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How to Cleanse Your Crystals: New Moon Edition

How to Cleanse Your Crystals: New Moon Edition

One of the best times to cleanse and charge crystals, is on the New Moon and Full Moon of every month.

The New Moon is a time of releasing and new beginnings, making it the perfect time to clear your crystals of any old and stagnant energy.

After washing and drying your crystals set them out on the earth for their full moon bath. If you are unable to place them directly on the ground, any natural surface will work.

If you are concerned with leaving crystals outdoors you can place crystals inside by a window or inside a car by the windshield so they can bathe in the moon or sun without the fear of getting the crystals wet, lost, or damaged by weather.  

The next day, let them charge for a few hours in morning sunlight. Many crystals like Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz for example will fade in direct sunlight so we charge our crystals just for the sunrise and then pull them back inside.

Here are a few other ways to cleanse your crystals other than in the moon or sun:

  • A simple rinse under the faucet will do here. If you live near the ocean or a stream it’s optimal to wash them there.

  •  Another nature method is using the earth. Placing your crystal on or in the ground, or burying it in the dirt can have a powerful cleansing and energetic reset effect.

  • You can cleanse your crystals with other crystals. Selenite is one of the most popular crystals used to cleanse and charge other crystals and stones due to its powerful metaphysical properties and the ability to charge itself. Another great crystal for cleansing other crystals is Quartz.

  • White smoke is another method you can use to cleanse your crystals. White Sage smoke is a great tool to cleanse your crystals and their environment. You can hold the stones in a stream of the sage smoke, or simply hold a sage stick close to the crystal with the intention of cleansing it.

There are plenty of different methods of cleansing crystals and after some time you will find what works best. We hope you find a moment to connect to yourself and you crystals this new moon.

If you have any questions about  cleansing or caring for your crystals please email us at info@malacollective.com.

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What will 2021 bring next?

What will 2021 bring next?

Aries Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Amazonite

 General

Your abilities become more solid this year; focus on using them with confidence and courage. Letting go of some past mindsets will be necessary in order for you to step into your power. Be present for those in your community and take time to really get to know people. Mercury enters your sign from April 4th through April 19th, this will be a great time to work on your message, a project, or a skill that you have been wanting to develop further. Give yourself plenty of room to share, express, and be visible in 2021. 

Mindfulness 

This is a year for goal setting for your sign. Seeds need to be planted in order for your ideas to flourish in the future. Mindfully tune into where you are heading and where you want to be going. You may discover that your current circumstances do not align with your ultimate goals or purpose. Rework what you can and add in mini mindful habits each day to make bigger changes over time.

Relationships 

Your relationships will require your intuition this year. A solid sense of your inner, spiritual self can help you better understand the nature of your connections. The way you relate, love, and share space with others may become more refined over the course of 2021. You can be more intentional and purposeful in your social interactions and personal relationships. 

Taurus Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Lava

General

You are ready to share your spiritual growth journey with others in 2021. A more outgoing side of you is possible as the planetary alignments light up your 10th House of Reputation and Life Purpose. Embrace the feelings of spiritual calling or just calling in general that you are currently experiencing. Mindfully convey your perspectives and creatively explore your authentic self. Social media could also play a more prominent role in the year ahead for you and your boundaries around expressing yourself online may be loosening. 

Mindfulness 

Daily practice or routine helps you stay grounded and open in your spiritual practices. Focus on mindfulness meditation and breath. These are avenues in which you may be able to have some enlightening mystical experiences this year. Keep growing spiritually, integrating what you are learning, while always returning to your core practices, tradition, or spiritual work. 

Relationships 

Meet relationships without expectations this year. You may be changing and this could lead to alterations in your connections with partners, family, friends, and community. Your evolution is happening from the inside out as you shift into yourself more and more, an honest reflection on your relationships is possible. Focus on making new connections that nurture your true self. 

 

Gemini Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

General

Many things will be unfolding for you this year. You have a greater capacity to learn and incorporate new forms of knowledge into your life. As many things will be pulling you in, find a way to keep all of the information organized. Consider focusing your energy by taking coursework, workshops, or training in an area you are interested in. A New Moon Solar Eclipse is happening in your sign on June 10th. This will be a powerful day for setting intentions and planting seeds for the rest of 2021. 

Mindfulness 

You can engage in many various forms of spiritual practices this year. Journaling, scripting, or other activities that focus on words, language, and writing into existence the life that you want. In addition, you are able to bring people together through the insights gained. Your intuition will be growing and increased opportunities to share your perspective, thoughts, and ideas with others will be abundant. 

Relationships 

Get creative with how you connect with others. You may find that you meet a new mentor this year, a teacher, guide, or counselor that offers you useful advice. Be open to forming relationships that may not at first fit into traditional models. Embrace a bit of eccentricity and enjoy the love that you can share with others. 

 

Cancer Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Opal 

General

You are learning this year how to stand up for yourself, your beliefs, and your desires. Opportunities to practice being able to assert your boundaries and needs will be presented to you. Don’t shy away from the traits that may make you seem more intense to others, this watery passionate energy is a part of who you are. The alignments in 2021 help you to find your footing as an individual and share that with the group. You will be able to make new friends this way and evolve your relationships with others. 

Mindfulness 

Your spirituality this year can be highly focused on information, specifically how you communicate with your highest self. You are able to discover clearer ways of understanding knowledge about yourself and extend these gifts to others as well. Explore mindfulness practices that help you listen and be in the moment. Release worries as you go and more fully step into the experience of your own life. 

Relationships 

A shift in your relationships is possible this year as they relate to deepening friendships and community. You are invested in growing the future you want and your ideas, thoughts, and perspectives are needed! The New Moon in your sign on July 9th is the perfect time to guide things in a harmonious direction in your local community, home, or networks. Be open to sharing as a way for you to evolve, grow, and change. 

 

Leo Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Tourmaline

General

Your growth this year will be through the connections you make. As you forge lasting bonds with others, friends, lovers, and colleagues, you are able to experience a greater sense of depth and meaning in life in general. Understanding yourself in the context of these connections is a theme appearing all throughout 2021. You are able to restructure your approach to relating, generously opening up to and being present for the people you care about and who care about you. 

