An Upstate New Yorker's Guide To Crystal Shopping

If you're an Upstate New Yorker like me, you may have had some trouble finding the perfect spot to get your healing crystals. When I lived in the Catskills, I used to drive over an hour to shop for stones, so I understand the struggle - and yes it is real. I hope this guide can help you find the crystal shop of your dreams. 

Tushita Heaven - Saratoga Springs

My favorite!!! I used to love going to this store and would reserve an entire day to browse. The crystals this store has have a unique, beautiful, light energy. I feel as though of all my crystals, the ones from Tushita Heaven have the strongest power. The only trouble I had with this store is the prices were a little high for what I was used to seeing. However, for the quality and the energy - it was well worth the price. From tumbled stones, to palm stones, to collector's pieces - they've got it all. I was also impressed by this store's book and oracle card selection. While you're shopping at Tushita Heaven, be sure to get a reading. They get some of the best psychics and tarot readers. Tushita Heaven is also my favorite place to buy gifts; they carry several home decor items that I have gifted to others that are still absolutely treasured by them. 

Photo From  Tushita Heaven

Photo From Tushita Heaven

 

The best place to park is in the free parking garage located just around the corner! Tushita Heaven is full of great finds. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled so you don't miss out on anything! My favorite crystal I have brought from this store is a Fenster Quartz that has the perfect enhydro. You can literally see the water droplet move. 

The Magic Moon - Saratoga Springs

This shop is located at 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, New York 12866  Photo from  Yelp

This shop is located at 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

Photo from Yelp

While you are shopping in Saratoga Springs, be sure to walk around the corner to visit The Magic Moon. One thing I love about this store is their friendly staff. It is so difficult to walk into a crystal shop and be left alone while you want to browse, as some people want to be the guru and even sometimes a security officer. However, when you have a question, the customer service is impeccable and the ladies here know their stuff!

This used to be a small crowded store, but they have expanded since I last visited. While you're there, check out the dressing room! The artwork on the walls was unforgettable, feminine, and expressive. This store is amazing for purchasing candles, clothes, and of course CRYSTALS! This shop opened in the 1970's, contributing to Saratoga Springs' amazing history. 

They have some beautiful pieces behind the counter, but many items around the store that you are free to touch. Photo from  Yelp

They have some beautiful pieces behind the counter, but many items around the store that you are free to touch. Photo from Yelp

This store fills every nook and cranny with their wide variety. They have everything for the hippie, the witch, and the spiritualist. I've bought many crystals, gifts, bumper stickers, candles, and oils from here. They also have some really cute clothes - perfect for festival season! 

Tannãre - Walton

Some of Tammy's beautiful furniture! Photo from  Facebook

Some of Tammy's beautiful furniture! Photo from Facebook

I am blessed to be friends with the owner of this eclectic boutique, Tammy - a loving goddess who is tough as a nail and still has the biggest heart. Her shop is full of artisan crafts from the gorgeous furniture she upcycles and custom signs she creates, to goods crafted by local artists. There are many talented people in our small county who don't get the recognition they deserve, and Tannãre offers them a chance to display their wonderful items. From everything to unique woodcarvings, to jewelry, to custom cards (I also have a few products in her store!). Tannãre is also a great place to fulfill your natural needs. The owner creates her own line of Full Moon Elixirs: natural goods including body scrubs, laundry detergents, and my favorite - the waxing and waning body whip. 

Tannãre frequently gives back to the community by composing beautiful gift baskets to be auctioned or raffled. She recently has begun offering "Creating Chaos" classes to give the community a chance to express themselves creatively by offering art projects that you can take home (and want to take home - step aside, paint & sip!!!

Obviously this store wouldn't be mentioned if it weren't for the crystals she offers! From amazing deals on her Himalayan Salt Lamps, to beautiful tumbled stones, to spells in a jar. She sometimes carries home decor for the bohemian soul; such as beautiful dreamcatchers or tapestries. 

