Magic of the Crystals
Crystals and gemstones are like people, each one is unique and exudes a specific energy, a crystal or gemstone may be used for healing, magic, spell casting, to inspire, uplift, balance, calm and energize. Stone can enhance learning, alleviate stress, balance the energy fields in your home, activate your energy and promote lucid dreaming. Crystal energy can assist you in any area of your life and for any reason, each crystal or gem has a multitude of uses, and it will choose you, not the other way around. When purchasing a crystal or gemstone there will always be one that stands out from the rest, you will be attracted to the stone and be compelled to take it home with you. The crystal or gemstone that comes to you will be the one you need at that particular moment in your life.
Movement in the Earth’s crust is the catalyst for the formation of a crystal, as super heated liquids and gases, filled with different elements, move rapidly towards the surface. As the liquids and gases cool they crystallize, the temperature, pressure, surrounding rocks and other elements determine which minerals crystallize at a particular pace, crystals and rocks produced in this way are known as igneous. When crystals and rocks are exposed to the elements, they begin to erode and small particles are washed into the sea forming silt deposits. After extreme pressure for millions of years, these deposits become compressed, forming sedimentary crystals and rock.
Many ancient cultures believed that stones contained a life force and used them to conduct rituals and for healing. It is believed that the lost city of Atlantis used crystal power extensively. Stones have also played an integral role in various religions.
Each crystal has a pre-programmed energy for you to work with, and if you state your intention before working with a particular crystal, it will then resonate with energy and amplify the energy. While holding the crystal in both hands, breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth and into the crystal, do this for approximately 3 minutes. By doing this you are connecting your intention with the inherent qualities of the crystal and activating the life energy within the crystal.
Crystals have fascinated us for thousands of years and magic users of every culture have always considered them a vital part of their ritual equipment. Long before we mined or quarried, we were drawn to the stones that shone among the dull rocks or were washed smooth by river water and we marveled at their brilliance. These glimmering crystals have always held a strange fascination over us that calls to the magpie in our soul. They make us want to collect them, hoard them and treasure them ~ sometimes at any cost. To our ancestors, it seemed logical that these glorious treasures with their rich and sparkling colors must be magical. The strange crystalline forms were a source of order and perfection in a world all too often filled with chaos.
Since the earliest times, we have chipped and knapped hand axes, spear tips, arrowheads, tools and figures that represent the powers of magic and the Divine from the rocks around us, and our ancient partnership with the rocks has enabled us to thrive, using them to help provide food, fire, protection and security. Many of Britain’s ancient track ways end at sources of stone and this has led to speculation that they were formed in Prehistoric times by people travelling to areas where they could gather the raw materials for their tools. The ‘Old St Ives Road’ on the Land’s End peninsula in Cornwall begins at Kenidjack Cliff Castle where there was a Neolithic axe factory and this ancient track, estimated to be at least 6,000 years old, can still be walked today ~ sections of it survive as walled lanes, footpaths and the ‘modern’ road (B.C.E. 3306).
Crystals are important for healing and are a powerful complementary force to herbs. Just as herbs provide medicine and energy for the physical body, gems provide the same for our spiritual and astral bodies, the energetic ‘layers’ of our aura that we cannot detect with our normal senses. They aid our spiritual development and help to balance, align, teach and cure us.
Most people consider crystals to be ‘dead,’ seeing them as inanimate and without vital energy. Relatively few people recognize them as a another of the many varied forms of life on Earth. Stones do have life, but they are very different from us. They are slow and unimaginably ancient and this makes them difficult for us to understand with our warm, active animal brains. Crystals are alive, and each one has its own unique energy and spirit. Once we begin to understand this, we can work with them, making use of their energy and individual characteristics to improve our lives and our community.
We have reached a stage in our evolution where we are experiencing separation from the planet which we inhabit. We are the only creature on Earth that considers itself distinct and separate from the whole and this makes us one of the most advanced ~ and most stupid ~ of all animals. Because ‘primitive’ spiritual paths are based on a healthy relationship with Nature, we find that stones, the bones of the Earth, have always played an important part in worship. The Old Religions considered the Earth to be sacred, and celebrated her as a Goddess in her own right, Gaia, the Mother and provider to her many children. Stones can help us strengthen our connection to the Earth and explore our relationship with her, giving us a better understanding of our place in the grand scheme of things. They can help us to rediscover our lost affinity with the Earth and teach (or perhaps remind) us how to draw the energy we need from the body of the Earth Mother. Gemstones are one of our most important allies on this journey of discovery.