Mindfulness 

Your mindfulness theme for this year is balance and temperance. You recognize life’s challenges as well as the fortunate experiences. This becomes even clearer throughout this period. Be willing to confront yourself with the truth. The spiritual clarity that is able to be gleaned from this year provides an extremely stable base from which to grow from. Keep coming back to center, again and again, and find your breath. 

Relationships 

Relationships are likely filled with passion in 2021. Fiery Mars is making a transit through your sign from June 11th through July 30th. This will be an excellent time for creating beautiful and intense connections. In addition, many of your friendships grow up in a way this year that makes them feel more aligned, present, and authentic with where you are at in relation to others. 

 

Virgo Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

General

The year ahead requires you to think outside the box. There is a piece of your potential that has been contained and is waiting for you to rediscover it. Unlocking and letting out are the themes of 2021. Parts of yourself may have been hidden and are ready to be expressed and acknowledged by you in a public way. Venus in your sign from July 22nd through August 17th helps you build confidence. Your ideas start to gain traction and your plans are set in motion. Keep going, find your stride. 

Mindfulness 

A desire to incorporate more of your wellness practices into your everyday life is a present theme in 2021. Your relationship to work, productivity, and success are put in perspective. Explore ways to have a healthy, more mindful approach to your career, habits, and routines. Break things down in a way that is manageable and makes sense for you. 

Relationships 

You may be feeling more dreamy and drawn towards romantic experiences this year. Expect new relationships to bloom and impart lessons to you about your relationship to your body, self, and soul. While of course not every connection will be romantic, pay attention to the friendships that support you in your self-expression. These are the relationships that allow you to relate and connect with a positive sense of self-awareness. 

 

Libra Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Garnet

General

Taking steps to change your life or circumstances is more possible in 2021. Things may start out a little cloudy, but gain in momentum and clarity as the year progresses. Remind yourself that your visions, dreams, and desires are valid and worth striving towards. Mercury is in your sign from August 30th through November 6th, with a short retrograde period from September 25th-October 18th. Use this time to reflect, turn inward, and deepen your meditation or mindfulness practices. 

Mindfulness 

The energies of 2021 will support you in expanding your gratitude practice. You are inviting in more abundance this year through powerful shifts in mindset. Step into the New Year with an intention that will help you creatively weave the life you want. This sweet, generous abundance is able to be shared, elevating the experience of all who cross your path. You radiate a brightness this year that cannot go unnoticed. 

Relationships 

Your eccentric side is likely to come out in relationships this year. Your more intense viewpoints or perspectives make themselves known which can draw new people into your life. Nurture these connections and note that one or some of them may turn more serious or commitment oriented over the course of 2021. You could start out as friends with someone which later develops into a romantic relationship around August or September. 

 

Scorpio Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Obsidian 

General

The year ahead will have a heavy emphasis on re-building things at home and nourishing your roots, physical needs, and stability. In addition, you could be seeking a deeper understanding of your own psyche and soul throughout 2021. Give yourself over to the internal experiences that are ready to be recognized. Consciously reach out for clarity where you have previously been confused. The people in your life can be some of your biggest supporters this year. 

Mindfulness 

Be mindful about your thoughts this year and where they are taking you. If you find yourself being swept off into worries or fears about the future, gently bring yourself back into the present moment. Planning things ahead of time can increase the security and the need for emotional, intuitive, and physical support you are craving this year. You have the opportunity to level-up your mindfulness practices. Commit to your journey with a solid, realistic plan. 

Relationships 

Relationships this year will focus on those you consider your closest friends and allies. Throughout 2021, you will see that people pull through for you again and again. Feelings of belonging increase through your conscious participation in community gatherings, spiritual rituals, and events. Invest in developing close-knit, family-like, connections this year. 

 

Sagittarius Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Moonstone

General

Let this year happen and go with the flow. Things you have been working hard for are ready to come to fruition at this time. Seeds you planted in 2020 will start to sprout. Nurture your plans, creative projects, and self-love with sweeping shifts in habits and behaviors. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in your sign on May 26th brings more growth and optimism into your life. Opportunities will be expanding, especially to move or change your circumstances. 

Mindfulness 

Give yourself permission to be spiritually creative in 2021. Channel your passions into your spiritual message, teachings, services, or anything you feel called to share. Your mindfulness journey is expanding into the community and looking to be experienced with others. Find other people to be a part of the journey. Start a spiritual group to connect and grow with. You may be the facilitator of a mindfulness community or similar collective. 

Relationships 

 The relationship with yourself is in focus this year. You may have some healing to do, inner-child work, or psyche exploration that is needing your attention. Give yourself permission to love yourself completely, work on building real confidence. New relationships are likely to unfold all year long, with increased connections blossoming in October and November of 2021. 

 

Capricorn Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Labradorite

General

In 2021, you have an opportunity to start to build up the life you want. Tangible results are possible, open your heart, and feel deserving of the beauty that is trying to enter into your life. Your emotional or physical security may be a little shaken at the start of the year, but the dust will settle and all will align. As everything starts to fall into place, trust that you are on the right path. 

Mindfulness 

Be receptive to seeing synchronicities. Notice what signs are being shown to you in your life. The repetitious experiences, symbols, or themes are important for you this year. They will help you find the mindfulness practices that will be most beneficial and uplifting for your spiritual journey. Let your intuition show you what you need to know, surrender to your higher self. 

Relationships 

 This year is about making it up as you go. No road map is going to tell you how to proceed in your relationships. You will need to learn by trial and error. Be present to the unfolding story of the connections you have entered into. Relax by releasing some of the pressure for things to be a certain way. Fluidity, flexibility, and adaptability allow you to better express yourself with ease in relationships. 

 

Aquarius Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Rudraksha

General

A year heavy in change is ahead for you. Prepare for personal transformation and restructuring of different areas of life. Finding a central balance will be the recurring theme throughout 2021. Explore ways you can bring everything into harmony, notice how you are spending your time. You can expect more attention to be paid to your passions and the things you have a deep concern for and care for. 

