ruby, and not just because of its color! The Kir Royale is energetic and effervescent, and Ruby is a passionate and attractive crystal. With this crystal and this cocktail, you’re in for some vibrant Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Ingredients for 2 Cocktails
2 oz crème de cassis (or your fruit liqueur of choice)
8 oz sparkling wine, like champagne or prosecco
Raspberries or blackberries, for garnish (optional)
How to Prepare
- 1.Place a Ruby in between your two serving glasses (either champagne flutes or coupe glasses) to charge them.
- 2.Split the crème de cassis between your two glasses.
- 3.Top each glass off with sparkling wine.
- 4.Garnish with berries if you’d like and enjoy!
Rhodochrosite Sparkling Spritzer Mocktail
This mocktail is just as bubbly and fun as the Kir Royale, without any of the alcohol! The spritzer pairs well with Rhodochrosite, because the crystal’s nurturing, loving energy brings people together—just like this beverage that everyone can enjoy! While it’s not required, you can bring another crystal into this cocktail and add a touch of flair with a sugar rim.
Ingredients for 2 Cocktails
3 oz of your favorite red fruit juice (mixed berry, cranberry, pomegranate, and cherry all work well)
1 oz simple syrup (or pure maple syrup)
1 oz lime juice
Unflavored sparkling water
Ice, for shaking and serving
Granulated sugar, for optional sugar rim
Raspberries, for garnish (optional)
How to Prepare
- 1.Place a Ruby next to cocktail shaker to charge the drink, or wear a Ruby ring or bracelet while preparing
- 2.Prepare the simple syrup by gently heating equal parts tap water and granulated sugar until the sugar dissolved. Simple syrup is best made on the stovetop; however, I have been known to microwave the water and quickly stir in sugar afterward! If you don’t want to make simple syrup, you can swap in pure maple syrup instead.
- 3.If you want a sugar rim, pour some granulated sugar out onto a small plate. Rub the rim of your glasses with little bit of lime juice or a lime wedge, and then dip the rim of the glass into the sugar. Set aside.
- 4.Add about a cup of ice to your cocktail shaker.
- 5.Pour fruit juice, simple/maple syrup, and lime juice into the cocktail shaker.
- 6.Shake vigorously for one minute.
- 7.Strain into your serving glasses. Add a few ice cubes (if desired) and top off with sparkling water.
- 8.Garnish with berries if you’d like and enjoy!
Put a Ring on It: Engagement and Promise Ring Crystals (That Aren’t Diamonds)
Love is in the air, and if you are ready to take your relationship with your partner to the next level, you have more options than you know! Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, promise ring, or even just a nice gift, you don’t have to stop at diamonds.
Diamonds are classic, but there are plenty of other gorgeous crystals that you can use to show your partner how much you love them—and give them some spiritual and metaphysical benefits in the process!
Here are some of our favorite crystals that can also be found as gemstone rings at most jewelry stores:
Now, I might be biased because my own engagement ring is Amethyst, but it does make for a gorgeous piece of jewelry. Beyond its deep purple color, Amethyst invites divine love into your relationship. It promotes happiness based on wisdom and peace and is the perfect way to show someone that they are your soulmate.
Communication is key to any relationship, and that’s why Aquamarine has traditionally been considered a marriage crystal. This stone infuses your Throat Chakra with the emotional maturity of water energy, promoting loving communication and free self-expression.
If you want to bless your union with joy, there is no better crystal than Citrine. It is the physical embodiment of happiness and the Sun’s radiant warmth. A powerful attractive crystal, Citrine will invite prosperity into your new life together.
Emerald is sometimes called the “stone of successful love,” so it makes an ideal engagement ring. This balancing crystal encourages compromise, empathy, and fidelity. It brings you and your partner closer together and boosts your manifestation energy so that you can achieve your goals together.
Garnet is a stone of love and loyalty. It supports healthy relationships and encourages you to trust your partner. Garnet links together your Root, Sacral, and Heart Chakras for long-lasting love with lots of creativity and a dash of spice.
Morganite’s gentle yet powerful vibrations encourage peace, compassion, and trust. It will help you and your partner approach each other with patience and an open heart, while also helping you work through any “baggage” from previous relationships.
Life can throw a lot of curveballs at you, but Opal’s optimism and creativity will help you and your partner weather any storm. It helps relieve stress by encouraging mindfulness, and it also deepens interpersonal bonds, promoting clear communication and trust.
