I know you all are expecting ruminations on another card, but that’s not what I have in mind to share with you this time. Today, I am addressing another interest entirely, something that is still an important skill to add to your mystical toolbox. Today, I’m making a Gem Elixir.
When I first started this blog, I announced that I would write about anything metaphysical that struck my fancy, or seemed relevant at the time, and I meant it. So here it goes.
I’ve been feeling a bit slowed down these days, and it’s not like that is so unusual- Spring has finally really taken hold in Northern New England, and just as it does to lots of other people, it has me sighing with nostalgia, just a bit blue with feelings of longing and thoughts of my (misspent) youth. Ah!- to be young again, and back in the springtime of life!!! (-except to be perfectly honest, it was never really that good.) In other words, it’s time to get over it, already. So, I’ve determined that it’s time to go back on the high potency vitamins, get more fresh air and exercise, and …make an energizing, grounding, and detoxifying compound gem elixir.
What, you may ask, is a gem elixir? Simply put, it’s a potable liquid, usually water, that has been infused with the energy of a gemstone or crystal. The difference between a compound elixir and a simple elixer, is that a compound elixir has more than one gem or stone in it. Unless you are well versed in the uses of gems, it’s best to stick with making simple elixirs, and limit yourself to one type of stone at a time. Even if you decide to combine more than one variety of gemstone, keep it down to two or three, so as not to create a confused welter of energies.
There are several considerations when you prepare to make your elixir, and if you are going to do this yourself, you will need to do a bit of research. First, is your gemstone toxic? Make sure that you know whether or not this is so! Second, is your gemstone in it’s natural state? Many dealers/distributors dye stones, or “stabilize” them with a coating that fills fissures and makes them glossy and more appealing to the potential buyer. Remember, the salesperson may not have any idea of the truth, and may misinform you out of sheer ignorance- if not in their eagerness to make the sale. Don’t take their word for it! If you have any doubt about either of these particulars, or if the stone of your choice is set in metal, it can still be used, but a slightly different procedure must be followed.
If you are certain your stone is non-toxic, undyed and not enclosed in a metal setting, it’s very simple to make your elixir. Now please note: there are favorable and appropriate times to do this kind of thing. It’s always best to start this process when the moon is NOT void of course. Voids have a way of distorting whatever you begin under their influence, so, look it up, and if the moon is void of course, wait until the moon has entered the next sign and is approaching an aspect. There is also the consideration of whether the moon is waning or waxing, and what sign it’s residing in at the time of your elixir project. Use your judgment here, and do your research. If you are wishing to adopt an expansive attribute, the waxing moon is best. If you are trying to rid yourself of a behavior, choose the waning moon instead. Now, all gemstones have a planetary rulership, and an affinity with a chakra, or sometimes more than one planet or chakra. Make your choices wisely, with considerations of what is available, and how quickly you need your elixir. When you absolutely CANNOT wait, you can use the esteemed Silver Raven Wolf’s handy adjustment clause: “Let all astrological correspondences be correct for this working.” And, as always, do your purification rites, establish sacred space to work in, and cleanse yourself. There is an added consideration as well – some stones fade or darken with exposure to sunlight- so, when your elixir is completed, be sure to care for your treasures by taking them out and putting them away. Don’t leave your elixir out in the sun longer than you need to.
It’s very easy to move on from here. Find or get a glass container, and wash it thoroughly with soap and plenty of hot water, or run it through the dishwasher. It’s very important to use glass rather than plastic or metal. The crystalline structure of glass will enhance the effect you are trying to achieve, rather than interfere with it. It’s nice if your container has a lid, because that way you can insure that no dust gets into your elixir while it’s infusing. If not, find something you can cover the opening with. A plate, saucer or clean cloth will serve quite well. Next, cleanse your stones – and your container- of accumulated energies with a good soak in some fresh water that has been generously laced with sea salt. Get the salt well-dissolved, and simply plop in your stone(s). Let them sit in the water for about an hour, then fish them out and rinse them off. (Rinse out your container also, because you don’t want residual salt in your finished elixir!) Hold the stones in your (clean!) hands while concentrating on the attributes from the gem that you want and/or need in your life, and when you feel that inner prompting that the programming has “taken”, put them in your glass container, fill the container with springwater or distilled water, cover it, and set it in a window where it will absorb the sunlight or moonlight for at least one full day.
If your stone has been dyed, stabilized, is toxic, or is in a metal setting (or God/dess forbid! is in plastic, or some other unusual treatment that cannot be removed, such as resin, fiber or leather) do not despair, you can still use it to make your elixir. Here the key is to find two glass containers- one small enough to fit comfortably inside the other, and still leave room for plenty of water in the larger vessel. Do your cleansing with salt water- including that of your two glass containers. If your stone is dyed, painted, or affixed to something that can’t be immersed, simply wipe it gently with a soft cloth that has been moistened with salt water. Do the same programming procedure as you would with the natural stones. Place it in the smaller container, just as it is, and set the small container in the larger one. Carefully pour springwater or distilled water into the larger container, without getting any in the smaller one that holds your stone(s). Cover them, and set them in your sunny window for a day or two. You may have to leave them a bit longer to achieve the desired effect, but once it’s done, your resulting elixir will have all the same benefits as if the gem(s) had been immersed, with the added assurance that if you took these recommended precautions, it will be safe to drink.
When your elixir is done, remove the stones, dry them, and put them away. Store your liquid in a clean, clear glass bottle or jar that has a lid, and drink it at will. It can be added to other beverages such as juice or tea, but don’t boil it, because that alters the vibratory attributes. Also, it’s important to not use a colored glass vessel, since that also adds it’s own attributes (they can be used in their own right to prepare elixirs attuned with the properties of the color) but it’s best to keep from mixing your influences and confusing your results, until you become more expert in these matters. Also avoid storing your elixir in lead crystal, since it has been demonstrated that small amounts of lead can leach into your preparation.
When you need that added boost or adjustment to your energy, sip a bit of your gem elixir, and enjoy the effects.
Be sure to note down everything you’ve done in your procedures, including the time, date, and other conditions of the working environment, and remember also to document any and all effects you notice when you consume your product.
As always, feel free to post your relevant remarks and observations.