Mindfulness 

Your spiritual life is also ready to undergo evolution this year. Saturn, the planet of mastery, is in your sign all year long and will allow you to be more deliberate in how you approach your mindfulness practices. Having a set plan or program to follow can help you maintain focus. Something specific to root into can help narrow down your options in a positive way and act as a guiding light on your path. 

Relationships 

You can invite more love into your life in 2021. More awareness about what you want in relationships and the way your partnerships are shaped will start to become more defined. Increased clarity leads you to the relationships that are meant for you. Trust that your intuition will bring you to the connections that will feel the most meaningful, powerful, and transformative.  

 

Pisces Yearly Horoscope

Gemstone: Jade

General

This year is filled with renewed energy and brings with it a deeper sense of community, friendships, and connections into your life. A dreamy sense of creativity is with you especially from February 26th through March 21st while Venus is in your sign. Feel open to sharing this hopeful, uplifting, and beautifully creative spirit with others. Much of your interests can focus on collectivism rather than individualism throughout this period. 

Mindfulness 

2021 helps you become more mindful about who you are spending your time with. You may start to discover that you have to let go of some old friendships or habits and re-organize these networks in your life. Your relationship to social media and digital spaces may also be ready for evolution this year. Put some thought into how you engage with others online, how you present yourself, and what messages you want to be expressing. 

Relationships 

You are able to feel a sense of revival in many of your relationships. Some, both romantic and otherwise, will deepen based on mutual effort. Be aware that changes to how you participate in your connections are likely this year. Facing truth helps you heal and opens you up to the nuances present in partnership. The Full Moon in your sign on September 20th focuses your capacity for authenticity in love to come through.

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April 2021 Horoscopes: The Spiritual Earth

April 2021 Horoscopes: The Spiritual Earth

This month the Sun moves from spirited Aries into grounded and sensual Taurus. The shift into an earth sign allows us all to become more attuned to our physical senses and more aware of the way we experience life’s pleasures, pains, and joys. Our connection to the planet will flourish during this time, along with a determination to protect, participate in, and be a part of the natural world. Taurus reminds us to embrace the sacred experience of living and the beautiful energies that bring spirit into physical matter.

Aries

You are mindful of your personal values this month, needing to focus on aligning your actions with your beliefs. A growing knowledge of yourself helps you understand where your intentions are guiding you. The people that are coming into your life seem to resonate and mirror the things you are working on personally. Your experiences at this time are helping you see the divine in others. You are sensing the interconnectedness of your existence and the powerful beauty in getting to know yourself through others. 

Gemstone: Rose quartz

Taurus

You are able to hold divine feminine and masculine energies in harmony this month. As the Sun enters your sign on the 19th, a radiance will start to shine through you. This can spur on a deepening and more sensual connection with your body and soul. Beginning new wellness practices or spiritual practices is recommended at this time. You will have increased motivation and an open heart. A growing sense of how you want to shape your identity around a sense of authenticity will help you be your best and brightest self.  

Gemstone: Opal

Gemini

Subconscious influences will be strong this month. The way things tend to formulate themselves right now seems to be around unseen energies and forces. Stretching your awareness of self can help you mitigate the abundance of feelings that accompany this period. This is also a good time for wrapping things up. Bring things to a close that are long past their expiration date. The process of clearing out stagnant or decaying energies in your life can be very healing to you at this time. Let things go with love. 

Gemstone: Obsidian 

Cancer

You start to feel more settled with where you are at by the end of the month. Changes in your career, living situation, or community might be impacting you currently. This is a good time to get involved or volunteer your time if you have the ability to do so. The celestial energies are supporting you in becoming more involved in your social networks. Your mindful approach and emotional awareness are exactly what you need at this time in order to feel at ease and grounded when you are around others. 

Gemstone: Smokey quartz

Leo

Adjustments in your spiritual interests are likely this month. You are able to create a more organized routine around the work you do, whether that is for money or not. The increased attention and clarity around your purpose allow you to enjoy feelings of more fulfillment. In addition, you are able to bring an unbridled sense of energy, joy, and happiness to your interactions with others. At the same time, you know how to have a good time and can mindfully support your need for fun alongside your need to take care of responsibilities. 

Gemstone: Lava

Virgo

Events start to slow down for you and you can mindfully turn your attention to spiritual study, practice, or learning. Your devotion to the things you care about increases and your intention towards understanding these concepts is growing. Keep in mind that your pace is steady right now. You can enjoy a methodical and delicate approach to all things. Nothing needs to be rushed -- which gives you the opportunity to be present to new truths. Your awareness is able to be stretched beyond your boundary, showing you things you had not noticed before. 

Gemstone: Rudraksha 

Libra

You are going through a slow transformation this month, especially as it relates to the emotions and physical spaces you share with others. Things are shifting around boundaries, and you are here for it. Show up ready to discuss, communicate, and get to the heart of the matter. Your commitment to truth will become apparent and can get you through anything you encounter at this time. Appreciate your sense of justice and take your time as the dust settles. 

Gemstone: Amethyst 

Scorpio

The structure of your relationships is ready to change or alter in some way. This is a good month to expand your understanding of yourself in the context of others. You are able to get into some intricate relationship moments. Navigate these with mindfulness and an open heart. The more understanding you bring to a situation at this time, the better you will feel about the outcomes. A spiritual dimension is also present that makes you more aware of how universal or spiritual energies are moving through you physically. 

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Sagittarius

You are able to make necessary changes to your daily habits this month that can have a huge impact on your wellness. It’s the little things right now. Notice how a glass of water or an extra 20 minutes of sleep can make a big difference to your overall mood. Slowly introduce incremental shifts in the day-to-day. The current energy is both at once speeding up and slowing down. Temper the two extremes by managing things at the micro-level. Your mindfulness towards routine is just what you need. 

Gemstone: Garnet

Capricorn

You are able to ground spiritual energy into your body this month and pay greater awareness towards your physical health needs. Getting creative is your way into these energies. This could mean clothing yourself in sacred adornments or jewelry. Or possibly a movement routine that allows for spiritual movement-oriented practices such as yoga or dance. You are getting to know yourself physically and the sensual experience of living in your body. Awaken your senses, which will bring you into harmony with yourself and your environment right now. 

