Imbolc and Candlemas Celebrate the Promise of Spring

The festival of Imbolc is celebrated on February 2 (Northern Hemisphere) each year by Wiccans and Pagans and by Christians who call it Candlemas.  Imbolc and Candlemas celebrate the promise of Spring and the hope of new beginnings.  Crystals associated with this festival include red jasper, carnelian, obsidian and bloodstone.

Winter is all about rest, recovery and withdrawing inside ourselves.  This mid-winter festival promises that the icy, barren earth will soon Candlemaschange as life begins to stir deep beneath our feet. We delight in seeing the Crocus and Snowdrops as they begin to push their way up through the frozen ground.

Very briefly,  Imbolc originated as a celebration of the Celtic Goddess Breghit.  When Ireland converted to Catholicism it became known as the feast of St. Brigid and the name later changed to Candlemas after people began bringing their candles to be blessed.

Breghit reigns over hearth and home and is the goddess of the Candlemaseternal flame, the fire within that burns even in the darkest of places, symbolic of our inner flame and that burst of energy we experience to clear out and clean up as the days get longer and warmer.  The broom (besom in Pagan lore) symbolizes the sweeping out of old patterns to usher in what’s new, fresh and productive.

Now let’s talk a little about the crystals associated with this celebration; the dark colors of bloodstone, obsidian, red jasper and carnelian speak to the Root Chakra.  They promote grounding, healing, stability, and sense of safety. Since the Root Chakra is at the base of our Chakra System it lays the foundation for expansion in our life.

Red Jasper:  The Root Chakra’s associated color is red, so it makes sense that many of the Root Chakra stones are red as well.  This one is linked to balancing, so it’s an ideal stone to have if you are battling erratic mood swings.


Carnelian:  A pale red stone with orange hues, carnelian is associated with strength, cleansing, and bravery. It is a good choice if you particularly struggle with fearfulness and can’t bring yourself to leave your comfort zone.

Obsidian:  A black volcanic gemstone, obsidian is said to protect you from harm and negative energies.  You may draw some comfort from wearing it as you work to move to a place of greater security in your life.


Bloodstone:  The stone itself is green, however the name refers to its red spots. This semi-precious stone is linked to pushing away the negative energies that impede physical healing, and increases confidence.  A perfect stone for combatting significant Root Chakra blocks.


Septarian is an Ancient Healing Stone

Septarian is an ancient healing stone, sometimes called a Dragon SeptarianStone because its formations can resemble the scales of a dragon.  It’s nodules were formed during the Cretaceous Period, around 50 to 70 million years ago. At that time sea levels were much higher and the Gulf of Mexico reached inland to southern Utah where many Septaria nodules are found. They are also found in Madagascar where conditions were similar.

Periodic volcanic eruptions killed the smaller sea life which sank to the sea bed and started decomposing. The minerals in the shells and carcasses attracted sea floor sediments which accumulated around the carcasses and formed nodules or mud balls. When the ocean eventually receded, the mud balls dried out and began to shrink and crack into the beautiful patterns that we see inside Septaria nodules.

The name Septarian comes from the Latin word “septum” meaning seven, or “saeptum” which means a wall or enclosure. As the balls dried they shrank inside and had a tendency to create a distinctive pattern of 7 points in every direction.

SeptarianOver the eons, calcite leeched down into the cracks and formed calcite crystals which grew to fill the cracks, the interface between the calcite and the bentonite clay transformed into aragonite which is the dark brown crystal layer. The bentonite mud was eventually replaced with limestone which completed the transformation of the entire nodule to stone creating a magnificent piece of artwork from Mother Nature.

As geodes Septaria are a combination of yellow calcite, brown aragonite, grey limestone and white/clear barite, and contain the properties of each of these component minerals

Septaria are healing stones beneficial to overall health and well being because they open psychic abilities, give relief for muscle spasms, and nurture and ground.

Septaria bring calming energies which have a nurturing feel to them, and can bring feelings of joy and spiritual uplifting. They are used to enhance and nurture communication with groups, making it much easier to speak clearly and kindly in group settings. Septarian is also used to assist with communication with Mother Earth. It is said to bring unconscious foreknowledge needed by the user to help them always be prepared for what is coming up. In crystal healing Septaria are used for healing of the blood and kidneys and are related primarily to the root chakra, but also the sacral and solar plexus.

Septarian is a “concretion” stone. Concretions are protective stones, providing both grounding and shielding of the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. It is a stone for regulation of spiritual, mental, and Septarianphysical prowess. It promotes both calming and understanding on the emotional level. It enhances feelings and the condition of well-being and provides for a merging with and amplifying of ones energies. It is also quite useful in determining the direction in which to progress. Septarian loves to be held, emanating a loving, kind, and sincere energy pattern.

Septarian is a wonderful stone to wear or carry with you if you speak in public, as it gives you confidence and allows you to gain an audience’s attention. As a grounding stone, it allows for better tolerance and patience, as well as emotional flexibility. When you meditate holding a Septarian it can gauge the underlying cause of an illness and focuses the body into healing itself. Septarian can absorb your energy when it is held over a period of time and transmute that energy into strength when needed.



Chakra Crystals

Chakra crystals are great tools to clear and ground our 7 major energy fields.  You can see below the healing crystals and gemstones commonly used when working to clear and ground our 7 chakras.  For example I really need to increase my energy level so I’m using citrine and smokey topaz as a meditation tool while setting the intention of increased energy.

*Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is sometimes called the Base Chakra.  It promotes survival, courage, stability and vitality.

*Sacral Chakra is located between the naval and pubic bone and is sometimes called the Naval Chakra.  It promotes strength and physical force, and it aids in creativity, generating new ideas, endurance and sexual energy.

*Solar Plexus Chakra is located between the naval and the bottom of the rib cage.  It creates personal strength, confidence, humour, and the development of identity and personality.

*Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest.  It creates love, compassion and forgiveness, and deals with emotions.

*Throat Chakra is located in the throat.  It helps connect to the world through communication, sound and self-expression.

*Third Eye Chakra is located between and just above the eyebrows and is sometimes called the Brow Chakra.  It balances the endocrine system which affects vision, intuition, concentration, self-knowledge, insight and psychic abilities.

*Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head.  It connects to the spiritual and promotes imagination, inspiration and positivity.


Chakra crystals

These stones are commonly used to heal and balance our 7 chakras:

* Garnet, Hematite, Black Tourmaline – Root (Base) Chakra

* Coral, Carnelian, Moonstone – Sacral (Naval) Chakra

* Topaz, Citrine , Tiger’s Eye   – Solar Plexus Chakra

* Jade, Peridot, Amazonite – Heart Chakra

* Turquoise, Sodalite, Celestine – Throat Chakra

* Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Opal – Third Eye (Brow) Chakra

* Amethyst, Diamond,  Clear Quartz – Crown Chakra

Amber is known to cleanse and ground all 7 chakras and adding a clear quartz point will boost the energy of any crystal you’re using


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