With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is natural to think about family members, ancestors, and even generational cycles. The Full Beaver Moon rises on November 27th, 2023 and is associated with themes of letting go of that which does not serve you, with special regard to breaking out of patterns and cycles. Putting it all together, November is the perfect time to reflect on the patterns and cycles in your family and make conscious choices on what you will choose to carry on in your life and pass down to future generations and what you will compassionately release.
It is possible (and beneficial) to let go of the things you learned as a child or inherited through your family line that don’t serve you, forgiving your parents and ancestors for doing the best they could with what they had, and yet also deeply honoring and being proud of the fact that you made a conscious decision to choose to do better.
Some crystals that are helpful both in connecting with your ancestors to learn from them -and- to heal your bloodline from generational traumas and offenses alike are Petrified Wood, Mookaite, and Amber.
Petrified Wood, a member of the quartz family, is formed when plant and tree matter is buried under wet sediment and as the wood decays (slowly, due to being buried and lacking oxygen) gaps in the wood are filled with minerals, such as quartz. Since Petrified Wood carries with it energy and matter of the last 100 to 200 million years on Earth, it’s an excellent stone for gaining access to Akashic records, collective memory, and “memories” stored in one’s own bloodline. Petrified Wood, according to the Pocket Book of Stones by Robert Simmons, “also instills a strength of character and helps one live by one’s ideals,” which can aid you in determining which inherited behaviors and beliefs to keep and which to release.
Amber is another material that carries matter and energy from Earth’s past as well as the “past” of civilizations and peoples. Amber is “an organic material made up of fossilized botanic resins.” In the Book of Stone, author Naisha Ahsian writes, “Amber is a key to ancient knowledge and can stimulate the remembrance of one’s lineage and the genetic lessons and experiences passed down from one’s ancestors.” Amber is also a stone of light and warmth, which provides feelings of healing, vitality, and safety–like being in a comforting solar cocoon, and this metaphysical combination of properties renders it ideal for helping you positively clear and heal from “family patterns.”
Mookaite, recognizable by its warm and vibrant color palette of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns, is a type of Jasper from the Mooka Creek in Western Australia and, according to Robert Simmons, it helps you to “perceive ancestral lessons and clear those lessons to free future generations from having to repeat them.” Mookaite is also a stone closely connected with one’s personal will that helps you to know the right paths to take in life. A fun note about Mookaite, is that it is also said to connect you with the animal kingdom and thus, can help you connect and communicate with animal and plant energies and familiars!
However you celebrate the Full Beaver Moon this month, it’s a great time to charge any crystals and tools you want to use in ancestral connection and pattern-breaking work in time for the holiday season. Happy healing!