Every creature on earth depends on the mineral kingdom for its life. Rocks and mountains wear down over millions of years to become soil and this fertile earth, rich in mineral nutrients, feeds the plants and animals that feed us humans. At the point of physical death, the bodies of plants, animals and humans break down into their mineral components, meaning that no energy is ever lost from the system. Crystals also have other subtle functions that are important to our well being on a spiritual level. They provide us with energy that is just as vital to our soul as calories and vitamins are to our bodies.
It is not necessary for a person to possess special abilities to work with crystals and gems, all you need is the intention and the desire to perform a particular type of magic to enhance your life, the work is done with the energy of the crystal or gem, and you are the conduit. Seen as a connecting force between earth and ether, crystals are used for crystal ball readings, scrying, spell casting and invoking. Like all spells these are most effective if prepared and worked within a special ritual area or magic circle.
There are a multitude of ways to use your stones, such as placing an amethyst under your pillow for a comfortable dreamed filled sleep, you may like to carry a small crystal or gem in your bag or pocket. Place crystals around your plants to aid growth, or put one next to your computer to diffuse the electromagnetic energy. Keep one on your desk when you are working to inspire you, use a gem or crystal to help you organised scattered thoughts and to help you think more clearly. If you are feeling a little run down, wear one as an amulet to repel dense energies and protect your psyche. Place a crystal in each area of your home to create harmony.
When meditating with a crystal, work with the same one each time, it will attune to you and the way you work, by doing this you will be able to reach a deep meditative state very quickly. A crystal is used to amplify thought, will, and intention, and once a connection is made everything is enhanced. Crystal healing is dependent on a quiet mind and meditation is an integral part. To achieve the best results it is important to still and clear your mind before you begin, an empty mind is essential for healing.
Healing with crystals and gems is an ancient practice embraced by many cultures, there are no specific rules to abide by, trust your intuition and work in a way that you are comfortable with. Over time a style is developed that suits the individual, with each healer working in their own way and embracing their particular quirk factor. When you are healing, an appropriate crystal may be placed on a particular area of the body that is afflicted. Crystal and gemstone healing is not meant to replace traditional treatment, nor is it a cure for all that ails, it should be used as a complementary therapy. The more you work with crystals the more attuned you will become to their subtle energies. When healing with a crystal you may want to choose a crystal wand, this will have one rounded end and one pointed end, a crystal wand can be used to recharge your entire body. The crystal can be held and pointed at the area of the body that is in need of healing, you then visualize a stream of white light emanating from the tip and flowing into the body. Crystal healing clears blockages and brings everything into balance.
Keep a crystal and gemstone journal, write down everything you do, the type of crystal or gem and its properties, how you used it and how you felt afterwards. When you used it and what the results were, also take note if you find that one crystal works better than another, document your first impressions or images associated with each crystal. If you keep a Book of Shadows, your crystal and gemstone journal can become part of it.
As with colors, there are many ways to use gemstones and metals in your magickal workings. Place a piece of gemstone having a property related to your working on your altar or in your ritual space. Include gemstone or metal pieces in amulets or carry a piece to help improve your life in an area associated with the item. Find magickal tools crafted from a gem or metal that has properties you wish to tap into in your rituals.
AGATE – Inspires competition and eloquence (perfect if you have something to say). For Mouth – fever – circulation.
AGATE BLUELACE – Composure, calm, balance. Inflammation – fever.
AGATE BOTSWANA – Understanding. Recuperation – infection.
AGATE DENDRITIC – Balance, energy, steadiness. Recuperation.
AGATE MOSS – Assertiveness, renewal. Heart – lungs.
AGATE TREE – Organisation, management. Chest – stomach.
ALEXANDRITE – Investment, growth. Nerves.
ALMANDINE – Inspiration, tolerance, affection. Eyes – heart.
