Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Larimar

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Larimar represents peace and clarity, healing, and love. A gemstone of serenity, larimar promotes relaxation through its soothing color and calming energy.  It is a wonderful “worry stone”, and also fosters connection with the Divine feminine when held or worn during meditation.  It activates the throat chakra, having a vibration that assists in clear communication, particularly regarding emotions.

It is often known as the “Atlantis Stone”. A psychic named Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) said that part of Atlantis was in the Caribbean, and also that a blue stone with extraordinary healing powers would be found there. About 30 years after he passed away, Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic, which is to this day the only place it can be found!

Visit any of our stores to see the oceanic beauty of this rare gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. All of the pieces in the picture above are currently available in our Freeport store.

Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Malachite

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Malachite, unlike stones of the quartz family, absorbs energy instead of projecting it. Because of this, it’s very useful for releasing negative thoughts or emotions. It also helps to foster creativity and encourage self-expression.

This stone has vivid dark to light green lines that run parallel to each other in concentric circles. The Egyptians have been using this mineral since 3000 AD for amulets, jewelry, and even ground into a powder as an eye shadow, for its beautiful colors and also for clear vision and increased insight.

Malachite has been called the “mirror of the soul”. It reaches the inner feelings of the person wearing it and amplifies both negative and positive. It is often known as the Transformation stone, and it can be an amazing tool on the path of spiritual growth. For the conscious and mindful wearer or bearer of this stone, malachite releases energy blockages and offers a clearer path of insight into old wounds, habits, and negativity, allowing these darknesses to be transmuted into something wise, loving, and positive. It is said to get rid of timidity and encourage adventure.

In the world of Astrology, malachite is connected with the Capricorn and Scorpio zodiac signs. Malachite can be used to help clear and activate all chakras in the body, especially the heart and throat.

Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous malachite pieces in this picture can be found today in our Newcastle store.

September 24, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Libra

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Happy new moon in Libra! As we transition to the next season with the recent equinox, now is an excellent time to reflect on the past part of the year (and potentially before that) and consciously release the energy that we’ve tied ourselves to it with. It is time to step into the future! Libra is the sign of beauty, so definitely spend at least a moment today appreciating the loveliness of something that you usually pass right by. It is important to remember what we find beautiful and positive right now, so we are able to create solid intentions of what we want more of in our lives. Until now, the sun was in Virgo, which energized us to take stock of who we are and where are talents lie, and moving into Libra opens the door to bring that inner self out into the world. If you still aren’t sure of these things, today is a perfect day to devote some deep thought to it and set intentions for the future. The combination of the Equinox at 0 degrees in Libra and the New Moon at 1 degree in Libra creates a powerful opportunity to empower our goals, dreams, and projects, so it is important to get clear on what they are. Honor your highest self during this Equinox/New Moon energy with some kind of ceremony if you can, or at least a private review of where you have been and where you want to go. Present your open heart and intentions to the world to the starry sky tonight, and you may be very pleasantly surprised at how powerfully these things manifest!

A New Moon Intention ritual idea for tonight:

Clear your meditation/ritual space with smoke. Use a sage smudge stick if you have it, but if not, incense works also. Wave the smudging stick of your choice around you in swirls, waves, or any form that occurs to your intuition, with the intention of clearing old energy out and welcoming something new. Get a notebook or piece of paper and a pen to keep near you when you meditate; you can smudge that too if you like, but do be careful to not get too close with the ember!

Once you are done with that, sit down to meditate, focusing on your breath. Imagine deeply colored light energy coming up to you from the earth as you breathe inward (whatever color feels right to you) filling your whole body, and as you breathe out visualize white light pouring down into the crown of your head from the sky. Sit for a while like this, breathing slowly and imagining this energy flow that moves with your breath. Some people like to imagine the energy light moving through their bodies like a vertical figure-eight or infinity sign, while others don’t picture it having any specific form. Do what feels right to you; there is no way to do it wrong!

After you have done this for the amount of time you feel is right, open your eyes and free-write everything you want in your life in the future, the way you would like your life to look, what future-you does with your days, how you want to feel, anything! Write it as if you know it will happen, not “I want” but “I will”. After that, go through and re-read it, circling the words or parts that are most important to you. Spend some time considering these circled bits, and imagine how it might feel to really have them in your life.

Leave this piece of writing by a window under your favorite crystal overnight, or sleep with it under your pillow. Pay attention to your dreams!

Bohemian Personality Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Batik Say About You?