Gemstone: Tiger’s eye

Aquarius

Your attention shifts towards home and family this month. You could be bringing your work home or spending more time making over your home. The environments you spend your time in are becoming more important to you; be mindful of where and how you are expressing your energy. Your awakening sense helps you experience things with more accuracy in your body, mind, and soul right now. There is more enjoyment to be had if you seek it out. 

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

Pisces 

Things in your world seem to align for you this month; your pace is in harmony with the current energy. This allows you to enjoy and engage in the activities you love the most. Your creative flow is steady and fluid. Consider making crafts, food, or projects that you find enjoyment and pleasure in. In addition, being in touch with nature, your pets, and house plants can have a big impact on you right now. You are more attuned to these natural forces and will feel more spiritually awakened the more time you invest in them. 

Gemstone: Jade

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Equinox Horoscopes March 20th, 2021: Collective Recalibration

Equinox Horoscopes March 20th, 2021: Collective Recalibration

This March 20th, 2021 Spring Equinox could land a little differently than in other years, more expansive and less so individualistic. There is greater collective vibration that is present and more people are attuned to the subtle energies of each other and their communities. Things are able to move into a place of balance at this time -- recalibrating towards wholeness of social body, mind, and spirit. Use this sacred time to re-align energetically and call in the blessings, joy, and forward-movement represented by this time of year.

Aries

This equinox you are ready to access your inner-fire on a deep, soulful level. Invite experiences, gemstones, and mindsets into your life that help to open you up to spiritual insights. Your energy is very prominent this time of year and your potential is expansive. Use this empowered energy to take you towards your next personal milestone. Don’t feel you need to temper your internal passion, but instead, direct it with force, power, and a diligent purpose. 

Gemstone: Jade

Taurus

Your Equinox will likely be a self-reflective and very spiritual time for you. There are energies you are needing to face if you feel you have the capacity to do so. Subconscious feelings might rise to the surface, impacting how you respond to certain situations around this time. Practice daily mindfulness in order to be more aware of not only what you are feeling, but what others are feeling as well. The collaborative effort to understand each other will go a long way for you. 

Gemstone: Howlite

Gemini

The energy for your equinox involves the people you share a spiritual community with. There is a prominent collective vibration that allows you to connect to those who resonate with you and your spiritual goals. If you have been hoping to attract new spirit-vibing friends into your life, you can expect this to be happening in the very near future. In addition, you might soon find a group to join that also gives you the sense of belonging you are seeking. 

Gemstone: Tiger’s Eye

Cancer

This time of year is all about how you handle and manage the attention being placed on you. Your creative, passionate, and fiercely protective energies rise up from the depths of your inner oceans. This Equinox is a time for stepping up and into powerful positions where you can provide healing, teaching, and service to those in need. There is a spiritedness to your temperament right now accompanied by a soothing sense of grounded presence. Use your current vibration to form communities of sacred practice. 

Gemstone: Amazonite 

Leo

This is an excellent time to take on a new path of spiritual study. You may want to start small at first, getting a book or two, or doing a bit of research. When you are ready, then you can start to reach out to people in those spiritual communities who can help guide and support you. This Equinox is a potent time for you to expand your consciousness and dive into the mystical paths of those who came before you. 

Gemstone: Labradorite 

Virgo 

You are going spiritually deep this Equinox, into uncharted layers of your soul. This is a great time to engage in spiritual practices that help you move towards self-knowing. You are sensing the interconnection between you and the world you are a part of. Symbolism, myth, and dreaming are all arenas in which you can discover more. Align with the forces of nature at this time, and dive into the mysteries of the universe. Keep seeking on your path. 

Gemstone: Amethyst 

Libra

You approach your connections with so much intention, love, and care. This Equinox, your relationships have new life breathed into them. You are sensing the powerful effect you have in other people’s lives, and them in yours. Plan to be social during this time, carving out a group ritual space to honor the cycles of the changing seasons. Harmonize yourself through spiritual action. Make space for the sacred to be present in your life. 

Gemstone: Moonstone

Scorpio

You are very tuned into the energy of this year’s Spring Equinox, particularly in your regular spiritual practices. The energy right now will help you feel more empowered about implementing a more consistent meditation routine into your life. Expect to feel increasingly energized, motivated, and driven towards these ends. Be mindful, that you don’t have to do everything all at once. It is possible to make changes slowly over time if you can manage the mindset. 

Gemstone: Lava

Sagittarius

This is an incredibly creative Equinox for you, one in which you can truly show the world what you are made of. You easily embody a sense of charisma and charm that allows you to make new friends and have a beautiful impact on the people you interact with. Enjoy the generous energy you are able to express at this time. If you have the ability to, then consider setting aside some time to work on projects related to your creativity. This is a great time for you to start something new. 

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

Capricorn

You could feel inspired by this Equinox to take your spiritual practices to the next level. There is a greater focus on being at home during this time and what you are able to accomplish within your immediate surroundings. Consider how you can revitalize your sacred altar, yoga, or meditation space. This is a time when new things are trying to be born and enter into your life. Let these life-giving forces be infused into the spiritual aspects of your psyche. 

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Aquarius

You are having a great impact on the communities around you this Equinox. People are certainly paying more attention to the things you say online or in public spaces. Use your platform to spread the information, messaging, and ideas that you truly believe in. Your voice is making a difference. Very straightforward communication is possible right now. Use these energies to birth something into the world that is full of love, joy, beauty, and meaning. 

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Pisces 

Things could be feeling very intense for you this Equinox. Consider how you can better manage this time for greater ease and understanding. People around you might be more candid, forceful, and demanding. Tap into your inner storehouse of personal power to set appropriate boundaries. Use your beautiful, soulful self to shift the narrative in real-time. Things can happen at the pace you want to set. Mindfully set the tone for meetings, conversations, and interactions at this time. 