Props to Tannãre for bringing a bit of light into our rural community! This shop is a true hidden gem (no pun intended!) 

Located at 150 Delaware St., Walton, NY 13856.

Shop Tannãre's amazing line of Full Moon Elixir products - sugar scrubs, himalayan salt scrubs, body whip, laundry soap, and so much more! Photo from  Facebook.

Shop Tannãre's amazing line of Full Moon Elixir products - sugar scrubs, himalayan salt scrubs, body whip, laundry soap, and so much more! Photo from Facebook.

A crystal shop in the catskills!? Photo from  facebook.

A crystal shop in the catskills!? Photo from facebook.

The hidden gem of Delaware County, New York! Photo from  facebook.

The hidden gem of Delaware County, New York! Photo from facebook.

Crystal Connection - Wurtsboro

"The Church of a Thousand Crystals"    Photo here. 

"The Church of a Thousand Crystals" 

Photo here. 

This shop has gotten some awesome attention lately from Insider's video that went viral. If you missed it, you can watch it below. If you plan on checking out this shop, be sure to make a day of it because there is just so much to see. I love Crystal Connection for providing knowledge and information to the public. They offer a ton of workshops and classes. Crystal Connection is also more than a store, it a place of healing and self knowledge. While you're here try a reiki session, a reading, or even aura photography to see what your aura looks like. This shop also offers psychic fairs! 

This beautiful shop has amazing prices on crystals and an immense selection. With all the hype of this store, they truly keep their prices affordable for all to enjoy the beauty and energy of the stones. This store is for the spiritual one, the one seeking enlightenment, the one possessing magic. However, if you are just learning stones - this is a great place to start. 

The location of Crystal Connection is 116 Sullivan St, Wurtsboro NY 12790. 

Must....touch....everything! Can you feel the energy from the picture?   Photo  here.

Must....touch....everything! Can you feel the energy from the picture? 

Photo here.

Nutz - Wappingers Falls

 

If you're more of a hippie than a goddess, I say go to Nutz! When I first pulled into the parking lot of this store, I did not believe that crystals were going to be inside! However, they have a huge selection of crystals, singing bowls, smudge sticks, deity figures, and oils - even among all the bongs and pipes (for tobacco, of course). They have a wide selection of incense and candles, tapestries, and everything else you could ever want out of a store. However, if you're like me and you want to touch the crystals before you buy, this may not be the shop for you. Most of their items are locked away. Feeling the energy of the stones is a huge part of the crystal shopping experience, so if you want to tap into that vibe, I would recommend a store that lets you do that instead. 

Photo from yelp. 

Photo from yelp. 

Dreaming Goddess - Poughkeepsie

The Dreaming Goddess is a shop like no others. From one twenty-something-year-old-free-spirit-love-and-light-believer-modern-flower-child to the next, this is the shop to go to!!! They have beautiful clothes (the kind we actually WANT to wear), they carry beautiful crystals, and they offer classes - another store that's not afraid to share their knowledge and light. This store combines the sacred culture behind esoteric practices with a modern twist. They tend to our current culture, but do not allow us to forget the beauty in ancient practices.

Give me ALL the Amethyst! Photo  here. 

Give me ALL the Amethyst! Photo here. 

"We’re creating ceremony relevant to our time and to our culture, allowing these auspicious days to have deep meaning in our lives and in our connection to the Earth. "
- The Dreaming Goddess
Photo here. 

Photo here. 

Sacred sprays, herbs, roots, resins, candles, oils, tumbled stones, raw crystals, exquisite specimens, jewelry, and pottery are just some of the wonderful products offered by this shop. This shop also recycles your old books! Great way to save the trees and spread the love! Another way this shop gives back is by helping build bridges for their customers and an array of charities. Pay it forward, get karma on your side, help one in need, and donate as you shop. 

A metaphysical boutique! A true beauty of a shop. Photo from  yelp . 

