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A-Z Blog Challenge 2015–Crystal Fix–Smoky Quartz


 Is For Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz––Savagely protective, Grounding, Psychic healing

  • Helpful for those undergoing radiation treatments
  • Strengthens the root or base chakra
  • Amplifies its own energy and the energy of any other stone or aid
  • Repulses negative energy
  • Grounds wishes in reality and helps them come true
  • Fosters cooperation in groups
  • Amps up creativity—by grounding and eliminating negatives
  • Elevates moods
  • Relieves stress
  • Psychic shielding



Smoky Quartz grows in granite mountains that are slightly radioactive. The smoky quality comes from exposure to natural radiation of quartz crystals and the aluminum impurities within them over a long period of time.  If enough aluminum is present, the stone can turn completely black in which case it is called morian. Found in Brazil, Colorado, the Swiss Alps and –of course—Scotland, the mineral is a bit rare which encourages some jewelers to irradiate quartz and produce artificial smoky quartz, the bastards.

Smoky Quartz plays a big part in my next book, Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. Here’s a little excerpt.



She sighs a tortured sigh to show me how hard it has been over the years to keep me from walking headfirst off a cliff. She lays her string on her lap and makes a show of simplifying her story.

“Centuries ago, our family lived in the very worst part of Scotland—way north where the wind blows nonstop and it rains nine-and-a-half days out of ten. We had a nice cozy castle and a passel of servants, though, which made up for the weather. Everything was going along as good as it could––what with the English fogging around and the other clans wanting to fight if you looked at ‘em cross-eyed––until one gal started throwing her weight around. She and her cronies wanted to control the family land and fortune. Some of us others dug in our heels agin her. The two sides got to fighting, hot and heavy.”

She presses her lips tightly together and gazes past me out the window.

“Our side lost.” It rankles her. Granny doesn’t like to admit defeat at anything, no matter how long ago or how far away. “Them as was left lit out for America, leaving possessions behind. Some died in the fight to escape. Others died on the way. One of the things left behind was a hunk of smoky quartz, nearly forty pounds it was. Raw, you understand, as if it had just been yanked out of the ground. Yet it glimmered like a star through a misty night.”

The only sound in the room is the jute sliding across her dried up fingers. The cord grows with square knots folded into berry knots and black wooden beads strung and knotted in. She snicks each knot into place and molds it to her liking with boney, white fingers.

When I was a kid, Granny told me stories every night, but she never told me this one. I look up to see if she plans to finish it anytime soon. I could swear her eyes are moist, but that can’t be right. I am sure she was born without tear ducts.

“That crystal belongs to us.” No trace of tears lingers in her voice, that’s for sure. Her tone would make a black bear tuck in his tail. “It’s a healing stone and it’s the only thing that will keep me alive.  You have to go steal it back for me, Zoraida.”

Do you love witches and crystals and romance and danger?  Make a note on your Calendar: Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones will be released by Oghma Creative Media in September.  Go HERE to find out more!

Tomorrow’s Crystal Fix: Tourmaline

 Bonus--Last year for the A-Z Blog challenge, my theme was Magic. See the S is for Salt post HERE.

Just Like Gravity is about past lives and karma.   Get a copy of Just Like Gravity HERE or HERE

Cover by Oghma Creative
Cover by Oghma Creative

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