Gemstone: African Turquoise 

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March 2021 Monthly Horoscopes: Deep Breath

March 2021 Monthly Horoscopes: Deep Breath

With so much happening in life, the world, and our communities, we may find at times that we are holding our breath, both literally and figuratively. As if we are sort of waiting, almost too tense to let the breath or ourselves go. This month, allow yourself that space to take a deep breath. Make room for tension to be released and carried in the present moment. Enter into a mindset that is alert and aware, collected and mindful. Respond rather than react, using the breath as a tool to guide you through this moment in time. 

Aries

As the seasons change this month, you may have a sense of longing for something from the past. Your spirit is calling out to you to remember something ancient that you carry within you. This is deeper than the external and goes beyond what is seen into the inner-realms that exist at the heart of your being. Some things are poetically coming together for you, and this is a beautiful moment to express your unique gifts, talents, and abilities.

Gemstone: Garnet

Taurus

The sacred realm of your subconscious soul will be trying to get your attention this month. One moment you are experiencing aspects of life you have always dreamed of, then the next you are being handed important lessons on your path. Treasure each moment while holding yourself in the highest possible regard. You are doing amazing spiritual work, even when progress seems slow. Try to steady your pace and ground more at this time through consistent spiritual practices. 

Gemstone: Jade

Gemini

You have made it to the base of a symbolic mountain and are now deciding how you will approach this situation. Ask yourself if you will climb up, go around, or dig your way through. You have unlocked something in yourself recently that is acting as a guiding force in your life. Use your awakened spiritual gifts to carry you to the path that is meant for you. Don’t be shy about the questions you have. It is time to go within and discover some answers for yourself. 

Gemstone: Opal

Cancer

You are garnering a lot of attention at this time for your abilities. It can be hard to stand out there independent of others, but let your resolve and convictions help you stay strong. There is very important spiritual work you are doing in the world. Practice mindfulness this month as much as you can manage. Staying present and coming back to the breath will allow you to stay aligned to your true purpose. Let your inner vision guide you.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Leo

Some new spiritual gifts or abilities could be awakening in you. Manage the influx of spiritual experiences you could be having by meditating, sitting in contemplation, or fitting in more self-care. You could be connecting with your inner fire or the element of fire and spirit. The universe is helping you recognize some important aspects of your identity and how these can best be expressed through your external self, creative projects, or personal message. Allow your growing relationship with your spirituality to bleed into multiple areas of your life. 

Gemstone: Moonstone

Virgo

A deep sense of creativity provides you with the inspiration you need to make or do something this month related to your spirituality. You are feeling the call to expand upon your practices and seek out the spirit of the universe. Let the longing and wonderment lead you to the resources, people, and experiences that you need right now. Open to the mystical energies that awaken the inner dimension of your soul. You are being drawn to very spiritual people right now, consider the possibilities of new people coming into your social circle. 

Gemstone: Labradorite

Libra 

Let self-care be your guide this month. You have been unsure of how to properly take care of yourself, it may be time you ask someone for support or explore your resources. Self-care can mean many different things, start with something basic if you don’t know where to begin. Take a few deep breaths each day, relax in a one-minute meditation if that is all you have time for, stay hydrated. There is an emotional element to you at this time that needs gentle support and room for processing. 

Gemstone: Howlite

Scorpio

You are reminded at this time of your need for nature and to pay attention to the natural cycles of the Moon and Sun. The celestial energies are with you and if you truly listen, you can hear their rhythms running through your being. Let yourself be more sensitized to the shifts in the wind and weather. Notice when the Sunsets each day and check-in with yourself at that time. Be mindful of your mood as the day cycles through. This is a great month for taking better care of your wellness habits and routines. 

Gemstones: Amethyst

Sagittarius 

It is okay to say when you have had enough of something. Maybe you have reached your limit and just need to take a pause to collect yourself. Soft flexibility in how you are spending your time allows you to re-engage with your responsibilities when you feel ready. Get clear in your communications, some things may feel more emotional and harder for you to articulate. But a deliberate slowing down in your approach makes it so things can unfold in a way that feels alright for you. 

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Capricorn 

You have a nurturing presence about you this month that blends with the current energies. There are people in your life who may be requesting your support. Honestly sit with these requests before committing to them. You have a tendency to impulsively join in things right now, before fully processing the emotional, physical, and spiritual layers that are present. Be mindful of the multifaceted existence of yourself and others. Approach people with love and honesty while only committing yourself to what you can realistically take on at this time. 

Gemstone: Lava

Aquarius

You feel the foundations you have built your life on are needing to be re-evaluated or reorganized in some way. This may require your creativity or ingenuity. Feel into the mood of your circumstances, notice how the physical and spiritual align. Pay closer attention to how things interact energetically. Being more mindful can help you see the interwoven threads of your life in the context of the bigger picture. This allows you to embody the essence of your truth rather than just think about it. 

Gemstone: African Turquoise

Pisces 

Your sense of playfulness is generously helping you in this present moment. There is a sense of sacred laughter accompanying your current ambitions. You have a deep desire to be seen and recognized for being special. Find a way to express your uniqueness with a healthy sense of pride. Later in the month, you are feeling more fired up and passionate about your life’s path. Let these energies support and inspire you towards a beautifully strong version of your self-identity. 

Gemstone: Rhodonite

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Breathing Exercises for Your Kids

Breathing Exercises for Your Kids

Finding your breath is a key element to finding mindfulness and meditation. Teaching our children to breathe properly is so important in order for them to be in a place of calm – what is also known as their “rest and digest” mode.

When our children experience something stressful their bodies automatically go into “fight or flight” mode. From a science perspective this triggers their heart rate to increase, digestion to sop and breath to become shallower.

Finding our breath helps to get more oxygen into the bloodstream, opening up our capillaries – it has a physical effect on the body to help calm down and lower stress levels. So it’s so important to start teaching our kids how to properly find their breath now, so they are able to take this practice into their entire life.

To help your kids find their breath, we have put together some breathing exercise graphics that you can use to guide them through:

Dandelion Breath:

Ask your kids to:

  • Sit up tall, relax your shoulders and face.
  • Imagine a dandelion flower.
  • Take a deep breath in and then blow the air out slowly, sending the seeds into the air.
  • Repeat 3 times.