A metaphysical boutique! A true beauty of a shop. Photo from yelp

Once again, boho babe, you've found the store for you. You've found the place to build connection with yourself, with like-minded souls, with the beauty of the earth, and with spirit. This is not just a crystal shop, this is a boutique for the modern goddess. 

Located 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Don't forget to head around the corner to the sanctuary. Info & photo  here. 

Don't forget to head around the corner to the sanctuary. Info & photo here. 

Where to find the best new age, metaphysical, crystal shops in upstate new york; northern new york, western new york, southern new york, central new york, the hudson valley, and the capital region. 

Crystal Shops In Upstate New York

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Thank you for reading! Please keep in touch - let me know how your crystal shopping goes and which of these was your favorite. 

Healing Crystals Every Gemini Needs To Have

Healing Crystals for the Gemini Zodiac Sign

Like a cool summers breeze, you Gemini are carefree and down to go where life takes you. Broad thinking and bright ideas are just a few of the many facets to your mind, all of which you love to share, and your presence brings electricity to any social gathering.

Healing Crystals For Gemini

(May 21 - June 20) 

Click here for other healing stones and the zodiac!

 

Your unpredictability is exciting although it can sometimes manifest into a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde vibe. Opalite is an excellent healing crystal to help with this, balancing between mood swings and bringing a deeper understanding to your true self.

Blue Lace Agate is another great stone for the airy sun sign Gemini, helping to bring a soft grounding energy. You tend to be big picture thinkers and Blue Lace Agate helps to bring your attention to the details as well as dissipate the nervous tension Gemini can tend to carry around.

Geminis love to express themselves, particularly through verbal or mental exploration, Chrysocolla is a powerful encourager of self-expression and helps teach the art of when to speak and when to keep quiet. Serpentine helps to bring a gentle grounding energy while opening the channels for communication in the spiritual realm.

Geminis often talk themselves through their emotions keeping everything on a surface level, Howlite is a great encourager of emotional expression all while bringing to Gemini a soothing calm vibe. Gemini ruling planet is Mercury, the planet of communication, which is why the healing crystal Blue Kyanite is another perfect fit. This stone is a powerful tool in opening the mental capacities of the mind and assisting in communication across all levels. Keep these crystals with you on your travels Gemini and you will soar!

I love the way Geminis work well with  Blue Kyanite. Check these beauties out!

I love the way Geminis work well with Blue Kyanite. Check these beauties out!

Ground yourself, express yourself, and reach a spiritual realm with this  Serpentine,  Gemini!

Ground yourself, express yourself, and reach a spiritual realm with this Serpentine, Gemini!

Chrysocolla  is the perfect healing stone for Gemini. It can help you communicate. 

Chrysocolla is the perfect healing stone for Gemini. It can help you communicate. 

Howlite  can assist Geminis in expressing their emotional side!

Howlite can assist Geminis in expressing their emotional side!

Blue Lace Agate  is an amazing healing stone for Gemini energy. 

Blue Lace Agate is an amazing healing stone for Gemini energy. 

Check out these amazing  Opalites , gemini! You can sleep with them, meditate with them, or carry them in your pocket. 

Check out these amazing Opalites, gemini! You can sleep with them, meditate with them, or carry them in your pocket. 

Contributed by Victoria Wolfram: Healing Crystals For Your Sun Sign

 

Healing Crystals Every Taurus Needs to Have

Healing Crystals Every Taurus Needs To Have

Oh dearest Taurus, your natural sensuality and love for the earth is grown inside of you, and like the sturdy roots of a tree you are supportive and unwavering. Healing crystals are an excellent tool for you to use to connect to your earth element.

Healing Crystals For Taurus Sun Sign

(April 21 - May 21)

Click here to view the healing stones for your sun sign!

 

Like your ruling planet of Venus, you Taurus long for love and harmony which is why emerald is perfect for you. Emerald invites in loyalty and success while vibrating with a loving and harmonious energy. It helps to connect you with your inner knowing and heart chakra.

