Look after your body and soul with these dazzling beauty tricks on Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re single or in love, summon your inner goddess and Venus’ magical touch with these beauty rituals that use your most powerful crystals. Here are three of our favourite rituals for youth, energy and self-love. What are you waiting for? Make yourself even more beautiful than you are already, inside and out!
MAKE AN OFFERING TO GODDESS VENUS
Venus is an alluring goddess who could charm the birds from the trees if she wanted to. Venus, like her counterpart Aphrodite, is strongly linked with love and beauty and is also thought to govern childbirth and chastity, despite her rumoured romantic liaisons with the other gods. Associated with the arrival of spring, she is synonymous with nature and said to possess a strong, yet nurturing, feminine power, which she isn’t afraid to use to get her own way. A passionate goddess, who isn’t scared of revealing her emotions, she’s believed to have emerged from an oyster shell on a seashore as a fully grown woman and is therefore often associated with shells and pearls.
Looking for a way to promote the flow of love and beauty into your life? If so, why not make a shrine to this beautiful deity this month, by decorating a table with objects strongly linked with her? A beautiful crystal, a vase of red roses, some beautiful shells, a string of pearls and one or two pictures summing up what love and beauty mean to you would be ideal for this.
Burn a little rose or geranium essential oil and hold a compact or hand-held mirror in front of you. Sit at a table as you do so and breathe deeply while gazing at your reflection. Imagine a shower of pink light filling you up as you inhale, and absorbing into your reflection when you exhale. Say, ‘I love myself,’ and smile! Look into the mirror and repeat the affirmation anytime you need a beauty boost.
TRY AN ENERGY-BOOSTING RITUAL WITH CARNELIAN
Start your mornings off right by following Laurey Simmons’ ritual to help boost your energy and keep you feeling elevated throughout the day.
• Plants or flowers
• Agua de Florida or an energising essential oil such as orange, black pepper, basil or ginger
• A yellow or gold candle
• Carnelian or clear quartz
1 Prepare the space to welcome energy in. Make sure the space you’re going to do the ritual in is organised, free of clutter and makes you feel energised. Energy flows around a room, especially from windows and doors, so it ca really help to move any obstacles blocking this flow. We also want to have flourishing plants or flowers to represent the energy of life.
2 Once you have the space ready, give the space, your tools and yourself a good energetic cleanse with your favourite smudging tool. Now your space is ready for an energy boost. Splash some Agua de Florida into your cupped hands, rub them together, hold them over your nose and breathe in the revitalising fragrance. Move your hands around your body and imagine every cell in your body coming fully alive in a beautiful, harmonious inner smile.
3 Light a yellow or gold candle, as this colour connects you to the infinite energy of the sun. You can choose a candle in a colour that represents energy boosting for you.
4 Now you’re ready to get a very clear answer to the following question: “what will I do with this extra energy today?” Get a clear picture of how you will serve yourself and the world with all this extra energy you’re about to channel. What will you create? What positive effect will this extra energy have on you?
5 Now take the carnelian or clear quartz stone in your hand. With the stone in your palm, say the following blessing (you can say whatever feels right in your heart): “I open up and welcome the infinite supply of energy that is available to me throughout this day, always for the highest good.”
6 Cast your gaze at the candle flame and then close your eyes and imagine that flame is flickering inside your being. With each flicker, feel the flame burning away any heavy energy, worries, tiredness, tension or limiting beliefs, allowing pure, refined energy to circulate freely around your body and mind. As you do this, feel your back straighten as you start to feel stronger.
7 To bring this ritual to a close, blow the candle out and take a moment to give thanks for this precious reminder that energy is infinite and the flame within burns bright and eternally.
This ritual can be found in The Inner Beauty Bible by Laurey Simmons (£14.99, Harper Thorsons)
MAKE A CRYSTAL ELIXIR FOR YOUTH
Crystal elixirs are a potion made from immersing your stone in water to transfer the vibrational pattern of the crystal to your body. Try brewing this special elixir from Clive Carter.
1 Put your crystal inside a small container and immerse the container into your water, then leave the crystal for at least eight hours or overnight. If there’s a full moon, bathe the water in moonlight to add an extra energy to your elixir. Alternatively, immerse the crystal directly into the water. Stick to crystals from the quartz family: clear, smokey or rose quartz, chalcedony, jasper, carnelian or most agates. Other crystals can be toxic, so double-check with your local crystal shop first.
2 Keep your charged water in a small bottle so it can be used as and when it’s required. Its crystal energy will remain in the water almost indefinitely, but it’s best not to freeze or chill it as this can alter the vibration within the water and make your potion less effective.
3 Add a few drops of your elixir to drinking water, let it settle for a few minutes and then drink in the energy of the water. Alternatively, add a few drops of your elixir to the water you wash with. An elixir made using amethyst is great for adding to your cleansing water in the morning; just four or five drops in the sink will give your skin a great fresh feeling and a more radiant glow.
Share your crystal secrets
Let us know how you get on with these crystal rituals. You can email us at email@example.com to tell us about your favourite crystal beauty tips too!