It’s fun quiz time!  What Does Your Favorite Batik Say About You? Choose the swatch from the picture that most appeals to you, and then read on. . . .
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A.  You are imaginative with a great sense of humor, and always try to look at the bright side of a situation.  Very connected with your inner child, you are able to energize yourself and others with your playfulness and innate creativity.  Dancing, singing, or actively participating in anything related to music will bring you joy, energy, and new ideas.
B.  You are someone who loves to learn, journeying deep into the realms of your chosen subject and bringing back interesting facts wrapped in clever insight to share with others.  You may be drawn to spiritual or existential questions, and feel a particular affinity for the mysterious and magical.  The power of gemstones, crystals, and ritual of any kind is particularly accessible and strong for you.
C.  The natural world is where you feel most at home, and you notice things there that most people don’t.  You are gifted with a thoughtful and loving nature that makes those around you feel safe, special, and inspired.  You give wise advice, and are a poet at heart.  Connecting with your creativity through visual art of any kind makes you feel alive.
D.  You are an adventurous soul, always with a spark of wanderlust in your heart.  You love exploring new places, and often find yourself daydreaming about living or traveling in a far-off place. You are an excellent listener and a bit empathic, frequently picking up on moods or hidden meanings in the words of others. You might have a tendency to overthink things, but your intuition is particularly strong–if you can let it be your guide, you may find yourself very surprised at how easily you manifest positivity!
E.  You are an innately grounded person, yet often spend time admiring the sky in its myriad colors, patterns, and textures.  Nature inspires you, and you might be particularly fascinated by the world of birds.  You are an extraordinarily loyal friend, and are very eco-conscious and reflective of your impact on the planet.  You are able to inspire others to make positive choices through your graceful example, and by embracing your natural gift for the written word.
F.  You love the limelight, making people laugh, and having fun fun FUN!  Your effervescent nature, clever tongue, and flair for the dramatic make you an enlivening companion, and others are often inspired by your encouragement and personal confidence. You learn and grow the most through connecting with others.  Sharing your gifts in a community setting, or participating in a group class or retreat, can be extremely beneficial for you in particular.
Which batik pattern did you choose?  Did the description ring true for you?  What’s one adjective you would use to describe yourself?

Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Amethyst

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Amethyst is one of the best stones for those who are new to crystal healing.  Its violet color is well known as the highest spiritual color and vibration, representing the “flame of transmutation” that burns up negativity, transforming what was there into a fertile fount of inner power from which to build something new and intentional.  It has a calming and peaceful effect on the mind and body that encourages the opening of intuition, allowing the seedlings of positive change to take root.  Its powerful yet soothing energy helps to break up old emotional thought processes, and helps one to more easily see their situation from the perspective of their higher mind, connected with their soul’s purpose rather than being (as we so often are) swept up in the emotion and drama of the expectations and experiences that surround us in the day-to-day.

Amethyst helps the bearer to overcome fears and cravings. It historically symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. The Greek word “amethystos” can be translated as “not drunken”. In Greek mythology, Dionysus (the god of intoxication and wine) was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos’ desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.

Amethyst helps to bring calmness and clarity to the mind, while fostering healing and selflessness. It is an excellent stone for meditation and is known as the “stone of transformation”.  It is said to bring wisdom by keeping the wearer connected to and aware of their more spiritual nature.  It is a wonderful stone for dream work, past life work, and can help you clearly see your path.  Using this stone in meditation may also help you to develop your psychic abilities and open your crown chakra,  enhancing connection with the spiritual realm while protecting against psychic attack.  Because of its innately soothing energy, amethyst is particularly powerful for assisting in overcoming sleep disorders and bad dreams.  Putting amethyst under your pillow at night can help to transform these negative experiences into positive, and encourage lucid dreaming as well as astral projection adventures!

While we always have TONS more gemstone jewelry available in stores than online, many pretty pieces of our Rudraksha jewelry feature amethyst, and we have some lovely amethyst rings and pendants available online as well.  Check these out at Mexicali Blues online, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem in a wide variety of unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous amethyst pendants in this picture can be found today in our Bangor store.

Which of the properties of amethyst is most appealing to you?  How would you most like to wear this stunning gem–earrings, pendants, rings, or something else?

Mexicali News: Happy Anniversary to our Flagship Newcastle Store!

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Happy Anniversary to our Newcastle store! 2 years ago we started our first ever ground-up build of a Mexicali Blues store, and 1 year ago we reopened our doors in Newcastle, receiving an amazing reception from customers! Check this hyperlapse … Continue reading

Rock those Chakras: A Guide to the Chakras & the Colors & Crystals that Connect Them

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Chakras are the energy centers of the body.  In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel” or “vortex”, and that is what chakras are: spiralling vortexes of energy which hold, balance, and emanate different powers and aspects of our spiritual bodies.  There are seven major chakras, each with their own gifts to empower the physical body and bring about the development of our self-consciousness.

When you are having a problem in life, emotional or physical, it may be because the corresponding chakra is blocked or out of balance.  This imbalance can be addressed in several ways–for example: receiving reiki, or meditating on a crystal, color, or sound that resonates on the same vibrational frequency as that chakra.  It may sound complicated, but do not fear! Your chakras are ultimately your own energy, so all it takes is your conciousness and intention to set them right!

If you have a chakra imbalance and would like to work on it, try this simple meditation:

Sit or lie down comfortably in a quiet room, making sure you will not be disturbed (remember to turn off the ringer on your phone!).  Burn some of your favorite incense (we love nag champa!) or a candle to create an olfactory separation between this sacred space and your daily life.  If you are laying down, you might like to place an energy-amplifying crystal on the physical location of the chakra, or if seated, you might simply hold it there. (See below for the crystals that are best for each chakra)

Breathe in and out, counting each exhale until you get to 20.  If other thoughts enter your mind, observe them and let them go.  Sometimes it helps to have a mantra to keep yourself present, so create one that has meaning for you as it corresponds to the issue you would like to address. We like to use the Mexicali chakra attributes flags or batik chakra wall hanging as a meditation object, focusing on the color and mantra of a specific chakra flag for a meditation. You can do that, or create one on your own if you wish!  For example, if you want to meditate on the root chakra, which is the center of grounding, your mantra might be, “I am present”.