Malachite is another great stone for sun sign Taurus, it encourages risk taking and change, while releasing your inhibitions and simultaneously pushing you forward into new growth. Click here to read some amazing facts on malachite!

Taurus you tend to hold on to things emotionally, and forgiveness isn’t one of your strong suits; Rhodonite can assist in this, helping you to release and dissolve those feelings of resentment or anxiety and nurture your inner child as well as increasing your self-esteem and confidence.

Lapis Lazuli helps Taurus open up to your intuition and awareness beyond the material world in which you so often like to dwell. It unifies the mind and voice and helps you focus on what is important in life.

Mookaite Jasper encourages the stubborn bull to break out of the box and brings a desire for new experiences.

Blue Lace Agate helps to promote clear communication and compassionate listening for bull headed Taurus, while also dissolving fear. So enjoy your earthly gifts Taurus and use these healing crystals to help you bloom!

Emerald  is not just the birthstone of May, but an amazing healing stone for Taurus to use. 

Emerald is not just the birthstone of May, but an amazing healing stone for Taurus to use. 

Every taurus needs a  lapis lazuli ! Nurture that energy with the power of  this royal blue stone. 

Every taurus needs a lapis lazuli! Nurture that energy with the power of this royal blue stone. 

Blue Lace Agate  pairs with Taurus Energy so nice! Fall in love with the deep blues of this  healing stone. 

Blue Lace Agate pairs with Taurus Energy so nice! Fall in love with the deep blues of this healing stone. 

Taurus energy goes so well with this amazing healing stone! Shop for your  Rhodonite here. 

Taurus energy goes so well with this amazing healing stone! Shop for your Rhodonite here. 

Malachite  is the perfect healing crystal for Taurus Zodiac energy! Click here to find out why and shop for your  malachite  piece.

Malachite is the perfect healing crystal for Taurus Zodiac energy! Click here to find out why and shop for your malachite piece.

Contributed by Victoria Wolfram: Healing Crystals For Your Sun Sign

Healing Crystals Every Cancer Needs To Have

healing stones for cancer sun sign

Healing Crystals For Cancer Sun Sign

June 22 -July 22

Click here to view the healing stones for your sun sign!

Just like the comforting glow of your Lunar ruler, you Cancer are filled with soothing vibes. Add your watery element to the mix and see why your emotions ebb and flow like the tides. Cancers are the nurturers of the zodiac, they energetically ooze comfort and caring.

 

Moonstone is an excellent healing crystal for the lunar ruled crab, it helps to bring deeper insights into intuitive thoughts and assists in understanding the powerful shift of emotions sun sign Cancer often experiences. This healing stone also helps to restore a harmonious balance within you and promotes self-awareness.

Cancers are full of love to give, often wearing their heart on their sleeve which is why rose quartz is ideal. The nurturing energy of Rose Quartz encourages you to have self-love and helps to release pain from past heartache as well as dissipate negative energies. Rhodonite is another helpful healing crystal for you Cancer because it encourages forgiveness and helps to heal emotional scars.

The vibrant energy of Ruby helps you to realize your ambitions and passions in life and instills in you the self-esteem to pursue them.

Cancers are known to be sensitive, sometimes overly so, Chrysocolla helps to desensitize the crab and gift confidence all while drawing away negativity. It’s okay to let things go dearest Cancer, your natural tendency is to look back at life constantly reflecting on your past.

Blue Chalcedony encourages reconciliation and building of inner peace as well as encouraging Cancer to let things go and forgive. Harness these energies Cancer to help balance the tides within you!

Moonstone necklace

Moon-stone & Cancer energy.

Moonstone has got to be my personal favorite healing stone for the sun sign Cancer. It totally aligns you with the water element of your sign, and the moon - your ruling planet. It will help give you the ultimate balance, especially for your emotional body. Click below to browse some amazing moonstone jewelry. 

