Editor’s note: We’re excited to bring you our monthly Crystal Horoscopes column by spiritually savvy and dynamic Gemini, Chartreuse Tembo Barriere, founder of Age of Eleven. Each month she will bring us tips on how to use crystals and gemstones for the astrological season, so we can stay aligned and in tune with the energy of both the heavens and the Earth. Enjoy! -Tali & Ophi
This month’s crystal horoscopes teach you how to tap into the efficient nature of Virgo. By working with the healing powers of crystals and precious gemstones, you can hone the purifying qualities of the Virgin and embrace your inner perfectionist.
Crystals and Astrology:
Every planet and star sign has corresponding crystals that share their energetic resonance. Consciously working with crystals and gemstones that correlate with the energy of each astrological season can benefit the mind, body and spirit. As crystals form within the earth, rocks and minerals are in a constant process of transformation: creation, change and dissolution. The zodiac reflects this process from the spark of the birth of Aries (the first sign of the zodiac), the growth through the signs, and the completion and undoing in Pisces (the twelfth sign).
The Virgo Resonance:
This year, the Sun is in Virgo from August 22-September 22, marking the end of summer and the sixth stage of human evolution. The preceding sign Leo helps us to develop who we are as individuals; Virgo calls us to figure out how we can serve and wants us to perfect our gifts.
Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and as a mutable sign, it is the conclusion of the summer season in the northern hemisphere. The mutable modality of Virgo is about completion and transition, and this sign in particular has a ceaseless drive to accomplish and perfect.
The airy other Mercury-ruled mutable sign Gemini may not care so much about specifics and the “hows” of life, preferring to flow with the wind. Earthy Virgo, however, is highly concerned with the details, and the ability to be impeccable in word, thought, and deed—even when no one is watching. The earth element of Virgo is expressed through exquisite demonstration of dedication and determination.
Just as new habits take about a month to become ingrained, working with a crystal for several weeks helps your body to integrate the new vibration in conjunction with the stone. Working with the 28-day moon cycles is ideal, especially for women. Or you could start working with a new stone at the beginning of the month, or the start of a zodiac season—or of course, whenever it feels intuitively right.
Crystals form when liquid magma from the earth’s core moves toward the surface, cools down to solidify, then crystallizes over millions of years.
Peridot and moss agate are the two crystals I recommend for Virgo season, for those with prominent Virgo placements in their natal charts, and for those who want to tap into their Virgoan energy any time of year. Peridot is a rhombic crystal of primary formation. It forms deep within the earth and comes to the surface via rising magma during volcanic eruptions, so it is all about transforming through the fire. Moss agate is a trigonal crystal of secondary formation, and part of the quartz family of chalcedony. It enhances one’s love for nature due to its plant-like signature, and as all agates do, it encourages clear communication and mental clarity from spiritual blockages.
Properties of Healing Crystals
The classic birthstone for Virgo is peridot, a rich green gemstone that sometimes features golden undertones. It is quite mercurial in that it has several manifestations and names based on the amount of iron present in the mineral, which lends itself to this crystal’s varying hues. The more olive-colored ones are called olivine, the yellower stones are called chrysolite, and the spring green specimens are what is popularly known as peridot proper.
Physiologically, Virgo is associated with the nervous system, intestines, and spleen. Being that Virgo is so meticulous, anxieties and tensions are often felt acutely in the gut. The rich green earthy healing energy of peridot is an appropriate tool for such feelings—the crystal works well with strengthening the digestive tract, calming nerves and balancing the glandular system. Peridot is also said to be helpful during childbirth to assist in making contractions more productive.
As a child of Mercury, Virgo is also communicative, even while being grounded. The energy of this sign understands psychosomatic disease, but can also find itself in a mental tailspin due to its nature to want to perfect all processes. Peridot is a stress-reducer and helps Virgo to be more productive in the thought process while alleviating anger, jealousy and the release of old patterning.
The family of agate crystals are all relevant to messenger Mercury, as agates are particularly beneficial for mental stimulation and clarity. With Virgo being the earth manifestation of Mercury, moss agate is a wonderful tool for the energy of this sign.
Moss agate is a complex green stone with many variations in appearance. Mostly, it looks like the fossilized essence of a grassy, mossy garden or forest. It can feature many combinations of deep green, yellow, brown, and even blue, formed together in mystical bands, “eyes,” swirls, and layers. It is a gentle crystal which grounds the user down to earth and brings a softening and nurturing presence.
Virgo’s concern over the details can lend itself to criticism, nagging, or a sense of superiority which actually stems from inner feelings of unworthiness. By opening the heart chakra, peridot assists in the release of the debilitating aspects of perfectionism and other growth-blocking habits. The rich, vibrant green hues of peridot resonate directly with the heart center to bring clarity, growth, and openness, which are qualities Virgo energy must cultivate.
Receptive peridot helps one to connect to mother earth and the nurturing essence of Gaia and deities such as Isis and Lakshmi. It is also a stone of friendship and connection, bringing agreeableness and and prosperity instead of contentiousness and judgment. Peridot helps Virgo to let go of the excessively high standards and set reasonable goals.
