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Crystals

crystalCrystals have been around for many years on this earth, dating back to at least 6,000 years ago when many ancient civilizations were still in existence. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans just to name a few, all used crystals to help with healing, fulfillment, enlightenment, and protection. People have long since believed that Crystals can enhance psychic abilities and have metaphysical properties.

When looking at how crystals came to be, you have to first look at the minerals and elements that came together to make it possible. Crystals are essentially the DNA of the Earth and hold records of the development of the earth. Some crystals were formed by intense pressure while others were created in layers and some were formed through drips. Regardless of how the crystal is created, all of this goes into the properties and function of each crystal. While many crystals have various shapes and sizes on the external, crystals are classified by a specific “note” in their internal structure which can be seen through a microscope. Crystals are built from one of seven possible geometric forms. These forms are triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, rhomboids, parallelograms or trapeziums. The outer form of the crystal also does not necessarily reflect the inner structure of the crystals core.

Many crystals have different origins like some crystals such as Quartz were formed while some minerals were superheated in the Earth’s core when it was a still a molten rock with a thin layer of crust. They floated up to the surface and as they cooled the crystal was formed. Depending on the amount of time needed to cool down will determine the size of the crystal. If it cools relatively quickly it will form a small crystal while if it takes years or eons to cool, a bigger crystal will form in the end. If the crystal cools exceptionally fast then a glass-like creation such as Obsidian will form instead of a crystal. Tourmaline and Topaz are formed when gases penetrate fissures in rocks, while Aventurine and Peridot are made at high temperatures from liquid magma.

When working with crystals, it’s very important to know as much as possible since understanding them makes them more effective. As crystals are powerful left alone in their own state, they need to be approached with a respectable manner in order to have a full and effective connection. If you do this, they will be just as respondent and pleased to work with you in order enhance your life and well-being. Depending on the type, shape, size, position of a crystal, you can achieve spiritual healing as well as physical healing to an extent, protection from the physical and spiritual realm, help with love matters, as well as reduce stress and anxiety.

Just to name a few and their function:

  • Black Tourmaline crystals are used for the absorption of negative energy and well as protection from potential psychic harm.
  • Clear Quartz is used for healing as well as for clarity of thoughts.
  • Rose Quartz helps with love situations because it works primarily with the heart chakra.
  • Amethyst helps with spiritual growth as well as heightens intuition.
  • Tiger Eyes are good for various emotional disorders.

Taking the time to cleanse your crystals is a very important practice since crystals are efficient absorbers and transmitters of all kinds of energy. One of the many properties of crystals is to cleanse and transmute negative energy. If left alone to do this without having a cleansing performed regularly, they will become saturated with negative energy and will be unable to be as efficient even though some crystals are self-cleaning.

In my future blogs, I’ll be going more in-depth about more crystals and their unique properties. This week’s blog is a brief introduction of what crystals are, their origin, what they’re made of and what they’re capable of.

Author: Neil Omacharan

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The Stories We Were Told

Hello Obscurians!

When I was a child, my family would often tell me scary stories in an attempt to get me to behave. Most of the time, I would rebelliously prepare to ward myself against the evil forces in their stories by places my toys around the room to keep watch while I slept peacefully. The story I heard most often was that of an evil old lady who would kidnap children in the middle of the night if they didn’t listen to their parents. I doubt my Barbie dolls could have protected me from that! Eventually, we grow up and we realize the stories we heard as children were simply a parenting technique to make us behave. It wasn’t until watching the Supernatural series that I began to acknowledge the mystic legends behind the stories which once caused fear in my childish heart.

Season 1 episode 18 of Supernatural referred to as “Something Wicked” inspired a new perspective on the tales I was told when I was younger. The episode features an evil witch, although, he turned out to be a male not an old lady as I was told. He is later identified as a Shtriga, a Albanian witch that sucks the life force out of little children and causes them to become ill and hospitalized, thus becoming separated from their families. As an Albanian-American who was once taunted with a similar story, you can see how I might have found this interesting. While I thought I was the only child to be told this story as a means of parenting behavioral interference, apparently the legends of the Shtriga existed long before my childhood so much so that a television show featured a reference to it! After some research, I discovered many other cultures share a similar story that I’m sure is also used against naughty children. Similar stories include Baba Yaga in Slavic folklore and the Strigoi in Romanian folklore.

A story that I thought was unique to my childhood turned out to be popular among many cultures of the world, and even a major television show! While we think our experiences are drastically different from those around us, as we get older we realize that there are many similarities between ourselves and others. As the new semester starts take a look at the students sitting around you in class. Maybe their parents told them the same stories you were told as a child, and maybe you’ll find that they share many other similarities to you. Maybe, you’ll realize that while you discovered something about a new classmate you also made a new friend. Enjoy learning throughout the semester, both learning new information in class and learning about new people. The semester flies by, so try to make a memorable one, and welcome back!

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Hard Times: Embracing the Struggle

Kat’s Music and Comics Corner Vol. 2 Issue #13

It’s here. The dreaded finals week. The end of the semester that feels more like the end of the world. Everyone around me is sleep-deprived, highly stressed, achingly hungry, and on the cusp of a mental breakdown. I’ve had my share of late nights in the 24/7 hours Leonard Lief Library cramming with friends and what I’ve learned is that peace of mind in college does exist as long as you do your assignments as soon as you get them, attend all classes (and pay attention, duh), and study at least four hours a day… it really works… in a perfect world. Which we don’t live in. Anxiety and depression exist. Death and heartbreak. And the bane of every college student’s existence– procrastination. So, how do we achieve this seemingly impossible peace of mind with all these things coming at us? My coping mechanism is always music.