Contributed By Victoria Wolfram: Healing Crystals For Your Sun Sign

How This Deadly Stone Can Actually Improve Your Life: A Guide to Malachite

Throughout history, this crystal was one of the causes of death to millions of people, but when handled correctly, it is one of the best healing stones for recovering from abuse trauma, it can help you during the birthing process, and can help improve your love life. Most people know this crystal because of its distinguishable bands and swirls of all shades of green. It is like a kaleidoscope of greens! It is also botryoidal so it resembles a grape-y texture, bubbling up in certain areas. You guessed it..... MALACHITE!

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Detoxify!

I find this so ironic because Malachite is a toxic stone itself, however it can help you detoxify your life! It can help you cut out dead-end friendships, dead-end relationships, toxic acquaintances, or bad habits and patterns. It can also help you physically and spiritually by detoxifying any EMF's or radiation you've been exposed to. 

Learning Lessons

Malachite is an excellent teacher in lessons. This makes it a great stone to carry when you are trying to heal a relationship, trying to shift your mindset, or just in general. It can help you pick up on the patterns and habits that are holding you back or are detrimental. It is a great stone for helping you to push forward, but not without true growth. 

When you wear this stone, you may suddenly see a difference in the way you think. You may suddenly start to think before you act or speak, so it is a great stone for learning cause and effect. In relationships, this stone is absolutely key because it can help you see what situations, words, or actions lead to an altercation. Many couples grow stronger with the help of this stone. Conversely, it can help give you the courage you need to push yourself out of a dead-end relationship and into a brighter future. 

Abuse Recovery

Because Malachite is such an amazing stone for learning lessons and pushing forward, it can help people understand why the abuse occurred to help them from blaming themselves. It can also help you gather the strength to grow out of fear. Many people who suffer from PTSD or have survived abuse live their lives in a state of vigilance, fear, and avoidance. This stone can help you be strong enough to live your life with a new style of confidence. 

For survivors of sexual trauma, it can get rid of a lot of the physical trauma that tends to linger. It is a great stone for the male and female sexual organs, so it can help reconnect you to your sense of sexuality so you can find pleasure in sex again. 

Malachite for trauma recovery abuse ptsd and zen some

"Midwife Stone"

Malachite is an important stone in a female's life. It can help heal the sexual organs, regulate hormones and menstrual cycles. It has been known as "The Midwife Stone" since ancient times because it can help ease the pain for women during labor and help them give birth pain free. Wearing this stone during labor or having it near you can help your body energetically fight the pain. 

!! CAUTION !! This Stone Is Toxic

Be careful when handling this stone, as it has a history of causing death! When tumbled or polished it is TOTALLY safe to touch. But be careful touching a raw piece by always washing your hands afterwards. 

In the Ancient Egyptian and Greek times and the 16th, 17th, and 18th century, it was very popular to use Malachite pigment in makeup. However, applying this green copper ore to one's face was later found to cause a series of serious symptoms, and later found to kill. 

This Emerald Green pigment was also used in paint for walls and art. Many people died because of the fumes of this paint emanating through their homes. It is said that the wallpaper in Napoleon Bonaparte's home (made of Malachite pigments) could be one of the causes of his death. (Source). 

DON'TS FOR MALACHITE:

  • DON'T use this stone for your yoni (as a dildo or yoni egg)
  • DON'T use this stone in gem water or ingest it at all 
  • DON'T inhale the dust particles of this stone (carving, drilling, etc) 

DO'S FOR MALACHITE

  • DO meditate with this stone!
  • DO wear this stone!
  • DO sleep with this stone!
  • DO add it to your decorative collection!
  • DO take correct sanitation procedures after handling it. 

 

AWESOME Malachite Products: 

Safe Malachite Jewelry

Handmade Wire Wrapped Malachite Stone Here by And Zen Some

Handmade Wire Wrapped Malachite Stone Here by And Zen Some

Remember the safety precautions of this stone, and enjoy the healing properties of Malachite! If you have any questions, please comment below. Don't forget to share this post to warn others of the dangers of Malachite, and enlighten others of its amazing benefits.