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Our 30th Anniversary Year

A common response from a customer hearing we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary at The Fossil Cartel: “30 years?! What were you, 12 when you started?” Of course it makes me feel good that at 58, I don’t look quite as old as the fossils in my store…yet. 🙂 When I first started at 28, people would incredulously ask, “You’re the OWNER?!” I suppose 28 is a little on the young side for being a business owner, but I always wondered if it also had to do with the fact that I was a woman. Fast forward 30 years, if my husband happens to be in the store helping me out, people — especially men — often approach him assuming he’s the owner, even though I am standing right there. It doesn’t really bother my ego, but it does show me that misogyny is still a thing, and that’s a problem. I see it as a symptom of the greater malady of dishonoring the feminine principle, from raping women to violating Mother Earth, causing her to become uninhabitable.

In order to reverse course, bring balance and heal this world, women need to take responsibility and take action. The powers that be in our patriarchal society will not do it for us. One of the best ways to empower women and amplify the feminine is to bring women together for that purpose. Besides running The Fossil Cartel, for the past 5 years I’ve been gathering women by hosting Red Tent women’s circles and other events through my Moondays project.

Another way we can honor the divine feminine is to appreciate all of her beauty and mystery. I have always appreciated crystals and fossils as some of the most amazing treasures, gifts from the Great Mother. I hope others honor them the same way. I still delight in seeing faces light up in the store as people marvel about what they are seeing, holding and hearing about. Being able to actually see, touch and hear about something you’re considering purchasing has got to be better in so many ways than shopping online. Plus you’re supporting a local small business!

It’s been a really great 30th anniversary year for us. With all of our celebrations, contests, special promotions, having Nicolas Cage shop in the store, and being on TV, we’ve had a lot of fun and got to connect more with all of you. I am so grateful to all our customers for appreciating the mineral and fossil kingdom as much as we do. Thank you for continuing to keep us in business all these years! May we all tread softly and treat Mother Earth kindly, so she may continue to provide a wondrous, bountiful, beautiful home for us all.

Here are the links for the two segments we were in on the show More Good Day Oregon:

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The Fossil Cartel Live from the Denver Fossil Gem & Mineral Show 2018

Standing in the bowels of the National Western Complex, with our palette safely wrapped for shipping, Susan recaps our shopping trip at the 2018 Denver Fossil Gem & Mineral Show. Before a short tour of just part of this venue (home of the National Western Stock Show), Susan lists all the new goodies we are bringing back to The Fossil Cartel.

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Healing Stones for Fall Equinox 2018

In this episode of our Metaphysical Monday series, Susan displays and discusses healing stones for autumn equinox. Some people have issues with the shorter days, balance and change in seasons around this time of year. Healing stones that can help include carnelian, Oregon Sunstone, red jasper, citrine, dendrites and pop rocks (aka “Boji stones”).


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What is Orgonite?

In this episode of our Metaphysical Monday series, Susan discusses the substance known as “Orgonite” — a man-made combination of resin, metal and minerals thought to balance and harmonize our bio-energy, also known as orgone, prana or chi. People kept asking for it so we started carrying it, but had to do our research first. Easily confused with “oregonite,” a rare nickel iron arsenide mineral first described from Josephine Creek, Oregon, Orgonite is resin-based and created for metaphysical use. This video is a great introduction to Orgonite and its uses. Susan shows examples of Orgone sold at The Fossil Cartel, and describes some of its history, uses and attributes.

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Healing Properties of Peridot: August Birthstone

This installment of The Fossil Cartel’s Metaphysical Monday series on Facebook Live discusses the metaphysical healing properties of August’s birthstone, peridot. Susan talks about the various healing properties unique to peridot, and how you can wear it or use it. We have lots of peridot in the store, from small tumbled stones and large rough specimens on basalt, to jewelry of all kinds.

Peridot is the gem-quality variety of the silicate mineral olivine. Iron inclusions create its light green color. Volcanoes sometimes hurl peridot-rich “bombs,” chunks of hardened basalt containing peridot crystals. Egyptians mined peridot as a gemstone as early as 1580 BCE. Most peridot seen in jewelry today comes from Globe, Arizona. Metaphysically, peridot is used for protection, to bring prosperity, balance moods and open the heart chakra. Fine specimens of peridot are found in Arizona, Brazil, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.


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How to Tell Similar Rocks and Minerals Apart

Starting at 1:50 in this video, Susan addresses a common conundrum: how to tell similar-looking rocks apart. Often minerals resemble other minerals in color and/or pattern, and it can be difficult to tell which is which. This can be important especially because sometimes cheaper minerals are passed off as rarer more expensive minerals, and sometimes not even on purpose because it can really be hard to tell. Lapis vs. sodalite? Jade vs. aventurine vs. serpentine? Opal vs. opalite vs. moonstone? Ulexite vs. selenite? Susan shows examples of each and explains how to tell them apart.


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Healing Properties of Fluorite

Part of The Fossil Cartel’s Metaphysical Monday series on Facebook Live, this video addresses the many metaphysical healing properties of fluorite. It is especially useful as a protection stone, especially electromagnetic fields emitted by computers and mobile phones. Susan discusses various additional healing properties of fluorite, and displays the many varieties of fluorite available in the store, both in jewelry and as specimens.

Fluorite has the widest color range of any mineral and often exhibits several colors in the same specimen. Fluorite forms as cubes, octahedrons, massive granular, or compact. Its name is derived from the Latin fluere, meaning “to flow,” due to its use as a flux in iron smelting. The word “fluorescent” comes from fluorite crystals being the first minerals found to fluoresce. Fluorite is also used to make opalescent glass. Fluorite deposits are found in USA, China, Mexico, Canada, Spain, and UK.


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Clean and Charge Your Crystals For Crystal Healing

If you want to use your stones for crystal healing, it’s important to clean them energetically.  Crystals hold energy, so you’ll want to start with a clean slate so to speak when you begin your practice with them. Susan shows a few ways to clean and charge your crystals metaphysically.

  • Smudging with sage
  • Immersing crystals in running water
  • Setting out in the sun and/or the moon
  • Using selenite
  • Visualization
  • Using your own energy

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Healing Stones for Summer Solstice

This installment of The Fossil Cartel’s Metaphysical Monday series examines healing stones for the summer solstice. Starting at 1:30 in this video, Susan and new sales associate Jacob Adams show and tell us about which healing stones we may want to use this time of year and why. Stones include: carnelian, citrine, pyrite, tangerine quartz, sulfur, amber and tiger’s eye. Jacob shares some of his impressive knowledge of and experience with the metaphysical properties of minerals.


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Healing Stones for Protection and Safe Travel

With July 4th coming up, this installment of The Fossil Cartel’s Metaphysical Monday series elaborates on healing stones for protection and safe travel. Stones Susan displays and discusses include yellow jasper, moonstone, garnet, amethyst, tiger’s eye, malachite, black tourmaline, apache tears and aquamarine. These stones are available in various jewelry as well as rough and tumbled. Or you can check out our custom healing pouches: Stones for Safe Travels and Stones for Protection.