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Welcome to the Mystic 8 blog

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Welcome to the Mystic 8 blog! I am your host, Christopher Hajec, owner of Mystic 8 and temporary custodian of a large herd of African crystals waiting to be adopted into their forever homes! In the coming entries to this blog, I am going to be talking a lot about not only crystals and the crystal realm, but all manner of holistic topics for the modern urban mystic.

Mystic 8 is based in Cape Town, the "Mother City" of South Africa. Living in this magnificent city and elsewhere on the continent has fostered in me a deep appreciation for Africa and the many things it has to offer the wider world. In sharing my love of crystals with others through Mystic 8, I knew I also had to share this love of Africa. I mean, there is only absolute magic possible when you combine some of the most gem and mineral rich areas of the world with also being set in the oldest geologic formations on Earth! In sourcing the crystals which would be on offer to our community of fellow crystal lovers, I knew we had to do two things: 1.) Support local miners who support their families through their labours, in what is the poorest per capita income continent in the world and 2.) ensure that the crystals we get are ethically mined. (i.e the environment is not ravaged and the way the crystals come out of the earth is done in such a way that they are respected and not needlessly destroyed or damaged.) Luckily we have found several direct to the mine suppliers who fastidiously encourage local miners through education and insistence on best practices.

ALL of all of our crystals and minerals come from Africa. Predominantly, you will see exceptional items from Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland. We are so proud of how and where we source our crystals that we have included a feature for you to browse by country of origin and we always let you know what country the crystal is from no matter where you are on our site. We believe you will find the crystals are stunning both in physical beauty and vibrational resonance! There are amazing variations and some of the best examples in the world of Quartz, Ameythyst, Dragon's Stone, Fluorite, Kyanite, Tiger's Eye, Agate, Malachite, and Chrysoprase to name but a few.

Our "herd" are generally comprised of rough natural clusters or semi polished stones, though you will find fully polished or carved items peppered throughout our collection.

We do not see our crystals as "stock" or just a product. That's not why Mystic 8 is in business or what we are about. You see, crystals are individuals to us, and we consider ourselves just one caretaker passing on this majestic spiritual ally you.

OK, so that is us! We look forward to sharing the wonderful world of unique personalities that are our crystals with you! We will also post stories about some of our individual crystals or suppliers or even the locations and miners from where our crystals originate.

Oh, and as we say at Mystic 8, when choosing that special crystal to become your teacher, companion or ally - "Let your intuition guide you!"

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