As a stone of passion, Ruby is an obvious choice for an engagement ring. It imbues relationships with energy and creativity, ensuring that you and your partner never get tired of each other! Ruby will also connect you with your true passions by linking your Root and Heart Chakras, allowing you and your partner to build the life of your dreams.
Do you have a crystal engagement ring? We’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @mydreamcrystals.
O Fortuna: Crystals and Divination
Ancient Romans often associated February with Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck, Prosperity, and Fate. Celebrations in honor of the goddess could last weeks, but divination always played an important role in the festivities. After all, Fortuna could direct the future!
Whether you are looking to honor an Ancient Roman goddess, exercise your psychic abilities, get some advice, or just look at your life from a fun, fresh perspective, divination is a great activity—and divination and crystals go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Crystals that resonate with your Third Eye Chakra can boost your intuition to improve your divination skills, and they are also central to many popular divination methods. Let’s explore how you can use crystals to tap into your psychic side and highlight some of our favorite fortune-telling stones!
How To Use Crystals in Divination
Divination can be as simple as following a gut feeling, but there are a few time-honored methods that you try.
A quick note before we begin: clearing and cleansing crystals is always important, but when you’re using crystals for divination, it is imperative! Since you are specifically tapping into a crystal’s psychic energy, you don’t want any vibrations it has picked up along the way to cloud your results.
If you think of a stereotypical fortune teller, do you see a figure hunched over a crystal ball, like Professor Miracle in The Wizard of Oz? Those characters are actually scrying.
Scrying is a divination method that involves looking into a medium (often a crystal sphere, but you can also use flames, bowls of water, or black glass) and deciphering images found within.
To try scrying with a crystal sphere, find a quiet place where you can work undisturbed. Then, you will want to lower the lighting. It should be dark enough that the crystal’s reflections are at a minimum but not so dark that you can’t see the sphere’s surface.
Then, connect to your psychic energies. You may want to do a quick meditation to quiet and focus your mind, or simply place your hands on the crystal sphere and take a few deep, calming breaths. You can also help set the scene and focus yourself with incense or by diffusing essential oils associated with the Third Eye Chakra, like Juniper and Sage.
Then, you are ready to gaze into the crystal. Let the rest of the room melt away, and just look at the crystal sphere. Don’t concentrate on interpreting or finding anything; just notice the crystal and let the images reveal themselves to you. You may also want to keep a journal nearby to record your findings and assist with interpretation after your scrying sessions.
Pendulum divination, also known as pendulum dowsing, uses a symmetrical object hung from a chain, cord, or string to answer questions, acting as a medium for your spirit guides to communicate. Pendulums are typically used for answering “yes” or “no” questions.
While you can use a bead, trinket, or even a key for pendulum divination, we obviously have a preference for crystal pendants as pendulums! Using a crystal pendulum also gives you the added boost of the crystal’s psychic properties.
To use your pendulum, hold it from your end of the chain so that the pendulum drops straight down. Then, take your free hand and place an open palm just under the end of your pendulum, keeping it still. This moment is a great time to take a few cleansing breaths and make sure that you are fully relaxed and open.
Then, remove your hand and let the pendulum start to swing. Ask a question and observe its movements.
If you’d like, you can purchase (or create your own) mat to place underneath your pendulum and guide your interpretations of its answers. However, if you don’t have a mat, you can also calibrate your pendulum by simply asking for a control “yes” response and “no” response.
Tasseomancy, or the art of reading tea leaves, has a history that stretches back for centuries all around the world. It is also one of the simplest and most accessible forms of divination.
All you have to do is brew yourself a cup of your favorite looseleaf tea (without putting the leaves in a tea infuser), drink it while focusing on a query (the question you would like answered or just the general topic you would like information about), and interpret the pattern that the tea leaves make.
To incorporate crystals into your tea leaf reading, use a Third Eye Chakra crystal to charge your tea while it is brewing. Just place the crystal next to your cup, or you can even create a crystal grid geared towards your query, placing your cup in the center instead of the focus stone.
There are specific tasseomancy cups that you can purchase to help guide your interpretation, but you can use any tea cup!
When you’re reading your leaves, look for symbols. They typically fall into one of four categories: animals, objects, letters, or numbers. Then, consider what this symbol might represent; a bird could signify freedom, or bodies of water could represent emotions.
Each part of the cup also represents a different time. The rim is associated with the present, the sides with the near future, and the bottom with the far future.