Picture your chakra as a spinning wheel of colored light.  When you breathe in, imagine that you are letting in a waterfall of white light and positive energy, which makes your chakra grow brighter.  When you breathe out, imagine you are releasing all of your bad feelings or pain in a little grey puff of smoke.  Repeat this, breathing slowly, for as long as you feel is right.

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Chakra Basics: A Guide to the Chakras

The Root/Base Chakra–Center of Grounding & Security

Color: Red

Crystal: Garnet, Agate, Tiger’s Eye, Onyx, Ruby

Essential Oils & Incense: Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Dragon’s Blood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli

Consciousness: security, trust, relationship to the body & the Earth, being grounded & present in the here and now, having passion for life

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: insecurity, fear, anxiety, feeling “spacey”, disconnected from body/living in your head only–too much mental chatter

Other Healing Ideas: Walk outside in bare feet (helps feel more “grounded” and connected to nature), bridge pose or another yoga backbend, eat vegetables from the ground (beets, potatoes, carrots) and hot spices (red cayenne pepper, tabasco)

The Sacral Chakra–Center of Creativity & Change

Color: Orange

Crystal: Carnelian, Copper, Coral

Essential Oils & Incense: Angelica, Gardenia, Lemongrass, Orange, Citrus

Consciousness: happiness, creativity, sexuality, emotions & willingness to feel them

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: procrastination, diminished libido, depression, skin problems, emotional numbness

Other Healing Ideas: Cobra yoga pose, eat citrus fruits or nuts

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Power & Confidence

Color: Yellow

Crystal: Citrine, Amber, Gold, Topaz

Essential Oils & Incense: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fennel, Rosemary

Consciousness: self-confidence, power, freedom, assertiveness, clarity, self-control, motivation

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: low self-worth, mental fatigue, memory problems, moodiness, digestive disorders

Other Healing Ideas: yoga boat pose, dancing, eat whole grains & yellow fruits, drink peppermint or chamomile tea

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Love & Compassion for Self & Others

Color: Green (or Pink)

Crystal: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Peridot, Aventurine

Essential Oils & Incense: Rose, Eucalyptus, Pine, Palmarosa

Consciousness: love, joy, inner peace, honesty, healing

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: grief, stubborn thought patterns, irritability, worry, guilt

Other Healing Ideas: chest opening yoga poses, hugging, verbally expressing love, drink green tea, eat pink grapefruit and green vegetables

The Throat Chakra–Center of Communication

Color: Blue (or Turquoise)

Crystal: Lapis, Blue Agate, Sapphire, Sodalite, Turquoise, Aquamarine

Essential Oils & Incense: Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Cypress, Geranium

Consciousness:  expressing feelings, speaking your truth, listening to intuition, creating, sharing

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: sleep problems, holding secrets, hyperactivity, stress, immune system issues

Other Healing Ideas: shoulder stand yoga pose, singing or chanting, listen to favorite music, eat raw fruit and sea vegetables (algae, dulse kelp, nori)

The Third Eye Chakra–Center of Intuition & Extra Sensory Perception

Color: Indigo

Crystal: Iolite, Quartz, Tanzanite, Amethyst

Essential Oils & Incense: Patchouli, Camphor, Frankincense, Star Anise, Lavender

Consciousness:  intuition, imagination, wisdom, decision-making, dreams, psychic ability, spirituality, empathy

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: negative self-talk, not trusting intuition, trouble making decisions, lacking purpose, second-guessing everything, afraid to take action

Other Healing Ideas: child’s or fish yoga pose, eat broccoli & purple fruits or vegetables (eggplant, grapes, purple onions, prunes), stargazing, visiting an art museum

The Crown Chakra–Center of Cosmic Consciousness

Color: Violet

Crystal: Clear Quartz, Diamond, Amethyst

Essential Oils & Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Magnolia, Lotus

Consciousness:  integration of spirit & body, connection to spirituality, empathy, bliss, prophetic dreams, compassion, feeling connected to others & the universe

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: feeling isolated, disconnected, egocentric, overwhelmed

Other Healing Ideas: meditation, downward dog yoga pose, running or other cardio, spend time outdoors in fresh air & sunshine

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We hope this guide has been helpful to you in learning about your chakras!  At Mexicali Blues, we have a variety of gemstone pendants featuring the crystals that resonate with each chakra.  They are helpful in keeping your chakras aligned and energized, and are also just really pretty!

Crystal & Sterling Silver Chakra Pendant

Large Chakra Crystal & Sterling Silver Pendant

Check them out at Mexicali Blues online or any of our stores in Maine!

What chakras do you feel are the most powerful in you? Which ones do you want to work on?