One of my very favorite and most surprising elements of SouLodge Earth Medicine School is something that came about when we were going narrow and deep with our stone families in the second module last Spring. We had a beautiful conversation about what drives the crystal and stone mining business-in part, us. We healers and students of magic and manifestation are the ones combing the rock and gemstone stores online and in our towns, giving reason for mass mining to take place in order to feed our hoarding tendencies.
The issue with this is that beautiful specimens end up in drawers and boxes, cluttering our spaces and mixing energy with one another in discarded piles. We made another way!
What we did was opened up the trade floor. Women were holding off on impulsive shopping and enhancing to their collections by trading and asking the others in their community group, for example, if they had a piece of clear quartz to donate to their wheels and charging stations, making it a communal altar and even more special. It was amazing to see how many women had “extras” and were willing to mail them to a sister in need. This led to all sorts of abundant exchanges and helped us build our gratitude for one another, too.
Gemstones are formed by geothermal activity (lava cooling underground) in layers (veins) of different types of igneous and metamorphic rocks. It’s true that there are different kinds of mining, some which do damage to the Earth (explosives commonly used in ore mining) and some which do…less damage (rock hounds and hobby collectors harvesting by hand or removed in underground or dug-out pit mines). To avoid environmental and safety concerns associated with over-harvesting, another solution to working with the stone people is looking in thrift stores or going to estate sales to pick up low-cost items which may resonate with the work you’re doing. In the end, working with tons of different kinds of stones may be less effective than getting intimate with a few good relatives from the deep Earth.
If everything has a spirit, then it makes sense that we treat them accordingly. If rocks provide protection from the elements and habitats for other creatures, then we can even educate our children and limit their hoarding of surface rocks for a future with the Mama more in tact. These resources are not replaceable, and they work their own energetic magic inside of the Earth where they formed, perhaps better than in our drawers and boxes. We can ask ourselves why beautiful rocks give us a fix, and then take a few steps to enjoy everything in moderation.
More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.