For example, if you want to know when you might find a new romantic partner, a heart at the rim could indicate that you already know them.
Cartomancy, or card reading, is a time-tested way to receive guidance and learn about your future. To practice cartomancy, you have a few options.
You can purchase a tarot deck (a traditional set of 78 divination cards that includes Major and Minor Arcana and the 4 suits of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles), or you can purchase an oracle deck, which is a divination deck that has no set parameters and is created entirely by the artist.
You can even use a standard card deck as a mini tarot deck that contains only the suits. The Spades are Swords (communication, thought, and the element of Air), the Hearts are Cups (emotions, relationships, and the element of Water), the Diamonds are Pentacles (money, material matters, and the element of Earth), and the Clubs are Wands (creativity, action, and the element of Fire). However, you will already have to be familiar with the card’s traditional meaning to use a standard deck, since there is no additional symbolism to guide you.
Tarot and oracle cards use artwork, symbolism, and divination traditions to convey their messages. Most oracle decks come with a guidebook, but for tarot, you will want to either purchase a guide or use free online resources like Biddy Tarot. However, you don’t have to stick to a card’s traditional meanings; use your intuition. Pay attention to elements of the card’s art that stick out to you, and look at the card’s position in relation to the other cards you pull.
Similar to crystals, cartomancy decks often benefit from charging and cleansing. You can place a crystal on top of your deck to impart its energy or charge the deck in the center of a grid. We also recommend keeping crystals at the top or around the edges of your reading area to keep boosting the cards and your own psychic abilities. You may even want to try wearing a crystal bracelet or ring to guide your hand.
The key to using cartomancy effectively is crafting a solid query. Unlike pendulums, tarot cards tend not to be good for “yes” or “no” questions. They typically deal with broader, more complex issues, like “What is next in my career?” or “How can I develop a stronger sense of self-love?”
Once you have your query in mind, shuffle the cards. Then, it’s time to pull some cards. There are a few different techniques you can try. You can simply pull from the top of your shuffled deck, or you can spread the cards out in a line, hover your hand over them, and select the ones that attract your attention, either visually or by a tingling sensation. You may even notice that some cards jump out as you shuffle; I have a particularly “loud” oracle deck that has been known to throw cards across the room!
As you pull the cards, you will arrange them in a tarot spread. Your options for spreads are literally limitless. You can create your own based off your intuition as you pull, or you can look to other tarot readers on social media for inspiration!
However, a great starter spread is a basic three card pull. The first card represents the past, the second the present, and the third the future.
The Best Divination Crystals
Now that you know how to use crystals in your divination practice, which ones should you use? Here are our recommendations:
Amethyst connects your Third Eye and Crown Chakras, making it easier to receive and interpret divine guidance. This high vibration crystal helps you access your highest self, boost your intuition, and find the calm necessary for accurate divination. It also provides protection as you access your psychic self.
Black Obsidian is a traditional favorite for scrying, both in crystal balls and scrying mirrors. This crystal keeps your grounded during divination, allowing you to access earthly and divine wisdom at the same time. Its protective energies also shield your aura during your work.
As its name implies, Celestite connects you with all things “celestial,” including angels, spirit guides, and universal truth. This gentle crystal is perfect for divination beginners. It enhances the psychic abilities you may already be familiar with, like dream work, to reveal your hidden talents. Celestite also links the Throat and Third Eye Chakras for clear communication, both in terms of crafting queries and interpreting messages.
When you think of a crystal ball, you are probably thinking about Clear Quartz! This crystal has a long history of use in divination. It is valued for expanding the consciousness, clearing the mind, and boosting innate intuition. In addition to being great for scrying, Clear Quartz is also wonderful for cleansing and clearing your divination tools.
Labradorite invites a whole new perspective into your divination practice. This creative crystal helps you keep your mind open, making it an excellent ally for scrying, tasseomancy, and cartomancy. Legend holds that Labradorite’s distinct, gorgeous iridescence is literally the Northern Lights, and no matter what, Labradorite will light your path forward.
If you’re new to divination, Lapis Lazuli is the perfect crystal to activate your Third Eye. Once your Third Eye is open, Lapis Lazuli helps you tap into your Throat and Crown Chakras so that your entire upper Chakras are firing on all cylinders. Lapis Lazuli is strongly associated with the High Priestess card in tarot decks, showcasing her intuitive abilities and wisdom.
