Written By: Ines Maria
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. This is not to be mistaken with Mexico's independence day which is September 16th. It is celebrated every fifth of May yearly to honor military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. Even though this didn't immediately end the conflict between Mexico and France, and it was the beginning of the encouragement of the people in Mexico to take back their country. In the United States, this holiday is more commonly known and celebrated to encourage the heritage and pride of Mexicans. So in spirit of Cinco de Mayo, here are five crystals that originate/are found in Mexico that you can use to enhance your spiritual journey and expand your knowledge.
Five Crystals for Cinco De Mayo
Crazy Lace Agate is found in Chihuahua, Mexico. This stone was founded in 1895, but wasn't rediscovered again until the 1950's. Legend says it was used back then as a sacrifice to soothe the Gods. It's modern day healing properties are to promote high vibrational energy, balance yin and yang within body, and to enhance inner and outer strength. It is associated with the zodiac sign of Gemini. Its chakra designations are Third Eye and Crown. It is connected to Earth elements.
Honey Calcite is another stone found in Mexico in 1995. It is used to increase feelings of self worth and to strengthen confidence. It helps one to overcome challenges and blockages, whether they are internal or external. It is associated with the zodiac signs of Leo and Cancer. Its chakra designation is Third Eye. It is connected to both Air and Fire elements.
Fire Agate is found is Central and Northern Mexico. This stone ages back from the Tertiary period, around 24-36 million years ago. This stone is known to inspire change and routine to provide more stability in your life. It also builds a protective shield around the body against ill intent and negativity. It is associated with the zodiac signs of Scorpio and Gemini. Its chakra designation is Sacral. It is connected to the element of Fire, of course.
Amethyst is found in Veracruz, Mexico. This stone dates back to around 200 BC. It is meant to promote peace and serenity within self and surroundings. It is also a great protective stone from all types of harm. It brings clarity and allows one to remain balanced in their energy. It is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Its chakra designation is the Crown and Third Eye. It is connected to the element of Air.
Lastly, we have Dalmatian Jasper. It is found in Chihuahua, Mexico. This stone brings out that inner child energy to heal yourself and blockages that have been created. It is also a stone of good luck and good fortune. It is associated with the zodiac signs of Virgo and Gemini. Its chakra designation is the Root and Sacral. It is connected to the element of Earth.
Spirituality in Mexico:
In Mexico, there is no designated religion that belongs to the country. So you get a little bit of everything here and there. There is a practice in Mexico that is eye catching when it comes to healing in a spiritual way, which is calling Curanderismo. Roots can be traced back to the 1400's all the way back to the Aztecs. This is a holistic practice where traditional healers/shamans administer healing work for emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical illnesses. The goal is to heal the mind, body, and spirit.
In Spanish, the word "curar" means to heal. So these figures that partake in this practice are either known as Curanderos (male healers) or Curanderas (female healers). Different objects, herbs, and rituals are used during their practice of doing the healing work. What's interesting about their work is how dive they deep into the issue to find the true meaning behind it. What you think is a simple headache could actually be someone wishing Mal del Ojo (evil eye) upon you.
At one point Curanderismo was actually seen as Witchcraft, this was for two reasons. One was because of how it went beyond Western medicine, and the other was for the simple fact that it was mainly females doing this practice. Of course, now it is known that Curanderismo is its own practice is about protection and healing, where Witchcraft is the practice of magic and spells.
One healing modality you may actually know from Curanderismo is the egg cleanse. This is where an egg is rubbed across the body, and then it is broken into a glass of water. This is to cleanse negative energy, and this is where is Cuandero(a) can examine the egg and give you the steps on what to do next depending on the outcome that came from this cleansing.
Disclaimer: I would not recommend doing any Curanderismo practices unless you have thoroughly done your research, just like with any spiritual practices. I would definitely recommend going to someone who actually does practice Curanderismo if you want to learn more about it or if you would like to practice it yourself.