Minerals and More:
BeYond the Elements
                                                   Minerals and More News                                  
    By Karen Edmund
Tucson was exciting, as always.  The minerals and crystals are all tagged, priced, and out. Whew!  That was a job, but so much fun to unpack and revisit what we bought.

Last weekend I had 6 inches of new snow up at the cabin near Tomahawk, and the next day down here in Madison, we had 50 degree weather.  The minerals are sure loving the sunshine, as well as myself.  If you haven’t stopped in to see the new stones, take a break from your day and come visit us.

We will be bringing in Spring with an Energy Tune-Up Evening with Sherri Treuthardt on Sunday March 18th at 5:15 pm.  Come join us.

 Featured - Phosphosiderite
A rare gemstone, Phosphosiderite, was discovered late in the 19th century.  The color is usually an orchid-purple color, but may also be white, pink, red, violet-red, brownish-reddish yellow, deep purple, moss-green, and colorless.  Sometimes there are veins of yellow running through the opaque gemstone.  The vein like streaks are often Cacoxenite. 

Phosphosiderite is named from the basic elements which form the stone, that being phosphorus and iron.  Phospho for the Phosphorus and Siderite from the Greek word Sideros which is the word for iron.  It has also been called “La Roca Voca” meaning pink rock.

Since this particular gemstone is only 3.4 to 4 on the Mohs scale, it is often treated with paraffin and polished to increase the stability and shine when it is used to make jewelry.

The most common locations that Phosphosiderite is found are Argentina and Chile.  It is however also found in Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Cornwall England, France, Germany, Liberia, Mozambique, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, and in the US (South Dakota, in the Bull Moose Mine in Custer County).

Metaphysical Properties:  The calm, soothing, stabilizing vibration of Phosphosiderite will aid in reducing stress as well as aid in encouraging a stronger spirituality by aligning with the Divine and your spiritual path for this life.  It resonates with all of the chakras though it has a strong connection with the heart chakra.  It may also help with issues related to the heart and lungs (colds, flu etc.).  When used on the solar plexus chakra it may help you break emotional ties to people with whom your life will be better off if they are let go.   It may also work on issues related to aging by helping to reprogram and/or regenerate cells.

Calendar of Events
March 18th
 Sunday - Class by Brenda N.  - The Ascension Seven Crystals - Crystals for raising your vibration to your highest possible level.  Class will

                                    run from 10:45 am until noon and costs $10/person.

March 18th Sunday - Spring Energy Tune-Up by Sherri T. - Energy clearing, release of self-imposed restrictions, let go of Winter stresses

                                   and celebrate Spring's arrival.  5:15 - 7:15 pm, cost - $30 cash.  Please bring a pen and notebook.

March 24th - 25th - Rock, Gem & Mineral Show - Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig Center, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville, WI 53545.

                                 Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

April 15th Sunday - Class by Brenda N.  - Topic to be announced.
Remember you may also check the Calendar of Events on our website.