What is Ethical Hand Mining of Crystals All About?

What is Ethical Hand Mining?

I recently spoke with Stephen Wells, the owner of Kacha Stones about the importance of ethical hand mining.

In terms of crystal mining, ethical means dealing with smaller scale miners that aren’t causing wholesale destruction. An example of this kind of destruction would be dynamiting methods used in Brazil for example, where a hillside is destroyed and the rubble sorted and sold for everything from jewellery to road fill.

I mine myself here in Wales and travel to India twice a year to collect my Himalayan and Tibetan quartz from people I have known for nearly twenty years. My other main item is Brandberg quartz where I deal directly with individual miners through another long term contact.  What these four locations have in common, is that the mining is done by hand and holes refilled. The only way you can have any control over this trade is by buying directly from the people digging, which is what I do wherever possible.

As these people work for themselves, the chances are they aren’t treating themselves unethically so other exploitation of labour issues – almost exclusively related to the mining of precious stones – don’t really come into play.

If you want to read more about Stephen's journey check out this delightful interview I did with him a few years back.

Stephen of Kacha Stones - hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones - hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Omapeleki Brandberg Quartz ~ NEW ARRIVALS!

 "If you haven’t got a negative, the Omapelekis are literally unbelievable, you could pick one online here, I recently bought this years find. It was like Christmas ... but better." ~ Stephen Wells

Here's another beautiful Omapeleki. This picture (below) shows the refined internal layers of a skeletal face. Bottom right of the shaft contains a negative manifestation enhydro ~ a perfect DT crystal water pocket. This "inside-out" nature of the formation is why the photographic term "negative" was used.

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Water Crystals Another interesting feature of the Negative Manifestation formation is that the internal "crystals" (crystal shaped hollows full of water) always have angles parallel to the parent crystal, indicating their resonance with the whole. The water they contain is easily programmed, acting like a re-writable liquid hard disc. More Negative Manifestation Enhydros can be seen on this page.

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Good for Scrying ~ Enhydro Quartz Smoky Flame Brandberg Crystal We have seen a lot of the rare negative manifestation enhydros, but in the vast majority of cases, the water pockets are irregular and curved like in the picture (see below). The thinness of this hollow causes the bubble to sit at the bottom. One of the reasons crystals are used for scrying is that quartz naturally lends itself as a blackboard for our subconscious to scribble on. This smoky flame Brandberg is a good example.

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Stonehenge Inner Circle ~ Preseli BluestonePreseli Bluestone is famous for its use in the original inner rings of Stonehenge. Approximately 80 of these bluestone columns, each one harder than granite and weighing about four tons, were transported over 240 miles (385 km) to Salisbury Plain. They originated, as do these, in the Preseli Hills of West Wales. Kacha Stones is within view of these ancient hills, giving us a special connection with this magical stone.

Bluestone was taken over 240 miles for a reason. There is archaeological evidence that small pieces were given to pilgrims visiting Stonehenge over 4000 years ago by the priests. Ancient Welsh folklore also attributes magical and healing powers to this unique stone.

Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, 12th centuryIn Monmouth's story, when planning Stonehenge Merlin suggests to Aurelius that he ought to send an expedition to the far West of Britain to fetch the stones. The King begins to laugh and asks: "How can such large stones be moved from so far-distant a country?" he asked. "It is hardly as if Britain itself is lacking in stones big enough for the job!" "Try not to laugh in a foolish way, your Majesty," answered Merlin. "What I am suggesting has nothing ludicrous about it. These stones are connected with certain secret religious rites and they have various properties which are medicinally important. Their [giants] plan was that, whenever they felt ill, baths should be prepared at the foot of the stones; for they used to pour water over them and to run this water into baths in which their sick were cured. What is more, they mixed the water with herbal concoctions and so healed their wounds. There is not a single stone among them which hasn't some medicinal value."

preseli bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones

preseli bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones

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Kathy Crabbe Bio Pic

Kathy Crabbe Bio Pic

About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non-dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.