AMAZONITE – Self-expression, insight, stabilises emotions, promotes growth, study, clarity, insight, success. Nerves.
AMBER – Helps career, relieves stress, accomplishments, uplifts. Depression – chest.
AMETHYST – Aids sleep, reduces electrical energies, creates calm and tranquility, inspires happiness, generates positive feelings, relieves stress. Addictions – acne.
AMETRINE – Resolution, teaching. Metabolism – mouth.
ANDALUSITE – Moderation, enlightenment. Memory – vision.
ANGELITE – Bravery, abundance, communication, overcoming challenges, balance. Infection – headache.
ANHYDRITE – Co-ordination, concentration. Lungs.
ANTIMOANY – Intellect, progress. Cold – flu.
APATITE – Calms, helps business, will help you speak up if need be. Bones.
APOPHYLLITE – Tranquillity, honesty. Respiration.
AQUA AURA – Dexterity, the arts. Throat – healing.
AQUAMARINE – Insight, love, growth, calms nerves, brings peace, promotes truth. Stills the mind.
ARAGONITE – To energise. Allergies – nerves.
ASTROPHYLLITE – Confidence, insight, the intellect. Reproductive organs.
AUGELITE – Contemplation, justice. Digestion – muscles.
AVENTURINE – Judgement, relieves tension, prosperity, clears the mind. Eyes – migraine.
AZURITE – Meditation, concentration, spirituality. Liver.
BARITE – Writing, decisions. Muscles.
BERYL – Determination, stability, calms, reduces stress. Very effective when used for love spells. Nerves – physical strength.
BLOODSTONE – Temperance, kindness, courage, wealth, confidence. Bloodstream – circulation.
BLUE JOHN – Renewal, strength. General health.
BLUE CORAL – Balance, protection from negativity. Worry.
BOWENITE – Intelligence. Head – scalp – tension.
BRAZILLIANITE – A social crystal, enhances relationships. Nerves – skin.
CALCITE – Comfort, inspiration, calm, balance. Bladder.
CARNELIAN – Passion, sensuality, sexual energy. Rheumatism – arthritis.
CASSITERITE – Endurance, contentment. Cuts – bruises.
CATS EYE – Inner vision, security. Headaches.
CELESTITE – Calm, relaxation, meditation, eases worries. Nerves – stress – travel sickness.
CERRUSITE – Confidence, nerves, insomnia. calm. Nerves – antivirus.
CHALCEDONY – Stamina, energises, awakens, stimulates the mind and removes negativity. Depression – circulation – low energy.
CHALCOPYRIE – Perception, intuition. Lungs – hair.
CHAROITE – Assertiveness, inspiration. Cramps.
CHIASTOLITE – Stability. Veins – rheumatism.
CHRYSOCOLLA – Self awareness, self-expression. Heart – blood.
CHRYSOPRASE – Passion, beginnings, sensuality, friendship, prosperity, good luck, physical love. Fertility healing.
CHRYSOTILE – Partnerships, generosity. Arteries – veins – lungs.
CINNABAR – Independence, stability. Heart – appetite.
CITRINE – Calm, uplift, dreams, psychic ability, intuition. Circulation – diabetes – anxiety.
COLEMANITE – Loyalty. Lungs – muscles.
CORUNDUM – Awareness, confidence. Eyes – skin.
COVELLITE – Communication. Mouth – ears – nose.
CROCOITE – Action, industry. Sex organs.
CRUPITE – Awareness, teaching. Bladder – circulation – stomach.
DANBURITE – Social grace, dignity, confidence. Muscles.
DESERT ROSE – Perception, intuition. Stress – recuperation.
DIAMOND – Abundance, prosperity, courage, business, strength. Health and wellbeing.
DIOPSIDE – Love, lovers, partnership, commitment. Circulation – lungs – heart.
DIOPTASE – Meditation, partnerships. Headache – stress.
DOLOMITE – Optimism, hope, belief. Limbs.
DUMORTIERITE – Patience, calm. Skin – nausea.
EILAT STONE – Spirituality, meditation, balance. Wellbeing.
EMERALD – Prosperity, intellect, truth, psychic ability. Helps the truth to surface. Headaches – infection – thyroid – tension.
EUDIALITE – Management, overcoming. Sex organs – recovery.
