Valentine's Day is known as being a day of love. Take the time to be thankful for all of the love in your life... love from family, lovers, friends, pets, and more.
The sky has has always captured my imagination and filled me with wonder. As a child, I imagined clouds worlds, in which there were whole cities in the sky. I imagined the clouds as being fluffy like pillows, and that I would be able to walk on them. As I have grown up and learned about the science behind clouds (they aren't really fluffy pillows), my wonder has not been lost. Instead, I am still fascinated by the patterns made by wind, water vapors, heat, and nature.
I can't help but look up into the sky daily. The more I have paid attention to the sky and other hints nature gives me, the better I have become at predicting the weather to come. I am not always right, but I usually have a pretty decent sense of what to expect. The more you pay attention to nature, and its subtle hints, the better you may become at understanding it. Modern life has pulled us away from nature, but I urge you to reconnect with nature. There is plenty for us to learn.
Here are some photos I have taken of the sky. Feel free to marvel at its beauty!
Citrine puts a smile on my face. It reminds me of sunshine. Citrine is a quartz crystal with a Mohs hardness of 7. Its color ranges from a clear yellow to a brownish red color. Its yellow color is made possible when traces of iron are found in silicon dioxide.
For over 200 years, Amethyst (a type of quartz) and Smokey Quartz have been heated to about 470-560 degrees in order to change the stone's color to look like Citrine. It is very hard to tell the difference between natural Citrine (which is very rare) and heat treated quartz. Most Citrines on the market are heat treated Amethyst or Smokey Quartz. One easy way to tell when you are dealing with heated Amethyst is if it is a crystal cluster with a dark brownish red color.
The question which I have much pondered is what if you have a stone that is really heat treated quartz and not Citrine? Does the stone not have the healing and metaphysical properties of Citrine? If you have the intention of the stone being Citrine does it still do what Citrine is supposed to do? Does it not do what Citrine is supposed to do? I do not have these answers. Feel free to share your opinions and ponder these questions yourself.