Pretty in Pink Amethyst
With so many lovely shades of red and pink decorating the world in February, we’re drawn to one of our favorite pink (and relatively new) crystals on the market: Pink Amethyst.
Pink Amethyst was first discovered in 2019 in Argentina’s El Chiquada mine, and it has yet to be found anywhere else in the world! Pink Amethyst is a form of Quartz that gains its gentle pink hue from Iron and Hematite inclusions.
Pink Amethyst is obviously cousins with another pink member of the Quartz family, Rose Quartz. However, it is considered a form of Amethyst because of its Iron content, as Amethyst gets much of its color from radiation-exposed Iron, whereas Rose Quartz owes its rosy hue to Dumortierite inclusions.
Pink Amethyst has a lovely, soft energy. Because it combines Amethyst with Hematite, Pink Amethyst creates a link between your psychic and physical self by activating your Heart Chakra. It balances and grounds your emotional body, producing a profound feeling of calm.
Pink Amethyst is a must-have for difficult seasons of your life. This gentle stone radiates divine feminine energy, nurturing you through struggles. Pink Amethyst’s divine connection and Hematite inclusions also help you make the best decisions for your overall emotional wellbeing. It is a crystal of new beginnings, and it will help you make a fresh start when the storm passes.
Above all, Pink Amethyst works to bring you closer to universal love. It boosts all of your most compassionate energies. Pink Amethyst starts by helping you embrace self-love and self-acceptance, and once you nurture these feelings, they cascade out to the people around you. You will notice yourself expressing your love for your friends and family much more easily and greeting acquaintances, colleagues, and even strangers with more kindness.
As we celebrate the season of love, there is no better crystal than Pink Amethyst!
Crafting with Crystals: Valentine’s Hearts
Crystals are all around us, and I don’t just mean the crystals in your collection! Common cooking ingredients like salt and sugar are technically crystals, and today we’re taking another household item and making a crystal craft with it: Borax.
You may have a box of Borax, also known as sodium borate, in your laundry room. It is typically used to freshen and brighten laundry, but it can also aid with cleaning throughout the home.
However, we’re not interested in Borax’s household utility in this article! Today, we’re taking advantage of another unique property of sodium borate: when mixed with water in a concentrated solution, Borax forms crystals.
You can soak a textured surface in the Borax-water solution to cover it in crystals. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we using pipe cleaners to create pretty pink hearts that make an adorable decoration or gift.
This craft is great for kids—and doubles as an educational science experiment—but it’s fun for adults, too!
How To Make Your Valentine’s Day Crystal Hearts
To get started, you will need the following:
- A plastic container (large enough to contain the length of your pipe cleaner hearts)
- At one cup of water (enough to fill the container)
- Pipe cleaners
- A pencil or stick (to dangle your crystals from)
- Borax powder (3 tablespoons per cup of hot water)
- Red food coloring
Step One: Boil Your Water
This craft uses boiling water, because hot water can hold more Borax than cold water. As the water cools, it becomes supersaturated, making the excess Borax separate out of the solution and crystalize onto any nearby textured surface. In this case, that textured surface is our pipe cleaner!
Step Two: Shape Your Pipe Cleaners
While you wait for the water to boil, shape your pipe cleaners into a heart from the center. Twist them at the bottom to close it, but leave a little bit of extra pipe cleaner outside of the shape. Wrap this excess pipe cleaner around your stick or pencil.
Step Three: Add Boiling Water To Your Container
Pour boiling water into your container. Be sure to measure it in cups so that you can add the proper amount of Borax.
Step Four: Add Borax to Create a Solution
Add Borax to your container, at a ratio of 3 tablespoons Borax per 1 cup of water. Stir until the borax is resolved.
Step Five: Add Food Coloring
Add your food coloring to the container. You really can’t do too much! Borax doesn’t absorb coloring very well, so it will take a very dark red to create a light, pretty pink. The darker your solution, the darker your crystal hearts will be.
Step Six: Add Your Pipe Cleaner Heart
Put the pipe cleaner heart in your container, leaving the stick lying over the opening. Make sure your heart doesn’t touch the bottom of the container!
Step Seven: Let the Crystals Form
You will want to leave the pipe cleaner in the Borax solution for at least 6 hours; we recommend letting them soak overnight. The longer you leave them, the thicker the hearts will be! If you’re doing this craft with kids, it’s okay to let them check the crystals every couple of hours. They will love seeing their crystals’ progress!
Step Eight: Remove the Crystals
After 6+ hours, remove your crystals and marvel at your