Serpentine has been calling out to me for years. I’m always drawn to it in crystal shops, and I love the colors and varieties of it. I often get it confused with Septarian, which I do not have but also want.
This week I’ll be working with Serpentine, learning what the hell a Kundalini is and then fixing mine, because I’m sure it’s busted. I’m also going to listen to “Serpentine Fire” by Earth, Wind & Fire all week, because why not.
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What is Serpentine?
Serpentine is actually a group of rocks of different kinds. There are 20 varieties in all. One variety is used to make asbestos, another is a source of magnesium, and others are used for decorative/hippie purposes.
Obviously, you’ll want to make sure you’re not carrying around a chunk of asbestos in your pocket all day. If you buy it from a crystal store or a legitimate source, you may get a wide variety of colors.
These are the two that I have:
As you can see, they look very different. One is from a local crystal store and the other is from my February subscription box from The Crystal Council.
The History of Serpentine
Since there are so many varieties of Serpentine, the history is hard to track down.
In 1965, California made Serpentine their official state rock. I don’t know which variety, but California is big so I guess all 20 can be their official rock.
The types of Serpentine also come from completely different places. Antigorite comes from the Valle Antigoro on the border of Italy and Switzerland. Others come from all over the place, literally everywhere.
I get that it’s probably easier to just lump a bunch of rocks together, but this method has made research really difficult and also, why do this? We could take every green stone and call them the same thing, but it would be so confusing.
A lot of this is geology, and I never took a class in this so it goes right over my head. I’ve never written about the science formula of crystals because I assume you’re like me and would be bored to tears by that. We’re all here for one reason: How can we use Serpentine to improve our lives?
How We Use Serpentine Today
By “we,” I mean hippie witches, not scientists, because clearly they’re doing more with Serpentine than my tiny brain can understand.
Serpentine has two main uses: To ward off evil, while at the same time drawing in positive energy. According to this article, most crystals either do one or the other (repel the negative or attract the positive). Serpentine can both protect against evil and also draw in luck in love or finances.
Serpentine is also used to awaken the Kundalini. When I first read this, I thought Kundalini were a sort of magical people, like trolls or whatever Harry Potter is.
What is Kundalini?
The word “Kundalini” is a Sanscrit term from ancient India, so I’m honestly not sure if I’m even allowed to use it? It means your life energy or life force, and it’s located at the base of your spine. Ancient Yogis believed that the Kundalini exists to hold your life force until you die, when it uncoils and leaves your body.
I…don’t understand why you would want to activate it then? If it leaves when I die, let’s just let it sleep for a while. At least until my first grey hair.
According to Kundalini Guide, this is what happens:
Kundalini awakening offers a profound opportunity for those called to follow a spiritual path. It gradually releases many patterns, conditions and delusions of the separate self. [Serpentine] can be threatening to the ego-structure because a person may feel a loss of interest in their old life and identity, and consciousness may go into unfamiliar expansive or empty states that are disorienting. It also makes people who are unfamiliar with it afraid they are ill or losing their minds. So understanding is important.– KundaliniGuide.com
I mean…this doesn’t sound pleasant. I had a really shitty week with Labradorite last week, and I honestly don’t know that I’m up for this.
If, however, you do want to use Serpentine to activate your Kundalini, here is a step-by-step method:
- Prepare your room. Clean the energy, light candles, play music, whatever you need to do to make the room feel open and light. You also want to feel safe there, so keep that in mind when choosing a location. You may prefer a dark or dimly lit room instead of an open, airy one. Just make sure the energy is good!
- Lay out your yoga mat, or if you’re going to lie on your bed, make sure your blankets are arranged comfortably.
- Lie down with your Serpentine. Ideally you would have at least two, one on the base of your spine and one on your Crown Chakra, but however many you have is fine! If you only have one, put it at your Root Chakra or the base of your spine.
- Begin to meditate. You can find many Kundalini meditations online, such as this one:
If you don’t like guided meditations, you can use Kundalini music to meditate on your own. Here is a video for that:
Here is a link to more details on using Serpentine for your Kundalini.
For my experiment this week, I’m not going to mess with my Kundalini. I’m just not ready for that right now. Instead, I’m going to focus on the very basic, mild principles of drawing in positivity and repelling negativity.
Here’s how I will work with Serpentine:
- Meditating (I will do some Kundalini meditations, but there are Serpentine meditations on YouTube)
- Yoga (Specifically Kundalini yoga, which I’ve never tried)
- Journaling (here, I’ll post my results next week)
- Listening to “Serpentine Fire” by Earth, Wind & Fire at least thrice daily (jk but I probably will listen to it because it’s been a while)
- Learning more about Kundalini and deciding if I want to mess with mine