FLUORITE – A stone that harnesses spiritual awareness, meditation and grounding. Inflammation – bones – healing.
FRANKLINIITE – Imagination. Eyes – hair.
FUCHSITE – Teamwork, productivity. Arteries.
GALENA – Dedication. Insomnia.
GARNET – Creativity, charm, charisma, used as an amulet by travellers, attract love. Infection – anaemia – insomnia.
GEODE – Growth, psychic ability, inspired dreams. Fertility.
GOETHITE – Perseverance competition. Nerves.
GOLDSTONE – Optimism. Stomach – tension.
GRANITE – Balance, stability, determination. Skin – hearing.
GRAPHITE – Assert, achieve. Spine – hearing.
HEMATITE – Calm, serenity. Blood – tiredness – stress – eyes.
HERKIMER DIAMOND – Opens the mind, enhances dreams, learning, study, it can be used to enhance the power of other stones. Stamina – energy.
HICKORYITE – Adventure, imagination, removes negativity, creativity. Boredom – feeling down.
HORNBLENDE – Wisdom, insight, communication, balance. Fingers – toes.
HOWLITE – Resilience, competition. Bones.
IOLITE – Control, management. Chest – addiction.
IRNAMITE – Calm, rational, judgement, emotional balance, inspiration. Muscles – strains.
JADE – To calm the mind, longevity, benevolence, providence, to attract friendship and as a travel talisman. Bladder – kidneys
JASPER – To attract what you desire. Nerves – blood.
JET – Dispels negativity, empathy. Migraine – healing.
KUNZITE – Balance, stability, communication. Heart – skin.
KYANITE – Energy, strength, finance. Hearing.
LABRADORITE – Charisma, to improve relationships, quells inhibitions, releases hidden qualities. Feet.
LAPIS LAZULI – Spirituality, mysticism, protection, wisdom, truth, integrity, abundance, wealth creation. Heart – bones – eyes.
LARIMAR – Rapport, meditation. Breathing – neck.
LAVAKITE – Intellect, learning, adaptability, achievement. Brain.
LAZULITE – Serenity. Teeth.
LEPIDOLITE – Recharge, balance, peace. Nerves – pessimism.
LEUCITE – Clear thinking, protection. Nerves.
LODESTONE – Communication, teamwork. Glands – circulation.
MAGNETITE – Composure, learning. Heart.
MAGNESITE – Enlightenment, emotional balance. Bones – fever.
MALACHITE – Business prosperity, optimism, plant growth, spells. Rheumatism – recovery – asthma.
MARBLE – Renewal, compassion. Fever.
MARCASITE – Ambition, rapport. Brain – circulation.
METEORITE – Intuition, benevolence, communication, adventure. Spiritual guidance.
MOLDOVITE – Insight, sensitivity. Fertility – renewal.
MOOKAITE – Responsibility. Health.
MOONSTONE – A feminine stone associated with the Goddess Diana, attracts lovers and ensures safe travel, it enhances beauty and devotion. Swelling.
MORGANITE – Intellect, commerce. Hearing.
MOSS AGATE – Self-awareness, meditation. Glands – lungs.
MTOROLITE – Serenity, capability. Nerves.
MUSCOVITE – Inspiration, energy. Speech – muscles.
OBSIDIAN – Brings matters to the surface, dispels negativity, creates tranquility. Digestion – stomach – stress.
ONYX – Spiritual alignment, harmony, peace of mind, tranquility. A protection amulet. Heart – hearing – stomach.
OPAL – Attracting, creativity, prosperity, luck, power, abundance. Chest.
OPALITE – Invention. Tiredness.
PEACOCK ORE (Bonita) – Mind stimulant, can be used as a charm. Brain – eyes.
PEARL – Creativity, certainty. Headaches, Tension.
PERIDOT – Intuition, career, wealth, abundance, protection. Metabolism.
PHENACITE – Intellect, Insight. Limbs – stomach.
PIETERSITE – Organisation, objectivity. Sleep – respiration.
PREHNITE – Insight, intellect. Stomach.
PURPURITE – Prosperity, leadership. Wounds.
PYRITES – Truth, awareness. Recuperation.