The Journey Within ~ New Moon in Scorpio

Dear Creative Souls, It's the New Moon in Scorpio PLUS a solar eclipse this Thursday, October 23rd and time again for a Creative Soul Challenge and Creative Soul Card from my very own deck. It's also time to set your intentions for the month ahead. I will also be sharing a Creative Soul Body Challenge in my Facebook group, the Creative Soul Circle where membership is free.

If you like what you see in this article then you will love my Creative Soul Class which will be starting in Nov/Dec, 2014 in Riverside County, California in several locations to be announced soon and also online at the Wise Woman University in 2015.

Ande was ready for any adventure by Kathy Crabbe

Creative Soul Card: Ande was ready for any adventure

Affirmation: I adventure within on a journey of soul.

We are going deep within for healing at this new moon to visit the small, scared child within as we go back to a time when tears were held in or released.

We journey.

And we journey.

Until our small, naked self appears and we cry out our own name. We reach for our child self and we hug her or him close allowing the warmth of our touch and our hearts to melt...to melt...to melt our fears and to release their grip on us, washing everything clean.

We allow our child self to reside in us where she/he will be safe and protected forever.

Creative Soul Challenge

Who did this to you? Who caused you grief and trauma and hurt as a child? And can you go back in history to see this pattern repeating itself through the generations?

malachite sphereMalachite's Healing Song

Bless me Mother

Bless me Father

For I am whole and holy

and perfect just as I am.

My healing comes in leaps and bounds

and I am open yet vulnerable

to life's travails.

So I ask for Your protection

and Guidance on this long road

called Life.

And I ask for Your Blessings

as I sing Your song:

I am but a bee

in the flower

in your garden,

where bliss

resides in me

around me

around us all.

Blessed Be

Creative Soul Suggestions from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook

  • Color: blood red, maroon
  • Gemstone: malachite, opal, topaz
  • Plant/Tree: blackthorn, geranium, honeysuckle, thistle
  • Herb/Spice: catmint, witch hazel, wormwood
  • Food: onion, strong tasting foods
  • Animal Spirit: beetles, eagle, insects, phoenix, scorpion, snake
  • Tarot Card: death
  • Goddesses: Brigid, Hecate, Morgan, Selkhet

Where's that Moon?

New Moon in Scorpio: Oct. 23 at 2:57 pm PDT

Partial Solar Eclipse: Oct. 23 at 2:46 pm PDT (eclipse visible from the North Pacific and North America)

If you like what you see here please consider taking my upcoming Creative Soul Class which will meet online and in-person at the New and Full Moon.

Purchase my Goddess Zodiac ebook here.

Purchase Creative Soul Cards and Prints here.

author boxABOUT KATHY I am a Canadian born, self taught intuitive artist, writer, teacher and creative soul guide currently living and working in a desert valley of Southern California surrounded by ancient oaks and an elfin forest. We live on 5 acres in a home created by my husband that we share with our dog and cat muses, Abby and Spartacus. I’ve been drawing since age two and offering creative soul guidance since 2008. I teach a class called Awaken Your Creative Soul which is accompanied by my Creative Soul Deck.

Stand up for YOU and Let Go of Negativity: New Moon in Libra

New Moon Circle in Libra It's the New Moon in Libra on September 23 at 11:14 pm Pacific time. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the Goddess of Love so it's time to take a good, hard look at all your relationships, including the one you have with yourself.

As usual, I have pulled a Creative Soul Card from my own handpainted 'lefty'  deck and written/channeled a New Moon Challenge to go along with it along with a song for Libra's Healing Gemstone, the Bloodstone. I was also inspired by the beautiful setting (see photo to your left) where I held this New Moon Circle; a place where the Green Goddess is very happy, content and thriving.

If you are inspired by this material then you may be interested in attending my upcoming Creative Soul Classes which will meet online and in-person at the New and Full Moon.