Peridot also helps attract good fortune, abundance, and prosperity, as well as being a protective stone for the aura. The cleansing nature of peridot helps the user to not be so hard on themselves and others, as Virgo is prone to be. It helps to release old baggage and support the razor-sharp perception of this Mercury-ruled energy.
Virgo’s Mercury influence sometimes lends itself to the native being able to discuss emotions, but not necessarily feel them. Earth-based moss agate brings the gifts of being in touch with one’s feelings to speak from the heart, and not just the mind.
Low-self esteem often manifests in criticism of others, which is a projection that causes internal emotional stress. Moss agate helps you know thyself, and be more aware of your gifts and inherent worthiness as a child of spirit. This assists in reducing the the judgment of self and others.
In addition to stimulating Virgo’s analytical capability, moss agate creates synergy amid the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual states. It boosts awareness of your positive qualities, and is even beneficial in working toward new goals, particularly those related to your health.
Moss agate also brings protection from danger and brings a calm influence, helping Virgo energy to cool down and even enhance the dream state.
How to Cleanse and Program Crystals
Crystals are largely comprised of silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is the material used in watches for timekeeping and silicon computer memory chips for storing large quantities of information. Thus, crystals are inherently programmable, and you can set your intentions for what you would like to work through with your stone.
Before working with any crystal, it’s a good practice to smudge (or energetically cleanse) the stone by passing it through the smoke of a purifying type of incense such as white sage, Palo Santo, or frankincense and myrrh. Just as white sage is used to bless and clear a new home, smudging crystals neutralizes any previous energetic imprints in the stone.
To program your crystal, sit upright comfortably with your stone in your left hand, and place your right hand over the crystal. Take three deep breaths with the intention of attuning with the crystal’s vibration, and state your intentions either in your head, or spoken aloud. Sample intentions are offered below.
Meditation, Intentions and Affirmations with Crystals for Virgo Season
Meditating with crystals during Virgo season can help us alleviate nervousness during an anxious solar cycle.
I recommend writing down the affirmations below with pen on paper, keeping them beside you as you meditate. Feel free to add your own Virgo themes as you see fit. If you find it challenging to quiet your thoughts as you sit in silence, there are many meditation apps available, such as the Calm app or Headspace. Or, you can search for crystal singing bowl meditation tones or binaural beats on YouTube such as these:
Powerful Root Chakra Meditation video (15 min)
Binaural Meditation Music Channel (entire channel)
Crystal Pyramid Room Curated Meditation Videos Playlist (videos of different lengths)
Intention: I am a gift to this world as I work to self-improve.
I trust my inner guidance.
I am a messenger of truth.
I transform through the fire.
I serve others to heal myself.
I am impeccable with my word.
I embody the highest integrity.
Virgo Season Meditation Techniques and Rituals
Moss Agate & Peridot Grounding Meditation
There are so many ways to meditate—while walking, during yoga, at your altar, in the dark, while facing the Sun. Since Virgo, peridot and moss agate are all so earthy, I suggest an outdoor setting for this particular meditation. You can work with both stones simultaneously, or one or the other.
- Find a quiet, grassy place where you can put your bare feet directly on the earth.
- Touch the moss agate and/or peridot to the ground to cleanse the stones and attune them to the earth. You can sit upright and hold both crystals in your lap, or lay down and place the moss agate at your heart chakra, while holding the peridot in your left hand.
- With closed eyes, breathe deeply to get centered and grounded to your meditation session.
- Picture a cord connecting the moss agate crystal deep into the center of the earth. Picture the peridot as a glowing source of bright green light.
- As you breathe slowly and deeply, visualize a bright surge of protective light rising from deep within the earth, flowing to the crystals, and expanding to surround your entire body.
- Feel the comforting energy of the nurturing mother goddess dissolving all your tensions and fears; releasing everything that is not a representation of your highest self-expression.
- Hold a vision of your deepest desires and how you can best be of service to world. Your higher self already knows your life’s purpose; tune in.
- Picture the ideal manifestation of your wildest dreams, and sit in the energy of knowing that it is yours to create.
- Breathe deeply for at least nine minutes as you sit in the feeling of recognizing that everything you can visualize for yourself is already here and at hand.
- To conclude your meditation session, bring your peridot to the heart center and hold it there for a few moments. Touch your moss agate to the earth once again so that a bit of soil from the ground attaches to the gemstone.
Place the moss agate on place where you will see it often, such as an altar, a fireplace mantle, or even your desk. If you can, wear the peridot as a piece of jewelry or a pocket stone, and keep it close to you for as long as you intuitively desire.
As you move through the complexity of your inner critic during Virgo season, try to remember that compassion toward yourself is just as important as compassion toward others. Remember the presence of your spiritual self, and know that you can always trust in the universe.
This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
Chartreuse Tembo Barriere is a Zambian-American womb wellness astrologer, writer, and metaphysicist in the business of #DecodingTheAll. She is the author of The Yoni Egg Shadow Integration Workbook: Your 28-day Astrological Guide to the Womb Wellness Journey, and the creator of the Age of Eleven: Recognizing the ONEness in Everyday Life.
Other articles by Chartreuse:
Learn what the rest of 2017 will hold for your sign in The AstroTwins’ 2017 Planetary Planner!