QUARTZ CLEAR – Generally used for healing purposes, to cleanse mind, body, spirit. Vertigo.
QUARTZ ROSE – The love crystal associated with Venus, joy, happiness, peace, harmony often used in love spells. Migraine – headaches.
QUARTZ RUTILATED – Passion. Anxiety.
QUARTZ SMOKEY – Use in spells to remove negative energies, or as a lucky talisman. Spine – depression – stomach.
QUARTZ SNOW – Relaxation, meditation, serenity. Nerves – stress.
RHODOCHROSITE – Comfort, stillness, friendship, love, balance, stability. Insecurity – Eyes.
RHODONITE – Communication. Hearing – memory loss – recuperation.
RHODOLITE – Stability. Glands.
RHYOLITE – Marketing, stability. Skin.
RUBELLITE – Prosperity. Heart – back – recovery.
RUBY – Luck, fortune, contentment. Circulation.
SAPPHIRE – Love, partnership, protection, power, inspiration. Depression.
SARDONYX – Forgiveness. Neck – hearing.
SATINSPAR – Insight, calms disputes. Spine.
SCAPOLITE – Strength, achievement. Veins.
SCHALENBLENDE – Attract, abundance. Eyes – muscles.
SCHEELITE – Awareness, balances relationships. Colds – flu.
SCHORL – Balance, practicality. Intestines – liver.
SEFTONITE – Enhances relationships, learning. Circulation.
SERPENTINE – Meditation, enlightenment. Stomach.
SIDERITE – Loyalty, intellect. Hands – bones.
SILICONE – Attract, draw to you. Muscles.
SILVER – Perception. Recovery.
SMITHSONITE – Harmony, consideration. Digestion.
SOAPSTONE – Loyalty. Back.
SODALITE – Confidence, self-assertion, meditation. Chest – insomnia – blood pressure.
SPESSARTINE – Renewal, confidence.
SPHALERITE – Integrity, career. Calms nerves.
SPINEL – Intellect, energy. Depression – skin – stress.
SPIRIT STONES – Vitality, awareness. Cleansing.
STAUROLITE – Brings all elements together, integration, focus, awareness. Body – spine – memory loss.
STEATITE – Adventure, communication. Digestion.
STICHTITE – Loyalty, creativity. Chest – muscles – joints.
STILBITE – Creativity, understanding. Toxins.
SUGILITE – Co-operation, co-ordination, inspiration, peace of mind, psychic awareness. Healing – inflammation – pain.
SULPHUR – Protection and intellect. Arthritis – rheumatism – skin
SUNSTONE – Insight, regeneration, can be used in spells associated with sexuality. Depression – eyes.
TANZANITE – Vitality, movement. Bones – anxiety.
THULITE – Aligns mind and body, meditation, concentration. Hands – tendons.
TIGER IRON – Endurance, vigour, clarity. Physical strength – energy.
TIGERS EYE – Insight, Integrity, overcoming. Limbs – asthma.
TOPAZ – Legal matters. Infection – digestion.
TOURMALINE – Confidence, success, abundance, luck. Healing.
TURQUENTINE – Travel. Limbs.
TURQUOISE – Protects the home, aligns friendships, comfort, tranquility. Throat – respiration – recovery – chakra healing.
ULEXITE – Contentment. Teeth – worry.
UNAKITE – Strength, stability, enhancement. Back – feet – muscles.
UVAROVITE – Joy, vitality. Throat – voice.
VANADINITE – Friendships, socialising. Lungs.
VARISCITE – Writing, meditation. Digestion.
VERDITE – Friendship, partnership. Nervous system.
VESUVIANITE – Intuition, partnership. Depression.
VIOLAN – Vitality, Insight. Genitals.
WILLIAMSITE – Truth, tranquility. Inflammation – lungs – chest.
WOLLASTONITE – Meditation, grounding energy, moderation. Glands – bones.
WULFENITE – Relationship balance and harmony. Digestive system.
ZEOLITE – Clear thinking, independence. Toxins – addictions.
ZINC – Loyalty, joy. Bones – muscles – back.
ZIRCON – Clarity, rest, sleep. Genitals – PMS.
ZOISITE – Attraction. Fertility – fingers – joints.