Shapes Breathing:

Use squares, triangles, and stars to guide your child to complete one full breath.

  • Trace the edge of the square and count, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Pause
  • On the exhale trace the other side of the square, exhale for 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Pause
  • Repeat on for the next half of the square.
  • Trace the square 3 times using this technique

Breathing Buddies:

Use a small meditation cushion or stuffy to guide your child’s breathing. Encourage your child to rock the stuffy to sleep:

  • Ask your little one to lie down and put their favorite stuffy on their tummy.
  • Ask them to inhale deeply for a count of 3.
  • Then, ask them to exhale for a count of 4.
  • Prompt them to watch the fox/cloud/bear rise and fall as they breathe in and out.
  • Do 5 to 10 rounds.

Finding a moment with your children to breathe lets them know that you are committed to your own practice of finding calm and creating a space that feels safe and peaceful.

Most kids will mimic your actions, so the more you practice breathing yourself, the more they will follow your lead. You will be surprised how quickly they not only pick up these breathing exercises, but also really start to enjoy them!

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Mindfulness for Kids: The Benefits of Meditation for Children

Mindfulness for Kids: The Benefits of Meditation for Children

Our mission at Mala Collective has always been to inspire mindful evolution. We aim to share mindfulness with the world through tools, practices and physical reminders, and we are now taking this method and sharing it with the younger generation. Why? We believe in the power of meditation and its incredible ability to create positive change in all – including our kids and all future generations.

Here are just some of the benefits mediation can have on our children:

Learning How to Focus:

It’s no secret that the current state of the world is set at a higher pace than ever before. With technology, social media, and many other technological gadgets, our kids – and adults – are constantly engaged with distraction and stimulation.

Meditation is a tool that teaches us how to be able to focus on one thing at a time. It enables us to draw our attention to the present moment and find a sense of calm through the chaos. Learning how to do this at a young age is so important as the world continues to evolve at a fast-paced speed.

Reduces Anxiety & Stress:

By teaching children to find their breath, we are able to give them the ability to find their calm, and be present at any moment – even during the uncomfortable ones.

Incorporating mindfulness practices into children’s daily routine has been known to lower anxiety levels in kids by keeping their baseline stress level down.

Regulates Emotions:

Research has shown that when children practice meditation on a regular basis, it can change the brain. Through meditation, brain centers for emotions and executive functioning can be changed and help children in a variety of ways.

It can also help children regulate their emotions, thereby having fewer meltdowns, reduce their impulsivity and improve concentration and focus. Very helpful with children diagnosed with ADHD or ADD.

~ Frank J. Sileo, PhD, Licensed psychologist, author, drfranksileo.com

Builds Confidence:

Becoming mindful and present is known to boost confidence in children by helping them cope with their emotions – they learn that they do not have to react to all of their thoughts and surroundings and instead choose to allocate their attention appropriately and respond in a calm way.

Being in control of any situation – for kids or adults – enables one to feel safe, secure and overall more confident to tackle what’s in front of them.

Builds Empathy and Increases Overall Happiness:

Mindworks meditation expert Trungram Gyalwa says that the more you give to those around you, the more you gain. Children’s meditation helps them learn how to share their love with other children. They become more patient and understanding, listen more readily to others and empathize with them. 

Meditation can be a powerful tool for any parent who is looking to help boost their child’s physical and emotional health. We believe in the practice of meditation as a positive, practical, and powerful tool for all – young and old.

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February 2021 Horoscopes— Pathways to Deeper Self-love

February 2021 Horoscopes— Pathways to Deeper Self-love

There are many ways to express and experience love. This month, the celestial energies are showing us the intellectual side of how we form connections. The New Moon on the 11th brings us into a closer relationship with the dialogues we have around relationships, partnerships, and how we structure these areas of our lives. We can evolve the way we approach relating to others and also to ourselves. Focus on the many ways you can open up to understanding more deeply what you need, desire, and want out of bonding with other people, ideas, spiritual beliefs, the cycles of time and nature. This mindful awareness can inform the constant conversation you are in with the world around you. 

Aries

It is time to shed some things, belongings, or ideas. You are ready to let go of things you have held tightly onto in order to make space for something else. There is tension present that could be making this more of a challenge for you, but the energy and self-work you put into it will make it well worth it. Metabolize emotions and memories that you have been ignoring. The energies are assisting you in processing aspects of your life that need your attention. 

 Gemstone: Tiger’s Eye

Taurus

You are feeling more energized this month and may choose to put that towards being more productive. Your projects and other things you are working on could benefit from how you are currently feeling. There is a sense of perseverance coming through in your life at this time. Create a sense of harmony by engaging more with your mindfulness practices. This will help you find your center when you are feeling heightened emotions or other stressors. Consider adding a new wellness practice to your daily routine. 

Gemstone: Moonstone

Gemini

Take your inner self into account this month. Get to know yourself better. There are new revelations that are waiting in the subconscious layers of yourself. Explore spiritual traditions and practices that speak to your soul. You have a longing to get to the root of something and are a seeker on your own path. Loving who you are, just for being yourself, is a part of this journey. And when you show up in a way that is spiritually empowered and sovereign, you will find some of the answers you are looking for. 

Gemstone: Amethyst

Cancer

Escape from the usual stressors this month and thought loops you find yourself naturally moving through. It is time for a respite—emotionally and spiritually. You could be called on to invest more time, energy, and work into something in your life. Honestly approach this situation. Have clarity and an open heart so you can understand your motivation and intentions. There are things coming to light that you will need to integrate into your thinking but first take a break. Then re-engage when you feel ready. 

Gemstone: Rhodonite

 Leo

Notice how relationships feel for you this month. You have a lot of energy emphasized in the way you are connecting with others. A deeper understanding of growth through relating is important to your life path at this time. Practice your sense of presence and belonging. Even if you are intellectualizing certain aspects of an interaction, there are underlying emotional currents for you to also be aware of. Be your most evolved, intentional, and present self in your relationships at this time. 