While you’re huddled at home or in the library with coffee running through your blood a pretty poppy tune to get you through it is Paramore’s “Hard Times”. Hayley Williams’ lyrics tell the story of a struggle with self and with others. That’s what we all go at this time of the year especially as people who are just trying to figure out if what we said we wanted a year ago is what we wanted now. That goes for careers, friends, lovers, and even family members. Things that we have been neglecting or are toxic. These are the things that she sings about. “Hard times, gonna make your wonder why you even try/Hard times, gonna take you down and laugh when you cry/These lives, and I still don’t know how I even survive.” She’s basically singing about how life ain’t easy and how it can be a cruel captor of your time, love, and energy. The song is kind of ironic because it’s a super upbeat 80s jam vibe that fools you into thinking that everything is hunky dory when really it’s spiraling downward and we’re about to hit rock bottom. That’s the mystical and funny thing about music. It could be lyrically about something sad but it can make you break out into song and dance.

The reason why I wanted to share this song at the end of the semester was that I felt like, as a struggling, emotionally distraught college student, others like myself would appreciate the throwback to a musically amazing decade and also the painfully relatable lyrics. I hope when you listen to this song it empowers you to push through the deadlines and the brutal exams. To all those who read my blog, thank you for making it all the way to the end of the semester with me. You’re the real MVP. Kat out (for now).

– Kathryn “Kat” Fornier

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Flames of Confidence

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The flames of confidence. They are what appeared upon my death. My death as an insecure person, desperately trying to disappear with the crowd around me. My death as as the one who had to face the reality of their true passions for other men. My death as someone who believed there was only one way to be in a relationship. These very flames transform me again and again. The first time I died one night in 2011, I was reborn into a man, now sure of his sexuality. The second time, I died in 2013, and was reborn into an experimental person, now accepting his feminine side and allowing it to be a part of his masculinity. The third time, I died as an amateur in my style, and was reborn with more secure tastes in clothing. With every “death” I go through, my rebirth brings me back stronger, with new viewpoints and abilities. I died not too long ago in 2017, and came back with a new view on relationships and how to better manage the dilemmas that are presented to me. Of course I can’t say what I’ve learned, considering that not everyone goes through the same situations. But if anyone were to speak to me about what they go through, they’d get similar, but not the same info. I modify it to their situation to avoid close-minded advice. But anywho, back to these flames. For this image, I got four different transparent images of the fire element. I took the original photo of me striking a pose mid air by setting my phone’s camera on timer, which automatically took burst pictures in order for me to pick out the best pose. I then kept the image the same, but added and positioned the fire images in a way that makes me look like I have fire wings spreading from my body.  added another ball-shaped flame over me to make it look like I’m about to make the flames burst all round me. I also used the fire ring image, increased its size, and positioned it around me to make it look like I’m causing a heatwave, which is a symbol of my confidence influencing others. Finally, I added the sunny filter to change the lighting of the entire piece so it looks more authentic. As usual, I put my personal symbol to let viewers know that I created the image. All of my transparent images were found on google images. From my point of view, the elements each represent a certain characteristic. I also see the elements more than just water, fire, earth and air. I see them as more specific kinds, as well as more varied kinds (because pokemon inspired me, so I see water, ice, steel, and electric as their own elements). The final piece is also inspired by Phoenix (Jean Grey), and the Phoenix five (Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, Colossus, and Namor). I found out about marvel characters such as these in 2014, and became inspired by their heroic art ever since. I’ve also always loved the idea of me being possessed by the cosmic flames known as the phoenix force, mostly because of the cool poses and abilities. My dash of heroic characteristics were inspired by marvel heroes and villains alike. The image I made can be loosely connected with my natural body heat, because I heat up fast and am more resistant to the cold than many people I know. And because I’m confident, it along with my warm body connects to the image I made as well. For my next post I want to play more with fire, and symbolize the consequences of too much confidence, giving myself a more “corrupt with power” image where I strike a pose that looks like I’m losing control while my flames run wild, hurting everyone around me. I’m not usually the overly cocky type, but I, like everyone else, have my days where I’m hyped up to the point where I have too much confidence.

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Motivating Distraction

As the semester comes to an end, we scramble to complete our final assignments and study for our exams. Time seems to drag on as we hope for the days when our sleep patterns will return to normal. With one week left, the pressure seems infinite and our deadlines appear to be closing in on us. However, as we all know, appearances can be deceiving. As this is my last blog post of the semester, I’d like to dedicate it to all the Obscurians who can and will succeed. You got this!

 

In William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence,” the speaker states, “to see a world in a grain of sand / and a heaven in a wild flower / hold infinity in the palm of your hand / and eternity in an hour.” This poem reminds me of all the different thoughts I have when I sit to do my homework.  I begin to fantasize about the beauty of the natural world and it becomes a welcome distraction of escape from homework. William Blake, however, used his observations of the world and his thoughts as inspiration for the poem above. With a little motivation, we can persevere and use our distractions as inspiration while we strive to finish the last few pages of that essay, or try to think of more effective ways to study. The speaker continues by stating, “the questioner who sits so sly / shall never know how to reply / he who replies to words of doubt / doth put the light of knowledge out.” Do not doubt yourself. You are in the final moments of the semester and you can succeed.

 

William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence” reminds me to have faith in myself, and I hope that it will inspire all of you to have faith in yourselves. You have made it this far into the semester, and with just a few days left you have it in you to work hard, study hard, and successfully complete the Fall 2017 semester! Wishing you all the best of luck: until next time Obscurians!

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj