I used to have a complicated relationship with the color Pink. As a child, I resented it. I hated it. I thought that wearing it or owning anything that looked like it made me seem ‘girly’, which translated at the time to being ‘weak, sensitive, vain and selfish’. The misogyny that was embedded via society’s gender roles and ideas about gender at the time in the color Pink caused me 22 years of bitter disdain towards the color.
Last year, probably around March, I began to rethink my whole outlook on gender-based colors. Why was pink associated with girls? And why was being girly such a bad thing in the first place? Why are we seen as weak? Why is wearing makeup or liking flowers or skirts such a negative thing? Why is it that every girl I ever knew in high school and college had to proclaim to all her male peers, ‘I’m not like other girls! I like sports and hiking!, etc’
Because our society hates women. Because they know that women are powerful and strong, and women shape the future. Before colonization, Mvskoke culture was strictly matriarchal. Clans and lineage is traced through your mother’s family. When a man would marry a woman, he would leave his family and join hers. Women decided when the town would go to war. Women, in my culture, have always been strong and powerful.
And as soon as I realized that, I began to find pink a comforting color. I try to surround myself with it. Valentines Day is now a beloved holiday for me, because of all the pink.
So, this post will be an ongoing appreciation of all the pink things I own. The photos belong to me.
Well, now that we can be somewhat sure that nuclear winter is probably inevitable, its time to brush up on survival skills. I wish I could be happy and chipper about this but as an LGBT POC, the recent developments not only fill me with dread but also for a moment, fear for my own survival. But I realized I don’t have a lot of time for fear. I just have time to prepare. So, here’s a guide (with links!) on how to survive whatever gets thrown at us. I’ll be adding on to this as I think of things.
Survival Skills You Should Probably Learn//
Bug Out Bag//
A bug out bag is basically a bag you have labeled ‘in case of the end of the world as we know it’ and should be filled with survival supplies. The following is just a pretty basic list.
Tactical style backpack, preferably a khaki or olive green color to blend in with surroundings.
Water purification tablets Survival rations (
water and food) MREs (meals-ready-to-eat)
A lighter, or two…or three
Magnesium flint stone fire starter/lighter for when the matches and lighter runs out
A solar power bank
A solar powered or wind up flash light and radio
Sewing needle, scissors and a few spools of thread
First Aid Kid (rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, medical tape, gauze, etc)
Sharpening stones for said knives
Multi Tool (bottle opener, screwdriver, pocket, knife, etc, etc)
Steel Wire Saw Dried herbs. Specifically Rosemary, Yarrow, Chamomile, Feverfew, Peppermint, Lavender, Echinacea and Cedar.
Mylar thermal survival blanket
Wild Edible Plants guide
Medicinal Plants guide
All purpose tarp
Sun glasses or UV safety glasses
Collapsible shovel/axe/knife tool
Collapsible Eating Utensils (silverware, pots, pans, steel cups, bowls, etc)
Cotton, washable pads
Can opener, metal
I just thought I would make this post to catalogue my personal collection. I’ve been collecting crystals for a while now, but most of these I got within the last year. Current count is 148 crystals in the primary collection, and 13 in the secondary collection. My Primary collection is for smaller specimens that I work with, while the secondary collection is for larger specimens of different shapes that are usually larger in size for display purposes. Crystals are the only thing I really collect and many of them were given to me as gifts, so I really treasure them. At some point in the future I will be adding photographs of each individual crystal, as well as my secondary collection.
Blue Lace Agate: Stability, Communication, Calming, Ocean Magic, Good for Polyamorous Relationships.
Botswana Agate: Emotional Healing, Creativity, Universal Love, Pan Empowerment.
Dendritic Agate (Tree Agate): Balance, Abundance, Calming, Gardening, Growth.
Fire Agate: Vitality, Protection, Courage to Come Out, Trans Empowerment.
Lake Superior Agate: Brings Forth One’s True Talent, Grounding, Courage, Calming, Protection.
Moss Agate: New Beginnings, Growth, Nurturing, Gardening, Self Acceptance.
Turritella Agate: Protection, Record Keeping, Alleviates Fears and Worries, Self Confidence
Yellow Ash Agate: Success, Creativity, Mood Lifting.
Amazonite: Balance, Inspiration, Expression, Lesbian Empowerment.
Amber: Purification, Protection, Healing, Trans Empowerment.
Amblygonite: Creativity, Peace, Relieves Stress, Self Awareness.
Amethyst: Peace, Purification, Protection, Helps with Depression, Bi Empowerment.
Ametrine: Balance, Soothing, Purification, Intuition, Non Binary Empowerment.
Andalusite (Chiastolite): Protection, Harmony, Health, Helps with Bipolar.
Angelite (Anhydrite): Peace, Reduces Stress, Astral Travel, Psychic Abilities.
Apatite: Guidance, Intuition, Clarity, Self Acceptance, Helps with Dysphoria.
Visions, Intuition, Mental Clarity, Self Acceptance. Aquamarine: Ocean Magic, Protection, Communication, Calming, Helps with Dysphoria.
Aragonite, Blue: Hope, Compassion, Psychic Abilities, Optimism, Joy.
Aragonite, Orange: Grounding, Centering, Stability, Helps with Dissociation.
Aventurine, Green: Good Luck, Abundance, Growth, Attracts New Friendships.
Azurite: Communication, Intuition, Guidance, Accepting your Identity.
Baryte (Barite/Rose Rock): Dreams, Purification, Self Awareness, Meditation, Memories.
Bismuth: Positive Change, Self Awareness, LGBT Empowerment, Eases a Transition.
Bloodstone: Detoxifying, Grounding, Healing, Helps with Dissociation.
Bornite (Chalcopyrite/Peacock Ore): Happiness, Protection, Removes Blockages, Overcoming Obstacles.
Blue Calcite: Emotional Release, Communication, Soothing, Helps with Anxiety.
Clear Calcite: Cleanses and Aligns Energy Points, Detoxes Body, New Beginnings, Major Changes.
Fairy Stone Calcite: Little Helper, Helps Connect to Earth, Helps us Trust Again after an Emotional Wound.
Green Calcite: Emotional Balance, Letting Go, Healing, Moving On, Eases Male to Female Transition.
Orange Calcite: Creativity, Joy, Energy, Vitality, Gay Empowerment.
Red Calcite: Uplifts Emotions, Willpower, Energy, Dissolves Blockages, Cleanses stagnant energy.
Carborundum: Balances Energy Points, Calming, Grounding, Protection.
Carnelian: Creativity, Vitality, Grounding, Self Cleansing, Eases Female to Male Transition.
Celestite (Celestine): Protects Aura, Aids Depression, Reduces Stress, Clarity, Psychic Abilities, Purification.
Chalcedony: Emotional Balance, Vitality, Endurance, Charity, Generosity, Nurturing.
Chariote: Transformation, Insight, Self Awareness, Genderfluid Empowerment.
Chrysocolla: Cleanses and Supports the Aura, Soothing, Calming, Helps with Anxiety.
Chrysoprase: Hope, Compassion, Love, Attracts Queerplatonic Relationships.
Cinnabar (Dragon’s Blood): Transformation, Wealth, Aligns and Clears Energy Points, Letting Go.
Citrine: Self Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Abundance, Emotional Balance, Ace Empowerment.
Citrine, Smoky: Removes Blockages, Self Cleansing, Prosperity, Banishes Negative Thoughts.
Copper: Energy Amplifier, Balance, Grounding, Queer Empowerment.
Coral, Dragon Tooth: Intuition, Heals Emotions, Peace, Relieves Stress.
Coral, Red: Fertility, Intuition, Heals Emotions.
Covelitte: Expression through Writing, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Transition, Visions.
Diopside: Healing, Balance, Opens the Mind, Learning New Things, Love.
Dolomite: Emotional Balance, Calming, Self Realization, Dispels Negative Emotions, Stabilize Health.
Dumortierite: Patience, Diagnosing Problems, Strength in a Crisis, Communication, Stand your Ground.
Emerald: Hope, Prosperity, Healing, Attracts Platonic Relationships.
Epidote: Healing, Growth, Energy Enhancer, Self Acceptance, Helps with Dysphoria.
Flint: Grounding, Clarity, Cut Unwanted Emotional Ties, Honor Ancestors.
Fluorite: Protection, Purification, Balance, Healing, Peace, Amplifier, Ace Empowerment.
Fuchsite: Renewal, Healing, Love, Rejuvenation, Attracts Romantic Relationships.
Galena: Harmony, Balance, Grounding, Mental Health, Good for Polyamorous Relationships.
Garnet: Loyalty, Love, Commitment, Fidelity in Monogamous Relationships.
Garnet, Pyrope: Support, Relieves Anxiety, Courage, Endurance, Gentleness, Creativity.
Gaspeite: Assurance, Relieves Distress, Reduces Emotional Ignorance, Good Fortune, Visions, Success.
Goldstone: Strengthens inner self, ambition, helps to stay calm in a crisis.
Goldstone, Blue: Self acceptance, honesty, new beginnings, balance.
Goldstone, Green: Deflects unwanted energies, protection, abundance.
Grossularite: Health, Grounding, Calming, Withdraw Negative Energy and Redistribute it as Positive Energy.
Healer’s Gold (Magnetite+Hematite): Energy, Balance, Grounding, Healing.
Hematite: Grounding, Balance, Detoxification, Genderfluid Empowerment.
Hemimorphite (Calamine): Communication, Creativity, Peace, Psychic Abilities, Non Binary Empowerment.
Howlite: Calming, Self Awareness, Harmony, Protection when Coming Out, Dispels Nightmares.
Iolite: Intuition, Self Awareness, Connections, Helps with Dissociation, Attracts Platonic Relationships.
Iron Pyrite: Power, Protection, Good Luck, Blocks Out Negativity, Energizes Surrounding Area.
Jade: Stability, Longevity, Good Luck, Love.
Brecciated Jasper: Grounding, Emotional Stability, Mental Clarity.
Elephantskin Jasper: Protection, Endurance, Connecting with Animals.
Leopardskin Jasper: Protection, Harmony, Connecting with Wild Animals and Pets.
Mookaite Jasper: Intuition, Healing, Self Awareness, Balance, Pursue New Adventures.
Ocean Jasper: Renewal, Wisdom, Healing, Peace, Relieves Stress.
Picasso Jasper: Helps us Enjoy Life, Make New Friends, Grounding, Calming, Self Discipline.
Rainforest Jasper (Rhyolite): Stability, Peace, Clarity, Imagination, Creativity, Connects us to Nature.
Red Jasper: Grounding, Justice, Insight, Calms Emotions, Dream Recollection, Cleans and Stabilizes Aura.
Shiva Lingham Jasper: Helps us Connect to Our Past, Honoring Ancestors, Astral Travel.
Skagway Jasper: Peace, Calming, Wisdom, Healing, Cold, Ice, Cooling, Soothing.
Yellow Jasper: Protection, Channeling Positive Energy, Overall Health.
Jet: Purification, Support, Removes Negativity.
Kunzite, Pink: Unconditional Love, Cleansing, Self Love, Pan Empowerment.
Kunzite, Green (Hiddenite): Hope, Mends Relationships, Soothes the Heart, Gets Rid of Negative Energy.
Kyanite, Black: Meditation, Manifestation, Aligns and Repairs Aura, Ace Empowerment.
Kyanite, Blue: Communication, Dreams, Awareness, Accepting your Identity and True Self.
Kyanite, Green: Dreams, Communication, Personal Growth, Eases Transition.
Labradorite (Spectrolite): Intuition, Strength, Positive Transformation, Psychic Abilities, Dreams, Bi Empowerment.
Lapis Lazuli: Communication, Storm Calling, Ocean Magic, Intuition, Inner Power, Lesbian Empowerment.
Larimar (Dolphin Stone): Peace, Nurturing, Communication, Ocean Magic, Helps with Anxiety, Ace Empowerment.
Lepidolite: Balance, Peace, Awareness, Transition, Transformation, Trans Empowerment.
Linarite: Calming, Meditation, Communication of Deep Emotions, Astral Travel.
Llanite: Opens, Cleanses, Aligns and Stabilizes all Energy Points, Soothing, Awareness.
Lodestone (Magnetite): Power, Healing, Love, Balance, Attraction, Intuition.
Magnesite: Peace, Meditation, Visualization, Mental Health.
Malachite: Amplifies, Protection, Healing, Repairing Emotional Wounds, Attracts Platonic Relationship.
Merlinite: Intuition, Power, Magic, Personal Energy, Eases Communication with the Dead, Storm Magic.
Mica (Muscovite): Visions, Clarity, Eliminates Negative Personality Traits, Releases Blockages, Aligns Energy Points.
Moldavite: Visions, Power, Love, Clears Blockages, Makes Dreams More Vivid and Meaningful, Space Magic.
Moonstone, Peach: Intuition, Inspiration, Guidance, Dispels Nightmares.
Moonstone, Rainbow: Feminine Energy, Balance, Psychic Abilities, Self Acceptance.
Morganite: Unconditional Love, Joy, Connection, Psychic Abilities, Calming, Attracting Relationships.
Nebula Stone: Removes Fears, Letting Go, Vitality, Grounding, Meditation, Astral Travel, Memories.
Onyx: Grounding, Energy Manipulation, Protection from Energy Drainage.
Opal, Boulder: Clarity, Purity of Thought, Calming, Centering, Meditation, Reveals Inner Truth.
Opal, Fire: Healing, Protection, Abundance, Spontaneity, New Ideas, Enthusiasm, Relieves Energy Deficiencies.
Opalite: Communication, Removes Energy Blockages, Eases Transitions, Persistence, Strength.
Obsidian, Apache Tear: Grounding, Protection, Clears Negative Emotions, Heals Grief, NDN Empowerment.
Obsidian, Mahogany: Eliminates Blockages, Overcoming Obstacles, Protection, Grounding.
Obsidian, Snowflake: Balance, Centering, Support, LGBT Empowerment.
Pearl, Freshwater: Calming, Centering, Love, Feminine Energy.
Peridot: Healing, Protection, Comforting, Lesbian Empowerment.
Petalite: Love, Communication, Balance, Ace Empowerment.
Pietersite (Tempest Stone): Storm Magic, Intuition, Removes Emotional Blockages, Growth.
Prehnite: Dreams, Knowledge, Forgiveness, Moving On, Letting Go.
Angel Aura Quartz: Protects, Balances and Energizes Aura, Meditation.
Clear Quartz: Healing, Amplification, Enhancing, Aura Caretaker.
Rose Quartz: Self Love, Universal Love, Peace, Soothing, Compassion, Pan Empowerment.
Smokey Quartz: Centering, Grounding, Removes Negativity, Protection.
Rhodochrosite: Deep Love, Compassion, Comfort, Ace Empowerment.
Rhodonite: Self Love, Vitality, Support, Abundance.
Ruby: Abundance, Love, Passion, Attracts Sexual Relationships, Lesbian Empowerment.
Sapphire: Peace, Serenity, Intuition, Attracts Queerplatonic Relationships, Ace Empowerment.
Sardonyx: Protection, Happiness, Optimism, Confidence, Self Control, Motivation, Will Power.
Scolecite: Communication, Inner Peace, Spiritual Transformation, Calming, Relaxing.
Selenite: Peace, Dispels Nightmares, Removes Energy Blockages, Connection.
Septarian (Dragon Stone/Dragon Egg): Confidence, Dragon Magic, Patience, Strength, Gay Empowerment.
Seraphinite: Astral Travel, Self Awareness, Peace, Joy, Meditation.
Serpentine: Emotional Cleansing, Psychic Abilities, Love, Wealth, Protection Against Venom.
Shattuckite: Renewal, Reconciliation, Calms Mind, Harmony, Communication, Channeling Information.
Sodalite: Intuition, Focus, Guidance, Self Awareness.
Spinel: Attracts Wealth and Prosperity, Vitality, Raising Energy, Energizes, Improves Memory.
Staurolite (Fairy Cross): Grounding, Soothing, Relieves Stress, Fae Magic, Encourage you to help Heal the Environment.
Stilbite: Acceptance, Letting Go, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Guidance, Manifestation.
Sugilite: Releases Negative Emotions, Understanding, Forgiving Yourself, Attracts Same Gender/Sex Relationships.
Sunstone: Joy, Vitality, LGBTQA Empowerment.
Tektite: Wisdom, Knowledge, Overcome Challenges, Astral Travel, Lucid Dreaming, Strengthens Aura.
Tiger Eye, Blue (Hawk’s Eye): Communication, Willpower, Ideas, Insight.
Tiger Eye, Golden: Good Luck, Vitality, Creativity, Balance, Motivation.
Tiger Eye, Red (Dragon’s Eye): Grounding, Integrity, Vitality, Survival.
Tiger Iron (Mugglestone/Hematite+Jasper+Tiger Eye): Clarity, Protection, Wishing, Good Luck.
Topaz, Clear: Calming, Balances Emotions, Love, Peace, Hope.
Tourmaline, Black: Protection, Encourages Positive Attitudes, Good Luck, Happiness.
Tourmaline, Brown (Dravite): Tolerance, Understanding, Protection, Calm, Hope, Relieves Anxiety and Stress.
Turquoise; Wisdom, Power, Protection, Psychic Sensitivity, NDN Empowerment.
Ulexite (TV Stone): Inner Vision, Intuition, Balance, Clarity
Unakite: Lifts Spirits, Confidence, Power, Enhances Magic, Draws Off Negative Energy.
Verdite (Bud Stone): Vitality, Love, Growth, Gardening, Energy.
Vesuvianite (Idocrase): Release Negative Attachments, Helps us find Purpose, Releases Fears, Courage, Power, Truth.
Voegesite: Harmony, Dreams, Creativity, Guidance, Wisdom, Happiness, Innocence.
Wavellite: Decision Making, Balances Energy Flow, Overall Health.
Zircon: Balance, Grounding, Healing, Self Love, Compassion.
13 Display Crystals
Amethyst Seeing Stone
Tiger Eye Block
Gypsum Selenite Rose
Himalayan Salt Crystal Candle Holder