Gemstone: Obsidian

Virgo

You can overcome immense challenges at this time. Consider working on not judging yourself so harshly. There are intense feelings that may be coming up right now which can make you very hard on yourself. There is self-love you are needing to work with and also extend this to the people in your life. Feeling the complex nature of your relationship with yourself and the world around you can help you have a greater capacity for love and graciousness. Two characteristics that will come naturally to you. 

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Libra

Seek out things that give you a sense of peace and serenity this month. There are many things in your life that may feel they are coming together. You can feel wildly creative and open to new ideas, possibilities, and spiritual practices. Temper this with regularly sitting in silence so you can contemplate where to go next. Your productivity can be balanced with reflection. Consider practices that can help you become more mindful of how you structure your work and routines. 

Gemstone: Opal

Scorpio

Your soul may feel a little tired at this time and you are recognizing the root of your exhaustion. Come into greater awareness this month about what you need as far as nourishment and wellness. It is time to go deeper into a relationship with your self-love and self-care, whatever this may mean for you. Keep trying out different methods and practices that bring you meaning. Nurture and honor what you are authentically feeling moment to moment. Vocalize your experience, or write them down; find a way to express your truth. 

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Sagittarius

Practice mindful communication this month. You have the potential to really make an impact in the world around you. Stand tall for the things you care about. Embrace a sense of empowerment and take in content that helps you feel the same. Find a way to encourage yourself to do more of the things you are wanting to engage with and participate in. This will expand your capacity for more passion, love, and spirit in relation to the activities in life that give you the greatest sense of spark. 

Gemstone: Labradorite

Capricorn 

You are having a personal revolution at this time and this could be happening in multiple different areas of your life. Things are changing for you; it can feel like a lot, but you are strong and resilient. Keep moving forward and a path will start to clear in front of you. Invest your energy in creating and building your character into the person you want to be. There are experiences you are being given right now that could feel challenging in their own way. Find a quiet space to reflect on how things are going. 

Gemstone: Rudraksha 

Aquarius

As you experience a personal transformation you are starting to be able to organize your thoughts into clear patterns. Your experiences are informing how you are feeling in this present moment. Consider how you can deepen your practices and participate in a more nuanced relationship with yourself, the world, and the people in your life. You are finding yourself on a journey that will invite more love into your life. Recognize when blessings arrive and experience a full heart of gratitude along your path. 

Gemstone: Lava

Pisces 

Enjoy a deep dive into your subconscious mind at this time. Your psyche is begging to be explored through intentional practices and exploration. Look within and embrace the enhanced intuitive process that is unfolding in your life. You are finding out things on your path of seeking that is awakening you to new insights. Keep traveling the road you are on while calling in the experiences you need in order to understand yourself better. Your journey of growth, love, and relating is mindfully getting brighter as you forge ahead little by little. 

 Gemstone: Amazonite

  

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December 2020 Horoscopes: Living in the Moment

December 2020 Horoscopes: Living in the Moment

The month of December is a powerful time astrologically speaking, one in which we can deepen into our spiritual practices and also into the energies of the collective around us. This year, happening on December 21st, 2020 is a rare Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, which coincides with the Winter Solstice. This alignment enhances our awareness of being awake to what is needed for building the communities and world that we envision. There is a hopeful energy to this last month of the year, one where we can grow in our own selves in order to support each other in always becoming. This time of year is about living in the moment.

Aries

Wisdom expands for you this month, with you being able to take greater pride in your own knowledge, studies, and accomplishments. Spiritually, you may be going through a very profound time in your life. Embrace the teachings that resonate with you, then step into your power as the teacher yourself. Use all of your tools to make your life what you need it to be, follow the impulse of the life force, guiding you to your greatest sense of purpose.

Gemstone: Howlite

Taurus

This month is about being in service to others, through conscious awareness of your own spiritual gifts. Seek out ways you can provide for others through the skills that come naturally to you. Creating this sense of collective community is part of your mission and work in life. Keep pushing into learning as much as you can so you can truly understanding each situation. Your heart of service can extend beyond what is traditionally thought of as service, and can be turned inward as service to your spiritual path.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Gemini

An overwhelming sense of excitement is able to be tempered by your intentions this month—channel your energy into mindfulness and meditation practices. Your enthusiasm for your spiritual path is growing and you are able to delight in the steady progress of staying on your chosen course. Do your best to remain devoted to what you are doing and the practices you have chosen to engage in. Your commitment is recognized by the universe and will lead to an expanded connection to your own sense of an infinite loving intelligence.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Cancer

Creating a steady routine for your spiritual practice will make a huge different this month. Even when you feel like changing it up, try to stick with what you are already doing. Develop a relationship with your mystical energy, strive for personal gnosis so you can understand yourself. Reaching this place of knowing will increase your discernment from one spiritual experience to another. Make a commitment to focus on one essential practice each day, such as a mini meditation or the chanting of a mantra.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Leo

Get back to basics this month, cultivate the beginners mind. This is a great time to evaluate the tools you are using in your spiritual practices, see if you can simplify for clarity of mind. If life has become too complicated, consider removing some of the things that are making it so. Focus on just the breath for a while or specific breathing practices that lead to greater peace of mind and a relaxed physical presence. Think of your out breath as a symbol for letting go.

Gemstone: Lava

Virgo

You may desire to learn, study, and understand the origins of your practices more deeply this month. Moments of experience lead to your growing curiosity of their meaning. Continue your regular routines but add a little something extra into the mix. You can benefit from spiritual discussions with a mentor. This is also a great time to work on your own projects and teachings. If you have something in the wings waiting for your attention, now is the time to invest in these aspects of your spiritual work. 

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Libra

You are able to receive emotional healing this month, balancing forces that lead to greater unity rather than separation. Your spiritual journey is expanding and will start to include others, new partnerships, or collaborations. Study your visions, thoughts, and dreams—all contain clues about where you are going next. Your mind is particularly strong at this time, as is your capacity for emotion. Utilize these natural gifts to embark on adventures towards greater harmony and more fulfilling spiritual practices.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Scorpio

Like a bolt of lighting your mind gets flashes of inspiration without warning this month. Embrace the spontaneity of your spiritual experiences, as they may come at unexpected moments during this time. Seek out what your true values are and root into a greater sense of integrity. There is something mysterious about the energies you are working with, do your research and get to know what you are tapping into. As your mind expands so does your understanding of your spiritual truth.