Libra's Song & Meditation *to be sung outside if possible*

Listen Listen Listen to the wind. Become the wind. You ARE the wind.

Does it chill you? Warm you? Relax you? Frighten you? Take note. Relax your bones, letting the wind carry you until you are everywhere all at once - at one with the wind.

Breathe in Breathe out Breathe in Breathe out

This is the energy of the Libra New Moon.

Balanced. Beautiful. Becalmed

bloodstoneSong of the Bloodstone ~ a Libra Healing Stone

I am first I am glorious I am healed I am Bloodstone flowing and in tune with Mama Moon.

I cherish I hold I love fierce and true and proud.

O New Moon, take me break me make me whole as I sing your song and I bloom I bloom I bloom.

O Bloodroot, take me down to the depths where each seed I plant is true.

Blessed Be.

Creative Soul Card & Challenge for the New Moon in Libra

Libra New Moon Card: The liar at the crossroads

Affirmation: I stand up for me, not neg-a-tiv-ity.

The Liar at the Crossroads by Kathy Crabbe

This card challenges you to seek and find where you're out of balance. To gather with those of like-mind and to let go of negative energy and negative people who feed on your energy and who bring you down. Help them, yes, but don't let them feed on you energetically. Take notice of how you feel after being with them and distance yourself when necessary.

This card accepts and takes from you all that negativity, so let it roll right out of you and into that black ball within the "Liar at the Crossroads". Your choice.

At this New Moon, along with setting your intentions for the moonth ahead, I challenge you to let go of one negative person, thing, feeling, energy, vibe - whatever it is. Make sure to get some support along the way, either from your Moon Group, in the Creative Soul Circle (my free Facebook Group) or from close friends or a counselor.

Libra Altar Suggestions from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook

  • Quality – Cardinal
  • Element – Air
  • Ruler – Venus
  • Anatomy – Kidneys
  • Natural sign of – 7th house
  • Opposite sign – Aries
  • Color – Shades of blue, pale green, pink
  • Gemstone – Bloodstone, jade, jasper
  • Tarot card – Justice
  • Goddesses – Athene, Benzaitan, Maat, Minerva, Nemesis, Themis

If you like what you see here please consider taking my upcoming Creative Soul Class which will meet online and in-person at the New and Full Moon.

Purchase my Goddess Zodiac ebook here.

Purchase Creative Soul Cards and Prints here.

Kathy Crabbe Guiding Your Creative Soul

ABOUT KATHY CRABBE I am a Canadian born, self taught intuitive artist and creative soul guide currently living in a desert valley of Southern California surrounded by ancient oaks and an elfin forest. I live in a home created by my husband that we share with our cat and dog muses, Spartacus and Abby. I’ve been drawing since age two and offering creative soul guidance since 2008.

The Everything Reading: An Intuitive Psychic Reading, Astro Report, Soul Essence Portrait & More!

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative SoulI just created a brand new Soul Reading that includes a little bit of everything I do and named it The Everything Reading. The Everything Reading includes:

1. A Deluxe Soul Reading valued at $150 2. A Deluxe Astrology Report valued at $50 3. A Soul Essence Portrait & Reading valued at $125 4. Email & phone support & follow up
With the Everything Reading you will receive:

1. A Deluxe Soul Reading

Deluxe Soul Reading Package

This reading includes:
  • A Soul Reading
  • A Creative Soul Guidebook
  • Email & phone support
  • Five bonus gifts

About your Soul Reading

A Soul Reading is an intuitive, channeled reading of your soul’s energy during which Kathy may see, hear, feel or sense your past, present and future lives. Guidance is received from the Divine, your ancestors, and spirit guides in response to your questions. Your reading will include affirmations, action steps, gemstone healing and oracle card guidance.

All you need is within you already. Kathy guides you towards the deep inner wisdom that you already possess. She offers you proven tools, techniques and resources to build your confidence and uncover your passion and purpose based upon her experience giving thousands of readings.