Gemstone: Jade

Sagittarius

You are gaining mastery over your thoughts and able to reach a pinnacle moment in your thinking. Work with the elements, the forces of nature can be doorways into broader understanding. An eclipse is happening in your sign on the 14th of this month, which can be a great turning point for you. Use this moment as a symbolic launch pad for the things that should come next. Have a clear vision in your mind about what you wish to see, then make it so.

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

Capricorn

Open up to learning something new this month. Seeds are being planted that will grow into something much bigger in the future, be the orchestrator of the events in your life. Choose what you are going to learn and decide what interests you most then take steps to do more of that. Your responsibilities are easily tended when you make a clear-cut plan and stick to it. Attention on your ultimate goals creates energy patterns that help you achieve something you have been longing for spiritually.

Gemstone: Chrysocolla

Aquarius

Dive into the mysterious things that intrigue you most, you have so much to gain by looking deep within. Allow yourself to dance with your shadows, but also embrace your highest ideals. As you find a balance between the two, you find yourself easily living in the present moment. Prepare for the future, but don’t miss out on what is right here in front of you. Your role could change soon, at work or in life, be mindful of doors that are opening—passageways to your greatest potential.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Pisces

You can channel the ancient wisdom of the stars this month, brilliant and wise in your being. Stretch out your arms and embrace more, tap into your purpose, and be present. You are the facilitator of more than just your own life, start to recognize how your skills can be applied to unique forms of new leadership. The world is in need of your voice, mindful merging of spirit and earth. Take a practical approach to being seen without losing site of your spiritual gifts.

Gemstone: Tourmaline

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November 2020 Horoscopes: Deepening Actions

November 2020 Horoscopes: Deepening Actions

The month ahead first takes us deep within, then propels us out into the external world. This will be a month of taking action with purpose and meaning — of using one’s mind and consciousness for bettering the world around us. Shifting perception grants us a new vantage point from which to see. There will be energy put toward taking things apart then putting them back together both on the personal and transpersonal levels.

Aries

The center of your heart is soft and receptive, hidden behind a tough exterior this month. You are seeking a more vulnerable way of being, tapping into the fluid energy that represents the changing nature of your emotions. This month you are likely to feel intense passion and longing for spiritual growth. Rushing head first into something is the form this desire may take, with the middle of the month feeling especially potent. Mindfully, consider taking a step back before taking a step forward.

Gemstone: Howlite

Taurus

Your capacity for love increases this month and radiates to those you are closest with. Your spirit is seeking comfort in the shared experience of others. Potential to upend the way things are and to go a different direction may be presented to you. You hold onto the routines that keep you grounded while opening to the unforeseen things that keep life interesting. New spiritual practices may be undertaken right now, especially with a partner or close friend.

Gemstone: Obsidian

Gemini

Pay closer attention to the daily energies that impact your experience. You are seeing things in a way that sharpens your focus at this time. When you confront something that has been bothering you, you can feel relief. Focus your mind on being free and thinking for yourself. The influence of others can easily cloud your judgement this month, and you are wanting to develop your own theories and thought patterns.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Cancer

Let yourself invent and be creative. You can make something very beautiful this month, facilitating gentle moments of authenticity and kindness with your peers and family members. Embrace your emotional gifts and ability to feel what is present. Use sincerity to remain mindful of yourself and of those around you. Fulfillment and abundance flows more readily when you are attuned to your environment rather than denying its reality.

Gemstone: Lava

Leo

You will want to be closer to home this month, journeying within. Spiritual matters and questions or concerns around beliefs could come up at this time. Go with it, and allow yourself to ask questions. Invite new opinions in, even if they don’t fully resonate at first. Intellectually explore the meaning behind what you are feeling, sensing, and knowing. Stay present with the perspectives that give you something real to believe in.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Virgo

Be open to engaging with others this month. More time socializing and connecting can be very beneficial for you at this time. You are needing to branch out and include more experiences into your daily life. Expand what is possible while also remaining honest with what resonates and what doesn’t. Getting closer with others requires a truer sense of vulnerability, meditate on what this means as a part of your unfolding journey.

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Libra

You approach right now with more certainty and ease around trying to obtain your vision of success. Venus in your sign this month, is a helpful and gentle energy for creating cooperation and collaboration. Consider all facts and evidence regarding a particular situation. Your judgement is very clear at this time and helpful to those around you. Share your opinions when the timing is right for greater impact on developing events. 

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Scorpio

Speaking truth comes easily, in fact, it is hard to keep anything contained that is ready to be shared. You freely vocalize and state what you feel is necessary at this time. Sharper intuition makes it so you are direct and on point. Be aware if others are wanting to hear what you have to say or not. Discernment is a useful tool to employ this month for setting up interactions with more ease.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Sagittarius

Sparks of inspiration permeate your subconscious this month, but will need to be gently teased out of you. There are things hiding within that are ready to be identified and named. Be ready to dig deep into your self-identity at this time. There is potential to experience yourself in a new way. Use your brilliance to push these expanding parts of your personality through. Be fearless in your approach to telling your story.

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Capricorn

It is time you allow others to actually see you. Embrace the characteristics that make you stand out. You have a lot to provide within your sphere of influence. Acute perception should not be taken for granted. Settle into an expert mindset in order to fully delve into and get to know a topic. Your ability to stay focused and mindful while at the same time relaxed, makes everything flow with what is natural.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Aquarius

How people perceive you will be shifting this month. Things are getting more focused and more intense. You are embracing your own sense of power and learning how to use this to help, heal, and bring more empathy into the world. Use your gift of insight to be present with what is needed right now. Career and other activities related to the external world are where your energy is best applied.

Gemstone: African Turquoise

Pisces

A restless energy is with you this month that gives you a desire to travel or learn something new. You are feeling the urge to break free from the mundane in order to make more space for digging deep and going within. Use your spirituality or intuition to take you on a journey of the mind and soul. Research in which ways you can incorporate all that you have learned into becoming.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

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