Your Soul Reading includes a three to five page beautifully illustrated ‘book’ or pdf of your life delivered to your email inbox for you to print out and treasure forever.

Suggested issues or questions for your Creative Soul Reading *No more than three questions per reading*

  • Work/career
  • Life/soul purpose
  • Relationships/love
  • Healing and health
  • Ancestor/mediumship, spirit guidance
  • Past lives and karmic issues

Here are some samples of Creative Soul Readings with client comments.

About your Creative Soul Guidebook

Your Creative Soul Guidebook will help you understand and process your Creative Soul Reading and inspire your Creative Soul Life. Your Guidebook includes sixteen beautifully illustrated pages, plus a resources page, and five extra blank pages with hand painted borders for you to continue exploring your creative soul journey on your own.

Your Creative Soul Guidebook includes these topics: Understanding your reading, how to connect with your spirit guides and gemstone guides, how to meditate, practice yoga, journal, and create sacred space.

Support and Follow-Up

Discuss your Creative Soul Reading and Guidebook with Kathy by email or by phone to make sure you understand and benefit from your Reading on a soul-deep level. You will  also receive firm, gentle support, accountability and direction from Kathy in a follow-up Creative Soul Coaching email.

“People like Kathy Crabbe are here to help us with our hearts. An artist and soul reader, Kathy Crabbe shows you where the cracks are and helps us to let the light in.” ~ Christine C. Reed, BlissChick

Bonus Gifts

  1. A Creative Soul Bookmark illustrated with one of the Creative Soul cards chosen for your reading.
  2. Two downloads: A Creative Soul Journal & The Moon Musing Playsheets
  3. Two Astrology Reports of your choice (see below):
  • 14 page Goddess Asteroids Report: for greater insight into how you interact with the rest of the world.
  • 22 page Friends & Lovers Report: To offer you insights into a specific relationship.
  • 12 page Time Line Report: A three month forecast that looks at major events in your life, including monthly highlights.

Cost: $150.00

aquarius painting by Kathy Crabbe2. A Deluxe Astrology Report

What you will receive:

  1. 1. An Astro Report and a Moon Chart (see above).
  2. 2. Your astrological birth chart wheel (pdf) plus links to websites that will help you understand and interpret the symbols and language of your birth chart wheel.
  3. Two complimentary reports:
  • 14 page Goddess Report to shed new light on important areas of emotion & experience plus greater insight into how you interact with the rest of the world
  • 12 page Time Line Report: A three month forecast that looks at major events in your life, including monthly highlights

Your reports, chart wheel and links will be emailed to you within 3-5 days. *This is a great way to introduce yourself to the most important elements of your chart.

Cost: $50.00

Goddess riding her black panther watercolor painting by Kathy Crabbe3. A Soul Essence Portrait and Reading

A Soul Essence Portrait is a true gift to yourself and a way to discover new facets of your inner being. Discover joy and healing when your inner voice is understood and deeply listened to. This can be a source of inspiration and a reminder of your soul’s beauty and strength.

As a Creative Soul Guide and artist I have been guided to combine my talents in new ways to create your Soul Essence Portrait. You will receive the double benefit of receiving intuitive guidance from a Soul Reading as well as owning a Kathy Crabbe original watercolor painting.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE 1. A Soul Essence Portrait: an original watercolor painting created just for you measuring 8x11 inches on acid free 100 lb. paper. 2. A Soul Reading by phone (1 question max). A pdf transcript of your reading is also available for an additional $30. 3. A two page list of the oracle cards and healing stones chosen for your reading plus their meaning and a list of helpful resources. 4. Bonus Gift: a digital file of your head cropped from the original Portrait useful as an avatar or profile photo on Facebook, etc. Please credit me as the artist: Kathy Crabbe.

Please EMAIL ME a photo of yourself, but keep in mind your Soul Essence Portrait may look nothing at all like you; it's your Soul we're dealing with here!

Cost: $125.00

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Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.